Today I have added screencaps from Best Laid Plans to our Gallery. This is one of my favourite movies of Reese’s – I really enjoyed it, and thought it was a good little twisty thriller. I also liked seeing her work with Alessandro Nivola and Josh Brolin. Admittedly Reese doesn’t have much to do as Lissa, but her character is at the centre of the film’s plot. This seems to be one of Reese’s lesser talked about films, which I think is a shame.
Check out screencaps from the film in our Gallery. What did you think of Best Laid Plans? Do you think it deserves more attention in Reese’s filmography than it gets?
Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Payne: A Starry, Starry Night in Chicago
It was certainly a starry night in Chicago on June 23 when three major cinematic forces came together for a brilliant evening of food and film. Nestled in the back of the Ritz Carlton, Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Alexander Payne moderated an intimate post-dinner Q&A with Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon at the annual Gene Siskel Film Center benefit, which also honored Ms. Witherspoon with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Renaissance Award.
While Witherspoon and Payne are clearly powerhouses of modern cinema, The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute has been a guiding light of film programming for 40 years, “presenting independent and international cinema, film festivals, cutting edge programs, premieres, retrospectives and classic films. Recognized internationally for its original film programming, the Film Center annually presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances to more than 80,000 film enthusiasts.” Proceeds from the benefit will support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s programs, including lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.
Early in the evening, current programming director of the Gene Siskel Film Center, Barbara Scharres, was highlighted for her tremendous accomplishments in eclectic, meaningful and visionary programming. Later, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow congratulated Reese in a playful video that played before a packed room of Gene Siskel Film Center supporters. The evening concluded with the president of the School of the Art Institute, Walter Massey, and Chairman of the GSFC Advisory Board, Ellen Sandor, presenting Ms. Witherspoon with the Renaissance Award.
I’ve now finished going through the Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde DVD extras and added screencaptures from all the featurettes – and there were a lot of them! The DVD is packed full of goodies, including featurettes on hair and clothes, a gag reel, several deleted scenes and more. They feature a lot of clips from the film rather than backstage footage or interviews with Reese, but it’s heaven for any LB2 fan.
July 14, 2012 • Category: Career, Pacific Standard •
Comments Off on Reese Witherspoon to Produce “Gone Girl” Adaptation
In a whopping summer auction that reached seven figures, 20th Century Fox acquired Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that was just published by Crown and is atop The New York Times Bestseller List for the second week in a row. The book will be produced by Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, along with Leslie Dixon. Flynn will write the screenplay. Other studios including Universal were in on the action and I think the Fifty Shades Of Grey action has elevated interest in bestsellers geared to female readers.
A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary and all roads point to her husband as the killer. Flynn, who has three novels on the bestseller lists all at once, has two other movie projects in the works. Dark Places has Amy Adams attached to star, with Gilled Paquet-Brenner directing and her first novel, Sharp Objects, was optioned by Alliance with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing. Fox’s New York office, headed by Drew Reed, was all over this book. Reed and Chris Goldberg teamed with Peter Kang to bring it in. It was sold by Smiley Group’s Shari Smiley, the former longtime CAA agent who teamed with Stephanie Rostan of Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency. Smiley also sold the screen rights to the Cheryl Strayed book Wild, which currently sits atop the Non Fiction bestseller list. Pacific Standard bought it, with The Kids Are All Right’s Lisa Cholodenko adapting to direct.
July 11, 2012 • Category: Gallery Updates •
Comments Off on New-old 2002 photoshoot + a few other additions
Upon a Reese photo search the other week I came across a brand new-but-old photoshoot taken in 2002 that I had never seen before. Reese was photographed in late September 2002 in Los Angeles for it, in the midst of her promotion for Sweet Home Alabama.
I’ve also added a couple of additional photos from Reese’s shoots for Vanity Fair in 1998, plus her 1993 US Weekly photoshoot has been replaced with HQs, courtesey of Renee.
Reese news is slow and I was looking for something quick to update the site with today, so I thought I’d add a few screencaptures from Reese’s two guest appearances on animated TV shows. I know a couple of you have expressed interest in screencaps from animated works, so I hope you’ll enjoy these caps from The Simpsons and King Of The Hill too. She was super cute on The Simpsons, but didn’t really do much on King Of The Hill, although it was a different kind of character for her (if you can call it that, as she barely spoke).
I’ve added additional HQ photos from the first two days of Devil’s Knot filming that we had pictures from.
Reese has been snapped at work on the film again since then, although unfortuntely we are unable to post the photos here 🙁 So instead I have some links for you: see Reese on set of Devil’s Knot on June 30th here, here and here; and on the set on July 2nd here, here and here. SocialiteLife have some pics from both days here.
July 4, 2012 • Category: Career, Public Appearances •
Comments Off on Chicago Tribune: Siskel Film Center honors Witherspoon
“Being pregnant, I hope I don’t get too emotional taking a walk down memory lane,” said Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon before her Q-and-A and film retrospective June 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago for an event benefiting the Gene Siskel Film Center. Witherspoon was in town to receive the Renaissance Award, following in the footsteps of honorees who include George Lucas, Jamie Foxx,Robert Downey Jr. and Nicole Kidman.
Jean de St. Aubin, executive director of the film center, introduced two-time Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne, who directed Witherspoon in “Election.” He interviewed her in a lively segment that also showed film clips from her career, including “Walk the Line,” the film for which she won a best actress Oscar.
“It’s difficult for a woman to be able to do both comedy and drama. It’s a privilege to be able to do both,” Witherspoon said. The actress is currently filming “Devil’s Knot” with Colin Firth in Atlanta. After filming is concluded, she plans on taking time off to have her baby.
Marlene Iglitzen, Gene Siskel’s widow, attended the fundraiser with her three children, Kate, Callie and Will. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. He would be so proud to see all of these people here tonight.” Other attendees included Marc Klutznick (co-chair), Anita Liskey (co-chair), Camille Cook (film center founder), Shirley and Dr. Walter Massey (president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Dusty and Alex Stemer, and Diana Palomar.
The more than $340,000 raised will support programming at the film center.
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