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Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman Take Matters into Their Own Hands with HBO's 'Big Little Lies'

6 January 2016 9:41 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The idea of performers becoming producers to find creative fulfillment is far from new—see Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Brad Pitt to name a few—but Witherspoon and Kidman's collaboration on HBO's star-studded limited series "Big Little Lies" may be the most overt expression yet of Hollywood's top actresses demanding complex leading roles for women. Teaming up to option Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel, under the aegis of their respective Pacific Standard Films and Blossom Films labels, Witherspoon and Kidman are taking matters into their own hands. Neither shingle is without prior experience in this realm—Pacific Standard brought us both "Gone Girl" and "Wild," starring Witherspoon and directed by "Big Little Lies" helmer Jean-Marc Vallée, in 2014, and Blossom produced the challenging "Rabbit Hole," with Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Aaron Eckhart, in 2010—but the HBO project has something of a "perfect storm" quality to it,...

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Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman Take Matters into Their Own Hands with HBO's 'Big Little Lies'

6 January 2016 9:41 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The idea of performers becoming producers to find creative fulfillment is far from new—see Jane Fonda, George Clooney, Brad Pitt to name a few—but Witherspoon and Kidman's collaboration on HBO's star-studded limited series "Big Little Lies" may be the most overt expression yet of Hollywood's top actresses demanding complex leading roles for women. Teaming up to option Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel, under the aegis of their respective Pacific Standard Films and Blossom Films labels, Witherspoon and Kidman are taking matters into their own hands. Neither shingle is without prior experience in this realm—Pacific Standard brought us both "Gone Girl" and "Wild," starring Witherspoon and directed by "Big Little Lies" helmer Jean-Marc Vallée, in 2014, and Blossom produced the challenging "Rabbit Hole," with Kidman, Dianne Wiest, and Aaron Eckhart, in 2010—but the HBO project has something of a "perfect storm" quality to it, »

- Matt Brennan

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'Cage aux Folles' Actor and French Academy Award Winner Featured in More Than 200 Films Dead at 93

4 January 2016 6:35 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Michel Galabru (right) and Louis de Funès in 'Le gendarme et les gendarmettes.' 'La Cage aux Folles' actor Michel Galabru dead at 93 Michel Galabru, best known internationally for his role as a rabidly reactionary politician in the comedy hit La Cage aux Folles, died in his sleep today, Jan. 4, '16, in Paris. The Moroccan-born Galabru (Oct. 27, 1922, in Safi) was 93. Throughout his nearly seven-decade career, Galabru was seen in more than 200 films – or, in his own words, “182 days,” as he was frequently cast in minor roles that required only a couple of days of work. He also appeared on stage, training at the Comédie Française and studying under film and stage veteran Louis Jouvet (Bizarre Bizarre, Quai des Orfèvres), and was featured in more than 70 television productions. Michel Galabru movies Michel Galabru's film debut took place in Maurice de Canonge's La bataille du feu (“The Battle of Fire, »

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