Cheryl Strayed optioned the movie rights for her acclaimed memoir “Wild” to Reese Witherspoon’s production company and admits it will be strange to see her story as a film — with the Oscar winner portraying her on the big screen.
Strayed will serve as an associate producer and consultant on the film adaptation, which will be written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”).
The moving memoir documents her gruelling, solo 1,770-kilometre hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon — with no previous experience as a long-distance hiker. Strayed makes the impulsive decision to embark on the journey following her mother’s death and the subsequent fracturing of her family and marriage — all part of a harrowing downward spiral.
“Inevitably, there are going to be scenes that are very close to the book … that they take almost exactly how it is in the book, and it’ll be very strange for me to see somebody who’s playing me. That’s the weird part,” Strayed said in an interview at Random House of Canada’s downtown offices during a promotional tour.
“I’m going to watch a famous actress playing a younger version of myself,” she added, laughing. “It’s just strange all around.”
Screencaptures from the final two episodes of Return To Lonesome Dove have now been made and uploaded to our Gallery! Reese was in these episodes less than the first two, but her fleeting scenes were still highlights and as I said before, I really enjoyed her performance as Ferris.
Screencaps from Overnight Delivery, Jack The Bear and a few from the animated Trumpet Of The Swan will be up soon to complete our set of screencaptures in the Gallery! (We are still missing Desperate Choices, but I nor our previous owners were ever able to find that – so if you can help us out with getting it, please let me know – thanks!).
Way back in 1993, Reese starred in Return To Lonesome Dove, an unapproved (by the novel writer) tv mini-series adaptation of the popular Lonesome Dove western novel series. Reese played Ferris, the young wife of powerful rancher Gregor Dunnigan. I’ve got my hands on a copy of the DVD and have now added screencaptures from the first 2 episodes.
While I didn’t particularly enjoy the series as a whole, I thought Reese put in a strong performance, and one of the most mature of her career (don’t forget that she was 16/17 when she made this!!). Her character Ferris was wise beyond her years, loyal and devoted, but also had a young and flirty side to her, and the way Reese played her made me really feel for Ferris. I’d recommend it because of adorable young Reese, and her enjoyable performance.
Browse through exclusive screencaps from the first 2 episodes in our Gallery! Caps from the 3rd & 4th eps will be added within the next few days.
• Return to Lonesome Dove > Episode 1 ‘The Vision’ Screencaptures x93
• Return to Lonesome Dove > Episode 2 ‘The Forge’ Screencaptures x152
• Return to Lonesome Dove > DVD Screencaptures – Cast & Crew x4
I am back with more film screencaptures for you, and today we have beautiful HD caps from Reese’s 2004 movie, Vanity Fair. They are once again thanks to my friend Maria. This is one of only a few of Reese’s movies that I haven’t seen, so I can’t comment on the movie itself, but the screencaptures are – as with all HD caps – gorgeous, and it looks like Reese got to use her charming smile a lot as the social climber Becky Sharp.
• Vanity Fair > Film Screencaptures x1,294
Lionsgate, Roadside sling Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud’
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in advanced discussions to acquire U.S. rights to Jeff Nichols’ “Mud,” which stars Matthew McConaughey as the title character, along with Reese Witherspoon and Michael Shannon. Distribs plan a 2013 release.
Cannes competition pic was fully financed by Everest Entertainment (“127 Hours”), which produced with overseas distributor FilmNation Entertainment.
Redemptive coming-of-age tale follows a dangerous yet charismatic fugitive named Mud (McConaughey) and his unlikely friendship with Arkansas teens Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), who help Mud escape from the law and bounty hunters. Witherspoon plays Mud’s soulmate Juniper, with whom he’s desperately trying to reunite.
Pic also stars Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson, Ray McKinnon and Joe Don Baker.
Everest founder Lisa Maria Falcone produced with FilmNation’s Aaron Ryder and Sarah Green, who exec produced Nichols’ drama “Take Shelter.” Everest’s Tom Heller and Gareth Smith exec produced with FilmNation CEO Glen Basner, whose company handled international sales. FilmNation also repped domestic rights along with CAA.
“We have had an extraordinary journey with this film so far, from the rivers of rural Arkansas to the French Riviera, and it is fitting that our next step is with partners like Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions,” said Falcone. “Their teams share our passion for unconventional, unique material, and they have a deep understanding of how to bring such distinctive films to market.”
Reese is featured on the cover of the September issue of Elle Decor magazine, with a large spread looking at her beautiful Californian home inside. The article talks about the history of the house, how it’s been developed, and how Reese and her designers have added to the property to tailor it to Reese. Reese talks about her reasons for buying the house, and adds that she sees herself as it’s “care-taker”, rather than the owner.
In our Gallery you can find a full set of scans from the magazine, the photoshoot pictures of Reese, plus the images of the house itself. You can read the full article in the scans, as well as at the Elle Decor website here.
Thanks Zuzi for the heads-up on this.
The Hollywood Reporter: Reese Witherspoon is heading back into romantic comedy territory with The Beard.
Chernin Entertainment has dipped into its discretionary fund to pick up the project, a spec script by Becca Greene.
Witherspoon will star in the project and produce with Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping of Cherinin Entertainment and Mason Novick.
While it might be tempting to see a story about Witherspoon growing facial hair, the “beard” in the title refers to a member of the opposite sex — usually a woman — who acts as a date for a gay person, giving the illusion the person isn’t gay. Story details were not revealed.
Witherspoon is shooting Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s take on the West Memphis Three murder case that also stars Colin Firth. She also has the indie drama Mud, with Matthew McConaughey, in the can. Her most recently romantic comedy was the action-filled This Means War with Tom Hardy and Chris Pine; the movie grossed $156 million worldwide.
Green was a staff writer on Good Vibes, an MTV series of animated shorts created by David Gordon Green and starring the voices of Adam Brody and Josh Gad. This is her first feature script.
Witherspoon is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Hansen Jacobson. Greene is repped by CAA and managers Novick and Michelle Knudsen.
After much hard work today, our Media section is now back up and running! I have re-added all pages, and added new media into them. New additions include AIM Icons, Bookmarks, Desktop Icons, Fan Signs, i-Backgrounds and Twitter backgrounds … pretty much every page in there. We also have some shiny new wallpapers kindly made and contributed to Glamour Reese by Larissa – thank you!
As I’ve mentioned before, our previous Fanarchive section was lost somewhere along the line when the site changed owners and hosts, so unfortunately all the media we housed in there was lost too. Which is such a shame, because I know it was packed full of your artwork!!
If anyone has any Reese media of any kind that they’d like to contribute and see displayed up here on Glamour Reese then please get in touch! We’d love to display your work, and would make sure you get a big fat credit for it
new Reese media of all shapes and sizes – click to browse!
Today I have added screencaps from Best Laid Plans to our Gallery. This is one of my favourite movies of Reese’s – I really enjoyed it, and thought it was a good little twisty thriller. I also liked seeing her work with Alessandro Nivola and Josh Brolin. Admittedly Reese doesn’t have much to do as Lissa, but her character is at the centre of the film’s plot. This seems to be one of Reese’s lesser talked about films, which I think is a shame.
Check out screencaps from the film in our Gallery. What did you think of Best Laid Plans? Do you think it deserves more attention in Reese’s filmography than it gets?
Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Payne: A Starry, Starry Night in Chicago
It was certainly a starry night in Chicago on June 23 when three major cinematic forces came together for a brilliant evening of food and film. Nestled in the back of the Ritz Carlton, Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Alexander Payne moderated an intimate post-dinner Q&A with Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon at the annual Gene Siskel Film Center benefit, which also honored Ms. Witherspoon with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Renaissance Award.
While Witherspoon and Payne are clearly powerhouses of modern cinema, The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute has been a guiding light of film programming for 40 years, “presenting independent and international cinema, film festivals, cutting edge programs, premieres, retrospectives and classic films. Recognized internationally for its original film programming, the Film Center annually presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances to more than 80,000 film enthusiasts.” Proceeds from the benefit will support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s programs, including lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.
Early in the evening, current programming director of the Gene Siskel Film Center, Barbara Scharres, was highlighted for her tremendous accomplishments in eclectic, meaningful and visionary programming. Later, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow congratulated Reese in a playful video that played before a packed room of Gene Siskel Film Center supporters. The evening concluded with the president of the School of the Art Institute, Walter Massey, and Chairman of the GSFC Advisory Board, Ellen Sandor, presenting Ms. Witherspoon with the Renaissance Award.