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Sep 14
2019

Merrit Wever and Toni Collette are interviewed by Oprah Magazine: If you watch Unbelievable, the Netflix limited series starring Kaitlyn Dever, Toni Collette, and Merritt Wever, and find yourself dream-casting Collette and Wever’s characters in True Detective season 4, you’re not alone. “Oh my God, everybody keeps saying that!” Collette tells OprahMag.com. “Given the darkness of this show, maybe that’s why they’re enjoying Merritt and I so much. They’re kind of an odd couple, and it’s entertaining.” Collette and Wever play Grace Rasmussen and Karen Duvall, detectives from two Colorado towns who merge investigations upon realizing they’re looking for the same rape suspect. Inspired by true events, Unbelievable is both a gripping narrative and an incisive look at the way American rape survivors are treated—and, too often, mistreated. Any viewer who cares to self-examine will be left considering the myth that false claims of rape are a pervasive problem: In reality, only about 2 percent of rape and sexual assault claims are found to be false, per FBI statistics. Meanwhile, RAINN estimates that only 1 in 4 rapes are reported, with fear of retaliation and belief that the police can’t or won’t help them cited as reasons many survivors say they didn’t. But what happens to Marie (played by Dever) is proof that long-held cultural biases leave little room for facts. The show interweaves Marie’s story in 2008 with the 2011 search for a serial rapist in Colorado, mirroring the structure of the Pulitzer Prize-winning article that inspired it, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.” Journalists T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong’s storytelling choice is even more effective onscreen; just as Marie faces yet another infuriating setback from one of the many people who failed her in the wake of her rape, the action shifts to the forward momentum of Detectives Rasmussen and Duvall’s investigation (thus saving the viewer from sinking into the depths alongside Marie).

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Sep 10
2019

Inspired by the real events in The Marshall Project and ProPublica Pulitzer Prize-winning article, “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” “Unbelievable” is a story of unspeakable trauma, unwavering tenacity, and astounding resilience. Dever, Collette, Wever, Danielle Macdonald and executive producers Susannah Grant, Lisa Cholodenko and Sarah Timberman took the BUILD stage to discuss the Netflix Original series.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 2019 – Taping of Build Series with the cast of “Unbelievable”

Sep 09
2019

Also from Entertainment Weekly, here’s a nice bit from the Toronto promotion of “Knives Out”. Toni Collette was robbed of an Oscar nomination for Hereditary. This is a fact, but we suppose you need some sort of proof beyond her tour de force performance as an unhinged mother who maybe wants to throw her son out a window in the horror hit. So, don’t believe us. Believe Chris Evans, the moral compass of America held together by chiseled abs of steel. When asked to recommend a movie everyone should see from the past decade, the retired Captain America actor immediately turned to the woman sitting next to him on the couch in EW and People’s TIFF video suite. “Can we say Hereditary?” he said, nodding to his Knives Out costar. “I’m not joking,” Evans continued. “I really do feel like the horror genre is one of those genres that’s been undermined. Most horror [movies], everyone’s like, ‘What’s that sound? I have to explore it.’ I want to see a movie where someone is scared to the bone because they heard that, not to explore it for the sake of the engine of the plot.” Hereditary, the first feature film from Midsommar director Ari Aster, starred Collette as Annie, who along with her family quickly begins to unravel after the death of her mother, as increasingly strange occurrences befall them. Speaking directly to Collette, he said, “Hereditary had a few of those scenes where you did things that I wish I saw in horror movies where you were losing your s—.” Evans shouting “I’m giving you the decade nod!” is the #HereditaryContent “Film Twitter” needs right now.

Sep 09
2019

Entertainment Weekly has graced Netflix’ “Unbelievable” with a B+ rating for its Friday premiere: Unbelievable’s Detective Grace Rasmussen (Toni Collette) is mad. She and fellow Detective Karen Duvall (Merritt Wever) have been investigating a serial rapist for months, and progress is painfully slow. When FBI agent Billy Taggart (Scott Lawrence) seems to downplay a potential lead, Grace explodes. “No one is looking at this data about violence against women! I mean, what if men were raped at the rate women are?” she asks Karen. “What if Taggart were afraid that someone was going to f— him in the ass when he’s walking home from the grocery store at night?… Where is his outrage?” Based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning ProPublica article and created by Oscar-nominated writer Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich), Unbelievable is a sturdy true-crime drama, but where it excels is as an examination of the gap between the male and female experience. When a teenager named Marie (Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever) reports being raped in her Lynnwood, Washington, apartment, it doesn’t take long for police — and even Marie’s former foster mother Judith (Elizabeth Marvel) — to start doubting her story. After all, what’s more likely — that a masked man methodically terrorized Marie at knifepoint, or that the troubled teen, who had been known to act out, made it all up for attention? The action then jumps forward three years to Colorado, where Detective Rasmussen and Duvall are investigating two separate but very similar rapes. When Grace and Karen talk to the survivors – who each live alone and say their attacker took pictures of them and made them shower after the assault – they listen. When a victim feels guilty for blocking out details of her attack, Grace and Karen say things like, “Please don’t apologize for doing what you needed to do to feel safe.” They understand in a way that their male colleagues, quite frankly, cannot. The complete review can be read over at Entertainment Weekly.

Sep 08
2019

Rian Johnson’s Agatha Christie-inspired whodunnit “Knives Out” made its world premiere on the Toronto Movie Competition, and fest-goers are consuming up this story of wealthy individuals gone murderously insane. Opening November 27 from Lionsgate, “Knives Out” is written and directed by Johnson, final seen behind the digital camera on “Star Wars: The Final Jedi,” marking a return to unique type. The movie boasts an embarrassingly wealthy top-drawer forged, together with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.


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IndieWire critic David Ehrlich equally gushed over the movie in his evaluation. “Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” – a crackling, devious, and massively satisfying old-school whodunnit with a contemporary twist – needs you to know that it takes place on the planet of right this moment. Actually, it needs you to know that it needs you to know. Hardly a minute goes by with out some reference to the right here and now of all of it. When legendary crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is discovered useless the morning after his 85th birthday, it’s as if the previous dies with him and the current comes speeding in to interchange it, keen to assert the inheritance to which it all the time felt entitled.”

Sep 03
2019

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its fall programming lineup this week for both Los Angeles and New York. A full schedule and tickets for the screenings can be found here: oscars.org/events. The fall slate will highlight two new programming series. The Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library created a new speaker series, Words on Film, that invites writers and filmmakers to discuss their work and their creative and research processes with the public in a casual, dynamic way. In addition, the Academy presents the inaugural Robert Osborne Celebration of Classic Film, a new series funded by the Robert Osborne Estate designed to return classic films to the big screen for new audiences.

Muriel’s Wedding 25th Anniversary – September 13 – 7:30 p.m. PT
Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills, with special guest Toni Collette

A cult favorite of 1990s independent cinema, this film helped launch Toni Collette’s international career. Alongside Rachel Griffiths, she expertly fronts this revisionist Cinderella story in which two women find each other despite their struggles with gender, class and disability. Ultimately, Muriel’s Wedding is an emphatic celebration of pop music and female friendship, telling a widely accessible story about learning to love yourself in a world that assigns value based on how well you fit into a mold.