Reese Witherspoon Ends 19-Year Run With Manager Evelyn O’Neill
EXCLUSIVE: One of the longest-running relationships between an actress and her manager has just come to an end. I’ve confirmed that Reese Witherspoon has exited Management 360. That ends the 19-year long run between the Oscar-winning actress and her manager Evelyn O’Neill. I haven’t heard a specific reason for the exit, but it has to be a tough day for the founding partner of Management 360, who guided Witherspoon’s career since she was a teenager. The split is amicable, per both sides. Witherspoon’s star power was at its highest when she headlined comedies like Legally Blonde and Sweet Home Alabama and won her Oscar for 2005′s Walk The Line, but she has been doing fine as an actress and producer. She most recently starred in the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud and has the Atom Egoyan-directed Devil’s Knot opening in Toronto. She next stars in The Good Lie and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. She’s also a producer on numerous projects including Gone Girl, which is David Fincher’s next film with Ben Affleck starring.
Witherspoon remains with CAA. Said O’Neill: “The time has come for us to go our separate ways after 19 years. I am so proud of her career and everything we accomplished together.” O’Neill continues to rep clients that include Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, 42‘s Chadwick Boseman, Zach Braff, Bryce Dallas Howard, Greta Gerwig, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bartha and Michael Chiklis.
Back in March, Reese attended The Hollywood Reporter and Jimmy Choo’s Stylists Luncheon in honour of Hollywood’s top stylists. Reese was there to support her stylist Leslie Fremar (who topped THR’s list this year), and she wore a shirt with a navy jumper and jeans. I have only just come across photos from the event, and have now added them to the Gallery for you……
Vanity Fair have an article about the recent Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit Gala that Reese attended. Reese shares her dancing secrets!
Reese Witherspoon Embarrasses Her Kids by Doing the Running Man in Front of Their School Bus; Aaron Sorkin Dances to Ace of Base
It was Thursday night at dusk, and Aaron Sorkin had just lit up the first cigarette of the evening. “Does this bother anyone?” he asked nearby party guests at the verdant Bel-Air backyard gala benefiting Benjamin Millepied’s L.A. Dance Project. After appearing to humor several females who suggested that the Newsroom creator incorporate more lesbians and guns into his cable-news series—“O.K., but no serial killers,” he deadpanned—the Oscar-winning screenwriter took a beat to consider whether he, the king of dialogue, ever dances.
“The only occasion is when I am alone,” Sorkin told us. “Then I bust out moves all over the place.”
When we asked whether he has a favorite dance track, Sorkin replied, “Anything . . . but all of the true answers will just be embarrassing.” Unable to resist, he added, “I can rock out to ‘I Saw the Sign’ and ‘Walking on Sunshine.’” After we contemplated that visual aloud, Sorkin self-consciously backpedaled, “Those were terribly embarrassing answers that I gave you.”
Several feet away from Sorkin and his unpaid Newsroom consultants were Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth. As guests awaited a beautiful candlelit dinner, live auction, and modern-dance performance at the residence of Sutton and Christian Stracke—some partygoers considered the topic of the evening.
“I do a lot of dancing with my kids, and when I get dressed in the morning,” Witherspoon told us, white wine in hand, when we asked about her own dancing rituals. “I have a playlist. A lot of country. A lot of Top 40. My kids love Macklemore, so that.”
Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Wild’
Reese Witherspoon is set to star in “Wild” for Fox Searchlight, which has acquired worldwide rights to scribe Nick Hornby’s (“An Education”, “High Fidelity”) adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s NY Times #1 best-seller.
Pic will be produced by Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea through their Pacific Standard banner with River Road Entertainment’s Bill Pohlad. Fox Searchlight’s Claudia Lewis and David Greenbaum will oversee the project.
Strayed’s book recounts how she hiked 1,000 miles alone on the Pacific Crest Trail following years of destructive behavior in the wake of the dissolution of her marriage and her mother’s death.
The film is slated to begin production in the late fall once a director is in place.
“We are so excited to be working with Fox Searchlight to bring ‘Wild’ to the screen,” Witherspoon said in a statement. “It is an extraordinary company that continually strives to bring original, inspirational films to the marketplace. We are thrilled to collaborate with them on ‘Wild.’”
Casting Director Seeks Talent for Reese Witherspoon Feature
The upcoming Reese Witherspoon feature “Three Little Words” has a casting director attached, Backstage has learned.
Witherspoon is set to play the lead in the upcoming film based on the memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter. The book chronicled Rhodes-Courter’s traumatic childhood in foster care and her turbulent relationship with her biological mother.
James Mangold, who worked with Witherspoon on “Walk The Line,” is set to direct.
With the production planning a September start, Los Angeles-based Sheila Jaffe Casting will be tasked with filling out the cast.
Hello Reese fans! I am back with another 500+ photos from Reese’s 2005 public appearances, and am pleased to say I have now completed this year! Today’s additions include photos from some of Reese’s biggest premieres and events when she was promoting Walk The Line such as the two premieres for the film, the Johnny Cash celebration event, and the CMA Awards. Reese looks absolutely beautiful at all events – I really think she looked at her most radiant in 2005! Reese’s looks at the two premieres for the film are amongst my favourites of hers, too. Enjoy the Reese nostalgia……
• I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash x217
• “Walk The Line” AFI Film Festival Opening Night Gala Premiere x65 more
• “Walk The Line” New York Premiere x109 more
• Outside the Good Morning America Studios x8
• Outside the Regis & Kelly Studios x2
• CMA Awards x17
• Women in Entertainment Power 100 Breakfast x100
• Third Annual Bag Lunch Benefiting P.S. Arts x4
A couple of days ago Reese made an appearance at the Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit Gala in LA. Reese looked chic in a little black cocktail dress by Mary Alice Haney dress with Roger Vivier heels and a Tiffany’s clutch. Reese was accompanied by her husband, and also posed for photos with her dress’s designer, and Natalie Portman, whose husband Benjamin Millepied started the Dance Project. HQ photos from the event are in our Gallery:
Universal Wins Auction For ‘Don’t Mess With Texas;’ Spec Teams Reese Witherspoon And Sofia Vergara
After a spirited bidding battle, Universal has just closed a deal for Don’t Mess With Texas, a comedy spec by John Quaintance & David Feeney that will make for an onscreen pairing of Reese Witherspoon and Modern Family‘s Sophia Vergara. Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard banner along with Dana Fox. Vergara will be co-producer. Fox is the scripter of such features as What Happens In Vegas, and also the exec producer of the Ben And Kate, the just-canceled Fox series where Quaintance & Feeney were writers. Don’t Mess With Texas is on a fast track, with plans to begin production March, 2014.
Pic is a female driven comedy about a cop and a prisoner on the run in Texas, with crooked cops in hot pursuit. Witherspoon is coming off the Jeff Nichols-directed Mud, and she will star alongside Keanu Reeves in Passengers, the sci-fi film that was bought by The Weinstein Company at Cannes. She will next be seen starring in the Atom Egoyan-directed drama Devil’s Knot about the West Memphis 3 case, and she’ll next star for Paul Thomas Anderson in Inherent Vice. She’s repped by CAA and Management 360. Besides the hit ABC series Modern Family, Vergara most recently starred in The Three Stooges, with Machete Kills upcoming. She’s repped by CAA, Latin World Entertainment and Untitled. Fox is repped by WME, Quaintance by CAA and Art/Work, and Feeney by UTA.
Mud will be available to buy on DVD and Blu-ray in the US on August 6th. It will follow in the UK on September 2nd.
The US special features are as follows (but may change):
BLU-RAY/DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
Audio commentary with Writer/Director Jeff Nichols
“A Very Personal Tale: Writing and Directing Mud” featurette
“The Arkansas Ensemble: The Distinctive Characters and Cast of Mud” featurette
“Southern Authenticity: Shooting the Real Arkansas” featurette
“The Snake Pit: The Slithering Costars of Mud” featurette
Here’s another large batch of photos from Reese’s 2005 public appearances! This includes pics of Reese premiering Walk The Line in Toronto (there are some great shots with Joaquin Phoenix which I know you’ll love), and continuing to make appearances in the US to promote that movie and Just Like Heaven. Besides those Toronto pics, I particularly love the Couture Cares shots as Reese just looks so pretty! I love looking through all these old photos of Reese, so I hope you do too …
• Events in 2005 x500+ more
After going through my emails I made a small Fun section update, with the following pages having new responses added to them: Caption This, Favourite Film, Favourite Character, and Why Do You Like Reese. Be sure to browse through our Fun section and send in your responses to any/all of the features if you have some spare minutes!
Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Chastain among the front-runners to play Hillary Clinton in Rodham
Scarlett Johansson and Reese Witherspoon are among actresses being considered to portray the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Rodham – about the younger years of the former First Lady and senator – is due out some time around the 2016 presidential election, in which Clinton might be a canditate. It will focus on 1974, when she was a Washington lawyer.
Among those in the running to play the 26-year-old Clinton are Amanda Seyfried, who starred in Les Misérables, Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson, most recently seen playing Janet Leigh in Hitchcock.
Rodham director James Ponstoldt said: “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.”
“Regardless of people’s political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don’t find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive. I want a wonderful actress who could embody that.”