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December 9, 2017   •  Category: "A Wrinkle in Time", "Big Little Lies", "The Morning Show", Articles & Interviews, Awards & Nominations, Career, Gallery Updates, Media Alerts, News & Gossip, ProducingComments Off on The Hollywood Reporter’s 2017 Women in Entertainment Power 100

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 8, 2017   •  Category: "Big Little Lies", News & GossipComments Off on “Big Little Lies”: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, David E. Kelley to Return for Season 2

‘Big Little Lies’: Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, David E. Kelley to Return for Season 2

Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and David E. Kelley are re-teaming for another installment of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies.”

“This is inspired by the overwhelming response by audiences around the world, conceived once again by Liane Moriarty, realized by David Kelley and now in the hands of visionary filmmaker Andrea Arnold,” Kidman said in a statement. “What a journey this has been. I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to keep exploring these female characters and make this series with my friends.”

Kidman and Witherspoon are set to star and executive produce with most of the rest of the cast of the Emmy winner expecting to return.

“I’m thrilled to be bringing back this talented team of artists,” said Witherspoon, who previously dropped out of “Pale Blue Dot” to free her schedule to shoot more “Big Little Lies.” “It gives us the opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of these intriguing and intricate Monterey families and bring more of their stories back to the audience who embraced and championed them. I’m beyond excited to be working with talented and acclaimed director Andrea Arnold who will be at the helm. Andrea’s unique storytelling style will be a welcome addition to the filmmaking team.”

The return of “Big Little Lies” will explore the “malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting,” per HBO. The premium cabler also promises “relationship will fray, loyalties will erode [and] the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.”

Kelley will write all seven scripts, which will be partially based on a story by Liane Moriarty, the author of the novel of the same name. Kelley will also executive produce, along with Kidman and Per Saari through Blossom Films, Witherspoon through Hello Sunshine, Bruna Papandrea, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg and Andrea Arnold.

Moriarty is also a producer, and Arnold, who is an Academy Award and three-time Cannes winner, is also attached to direct.

“Big Little Lies” premiered on HBO in early 2017 and went on to win eight Primetime Emmy Awards at the 69th annual ceremony in Sept. of the same year, including limited series or tv movie, limited series or tv movie lead actress for Kidman, limited series or tv movie supporting actor (for Alexander Skarsgard), limited series or tv movie supporting actress (for Laura Dern), limited series or tv movie directing (for Jean-Marc Vallee), contemporary costumes (for Alix Friedberg) and music supervision (for Sue Jacobs).

Variety

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December 8, 2017   •  Category: "Big Little Lies", Awards & Nominations, News & GossipComments Off on “Big Little Lies” one of the AFI’s TV Programs Of The Year

Congratulations to the Big Little Lies cast and crew for another accolade – the prestigious American Film Institute has named the show one of their top 10 best of the year!

AFI AWARDS 2017 Official Selections Announced

Each year, AFI recognizes the year’s most culturally and artistically significant films and television programs with AFI AWARDS. An almanac documenting works of excellence that defined the storytelling landscape of the past year, AFI AWARDS is the only national honor for the entertainment community’s creative teams as a whole — recognizing the collaborative nature of the art form.

TV PROGRAMS OF THE YEAR
BIG LITTLE LIES
THE CROWN
FEUD: BETTE AND JOAN
GAME OF THRONES
THE GOOD PLACE
THE HANDMAID’S TALE
INSECURE
MASTER OF NONE
STRANGER THINGS 2
THIS IS US

(AFI.com)



December 2, 2017   •  Category: Crate & Barrel, Draper James, Gallery Updates, News & Gossip, Public AppearancesComments Off on Reese attends the grand opening of the Draper James Atlanta store

A couple of days ago Reese celebrated the opening of another new Draper James store – this time in Atlanta. Reese wore a pretty green dress from the brand, with Alaia shoes. At the event, Reese talked about the draw of Atlanta, how her grandmother has influenced her fashion, and how Draper James supports Girls Inc. The first HQ photos have been added to our Gallery:

Draper James Atlanta Store Grand Opening x8



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November 30, 2017   •  Category: Articles & Interviews, Films & Projects, Gallery Updates, Public Appearances, The Family, Video UpdatesComments Off on Tiffany & Co.’s Holiday Breakfast with Reese Witherspoon

Reese kicked off famed jewellery brand Tiffany & Co’s holiday season with a breakfast in her honour at their New York City flagship store yesterday. Reese looked at potential Tiffany gift items, before joining guests for a seasonal breakfast at Tiffany’s first ever retail dining concept, The Blue Box Cafe. At the event Reese chatted about her mother’s influence on choosing gifts for people, what she’s getting her family for Christmas, and the role of Tiffany’s in Sweet Home Alabama! Reese wore a deep red lace dress by Lela Rose, with Tiffany & Co. jewellery. We have the first HQ photos for you in our Gallery:

Tiffany & Co. Holiday Breakfast with Reese Witherspoon x14





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November 28, 2017   •  Category: "Big Little Lies", Articles & Interviews, Gallery Updates, Public Appearances, Video UpdatesComments Off on Reese at the Gotham Awards last night

Reese attended the IFP Gotham Awards in New York City last night, where she presented her friend and Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman with the Actress Tribute Award. Reese spoke enthusiastically and lovingly about her friend’s career, from first seeing her in Dead Calm, to the work she did highlighting domestic abuse in their TV series. Reese told the audience that she now considers herself an expert on Nicole’s career, after quizzing her during their time in the make-up trailer on the show! In return, Nicole told Reese “To know you is to love you, baby, so thank you” when she took to the stage to accept her award. Watch Reese’s entire introduction speech and Nicole’s acceptance speech below. Reese went with a gold theme for the night, wearing a black and gold sequinned dress by Oscar de la Renta, with Christian Louboutin gold heels, a Michael Kors clutch and Tiffany & Co. jewellery.

Another Big Little Lies fan has emerged – Al Gore gave a shout out to “my Nashville peeps” of Reese and Nicole in his speech, adding that “Big Little Lies was awesome”.

The first 100+ HQ photos can be found in our Gallery for you, thanks to our good friend Sara.

IFP Gotham Awards x109





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November 2, 2017   •  Category: "Big Little Lies", Awards & Nominations, Career, News & Gossip, Public Appearances, Video UpdatesComments Off on Reese at Wall Street Journal Magazine’s Innovator Awards

Following the announcement of her ‘Entertainment Innovator of The Year‘ accolade yesterday, Reese attended the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator Awards in New York City last night. She was accompanied by Ava, and also posed on the red carpet with her Sweet Home Alabama and Home Again co-star Candice Bergen. Reese wore a chic little black dress with embellishment from Giorgio Armani. Reese was presented with her award by designer and businesswoman Diane von Furstenberg, and in her speech, Reese spoke about her passion for developing female-centric projects. Watch Reese’s speech below and find the first HQ photos in our Gallery:

Wall Street Journal Magazine Innovator Awards x125



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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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Current Projects
Big Little Lies (2019)
Season 2 available now on HBO
Role: Madeline
Genre: HBO TV Series - Drama
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The Morning Show (2019)
Season 1 available now on AppleTV+
Role: Bradley Jackson
Genre: Apple TV+ Series - Drama
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Little Fires Everywhere (2020)
Season 1 available now on Hulu/Prime Video
Role: Elena Richardson
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Sing 2 (2020)
To be released December 22nd 2021
Role: Rosita
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