A benefit evening for the Avon Foundation for Women hosted by Andrea Jung & Reese Witherspoon. Featuring a Musical Performance by Melissa Etheridge
The 10th annual Avon Foundation for Women Gala tonight honored exceptional women and men for their efforts to end breast cancer and violence against women. The event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, has raised more than $20 million for Avon philanthropy in the decade since it launched. The event was hosted by Reese Witherspoon, award-winning actress and Honorary Chair of the Avon Foundation for Women, and Andrea Jung, Chairman and CEO, Avon Products, Inc., with a special musical performance by Melissa Etheridge.
More than 550 guests attended and donated $2.2 million this year to benefit breast cancer research and access to care and domestic violence education, prevention and victim support programs. Along with Reese Witherspoon and Andrea Jung, presenters included Patrick and Jillian Dempsey and Christy Turlington Burns.
“This is our very special tenth anniversary celebration where we honor extraordinary champions who are changing women’s lives, and salute their powerful contributions to women’s health and empowerment,” said Andrea Jung. “Through the generosity of our supporters, in addition to the grassroots efforts of millions of supporters around the world — including our Avon Sales Representatives, Associates, and customers — Avon is the world’s largest corporate philanthropy focused on issues that matter most to women.”
Reese attended the Annual Avon Foundation For Women Gala in New York City last night! She looked gorgeous in a little Jason Wu dress with a black bustier top and a ruffled champagne coloured skirt, with Louboutin shoes and her beautiful blonde hair down. As an Avon Global Ambassador, Reese co-hosted the event with Avon Chairwoman and CEO Andrea Jung, who she greeted and posed with on the pink carpet. There was also a Sweet Home Alabama reunion of sorts, as Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian, who is Avon’s Global Color Creative Director, were seen in a group photo with Miss Reese!
70+ photos from the event have been added to our Gallery for you…
– Public Appearances > Events in 2010 > Avon Foundation for Women Gala
Reese news is slow again, but here’s an interesting little tidbit:
Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) will team up at a “Democracy Forum” on October 30 in Tucson to promote civil discourse on the key national issues of immigration and the economy. Dr. Peter Likins, President Emeritus of the University of Arizona, will emcee the free, public event taking place from 1:30 until 4 p.m. at the Arizona Historical Society/Museum.
At the Forum, Secretary Bennett and Congressman Grijalva, who are from differing political parties, will each present their position on immigration and the economy then the audience will ask questions, discuss the issues and vote on them. The National Student/Parent Mock Election is spearheading the Democracy Forum, which is designed to bring parents, grandparents, children and public officials together in a bipartisan, intergenerational, multi-ethnic forum.
Other event highlights include:
* Video of former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and other celebrities including Morgan Freeman, Reese Witherspoon, and Whoopi Goldberg heralding the Declaration of Independence and current American freedoms.
– Read the full article at sfgate.com (no further mention of Reese)
Broadway, television, the music charts… What hasn’t Lea Michele conquered yet? The silver screen! Well, not yet! E! Online reports that the Glee star is in final talks to make her big screen debut in the upcoming Gary Marshall ensemble film New Year’s Eve, a follow-up to his recent hit Valentine’s Day.
Like Valentine’s Day, the new film will follow a bunch of characters as they navigate their way through one eventful New Year’s Eve. There’s no official announcement on the film or Michele’s involvement yet, but Marshall is said to be determined to get the rising star in his film. Other stars on his wish list include Justin Bieber, Zac Efron, Halle Berry and Reese Witherspoon.
AwardsDaily.com, one of the top Oscar buzz sites, has posted an interesting article about this years Oscar Best Actress race. Have a read!
It is being said that this is the Year of the Actress. It very may be, and if it is, it’s a long time coming. As we head out of the bulk of the year and into a very heated next four months, there are some things we know for sure. We know that Annette Bening (The Kids Are All Right) and Natalie Portman (Black Swan) are the two strongest contenders right now to win. We know that Jennifer Lawrence emerged with one of the year’s best performances in Winter’s Bone, and she will likely also be nominated. That leaves two open slots. And for those two spots, things might get a little heated.
Reese Witherspoon – I might be the first to throw this up, but Jim Brooks is particularly good at getting his leading ladies Oscar nominations. We don’t know anything about the movie yet – and from what I’ve seen it doesn’t look as good as Terms of Endearment, As Good as it Gets or Broadcast News, but still, it’s Jim Brooks.
Brenda Chapman has left the director’s chair for Pixar’s upcoming movie Brave.
Chapman – who was to be the first female director for the animation studio – is now no longer working at Pixar, reports Cartoon Brew. The filmmaker had previously helmed DreamWorks animation The Prince Of Egypt.
Mark Andrews, the director behind Pixar short film One Man Band, has taken over the film.
Brave centres on a princess who turns her back on royalty to become an archer. Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson and Julie Walters are among the voice cast.
The animation will open in cinemas on June 15, 2012.
Reese has been hard at work on the set of her new movie This Means War these past few weeks, and as promised, I’ve now added over 300 photos from the set! Reese has been filming with both of her leading men, Chris Pine and Tom Hardy, on the set in Vancouver, and you can also see her chatting to director McG in some photos. And don’t miss the pics of Reese dancing! I wonder whether she was in character or just taking a break from filming…! She looks beautiful in the photos, so enjoy browsing
– Movies > This Means War > On the Set
A few weeks ago, Reese attended a benefit for the LiveStrong Foundation hosted by the ‘Hollywood Power Players’ in West Hollywood. She looked chic and pretty in a black skirt suit with her blonde hair loose. Photos are in the Gallery for you!
Coming next update are This Means War set photos
– Public Appearances > Events in 2010 > Hollywood Power Players Host Benefit For The LiveStrong Foundation
First off I am sorry about the shortage of updates here this past month! I’ve been without internet for most of that time, and then last week I was too busy to work on updates here. I am starting to catch-up with all the latest Reese news and photos now though. Reese has actually been quite busy recently – she’s attended a new event, and has started shooting This Means War in Vancouver. All of these new photos will be added asap this week, but to start with I’ve added new stills from Reese’s upcoming theatrical release, How Do You Know. This includes one new still and one HQ replacement for a photo we previously had. Enjoy!
– Movies > How Do You Know? > Stills
(Speculative but interesting (and entertaining!) article!)
Have Hollywood’s powerful Scientologists killed Paul Thomas Anderson’s thinly veiled movie about the controversial Church’s founder, L. Ron Hubbard? Conspiracy theories are swirling in Los Angeles following the revelation that Anderson’s 1950s-based film The Master, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, has been postponed indefinitely.
Anderson’s film is not officially about Hubbard and the Church of Scientology. But the similarities could hardly be more striking and the Hollywood trade papers and websites describe it variously as a satire and a parable.
Written by Anderson, who made the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood, the script follows the rise of a religion called The Cause through the story of its charismatic leader and his apprentice.
Hoffman was due to play the Church’s founder while Jeremy Renner, who made his name in The Hurt Locker, was to play the apprentice. Most important to this story, Reese Witherspoon was reported to have been offered the role of the Master’s wife, Mary Sue.
The lead actors had already begun rehearsals and filming was due to start in August – but nothing happened.
Now Renner has told Total Film that the movie has been “postponed indefinitely at this point”. He went on: “It really kind of stalled because when we were rehearsing – Phil, Paul and myself – we kept coming up against a wall that we couldn’t overcome. Or at least Paul couldn’t overcome.”
I’ve just come across this new article about the title artwork for a new film starring Reese titled ‘Brave’, and I have to say it’s the first I’ve heard of this! Can any of our visitors help to enlighten me on this movie?
Disney’s Hollywood Studios cast member Paul Chadkin spotted and photographed the first known title artwork for Disney/Pixar’s Brave today in poster form at the park’s Animation Building. Note that the logo for the film (originally titled The Bear and the Bow) has been modified from the original photo for its presentation here and may or may not properly represent the true artwork.
Pixar animator Chris Chua noted that Princess Merida (Reese Witherspoon) and her mother, Queen Elinor (Emma Thompson) are prominently represented in the logo here as well (pay special attention to the detail in the lettering).
The Pixar original fairytale, set in a rugged and mythic Scotland, features the impetuous, tangle-haired Merida who would prefer to make her mark as a great archer despite being a daughter of royalty. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right.
Brave is slated to be released in North America on June 15, 2012.
Reese attended the Stand Up To Cancer event last night, as expected. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any photos of Reese on the red carpet for the event or backstage, but she did appear in a message during the show, asking people to call and donate. So maybe she snuck in a back door, or pre-recorded her message. Either way, thanks to Brianne we have a video of Reese’s message! I’ve added screencaps to the Gallery, and will upload the video asap.
– TV & Interviews > Award Shows & Events > 2010 – Stand Up 2 Cancer