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Oct 29
2009

Many thanks to Jaymie for the heads-up that The Boston (USA) Jewish Film Festival will be screening “Mary and Max” on November 12 – and also “Hey Hey It’s Esther Blueburger”, starring Toni Collette, on November 12 and 14.

Oct 28
2009

The nominees for the 2009 Samsung Mobile AFI Awards were announced on Wednesday 28 October 2009, at a special event held at the Chauvel Cinema, Sydney. And Toni’s role as Tara has won her yet another award nomination, this time as Best International Actress for the Australian AFI Award. The contenders in this category are Rose Byrne for “Damages,” Toni for “United States of Tara” and Melissa George and Mia Wasikowska for “In Treatment.” Additionally, “Mary & Max” has received a nomination among the Best Feature Films. The AFI Awards will be handed out on December 12, 2009.

Sep 18
2009

The Emmy Awards will be handed out this Sunday – and the press and blogosphere is in full force to predict the winners. When it comes to the Comedy Actress category, most articles see Toni as the predicted and deserving winner. After all, predicting all kind of stuff is part of hyping things – and Toni won’t become a worse actress without an Emmy – still, this would be a fantastic honor, so keep your fingers crossed for Sunday!

The Courier Mail

Leading the charge is celebrated actress Collette, who is a strong contender in the major category of best lead actress in a comedy. “I think Toni Collette is sensational in the United States of Tara,” Variety’s TV critic Brian Lowry said. Roush agreed: “I don’t think there’s been a better performance in a comedy this year.” “The role itself is so dramatic and multi-faceted, playing a person with multiple personalities, and it’s such a showcase role that if anyone in that category can be a threat to Tina Fey it’s Collette,” he said.

The Detroit News

Toni Collette, “United States of Tara” on Showtime. Collette is a powerhouse and plays at least four characters as a woman with multiple personality disorder. Nominees such as Tina Fey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have won before and it would be wonderful to give someone new a try.

The San Francisco Chronicle

Should win: Toni Collette. Will win: Toni Collette. Well, now here’s an interesting situation. We are living in a world where cutting-edge 30-minute cable comedies are really dramas that periodically have humor in them. But since these actresses are in this messed-up category, you’ve got to go with Collette, whose fearless performance as a woman with “dissociative identity disorder” became a weekly tour de force. Fey is fantastic, but Collette’s acting is unmatched.

San Diego Union Tribune

I’m not convinced that Showtime’s humanely dysfunctional “United States of Tara” is a comedy any more than “Weeds” is a comedy. But Toni Collette ‘sferocious performance as a woman with multiple personality disorder just screams “Emmy!!,” and I am thrilled someone listened. Not that it matters, since the award will probably go to the not-undeserving Tina Fey.

Sep 15
2009

Toni has participated in Newsweek’s 2009 Emmy Roundtable, alongside Amy Poehler (Saturday Night Live) Jon Cryer (Two and A Half Men), Sarah Silverman (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). A transcript can be read over at Newsweek, eight clips can be found at Youtube. Thanks to Whitney for the heads-up!

Sep 03
2009

The Chicago Tribunte has an in-depth article on what will be changing for “United States of Tara”s second season: The transition from film to television can be rocky for some actors. But not for Toni Collette, the star of Showtime’s “United States of Tara.” “The one thing I am loving is the pace of TV. It’s so quick,” the actress said in a recent interview in Los Angeles on the first day of shooting for Season 2 of “Tara,” which returns in early 2010. “There’s no sitting around. You get to do more of what you love, every day.” If anyone has excelled at the art of the quick transition, it’s Collette, who flawlessly plays four characters on the show. Collette’s primary character, Tara Gregson, is a suburban mom with dissociative identity disorder (DID), which causes her to turn into one of three “alters” whenever she’s stressed. Collette’s versatility in the role is impressive, and members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences agreed: The actress is up for a best comedy actress award at the Sept. 20 Emmy Awards ceremony.

Aug 02
2009

Article courtesy Entertainment Weekly: Looks like love is in the air for Toni Collette’s male alter on United States of Tara. Sources confirm to me exclusively that Joey Lauren Adams (Chasing Amy) is joining the Showtime comedy’s season 2 cast as Pammy, a funny and warm barmaid who has a history of picking the wrong guys. Her luck changes the day she meets “Buck” and falls head over heels in love. Adams is on board for at least three episodes. Tara’s 12-episode second season debuts in early 2010.