Congratulations to Toni Collette for receiving a Irish Film and Television Awards (Ifta) nomination for her performance in the Irish drama “Glassland”. Gerard Barrett’s higly praised film has received a total of 6 nominations, including for Best Film, Best Director, Best Script (also Barrett), Actor in a Lead Role in Film (Jack Reynor), Director Of Photography (Piers McGrail) and International Actress (Toni Collette). This year’s Ifta nominations, covering films released or first screened in 2014, come later than usual. Following last year’s controversial broadcast, criticised for excessive levels of background noise and for overrunning, RTÉ declined to show the 2015 awards live. Awards will be handed out on May 24.
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett has recorded a song for the forthcoming film, Miss You Already. The song is the title track to the movie — which focuses on the lifelong friendship of two women — and hits on the film’s themes of loss and the preciousness of memories in a razor-toothed surge of guitars with a hot chorus,” according to Rolling Stone. It was written by Jett, guitarist Dougie Needles and Jett’s longtime manager Kenny Laguna. “I give her pop..She gives me menace,” said Laguna of the track. Helmed by Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke, the movie stars Drew Barrymore, Toni Collette, Dominic Cooper and Jacqueline Bissett. Jett also spoke with Rolling Stone about sexism in rock. “People look at women differently,” Jett says. “Men are viable into old age. Women all of a sudden become matronly? C’mon, man!” Jett — who is on the road with The Who through November — said a typical day off stage consists of doing “nothing.” “If I can help it,” she said “I’d work at the animal shelter. Or I kick back on my royalties, just be out in nature.”
“Blinky Bill” is bringing the iconic children’s book character to 3D-animated life, featuring the voices of Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, David Wenham, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman and Barry Humphries. Generations of Aussie kids have grown up with the famous koala since he was first featured in Dorothy Wall’s illustrated book series in the 1930s. Since then he’s been adapted to television in puppet form in 1980s show The New Adventures of Blinky Bill as well as animated 90s cartoon series The Adventures of Blinky Bill. The story follows the tale of the mischievous Blinky Bill as he journeys from his home town of Green Patch to search for his missing father. Accompanied by Nutsy, a zoo koala, and Jacko, a nervous frill-necked lizard, they journey through the rough and wild Aussie outback, meeting many challenges along the way! The film is due to hit cinemas in Australia from the 17th September.
A big batch of magazine scans, ranging from as early as 1995 to 2014 have been added to the photo gallery. Besides some covers, for which I’m still looking for the full pages, some great pictorials and interviews have been added as well. For a complete list, click any of the previews below. If you’ve collected any Toni articles that you would like to share, please drop me a line.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Adam Scott and Toni Collette have joined the cast of “Krampus”, the Christmas-themed horror project from Legendary. Michael Dougherty, who made the Halloween-themed Trick ‘r Treat, wrote the script with Todd Casey and Zach Shields and is directing. The story centers on a family that comes under attack from a Santa Claus-like ancient entity who punishes bad kids. Scott will play the father, a workaholic and rather absent dad who has to step up for his family. Collette will play the mother, a woman who pretends everything is perfect with her family via her elaborate meals but will also have to dig deep to protect her family. Allison Tolman already is on board as Collette’s sister-in-law, while Emjay Anthony is playing the son. Legendary is eyeing a spring shoot in New Zealand.