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It was reported some months ago, that Reese was approached to play Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Escape from the Smithsonian. It seems the role has officially gone to the lovely Amy Adams instead, it was rumored they were both being approached for two different characters so it seems that wasn’t the case. Many of the original cast are set to return. And there’s other fun folks too who haven’t officially signed on yet playing historical figures.
She might be a tad shy about cracking the whip on set but Reese Witherspoon is every bit the shot-caller.
“I hate being in charge, so I’d say I’m more of a collaborator,” laughs the producer and co-star of the independent film “Penelope,” opening February 29.
“I don’t want to be the one to tell (the crew) that they have to stay for two extra hours or come in at 6 o’clock in the morning.”
Witherspoon’s production company, Type A Films, grossed $125 million worldwide five years ago with its first project, “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde.” Now Witherspoon, 31, is back in the producer’s chair with the magical love story “Penelope.”
“When my producing partner, Jennifer Simpson, brought me the script, I just loved the idea,” she remembers.
“There’s a great girl at the centre of the story who’s sassy and funny and smart and opinionated, yet she has obstacles to overcome.”
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Looking as cute as a button Reese attended the premiere of Penelope yesterday in Los Angeles. She was joined by the stars of the film, Christina Ricci and James McAvoy. Witherspoon was also pictured with Four Christmases co-star Sissy Spacek. Enjoy the photos!
- Public Events: Penelope Premiere
The romantic fantasy movie Penelope is the first film Reese Witherspoon’s production company, Type A Films, developed from the ground up. Oscar-winner Witherspoon (Walk the Line) believes producing is a natural progression for an actor, and she’s determined to continue putting out films under her Type A banner. “I’ve been on sets for 15 years now [and] just being a part of the filmmaking process you absorb so much that you don’t even realize you are looking at. Whether it is lighting, or shot composition, or casting, you realize how important every element is,” offered Witherspoon.
Penelope tells the story of a young girl from a wealthy family who’s cursed with a pig’s nose. Only when someone of her own class and status accepts her for who she is will she be free of the horrible curse. Christina Ricci plays the part of Penelope, although at one point in the process Witherspoon considered playing the title role herself. “I thought about it, but I got busy with other commitments and the movie ad to go forward. We decided to cast it, but I always knew I wanted to be in it in some capacity. It was kind of fun for me to get to play a smaller character and get to be a broad,” laughed Witherspoon.
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Miss Reese will be appearing on a couple of talk shows in the next few weeks to promote her new movie Penelope, which will be released in the US on February 29.
• February 18, 2008 (Monday) – The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
• February 27, 2008 (Wednesday) – Live with Regis and Kelly
We will have caps and clips of her appearances.
MoviesOnline sat down recently with Reese Witherspoon at the Los Angeles press day for her new movie, Penelope, a modern day romantic tale about a girl coming to terms with who she is. Witherspoon produces and stars in the film which is directed by Mark Palansky from a script by Leslie Caveny. She also talks about Four Christmases, Children’s Defense Fund (in which she says she is going to New Orleans again next month), the Oscars, and so much more. Be sure to check it out!
Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci, Sleepy Hollow), born to wealthy socialites (Catherine O’Hara, Home Alone, and Robert E. Grant, Gosford Park), is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family’s estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parent’s futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry … until her curse is revealed.
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Reese has revealed that she wants to try her hand at directing. Already a celebrated producer, Witherspoon desperately wants to make a movie. How exciting! I certainly hope Reese’s wish will come one day with the right project!
She was inspired by fellow actress Sarah Polley, who made her directorial debut with acclaimed movie Away From Her.
The film earned veteran star Julie Christie an Oscar nomination for her role as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’m inching toward directing, I have to say. Be very afraid. I’m tackling that next, but it’s very inspiring to see Sarah Polley, who I used to audition with, direct Julie Christie hopefully to an Oscar. I think that’s really inspiring.”
Reese Witherspoon had to stand on a box to kiss Vince Vaughn in their new movie.
The petite actress couldn’t reach the 6ft 5ins tall actor in love scenes for romantic comedy Four Christmases and had to come up with a creative way to secure the clinch.
“When we shot the kissing scenes, the top of my head hits Vince’s armpit! So I had to drag my apple box around with me.
“I had an apple box and a platform that I dragged around with me and stood on it.” She told America’s People magazine.
I’ve uploaded the video and caps of Miss Reese’s short and cute interview with Entertainment Tonight yesterday evening.
- News Segments: Entertainment Tonight – February 12, 2008
It’s so nice to seem some deserved Penelope promotion for Reese!
As I posted yesterday Reese was on Good Morning America in a taped interview; view screencaps and download the video. It is a great one, and not to be missed, very insightful and funny answers from our girl! She also appeared in a fun little interview on the show Extra today; view screencaps and download the clip. Last but not least I’ve finally added the People’s Choice Awards speech which Dennis sent in (sorry for the delay!). Happy downloading!
- News Segments: Extra – February 12, 2008
- Interviews: Good Morning America – February 11, 2008