In the new issue of Seventeen magazine, Reese interviews her young A Wrinkle In Time co-stars Storm Reid and Rowan Blanchard. Below is the cover, and you can find scans in the Gallery. There’s also a video with parts of the interview, which you can watch further down this post.
Reese Witherspoon joins Amal Clooney as speaker at women’s conference in San Jose
Reese Witherspoon, a leading Time’s Up proponent who has remade her Academy Award-winning career as an actress into the powerhouse producer of “Big Little Lies” and other series, will join Amal Clooney as part of a formidable lineup of keynote speakers at the Watermark Conference for Women Silicon Valley on Feb. 23.
Alas, the conference to be held at the San Jose Convention Center is sold out. It is expected to draw more than 6,500 attendees, making it the largest of its kind on the West Coast.
Witherspoon will be part of the lineup of speakers whom the conference calls “influential champions of women” offering up inspirational messages.
The other speakers include international human rights attorney Clooney and Jodi Kantor, the New York Times reporter who co-authored the first report on sexual misconduct allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Kantor’s reporting helped spark the #TimesUp social media phenomenon and launch the Time’s Up anti-sexual harassment initiative, led by Witherspoon and other prominent women in the entertainment industry.
Meanwhile, last year’s Watermark speakers included Academy Award-winning actress Viola Davis, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former secretaries of state Condoleezza Rice and Madeleine Albright.
Ann Barlow, chair of Watermark and West Coast president of Peppercomm, said in a statement that the conference comes at a particularly crucial time as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements shine the national spotlight on gender equity and workplace culture.
“This is a critical time in our nation, with women at all levels standing up to be heard. We are proud to help elevate this national dialog,” Barlow said. “We hope that these outstanding speakers will inspire attendees to make their mark as leaders in their companies, careers and communities.”
Reese Witherspoon Says ‘Relatable’ Oprah Loves Margaritas and Having a ‘Good Time’
Oprah Winfrey is just like the rest of us, according to Reese Witherspoon.
The actress and media mogul is featured on the cover of the latest issue of the WSJ. Magazine, and Witherspoon, her costar in A Wrinkle in Time, gushed to the outlet about how exciting it was to work together.
Despite Winfrey’s larger than life persona, Witherspoon said the former TV host was refreshingly down to earth. “We had at least four hours doing hair and makeup every day, and Oprah could have had her own trailer,” the actress said.
“But she decided she wanted to do it with Mindy [Kaling] and myself,” she explained.
Winfrey also said she had a blast working with her two famous costars. “I can’t remember the last time I had that much fun,” she told the magazine. “We were fired up. We were alive in that trailer every morning. Reese was the DJ, playing all this old Southern blues music. We listened to more Sam Cooke than I’ve heard since I was a kid.”
Witherspoon and Winfrey share country roots, with the former talk show host moving to the actress’ native Nashville as a teenager. “I think Southern girls have a thing,” Winfrey said.
The duo first met on The Oprah Winfrey Show back when Witherspoon was promoting her film Walk the Line. The actress told the magazine she was not immune to Winfrey’s famous ability to get emotional reactions out of her guests.
“She completely Oprah-Showed me!” Witherspoon admitted. “I burst into tears talking about my high school English teacher.”
WSJ. Magazine’s March Women’s Style issue is on newsstands Feb. 17. It marks Editor-In-Chief Kristina O’Neill’s fifth anniversary issue.
Congratulations to Jean-Marc Vallee for winning the Directors Guild Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Mini-Series for Big Little Lies!
Miniseries or TV Movie
Scott Frank, “Godless”
Barry Levinson, “The Wizard of Lies”
Kyra Sedgwick, “Story of a Girl” Jean-Marc Vallee, “Big Little Lies”
George C. Wolfe, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
Mr. Vallée’s Directorial Team:
Unit Production Managers: Barbara A. Hall, G.D. Fienberg
First Assistant Director: David Ticotin
Second Assistant Director: Christine Danahy
Second Second Assistant Director: Bob Riley
Additional Second Assistant Directors: Bryan Landrine, Rob Burgess, Allison Rushton, Mallory Squeo
The Draper James Spring 2018 collection has recently been released, and Reese and daughter Ava have been photographed together to promote the collection! You can see the photos and read their interview together at DraperJames.com – what a treat!! It’s a very pretty photoshoot. Here’s the behind the scenes video:
Reese Witherspoon’s Second Act: Big-Time Producer From Oscar-winning actress to Emmy-winning producer: After taking charge of her career, she makes deals with HBO and Apple.
A few months ago, Reese Witherspoon realized everything had changed.
HBO’s glossy, seven-episode drama, “Big Little Lies” — which Ms. Witherspoon starred in and helped produce — won eight Emmy Awards, including the one for best limited series. From the Microsoft Theater stage in Los Angeles on Sept. 17, to swelling applause, Ms. Witherspoon spoke of how important it was to bring “women to the front of their own stories and make them the heroes of their own stories.”
Not long after that night, she found herself in demand.
“It opened a lot of doors for me,” Ms. Witherspoon said in an interview this past week. “People wanted to be in business with me as a producer in the TV space. My mission was to create television for other women, for other female storytellers that are actresses, other directors and other writers. I think it just clicked in people’s minds.”
Since then, Ms. Witherspoon has transformed herself from an actress increasingly frustrated with the roles she was being offered into a producer with a slate of projects that puts her in the company of series creators like Dick Wolf, Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy.
Last month, HBO ordered a second season of “Big Little Lies,” with Ms. Witherspoon’s production company, Hello Sunshine, among the key companies behind the show. In addition, Apple has bought three Hello Sunshine projects as part of its push to compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in streaming. That amounts to a third of Apple’s TV purchases to date.
One of the series — which is set to star Ms. Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston as hosts of a fictional morning news show — marks one of the most expensive deals in TV history: With a 20-episode commitment, Apple has pledged roughly $240 million to make it, according to two people familiar with the series. Ms. Witherspoon’s other two Apple projects will star Octavia Spencer and Kristen Wiig.
Apple’s top TV executives, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht, said in a statement that Ms. Witherspoon had “an extraordinary knack for being a step ahead of the zeitgeist.”
The rise of Hello Sunshine — with projects centered on strong, complicated women — syncs up perfectly with the #timesup movement, which counts Ms. Witherspoon as a major player, and gives evidence that the risk-averse Hollywood establishment may have learned something from the blockbuster success of “Wonder Woman” last year.
“People are desperate for this kind of storytelling about the female heroes that have always been in the shadows and now are coming into the light,” Ms. Witherspoon said.
Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine Names Sarah Harden CEO
Former Otter Media president Sarah Harden, who had been serving as interim CEO of Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine banner since June, is joining the company full-time in the top position.
“From the moment I met Sarah Harden, I have been in awe of her vast understanding of business development and digital media brands around specific communities,” said Witherspoon. “Sarah is a force of nature. Not only does she believe that women should have every opportunity to succeed in media, she actually makes it happen. There have been so many ideas that I have wanted to execute over the past seven years. Sarah simply put her head down, did the work and made them happen. She leads with the motto ‘less talk, more progress.’ She elevates every idea, conversation and collaboration. I’m thrilled to have her lead this talented Hello Sunshine team.”
Witherspoon formed Hello Sunshine in 2016, in partnership with Otter Media, the joint venture formed between The Chernin Group and AT&T. The media company focuses on on telling female-driven stories across all platforms.
In her former role as President of Otter Media, Harden oversaw the growth of the digital media venture and its companies Fullscreen, Rooster Teeth, Crunchyroll, and Gunpowder & Sky and the formation of Otter’s initial partnership with Hello Sunshine. Before that, Harden served as EVP at the Chernin Group, where she focused on video-centered initiatives including the acquisitions of Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, McBeard and the formation of Otter Media.
“Having the opportunity to launch and build Hello Sunshine with Reese Witherspoon is a dream come true,” said Harden. “And to be able to do it at this particular time and with the backing of the same incredible partners in the Chernin Group and AT&T that I have had the privilege of representing in my role at Otter is about as good as it gets.”
Said Jesse Jacobs, President of the Chernin Group: “Sarah has been a force in optimizing Otter’s incredible growth since its inception, and we are thrilled that she is joining Hello Sunshine as CEO. Sarah has always been a champion for women, and her passion for building a modern, female-focused media company makes her the perfect executive for this role. “
In addition, Charlotte Koh has been named as Head of Digital Media & Programming for Hello Sunshine. She’ll be responsible for developing and producing unscripted, social and editorial content across the company’s digital distribution channels. Most recently, Koh was Head of Video at HuffPost and previously the first Head of Originals at Hulu. Prior to Hulu, Koh was SVP Business Development at Marvel Studios and Creative Executive at Fox Searchlight.
Koh joins the Hello Sunshine executive team which also includes Lauren Levy Neustadter, Head of Film and TV.
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