According to Deadline, Toni Collette and Jean Reno are set to star in Hector And The Search For Happiness, a romantic comedy feature directed by Peter Chelsom that follows a psychiatrist as he searches the globe for the definition of happiness. The addition of Collette and Reno completes the casting and the film has just commenced principal photography. Collette and Reno join a stellar cast that includes Simon Pegg, who will play Hector, an eccentric London psychiatrist in crisis, Rosamund Pike, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Desiree Zurowski and Jakob Davies. Chelsom and Tinker Lindsay wrote the screenplay, adapted from the novel of the same name by Francis Lelord. The film is produced by Judy Tossell for Egoli Tossell Film and Christine Haebler for Screen Siren Pictures. Jens Meurer and Trish Dolman are serving as executive producers.
Deadline reports that two-time Tony award winner James Naughton has joined the cast of the upcoming CBS drama pilot HOSTAGES. The actor joins previously announced cast member Toni Collette on the project from Jerry Bruckheimer TV and Warner Bros TV. Written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff, the drama follows “Ellen (Toni Collette), a successful surgeon who is selected to operate on the President of the United States (Naughton) and thrust into The Middle of a political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage.” The Hollywood Reporter, Rhys Coiro of “A Gifted Man” has joined the cast as well. Coiro will play Kramer, the brother-in-law of Ellen’s husband Duncan (McDermott). Kramer’s involvement in the political conspiracy will test his loyalties and add another layer of complication and drama for Duncan.
DVD screencaptures of one of Toni’s more recent films, “Jesus Henry Christ”, have been added to the gallery. Filmed in 2010, it failed to win audiences (and a distributor) after its Tribeca premiere and has been released on DVD in the USA and Europe since. The film is indeed disappointing because it seems to reach for the heights but fails, I’ll be putting up a more detailed review soon. Still, it has Michael Sheen and Toni Collette, so it’s watchable of course. To launch the new pictures, just click one of the previews below. Additionally, a couple of new production stills have been added as well.
Also, three clips from the film have been added to the video archive (the trailer has been oline for a while as well). Have a look at the previews below.
There were plenty of breakout hits from the 2013 Sundance Festival earlier this year, but the one bought for the most money because of its potential mainstream appeal was “The Way Way Back.” Starring Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Maya Rudolph, Rob Corddry and more, the film was the directorial debut of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the writers of “The Descendants” which won a Best Adapted Screenplay award in 2012. Now the film has been dated for Fox Searchlight and will receive a July 5th bow. Summer counter-programming has seen positive success in recent years. Focus Features had a similar indie hit in the summer of 2010 with “The Kids Are All Right” and Searchlight themselves obviously had excellent reach this year with “Beasts Of The Southern Wild,” released at the end of June last year. They’ll be looking for similar success with “The Way Way Back”. News comes from IndieWire.
According to TV Line, Tate Donovan has joined CBS’ Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama pilot Hostages. Based on the Israeli format, the prospective series revolves around a family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy. Donovan joins Hostages as Brian, the husband of Toni Collette‘s matriarch Ellen. Described as a former Ivy League “golden boy,” Brian is now attempting to cover up the fact that his real estate career is floundering, forcing him to rely on his wife to keep the family afloat. Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story) is also set to co-star.
According to Entertainment Weekly, American Horror Story star Dylan McDermott has joined CBS’ high-profile political thriller pilot Hostages. McDermott has been cast alongside the show’s previously announced star, Toni Collette. Hostages is about family caught in the middle of a grand political conspiracy that will change their lives forever. McDermott will play Duncan, a righteous FBI agent who is at the center of a conspiracy involving the President “but whose role will come as a surprise.” McDermott starred in the first season of FX’s horror series and appeared in the second. Nothing has been announced regarding his participation in the third season. If the Hostages pilot is picked up to series, the casting would normally make a return to AHS less likely since the actor would typically have to get permission from CBS to appear on the other show — especially if Hostages is slated for fall. But we’ll update this post if we get more clarity on this. Hostages is written and directed by Jeffrey Nachmanoff (Homeland) and executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir.
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.