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Reese Witherspoon To Star In 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' Directed By Commercials Helmer Bryan Buckley

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 21, 2012 3:42 PM
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Reese Witherspoon 'Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus' Bryan Buckley

If that bit of Reese Witherspoon news is old, forgive us, because the last time we paid attention to the big screen adaptation of this book/punch line was waaaaay back in 2010 when Summit picked up the rights and then we forgot about it. But even though no one gave a shit about "What To Expect When You're Expecting" (even though it sold millions upon millions of copies), it seems Lionsgate (who now own Summit) think this is still a good idea.

Deadline reports that Witherspoon will lead the movie adaptation of the scientifically accurate "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus" that now has a director in commercials helmer Bryan Buckley, whose name might not be familiar, but you've undoubtedly seen his work. Winner of a plethora of awards, he's been behind numerous Super Bowl spots, those new Siri ads, celeb spots for American Express and more. So if this movie has a lot of product placement, dude is going to nail it. Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont, who have paired on such classic gender war comedies like "Leap Year" and "Made Of Honor," have penned the script though no plot details are available at the moment. But we'll take a flying stab in the dark that it will be a piercing look into the gulf that divides men and women, and the harrowing journey to bridge that galactic gap....BUT WITH LAUGHS AND JOKES ABOUT EATING ICE CREAM WHEN YR SAD. But if they actually set this in outer space, maybe we'd be more interested.

We suppose Witherspoon has to do something commercial after spending this summer shooting the far more substanial West Memphis Three drama "The Devil's Knot" with Atom Egoyan, but we thought she could make smarter choices than this. Production will kick off in January.

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  • A Baby Named Jesus | June 21, 2012 4:16 PMReply

    If I were Reese Witherspoon I would seriously consider firing her husband as her agent. I'd even consider getting rid of CAA all together. I think they're the ones ruining her career. If he loves her he'll understand. Because I don't even know what to say about this. How can one person make so many bad decisions? With her it's one step forward and three steps backward. Who wants to see another Reese Witherspoon rom-com? She was once Hollywood's top female earner. She was an Academy Award winner with the world at her fingertips. What happened? Now she's basically on par with Katherine Heigl and Kate Hudson. In all honesty, when was the last time any Reese Witherspoon project excited anyone?

  • Xas | June 25, 2012 4:42 AM

    I agree with that, also another fact: This year is the 36th Birthday for Reese Witherspoon and she needs to be careful which kind of roles she wants to play. The next 4-5 years will be decisive for the longetivy and impact of her career. Not offense, but she's not younger enough for making these cheese romcoms. The Devil's Knot sounds great, but maybe it's not enough, especially when another actresses of her generation have an ecclectic and interesting career like Amy Adams -Working in Superman and Paul Thomas Anderson's film at the same year-

  • Jessie's Girl | June 22, 2012 6:29 PM

    I just want to add that Reese's problem is not her likability and/or acting ability. Reese's problem is her bad career choices. She's made terrible choices for years now. You have people who defend her, because of her likability, but she continues to make terrible choices like this one.

  • Jessie's Girl | June 22, 2012 6:24 PM

    Her role in Mud is extremely small, basically a glorified cameo. I doubt she'll be in Wild at all when all is said and done given that the character is 22-26 in the story and Reese will be 40 by the time it actually starts filming, if they make it at all as Lisa Cholodenko is writing and directing another film first which hasn't even started. She'll be heavily pregnant when we see her in Devil's Knot and will look ridiculous because of it. I doubt this movie will be very commerical either. I'm thinking it'll bomb all the way.

  • Cecil | June 22, 2012 7:18 AM

    She's got Jeff Nichol's Mud, Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot and Lisa Cholodenko's Wild on her plate. Not bad. So she's certainly allowed to do a more commercial film on the side.

  • A Baby Named Jesus | June 21, 2012 4:37 PM


    I'd agree about DEVIL'S KNOT, even though I'm not sure about the WM3's actual innocence, except that she's now noticably pregnant and I think that might ruin the movie. At least it shows that she has some degree of interest, no matter how small, in her career. That's why I wrote one step forward and three steps back. This movie is the three steps back.

  • d | June 21, 2012 4:30 PM

    I have high hopes for Devil's Knot.

  • sp | June 21, 2012 4:26 PM

    A Baby Named Jesus , you are right. She doesn't care about creating a good body of work. Reese Witherspoon has become more cheesier than Kate Hudson. Sometimes, winning an Oscar can hurt an acting career-she and Halle Berry are the perfect example of this.

  • Oogle monster | June 21, 2012 4:19 PM

    Mud. But it's far from a Witherspoon project, so touche Baby Jesus.

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