On June 21, Toni Collette, Liam James, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash took part in the 2013 First Day of Summer Kickoff Celebration in Santa Monica. A couple of pictures have been added to the image library, alongside more “The Way, Way Back” promotional shoots from the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
“Mental” has been released on DVD in various European countries (instead of a theatrical release), so there was finally a chance to see P.J. Hogan’s reunion with Toni Collette, almost twenty years after “Muriel’s Wedding”. The similarities stop here already, “Mental” is, as described by one reviewer, like Mary Poppins on acid – which is quite fitting. Look out for a personal review in the career section. Over 1.000 DVD screencaptures have been added, alongside screencaptures from an interview with Toni on the set. Video clips will be posted next. Enjoy.
|Another new project for Toni! According to the Daily Telegraph, Collette stood out in a cast of men on the set of the new TV series Devil’s Playground in Darlinghurst, dressed conservatively in a blue woollen dress with felt hat – a costume meant to reflect 1980s Australia and not the 1940s as it appeared to observers. The actress has only a small role in new six episode Matchbox Pictures/Screen Australia mini-series which is being directed by Rachel Ward and Tony Krawitz.|
Collette wrapped her small role on Wednesday ahead of an appearance on the red carpet last night for the premiere of The Way, Way Back. Also starring in Devil’s Playground, the sequel to Fred Schepisi’s original film The Devil’s Playground, is Jack Thompson who looked the part in clerical robes suggesting he will play either a Catholic cardinal or bishop in the production, to be broadcast on Foxtel. Actors Simon Burke and Christopher Stollery joined Collette and Thompson on Sydney set this week.
On June 06, Toni Collette and Steve Carell have attended the Sydney Film Festival’s premiere of “The Way, Way Back”. Carell made an unexpected appearance after a last-minute text message from mate and Little Miss Sunshine co-star. When Carell got Collette’s message, he surprised her on the theatre’s red carpet after a day of interviews at the Park Hyatt Hotel. “We got to know each other even better on this film, because it was shot in (Carell’s) home town in Massachusetts. “Toni had a little beach house in that area and her baby and her husband were there. It was really fun, a really nice family time”. Pictures from the premiere can be found in the gallery.
CBS has launched the first pictures and a video preview for “Hostages”, which hails from Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Warner Bros. Television. The series is based on an Israeli format and follows a surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States and finds herself drawn into a political conspiracy.
|Hostages, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a high-octane suspense drama starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by rogue FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott). Dr. Ellen Sanders (Collette) and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man|
doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President (James Naughton) when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer (Rhys Coiro), whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer (Billy Brown), an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine (Sandrine Holt), a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team. With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian (Tate Donovan), her secretive daughter Morgan (Quinn Shephard) and her not-so-innocent son Jake (Mateus Ward). In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.
How very exciting to see Toni headlining a tv series once again. Besides above’s video preview and first production stills, HD captures from the featurette have been added to the gallery.