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Believe it or not, Reese Witherspoon has been a leading lady for nearly 25 years.
After a string of starring roles while still just a teenager, Witherspoon truly broke out in "Pleasantville" (1998) as a 1990s high schooler transported to the '50s. It was her turn as the perky Elle Woods in "Legally Blonde" (2001), though, that proved the actress was here to stay. Since then, her career has only blossomed (Oscar, included), and this holiday season, the actress seeks salvation on a 1000-mile hike in the docudrama "Wild."
From her years spent in Germany to her favorite thing about being a mom, here are 35 things you (probably) don't know about Reese Witherspoon.
2. Her birth name is Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon.
3. Witherspoon's father was an otolaryngologist, while her mother was a professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University. »
- Jonny Black
By Anjelica Oswald
The Fault in Our Stars features Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort as Hazel Grace Lancaster and Augustus “Gus” Waters, two teens who meet at a cancer-survivor support group. Though Hazel is initially skeptical about getting close to Gus and warns him of her worsening condition, Gus still falls for her. As the two fall in love, Gus relapses, and he dies shortly after they return from their romantic trip to Amsterdam. The adaptation of John Green’s novel of the same name was a box-office smash and has earned Woodley some Oscar buzz. Should Woodley receive a nomination for this role, she would join the list of best actress nominees who have been nominated for their roles in heartbreaking films.
Some of the most well-known tragic love stories didn’t score any leading actress nominations, though. For example, Natalie Wood was not nominated for her »
- Anjelica Oswald
We recently reported that The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season is coming to Blu-ray and DVD and each edition comes with a unique feature or collectible for fans to enjoy. With their limited edition release, Walmart’s exclusive of the show was already slated to include a “West Georgia Correctional Facility Key” and a CD soundtrack, and now they have added another incentive to Sdcc attendees who pre-order the release at Comic-Con: a “Rick Grimes Sheriff’s Badge.”
Fans can order Walmart’s exclusive edition of The Walking Dead: The Complete Fourth Season, set to be released on August 26th, at the Anchor Bay Entertainment booth (#4037). Phantogram, Godsmack, Colbie Caillat, and The Lumineers are just several performers featured on the CD soundtrack titled “Songs of Survival Vol. 2”, which will be available in both the limited edition and standard version of the Walmart release. You can listen to one of the songs below, »
- Derek Anderson
Interpol are back. The New York City indie rockers have revealed the release date, cover art and tracklisting for "El Pintor," their fifth studio album and first in nearly four years. In addition, the band has posted a three-minute behind-the-scenes video of the recording sessions for the set (embedded below), the title of which is an anagram of their name that translates to "The Painter" in Spanish. "We wrote and recorded the bulk of the album in 2013 in NYC and finished mixing it in London during the early part of this year," said the band in a statement posted to their official website. "We're very excited to share the album with all of you. The album was recorded at Electric Lady Studios & Atomic Sound by Mr James Brown and mixed by Mr Alan Moulder at Assault & Battery studios. We had a lot of fun making this record and can't wait for you to hear it. »
- Chris Eggertsen
This story first appeared in the April 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Director Elia Kazan remains one of Hollywood's most polarizing figures. He directed such classics as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), On the Waterfront (1954), East of Eden (1955) and Splendor in the Grass (1961). The native New Yorker's career began on the stage and, as such, Kazan was an actor's director; he discovered Marlon Brando, James Dean and Warren Beatty. He also loved writers and proved a nimble collaborator for such icons as Tennessee Williams and John Steinbeck. But when he testified before the House Un-
- Andy Lewis
The annual showbiz gatefold tableau, an Annie Leibovitz shot of the cream of the film world wearing funny-looking clothes, has finally overcome its past shortcomings
Awards season breaks into a gallop with the first peek at Vanity Fair's Hollywood Issue, second only to the Superbowl as an annual exercise in celebrating rich people in funny-looking clothes. Every March the magazine features a colourfully titled gatefold cover, populated by a group of Hollywood's hottest stars and photographed by Annie Leibovitz. This year's pic features Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris, but it's not just the healthy number of Brits that makes the new cover an oddity compared to most years. It's nothing less than a rebellion against the format.
- Henry Barnes
Film and television producer and distributor Laurence “Larry” Joachim died in Beverly Hills on Nov. 17. He was 88.
Joachim was an innovator in the radio and television “plug business,” a term he used for product placement and gifts given or won on gameshows.
In 1974 and 1976 Joachim produced and distributed for and with 20th Century Fox and his companies Trans National Film and Jmj Productions two movie versions of the TV series “The Green Hornet” with Bruce Lee as Kato.
As an independent distributor he founded and ran Trans National Film Corp., Televentures Corp. and Trans Continental Film Corp. He released Chuck Norris action pic “Breaker Breaker,” produced and distributed Jim Kelly starrer “Black Samurai” and distributed Sonny Chiba’s “The Executioner” and “The Assassin.” He also produced and distributed “The Wild West,” a compilation documentary featuring the Republic Pictures Westerns starring John Wayne and others, and he introduced Jackie Chan to a U. »
- Variety Staff
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