MoviesOnline sat down recently with Reese Witherspoon at the Los Angeles press day for her new movie, Penelope, a modern day romantic tale about a girl coming to terms with who she is. Witherspoon produces and stars in the film which is directed by Mark Palansky from a script by Leslie Caveny. She also talks about Four Christmases, Children’s Defense Fund (in which she says she is going to New Orleans again next month), the Oscars, and so much more. Be sure to check it out!
Penelope Wilhern (Christina Ricci, Sleepy Hollow), born to wealthy socialites (Catherine O’Hara, Home Alone, and Robert E. Grant, Gosford Park), is afflicted by the Wilhern spell that can only be broken when she finds love. Hidden away in her family’s estate, the lonely girl meets a string of suitors in her parent’s futile attempt to break the curse. Each eligible bachelor is enamored with Penelope and her sizable dowry … until her curse is revealed.
Reese has revealed that she wants to try her hand at directing. Already a celebrated producer, Witherspoon desperately wants to make a movie. How exciting! I certainly hope Reese’s wish will come one day with the right project!
She was inspired by fellow actress Sarah Polley, who made her directorial debut with acclaimed movie Away From Her.
The film earned veteran star Julie Christie an Oscar nomination for her role as a woman suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.
“I’m inching toward directing, I have to say. Be very afraid. I’m tackling that next, but it’s very inspiring to see Sarah Polley, who I used to audition with, direct Julie Christie hopefully to an Oscar. I think that’s really inspiring.”
Reese Witherspoon had to stand on a box to kiss Vince Vaughn in their new movie.
The petite actress couldn’t reach the 6ft 5ins tall actor in love scenes for romantic comedy Four Christmases and had to come up with a creative way to secure the clinch.
“When we shot the kissing scenes, the top of my head hits Vince’s armpit! So I had to drag my apple box around with me.
“I had an apple box and a platform that I dragged around with me and stood on it.” She told America’s People magazine.
Miss Witherspoon and a legion of other celebrities will attend the sixth annual “Night Before” fundraiser to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). The event will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel the evening of February 23.
Hollywood will be out in full-force the night before the Academy Awards® for the sixth annual “Night Before” fundraiser to benefit the Motion Picture & Television Fund (MPTF). The event will be held at the Beverly Hills Hotel the evening of February 23.
The first Night Before event was held in 2003, and instantly became one of the most coveted invitations in town kicking off what is now a much-anticipated awards season tradition. Since its inception, the Night Before fundraiser has raised more than $30 million for MPTF.
Sponsors of this year’s event will include AOL, McDonald’s, HP, L’Oréal Paris, Target, Variety, Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg, and Panavision and Deluxe Entertainment Services Group.
– News Segments: Entertainment Tonight – February 12, 2008
It’s so nice to seem some deserved Penelope promotion for Reese!
As I posted yesterday Reese was on Good Morning America in a taped interview; view screencaps and download the video. It is a great one, and not to be missed, very insightful and funny answers from our girl! She also appeared in a fun little interview on the show Extra today; view screencaps and download the clip. Last but not least I’ve finally added the People’s Choice Awards speech which Dennis sent in (sorry for the delay!). Happy downloading!
Check out this funny reportage from E! Online:
In a movie, people. She wants to shoot someone…in a movie.
See, the lack of strong roles for women in Hollywood was just one of the subjects that got Reese Witherspoon all revved up when talking to us this weekend about the movie she produced and appears in, Penelope.
It’s a darling fairy tale about a girl (Christina Ricci) with a pig nose. And Reese wanted Christina from the get-go—the two grew up together on the audition circuit. Aw! (And just a quick side note: Things she did not discuss with us include (a) the passing of Heath Ledger and (b) the man she is often photographed with, Jake Gyllenhaal.)
So, oh well, back to shooting people.
Here’s what she said about shoot-’em-up movies wherein the leading man gets to take down the bad guy. “Why does the guy get to shoot him? I want the girl to shoot him!” she said, laughing intermittently. “I love watching Angelina Jolie kick ass in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and I can’t wait to see her in Wanted. I would love to shoot someone. In the knee cap or something, just to stop them!”
Very short notice I’m afraid but Reese was on Good Morning America today in a new interview (which was previously recorded) and she was discussing Penelope. If anyone managed to record this please get in touch with us if you can send in a clip.
UPDATE: We will be adding the video a bit later today, check back!
Reese Witherspoon has a bone to pick — the Oscar-winner is sick of being known as Hollywood’s most obsessively organised actor.
The 31-year-old says she often regrets giving her film company the name Type A Productions — a tongue-in-cheek choice the self-confessed perfectionist made many moons ago.
“People immediately assume that I have a very controlling personality,” Witherspoon says with a sigh.
“It’s up for interpretation that term — Type A — and to me it was just about getting things done and being diligent about them happening, which didn’t seem very negative, but sometimes people think of it as a very uptight personality trait.
“I’m just much more easygoing than that — I go with the flow.”
According to Variety, the lovely Amy Adams (known from such movies as Enchanted and Junebug) is in negotiations to join Ben Stiller and Reese Witherspoon to star in Another Night at the Museum. Adams will play an undetermined historical figure who has a crush on security guard Larry (Stiller).
Shawn Levy returns to helm the sequel, which has a US release date set for May 22, 2009. Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon penned the screenplay, Scott Frank the most recent draft. Levy’s 21 Laps is producing alongside 1492 Pictures. Michael Barnathan and Mark Radcliffe will serve as producers.
20th Century Fox is eyeing a May start date in Vancouver.
HQ scans from the February 2008 issue of the US edition of Marie Claire, which features Reese on the front cover have been uploaded to the gallery. Happy reading!
– Scans: Marie Claire (US) – February 2008
I came across some previously unseen Rendition production stills. I am glad that they’re releasing pictures to promote the DVD release: we only had seven of Reese before! Just a friendly reminder that the DVD will be out in a few weeks time – February 19, to be exact.
– Rendition: Production Stills