November 18, 2012 • Category: Career, News & Gossip •
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Congratulations to Reese for scoring a nomination for Favourite Comedic Movie Actress at the People’s Choice Awards! Voting is now open – and you can vote as many times as you want – at peopleschoiceawards.com. Voting is closed on December 9th, and the ceremony takes place on January 13th.
Below is some information on the different ways you can vote. Once you’ve decided how to do it then go vote for Miss Reese!
You voted for categories in September. You voted for nominees in October. Now, starting today on November 15, you are officially invited to vote for the winners!
Our 2013 nominees were announced this morning at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, and what an awesome collection of nominees they are. As you know, at the People’s Choice Awards, we are all about the people. To make sure that your voice is heard as loud and as clear as possible, we’ve created several different platforms from which you can cast your votes. Check them out below:
PeoplesChoice.com – The main voting hub is sitting pretty right on this very website! Click around to all of the different categories and make sure you vote, vote, vote!
Facebook – If you’re anything like us at the PCA HQ, you’re on Facebook 24/7 anyway. So if you can’t make it all the way over to PeoplesChoice.com, head to our official Facebook page (Facebook.com/PeoplesChoice) and vote right there. You can personalize your page, share votes with your friends and even RSVP to the People’s Choice Awards on January 9!
Twitter – Talk about sharing your votes, how about TWEETING your votes! Like the last few years, we have once again enabled voting on Twitter. It’s super simple and a great way to show support for your favorites in movies, music and TV: After voting on the web or Facebook, you’ll be asked to “Tweet your vote.” Once you choose that option, you will automatically cast a second vote through your twitter account. Best of all, retweets count too!
Mobile Apps – Everyone please help me welcome our brand new iPhone and iPad voting apps! In addition to the Android app that was introduced two years ago, the iOS apps let you vote for the 2013 PCA winners, check out red carpet and backstage photos & videos and vote in our daily polls – all on your handheld! So if you find yourself out of the house and wanting to vote on the go, head to the App Store or Android Marketplace and download this FREE app now.
There you have it! You can vote as early and as often as you like until December 13. So what are you waiting for? Start voting NOW!
October 4, 2012 • Category: Career, Films & Projects •
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Fox Buys Jill Soloway/Reese Witherspoon Working Mom Comedy
Reese Witherspoon is set to executive produce Wendy & Peter, a half-hour comedy written by Jill Soloway that has been sold to Fox. The project, from 20th Century Fox TV, centers on single working mom Wendy, who gets the hardest assignment of her life: as the right-hand woman and den mother to kid-genius tech billionaire Peter and the lost boys he calls family. United States Of Tara and Six Feet Under alumna Soloway executive produces with Pacific Standard’s Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea and Television 360′s Meghan Lyvers and Evelyn O’Neill.
Soloway, repped by UTA and Karl Austen, recently wrapped indie Afternoon Delight starring Kathryn Hahn, Josh Radnor, Michaela Watkins and Jane Lynch, which she wrote and helmed in her directorial debut. Soloway’s short film Una Hora Por Favor was featured at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Since its launch in March, Pacific Standard has acquired bestselling books Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and Wild by Cheryl Strayed and recently set up Mitch Larson’s fantasy book series Pennyroyal’s Princess Boot Camp at Summit/Lionsgate. Witherspoon is with CAA and Management 360. Television 360, the TV production arm of Management 360, is a producer on HBO’s Game Of Thrones and Bravo’s It’s A Brad, Brad World.
September 16, 2012 • Category: "Wild", Producing •
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Cheryl Strayed optioned the movie rights for her acclaimed memoir “Wild” to Reese Witherspoon’s production company and admits it will be strange to see her story as a film — with the Oscar winner portraying her on the big screen.
Strayed will serve as an associate producer and consultant on the film adaptation, which will be written and directed by Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”).
The moving memoir documents her gruelling, solo 1,770-kilometre hike of the Pacific Crest Trail from California to Oregon — with no previous experience as a long-distance hiker. Strayed makes the impulsive decision to embark on the journey following her mother’s death and the subsequent fracturing of her family and marriage — all part of a harrowing downward spiral.
“Inevitably, there are going to be scenes that are very close to the book … that they take almost exactly how it is in the book, and it’ll be very strange for me to see somebody who’s playing me. That’s the weird part,” Strayed said in an interview at Random House of Canada’s downtown offices during a promotional tour.
“I’m going to watch a famous actress playing a younger version of myself,” she added, laughing. “It’s just strange all around.”
Reese Witherspoon and Alexander Payne: A Starry, Starry Night in Chicago
It was certainly a starry night in Chicago on June 23 when three major cinematic forces came together for a brilliant evening of food and film. Nestled in the back of the Ritz Carlton, Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter Alexander Payne moderated an intimate post-dinner Q&A with Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon at the annual Gene Siskel Film Center benefit, which also honored Ms. Witherspoon with the Gene Siskel Film Center’s Renaissance Award.
While Witherspoon and Payne are clearly powerhouses of modern cinema, The Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute has been a guiding light of film programming for 40 years, “presenting independent and international cinema, film festivals, cutting edge programs, premieres, retrospectives and classic films. Recognized internationally for its original film programming, the Film Center annually presents approximately 1,500 screenings and 100 guest artist appearances to more than 80,000 film enthusiasts.” Proceeds from the benefit will support the Gene Siskel Film Center’s programs, including lecture series and discussions with visiting scholars and filmmakers.
Early in the evening, current programming director of the Gene Siskel Film Center, Barbara Scharres, was highlighted for her tremendous accomplishments in eclectic, meaningful and visionary programming. Later, Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow congratulated Reese in a playful video that played before a packed room of Gene Siskel Film Center supporters. The evening concluded with the president of the School of the Art Institute, Walter Massey, and Chairman of the GSFC Advisory Board, Ellen Sandor, presenting Ms. Witherspoon with the Renaissance Award.
July 14, 2012 • Category: Career, Pacific Standard •
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In a whopping summer auction that reached seven figures, 20th Century Fox acquired Gone Girl, the Gillian Flynn novel that was just published by Crown and is atop The New York Times Bestseller List for the second week in a row. The book will be produced by Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, along with Leslie Dixon. Flynn will write the screenplay. Other studios including Universal were in on the action and I think the Fifty Shades Of Grey action has elevated interest in bestsellers geared to female readers.
A woman disappears on the day of her fifth anniversary and all roads point to her husband as the killer. Flynn, who has three novels on the bestseller lists all at once, has two other movie projects in the works. Dark Places has Amy Adams attached to star, with Gilled Paquet-Brenner directing and her first novel, Sharp Objects, was optioned by Alliance with Blumhouse’s Jason Blum producing. Fox’s New York office, headed by Drew Reed, was all over this book. Reed and Chris Goldberg teamed with Peter Kang to bring it in. It was sold by Smiley Group’s Shari Smiley, the former longtime CAA agent who teamed with Stephanie Rostan of Levine/Greenberg Literary Agency. Smiley also sold the screen rights to the Cheryl Strayed book Wild, which currently sits atop the Non Fiction bestseller list. Pacific Standard bought it, with The Kids Are All Right’s Lisa Cholodenko adapting to direct.
July 4, 2012 • Category: Career, Public Appearances •
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“Being pregnant, I hope I don’t get too emotional taking a walk down memory lane,” said Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon before her Q-and-A and film retrospective June 23 at the Ritz-Carlton Chicago for an event benefiting the Gene Siskel Film Center. Witherspoon was in town to receive the Renaissance Award, following in the footsteps of honorees who include George Lucas, Jamie Foxx,Robert Downey Jr. and Nicole Kidman.
Jean de St. Aubin, executive director of the film center, introduced two-time Oscar-winning director Alexander Payne, who directed Witherspoon in “Election.” He interviewed her in a lively segment that also showed film clips from her career, including “Walk the Line,” the film for which she won a best actress Oscar.
“It’s difficult for a woman to be able to do both comedy and drama. It’s a privilege to be able to do both,” Witherspoon said. The actress is currently filming “Devil’s Knot” with Colin Firth in Atlanta. After filming is concluded, she plans on taking time off to have her baby.
Marlene Iglitzen, Gene Siskel’s widow, attended the fundraiser with her three children, Kate, Callie and Will. “Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him. He would be so proud to see all of these people here tonight.” Other attendees included Marc Klutznick (co-chair), Anita Liskey (co-chair), Camille Cook (film center founder), Shirley and Dr. Walter Massey (president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Dusty and Alex Stemer, and Diana Palomar.
The more than $340,000 raised will support programming at the film center.
The previously announced ‘An Evening With Reese Witherspoon Hosted By The Gene Siskel Film Center’ took place in Chicago last night, and Reese accepted her award looking chic in a little navy blue dress. Election director Alexander Payne presented the award to her, and Reese told reporters before that he “was a big champion for me early on, and said, ‘That’s the girl I want in my movie,’ so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for him. And we’ve subsequently become very close friends.”
Reese gave an interview to the Chicago Sun Times for the event, and you can read that below. Over 50 photos from this event – most of which are HQ – have been added to our Gallery for you!
Congratulations to Reese on this wonderful honour!
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