The first episode of Reese’s new HBO limited TV series Big Little Lies aired last night, and it lived up to our expectations!! The show was a smart mix of drama, romance, comedy and thriller and I really liked the pace of the episode and the complexity of the characters. Reese was on fire as the tour-de-force of Madeline; she started the episode with a whirlwind of one-liners and strong opinions, however, softened as the episode went on and showed us many layers to her character. I’m really excited to see more of Madeline, and the show in general. HD screencaptures from the episode have been added to the Gallery for your enjoyment, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment here or send us a tweet with your thoughts on the show – we’d love to hear from you!
Further down this post are a clip from the episode, and a behind the scenes look at the episode with commentary by Reese.
Series premiere. In the affluent beachfront community of Monterey, CA, a fundraiser for the local elementary school has gone horribly wrong–someone is dead, and school moms Madeline Mackenzie, Celeste Wright, Jane Chapman and Renata Klein may have had something to do with it. Though the victim and perpetrator remain a mystery, it’s clear that the battle lines leading to this fateful night were drawn at first-grade orientation a few weeks earlier, when Renata’s daughter Amabella accuses Ziggy, son of new arrival and single mom Jane, of hurting her during class. Madeline, who recently befriended Jane and who has a pre-existing beef with Renata, sticks up for the mother and her little boy. Later, Madeline bristles when her teen daughter Abigail opines that her mom is still infatuated with her ex, Nathan, and his new wife Bonnie–a feeling shared by Madeline’s husband Ed. Meanwhile, after Madeline’s best friend Celeste fills in her husband Perry about the kerfuffle at school, the couple end up in an unexpectedly volatile argument.
Scans from a few recent magazines have been added to the Gallery today. The most recent two issues of Entertainment Weekly have had small features on Big Little Lies (including a cute illustration of the cast!), and the current issue of OK Australia has a nice 4-page spread on Reese. Have a browse…
How Well Do Reese Witherspoon and the Rest of the ‘Big Little Lies’ Cast Know Each Other?
In keeping with the theme of their new HBO show, ET got the cast of Big Little Lies to take a quiz to see how much they really know about their co-stars.
ET’s Nichelle Turner caught up with the ladies at the miniseries’ Los Angeles premiere, where executive producer and star Reese Witherspoon was the first to test her knowledge of real-life friend and co-star Nicole Kidman.
“I’m going to say one thing about her that’s true and one thing that’s a lie. You tell me which one you think is true and which one you think is a lie,” Turner explained. “Nicole’s high school nickname was ‘Legs,’ and she is deathly afraid of butterflies.”
“She’s not afraid of butterflies,” Witherspoon said with a laugh. “I agree that she was probably called ‘Legs.’ Am I wrong?”
“She suffers from lepidopterophobia — a fear of butterflies,” Turner answered. “And her high school name was ‘Stalky.'”Continue reading this entry »
Additional photos from some of the events Reese has attended so far this year, namely the Golden Globe Awards and Big Little Lies premiere, have been added to our Gallery. I really love Reese’s looks at both of these two particular events, and there are some gorgeous new shots in there 💛 Big thanks to our friends at Rachel McAdams Online for some of these photos.
Following on from Good Morning America’s Reese & Nicole Kidman interview, yesterday they aired an interview with the full female cast of Big Little Lies:
Murder roils oceanfront town in HBO’s ‘Big Little Lies’
That’s where the moms of HBO’s Big Little Lies (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET/PT) take out the big guns — verbally, at least — when the arrival of a new family and an accusation of bullying disrupts a California seaside community where beautiful family facades aren’t as sturdy as they appear.
The fighting is vicious, but sometimes hilarious, especially when local firebrand Madeline Martha Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon) and no-nonsense businesswoman Renata Klein (Laura Dern) go at it.
“I always say there’s girl politics,” Witherspoon says, “but I don’t think we’ve seen as much of the girl-politicking and mother-politicking world on film. This is how women really speak to each other: candidly, raw. They say filthy, dirty, disgusting things to each other. Then, they smother each other in love and admiration. It’s a very interesting thing to see, and I think we worked really hard on making that grounded and natural.”
Maternal power runs through the seven-episode miniseries, with the five women at its center expressing deep love but also darker emotions when it comes to their children, husbands and jobs in beautiful Monterey. And that’s before a mysterious murder — a future incident that plays in the background as the story recounts the days leading up to it — rocks the community like a tidal wave.
The star-studded drama, based on the instant (and durable) 2014 bestseller by Liane Moriarty, digs into the lives of the women, all with first-graders attending a model public school, and shows how outward appearances can deceive.Continue reading this entry »
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‘Legion’s Noah Hawley Pacts Two Fox Searchlight Pics; Helming Reese Witherspoon In ‘Pale Blue Dot’
Noah Hawley, who followed his Emmy-winning minseries Fargo by creating the FX drama Legion, has set a pair of films at Fox Searchlight. Top of the list is Pale Blue Dot, a sci-fi project that has Reese Witherspoon starring. Set up as a spec by Brian C Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi, Pale Blue Dot tells the story of a female astronaut who, upon returning to Earth from a mission in space, begins to slowly unravel and lose touch with reality. Witherspoon will produce with Bruna Papandrea.
Through his production company 26 Keys, Hawley is also developing with Searchlight Buried Bodies, the working title of a drama inspired by the Lake Pleasant Bodies Case from the mid-1970s. Attorneys Frank Armani and Francis Belge faced the ethical dilemma of upholding attorney-client privilege after their client, accused murderer Robert Garrow, revealed to them the location of the bodies of two additional missing girls. The lawyers verified the findings, but did not report them to police, even though one of the lawyers had a daughter who was a classmate of sisters of one of the murdered girls. The lawyers only divulged information after the killer escaped prison and threatened one of the attorneys. The pair was reviled by the families of the victims and ostracized by the community for their agonizing commitment to their oath. Hawley is repped by CAA.