As the Global Ambassador for the Avon Foundation, Reese Witherspoon knows that in the U.S. and worldwide, one in three women will experience domestic violence in their lifetimes. As a mother, she wants her kids to know that, too.
“We talk about domestic violence and what that means,” Witherspoon, 35, told PEOPLE Tuesday at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., about educating her own family.
“Although the concept is somewhat foreign to them, they’re starting to understand that this happens to families in our country and all throughout the world.”
Witherspoon’s two children – daughter Ava, 12, and son Deacon, 8 – have also talked with their mother about a recent public case: the felony assault by Chris Brown on then-girlfriend Rihanna in February 2009, after which he pleaded guilty.
“My daughter knows what happened. My son knows as well,” says the Oscar winner. “We talk about what is abuse. I think it’s important to talk to our daughters – and our sons – in order to educate them at an early age about what’s appropriate and what is absolutely not acceptable.”
Luckily for Witherspoon, she’s found herself in a happy relationship and marriage with husband Jim Toth. The couple’s first wedding anniversary is next month.
“I don’t know what we’re doing, but I’m very excited!” she says. “It happened so fast – it all went so quickly.”
In a seven-figure preemptive deal, Sony Pictures is collaborating with Ryan Murphy on One Hit Wonders, a musical comedy pitch that will be written as a star vehicle for Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz, Beyonce and Andy Samberg.
Murphy is attached to direct, and he will write the script with his Glee cohorts Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy will produce with Paltrow (who has practically become a Glee cast member) and the latter makes her debut as a producer on this film. Murphy hopes to direct it after he completes The Normal Heart.
Paltrow, Witherspoon and Diaz will play three singers who each scored a top hit song in the 1990s before watching their careers go down the drain. They decide to form a super group. Samberg and his Lonely Island cohorts will be involved in generating music for the film, I’m told. The project came out of a dinner Murphy had at the Soho House with Paltrow, Diaz and Witherspoon. They wanted to do something fun together and kicked around ideas until they settled on One Hit Wonders. Murphy, who made Eat Pray Love with Sony Pictures chief Amy Pascal, took the pitch to her. Pascal bought it 10 minutes in. They are working the deals right now. Murphy previously made a big deal with Sony for a follow-up picture he’ll direct with Julia Roberts starring. Sony’s Elizabeth Cantillon and Hannah Minghella will steer the project.
UPDATE: Beyonce’s camp says that she isn’t attached to One Hit Wonders, so perhaps this was a bit of over-exuberance on the part of the filmmakers. Still a crazy good cast if you ask me.
Amongst the multitude of screencaptures added yesterday, I also spent a bit of time browsing for new Avon photos and adverts and so we have some new additions in our Gallery. They are mainly from various new/recent eBrochures available online, and feature some fantastic new pictures, including advertising for the new Shine Attract product and a new empowerment necklace.
• Avon E-Brochures x6 new albums
Seeing as it’s a leap year day today, I thought I’d sneak in one more screencapture update … and because I forgot to include it in previous posts 😉 Adding to the many, many screencaps I’ve added today, we now have some from the recently released flashback snippet ET posted from their first interview with Reese back in 1991. Find the video here and captures in the Gallery. Isn’t she adorable?
For our final big screencapture update today, you can now find caps from Reese’s appearance on Live With Kelly earlier this month in our Gallery. Unfortunately I couldn’t find a better quality video than the one I posted at the time (watch it here), but I thought I’d add screencaps from it regardless. So, here they are:
Screencaptures from all the recent This Means War promotional interviews posted by various online publications can now be found in our Gallery. I won’t list them all below because there are about 10 new albums, but browse through the categories below, and the new additions are obviously dated as February 29th. And going all the way back to interviews from late last year, I’ve also uploaded caps from the Time ’10 Questions’ interview.
Remember that you can browse back through our Video Updates news category if you want to watch/re-watch any of these fun interviews.
Screencaps from Ellen, Conan and Letterman will be up in the next few days!
Reese was in Washington D.C yesterday to take part in the Avon Communications Awards, which honoured various campaigns for their amazing work in publicising the need to end violence against women. Reese looked chic and pretty in a little black dress, and posed with the winners and Avon CEO Andrea Jung, as well as speaking on stage.
As you will read in the press release below, Reese has also filmed a new video campaign for Avon, sharing 3 ways to speak out against domestic violence.
Read about the Avon Communications Awards and Reese’s new campaign video in the press release below, plus watch the official video footage from the event. Photos from the event and screencaps from the three ways video can be seen in our Gallery!
Avon Global Ambassador & Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women Reese Witherspoon and Avon Chairman and CEO Andrea Jung today awarded four global non-governmental organizations with the inaugural Avon Communications Awards: Speaking Out About Violence Against Women for their campaigns that are bringing attention to the need to end violence against women. Witherspoon and Jung presented the awards, funded by the Avon Foundation, at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., which brought together more than 1,400 advocates, activists and leaders from 96 countries to collaborate to change attitudes about such violence. The awards are part of the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which has donated nearly $40 million globally to end violence against women.
To kick off our ‘big screencapture updates’ day, I’ve made and added over 500 screencaptures from Reese’s rather hilarious appearance on the Graham Norton Show in the UK earlier this month. She looked gorgeous in a purple top and smart black trousers, and debuted her then-new haircut.
I’ve updated the This Means War Promotion section on our sidebar, to include links to all the recent photos, as well as a list of the upcoming appearances Reese will be making (yes, still!) to promote the movie worldwide. Unless I heard wrong, I think Reese said in her recent iVillage live chat that she would be going to Brazil, Mexico City and Germany in March to promote the movie before it’s release in each of those countries.
So we have lots of new photos to look forward to still!
As promised, HD screencaptures from Reese’s appearance in the little video segments shown during the Academy Awards on Sunday have been added to our Gallery. Check out our update post on this yesterday for more information on it.
While Reese did not walk the red carpet at last nights Oscars, she was featured within the ceremony! Throughout the night, several segments were shown with various stars talking about their love for movies, and Reese was one of them. She was shown within two separate segments, firstly talking about her childhood experiences with movies (her family went to the cinema on Sunday nights, she reminisced), and then expressing her love for Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell in her faourite film, Overboard, saying that it always cheers her up and touches her soul. It was really lovely to see her included and hear her talk about cinema, and the segments were a real highlight of the ceremony for me.
Unfortunately I haven’t been able to get a clip of these segments yet, but I will have HD screencaps for you tomorrow, so check back then!