Reese reminds us all of the Bend And Snap to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Legally Blonde today!
It’s been 15 years since the movie “Legally Blonde” introduced the world to Elle Woods, the pink-clad, Chihuahua-toting sorority student who aced the LSATs, got into Harvard Law School and inspired a generation. “I have had so many women say, ‘I went to law school because of ‘Legally Blonde,’” says star Reese Witherspoon (@reesewitherspoon). “It actually had a meaningful story. And it was about female empowerment. It wasn’t necessarily about the girl getting the guy.” To celebrate the anniversary, make sure to show off your pet Chihuahua, law degree or even your best “bend and snap” — “That is still the most asked request I get from people. I have a feeling I will be doing the bend and snap until I am 95,” says Reese — and tag #LegallyBlonde15 in the caption. Video by @reesewitherspoon
Moviefone reminded us that Legally Blonde celebrates its 15th anniversary this week, having been released in US cinemas on July 13th 2001! Legally Blonde launched Reese firmly into the Hollywood A-list, and gave us the timeless character of Elle Woods. We’ll be posting more Legally Blonde related updates for you this week, but to start with, here is Moviefone’s article with some little-known facts about the comedy …
‘Legally Blonde’: 10 Things You (Probably) Didn’t Know About the Reese Witherspoon Hit
It’s been 15 years since Reese Witherspoon taught us all how to do the bend-and-snap.
“Legally Blonde” was released this week, on July 13, 2001, and it turned Witherspoon into a bankable leading lady after a decade in movies. It also spawned two sequels and a Broadway musical, as well as launching a jillion GIFs and memes. But as many times as you’ve watched Elle Woods triumph over sexism and stereotyping, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes dish on the film that you may not know. Here’s how it all came together — the hot pink wardrobe, the hair, and Harvard Law School.
1. “Legally Blonde” started as a series of letters home from Stanford Law School, written by first-year student Amanda Brown, that made fun of the classmates who were ostracizing her. (She found herself on the outs after laughing at the campus feminists’ attempt to change “semester” to “ovester,” a joke that made it all the way into the movie.) The letters became the manuscript for a novel, which the publisher plucked from the slush pile because it was the only one written on pink paper. MGM soon bought the film rights and hired “10 Things I Hate About You” screenwriters Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah to adapt it.
2. 25-year-old Australian filmmaker Robert Luketic was hired to direct, though he’d never made a feature film before. He landed the job on the basis of his short film “Titsiana Booberini,” a 12-minute CinemaScope musical comedy about a supermarket checkout girl whose co-workers bully her because of her hairy upper lip. The short screened at Colorado’s Telluride Film Festival, and Luketic claims that it played so well that he had an agent, a manager, and a studio deal within 40 minutes of the screening.
3. The studio had other stars in mind for Elle, including Christina Applegate, Katherine Heigl, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alicia Silverstone, and Charlize Theron, as well as non-blondes Jennifer Love Hewitt and Milla Jovovich. Even Tori Spelling (whose mansion was across the street from Elle’s childhood home, according to the script) was on the list. But Luketic insisted on Reese Witherspoon after watching her in “Election.” “I wanted someone with gravitas and brains,” he explained.
Australian TV show ‘Sunday Night’ aired a feature on Reese’s producing partnership with Aussie Bruna Papandrea last night – I can’t find the full episode online for us yet, but here is a clip:
A fantastic and lengthy trailer for Reese’s upcoming animated musical comedy Sing has been released today! Reese voices Rosita the Pig. The movie hits US cinemas on December 21st.
Reese graces one of the covers (there are 4 different ones) of the July issue of UK Glamour magazine, which is their annual Women Of The Year issue. Reese is their ‘Entrepreneur’ of the year – congrats Reese! It’s a reprint of her 2015 US cover, but it’s always nice to see her on a cover again. Pick up a copy today, and see the scans in our Gallery:
Reese posted a snap of her and Chelsea Handler backstage on Chelsea’s new talk show last night, so it seems we can look forward to Reese appearing on the show in the near future. ‘Chelsea’ streams on Netflix three times a week – we’ll keep you updated on when Reese will be on the show…
Unfortunately the Simpatico Conference Reese was scheduled to attend next month in Australia and New Zealand has been cancelled. It is unclear why, with the events organiser Jacqueline Nagle telling the press that she is unable to comment due to confidentiality agreements and Sydney promoter Max Markson also unable to explain due to being “bound by contractual obligations”. The official statement reads as follows, from the official website:
The Simpatico Connection Conference, scheduled for July 2016, has been cancelled. We wish to bring attendees the best experience possible, and unfortunately due to issues within our organization we are unable to move forward with our event at this time. The Simpatico Connection organizers wish to convey our sincerest apologies to the proposed keynote speaker Reese Witherspoon, along with speakers Naomi Simson, Elize Hattin, Lisa Lockland-Bell, Vicki Webster, and Alice Haemmerle and those who wished to attend the conference. All ticket monies will be refunded. In the spirit of the event, The Simpatico Connection will make a donation to our charity partner SAVE THE CHILDREN.