Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea have joined forces to launch a new production banner, Pacific Standard. The duo will fold a number of projects into the partnership from their pre-existing shingles Type A Films and Make Movies.
Pacific Standard has several properties prepped to go out to the market. One of which is WILD, the soon-to-be published novel by Cheryl Strayed, a powerful and honest memoir that tells the story of an 1100 mile solo hike that breaks down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and brings her back to life.
Witherspoon and Papandrea look forward to utilizing the relationships they have forged with filmmakers, actors and writers to make smart, character-driven, commercial films both large and small.
“I’ve always been impressed by Bruna’s taste and her skills as a producer. I’m very excited to be working with her. It’s a pleasure to collaborate with someone so smart, fun and formidable.” Witherspoon comments.
“In Reese I have found a like-minded and incredibly passionate partner who genuinely shares the same goals. “I’ve had a wonderful time producing movies independently but I couldn’t be more excited about the company and brand we will create together,” notes Papandrea.
Witherspoon has been active in a producing capacity since LEGALLY BLONDE II. Her Type A credits include FOUR CHRISTMASES and the independent feature PENELOPE. She acquired Peggy Lee’s life rights and partnered with Marc Platt on a biographical film that Nora Ephron will write for Fox 2000. She also set up the original comedies WHO INVITED HER? in partnership with Gary Foster at Dreamworks, MY HUSBAND’S WIFE with Ryan Seacrest’s company at Universal and the Courtney Hunt independent RULE #1 with Brad Epstein at Emmet/Furla.
Papandrea recently produced the Summit Entertainment financed WARM BODIES, written and directed by Jonathan Levine, starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer, Her development slate includes the upcoming novel THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer Smith and Emily Giffin’s best selling book LOVE THE ONE YOU’RE WITH.
(Press release via Deadline.com)
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This Means War is aMcG directed action-packed romantic comedy which sees best friends Tuck and Frank, played by Tom Hardy and Chris Pine, waging an epic battle against each other when they find out that they’re both dating the same woman.
Reese Witherspoon plays Lauren, the woman who gets both men in a tizzy, and as they decide to leave it up to Lauren to choose one of them, the pair use their CIA skills to sabotage each other’s dates with her.
Speaking about Tuck and Frank’s extreme measures to try and win the heart of the girl they love, Chris said: “There’s the unspoken code amongst guys that if a woman does come between you there’s certain rules you have to abide by.
This Means War for Chris Pine and Reese Witherspoon
“I think for these two guys who live by a code of rules and ethics it kind of throws them when they meet a beautiful girl.”
One of the lines from the film sees Lauren making reference to Tuck’s small hands, but both Chris and Reese claim not to know what it means.
Chris laughed: “I had to ask McG literally 20 times what that means and it was never answered, but I laugh at it whole heartedly.
Reese added: “We figured we had to say that because the British people have the best sense of humour and can take the p**s.”
This Means War is showing in UK cinemas now.
Reese Witherspoon, Avon Global Ambassador & Honorary Chairman of the Avon Foundation for Women, today (March 5th) launches the new Empowerment “Circle of Support” Necklace in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th. The necklace is the latest Avon fund-raising product that raises life-saving funds for the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program, which has donated nearly $40 million to end the epidemic of violence against women globally.
Empowerment “Circle of Support Necklace”
One hundred percent of the net profits from the necklace’s sale will benefit Avon’s Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The silvertone necklace features the infinity symbol, which in Avon’s Speak Out campaign represents lives with unlimited potential when free from violence.
“It’s a shocking reality that one in three women worldwide will experience violence in their lives. It’s an unacceptable truth that we must all work to change,” said Reese Witherspoon, Avon Global Ambassador & Avon Foundation for Women Honorary Chairman. “In recognition of International Women’s Day, I’m proud to support the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program and I encourage everyone to purchase, wear or give the Avon Empowerment Necklace to help raise awareness as well as vital money for domestic abuse support services.”
About the 2012 Circle of Support Necklace:
• Available for $5.00 (U.S.)
• 100 percent of profits from this product ($3.71) in the United States will be donated to the Avon Foundation for programs dedicated to ending violence against women
• Receive a Domestic Violence Resource Guide FREE with purchase (U.S.)
• Available through Avon Sales Representatives in 50 countries by visiting www.avon.com
Reese previewed the Empowerment Necklace on February 28 at the 2nd World Conference of Women’s Shelters in Washington, D.C., which convened more than 1,400 advocates, activists and leaders from 96 countries to collaborate to change attitudes about domestic and sexual violence.
For more information about Avon’s efforts to end violence against women around the world follow us on Twitter at #AvonSpeakout #IWD or at www.facebook.com/avonfoundation.
Reese Witherspoon has a new cause – the fight against domestic violence. Speaking out in her role as honorary chair of the Avon Foundation, she sat with James Brown, who’s also active in the battle against domestic violence, about why it’s important to her.
In honor of International Women’s Day 2012, the Avon Foundation for Women is excited to announce a new App Challenge, called Ending Violence @ Home, in partnership with the Institute of Medicine. Registration opens March 8.
This Means War entered the UK film charts at #3, behind The Woman in Black at #2 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel at #1.
In it’s 2nd week out in Australia, it dropped to #3 (all figures in AU $):
1. (-) Project X – $1,279,691
2. (1) Contraband – $1,162,537
3. (2) This Means War – $1,003,646
4. (3) The Vow – $894,606
5. (-) The Devil Inside – $736,658
6. (4) Safe House – $708,344
7. (10) The Artist – $559,589
8. (-) Hugo – $412,630
9. (6) My Week with Marilyn – $330,901
10. (5) The Grey – $310,380
In second, This Means War, costarring Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine (Star Trek) and Thomas Hardy (Inception), drew $14.1 million in 51 markets (worldwide), per The Hollywood Reporter. The romantic spy comedy ranked third in the UK. (http://ph.omg.yahoo.com) Journey 2 topped this week’s international charts.
According to boxofficemojo.com it has taken $42,800,000 internationally as of March 5th, with $41,768,020 coming from the US alone. It is #2 at the US box office this week.
Final screencapture update of the day, with caps from MTV First and 3 of the most recent new interviews for Access Hollywood and the Associated Press. Watch these vids by browsing through our Video updates archive. Reese looks so pretty and charmingly sincere in the Access and AP interviews at the Avon event.
More tv appearance screencaps for you, this time from Reese’s appearance on Conan on Valentine’s Day. Conan’s interviews are always hilarious and this was no exception! Watch a couple of clips from the interview here, because again, no full vid has turned up online yet, unfortunately.
• Conan – February 14th 2012 x482
I’ve now added screencaptures from Reese’s recent appearance on Ellen to promote This Means War. She looked really pretty in another black outfit, and it was a very funny interview! Unfortunately I still haven’t been able to find a video of the full interview online to post for you, but a few clips have been posted on YouTube, which you can watch below … don’t miss the 2nd one, in particular, which is a clip of Reese and Ellen dancing during a break!
ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media have landed the rights for the Reese Witherspoon comedy Rule #1 for distribution in Germany and Austria.
Rule #1 was purchased from Foresight Unlimited and distribution throughout theaters is set for next year. The film stars Reese Witherspoon (Legally Blonde, Pleasantville, Walk the Line) as a woman who suffers from an obsessive washing and cleanliness disorder that causes her husband to leave her. She finds new love and learns to cope with her bizarre neuroses in order to start a new life. Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) is the director and screenwriter.
Margrit Stärk, the director of acquisitions for feature films at ZDF Enterprises, said, “ZDF Enterprises and Koch Media have already worked together successfully in the DVD area. As both companies are looking to increase their activities in the cinema sector, the continuation of this seasoned partnership makes sense, particularly with such a highly promising project.”
Stefan Kapelari, the COO of Koch Media, added, “We are extremely pleased to expand our cooperation with ZDF Enterprises with this joint commercialization. Both the genre and excellent cast headed by Reese Witherspoon make Rule #1 a movie with huge commercial potential. Our partnership with ZDF Enterprises enables us to lay the foundation for the successful marketing of this feature film.”