On Friday, Reese and her Big Little Lies co-stars and writer David E. Kelley attended the Winter TCA Press Tour HBO Panel, to preview the upcoming 2nd season of their show. They talked about what we can expect from the new season, including that there will no longer be the ‘Greek chorus’ of characters commentating on events, that the tone is more dramatic, and that the focus is on dealing with the ‘trauma’ of what happened at the end of season 1. David E. Kelley commented that there is “no such plan” for a season 3. We’ve compiled a whole batch of tweets from the panel which you can read below, along with a couple of articles. Reese wore a simple but elegant blue dress by Michael Kors for the event. Find lots of high quality photos in our Gallery!
BIG LITTLE LIES, Starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz and Meryl Streep Returns for its Second Season in June, Exclusively on HBO; Adam Scott, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling Co-Star; Andrea Arnold Directs All Seven Episodes of Drama Series; Created by David E. Kelley; Teleplay by David E. Kelley and Story by Kelley and Liane Moriarty; Based on the Best-Selling Novel by Liane Moriarty
On the surface, in the tranquil seaside town of Monterey, California, everything seems the same. The mothers continue to dote, the husbands support, the children remain adorable and the houses are just as beautiful. But the night of the school fundraiser changed all that, leaving the community reeling as the “Monterey Five” — Madeline, Celeste, Jane, Renata and Bonnie — bond together to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives.
Created by David E. Kelley, teleplays by David E. Kelley and story by Kelley and Liane Moriarty, and based on the novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author Liane Moriarty, BIG LITTLE LIES returns for its seven-episode second season in June, exclusively on HBO. The new season explores the malignancy of lies, the durability of friendships, the fragility of marriage and, of course, the vicious ferocity of sound parenting. Relationships will fray, loyalties will erode…and the potential for emotional and bodily injury shall loom.
With all seven episodes directed and executive produced by Andrea Arnold (“Red Road,” “Fish Tank,” “Wuthering Heights,” “American Honey”; Oscar® winner for “Wasp”), BIG LITTLE LIES features teleplays by David E. Kelley (“Goliath,” “Mr. Mercedes”; 11-time Emmy® winner for “Picket Fences,” “LA Law,” “The Practice,“ “Ally McBeal” and “Big Little Lies”).
The show will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.
Reese graces the cover of the new February issue of US Vogue! The magazine features a story on her as the “moral compass of Hollywood” (which is a great title for her!), and features an extensive new interview and a new photoshoot – including a photo with Betty and Ava. It’s a fantastic article exploring how Reese’s career has developed, and focuses mostly on her recent move into production and business; there are also some great quotes from Cheryl Strayed, Nicole Kidman and Meryl Streep. I also liked reading about where her Oscar is, and that she has hardbound copies of scripts from her movies!
Read the full article below, and find high quality photos from the cover and the shoot in our Gallery. We’ll have scans for you soon. Make sure you pick up a copy when you can!
Reese Witherspoon: Activist, Advocate, Hollywood’s Moral Compass
The first time Reese Witherspoon found herself suspended from school was in third grade, when she was caught running a custom-barrette business from her desk. (She painted store-bought barrettes and sold them at a profit; when her paint pens leaked onto her desk, she was apprehended.) Another time was during her junior year, at a private girls’ high school in Nashville, when she complained to her English teacher that the work they were doing wasn’t challenging enough. Witherspoon was in many ways a model student—good grades, popular, a soccer player and cheerleader—but she also had a reputation for telling teachers what they were doing was wrong.
“I always tended to be outspoken with my opinions,” she says. “Whether they were appropriate or not.”
More than two decades later, Witherspoon is still fighting the status quo. Insofar as Hollywood is an extreme version of high school, a fishbowl of fragile egos, insecurity, and often-misdirected sexual energy, she has taken it upon herself to be a champion of the overlooked and the underestimated. She may still bear the imprint of the perky-blonde roles that kept her in American-sweetheart mode for the better part of two decades, but something’s changed beneath the surface. Witherspoon has become a formidable businesswoman, launching a company that has a hand in just about every imaginable sector of contemporary media, and she’s become a formidable activist as well, fighting for greater representation in Hollywood of people of color, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and—most of all—women.
“The idea is to put women at the center of the story,” Witherspoon says, sitting barefoot and in jeans in the kitchen of her sunny, sprawling Los Angeles home as her three dogs—a German shepherd named Nash (short for Nashville), a French bulldog named Pepper, and a lab named Hank—amble and snort among the rooms. “I was sick of making movies where I was the only female lead on the set. I was sick of seeing scripts where there was one female role, badly written, and yet every actress in town wanted the part because there was nothing else.”
There is perhaps no greater example in the history of television of putting women at the center than Big Little Lies, the HBO sensation that picked up eight Emmys in 2017. Witherspoon executive-produced the series with Nicole Kidman, with whom she also stars alongside Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley. In the second season, which airs in late spring, Meryl Streep will bring the show’s number of female leads to six.
HBO aired a new teaser trailer for its 2019 shows during last night’s Golden Globe Awards – and it included new footage from Big Little Lies season 2! We see Meryl Streep pleading to know what happened to her son, and the 5 leading ladies in a line-up. Have a watch…
January 5, 2019 • Category: "Big Little Lies", News & Gossip •
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‘Big Little Lies’ Season 2 ‘Looking at June’ Premiere, Nicole Kidman Says
Now that HBO has revealed “Game of Thrones” will be returning for its eighth and final season in April — though the official premiere date is still TBD — it’s high time the premium cabler tells “Big Little Lies” fans when they’ll get Season 2 of their fave series. Except maybe “BLL” star Nicole Kidman already beat them to the punch.
Kidman — who plays Celeste on HBO’s adaptation of the Liane Moriarty novel — made a quick appearance alongside her husband on CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen” Dec. 31, and dropped what she believes to be the premiere month for the sophomore installment of “Big Little Lies.”
“June, I think. We’re looking at June,” Kidman said when Cohen asked her when we can expect the second season to premiere. “We’re still in the midst of editing it, but, um, thanks for asking ’cause we’re glad that people are excited about it.”
HBO declined TheWrap’s request for comment on a June premiere date for Season 2.
Here’s Reese on Aussie news show Sunrise earlier this month, promoting ‘Whiskey In A Teacup’. She also mentions Big Little Lies, cooking for her BLL co-stars, her Australian friends Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts & Isla Fisher, and Ava’s ‘win’ on the night Reese won her Oscar!
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