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Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Election,’ ‘Walk the Line’

Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Legally Blonde,’ ‘Election,’ ‘Walk the Line’
A New Orleans native who was raised in Tennessee, Reese Witherspoon is the very definition of good things coming in petite 5-foot-1 packages. She made her film debut at age 14 in 1991’s “The Man in the Moon,” a bittersweet Southern coming-of-age tale of first love and loss. From then on, she was pegged as a young actress to watch. She would soon gravitate towards edgier fare such as the underwhelming 1994 comedy “S.F.W.” and 1996’s “Freeway,” a rancid take on a Little Red Riding Hood on the run. She then scored a signature role as the rabidly ruthless high-school over-achiever Tracy Flick in 1999’s political satire “Election.” That was followed by her first major box-office hit, 2001’s “Legally Blonde,” as a perky Harvard student with a penchant for pink, feathered pens and cute Chihuahuas.

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Ever since, Witherspoon has proven to be
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Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Reese Witherspoon movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
A New Orleans native who was raised in Tennessee, Reese Witherspoon is the very definition of good things coming in petite 5-foot-1 packages. She made her film debut at age 14 in 1991’s “The Man in the Moon,” a bittersweet Southern coming-of-age tale of first love and loss. From then on, she was pegged as a young actress to watch. She would soon gravitate towards edgier fare such as the underwhelming 1994 comedy “S.F.W.” and 1996’s “Freeway,” a rancid take on a Little Red Riding Hood on the run. She then scored a signature role as the rabidly ruthless high-school over-achiever Tracy Flick in 1999’s political satire “Election.” That was followed by her first major box-office hit, 2001’s “Legally Blonde,” as a perky Harvard student with a penchant for pink, feathered pens and cute Chihuahuas.

Ever since, Witherspoon has proven to be a incredibly likable and laudable presence on the big screen and,
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Russian Doll: Natasha Lyonne's Most Underappreciated Roles

Rosie Fletcher Louisa Mellor Apr 4, 2019

Natasha Lyonne is incredible in Netflix Russian Doll, but she's been doing sterling work for years.

Russian Doll is brilliant. But you probably know that by now. Natasha Lyonne absolutely shines as Nadia, the hard-living, guilt-stricken star of Netflix's newest must-binge existential comedy drama.

We'll say no more to avoid spoilers, though there's a slight spoiler in the final paragraph of this article (and here's our spoiler-free review) but if you've seen it, here's what we think the ending is all about, and here's what we'd expect from a second season.

However, Leonne has shone in a whole range of TV and film roles, and often these are indie projects that might have passed you by. So if, like us, you adored Russian Doll, miss it and wish you hadn't watched all of it in one go so there'd still be some left to watch,
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Horror Highlights: The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies – London Presents: Roads To Hell: The Highway Horror Film, Suspiria Makeup Featurette, Agramon’S Gate

Drive on the highway to Hell with the latest event from The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies in London as author Bernice M. Murphy breaks down the importance of horror films set around highways, including Psycho (1960) and Southbound (2015). Also: a look at a makeup featurette for the new Suspiria and release details for Snowflake and Agramon's Gate.

Roads to Hell: The Highway Horror Film Event Details: "The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies - London takes a trip through the cinematic history, cultural importance, and significance of the 'Highway Horror Film' using landmark films from Psycho (1960) to Southbound (2015) with celebrated academic and author Bernice M. Murphy.

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This class will introduce students to the ‘Highway Horror Film,’ an overlooked sub-genre of the wider American horror tradition which articulates profound unease about the transitory nature of modern American life, as well as the wider impact of mass automobility. The post-
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Aretha Franklin Funeral, Public Viewing Plans Announced

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Aretha Franklin Funeral, Public Viewing Plans Announced
Aretha Franklin’s rep today announced memorial plans for the late singer, which will take place over three separate days and two different locations.

Viewing will begin on Aug. 28 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Mich. The public is welcome to attend starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 9 p.m., and the schedule and location repeat for the following day.

The funeral service will follow on Aug. 31 at the Greater Grace Temple, and will be limited to Franklin’s family and friends. The legendary songstress will be buried alongside her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; her brother Cecil Franklin; her sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and her nephew, Thomas Garrett, at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit.

The “Queen of Soul” died on Thursday at age 76 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Three days prior, members of Franklin’s family told Detroit news outlet Local 4 that she was gravely ill.
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Beyonce Dedicates Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin

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Beyonce Dedicates Detroit Concert to Aretha Franklin
Beyoncé dedicated her concert with Jay-z in Detroit Monday night to the ailing Aretha Franklin, bringing the 40,000-plus strong crowd at the city’s Ford Field to its feet.

“We love you,” Beyoncé said to the legendary singer, thanking her for “the beautiful music,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Ford Field is near Aretha Franklin Way, the Detroit street named last summer for the singer.

Beyonce’s dedication was short and sweet, although opening act DJ Khaled also drew cheers when he played Franklin’s breakthrough 1967 hit “Respect” during his set.

According to multiple sources, Franklin is gravely ill and receiving hospice care at her home. She received treatment for pancreatic cancer in 2010 and has been frequently unwell in the years since, although she continued to tour.

She last performed in November at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala in New York. At that performance — where John introduced her
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Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill’ With Cancer (Reports)

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Aretha Franklin ‘Gravely Ill’ With Cancer (Reports)
Legendary singer Aretha Franklin, “The Queen of Soul,” is gravely ill, family members told Detroit news outlet Local 4 on Monday.

“I am so saddened to report that the Queen of Soul and my good friend, Aretha Franklin is gravely ill,” the station’s Evord Cassimy tweeted. “I spoke with her family members this morning. She is asking for your prayers at this time.” The news was first reported by Showbiz 411 and later by TMZ, both citing unnamed family members; reps for the singer did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comment.

Franklin underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer in December 2010 and has frequently been ill, while keeping a regular concert schedule, in the years since.

The singer, 76, was born in Memphis and is the daughter of the pastor and civil rights activist C. L. Franklin. She showed great talent as a child singing and playing piano in the church,
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Iran Contra Trafficker Freeway Rick Ross Headed For TV In Emmett/Furla Deal

Power exec producer Randall Emmett and Lone Survivor exec producer George Furla will mount a TV series based on the exploits of "Freeway" Rick Ross. The drama will be based on Freeway Rick Ross: The Untold Autobiography. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Co-CEOs Randall Emmett and George Furla will be exec producers alongside Lost Lane Entertainment's Zachery Ty Bryan. The subject, who sold his life rights, will produce with Antonio Moore and Neil Harrington. The book details how Ross…
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Illegal Cooking Fire at Homeless Camp Caused Southern California Fire Near Celebrity-Populated Bel-Air

Illegal Cooking Fire at Homeless Camp Caused Southern California Fire Near Celebrity-Populated Bel-Air
The Los Angeles fire that endangered the homes of Jennifer Aniston, Elon Musk, Beyoncé and Jay-Z was caused by an illegal cooking fire, People confirms.

Los Angeles Fire Department investigators have determined the Skirball fire in Bel-Air, California, was caused by flames at an encampment in a brush area adjacent to where Sepulveda Boulevard crosses under the San Diego (405) Freeway.

No individuals were present in the area of origin and no arrests have been made in connection with the Skirball fire, which burned more than 400 acres, destroyed six homes and damaged at least 12 in the Bel-Air community, one of the
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8 Throwback Reese Witherspoon Scenes We're Still Not Over

8 Throwback Reese Witherspoon Scenes We're Still Not Over
Although Reese Witherspoon is up for the outstanding lead actress Emmy for her performance in Big Little Lies, we’re still recovering from some of her most unforgettable big screen moments.

From the hilarious to the heartbreaking, these are some of the performances that helped Witherspoon become one of the most beloved actresses of her time.

(Warning: Some videos contain explicit language)

Legally Blonde: Warner breaks up with Elle

Never before has a devastated woman crying in public been so hilarious. The actress pulled it off as Warner (Matthew Davis) tells Elle (Witherspoon) she’s too much of a
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Spider-Man Visits Avengers Tower in 2 New Homecoming Posters

Spider-Man Visits Avengers Tower in 2 New Homecoming Posters
Get ready! A new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer is just around the corner. No release date has been announced for this all-new footage, but Sony and Marvel are teasing fans with a set of posters, which prominently feature the wall-crawler doing what he does best. After the first one-sheet for the movie emerged yesterday, we have two more courtesy of Imp Awards, as Peter Parker visits different landmarks around New York.

And oh, what a landmark! In this first teaser, we see Peter Parker clinging to the side of Avengers Tower. Perhaps he's trying to find Tony Stark for an upgrade to his spidey suit, which was created by Stark Industries. Or perhaps he's waiting around for his official membership card into the superhero group known as The Avengers. The second poster shows Parker visiting a less obvious tourist attraction, if you can call it that. Here he's seen hanging off
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Inside Danny Elfman's Twisted Cult Film 'Forbidden Zone'

Inside Danny Elfman's Twisted Cult Film 'Forbidden Zone'
Long before he wrote the wild, dramatic score for Batman and the twisted song cycle that runs through the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman's original claim to cinematic fame was far quirkier than anything he'd ever dream up for Tim Burton: He portrayed Satan, dressed in a long-tail white tux, conducting an orchestra of goblins in a run-through of every "hidey-hidey-hidey-ho" in Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher." The episode, in the campy 1980 cult hit Forbidden Zone, found the redheaded composer wiggling, shimmying and writhing as he
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The Conversation: Top 10 American Indie Filmmakers Missing in Action

No film buff wants to see a promising, or prominent filmmaker pull a disappearing act a la Terrence Malick, (though it seems he isn’t keen to repeat another lapse like the one between Days of Heaven to The Thin Red Line), but whether they’re dealing with unforeseeable professional (endless pre-production woes, writer’s block) or personal issues, sometimes there is a considerable time between projects.

With John Cameron Mitchell, Charlie Kaufman, Rebecca Miller, Patty Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and more recently, Barry Jenkins recently moving out of the so called “inactive” period, we decided to compile a list of the top ten American filmmakers who, for the most part, we’ve lost sight of and would like to see get back in the director’s chair again. Most of the filmmakers listed below have gone well over half a decade without a substantial movement in this category. Here is
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The Voice Season 8 Performance Finale Recap: Hat Man Vs. Supergirl?

The Voice Season 8 Performance Finale Recap: Hat Man Vs. Supergirl?
The greatest superhero movie of summer went down on Monday night — in the reality-competition genre, of all places! — and there wasn’t a single exploding car, collapsing building or vortex into another dimension in sight.

Some people might refer to it as The Voice‘s Season 8 Performance Finale, but to my ears, we might as well dub it Sawyer Vs. Koryn: Wonder-Teen Vocals Activate! (which, come to think of it, would be the kind of Saturday morning fare I’d encourage my children to watch).

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Reese Witherspoon on Cruel Intentions: My Kids Don't Need to See Me & Ryan Phillippe Having Sex

Reese Witherspoon on Cruel Intentions: My Kids Don't Need to See Me & Ryan Phillippe Having Sex
It was their parents' shining moment together on screen. But Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe's kids have no interest in seeing Cruel Intentions – and no wonder!

The actors have talked about the 1999 film with daughter Ava, 15, and son Deacon, 11, and even showed them places in Central Park where some scenes were shot. But the kids have no intention of watching it, Witherspoon, 39, said Thursday on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live.

"They have this Cruel Intentions play in L.A. that's like a musical. So I was going to take them to that. But they haven't seen it," she said.
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Hot Pursuit (2015) – The Review

The superheroes started the Summer with a bang (and a pow and lotsa’ crashes) last Friday, so it’s now time for what is turning out to be another warm weather cinema staple: the female-driven, often raunchy comedy, which can probably be traced back to the surprise smash of 2011, Bridesmaids. Its breakout star, Melissa McCarthy, then became the unofficial queen of Summer R-rated gagfests with The Heat and Tammy. So, is this the 2015 model Mm comedy? Nope, we’ve got a few weeks to go before she reteams with director Paul Feig for Spy (also to premiere shortly is the feature film debut of cable TV firebrand Amy Schumer). This is an attempted funny flick that riffs on one of her previous hits. It’s an action-cop-buddy-comedy which pairs an Oscar-winning actress (like Sandra Bullock in The Heat) with funny lady mostly known for her broadcast TV work (Melissa still
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Wild Review

Director: Jean-Marc Vallee

Cast: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Adam Driver

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 115 mins

Synopsis: After a series of unfortunate events Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), a recovering drug addict, sets out on a 1100 mile trek by foot across America’s Pacific Crest Trail.

This time last year we were all mesmerised by Jean-Marc Vallee’s brilliant Dallas Buyers Club, a film that saw both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto bag an Oscar. Now just twelve months later Vallee has produced another stunning piece of cinema that is garnering a lot of award season chatter.

Once more the story is a true life tale, this time around we have Reese Witherspoon starring as Cheryl Strayed, a young woman who, through determination to turn her life around, makes it her mission to conquer the Pacific Crest Trail. For those not in the know the Pacific Crest Trail is really long (over 1000 miles).

The
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Reese Witherspoon Facts: 35 Things You (Probably) Don't Know About Lil' Spoon

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.

1. Reese Witherspoon was born March 22, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana to John Draper Witherspoon Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Reese.

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.
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Spotlight on the Stars: Reese Witherspoon

For this week’s brand new spotlight piece, I wanted to cite an A-lister who is having one really good 2014, to say the least. It’s Reese Witherspoon, an Academy Award winning actress who only this year is finally solidifying her status not just as a star, but as a supremely talented actress as well. It’s high time too, as she’s given more top quality performances than a lot of people realize. From some of her early work to the performance that won her the Oscar, Witherspoon has become a deserving member of the A-list, though someone who doesn’t always get the credit that she truly deserves. As such, it’s only appropriate today to put the spotlight on her. Here we go… Witherspoon got her start with a few head turning roles in smaller films, starting with The Man in the Moon, followed by A Far Off Place and Freeway,
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Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.

Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear
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