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Feb 01
2011

Article courtesy USA Today. Americans know all about the impressive acting chops of Oscar nominees (and past winners) Nicole Kidman and Geoffrey Rush. Which is why fellow Aussie Toni Collette is happy that another countrywoman, 63-year-old supporting actress nominee Jacki Weaver, is getting her due stateside.

She is an Australian legend and no one’s really known her outside Australia, so I’m absolutely thrilled for her,” Collette, 38, tells USA TODAY’s Olivia Barker. “It’s really encouraging for older actors also to know that this can happen at a later stage in your career.

The very pregnant Collette was “bummed” to have missed this year’s Globes. She was up again for the best TV series actress, musical or comedy award for her role on Showtime’s United States of Tara, whose third season premieres March 28 (Collette lost out to Laura Linney). Her bursting belly – she’s due this spring – was only part of the reason for her absence. “I could not foresee myself gathering the energy and getting back on a plane for 14 hours,” says Collette, who already has a daughter, Sage, 3. Her character Tara Gregson, however, won’t be adding to her brood of two: The pregnancy wasn’t written into the show. “It’s just a matter of standing behind large objects,” says Collette, who was about five months along by the time shooting wrapped. And like with many second pregnancies, she started showing sooner. “So I’m stirring lots of large pots in the kitchen and carrying lots of plants and books.” As for the alleged Hollywood baby boom she’s a part of, Collette chalks some of it up to media hype. Still,

Perhaps it is a sign of the time we are living in,” she says. “It used to be common for women to become stay-at-home mums, forced to make a decision between motherhood and the workplace. These days women can actually do it all, so younger female actors are more present in all states of womanhood.

Jan 26
2011

News courtesy Inside Film. PJ Hogan’s Mental is set to shoot mid-year in Australia. The specific shoot dates are still to be set with star Toni Collette currently pregnant with her second child. “It’s just a matter of timing,” Universal Pictures International Australasia managing director Mike Baard said. Universal has the UK, Australian and New Zealand rights to the film – a comedy set within the world of Muriel’s Wedding and loosely based on Hogan’s own life. Baard raved about the project at last year’s Screen Producers Association of Australia conference, calling it “one of the most incredible scripts we’ve ever read”.

“Out of probably the 300 scripts I’ve read in the last four years it is the best beyond any doubt and that includes a lot of the international productions that we do,” he said at the SPAA conference. “We got involved very early on with CAA, PJ’s agent, and came on board – we negotiated the deal by putting up a very hefty advance for Australia, New Zealand and the UK which is a primary catalyst in getting the film financed.” Muriel’s Wedding grossed more than $15.76 million in Australia in 1994. Mental is expected to be released in 2012.

Jan 17
2011

This year’s coverage of the Golden Globe Awards will be, unfortunately, rather short. Toni didn’t attend the Globes, nor did she win in the Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical category for “United States of Tara”. The Golden Globe went to Laura Linney, a no-show as well. So, no pictures, no media this year. The segment of her category has been uploaded to the video archive for archival purposes anyway ;-)

Jan 16
2011

Showtime has announced the spring premiere dates for three of its series. Nurse Jackie, which stars Broadway veteran Edie Falco, will begin its third season on March 28 at 10pm. Immediately following, The United States of Tara, which features Tony Award nominee Toni Collette and new cast member Eddie Izzard, will also air the first episode of its third season.

Jan 09
2011

A bunch of new video clips have been added to the archive, including television programmes, various public appearances as well as red carpet and backstage interviews from the Primetime Emmys and Golden Globes. Check back for more to come. Enjoy!

Dec 14
2010

Entertainment Weekly has the exclusive first picture from “United States of Tara”‘s third season:

In Showtime’s acclaimed dramedy United States of Tara, Collette stars as Tara Gregson, a woman with dissociative identity disorder whose multiple personalities regularly take over her life. It all gets even more complicated in the third season (premiering next spring), when Tara’s personalities – or alters – start communicating with one another. (In this scene, the June Cleaver-channeling Alice chats up hippie-happy Shoshana.) So what does Tara make of this development? ”She thinks it’s weird!” says Collette, adding that her character – who was already on the verge of a breakdown – struggles to keep her other identities from ganging up on her. ”There’s a kind of a deal that she makes with the alters this season,” the Emmy winner teases. But as things progress, ”it’s a deal that might be jeopardized.”