Welcome to Toni Collette Online, your unofficial web resource on the Australian actress and singer, best known for her film performances in "Muriel's Wedding", "The Sixth Sense" and "Little Miss Sunshine", as well as her Emmy and Golden Globe winning roles in "United States of Tara". For the past 11 years, Toni Collette Online has covered all latest news with detailed information and articles - and features extensive archives with over 50.000 images and videos. Enjoy your stay.
Welcome to the new version of Toni Collette Online. As the site has been fully converted to a mobile-friendly version, I’ve taken the opportunity to give the site, once again, a fresh new look. It’s also part of my anticipation for 2017, with 11 (!) new projects being released. Toni Collette will be seen in 9 feature films, including the comedy “Fun Mom Dinner”, hitting new territory opposite Vin Diesel in “XXX3: The Return of Xander Cage”, the anticipated adaptation of “Jasper Jones” and starring with Harvey Keitel in the French comedy drama “Madame”. There’s also a new leading role in a television series, ABC’s upcoming “Unit Zero”. For a complete look at all upcoming projects, have a look at the sidebar. So, there’s a lot to look forward to, and what better way to do this with a new look, Therefore, enjoy your stay and check back soon.
Curtis Hanson, who directed Toni Collette and Cameron Diaz in 2005’s “In her Shows, has died. Hanson was probably best known for 1997’s “L.A. Confidential”, which was nominated for nine Oscars, including for best picture and best director and won for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay (Mr. Hanson and his co-writer, Brian Helgeland). As Sasha Stone at AwardsDaily wrote earlier today, he was also a director of great women. Hanson had an ability to bring out fierce performances in his actresses – from Kim Basinger, who won an Oscar in LA Confidential, to the absolutely fantastic Rebecca De Mornay in the Hand that Rocks the Cradle. She should have gotten an Oscar nomination for that movie. And what can you say about The River Wild except that it’s a much better movie than it’s been given credit for, thank in large part to Meryl Streep – but also Hanson was a good director of thrillers, usually those that revolved around female characters, but he also directed 8 Mile with Eminem which came close to getting a Best Picture nomination. Edit: Toni Collette released a statement on Mr. Hanson’s passing on her Instagram account:
Oh Curtis, I am so lucky to have worked with you and known your friendship. The greatest director. The most curious and beautiful mind. You were a great liver of life and will always inspire me. I’ll miss you. I hope wherever you are it’s widescreen…
Article courtesy Express: From playing an ugly duckling in Muriel’s Wedding to a terrified mum in The Sixth Sense, Toni Collette is never in danger of being typecast. And her latest role as an FBI agent is as high-risk as ever. Hearing Toni Collette describe her new screen character is rather like hearing her sum up herself. “She’s passionate, hardworking, determined, feisty, smart, focused, grounded and irreverent,” the actress says of the FBI agent she plays in Imperium. Not that Toni, 43, is in the business of bigging herself up. The main common ground between her and Angela Zamparo is, she believes, that they’re both parents. “She is balancing having a family with a career that consumes her,” says the mum to daughter Sage, eight, and son Arlo, five. “I relate to that.” Since Sage came along she has made more than 30 films and a couple of high-profile TV shows (including her Emmy-winning turn in United States Of Tara) so motherhood hasn’t slowed her down. She’s been married to musician Dave Galafassi since 2003. He’s the drummer in her band The Finish. They haven’t played for a while but when it comes to acting Toni says yes to things that stir her, and that happens a lot.
Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio are joining Clive Owen in director Fred Schepisi’s thriller Andorra. Based on the novel by Peter Cameron, Andorra follows Alexander Fox (Owen) who leaves the US to start a new life in the small nation of Andorra. Once there he is quickly drawn to a tall Australian blonde and the heartbroken daughter of the town matriarch, but he soon finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Production is scheduled to commence in Italy next April with David Nichols from Cineroma as the Italian production partner. Post production will take place in Australia. The screenplay has been adapted by Cameron and Jamie Bialkower. Bialkower is producing for Jump Street Films alongside Schepisi, Lizzette Atkins and executive producer James Ivory. Celluloid Dreams will handle international sales. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.
No reservations are required for the upcoming comedy Fun Mom Dinner, which stars Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, and Katie Aselton as four wildly different mothers whose kids share a preschool class. When this unlikely quartet decides to meet up for a casual dinner, things quickly devolve into an evening of debauchery — and weed-fueled karaoke performances. That means at least one heartfelt ‘80s singalong, as seen in the exclusive photo above. “It’s so easy to lump them into a generic ‘mum’ category,” says Collette, whose character is raising four young boys. “But they’re all strikingly different, and they all go out on this night together with varying degrees of reluctance and willingness.”Not unlike this summer’s breakout hit Bad Moms, Fun Mom Dinner is the latest comedy about mothers behaving badly and the idea that — shocker! — there’s not one way to be the perfect mom.
“When you have kids, you’re still the same person you were — except you have kids! Moms are not all the same people!” Collette says, laughing. “Every single human being is different, and I think having a child enriches your life, but you still maintain your sense of self, or struggle with that. And that’s part of this [movie] as well.” A few non-moms round out the cast, including Adam Scott, Adam Levine, Rob Huebel, and Paul Rust, but it’s mostly a female affair, including writer Julie Yaeger Rudd and first-time feature director Alethea Jones. June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions produced. “People were actually wetting themselves from laughing so much at work,” Collette says. “I hadn’t experienced that in the past.” Fun Mom Dinner is out next year.
Hot on the heels of news about a Moulin Rouge musical, another famous Australian property is heading to the stage, this time courtesy of Global Creatures and Sydney Theatre Company. Directed by Simon Phillips, Muriel’s Wedding The Musical is scheduled to play a limited engagement November 6, 2017 through December 30 at Sydney’s Roslyn Packer Theatre. Featuring a book by PJ Hogan, music and lyrics by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, with songs by Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus and Stig Anderson, originally written for ABBA, the show is based on Hogan’s 1994 movie Muriel’s Wedding, which starred Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths. Sets and costumes will be by Gabriela Tylesova. In Muriel’s Wedding The Musical, Muriel Heslop is back! And this time she’s singing. Stuck in a dead-end life in Porpoise Spit, Muriel dreams of the perfect wedding—the white dress, the church, the attention. Unfortunately, there’s one thing missing. A groom. Following her dreams to Sydney, Muriel ends up with everything she ever wanted—a man, a fortune and a million Twitter followers. That’s when things start to go really wrong.
The Guardian has an exciting first review on “Jasper Jones”. Craig Silvey’s 2009 coming-of-age novel has enjoyed a recent renaissance, with Kate Mulvany’s stage adaptation seeing three separate productions in as many years: at Perth’s Barking Gecko in 2014; at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre earlier this year; now at Melbourne Theatre Company, where it runs until 1 September. But it was a feature film adaptation that premiered to an enthusiastic home field audience on Wednesday night at the opening of Western Australian film festival CinefestOz, in Busselton. Set in the fictional town of Corrigan, the film, directed by Rachel Perkins – who previously made Bran Nue Dae – was shot in the WA town of Pemberton with funds from ScreenWest, and is projected for release in early 2017. With its child’s eye view of small town racial prejudice, publicity for Silvey’s book was quick to label it the Australian To Kill a Mockingbird – but it is hat-tips to Harper Lee’s friend Truman Capote that dominate the film’s opening stretch. Moved to investigate the death of a local girl, 13-year-old protagonist Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) picks up In Cold Blood at the library, and minutes later is slipped a copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s – mysterious note inside – by local Holly Golightly-in-waiting Eliza Wishart (Angourie Rice), the sister of the dead girl.
But it’s Toni Collette, impossibly vivacious as always, who registers most strongly. As Charlie’s mother – bee-hived, eye-shadowed, and straining at the bonds of a dissatisfying marriage – she switches from tenderness to frustration on a dime. One charming scene has her transforming a mini-tantrum in the kitchen into an opportunity to twist and bop to the radio. Shimmying around in a mustard dress, she almost dances away with the film.