Variety sat down with star Kathryn Hahn, Producers Reese Witherspoon & Laura Dern, Showrunner Liz Tigelaar and writer Cheryl Stayed to talk Hulu’s recent adaptation of Stayed’s ‘Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar’ and the importance of creating a “messy heroine”
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Expands Into Music, Hires Alex Flores to Build New Division
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine is launching a bright new division: music.
The media company behind Amazon’s Prime Video musical drama Daisy Jones & the Six and the Apple TV+ music competition series My Kind of Country has named Alex Flores as executive vice president, music.
Flores, who held senior roles at Broadcast Music, Inc. and BMG, will build and oversee Hello Sunshine’s expansion into music and spearhead strategic initiatives in the music space. She will report to Hello Sunshine COO Liz Jenkins.
“Alex is an absolute force in the music industry and we are so excited to have her lead Hello Sunshine’s efforts in the space,” Jenkins said in a statement. “The depth and breadth of her experience make her uniquely suited to build the business alongside our Content and Direct-to-Consumer teams.”
Hello Sunshine, a part of Candle Media, has been behind a number of hit movies and TV series, including The Morning Show, Your Place or Mine, From Scratch, Something from Tiffany’s, Little Fires Everywhere, Where the Crawdads Sing, Truth Be Told and more.
Back in October, Reese attended a special screening for From Scratch, a new Netflix series she has produced. Reese posed on the red carpet with the series’ star Zoe Saldana, the creators Tembi and Attica Locke (the series is an adaptation of Tembi’s book), her producing partner Lauren Neustadter, Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos, and other cast and crew from the series. Reese wore a fitted brown Roland Mouret dress with Louboutin heels.
Find a few high quality photos in our Gallery, read an interview from the red carpet below, and watch ET’s red carpet interview with Reese here.
Why Reese Witherspoon Thinks the Time Is Right for Netflix’s New Romance Limited Series ‘From Scratch’
When executive producer and Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was tasked with casting a performer to play Amy Wheeler in “From Scratch,” Netflix’s limited series adaptation of Tembi Locke’s memoir, she looked no further than her dinner table.
Witherspoon was dining across from Zoe Saldaña, who was accompanied by her Italian husband and exchanging bits of dialogue in his native tongue, when she realized the “Avatar” star would be the perfect actor to play Amy.
Reese appeared The Bobby Bones Show radio show on November 23rd, to promote Busy Betty. She also chatted about her childhood, her kids, Where The Crawdads Sing and Taylor Swift’s song for the film, what she’s watching on TV (The Crown and White Lotus), what her focus for her company next year is (comedy!), and what quote from her films people say back to her most often. She also said that she got to keep the wedding dress from Sweet Home Alabama! Listen to the interview below:
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When Reese Witherspoon was in rehearsals for her lead role in the 2005 film Walk the Line, she wanted to quit–every day. But she went on to win the Oscar for her performance as June Carter Cash. Since then, she’s gone from playing iconic roles in films (Legally Blonde, Election, Water for Elephants) to also producing and starring in her own TV shows and movies (Little Fires Everywhere, Big Little Lies, Wild). Reese talks to Adam about how she’s built confidence by facing her doubts head on, and shares why acknowledging what she doesn’t know has helped her found a company–which was recently acquired for $900 million–that finally puts women at the center of their stories. For the full text transcript, visit go.ted.com/RWAG7
Reese Witherspoon Reflects on ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ and How She’s Spending the Holidays
Nothing but sweet memories for Reese Witherspoon!
ET’s Cassie DiLaura spoke to the actress at the Something From Tiffany’s premiere, where she discussed the parallels between her new rom-com and her iconic Tiffany’s moment in 2002’s Sweet Home Alabama.
“I think there is something so magical about that Tiffany’s moment,” Witherspoon gushed. “I hear about it all the time, people say, that moment from Sweet Home Alabama, just really stays with people. I always love collaborating with the brand, ’cause it’s just this timeless, classic, beautiful brand and doesn’t everybody love something in a little blue box?”
As for what she loved most about shooting that “magical” scene at the beloved jewelry store — a scene she recreated back in 2015 — Witherspoon told ET it had to be having Tiffany’s all to herself.
“I think I was like, 24 years old, and it was a night shoot, so we were up all night, and they had closed down the whole store, so we were allowed to walk around and look at all the jewelry, everything,” The Morning Show star recounted. “And it was just magical. It was very magical.”
Witherspoon’s latest turn behind the camera brings that same sparkle, with Something From Tiffany’s bringing that rom-com magic to a new Christmas-time film. In the movie, out Dec. 9, Zoey Deutch plays a woman whose life gets upended when an engagement ring that was for someone else leads her to the person she’s meant to be with.
“It’s just a classic, kind of, misunderstanding movie, with it being Christmas, you got New York at Christmas time,” Witherspoon, who serves as an executive producer on the project, said. “It’s just one of those movies you want to sit and watch over and over again.”
With the holiday season around the corner, Witherspoon said she’ll be doing just that, as she and her family get cozy by the fire.
“Oh, so much fun,” she said of how the holidays will look like at her home. “We just do lots of baking and sitting cozy by the fire, I watched the Lindsay Lohan movie — loved it. Loved. Stuff like that. Things that are like, cozy and Christmas-y and holiday.”
Something From Tiffany’s premieres Dec. 9 on Prime Video.
Reese Witherspoon to Star in ‘Election’ Sequel ‘Tracy Flick Can’t Win’ at Paramount+
Reese Witherspoon is reprising her role as go-getter Tracy Flick in “Tracy Flick Can’t Win,” a sequel to the 1999 political comedy “Election.”
Alexander Payne, who co-wrote and directed the original film, is returning for the follow-up, which is set to debut on Paramount’s streaming service, Paramount+. In addition to directing, Payne will write the movie adaptation with Jim Taylor.
In “Election,” based on the 1998 novel by Tom Perrotta, Witherspoon portrayed an ambitious, Type-A student whose social studies teacher (played by Matthew Broderick) attempts to sabotage her campaign to become school president. Although it wasn’t a box office draw, the movie was nominated at the Oscars for best adapted screenplay, while Witherspoon landed attention at the Golden Globes in the best actress race.
The sequel, based on Perrotta’s follow-up novel that published earlier this year, picks up with Tracy in adulthood as she continues to struggle to fight her way to the top at work. She’s the assistant principal at a public high school in suburban New Jersey, but she sets her sights on the top job as her boss announces plans to retire.
In the New York Times’ review, critic Molly Young described the follow-up story as “even more piercing than its predecessor” and praised Perrotta’s characters as “exquisitely drawn.” Meanwhile, Vox’s Constance Grady calls Tracy Flick “a Rorschach test for how we think about women, ambition, and the power dynamics of sex. “
Witherspoon will produce the film with Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, a Candle Media company. Additional producers include Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions. Perrotta is executive producing.
Witherspoon is filming the next season of “The Morning Show” for Apple TV+ and will appear next in Netflix’s romantic comedy “Your Place or Mine.”
Payne, best known for “Citizen Ruth,” “The Descendants” and “Nebraska,” is currently working on “The Holdovers” with his “Sideways” star Paul Giamatti.
Perrotta’s prior novels “Election” Little Children” were adapted into Oscar-nominated films, while “The Leftovers” and “Mrs. Fletcher” were turned into acclaimed HBO shows.
Reese’s final promotional appearance this week was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday evening. They played a fun game of ‘What’s Behind Me’, and Reese chatted about Busy Betty, The Morning Show season 3, Dolly Parton, and Hello Sunshine. Reese again opted for Alexander McQueen for this appearance, wearing an off-the-shoulder black dress and belt from the designer, with shoes by Christian Louboutin. Watch the interview below, and find HD screencaptures and stills in our Gallery:
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