Several new cast members have been announced for The Devil’s Knot recently, including Reese’s Best Laid Plans co-star Alessandro Nivola. I thought they were great together in that film and so am excited to see them work together again.
It is also reported that the film will start shooting in Atlanta on June 24th.
Alessandro Nivola Plays Key Role In West Memphis 3 Film ‘Devil’s Knot’
Alessandro Nivola has been tapped to star opposite Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the conviction of the West Memphis 3, a trio falsely accused of a triple homicide in a controversial trial that presented no physical evidence.
Nivola will play Terry Hobbs, the stepfather of one of the young victims. It’s a pivotal role in the film; Hobbs is a controversial figure who has consistently denied any role in the murders but has come under suspicion in the 20 years since the crime was committed. He has never been charged and evidence against him is inconclusive. His relationship with his wife Pam Hobbs (Witherspoon) forms the backbone of the story.
Nivola will next be seen in Sally Potter’s untitled film, which stars Elle Fanning and Annette Bening. He’s repped by CAA and Management 360.
Today’s update is over 1,000 gorgeous HD screencaptures from This Means War! Reese looked so pretty in it – I loved her wardrobe and her hair – so there are lots of great shots in here. The movie itself was entertaining and had some funny moments, but I wouldn’t say it’s one of Reese’s best, and definitely not one of her best performances. My main problem with the film was the ending – I thought it was completely the wrong ending, and didn’t make sense, as she had much better chemistry with the other “product” (as Trish called them!). Still, I’d recommend the movie if you’re looking for some light fun, as Reese is as watchable as always.
I’ll add screencaps from any DVD extras soon. But now, hop on over to the Gallery to enjoy the pretty new HD film screencaps!
• This Means War > Film Screencaptures x1,120
Congratulations to Reese’s friend and Mud co-star Matthew McConaughey, who married girlfriend Camila Alves on Saturday evening! Reese and Jim were in attendance, with Reese wearing a green dress for the occassion.
Examiner and People have some more info on the day, although no further details on Reese. Pick up a copy of this week’s People magazine to see exclusive photos from the couple’s special day (there may be pictures of Reese, you’ll have to check and let me know!)…
The actress optioned “Wild” late last year as a starring vehicle, months before the memoir was published this spring.
When Oprah Winfrey announced June 1 that Cheryl Strayed’s hiking memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was the first pick of her revived book club, among those most excited by the announcement were Reese Witherspoon and her producing partner Bruna Papandrea. The pair, who recently joined forced on their new Pacific Standard banner, had optioned the book in November, four months before its March publication date, as a starring vehicle for the actress.
“It was the first thing we picked up together,” Papandrea says of the project, which Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right) is on board to direct. As a result of the Winfrey pick, the Knopf book has seen its Amazon sales position spike from No. 175 to No. 16.
“Wild is a magical and evocative book about losing everything – family, money, your mother, your partner – and finding your true spirit alone in the woods,” Witherspoon tells THR. “I urge everyone to go out and read this amazing story of one woman’s journey to find herself.”
Pacific Standard is the combined shingle of Witherspoon’s Type A Films —whose projects included Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, Four Christmases and This Means War — and Papandrea’s Make Movies, which is behind the upcoming zombie feature Warm Bodies, helmed by Jonathan Levine (50/50).
President Barack Obama attracted major star power for a mid-week visit to Los Angeles, drawing out A-listers such as Julia Roberts and Reese Witherspoon to a fundraising event in Beverly Hills.
The president arrived at LAX shortly before 5 p.m., whisked off to address the LGBT Leadership Council at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, an event hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Following a four-song set from “Glee’s” Darren Criss, Obama discussed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to a crowd that included Cher and son Chaz Bono, “Modern Family” actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei.
“What makes America exceptional is eventually we get it right, what Dr. King called the arc of the moral universe — it bends toward justice,” Obama told the crowd of 600.
Following his speech, First Lady Michelle Obama’s husband headed off to a much more exclusive fete — a fundraising dinner thrown by “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy at his Beverly Hills home.
Julia Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Jane Lynch and HBO honcho Michael Lombardo awaited him, where he spoke again about LGBT issues and the course of his first term.
Tables near an outdoor fountain accommodated eight to 10 guests, and seats weren’t cheap — the event came with a $40,000-per-couple price tag. President Obama is scheduled to depart after a breakfast meeting on Thursday morning.
Examiner.com have posted a new interview with Chris Pine to promote the DVD release of This Means War. Here are the bits in which he mentions our Reese:
JORGE CARREON: Still, how does it feel play a character that embodies a certain amount of charm and power like FDR?
CHRIS PINE: Kind of ridiculous. [LAUGHS] I’ve never thought of myself as that kind of guy, but it’s fun to do. The opportunity that (director) McG gave me in This Means War was to really go full-tilt and really explore the comedy side and have some fun with action. It’s important not to be pigeonholed and, of course, Hollywood does like to fit everybody into these re-made things. But I think any actor that enjoys what they do likes to do different things and will search out different ways to express themselves. Before I took on this role, I met with Reese and we sat down and had a long lunch. From one meeting, I knew that I would love to spend time with this lady. Romantic stuff is always so much easier when you get to sit across from someone that you actually like. I loved Reese and I said, “God, this is going to easy-peasy trying to fall in love with a woman whom I as a human being already love.”
CARREON: Nice to see the women caught in War are not your usual rom com gals?
PINE: What’s fun about Reese and Chelsea is that they’re empowered women. Chelsea speaks like the gruffest dude on the planet. And you have Reese who plays this woman who’s very powerful and very successful in her chosen field. I think the women represented in this field are like you do not want to mess with these women at all! Chelsea will fu*k some shi* up! [LAUGHS]
Reese made a casual appearance at the Kidstock Music And Arts Festival in Beverley Hills yesterday, wearing a comfy looking blue striped dress and treating herself to what I expect is some frozen yoghurt! Her kids were with her to enjoy the day, but she did not pose with them. Find photos of Reese posing for the photogs in our gallery…
EDIT: Photos have now been replaced with HQ ones! We also have some cute tidbits from the event, which I have posted further down this post.
I have now finally added photos from last weekend’s Cannes premiere of Mud! Reese dazzled in a midnight blue silk chiffon Versace dress which was covered in Swarovski crystals. Her shoes were Versace, and she accessorised with Chopard jewels. She looked amazing, so elegant and beautiful! I was also happy to spot that Reese’s husband joined her after the screening – see them together here.
Over 500 HQ photos from the premiere can be now be enjoyed in our Gallery – I hope you love them as much as I did! I’ve also added photos from the after party, and additional HQs from the press conference.
Upon it’s release sometime next year, Devil’s Knot will be distributed in Germany by Senator Film:
Senator Film is stocking up on Gallic laffers following its success with “The Intouchables” while also betting on high-profile English-language films.
At the Cannes Film Market, the Berlin-based distrib nabbed Atom Egoyan’s thriller “Devil’s Knot,” starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, and Daniel Benmayor’s parkour actioner “Tracers,” with Taylor Lautner.
Several news outlets are reporting that Drew Barrymore married her partner Will Kopelman at her Californian home yesterday, and that Reese and her husband were in attendance. People says that the guests were also present at the San Ysidro Ranch on Friday night for cocktails and the rehearsal dinner. Other celebs said to have attended Drew’s big day include Jimmy Fallon, Busy Philipps, and Cameron Diaz. People also report that Drew used the same wedding planners that Reese did for her wedding last year – Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove.
The People website say they will have photos from Drew’s wedding in next week’s issue, so keep an eye out for any photos of Reese!
The Killing star Mireille Enos has joined Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth in Devil’s Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. Enos will play Vicki Hutcheson, the mother of an 8-year-old boy who lives in a run-down house in West Memphis. She becomes an important witness in the murder trial of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley for the killing of three 8-year-old boys found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. Hutcheson, it becomes apparent to investigators, could be the only link between Echols and Misskelley.
As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison last summer, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose.
‘Red Tails’, ‘This Means War’ Top Home Entertainment Charts
The Fox war drama took the top spot, while the Reese Witherspoon romantic comedy came in second during a week in which four new releases reigned supreme.
Four new releases debuted in the four top spots on both national sales charts the week ending May 27.
The four, with box office earnings of between $19 million and $55 million, also finished in the same order on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc chart.
The roll call: 20th Century Fox’s Red Tails ($49.9 million), a war drama about a crew of African American pilots during World War II, debuted at No. 1. The film, which stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard, generated 48% of its first-week unit sales from Blu-ray Disc.