“Every three minutes a woman is diagnosed, and that’s just unacceptable.”
This is how Reese Witherspoon speaks about breast cancer, a disease that more than 200,000 women in the U.S. were diagnosed with in 2007 alone. On Oct. 16, Witherspoon joined more than 3,000 men and women at the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer in New York City, raising more than $8.4 million for breast cancer research and care — just one of many events held throughout October, also known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and the Avon Foundation use Breast Cancer Awareness Month as a way to educate the public about the disease and how to be proactive when it comes to detection. Acting as a public face of the Avon Foundation, it is this consciousness-raising role that Reese Witherspoon finds herself in. In town for the walk and to announce the foundation’s latest Global Scholars Initiative, we had a chance to catch up with Witherspoon (who was just as sweet as she appears to be on-screen) and learn more about her involvement with breast cancer education.
Witherspoon has been the foundation’s global ambassador for the past five years, and she says the experience alone has been an education:
When I was first approached by Avon to represent their foundation … I wanted to know, what were the issues on women’s minds? … Breast cancer is first and foremost on the list of concerns for women. Domestic violence is also in the top three … It was really an education for me to see that these are the issues affecting women every day of their lives.
With “J. Edgar” now in theaters (sidenote: don’t believe the vitriolic reviews, it’s uneven, but lots to admire) Clint Eastwood has a bit of free time. His next film is supposed to be “A Star Is Born,” but with the lead star, Beyoncé preggers, production has been put on hold. So what’s he gonna do instead? Take a lead role in “Trouble With The Curve,” the directorial debut of his longtime colleague, friend and Malpaso Productions pal Robert Lorenz. While Sandra Bullock was one of the first names to be looking at the co-starring role, she has moved on and now two more names have surfaced.
Producers are now “considering” Amy Adams and Reese Witherspoon for the role, but whether that means they’re still on a list in someone’s desk or being actively pursued is not quite clear. Penned by Randy Brown, the film has a great concept, centering on an aging baseball scout, who is slowly going blind, on a final trip with his daughter to check out a hot prospect. Frankly, either actress could do the role justice, though we may prefer Adams in the part. But both can do drama well, would likely easily go toe to toe with the grizzled Eastwood. Either way, it seems the filmmakers are determined to get an Oscar calibre name alongside Clint.
The project is set up over at Warner Bros., but no word yet on when it might roll.
Sony Pictures is starting to get hot and heavy with Sex Tape, the Kate Angelo-scripted comedy that the studio acquired in June in a seven-figure spec deal. The script’s about a married couple, Annie and Jay, who take a night off from their kids, decide to get adventurous and spice things up by making a private sex tape. When they wake up, the tape is gone and they go on a desperate search to find it.
I’m told that Nick Stoller is in talks to direct the film, and that the studio wants Jason Segel and Reese Witherspoon to play the couple. I’ve been hearing this for awhile, and now the offers are going out. The comedy will be produced by Escape Artists partners Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch, who came up with the idea. Stoller co-wrote The Muppets with Segel.
The romantic comedy is being penned by “Grey’s Anatomy” scribe Krista Vernoff.
The busiest man in Hollywood just got a little busier.
Ryan Seacrest is producing his first film, a romantic comedy with co-producer Reese Witherspoon. The still untitled project, which will be produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions and Witherspoon’s Type A Films in association with Universal, will be written by Grey’s Anatomy scribe Krista Vernoff.
Seacrest is already a major producer for Universal parent’s television division, for which he produces E!’s Kardashian franchise and serves as host and managing editor of E! News.
The American Idol host and radio star noted his desire to venture into the film world as well as the scripted TV world when profiled by The Hollywood Reporter in April. The latter became a reality when he sold a small-screen adaptation of The Nanny Diaries with Harvey Weinstein into development at ABC in August.
For her part, Witherspoon is garnering buzz for her upcoming role in 20th Century Fox’s This Means War, where she juggles relationships with two CIA agents – played by Chris Pine and Tom Hardy – who pull out all the stops to battle for her affection. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters on Feb. 17.
News of their romantic comedy project comes mere days after Vernoff had sold a legal drama with a supernatural twist to CBS. The project pairs Vernoff, whose other small screen credits include Charmed and Private Practice, with producers Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly.
Seacrest, Witherspoon and Vernoff are all repped by CAA.
“Look at you. You have a baby … in a bar!” That line, from Reese Witherspoon’s 2002 comedy Sweet Home Alabama, still make me laugh. And now the Oscar winner might have to pretend to be kind to another baby for the benefit of a big-screen comedy.
According to a release, Witherspoon is coming aboard the feature Rule #1 with the intention of shaping it into a starring vehicle. Even better, she has signed Oscar-nominated director Courtney Hunt (Frozen River) to helm the comedy. Witherspoon has said she’ll produce Rule #1 through her Type A banner, collaborating with Brad Epstein of Panther Films and the business venture of Emmett/Furla Films.
If Witherspoon headlines the pic, she’ll play 34-year-old Diana McBride, a woman coping with her OCD who agrees to take in an unpredictable young stranger – who happens to have a newborn baby – in an effort to face her anxieties. Ultimately, McBride’s plan is to win back her estranged husband by convincing him she can handle her chaotic existence.
Mathew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Tye Sheridan, Sam Shepard, Michael Shannon and Sarah Paulson have all signed on to star in the movie, which is being directed by Jeff Nichols.
The coming-of-age story follows a charismatic fugitive and his friendship with a 14-year old boy who helps him escape from the law in order to reunite with his soul mate.
Locals are already buzzing about the production as the movie’s offices have been set up in Stuttgart, at the former Clary Elementary building, located at 107 E. Superior St, and today, Highway 65 in Dumas was closed for filming.
“Everyone’s really excited about it, it’s been really great for the town,” said Stephen Bell, director of the Stuttgart Chamber of Commerce.
Witherspoon was even spotted shopping at the Dollar General in Dumas this week!
The movie is expected to continue filming in Arkansas through next month. If you are interested in being an extra in the film, you can apply here. If you spot Mud filming in Arkansas, let us know about it at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Stage and screen actors Michael Shannon, Sam Shepard, Sarah Paulson and Paul Sparks have been cast in Jeff Nichols’ upcoming film, “Mud,” according to Deadline.com.
The drama, written and directed by Nichols, will star Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Tye Sheridan. Also in the cast are Ray McKinnon and Joe Don Baker.
“Mud,” which recently began production in Arkansas, centers on two 14-year-old boys who encounter a mysterious fugitive in hiding, Mud. The boys are determined to help him escape from the law and reunite with the love of his life, played by Witherspoon.
The film is produced by Sarah Green, Lisa Maria Falcone and Aaron Ryder. Glen Basner is executive producer.
Shannon has been seen on Broadway in Ambassador and Butterflies Are Free. Paulson has been seen in Collected Stories and The Glass Menagerie, and Sparks’ Broadway credits include Hedda Gabler and Take Me Out.
Shepard, who has also appeared on stage, has written the Tony Award-nominated plays True West and Buried Child.
It’s been a few weeks since our last movie screencap update, but I am back today with caps from the Little Nicky DVD extras! I haven’t seen the film itself yet, but from what I’ve seen from these extras, it looks to be … bizarre! However, Reese looks totally adorable as angel Holly – she reminds me a bit of Elle Woods, only bitchy!
The DVD had some pretty good extras, although sadly Reese was not featured much in them, besides a couple of cute deleted scenes and a few shots in a ‘making-of’ style featurette. Reese looks gorgeous in this film, against the uber-pretty ‘heaven’/birthday cake backdrop. So enjoy the 100+ screencaps (and check back this week for caps from the movie itself)…!
• Little Nicky > DVD Screencaptures – Adam Sandler Goes To Hell Featurette x44
• Little Nicky > DVD Screencaptures – Deleted Scene: Nicky In Heaven x31
• Little Nicky > DVD Screencaptures – Deleted Scene: Adrian Ascends/Snacks In Heaven x23
• Little Nicky > International Trailer Screencaptures x4
Poor Reese! We hope she makes a speedy recovery and is back to her best in no time. These articles state that the accident was minor, and that she’s already at home resting, so there’s no need for real worry.
Reese Witherspooon is resting at home after being struck by a vehicle on Wednesday while she was on a run.
Captain Judah Mitchell of the Santa Monica Police Department told Access Hollywood that the actress was hit by a car while jogging in the beachside town near Los Angeles.
According to authorities, the incident occurred around 11 AM at the intersection of 20th Street and Georgina Avenue, when an 84-year-old female resident of Santa Monica struck the actress.
Reese “suffered minor injuries” from the accident.
Following the incident, she was taken to a local hospital, Capt. Mitchell confirmed to Access.
The unidentified driver was interviewed on the scene and released. She was cited for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
A rep for the actress released a statement to Access noting the actress was “not seriously injured” during the incident. The spokesperson’s statement also noted that Reese is now “resting comfortably at home.”
This is a nice surprise for Reese fans – Reese is gracing the cover of the new October issue of US Marie Claire! Looking gorgeous doing so, of course. The magazine features a new photoshoot and interview, which talks about her recent work for Avon and her marriage. The magazine hits newstands in North America on September 20th (just under 2 weeks from now), so pick up a copy if you can!
MarieClaire.com have posted the article and photos at their site, and you can view them there, or read the article further down this post and find the pics in our Gallery. Scroll down this post for a behind the scenes video from the new photoshoot.
EDIT: Screencaps from the behind the scenes video have now been added to the Gallery! Thanks to Marica for grabbing the vid for us.