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Reese Witherspoon Looks Towards Oscar Gold With 'Wild,' 'The Good Lie' (TRAILER)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 24, 2014 at 10:50AM

Reese Witherspoon's got a busy fall coming up, with two new films--"Wild" and "The Good Lie"--headed for awards season-friendly release dates.
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'The Good Lie'
'The Good Lie'

Reese Witherspoon's got a busy fall coming up, with two new films--"Wild" and "The Good Lie"--headed for awards season-friendly release dates.  

"Wild" certainly promises a smoother path to the gold for Witherspoon: based on the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, it follows a woman whose marriage has ended and whose mother has passed away as she hikes the Pacific Crest trail by herself. "Dallas Buyers Club" director Jean-Marc Vallée is helming from a screenplay by Nick Hornby, and awards pro Fox Searchlight has planned a December 5 release date.

Before then, though, Witherspoon will bow in "The Good Lie," another based-on-true-events film about an American woman who helps four Sudanese refugees adapt to life in the U.S. after they win a lottery to be relocated from their war-torn country.  Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing, and several of the exec producers of "The Blind Side" are attached to the project.  Philippe Falardeau, the Canadian writer/director whose film "Monsieur Lazhar" was nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is directing.  "The Good Lie" will hit theaters on October 3.

Witherspoon won an Oscar for 2005's "Walk the Line" but has kept a low profile in recent years--she played a supporting role in "Mud" and her only film from last year was under-the-radar "Devil's Knot."  Perhaps this will be the year she brings a second Oscar home to keep her first one company.

This article is related to: Reese Witherspoon, Wild, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Monsieur Lazhar, Philippe Falardeau, Nick Hornby, Jean-Marc Vallée


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.