Posted on October 29th, 2009 by Frederik

Many thanks to Jaymie for the heads-up that The Boston (USA) Jewish Film Festival will be screening “Mary and Max” on November 12 – and also “Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger”, starring Toni Collette, on November 12 and 14.

Posted on October 28th, 2009 by Frederik

The nominees for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards were announced on Wednesday 28 October 2009, at a special event held at the Chauvel Cinema, Sydney. And Toni’s role as Tara has won her yet another award nomination, this time as Best International Actress for the Australian AFI Award. The contenders in this category are Rose Byrne for “Damages,” Toni for “United States of Tara” and Melissa George and Mia Wasikowska for “In Treatment.” Additionally, “Mary & Max” has received a nomination among the Best Feature Films. The AFI Awards will be handed out on December 12, 2009.

Posted on March 17th, 2009 by Frederik

Over 120,000 people have attended the Sound Relief fundraising concerts in Sydney and Melbourne to help aid victims of devastating fires and floods in Australia. Artists including Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Gabriella Cilmi, Taylor Swift, electro-poppers Architecture In Helsinki and The Presets played the concerts, which were held simultaneously at the Sydney and Melbourne cricket grounds. The event raised thousands of dollars, with all of the profits going toward appeals in Victoria for victims of the recent bushfires that killed over 200 people in February, and to Queensland for people affected by ongoing flooding. Possibly the most poignant moment of the day, was when actress Toni Collette united both cities in a minute’s silence to remember those that did not survive Black Saturday, immediately following the Princes’ historic address.

Posted on February 15th, 2009 by Frederik

The Generation youth jury at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival awarded “Mary & Max” with a special mention. The Australian animated work voiced by the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and Eric Bana, about the relationship between two pen pals, an 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a 44-year-old New Yorker afflicted by autism, is, according to the jury, “ironic, endearing and has an unrivalled aesthetic. Who am I and why am I? What is the meaning of friendship and how do I find my way to love and to my own self? Five years of production at the rate of five seconds a day definitely paid off.”

Posted on February 11th, 2009 by Frederik

Showtime has given a second season to “United States of Tara.” The premium network has renewed the Toni Collette comedy about a woman with multiple personalities for another round. “Tara” has averaged 2.1 million per week, including repeat airings, which is better than “Dexter” and “Weeds” in their first seasons (the “Tara” number also doesn’t include DVR use or on-demand viewing). Helping matters: Sunday night’s fourth episode climbed 15% over the previous week.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by Frederik

As reported earlier, the animated “Mary and Max”, voiced by Toni Collette, Philip Seymor Hoffman and Eric Bana, opened this years Sundance Film Festival. Unfortunately, none of the stars attended the premiere (on the other hand we’re getting plenty of Toni these days anyway ;-) but the director of “Mary and Max”, Adam Elliot, and producer, Melanie Coombs, were in attendance, as was Sundance boss Robert Redford. You can find a couple reviews on the film at Variety, Cinematical and Coming Soon. “Mary and Max” will be shown next month at the Berlin Film Festival.