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Tuesday, June 07, 2011
The Saga of Blake and Reese
Reese Witherspoon says her speech at the MTV Movie Awards wasn't directed at Blake Lively, the star of a recent cell phone nude photo scandal. I hope that's true, because Witherspoon (receiving a career achievement award at the time) came off as bitter and shrill just as she's settled domestically and could justifiably be looking forward to a strong second act to her career. I think Witherspoon could pull off a sort of Meryl Streep-like mid-to-late career, mixing well-chosen comedies with dramatic roles and maybe the right high-gloss HBO project. As for Lively, if the pictures are fake she's a victim and if they're real she needs to be more careful. The larger issue is that Lively, being called "trashy" on gossip blogs, is more famous for being pretty even though she's a working actress with solid character work on her resume and a blockbuster with sequel potential around the corner. She's also an in-demand fashion model whose career doesn't need a scandal to get attention. Oh, and how many TV shows (not on CBS) last four seasons? If you don't like Lively that's fine, but she isn't anywhere close to the Kardashian/Hilton Axis of Self-Perpetuating Celebrity. Best of luck to both Witherspoon and Lively. I can't wait for them to work together and for this all to come up again.