Posted on December 14th, 2018 by Frederik

According to Deadline, Lionsgate is set to partner with MRC and distribute worldwide Knives Out, the contemporary murder mystery that Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi helmer Rian Johnson wrote and is directing. Daniel Craig stars as a detective trying to solve a murder and the killer ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Ana de Armas, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford and Don Johnson. Lionsgate has dated the film for nationwide release on November 27, 2019 for the Thanksgiving holiday corridor. It was shopped at Toronto by CAA Media Finance and FilmNation, and MRC stepped up and acquired all rights and agreed to finance the picture. Knives Out becomes a big title for Lionsgate, which already had the next iteration of Hellboy, John Wick: Chapter 3, and the Roland Emmerich-directed WWII action adventure Midway. Said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group chairman Joe Drake: “Knives Out redefines the detective movie genre in a cool and original way. With a superstar filmmaker, an amazing ensemble cast and the perfect partner in MRC, we can hardly wait to bring this big, crowd-pleasing property to a global audience next Thanksgiving.” Said MRC co-presidents of film Brye Adler and Jonathan Golfman: “The entire Lionsgate team was incredibly impressive and could not have been more passionate about the project. We’re looking forward to working together to help bring Rian’s original and highly entertaining movie to the world.”

Posted on December 10th, 2018 by Frederik

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) announced today the nominees for the 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Their nominations are always a curious case, as they have been criticised in the past to nominate people on their buzz, and getting a full house. This year, they made the strange decision to give out seven slots for Best Actress, but Toni’s in, so who cares :-) She shares the category with Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Emily Blunt for Mary Poppins Returns, Glenn Close for The Wife, Olivia Colman for The Favourite, Lady Gaga for A Star Is Born and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? – so, basically everyone who’s in talk for Best Actress anyway. “Hereditary” has received a second nomination for Best Sci-Fi or Horror Movie alongside Annihilation, Halloween, A Quiet Place and Suspiria. The winners will be revealed at the star-studded Critics’ Choice Awards gala, broadcast live on The CW Network on Sunday, January 13, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm ET (delayed PT).

Posted on December 9th, 2018 by Frederik

After announcing their nominations yesterday, the Chicago Film Critics Association has named Toni Collette their pick for Best Actress for “Hereditary”. In rounding out a very successful weekend, Collette has also received the Best Actress award from the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society – who also honored Alex Wolff in the category for Best Performance by an Actor 23 and Under and nominated “Hereditary” as Best SciFi/Horror, Best First Feature and Best Performance by an Actress 23 and Under for Milly Shapiro. Earlier today, the The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has named Toni as the runner-up for Best Actress, while Olivia Colman received Best Actress. Next week, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will announce their nominations, so we’ll see if the Golden Globe snub will repeat, or if the “Hereditary” streak continues. Fingers crossed.

Posted on December 8th, 2018 by Frederik

The Chicago Film Critics Association has announced its nominations today, and “Hereditary” is featured in three categories: Best Picture (!), Best Actress for Toni Collette and Most Promising Filmmaker for Ari Aster. In the Best Picture category, the other nominated films are The Favourite, First Reformed, Roma and A Star is Born, while Collette “competes” with Yalitza Aparicio for Roma, Regina Hall for Support the Girls, Lady Gaga for A Star is Born and Melissa McCarthy for Can You Ever Forgive Me? The CFCA will announce its winners during their year-end awards dinner to be held on the evening of December 8, 2018. Follow @ChicagoCritics on Twitter for the real-time announcements.

Posted on December 6th, 2018 by Frederik

If you feel the rage about Toni being snubbed by the Golden Globes for a nomination, why not dance the The Heebie-Jeebies, like Toni does in the New York Times’ Great Performances of 2018. The magazine’s assbembled the years greatest actors, from Glenn Close, Ethan Hawke and Timothée Chalamet to Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts and Olivia Colman. All videos can be watched on the New York Times Magazine‘s website.

Posted on December 5th, 2018 by Frederik

Great article by The Hollywood Reporter about Toni’s upcoming Netflix series: When the article “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” was published in 2015, it didn’t get much attention in Hollywood. But times have changed, and the now-newsy story (by ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong of The Marshall Project) will soon be available on Netflix as an eight-part series. The story centers on a woman who reported being raped at knifepoint only to end up being prosecuted for lying. Two female detectives then look into the case and come to a surprising conclusion. Pulitzer Prize-winner Michael Chabon and his wife, Ayelet Waldman, pursued an adaptation shortly after the article was published but had a hard time getting traction. “Nobody wanted to talk about rape,” Waldman (joined by Chabon at the Hammer Museum’s Gala in the Garden earlier this fall) told THR of the piece, which won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize in the Explanatory Reporting category. Enter Netflix, which picked it up at the start of the year, ordering it to series and gathering a team that also included Susannah Grant, Katie Couric, Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly (who had also been pursuing it independently). The limited series, which recently wrapped production, stars Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever. “History caught up,” adds Waldman. “It’s a show about believing women, and we couldn’t have a better moment to show America what happens when you don’t believe women.”