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How Reese Witherspoon Plans to Promote Female Directors and Writers Next Year

Reese Witherspoon is planning to take her mission to help women up a notch in 2018.

While at a holiday-themed event at the Tiffany & Co. Fifth Avenue flagship store — she’s a spokesperson for the jewelry company — the 41-year-old actress and mother of three said that women helping other woman is her top priority come the New Year.

“My production company Hello Sunshine is all based on telling stories about women by women,” she told PEOPLE. “So we want to create more opportunity and hire more female directors and more female writers.”

This year, the star famously produced and starred in the female-led HBO show Big Little Lies, which earned her several accolades already. Next up, in 2018, she’s starring alongside other powerful women such as Oprah Winfrey and Mindy Kaling in A Wrinkle in Time, due out Mar. 9. “There’s a beautiful young woman at the center of the story, and it’s an epic story about good versus evil,” she explained.

She also announced plans to produce Luckiest Girl Alive, a movie version of Jessica Knoll’s book (and a favorite of book clubs across the nation).

In the meantime, she’s excited for a few moments to relax during the holidays, and is looking forward to “food, always food! I like gingerbread houses, cookies, chocolates … things like that.”

She’s also shopping for some special gifts, and considers herself quite the gift-giver. “I take a lot of time to think about what people really want and really like,” said Witherspoon. “For a go-to hostess gift, I like monogrammed napkins or a beautiful box of chocolates.”

For daughter Ava, she wants to get her something “really beautiful and simple, like a piece from Tiffany & Co. It’s like an heirloom. My mom gave me earrings from there when I was young, and I still have them.”

One thing she won’t be doing this holiday season? Making any New Year’s resolutions.

“I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions,” she said. “I think you sort of have to keep striving to be the best version of yourself at all moments. Sometimes you fail and sometimes you succeed. And I think it’s important to always try and do your best.”

(People)



December 9, 2017   •  Category: Gallery Updates, Hello Sunshine, Media Alerts0 Comments

Reese graces the cover of the Winter issue of American home magazine Domino. The magazine has a brand new photoshoot and gives us a look at Reese’s Hello Sunshine offices in Santa Monica – I love the picture of Johnny & June Cash in there! In the interview Reese talks about her Hello Sunshine studio space and the roles she is creating through the brand. Scans from the magazine have been added to our Gallery for you:

We caught up with Witherspoon in the brand new studio of her cross-platform multimedia company, Hello Sunshine, to talk about her drive to empower women through female-driven narratives. “Women need to be at the forefront of telling their own stories,” says the superstar actress and entrepreneur, who also shared how her team designed a positive, collaborative space.

The Domino Winter Issue is on newsstands December 1. Pick up your copy soon and subscribe now!

Domino (US) – Holiday 2017 x9





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.”

How I’d spend an extra day “Sleep!”

(THR)



December 9, 2017   •  Category: "Big Little Lies", Gallery Updates, Media Alerts0 Comments

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:

Foxtel (Aus) – December 2017 x7





November 26, 2017   •  Category: Awards & Nominations, Draper James, Media Alerts0 Comments

Reese will be making an appearance this coming Thursday to talk about the success of Draper James. Unfortunately the free event has sold out already! We will bring you photos and coverage when they become available…

SCAD In Conversation with Reese Witherspoon & Draper James

Join SCAD in Conversation with Reese Witherspoon, who will recieve the prestigious SCAD Étoile in recognition of her celebrated lifestyle brand, Draper James, and her distinguished contributions to fashion, culture, and design. Created in tribute to her Southern heritage and her grandparents, Dorothea Draper and William James Witherspoon, Draper James is the epitome of contemporary, yet timeless, style.

Étoile – “star in the sky” in French – connotes brilliance, luminosity, and glamour. The SCAD Étoile is a trubute to the biggest and brightest stars of the fashion, style, and design realms, and recognizes trendsetting, innovative leaders for their monumental contributions. Witherspoon joins a highly acclaimed coterie of SCAD Étoile honorees, inclusing Jonathan Adler, Pierre Cardin, Cather Deneuve, Carolina Herrera, and David Yurman.

Date: November 30, 2017 2 P.M.

Location: 173 14th St. NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

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(SCADShow.com)

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November 12, 2017   •  Category: Gallery Updates, Media Alerts0 Comments

Reese graces the cover of a very festive looking December cover of In Style Germany. They’ve used a previously-unseen gorgeous out-take from the 2016 Harper’s Bazaar photoshoot, and the photos inside are from that same spread. Reese is obviously one of their favourites, as she was on the magazine’s January cover at the start of the year too! Find the new scans in our Gallery:

In Style (Ger) – December 2017 x5





November 1, 2017   •  Category: "A Wrinkle in Time", "Big Little Lies", "Wild", Articles & Interviews, Awards & Nominations, Career, Draper James, Elizabeth Arden, Gallery Updates, Hello Sunshine, Media Alerts, Pacific Standard, Producing, The Family, Video UpdatesComments Off on Reese Witherspoon named Wall Street Journal’s ‘Entertainment Innovator of the Year’

Another accolade for Reese was announced today – she is the Wall Street Journal’s ‘Entertainment Innovator of the Year’! Reese features on the front cover of their November issue, with a gorgeous new photoshoot and a fantastic, inspiring new interview. The interview focuses on Reese’s recent foray into producing, and features quotes on Reese from her husband Jim, and Nicole Kidman. Find the interview below – it’s a great read – and see photos in our Gallery. The magazine hits news-stands on November 4th so be sure to pick up a copy. Congratulations on this new honour, Reese

How Reese Witherspoon is Changing Hollywood for Women

With projects ranging from her HBO series ‘Big Little Lies’ to her production franchise to her growing lifestyle brand, Witherspoon has become a force in female storytelling

THIS PAST MAY, Reese Witherspoon experienced the closest thing she’ll get to a college homecoming when she returned to Stanford University, where she studied English literature for a few semesters in the mid-1990s but never graduated. Students invited her to be the featured guest at the Stanford Graduate School of Business’s View From the Top speaker series and asked her about her multifaceted career as an Academy Award–winning actress, producer and entrepreneur. Afterward, she popped over to the dorms with her 18-year-old daughter, Ava, to surprise whomever lived in her old room. “I knocked on the door, and a girl was in there,” Witherspoon recalls. “She opens it and screams, ‘Oh, my God! My mom is going to freak out; she just loves you!’ ”

The trip down memory lane prompts Witherspoon, 41, to ponder what might have happened if she hadn’t left the university for Hollywood after freshman year. (She took a leave of absence in 1996 to star in Pleasantville and Election.) After a critically acclaimed debut at age 14 in 1991’s The Man in the Moon, why would an aspiring actress enroll at Stanford and move to Northern California in the first place? “I was never going to be an actor who lives in their car because their dream was so big. [If acting didn’t work] I would have gone from Stanford to medical school and become a surgeon. Right now, I’d probably be the premier surgeon and pediatric cardiologist at Vanderbilt University,” she says, pausing. “What? I’m just being honest. I’m ambitious, and I’m over hiding that.”

“Of all the nasty words I’ve heard that are used to describe women, the one that has the ugliest connotations is ambition,” says Laura Dern, Witherspoon’s friend and co-star in the 2014 film Wild and this year’s seven-part HBO series Big Little Lies. “I don’t know why that’s declared conniving for women, because I’m constantly inspired by Reese’s ambition. You have a dream? She makes it happen.”



In the past decade, Witherspoon, mother of three, top-earning actress, powerful producer and, most recently, fashion designer, has become a new face of feminist filmmaking. Last year, the New Orleans–born, Nashville-raised entrepreneur founded Hello Sunshine, dedicated to realizing stories about women. She had created her own production companies in the past, including Type A Films, founded in 2003 and later dissolved, and then Pacific Standard in 2012. But Hello Sunshine (which absorbed Pacific Standard) is poised to become a Hollywood juggernaut, spanning feature films, TV series and digital content. The Oscar-nominated movies Wild and Gone Girl , as well as Big Little Lies, which won eight Emmy Awards (including one for outstanding limited series), were all projects produced by Witherspoon from books she discovered and optioned. She’s the 21st-century version of silent film star Mary Pickford, known as the first America’s Sweetheart, who co-founded United Artists in 1919, at the age of 27, so she could distribute her own films, or Lucille Ball, the I Love Lucy star who became the first female head of a major studio when she bought out ex-husband Desi Arnaz from their Desilu Productions in 1962. However, whereas those pioneering women were looking for a seat at the table, Witherspoon is seeking a larger piece of the pie.

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October 15, 2017   •  Category: "Big Little Lies", Gallery Updates, Media AlertsComments Off on Reese and “Big Little Lies” in Emmy Magazine

Big Little Lies is featured in the latest issue of Emmy magazine, which is a commemorative issue celebrating the recent Emmy Awards night. The magazine features fantastic photo spreads of several of the winners backstage at the awards, and includes a full 2-page spread of the Big Little Lies cast. Reese & Nicole Kidman grace the cover of the magazine, which also has an article celebrating the success of roles for women in TV in the past year, which obviously mentioned Big Little Lies a few times. Find the photoshoot and scans from the magazine in our Gallery, and make sure you pick up a copy of the issue if you can!

Emmy Magazine – Issue #9 2017 x10
2017 – Session #014 x2








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