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
Last night Reese made her first public appearance since giving birth to Tennessee James, at the opening of the new rag & bone Flagship store in Los Angeles. She looked pretty in a little blue dress, and posed with fellow comedienne Cameron Diaz. The first photos have been added to our Gallery, and I will be on the lookout for more in the coming days.
Welcome back Reese!
Flix666 and CinemaBlend report that Reese’s 2002 romcom Sweet Home Alabama is being released on Bluray to celebrate the film’s 10th anniversary! The bluray will hit stores on November 6th 2012. However, they haven’t put any additional extras on the bluray, and are instead just keeping the ones on the DVD:
– Eight deleted scenes introduced by director Andy Tennant
– Alternate ending with introduction
– Director’s Audio Commentary
– Music video, “Mine All Mine”
In other Sweet Home Alabama news, Cinema Blend also report on another interesting tidbit about the film:
Sony Pictures had a huge weekend, with both the animated Hotel Transylvania and the time-travel thriller Looper performing better than expected to take the #1 and #2 spots at the box office, respectively. The Adam Sandler-voiced Hotel was the biggest winner by far, though, with an estimated $43 million weekend haul that doesn’t just make it #1, but sets a new September record– and knocks out a really, really unexpected champion.
When you think of movies that hold box office records, especially for opening weekend, you think of mammoths like The Avengers, or even middlebrow stuff that just happened to open in a slow period, like Cloverfield. But until Hotel Transylvania came along this weekend (article dated Sept. 30th 2012), the record for the biggest September opening of all time was held by none other than Sweet Home Alabama, the 2002 Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy that I was honestly certain nobody remembered at all. The film opened to $35 million 10 years ago, and because September is such a historically slow box office period, it hasn’t been toppled since, even by strong offerings like Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs ($30 million in 2009) and Eagle Eye ($29 million in 2008).
Earlier this year it was reported that Reese would be starring in ‘One Hit Wonder’, a musical comedy to be directed by Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Vulture.com are now reporting that Murphy is still working on the script, so there could still be life in it:
Back in February, Ryan Murphy went out to dinner with Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, and Cameron Diaz, and they all decided that it would be fun to make a movie-musical. Lo, One Hit Wonders — about a handful of washed-up nineties musicians who form a pop supergroup — was born. At last night’s God’s Love We Deliver event, Ryan Murphy told us he’s still working on the script, but there is one plot point on which he is decided: M.C. Gwyneth Paltrow and D.J. Jazzy Cameron Diaz (of the infamous Chelsea Handler video) will not be making an appearance. “No rapping. No,” he said firmly. And then once more to be clear: “No. It’s much more about pop music.” Sorry, M.C. Gwyneth!
Reese fanatics, I am so excited to share this update with you – I’ve now added over 450 photos from Reese’s appearances in 2002! As with 2001, this is another of my favourite years of Reese, as she looked so pretty and fantastic at all the events. Plus it was the year I became a big Reese fan, so the pics make me feel very nostalgic! I really love all the photos, but the Oscars and Sweet Home Alabama dresses are definitely two of my all-time favourite looks from her – the Oscars one is just perfect classic Old Hollywood. The two press conference sets are adorable too.
So, jump on in and have a look and enjoy the classic Reese….
I have another great update for you today, fellow Reese fans – I’ve added 15 super-rare HQ stills from Reese’s appearance on SNL way back in 2001! As you can see, she took part in a variety of skits alongside SNL stars such as Will Ferrell, and she seemed to fit right in!
Check them out exclusively in the Glamour Reese gallery…
It seems that Uggie the dog can add writing to his list of many talents, as he is releasing a book about his Hollywood life, entitled ‘Uggie – My Story’. In it, he dishes about working with Miss Reese on Water For Elephants, and recalls his experiences with RPattz on the same film
Reese Witherspoon: His Water for Elephants co-star loomed large from their first day on set.
“I adored her. On or off screen, the atmosphere between us was electrically charged,” writes Uggie. “Recently divorced and with two small children, Miss W was surely in need of a new leading man in her life?”
Robert Pattinson: Uggie confesses that his Water for Elephants co-star “broke into giggles” over the dog’s loud snoring. There was clearly some on-set jealousy.
“I never really got what the fuss was over Mr. P by the way (or RPattz, as his fans call him),” Uggie writes. “On any given day there’d be hordes of young female humans screaming for him at the studio gates, but the supposedly smoldering biped couldn’t even skateboard as well as me.” Meow!