Reese Witherspoon Extends Overall Deal With ABC Studios
Reese Witherspoon is extending her overall deal with ABC Studios for another year through her new company, Hello Sunshine. Under the pact, Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine’s head of film and television Lauren Levy Neustadter will develop comedy and drama TV projects for the studio.
Witherspoon previously had an overall deal at ABC Studios though Pacific Standard, the production company she co-founded with Bruna Papandrea. The pact yielded multiple sales and an ABC drama pilot in 2016 written by Meaghan Oppenheimer. Papandrea exited the company last year to start a new venture.
Witherspoon, who recently executive produced and starred in HBO’s buzzy limited series Big Little Lies, is repped by CAA, LBI, and Hansen Jacobson.
Last night Reese attended the Los Angeles premiere of her new romantic comedy Home Again. She walked the red carpet with her daughter Ava, and posed with her director Hallie Meyers-Shyer, producer Nancy Meyers, and co-stars Lake Bell, Lola Flanery, Jon Rudnitsky, and Eden Grace Redfield. Reese wore a simple but striking red dress by Roland Mouret, with Christian Louboutin shoes. On the red carpet Reese chatted about what attracted her to the role, why she loves romantic comedies, her daughter Ava, her Emmy nomination, and her upcoming project with Jennifer Aniston. Reese looks so beautiful, and I love seeing her and Ava together! We have the first batch of HQ photos in our Gallery for you, and further down this post are some video interviews from the red carpet. This post will be updated with more coverage in the next few days too…
Reese talks about her upcoming TV series with Jennifer Aniston, Friends, and Home Again with The Insider:
Reese Witherspoon On ‘Home Again’ Co-Stars Being Nervous Around Her: ‘They Didn’t Talk to Me For Four Days’
The Insider’s Louis Aguirre sat down with Reese and her co-stars, Pico Alexander, Nat Wolff and Jon Rudnitsky, to talk about their new comedy.
Actors Are Calling Reese Witherspoon About Joining Big Little Lies Season 2
Is casting already underway for Big Little Lies season two?!
OK, we’re sorry to get your hopes up, as HBO has yet to officially announce the miniseries that everyone was obsessed with from February through April will return for a second season, but Reese Witherspoon did offer up an update that if making us excited.
“We’re talking about it, but it’s sort of up to the writer Liane Moriarty,” Witherspoon, who executive-produced and starred in the hit series, told E! News’ Will Marfuggi while promoting her new film, Home Again.
And if season two does end up happening, it seems like some of Witherspoon’s famous friends want in on the action in Monterey.
“I have gotten two really interesting calls, but we’ll see happens,” Witherspoon teased, thought she wasn’t about to give up the names of the actors hitting up her cell just yet. “No, I can’t say!”
Earlier this month, HBO programming president Casey Bloys discussed the network’s thoughts on another season, echoing Witherspoon’s sentiment that it’s ultimately up to Moriarty.
“Liane taking her crack at it and I think that it’s interesting,” he said. “I don’t think [there’s been] a time when we’ve gone to the writer of the novel, the source material, to come up with like, ‘Do you see ongoing stories?’ I’ll be very curious to see what she comes up with that. Normally you go to a TV writer, and say, ‘What do you see?'”
Hopefully, Moriarty sees enough plotlines for a second season.
Big Little Lies received a ton of Emmy nominations, with Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman both nominated in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie category. Their co-stars Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern and Alexander Skarsgård were also nominated, with the show also earning a slot in the Outstanding Limited Series category.
While we wait for official news about BLL season two, Witherspoon is teaming up with Jennifer Aniston for a new TV show, which you can get all the latest info on by pressing play on the video above.
Home Again hits theaters on Friday, Sept. 8.
Last Friday Reese attended the press conference for Home Again in Beverly Hills. She looked chic in a navy blue outfit that looks like Draper James. We have the first photos in our Gallery for you:
Reese Witherspoon on How She Embarrasses Her Kids and New Show With Jennifer Aniston: ‘I’m Excited’
Reese Witherspoon is all about family life.
ET’s Carly Steel chatted with the 41-year-old actress during the press junket for her new movie, Home Again, on Friday, where she opened up about her sweet relationship with her kids.
Witherspoon is a mother of 17-year-old Ava and 14-year-old Deacon, whom she shares with ex-husband Ryan Phillippe, and 4-year-old son, Tennessee, with husband Jim Toth. And, as they get older, Witherspoon says they get more opinionated.
“Well, my daughter is pretty good at giving advice,” Witherspoon told ET. “She’s, you know what? She’s a really good listener. And then my middle son, Deacon, who is 14, kind of tells me when I’m embarrassing everybody in the family. So, that’s kind of good advice to know,” she jokingly said.
As far as how she embarrasses them?
“Just when I say things like lit?” Witherspoon replied. “He’s like, ‘don’t say that.'”
Witherspoon, who launched her own production company in 2012, has become one of the most influential female figures in Hollywood. But, she says her main goal, is to help her kids find their true passions.
“You know, I think the most important thing is that you figure out what your kids are passionate about, and what they’re good at,” she expressed. “And don’t expect them to be like you, you just sort of encourage them to be the best versions of themselves. So that’s your job as a parent to figure out who they are.”Continue reading this entry »
Westboro Baptist Church Movie in the Works From Marc Webb, Nick Hornby
Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea are attached to produce the film, entitled ‘This Above All.’
Marc Webb is set to direct the feature film This Above All, based on the life of Megan Phelps-Roper, a former member of the hate-mongering Westboro Baptist Church.
Nick Hornby will pen the screenplay from a New Yorker article by Adrian Chen and Phelps-Roper’s upcoming memoir.
Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of the famous founder of the Kansas-based church, which is known for picketing everything from sporting events to military funerals and protesting the LGBT community, Islam and politicians, among many other groups. She became one of the most powerful voices for WBC via social media, until her ongoing conversations with opponents over Twitter led her to question her belief system. Eventually, she and her younger sister made the decision to leave the Church — and therefore become disowned by their family.
Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler will produce for Conde Nast Entertainment, along with Webb. Bruna Papandrea, Reese Witherspoon and Bill Pohlad of River Road Entertainment, who previously worked with Hornby on the film adaption of Wild, will also produce.
River Road will finance This Above All. The deal was negotiated by CAA.
“When we read the New Yorker article about Megan’s incredible journey, we knew that it was the perfect fit for CNE’s film group,” stated Ostroff and Steckler. “Marc and Nick both have a powerful vision of how to tell Megan’s story and we are very happy to be partnered with Reese, Bruna and Bill, who understand the importance of bringing this project to the big screen.”
Webb recently helmed the Amazon feature The Only Living Boy in New York and the Chris Evans starrer Gifted, and is set to direct the pilot for CBS’ Instinct based on the James Patterson novel. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous and Lichter Grossman.
Hornby, who last worked on the Oscar contender Brooklyn, is repped by Casarotto Ramsay.