Reese Witherspoon to produce new podcast How It Is, hosted by Diane Guerrero
Reese Witherspoon has already begun taking over television, and now she’s moving into a whole new storytelling medium: podcasting.
EW can exclusively report that the Big Little Lies star is producing an original podcast, How It Is, which will focus on first-person stories from women about their lived experiences.
“How It Is will feature powerful, personal stories told by a diverse group of high-profile women,” Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine, said in a statement. “The episodes will present women — celebrities, activists and ordinary people with extraordinary insight — as experts on their own lives, claiming their power by telling their stories.”
Hosted by actress, author, and activist Diane Guerrero, the first season of How It Is will consist of five 30-minute episodes, featuring stories from Tarana Burke, Krista Tippett, Gabrielle Union, Glennon Doyle, Ellen Pao, Lena Waithe, and more. Some of the topics discussed in the first season include anger, power, and freedom.
“We are proud to bring these powerful and relatable stories from a wide variety of incredible women to life and to be expanding the Hello Sunshine brand to the podcast medium where we look forward to connecting with listeners on important topics and compelling stories,” said Sarah Harden, CEO of Hello Sunshine. The company is expected to introduce more female-centric podcasts to its slate in the future.
How It Is debuts April 25. The podcast will be available for download on Apple Podcasts.
To complete our A Wrinkle In Time promotion coverage, we’ve added a large batch of additional photos from the film’s London premiere held last month. I still love this powdery-blue dress on Reese – it might be my favourite look of the year so far!
• “A Wrinkle In Time” London Premiere x139 more
Reese’s friend Eva Longoria received a star on the illustrious Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier this week, and following the ceremony a luncheon was held to celebrate Eva. Reese came out to support her friend, looking summery in a Draper James dress with Alexandre Birman heels. She posted photos from the event on her social media accounts, and was seen posing with fellow actresses/producers Kerry Washington and Olivia Munn. We have over 90 beautiful high quality photos for you in our Gallery (thanks Sara!), and social media posts and videos further down this post.
We already had screencaptures from Reese’s 1998 comedy Overnight Delivery, but now the Gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures from the film – everything is better in HD! This is one of my (many) favourite Reese films – I just love how unashamedly fun and wild it is, and Paul Rudd is one of my favourite co-stars of Reese’s with their amazing chemistry.
More of our movie screencaptures will be replaced with HD versions soon – I love re-watching Reese’s films, she has such a fun and varied filmography!
• Overnight Delivery > Film Screencaptures
Despite previously saying that the Public Appearances section of our Gallery was complete, we have now found more to add! Over the past couple of months most of the 2017 Events albums have been updated with either high quality replacements for pictures we previously had, or additional photos. This includes more from the Home Again promotion, and various events with Ava and Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman – there are over 1,300 new photos and some fabulous shots, so have a browse and enjoy! There are more photos to come from the Emmys soon, too….
• Events in 2017 x 1,300+ more
Congratulations to Reese for her inclusion on eminent business magazine Fortune’s World’s Top 50 Greatest Leaders list:
The World’s 50 Greatest Leaders
Our annual list of the thinkers, speakers, and doers who are stepping up to meet today’s challenges.
Though it seems unlikely, Tim Cook and Indira Jaising have something in common besides membership in Fortune’s 2018 ranking of the World’s Greatest Leaders. Cook (No. 14) is the wealthy CEO of Apple, the most valuable publicly traded company on earth; Jaising (No. 20) is an Indian lawyer who cofounded an NGO called Lawyers Collective, which promotes human rights issues. Yet they share this trait: Both have multiplied their organizations’ effectiveness by harnessing the power of unbundling. Following their example is a new imperative for the best leaders.Continue reading this entry »
Gracie Awards: Ashley Judd, Issa Rae, Reese Witherspoon Among 2018 Honorees
Ashley Judd, Issa Rae and Reese Witherspoon, Hoda Kotb, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Katie Couric, Megan Mullally, Claire Danes and Norah O’Donnell are among the women who will be honored at the 43rd annual Gracie Awards.
Each year, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation spotlights “prolific women in the industry who continue to inspire and support others, break down barriers and lead by example in creating opportunity for future generations.”
“In a historic and momentous year for women, on and off the camera and in front of and behind the microphone, the Gracie Awards arrive at an important time to celebrate the storytellers who are changing the narrative and pushing boundaries in the quest toward diversity and equality,” said AWMF chair Christine Travaglini, who also is president of Katz Radio Group. “And as we enter our 43rd year, we at AWM, through the Gracies, are incredibly proud help usher in a new era by honoring and celebrating outstanding talent and content for, by and about women.”
Winners will be honored at the 2018 gala — which supports the AWMF’s educational programs and scholarship campaigns that benefit women in media — set for May 22 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Meanwhile, local and student award winners will be recognized later in the month at the Gracie Awards Luncheon, set for June 27 at Cipriani in New York.
Vicangelo Bulluck will serve as executive producer of the Gracies for a third consecutive year.
A complete list of honorees follows.Continue reading this entry »
The Hollywood Reporter rounds-up details on the latest Big Little Lies season 2 cast additions (besides Meryl Streep). Keen-eyed Reese fans will remember Mo McRae as Jimmy, the journalist in Wild who was adamant that Cheryl was a “female hobo”.
Douglas Smith (The Alienist) will play Corey Brockfield, an off-beat surfer and aspiring marine biologist who becomes Jane’s co-worker.
Crystal Fox joins the cast in a series regular role of Elizabeth Howard, Bonnie’s mother. She’s described as having passed on her outward zen to her daughter but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and emotionally abusive.
Martin Donovan will recur as Martin Howard, Bonnie’s father.
Mo McRae (Pitch) joins the cast as a recurring guest star, playing Michael Perkins, a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who tries to cultivate global and social consciousness in his students but Renata becomes furious when his lesson on global warming causes her daughter to have a panic attack.