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December 11, 2014 • Category: "Wild"
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Reese Witherspoon Talks ‘Wild’ New Role
Fans get to see another side of Reese Witherspoon in her new film Wild, and she opened up about the role with ET.
Reese plays the real-life Cheryl Strayed, whose bestselling memoir of the same name details the brutal solo hike Cheryl took at the age of 26 along the Pacific Crest Trail. In the movie, the character goes nude and does heroin. Reese told us what she hopes her 15-year-old daughter Ava and 11-year-old son Deacon take away from the movie.
“If they can see this film and feel, both my daughter and my son, that they don’t need to be embarrassed or ashamed of themselves and that they’re going to be great, no matter what on their life, I think that’s a great thing to see in a film,” said Reese.
In fact, it was Cheryl’s candid approach to telling her story left an impression on Reese and drew her to playing a part so different from anything she’s ever done before.
“Part of the book that really struck me as an important part of the story was how Cheryl addressed her own sexuality,” said Reese. “She not only described these experiences but she also said, I’m not going to feel bad about them.”
The Oscar winner was fiercely committed to the role. Cheryl was even on the set to help Reese with authenticity.
“The director [Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallee] would often times say cut, and he’d look at me and say, ‘What do you think?’, and I said, ‘I think Reese is not wearing a heavy pack,'” Cheryl said with a laugh.
Wild is out now in limited release.
As part of her Wild promotion, Reese graces the cover of the January edition of US Glamour magazine! Check out the scans in our Gallery and read the text interview (Reese is interviewed by Cheryl Strayed) at Glamour.com.
The magazine is on newsstands today.
“I don’t think I realized [in my twenties] that no one else makes you whole. You have to take responsibility for your own happiness. That took me until I was about 31 to know. It wasn’t easy to realize, Oh, wait, I am purely responsible [for my life]—no relationship, no children, no nothing is going to make you a happy person. Every day you have to choose to find and cultivate your own happiness.” – Reese Witherspoon
Reese attended the Wild premiere in Portland yesterday and the HQ photos can be found in our gallery:
• “Wild” Portland Film Premiere x27
Watch a clip of Reese in her other new movie, Inherent Vice, below. You can find more at RopeOfSilicon.com.
Inherent Vice hits US cinemas on December 12th and will have a screening in LA on December 10th.
December 8, 2014 • Category: "Wild"
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Witherspoon’s ‘Wild’ Opening Weekend Treks Into Solid Box-Office Territory
Wild, starring Reese Witherspoon in the film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s memoir of a life-changing hike, blazed a trail into solid box office territory, opening in 21 theaters over the weekend with a $630K gross. The feature, which Witherspoon also produced under her Pacific Standard label, was easily the weekend’s biggest newcomer with a $30K per-theater average. Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, meanwhile, once again took the weekend’s highest PTA numbers as it added locations in its second week.
The Searchlight title opened in New York and L.A. Wednesday, expanding for the weekend to 21 theaters in 7 markets. Director Jean-Marc Vallée‘s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, opened in November 2013 with a nearly $29K PTA, and went on to cume nearly $27.3M and three Oscars, including Best Actor for Matthew McConaughey. Searchlight said it plans to keep Wild hiking through theaters for a lengthy period to come.
“The reviews have been phenomenal and the response at the box-office this weekend was great as well,” Searchlight said in a release. “The film performed well in both Art/Specialty venues as well as in upscale mainstream complexes indicating to us that the film should be able to reach a very broad audience. We are very encouraged by this weekend’s results,” the company said Sunday reporting its numbers. Wild will open in 13 additional markets and expand in some cities where it’s currently playing, playing up to 100 theaters by Dec. 12, and as many as 900 theaters by Christmas Day.
Scans from several of the magazines Reese has been featured in over the past few months have been added to the Gallery, including Vogue, People, People Style Watch and Relevant. There are more to come, including a full set of scans from the new Harper’s Bazaar and Glamour issues.
December 7, 2014 • Category: "Wild"
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Palm Springs Film Fest: ‘Wild’ Star Reese Witherspoon to Receive Chairman’s Award
Reese Witherspoon will receive this year’s Chairman’s Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 26th annual PSIFF Awards Gala on Jan. 3 in recognition of her work in the Fox Searchlight drama. The fest will run Jan. 2-12.
The Oscar-winning star of Wild, which opened in select theaters on Wednesday, joins illustrious company with Ben Affleck, George Clooney, Richard Gere, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman and Nicole Kidman all previous recipients of PSIFF’s Chairman’s Award.
“Witherspoon delivers one of her finest performances in Wild,” said PSIFF chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “[She] brilliantly brings to life the true story of Cheryl Strayed, adding yet another iconic performance to her impressive 20-year span of characters.”
Witherspoon’s other acting credits include The Man in the Moon (1991), Fear (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Election (1999), Legally Blonde (2001), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Vanity Fair (2004), Walk the Line (2005), Just Like Heaven (2005), Rendition (2007), Mud (2012) and, this year, Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice.
PSIFF previously announced that Boyhood’s writer-director Richard Linklater will receive this year’s Visionary Award; The Theory of Everything’s lead actor Eddie Redmayne and Still Alice’s lead actress Julianne Moore will receive this year’s Desert Palm Achievement awards; Whiplash’s supporting actor J.K. Simmons will receive this year’s Spotlight Award; that Rosamund Pike will be honored with its Breakthrough Performance Award.
Reese had a busy day promoting Wild in New York earlier this week. She attended a special Luncheon, the official Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences screening for Academy Award voters and an Apple panel hosted in the SoHo apple store. HQ photos have been added:
• “Wild” New York Luncheon x29
• The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Official “Wild” Screening x19
• Apple Store Soho Presents: Meet the Filmmakers of “Wild” x88
Reese stopped by Good Morning America earlier this week to promote Wild. The HQ episode stills and photos outside the GMA studios in New York have been added in our gallery and her interview can be watched below:
• Good Morning America – December 3rd, 2014 (Stills) x66
• Outside the Good Morning America Studios x81
Reese made an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier this week to promote Wild. The HQ episode stills have been added in our gallery and the official segments can be found below and after the jump:
• The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – December 5th, 2014 (Stills) x37
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December 2, 2014 • Category: "Wild"
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Catch Reese on the following US TV shows this week promoting Wild:
December 2nd – The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (NBC)
December 5th – The Ellen Degeneres Show
Harper’s Bazaar UK start our year off with a bang with Reese on the cover of their January issue! She looks beautiful in a new photoshoot for the magazine, and talks to them about the production of Wild.
The magazine is available on newsstands tomorrow – pick up a copy!!
‘I would have fired myself a couple of times during rehearsals because I was so scared, oh my God. I got my shit together, but it took me a while.’ – Reese Witherspoon
Reese Witherspoon is Bazaar’s January Cover Star
Far from the cliché of the all-American blonde, Reese Witherspoon is a sophisticated, intelligent star who revels in making tough choices, in work and in life.
Reese Witherspoon is doing what she does best: playing up for the camera. In this case, that means dancing to hip-hop on the Bazaar photo-shoot, dressed in an A-line Michael Kors skirt that jiggles about her like a starched crinoline. Here she goes again, dipping, bopping and shimmying. Watching her from the sidelines, I have to say she’s fantastically entertaining, her face a rolling cartoon strip of perky expressions. Photo-shoots don’t come easily to all actresses but Reese is, as you might expect, handling herself like a pro.
In keeping with the shoot’s vague premise – a 1950s Beverly Hills housewife going about her day – Witherspoon cranes her neck to look past the assembled crew here in the kitchen towards the front porch. Suddenly, she’s the picture of wifely anticipation, her ears pricked up as if her imaginary husband were just now pulling into the driveway and about to barrel through the door with a cheery ‘Honey, I’m home.’
It’s impressive to see and gratifying to have one’s expectations borne out. Because isn’t this the Witherspoon we know and love? Bright, breezy and boundlessly energetic, the seasoned crowd-pleaser who has been at it since the age of 14, the Southern gal with a gift for comedy. Yes, it is, to an extent. But getting the full measure of this 38-year-old, we’d better not reduce her to that. There is a cautionary tale being told here about Hollywood and the media, and Witherspoon is the one telling it. It goes something like this: ‘Don’t put me in that box. Or any box, for that matter. People are complex, on-screen and off. Can’t we do justice to that?’ It’s a word that comes up time and again in discussions with and about her: complex.
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