One June 07, stage and screen legend Shirley MacLaine was lauded with the 40th annual AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to pay tribute to one of America’s most beloved artists. The gala was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios last evening and will air on TV Land on June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Among the many guests present to honor MacLaine were Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Toni Collette, Carrie Fisher, Peter Fonda, Marcia Gay Harden and Tom Skerritt. Pictures from the ceremony have been added to the gallery.
The Sydney-based Tropfest, known as the world’s largest short film festival, brought its fun, laid-back embrace of filmmaking to Las Vegas over the weekend in a free, three-day at the Strip’s Cosmopolitan Hotel. The debut Las Vegas event celebrated Tropfest’s 20th anniversary on June 04, 2012. Toni Collette presided over the live jury and Tobey Maguire announced a new 70-seconds-or-less contest. Pictures from the event have been added to the gallery.
The Commonwealth Bank’s CAN’T campaign has morphed into CAN, changing its tag line and aiming to highlight the attitude the bank’s employees bring to the workplace. The spot aims to be fresh, upbeat, optimistic and convey an empowering message. The 60” TVC airing across all networks features actress Toni Collette speaking directly to camera, delivering the message behind the campaign underpinned by the poem Ode to Can, written by M&C Saatchi creative director Andy Fleming. Thanks to Rebecca for the heads-up!
According to Variety, Liam James, who plays Mireille Enos’ son on AMC’s “The Killing,” has landed the coveted lead role in the coming-of-age indie “The Way, Way Back,” which marks the directorial debut of “The Descendants” scribes Jim Rash and Nat Faxon. Faxon and Rash’s script, which appeared on the 2010 Black List, follows a teenager (James) who struggles to find himself as he comes to terms with his unattentive mother (Toni Collette) and cheating stepfather (Steve Carell) during summer vacation. He finds acceptance at a local waterpark where he secretly works during the week, and garners the confidence to stand up to his step-dad while healing his relationship with his mom. Sam Rockwell and Allison Janney are set to co-star in the pic, which will lens this summer in Massachusetts. Also, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Imogen Poots has signed to star opposite Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette and Emile Hirsh in French filmmaker Pascal Chaumeil’s A Long Way Down. The script details the story of four disparate individuals who meet one another on a London roof top on New Year’s Eve all with the same intention to commit suicide. Instead of jumping, these complete strangers make a pact to stay alive and stay together until Valentine’s Day, at least.
Toni made a surprise appearance on television, promoting “Jesus Henry Christ” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. After briefly talking about the film, the interview circled mostly about Australia – various Australian bars – and their children. This has been Toni’s fourth appearance on Craig Ferguson’s show – she first appeared in 2005 to promote “In her Shoes”, then in 2006 to promote “Little Miss Sunshine” and in 2009 for the release of “United States of Tara”. The full interview can be watched in the video archive, HD screencaptures have been added to the image library.
A new film based on true events, set in the world of “honor killings” in India, has picked up steam today as two talented actors have signed on for principal and supporting roles. Variety reports that Toni Collette and Dev Patel have joined “Defiant,” a thriller written and directed by Bill Burnett, and produced by the Australian-based Anupam Sharma. The film centers around the Islamic law that permits Muslim men to wed non-Muslim women, but denies women the same rights with men. Patel will play Hari, one half of a couple in love on the run from their parents, all of whom want to kill them for wanting to marry. Collette will play an Emmy-winning reporter who follows the story, but soon finds herself living it after becoming involved and fighting for the couple’s lives. Collette (who’s a busy bee at the moment, having signed on to “The Way Way Back,” “Miss You Already” and “A Long Way Down” in the last week alone) is of course an ever-reliable addition to any project, so it’s no doubt she’ll bring an excellent performance to her supporting role. Keep your eyes peeled for this one. Principal photography on “Defiant” will begin late-October in North India.