Reese Witherspoon to Present ‘Fierce Queens’ Wildlife Docuseries at Quibi
Reese Witherspoon is taking a walk on the wild side.
The “Morning Show” star has been announced as the host and narrator of a new wildlife docuseries titled “Fierce Queens” which is coming to Quibi.
“Fierce Queens” takes an in depth look at female animals: the rebel matriarchs, powerful leaders and dangerous lovers of the natural world. From hyenas to fireflies, meerkats to humpback whales, the documentary series aims to depict the most dramatic natural history stories from a fresh female perspective.
The series hails from the award-winning BBC Studios Natural History Unit. Jo Shinner, who has plenty of experience in the wildlife documentary department, is executive producing the series.
Witherspoon, who was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for playing feisty journalist Bradley Jackson in Apple’s “Morning Show,” is represented by CAA and LBI Entertainment.
She is one of dozens of big players who are working with Quibi, which is slated to launch on April 6, 2020.
Led by former DreamWorks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg and CEO Meg Whitman, the short form platform is attracting A-list talent across the board, and has announced a slew of projects including just yesterday an adventure series with Zac Efron.
Other Quibi partners include Guillermo del Toro, Antoine Fuqua, Sam Raimi, Jason Blum, Steven Soderbergh, Catherine Hardwick, Anna Kendrick, Doug Liman, Laurence Fishburne and Stephen Curry’s Unanimous Media. The short form content platform has also ordered shows featuring Tyra Banks, Chrissy Teigen, Don Cheadle and Idris Elba, as well as a remake of MTV’s “Punk’d.”
How Reese Witherspoon booked her first movie role
How do actors start their careers? Listen in as Reese Witherspoon tells the story of how she booked her first movie role: Dani Trant in ‘The Man in the Moon.’ She discusses her audition process, the tips she received from the film’s director, and her first onscreen kiss!
Here’s the first official teaser trailer for Little Fires Everywhere. The drama series will premiere on Hulu on March 18th.
Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster.
Jennifer Aniston & Reese Witherspoon On Battling Ageism, ‘The Morning Show’, & Dealing With Sexual Harassment In Hollywood
Among the many highlights of Apple TV+’s addictive The Morning Show are the quick-witted (and emotionally fraught) verbal sparring matches between America’s sweethearts Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. On a recent afternoon in a suite at Claridge’s, however, the glossy, impeccably well-groomed pair are virtually cheerleading for each other in between feminist rants. “The most ageist stuff I ever heard was from financial advisors who said to me, ‘Start saving money now because at 40 you’re not going to be making anymore money,” says Witherspoon, leaning in towards me conspiratorially. “I make more money now in my 40s than I’ve made in my entire career… I remember a [specific] guy telling me that, and guess what? I fired him!” She pulls away and laughs. “That’s not a joke,” chimes in Aniston, grinning. “You tell them, sister!” rejoins Witherspoon.
You get the sense that Aniston and Witherspoon have been waiting their entire lives for a project like Apple TV+’s landmark series – for which both actresses are nominated for Best Actress in a TV Series: Drama at the Golden Globes tonight. Set over 24 days, the catalyst for the plot is a decidedly Today-esque scandal: Mitch (Steve Carrell), the long-term host of a morning news programme in Manhattan, is accused of sexually harassing coworkers and abruptly fired – much to the horror of Alex (Aniston), his co-host for the last 15 years. Brought in as his replacement on the whim of the ambitious head of the news division, Cory (Billy Crudup), is the fiery, inexperienced reporter Bradley (Witherspoon), who has a habit of going rogue on live television, pushing Alex even closer to the edge.
Critics may have been divided over the first episodes of the series – but, taken as a whole, its 10 hour-long instalments represent a more nuanced depiction of the fallout from #MeToo than any other series since the Weinstein allegations cracked the foundations of Hollywood. Through subplots that involve a host of what first appear to be minor characters – including junior network staffers played brilliantly by Bel Powley and Gugu Mbatha-Raw – The Morning Show broaches numerous thorny issues, from the nuances of sexual coercion (notably, Powley’s Claire has a consensual relationship with a much older senior weatherman) to the potentially exclusionary nature of mainstream feminism (“’Cause America loves a good Cinderella story as long as she’s a white girl,” says one of the few TV hosts of colour after she’s passed over for the job in favour of Bradley).Continue reading this entry »
Reese attended the New York Film Critics Circle Awards on Tuesday night, in New York City. She was on hand to present her friend and co-star Laura Dern with the award for Best Supporting Actress (for both Little Women and Marriage Story), and posed on the red carpet with Laura too. Reese wore a black and white floral dress by Andrew Gn, with jewellery by Chopard and YSL heels. We have the first photos in our Gallery for you:
Reese attended the Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills last night! Reese was nominated as a producer for Best Television Series – Drama for both Big Little Lies and The Morning Show – unfortunately she went home empty-handed (neither show won any awards), but this seems insignificant given the incredible year she’s had! Her power as a producer was highlighted by entertainment interviewers on the red carpet, and it was just fantastic to see this, and to hear Reese talking so proudly about her work. Be sure to watch the red carpet video interviews further down this post. On the red carpet, Reese re-united with her Big Little Lies co-stars Nicole Kidman and Shailene Woodley, her Walk The Line/Inherent Vice co-star Joaquin Phoenix (), and her friend and hopeful future co-star Charlize Theron. Reese and her The Morning Show co-star Jennifer Aniston presented the first two awards of the night for TV Comedy Actor and TV Movie/Limited Series Actor. Reese looked gorgeous in a white custom Roland Mouret gown, with Tiffany & Co. jewellery, Louboutin heels and a Jimmy Choo purse.
Find the first photos in our Gallery, plus screencaptures from the red carpet interviews:
Watch 3 featurettes on the main characters and making of The Morning Show:
Meet Bradley and listen to Reese Witherspoon break down her Golden Globe® nominated performance. pic.twitter.com/m7HJ8gAUQS
— The Morning Show (@TheMorningShow) January 2, 2020
Golden Globes: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon Set to Present
Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Will Ferrell and Tiffany Haddish are among the presenters set to take the stage for the 2020 Golden Globes on Sunday.
Additional presenters include Tim Allen, Christian Bale, Antonio Banderas, Jason Bateman, Cate Blanchett, Matt Bomer, Pierce Brosnan, Glenn Close, Daniel Craig, Ted Danson, Ana de Armas, Ansel Elgort, Chris Evans, Dakota Fanning, Lauren Graham, Kit Harington, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Elton John, Nick Jonas, Harvey Keitel, Zoe Kravitz, Jennifer Lopez, Rami Malek, Kate McKinnon, Jason Momoa, Helen Mirren, Gwyneth Paltrow, Amy Poehler, Da’Vine Joy Randolph, Margot Robbie, Paul Rudd, Wesley Snipes, Octavia Spencer, Bernie Taupin, Sofia Vergara, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts and Rachel Weisz.
Ricky Gervais is set to host the annual awards ceremony, with Tom Hanks receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award and Ellen DeGeneres getting the Carol Burnett Award.
Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story leads the film nominees with six nods, followed by Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, with five each.
On the TV side, Chernobyl, The Crown and Unbelievable lead with four nominations each. And the following programs each have three nominations: Barry, Big Little Lies, Fleabag, Fosse/Verdon, The Kominsky Method, The Morning Show and Succession.
The 77th annual Golden Globes will air Sunday at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC live from the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles. A two-hour, official red carpet preshow will stream live exclusively on Facebook Watch, hosted by Sofia Carson, A.J. Gibson, Jeannie Mai and Scott Mantz, starting at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.
Dick Clark Productions, which produces the Golden Globes, shares a parent company with The Hollywood Reporter.