Blackstone’s Annual Holiday Video Is Out And Reese Witherspoon Is in It
Since the first Monday of lockdown in New York, a weekly company-wide Zoom has marked business milestones and built personal ties at Blackstone: President Jon Gray has talked about his Covid puppy Luna. Chief Executive Officer Steve Schwarzman recently told of outdoor adventures with his grandkids, all while wearing a blue Santa hat.
Dubbed Blackstone Television, the meeting has grown into its name. Gray and Chief Administrative Officer Vik Sawhney read their pun-filled scripts from a teleprompter. Sawhney makes good use of a sound-effects gizmo.
“What started as a crisis project has been woven into the fabric of the firm,” Gray said Monday, after the last meeting of the year, titled “Season 2, Episode 40.”
Perhaps the biggest sign of the show’s success is that it’s the subject of Blackstone’s fourth annual holiday video, which as the alternative-asset manager looks to expand its holdings in media, could well be dubbed Blackstone’s original streaming hit.
In real life, Blackstone Television presents a lot of straight information with some fun peppered in. The version in the holiday video bends and twists reality, to provide laughs to employees and the firm’s investors.
Like the past three versions, this year’s video opens with the theme song for “The Office” as a camera pans across Blackstone’s Manhattan headquarters. Gray is the star again, playing a manic version of himself, this time obsessed with making Blackstone Television just like a real TV show.
Reese attended the Sing 2 premiere in Los Angeles last night! She joined her co-stars Matthew McConaughey, Scarlett Johannson, and Nick Kroll on the red carpet for the night, and chatted to the press about the director and music producer, the importance of a fun movie given difficult times, singing Ariana Grande in the movie, her festive plans, and The Morning Show season 3. Reese bought her family to the event and posed with them on the red carpet too. She looked pretty in pink in a Carolina Herrera dress with red Christian Louboutin heels – we love this look! Find over 80 high quality photos in our Gallery, and video interviews from the red carpet further down this post:
The cast of The Morning Show spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the recent season 2 finale, and their hopes for a season 3 (it hasn’t officially been renewed yet). The article contains lots of spoilers, so be warned if you haven’t watched yet!
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and ‘Morning Show’ Cast Unpack Season 2 Finale For the second season in a row, the Apple TV+ drama ends with a broadcast where “there’s no filter and there’s just the truth,” Aniston tells The Hollywood Reporter.
Jennifer Aniston has been put through the wringer playing Alex Levy on The Morning Show.
MGM President Pamela Abdy shared some brief new details on Legally Blonde 3 in a recent interview:
What can you tell me about Legally Blonde 3?
It’s really happening. Mindy Kaling and Dan [Goor] are writing it now for Reese [Witherspoon] to star. Reese and Lauren Neustadter are producing with Marc Platt. We’re all developing it together. What does Elle Woods look like at 40? Elle is a mom with a thriving career. We’re looking forward to seeing the script come in sometime in the first quarter.
Is Luke Wilson returning?
It’s definitely our hope that he will return when we are ready to make it.
my incredible friend (and sister in another life) Reese Witherspoon came over to talk all things Feel Your Way Through. we cover body image, female support systems, and getting to know ourselves as we grow up. i loveeee this woman and am so thankful for her wisdom and willingness to share a little glimpse into our heart to heart girl talk.
Reese attended the InStyle Awards in LA yesterday evening, where she presented the Hair Stylist Award to her hairstylist Lona Vigi. Reese talked about her love for Lona’s energy, joy and professionalism, and the first movie they worked on together 12 years ago – you can watch Reese’s speech below. Reese wore a blue sequin dress by Michael Kors, with Jimmy Choo heels. We’ve added the first high quality photos to our Gallery, and look out for more later this week…
Reese is on the cover of the new December/January issue of In Style US! She is interviewed by US broadcaster Gayle King, and they talk about Reese’s work as a producer, humility and ambition, her daughter and family, Legally Blonde and The Morning Show. It’s accompanied by a beautiful (but slightly photoshopped) new photoshoot. The behind the scenes video of the photoshoot interview is really good too – Reese talks about some of her past characters, what she thinks about some of her past red carpet outfits, the difference between acting and producing, the badass women that inspire her, the movie that made her want to be an actress (Broadcast News & Overboard), and what she thought when walking up to receive her Oscar. Read the interview and watch the behind the scenes video below, and find high quality photos in our Gallery. The magazine hits news-stands on Friday so be sure to pick up a copy!
Reese Witherspoon Isn’t Afraid to Say She’s the Best
With her recent nine-figure money moves and a full slate of upcoming projects, the Morning Show star is like the Lebron James of Hollywood — and she’ll be the first to tell you.
They share a mutual pal in Oprah Winfrey, but “we don’t have a great meet-cute story,” jokes Gayle King about her initial introduction to Reese Witherspoon. Over the years, they have gotten to know each other through corporate gatherings, private dinners, and, of course, regular interviews. (In 2019, King was even the subject as Witherspoon and her Morning Show co-star Jennifer Aniston were the ones asking the questions for a CBS Mornings segment.) When it was revealed this past summer that Witherspoon had sold her female-focused production company, Hello Sunshine, for around $900 million, King was among the first to salute her. “That was a big friggin’ deal,” said King during this talk for InStyle. “When I read it in the paper, I stood up and gave you a round of applause.”
Gayle King: What’s it like to be a badass? Own it, Reese!
Reese appeared on The View on September 15th whilst promoting The Morning Show. Reese looked smart in a purple dress by Gabriela Hearst with jewellery from Raven Fine Jewelers. It was another good interview – she chatted about the sale of Hello Sunshine and her mission to “re-center the world around women’s stories”, the infamous script she read 10 years ago that inspired her to start her own production company, the new season of The Morning Show and how it incorporates the real-world and the “new normal” coming from the pandemic, what made morning shows a good topic for a drama series, why Legally Blonde resonates with so many people, the fun she and Mindy Kaling are having working on Legally Blonde 3, her first appearance on The View, and her advice to new mothers. The videos are below and screencaptures are in our Gallery.
That’s all the coverage from Reese’s talk show appearances, but don’t forget to check out the promotional video interviews here for more interviews, and we’ll have screencaptures from these in our Gallery in time.
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