Alexander Payne is putting the finishing touches on the social satire Downsizing a script about small people, and has put together a big-name cast.
Paul Giamatti, Sacha Baron Cohen and Reese Witherspoon have all committed to star in the film, which would likely land at Fox Searchlight, where Payne has a first-look deal.
Giamatti, who previously teamed with the director on Sideways, is on board to star as a man low on money who decides he can have a much nicer life if he undergoes a process to shrink himself.
Witherspoon, also a Payne alum, whose career took off after starring in Election, would play a woman Giamatti meets on his journey as a small person. Cohen would play a pint-sized foreigner.
There are no deals in place for the three principals, and no negotiations will take place until Payne finishes his screenplay, which he is penning with Jim Taylor. Jim Burke is producing alongside Payne.
Unlike previous Payne pics, Downsizing would require considerable special effects and could push the budget out of Searchlight’s realm.
Project marks Payne’s first pic since “Sideways,” which was a Searchlight pic.
Rumor is Alexander Payne (director of Election) might be getting into a new film soon and it’s being strongly gossiped that Reese Witherspoon will be one of the stars. The film also may feature, Sacha Baron Cohen, Paul Giamatti and Meryl Streep. It’s all evidently in the preliminary stages but we’ll keep you informed. It could certainly be interesting with that cast/crew behind it!
“Nothing is locked down at this juncture, not even script, certainly not cast,” Wells’ source says. “[Payne is] still working on screenplay, although he’s close.”
Source: Hollywood Elsewhere
This year’s Kids’ Choice star-studded lineup includes host Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, Robert Pattinson, Amy Adams, Amy Poehler, Reese Witherspoon, and Nickelodeon stars Miranda Cosgrove and Nat and Alex Wolff.
The show will be on Saturday, March 28, from 8:00PM to 9:30 PM. Coverage begins at 7 p.m. (ET) with an exclusive one-hour live pre-show webcast from the Orange Carpet. Also, webcams will offer multiple views of the event, giving kids control of what they want to see.
Reese is also nominated for Favorite Female Movie Star. Online voting begins March 2, here.
Favorite Female Movie Star
Jennifer Aniston (Marley & Me)
Anne Hathaway (Get Smart)
Vanessa Hudgens (High School Musical 3: Senior Year)
Reese Witherspoon (Four Christmases)
Reese Witherspoon made an appearance at yesterday’s 81st Annual Academy Awards, she presented the award for Best Director. Miss Reese looked utterly gorgeous wearing a modified Rodarte Spring 2009 creation. For the show her hair was worn back, but at the Vanity Fair after party she opted to wear it loosely down. This woman seriously should have gotten to grace the red carpet! 😉 The after party also marked the ‘official’ debut of Reese and Jake Gyllenhaal as a couple. The two have been dating for several months as many of you know and look so cute together!
Today on Oprah there was the annual after Oscars interviews. In a clip backstage, Reese was interviewed and she spoke fondly of Kate Winslet and said she greeted her right after she won and handed her a glass of champagne. You can also see some of this in the pictures below. I will add the clip of Oprah shortly! For now mull through the beautiful pictures from yesterday night!
– Public Events: The 81st Annual Academy Awards – Show
– Public Events: The 81st Annual Academy Awards – Backstage
– Public Events: The 81st Annual Academy Awards – Vanity Fair Party
Surprise, Surprise! Reese Witherspoon made an appearance at the The 81st Annual Academy Awards! She presented Best Director to Danny Boyle for Slumdog Millionaire! She looked totally ravishing in a blue and black gown!
Reese was one of the celebrities not previously announced and asked not to walk the red carpet to make a special, surprise appearance.
Stay tuned for photos and the clip!
– Public Events: The 81st Annual Academy Awards – Show
Yesterday Reese attended the Montblanc “Signature for Good” Charity Gala. She looked so stunning in a black frilly dress and peep-toe heels! I have added the first 47 pictures.
Reese Witherspoon also used the greens of her star-status to do some good by announcing that she would donate $50,000 from her personal bank account to match Montblanc’s donation for the evening.
– Public Events: Montblanc “Signature for Good” Charity Gala
Reese Witherspoon has advice for any Oscar winners at this year’s ceremony – relax after you take home the gong.
The actress – who won a Best Actress Academy Award for her role in the 2005 movie Walk The Line – says they can relish the winning moment forever because even if they make rubbish movies from then on no one can take their statue away.
“I love the fact they can’t take it back. It doesn’t matter how many stinky movies you do after it they can’t take it away from you,” she said.
Reese, 32, recently revealed her dreams to become an action star.
She said, “I would like to do an action movie. I love to watch Angelina Jolie in movies like Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
“I think movies where women have great strength and character are interesting. I’m dying to do one.”
Source: Showbiz Spy
Variety reports that Owen Wilson and Paul Rudd are in talks to star opposite Reese Witherspoon in James L. Brooks’ untitled romantic comedy for Columbia Pictures.
Brooks, who is directing and producing, wrote the screenplay, which involves a love triangle. Rudd would play a white-collar executive vying for Witherspoon’s affections, while Wilson would portray a professional baseball pitcher who is also a love interest.
As is customary with Brooks’ projects, logline is being kept vague for the film, which has the working title How Do You Know?
Paula Weinstein “Blood Diamond) and Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls) are also producing.
Studio is eyeing an early summer start date.
Personally, I would love to see Paul and Reese reunite because Overnight Delivery is one of my favorite of Reese’s movies!
Robert Downey Jr and Reese Witherspoon are in talks to star in Warner Bros’ The Days Before and Timur Bekmambetov is in negotiations to direct, according to Production Weekly.
Produced by 300 producer Gianni Nunnari, the sci-fi action spec script was written by Chad St. John (who previously worked on the unproduced script The Further Adventures of Doc Holiday for Bruce Willis). Days Before tells the story of a race of aliens who invade Earth by traveling backwards through time and wiping out humanity, one day at a time, yesterday by yesterday. One man attempts to stay “a yesterday ahead of them”, and every time he must try to convince the world that “the end is coming”, again.
She might be an Oscar-winning actress but to her two kids, Reese Witherspoon is sometimes, well, just embarrassing, she says in a new interview.
To illustrate her point, the actress tells the story to Parents magazine of taking her 9-year-old daughter Ava to see country star Carrie Underwood.
“She said, ‘Mom I really appreciate you taking me to the concert, but will you please not embarrass me in front of Carrie Underwood by singing because she’s a real singer and you’re just, like a movie singer,” says Witherspoon, who won a Best Actress Oscar for playing singer June Carter Cash in 2005’s Walk the Line.
Reese is inside Redbook magazine’s March 2009 issue. Here is a some of the article via their website.
Reese Witherspoon on Movies and Motherhood
The manners and morals of a movie-star mom
I’m not a super-strict parent, but I think it’s important to have rules for children. It gives them a sense of structure — and that’s what we are all seeking. We just want to know when we’ve done something right or wrong. That’s what I’m trying to teach my own children [Ava, nine, and Deacon, five].
I grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and my parents taught me to respect my elders. We’d say things like “yes, ma’am” and “no, sir” to adults. But kids in Los Angeles don’t do that. I’ve drawn the line at my children calling adults by their first names. I tell them they can call people “Miss Shannon” or “Miss Heather” but that using only the first name is too familiar. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned.
– USA Today (2008)