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Take a behind-the-scenes look at how American Humane Association’s Certified Animal Safety Representatives ensured that “No Animals Were Harmed” during the filming of “Water for Elephants,” including clips of the film’s stars, Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson.
As posted about a while ago, Reese is on the cover of the May issue of US Vogue. Well I am now finally able to provide you with more coverage from the issue! My fabulous friend Luciana has sent me some perfect HQ photos from the Water For Elephants themed photoshoot, and Vogue.com have also posted the interview, which you can read below.
Now all we need is scans of the magazine! Let me know if you can help with this
What do you think about the new photoshoot and interview? I think the interview is great, and shows off the ‘new’ Reese. She seems really happy and contented at the moment, which is wonderful!
Reese Witherspoon: A Day at the Circus
On March 26, Reese Witherspoon was married to talent manager Jim Toth in a simple, elegant affair at her ranch in Ojai, California. Vogue’s Jonathan Van Meter spoke to the actress a few months before her wedding and discovered that, although the actress learned to ride an elephant for her role in the film, that’s nothing compared to balancing fame, love, and family.
Here she comes, waving like Miss America but looking like a blonde Audrey Hepburn. She is dressed in all black—leggings, cardigan, Wayfarers, and a kitten heel. The wave is hilariously exuberant, and even from a block away, as she strides purposefully toward me, I can see that the smile is comic: forced and way too big. And with that one winning gesture—a perfectly timed little burst of goofball—Reese Witherspoon signals that she is not only painfully aware that the sidewalk has suddenly become a runway lined with paparazzi yelling her name on an otherwise quiet Thursday afternoon in Santa Monica, but also that she is OK with it. Look at my weird life! she shouts without saying a word.
It’s a beautiful sunny day in early February, and we are meeting at the Blue Plate Oysterette, a hip little seafood joint not far from the Santa Monica Pier. Witherspoon, still at the curb, stares at the outside tables for a moment and then looks back at the photographers in the street still snapping away. She glances at the hostess, then at me, and finally says, with an ironic exclamation point, “How about inside!”
This weekend, the angry and not-so-angry birds of the 3D animated smash Rio held onto the top spot at the North American box office for a second weekend in a row. Results for the Easter frame’s three new releases were good as the Tyler Perry comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family, the circus romance Water for Elephants, and the nature documentary African Cats all connected with their respective audiences. Ticket sales for the Top 20 were up a sharp 40% from a year ago which was not a holiday session, but down a troubling 23% from 2010′s record Easter weekend. Most holdovers did remain strong though.
Still attracting large crowds, Rio fended off the Tyler Perry machine to retain the number one spot with an estimated $26.8M over the holiday weekend dropping only 32% from its debut to boost the ten-day tally to a muscular $81.3M. The hold was on par with what Fox saw nine years ago with Ice Age which fell 35% in its second weekend in March 2002 which was not a holiday. With schools out on Good Friday, Rio had a more available audience that day helping to cushion the blow. Both films were directed by Carlos Saldanha as were the Ice Age sequels.
Rio’s sophomore decline was almost even with last spring’s leggy hit How To Train Your Dragon which slipped 34%, but easily bested the second weekend drops for recent spring toons Rango (-41%), Monsters vs. Aliens (-45%), and Horton Hears a Who (-45%). At its current pace, Rio could find its way to the neighborhood of $160M from North America and plenty more overseas. The international haul after three weeks soared to $204.7M after a sturdy $44.2M international frame putting the global gross at a towering $286M with much more to come. The worldwide take should easily climb past the $500M mark in the coming weeks as 3D animated kidpics, especially ones set outside of the U.S., travel very well.
Tyler Perry scored the fourth biggest opening of his career with his latest comedy Madea’s Big Happy Family which debuted close behind in second place with an estimated $25.8M from 2,288 theaters for a robust $11,254 average. While on its way to being another moneymaker for the filmmaker and Lionsgate, this new PG-13 entry showed some audience erosion when compared to the director’s past films. Happy fell behind the openings of Perry’s last two Madea pics – 2006′s Madea’s Family Reunion ($30M) and 2009′s Madea Goes to Jail ($41M). Perry’s most recent comedy, last year’s Why Did I Get Married Too which bowed on Good Friday as well, also debuted better with $29.3M.
While Tyler Perry films tend to draw in his fan base on the first weekend and suffer large declines in following weeks – his films tend to make 45-48% of their totals in the first three days – Happy scored a rare A CinemaScore so word-of-mouth could allow for a slightly better road ahead. African Americans made up the usual share of the audience (81%) but females were a somewhat smaller portion of the crowd at 72%. Married Too was 80% female.
Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson drew a solid crowd for their romantic drama Water for Elephants which premiered in third place with an estimated $17.5M. Based on the best-selling novel, the PG-13 film averaged $6,212 from 2,817 locations and played heavily to female audiences, lovers of the book, and Twilight fans that follow Pattinson religiously. Critics had mixed feelings but the built-in audiences came out anyway giving Fox the best opening for an adult drama this year so far. Mature-skewing thrillers and comedies have done exceptionally well this year, but regular dramas have seen more modest numbers on the first weekend. An A- CinemaScore suggests a good run ahead as counter-programming to a steady diet of testosterone flicks about to attack multiplexes.
You probably didn’t need an excuse to watch “Water for Elephants” again (you did watch it this weekend right?), but we’re going to go ahead and give you one anyway. You see, the movie is full of amazing outfits (Reese Witherspoon wears some of our favorites), but there’s so much more to each look than meets the eye. We spoke to costume designer Jacqueline West to get the scoop on the real meaning behind the styles. If you haven’t seen the film yet, proceed with caution as there are some SPOILERS ahead. If you have, go ahead and indulge in the descriptions below.
The White Dress: One of Reese’s softer looks in the film. The Meaning: “The first time we see her she’s in a white dress. That’s when she’s still hopeful of becoming this famous, famous circus act and her marriage is still intact with August, even though he’s difficult in that scene…she’s still very hopeful.”
The Red Dress: A sultry but fitted gown that drapes Reese perfectly. The Meaning: “The red dress I thought was a great symbol of her infatuation with Rob, the first time that they danced in the speakeasy and they kiss in the alley, and I thought that’s red for amore.”
The Black Dress: A long, elegant number that reveals her back. Jacqueline told us it had to be low in the front to display the necklace August eventually rips off. The Meaning: “The black dress for when she jumps off the train with him and she gets in the fight and August rips her necklace off. That’s when things become darker and scary and she’s really, you know, thrown almost into Rob’s arms for survival and safety, aside from being in love with him.”
In essence, the colors Jacqueline chose for Reese told her character’s story without actually saying a word. Now, do you see what we mean about wanting to watch it again with all this in mind?
The Water For Elephants press tour has now moved to Europe, and last night Reese and co attended a premiere for the movie in Paris! Reese looked absolutely gorgeous in a little red Giambiattista Valli one shoulder dress, with Cartier earrings.
Over 100 HQ photos have been added to the Gallery, and you can scroll on down this post to find some videos of fan-filmed footage from the event.
Didn’t Reese looks incredible at the Water For Elephants premiere last night? Definitely one of my favourite looks from her in a while. Unfortunately I am not able to update the site with photos today because of some on-going, seemingly unsolveable computer problems. I am so sorry about this, Reese fans! I wish I was able to update with everything but until things are fixed I can’t. I’m hoping everything will be sorted by the end of this week, and I’ll keep you posted on our Twitter page.
In the meantime though, you can watch Reese’s appearance on Good Morning America earlier today below. I’ll add screencaps as soon as I am able to update again.
Stay tuned Reese fans, I’ll have some fantastic updates for you very soon!
The New York City premiere of Water For Elephants is currently in progress and the first photos are now popping up online! Reese looks gorgeous in a little white puffy Jason Wu dress and her hair up. Below are a few preview photos, and we will have a full – and no doubt huge – batch for you in the coming days, along with videos, tidbits, quotes etc.
You can also view lots of fan-taken photos from the premiere here. Speaking of fan-taken photos, if you were lucky enough to attend the big event and managed to snap Miss Reese then we’d love to see your photos! Get in touch if you’d like to share your pics
Thanks to my friend Maria for her help with these photos.