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Actress’s all-American appeal helps film get message across, director says
Before her latest film, if anyone had asked Reese Witherspoon what the term “extraordinary rendition” meant, she might have answered with a blank stare.
The words could be bureaucratese for something as innocuous as a tax deduction. But as Witherspoon’s Rendition spells out darkly and melodramatically, the term actually stands for a U.S. government practice of transferring terrorism suspects to other countries, where their interrogations could subject them to abuse and torture.
“I don’t think I realized what the term was called,” Witherspoon told The Associated Press at September’s Toronto International Film Festival, where Rendition played in advance of its theatrical release Friday. “The term is not really in the popular vernacular.
“It sounds like public-policy rigmarole. It doesn’t sound like anything that you would connect with the torture and detainment of innocent people.”
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Most of us fans have been waiting for a long time for a new Reese movie and finally the day is upon us as Rendition hits the cinemas today, in North America and UK! Sadly the reviews have more or less all been negative / mixed but Reese is our favorite leading lady and I’m sure we will all be very happy to see a new movie from her. So be sure to head out and support her! You can also leave your comments regarding Rendition and Reese’s performance here.
And don’t forget that Reese will be on The Today Show and
The Ellen DeGeneres Show today!
Update: It looks like Reese’s appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show has been canceled as Jessica Alba will be on today instead of Ms. Witherspoon. Check out Ellen’s site for more information.
Reese Witherspoon made her first film, The Man In The Moon, aged 14. Last year, she won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in Walk The Line and later separated from her husband Ryan Phillippe. Her new film Rendition is about the transfer and harsh interrogation of US non-citizens in countries where they are suspected of terrorism.
Did Meryl Streep’s involvement in this film help attract you to the project?
Of course. I was nervous the day I had to work with her. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to do it but she was wonderful. She’s completely intimidating, completely professional and had a thousand ideas – but as soon as you cut, she’s the nicest, warmest, funniest person.
Who else has intimidated you on set?
Matthew Broderick when I did Election. I’d grown up watching his films and always thought he was so funny. He had that wonderful wry comic wit. I was more scared to meet Matthew than anyone I’ve ever worked with. He was an icon and I had a crush on him when I was little. I used to think he was so cute.
Did you tell him?
Of course not! And I certainly never told his wife.
Have you ever felt prejudice in your own life, as you and your husband do in Rendition?
Yes, when I went to Stanford University when I was 19. I’d already done several films and I really felt this prejudice against me because I was an actress. Some of the students thought I’d only got in there because I was an actress but I applied the same way as everyone else under my real name, which is not the same as my acting name.
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JoBlo.com is reporting that Reese is in talks to star in another romantic comedy:
Roger Michell (Notting Hill) has signed on to direct the JJ Abrams produced romantic comedy Morning Glory. Paramount recently paid big bucks for rights to the script, which was written by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada).
The film follows a faltering morning news producer who recruits an iconic but difficult anchorman, who sadly isn’t Ron Burgandy, to revive the ratings of her “Today”-like show. In talks to star in the film are Reese Witherspoon and Harrison Ford, who will play Captain Kirk.
Oh wait, that’s that other JJ Abrams movie. Abrams, despite only making his feature directorial debut on M:I:III, has become a force in Hollywood producing a number of high profile projects including Cloverfield/1-18-08 and the upcoming Star Trek “reboot,” which he will also direct.
Filming on Morning Glory is scheduled to begin this fall.
Last night Reese stopped by The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to promote Rendition, It was her first major promotion pit stop in quite a while. She looked gorgeous, okay, scratch that – she looked like one hot mama! I just loved all the cheers she got when she sat down and she was asbolutely adorable as always! She chatted for a good ten minutes and it was very refreshing since we haven’t seen Reese on a talk show in a year or so. They showed the full old Opryland commercial too. You can download the full video of Reese chatting here and check out her most adorable expressions in the captures. Also during the commercial break they also showed a new Rendition tv spot which I have also uploaded to the video vault.
Smart steel magnolia that she is, Reese Witherspoon is coming home to serious fare after time away from the screen.
The 31-year-old actress – who had big hits in confections like the Legally Blonde movies, Sweet Home Alabama and Just Like Heaven – stars in Rendition as Isabella, a Chicago woman whose husband, an Egyptian-born chemical engineer (Omar Metwally), is suspected by U.S. authorities of having knowledge of a bombing; with no charges leveled, he’s flown to North Africa for a cruel secret interrogation. Through several characters’ viewpoints, director Gavin Hood’s drama, opening Friday, peers unblinkingly into the confusion and conscience-searching that the war on terror has wrought.
For Witherspoon, whose first film, at 14, was The Man in the Moon, Rendition allowed her to continue a professional route that hit a peak with her Best Actress-winning performance as June Carter Cash in 2005′s Walk the Line.
“The film [addresses] an issue you read about, but may not feel connected to,” Witherspoon says. “I’m really lucky that I’m able to do [movies] like this, and that people accept me doing different things.”
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I have added 4 videos of Reese from the October 10th premiere of Rendition, these are from various entertainment segments and other sources. In the E! News clip, Reese is super cute as always talking about possibly being a bee for Halloween. And in the long red carpet interview Ms Witherspoon confirms that Four Christmases is indeed her next project, which she starts filming in December! I have made captures of the entertainment segments as well. Happy downloading!
Remember to register at the gallery and video archives, if you are new to this site to download some of our select media files, this batch included (It’s free, only a valid e-mail is required)
Reese Witherspoon has been announced to appear on several talk shows over the next few weeks to promote Rendition. We will provide you with clips and captures after the interviews have aired.
If you hear of any other TV Alerts, please let us know so we can tune in / record it for the site.
Other Rendition stars who will be promoting if you’re interested are:
October 10 : HBO Rendition First Look at 8:45 PM
October 13 : HBO Rendition First Look at 3:45 PM
October 15 : Jake Gyllenhaal on David Letterman
October 16 : Jake Gyllenhaal on Regis & Kelly
October 16 : Jake Gyllenhaal on Conan O’Brien
October 16 : Meryl Streep on Daily Show
October 16 : Reese Witherspoon on Jay Leno
October 17 : Jake Gyllenhaal on Daily Show
October 19 : Reese Witherspoon on The Today Show
October 19 : Reese Witherspoon on Ellen Degeneres
Here is fantastic interview with Reese and the cast mates of Rendition Press Conference from Movies.About.com. Although spoiler phoebes be warned! It does contain quite a few things you may not wish to know just yet! There is a cut off point, so if you’re wanting to remain spoiler free do not read past it, or heck just wait until you’ve seen the film and come back for this one, it will be here.
The term ‘extraordinary rendition’ refers to the U S government’s policy of secretly abducting foreign nationals who are viewed as national security threats and placing them in overseas prisons in order to ‘interrogate’ them. The film Rendition follows an Egyptian-American businessman who’s placed into custody upon arriving back in the US from a business trip and taken to North Africa to be questioned – and tortured. Director Gavin Hood and the film’s stars Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Igal Naor, and Omar Metwally took part in a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their involvement in the dramatic movie.
Reese and Jake, why do you think people would want to see a movie about this policy?
Reese Witherspoon: “Why wouldn’t they?”
Why would they?
Gavin Hood: “I think your answer was good: why wouldn’t they?”
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A clip of HBO’s First Look of Rendition can now be downloaded from or video archives as well as you can view screencaptures in the gallery. Happy downloading!
“Two Sides of a Story: The Making of Rendition” is a 12-minute documentary on the film, which features interviews with director Gavin Hood and it’s cast of Peter Sarsgaard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Reese. It included a lot of new scenes and behind-the-scenes footage too.
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