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Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea have joined forces to launch a new production banner, Pacific Standard. The duo will fold a number of projects into the partnership from their pre-existing shingles Type A Films and Make Movies.
Pacific Standard has several properties prepped to go out to the market. One of which is WILD, the soon-to-be published novel by Cheryl Strayed, a powerful and honest memoir that tells the story of an 1100 mile solo hike that breaks down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and brings her back to life.
Witherspoon and Papandrea look forward to utilizing the relationships they have forged with filmmakers, actors and writers to make smart, character-driven, commercial films both large and small.
“I’ve always been impressed by Bruna’s taste and her skills as a producer. I’m very excited to be working with her. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with someone so smart, fun and formidable.” Witherspoon comments.
“In Reese I have found a like-minded and incredibly passionate partner who genuinely shares the same goals. “I’ve had a wonderful time producing movies independently but I couldn’t be more excited about the company and brand we will create together,” notes Papandrea.
Witherspoon has been active in a producing capacity since LEGALLY BLONDE II. Her Type A credits include FOUR CHRISTMASES and the independent feature PENELOPE. She acquired Peggy Lee’s life rights and partnered with Marc Platt on a biographical film that Nora Ephron will write for Fox 2000. She also set up the original comedies WHO INVITED HER? in partnership with Gary Foster at Dreamworks, MY HUSBAND’S WIFE with Ryan Seacrest’s company at Universal and the Courtney Hunt independent RULE #1 with Brad Epstein at Emmet/Furla.
Papandrea recently produced the Summit Entertainment financed WARM BODIES, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, Her development slate includes the upcoming novel THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer Smith and Emily Giffin’s best selling book LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH.
(Press release via Deadline.com)
Reese Witherspoon’s parents were proud of her when they realised she wasn’t going to be an unemployed actress.
The Hollywood star is one of the most successful in the business, having won an Oscar for her role in Walk the Line and appeared in countless blockbusters.
She always knew she wanted to act and her family were supportive, although she thinks her mother and father only relaxed properly when she started booking big jobs.
“My parents would have loved me to become a doctor but they knew deep down that acting was in my blood,” she explained. “I think I made them both very proud of me when I started getting big roles and they could see I wasn’t going to be unemployed.”
The 35-year-old actress was born in Louisiana and initially her background went against her. Movie bosses were unsure of her southern accent but she now sees that time as a positive one.
“Oh, big time! I was treated like a second-class citizen because I had an accent,” she told Look magazine. “That taught me to become assertive – something I really lacked in my personality. I would never have gone anywhere in this business by being shy and retiring.”
Reese Witherspoon is indecisive about her movie roles.
The actress is currently promoting her new movie This Means War alongside Chris Pine and Tom Hardy. She has appeared in a wealth of blockbusters throughout her successful career including Legally Blonde, Walk the Line and Cruel Intentions.
Although Reese has a glittering Hollywood career, the 35-year-old star still struggles when choosing which projects to take on.
“In my life when I am deciding what movies to do I will just wring my hands, just really ruminate about things over and over,” she told UK TV show Daybreak.
“I am not very decisive at all, I can’t commit to a vacation until the very last minute, ‘Should we go there?’ I don’t know…’ I don’t know why.”
Reese discussed what she hopes to do next after promotion for This Means War ends. The blonde star proved her indecisiveness when she revealed that she currently weighing up her options.
“I don’t know…. I am trying to decide between two movies!” she exclaimed.
“What am I going to do next? It comes back round… I don’t know what to do next.”
While Reese did not walk the red carpet at last nights Oscars, she was featured within the ceremony! Throughout the night, several segments were shown with various stars talking about their love for movies, and Reese was one of them. She was shown within two separate segments, firstly talking about her childhood experiences with movies (her family went to the cinema on Sunday nights, she reminisced), and then expressing her love for Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in her faourite film, Overboard, saying that it always cheers her up and touches her soul. It was really lovely to see her included and hear her talk about cinema, and the segments were a real highlight of the ceremony for me.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get a clip of these segments yet, but I will have HD screencaps for you tomorrow, so check back then!
Fox’s All Access blog has posted audio snippets from an interview with Reese, and you can listen to her talk about the following subjects at their site:
Reese Witherspoon stars in a new romantic action flick “This Means War.” When a pair of spies discover they’re both going out with the same woman. Yes, that would be Reese.which is a different kind of movie for her, but when it comes to choosing roles, she’s not scared of “different.”
Over the years, Reese has developed a reputation as a positive role model for young women. A little pressure? Sure. But she loves that she’s thought of that way.
It also includes an Oscar, for “Walk The Line.” So with the Academy Awards coming up soon, I had to ask… where does she keep hers?
Listen to the interview snippets here
Following on from the video MTV posted a few weeks ago of Reese’s first interview with them way back in 1991, Entertainment Tonight have now followed suit, posting their first interview with Miss Reese from that same year!
Reese Witherspoon finds herself in the middle of a love triangle in This Means War, and we were with the Oscar winner when she was just 15 working on her first feature film!
In September of 1991, ET caught up with confident up-and-comer Reese on the set of her coming-of-age flick The Man in the Moon, in which she plays a young girl in late 1950s Louisiana who falls for a boy three years older than her (played by Jason London) at the same time as her older sister.
Reese started acting at age seven in commercials, and by the time she was a teen the Hollywood attention seemed to be a little overwhelming.
“It’s tough sometimes, because people want to make you have these big decisions and stuff – do you want to do this script, do you want to do that? – and it’s tough,” she said, adding with a laugh, “Finally, I just kind of sit down and say, ‘I don’t know. I’m 15 years old. You figure it out for me.’ I don’t know. There’s so many things I don’t know about.”
Watch the video to hear Reese share details about her first kiss — and what she plans to do for her future kids!
Moviefone have posted an interesting article about the state of Reese’s career – initially I thought this would be quite a negative article, and not something I’d want to post here, but upon reading it all it’s actually very interesting. It offers an interesting analysis of her current status in Hollywood and her popularity, and makes some good points. Have a read, and feel free to comment if you have an opinion on it that you’d like to share!
Back in 2005, Reese Witherspoon was a top star; she was earning $15 million a picture, was a reliable box office draw in romantic comedies, and proved her mettle as a dramatic actress by winning an Oscar for “Walk the Line.” Today, she’s a performer whose last $100-million hit was four years ago, who starred in one of Hollywood’s costliest recent flops, and whose current romantic comedy (20th Century Fox’s “This Means War”) suffered a last-minute release date change, away from its initially scheduled Feb. 14th premiere, apparently because she wasn’t a big enough draw for Valentine’s Day date-night audiences. Yet she’s still earning a reported $15 million per picture. Which raises the question: how does Witherspoon manage to remain an A-list star, in demand for leading roles in big-studio movies, even as her box office drawing power has waned?
Last fall, Forbes ranked Witherspoon fourth on its annual Most Overpaid Actors list; according to the magazine, only Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy, and Will Ferrell offered Hollywood producers a lower return on investment. The chief reason: the high-profile failure of her 2009 romantic comedy “How Do You Know,” which cost $120 million to make but returned only $30 million at the domestic box office. Before that, her last big hit was 2008′s “Four Christmases.” That comedy earned $120 million, but arguably, at least half the credit could be attributed to her co-star, Vince Vaughn. Otherwise, her record since 2005 includes the flops “Rendition” and “Penelope” (both of which topped out around $10 million in the U.S.) and the modest success “Water for Elephants,” which cost $38 million and earned back $57 million in North America.
“This Means War” which sees spies Chris Pine and Tom Hardy sabotaging each other as rivals for Witherspoon’s affections, looks on paper like the kind of romantic comedy that drew ticketbuyers back in the days of such Witherspoon hits as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Just Like Heaven.” Actually, however, it’s more of an action comedy, about guys blowing stuff up, with a romance angle to it, a la “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (which shares a screenwriter, Simon Kinberg, with “This Means War.”) So it’s far from a traditional Valentine’s Day movie, despite the way it’s been marketed. No wonder Fox decided to move it away from Feb. 14, where it would have competed against the newly-opened “The Vow,” a more traditional, tearjerking romance starring Rachel McAdams, who is practically a sure thing at the box office in that kind of movie.
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If you’ve noticed a recurring theme in actress Reese Witherspoon’s recent film roles, you’re not alone. During last night’s (Jan 31st) MTV First: This Means War, featuring a 30-minute interview with the starlet, host Josh Horowitz addressed the important issue—namely that Reese’s last three movies (“How Do You Know,” “Water for Elephants” and “This Means War”) feature the 35-year-old toying with two men’s emotions.
What did the actress have to say for herself? “This is my love triangle period,” she joked. Okay, okay, we can dig it, but have you ever engaged in tumultuous trio in real life?
“No, but I sure wish I had!” she enthused. “Particularly in this one. This is a really good one. I don’t think that happens a lot in real life. That’s why it’s a movie.”
Reese, however, may have been too quick with her denial, because upon further pressing from Josh, she did admit to dating more than one man at once.
“I was dating a while ago. I was dating two people who knew each other. That was kind of weird,” she revealed. “But I didn’t know they knew each other. As soon as I figured it out, I was like, ‘Ugh, I can’t do that.’”
Of course, Reese doesn’t have to worry about the fraught dating world anymore, as she married agent Jim Toth last March. And for the most part, she doesn’t miss singledom.
“I think it’s hard,” she said of dating. “But it’s also exciting too. It’s fun meeting new people. You have that feeling like, ‘I don’t know if they’re going to call. I don’t know if I’m supposed to call them. Am I supposed to call them?’”
If we knew the answer to that one, Reese, our blood pressure would be at least 10 points lower.
Let’s take a trip back in time — further back even than 1991, when an adorably precocious 14-year-old Reese Witherspoon, star of “The Man in the Moon,” sat down for her first-ever MTV interview.
Instead, let’s jump straight into the ’80s, as we did during Tuesday’s “MTV First: This Means War” live stream event, to learn a little bit about what the future Oscar-winner was like before showing up on the Hollywood scene. Because it was back then that Witherspoon was just a tween with a dream — a dream named Johnny Depp.
Regarding the first celebrity object of her affection, Witherspoon confessed during the interview, “I have to say probably Johnny Depp in ’21 Jump Street.’ I just had a really major crush on him. I used to pull pictures out of Teen Beat and put them on my wall.”
And now, a couple of decades later, she’s finally admitting it to the world, because she certainly has never told Depp. “I don’t think he knows,” she said, laughing. “I’m not sure it would faze him: I’m sure he’s heard that quite a bit.”
Depp, of course, graduated from “Jump Street” to big-screen icon, never once joining in a traditional, shoot-’em-up action flick — much like Witherspoon herself, until “This Means War.” The decision to sign on to one at this point in her career (opposite Chris Pine and Tom Hardy) stemmed from never wanting to repeat herself.
“I try not to make the same movie twice,” she explained. “I try to explore and push out in new areas, and I thought it was a nice way to get comedy and action together. I’ve never really been in a movie with a bunch of guns and action sequences. I’d turn to Tom and Chris and say, ‘The bad guys are chasing us — this is hysterical!’ It would just make me laugh. I think it’s ridiculous — me running from the bad guys. But it was really fun.”
Hopefully you tuned in to MTV on Tuesday night for “MTV First: This Means War,” during which acclaimed actress and MTV Generation Award winner Reese Witherspoon presented an exclusive clip from her upcoming film and stuck around for a lengthy chat to discuss her diverse career and various leading men, the most recent being Robert Pattinson and “War” co-stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy.
Witherspoon also talked about being a mom to daughter Ava, 12, and son Deacon, 8, and whether they have started to watch any of her movies together.
“Not really. I think it’s weird,” Witherspoon admitted. “I don’t encourage it, but if it comes on, we’ll watch it. They kind of find it entertaining. They’re kind of fascinated with a movie I did when I was 14. They really want to see ‘The Man in the Moon,’ because that’s sort of starting to be the age that they are.”
Seeing as how many celeb kids choose to follow in their parents’ footsteps, we asked Witherspoon if her children caught the acting bug or talked about wanting to act.
“It just doesn’t enter the picture. I encourage their artistic abilities at home, but they’ve never said that it’s anything they wanted to do,” Witherspoon said.
The busy actress and mom also dished about her encounter with Kate Middleton at the California launch of Tusk Trust, an organization designed to preserving Africa’s culture, back in July.
“That was very cool,” Witherspoon gushed of meeting the Duchess of Cambridge. “There’s such a history there, and I think there’s also a fascination with [Kate]. She carries herself so beautifully, keeps her composure, and under a lot of stress, I’m just kind of fascinated with how people handle different modes and lifestyles and all that. She’s very smart and sweet.”