‘From Book To Script To Screen,’ Reese Witherspoon Is Making Roles For Women
Actor Reese Witherspoon became famous in her 20s after starring in films like Election and Legally Blonde, but by the time she entered her 30s, the film landscape had shifted. DVD sales had shrunk and smaller, female-centered movies were in short supply. It was nearly impossible to find good leading roles for women.
Witherspoon began asking different movie studios what projects they were developing for women. “With the exclusion of one studio, everybody said ‘Nothing. Nothing with a female lead,’ ” she says.
So Witherspoon decided to start a production company and began adapting books with complex female characters into films and TV shows. The idea was to create better parts for women — and to help female authors get their stories sold.
Witherspoon’s company spearheaded the adaptation of Gone Girl, Wild and Big Little Lies, among other titles. Looking back, Witherspoon describes her shift into producing as “betting on myself.”
November 8, 2019 • Category: Hello Sunshine, News & Gossip •
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Zoe Saldana To Star In & Executive Produce ‘From Scratch’ Netflix Limited Series With Reese Witherspoon
Netflix has ordered From Scratch, a new limited series starring and executive produced by Zoe Saldana. Based on Tembi Locke’s best-selling memoir, it’s from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner and 3 Arts Entertainment.
From Scratch, published on April 30 by Simon & Schuster, was selected as Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine May 2019 book pick.
From Scratch is a sweeping, autobiographical romance that follows an American woman as she falls in love with a Sicilian man while studying abroad in Italy then builds a life with him in the United States. When she unexpectedly loses him to illness, she is challenged to pull herself through grief so she can raise their daughter as they would have raised her together: with hope, joy and infinite love.
ocke’s sister Attica Locke (Empire, When They See Us), will serve as showrunner and executive producer with Saldana. Witherspoon and her producing partner, Lauren Neustadter will executive produce under Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner, along with Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson and Will Rowbotham of 3 Arts Entertainment. Saldana’s sisters Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana will co-produce.
“Attica and I are honored to be adapting From Scratch with the visionary Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate and the incredibly gifted Zoe Saldana,” said Tembi Locke. “We have a shared interest in championing stories that bring a rich tapestry of experiences to the screen. I am thrilled that this global love story has found a perfect home at Netflix.”
Said Zoe Saldana: “This is a profound true story of love and family, deprivation and nourishment, that needs to be brought to life on the screen as Tembi Locke brought it vividly to life for me on the page. We are grateful to Netflix and thrilled to be working with Reese, Lauren, Attica and 3 Arts on this wonderful project.”
Witherspoon said: “Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces. She brings you into her love, her loss and her resilience with such vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell for Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life onscreen. We could not imagine more perfect partners for this than Zoe and her sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, along with the incredible team at Netflix.”
Added Channing Dungey, VP Original Series at Netflix: “Between the Locke sisters and the Saldana sisters, I’ve never seen a show that’s more of a family affair,”Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine have been producing really exciting content, and we’re thrilled to make this powerful and emotional series with them.”
Last Tuesday, Reese and Jennifer Aniston attended a screening of The Morning Show at the Paley Center in New York City – they screened the first episode of the show, then took part in a Q&A. Reese wore a dress by Andrew Gn, with Wolford tights, jewellery by Lana, and YSL heels. During the event, Reese spoke about what she admires most about female morning show hosts, and wanting to explore female anger on screen. Find some video interviews from the red carpet below, and photos in our Gallery.
Reese appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon earlier in the week, as part of her promotion for The Morning Show. She chatted about Big Little Lies, why she started producing, TikTok and The Morning Show. She also took part in a game of ‘Can You Feel It’, which was hilarious! She wore a black dress by Andrew Gn, with Wolford tights and YSL heels. Reese was at her most charming and funny, and it’s a must watch appearance!!
Find stills and screencaptures in our Gallery, and videos below:
Reese attended the New York City premiere of The Morning Show yesterday evening, and looked fabulous! She posed on the black carpet with her co-star Jennifer Aniston, and the two-some were joined by the rest of their co-stars and crew during the night too. Reese looked sleek in a sequinned black and gold dress by Celine, with Christian Louboutin heels and jewellery by Taffin. Reese and Jennifer talked to reporters at the event about social media, morning shows, and the work they put into this series. We have the first high quality photos in our Gallery for you, and video interviews from the red carpet below.
Check back for more from the event and The Morning Show promotion throughout the week! Reese will be appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon tonight.
Reese and Jennifer Aniston appeared on Good Morning America this morning to promote The Morning Show. They talked about the influence of the #MeToo movement on the show, Steve Carrel’s performance, learning about journalism, and taking control of their careers. Reese looked striking in a red Alexander McQueen dress, with YSL heels!
Find photos of Reese arriving at the studio in our Gallery, and clips from the show below.
Reese is attending the New York premiere of the show as we speak – we’ll have photos for you asap tomorrow!
Reese and Jennifer Aniston attended the Variety x Apple TV+ Collaborations event on Friday to promote the launch of AppleTV+ and talk about The Morning Show. Find high quality photos in our Gallery, and video snippets from the conversation below:
Apple TV+ Stars, Creators Preview New Series at Variety Collaborations Event
The casts and creative teams behind six of Apple’s forthcoming original series appeared at the Variety & Apple TV+ Collaborations event on Friday, offering behind-the-scenes info on the nascent streamer’s shows.
In a series of panels presented at Avra Beverly Hills, the audience of entertainment-industry awards voters learned firsthand how many of the shows came to be, how the stars felt diving into their complex roles, and a even a few plot tidbits ahead of the launch of Apple TV+ on Nov. 1.
‘The Morning Show’: How the #MeToo Movement Led to Big Changes on Apple’s Flagship Drama
Since it was first announced in November 2017, many rumors have popped up about “The Morning Show.” The Jennifer Aniston- and Reese Witherspoon-starring drama would be a family-friendly look at morning talk shows. It would steer away from topical, controversial content. It would only be available to people with Apple devices.
None of this is true, and as we approach its November 1 release date, the curtain over the biggest Apple TV+ series in the inaugural lineup is slowly being drawn back. During a press conference Sunday afternoon [13th October] — fittingly held at a Hollywood hotel that hasn’t even opened yet — Aniston and Witherspoon joined co-star Steve Carell and producers Kerry Ehrin, Michael Ellenberg, and director Mimi Leder to discuss the series’ veiled development.
Speaking to the show’s mature and timely content — which is very much a part of the hourlong drama — the group addressed how the #MeToo movement affected their story.
“The show existed before #MeToo happened,” Aniston said. “The show was always going to be pulling a curtain [back] on the New York media world and the morning talk shows. [But] once #MeToo happened, the conversation drastically changed and we just incorporated it [into the show.]”
When it earned a two-season, direct-to-series order from Apple in late 2017, “The Morning Show” was developed under writer and executive producer Jay Carson. But the #MeToo movement picked up steam shortly thereafter, and Apple soon signed Ehrin to an overall deal and hired her as the series’ new showrunner. Carson reportedly left amicably due to creative differences.
“We all sat and thought about what the tone would be,” Aniston said. “We wanted it to be raw, honest, vulnerable, and messy — and not black-and-white, obviously. As we were all stumbling along trying to figure out what is this narrative and what’s happening, this show was writing itself as we went along — well, the news was helping us.”
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