Posted on November 28th, 2018 by Frederik

Dan Gilroy’s highly anticipated art thriller “Velvet Buzzsaw” has been announced to be among the 112 features to premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival in January. An exact premiere date has not been set yet, but here’s the festival’s synopis for the film:

Velvet Buzzsaw / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Dan Gilroy, Producer: Jennifer Fox) — A thriller set in the contemporary art world scene of Los Angeles, where big money artists and mega-collectors pay a high price when art collides with commerce. Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Toni Collette, Zawe Ashton, Tom Sturridge, Natalia Dyer. World Premiere

Posted on November 27th, 2018 by Frederik

The 2018 edition of the annual Gotham Awards was held in New York City on Monday night, honouring the year’s best in independent film and television. Toni Collette was honored as Best Actress for her work in “Hereditary”. She won in the category that also featured Oscar-hopeful Glenn Close in “The Wife” as well as Kathryn Hahn in “Private Life”, Regina Hall in “Support the Girls” and Michelle Pfeiffer in “Where is Kyra?”. One of the first stops during the Hollywood’s annual award season, the Gotham Awards has proven to be a reliable predictor of Oscar nominations, and this year’s crop of nominees will be making the rounds on the road to the Academy Awards. Unfortunately, Toni was not present at the awards ceremony. As “Hereditary” director Ari Aster accepted her award, after joking he pushed her down the stars. Big congratulations to Toni. November and early December will feature a lot of critics awards announcing their winners and the Golden Globe nominations will be announced on December 6. So, fingers crossed for to Toni to receive some more recognition for her outstanding work in “Hereditary”.

Posted on November 16th, 2018 by Frederik

Big congratulations to Toni Collette for receiving a 2019 Film Independent Spirit Award nomination as Best Actress for “Hereditary”. She shares the category with Glenn Close (The Wife), Elsie Fisher (Eighth Grade), Regina Hall (Support the Girls), Helena Howard (Madeline’s Madeline) and Carey Mulligan (Wildfire). “Hereditary” has received a second nomination for Best First Feature, alongside “Sorry to Bother You”, “The Tale”, “We the Animals” and “Wildfire”. The 2019 Spirit Awards will be held February 23, 2019 at its usual spot on the beach in Santa Monica and broadcast live on IFC. The full list of nominees can be found here.

Posted on November 4th, 2018 by Frederik

Yesterday, Toni Collette and Ari Aster have gathered for what looks like A24’s Oscar campaign for “Hereditary”, as the actress and director have attended a Q&A for the film hosted by Deadline Contenders. “I think every actor longs for a chance to ‘go for it’ and when I read this script it was undeniable,” Collette said. “It was such an opportunity for me to kind of traverse so many different areas…it’s the story of an awakening in this woman. People usually have an awakening or an epiphany about their lives and it means they have some understanding and it gives them a little more control in their lives. I think the true horror of this story is that once she does realize what the truth of her life has been there’s no hope, no way out.” Hereditary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and earned strong reviews, especially for Collette’s work. Writer-director Ari Aster said the horror genre helped the film. “One thing that I love about genre storytelling,” Aster said, “is that you can take thematic material that might be difficult for people to digest…and you can filter it through this other thing that takes what might be a deterrent to people seeing the movie and suddenly render it a virtue.” You can read more over at Deadline. Many many thanks to Mouza for the heads-up!

Posted on November 3rd, 2018 by Frederik

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Plummer is in negotiations to join the cast of Knives Out, the all-star detective thriller from Rian Johnson, the filmmaker behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The blinding high-wattage cast already includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Ana de Armas. MRC, the company behind movies such as Baby Driver and the upcoming Mortal Engines, is producing and financing Knives, which is said to harken back to the more singular vision of Johnson’s movies such as Brick and Looper. Craig is toppling as a detective tasked with solving a modern-day whodunit murder mystery. Details on who Plummer, the veteran actor whose credits range from The Sound of Music to A Beautiful Mind, would play were not revealed. Production began this week.

Posted on October 31st, 2018 by Frederik

Fantastic news courtesy Variety. Toni Collette is set to join the cast of Rian Johnson’s murder mystery “Knives Out.” The movie stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Ana de Armas. Johnson will write and direct, as well as produce with Ram Bergman. Production is set to begin in November. The pic from MRC is a modern-day murder mystery in the classic whodunit style, infused with Johnson’s original voice that informed films from “Brick” to “Looper.” Craig will star as a detective assigned to solve the crime. Details about Collette’s character remain unknown. On Craig’s casting, Johnson said: “I have been a huge fan and always wanted to work with him and as I worked on the script, trying to get it right, Ram and I were wringing our hands over who could be the detective. “Then, serendipitously, we heard Daniel might have a small window, and it worked out. “He’s an actor of extraordinary range, and we are looking forward to the fun of finding that modern detective, and collaborating with Daniel on creating a new Poirot.” Knives Out’s release date will likely release in late 2019.