Posted on January 15th, 2019 by Frederik

According to Variety, Toni Collette will star opposite Anna Kendrick in the sci-fi thriller “Stowaway.” The movie marks the second feature from Joe Penna and Ryan Morrison, the duo behind “Arctic,” a survival film that premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival. “Stowaway” will be directed by Penna, who will co-write the script with Morrison. The story revolves around a mission headed to Mars, where an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially grim outcome, a medical researcher (Kendrick) emerges as the only dissenting voice against the clinical logic of both her commander (Collette) and the ship’s biologist. Morrison will also serve as executive producer. XYZ Films will produce alongside Augenschein Filmproduktion and Rise Pictures. RISE Visual Effects Studios will provide VFX. XYZ and CAA Media Finance are arranging financing for the film and handling worldwide sales at the coming EFM in Berlin. Pena and Morrison will exec produce.

Posted on January 10th, 2019 by Frederik

The trailer for “Velvet Buzzsaw” is here and it’s pretty f***ing amazing :-) Buzzsaw sees Gilroy reuniting with Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo for another tale of creativity leading to terror and danger. It’s set set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price… In this case, literally paying with their lives. Gyllenhaal plays snobby art critic Morf Vandewalt, who discovers a new talent, only for the odd things to start happening around him. Does the artist have a connection to dark powers, or is it all in Morf’s head? Gilroy rounded up the likes of John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs and Tom Sturridge for the film, which will premiere later this month at the Sundance Film Festival before arriving on limited theatrical release and on Netflix on 1 February. Be aware that the trailer is a massive spoiler in terms of Toni’s character Gretchen, but it’s worth the watch. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.


Posted on January 6th, 2019 by Frederik

Happy New Year everybody! Over the last couple of days, the remaining regional critics circles have announced their winners, and Toni has been acknowledged with Best Actress prizes from the Houston Film Critics’, the North Carolina film critics and the Nevada Film Critics Society. She has been named runners-up for the Best Actress by the Iowa Film Critics Circle and has received nominations by the Columbus Film Critics, the Austin Film Critics Association and the Society of LGBTQ Critics. The first televised ceremony, at which Toni is nominated, are the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards by the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) on January 13, 2019. She won the Critics Choice Award back in 2007 as part of the ensemble for “Little Miss Sunshine”. Given the absolute lack of campaigning from A24 towards “Hereditary” and Toni Collette, fingers need to remain crossed until the Oscar nominations are announced on January 22.

Posted on December 17th, 2018 by Frederik

Today, two more critics groups – The Seattle Film Critics Society and the St. Louis Film Critics Association – have announced their annual winners, and Toni Collette has won Best Actress by both! Seattle has had Collette paired in the Best Actress category alongside Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Regina Hall for Support the Girls and Lady Gaga for A Star is Born, while the St. Louis’ Best Actress category included Colman, Gaga, Charlize Theron for Tully and Glenn Close for The Wife. For the Academy Awards, most critics have the performances by Close, Colman, Gaga and Melissa McCarthy looked – although none of them, with the exception of Colman, have won any critics awards. The fifth spot seems poised to be taken by Emily Blunt, as a late player to the game with Mary Poppins Returns. If you have a look at the Academy’s love for musical and dismay for horror, it’s not really playing into Collette’s cards. But here’s hoping. With most awards seasons being horribly predictable, at least there’s something to look forward to when their nominations are announced in January. P.S. This is probably the last update for 2018, unless something incredible happens, which is probably not the case, so enjoy your Holidays everybody, have a great time and see you all in 2019! Frederik

Posted on December 17th, 2018 by Frederik

A nice surprise from The Hollywood Reporter today: They have included Toni in their list of the best television performances of the year for “Wanderlust” – the BBC1/Netflix series which went criminally under the radar. Their full list can be found here, and here’s what they wrote about Toni:

It’s shouldn’t be surprising to find Collette here. She can do anything. And she has, in multiple roles. But as a psychotherapist in this small Netflix series about a troubled marriage where the sex has gone missing, she’s particularly effective. She’s strong, vulnerable, funny, intelligent and tackles what it means to be sexual — and sexy — at a certain age (her character has kids who are 25, 18 and 16), without making that seem out of the ordinary. But the beauty of her work here is how it goes beyond the sex into the wanting, and into the rationalizing. This is a little gem of a series and Collette’s marvelous performance is the unifying element that makes it work. — Tim Goodman

Posted on December 17th, 2018 by Frederik

Great news from Netflix today. Dan Gilroy’s eagerly anticipated “Velvet Buzzsaw” will premiere on the streaming platform on February 01, 2019 – following its world-premiere at January’s Sundance Film Festival. Here’s the buzz on “Velvet Buzzsaw”‘s premeire:

In the mood for a thriller? Netflix has you covered. The new movie comes from the director of Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy. This new thriller/horror will star Jake Gyllenhaal, John Malkovich, Billy Magnussen, Natalia Dyer and Toni Collette. Set in the art world, we follow a brand new struggling up and coming artist. She lands a windfall when an artist dies and she liberates his pieces. As you can probably guess, problems then arise.