Since there’s nothing new on Toni (“Fright Night” premiered at the Comic Con last week, but Toni was not present), let’s see what she did 14 years ago. In 1997, she guest starred as herself on the Australian show “Frontline” in the episode “The Code”. “Frontline”‘s leading man Mike is a guest star on When This Is Your Life, and Toni is one of his childhood friends who greets him. This is a bit obscure since I have no idea if it’s really a guest spot or if there’s any relation between Toni and Mike-actor Rob Sitch. Nevertheless, here’s a clip of her appearance with captures added to the gallery.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Liev Schreiber has joined Toni Collette in P.J. Hogan’s new comedy “Mental”, his first local production since Muriel’s Wedding in 1994, which thrust both location and leading lady into the international spotlight. Mental sees Schreiber as a philandering politician who employs Collette, a “crazy hothead hitchhiker”, to nanny his five daughters following the breakdown and hospitalisation of his wife. Anthony LaPaglia, Deborah Mailman and Rebecca Gibney feature alongside Collette and Schreiber for the joint Australian and American production, along with Cloudstreet’s Kerry Fox, Dorian Gray’s Caroline Goodall and Sam Clark from Neighbours.
Unfortunately, Toni has not received an Emmy nomination this morning for the third and final season of “United States of Tara”. The category for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series includes Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock), Laura Linney (The Big C, a deserving winner in my opinion ;-), Melissa McCarthy (Mike and Molly), Martha Plimpton (Raising Hope) and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). Nevertheless, Toni has won her Emmy already in 2009 for “Tara”, so things could be worse ;-)
San Diego Comic-Con in full force with cast appearances, a party and an advance screening: DreamWorks Studios is pleased to present a special insider look at its upcoming, 3D reimagining of the horror classic “Fright Night” at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International Convention. On Friday, July 22, a panel presentation will be held in Hall H of the San Diego Convention Center. On the dais will be talent from the film, including Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Imogen Poots, director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon. Activities also include a fan appreciation party as well as a screening in advance of the film’s opening in theaters on August 19th. On Friday, June 24th, the film’s social media campaign; “The Fright Night Feeding Frenzy” kicks off with a chance to win a VIP trip for two to San Diego Comic-Con in partnership with Yahoo! Movies. The trip includes travel, accommodations and admittance to all “Fright Night” scheduled events. “The Fright Night Feeding Frenzy” encourages fans to use their social feeds on Facebook, Twitter and blogs to share movie content and check in to real world events to collect points. At the end of each week, the fan who has spread the frenzy the farthest wins a killer prize. Prizes are awarded weekly beginning July 1st through the film’s release on Friday, August 19th. More information about the “Fright Night” Feeding Frenzy and how to join can be found at: WelcometoFrightNight.com.
With yesterday’s series finale of “United States of Tara”, Toni Collette won’t be a weekly regular on television anymore, at least not for now. For all wondering what will be next, Toni has wrapped three films already and another one in the making – so even if “Tara” has ended, Miss Collette’s career will not :-) First in line is the anticipated remake of “Fright Night”, which will premiere in US theaters on August 19, 2011. Then, there are two independent drama comedies with no release date as of now – “Jesus Henry Christ”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year, and “Foster”. This Summer, Toni will also reunite with her “Muriel’s Wedding” director, P.J. Hogan, for the dark Australian comedy “Mental”, in which Toni will play the lead role of Shaz, a nanny hired to look after five sisters after their mother is committed to a mental institution.