Reese Witherspoon Bullish On Wall Street Comedy ‘Opening Belle’
Reese Witherspoon is developing a big-screen take on the upcoming novel Opening Belle, which also could be her next starring vehicle. She and her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea are set to produce the story about a mother of three trying to balance home life with her Wall Street career during the year before the financial meltdown. Maureen Sherry Kinsky’s book, due out this year from Simon & Schuster, is based loosely on her experiences as a managing director at Bear Stearns.
Witherspoon is coming off a Best Actress Oscar nomination for 2014’s Wild — and a critical and commercial stumble with last month’s Hot Pursuit, in which she starred with Sofia Vergara. Pacific Standard also produced that film, along with Wild and last year’s David Fincher-Ben Affleck thriller Gone Girl. The company also is producing Big Little Lies, an HBO limited series in which Witherspoon stars with fellow Oscar winner Nicole Kidman. The actress-producer is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment, and Hansen Jacobson.
The Opening Belle story was reported first by the Tracking Board.
Reese is on the cover of the new July issue of Australian Marie Claire magazine – on newsstands now.
If anyone can provide us with scans from this issue then please get in touch
While hosting a Walmart shareholders meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on Friday, Reese Witherspoon taught one Walmart employee a little trick she picked up from her role in “Legally Blonde.” It’s called the Bend and Snap, and in case you didn’t know, it has a 98 percent success rate in getting a man’s attention and an 83 percent rate of return on a dinner invitation.
— John Forrest Ales (@JFAtweets) June 5, 2015
Here’s an interesting interview with Reese’s Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea; Bruna talks about the work she and Reese and are doing, including some of their upcoming projects. Below are the parts that specifically mention Reese/Pacific Standard, click the link at the bottom to read the full article.
Why Australian producer Bruna Papandrea is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood
BRUNA Papandrea is waiting patiently for me in the bar of a slick Sydney hotel.
Hotel guests and staff walk straight past her without batting an eyelid – they’re more interested in the C-list celebrity loitering in the lobby.
But the star-spotters have it all wrong – it’s Papandrea they should be excited about catching a glimpse of.
She might not be a household name, but the 43-year-old Aussie is one of the most powerful women in Hollywood.
Along with business partner Reese Witherspoon, Papandrea owns production company Pacific Standard, and is behind two of the biggest movies of the past eight months: Gone Girl and Wild.
Pacific Standard’s special remit is to create more roles for women in film on both sides of the camera.
“I have a lot of friends who are actresses,” explains Papandrea of their decision to start the company and focus on creating roles for women.
“I’ve read scripts for them for many years and have always been heartbroken at the type of role they were being offered – just girlfriends or wives.
“They weren’t complex women, not like [the male roles], who are at the centre of movies.”
When Witherspoon sat next to Papandrea at a dinner party and mentioned she was no longer being offered any interesting parts, Papandrea was shocked.
“It was astounding to me. If these roles weren’t being developed for big movie stars, then who were they being offered to? Who was developing them? I thought [in order to make interesting films about women] we also need more female directors, writers, technicians and cinematographers.”
Reese Witherspoon Calls ‘Cruel Intentions’ Reunion ‘So Much Fun’
Reese Witherspoon joined “Extra” at this weekend’s Produced By Conference in Los Angeles, where she talked about how much fun she had reuniting with her “Cruel Intentions” co-stars Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair.
They were all at Rockwell Table & Stage’s “The Unauthorized Musical Parody of Cruel Intentions” in Los Angeles last week. Reese said, “Sarah, Selma and I, we knew all the lines.”
The trio documented their girls’ night on social media, with Sarah and Selma even reenacting their famous onscreen kiss in a pic that went viral. Reese revealed she didn’t realize what Sarah and Selma were doing. “I didn’t even know they were doing it. They’re cute, they’re such nice girls, and we had so much fun sort of reliving the old days.”
Reese has starred in countless movies since the 1999 release of “Cruel Intentions,” and recently took on the role of producer with such films as “Gone Girl” and “Wild.”
Up next for the Oscar winner is working with producing partner Bruna Papandrea on the live-action film “Tink,” based on the beloved Disney character, Tinkerbell.
“We’re excited,” Reese said about the film that she will also star in as the title character. “It’s our biggest family film we’ve thought up.”
Reese Witherspoon on Portraying Hillary Clinton, Finding Great Roles for Women
Reese Witherspoon offered plenty of encouragement to fellow producers on Saturday morning by stressing the need to focus on the female audience — as demonstrated by her recent producing efforts, “Wild,” “Gone Girl” and “Hot Pursuit.”
“Women make up 50 percent of the population,” she said. “We should make up 50% of the movies we see.”
Speaking at the Producers Guild of America’s 7th annual “Produced By” conference on the Paramount lot, Witherspoon said the success of her Pacific Standard company stems partly from Hollywood knowing what to expect from the shingle. Witherspoon noted that she and partner Bruna Papandrea created the banner out of frustration with a lack of interesting roles for actresses.
“It is great to have specificity because people know what to send you,” Witherspoon noted. “We are looking for great female parts.”
But Witherspoon also noted that Pacific Standard wants to succeed on the basis on story. “The films we make are not chick flicks,” she insisted. “‘Wild’ is just about a human being.”
Speaking to a capacity crowd of more than 500 at the Paramount Theater, Witherspoon also addressed the question of whether she’d ever portray Hillary Clinton. She responded by saying that she’s been asked to do so several times and wryly pointed out that she portrayed a young version of Clinton as Tracy Flick in 1998’s “Election.”
“When I did meet Hillary Clinton she said, ‘Everybody talks to me about Tracy Flick in ‘Election,’” Witherspoon added.
Asked by moderator Will Packer if they believed they had made any mistakes with “Wild,” Witherspoon responded: “Shooting 55 locations in 30 days was probably not the best way to start, but we were determined.”
Both producers noted that they were also pregnant at the time. Papandrea said being a mother is not a disadvantage.
“I make better decisions because when I’m leaving my children, I want to do something I love,” she said.
Reese Witherspoon to Star in Disney’s Live-Action Tinker Bell Film
Reese Witherspoon is attached to star in Disney’s “Tink,” a live-action film based on the “Peter Pan” character Tinker Bell.
Witherspoon will also produce the pic with her producing partner Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner. Victoria Strouse is penning the script.
Plot details are unknown other than that the film is set in the world of the classic novel with Tinker Bell in full focus. The project is still in development, and there is no timeline for it to go into production.
It’s yet another project based on a classic Disney animated pic that is being given the live-action treatment. Disney has already seen live-action versions of “Alice in Wonderland,” Sleeping Beauty story “Maleficent” and “Cinderella” become box office hits, and the studio sees this as a formula that works as well for a comicbook pic.
The studios has “Beauty and the Beast” in production and is also developing live-action versions of “Dumbo” and “Winnie the Pooh.”
Witherspoon was most recently seen in New Line’s “Hot Pursuit” and recently joined drama “Pale Blue Dot” at Fox Searchlight.
She is repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
Reese Witherspoon to Star in Astronaut Drama ‘Pale Blue Dot’
Reese Witherspoon is looking to leave the disappointment of Hot Pursuit in the dust, and is attached to star in Pale Blue Dot, an astronaut drama just picked up by Fox Searchlight.
The actress, who was nominated for an Oscar for her drama Wild, will also produce with her partner Bruna Papandrea.
Written by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, the script centers on a married astronaut who returns to Earth after a mission and begins an affair with a fellow astronaut. She heads into a downward spiral as she loses her connection to her family, a condition that can afflict those who spend a long time in space and see how microscopic the world is, and when her lover begins another affair with an astronaut trainee, the bottom drops out.
The tone has been described as having shades of Foxcatcher and The Right Stuff, the 1983 drama about the original Mercury 7 astronauts.
It is said to be inspired by a true-life astronaut love triangle in which a female mission specialist tried to kidnap a rival in 2007. The story made national headlines and inspired an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
The project has been brewing since the winter, when Bennett Miller was circling as a director, although he never committed.
Brown and DiGuiseppi wrote Uncle Shelby, a biopic script focusing on author Shel Silverstein. The script made the 2014 Black List, the annual ranking of best unproduced screenplays.
Reese Witherspoon Books Online Thriller ‘Second Life’
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s Pacific Standard banner is developing a film adaptation of S.J. Watson’s thriller novel “Second Life.”
The duo teamed with Warner Bros. to produce action-comedy “Hot Pursuit,” which stars Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara and opens Friday.
“Second Life” centers on a woman who creates an online persona to find the truth behind her sister’s violent murder — and starts to lose herself in the lies she creates. Jesse Ehrman and Julia Spiro will oversee for the studio.
An adaptation of Watson’s mystery novel “Before I Go to Sleep” was released last year with Nicole Kidman, Mark Strong, Colin Firth and Anne-Marie Duff starring.
Withspoon and Papandea formed Pacific Standard in 2012 in order to fill the vacuum for movies with female protagonists. They produced “Wild,” “Gone Girl” and “Hot Pursuit” and are developing an adaptation of the novel “Big Little Lies,” “The Engagements,” “Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp” and “The Outliers.”
News about “Second Life” was first reported by the Tracking Board.
Reese to host SNL on May 9th
SNL kicks off the final three shows of the season with Scarlett Johansson making her fourth hosting appearance on May 2. Johansson reprises her role as Black Widow in the highly anticipated “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” opening May 1.
Wiz Khalifa will make his SNL debut. “See You Again,” Khalifa’s hit song from the “Furious 7” soundtrack featuring Charlie Puth, currently sits at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. This summer, he will be co-headlining the Boys of Zummer tour with Fall Out Boy.
On May 9, Reese Witherspoon will return to Studio 8H for her second time as host. The Academy Award winner next teams up with Sofia Vergara for the upcoming comedy, “Hot Pursuit, in theaters May 8.
Florence + the Machine takes the stage for the third time as SNL musical guest. The band’s newest album, “How Big How Blue How Beautiful,” will be released in the U.S. on June 2 and features the new singles “What Kind of Man” and “Ship to Wreck.”
Emmy Award winner Louis C.K. will host the SNL season finale on May 16. Louis C.K. returns for his third appearance as host, having received Emmy nominations for his two previous hosting engagements. The fifth season of the critically acclaimed series, “Louie,” is currently airing on FX. His special “Louis C.K. Live at the Comedy Store” is available on Louisck.net and will air on FX May 28.
Rihanna will perform as musical guest for the fifth time. The Grammy Award winning singer starred in this year’s box office animated hit, “Home.” Her newest single, “B**** Better Have My Money,” is currently available for download.
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) April 23, 2015
Reese Witherspoon set to record Harper Lee’s new novel
Harper Lee’s closely guarded second novel, Go Set a Watchman, will have an unexpected early reader: Reese Witherspoon, who is due to record the audio version of the forthcoming book.
UK publisher William Heinemann announced this morning that the Oscar-winning actor would narrate Lee’s unexpected return to the world of fiction. “As a Southerner, it is an honour and a privilege to give voice to the Southern characters who inspired by childhood love of reading, Scout and Atticus Finch,” said Witherspoon, who won the best actress Oscar for the role of June Carter in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line. “I am eager for readers to be transported to a pivotal time in American history in the manner that only Harper Lee’s gorgeous prose can deliver,” she told USA Today.
Go Set a Watchman, whose existence was only revealed in February, is one of the most anticipated novels of the year, already selling for less than half price on Amazon.co.uk more than two months before its 14 July release. Set after the events of Lee’s debut, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is said by its publishers to feature an adult Scout returning to the town of her childhood, where she will “grapple with issues both personal and political as she tries to understand both her father’s attitude toward society, and her own feelings about the place where she was born and spent her childhood”.
Little more is known about the novel, which Lee has said in a statement was discovered by her friend and lawyer Tonja Carter after she set it aside in the 1950s. After reading Go Set a Watchman, her editor advised her to write a story from the perspective of Scout as a child. The resulting novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, went on to win the 1961 Pulitzer prize for fiction, after which Lee fell silent for more than 50 years.
The revelation that a sequel existed set off a host of allegations that the elderly author had been pressurised into publication, but an investigation in Alabama into the situation has since found that claims she was the victim of elder abuse were “unfounded”.
— Draper James (@DraperJamesGirl) April 30, 2015
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 2, 2015
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 2, 2015
— Draper James (@DraperJamesGirl) April 30, 2015