December 4th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Article and pictures courtesy the Manchester Evening News: Toni Collette was pictured with blood streaming down her face after a bike crash in Macclesfield – but she was thankfully unhurt as the dramatic scenes were being filmed for a new BBC drama. And at the weekend she was involved in dramatic scenes as she took a tumble while cycling through Tytherington, near Macclesfield. But it was all part of the storyline – and The Sixth Sense and Muriel’s Wedding star Toni was soon seen laughing and joking with the production team, while fake blood poured down her face. The new drama is described as “a searingly insightful and funny exploration of the relationships of a multi-generational family” and also stars Steve Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton and Royce Pierreson in the six-part sereis. Toni plays Joy Richards in the drama, a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship. As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge. Toni said on the news being released abut the drama: “I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on Wanderlust. It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.” The film crew have already been spotted filming several scenes of the new show in Chorlton last month. Commissioned by BBC One and a co-production with Netflix, the series will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.


  December 4th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

In Please Stand By, Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, The Twilight Saga) plays a young woman with autism who runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. Will she live long and prosper? You can find out on Jan. 26, when the film is released in theaters, on demand, on Amazon Video, and on iTunes. Please Stand By is written by Michael Golamco (NBC’s Grimm) and directed by Ben Lewin (The Favour, The Watch, and the Very Big Fish, the John Hawkes-starring The Sessions). The film costars Toni Collette, Alice Eve, and Jessica Rothe from the recent hit horror film Happy Death Day, with a special guest appearance by Patton Oswalt.

  November 29th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Sundance Film Festival has announced its full line-up today, which includes the world-premiere of “Hearts Beat Loud”. Kind of a fast track since this project was announced only six months ago. Here’s its short description by Sundance with more information to follow closer to its release:

Hearts Beat Loud (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch, Producers: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater) — In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette.

  November 25th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Magnolia Pictures has announced that “Please Stand By” will be released in select theaters and on demand January 26, 2018. Toni filmed a supporting role for Ben Levin’s coming-of-age drama in early 2016. Starring Dakota Fanning, “Please Standy By” recently world-premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival and centers on a young autistic woman (Fanning) who runs away from her caregiver (Collette) in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a writing competition. There’s no official material launched by now, but I’m sure that’ll change closer to its January release. For now, you can visit its official website for a comprehensive list of what streaming services will feature “Please Stand By”.

  November 9th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Toni Collette stars in Wanderlust, a searingly insightful and funny exploration of the relationships of a multi-generational family. Toni is joined by Steven Mackintosh (A Song For Jenny, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man, The Halcyon), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat, Not Safe For Work, Case Histories) and Royce Pierreson (Line Of Duty, Our Girl, Murdered By My Boyfriend) in the six-part drama. Commissioned by BBC One and a co-production with Netflix, the series will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix. Wanderlust is the first television series scripted by award-winning playwright Nick Payne (Constellations, The Sense Of an Ending, If There Is I Haven’t Found It Yet) and is directed by Luke Snellin (The A Word, Our Girl, My Mad Fat Diary). Made by Drama Republic (Doctor Foster, King Charles III, The Honourable Woman), it looks at how we build and maintain happy relationships and asks whether lifelong monogamy is possible – or even desirable. Wanderlust follows Joy Richards (Toni Collette) a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship. As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge. Toni Collette says: “I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on Wanderlust. It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.” Nick Payne says: “I’m over the moon to be working with Drama Republic, the BBC and Netflix. And the cast – what a galaxy of talent. Toni Collette is an astronomically adept performer, and someone I’ve long admired.”

  October 31st, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Congratulations to Toni Collette for receiving an Australian Film Institute AACTA Award nomination as Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama for “Blue Murder: Killer Cop”. The 7 mini-series has received a total 10 nominations, including Best Telefeature or Mini Series, Best Lead Actor (Richard Roxburgh), Best Guest Or Supporting Actor (Matt Nable), Best Guest Or Supporting Actress (Emma Booth), Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Original Music Score. In the film section, “Jasper Jones” has fared equally well with 6 nominations, for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor (Hugo Weaving), Adapted Screenplay, Sound, Production Design and Costume Design. Toni would have been a deserving nominee for Best Supporting Actress as well, nevertheless it’s great to see her two Australian productions of 2017 being presented so well. The 7th AACTA Awards are being handed out on December 07, 2017.

  August 31st, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Unlocked” has been released on Blu-Ray in the United Kingdom on Monday and I was thrilled to finally watch it. I was expecting something bad after the film has been in the shelf for over 3 years (as you can clearly see on Toni’s hair, growing back after shooting “Miss You Already” in 2015). Luckily, the film’s quality was not the reason for its delay – at least not in my book. It’s a good entertaining thriller, nothing new to say the least, but still very well done and a good ride. I was looking forward to an ensemble piece, given the talents of John Malkovich, Toni Collette, Michael Douglas and Orlando Bloom involved, but it really is a one-woman show with Noomi Rapace commanding the screen – and every single scene. It’s another powerful leading role. The only real disappointment about the British Blu-Ray is that it includes absolutely no special features, zero. It would have been nice to go behind the scenes and learn more about the making of the film. Make sure to grab your copy or catch it in an American theater for its US release starting tomorrow. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery – be advised that they contain spoilers.


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