August 17th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Today, Amanda Sthers’ underdog comedy “Madame” releases Australian cinemas. Reviews have been mixed, ranging from charming to lousy. So, if you’re Australian, make sure to get your own opinion on this indie French film.

Screen Daily, Sarah Ward (August 18, 2017)
Toni Collette and Harvey Keitel might bring star power to upstairs-downstairs comedy Madame, but it’s Rossy de Palma who shines brightest in this English-language debut of French writer turned filmmaker Amanda Sthers. Among the cast, scenes between de Palma and Smiley render him Madame’s second standout player. In fact, it’s Collette and Keitel who make less of an impact, largely thanks to their underwritten characters. One can arch her eyebrows in disdain with the best of them, and the other amble around with charm, but their parts serve the narrative more than their talents

The Herald Sun, Leigh Paatsch (August 16, 2017)
An irksomely erratic French comedy of (bad) manners, Madame would normally have struggled to secure an Australian release. However, the usually inviting presence of our own Toni Collette in a starring role has jemmied open the door. Enter at your own peril. And also be warned that Collette issues one of the few complete performance misfires of her career with a very loud bang. While Collette’s awkward repartee with Keitel (those two as a married couple? Really?) is not so hot, her character’s constant, cruelly bitter jabs at Maria leave a decided chill. A movie that can sometimes turn tolerable (thanks to the unconventionally endearing de Palma, a gem who deserved better than this) just when it’s getting terrible.

Urban Cinefile, Louise Keller (August 15, 2017)
The premise is fun and the Paris setting gorgeous, yet this would be Cinderella story with a twist prickles with contrivance. There is something that grates about the way writer director Amanda Sthers has written her characters, although nothing takes away from the splendid turn by Rossy de Palma. The dinner scene when Maria attracts the attention of David (Michael Smiley), a British aristocrat who clearly is bewitched by her, is a lot of fun, but as the romance progresses, nothing rings true about Anne’s behaviour – or the way Collette has been directed.

Newscom.au, Wenlei Ma (August 14, 2017)
A classic Cinderella story, Madame is a joyful romp through the delights of upper class Paris and the immigrant underclass that serves them. It’s no wonder de Palma is sometimes described as Pedro Almodovar’s muse — she’s worked with him on seven films since 1987. Her Picasso-esque face is extraordinarily expressive and open and she has an incredible screen presence. She is the heart of Madame, even if, the titular “Madame” is Collette’s Anne, at least by frequency of address. The ridiculous Anne (“Louboutin doesn’t even make a size eight!”) borders on caricature at times but this could be a deliberate choice to underscore Maria’s authenticity.

  August 4th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Seven (Australia) is coming out with its best foot forward having confirmed that “Blue Murder: Killer Cop” will air on August 6 and 7. In this two part telemovie Richard Roxburgh reprises his heralded portrayal of Australia’s most notorious former detective Roger Rogerson in “Blue Murder: Killer Cop”, leading an all-star cast including Toni Collette, Matt Nable, Dan Wyllie, Emma Booth, Justin Smith, Damian Walshe-Howling, Steve Le Marquand, Aaron Pedersen, Aaron Jeffery – and reprising their original roles, Tony Martin and Peter Phelps. A floating body, a drug deal gone wrong, and two former detectives the perpetrators. Life imprisonment is the end of Roger Rogerson’s story. The last Blue Murder ended with his expulsion in disgrace from the NSW Police Force. In this installment, Rogerson struggles to make a living in a world that’s rapidly changing, caught between the pressures of criminals, police and a love that might save him. A full trailer and tv spot have been added to the video archive and you can find the DVD keyart and production stills in the photo gallery. “Blue Murder: Killer Cop” premieres 8:30 pm Sunday, August 6 and concludes 8:30 pm Monday, August 7.

  August 4th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Fun Mom Dinner” releases today in select cities and on demand in the United States. Lots of video clips from Toni’s promotional visits the last couple of days have been added to the video archive – including appearances on The Today Show, New York Live and Watch What Happens Live – as well as three clips from the film.


Video Archive – Talkshows – Watch What Happens Live
Video Archive – Talkshows – New York Live
Video Archive – Talkshows – The Today Show
Video Archive – Public Appearances – Mamarazzi Conversation Panel
Video Archive – Career – Fun Mom Dinner – Press Junket
Video Archive – Career – Fun Mom Dinner – Film Scene 03
Video Archive – Career – Fun Mom Dinner – Film Scene 02
Video Archive – Career – Fun Mom Dinner – Film Scene 01

  July 17th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

One of Toni’s most recent films, the big-screen adaptation of Craig Silvey’s bestselling Australian novel “Jasper Jones” has been released in Australia on DVD, Blu-Ray and on demand on July 07 after its theatrical release earlier this year. Unfortunately, the film directed by Rachel Perkins has not received a wide release outside of Australia yet, but here’s hoping. For those who are able to play Australian region code DVDs and Blu-Rays, or if you’re from Australia and haven’t seen it yet, make sure to grab your copy over at Madman Entertainment. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery. An in-depth review and video clips will follow later this week.


  July 1st, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

Momentum Pictures has launched the official theatrical trailer for “Fun Mom Dinner”, which will release US theaters and on-demand platforms on August 4, 2017. Four moms, whose only common ground is their kids’ preschool class, decide to get together for a harmless “fun mom dinner.” The night begins as a disaster, but the combination of alcohol, karaoke, and a cute bartender, leads to an unforgettable night where these seemingly different women realize they have more in common than motherhood and men. Additionally, they have posted an on-set interview with Toni Collette and Katie Aselton, which can be found in the video archive. Screencaptures from both the interview and the trailer have been added to the photo gallery.

  May 10th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

After releasing a sneak peek last month, the Sydney Film Festival has unveiled its massive lineup in full for its 64th year, and it comes with 288 films from 59 countries, including 37 world premieres. Among the world-premieres is “Madame”, starring Toni Collette, Harvey Keitel and Rossy de Palma. Directed by Amanda Sthers, “Madame” is a romantic comedy about an unexpected love affair that starts at dinner and spreads to the Paris streets.Here’s the official synopsis: Anne (Collette) and Bob (Keitel), a wealthy, well-connected American couple, move into a manor in Paris. While preparing a luxurious dinner for sophisticated international friends, Anne discovers there are only 13 guests. So, she insists her loyal maid, Maria (de Palma), disguise herself as a mysterious Spanish noblewoman to even out the numbers. Too much wine and some playful chat lead Maria to endear herself to a dandy British artbroker (Michae Smiley). Their budding romance soon has Anne chasing her maid around Paris, reinventing the truth and finally plotting to destroy this most unexpected and joyous love affair. Also, “Fun Mom Dinner”, which celebrated its world-premiere at Sundance in January, will be shown on June 9. New pictures from both films have been added to the photo gallery.


  May 7th, 2017       Posted by Frederik       Display Comments

“Unlocked” has premiered in UK theaters on Friday. Reviews have been favorable to mixed, all describing it as a female Bourne-story with praise for Rapace and criticism on the plot – but not as bad as one would have feared for a film that has been shelfed for over two years. Here’s a selection of reviews from the British press, highlighting Toni’s performance (and her much-mentioned Annie Lennox hairdo), production stills can be found below.

The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw, May 05, 2017
Veteran director Michael Apted has put together an entertaining espionage action-thriller, on the time-honoured theme of the agent going rogue because the bosses are complicit in the dirty dealing; Apted is working with a script from feature newcomer Peter O’Brien. It doesn’t break much in the way of new ground, but that isn’t exactly the point – it rattles along and Apted tackles it with gusto. It’s also satisfying to see Toni Collette let rip with a machine gun.

Variety, Guy Lodge, May 07, 2017
As the Hollywood casting search for a new, rebooted Lisbeth Salander starts up again, spare a thought for poor Noomi Rapace. Having stepped aside for Rooney Mara in David Fincher’s 2011 film, the original girl with the dragon tattoo is still proving her mettle for the part in far lesser vehicles like “Unlocked” — an anonymously enjoyable espionage thriller that, for purposes of memory, all but self-destructs the second the closing credits begin to roll. Collette, given the least to do of the headliners, but rocking a machine gun and platinum pixie crop with equally lethal aplomb.

The Guardian, Simran Hans, May 07, 2017
islamic State, MI5, a deadly virus and a neck-tattooed Orlando Bloom: screenwriter Peter O’Brien throws everything at the wall in this derivative thriller. Nothing sticks. With a cast of A-listers including John Malkovich, Michael Douglas and Toni Collette, not to mention Rapace herself, you’d expect at least one performance capable of cutting through the script’s sludge. Still, worth a hate-watch if only to hear Bloom’s former marine declare in full EastEnders mode: “I love a tagine.”

The Telegraph, Robbie Colin, May 04, 2017
Think of Unlocked as the dress-down Friday of contemporary espionage thrillers. Everyone who was supposed to turn up seems to be there, in some shape or form, but in their eyes you virtually can see the stopwatch counting down to 6pm. Set in a scrupulously true-to-life version of London’s East End, Michael Apted’s film centres on former CIA interrogator Alice Racine (Noomi Rapace), who investigates an Islamist terror plot only to find herself embroiled in a web of inter-agency triple and quadruple crosses. She’s Bourne within the sound of Bow bells, essentially, but the film’s attempt to combine mainstream action and timely social realism results in the kind of sticky mess that should have been easily avoided.

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