Here’s a new trailer for Reese’s upcoming HBO series Big Little Lies, which will premiere in the US on February 19th:
Reese attended the launch of AT&T’s new DirecTV Now streaming service in New York yesterday. Her new Hello Sunshine project will have its own channel on DirecTV next year with exclusive, female-driven content. Reese looked lovely in a little lace black dress at the event, and she spoke on-stage about her new venture. Find HQ photos from the event in our Gallery, and read more about the new streaming service within this post:
The Today Show had a look at the animation of Sing on their show yesterday:
TODAY goes behind the scenes of the upcoming movie “Sing” with writer-director Garth Jennings to reveal what goes into creating an animated musical. Jennings says there’s “an insane amount of music” in the movie, featuring stars like Scarlett Johannson performing classic songs. And TODAY’s Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie got to join in on the fun by becoming the voices behind animal anchors. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.
Introducing the Draper James Holiday Collection:
‘Big Little Lies’ From David E. Kelley Gets Premiere Date On HBO
HBO has set 9 PM Sunday, February 19, for the premiere of Big Little Lies, the anticipated seven-episode limited series created by David E. Kelley and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club).
Based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling book, the darkly comedic drama tells the tale of three mothers of first-graders whose seemingly perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling star. Vallée directs from scripts by Kelley. The series is executive produced by Witherspoon, Bruna Papandrea, Kidman, Per Saari, Kelley, Vallée, Nathan Ross and Gregg Fienberg; Barbara Hall and Liane Moriarty produce.
Here’s a fun new Holiday-themed Sing trailer, plus a new TV spot. There’s also a video showing some of the cast recording their voices for the film, although sadly no Reese in this one:
Reese’s former Pacific Standard producing partner Bruna Papandrea spoke about Big Little Lies with The Sydney Morning Herald:
Producer Bruna Papandrea tackles Hollywood sexism with Big Little Lies
“I want to keep putting women at the centre of stories, and giving our daughters examples of what women can be,” says Bruna Papandrea, the Australian-born, Hollywood-based producer of Gone Girl, Wild, Pom-zom-rom-com Warm Bodies and the hotly anticipated HBO series Big Little Lies.
“Maybe I’ll make a movie about a female president for instance, just to let the world know that is still possible.”
Papandrea is dressed all in black when we meet at the Screen Forever conference at Crown in Melbourne. “I’m in mourning, for the US election result,” she says. “I mean it. I’m really upset.”
It was the lack of decent roles for women that spurred Papandrea and Hollywood star Reese Witherspoon to launch Pacific Standard, a production company with the specific aim of finding and telling stories by and about women, in 2012. They made Gone Girl and Wild (buying the rights to both before the books had been released) and the cop comedy Hot Pursuit before parting ways in August.
Witherspoon continues with Pacific Standard, while Papandrea is again a solo operator, not yet settled on a name for her operation. “I think I’m calling it Make A Movie,” she says. “For now.”
She is coy about why they split. “Let’s just say we are two strong women who both speak their minds. But we have a lot of projects in the pipeline, so we will be doing business together for a long time yet.”
At any rate, the mission to create female-led content remains. “We are starving for it,” she says. “Television has done a better job than film, but we’ve not done a good job at representing women.”Continue reading this entry »