Back in 2003 Reese lent her voice to documentary Freedom: A History of Us – I’ve never read much about this project before, so thought I’d do some reading into it. It was a 16 part PBS documentary mini-series telling the story of freedom in America, and based on the book of the same name by Joy Hakim. Reese was one of 20 Oscar winners to voice characters within the story – from what I’ve watched her parts were very small. She was in a total of 3 episodes, and I’ve found 2 available online – which you can watch below:
‘The End Of The World’ – the 3rd episode of Big Little Lies‘ 2nd season – aired last night, and was a more low-key episode compared to last week although still had some new developments. Madeline had two particularly notable scenes and we learnt more about her background. The dynamic between Madeline and Ed is always a highlight for me and I just love watching their relationship develop – one of the things I love most about Big Little Lies is how complex and layered all the characters are, and how no-one is simply either ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Madeline’s school speech scene gave me flashbacks to Elle Woods in Legally Blonde (albeit a little less positive and motivating 😉 )!
A clip from this episode and a preview for the next episode (‘She Knows’) are below, and HD screencaptures in the Gallery:
The 2nd episode of Big Little Lies Season 2 aired last night, and was a busy episode! The tone of this episode felt different, with explosive events and revelations filling up the episode. The focus was on Bonnie & Renata, with Madeline present throughout sorting things out for people – and then her own heartbreaking scene at the end. Again, her scene with Meryl Streep was just fantastic!
Video clips and a preview of next week (‘The End Of The World’) are below, and HD screencaptures are in our Gallery:
Reese is featured in ‘This Changes Everything’, a new documentary about the under-representation of women in media from the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. She is interviewed within the documentary, to talk about how she “started developing these projects with smart, articulate capable women” due to the lack of projects for women. The documentary will be shown on July 22nd in New York and California – find more information at the official site. Watch the trailer below (although Reese is not featured in it):
Told first-hand by some of Hollywood’s leading voices behind and in front of the camera, THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is a feature-length documentary that uncover what is beneath one of the most confounding dilemmas in the entertainment industry – the underrepresentation and misrepresentation of women. It takes an incisive look at the history, empirical evidence, and systemic forces that foster gender discrimination and thus reinforce disparity in our culture. Most importantly, the film seeks pathways and solutions from within and outside the industry, and around the world.
The new season of Big Little Lies premiered last night, and it did not disappoint! The characters of Monterey were back in fine form, with the addition of Meryl Streep as Mary Louise Wright. There were lots of fabulous and hilarious Madeline moments, but my favourites had to be the coffee shop scene (below) and estate agent scene – both with Meryl. Mary Louise matched Madeline’s skill in thinly veiled insults, and it was fire watching these two together!! Reese really does excel herself in Big Little Lies, and you can see why she’s so proud of it.
What did you think of the season premiere? What were your favourite scenes?
Mary-Louise: “My apologies. It’s just that I pride myself on being a very good judge of character, but you have always presented such a difficult read. You seem like a nice person – loving. But also you strike me as a ‘wanter’.” Madeline: “A ‘wanter’?” Mary-Louise: “You know, there are people in life who content themselves with what they have, and then there are others who just ‘want’.” Madeline: “I’m not a ‘wanter’.” Mary-Louise: “Oh you don’t have to take it personally, anyway I’m a ‘wanter’ myself. You know what I want? I want Perry back. I want to know what happened that night, and I’m very tempted to ask you but I doubt I would get the truth, would I?”
Find some videos from the episode plus a teaser for the coming weeks below, and we have gorgeous HD screencaptures in the Gallery for you:
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