Reese Witherspoon’s Lifestyle Company Is Given a Name
Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-influenced lifestyle company has been given a name: Draper James — not to be confused with Mad Men’s Don Draper or anything. (The name is reportedly inspired by her grandparents.)
The Goop-like business also includes plans to open a retail store next year, reports E! news. Items that will be sold include bed and bath products, kitchenware, furniture, stationery, swimwear, fragrances and cosmetics. An official description calls Draper James a brand that “will emphasize [Witherspoon's] Southern roots and personal style.”
It was announced in March that the Devil’s Knot actress had hired C. Wonder president Andrea Hyde as CEO for her not-yet-named company at the time. Before Hyde’s role at C. Wonder, she was also CEO of French Connection and Nicole Farhi and previously held positions at Kenneth Cole, Gap Inc., Estee Lauder and Calvin Klein.
The first trailer for Gone Girl, the highly anticipated new movie directed by David Fincher and produced by Reese, was released earlier this week, and you can watch it below. Also within this post is a link to a video of Reese talking about producing the movie during last years Women In Hollywood event, and an article from E!Online with the rundown on the movie/book.
First Look At Reese Witherspoon in “Devil’s Knot”
“Devil’s Knot,” which hits theaters on May 9, is the true story of the infamous West Memphis 3 murder case, in which three teens were wrongly convicted of the deaths of three children. Reese Witherspoon stars as a mother of one of the victims. “The Insider” has your first look at the film ― check out this video for the sneak peek, and tune in to “The Insider With Yahoo” for the latest in entertainment news.
Reese Witherspoon Hires C. Wonder President Andrea Hyde
C. Wonder president Andrea Hyde has been hired by Reese Witherspoon to be chief executive officer of her as-yet-unnamed lifestyle company. The omnichannel venture, which will emphasize Witherspoon’s Southern roots and personal style, will launch in 2015. Hyde’s last day as president of C. Wonder will be Friday.
Hyde has been a president of Burch Creative Capital since 2011 and, for the past six months, has held the post of interim president of C. Wonder. Utilizing her strength in brand-building over multiple selling platforms, Hyde played a role in incubating multiple brands for Chris Burch. Prior to joining Burch Creative Capital, Hyde was ceo of French Connection and Nicole Farhi for almost eight years, where she was responsible for all aspects of the retail, wholesale and restaurant branded business for North America. She has also held management positions at Kenneth Cole and Gap Inc. She started her career at Estée Lauder and worked at Calvin Klein.
West Memphis Three drama ‘Devil’s Knot’ with Reese Witherspoon sets release date
Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s docudrama about the West Memphis Three, will arrive in U.S. theaters and on VOD on May 9th. Starring Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, the movie recounts the tragic true story of three missing boys in the religious community of Memphis, Ark., and the frenzied rush to justice that condemned three teenagers to prison for a horrific crime. The West Memphis Three — Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley Jr., and Jason Baldwin — were convicted in 1994 of murdering the three boys, in part because of hyped suspicions that the trio were satanists. Doubts about the three men’s guilt were widespread, though, and their plight became a cause célèbre that resulted in several documentaries that shed new light on the case.
In the film, Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, but her anguish gives way to doubts as community fears and hysteria gain momentum leading up to the trial. Firth plays Ron Lax, the private investigator who becomes suspicious of the community’s rush to judgment and pokes holes in the evidence used to convict the teenagers.
Reese Witherspoon Talks ‘Weak’ Female Characters And One Thing Women Should Focus On In 2014
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Reese Witherspoon attended a young women’s conference at her teenaged-daughter’s school in Los Angeles, Calif. last month and was in good company: she brought along her own mother, her good friend Mindy Kaling and joined notable women like Maria Shriver and Lisa Leslie for a day of events and discussions.
Witherspoon said of her 14-year-old daughter Ava, “I don’t need to teach her much. She has a lot of self-confidence. I came from a very long line of very strong, hard-working women. So I think she gets a lot of inspiration from her grandmothers on both sides.”
But Witherspoon’s children must certainly garner a healthy dose of inspiration from their own mother, too. Witherspoon won an Academy Award for her performance as June Carter (another fierce woman) in 2005’s “Walk The Line” and currently has four films in post-production, including the smash bestsellers “Gone Girl” and “Wild.” Witherspoon has two children with actor Ryan Phillippe and a toddler with new husband and agent Jim Toth. She might have won Hollywood’s heart in “Legally Blonde,” but she has since proven herself as an extremely talented actor, singer and producer.
The Huffington Post spoke with Witherspoon, 37, about accomplishing everything you want, taking on the challenging role of Cheryl Strayed in “Wild” and what the most important thing women can do in 2014 is.
How do you define success and do you consider yourself successful by that measure?
I think more and more for me, it’s about finding balance between work and family and finding time for myself. I think it’s sort of 30/30/30 — or trying to be at least. Right now it’s sort of like 50/20/5 [laughs]. I think it takes time. You just learn, as you get older, to carve out time for yourself and still accomplish everything that you want. And I’m still in the process of having huge goals and things that I want to accomplish. But I’m trying to do those things while still maintaining a little balance.
Reese Witherspoon & Mindy Kaling Prove They Have The Best Friendship
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling had a heart-to-heart conversation on Saturday; it just happened in a gymnasium full of teen girls and parents at Brentwood School in Los Angeles. For the school’s second Young Women’s Conference, the two actresses interviewed each other, and spoke bluntly about being underestimated, what their lives were like as teenagers and how one of them (read below!) is a “freeloader.”
Reese Witherspoon: I asked Mindy to do this with me because I’m terrible at speeches. I thought it would be interesting because we have been good friends for a while and when we talk, we run the gamut of conversations that women have about business and life. I just find her so inspirational, so we have prepared some questions for each other.
Mindy Kaling: We’re kind of the same age but you’ve been working for such a long time and you’re so accomplished. You act, produce and you’re a busy mom and wife. If you were a man, no one would ask you how you balance it all. They would just assume you can handle it. So I’m not going to ask you how you balance it all. But I will ask you what one thing is that you do just for you and for fun? My answer would be nail art. Like a 14-year-old girl.
RW: Few people know this about me, but I like to take hip-hop dance classes. I’m not saying I’m good at hip-hop dance classes, I just enjoy taking them.
MK: What level are you at?
RW: I’d say a one or a two. That’s the bottom. I liked taking dance classes when I was in high school and I was never any good at it. But they would bring three girls to the front and they’d say, “Okay, watch Sarah for her arms. And watch Lily for her legs. And watch Reese for her personality.”
Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara Comedy Gets Director
Anne Fletcher is in negotations to direct Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara in MGM’s comedy “Don’t Mess With Texas”.
Universal Pictures won the rights to the project last June with Witherspoon and Vergara already set to star. MGM picked up “Don’t Mess” when it went into turnaroud and is fully financing.
David Feeney and John Quaintance wrote the script about a cop and a prisoner on the run in Texas, with crooked cops in hot pursuit. Witherspoon will play the officer and Vergara will portray the prisoner.
Producers are Dana Fox along with Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea for their Pacific Standard production company.
Production is expected to take place during Vergara’s hiatus from the ABC’s “Modern Family” in the spring. Fletcher’s directing credits include “27 Dresses,” “The Proposal” and “The Guilt Trip.”
Fletcher is repped by UTA.
Reese Witherspoon, Lionsgate Teaming on Fantasy Trilogy ‘The Outliers’
Lionsgate has acquired feature film rights to Kimberly McCreight’s upcoming trilogy “The Outliers” with Todd Lieberman, David Hoberman, Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea producing.
Lionsgate touted the deal as marking another move into becoming a dominant player the young-adult genre following the successes of “The Twilight Saga” and “The Hunger Games.”
Story centers on a young woman who’s best friend goes missing and turns up in a remote spot in the woods with a group called the Outliers, who claim to be able to harness “intuition” and turn it into a powerful psychological weapon. She joins the Outliers but soon finds herself running for her life.
HarperCollins acquired North American publishing rights to McCreight’s upcoming trilogy earlier this year. The first book in the series will be published in late 2015. McCreight’s debut novel “Reconstructing Amelia” appeared on the New York Times hardbound bestseller list the first week after publication.
Witherspoon and Papandrea are producing through their Pacific Standard shingle. Lieberman and Hoberman are producing through their Mandeville Films banner, under which they produced Summit Entertainment’s “Warm Bodies” along with Papandrea.
“Warm Bodies” took in $117 million worldwide last year.
Erik Feig and Meredith Milton will oversee the project for the studio. Laura Cray will oversee the project on behalf of Mandeville Films. Robert Melnik negotiated the deal on behalf of the studio.
McCreight is represented by Resolution and Marly Rusoff & Associates Inc.
Reese Witherspoon No Longer Attached to Nancy Meyers’ ‘The Intern’
Nancy Meyers’ “The Intern” may have hit a snag, as sources tell Variety that star Reese Witherspoon is no longer involved in the project.
The Warner Bros. comedy was supposed to star Witherspoon and Robert De Niro but insiders tell Variety Witherspoon recently passed on the project, adding that her schedule likely pushed her away from the film.
Sources indicate the studio may approach “Bridesmaids” star Kristen Wiig as a replacement, but no offer has been made.
The news puts Meyers and the studio in a bit of a pickle, given that the movie was originally packaged as a Witherspoon-De Niro property before WB came on board. Witherspoon’s involvement is said to be a key reason the studio acquired “The Intern.”
The film was originally set up at Paramount with Michael Caine and Tina Fey circling the lead roles, but the studio put it in turnaround when a budget couldn’t be settled. Meyers then decided to pre-package before going out to other studios and was able to get negotiations for both stars started before last year’s American Film Market.
The CAA and LBI Entertainment-repped Witherspoon just wrapped the Fox Searchlight pic “Wild.”