Reese and her Big Little Lies co-stars and crew are named as one of Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Entertainers of the Year’ in their Best of 2017 issue. The show itself is also listed as one of the best of the year. We have scans in our Gallery and the issue is on news-stands now.
Big Little Lies cast and crew on their surprise hit of 2017
When Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman first got together to discuss bringing Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel Big Little Lies to television, they never predicted the critical love, awards, and audience adulation that would follow (including a recently announced season 2).
“This never happens! It’s been simply extraordinary,” says Kidman. “It’s been such a surprise because as much as we believed in it, we didn’t know whether it would connect.”
In fact, viewers flipped from the start over the story of three mothers (Kidman, Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley) who become entwined when their small children are placed in the same class at a private school in tony Monterey, California. Each mother had a compelling story line: There’s Kidman’s Celeste — beautiful, with a seemingly perfect life and handsome husband (Alexander Skarsgård) — who hides her domestic-abuse truth; Witherspoon’s Madeline, a feisty ringleader who must contend with her ex-husband and his perfect new wife (Zoë Kravitz); and Jane (Woodley), a young single mom hiding a big secret, who ends up tangling with alpha mom Renata (Laura Dern).
Having TV veteran David E. Kelley write the entire series and director Jean-Marc Vallée behind the camera for all seven episodes gave Big Little Lies a sense of cohesion — to say nothing of the beautiful vistas, the aspirational real estate, the infectious soundtrack — that resulted in the feeling that this was one long feature film.
“I was just going to do the first couple,” says Vallée. But he quickly found he had become too emotionally engaged. “I felt like I couldn’t abandon it—or these women.” Us either.
Big Little Lies will return for a season 2 on HBO.
December 23, 2017 • Category: "Big Little Lies", "Wild" •
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In a new interview with the LA Times, Laura Dern reflects on some of her past roles – including Wild and Big Little Lies:
“It’s where I found Reese [Witherspoon]. Reese and I were texting recently and I was like, ‘Who would have thought that I would have found my Bogart in Reese Witherspoon?’ We have this particularly exciting connection and chemistry — or whatever it is — to go to whatever places are offered us. This was a very emotional film, and we did difficult things together, and I couldn’t have a better time with an actor. But the larger gift of ‘Wild’ is that Cheryl Strayed enters your life and everything changes forever. She’s really a philosopher of how to take the broken and thrive. She has continued to teach me every day.”
Big Little Lies
“It’s the best time ever to be working on something that is about not only powerful but complicated women. Women with longings, who are searching to be stronger for themselves and their family. Exploring those themes was amazing, but to be doing it with a group of people who I now consider family is off-the-charts fantastic.”
December 16, 2017 • Category: "Big Little Lies" •
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Laura Dern appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday to promote her new Star Wars movie – she also talked about Big Little Lies:
‘Big Little Lies’ star talks about ‘constantly group texting’ with her co-stars
Laura Dern, who scored a Golden Globe nomination for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” said Reese Witherspoon is the most voracious texter among her female co-stars.
“She’s teaching us other girls how to be better communicators, God love it,” Dern said on “Good Morning America” today of her co-star.
She said the women on the hit HBO series – Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz – are “constantly group texting.”
“It’s true,” she added. “It’s the beautiful thing of women getting to work together after years of being the only girl on a film. Suddenly you get to share parenting and struggles of the day, not just our work.”
With news hitting of “Big Little Lies” season 2 returning as a limited series, Dern said the women of the cast are “excited.”
“We’re all in the hands of the genius brain of David Kelley, so we’ll see what he orchestrates for us,” she said of the show’s creator and writer. “We’re in love with the characters and we’re deep best friends now, this group of girls.”
Congratulations to Reese and her Big Little Lies co-stars and crew for their 4 nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards! Extremely well deserved!
The ceremony will be held on January 21st, and will air live on TNT and TBS at 8pm ET.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Vulture report that there will be 4 new characters in the upcoming new series of Big Little Lies. They don’t state their source so we have no idea how accurate this it, but here it is for those of you interested. Production is reported to start in March 2018 and conclude in that August.
Vulture has learned that auditions are underway for four new characters and that production will occur between March and August. (An HBO spokesperson said the network could not confirm the information about the new characters.) According to a casting breakdown sent to talent agencies for auditions, Emmy-winning casting director David Rubin is searching for four actors to play the following characters:
• Michael Perkins, a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students. Renata (Laura Dern) becomes furious when Mr. Perkins’s lessons on global warming causes Amabella to have a panic attack. (Poor Amabella can’t get a break!)
• A new employee in the school administration office who befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley). Eventually, the two women learn about each other’s “deepest secrets.”
• Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. Elizabeth is described as someone who has passed on her outwardly Zen qualities to her daughter Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and abusive. Martin is emotionally distant toward his daughter, but a family emergency forces him to address the strain between them.
Big congratulations to Reese and her Big Little Lies cast and crew for their Golden Globe Award nominations today! The nominations were announced earlier on today, and Big Little Lies scored 6 nominations, which was the most for any TV show this year. Reese was recognised in the Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television category – this is the 5th Glden Globe nomination of her career, and she previously won for Walk The Line in 2006.
The ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills on January 7th 2018, and will air live on NBC.
Best television limited series or motion picture made for television:
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television:
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
The Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women In Hollywood feature was released this week, which included their Power 100 list – Reese was of course featured within it! Read their brief interview with her below and find a scan from the magazine in our Gallery. The special collectors issue is on sale now and has Jennifer Lawrence on the cover.
The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100
Meet the dynamos who rocked Hollywood by creating groundbreaking TV and ‘Wonder’-ful films, scoring piles of awards and historic paydays and making room for more women to rise as the industry’s dark side was brought to light (thanks in part to three pioneers on this list) in a watershed that has already changed entertainment — and the world. Take that, Harvey!
HOW THR PICKS THE POWER 100 This year’s list spotlights 16 standout industry leaders who dominated the 2017 entertainment and media landscape and groups the rest by their role in the Hollywood ecosystem — from the film forces (working mostly on the big screen) to the reps (agents, et al). Honorees are listed alphabetically within each category.
Reese Witherspoon Actor, producer
CATEGORY Power Squad
Witherspoon scored big in 2017 with HBO’s acclaimed Big Little Lies (she starred and produced), for which she and fellow producer Nicole Kidman won an Emmy for outstanding limited series. “It showed me that audiences want to see a more accurate depiction of the female experience,” says Witherspoon, who launched her women-focused media brand Hello Sunshine in November 2016. She continues to buy book properties (including deals for A White Lie, with Zendaya attached, and Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, in which Witherspoon would also star) and will hit the big screen in March in Ava DuVernay’s A Wrinkle in Time. And in a deal that has Friends fans fawning, she recently sold a new series to Apple in which she’ll star opposite Jennifer Aniston.
Best thing to come out of the Weinstein scandal “Female solidarity.”
How I’ve helped women coming up in Hollywood “Call them, email them, work with them, and support them on social media.”
Hollywood woman I’d switch jobs with for a day Dana Walden
The three guests at my dream dinner party would be “Oprah, Mindy Kaling, Ava DuVernay and my mom.”
I wish men in Hollywood knew “What it feels like to be the only one in the room.”
Last show I binged Catastrophe, Westworld
TV or film character I most identify with “The squirrel in Ice Age constantly chasing an acorn.”
Aussie TV magazine Foxtel have a nice feature on Big Little Lies and Reese in their December issue. They’ve used photos from the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar photoshoot and last years Draper James Christmas shoot, and in the interview Reese talks about some of her Christmas traditions. Find the scans in our Gallery:
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