Posted on April 2nd, 2010 by Frederik

News courtesy Deadline Hollywood: Showtime just started airing the 2nd season of Toni Collette’s Emmy-winning tour de force, The United States Of Tara. But she and Ioan Gruffudd star in the family film that started shooting yesterday for six weeks on location in London. Richard E Grant and Hayley Mills and Anne Reid (The Mother) round out the cast. Foster marks the second collaboration between director Jonathan Newman and producer Deepak Nayar (The Walker). Newman only finished doing pick-up shots on their first collaboration, Swinging With the Finkels, the day before Foster’s filming began. Collette and Gruffudd play a married couple who decide to adopt after their own son is killed. One day a boy unexpectedly arrives on their doorstep. There’s a terrific twist that I can only describe as a feel-good Sixth Sense. It gives me shivers every time I think about it. The film’s based on a previously made Newman short, which he sold to both the BBC and HBO. Peter Farrelly, one half of the infamous Farrelly brothers, was so impressed that he telephoned Newman out of the blue and invited him out to LA to work on the feature together.

Posted on April 2nd, 2010 by Frederik

NPR‘s “Fresh Air” has a currently featured interviewed with Toni Collette ready for download on their website. Australian actress Toni Collette adopted a Philadelphia accent when she played Haley Joel Osment’s mother in M. Night Shyamalan’s thriller, The Sixth Sense, and she gained 40 pounds to play the socially awkward, ABBA-obsessed daydreamer in the indie-comedy Muriel’s Wedding — but it’s her Emmy-award winning role(s) on Showtime’s United States of Tara that showcases how quickly Collette can transform herself into a character. That’s because on Tara, Collette plays several leading roles; or rather, several variations of the same role — all splintered parts of a suburban housewife’s personality. The alters emerge when her character, Tara, is under great stress — and include an irresponsible teenager named T, a 1950s housewife named Alice and a macho, male truck-driving sort-of-guy called Buck. Read the rest here.

Posted on January 24th, 2010 by Frederik

Unfortunately, Toni lost the Screen Actors Guild Award as Female Actress in a Comedy Series to Tina Fey. Pictures from the red carpet have been added to the gallery.

Posted on January 18th, 2010 by Frederik

Congratulations to Toni for winning the Golden Globe as Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “United States of Tara”! Pictures from the red carpet, press room and after parties have been added to the gallery with more to come!

Posted on January 10th, 2010 by Frederik

The “United States of Tara” is getting a new alter in the coming season. The character was revealed, sort of, at Showtime’s press tour sessions Saturday. A critic noticed that the “Tara” poster to the side of the stage featured an alter that didn’t look like one of Tara’s previously revealed alters. Creator Diablo Cody says the new alter’s name is Shoshanna, and she’ll be a “mentor” of sorts to Tara’s family. The character makes her first appearance in the season’s fourth episode, Cody says. Cody also says the new season will feature something called “co-consciousness” — in which Tara can communicate with an alter – and Tara moving in and out of her personalities more fluidly than she did last year. “Tara” is set to premiere March 22.

Posted on January 8th, 2010 by Frederik

Golfing great Greg Norman will be honoured alongside Australian actors Simon Baker and Toni Collette at next week’s G’Day USA Australia Week black tie ball in Hollywood. The star-studded ball is the highlight of the two-week festival which will see events held in in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, San Diego and Palm Springs to promote all things Australian. The ball will be held on January 16.

Posted on December 17th, 2009 by Frederik

Toni has received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination in the category Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series. She shares this category with Christine Applegate (Samantha Who?), Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), Tina Fey (30 Rock) and Julia Louis Dreyfuss (The New Adventures of Old Christine). This is Toni’s third nomination, she has received previous mentions as an ensemble member of “The Hours” and won the Screen Actors Guild Award in 2007 as part of the ensemble of “Little Miss Sunshine”. Congratulations!

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