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Nov 01
2022

Australian actor Toni Collette is perhaps best known in recent years for her dark roles in Hereditary, Nightmare Alley, and The Staircase. But her upcoming movie The Estate, written and directed by Dean Craig, is something slightly different: a laugh-out-loud comedy. “I thought it was so outrageous, so much of it is so wrong and I love it,” she told RadioTimes.com on her initial reaction to the script. “I laughed my arse off and couldn’t stop, I wanted to do it immediately. “I read it in the middle of COVID and it just brought me so much joy,” she continued. “I laughed out loud repeatedly and I thought ‘I need that’ and I feel the world might need that, too.” The Estate features an incredible ensemble cast made up of Anna Faris, David Duchovny, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ron Livingston and the legendary Kathleen Turner – whom Faris described working with as “terrifying and wonderful”. The complete article and interview can be read over at RadioTimes.com.

It was a really short shoot and I don’t know if we magicked it up or it came naturally but we did become a very tight unit very quickly. I think we both loved the idea that this is a film about a love between sisters and they are just so desperate that they would do absolutely anything and we did kind of cling to each other. They really rely on each other, they are different but they very much need each other and we very much needed each other too. (Toni Collette, Radio Times, October 31, 2022)

Nov 01
2022

“The Estate” is receiving quite some buzz this week for its November 4 release. Anna Faris and Toni Collette have both participated in a virtual press junket for the film. So far, E! Insider and Entertainment Tonight have aired their segments in which the actresses talk about bonding on set to play sisters without any rehearsal time, if they would let their children watch their work. Toni also talked about this year’s 20th anniversary of “About a Boy” and if she keeps up with her co-stars Hugh Grant, Rachel Weisz and Nicholas Hoult. Screencaptures from both videos have been added, too. Edit: A 10-minute b-roll has been added as well.

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Video Archive – Career Videos – The Estate – B-Roll
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Video Archive – News Segments – E! Insider (October 31, 2022)

Oct 27
2022

It’s been 30 years since Toni Collette’s motion picture debut in “Spotswood”, which has been released on Blu-Ray for the first time by Umbrella Entertainment earlier this month. Filmed in 1990, Toni was just starting out at the The Sydney Theatre Company and delivering pizzas on the side, when she was cast by Mark Joffe to play factory worker Wendy opposite Ben Mendelsohn and Anthony Hopkins, coming fresh of filming his masterful performance in “Silence of the Lambs”. You can also watch out for Russell Crowe in a supporting role. From here, it was only two years until Toni’s breakthrough performance in “Muriel’s Wedding”. She reunited with Joffe and Mendelsohn for 1996’s equally charming “Cosi” and co-starred a second time with Hopkins in 2012’s “Hitchcock”. In case you’re looking for the film for an anniversary rewatch, “Spotswood” was also released under the very odd title “The Efficiency Expert”.

Sep 08
2022

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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Aug 06
2022

After last month’s Making a Scene video (see previous update), Variety has posted a lengthy article from this interview with Toni Collette: Each morning as Toni Collette brushes her teeth, an owl stares back at her. The stoic bird of prey is not perched outside her window but rather ornately sitting on her countertop, contorted into the shape of a ceramic coffee mug that she places her toothbrush into before she starts her day. “It’s there looking at me daily — twice a day if I’m dentally honest,” Collette says. “Maybe I need a new receptacle.” Even if its days as her morning companion are numbered, the mug is a surreal artifact of her newly Emmy-nominated turn as Kathleen Peterson, a North Carolina woman found dead at the bottom of her stairs in 2001 — a case dramatized by HBO Max’s true crime limited series “The Staircase.” The shocking death occupied headlines for months as her husband, Michael Peterson (played by Colin Firth), was tried and convicted of her murder — all of it later chronicled in a 2004 French documentary also called “The Staircase.” The making of that doc was part of the 2022 series. The complete interview can be read over at Variety.

I guess she is always kind of there because it’s all about the fallout from the loss of her. But this telling of this story was an opportunity to give Kathleen a voice, to make her real and whole, to allow her to live beyond the notion of ‘victim.’ (Toni Collette, Variety, August 06, 2022)

Jul 12
2022

Congratulations to Toni Collette for receiving a nomination for the 74th Primetime Emmy Awards as Best Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or TV Movie for “The Staircase”. She shares the category with Julia Garner (Inventing Anna), Lily James (Pam & Tommy), Sarah Paulson (Impeachment: American Crime Story), Margaret Qualley (MAID) and Amanda Seyfried (The Dropout). For “The Staircase”, Colin Firth was also nominated as Best Actor in the Limited Series category. This is Toni’s fifth Emmy nomination. She was previously nominated in 2007 as Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or A Movie for “Tsunami: The Aftermath”, in 2009 and 2010 as Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series for “United States of Tara” (for which she won in 2009) and most recently in 2019 as Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Limited Series Or Movie for “Unbelievable”. The 74th Primetime Emmy Awards will be handed out during a live ceremony on Monday (for whatever reason), September 12, 2022.