Apple Invites Hollywood Stars to Video Service Launch
Apple Inc. is planning to unveil video and news subscription offerings next month, the first major new digital services from the company since 2015.
The Cupertino, California-based technology giant is planning a March 25 event to announce both services, according to people familiar with the plan. The iPhone maker invited Hollywood stars, including Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner and director JJ Abrams, to attend, one of the people said.
The video service is similar to Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Video and Netflix Inc. products, and will include TV shows and movies either acquired or funded by Apple. The company has created dozens of original programs so far, but hasn’t wrapped them in a subscription yet. The paid service will launch by the summer, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing private plans.
The company’s premium news service will be integrated into the Apple News app, letting consumers subscribe to a bundle of titles for a monthly fee. Some publishing executives are wary of taking part, Bloomberg News reported in December.Continue reading this entry »
Laurene Powell Jobs Invests in Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine has received funding from Laurene Powell Jobs’ Emerson Collective and a subsequent investment from Otter Media.
The strategic investments, announced on Wednesday, are designed to support two-year-old Hello Sunshine’s growth in the creation of stories celebrating women and distributed across multiple platforms. The values of the investments were not disclosed.
“We very intentionally chose strategic investors who passionately and unequivocally support our mission of changing the landscape for women by putting them at the center of every narrative we create, elevate, and champion,” said Hello Sunshine CEO Sarah Harden. “We are extremely proud to extend our relationship with Otter Media, who has been a devoted partner since the beginning. We are truly honored to begin working alongside the team at Emerson Collective given their commitment to supporting impactful storytelling.”
Hello Sunshine is a producer on HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere,” Amazon’s “Daisy Jones & the Six,” Apple’s “Are You Sleeping?,” and an untitled morning show project. Its unscripted “Shine on With Reese” launched in July, followed by “Master the Mess,” both on DirecTV. Feature projects include Sony’s “A White Lie,” Fox 2000’s “The League of Wives” and “Where the Crawdads Sing,” MGM’s “Legally Blonde 3,” and a Martina Navratilova documentary.
The company is partnered with Eve Rodsky, whose debut book, “Fair Play: The 5 New Rules to Revolutionize Your Marriage, Home and Sense of Purpose,” will be published in the fall.
Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, founded social change organization Emerson Collective in 2004. Emerson Collective became the majority owner of the Atlantic in 2017.
Otter Media, part of WarnerMedia, was formed in 2014 to acquire, invest in, and launch global over-the-top media services. In addition to Hello Sunshine, its portfolio includes Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth, Ellation, VRV, and Gunpowder & Sky.
Starz to Develop ‘Kin’ Series With Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner has inked a deal with Starz to develop “Kin,” Variety has learned.
The multi-generational family drama comes from “Queen Sugar” and “Constantine” writer Davita Scarlett, who developed the project with Chester Jones III. Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine film and TV head Lauren Neustadter are on board as executive producers alongside Scarlett.
“The opportunity to work in partnership with Davita Scarlett as well as Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine on this series is serendipitous,” Starz president of programming Carmi Zlotnik said in a statement. “Hello Sunshine puts women at the forefront of the stories they are telling, and that fits perfectly into Starz’s overall programming strategy to offer compelling content that appeals to female audiences.”
Witherspoon described Scarlett’s script as “utterly original, complex, and incredibly nuanced.”
“She deftly explores issues around identity and the secrets family members keep to protect themselves and one another. I’m so excited to team up with Starz to bring these strong, memorable female characters to life on screen,” Witherspoon said.Continue reading this entry »
See Reese Witherspoon’s Empowering New Lipstick Collaboration with Elizabeth Arden
Reese Witherspoon and Elizabeth Arden are teaming up again to empower women through beauty.
One year after the brand and its Storyteller-in-Chief launched the March On campaign to provide support for women’s issues worldwide, and commemorated moment with a charitable red lipstick, they’re continuing the mission, this time with a vivid pink.
The shade, Pink Punch is from Elizabeth Arden’s existing Beautiful Color Moisturizing Lipstick range, but has been repackaged in a beautiful updated tube, and autographed with Reese’s signature.
Witherspoon says the bold tone is her favorite. “It’s a strong color that inspires optimism, so it felt like the perfect color for our March On campaign,” she shares with PEOPLE.
Last year, Witherspoon and the brand kicked off the initiative at the UN on International Women’s Day, March 8, 2018. Along with the announcement, the brand pledged one million dollars, including 100 percent of lipstick proceeds, to UN Women, an organization that advocates for gender equality.
“I think the lipsticks we have created are a great way to extend the legacy of Elizabeth Arden, who cared so much about women’s rights and the freedom of women worldwide,” says Witherspoon of the ongoing campaign, adding that she is “enormously happy to be collaborating with a brand that I love, and that is dedicated to making women’s lives better.”
This year, the actress will be spending International Women’s Day on set, but will celebrate the day nevertheless.
“I love International Women’s Day because it’s a time to reflect and help women all over the world. I feel like I’ve had an extraordinary amount of privilege growing up in a country where I have a lot of rights, and I think it’s important to shed light on women who don’t have the same.”
It’s the Oscars this coming Sunday, and to celebrate we’ve got some fabulous Oscar photos updates for you this week! To start with, we have 18 additional photos from the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscars party – the year Reese was nominated for Best Actress for Wild. She’s pictured chatting with actor Robert Duvall, and greeting the year’s Best Actress winner Julianne Moore – Reese looks particularly keen to show off her burger!
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We’re almost there with completing the Films section of our Gallery, and this weekend the Hot Pursuit category has been updated. Over 1,800 photos have been added, including high quality stills, posters, behind the scenes photos, and screencaptures from numerous featurettes and interviews. There are lots of fantastic photos! This is definitely not one of Reese’s best movies, but she’s her usual watchable and funny self in it. She is very endearing in some of the promotional interviews though, and you can watch the best of them below.
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Following the Winter TCA HBO Panel, Reese attended the MusiCares Person Of The Year Gala on Friday night. This year, Reese’s idol Dolly Parton was honoured, and Reese looked thrilled to be there! The annual benefit gala raises funds for MusicCares, a charity that supports musicians in times of need. Reese wore a black embellished dress by Monique Lhuillier to celebrate the night. Find lots of high quality photos in our Gallery:
On Friday, Reese and her Big Little Lies co-stars and writer David E. Kelley attended the Winter TCA Press Tour HBO Panel, to preview the upcoming 2nd season of their show. They talked about what we can expect from the new season, including that there will no longer be the ‘Greek chorus’ of characters commentating on events, that the tone is more dramatic, and that the focus is on dealing with the ‘trauma’ of what happened at the end of season 1. David E. Kelley commented that there is “no such plan” for a season 3. We’ve compiled a whole batch of tweets from the panel which you can read below, along with a couple of articles. Reese wore a simple but elegant blue dress by Michael Kors for the event. Find lots of high quality photos in our Gallery!