Posted on February 20th, 2018 by Frederik

Apple brings us the exclusive trailer for the upcoming Toni Collette-Matthew Goode comedy (or dramedy) “Birthmarked”: Two respected scientists decide to quit their jobs for their biggest experiment to date – parenthood! Raising three very different children, they seek to prove that everyone has the same potential to become anything they choose. The film is directed by Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais and will be released in select theaters starting March 30th, 2018. The trailer can be watched in the video archive, screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.


Posted on February 17th, 2018 by Frederik

Some fantastic casting news from Screendaily: Toni Collette, red-hot after she enthralled audiences in last month’s Sundance horror sensation Hereditary, has joined the cast of thriller Sea Fever, which Epic Pictures is introducing to worldwide buyers at the EFM. Neasa Hardiman (Jessica Jones, Happy Valley) will direct from her screenplay that is set on a fishing trawler off the Irish West Coast. Production is scheduled to begin in the area in July. Collette will play the captain of the ship who fights to keep her crew alive when the vessel is infested with a deadly parasite. Hermione Corfied (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) has signed on to play a marine biology student on board. Epic Pictures serves as executive producer and co-finances Sea Fever. Brendan McCarthy and John McDonnell of Fantastic Films (Six Shooter, The Last Days On Mars) producing. Frakas Productions is a co-producer alongside Belgium’s Frakas Productions and Sweden’s Bright Pictures, with the support of the Irish Film Board, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, Wallimage and Film i Väst. Sea Fever was developed with the support of the Creative Europe MEDIA programme and the Irish Film Board. It was a project participant at the Frontieres international co-production market.

Posted on January 30th, 2018 by Frederik

A24 has launched the official trailer for “Hereditary” and it looks SO GOOD!!! Starring Toni Collette (in a ferocious performance), Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd, and Gabriel Byrne, the story revolves around a woman who begins to uncover the terrifying secrets rooted in her family tree, following the passing of her mother. Here’s the official synopsis: When Ellen, the matriarch of the Graham family, passes away, her daughter’s family begins to unravel cryptic and increasingly terrifying secrets about their ancestry. The more they discover, the more they find themselves trying to outrun the sinister fate they seem to have inherited. Making his feature debut, writer-director Ari Aster unleashes a nightmare vision of a domestic breakdown that exhibits the craft and precision of a nascent auteur, transforming a familial tragedy into something ominous and deeply disquieting, and pushing the horror movie into chilling new terrain with its shattering portrait of heritage gone to hell. “Hereditary” hits cinemas on June 8th.


Posted on January 27th, 2018 by Frederik

While there are still glowing reviews for Toni’s performance in the Sundance premiere of “Hereditary” coming in – its theatrical release has been set for June 8, 2018 – another of her films has been quietly released on demand yesterday, the Ben Lewin-directed drama “Please Stand By” starring Dakota Fanning. “Please Stand By” was shot over 29 days in L.A. as well as a couple days in San Francisco last year. Magnolia Pictures, which is affiliated with 2929 came on to distribute. The company is tapping Star Trek fans and the neuro-diverse community in the lead up to its day and date theatrical release this weekend. Fanning plays a girl with autism and Toni Collette plays her caretaker in a supporting role. Two clips from the film, as well as a promotional featurette, have been added to the video archive. Here’s a collection of reviews:

Observer, Rex Reed (January 26, 2018)
This is a sweet confection that mercifully never gets treacly—part family adventure, part suspenseful nail-biter, and reassuringly life-affirming from start to finish, with fine ensemble work by a first-rate cast, including a lovely bit by Patton Oswalt as a Hollywood cop who restores Wendy’s lost sense of security by conversing fluently in Klingon. But the powerful thread that keeps Please Stand By focused is Dakota Fanning’s deep dedication to her role. Shy, brave, and finding strength in unexpected places, her struggle to hold her sanity in check against overwhelming odds is what makes her performance—and the film—so memorable.

The Hollywood Reporter, Sheri Linden (January 26, 2018)
For the most part, Lewin uses a straightforward visual scheme. That gives the few subjective flourishes, blending Wendy’s surroundings with those of her imagination, more impact, as when the desolate part of a strange town transforms into an otherworldly desert. Wendy sets out on her life-changing journey. Her sister is soon in pursuit, as are Scottie and her teen son, Sam (River Alexander). Sam’s apparent unhappiness and his friction with Scottie are pointedly introduced only to be abandoned with no further comment. Yet even with that story thread left dangling, Collette communicates plenty with her character’s powerfully wordless reaction to someone’s mention of their single mother.

Vulture, David Edelstein (January 26, 2018)
It’s hard to judge Dakota Fanning’s performance. She keeps her eyes fixed, speaks in a monotone, and seems unnatural — but, of course, people at this level on the spectrum are apt to seem unnatural. So she’s probably very good. Although Scottie is a role that Collette could play in her sleep, she remains awake and shows conviction.

Den of Geek, Don Kay (January 26, 2018)
The movie also has some nice thing to say about fandom along the way (especially thanks to a third-act cameo from supernerd Patton Oswalt) and gives ample time to both Collette and Eve’s characters, with Collette in particular making it look effortless in the role of the sensitive yet no-nonsense Scottie.

Posted on January 27th, 2018 by Frederik

In case you’re wondering whatever has happened to “The Yellow Birds” – the highly anticipated Iraq war drama, destined by the online community to become a frontrunner at the Oscars until its Sundance world-premiere to disastrous reviews – well, here’s your news: DirecTV is partnering with Saban Films to release Alexandre Moors’ “The Yellow Birds” in North America. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017 and will be released in spring 2018. It will debut day-and-date in theaters and on demand. The film received mixed reviews when it screened at Sundance, but did draw interest from buyers due a cast of rising stars that includes Tye Sheridan, Alden Ehrenreich, and Jack Husto. Jennifer Aniston and Toni Collette co-star in the film. “The Yellow Birds” follows two young soldiers, Bartle (Ehrenreich) and Murph (Sheridan), as they navigate the frontlines of the Iraq War. As the story progresses, Bartle becomes haunted by a promise he made to Murph’s mother before their deployment. The war drama is written by David Lowery and R.F.I. Porto, and based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Powers. It was produced by Courtney Solomon and Mark Canton for Cinelou Films, and Jeff Sharp for Story Mining & Supply Company.

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