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
Reese Witherspoon, who recently wrapped Water For Elephants with co-star Robert Pattinson, is already moving on to her next project.
Reese is set to begin filming This Means War, a movie about two lifelong best friends who wage an epic battle against one another after they both fall in love with the same woman, in Vancouver on September 13.
Tom Hardy and Chris Pine will co-star in the movie, which is being produced by Will Smith, but don’t expect to see too much of Will in Vancity, since he sill start filming Men In Black 3 in New York City on the same day.
This Means War is scheduled to shoot though December 1.
Typically in these newsless final weeks of August, bloggers look ahead to Oscar season and bemoan the shortage of plausible Best Actress candidates. Not this year, though! Might 2010 be the greatest-ever year for the category? In the past week, Oscarologists Scott Feinberg and Peter Knegt both surveyed the field and found a glut of strong contenders. Already we’ve seen Oscar-quality performances from Jennifer Lawrence (Winter’s Bone), Tilda Swinton (I Am Love), and Julianne Moore and Annette Bening (in The Kids Are All Right) — and there are plenty more where those came from.
Other likely candidates include: Lesley Manville (Another Year), Michelle Williams (Blue Valentine), and Naomi Watts (Fair Game) — all performances that have been seen and raved about at festivals.
But they’ll presumably have heavy competition from Anne Hathaway (Love and Other Drugs), Hilary Swank (Conviction), Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), Nicole Kidman (Rabbit Hole), Robin Wright (The Conspirator), Reese Witherspoon (How Do You Know), and Helen Mirren (The Tempest).
And, hey, if any of the above should disappoint, there’s maybe Diane Lane (Secretariat), Jennifer Connelly (What’s Wrong With Virginia), Bryce Dallas Howard (Hereafter), and Diane Keaton (Morning Glory).
(Compare this to last year, when these were our most likely Best Actress contenders heading into September.)
On the other hand, neither Knegt nor Feinberg were able to identify many surefire candidates for Best Supporting Actress, so if things get too competitive in the lead race, an actress can increase her odds by committing category fraud and slumming it in Supporting (which wasn’t really an option in 2010, since Mo’Nique’s victory was a foregone conclusion). Either way, though, we officially have a death match! This year’s Oscars pretty much have to be more exciting than last year’s, right?