Posted on March 17th, 2009 by Frederik

Over 120,000 people have attended the Sound Relief fundraising concerts in Sydney and Melbourne to help aid victims of devastating fires and floods in Australia. Artists including Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, The Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb, Olivia Newton-John, Gabriella Cilmi, Taylor Swift, electro-poppers Architecture In Helsinki and The Presets played the concerts, which were held simultaneously at the Sydney and Melbourne cricket grounds. The event raised thousands of dollars, with all of the profits going toward appeals in Victoria for victims of the recent bushfires that killed over 200 people in February, and to Queensland for people affected by ongoing flooding. Possibly the most poignant moment of the day, was when actress Toni Collette united both cities in a minute’s silence to remember those that did not survive Black Saturday, immediately following the Princes’ historic address.

Posted on February 18th, 2009 by Frederik

According to this source, a new character will be added to Tara’s alter ego in “United States of Tara”. The character who suffers multiple personality disorder will not only have three but four different personas which reportedly will be teased in the end of next episode. Writer Diablo Cody said, “There may be other alters.” Outside her true self, Tara who is played by Toni Collette, has possessed three personalities which are suburb housewife named Alice, beer-gulping male named Buck and a wild and pot-smoking teenager named T. The additional personality is not yet revealed though whether it will be a female or male. The next episode will be aired on Sunday, February 22 under the title “Transition”. The family is under the impression that Tara’s parents, Bev and Frank, are visiting to celebrate Charmaine’s birthday. But when Frank approaches Max about taking the kids to live with them, Max does everything he can to prevent Tara from switching. At the party that night, Tara learns of her parents’ plan and is hurt that they think she is an unfit parent. Sweeping her feelings under the rug, she remains calm. However, later that evening, Max wakes to find something that changes everything.

Posted on February 15th, 2009 by Frederik

The Generation youth jury at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival awarded “Mary & Max” with a special mention. The Australian animated work voiced by the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and Eric Bana, about the relationship between two pen pals, an 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a 44-year-old New Yorker afflicted by autism, is, according to the jury, “ironic, endearing and has an unrivalled aesthetic. Who am I and why am I? What is the meaning of friendship and how do I find my way to love and to my own self? Five years of production at the rate of five seconds a day definitely paid off.”

Posted on February 11th, 2009 by Frederik

Showtime has given a second season to “United States of Tara.” The premium network has renewed the Toni Collette comedy about a woman with multiple personalities for another round. “Tara” has averaged 2.1 million per week, including repeat airings, which is better than “Dexter” and “Weeds” in their first seasons (the “Tara” number also doesn’t include DVR use or on-demand viewing). Helping matters: Sunday night’s fourth episode climbed 15% over the previous week.

Posted on February 1st, 2009 by Frederik

As earlier reported, “Mary and Max” will be shown at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and as the event unwraps today, all airdates have been announced. “Mary and Max” will be first shown on Monday, February 09 at 14:30. All airdates can be found at the Berlinale’s official website.

Posted on January 17th, 2009 by Frederik

The Los Angeles Times’ Envelope dishes on “United States of Tara”‘s future possible victory at the awards circuit, pointing out how award voters welcome these kind of split-personality roles: Looks like United States of Tara” – written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Toni Collette as a woman besieged by multiple personalities – will be a formidable force at the Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards ahead. The parent network of “The United States of Tara,” Showtime, has emerged as a major player at the Emmys and Golden Globes in recent years. Voters of showbiz awards are suckers for these kind of split-personality roles we see in “Tara.” Maybe they feel like they’re getting a real bargain – several performances for the price of one vote? The full article can be read here.

Posted on January 16th, 2009 by Frederik

The following articles comes from the New York Times, and while they’re not exactly in praise for Toni, they give “United States of Tara” a very in-depth review: Even “Diary of a Mad Housewife” never had an entry like this one: the heroine has a husband, two children and four personalities. In Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” Toni Collette (“Muriel’s Wedding,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) plays a woman with dissociative identity disorder, which was once known as multiple personality disorder. The show’s comic conceit is that Tara’s loved ones treat her illness as an unenviable but livable condition — like diabetes — and humor her multiple personalities as old family friends or pesky neighbors. It’s not played entirely for laughs. And that is why Showtime’s new half-hour series labels itself a “dark comedy.” A “light comedy” is a sitcom that finds its cultural collision by plopping an alien or a magical creature into the middle of suburban, middle-class America, like “Mork & Mindy” or “Bewitched.” The full article can be read here.

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