- On the covers of this year's top September issues--the fattest and most important fashion magazines of the year--are established actresses in their 40s, who editors are counting on to sell as many magazines as possible. These glamour icons are out-dressing and out-charming their twenty-something and thirty-something peers (one exception is Vanity Fair's Lady Gaga cover). September Vogue (whose cover models' age average over the past year is the highest at 34.5) features Halle Berry (44 this weekend); Harper's Bazaar went with Jennifer Aniston (41); and Elle boasts Julia Roberts (42).
Lesley Jane Seymour of More Magazine asks THR: "Who is there with any kind of real style or longevity in their 30s or 20s right now? Britney Spears? Kim Kardashian? These are flashes in the pan. Many are shallow reality stars like Snooki. Style icon? Um, talk to me in a year. Frankly, it's here today, gone tomorrow. Lindsay Lohan? What's to look up to?" Seymour believes that with the American population growing older, everyone has an easier time relating to "a woman with a little wear on her tires." Harper's Bazaar projects/features director Laura Brown told THR: "they have something to say." When a woman buys a magazine, she's buying into whoever is on the cover - and investing in a 40-year-old who's had both a career and style for fifteen or twenty years is a better investment than someone who's stopping over between jail and rehab.
- Thirty-four year old Reese Witherspoon has her own style to burn. She is producing a biopic passion project in which she will star as singer Peggy Lee, whose career unfolded over almost 70 years. Variety reports that Witherspoon got the rights to the story after meeting with Lee's granddaughter, then asked her Legally Blonde partner Marc Platt to co-produce. Nora Ephron will direct for Fox 2000, which also backed the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line which yielded a 2006 Oscar win for Witherspoon for her portrayal of June Carter. Witherspoon has over a dozen films in production or in development. Next up: James L. Brooks' comedy How Do You Know (December 17). She plays a professional softball player who is torn between stand-up-guy (Paul Rudd) and fast-ball throwing charmer (Owen Wilson). Jack Nicholson plays her father.
- Rest assured, there will be another role of a lifetime contest to obsess over once the role of Lisbeth Salander is handed down to the luckiest early-twenties actress alive. Vulture predicts that the next casting saga will begin August 24th when the latest book in the Hunger Games trilogy - Mockingjay - is released. Writer Suzanne Collins' leading character is Katniss Everdeen, who is reminiscent of Twilight's Bella Swan in that she's involved in an intense love triangle. According to New York Vulture:
Whoever lands the part of Katniss will get to use a bow and arrow, fight for her survival, have sexy-time with handsome teenagers, wear fire, and, you know, have a movie franchise.
NY handicaps the likely teen contenders for the Lionsgate movie being produced by Nina Jacobson, including Saoirse Ronan, the Fanning Sisters, Chloe Moretz and Taylor Momsen. Let the next casting games begin. And 40-somethings need not apply.