Check out this funny reportage from E! Online:
In a movie, people. She wants to shoot someone…in a movie.
See, the lack of strong roles for women in Hollywood was just one of the subjects that got Reese Witherspoon all revved up when talking to us this weekend about the movie she produced and appears in, Penelope.
It’s a darling fairy tale about a girl (Christina Ricci) with a pig nose. And Reese wanted Christina from the get-go—the two grew up together on the audition circuit. Aw! (And just a quick side note: Things she did not discuss with us include (a) the passing of Heath Ledger and (b) the man she is often photographed with, Jake Gyllenhaal.)
So, oh well, back to shooting people.
Here’s what she said about shoot-’em-up movies wherein the leading man gets to take down the bad guy. “Why does the guy get to shoot him? I want the girl to shoot him!” she said, laughing intermittently. “I love watching Angelina Jolie kick ass in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and I can’t wait to see her in Wanted. I would love to shoot someone. In the knee cap or something, just to stop them!”
Very short notice I’m afraid but Reese was on Good Morning America today in a new interview (which was previously recorded) and she was discussing Penelope. If anyone managed to record this please get in touch with us if you can send in a clip.
UPDATE: We will be adding the video a bit later today, check back!
Reese Witherspoon has a bone to pick — the Oscar-winner is sick of being known as Hollywood’s most obsessively organised actor.
The 31-year-old says she often regrets giving her film company the name Type A Productions — a tongue-in-cheek choice the self-confessed perfectionist made many moons ago.
“People immediately assume that I have a very controlling personality,” Witherspoon says with a sigh.
“It’s up for interpretation that term — Type A — and to me it was just about getting things done and being diligent about them happening, which didn’t seem very negative, but sometimes people think of it as a very uptight personality trait.
“I’m just much more easygoing than that — I go with the flow.”
According to Variety, the lovely Amy Adams (known from such movies as Enchanted and Junebug) is in negotiations to join Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon to star in Another Night at the Museum. Adams will play an undetermined historical figure who has a crush on security guard Larry (Stiller).
Shawn Levy returns to helm the sequel, which has a US release date set for May 22, 2009. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon penned the screenplay, Scott Frank the most recent draft. Levy’s 21 Laps is producing alongside 1492 Pictures. Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe will serve as producers.
20th Century Fox is eyeing a May start date in Vancouver.
HQ scans from the February 2008 issue of the US edition of Marie Claire, which features Reese on the front cover have been uploaded to the gallery. Happy reading!
- Scans: Marie Claire (US) – February 2008
I came across some previously unseen Rendition production stills. I am glad that they’re releasing pictures to promote the DVD release: we only had seven of Reese before! Just a friendly reminder that the DVD will be out in a few weeks time – February 19, to be exact.
- Rendition: Production Stills
Penelope opens today in the UK – YAY! I personally cannot wait to see it.
I came across an interview with Christina Ricci, in which she is asked about Reese. Check out the full interview here.
Q WHAT was Reese Witherspoon like as a producer?
A SHE was there all the time. It was in the middle of the awards season, when she won her Academy Award. We were on a Vespa riding through London and she’d just won the Academy Award and everyone was just screaming at her, yelling, “that’s Reese Witherspoon”.
“Penelope” perspective: Although independent films often struggle to find domestic distribution, it’s unusual when those arrangements end and a picture winds up in the hands of another distributor.
A case in point is the romantic comedy fantasy “Penelope,” starring Christina Ricci and Reese Witherspoon and marking the feature directorial debut of Mark Palansky. Had things gone according to plan, “Penelope” would have surfaced last summer via indie distributors IFC and The Weinstein Co. Instead, its now arriving in theaters Feb. 29 from the well-funded new studio Summit Entertainment.
Produced by Scott Steindorff (Stone Village Pictures) and Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Simpson (Type-A Films) and by Phil Robertson and Chris Curling (Zephyr Films), “Penelope” was written by Leslie Caveny and executive produced by Dylan Russell. Also starring are James McAvoy, Catherine O’Hara, Richard E. Grant, Ronni Ancona, Peter Dinklage and Simon Woods. In the film Ricci plays Penelope Wilhern, a young woman whose wealthy family has since the mid-19th Century been under a witch’s curse that doomed their first born daughter to having the face of a pig.
I’ve now added HQ scans of the February 2008 issue of the British edition of Glamour, which features Miss Reese on the front cover. Enjoy!
- Scans: Glamour (UK) – February 2008
I’ve updated the gallery with a new Penelope one sheet poster, which also features Reese as Annie.
Speaking of the film, the US release date has been changed once again. It will now open on February 29, 2008, instead of February 1. However, UK audiences will see the movie on February 1. I know I’ll be there right on the opening day.
- Penelope: Posters