‘Mud,’ Starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, Joins Sundance London Lineup
Jeff Nichols’ Mud, starring Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, is one of a trio of last minute additions to this year’s Sundance London.
The sophomore edition of Robert Redford’s British capital-set film and music festival has also added Stuart Zicherman’s A.C.O.D. (written by Ben Karlin and Stuart Zicherman and starring Jessica Alba, Adam Scott and Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to the event’s feature film program lineup.
Organizers also said Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila, a film he co-wrote with Frank E. Flowers has been added to the event’s U.K. spotlight sidebar.
Sundance London runs April 25-28 at The O2 venue, the festival’s partner.
As expected, our lovely Reese attended The Oscars on Sunday night, looking beautiful in a cobalt blue dress by Louis Vuitton. She walked the red carpet with her husband close behind, and inside the ceremony Reese presented an award (though I don’t know which yet as I haven’t watched the show). After the ceremony Reese and Jim hopped over to the prestigious Vanity Fair After Party, where they celebrated the night with pals Isla Fisher, Naomi Watts and Jennifer Aniston.
I apologise for my delay in posting photos, but I have now started off our coverage with 41 HQ photos from the red carpet. There are many more to follow, so keep checking back in the next few days. Enjoy the gorgeous photos of Miss Reese, and don’t hesitate to leave a comment here if you want to let everyone know what you thought of her look 🙂
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Nicole Kidman, Halle Berry, Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock Presenting at Oscars
Four former Best Actress winners will converge on stage at this year’s Oscar telecast, the show’s producers said Wednesday.
Halle Berry, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon will present an award, although the show’s producers were mum about whether or not they will take the stage together. If they do, it may mean a return to a format that was deployed and favorably received during the 2009 broadcast.
During that show, former winners of acting awards appeared on stage together to give short speeches praising each of the nominees. That was revived in a slightly modified form in the 2010 telecast, in which co-stars or celebrity friends of the various nominees were called on to pay tribute before the winner was announced.
Traditionally, the previous winner of an acting award reads out the nominees and hands out the statue without assistance.
Berry won the Oscar for her performance as a grieving widow in “Monster’s Ball” (2001), Bullock for her work as a feisty housewife and football fan in “The Blind Side” (2009), Kidman for playing a depressive Virginia Woolf in “The Hours” (2002) and Witherspoon for channeling June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line” (2005).
Other previously announced Oscar presenters including Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, Daniel Radcliffe and “Marvel’s The Avengers” cast members Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo.
The Oscars will be hosted by Seth MacFarlane and will air on Feb. 24.
– The Wrap
Matt Damon hijacked the Jimmy Kimmel Live chat show last night, tied Jimmy to a chair, and welcomed several A-list celebrities to his couch … including Reese! Nicole Kidman was the first to join Matt on his couch, and was then followed by Gary Oldman, Amy Adams, Reese, and then Demi Moore. Watch the hilarious introduction and celebrity segments below…! Screencaps will be added soon.
Reese Witherspoon in Talks to Star in ‘The Good Lie’
Inspired by real events, The Good Lie centers on a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the U.S. with three other lost boys. Encountering the modern world for the first time, they develop an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help them, but the young man struggles to adjust to his new life and his feelings of guilt about the brother he left behind.
Monsieur Lazhar’s Philippe Falardeau is set to direct from a screenplay by Margaret Nagle (Warm Springs).
The Good Lie will be produced by Black Label Media, the newly formed production and financing company from The Blind Side’s Molly Smith. Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Karen Kehela Sherwood are producers, with Kim Roth and Reliance Entertainment’s Deepak Nayar as executive producers.
Nagle, who won WGA Awards in 2006 and 2011, developed the screenplay in Imagine Writer’s Lab. She is currently adapting Tuxedo Park for Playtone. Nagle is repped by UTA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and attorney David Matlof.
Witherspoon has a slew of films on tap, including Mud on May 26 and the forthcoming The Devil’s Knot. She is repped by Management 360 and CAA.
Falardeau’s Monsieur Lazhar was nominated for best foreign-language film last year at the Oscars. He is repped by UTA.
The L.A.-based Black Label Media was formed by Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill.
Arnold Oceng: “The film is such a blessing to be part of it’s a personal story to the people of Sudan and it’s a story that needs to be told to the world, and I’m honored to be working with a great cast and crew. Reese is awesome and such a great humble down to earth person who is also a great actor who I am learning from everyday we’re on set.”
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Top Our List Of Hollywood’s Highest-Grossing Romantic Couples
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, when movie lovers’ thoughts turn to romance films. Older folks might think of putting on Casablanca; Gen X’ers, Say Anything. What does it say about the millennial generation that the most popular love story of their time involves a young lady, a vampire and a werewolf?
That’s why Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson land at the top of our list of Hollywood’s Highest-Grossing Romantic Couples. We looked at the top-grossing romantic movies of the last three years. Twilight was by far the biggest box office winner over that period, earning $1.17 billion.
The fact that we get to track the couple’s off-screen romance along with their on-screen love just adds to the overall romance of the films. The couple is reportedly back together after breaking up over Stewart’s fling with the married director of her film Snow White and the Huntsman.
Pattinson is also a member of the 10th place couple on our list alongside Reese Witherspoon. Their film Water for Elephants earned $59 million in the U.S. in 2011. Those aren’t Twilight numbers, but considering that the movie brought in an extra $58 million internationally and only cost $38 million to make, it was a small hit.Continue reading this entry »
Mud screened at the Sundance Film Festival last nightwith Matthew McConaughey taking on promotional duties because unfortunately Reese was not in attendance. Reviews from the film are coming online, and below are the ones I’ve come across so far.
There is also an interesting interview with Matthew McConaughey up at HitFix, in which he talks a lot about the film.
‘Mud’ is a great story, but not a particularly great film.
Dripping in regional specificity and broad metaphor, Jeff Nichols’ new film feels more like a big, fat American novel you get assigned in 10th grade than the follow-up to ‘Take Shelter.’ That earlier film’s ominous tone and psychological portraiture is traded-in for large, gestural story beats that itch to be broken down and discussed for their symbolic meaning. When you are done explaining just what Boo Radley represented, then you can sink your teeth into Joe Don Baker’s character “King.”
There are worse crimes, though, than being grand, and ‘Mud”s coming of age tale certainly is that. Young Tye Sheridan plays Ellis, a good kid living “on the river” in Arkansas with an underachieving but caring father and a mother looking for change. He and his buddy Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) discover a boat stuck in a tree on an island, but they also discover a curious dude living there. It is Matthew McConaughey, charismatic as ever, but this time with a snake tattoo and a pistol stuck in the back of his jeans.Continue reading this entry »
The first trailer for Mud was released earlier this week! The movie looks more intense that I had expected, and I think it’s going to be a really interesting film. Reese certainly seems to have a good part.
Along with the trailer comes a release date for the US – April 26th – and an official website – mud-themovie.com.
Watch the trailer below, and find screencaptures from it in our Gallery.