August 23rd, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Australian director Ben Lewin’s latest film “Please Stand By” has been selected to screen at the Austin Film Festival in Texas. It is the first film by the Melburnian since his Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated 2012 feature, The Sessions, starring Helen Hunt and John Hawkes. His new comedy drama stars Toni Collette, Alice Eve and Dakota Fanning and was written by Grimm’s Michael Golamco. Lewin is best known in Australia for creating the TV series Rafferty’s Rules and the mid-1990s feature Paperback Romance, starring Gia Carides and Anthony LaPaglia. “Please Stand By” will premiere in Austin in October. Meanwhile, the Hamptons International Film Festival will host the east coast premiere of “The Yellow Birds”, and has also announced Toni Collette to attend the festival. No dates have been released yet. “The Yellow Birds” has had its world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, garnering less than enthusiastic reviews. Maybe they’ve used the time for a new cut. Here goes the official synopsis: In the midst of the Iraq War, Bartle (Alden Ehrenreich) and Murph (Tye Sheridan), two young soldiers fresh out of training camp, find themselves woefully unprepared for the realities facing them upon their deployment into active duty. What starts off as a simple mission ends in tragedy, driving one traumatized soldier to return home desperate to escape the past while the other’s parents begins their own search for the truth. Aided by stand-out supporting turns from Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette, “The Yellow Birds” provides a haunting look at the personal devastation facing both the soldiers on the ground and those they leave behind.

  March 20th, 2016       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Once again it’s very quiet around Toni Collette, as she has proven time and again to successfully stay out of the limelight. Which doesn’t mean there’s nothing to look forward to. Since the beginning of 2016, Toni has wrapped both “Please Stand By” and “xXx: The Return of Xander Cage”. The former stars Dakota Fanning and deals with a young autistic woman who runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a writing competition. The latter needs no introduction – Xander Cage is left for dead after an incident, though he secretly returns to action for a new, tough assignment with his handler Augustus Gibbons. Vin Diesel reprises his famous role with Samuel L. Jackson and Toni Collette in supporting roles (probably as agents?). This will make for a crowded year, which also sees the release of the Noomi Rapace starrer “Unlocked” and the announced “Jasper Jones”, “The Yellow Birds” and “Imperium” (with no further news on those except the initial announcements).