July 21, 2018 • Category: Films & Projects, News & Gossip •
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Sweet Home Alabama Sequel with Reese Witherspoon? Josh Lucas Says He’d ‘Do It in a Second’
Josh Lucas is ready for a Sweet Home Alabama sequel!
More than 15 years after the romantic comedy was released in 2002, Lucas, who starred opposite Reese Witherspoon (fashion designer Melanie Smooter), is ready to revisit his character, Jake Perry, again.
“I would do it in a second,” Lucas, 47, said about a sequel on Tuesday’s The Talk.
“I think it would be so fascinating and obviously I don’t know where it would go, but I think it would be so fascinating to see where these two characters and the children and where everyone ended up. Are they still together? Are they divorced? Do they want to be back together? I mean, there’s so many different ideas that I think, you know, we all know life is long and complex and they had an interesting relationship to begin with, the two characters,” he explained.
Said Lucas: “I mean, the fact that they were together from when they were children, I would love to see what’s going on 20 years later.”
As Sweet Home Alabama fans remember, the film ends with Witherspoon’s Melanie ditching her fiancé, Andrew (Patrick Dempsey), at the altar after her lawyer informs her — at the last minute — that her divorce wasn’t finalized and she’s still married to her high school sweetheart, Jake.
Nearly two years ago, Witherspoon said in a Facebook Live Q&A session that she’d be happy to revisit her character, Melanie.
“We are not making a sequel that I know of, but if Disney wants to make a sequel they can just call me,” she said. “I would happily make Sweet Home Alabama 2.”
Apple’s Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon Series Adds Director Mimi Leder
Mimi Leder has signed on to direct and executive produce Apple’s untitled drama series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon through studio Media Res. Leder joins executive producer and showrunner Kerry Ehrin. The series provides an inside look at the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced by the women and men who carry out this daily televised ritual.
Aniston also serves as exec producer through her Echo Films banner with Reese Witherspoon and Lauren Levy Neustadter through Hello Sunshine; and Michael Ellenberg through Media Res. CNN anchor Brian Stelter consults on the project, with his book “Top of the Morning” providing additional background material.
A television veteran whose credits include “The Leftovers,” “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Shameless,” “L.A. Law,” and “China Beach,” Leder is currently in post-production on the theatrical features “On the Basis of Sex,” which will be released in December from Participant Media and Focus Features. Her other film credits include “The Peacemaker,” and “Deep Impact.” Leder is represented by by CAA, Fourward, and attorney Barry Littman.
July 15, 2018 • Category: Draper James, News & Gossip •
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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James Inks New Eyewear License
Marchon Eyewear subsidiary Altair Eyewear Inc. is going into business with Hollywood.
The firm has signed a licensing agreement with Reese Witherspoon’s Southern charm lifestyle brand Draper James. The partnership will see Altair design, manufacture and distribute Draper James optical product. The line holds a sunwear license with B Robinson Optical Inc.
Eyewear will become available to the public beginning in March 2019, and will be on view to wholesale accounts at Vision Expo East. According to the company, the styles will “take cues from Draper James’ vibrant, upbeat ready-to-wear and accessories collections, celebrating femininity with a contemporary take on Southern charm.” The line will range in price from approximately $160 to $215.
Witherspoon, Draper James’ founder and creative director said of the endeavor: “I am thrilled that Draper James is partnering with Altair Eyewear Inc., a leading expert in optical eyewear, to create a new line of glasses. As a lifestyle brand, I feel it’s important to continue to add new categories that meet the everyday needs of our customers both in style and function.”
Marchon’s president and chief executive officer Nicola Zotta added of the partnership: “We are excited to embark on this venture with Draper James, a unique brand with a fresh point of view. We look forward to partnering with Draper James and Reese Witherspoon on expressive optical eyewear collections that complement the brand’s lifestyle and extend the current assortment into an exciting new category and market.”
Nicole Kidman’s Sweet Birthday Gift from Reese Witherspoon
Kidman also celebrated her birthday with her “Big Little Lies” co-stars as they shoot the highly anticipated second season. She revealed, “Reese got me a big ice cream truck, so the crew and all the cast got to have ice cream.”
She added, “I was working, but they say it’s good luck to work on your birthday.”
Nicole and her castmates are working on the new season with another highly acclaimed actress… Meryl Streep! Kidman gushed, “She’s fantastic… She’s passionate, she’s so bright, she just comes in and delivers time and time again far beyond what you expect.”
The cast is hanging out off-set, even going bowling. Nicole admitted, “I am the worst bowler… oh, I’m, like, I need bumpers… but they won’t let me have them because I’m not 4.”
On Tuesday Hello Sunshine announced the launch of their channel on DIRECTV and DIRECTV NOW, including Reese’s first unscripted show:
AT&T and Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Announce Launch of VOD Channel Spotlighting Female Creators and Their Stories
AT&T* and Hello Sunshine is debuting 2 new female-driven series on DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and U-Verse with the launch of the Hello Sunshine Video On Demand (VOD) channel. Hello Sunshine produces engaging and distinctive new narratives with women at the center.
The VOD channel will premiere 2 female-driven original series:
– Witherspoon’s first unscripted series, “Shine On with Reese,” premiering July 17.
– The Home Edit’s “Master the Mess,” premiering Sept. 4.
Viewers can also watch curated original content including short-form and library film titles. Go to att.com/hellosunshine for a sneak peek at what’s to come.
Hello Sunshine was launched in November 2016 by Reese Witherspoon in partnership with The Chernin Group and AT&T’s Otter Media portfolio.
“AT&T was one of our first partners in the quest to bring female-centric storytelling to the forefront and we are especially proud of how these original series push that mission ahead,” said Sarah Harden, CEO, Hello Sunshine. “We’re looking forward to working with AT&T to develop more opportunities for women to see themselves and their stories reflected in entertainment.”
July 3, 2018 • Category: Hello Sunshine, News & Gossip •
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Kristen Wiig Exits Reese Witherspoon-Produced Apple TV Comedy Series
Kristen Wiig is stepping down as star of the half-hour comedy series being developed for Apple by Reese Witherspoon, due to scheduling conflicts with the production of the “Wonder Woman” sequel, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap. The show is now on hold as Apple and the show’s producers consider their options, including finding a new lead actress.
Inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld’s upcoming short story collection “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” the project from Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine received a 10-episode order, and was set to become Apple’s first half-hour scripted comedy. Wiig signed onto the series when it was ordered in January, and was set to executive produce as well as star.
However, Wiig joined “Wonder Woman 1984” just two months later. That film is currently in production, with Wiig playing classic DC comics villain Cheetah. The superhero sequel’s shooting schedule, as well as other obligations, overlapped with the plan for the Apple series, leading to Wiig’s exit.
Apple is still interested in the show, which Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter will executive produce for Hello Sunshine, alongside Colleen McGuinness, who created it and will serve as showrunner. Sittenfeld will act as consulting producer.
This marks the third project Apple has ordered from Hello Sunshine, including Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston’s morning show drama and Octavia Spencer’s “Are You Sleeping,” which is co-produced by Chernin Entertainment.
Those series join the tech company’s lineup of originals, including Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” Ron Moore’s space drama, the drama “See” from Steven Knight and Francis Lawrence, and the docuseries “Home” from Matt Tyrnauer and Matthew Weaver.
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