Posted on July 30th, 2018 by Frederik

Earlier today, Toni Collette has attended a photocall for BBC1’s upcoming miniseries “Wanderlust”. She was accompanied by co-star Stephen Mackintosh, director Luke Snellin and writer Nick Payne. Fingers crossed for a full trailer soon! Wanderlust follows Joy Richards (Toni) a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark with her husband alive after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship. As we meet her family, friends, neighbours and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust and forbidden desire emerge. “I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on Wanderlust,” Toni said in a statement. “It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.”The series is set to premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix!


Posted on July 29th, 2018 by Frederik

The term “first look” can be taken word by word here, since it’s really just a couple of blink-and-you-miss-it’s of Toni Collette, but how exciting to see “Wanderlust” among the many high profile productions by the BBC to be released this Fall. The series will simultaneously premiere on Netflix, a definite release date has not been announced yet. Check it out below.

Posted on July 29th, 2018 by Frederik

While we’re still in our “Hereditary” bubble, hoping that the buzz on the film will transcend to the end of the year’s awards season, this bit by Deadline is definately good news: Ari Aster’s debut feature Hereditary premiered in the Midnight section of Sundance back in January to unanimously positive response and has now become the biggest worldwide grossing movie ever for A24. With $77.5 million at the global box office, the low-budget horror is the third in-house production for A24, with Palmstar and Lars Knudsen on as producers, that the company has seen through a worldwide release following Barry Jenkins’ Best Picture Oscar winner Moonlight and Greta Gerwig’s Oscar nominated Lady Bird. The success comes as horror has picked up great steam over the past few years and overseas audiences, particularly in Latin America and the emerging South East Asian markets, are great consumers. The top overseas plays on Hereditary are the UK (Entertainment) at $7.29M, topping comps like Insidious and The Witch; Mexico (Sun) with $3M, besting Get Out, Insidious and Lights Out; Australia (Studiocanal) with $2.7M to eclipse Insidious and The Witch; Spain (DeAPlaneta) at $1.98M; and Korea (Challan) with $1.46M which is bigger than Insidious. In the Netherlands, the film is Splendid’s biggest release of the year with $1.27M. There, an 80-screen simulcast premiere was the widest ever for a horror title. The full article can be read here.

Posted on July 22nd, 2018 by Frederik

The critically-acclaimed horror movie will be available on both formats in September. In an early announcement to retailers, Lionsgate says ‘Hereditary’ will be available on Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on September 4. Each release will have a lossless 5.1 soundtrack, the 4K UHD will feature a Dolby Vision HDR presentation, and supplement include: Deleted Scenes, “Cursed: The True Nature of Hereditary” Featurette, and “Evil in Miniature” Photo Gallery. 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.

Posted on July 4th, 2018 by Frederik

Wait, there’s a thing like a mid-season film award?! Apparently there is: The LAOFCS (Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society), and they’re not only giving out accolades in June or July when no one else is thinking about the winter’s awards season, but they also strive to promote gender balance and diversity in film criticism. So that’s good. And even better, they named Toni Collette Best Actress for her performance in “Hereditary”, in a tie with Charlize Theron for “Tully”. It’s fair to see they’ve enjoyed stressed-out moms. Additionally, Alex Wolff was awarded Best Supporting Actor. The full list can be read at their website. Let’s have our fingers crossed the hype’s still going until December :-)

Posted on July 4th, 2018 by Frederik

On June 22, the National Board of Review hosted a screening of “Hereditary” with a Q&A afterwards. Unfortunately there’s no video available, but a picture has been posted along with some quotes by Ari Aster and Toni Collette. Below is a great quote by Toni about the working experience with Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd. See the full article here:

How was it like working with such a great supporting cast? TC: In terms of Ari’s specificity, he really did hand pick every actor as well as key crew member. Ann Dowd is an angel. She’s such a pleasure to work with. She’s so open, so present, and she allows moments to kind of erupt on their own. I hadn’t seen The Handmaid’s Tale before working with her and I’m very glad because it would’ve made me feel slightly different. Gabriel Byrne, total dreamboat. He’s grounded, so funny, so generous. And he was my pal. We would sit on the stage and know exactly what we were thinking and it was really great to share this with him. Millie Shapiro was fourteen. This was her very first film. She’s done a couple of shows on Broadway. We had a shared rehearsal together, and she was just so astute. She loves horror films. She was just very conscious of her options in how to portray certain things. She really, really created something quite amazing. Alex, who plays Peter, just loves turning itself inside out. He’s incredible in the movie and I think when I was that age, I think I liked to kind of go there as well, but I’m too old for that. It was something to behold. I think we all felt really touched that we were chosen to work with this material because it felt original. We all got to really steep ourselves, saturate ourselves in something that deeply special we were making. It was bloody hard. It was exhausting. It was a beautiful challenge and really satisfying.

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