Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning and Isaac Hempstead-Wright will all lend their voices to “The Boxtrolls,” a new 3D stop-motion animated feature that Focus Features and LAIKA have parntered on, the two companies announced on Thursday. LAIKA has begun production on the film. It has previously made “Coraline” and “ParaNorman,” which is nominated for a Best Animated Feature Oscar this year. Based on Alan Snow’s fantasy adventure novel, “The Boxtrolls” is a comedic fable set in Cheesebridge, a Victorian-era town obsessed with wealth and odiferous cheese. According to legend the titular characters are sewer-dwelling monsters who surface at night to steal both children and cheese. In reality, they are endearing goofballs who wear cardboard boxes like turtles wear shells. The cavern-dwellers raise Eggs, an oprhaned human voiced by Hempstead-Wright. Archibald, a pest exterminator voiced by Kinglsey, wants to eradicate the boxtrolls to gain entre into high society. A rich girl, voiced by Fanning, tries to bring the gap between the two worlds. The complete article can be read at Yahoo Movies.
|One of Toni’s more recent films, the 2012 British drama/comedy “Foster” will be released in the USA on DVD and VOD. The title has been changed for the US market to “Angel in the House” (how very un-spoilerish!) and will be released on, March 26, 2013. The film has been recently reviewed on the site, I wouldn’t rank it among Toni’s best, but if you enjoy family comedy (or London in its brightest colors), check it out.|
Additional pictures of Toni attending this year’s Sundance Film Festival have been added to the gallery. Many thanks to Aaron Paul Online for some of them.
According to Deadline, Toni Collette will be starring in “Lucky Them”, the film that Paul Newman was working on when he passed away in 2008. The “un-romantic comedy” about a female rock journalist on assignment to hunt down her musician ex-boyfriend began filming in Seattle last weekend on Newman’s birthday — January 26th. Newman’s wife Joanne Woodward signed on to executive produce the picture last year to help its cause. Thomas Haden Church plays the elusive ex, with Oliver Platt, Ryan Eggold and Ahna O’Reilly rounding out the supporting cast. Newman had hoped to cameo in the film and gave notes on the project, inspiring Woodward to get involved. The semi-autobiographical script is by Emily Wachtel and Huck Botko; Woodward, Wachtel, and Amy Hobby (who previously produced Sam Shepard’s doc Shepard & Dark) are producing alongside Adam Gibbs with Peer Pedersen executive producing. Megan Griffiths is directing.
Independent film distributor Dada Films has acquired Mental. The Australian comedy reunites director P.J. Hogan with actress Toni Collette for the first time since their collaboration in Muriel’s Wedding back in 1994, Deadline said. Dada’s owners MJ Peckos and Steven Raphael say they plan to release Mental both theatrically and on VOD on March 29. In Mental, Collette plays Shaz, a single woman hired by the father of five young girls to take care of them after their mother has a nervous breakdown. Anthony LaPaglia plays the father. Liev Schreiber also stars in the film as a shark hunter. Dada picked up Mental after it debuted at the Palm Springs International Film Festival earlier this month. Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse produced Mental.