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Stage and screen actors Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson and Paul Sparks have been cast in Jeff Nichols’ upcoming film, “Mud,” according to Deadline.com.
The drama, written and directed by Nichols, will star Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan. Also in the cast are Ray McKinnon and Joe Don Baker.
“Mud,” which recently began production in Arkansas, centers on two 14-year-old boys who encounter a mysterious fugitive in hiding, Mud. The boys are determined to help him escape from the law and reunite with the love of his life, played by Witherspoon.
The film is produced by Sarah Green, Lisa Maria Falcone and Aaron Ryder. Glen Basner is executive producer.
Shannon has been seen on Broadway in Ambassador and Butterflies Are Free. Paulson has been seen in Collected Stories and The Glass Menagerie, and Sparks’ Broadway credits include Hedda Gabler and Take Me Out.
Shepard, who has also appeared on stage, has written the Tony Award-nominated plays True West and Buried Child.
Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon are in discussions to star in “Mud,” Everest Entertainment announced Friday.
Everest is financing the movie, which also stars “One Tree Hill” and “The Tree of Life’s” Tye Sheridan.
“Mud” “is the powerful, redemptive tale of a charismatic fugitive named Mud and his unlikely friendship with 14-year-old Ellis. Ellis is determined to help his new friend escape from both the law and some very serious bounty hunters in order to reunite Mud with his soul mate, Juniper.”
McConaughey would play Mud, Sheridan would play Elllis and Witherspoon would play Juniper.
Jeff Nichols (“Take Shelter”) wrote the movie and will direct.
Everest is fully financing. The company’s Lisa Marie Falcone is producing with Sarah Green — who also produced “The Tree of Life.” FilmNation Entertainment’s Aaron Ryder also is producing.
“Jeff Nichols has written a beautiful story with rich characters learning valuable lessons through life-changing circumstances,” Falcone said in a statement.
Reese Witherspoon has attached herself to star in Wish List, a Disney comedy about an overly imaginative little girl who makes ten wishes at a wishing well. They don’t come true because her coin never reached the bottom and eventually she loses her inner child and becomes a full grown and ambitious career woman. Some 25 years later, the coin is dislodged, falls to the bottom and she has to deal with the ramifications of 10 kid wishes coming true all at once. The script’s being written by Randi Mayem Singer. Wish List is being produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, who most recently produced Secretariat for the studio. The comedy was initially developed as a vehicle for a male star, but now it’s being retooled for Witherspoon, who was last seen in Water for Elephants. She next stars in the McG-directed This Means War opposite Chris Pine and Tom Hardy for Fox. Witherspoon’s repped by CAA and Management 360, Singer by ICM.
The studio has picked up the romantic comedy pitch “Who Invited Her?” about a woman who crashes a bachelor party getaway.
Wedding-themed movies are all the rage in Hollywood — see the success of Bridesmaids and The Hangover Part 2 — and now DreamWorks and Reese Witherspoon are trying a knot.
DreamWorks has picked up Who Invited Her? a romantic comedy pitch from Sascha Rothschild that has Witherspoon attached to star and produce. Gary Foster and Russ Krasnoff will also produce via their Krasnoff Foster Entertainment banner.
The story centers on a woman who crashes a bachelor party getaway.
Rothschild wrote How to Get Divorced by 30, based on her article in LA Weekly. The project is set up Universal.
Witherspoon is a producer on This Means War, in which she also stars. The movie, which also stars Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, will be released in February.
Last year it was reported that Reese would be fronting a new movie entitled The Pioneer Woman, and later that year a writer was attached. However, we’ve heard nothing more about it since then, and Ree Drummond, the author of the book the film is based on, says she hasn’t heard anything either:
Ree & Reese: Ree Drummond, whose blog, ThePioneerWoman.com, led to the publication in 2009 of the best seller The Pioneer Woman Cooks, now has a best-selling memoir, The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story. It lands at No. 20 [on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list]. Drummond’s new book tells how she met and married her husband, Ladd. They live on a working ranch in Oklahoma with their four kids. Last year, Columbia Pictures said it had optioned The Pioneer Woman with Reese Witherspoon in mind to star. Drummond says she hasn’t heard anything since then. Is Witherspoon right for the part? Drummond says, “I’m kind of an Amazon woman compared to her, but I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Winning an Academy Award can make an actor’s career, open doors in Hollywood, or in some cases become a curse.
For Reese Witherspoon, who took home Hollywood’s Golden Boy portraying country singer June Carter Cash in 2005′s “Walk the Line,” it brought something no one — certainly not she — expected. A-list Hollywood writer/director James L. Brooks wrote a role especially for her.
Witherspoon portrays a top female softball player whose love life gets all mixed up in the romantic comedy “How Do You Know.” It hits theaters on Friday with co-stars Owen Wilson, Paul Rudd and Jack Nicholson.
“Director and script are the most important thing (and) this was a no-brainer,” Witherspoon told Reuters. “He writes some of the greatest female protagonists.”
Indeed, Brooks has had a strong track record writing and directing movies with strong women characters, starting with 1983′s “Terms of Endearment” up through 1997′s “As Good as It Gets,” which earned Helen Hunt an Oscar for lead actress.
“Terms of Endearment,” about the relationship between a mother and daughter, won Oscars for best writing, directing and motion picture for Brooks.
In “How Do You Know,” Witherspoon plays Lisa, whose loses her life’s focus when her softball playing days come to an abrupt end at age 31.
She embarks on an affair with fellow athlete Matty (Wilson), a clueless baseball player looking for good times who tries to reform his ways under the sway of Lisa’s allure.
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Robert Harling has been tapped to pen Sony’s Reese Witherspoon starrer “The Pioneer Woman.”
Based on the upcoming book by Ree Drummond, “The Pioneer Woman: Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story,” the film adaptation will tell the story of an young woman who, after falling for a cowboy, gives up her life in the city to live in Oklahoma.
The book, which hits selves in February, is an expansion of Drummond’s blog, which she started in 2006.
Harling’s previous writing credits include “Steel Magnolias,” “First Wives Club” and “Soap Dish.” His next project will be the Darren Star-produced dramedy based on the book “Good Christian Bitches” at ABC.
Laura Ziskin and Pam Williams will produce.
Witherspoon has been attached to the project since March.
Broadway, television, the music charts… What hasn’t Lea Michele conquered yet? The silver screen! Well, not yet! E! Online reports that the Glee star is in final talks to make her big screen debut in the upcoming Gary Marshall ensemble film New Year’s Eve, a follow-up to his recent hit Valentine’s Day.
Like Valentine’s Day, the new film will follow a bunch of characters as they navigate their way through one eventful New Year’s Eve. There’s no official announcement on the film or Michele’s involvement yet, but Marshall is said to be determined to get the rising star in his film. Other stars on his wish list include Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon.
(Speculative but interesting (and entertaining!) article!)
Have Hollywood’s powerful Scientologists killed Paul Thomas Anderson’s thinly veiled movie about the controversial Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard? Conspiracy theories are swirling in Los Angeles following the revelation that Anderson’s 1950s-based film The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, has been postponed indefinitely.
Anderson’s film is not officially about Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. But the similarities could hardly be more striking and the Hollywood trade papers and websites describe it variously as a satire and a parable.
Written by Anderson, who made the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, the script follows the rise of a religion called The Cause through the story of its charismatic leader and his apprentice.
Hoffman was due to play the Church’s founder while Jeremy Renner, who made his name in The Hurt Locker, was to play the apprentice. Most important to this story, Reese Witherspoon was reported to have been offered the role of the Master’s wife, Mary Sue.
The lead actors had already begun rehearsals and filming was due to start in August – but nothing happened.
Now Renner has told Total Film that the movie has been “postponed indefinitely at this point”. He went on: “It really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing – Phil, Paul and myself – we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn’t overcome. Or at least Paul couldn’t overcome.”
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Reese Witherspoon is working her way through the classic American songbook.
The actress, who won an Oscar in 2005 for portraying June Carter in “Walk the Line,” is pulling together an untitled biopic about Peggy Lee with writer-director Nora Ephron and Fox 2000. Though Witherspoon is still negotiating to star, she is producing along with Marc Platt.
Witherspoon secured rights to the vocalist’s life from the Lee estate and brought the project to Fox 2000. She then approached Platt, who produced the “Legally Blonde” movies, and Ephron, who counts herself a major fan of Lee’s music. Ephron is writing the script and is attached to direct, as well.
Born in North Dakota in 1920, Lee became an iconic singer, songwriter and actor. In the early 1940s, Lee (born to Scandanavian parents as Norma Deloris Egstrom) got her start singing for Benny Goodman’s band.
She went on to record popular jazz-influenced albums and compose for film sountracks as well as appear on screen in the 1953 movie “The Jazz Singer” and the 1955 musical “Pete Kelly’s Blues,” which earned her an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. Her songwriting and voice-over contributions to Disney’s 1955 film “Lady and the Tramp” eventually led to a lawsuit that won her video tape royalties decades later.
Fox 2000 has already done a lot of business with Witherspoon — in addition to “Best Laid Plans” and “Walk the Line” the studio is currently filming “Water for Elephants” with the actress starring for an April release. Studio head Elizabeth Gabler is overseeing the Lee project.
Repped by CAA and Management 360, Witherspoon’s last live-action role was in the 2008 comedy “Four Christmases.” In addition to “Elephants,” she has the James Brooks film “How Do You Know” coming out from Columbia in December and the action comedy “This Means War” in development at Fox proper.
The CAA-repped Ephron last wrote and directed “Julie & Julia.”
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