September 20th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Article courtesy Express: From playing an ugly duckling in Muriel’s Wedding to a terrified mum in The Sixth Sense, Toni Collette is never in danger of being typecast. And her latest role as an FBI agent is as high-risk as ever. Hearing Toni Collette describe her new screen character is rather like hearing her sum up herself. “She’s passionate, hardworking, determined, feisty, smart, focused, grounded and irreverent,” the actress says of the FBI agent she plays in Imperium. Not that Toni, 43, is in the business of bigging herself up. The main common ground between her and Angela Zamparo is, she believes, that they’re both parents. “She is balancing having a family with a career that consumes her,” says the mum to daughter Sage, eight, and son Arlo, five. “I relate to that.” Since Sage came along she has made more than 30 films and a couple of high-profile TV shows (including her Emmy-winning turn in United States Of Tara) so motherhood hasn’t slowed her down. She’s been married to musician Dave Galafassi since 2003. He’s the drummer in her band The Finish. They haven’t played for a while but when it comes to acting Toni says yes to things that stir her, and that happens a lot.

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  September 13th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Toni Collette, Gillian Anderson, Joanna Lumley and Riccardo Scamarcio are joining Clive Owen in director Fred Schepisi’s thriller Andorra. Based on the novel by Peter Cameron, Andorra follows Alexander Fox (Owen) who leaves the US to start a new life in the small nation of Andorra. Once there he is quickly drawn to a tall Australian blonde and the heartbroken daughter of the town matriarch, but he soon finds himself the prime suspect in a murder investigation. Production is scheduled to commence in Italy next April with David Nichols from Cineroma as the Italian production partner. Post production will take place in Australia. The screenplay has been adapted by Cameron and Jamie Bialkower. Bialkower is producing for Jump Street Films alongside Schepisi, Lizzette Atkins and executive producer James Ivory. Celluloid Dreams will handle international sales. Additional casting will be announced in the coming weeks.

  September 8th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

No reservations are required for the upcoming comedy Fun Mom Dinner, which stars Toni Collette, Molly Shannon, Bridget Everett, and Katie Aselton as four wildly different mothers whose kids share a preschool class. When this unlikely quartet decides to meet up for a casual dinner, things quickly devolve into an evening of debauchery — and weed-fueled karaoke performances. That means at least one heartfelt ‘80s singalong, as seen in the exclusive photo above. “It’s so easy to lump them into a generic ‘mum’ category,” says Collette, whose character is raising four young boys. “But they’re all strikingly different, and they all go out on this night together with varying degrees of reluctance and willingness.”Not unlike this summer’s breakout hit Bad Moms, Fun Mom Dinner is the latest comedy about mothers behaving badly and the idea that — shocker! — there’s not one way to be the perfect mom.

“When you have kids, you’re still the same person you were — except you have kids! Moms are not all the same people!” Collette says, laughing. “Every single human being is different, and I think having a child enriches your life, but you still maintain your sense of self, or struggle with that. And that’s part of this [movie] as well.” A few non-moms round out the cast, including Adam Scott, Adam Levine, Rob Huebel, and Paul Rust, but it’s mostly a female affair, including writer Julie Yaeger Rudd and first-time feature director Alethea Jones. June Pictures and Gettin’ Rad Productions produced. “People were actually wetting themselves from laughing so much at work,” Collette says. “I hadn’t experienced that in the past.” Fun Mom Dinner is out next year.

  August 26th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

The Guardian has an exciting first review on “Jasper Jones”. Craig Silvey’s 2009 coming-of-age novel has enjoyed a recent renaissance, with Kate Mulvany’s stage adaptation seeing three separate productions in as many years: at Perth’s Barking Gecko in 2014; at Sydney’s Belvoir Theatre earlier this year; now at Melbourne Theatre Company, where it runs until 1 September. But it was a feature film adaptation that premiered to an enthusiastic home field audience on Wednesday night at the opening of Western Australian film festival CinefestOz, in Busselton. Set in the fictional town of Corrigan, the film, directed by Rachel Perkins – who previously made Bran Nue Dae – was shot in the WA town of Pemberton with funds from ScreenWest, and is projected for release in early 2017. With its child’s eye view of small town racial prejudice, publicity for Silvey’s book was quick to label it the Australian To Kill a Mockingbird – but it is hat-tips to Harper Lee’s friend Truman Capote that dominate the film’s opening stretch. Moved to investigate the death of a local girl, 13-year-old protagonist Charlie Bucktin (Levi Miller) picks up In Cold Blood at the library, and minutes later is slipped a copy of Breakfast at Tiffany’s – mysterious note inside – by local Holly Golightly-in-waiting Eliza Wishart (Angourie Rice), the sister of the dead girl.

But it’s Toni Collette, impossibly vivacious as always, who registers most strongly. As Charlie’s mother – bee-hived, eye-shadowed, and straining at the bonds of a dissatisfying marriage – she switches from tenderness to frustration on a dime. One charming scene has her transforming a mini-tantrum in the kitchen into an opportunity to twist and bop to the radio. Shimmying around in a mustard dress, she almost dances away with the film.

  August 26th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

According to Deadline, Toni Collette is set to star in and executive produce Unit Zero, an action dramedy from Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and supervising producer Lindsey Shockley, which has landed at ABC. The hourlong project hails from ABC Studios where Barris is under an overall deal. Unit Zero is based on an idea from Shockley who will write the script and will executive produce with Barris as well as Collette who has been closely involved in the project alongside the two writer-producers. David Gordon Green is attached to direct. The dramedy follows a brilliant, but unassuming CIA engineer and single mom, Jackie Fink (Collette), as she leads a team of CIA underlings who are thrust into the field as first time spies. Each week, this team of zeroes races against the clock to gather intelligence and solve cases of national security. And they succeed partly because no one in their right mind would ever suspect they were spies.

“I’m so excited to be able to tell this story which is so personal to me,” said Shockley. “At its core, this show is about outsiders, those of us who don’t fit in. It celebrates everything that’s beautiful about being different.” Added Barris, “This show is really important to me because it fits into the type of television that I love doing. It pulls back the curtain on what it’s like to be a woman in a historically male-dominated field, and it shows underrepresented voices. Most importantly, it starts a conversation while being funny.” Barris and Shockley, who has been on Black-ish since Season 1, share in the first best comedy series Emmy nomination for ABC’s breakout comedy series, which Barris created, executive produces and showruns. “In terms of closed-ended stories, I think they are terrific, and when you get them right, they really, really work,” the network’s new entertainment president Channing Dungey said at TCA earlier this month. “In this binging culture, there’s something about serialized dramas that really compels people. I would like to see more closed-ended procedurals on the network, particularly because we have to schedule 35 weeks in a year, and it’s nice because with a procedural you can do 22 episodes and they generally repeat really well.”

  August 18th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Toni’s new film “Imperium” will be released tomorrow in the United States – in limited theatrical release and on demand. After “Lucky Them”, I’m still getting used to this kind of release. Although this one stars Daniel Radcliffe, there’s little promotion. But with good reviews, hopefully “Imperium” will leave an impression. Lionsgate has released three production stills featuring Toni, and a couple of reviews have been assembled:

The Huffington Post: Based on the experiences of former FBI counter-terrorism agent Michael German, but placed in a fictional context for the film, Ragussis and the cast, led by Daniel Radcliffe as an undercover FBI agent and his FBI superior, played by Toni Collette, had no idea the film would be so timely at the time it was made. Rather, it was a story that had originated from Ragussis doing research into WWII, and then coming upon the topic of Neo-Nazis and other groups associated with white separatist, supremacist, and white pride movements.

The Los Angeles Times: Inspired by the experiences of former FBI Special Agent Mike German, who receives story credit here, the movie tracks an earnest young federal agent, Nate Foster (Radcliffe), as he attempts to bring down a radical right-wing terrorist group based in Virginia. Encouraged by his brash supervisor (an excellent Toni Collette), Nate shaves his head and goes undercover to infiltrate a crisscross of potentially lethal racists and neo-Nazis. These include a fiery talk show host (Tracy Letts), a suburban family man (Sam Trammell), an Aryan Alliance leader (Chris Sullivan) and an array of “soldiers” in the cause. Director Daniel Ragussis is making his first feature here, and sometimes his over-enthusiasm – or breathless naiveté – show. There are one-too-many rapidly edited montages of racist terrorists and white-power marches; the smoothly smiling villainy of one character is overdone. And the ending feels pat. But the movie is very well-acted, and often – particularly in scenes of a protest-turned-riot, a racist street fight, and Nat’s suspicions that he’s been found out – uncomfortably gripping. Depressingly relevant, too, in this increasingly extreme and divided nation.

Yahoo Movies: Radcliffe’s Nate Foster is a brilliant agent, but wet-behind-the-ears, disappointed to discover the jihadist terrorist suspect he’s been tracking for weeks is really just a low-level functionary. And yet his ability to empathize with the suspect during questioning attracts the attention of a superior, Angela Zamparo (Toni Collette, all gum-smacking insouciance), who suspects an extremist white nationalist group is trying to build a dirty bomb, and thinks an Alex Jones-styled, right-wing web-radio host (Tracy Letts) might have knowledge of it. Desperate to make his name in the agency, Nate agrees to become her mole.

  August 8th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

I’ve somehow missed these film news from July, so here we go, better late than never: Harvey Keitel, Toni Collette, Rossy de Palma and Stanislas Mehrar have joined the cast of French director Amanda Sthers’s English-language debut Madame, a comedy-drama revolving around a housemaid asked to masquerade as a wealthy heiress by her employees. The feature – produced by Paris-based LGM in partnership with Studiocanal – will shoot in Paris for six weeks from today (July 20). Collette and Keitel play wealthy American couple Anne and Bob who have recently set up home in Paris and decide to give a high-class dinner for a dozen distinguished diners. The last-minute arrival of Bob’s son from his first marriage suddenly takes the number of guests to 13. The superstitious Anne asks housemaid Maria (played by de Palma) to change her uniform and pretend to be a wealthy Spanish friend.

In this guise, she is seated beside David, an art expert and British aristocrat. He falls for her charms and asks to see her again. Continuing the masquerade, Maria embarks on a romance. Anne’s world is thrown into a spin as Maria’s new-found happiness exposes her own loveless marriage and shakes the foundations of her elitist social beliefs. She sets out to destroy the budding love affair. LGM co-chiefs Cyril Colbeau-Justin and Jean-Baptiste Dupont are producing alongside Studiocanal CEO Didier Lupfer and Alain Pancrazi of Made in PM.

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