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.
Toni’s latest film, “The Way, Way Back”, celebrated its world-premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, yesterday. Toni attended both the film’s premiere and after-party in Park City. Pictures from the event have been added to the image library.
Entertainment Weekly has a very nice review on its premiere: Anyone who thought the Sundance Film Festival would suffer a post-first-weekend malaise did not anticipate The Way, Way Back, a throwback summer comedy from Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the Oscar-winning screenwriters of The Descendents. There were 1,001 possible versions of Way Back that could’ve been made — 1,000 of them forgettable — but their tale is salvaged by a gonzo mentor (Sam Rockwell) received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd at Park City’s Eccles Theater Monday afternoon. Sources close to The Way, Way Back confirm that Fox Searchlight has settled a deal to distribute the comedy for just under the record $10.5 million the company paid for Little Miss Sunshine in 2006. Terms are settled and negotiations are over, with Searchlight planning an announcement shortly.
|According to Vulture, the coming-of-age-comedy was well-received. “The Way, Way Back” follows a teenager (Liam James) on summer vacation; he can barely put up with the overbearing asshole (Steve Carell) who’s been dating his mom (Toni Collette). A video from the event, featuring first scenes from the film, has been released and can be watched in the video archive.|
Exciting news according to Variety: Toni Collete is on board to star in Jerry Bruckheimer’s Hostages, a thriller which industry insiders reveal just got a pilot order at CBS. The show will detail a family embroiled in a political conspiracy and centers on a female surgeon living in D.C. who is chosen to operate on the President. She becomes part of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage and placed in harms way. So far, no word has been given when filming of the pilot will begin.
Yesterday, Toni was among the many Australian guests at the 2013 G’Day USA Black Tie Gala in Los Angeles. Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and Naomi Watts also came together to celebrate 10 years of G’Day USA. Jackman presented an award to Crocodile Dundee star Paul Hogan for introducing Australia to a generation of Americans, while actress Rose Byrne received an award for Excellence in Film & TV. Pictures from the gala have been added to the gallery.
|With “Hitchcock” being released in various European cities these days, a couple of new production stills and posters have been released. And with the awards season taking place right now, the film was able to score nominations for Helen Mirren at the Golden Globes, Screen Actors Guild and BAFTA Awards. Fingers crossed she makes the cut as well at tomorrow’s Oscar nominations.|
According to the HD Room, The Fox Searchlight film Hitchcock starring Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock, Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, and Scarlett Johansson as Janet Leigh will make its Blu-ray and DVD debut on March 12. Hitchcock has earned just over $3.6 million in limited released following its theatrical debut on November 23, 2012. The story about the legendary filmmaker’s relationship with his wife during the filming of Psycho should prove a big draw on home video where many interested viewers will finally have access to the film. Fox has yet to formally announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Hitchcock so no disc details are available at this time. The official announcement is expected to be made in early 2013.