Posted on June 25th, 2018 by Frederik

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix has set its cast for limited series An Unbelievable Story of Rape. Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever have been tapped to star in the eight-episode limited series based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article by the Marshall Project and ProPublica. Lisa Cholodenko will direct and exec produce the first three episodes. The series tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who followed a twisting path to arrive at the truth. The series is written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and also based on the This American Life radio episode, “Anatomy of Doubt.” Collette and Wever will play detectives whose lives become intertwined in their mutual pursuit of a possible serial rapist. Netflix and producers CBS Television Studios are keeping details of Dever’s character under wraps. The series is exec produced by Susannah Grant, Sarah Timberman, Carl Beverly, Cholodenko, Katie Couric, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman. This is Toni’s third project for Netflix after the recently-wrapped “Wanderlust” and the September-releasing “Velvet Buzzsaw”.

Posted on June 22nd, 2018 by Frederik

Nice bit by THR‘s Scott Feinberg on Toni’s Oscar chances: People started talking about the Oscars earlier this year than most thanks to the critical and commercial successes of Disney’s Black Panther and Paramount’s A Quiet Place, as well as the doc features Won’t You Be My Neighbor?, from Focus, and RBG, from Magnolia. It may now be time to include another title in the discussion, as well: the A24 horror flick Hereditary. Hereditary marks the feature directorial debut of 31-year-old Ari Aster and stars Australian veteran Toni Collette as the matriarch of a family that faces a bizarre series of events after the death of her own mother. The film, which premiered at Sundance in January and also screened at March’s SxSW Film Festival en route to a June 8 opening in 2,200 theaters, has proven divisive. Critics have championed it (it’s at 91 percent on RottenTomatoes.com) and moviegoers have shown up for it (it grossed $28.1 million domestically in its first two weeks in theaters following the biggest-ever opening weekend for an A24 release). But many ticketbuyers have left it confused and unsatisfied (hence its D+ CinemaScore grade), not least because of its open-to-interpretation ending. Where are Academy members likely to land on the spectrum of reactions? That’s a tough question to answer. Collette’s performance, which admirers consider the best of her decades-long career, certainly appears to stand a better chance of being nominated than any other aspect of the film, but everything is obviously largely dependent on what the rest of the year brings. The complete article can be read here.

Posted on June 14th, 2018 by Frederik

Lots and lots of magazine scans from around the world have been added to the photo gallery, all covering last week’s theatrical release of “Hereditary” (or this week, in Europe). Have a look at the previews below for a complete overview. Many thanks to Alvaro for sending in some of them. Much appreciated. Enjoy reading!



Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – Time Magazine (USA, June 18, 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – The New Yorker (USA, June 18, 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – The Observer (UK, June 10, 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – Marie Claire (USA, June 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – Fotogramas (Spain, June 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – SFX Magazine (Australia, June 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – Empire Magazine (Spain, June 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – The Evening Standard (UK, June 18, 2018)
Photo Gallery – Magazines & Scans – Film Comment (USA, May/June 2018)

Posted on June 10th, 2018 by Frederik

According to Forbes, A24’s Hereditary scored a record-breaking opening weekend for the indie distributor. The acclaimed (and pretty darn good) family horror melodrama, starring Toni Collette (in an Oscar-worthy turn), Gabriel Byrne and Ann Dowd, earned $13 million over the weekend. For comparison, The Witch earned $8.8m in its opening weekend and It Comes At Night earned just $5.9m in its debut Fri-Sun frame last summer. Hereditary is a somewhat more commercial flick than the period piece chiller and the post-apocalyptic tragedy, but this I remain impressed. Sure, the CinemaScore grade is a D+, but that’s par for the course for arthouse horror. Heck, for a movie like this, earning an “F” would have been a badge of honor. At least folks showed up in greater numbers than for mother! and Annihilation. Unless it has an awful multiplier, it’s going to end up becoming one of A24’s biggest domestic earners. Even a 2.33x multiplier (like It Comes at Night) would give the $10 million Sundance sensation a $30m domestic total, making it A24’s second-biggest domestic grosser. Legs like The Witch ($25m from an $8.8m debut) would put the flick at $36m, between Moonlight ($27m) and Lady Bird ($48m). No, this isn’t a conventional year-end Oscar picture, but Collette might sneak in there if A24 wants to spend the money.

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by Frederik

New York Magazine’s Vulture has a great lenghty interview with Toni Collette ahead of today’s “Hereditary” release. While they warn you that the interview features “some spoilers”, be aware that it features massive big-ass spoilers which you wouldn’t want to know if you’re going to see the film. This being said, here’s a preview alongside some amazing editorial pictures. The complete interview can be read over at Vulture: In the upcoming horror film Hereditary, written and directed by first-timer Ari Aster, Toni Collette conveys the entire spectrum of human emotion over the course of two terrifying hours. As Annie Graham — a woman who’s just lost her mother and begins to suspect she doesn’t know the entire truth about her complicated family — she’s at once a grieving daughter, a loving wife, a furious and protective mother, an impressionable follower, a confident artist, and a paranoid insomniac (and that’s just the first hour). “When this was sent to me, I had already said to my agent, ‘I don’t want to do anything heavy,’” Collette says. “’Don’t even think about sending me anything heavy.’ He called me, sheepishly: ‘I think you should be in this.’ He was right. I fucking love it, and I hate him for sending it.”

Posted on June 8th, 2018 by Frederik

Today, both “Hereditary” and “Hearts Beat Loud” will release in theaters across the United States. It’s been exciting to cover the press tour for “Hereditary” and especially seeing Toni Collette receiving so much praise for a lead role once again. I hope the film will find its audience and keep up with the frenetic praise it has received. I myself can’t wait to see it. The Hollywood Reporter has a prognosis on its box office chances, as it releases among the all-female “Oceans 8” and another arthouse-thriller, “Hotel Artemis”. This weekend’s two other new entries are A24’s critically acclaimed supernatural horror pic “Hereditary” and Global Road’s “Hotel Artemis”, both of which are tracking to bow in the $6 million-$8 million range. “Hereditary”, which premiered in the midnight section of the Sundance Film Festival in January, marks the feature directorial debut of Ari Aster and stars Tony Collette opposite Alex Wolff, Milly Shapiro, Ann Dowd and Gabriel Byrne. The story follows a family who is haunted following the death of the clan’s matriarch. So, grab your friends – or your mother if you dare – and enjoy “Hereditary” on the full screen.

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