Jennifer Garner and Reese Witherspoon made a hard case for subtle texture at the 23rd annual Beat the Odds Awards last night. Both in knee-length cocktail dresses and black heels, Jennifer imbued her look with print thanks to a white lace bodice, while Reese's Michael Kors number revealed its cobalt and black print under the lights of the photographers' flashes. Whose take on print and texture did you think was stronger?
Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Garner, in Valentino, got together for the Children's Defense Fund's annual Beat the Odds Awards in LA on Thursday night. The ladies posed solo on their way into the event, and then met up to chat inside where Matt Damon and his wife, Luciana, as well as Conan O'Brien and his wife, Liza, were in attendance. Reese has been a staple at the event for years, having also hit the red carpet in 2012 just months after giving birth to her son Tennessee. Matt and Luciana stepped out after taking a quick trip out of LA over the weekend. They mingled with other guests, including producer J.J. Abrams, though one person was noticeably absent — Matt's pal Ben Affleck wasn't photographed with his wife, Jennifer.
Read on for more from the charitable event.
Some of the most powerful women in Hollywood stepped out for a celebration of sisterhood last night when they attended the 2013 Elle Women in Hollywood Awards in LA. Honorees included Reese Witherspoon, Marion Cotillard, Melissa McCarthy, Naomie Harris, and Shailene Woodley, who also appeared together in Elle's November Hollywood issue, which hit newsstands earlier this month. There were plenty of stars who turned out to support their Hollywood peers, including Chelsea Handler, who hung out with Reese and Whitney Cummings, and Lea Michele, who went without her "Cory" necklace while walking the red carpet.
Monday night was a big one for Hollywood as the annual Hollywood Film Awards also took place in Beverly Hills.
Reese Witherspoon gave us a glimpse of her latest project, Wild, in a series of photos recently posted to her WhoSay account. The actress shared a snap of herself wearing the same hiking boots displayed on the book's cover with the caption, "It's all beginning #WILD." She followed up with a gorgeous photo of the sunset in Oregon — where many of the movie's scenes are being shot — and later posted a picture while in costume and carrying a heavy backpack, saying, "Here's first pic of me as Cheryl Strayed in WILD. So excited to play @cherylstrayed in a movie!"
Earlier this year, Reese signed on to produce the much-anticipated film adaptation and also portray Cheryl, the book's author. The novel follows Cheryl as she hikes the Pacific Crest Trail on an epic journey of self-discovery after losing her mother to cancer (it was also announced this week that Cheryl's mom, Bobbi, will be played by Laura Dern). Cheryl, who has been spending time on the Oregon set with Reese and the rest of the crew, shared the same photo of the actress on her Facebook page, adding, "It's an extraordinary experience to see Reese Witherspoon dressed in the clothes I wore on the trail, her hair the same style and color as mine then, with my beloved/loathed Monster on her back packed just the way I packed it. I'm humbled and awed and so excited for you to see the movie!"
Elle's annual Women in Hollywood issue is set to hit the stands on Oct. 22, and it's focusing on the powerful women who are making big changes in the film industry. The newest round of exceptional actresses discuss everything from making films with strong female leads to standing up against conventional expectations for women in the industry. We know these women inspire us, but what inspires them? We're taking a look at a few insightful quotes from this year's big game changers.
Reese WitherspoonAlthough Reese Witherspoon has been acting in movies for a long time, she began producing films to push more women into lead roles. "I started noticing a couple years ago that I wasn't seeing women as the stars of movies. I'm seeing them as the guys' girlfriends, or so-and-so's wife. I just thought: God, if I don't start buckling down and start producing some movies, what's my daughter going to see?"
As it turns out, Reese's daughter is a lot more than just her reason for creating a positive role model for young women . . . she's also helped Reese ground herself. "Somebody was saying to me the other day, 'Oh, people get less interesting when they have kids.' I just don't think that's true. I feel like I was so confused before I had kids, I almost got in my own way. Having kids made me clearer about who I was as a woman. I just wanted to exhibit good qualities for my daughter. I was a little competitive before I had kids — probably really competitive, to be honest. It really made me let go of that."
Shailene WoodleyFor Shailene Woodley, the representation of women in Hollywood isn't quite as important as her representation of herself. In a world that tends to seem insincere, Shailene is striving to stay grounded. "There's nothing like walking into a meeting and people expecting me to shake hands, and you hug them. For me, a hug is to disregard all of that bullsh*t and be like, This is me, Shai. This is who I am. Now let's talk about real situations. Let's not talk about all this surface-level stuff."
At the same time, though, Shailene recognizes that she still has a lot of growing to do. "I'm so young, and I'm single, and I just want to drift. I'm just going to be a drifter. I want to do something totally different before Insurgent (the second film in the Divergent trilogy). Maybe I'll work in a tea shop. Or live in Amsterdam. Or be a nanny. Life experience only helps us as actors. I need new experiences to draw upon."
See the other two women who have turned into major game changers when you read on.
The Toronto International Film Festival has come to an end, and we've been lucky to see some of the biggest names in film filter in through the Canadian city. Jennifer Aniston paired up with her costars Tim Robbins and Will Forte for a cocktail party in celebration of their film, Life of Crime, and Julia Roberts and Dermot Mulroney gave My Best Friend's Wedding fans a thrill when they reunited at the premiere of their new movie, August: Osage County. Reese Witherspoon made a quick trip to Toronto to debut her film Devil's Knot, and Mila Kunis showed skin in a white dress for the Third Person premiere at the festival.
Plenty more stars made the trek north like Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who had fun celebrating their film, Don Jon, and Marion Cotillard, who looked glamorous to premiere her film Blood Ties. Jennifer Garner linked up with Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto to debut Dallas Buyers Club, and Chris Hemsworth was flanked by his brothers, Liam Hemsworth and Luke Hemsworth, for Rush's debut. Sandra Bullock also popped up in Toronto to promote her film Gravity during the festivities. Plenty more famous faces popped up in Canada for the festival, including Labor Day stars Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin; Keira Knightley for her latest project, Can a Song Save Your Life?; and 12 Years a Slave stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, and Benedict Cumberbatch. The fun has come to an end until next year, so click through to see all of the stars at the 2013 TIFF!
Reese Witherspoon is one of the many stars who went for the chop recently, cutting her longer locks into a more modern, youthful mid-length clavicut. But she hasn't let the loss of inches affect her styling options. At the Toronto Film Festival premiere of The Devil's Knot Reese swept her loosely waves hair over to one side in a deep parting, bringing them over one shoulder. But all was not as it seemed, a back view shows how she kept her style looking tidy from the front; a loose roll and a handful of kirby grips kept any loose strands from escaping. What do think of this party in the front, business in the back hairstyle? Cast your votes below!
Reese Witherspoon hit the red carpet in a sexy Jason Wu dress for the Toronto International Film Festival premiere of Devil's Knot on Sunday. She was joined by her costar Colin Firth to promote the crime drama, which is based on the real-life story of three teenagers known as the West Memphis Three. The teens were accused of killing three young boys as part of a satanic ritual in 1993, and Reese stars as the mother of one of the suspected murderers.
Reese touched down in Toronto earlier in the day to fulfill her film festival duties. She jetted up to Canada after spending the weekend with her daughter, Ava Phillippe, and young son Tennessee Toth, who is turning 1 later this month. The blond trio took a trip to The Brentwood Country Mart for shopping and lunch, and Ava showed off her big-sister skills by carrying her baby brother down the street.
If you're wondering what this Autumn's It bag is going to be, then here's your answer, courtesy of Louis Vuitton and Reese Witherspoon. The star — who has made a name for herself carrying the hottest bags on the market (remember how she was one of the first to carry the Fendi 2jours tote?) — was spotted out in LA with the Louis Vuitton W, which she styled with a light-blue sweater, skinny jeans, and leopard-print Louboutins.
If the leather and coated canvas carryall looks familiar to you, then that's because you've already seen it starring alongside Michelle Williams in Louis Vuitton's stunning Autumn 2013 campaign, where it made its official debut with Vuitton's other headline Autumn bag, the Capucine. If its sleek silhouette, classic monogram detailing, and chic celebrity sighting are any indication, then it's clear this will be the hottest accessory of the Autumn.
Former First Lady Hillary Clinton is getting the biopic treatment with the film Rodham, which will follow the politician during her college days — and while dating Bill, of course. The film already has a script and a director, but it's still in early production, and obviously, the biggest question is who will play Hillary. Now, British actress Carey Mulligan is reportedly the front-runner for the role, but there are a few other actresses in the game as well, so let's speculate about who should play her. Click through to vote on whether or not you can see each actress as Hillary Clinton.