February 23rd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Toni Collette says her latest character is having a “classic midlife crisis”. It’s an experience that must seem a world away for the western Sydney-born actor, contentedly married with two children and never out of work, even as she longs for more roles on home soil. On the Western Australian set of the feature film Jasper Jones, Collette says she misses “the space, the light, family, friends, fresh air – all the basics”. She is pleased to be here. The actor was so keen on Jasper Jones – the story of a bookish boy who becomes embroiled in the mysterious death of a local girl, based on the award-winning novel by Craig Silvey – that she wanted to option the rights to the film herself. “Everybody did,” she says, laughing. She was beaten out by producers Vincent Sheehan and David Jowsey – but landed a performing role instead. The complete article can be read over at The Guardian, with some additional photographs being added to the photo gallery.

  February 23rd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Those doors would never be opening now were it not for Muriel’s Wedding,” Toni Collette says in an interview with Stellar. The Blacktown-born star said that she still gets stopped in the street by fans of the film who say ‘you’re terrible Muriel’, more than two decades after it first hit the big screen. She said that playing the repressed, underdog character who became the unlikely heroine changed her life. ‘It’s pretty incredible that a film has stayed with people on such a deep level,’ she said. Reminiscing her early days film the 1994 hit, she said she enjoyed the process of making the film without contemplating what would happen next. From there Toni had a succession of roles that catapulted her into international recognition with films such as The Sixth Sense, In Her Shoes, and Little Miss Sunshine. In late 2015, she returned to Australia to film Jasper Jones in Pemberton, WA. The coming-of-age movie sees the actress play the mother of a young boy from a small mining town who finds himself in a moral dilemma in 1960s Australia, which is set for release in March. The full interview can be read over at the Daily Telegraph’s Stellar website.

  February 9th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

sbjctjournal has posted a wonderful interview with Toni Collette featuring an AMAAAZING new photoshoot. Head over to their site to read the full article. Award-winning actress Toni Collette arrives straight from Canada, where she just wrapped up one film. She’s got two premiering at Sundance, and a third coming out in March. But the stereotype of egocentric Hollywood actress-on-the-go doesn’t quite fit this thoughtful, quirky soul. Toni is someone who is deeply aware of her relationship to nature, humanity, and to the planet itself. She talks to sbjct about the fact that nobody exists in a bubble; we are all connected, and we are all part of the human collective.

I think we’re all living at such a pace that just creates ignorance. I think until you have some space and some time and some silence, you don’t actually absorb the context of your life. And if you start to look at your existence, and you start to look at the world and the imbalance of the types of lives being lived and the types of experiences being had, you can’t help but want to help other people. I think it’s awareness. And I think we live in a time and in a society that is driven by things that really are not a priority, and the things that are important are often overlooked, and once you connect with those, it will ultimately give you a much richer life. And a deeper appreciation of what you have.

  February 9th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The trailer and poster for “Unlocked” has been released today, and it looks very good. That being said, the film has been awaiting theatrical release for over three years, so one was worried what could have gone wrong. London is under biological attack from terrorists in Unlocked, and only Noomi Rapace has the key. Rapace stars as a CIA operative who finds her mission compromised. She’s forced to team up with an MI5 agent, played by Orlando Bloom, to track down the terrorist infiltration and prevent a major attack. Along the way, she’s ably assisted (or hindered?) by the likes of Michael Douglas, Toni Collette, and John Malkovich. Quite a cast. Veteran British director Michael Apted is behind the camera on this one, which makes sense given his Bond pedigree on The World Is Not Enough. Unlocked arrives on 5 May. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery, alongside the film’s poster. I’m still wondering if the shots of Toni firing a machine gun might be a spoiler :-) I guess we’ll find out soon.

  January 28th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments


“Fun Mom Dinner,” starring Katie Aselton, Toni Collette, Bridget Everett and Molly Shannon, premiered Friday on the last day of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival in Park City. In the film, the four women, whose kids are in the same preschool class, get together for dinner — and things take an unexpected turn. Alethea Jones directs this comedy, written by Julie Rudd; part of the Premieres program. Edit: Lots of additional pictures have been added.

  January 27th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

With many thanks to Item7, here’s a first look at Toni Collette and Matthew Goode in the upcoming “Birthmarked”. Collette and Goode are portraying two respected scientists who quit their university jobs in 1977 to conduct an experiment they think will revolutionize understanding of human identity. The project aims to raise three children contrarily to their genetic predispositions to prove the ultimate power of nurture over nature with a newborn girl adopted from two feeble-minded parents, is raised to be smart; a newborn boy adopted from two anger-prone parents is raised to be a pacifist; and their own biological son, who comes from a long lineage of scientific brains, is raised to become a revered artist. “Birthmarked” can be expected to release in late 2017, early 2018.

  January 22nd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

…and no one’s there, the title should say. While director Alexandre Moors and actors Tye Sheridan and Jack Huston were in attendance at last night’s world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, but the “stars” of the film – Jennifer Aniston, Toni Collette, Jason Patric and Alden Ehrenreich – were not there. To make news worse, reviews for the film have been disappointing so far. That comes as a surprise, given the talent involved and the book it’s based on. Plus, Ehrenreich is one of the most promising actors of this day – and the next Han Solo. Nevermind, let’s see where “The Yellow Birds” is going. Here’s the first press echo after its screening.

Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
An excellent novel about the Iraq War and its homefront fallout has been turned into a rather flat and disappointing film in The Yellow Birds. […] Then there’s Bartle’s poor white trash mom Amy (Toni Collette), a woman distraught about her returned son’s aimless life once he’s back. No matter the talents of the actresses playing the mothers, what they’re asked to do is strictly one-note stuff dramatically, so little is gained by having them enact so many repetitive scenes.

Owen Gleiberman, Variety
It’s unusual, at the Sundance Film Festival, to see a drama about a subject like the Iraq War. The economics of scale required to stage an authentic combat scene don’t tend to mesh with indie-film budgets — and besides, there are enough towering war films in our time that the bar for them has been set extraordinarily high. […] We get endless scenes of Brandon lying around in bed, skulking over to the convenience store to buy a six-pack, or warring with his mother (a convincingly emotionally bedraggled Toni Collette). He’s got his big secret about what happened over there, and he’s going to take forever to tell it, even as he’s stalked by a dour CID officer (Jason Patric) and by Murphy’s mother, Maureen, played by Jennifer Aniston, who conveys a truth-at-all-costs desperation, even though she’s a shade too punchy and telegraphed about it.

Mike Ryan, Uproxx News
In Alexandre Moors’ The Yellow Birds (based on Kevin Powers’ book of the same name), Ehrenreich plays Brandon Bartle, a 20-year-old from Virginia who enlists in the Army during the Iraq War. The Yellow Birds has been kind of billed at Sundance as “the Iraq War movie,” but even though a large portion of the film takes place in Iraq, it doesn’t feel altogether like a war movie. It feels more like a movie with a mystery. The Iraq scenes are shown in flashback after Bartle returns to Virginia a very different human being than he arrived. And Ehrenreich almost seems like two different people, transforming from the confident soldier, to the depressed and volatile man comes back, one his mother (Toni Collette) barely recognizes.

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