Nick Hornby To Adapt Cheryl Strayed Memoir ‘Wild’ For Reese Witherspoon And River Road
EXCLUSIVE: After seeing so many of his novels turned into films, Nick Hornby is taking on the work of a peer. He has signed to write the script for Wild, the bestselling Cheryl Strayed memoir that Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea have set up with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Witherspoon and Papandrea will produce with Pohlad, who’ll finance development.
In Wild, Strayed tells the inspiring story of a woman who tries to rebuild her shattered life by taking on a mission not seen in film since Forrest Gump ran across the country. Traumatized by the death of her mother and then the breakup of her marriage, Strayed made the impulsive decision to try regaining her mojo by taking on an 1100-mile solo hike along the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State. Despite no experience in long-distance hiking, she succeeded and in the process pulled herself back together. Wild is among several female-driven projects that Witherspoon and Papandrea have put in development since they formed Pacific Standard last March; others include the Gillian Flynn novel Gone Girl, Mitch Larson’s Pennyroyal’s Boot Camp, and Pharm Girl. Just as important, Wild creates an opportunity for Witherspoon to play a strong heroine, the role she shines in most brightly.
After premiering at Cannes earlier this year, Reese’s upcoming movie Mud will now also screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January! Let’s hope she will make her first trip to the indie fest for 17 years
Sundance 2013: 3 Noncompetition Category Lineups Unveiled
Films featuring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Jon Cryer will play at the festival in Park City.
The Sundance Film Festival unveiled on Thursday the selections for three noncompetition categories that often produce films that become crowd favorites and which this year feature such stars as Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Jon Cryer.
The festival’s Spotlight section, comprised mostly of international films, focuses on movies that will have screened elsewhere before the festival; Park City at Midnight includes horror, action and other genre films; while New Frontier showcases experimental cinema and also features art installation.
The selections for the 11-day festival’s two remaining noncompetition categories will be announced Dec. 3. In addition to Park City, films will be screened in Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. The festival runs Jan. 17-27.
There are also a handful of big names appearing in Spotlight and Park City at Midnight films. McConaughey and Witherspoon star in Jeff Nichols’ Mud, about two boys who encounter a fugitive and help him evade bounty hunters. The film is screening in the Spotlight section. Park City at Midnight film Ass Backwards, which features Vincent D’Onofrio, Alicia Silverstone and Cryer, centers on two loveable losers who take a road trip to their hometown to claim the beauty pageant crown that eluded them as children. The film is from director Chris Nelson and screenwriters June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson, who also star in the comedy.
This year, 113 feature-length films representing 32 countries were selected for Sundance; the haul includes projects from 51 first-time filmmakers — including 27 films that are in competition. These projects were selected from 12,146 submissions, 429 more than last year. There are 16 films in both the U.S. dramatic and documentary competition sections, and 12 films in both the world cinema dramatic and documentary sections.
Mud / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeff Nichols) — Two teenage boys encounter a fugitive and form a pact to help him evade the bounty hunters on his trail and reunite him with his true love. Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, Reese Witherspoon. North American Premiere
The Hollywood Reporter has a new article about three of Hollywood’s current most popular authors and the stars who are bringing their books to the big screen. Gillian Flynn, who wrote Gone Girl – which Reese bought the film rights too – is one of the authors, and poses alongside Reese for a photoshoot for the publication.
See the photo in our Gallery and read the blurb that came with it below. Read THR’s interview with Gillian Flynn at their website (there is no mention of Reese in it).
Gillian Flynn and Reese Witherspoon, Stephenie Meyer and ‘The Host’ Cast: Authors With Their Stars
Three of The Hollywood Reporter’s most powerful authors pose with the talent who will bring their characters to life.
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl drew the attention of Reese Witherspoon, who read the novel before it was even published on a recommendation from screenwriter Leslie Dixon. Witherspoon says she was impressed with the way Flynn was able to effectively tell the story from both male and female perspectives while also employing a nonlinear structure. “It’s just an incredible feat that Gillian was able to accomplish,” she says. “You really can’t anticipate where it’s going, but it’s one of those books you can’t stop reading.” The adaptation rights went to Fox in a summer auction for a reported $1.5 million; Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea and Dixon are producing.
Trips: You are an incubus. A hell-spawned incubus.
Ivy: Only a male can be an incubus. If anything, I’m a succubus.
Trips: Yeah, you got the ‘suck’ part right.
Yes, today we have screencaptures from another of Reese’s wisecracking 90’s classics – this time, Overnight Delivery! Reese played Ivy in this movie, alongside Paul Rudd as Trips, and it is definitely one of my favourite Reese movies. It’s a funny, wild and madcap road-trip movie, and Reese and Paul Rudd are both hilarious in it and have such great chemistry. It’s too bad they didn’t make a sequel showing their journey home/wherever else Ivy planned to take them I wish this movie was more readily available. As such, I have searched high and low and the only screencaptures I could make from this film were small and not the best of quality, unfortunately. However I am still happy to be able to add caps from this film at all, so I hope you enjoy them too.
If you haven’t seen Overnight Delivery yet then I’d definitely recommend trying to track down a copy to watch!
After making screencaptures from the recent Ellen appearance (see the update below – don’t miss it!) I noticed I still had to add screencaptures from Reese’s appearance on Letterman earlier this year, so I have now done that. Reese looked really beautiful in a little red dress – I think it looks much nicer here than it did when she was pictured arriving at the studios. The interview was brilliant – I love hearing Reese talk about her kids and her mum, and the stories she told were hilarious. Watch/re-watch the interview here.
And here are the screencaptures of a very pretty and expressive Reese:
A couple of months ago Reese made a quick appearance in the ‘Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie’ feature on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Reese played along with the fun, and even got to put a ballerina tutu and tiara on – adorable! The segment is so funny and sweet – give it a watch below, and find screencaptures in our Gallery
(September 12th) Plus, it’s the two most adorable girls in daytime television in their very own segment! SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE are inviting some of the biggest stars in Hollywood over for tea! They’re kicking off our brand new segment on their very own set with the uncompromisingly charming REESE WITHERSPOON! It’s the first ever “Tea Time with Sophia Grace & Rosie!”
She’s the mom of an 8-year-old herself, so Reese had no problem connecting with our two pint-sized hosts. See what the A-lister had to talk to them about over tea!
Keen-eyed visitors will notice that I updated the Gallery with a new-old photo of Reese last weekend – the picture was taken for the New York Times in 1998 whilst Reese was promoting Pleasantville. It’s a simple but pretty picture of Reese, and a rare one too.
See the photo in the Gallery, and read the accompanying interview from 1998 below.
THE NEW SEASON/FILM: UP AND COMING: Reese Witherspoon; Commitment, Success and the Age of Ambivalence
September 13, 1998
DISCUSSING her career recently, the actress Reese Witherspoon felt compelled to make a confession. ”I use this threat, whenever I get disappointed with the movie business,” she said, lowering her voice and narrowing her cornflower-blue eyes ominously. ”I say, ‘This is it — I’m going to med school!’ I would love to be a pediatric surgeon.” Chatting in a TriBeCa restaurant, Ms. Witherspoon veered from such pensive asides to moments in which she spoke giddily, even rhapsodically, about life as a fledgling 22-year-old movie star.
In one breath, she would gush about how exciting it was to work with Paul Newman and Susan Sarandon in the thriller ”Twilight,” released earlier this year, or to act opposite her boyfriend, Ryan Phillippe, in the forthcoming ”Cruel Intentions,” an updating of ”Les Liaisons Dangereuses.” In the next, she would lament the way that the news media glorify her profession. ”I’m so tired of reading about these ridiculous actors and their ridiculous lives,” she said, sounding convincingly jaded.
The women that Ms. Witherspoon has played on screen, particularly in smaller films like 1995’s ”Fear” and ”Freeway,” have also been complex, sometimes contradictory creatures; and the four characters she will introduce this fall and winter prove no exception.
Congratulations to Reese for scoring a nomination for Favourite Comedic Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards! Voting is now open – and you can vote as many times as you want – at peopleschoiceawards.com. Voting is closed on December 9th, and the ceremony takes place on January 13th.
Below is some information on the different ways you can vote. Once you’ve decided how to do it then go vote for Miss Reese!
You voted for categories in September. You voted for nominees in October. Now, starting today on November 15, you are officially invited to vote for the winners!
Our 2013 nominees were announced this morning at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, and what an awesome collection of nominees they are. As you know, at the People’s Choice Awards, we are all about the people. To make sure that your voice is heard as loud and as clear as possible, we’ve created several different platforms from which you can cast your votes. Check them out below:
PeoplesChoice.com – The main voting hub is sitting pretty right on this very website! Click around to all of the different categories and make sure you vote, vote, vote!
Facebook – If you’re anything like us at the PCA HQ, you’re on Facebook 24/7 anyway. So if you can’t make it all the way over to PeoplesChoice.com, head to our official Facebook page (Facebook.com/PeoplesChoice) and vote right there. You can personalize your page, share votes with your friends and even RSVP to the People’s Choice Awards on January 9!
Twitter – Talk about sharing your votes, how about TWEETING your votes! Like the last few years, we have once again enabled voting on Twitter. It’s super simple and a great way to show support for your favorites in movies, music and TV: After voting on the web or Facebook, you’ll be asked to “Tweet your vote.” Once you choose that option, you will automatically cast a second vote through your twitter account. Best of all, retweets count too!
Mobile Apps – Everyone please help me welcome our brand new iPhone and iPad voting apps! In addition to the Android app that was introduced two years ago, the iOS apps let you vote for the 2013 PCA winners, check out red carpet and backstage photos & videos and vote in our daily polls – all on your handheld! So if you find yourself out of the house and wanting to vote on the go, head to the App Store or Android Marketplace and download this FREE app now.
There you have it! You can vote as early and as often as you like until December 13. So what are you waiting for? Start voting NOW!
It seems that Wild, the book that Reese bought the rights to for her production company, is moving forward, with book author Cheryl Strayed tweeting that Nick Hornby is on board to write the script:
Nick Hornby’s desktop: Wild script in progress. (Squeal!) fb.me/2tBbUXwn5
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) November 8, 2012
I’ve got my hands on a copy of the This Means War DVD this weekend, and have added screencaptures from the extras for you. Unfortunately there were only 3 deleted scenes and 3 alternate endings on it. The deleted scenes were funny – especially the one where Lauren freaks out – but you can see why they were cut. The alternate endings were … well, better than the actual ending, in my opinion!! I’m still disappointed by who she chose, and just hope that Reese works with the other guy again in the future Still, enough of my opinion, here are the screencaptures …
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Menu’s x
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Deleted Scene: Post Pizza x35
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Deleted Scene: Ex-Girlfriends x64
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Deleted Scene: Lauren Freaking Out x120
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Alternate Ending: Warehouse Alternate Ending x62
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Alternate Ending: Alternate Ending #1 x3
• This Means War > DVD Screencaptures – Alternate Ending: Alternate Ending #2 x7