Alice (Reese Witherspoon) is a 40-year-old single mother of two young daughters living in Los Angeles, newly separated from her husband (Michael Sheen). She's going through a crisis in her life, and is trying to fill the emptiness in her life with booze and the company of three young male filmmakers (Nat Wolff, Pico Alexander and Jon Rudnitsky) whom she invites to move in with her on her birthday to help them get their careers on track. Of course, that only serves to make her life more complicated when she starts developing feelings for one of them, a bond is created between all four of them and her husband does his best to let her know his feelings on the whole situation. On the other hand, her mother tries to convince her that her questionable decisions may not be the worst she's ever made.
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The actress married the talent agent just three days after her birthday in 2011
Hollywood actress Reese Witherspoon has celebrated her sixth wedding anniversary with husband Jim Toth - just three days after her birthday. The Legally Blonde star marked the milestone just days after her 41st birthday with a sweet snap of her and her beau.
Reese Witherspoon celebrated six years married to her husband Jim Toth
The mum-of-three posted a picture of the pair looking out into the ocean, with Jim’s left arm over her shoulder.
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Apparently amazing actors don't necessarily make for a good show.
It's not everyday you see top Hollywood stars the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley and Nicole Kidman band together for a TV drama, but that's what made the prospect of HBO's 'Big Little Lies' all the more exciting. Unfortunately, the story itself has on the whole proved rather mediocre.
Reese Witherspoon stars in 'Big Little Lies'
Based on the 2014 best-selling Liane Moriarty novel of the same name, this 7-episode mini-series seems to be something of a disappointment to the general consensus of critics. It's about a trio of Californian housewives whose children all go to the same elementary school, with their personal lives intertwining and culminating in disaster.
Continue reading: 'Big Little Lies': The Critics Consensus Has Been Less Than Positive
The quality of the animation in this musical comedy may not be up to Pixar standards, but the story and characters are thoroughly endearing. And the music is fabulous. As it follows a group of likeable animals through a variety of plots and adventures, there's plenty for everyone in the audience to connect with. So even if the climactic action mayhem gets a bit ridiculous, the movie keeps us laughing. And it also makes us want to get up on that stage and belt out a few numbers.
It's set in a city populated by animals. Buster (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is a koala who has been obsessed with musical theatre since he saw the diva Nana (Jennifer Hudson then Jennifer Saunders) perform when he was a child. So he grew up and bought the theatre. Now with audiences waning, he stages a musical competition to save the theatre. In the auditions, he selects his finalists: anarchist porcupine Ash (Scarlett Johansson), jazzy mafioso mouse Mike (Seth MacFarlane) and silky voiced gorilla Johnny (Taron Egerton). He also teams up two pigs as a double-act: frazzled housewife Rosita (Reese Witherspoon) and German dancer Gunter (Nick Kroll). There's also golden-voiced elephant Meena (Tori Kelly), who's too shy to face the audience so takes a role backstage. Of course, nothing goes as planned.
The key conflict comes from Buster's frantic efforts to avoid bankruptcy, plus rather half-hearted action subplots involving a gang of bears and Johnny's criminally minded relatives. These generate quite a bit of tension that erupts into rather outrageously destructive slapstick along the way. More interesting are the personal journeys of the various contestants, especially as Ash, Meena and Johnny all discover their voices and Rosita finds inventive ways to balance her long-lost career with her role as a mother to 25 rambunctious piglets. Yes, the film is rather crowded with characters and storylines, and the animation looks plasticky, but everything comes together cleverly,
Continue reading: Sing Review
The actress says she's ready for round three.
Reese Witherspoon is apparently well up for a third 'Legally Blonde' movie, and fans are hoping that this time we'll see Elle Woods run for President. The actress had so much fun on the sets of both films that she thinks now is the perfect time for number three.
Reese Witherspoon wants to star in 'Legally Blonde 3'
The original Golden Globe nominated movie was released in 2001 with the sequel having followed in 2003. They followed a Harvard student turned lawyer whose work, despite her Californian image, impresses her peers so much that she ends 'Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde' with a number of job prospects. It also sees her set her sights on the White House.
Continue reading: Reese Witherspoon: 'Women Need 'Legally Blonde 3'
The actress says for too many years she’s been the only woman on set.
The female-driven drama is of particular importance to Reese, who’s fighting to address the gender imbalance in Hollywood and make sure more women’s voices are heard.
Reese Witherspoon has spoken out against Hollywood’s Smurfette Syndrome
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The eight instalment of the franchise shows no signs of slowing down
Disney sci-fi, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, continues to dominate the US Box Office with the franchise expected to deliver a third week at the top of the charts. Since premiering on December 16th, the eighth instalment in the Star Wars franchise has grossed $439 million in the US alone.
Diego Luna at the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Premiere
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Matthew McConaughey voiced his first ever animated characters this year.
In Kubo and the Two Strings Matthew Mcconaughey played the Beetle, and now he has the lead role as the koala Buster in the musical comedy Sing. And he discovered that he loves this kind of work.
"There's a real freedom to it that I look forward to taking back to my live-action acting," he says. "There's no self-consciousness whatsoever, because there's not a visual. You can wear shades and a hat and pyjamas if you want!"
Buster judging in Sing
Continue reading: Matthew McConaughey And Reese Witherspoon Love Working On Animations
Reese Witherspoon has landed a role in 'Home Again', although the role was rumoured to be given to 'Bridesmaids' star Rose Byrne.
Reese Witherspoon has landed a role in 'Home Again'.
The 40-year-old actress is set to star in the upcoming movie and has been cast as the separated mother-of-two in the production, which was initially set to be played by Rose Byrne, and is penned by Hallie Meyers-Shyer, who will also direct the project.
The forthcoming production will see Witherspoon relocate to Los Angeles, California, with her family in a bid to start afresh, although her life becomes more hectic when she befriends three young men.
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Reese Witherspoon turns in a career best performance in 'Wild'.
Wild, Jean-Marc Vallée's new movie about a young woman who hiked more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, will win Reese Witherspoon her latest Oscar nomination. The American actress plays Cheryl Strayed, who loses hope after the dissolution of her marriage and death of her mother.
Reese Witherspoon turns in a career best performance in Wild
Much like James Franco in 127 Hours, Witherspoon navigates the largely solo movie with aplomb and here, in Wild, she may well be the height of her powers.
Continue reading: 'Wild' Will Almost Certainly Win Reese Witherspoon Oscar Nomination
The 38-year-old actress claims she isn't as innocent as the public may think, and never "self-identified" with being America's Sweetheart.
Reese Witherspoon claims she isn't as sweet as you may think, and the 38-year-old actress definitely proved this with her most daring acting role to date in 'Wild,' a drama based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir 'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.'
Witherspoon claims she has never considered herself to be America's Sweetheart
Witherspoon, who is known for starring in rom-coms like 'Legally Blonde' and 'Sweet Home Alabama,' recently explained in the January issue of Glamour magazine why she isn't "America's Sweetheart."
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The 38 year-old actress admitted her 15-year-old daughter said "that's so weird," after informing her of the frequent nude scenes in 'Wild.'
Reese Witherspoon has been daring enough to try new projects in her career, especially since she has starred in a number of box office flops in recent years, and one of her most daring acting ventures comes in the form of 'Wild,' a drama based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir 'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.'
Witherspoon's daughter is embarrased by mother's nude scenes in 'Wild'
The 38 year-old actress stars as Strayed, who is a woman venturing out into the wilderness with a huge backpack to cover a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Although she is expected to be a strong contender during the awards season, Witherspoon's daughter seems to be her harshest critics, mainly because of her mother's nude scenes in the drama.
Continue reading: Reese Witherspoon's Daughter Isn't A Fan Of Mother's Nude 'Wild' Scenes
Two of Hollywood's most famous actresses - if not the most famous - are heading to the small-screen.
Oscar-winning actresses Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have signed on for TV series, Big Little Lies, by Ally McBeal writer David E Kelley. Based on the book by Liane Moriarty, the show will tell the story of three mothers with children in nursery school who get caught up in a murder mystery.
Reese Witherspoon is heading to the small-screen for the first time in 14 years
Witherspoon and Kidman will play two of those women, whose seemingly perfect lives are turned upside down during a school fundraiser. The third role is yet to be cast.
Continue reading: Oscar Winners Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman Set For 'Big Little Lies'
A flurry of celebrities hits Leicester Square for the London Film Festival, from Reese Witherspoon to Jon Stewart, Agyness Deyn to Timothy Spall. And there are new trailers for Citizenfour, White Bird in a Blizzard, The Girl Next Door and In the Heart of the Sea...
Everyone who's anyone was in London this week for the 58th BFI London Film Festival, which held gala premieres for the likes of Wild (with Reese Witherspoon in attendance), Sundance winner Whiplash (Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons), Rosewater (comic-turned-filmmaker Jon Stewart), Electricity (model-turned-actress Agyness Deyn) and Mr Turner (Cannes winner Timothy Spall).
The actress is promoting her latest movie 'Wild', the true story of Cheryl Strayed’s over a thousand mile hike across the Pacific Crest Trail.
Last year the public saw another side of actress Reese Witherspoon, when a video emerged online showing the Oscar winner arguing with a police officer while her husband was being arrested for driving under the influence. Over a year later, Witherspoon has opened up about the incident while promoting her new movie Wild, where she plays a woman who embarks on a remarkable journey of self-discovery.
Witherspoon at the BFI screening of Wild
Speaking about her 2013 arrest Witherspoon said, "I think it was a moment where people realised that I wasn't exactly what they thought I was. I guess maybe we all like to define people by the way the media presents them, and I think that I showed I have a complexity that people didn't know about. It's part of human nature," the actress said.
Finally, Reese Witherspoon is ready for a move behind the camera.
Reese Witherspoon to become a director? I can totally see that happening. In fact, I can see it pretty clearly right now, after the Inherent Vice actress told E! News that she is, indeed, planning the big move to the director’s chair.
Reese Witherspoon is heading for the director's chair and we should all be very very excited.
Like pretty much all of Hollywood (well, half of it, anyway) Witherspoon was at Variety’s Power of Women Luncheon this weekend, and here’s what she had to say to E!
Viola Davis used her platform at Power of Women to back a good cause.
On Friday, October 10, Variety’s Power of Women event honoured one very special woman for her work against poverty. Viola Davis may be an Oscar-nominated performer with her own successful TV show, but she had to fight her way there. The actress made sure to honor those still fighting in her speech.
Viola Davis recalled her difficult childhood and lent her voice to the Hunger Is campaign.
"Although my childhood was filled with many happy memories, it was also spent in abject poverty," she explained to the audience, according to Us Weekly. "I was one of the 17 million kids in this country who didn't know where the next meal was coming from, and I did everything to get food. I have stolen for food. I have jumped in huge garbage bins with maggots for food. I have befriended people in the neighborhood, who I knew had mothers who cooked three meals a day for food, and I sacrificed a childhood for food and grew up in immense shame."
Jane Fonda, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lopez were also honoured during the luncheon which was sponsored by Lifetime.
Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis has spoken of growing up in “abject poverty”, during an emotional speech delivered during the annual Power of Women luncheon on Friday (October 10th).
Viola Davis at the Power of Women luncheon
The actress, who stars in ABC’s 'How to Get Away with Murder', was speaking about her own personal experiences growing up which led her to get involved in the 'Hunger Is' campaign.
Those who have read the blockbuster novel may be disappointed to know that author Gillian Flynn hasn't changed anything in adapting it to the big screen, so there aren't any surprises along the way. But they'll be glad to see the story so faithfully and skilfully adapted, with snaky direction from David Fincher and actors who add layers of new meaning to the characters. And non-readers are in for a thrillingly twisty experience as a mysterious conundrum shifts into a full-on thriller and then something much more intensely personal.
When Nick (Ben Affleck) discovers that his wife Amy (Rosamund Pike) is missing on their fifth wedding anniversary, he has no idea what has happened. As recounted in Amy's journal, their marriage has been a whirlwind of sexy highs and dark lows, as both writers lost their jobs in New York and moved to rural Missouri to take care of Nick's terminally ill mother. As a result, their marriage ran aground, and Nick increasingly turned to his twin sister Margot (Carrie Coon) for support. As two police officers (Kim Dickens and Patrick Fugit) investigate Amy's disappearance, the media circus begins to paint Nick as a villain, led by rabid tabloid-TV host Ellen Abbott (Missi Pyle). So while he suspects Amy's stalker-like ex (Neil Patrick Harris), Nick has little choice but hire a high-powered lawyer (Tyler Perry) to defend himself.
Even at nearly two and a half hours, this film races along breathlessly as events and revelations continually shift the perspective. It's clear from the start that neither Nick nor Amy (in diary-entry flashbacks) are particularly reliable narrators. Both are a bundle of secrets, although Nick remains far more sympathetic. Affleck gives one of his most textured performances in years as a nice guy who struggles to look "nice" for the cameras. His isolation and confusion are hugely involving, which contrasts strongly to Amy's far too confident point of view. Pike manages to bring out the peeling onion of Amy's personality beautifully, offering telling glimpses of the real woman beneath the characters she seems to always be playing. And the supporting cast add details that twist their roles as well. Dickens and Fugit are a terrific double act, while Coon and Harris constantly offer surprising hints about their characters beneath the bravado and concern.
Continue reading: Gone Girl Review
Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio Del Toro and Josh Brolin bring colour to Paul Thomas Anderson's adaptation 'Inherent Vice'.
Joaquin Phoenix once again demonstrates his extraordinary versatility as a screen actor with his latest role as PI Doc Sportello in Paul Thomas Anderson's forthcoming mystery drama 'Inherent Vice' - but who else makes this unusual flick one to watch out for?
Phoenix always surprises with his choice of movie roles, going from the deadly serious sect drama 'The Master' (also directed by Anderson) to the coy, technological romance (we like the term Comp-Rom) of 'Her', and now he's takes a new turn once again in this comedic 70s thriller. He's a private investigator who is forced to take on his ex-girlfriend Shasta's case when her new boyfriend Mickey Wolfmann becomes embroiled in a kidnapping plot by his scheming wife Sloane and her secret lover.
Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) is a private investigator living in Los Angeles during the tail end of the 1960s. When his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth (Katherine Waterston) reappears one day, she drags him into a complex series of events which will shatter his calm and quite life, and force him into a dangerously hilarious game involving murderous loan sharks, surfers, hustlers, dopers and the mysterious 'Golden Fang'. Her request, such as it is, is to help her new boyfriend, Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts) from a plot by his wife Sloane (Serena Scott Thomas) and her boyfriend which will send Wolfmaan to the 'loony bin'. As if that wasn't complex enough, things are only going to get worse for Sportello, as the 70s are fast approaching and ready to turn his life upside down.
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The 38 year-old actress opens up about her most daring role to date, starring as the real-life Cheryl Strayed in the upcoming drama 'Wild.'
Reese Witherspoon has been daring enough to try new projects in her career, especially since she has starred in a number of box office flops in recent years, and one of her most daring acting ventures comes in the form of 'Wild,' a drama based on Cheryl Strayed's memoir 'Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.'
Witherspoon takes on a challenging role in 'Wild'
The 38 year-old actress stars as Strayed, who is a woman venturing out into the wilderness with a huge backpack to cover a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Although this role is completely different to anything Witherspoon has tried before, she recently told Vogue she couldn't wait to take on the new challenge.
Continue reading: Reese Witherspoon Hired Hypnotherapist For "Raw" Sex Scenes In 'Wild'
This year's Stand Up To Cancer telethon has begun accepting donations ahead of its live showing on September 5th.
Stand Up To Cancer aims to reiterate the point that everyone is connected and everyone can be affected by cancer with their every-two-year telethon which this year features a stellar celebrity line-up including Pierce Brosnan, Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston.
Last year, Pierce Brosnon lost his daughter, Charlotte, to Ovarian Cancer
"Simply put, Stand Up To Cancer's goal is to end cancer's reign as a leading cause of death by raising funds to accelerate research that will help transform cancer from a disease that takes far too many lives to one people survive" states the Stand Up To Cancer website. In a bid to remind people that one out of every two men and one out of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, the campaign has been running since 2008 with various famous faces offering their own experiences of the disease and support of the cause.
Continue reading: Stand Up To Cancer Reveals Its Incredible Celebrity Line-Up
Reese Witherspoon clearly knows how to enjoy herself.
If you’re getting the “end of the weekend blues” at this point, don’t worry – we’ve got just the thing for you. It’s a video of Reese Witherspoon dancing at a wedding reception. That’s it. That’s the thing. But don’t click away just yet, because this is about 10 000% more awesome than it sounds. Check out the video, posted by TMZ.
During her time in Italy, Reese also had time to look flawless on a walk around Venice.
Basically, Reese Witherspoon getting her groove on in Capri, Italy on Wednesday is the poster child for dancing white girls everywhere. Her “hands up, jump around” style epitomizes the phrase “dance like nobody’s watching” and we love it. So, so much.
When young Cheryl Strayed loses her beloved mother, her entire world seems to come crashing down around her. With her family members distancing themselves from each other in their mourning, she feels she has no-one left to turn to and starts taking heroin and indulging in promiscuous behaviour to comfort herself - if only temporarily. As expected, she and her husband soon divorce as her antics do not improve and she decides that she needs to find another outlet for her grief. Despite having had no previous experience, she decides to embark on a solitary journey across the Pacific Crest Trail; a 1,100 mile hike from California to Canada across brutal mountains and savagely dry desert. Has Cheryl made the biggest mistake of her life? Or will she finally be able to find peace with the world?
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During the Second Sudanese Civil War, thousands upon thousands of children are left orphaned - many who are moved to refugee camps and come to be known as the Lost Boys of Sudan. Soon, American aid workers join the orphans in their country, hoping to bring some kids over to the States to lead better lives. When four young men discover that they have been selected for the program, they are ecstatic, though they know nothing of the culture they are about to taste. They are taken care of by a tough-talking American woman who lives alone and hopes to integrate them into Western life, but she is touched when one of the boys explains that his sister remains back in Sudan and he has no-one else in the world. She embarks on a struggle to reunite the siblings, but with immigration services suspending the program following the 9/11 attacks, her success is looking limited.
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Based on the events documented in West of Memphis and the Paradise Lost trilogy, this drama takes an almost clinical approach to the story. By filling in so many details and covering so many perspectives, skilled Canadian director Atom Egoyan sometimes loses the emotional connection, simply because there are too many punches to the gut. But it's utterly riveting.
The events took place in 1993 in rural West Memphis, Arkansas. After three 8-year-old boys go missing, suspicion immediately falls on four goth 16-year-olds: Chris (Dane DeHaan) has just left town, but the fiercely charismatic Damien (James Hamrick), hapless Jason (Seth Meriwether) and mentally disabled Jesse (Kristopher Higgens) are arrested and charged with murder. The victims' parents (including Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola and Kevin Durand) band together in outrage. But private investigator Ron (Colin Firth) thinks the police have wrongly accused these teens of being killers.
The story is a shocking account of a miscarriage of justice, as the community turns on kids who simply look a bit funny and the police and judicial authorities refuse to admit that they may have made some serious mistakes. The rush to judgement is terrifying, accompanied with explanations that falsely link the teens to satanic rituals and death-metal music. Egoyan cleverly builds a sense of outrage from the start, as the film mourns not only the young boys' death but also the horror of carelessly ruining three innocent teens' lives in response.
Continue reading: Devil's Knot Review
Devil's Knot is a biographical thriller drama based on the events of the West Memphis Three case directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) and written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose).
Devil's Knot tells the chilling story of three young boys, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, going missing in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. When the bodies are found beaten and murdered, the police and religious people of the town put the blame to a group of teenagers they believed to be Satanists, due to the dark nature of their appearance. After police investigation, three young adults, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., are arrested for suspicion of the crime. These three youths claim to be innocent of the murders, but the citizens of the town want justice for the murdered children and the punishment of the teenagers, innocent or not, seems to be their best answer.
The film will star academy award winner Reese Witherspoon portraying Stevie Branch's distraught mother, Michelle Enos (World War Z, Gangster Squad) as Vicki Hutcheson who was key in the arrest of the teenagers, Academy Award winner Colin Firth as private investigator Ron Lax and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Chris Morgan, who was a suspect in the murder case.
Emma Watson doesn't date other famous people, nor do these other celebs from the looks of things.
Not all celebrities are part of a high profile power couple like Beyonce and Jay-Z, or Brad and Angelina. Some celebrities opt for a hint of normalcy in their personal lives and shack up with regular folk. Emma Watson has revealed that she won’t date other famous people. “I don’t date people who are famous”, the Noah actress explained. Watson is currently in a relationship with Oxford University student Matt Janney, although she did add that a dating non-famous can be tough too, “I don’t think it’s fair that, all of a sudden, intimate details of their personal life are public as a direct result of me.”
Emma Watson doesn't date other famous people
Emma Watson isn’t the only celeb to be involved with another non-famous partner. Matt Damon and his wife Luciana Barroso have been happily married since 2005. The pair met in a bar while Damon was filming Stuck on You with Greg Kinnear and they now have four daughters. “I hit the jackpot with my wife”, Damon told The Guardian. Well, ain't that nice?
Continue reading: Emma Watson And Other Celebrities Who Don't Date Famous People
The 'Cruel Intentions' actor is heading back into television for a new crime series.
Ryan Phillippe is in talks to take the lead role in a new ABC crime mystery drama, Secrets & Lies, according to Deadline. The murder mystery, which is adapted from an Australian murder mystery series, will centre on Phillippe as Ben Garner, a father who becomes the prime suspect in a murder mystery after discovering the body of a young boy.
The series follows Garner fighting to solve the crime in order to prove his innocence and save his name, family and sanity.
Ryan Phillippe Is In The Final Stages Of Being Cast In The Lead Role Of A New Mystery Series.
Continue reading: Ryan Phillippe Gearing Up For ABC Murder Mystery 'Secrets And Lies'
'The Hangover' star exchanged vows with fitness trainer Smith in a Hawaiian ceremony
The Hangover star Justin Bartha said "I do" this weekend, tying the knot with long-time girlfriend Lia Smith in front of family and friends in Smith's native Hawaii. The pair exchanged vows in a quiet ceremony on the island of Oahu - the island state's third largest but most populous island - just before sunset on Saturday, 4 January, evening, People first reported.
Bartha and Smith have been together for over a year
Details on the wedding are scarce at the time of writing, with their union only becoming wide-knowledge today (5 Jan.), however it is known that the ceremony wasn't lacking in any form of star power. The wedding ceremony itself was attended by a select few, however the reception at Kualoa Ranch saw Justin's Hangover co-star Ken Jeong among the attendees. Jesse Eisenberg, Reese Witherspoon and her partner Jim Toth were also among the celebrity guests attending the reception do, partying into the night after the tender ceremony.
Continue reading: Justin Bartha Ties The Knot With Lia Smith
It's not necessarily a good thing, but it's nice to win, surely.
What we’ve assumed was true for a long time has now been confirmed: Adam Sandler is the most overpaid actor in the world, yielding the least amount of cash for the money he earns. Forbes, who did the maths and put everything into a handy list for everyone to peruse, bestowed the unwanted gong upon Hollywood's so called funnyman. But don’t worry there’s no awards ceremony for an achievement like this, just sarcastic news stories, a few memes and a big bag of Cheese Puffs for the list's #1.
'Hey Sandler! you stink!' someone might have said once
So let’s look at some numbers: his last three films returned an average of $3.40 for every $1 he was paid. Last year, Natalie Portman earned $42.70 per dollar according to Forbes' most profitable actors list, just to give you some context.
Was it an editorial choice or one made by the actress herself?
Melissa McCarthy is covering this month’s issue of Elle magazine, following a year of career successes. The other five women included in the annual Women in Hollywood issue are Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Naomi Harris, Shailene Woodley and Marion Cotillard. The problem with this lineup is that, while all of the other women were photographed in form-fitting, rather revealing dresses, crop tops, bodysuits and the like, McCarthy’s cover shows her wearing a bulky trench coat in what is a very “editorial” look, but at the same time, makes it seem like the comedienne is getting a different treatment to her peers because of her size. There are, of course, other problems with the issue as well, such as the fact that only one actress out of the lineup is a woman of colour.
The trenchcoat does seem to fit in with McCarthy's usual style.
Despite some commenters interpreting it this way, according to McCarthy’s reps, the actress picked out the outfit herself – surely there could be no objection to that. For her part, the actress isn’t offended by the stylistic choice and, in fact, feels delighted to have taken part in the shoot."
Writer-director Nichols continues to get inside the heads of his characters with this involving but overlong dramatic thriller. Like his previous film Take Shelter, this is another fable-like movie, this time harking back to Huck Finn with a boys' adventure story set on the waterways of rural Arkansas. It's impeccably shot and edited, with terrific performances even from side characters. But at over two hours, the long running-time tries our patience.
Our hero is Ellis (Sheridan), a shy but steely 14-year-old who dreams of one day escaping his backwoods community. For entertainment, he explores the rivers with his pal Neckbone (Lofland), and when they hear rumours of a boat stranded in a tree, they have to investigate. Sure enough, there it is, then inside it they discover the fugitive Mud (McConaughey). Even though he's wanted for murder, they decide to help free the boat so he can escape with his battered girlfriend Juniper (Witherspoon), who's hiding in a local motel. But Ellis and Neckbone need some help with this elaborate plan, so they turn to the scary old man (Shepard) who lives across the river.
Cinematographer Adam Stone beautifully captures both the evocative settings and the expressive faces of the actors, who all bring an introspective touch to their characters. Sheridan and Lofland are excellent in the lead roles, which are pretty demanding as these two teens have to grow up quickly. And McConaughey and Witherspoon dive fully into their much flashier roles, constantly surprising us with sparky details that take these people in unexpected directions. There's also a telling smaller role for Nichols' regular Shannon as Neckbone's haunted, sidelined guardian.
Continue reading: Mud Review
Star makes full apology in first interview since embarrassing incident
Reese Witherspoon’s clean-cut reputation took a blow recently when she was arrested for DUI in Atlanta, but in her first interview with the incident – which also saw her husband taken in – she did her best get her image back on track by admitting full responsibility for her action.
Talking to Good Morning America, Witherspoon commented "It's one of those nights. We went out to dinner in Atlanta, had one too many glasses of wine. We thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not. And it's just completely unacceptable. And we are so sorry and embarrassed. And we know better." However she wasn’t let off the hook easily; it was reported she’d asked the cop taking them down if he knew who she was, but when that was put to her in the interview she commented “I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I'm not pregnant! I said crazy things … I was so disrespectful to him. I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better."
Witherspoon also said that she’d called up the police since to personally apologize, while also admitted it was embarrassing telling her children about the incident. Sounds like a lesson definitely learnt then. "There were so many lessons learned. Absolutely” she said. “When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car. I think I've played a lawyer so many times in movies, I think I am a lawyer — and clearly I'm not a lawyer. So, I learned a lot." Indeed Rees, real life is not like a movie.
The Cinema Society teamed up with FIJI Water and Levi for their screening of 'Mud' at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. 'Magic Mike' star Matthew Mcconaughey and 'Walk The Line' actress Reese Witherspoon turned up at the screening as the movie's main stars, with Reese in a classy black mini dress and Matthew not attempting to blend in with a shiny red and blue Vivienne Westwood suit.
Reese Witherspoon made a nuisance of herself when husband Jim Toth was arrested by police on Friday.
"Do you know who I am?" It's the quote that has left celebrities cringing and police officers grinning with delight over the years. Reese Witherspoon is the latest Hollywood A-lister to use the immortal phrase (almost) before her arrest for DUI in Atlanta early on Friday morning (April 19, 2013). Cops told TMZ.com that they spotted Reese and husband Jim Toth's car, a silver Ford Fusion, weaving in and out of lanes, pulling them over shortly afterwards.
Much to the delight of the arresting officer, and the millions reading gossip blogs in the subsequent days, Reese pulled out the celebrity card. As officers dealt with Jim, Witherspoon asked one cop, "Do you know my name?" The officer answered by saying, "No, I don't need to know your name." The Oscar-winner came back with, "You're about to find out who I am. You are going to be on national news." Of course, it was Reese that ended up on the news, having been arrested and told to attend a court hearing in Atlanta on May 22, 2013.
The actress released a statement apologizing for her behaviour. "Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," she said, adding, "It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that was no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I am very sorry for my behaviour."
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Stevie Nicks says Reese Witherspoon is "too old" to play her in a biopic.
Stevie Nicks appears to have shot down any chance Reese Witherspoon had of playing her in a movie biopic, branding the Oscar winner "too old" to play her. Witherspoon has mentioned as a possible casting choice for a planned movie about Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, but the legendary singer says her days after numbered. "I've already told her she's almost too old," the singer told ET Canada at the Toronto premiere of her new documentary In Your Dreams.
It appears Witherspoon might be of the same opinion, "I love her, but she's like, 'I could play your mother," Nicks recalls. Though the Hollywood actress is just 37, a movie about the Fleetwood Mac singer is likely to focus on her younger years and rise to stardom, which probably would make it a little difficult for Witherspoon to tale the role. Anyway, she's got other things on her plate.
She was snapped on the set of her new movie 'The Good Lie' in Atlanta this week, wearing cowboy boots, a jean skirt and a teal top. The movie is based on the real life story of a young refugee of the Sudanese Civil War who wins a lottery for relocation to the U.S with three other boys. He develops an unlikely friendship with a brash American woman assigned to help him, though struggles to adjust to the modern world and feels guilty about the brother he left behind in war-torn Sudan.
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Ellis and Neckbone are two young boys from Mississippi who spend their time exploring the wilderness and river near their home. When they discover a sizeable motor boat stuck in a tree after a flood, they think they've hit the jackpot of all discoveries and claim it as their own. However, they soon notice that food has been left there, leading them to believe that someone has been sleeping there. Unnerved, they leave to find their boat and venture home, only to come across a new neighbour on the isolated island, Mud. Mud is hiding from some bounty hunters who want to arrest him for killing a man in Texas who attempted to steal his girlfriend Juniper. Initially, wary of him, the boys soon warm to him and agree to bring him food if he helps them mend their motor boat before Juniper arrives to meet him. However, things aren't as easy as they seem when the boys start becoming suspicious of Mud and Juniper has problems of her own.
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Ellis and Neckbone are two fourteen year old boys from Mississippi who, after crossing a river in a small boat on one of their regular explorations, discover a larger motor boat stuck in a tree on an island after a previous flood. They claim the boat as their own but soon begin to discover that someone has been sleeping there and they come across Mud. Mud is a man who has been hiding from a group of bounty hunters who have been hired by the family of a man he murdered in Texas for attempting to steal his beautiful girlfriend Juniper. The boys are sympathetic and captivated by him and agree to help him mend the boat while he makes plans to meet Juniper, who is hiding out in a motel, and run away with her. Things don't go as smoothly as planned and deceptions and suspicion causes tensions to rise between Mud, Juniper and the boys.
'Mud' is an emotional journey tackling issues about right and wrong and good guys and bad guys. It has been directed and written by Jeff Nichols ('Take Shelter', 'Shotgun Stories') and received a last minute nomination for the Palme d'Or award on its showing at the Cannes Film Festival. It is set to hit cinemas on April 17th 2013.
Director: Jeff Nichols
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In the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, a number of Hollywood celebrities have banded together to create the “Demand a Plan” video, which urges politicians to take decisive action against gun violence and the public to demand said action from their representatives.
The video for demand a plan features a number of A-listers, including Beyonce Knowles, Amy Poehler, John Hamm, Elen DeGeneres and Reese Witherspoon among many others. The video is part of a larger effort to bring about increased gun control in the US. Another part of the campaign is a petition, available to sign at demandaplan.com, which demands the imposition of a criminal background check for every gun, sold in America, a total ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as the criminalization of gun trafficking.
Among those advocating the changes is actor Jamie Foxx, who has recently been very vocal with his opinions about violence and the media’s influence. All of this will come into play in the heated debate for and against increased gun regulation, with the other key player in all this being the now infamous NRA or National Rifle Association, advocating for the right to bear arms as a “means of self defense” and constitutional right. The association hasn’t clarified what kind of situation warrants the use of assault rifles. President Obama is yet to take any stance on the matter, despite continued appeals from both sides of the debate.
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On the same day that the NRA calls for there to be armed guards at all schools, celebrities have come together to film a campaign video for 'Demand a Plan', which asks the government to do just that- come up with a plan to tackle the national epidemic of gun violence. The plan that the NRA offers is definitely not the answer that these celebs are after.
As stars, including Beyonce, Jamie Foxx, Jessica Alba, Reese Witherspoon, Will Ferrell, Zooey Deschanel and John Legend, among many more, speak the names of cities, and the names of places, they also ask their core question: How many more? Fundamentally, there can't be any more, enough is enough. And this is precisely why they are demanding a plan. The video- which you can see below- is linked to the Demand a Plan website, the homepage of which has three main requests:
1. Require a criminal background check for every gun sold in America
Reese Witherspoon’s baby boy has finally arrived, though anticipation has been building for an announcement on the little guy’s name. The actress and husband Jim Toth finally announced the news late on Thursday, introducing ‘Tennessee James’, reports Reuters.
Young Tennessee joins Witherspoon’s two older children, Ava, 12, and son Deacon, 9, from her first marriage to Ryan Phillippe. Resse and Jim’s spokesman Meredith O’Sullivan Wasson said in a statement, “Reese Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth welcomed Tennessee James into their family today. Both mom and baby are healthy and the entire family is thrilled.” The ‘Legally Blonde’ actress married talent agent Toth at her ranch in California in March this year. The reasons for her choice of name for her latest child are obvious – the 36-year-old grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and has always kept a keen hold on her heritage throughout her career in Hollywood. She won an Oscar in 2005 for her work on the country music film ‘Walk The Line’.
Naming babies after states seems to becoming ever more popular. Actor Casey Affleck and his wife Summer Phoenix (actor Joaquin’s sister) welcomed their son ‘Indiana’ in 2004. Ethan Hawke and wife RYAN SHAWHUGHES opted for the same name when their baby daughter arrived in 2011.
Reese Witherspoon has named her new baby boy Tennessee James, reports The Huffington Post. He was born yesterday (September 27th).
The 36-year-old's third child is guaranteed a shot at acting with a name like that. Witherspoon already has two little ones from her previous marriage with Ryan Phillippe; Ava, 12, and Deacon, 8. Linda Rosenkrantz, co-founder of Nameberry.com, has some explanations behind naming techniques employed by parents. "It's a trend that had its roots starting in the late 1980s," she said," with several celebs picking names from the American West, like Austin, Dallas and Dakota, including Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, whose now grown daughter Dakota is the star of a new sitcom. But lately the trend seems to be heating up and much more widespread." Celebrities seem to be obsessed with choosing never-heard-before names for their offspring, and are looking far and wide for names that fit the bill: "The current trend seems to be really exotic-sounding spots, like Morocco, Egypt and Asia, and states rather than countries or cities -- Alabama, Arizona, Indiana and yes, Tennessee."
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon made her name in 2001, with her breakout role as Elle Woods in the box office hit Legally Blonde, after bagging a Golden Globe nomination for the critically acclaimed Election. She also garnered critical praise for her performance in Walk The Line alongside Joaquin Phoenix.
Frank (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are best-pal CIA operatives who wouldn't know the word "subtle" if it clubbed them over the head. After a chaotic case in Hong Kong, they're grounded back home in L.A., and both decide to use the down time to find women. The problem is that they find the same woman, Lauren (Witherspoon), who struggles to decide which one is right for her. Certainly her married best pal Trish (Handler) is no help. The bigger problem is that Frank and Tuck use the agency's resources to sabotage each other.
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CIA watchdog Corrine Whitman (Streep) sets up the titular protocol when evidence is uncovered against Chicago family man and chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally), Egyptian by birth. Whitman suspects that El-Ibrahimi had a hand in a recent bombing of an unnamed North African tea house; an attempt on the life of North African security head Fawal (Igal Naor). Fawal heads the "interrogation" with CIA analyst Douglas Freeman (Jake Gyllenhaal) there as counsel while they electrocute, drown, beat, and strangle Anwar to give up information on the attack.
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The story revolves around two dashing English gentlemen in the 1890s - John "Jack" Worthing (Colin Firth) and Algy Moncrieff (Rupert Everett) - and their trials and tribulations in the games of love and marriage under the moniker of Ernest. Jack spends his days watching over his bookish charge Cecily Cardew (Reese Witherspoon) - the granddaughter of his adopted father - at his country estate. When his restless spirit calls for adventure, he travels to London and visits his wayward city brother "Ernest." In London, Jack becomes "Ernest" and partakes in decadence with his affluent but reckless best friend Algy and ends up madly in love with Algy's sophisticated society cousin Gwendolen Fairfax (Frances O'Connor) - who has a strange love for the name of "Ernest."
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Making only a minimal effort to be any different or better than the hundreds of other forgettable, predictable, almost-married-the-wrong-guy romantic comedies that have come before it, "Sweet Home Alabama" has the benefit of a talented, appealing cast and the burden of being entirely dependent on clichés to drive its story.
Reese Witherspoon stars as Melanie Carmichael, a rising-star designer in New York's fashion world who is downright giddy about her new engagement to the political mover-and-shaker son (Patrick Dempsey) of the city's image-conscious mayor (Candice Bergen). In the movie's most romantic scene, Mr. Wonderful proposes by getting down on one knee at Tiffany's, which he's arranged to stay open after hours, and telling her to pick any ring she wants.
But there's one little wrinkle Melanie's fiancé doesn't know about: Before she can marry him, she'll have to divorce her hayseed childhood sweetheart back in small-town Alabama. A handsome, blue-eyed charmer named Jake (Josh Lucas, "A Beautiful Mind") with a playful Paul Newman smirk, she did nothing but fight with him once the magic wore off their relationship, so Melanie bailed out to follow her ambition.
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Having now seen "Little Nicky," in which Adam Sandler plays the retarded son of Satan, I have formulated a hypothesis I'm calling the Sandler Theory of Exponentially Obnoxious Returns. It goes something like this:
Adam Sandler goes out of his way to make each gimmick character he plays ("Billy Madison," "Happy Gilmore") more grating than the last, just to see how far he can push it before his easily amused fan base will turn on him.
His most detestable character to date had been "The Waterboy," but that Southern-fried dope was mister congeniality compared to Nicky, the little devil that couldn't. Sandler spends this entire movie with his face screwed up in a hit-by-a-shovel grimace and speaking in a silly, raspy voice like a little kid pretending to be sick so he can stay home from school. There's no joke here. It's just Sandler's version of stretching as an actor.
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22nd March, 1976
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