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Reese Witherspoon, Fox 2000 Tackling Vietnam Drama ‘League of Wives’
Fox 2000 and Reese Witherspoon are tackling the story of a little-known but key part of the Vietnam War.
The studio has preemptively acquired The League of Wives, an upcoming non-fiction book by Heath Lee, for Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner to produce an adaptation.
The book, which is to be published by St. Martin’s Press in April 2019, tells of a group of women — wives of military men who would never describe themselves as feminists — that banded together to save their husbands. When their fighter pilot husbands were shot down, captured and imprisoned for years under deplorable conditions during the Vietnam War, the group of well-educated military wives transformed into a league of take-charge lobbyists, human rights activists and even spies determined to do everything in their power to bring their POW and MIA spouses home. By 1973, the group had brought back 115 men.
“At Hello Sunshine, we strive to showcase brave, brilliant female characters, and the women of League of Wives are all of that and more,” Witherspoon, who will produce with Hello Sunshine exec Lauren Levy Neustadter, said Wednesday in a statement. “From the minute I heard about this inspiring true story, I knew it was a perfect fit for us. I’m excited to be partnering with the team at Fox 2000 to bring this special book to life onscreen, and to be giving audiences a glimpse at this meaningful moment in American history.”
Marisa Paiva and Molly Saffron will oversee for Fox 2000.
Lee is a museum curator and writer of women’s history and her book, whose complete title is The League of Wives: The Untold Story of the Women Who Took on the President, the Pentagon and the Rest of the US Government to Bring Their Husbands Home, is partially based on her museum exhibition on the same subject. She is repped by UTA and Katherine Flynn at Kneerim & Williams.
Media company AT&T held their annual Business Summit at the end of September, and Reese was a guest speaker on one of their panels. AT&T co-owns Hello Sunshine with Reese. Reese spoke about equality and diversity, and increasing the presence of women in technology. Read more about the panel below, and find photos in our Gallery:
• AT&T Business Summit x6
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October 30, 2018 • Category: News & Gossip
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Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, more to moderate Michelle Obama book tour
Michelle Obama’s blockbuster book launch has officially added some serious star power.
The former FLOTUS will be embarking on a nationwide tour this November to promote the publication of her memoir, Becoming, one of the year’s most anticipated titles. But she’s putting on the kinds of events more typical of A-list comedians and iconic musicians, taking over venues which hold tens of thousands of people, including the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the final stop. Safe to say, the level of interest isn’t enough for your local Barnes & Noble to accommodate.
Tickets had already been selling out fast. And there’s no reason that trend won’t accelerate with the latest news. Live Nation, the company producing the tour on behalf of publisher Crown, announced Tuesday the list of moderators for the book tour’s events. The shortlist: Reese Witherspoon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Valerie Jarrett, poet Elizabeth Alexander, Phoebe Robinson, journalist Michele Norris, and Tracee Ellis Ross. Oh, and to kick things off at the United Center in Obama’s hometown of Chicago, none other than Oprah Winfrey will be seated across from the author.
While tickets are running north of $1,000, given the level of anticipation, “It is important to Mrs. Obama that her Becoming tour events are accessible to as many people as possible,” per Live Nation. Last week, it was announced that a selection of the local and community organizations would receive free admission to stops on the tour. In addition, 10 percent of ticket sales has been set aside for various organizations including, but not limited to, charities, schools, and community groups in each city the tour visits. And thousands of tickets will be given away.
See below for the full schedule of events — and which stars will be moderating them.
Nov. 13 at United Center, Chicago, IL: Moderated by Oprah Winfrey
Nov. 15 at The Forum, Los Angeles, CA: Moderated by Tracee Ellis Ross
Nov. 17 at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC: Moderated by Valerie Jarrett
Nov. 24 at TD Garden in Boston, MA: Moderated by Michele Norris
Nov. 25 at Capital One Arena, Washington, DC: Moderated by Elizabeth Alexander
Nov. 29 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA: Moderated by Phoebe Robinson
Dec. 1 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY: Moderated by Elizabeth Alexander
Dec. 11 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI: Moderated by Phoebe Robinson
Dec. 13 at Pepsi Center Arena in Denver, CO: Moderated by Reese Witherspoon
Dec. 14 at SAP Center in San Jose, CA: Moderated by Michele Norris
Dec. 17 at American Airlines Arena in Dallas, TX: Moderated by Valerie Jarrett
Dec. 19 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY: Moderated by Sarah Jessica Parker
Becoming publishes Nov. 13, and tickets for the tour are available for purchase.
Last week, Reese and Ava attended the LA Dance Project Gala in Los Angeles. The LA Dance Project is “a platform for the development, creation, support and presentation of world-class dance in Los Angeles”, and was created by dancer and choreographer Benjamin Millipied – who is also known for being Natalie Portman’s husband. The gala this year was co-chaired by Natalie and Reese. Reese wore an embellished black dress by Dundas, with Christian Louboutin ‘Uptown’ heels and ‘Vanite’ clutch. Over 90 beautiful HQ photos have been added to our Gallery for you!
• L.A. Dance Project’s Annual Gala x96
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Reese recently supported her jewellery-designer friend Jennifer Meyer at the opening of Jennifer’s boutique in Pacific Palisades in California. Reese wore a dress by Rebecca Taylor, and Jennifer Meyer jewellery.
• Jennifer Meyer Boutique Opening x2
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Apple Morning-Show Drama Adds Nestor Carbonell, Mark Duplass
The cast of Apple’s drama about a TV morning show, already dotted with big names, has added two more recognizable stars.
Nestor Carbonell (Lost, Bates Motel) and Mark Duplass (Togetherness, The Mindy Project) have joined the series.
The show, which has a two-season, 20-episode order, was one of Apple’s first big gets as it mounts a push into TV. The untitled series is toplined by Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, who will star and executive produce.
Carbonell will play Yanko Flores, the morning show’s weatherman. Charming and with an artist’s soul, he thinks of meteorology as poetry. Carbonell will reunite with showrunner Kerry Ehrin on the series after working with her on Bates Motel.
Duplass will play the show’s executive producer, Chip Black.
The cast also includes Steve Carell as a news anchor struggling to maintain relevance; Gugu Mbatha-Raw as the show’s head talent booker; and Billy Crudup as the head of the news division at the network.
In addition to Witherspoon, Aniston and Ehrin, executive producers are Kristin Hahn, Lauren Levy Neustadter, Michael Ellenberg and Mimi Leder, who’s also directing. Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning serves as background for the series, and he is a consultant on the show.
Production on the show is set to begin next week.
The morning-show series is one of more than 15 scripted projects Apple has in development. The tech giant has yet to say how or when it will start bringing shows to viewers.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup Join Apple Morning-Show Drama
Apple continues to add to its star-studded morning-show drama.
Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Black Mirror) and Billy Crudup (Gypsy, Almost Famous) have joined the cast of the untitled series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell.
Picked up with a two-season, 20-episode order, the project will offer an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. Brian Stelter’s book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV serves as background for the series, which is based on an original concept by Michael Ellenberg.
Mbatha-Raw will take on the series-regular role as Hannah Shoenfeld, the whip-smart and charming head booker of talent. Tony-winner Crudup will play Cory Ellison, the forward-thinking president of the news division at the network. Carell, for whom the role marks his TV return following The Office, will play Mitch Kessler, a morning-show anchor struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.
Production is set to begin next week in Los Angeles.
Aniston — for whom the Apple series marks her TV return following Friends — and her Echo Films partner, Kristin Hahn, are exec producing alongside Witherspoon and her Hello Sunshine topper, Lauren Levy Neustadter. Ellenberg’s Media Res serves as the studio on the series. Mimi Leder (ER) will exec produce and direct. Kerry Ehrin (Bates Motel, Friday Night Lights) exec produces and serves as showrunner on the series. Stelter serves as a consultant. Echo’s Amanda Anka is a co-producer.
Mbatha-Raw, who counts Touch, Undercovers and A Wrinkle in Time among her credits, is repped by CAA and Hansen Jacobson. Crudup, fresh off Netflix’s one-and-done drama Gypsy, is with CAA and Lighthouse Management + Media.
Still to be determined is how — and when — Apple will release its scripted original programming.
October 23, 2018 • Category: "The Morning Show"
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Steve Carell Joins Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston in Apple Morning Show Drama
Steve Carell is set to join Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston the cast of Apple’s upcoming morning-show drama. The role will be Carell’s first as a series regular since he left “The Office,” the NBC single-camera comedy that elevated him to stardom.
In the still;-untitled Apple series, Carell will play play Mitch Kessler, a morning show anchor who is struggling to maintain relevance in a changing media landscape.
Announced last year, the project was the first drama series to be ordered by Apple as the tech giant began to execute on its designs to into the television-series space. The drama hails from Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res studio. It is exec produced by Ellenberg; Aniston and Kristin Hahn through Echo Films; and Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter through Hello Sunshine. The starry project was highly sought after by a number of outlets and landed a two-season order (10 episodes per season) from Apple. Media Res, Aniston and Witherspoon are the principle owners of the show.
The series is based on an idea from Ellenberg and will draw background material from CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which recounted the recent rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In April, Jay Carson departed the project as showrunner, replaced by Kerry Ehrin.
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Big Little Lies (2019)
Season 2 availabe now on HBO
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The Morning Show (2019)
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Legally Blonde 3 (2020)
Filming in 2019, to be released on May 8th 2020
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Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
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Sing 2 (2020)
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