2012 may well go down as the official “Year of the Mom,” with motherhood taking center stage in the bright – and sometimes glaring – spotlight of the media.
The International Mothers Hall of Fame (IMHOF) with the message that “Every day should be Mother’s Day, released its list of this year’s Hall of Fame honorees Monday, April 23.
For 45-years the IMHOF, a non-profit organization founded by Texas businessman Doug Stroud, has worked to promote the positive messages of motherhood. Since its inception, more than 250,000 women have been inducted into its Hall of Fame by people who love them.
This year the International Mothers Hall Of Fame begins a new tradition, an annual list of women chosen to be honored as “International Mothers of the Year.” Selected by the IMHOF Board of Directors, the yearly list will comprise a mix of women from different backgrounds who have all made motherhood headlines in a positive way.
Some will be famous, some known best only to those that love them most, but all the women, spokesmen say, will be part of the great sisterhood of mothers and that makes them heroes because every mother is one. This year’s honorees are:
Victoria Beckham, singer and fashion designer
Lisa Belkin, Huffington Post journalist
Stephanie Decker, Indiana housewife and tornado survivor
Betty DeGeneres, author & activist
Michelle Obama, first lady: wife of President Barack Obama
Meredith Olafson, North Dakota nurse and surrogate mother
Holly Robinson Peete, actress and television host
Ann Romney, philanthropist and wife of Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney
Summer Sanders, Olympic medalist
** Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award-winning actress
Reese Witherspoon says giving birth is “very intense”.
The actress is believed to be expecting her third child, but is yet to confirm the pregnancy.
In an interview conducted before she was spotted showing off a visible baby bump, Reese discussed her experiences of labour.
She has two children – 12-year-old Ava and Deacon, eight – with her ex-husband Ryan Phillippe and admits becoming a mother changed how she looks at herself.
“Giving birth is a very intense, also on a physical level,” she is quoted as saying by Italian magazine Gioia. “But now I am aware of my body, and I feel sensual. When I was young I was unsure about my body. Now it’s different – I have cellulite and stretch marks.”
The 36-year-old star is happily married to Hollywood agent Jim Toth.
They are believed to have told their close friends and family that they are expecting their first child together.
Reese loves being a mom and her children will always come first in her life. The close-knit family enjoy being outdoors and keeping active.
“I am trying to spend as much time as possible with my children,” she explained. “We go to the cinema, we walk and sing. Ava loves running and Deacon loves riding. We have a ranch in Ojai with a lot of different farm animals. We spend a lot of time looking after them.”
When Reese isn’t working or exercising with her family, she loves cooking up a storm in her kitchen. She learned how to prepare her favourite meals from her grandmother.
“I grew up in Tennessee and I love cooking. Food is part of the culture in the South. I am great at preparing traditional dishes like fried chicken or recipes with cabbage,” she added. “I am also good at making grits. I learnt these recipes from my grandma, an amazing cook.”
Walter Salles’ On the Road, Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy and Michael Haneke’s Amour will join Rust and Bone by Jacques Audiard and David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis for a trip to the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival.
Also screening in the competition are Holy Motors by Leos Carax, The Angels’ Share by Ken Loach, John Hillcoat’s Lawless, which stars Shia LaBoeuf, Tom Hardy, Guy Pearce and Gary Oldman alongside Jessica Chastain in a Prohibition-era drama, and more U.S. titles such as Jeff Nichols’ Mud and Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly with Brad Pitt and Ray Liotta. All in all, U.S. filmmakers will have a strong presence on the Croisette this year.
President Gilles Jacob and artistic director Thierry Fremaux announced the official selection for the May 16-27 festival at a press conference in Paris late Thursday morning.
While the 2011 competition lineup was light on U.S. directors and star power, the Cannes team certainly made up for it this year. “American cinema has come back relatively en force,” Fremaux said.
Pitt, Robert Pattinson, Nicole Kidman and Marion Cotillard and Matthew McConaughey — who both have multiple projects in Cannes — will add glam to the fest as they make their way down the world’s most famous cinema catwalk.
Reese stepped out in Hollywood last night for the premiere of Paul McCartney’s star-studded music video for his new single ‘My Valentine’. And guess what? She is definitely pregnant – her bump was slightly disguised but still visible under her pretty Stella McCartney black dress! It’s so great to see that these rumours were true, and I admire Reese even more for just letting the pictures do the talking and not releasing a statement about it. She looks fabulous.
Check out 60+ photos – over half of which are in pretty HQ – from the event in our Gallery, and scroll on down this post to read more about the event, plus watch the music video itself (Reese is not in it).
I rented a copy of Monsters Vs Aliens to see if Reese was featured in any of the extras, and lucky for us, she was! The Modern Monster Movie-Making featurette on the DVD had footage of the main cast in the studio recording their voices, and there is a short but sweet bit on Reese. In it, she talks about breaking the speakers with her shrieking, and how funny some of the lines were. I’ve added screencaps from this featurette to our Gallery, and I also decided to make a few caps from it of Reese’s character Susan Ginormica.
If you’re interested in seeing more, better quality, screencaps of Reese’s character in this movie then let me know, as I will be able to make HD caps from the film if you’re interested.
During our Birthday Special updates a few weeks ago I uploaded a ton of HQs from the Water For Elephants New York premiere, and today I have added the rest of the photos I had from that event – another 140+, all in HQ! I have to admit that I think this look has overtaken the Just Like Heaven premiere as my all-time favourite Reese look – she just looks perfect here, I think! I adore her Jason Wu dress.
I also want to say a quick but big thank you to those of you that have posted comments here recently – I’m just going through them and replying. I really love reading your thoughts on Reese and our updates here, and I appreciate you taking the time to comment. I’m glad you enjoyed our Birthday Special!
Enjoy all the fantastic new HQ photos in the Gallery:
• “Water For Elephants” New York Premiere x147 more
They are the CIA’s best, trained for any situation…except one. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment plays the ultimate spy game as two best friends fight for the right of one woman’s hand in THIS MEANS WAR, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download May 22. Starring Academy Award® winner Reese Witherspoon* (Walk the Line), Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), the laugh-out-loud comedy gets even better on Blu-ray with three alternate endings that answer the question – what if she chose the other guy?
The world’s deadliest CIA operatives, FDR Foster (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy), are inseparable partners and best friends until they fall for the same woman (Witherspoon). Having once helped bring down entire enemy nations, they are now employing their incomparable skills and an endless array of high-tech gadgetry against their greatest nemesis – each other.
Directed by visionary filmmaker McG (*Charlie?s Angels*), *THIS MEANS
WAR *features a funny and talented supporting cast including Chelsea Handler (?Are You There, Chelsea??), Angela Bassett (*Notorious*) and Abigail Spencer (*Cowboys & Aliens*). The Blu-ray is loaded with special features including three alternate endings, an uncensored gag reel, outrageous bachelorette party, action-packed deleted scenes and commentaries by McG and more! The Blu-ray and DVD will be available for an average retail price of $25.00 and $20.00, respectively. Prebook is April 25.
THIS MEANS WAR Blu-ray Combo Pack Special Features
• Alternate Endings w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG
- Warehouse Alternate Ending
- Alternate Ending #1
- Alternate Ending #2
• Bachelorette Party
• Uncensored Gag Reel
• Deleted Scenes w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG
- Trish & Lauren Chat / Shooting Range
- Jonas’ Funeral
- Post Pizza
- Visiting Joe
- Lauren Freaking Out
• Alternative Opening Concept (Previz w/ Optional Commentary by Director McG)
• Audio Commentary by Director McG (standard and extended versions)
• Theatrical Trailer
I’ve finally found some video footage from Reese’s This Means War promotion in Brazil – watch a couple of clips from the press conference, and a short video of E! Brazil interviewing Reese at the premiere…
Watch this fantastic interview with Reese by Monsieur Hollywood. It’s really interesting hearing her talk about her past films, her career, and how she picks movies.
Back when she was in Rio earlier in the month, Reese gave an interview to a media website/TV show called Omelete. They talked about a variety of things including where Reese keeps her Oscar, whether she wants to go back to Stanford to study, her new film Mud, and more. Watch it below…
O Omelete esteve no Rio de Janeiro para entrevistar a atriz Reese Witherspoon, que veio ao Brasil divulgar Guerra É Guerra. Ela fala da sua participação na comédia romântica de ação, do seu Oscar, de seus projetos futuros e do que anda lendo ultimamente, entre outras curiosidades.