An international trailer for “Hitchock” has been released today, featuring lots of new scenes, including – finally – a couple of bits involving Toni as Hitch’s assistant Peggy. The film is set to be released in most European countries February 2012. The new trailer can be watched in the video archive.
|A new production still from the upcoming “Hitchcock” has been released. In it, Toni Collette is featured as Hitch’s assistant Peggy Robertson, framed by Michael Stuhlbarg as Lew Wasserman and Anthony Hopkins as Hitchcock. Robertson, a long-time collaborator of the director, is said to be responsible in tracing the “Psycho” book and bringing it to Hitchcock’s attention. The film will be theatrically released in the USA on November 23 and co-stars Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson and Jessica Biel.|
As a long overdue task for the site, I’ve started working on the image library, adding and organizing pictures of Toni’s career from the beginning to recent. To start, lots of event pictures from 1995 have been added, including the New York premiere for “Muriel’s Wedding”, the Independent Spirit Awards and various other New York premieres. For previews and a full list of new additions, click below.
Image Library – Appearances – 1995 – Independent Spirit Awards (March 25, 1995)
Image Library – Appearances – 1995 – “The Basketball Diaries” Premiere (April 19, 1995)
Image Library – Appearances – 1995 – “Il Postino” Premiere (June 01, 1995)
Image Library – Appearances – 1995 – “Smoke” Premiere (June 08, 1995)
Image Library – Appearances – 1995 – Unknown Event 03
“Hitchcock” has celebrated its world-premiere at yesterday’s opening of the AFI Film Festival. Director Sacha Gervasi and actor James D’Arcy – who plays Anthony Perkins playing Norman Bates – were on hand at the premiere, the rest of the cast was absent unfortunately. But that didn’t stop the critics from enjoying the film, especially the lead performances by Hopkins and Mirren. A collection can be found below.
The Los Angeles Times, Glenn Whipp
Hopkins fills the master’s shoes and jowls as capably as you’d expect [...] but it was Mirren who earned the evening’s biggest ovation, drawing a huge round of applause after a speech in which the long-suffering Reville dresses down Hitchcock, detailing the ways she tirelessly and endlessly supported her husband through their marriage.
Hitflix, Gregory Ellwood
Among the supporting actors, Johansson is fine as the pro’s pro in Janet Leigh, but there isn’t much of an arc to her character. Sadly, Toni Collette also doesn’t have much to do as Hitchcock’s longtime assistant Peggy Robertson and that makes you wonder if much of her performance is on the cutting room floor. Ralph Macchio is memorable in one short scene as screenwriter Joe Stefano. Jessica Biel has one of the few legitimate arcs among the supporting cast as Vera Miles, a onetime protégé of Hitchcock’s who has decided to take her life in another direction. Industry audiences and cinephiles will find much of the inside jokes about moviemaking entertaining, but it’s the performances of Hopkins and Mirren which will drive “Hitchcock” to successful returns on the art house circuit.
Indiewire, Charlie Schmidlin
Based on Stephen Rebello’s book, “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho,” the source material proves there’s indeed a compelling story to be told here, but while Gervasi’s comedy-drama presses charmingly on this period in Hitchcock’s career, the film ultimately collapses under its own lightweight intentions of tribute turned romance. And while there are many relationships and aspects of Hitchcock’s life that provoke cinephilic glee, like his mid-production bickering with Peggy and Saul Bass (Wallace Langham), or the fevered arguments with Paramount over budget, Gervasi continually employs the hindsight method of historical storytelling; namely, using the audience’s present knowledge to telegraph a knowing chuckle from a character’s clueless perspective.
The Wrap, Mickey Glazer
“I think they liked it,” Gervasi told TheWrap. “They seemed to laugh, they seemed to applaud.” The audience did both for the surprisingly funny film. The AFI audience gave two applause breaks during the screening: one following a pivotal Mirren monologue and the other during an appropriately “Hitchcock” scene at the end, where the real action is heard, imagined and enjoyed but not seen. In another full circle, the film’s epilogue (non-spoiler) mentions that Hitchcock never won an Oscar, but did win the AFI’s Lifetime Achievement award in 1979.”
Today marks Toni Collette’s 40th birthday. It feels a bit unreal to write that, because wasn’t it just a couple of years ago that Toni came to our attention in “Muriel’s Wedding”? Unbelievable but true, this has been 18 years ago. Since then, Toni has managed to become one of the most versatile actresses of her generation with an international career on screen, stage and television. And 22 years after her start, she is in demand as always. Her birthday coincides with today’s world-premiere of “Hitchcock” at the AFI Film Festival. So what better day to give the site a brand new look. All content is still up with most pages being updated, especially the film pages. The image library will be updated next with many new additions. I hope you enjoy the new look, have fun browsing around.
|Two new production stills from the upcoming “A Long Way Down” have been released. Both stills feature the film’s key players – Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots. The film, based on Nick Hornby’s best-selling novel about four strangers who meet on New Year’s eve on a building roof from which they have planned to jump, will be released in 2013.|