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Sep 09

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bleecker Street has unveiled an exclusive output deal with indie distributor levelFILM for the Canadian market. As the Toronto Film Festival kicked into gear, Bleecker Street said levelFILM will release north of the border films for which the U.S. partner has North American or worldwide rights. The first title set to be released under the new joint venture will be Catherine Hardwicke’s action comedy Mafia Mamma, starring Toni Collette and Monica Belucci, which is set for a domestic release in 2023. Bleecker Street’s upcoming slate includes Frances O’Connnor’s Emily, starring Emma Mackey and debuting in Toronto this week; Golda, starring Helen Mirren and directed by Academy Award winner Guy Nattiv; What Happens Later, directed and starring Meg Ryan; and The Tutor, directed by Alice Troughton and starring Richard E. Grant, Julie Delpy and Daryl McCormack. levelFILM has an upcoming slate that includes Lindsay MacKay’s The Swearing Jar and Rob Connolly’s Blueback.

Sep 08

On Monday (for whatever reason Monday), the Primetime Emmys will be handed out in Los Angeles – and Toni Collette is among the nominees this year as Outstanding Lead Actress for “The Staircase”. Since this marks Toni’s fifth Emmy nomination, it’s about time to revisit her previous roles that got her on the ballots. Getting recognition for your work is wonderful – and with the abundance of great tv series being nominated is great – but winning is about keeping your narrative, and since Toni doesn’t exist in the public eye, except when she’s promoting her work (which has become quite rare), I don’t think that a) her performance in “The Staircase” will be named a winner and b) she will be attending the ceremony, since she has only attended two times out of her five nominations. I stand corrected if she does.

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Sep 04

A day after the announcement of its BFI London Film Festival premiere, “The Estate” has received a first look trailer and a theatrical release date for the US – November 4, 2022. You can watch it above and in the video archive. Screencaptures have been added to the photo gallery.

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Video Archive – Career Videos – The Estate – Theatrical Trailer
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Sep 03

This is a fast one. “The Estate”, directed by Dean Craig and starring Toni Collette, Anna Faris, David Duchovny and Kathleen Turner, was filmed this March and is already scheduled for its world-premiere on October 06, 2022 at the BFI London Film Festival. A first picture has been released, alongside the comedy’s official synopsis:

The whole family hates cranky, sickly Aunt Hilda (Kathleen Turner). And she loathes them right back. What everyone loves, however, is dying Hilda’s alleged fortune. The woman’s cash-strapped nieces, ruthless Savanna (Anna Faris) and guilt-ridden Macey (Toni Collette), are banking on a little last-minute fawning and flattery in ensuring their aunt will change her will in their favour. Unfortunately, they’re not the only scheming relatives. A scurrilous farce that starts in bad taste and becomes increasingly perverse, The Estate’s crack ensemble cast – including Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston and David Duchovny – are clearly having a blast. Blending surreal non-sequiturs with sexual slapstick, British writer-director Dean Craig’s (Death at a Funeral) gleeful irreverence ensures that the family who preys together very much pays together.

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Photo Gallery – Career Photography – The Estate – Production Stills

Aug 24

Toni Collette has been tapped as a lead in “The Power”, Prime Video’s 10-episode global thriller drama based on Naomi Alderman’s feminist sci-fi book, while The Good Wife alum Josh Charles is set for a key recurring role in the series from Jane Featherstone’s Sister and director Reed Morano. They replace Leslie Mann and Tim Robbins, respectively, who both exited the series in May. According to Deadline, the world of “The Power” is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, all teenage girls in the world develop the power to electrocute people at will. Collette’s Margot, the mayor of Seattle, is an authentic and genuinely progressive politician fighting hard for change. She has a sharp tongue, a wicked sense of humor and a passion to leave the world better than she found it. She is also a devoted mother to three children, including Jos (Auli’I Cravalho), and wife to her husband of 20 years Rob (John Leguizamo). When the Power emerges, Margot is catapulted into the spotlight, opening the door to unimaginable possibilities – both personal and political. Charles’ Dandon, the governor of Washington, is the consummate politician. A liberal and a Democrat, Dandon is a skilled political animal, an experienced schmoozer who is great at playing the game — and poised to be the state’s next senator. That is, until the emergence of the Power. The duo joins remaining cast members Cravalho, Leguizamo, Eddie Marsan, Ria Zmitrowicz, Toheeb Jimoh, Zrinka Cvitesic, Ana Ularu and Edwina Findlay.

Aug 11

According to IndieWire, Bong Joon Ho’s latest foray into the realm of sci-fi, this time set up as an ambitious studio project at Warner Bros., has now begun filming at Warner Bros. Studios, Leavesden in Watford, Hertfordshire in the southeast of England. The news was first reported by KFTV. The movie pairs Bong Joon Ho with Robert Pattinson, Steven Yeun, Toni Collette, Mark Ruffalo, and Naomi Ackie, and it’s based on Edward Ashton’s novel “Mickey7,” published by Macmillan in February 2022. Per the publisher’s synopsis, Pattinson plays “an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim.” Pattinson was last flung into space by director Claire Denis for the A24 sci-fi film “High Life.” The title has yet to be officially announced, and Steven Yeun only just joined the cast in early July. Bong Joon Ho is writing the script, working with producers Dooho Choi, Dede Gardner, and Jeremy Kleiner. More from Macmillan on the synopsis:

Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous – even suicidal – the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it. On a fairly routine scouting mission, Mickey7 goes missing and is presumed dead. By the time he returns to the colony base, surprisingly helped back by native life, Mickey7’s fate has been sealed. There’s a new clone, Mickey8, reporting for Expendable duties. The idea of duplicate Expendables is universally loathed, and if caught, they will likely be thrown into the recycler for protein. Mickey7 must keep his double a secret from the rest of the colony. Meanwhile, life on Niflheim is getting worse. The atmosphere is unsuitable for humans, food is in short supply, and terraforming is going poorly. The native species are growing curious about their new neighbors, and that curiosity has Commander Marshall very afraid. Ultimately, the survival of both lifeforms will come down to Mickey7.