If a 1,100 mile hike up the Pacific Crest Trail isn’t enough to “clear your head,” nothing will. Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, knows this firsthand. After a series of disastrous events including a divorce, the death of her mother, and a brief stint on the streets, the twenty-something made the long journey from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State alone and without any experience or training. Her book, a New York Times Bestseller and Oprah 2.0 Book Club selection, was voted Best Nonfiction Book of 2012 by The Boston Globe and Entertainment Weekly.
Director Jean-Marc Vallee of “Dallas Buyers Club” fame joined forces with Reese Witherspoon to bring Strayed’s story to the big screen. Witherspoon plays the lead and co-produced the film. To prepare for the role, she spent time getting to know Strayed intimately. The two were together at the film’s premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Witherspoon was quoted by Deadline.com as saying, ““I don’t know which one of us cried more watching this.”
“Wild” takes its toll on the emotions. Written with a female audience in mind, it pulls at the heartstrings. Witherspoon, an accomplished actress, is said to have given her best onscreen performance since “Walk the Line.” An Oscar nod is thought to be headed her way. Mixed reviews, however, question the film’s need to revisit the past. It is said the reason behind the journey is significantly less important than the journey itself. The hike and what it had to teach Strayed is what’s important. Only time will tell how others will view the film as it makes its way to Vancouver next.
“Wild” opens in theaters nationwide on December 5th.
Ryan Murphy’s got a lot of things going for him. He’s got a hit TV show (Glee), a hit movie (he directed Eat, Pray, Love), and he’s also scaring the crap out of TV audiences with his wonderful American Horror Story. But you can add another movie to his already formidable work load.
According to reports, a dinner that he hosted that was attended by A-listers Gwyneth Paltrow, Cameron Diaz and Reese Witherspoon, has actually resulted in a pitch idea that has been readily snatched up by Sony. [Read more…]
The writers strike may be over, but the best moments of Late Night tv are still those that are unscripted. Check out this list of the week’s funniest moments (including the TV star that Reese Witherspoon utterly adores).