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Nov 17

It’s a crisp, sunny autumn morning in Los Angeles, and Toni Collette is sitting in a dark corner of the Sunset Tower Hotel cafe, fretting over her croaky voice and fussing over a pot of camomile tea with lemon. She’s caught a cold on her whirlwind trip from Sydney to attend the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new film, Knives Out, and she’s determined to recover in time for tonight’s 25th anniversary screening of Muriel’s Wedding, hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “It’s been a packed trip,” Toni acknowledges between sips. “I started in Sydney a week ago, flew to LA for a day to try and get over the jet lag and then I went to Toronto. After that, I flew to New York to do two days of press for [Netflix miniseries] Unbelievable, then had a day off to have a foot massage and do a bit of shopping before catching a cold and flying to LA. And now I’m here!” Cold or no cold, the 47-year-old Sydney native can’t be restrained from talking passionately about both Knives Out and the P.J. Hogan-directed Muriel’s Wedding. “If I’d known 25 years ago that the Academy – the most well-known organisation celebrating film and film achievement in the world – was going to screen Muriel’s Wedding and have a party celebrating it, well, that’s just amazing to me,” she says. “People often think famous people have been that way forever, but no, the contrast is huge and I’m still so grateful for Muriel’s Wedding. It gave me a life I could never have dreamed of.” At another anniversary screening in New York earlier this year, Toni says she watched the movie for the first time since its release and sobbed unabashedly from beginning to end. “It was incredibly overwhelming and joyous and I had the sense of something coming full circle,” she says, still sounding emotional. The former NIDA student was virtually unknown outside of the Sydney theatre scene when she shot to international fame at age 22 as an overweight, Abba-loving misfit who gets her revenge in the 1994 classic, also starring Rachel Griffiths. It was the beginning of a career full of physical and psychological transformations that constantly surprised audiences, who found it hard to believe she was the same actress. The complete article can be read over at The Sydney Morning Herald. This article appears in Sunday Life magazine within the Sun-Herald and the Sunday Age on sale November 17.

Nov 04

Watch out, Gwyneth Paltrow – Toni Collette might just give you a run for your money. In a PEOPLE exclusive video ahead of the release of Knives Out, Collette, one of the film’s stars, channels her inner Goop founder in a hilarious parody introducing Flam, a wellness and lifestyle website, through the eyes of Collette’s character Joni Thrombey. “Flam, it’s a word, but it’s more than a word. It’s a whole new way of being,” Joni says in the video as she promotes her beauty and wellness empire. “Flam, where life, love and the pursuit of perfection doesn’t have to be torture.” While Collette’s character takes inspiration from Paltrow, her costars Jamie Lee Curtis and Michael Shannon also star in similar Rian Johnson-commercials in character as Joni’s siblings, Linda and Walt Thrombey, respectively. “You might have heard it’s a frightening time for real estate but here are the facts,” Linda says. “There’s never been a better time to buy a house or a better team to make your dreams of homeownership come true.” She adds, “Thrombey Real Estate is ready to help you make a killing in the market. Because buying a house shouldn’t have to be scary.” In his commercial, Walt takes the reins of the family’s crown jewel, Blood Like Wine Publishing, and announces an exciting turn for the company’s future: films, TV shows and licensing of some of the most famous books written by the family patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). “The next great chapter of Blood Like Wine Publishing starts here. Together, we’re in a for killer future,” Walt says. The film, also directed by Johnson, stars Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Edi Patterson and Katherine Langford. The story follows Craig as Det. Benoit Blanc as he investigates the death of Harlan, the patriarch of his eccentric and combative family. Knives Out is in theaters Nov. 27.

Nov 01

Toni Collette and Damian Lewis star in this tale of how a woman strives to make her dream a reality in a place where hope is thin on the ground. Jan Vokes (Collette), a cleaner and bartender, recruits her initially reluctant husband Brian and local accountant Howard Davies (Damian Lewis) to help her bring together a syndicate of local people to breed a foal – which they name Dream Alliance. On the racetrack, he proves himself to be more than a match for the multi-million pound racehorses he comes up against – a true working-class champion, taking on the establishment at their own game. But much more than this, Dream begins to alter the lives of everyone in the syndicate, not least Jan’s. He is everything to her: friend, confidant and an escape from a life of always putting other people’s needs first. Dream Horse also stars Owen Teale, Joanna Page, Karl Johnson, with Nicholas Farrell and Siân Phillips and will be released nationwide Spring 2020 by Warner Bros.

Oct 18

According to Deadline, There had been strong word of mouth surrounding Netflix’s limited-series crime drama Unbelievable since its September 13 launch. Today, the streamer released ratings that confirmed its popularity. Unbelievable, from showrunner Susannah Grant, CBS TV Studios and Timberman/Beverly Productions, was one of Netflix’s top ratings performers of the third quarter — and all of 2019. The limited series was viewed by 32 million households in its first four weeks on the platform, Netflix disclosed with its Q3 earnings report today. That is a big number for a crime drama that tackles a difficult subject, rape, and is based on a case that is not widely known. Turning Unbelievable into a true-crime anthology franchise had been on the back of the producers’ minds from the get-go. And while there are no deals in place and there have been no conversations with Netflix about that – Unbelievable was sold to the streamer as a one-off limited series – the idea of a follow-up is likely to be revisited in light of its ratings success and awards attention, centered largely on the performances of Toni Collette and Merritt Wever. There is no premise for a potential second installment being considered, but it would likely tackle a different case in a different true-crime arena. The title, Unbelievable, easily lands itself to telling different stories, much more so than Bravo/USA’s popular true-crime anthology Dirty John, for instance. Co-written by Grant, Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman, Unbelievable was based on “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning December 2015 article from the Marshall Project and ProPublica written by T. Christian Miller and Ken Armstrong, and the This American Life radio episode about the same case, “Anatomy of Doubt.”

Oct 16

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Willem Dafoe is joining Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. Bradley Cooper is headlining the Fox Searchlight production, which also counts Toni Collette, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett and David Strathairn as among its cast. Nightmare Alley is an adaptation of the 1946 noir novel by William Lindsay which first hit the big screen with a 1947 adaptation. Nightmare Alley is set in a world of carnival hustlers and con men, telling the story of a mentalist (Cooper) who teams with a psychologist in order to swindle the rich. Dafoe will play a head barker at a traveling carnival. Del Toro is directing the thriller and wrote the script with Kim Morgan. The filmmaker is aiming for an early 2020 shoot in Toronto.

Sep 21

I hope you’ve all had a chance to watch “Unbelievable” on Netflix since its release last Friday. It’s an outstanding series that does more than justice to its original source and true story – eight wonderfully directed episodes of serious investigation, relatable characters driven by empathy and good will – and inclduing a wonderful ensemble cast. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever are a dream team for a series like this. Kaitlyn Dever is the standout of the show – creating a thoughtful character and a face to portray the difficulties, mistrust and misconception in an investigation like this. Also, a nice surprise to see some of Toni’s former co-stars in key roles, such as Bridget Everett and Brooke Smith. I have my fingers crossed to see Collette, Wever and Dever at next year’s awards season. For those wondering, Toni didn’t appear in the first episode. We only get to know Detective Grace Rasmussen by the end of the second episode. I’ve added screencaptures from all Toni episodes to the photo gallery. If you haven’t seen the show I highly encourage you to do so. It’s streaming on Netflix.

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