Powerful Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Action Plan
Driven by outrage and a resolve to correct a power imbalance that seemed intractable just months ago, 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives have formed an ambitious, sprawling initiative to fight systemic sexual harassment in Hollywood and in blue-collar workplaces nationwide.
The initiative includes:
— A legal defense fund, backed by $13 million in donations, to help less privileged women — like janitors, nurses and workers at farms, factories, restaurants and hotels — protect themselves from sexual misconduct and the fallout from reporting it.
— Legislation to penalize companies that tolerate persistent harassment, and to discourage the use of nondisclosure agreements to silence victims.
— A drive to reach gender parity at studios and talent agencies that has already begun making headway.
— And a request that women walking the red carpet at the Golden Globes speak out and raise awareness by wearing black.
Called Time’s Up, the movement was announced on Monday with an impassioned pledge of support to working-class women in an open letter signed by hundreds of women in show business, many of them A-listers. The letter also ran as a full-page ad in The New York Times, and in La Opinion, a Spanish-language newspaper.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter says.Continue reading this entry »
Since our last Public Appearances Gallery catch-up post I’ve continued to work on completing this section of the Gallery, and I’m pleased to say that it’s now done! The 2015 events have been finished off, with lots of new HQ additions. 2015 was another very busy year for Reese – she started it off enjoying the success of Wild during awards season, then promoted Hot Pursuit, then enjoyed more awards success at the end of the year with career honours from the American Cinematheque and Glamour’s Women Of The Year. Reese had a lot of fun with her fashion this year too and sported a variety of looks, including some more daring styles and lots of colour. My favourite looks from this year include the 60’s look at the Critics Choices Awards, the glam Golden Globes glittery gown, her purple BAFTAs dress, the sultry and sassy Hot Pursuit premiere dress, and the chic Good Morning America outfit. This is definitely one of my favourite years for Reese photos, and there are some gorgeous photos in the Gallery now for you to enjoy too 😀
There are a few more event photos to add to albums we already have up, but our next task in the Gallery is completing the Movies section….
Happy New Year Reese fans! Thanks for your support in 2017, and stick with us as we enjoy another year (our 17th!) of supporting Miss Witherspoon in her many adventures!
Glamour Reese Witherspoon would like to wish all of our visitors, and Reese and her family, a very Merry Christmas! We hope your holidays are filled with lots of festive fun and joy 😀
If you’re looking for some Reese Witherspoon/Draper James style treats for your holiday season then be sure to browse through the Draper James website for a Southern themed holiday guide! Further down this post are a few Draper James holiday videos from earlier this month and last year.
Reese and her Big Little Lies co-stars and crew are named as one of Entertainment Weekly’s ‘Entertainers of the Year’ in their Best of 2017 issue. The show itself is also listed as one of the best of the year. We have scans in our Gallery and the issue is on news-stands now.
Big Little Lies cast and crew on their surprise hit of 2017
When Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman first got together to discuss bringing Liane Moriarty’s best-selling novel Big Little Lies to television, they never predicted the critical love, awards, and audience adulation that would follow (including a recently announced season 2).
“This never happens! It’s been simply extraordinary,” says Kidman. “It’s been such a surprise because as much as we believed in it, we didn’t know whether it would connect.”
In fact, viewers flipped from the start over the story of three mothers (Kidman, Witherspoon, and Shailene Woodley) who become entwined when their small children are placed in the same class at a private school in tony Monterey, California. Each mother had a compelling story line: There’s Kidman’s Celeste — beautiful, with a seemingly perfect life and handsome husband (Alexander Skarsgård) — who hides her domestic-abuse truth; Witherspoon’s Madeline, a feisty ringleader who must contend with her ex-husband and his perfect new wife (Zoë Kravitz); and Jane (Woodley), a young single mom hiding a big secret, who ends up tangling with alpha mom Renata (Laura Dern).
Having TV veteran David E. Kelley write the entire series and director Jean-Marc Vallée behind the camera for all seven episodes gave Big Little Lies a sense of cohesion — to say nothing of the beautiful vistas, the aspirational real estate, the infectious soundtrack — that resulted in the feeling that this was one long feature film.
“I was just going to do the first couple,” says Vallée. But he quickly found he had become too emotionally engaged. “I felt like I couldn’t abandon it—or these women.” Us either.
Big Little Lies will return for a season 2 on HBO.
In a new interview with the LA Times, Laura Dern reflects on some of her past roles – including Wild and Big Little Lies:
“It’s where I found Reese [Witherspoon]. Reese and I were texting recently and I was like, ‘Who would have thought that I would have found my Bogart in Reese Witherspoon?’ We have this particularly exciting connection and chemistry — or whatever it is — to go to whatever places are offered us. This was a very emotional film, and we did difficult things together, and I couldn’t have a better time with an actor. But the larger gift of ‘Wild’ is that Cheryl Strayed enters your life and everything changes forever. She’s really a philosopher of how to take the broken and thrive. She has continued to teach me every day.”
Big Little Lies
“It’s the best time ever to be working on something that is about not only powerful but complicated women. Women with longings, who are searching to be stronger for themselves and their family. Exploring those themes was amazing, but to be doing it with a group of people who I now consider family is off-the-charts fantastic.”
The Criterion Collection is a group that “has been dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world and publishing them in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements” in order to make them available to a wider audience. Earlier this month, they added Reese’s 1999 comedy-drama Election to their collection.
Alexander Payne’s whip-smart political satire Election tells the tale of a knock-down, drag-out campaign for student-body president, as a teacher (Matthew Broderick) plots to undermine a seeming shoo-in (Reese Witherspoon) who has gotten under his skin. In the years since the political satire’s 1999 release, the candidate who finds herself suddenly embattled, Tracy Flick, has gone on to achieve a kind of iconic status, earning a place in the pop-cultural consciousness as the textbook overachiever. This is, of course, a testament to Witherspoon’s masterful performance, in which the actor makes Tracy’s determination and sense of entitlement readily apparent in every flared nostril and overly perky utterance. In the clip, taken from an interview included on our edition of Election, Witherspoon discusses her close collaboration with Payne and how it resulted in some of the film’s most memorable moments.
The DVD-Blu-ray is available through Amazon.com, and has the following special features:
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
– New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised and approved by cowriter-director Alexander Payne, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
– Audio commentary from 1999 featuring Payne
– New interview with actor Reese Witherspoon
– THE PASSION OF MARTIN, Payne’s 1990 UCLA thesis film, with a new introduction by the director
– TRUINSIDE: ELECTION, a 2016 documentary featuring on-set footage and interviews with cast and crew
– Omaha local-news report on the film’s production
– PLUS: An essay by critic Dana Stevens
Here is a snippet from the interview with Reese included on this special edition:
Reese and her A Wrinkle In Time female co-stars grace the cover of the latest issue of US current affairs magazine Time! The magazine has a new photoshoot of Reese, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling and Storm Reid, with an accompanying article about the making of the film. It’s a great read and the start of what is likely to be a big promotional campaign for the film, which will be released in the US on March 9th. The scans, photoshoot, and new stills from the feature have been added to our Gallery.
Pick up a copy of the magazine on news-stands if you can!
Laura Dern appeared on Good Morning America on Thursday to promote her new Star Wars movie – she also talked about Big Little Lies:
‘Big Little Lies’ star talks about ‘constantly group texting’ with her co-stars
Laura Dern, who scored a Golden Globe nomination for HBO’s “Big Little Lies,” said Reese Witherspoon is the most voracious texter among her female co-stars.
“She’s teaching us other girls how to be better communicators, God love it,” Dern said on “Good Morning America” today of her co-star.
She said the women on the hit HBO series – Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Zoe Kravitz – are “constantly group texting.”
“It’s true,” she added. “It’s the beautiful thing of women getting to work together after years of being the only girl on a film. Suddenly you get to share parenting and struggles of the day, not just our work.”
With news hitting of “Big Little Lies” season 2 returning as a limited series, Dern said the women of the cast are “excited.”
“We’re all in the hands of the genius brain of David Kelley, so we’ll see what he orchestrates for us,” she said of the show’s creator and writer. “We’re in love with the characters and we’re deep best friends now, this group of girls.”