Posted on December 18th, 2017 by Frederik

Toni’s latest feature film, the French comedy “Madame”, has been released on DVD and Blu-Ray in Australia in November, and I’ve been happy to receive my copy. The film has made it to theaters in various European cities as well, and for once I cannot understand the critics being rather mixed on this one. The story might not be the most realistic – a modern-day Cinderella story with quite an odd Cinderella (a charming Rossy De Palma) – but it drags you as soon as you commit yourself to it. It has a poignant ending though that I really liked. Toni Collette has the “evil stepmother” part in this one, and for one I can’t understand the negative reviews for her portrayal, with the Herald Sun calling it “one of the few complete performance misfires of her career with a very loud bang”. And that in a year which brought us “XXX: The Return of Xander Cage”? :-) She was having fun with the part, and I’d recommend “Madame” without hesitation. Screencaptures from the Blu-Ray have been added to the photo gallery.

Posted on December 4th, 2017 by Frederik

Article and pictures courtesy the Manchester Evening News: Toni Collette was pictured with blood streaming down her face after a bike crash in Macclesfield – but she was thankfully unhurt as the dramatic scenes were being filmed for a new BBC drama. And at the weekend she was involved in dramatic scenes as she took a tumble while cycling through Tytherington, near Macclesfield. But it was all part of the storyline – and The Sixth Sense and Muriel’s Wedding star Toni was soon seen laughing and joking with the production team, while fake blood poured down her face. The new drama is described as “a searingly insightful and funny exploration of the relationships of a multi-generational family” and also stars Steve Mackintosh, Zawe Ashton and Royce Pierreson in the six-part sereis. Toni plays Joy Richards in the drama, 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. Toni said on the news being released abut the drama: “I am honoured and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on Wanderlust. 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 film crew have already been spotted filming several scenes of the new show in Chorlton last month. Commissioned by BBC One and a co-production with Netflix, the series will premiere in the UK on BBC One and globally outside of the UK on Netflix.

Posted on December 4th, 2017 by Frederik

In Please Stand By, Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds, The Twilight Saga) plays a young woman with autism who runs away from her caregiver in order to boldly go and deliver her 500-page Star Trek script to a writing competition in Hollywood. Will she live long and prosper? You can find out on Jan. 26, when the film is released in theaters, on demand, on Amazon Video, and on iTunes. Please Stand By is written by Michael Golamco (NBC’s Grimm) and directed by Ben Lewin (The Favour, The Watch, and the Very Big Fish, the John Hawkes-starring The Sessions). The film costars Toni Collette, Alice Eve, and Jessica Rothe from the recent hit horror film Happy Death Day, with a special guest appearance by Patton Oswalt.

Posted on November 29th, 2017 by Frederik

The Sundance Film Festival has announced its full line-up today, which includes the world-premiere of “Hearts Beat Loud”. Kind of a fast track since this project was announced only six months ago. Here’s its short description by Sundance with more information to follow closer to its release:

Hearts Beat Loud (Director: Brett Haley, Screenwriters: Brett Haley, Marc Basch, Producers: Houston King, Sam Bisbee, Sam Slater) — In Red Hook, Brooklyn, a father and daughter become an unlikely songwriting duo in the last summer before she leaves for college. Cast: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette.

Posted on November 25th, 2017 by Frederik

Magnolia Pictures has announced that “Please Stand By” will be released in select theaters and on demand January 26, 2018. Toni filmed a supporting role for Ben Levin’s coming-of-age drama in early 2016. Starring Dakota Fanning, “Please Standy By” recently world-premiered at the San Sebastian Film Festival and centers on a young autistic woman (Fanning) who runs away from her caregiver (Collette) in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a writing competition. There’s no official material launched by now, but I’m sure that’ll change closer to its January release. For now, you can visit its official website for a comprehensive list of what streaming services will feature “Please Stand By”.

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