Article courtesy Metro News Canada: Toni Collette says she feels somewhat disheartened by the male-dominated world of filmmaking and is pleased about the group of women driving her new feature, “Lucky Them.” Screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, the movie – about a journalist trying to track down a former musician-boyfriend in order to pen an article on him – boasts a female screenwriter (Emily Wachtel), director (Megan Griffiths) and executive producer (Joanne Woodward). “I don’t want to be sexist commenting on it, but you know I have to say I’m getting to a point where I am frustrated by the male dominance in this industry, so (this team) was a good thing, and is a good thing and there should be more women doing it,” Collette said in an interview. “I think we’re all pretty proud to have worked on something so female-oriented – not that it’s just for women, this movie. … All the right people came together.” “Lucky Them” features Collette as troubled Seattle music critic Ellie Klug, who is under pressure from her boss (Oliver Platt) to land a big story. In her quest to find her former flame, she’s joined by Charlie, an eccentric aspiring documentary maker (played with aplomb by Thomas Haden Church). The complete article can be read here.
Toni Collette will be promoting “Enough Said” (and probaly “Hostages” as well) on two talkshow this and next week. On September 12, she’ll be attending the Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. And on September 19, she’ll be a guest on Live with Kelly & Michael. Be sure to find coverage on both appearances here afterwards.
Media coverage from the Toronto Film Festival, as well as new promotional videos for “Enough Said” have been added to the archive. First, there’s Fox Searchlight’s making of featurette for the film, including on-set footage and interviews with the cast and crew. Then, clips of Toni’s TIFF appearances at the Variety Studio conversation, the “Enough Said” premiere and the film’s press conference, also featuring director Nicole Holocener and actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and Toni. To view each new clip, simply click one of the previews below. Enjoy watching.
The first reviews and reactions on “Lucky Them” are pouring in, including some cameo news (probably a spoiler, so watch out): Accordint to The Seattle Times, A little bit of Seattle came to the Toronto International Film Festival last night, and got a standing ovation. Megan Griffiths’ “Lucky Them,” a sweet and wise romantic comedy about a rock journalist (Toni Collette) looking for the musician boyfriend who disappeared long ago, had its world premiere at the Isabel Bader Theater, and it’s definitely a crowd-pleasing hit. Cinematographer Ben Kutchins captures the night neon of Capitol Hill and the Market and turns it into a wonderland, and Collette and Thomas Haden Church (as a friend who aids her in her search – by making a documentary out of it) make a marvelous screwball comedy duo. I saw Griffiths at the post-screening party and she was having a wonderful time, as was writer/producer Emily Watchtel – who spent 11 years getting this project made. Expect distribution buzz to start soon, maybe even today.
And The Malaysia Sun has the following bit: The Toronto Film Festival was reportedly surprised to see Johnny Depp on the screen during the world premiere of Toni Collette’s movie ‘Lucky Them’. The 50-year old American actor who has a cameo in the movie, which is about a rock journalist assigned to hunt down her former flame, a long-unseen and revered musician, stunned the audience as his appearance wasn’t mentioned in the advance press materials for the movie, the New York Post reported. The ‘Lone Ranger’ star was spotted in March on the film’s set in tiny Carnation, Washington, where he had serenaded fans with a guitar.
Yesterday, Toni Collette has attended the Toronto International Film Festival for the world-premiere of “Lucky Them”. A rock journalist (Toni Collette) is given the impossible assignment to hunt down a long-unseen revered local musician, and is joined on the road by a music-hating, aspiring documentarian (Thomas Haden Church), in director Megan Griffith’s comedy. Pictures from the premiere and its after-party have been added to the gallery.
Here’s more information on “Lucky Them” by the Toronto Film Festival’s website: Lucky Them introduces us to Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a veteran journalist for a music publication. Talented but hapless, appealing and irritating in equal measure, Ellie is immobilized by unaddressed issues from her past that have returned for an unexpected encore. Ellie is called up one day by her intrepid editor Giles (Oliver Platt), a man badly in need of an attention-grabbing cover story. He asks Ellie to investigate the ten-year-old disappearance of a revered local musician – who also happened to be Ellie’s long-time boyfriend at the time he went missing. Having not produced anything of note lately, and knowing her job is on the line, Ellie reluctantly agrees to take the assignment, even as her erratic, booze-soaked relationships with younger musicians continue to clutter her life. She convinces herself there will be no need to unlock her own crippling emotional baggage around her lover’s departure and her sense of having been abandoned. For the road trip, she grudgingly accepts the companionship of music-hating, aspiring documentarian Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), whose confusion regarding matters of the heart is only matched by his inept filmmaking.
Lucky Them is about how we mythologize those we love – especially those we have lost – and how this skewed idolatry impedes anything new and hopeful. The semiautobiographical nature of co-screenwriter Emily Wachtel’s story undoubtedly gives the film its emotional edge, and, combined with Griffiths’s crisp direction and her cast’s sharply observant performances, the result is nothing less than one of the most enjoyable films of the year. There’ll be no rest for Toni, as her second Toronto premiere will be today with Nicole Holofcener’s “Enough Said”.