Smart steel magnolia that she is, Reese Witherspoon is coming home to serious fare after time away from the screen.
The 31-year-old actress – who had big hits in confections like the Legally Blonde movies, Sweet Home Alabama and Just Like Heaven – stars in Rendition as Isabella, a Chicago woman whose husband, an Egyptian-born chemical engineer (Omar Metwally), is suspected by U.S. authorities of having knowledge of a bombing; with no charges leveled, he’s flown to North Africa for a cruel secret interrogation. Through several characters’ viewpoints, director Gavin Hood’s drama, opening Friday, peers unblinkingly into the confusion and conscience-searching that the war on terror has wrought.
For Witherspoon, whose first film, at 14, was The Man in the Moon, Rendition allowed her to continue a professional route that hit a peak with her Best Actress-winning performance as June Carter Cash in 2005’s Walk the Line.
“The film [addresses] an issue you read about, but may not feel connected to,” Witherspoon says. “I’m really lucky that I’m able to do [movies] like this, and that people accept me doing different things.”
I have added 4 videos of Reese from the October 10th premiere of Rendition, these are from various entertainment segments and other sources. In the E! News clip, Reese is super cute as always talking about possibly being a bee for Halloween. And in the long red carpet interview Ms Witherspoon confirms that Four Christmases is indeed her next project, which she starts filming in December! I have made captures of the entertainment segments as well. Happy downloading!
Reese Witherspoon is one of the celebrities who has joined in supporting the The EB Medical Research Foundation. Reese, along with Courteney Cox & David Arquette, Gavin Rossdale & Gwen Stefani, Heidi Klum, Adam Sandler, Natalie Portman, Orlando Bloom and others have created celEBrity cards – each one hand drawn by the stars! You can check out the card Reese made here.
All proceeds will benefit the EBMRF. $20/pack of 8 assorted cards.
Way to go Reese! 🙂 Thanks to walktheline80 for this piece of news.
Reese Witherspoon has been announced to appear on several talk shows over the next few weeks to promote Rendition. We will provide you with clips and captures after the interviews have aired.
If you hear of any other TV Alerts, please let us know so we can tune in / record it for the site.
Other Rendition stars who will be promoting if you’re interested are:
October 10 : HBO Rendition First Look at 8:45 PM
October 13 : HBO Rendition First Look at 3:45 PM
October 15 : Jake Gyllenhaal on David Letterman
October 16 : Jake Gyllenhaal on Regis & Kelly
October 16 : Jake Gyllenhaal on Conan O’Brien
October 16 : Meryl Streep on Daily Show
October 16 : Reese Witherspoon on Jay Leno
October 17 : Jake Gyllenhaal on Daily Show
October 19 : Reese Witherspoon on The Today Show
October 19 : Reese Witherspoon on Ellen Degeneres
Here is fantastic interview with Reese and the cast mates of Rendition Press Conference from Movies.About.com. Although spoiler phoebes be warned! It does contain quite a few things you may not wish to know just yet! There is a cut off point, so if you’re wanting to remain spoiler free do not read past it, or heck just wait until you’ve seen the film and come back for this one, it will be here. 😉
The term ‘extraordinary rendition’ refers to the U S government’s policy of secretly abducting foreign nationals who are viewed as national security threats and placing them in overseas prisons in order to ‘interrogate’ them. The film Rendition follows an Egyptian-American businessman who’s placed into custody upon arriving back in the US from a business trip and taken to North Africa to be questioned – and tortured. Director Gavin Hood and the film’s stars Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Igal Naor, and Omar Metwally took part in a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss their involvement in the dramatic movie.
Reese and Jake, why do you think people would want to see a movie about this policy?
Reese Witherspoon: “Why wouldn’t they?”
Why would they?
Gavin Hood: “I think your answer was good: why wouldn’t they?”
“Two Sides of a Story: The Making of Rendition” is a 12-minute documentary on the film, which features interviews with director Gavin Hood and it’s cast of Peter Sarsgaard, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep and Reese. It included a lot of new scenes and behind-the-scenes footage too.
There is an additional exclusive photograph of Reese in the October 19th edition (The Photo Issue) of Entertainment Weekly magazine. I have made a scan for this site, as well as added the oh-so-amazing outtakes of this set. Enjoy!
The photographer decided against using props and stagey setups for this portrait, relying instead on minimal lighting and natural poses to capture the actress’ personality. “She has courage, takes risks, and is also very talented,” he says “And I think, in a way, she conveys that through the photographs she takes.” – Photographer James White
What’s a nice girl like Reese Witherspoon doing mixed up with government-sanctioned kidnapping and torture?
“I think it’s really easy to think about (awful) things in the abstract,” says the Oscar-winning actress of her role in the new movie Rendition, “but when you have an emotional, human experience that connects you to the people affected by these things, it can really change your perception about whether or not they’re … ethical? Constitutional? Certainly it raises awareness about (extraordinary) rendition and whether or not it is those things.”
Despite looking a little tired on another day of publicity at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, she appears every inch the gracious, well-mannered woman of Southern upbringing she is reputed to be. Witherspoon shot to the top of the box office rankings with her two “Legally Blonde” films (in which she played Elle Woods) and a handful of romantic comedies that polished her all-American-girl image. Not to be pigeonholed, however, she followed those with her widely lauded turn as June Carter in the drama about Johnny Cash, Walk the Line. Defying social expectations of women has been a theme of the Nashville native’s life and career.