A second trailer for Reese’s upcoming animated musical comedy Sing has just been released:
Sing trailer: Animals with A-list voices take center stage
All Buster Moon wants is for his theatre to have one last glorious moment. So the koala, voiced Matthew McConaughey, concocts a plan to attract the community’s focus: an open singing competition.
That’s how the all-star animals end up in the same grand room in Sing, the upcoming animated comedy from the Minions company Illumination Entertainment.
Buster’s cohort, Eddie (a literally sheepish John C. Reilly), tries to guide the small bear into quitting. But his eternal optimism won’t waver: “You know what’s great about hitting rock bottom? There’s only one way left to go, and that’s up!”
After an audition process that yields a spirited “Bad Romance” cover, the field is whittled down to five contestants: a con-man mouse (Seth MacFarlane) with a silky voice; a shy teenage elephant (Tori Kelly); a frantically busy mother (Reese Witherspoon) who cares for 25 piglets; a young gorilla (Taron Egerton) seeking to deviate from his family’s criminal ways; and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson) trying to shed her cocky boyfriend.
Written and directed by Garth Jennings (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy), Sing opens Dec. 21.
What Reese Witherspoon Likes About the South
If you ask the Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon, there’s nothing the American South doesn’t have: historic cities, a rich music culture, unbeatable food, and people, she says, who are always cheerful and greet one another with a hug and a smile.
She should know.
Though she lives in Los Angeles, Ms. Witherspoon, 40, was born in New Orleans and raised in Nashville. She is so attached to her roots that she bought a house in Nashville a few years ago and a year ago started a fashion, accessory and home goods line, Draper James, that’s inspired by the region (lots of colors and lots of prints). She named it after her grandmother Dorothea Draper and grandfather William James Witherspoon.
Because the brand has its flagship store in Nashville and many of the goods for it are produced in Southern cities — the jeans in Blue Ridge, Ga., and the stationery in Raleigh, N.C. — the venture has Ms. Witherspoon visiting the area at least once a month. She reflects on why she thinks the South, a place she still calls home, is an appealing travel destination.
Below are edited excerpts from a conversation with her.
Q. Nashville is where you grew up and a city you now have a home in. What are your go-to spots there?
A. There’s an area called Charlotte Pike with great thrift stores. I grew up shopping in them and still go back, but my new go-to for shopping is an up-and-coming part of town called 12 South. That’s where Draper James is located along with many cool stores like Emerson Grace, a boutique selling great clothes from lots of different brands. And I like going to Broadway, which is the heart of the city’s music scene. There’s record stores like Ernest Tubb and bars to hear country music like the Stage, Tootsies and Robert’s Western World. I also head to Pinewood Social. They have a pool and bowling alley and also serve the best fried chicken and fried broccoli.
Where do you like to eat in Nashville?
Jonathan Waxman’s restaurant, Adele’s, has amazing kale salad, roasted chicken and spaghetti.
Hattie B’s is known for the hot chicken. The chicken is coated in some sort of spice before it’s fried. They always have a line out the door. For barbecue like ribs and brisket, it’s Edley’s. The fried okra there reminds me of my grandmother because that’s a dish she used to make every Sunday.
What other cities do you enjoy visiting?
Charleston is a favorite. It’s beautifully preserved. King Street there has great shopping, and the food all over the city is insane — you’ll find spicy fish and shrimp and grits. The best part is that the beach is only around 15 minutes from downtown.
Working on Draper James has taken you to different cities in the South. What discoveries have you made?
Blue Ridge in Georgia, where the Draper James jeans are made, is a quaint old mining town that’s worth seeing. There’s a train that still runs through it, and the old bank is now a cute coffee shop, L&L Beanery.
And although I had been to Atlanta before, I’ve made some new discoveries there like Ann Mashburn, a store with the most stylish clothes. Ann’s husband, Sid Mashburn, has his own store in the back of hers where he makes custom shirts for men, and you get a true Southern gentleman experience. I’ve found some nice restaurants like JCT Kitchen, which has yummy cocktails and cheese sandwiches, and the Optimist, where the seafood is fresh and there is a mini golf course outside. Also, a great to-go spot is Yeah! Burger, where you can get many kinds of burgers along with tasty sides like crispy brussels sprouts.
Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Style Empire: The Totes That Make Her Hug Strangers, Being a Boss, and More
Not many people get to celebrate two birthdays in one year, but our reigning Best Dressed Woman, Reese Witherspoon not only turned 40 in March, but her fashion and lifestyle brand Draper James celebrated one year in business on May 5. And the star and her team haven’t slowed down since the launch. “We’re just always working, working, working,” Witherspoon tells PeopleStyle in this week’s issue. “If I’m in L.A., I’m on Skype. If I’m in New York, I’m at the offices. When I’m in Nashville, I’m at the store. It’s busy, but it’s so great. You make mistakes, and then you correct yourself.”
Since in getting into fashion, she’s learned how to stay in her lane. “It’s important to not be afraid to say, ‘I don’t know how to do that.’ Sometimes an idea doesn’t work. Sometimes things don’t sell when we thought they were going to. But then, we had no idea that we were going to sell 3,000 “Totes Y’all” bags in a year,” she says. “One of the greatest and most exciting things happened when I was on vacation in Florida, and I saw a woman walk down the street with one those bags. I stopped her and hugged her!”
In addition to Draper James, Witherspoon has a production company, Pacific Standard, which she founded in 2012. And there are some similarities between both businesses. “I’ve been working collaboratively with other artists all my life,” she says. “When you’re on movies, you’re talking to writers and directors trying to shape the story and characters. In Draper James meetings, we try to connect a story to a product. We create things that remind us of our southern upbringings and want everything we put out there to bring you joy and be something you’ll have forever.”
She thinks DJ has excelled in a few areas. “Anything that had a southern saying on it people really responded to,” she says, “Like the coasters and mugs with sayings on them, and the ‘Tell me something good’ cocktail napkins.” She’s also seeing success with dresses. “I feel like we really nailed a certain silhouette,” she says.
Witherspoon has also nailed the idea that each of her brands should empower women; Draper James works with Girls Inc., and Pacific Standard aims to create more narratives and jobs for women in the film industry. “I definitely think that strength coexists with femininity and [being strong] doesn’t mean you can’t be girlie,” she says. “I’m really trying to help push that within my own industry, and it’s fun! I mean, part of the reason I did Legally Blonde was because I loved the idea of this character who loved to dress up and have her nails done, but she also wanted to be taken seriously and was a really hard worker. I think most women feel that way. Just because you’re a woman in a position of power doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate being a woman.”
What Reese Witherspoon Won’t Wear Now That She’s 40
PeopleStyle’s reigning Best Dressed Woman in the World, Reese Witherspoon, just reached a major milestone with her fashion business: Draper James turned one year old on May 5th. She also celebrated her 40th birthday in March. And though not much has changed as far as her always-stellar street style, she just might’ve had a change of heart about sharing her designer duds with her 16-year-old daughter, Ava. Last July, she told us that Ava has free reign over her closet. “She and I just swap clothes,” she said at the time. But it seems like some things have changed!
“I have a rule that if my teenage daughter is wearing it, I’m not supposed to be wearing it. Ava and I can go through an entire magazine and be like, ‘That’s for you, and that’s for me!’” she tells PeopleStyle in this week’s issue. “Like, some women love to wear cutoff shorts and look really good in them, but I like a polished, tailored short. I feel like I am too old to be wearing cutoffs at this point … It probably does have to do with my age.” And she’s very steadfast on her anti-cutoff stance: She has said before that no matter how boho trends get, she steers clear of them. “They’re just not my personal style,” she told us last summer.
But that doesn’t mean she steers clear of the silhouette entirely. “I like a high-rise short,” she says. “They remind me of the ’60s. I’ve put inspiration photos on my Instagram of girls in the ’60s walking around in their high-waisted shorts. I think they are so cute.”
Witherspoon’s daughter Ava does take risks when it comes to her personal style: She’s experimented with her hair color (it’s been blue and now it’s pink!) and she really embraced Coachella’s hippie-chic vibe this past April.
Says Witherspoon of her Ava and her friends’ festival style, “They looked so cute! But no, nothing her and her friends wear is right for me. It’s great to see them having so much fun with fashion. They will always remember these times. They wear big sunglasses and things they wouldn’t normally wear, and it’s great to see them expressing themselves. I remember growing up in Nashville, we used to go to country concerts in the summer and it was so fun to dress up for festivals. It’s a rite of passage for sure.”
For more on the star’s style advice, plus all the scoop on how she runs her business Draper James, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on stands everywhere Friday
— Reese Witherspoon (@RWitherspoon) May 5, 2016
Continuing our run of updating and finishing the Public Appearances section of our Gallery, 2011 is now complete! 2011 was a busy year for Reese, as she promoted Water For Elephants around the globe. She also received the MTV Generation Award at the MTV Movie Awards and continued her work with Avon. I love her 60’s-inspired look at the Oscars (and seeing her with her American Psycho co-star Christian Bale again!), but her Water For Elephants New York Premiere look is possibly my all-time favourite look of hers – her dress, make-up and hair are just perfect for her!! I think Reese’s highlight of the year was meeting Kate Middleton at the Tusk Trust Reception, as she has spoken enthusiastically about her admiration for the Duchess. Some of our photos from this year have been replaced with HQ versions, and there are also plenty of new shots in there too.