Posted on August 9th, 2012 by Frederik

Toni Collette and Catherine Keener have joined Fox Searchlight’s untitled Nicole Holofcener film, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film, which began production this week in Los Angeles, also features Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson and Tavi Gevinson. The project centers on a divorced woman, played by Louis-Dreyfus, who meets “the embodiment of her perfect self” (Keener) and enters into a new relationship with a like-minded man, played by Gandolfini. Anthony Bregman produces.

Posted on July 19th, 2012 by Frederik

The theatrical trailer for “Mental” has been released, and it looks wild! :-) Have a look at it in the video archive. Big thanks to Justine for the heads-up!

Posted on July 10th, 2012 by Frederik

Muriel’s Wedding writer-director PJ Hogan will reunite with his leading lady Toni Collette in “Mental”, the closing-night film at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival. MIFF artistic director Michelle Carey says that with The Sapphires making its Australian premiere on opening night, hot off its screening at Cannes, it means two major Aussie films book-end the festival. In “Mental”, Shirley Moochmore (Rebecca Gibney) suffers a nervous breakdown and is committed to a mental hospital by her philandering politician husband, Barry (Anthony LaPaglia). Left with their five teenage daughters, he picks up a hitchhiker named Shaz (Collette) and takes her on as a nanny. “It really is laugh-out-loud guffaws and it’s very clever,” Carey says, adding that it’s also quite moving. For Muriel’s Wedding fans, she says there are some similarities. “(Collette) plays a very, very different character (but) it’s certainly got darkness in there, which Muriel’s Wedding did have as well,” she says. “He (PJ Hogan) is just such a great observer of Australian suburban society.” The Melbourne International Film Festival runs August 2-19. The full program will go live at www.miff.com.au on Wednesday, July 11, at 11am. Tickets for the full program go on sale on Friday, July 13.

Posted on July 4th, 2012 by Frederik

Two new production stills from “Mental” have been added to the gallery, with many thanks to Justine for the heads-up! In the comedy directed by P.J. Hogan, Toni plays crazy nanny Chaz who hired to take care of five sisters after their mother is committed to a mental institution. The film will release in Australia on October 04th.
Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Frederik

Toni Collette will be a guest judge on Network Ten’s new talent quest, “I Will Survive”. Collette has joined Jason Donovan and Stephan Elliot as the show travelled to Port Augusta in South Australia in the show’s quest to find what’s known in showbiz as a “triple threat” – someone who can dance, sing and act. The other female guest judges casting a critical eye over the show’s 12 contestants were Rachael Taylor, Magda Szubanski and Asher Keddie. Twelve talented individual performers jump onboard the famous Priscilla bus which will retrace the steps of the box-office smash movie, from Sydney to Alice Springs. I Will Survive will see amazing performances from our contestants at each outback Australian location along the way under the direction of the best in the business. More information can be found on Channel Ten’s official website.

Posted on June 22nd, 2012 by Frederik

Rob Corddry, Amanda Peet and Maya Rudolph have joined the cast of The Way, Way Back (formerly The Way Back), Deadline reports. They join Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Liam James and Sam Rockwell in the comedy drama, set to begin filming next week in Massachusetts. Written by the Academy Award winning team of Nat Faxon and Jim Rash (The Descendants), The Way, Way Back is set over the course of a summer and follows a teenage boy (James) who strikes up an unlikely friendship with an adult (Rockwell) — one that helps him confront his abusive stepfather (Carell) and reconnect with his mother (Collette). Faxon and Rash will appear as actors as well, playing Waterpark employees where James and Rockwell’s characters are employed. In front of the camera, Rash is best known for playing Dean Pelton on NBC’s “Community.”