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Reese & Sofia Join The List of Awesome Female Comedy Duos

Screen Shot 2015-05-07 at 8.54.44 PMHitfix has posted a list of “10 Awesome Female Comedy Duos In TV and Movies” to coincide with the opening of HOT PURSUIT, featuring the latest pairing of comediennes to hit the screen as a comedy team. Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star as a classic mismatch of opposites. Anne Fletcher directs.

Reese and Sofia make a great new addition to the pantheon. In her review, critic Stephanie Zacharek says “HOT PURSUIT is a quiet triumph of tone and timing,” noting that “Witherspoon’s performance here has so much go-for-broke fearlessness…she seems unafraid to cut loose, and she and Vergara make a terrific team.”

attends The 2015 MTV Movie Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on April 12, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

Some of the other duos on the Hitfix list:

BETTE MIDLER AND LILY TOMLINlTomlin and Midler in BIG BUSINESS.

PENNY MARSHALL AND CINDY WILLIAMS60355544Marshall and Williams in LAVERNE & SHIRLEY.

AMY POEHLER AND TINA FEYweekend-update-tina-fey Fey and Poehler on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

LUCILLE BALL AND VIVIAN VANCElucyethel_i_love_lucyBall and Vance on I LOVE LUCY.

SANDRA BULLOCK AND MELISSA MCCARTHYthe_heat_bullock_mccarthyBullock and McCarthy in THE HEAT.

DAWN FRENCH AND JENNIFER SAUNDERS2694732653French and Saunders in ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS.

The Frisky offers a list of up and coming duos, including Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of BROAD CITY, in an article titled “Funny Ladies: 6 Hysterical Female Comedy Duos You Need To Get Into Right Now.”

o-BROAD-CITY-facebookJacobson and Glazer, stars of BROAD CITY.

Meanwhile, the New York Times is busy appreciating the blooper reel at the end of HOT PURSUIT. The article is titled “HOT PURSUIT and Other Films Elevate the Art of the Blooper Reel. “

Check it out, and have some laughs at the movies this weekend!

Reese Witherspoon gets great reviews in WILD — Oscar nomination?

wild-reese-witherspoonReese Witherspoon has received rave reviews for her performance in WILD, her new film which has premiered at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals in the last two weeks. Adam Chitwood (Collider) gushes about “a truly fearless lead performance by Reese Witherspoon.” He credits the actress with raising the film above the limitations of the true life story genre: “The heart of the film is Reese Witherspoon’s bold and ultimately moving performance as Cheryl.  There are so few genuinely strong, complex female characters onscreen these days that I kept waiting to see this three-dimensional female character fall into the tired tropes that plague most films.  Witherspoon does a tremendous job of fleshing out Strayed with layers of strength, vulnerability, intelligence, and emotion.” Further, Chitwood wishes more films could deliver the level of characterization and performance that Reese gives in WILD. He continues, “Strayed is never portrayed as helplessly weak or in-need-of-a-man, nor is she shown as the stereotypical (and mostly fictional) man-hating Feminist with a capital F.  She’s a real character first and foremost, and that means there are times when she’s the strongest person in the room, and there are times when she feels compelled to ask for help.  This is a real woman, not some fictional fantasy of a woman, and it’s a shame that this kind of character is such a rarity in modern American cinema.” He concludes “I cannot stress enough how refreshing and delightful it was to spend two hours with a well-rounded female character such as this.”

wild_xlgChitwood is not alone in his enthusiasm. Kate Erbland (at Film School Rejects) calls Witherspoon’s performance “natural and winning” as well as “fine and unfussy.” Mara Reinstein (US Weekly) says “Reese Witherspoon — who, face it, hasn’t had a meaty role since 2005’s Walk the Line — is poised for a mini-comeback (and possible Oscar consideration) with her strong, vanity-free turn.” Tim Robey (The Telegraph) goes further, stating that “this is a major comeback…WILD provides a huge, dappled range of emotional tones for this perky-pugnacious star to explore…It’s her best, more natural, most appealing performance in years, because it’s different, but also because it reminds us why we immediately liked her when she first strode onto the scene…It’s so great to have her back.”

Witherspoon finds both a mature centeredness and a zen-like openness” writes Richard Lawson (Vanity Fair) “—it’s been a long time since we’ve seen her this fluidly expressive, this connected to good material.” Stephen Farber (Hollywood Reporter) agrees: “Witherspoon captures all the conflicting, dizzying emotions that the adventure stirs in her.” Farber also sees a possible Oscar, and adds praise for Laura Dern’s work as Witherspoon’s mother. Director Jean Marc Vallee, who helped Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to Oscar wins with Dallas Buyer’s Club last year, may deliver statues to his stars for a second year in a row. Says Farber: “Dallas Buyers Club earned Oscars for both its lead and supporting actors, and it’s conceivable that the new film could repeat the trick for two actresses.” Chitwood notes Vallée’s “confident, dynamic direction” as well, and says that “WILD turns out to be an honest, surprising, and unabashedly feminist chronicle of determination and rebirth. ”

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Reese Witherspoon — HAPPILY EVER AFTER

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Disney is taking a comedic look at the fairy-tale genre.

The studio has picked up Happily Ever After, a pitch that has Reese Witherspoon attached to star.

She will also produce, along with her Pacific Standard partner Bruna Papandrea, and John Jacobs of Smart Entertainment.

The idea is to catch up with a prince and princess about 10 years after they have ridden off into the sunset for their “happily ever after.” The couple discovers that even in fairy-tale land, you have to work to keep your relationship and your life together.

Hollywood Reporter has the story here.

Reese Witherspoon – WILD

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Reese will star in WILD, “the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe—and built her back up again.”  She “faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.”

Nick Hornby (“An Education”) is writing the screenplay from Cheryl Strayed’s memoir. The full story at Collider.