Reese Witherspoon is sitting on a dais in a ritzy Beverly Hills hotel with Jake Gyllenhaal and some of the other stars from her latest film, Rendition, along with the director, Gavin Hood. They’re answering questions about the film, a dramatic thriller about one of the most controversial aspects of the “war on terror”, the practice of “extraordinary rendition”. That’s the heavily criticised procedure used by the CIA to secrete suspected terrorists to countries such as Egypt and Morocco, where they can be interrogated – and tortured – without being subject to US law.
Witherspoon plays the wife of an American-Egyptian chemical engineer who disappears after boarding a flight from Cape Town. She gradually learns that her husband is suspected of being a terrorist, and has been “rendered” by the CIA to a North African country, evidently Morocco. Jake Gyllenhaal plays the CIA analyst charged with overseeing her husband’s interrogation, who becomes troubled by the morality of what he and the US government are doing.
As they answer questions, I find I’m not really listening. I am transfixed by Witherspoon, whom I am going to be meeting in person in a few minutes. She’s the only woman on the panel of six, and, even at a distance, her very blonde hair and very blue eyes, sitting within exquisitely tiny features, are quite mesmerising among the heavy-set, dark-haired men up there. It’s incredibly hard to grasp that this tiny creature, who looks as fragile as a miniature porcelain doll, is by far the most successful, most powerful and best-paid person in the room.
MoviesOnline features a fabulous Rendition interview with Reese, Jake Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, which includes all kinds of interesting things about the flick.
MoviesOnline caught up recently with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) and the cast of Rendition at the Los Angeles Press Conference to promote their new film. Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Igal Naor, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard and Alan Arkin star in this edgy and thought-provoking thriller about an Egyptian-born chemical engineer, Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington.Continue reading this entry »
Reese Witherspoon is the #5 top cover star, according to Forbes‘ first-ever analysis of the top-selling celebrity faces. Only Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie’s pictures on the covers of magazines cause a greater increase in sales than Reese! Here’s the top 10:
1) Jennifer Aniston
2) Brad Pitt
3) Scarlett Johansson
4) Angelina Jolie
5) Reese Witherspoon
6) Katie Holmes
7) Carrie Underwood
8) Jennifer Hudson [tie]
8) Valerie Bertinelli [tie]
10) Kelly Ripa
We looked at the newsstand sales of the six leading celebrity weeklies – People, Star, US Weekly, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style and OK! –over a six-month period ending June 30, as supplied by the Audit Bureau of Circulations. We eliminated all non-celebrity and collage covers as well as special issues with exceptionally large rate bases. Then we counted how many more–or less–issues the celebrity’s cover sold, as compared with the magazine’s average newsstand sales. Next, we factored in the number of full covers a celebrity graced. Finally, we ranked his or her consumer appeal using data from Encino, Calif.-based polling firm E-Poll Market Research to rule out flukes.
Here is what they said about Ms Witherspoon:
Witherspoon is nothing if not loved. In fact, the Oscar-winning actress is the third most-liked star on our list, with an E-score of 35. But when it comes to shilling magazines, her results are mixed. Though her Feb. 19 US Weekly cover saw newsstand sales rise some 5%, sales of her April 23 cover of the same glossy fell 6%.
I interviewed Witherspoon earlier this month at the Toronto filmfest. She talked about how she formerly rated her comedies lower than her dramas, despite kudos she earned for her light touch. But Witherspoon, like the hero in the classic screwball comedy Sullivan’s Travels, evolved.
“I just recently realized the power of laughter and how it changes people’s lives,” said Witherspoon, who is raising two youngsters alone after splitting from Ryan Phillippe.
First things first, there is a new release date for Rendition, the previously reported October 12 seems to have been false. 🙁 However the film will hit US and UK cinemas just a week later on October 19! We’re sorry for the mix up. To find on when the film will come to your country visit IMDb.com.
The official film website is now online and active in case you missed it, so be sure to visit www.renditionmovie.com – there you can download desktops, screensavers, get film info and more. There are never before seen photos of Reese’s character so I have taken screenshots of the site and added them to the gallery for your viewing pleasure. Last but not least, Yahoo! Movies has an exclusive clip which features Reese as Isabella El-Ibrahim. Captures are also available. The scene makes me grow even more excited for the film!
As you all know we do not post candid shots of Miss Witherspoon out of respect, however we do post on set film images if Reese doesn’t appear uncomfortable and we simply could not resist posting these gorgeous pictures of Reese looking lovely filming her first commercial for Avon! As we know, Reese was made the first Avon Global Ambassador earlier this year. Judging from these pics alone, I personally can’t wait to see the ad and I’m sure you will all agree. Enjoy!
On the official Elle website you can watch a behind the scenes video and interview of Reese shooting for the October cover! She looks so happy and smiley, it should put a smile on your face so be sure to watch it. We’re trying to save the clip so we can make captures and make a downloadable file, if you can help, please contact us. But for now enjoy it on their site and enjoy the behind the scenes photos. Read on for more of the published article.
Wild At Heart
By Holly Millea
The fact that you’re drinking is making me very, very happy,” Reese Witherspoon says, eyeing the glass of white wine on the table. “I think it’s great to drink in the middle of the day. I would join you, but I gotta drive to pick up the kids. You’re taking taxis everywhere. You could get drunk!” This cracks her up. “You could go from appointment to appointment highly, highly smashed!”
The delightfully titled Tokyo Suckerpunch, which Tobey Maguire has been developing as producer and star for two years with screenwriter Ed Solomon (Men in Black) and producers Lucy Fisher and Doug Wick (Memoirs of a Geisha), has also recently picked up momentum. Now it looks like the movie — a romantic comedy/action/modern noir hybrid that uses live-action and anime — will reunite Maguire with Pleasantville costar Reese Witherspoon and writer-director Gary Ross, who also directed him in Seabiscuit.
“One of the most attractive things about it is that it combines anime with live action,” says Ross, who mixed black-and- white and color footage as a thematic device in Pleasantville, his 1998 directorial debut. “It presents a lot of stylistic opportunities in how you shoot the live action so that it works harmonically.”