Posted on November 21st, 2019 by Frederik

Director Rian Johnson loves a good puzzle. Not even a five-month global shoot for Star Wars: The Last Jedi could keep him away from The New York Times crossword, which he printed out and kept near his monitor so he could scribble answers between takes. “It’s just a nice little ritual that helps keep you centered,” says Johnson, 45. So when he got to work on his latest film, the modern-day whodunit Knives Out, it was only natural that he tackled it much like he would a brainteaser. The first piece of any good mystery is a death: Mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) assembles his family for his 85th birthday and winds up dead before the next morning. Next, the suspects: His family members, a sweeping ensemble cast that includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Chris Evans, Michael Shannon and Toni Collette, each have a motive. To top it off: an eccentric private detective, Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc (sporting a thick Southern accent), and an outsider, Ana de Armas’ wide-eyed Marta, who gets swept up in the inquiry. “It is something of a jigsaw puzzle,” acknowledges Johnson, who tells much of the story through a series of flashbacks as each character recounts their version of the events that led to Harlan’s death. But Johnson didn’t want to make a conventional murder mystery, so the director added his own little twist, turning Knives Out into a commentary on wealth and privilege in Trump’s America all while winking at the audience about the tropes of a typical whodunit. “The goal was to take the weight off of the notion of there being a big surprise at the end, to give the audience the freedom to just relax and have a ride,” he says. “I want it to be a roller coaster.” The full article can be read over at The Hollywood Reporter.

Posted on November 21st, 2019 by Frederik

News.com.au shows us how to spin some very generous quotes about Toni Collette into a hyper dramatic news article with a shock and twist waiting around each corner :-) As Joni Thrombey, the ebullient lifestyle guru with a Cali-girl drawl, Toni Collette is just one of the sprawling, epic ensemble of new murder mystery Knives Out. She’s not the main character: that would be Daniel Craig’s Southern detective Benoit Blanc, nor is she the character with the most bombastic scenes. We’ll award that one a tie between Chris Evans, hilariously playing against type as a wayward trust fund type and Christopher Plummer, injecting his few scenes as Harlan Thrombey, the eccentric crime novelist whose untimely death leads to a murder investigation in which every one of his family members is a suspect. Murder most foul, to be sure, but what Collette does, through her character in Knives Out, is a crime of a different nature – she steals every scene that she’s in. “Toni Collette is a treasure,” Don Johnson, her Knives Out co-star tells news.com.au laconically. “She’s an amazing actress, and if you’re not careful, you will be forgotten in a scene. Because Toni is always working,” Johnson adds. “She’s like rust. She never sleeps.” As director Rian Johnson puts it: “She’ll steal everything, man, even if she’s not saying anything in the background of a scene you’re watching Toni Collette. “Obviously now I’ve edited the movie I’ve seen this stuff a hundred times, but I’ll still watch her. Because every line she does, she’s putting so much nuance into every little thing. She amazes me. I’m convinced she can do anything.” The full article can be read News.com.au.

Posted on November 4th, 2019 by Frederik

Watch out, Gwyneth Paltrow – Toni Collette might just give you a run for your money. In a PEOPLE exclusive video ahead of the release of Knives Out, Collette, one of the film’s stars, channels her inner Goop founder in a hilarious parody introducing Flam, a wellness and lifestyle website, through the eyes of Collette’s character Joni Thrombey. “Flam, it’s a word, but it’s more than a word. It’s a whole new way of being,” Joni says in the video as she promotes her beauty and wellness empire. “Flam, where life, love and the pursuit of perfection doesn’t have to be torture.” While Collette’s character takes inspiration from Paltrow, her costars Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Shannon also star in similar Rian Johnson-commercials in character as Joni’s siblings, Linda and Walt Thrombey, respectively. “You might have heard it’s a frightening time for real estate but here are the facts,” Linda says. “There’s never been a better time to buy a house or a better team to make your dreams of homeownership come true.” She adds, “Thrombey Real Estate is ready to help you make a killing in the market. Because buying a house shouldn’t have to be scary.” In his commercial, Walt takes the reins of the family’s crown jewel, Blood Like Wine Publishing, and announces an exciting turn for the company’s future: films, TV shows and licensing of some of the most famous books written by the family patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). “The next great chapter of Blood Like Wine Publishing starts here. Together, we’re in a for killer future,” Walt says. The film, also directed by Johnson, stars Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Edi Patterson and Katherine Langford. The story follows Craig as Det. Benoit Blanc as he investigates the death of Harlan, the patriarch of his eccentric and combative family. Knives Out is in theaters Nov. 27.

Posted on November 1st, 2019 by Frederik

Toni Collette and Damian Lewis star in this tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground. Jan Vokes (Collette), a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies (Damian Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against – a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game. But much more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s. He is everything to her: friend, confidant and an escape from a life of always putting other people’s needs first. Dream Horse also stars Owen Teale, Joanna Page, Karl Johnson, with Nicholas Farrell and Siân Phillips and will be released nationwide Spring 2020 by Warner Bros.

Posted on October 18th, 2019 by Frederik

According to Deadline, There had been strong word of mouth surrounding Netflix’s limited-series crime drama Unbelievable since its September 13 launch. Today, the streamer released ratings that confirmed its popularity. Unbelievable, from showrunner Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly Productions, was one of Netflix’s top ratings performers of the third quarter — and all of 2019. The limited series was viewed by 32 million households in its first four weeks on the platform, Netflix disclosed with its Q3 earnings report today. That is a big number for a crime drama that tackles a difficult subject, rape, and is based on a case that is not widely known. Turning Unbelievable into a true-crime anthology franchise had been on the back of the producers’ minds from the get-go. And while there are no deals in place and there have been no conversations with Netflix about that – Unbelievable was sold to the streamer as a one-off limited series – the idea of a follow-up is likely to be revisited in light of its ratings success and awards attention, centered largely on the performances of Toni Collette and Merritt Wever. There is no premise for a potential second installment being considered, but it would likely tackle a different case in a different true-crime arena. The title, Unbelievable, easily lands itself to telling different stories, much more so than Bravo/USA’s popular true-crime anthology Dirty John, for instance. Co-written by Grant, Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable was based on “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article from the Marshall Project and ProPublica written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.”

Posted on October 16th, 2019 by Frederik

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willem Dafoe is joining Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. Bradley Cooper is headlining the Fox Searchlight production, which also counts Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and David Strathairn as among its cast. Nightmare Alley is an adaptation of the 1946 noir novel by William Lindsay which first hit the big screen with a 1947 adaptation. Nightmare Alley is set in a world of carnival hustlers and con men, telling the story of a mentalist (Cooper) who teams with a psychologist in order to swindle the rich. Dafoe will play a head barker at a traveling carnival. Del Toro is directing the thriller and wrote the script with Kim Morgan. The filmmaker is aiming for an early 2020 shoot in Toronto.