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.”
Congratulations to Reese and her Big Little Lies co-stars and crew for their 4 nominations at the Screen Actors Guild Awards! Extremely well deserved!
The ceremony will be held on January 21st, and will air live on TNT and TBS at 8pm ET.
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Benedict Cumberbatch, “Sherlock”
Jeff Daniels, “Godless”
Robert De Niro, “The Wizard of Lies”
Geoffrey Rush, “Genius”
Alexander Skarsgard, “Big Little Lies”
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries:
Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies”
Nicole Kidman, “Big Little Lies”
Jessica Lange, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Susan Sarandon, “Feud: Bette & Joan”
Reese Witherspoon, “Big Little Lies”
Vulture report that there will be 4 new characters in the upcoming new series of Big Little Lies. They don’t state their source so we have no idea how accurate this it, but here it is for those of you interested. Production is reported to start in March 2018 and conclude in that August.
Vulture has learned that auditions are underway for four new characters and that production will occur between March and August. (An HBO spokesperson said the network could not confirm the information about the new characters.) According to a casting breakdown sent to talent agencies for auditions, Emmy-winning casting director David Rubin is searching for four actors to play the following characters:
• Michael Perkins, a new second-grade teacher at Otter Bay Elementary School who wants to cultivate global and social consciousness in his young students. Renata (Laura Dern) becomes furious when Mr. Perkins’s lessons on global warming causes Amabella to have a panic attack. (Poor Amabella can’t get a break!)
• A new employee in the school administration office who befriends Jane (Shailene Woodley). Eventually, the two women learn about each other’s “deepest secrets.”
• Bonnie’s parents, Elizabeth and Martin Howard. Elizabeth is described as someone who has passed on her outwardly Zen qualities to her daughter Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz), but ultimately reveals herself to be controlling and abusive. Martin is emotionally distant toward his daughter, but a family emergency forces him to address the strain between them.
Big congratulations to Reese and her Big Little Lies cast and crew for their Golden Globe Award nominations today! The nominations were announced earlier on today, and Big Little Lies scored 6 nominations, which was the most for any TV show this year. Reese was recognised in the Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television category – this is the 5th Glden Globe nomination of her career, and she previously won for Walk The Line in 2006.
The ceremony will be held in Beverly Hills on January 7th 2018, and will air live on NBC.
Best television limited series or motion picture made for television:
Big Little Lies
Feud: Bette and Joan
Top of the Lake: China Girl
Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television:
Jessica Biel, The Sinner
Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:
David Harbour, Stranger Things
Alfred Molina, Feud
Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
David Thewlis, Fargo
Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:
Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz, This is Us
Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies
Draper James Presents: “Season’s Greetings” with Reese Witherspoon
5 holiday dresses star alongside Reese Witherspoon in the Draper James Holiday 2017 video.
Shop all Reese’s dresses here: draperjames.com/new-arrivals/reese-holiday-video
Sit back, sip some cocoa, and in the words of Reese, “keep it jolly, and merry, and bright, and happy… just all of it.”
Written and directed by David Schlussel
A couple of weeks ago, Reese accompanied Ava to Le Bal Des Débutantes in Paris, where Ava made her formal debut into society. The ball is a combination of a traditional debutante ball, a couture fashion show, and a charitable event – this year it benefited the Seleni Institute and Enfants d’Asie. The first ball was held in 1992, and every year daughters from notable families from around the world are invited to attend. Ava was one of 6 Americans in attendance this year. Ava was escorted into the ball by Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur, who is a member of Indian royalty, a friend of Prince William and plays polo for the national Indian team. Reese and Ava both wore gowns by Giambattista Valli and looked very elegant! Find some photos in our Gallery:
• Le Bal Des Débutantes x11