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The theatrical trailer for “Enough Said”, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Ben Falcone and Toni Collette, has been launched by 20th Century Fox. The romantic comedy, which is unfortunately one of Mr. Gandolfini’s last films, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival next month. You can watch the trailer in the video archive.

The film centers on a divorced, single mother and masseuse Eva (Louis-Dreyfus) who starts up a romance with Albert (Gandolfini). Things get complicated when Eva realizes Albert is the ex of her new client (played by Holofcener muse Catherine Keener), who plies Eva with all the nitpicky and more substantial problems she and Albert had during their marriage. Look out for this spot-on quote: Getting an ex-wife to spill the beans on one’s new boyfriend is “like a human Trip Advisor.” HD screencaptures from the trailer can be found in the gallery.

These last two days, Toni Collette has been in attendance at the CBS Summer TCA, promoting the upcoming series “Hostages”. Pictures from the shows’ panel and the CBS party have been added to the gallery. Additional coverage on the TCA can be found below the previews.


The following coverage has been posted by the Hollywood Reporter: Hostages, a drama led by Dylan McDermott and Toni Collette about surgeon Ellen Sanders who is forced to decide whether to kill the president or have her family killed, is hoping to take network television to a different level. The show is “a chance to do something new on network television,” executive producer Jeffrey Nachmanoff told reporters gathered Monday at the Television Critics Association press tour. The 15-episode order differentiates itself from the traditional series, which often sees 22 (or more) episodes, and follows the successes of similarly-modeled CBS’ Under the Dome and Fox’s The Following. But don’t call Hostages a miniseries. Executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, as well as the other producers, have high hopes Hostages can sustain its story beyond a first season. “This is not a miniseries for us,” Bruckheimer said, adding that he hopes to get two seasons or more. The complete article can be read here.

James Gandolfini’s legacy lives on. On Thursday, July 25 — a little over a month after the star’s sudden death of a heart attack at the age of 51 — Fox Searchlight Pictures revealed a release date and movie poster for Enough Said, the second-to-last film Gandolfini shot before his untimely passing. Set to open in select theaters on Sept. 20, 2013, the movie finds the late Sopranos actor playing a love interest for Seinfeld alum Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Catherine Keener, Toni Collette, and Ben Falcone also star.

“He played a divorced dad who doted on his daughter and was crazy about Julia’s character,” writer/director Nicole Holofcener told the Hollywood Reporter after Gandolfini’s death on June 19. “He didn’t believe he could play a romantic lead, even though everyone on the set thought he was sexy and hilarious. He was charming and self-effacing and incredibly talented. Not only did he pull off playing a leading man, his performance is subtle and moving and very, very lovely.”

Indeed, costar Collette told Cinema Blend recently that the actor’s work in Enough Said may be his most revealing ever. “I’m so excited for his fans to be able to see him in Enough Said, because he’s a total teddy bear in it. He’s the leading man,” she gushed. “He’s sought after, loved, talked about, and I just feel so lucky to have gotten to work with him.” “He was the real deal,” she continued. “He actually had a twinkle in his eye. He was cheeky and wonderful. I can’t believe how young [he was]. I mean, 51? It’s just too sad.” Enough Said will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September. Prior to his death, Gandolfini also filmed the movie Animal Rescue. No release date has been set for that project.


Real character: Toni Collette in Sydney recently. Photo: Marco Del Grande

For many in Australia, Toni Collette is, and always will be, Muriel Heslop. It’s a role that has stuck with the prominent Australian actor as much for its own durability as for her capacity to elude stereotyping since. Playing a ”terrible” girl from Porpoise Spit shot Collette to international acclaim, laying the foundations for the array of extraordinary characters she has delivered on screen and stage since. Collette is the first to admit the ”profoundly life-changing experience” of Muriel’s Wedding (1994) gave her an ”unexpected career”.

In short, Collette is an enigma. The same can be said of her onscreen persona. The greatest theme to her roles might well be their lack of a theme. ”I’ve never been boxed in,” she says. ”After Muriel’s Wedding, I first went to America and I was sent all these scripts about fat girls overcoming hurdles. Something in me knew not to go down that road, even if it was a good script. I just never want to repeat myself. I also don’t want to be bored in life. The great luxury of being an actor is you get to be different people, and I would hate to be repetitive.” Her latest film, The Way Way Back, is no exception. The coming-of-age film is about a boy, Duncan, with a crippling lack of self-confidence and a divorcee mother (Collette) in a bad relationship, and who finds solace in a job at Water Wizz water park. The complete interview can be read at the Syndey Morning Herald’s official website and in the magazines archive.

Here’s a new article courtesy Cinema Blend. Two of the late Gandolfini’s films will be released posthumously, Animal Rescue written by detective novelist Dennis Lehane, and Nicole Holofcener’s upcoming comedy Enough Said. Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Gandolfini’s Enough Said co-star Toni Collette for The Way, Way Back, and I asked her to tell me about her experience on the film—which was previously untitled—and working with “Jim.” Her answer could easily be counted among some of the most eloquent words said about the star:

“It was excellent. Nicole is such a wonderful person to work with. She’s very, very easy-going and very open and very collaborative. All of the actors were incredible. And I’m so…(exhales)…It’s just so sad about Jim. Someone told me recently there was a story about him in the LA Times talking about what he was like as a person, and how he never got to play a character similar to him, that he was always cast as a bit of a brute. I mean specifically in The Sopranos he had – um – a big heart and a lot of conflict within him, the character I’m talking about…

But the sweetness (of him) was never really revealed (in his work). I’m so excited for his fans to be able to see him in Enough Said because he’s a total teddy bear in it. He’s the leading man. He’s sought after, loved, talked about, and I just feel so lucky to have gotten to work with him. He was the real deal. He actually had a twinkle in his eye. He was cheeky and wonderful. (Quietly) I can’t believe how young. I mean 51? It’s just too sad… So yeah, I had a great time making it, a great time making it. And what I’ve seen of it, it’s very smart and very funny. And I can’t wait to see it.”

Written and directed by Holofcener, Enough Said centers on a divorced woman suffering from empty nest (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) whose pursuit of a charming man (Gandolfini) is complicated when she realizes he is the ex-husband of a new friend (Catherine Keener). Collette told me she plays another of Louis-Dreyfus’s friend in the film. But where Louis-Dreyfus’s character is divorcing and dealing with sending her kid to college, Collette and onscreen spouse Ben Falcone are just at the beginning of their marriage and kid-raising troubles. Collette’s description of Gandolfini’s character in the film seems a real change of pace from the glaring tough guys roles he was known for. But it also sounds like it might be the closest a film role has come to capturing the captivating man who has made us root for bad guys for decades. I never met Gandolfini, much less knew him, but I suspect that it’s this charm and sweetness that everyone who did speaks of so often that is the key to even his bleakest roles. Because no matter how bad the guy he plays, he was oddly charming. There was a twinkle in his eye. And thankfully for those of us who’ve loved his work, there’s more to come and a great legacy to revisit.

CBS has released a sneak peek of the key art designs for the Network’s new fall 15-episode thriller “Hostages”. The designs will be featured at Comic-Con this week and will begin appearing in print, online and outdoor later this summer. The series premieres Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 on the CBS Television Network. Entertainment Weekly has called the posters a “provocative marketing art”, which has Collette and McDermott gagged by American flags (a second version of the poster can be found in the gallery as well).

“Hostages”, from executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer, is a high-octane suspense drama starring Emmy Award winner Toni Collette as a premiere surgeon thrust into a chilling political conspiracy when her family is taken hostage by Rogue FBI agent Duncan Carlisle. Dr. Ellen Sanders and her family are held captive in their home by Carlisle, a desperate man doing the wrong thing for the right reasons, who orders her to assassinate the President when she operates on him. His highly skilled accomplices include his brother-in-law Kramer, whose loyalty to Carlisle will be tested; quick-tempered and intimidating Archer, an ex-military man with a razor-sharp tongue; and the only woman involved, Sandrine, a mysterious last-minute replacement to the team.

With her family’s life in peril, Ellen faces an incomprehensible moral dilemma in order to save her overbearing husband Brian, her secretive daughter Morgan and her not-so-innocent son Jake. In this high-stakes standoff between Ellen and Carlisle, fraught with tremendous national and personal consequences, the choices between right and wrong become even more blurred.

On July 05, Toni has been a guest on PBS’ “Tavis Smiley” to promote the US theatrical release of “The Way, Way Back”. In a very interesting and in-depth discussion, Toni talks about working with Steve Carell, the fortunate pile of work she has been doing recently after taking a break and how motherhood has affected her work and the way she choses her roles. The full interview can be watched in the video archive.


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