Posted on August 20th, 2019 by Frederik

Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” has been picked up for Germany by the newly established distribution company owned by New York-based private equity group KKR. Fred Kogel’s rapidly growing, but still unnamed, German independent production and distribution operation has taken all rights for Germany and Austria on the all-star whodunnit, which stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas and Christopher Plummer. In the United States, the whodunnit will be screened at this year’s Fantastic Fest. Don Johnson is slated to be in attendance at the fest which kicks off in Austin September 19 and continues through September 26. “Knives Out” will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. It was announced Monday that it would receive its European premiere with a gala presentation at the BFI London Film Festival on Oct. 8. The movie comes from Lionsgate and MRC, and pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie. It revolves around the family of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Plummer) who are all suspects after the author is found dead. Debonair detective Benoit Blanc (Craig) is enlisted to investigate, sifting through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth with the help of his partner (Stanfield). It opens through Lionsgate in the U.S. on Nov. 27.

Posted on August 19th, 2019 by Frederik

According to Empire, Rian Johnson’s murder mystery Knives Out isn’t due to land in the UK until the end of November, but those attending this year’s London Film Festival are in for a treat, as it has been selected as the American Express Gala screening, and will make its European premiere at the fest on 8 October. Knives Out sees Johnson channelling Agatha Christie for a mystery featuring the death of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). When he’s found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. The writer-director has assembled a cast that also includes Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, and Ana de Armas. “I’m thrilled to be screening Knives Out at the BFI London Film Festival,” says the director. “This film was an attempt to capture the twisty fun of an Agatha Christie whodunnit, it’s a great pleasure to be showing it in the country responsible for the genre’s golden age.” The 63rd BFI London Film festival takes place between 2 October and 13 October, and the full scheduled will be announced at the end of this month.

Posted on August 3rd, 2019 by Frederik

This week in August 20 years ago, a small independent horror film called “The Sixth Sense” became one of the biggest hits of the year, a classic masterpiece for cinema, and also the trajectory to create and maintain this website for the last 15 years. I feel incredibly old thinking that I was one of the many moviegoers 20 years ago, sitting in the audience and being stunned by the film’s twist ending. But even more so, I was stunned by Toni Collette. I had seen her for the very first time just mere weeks earlier when “Muriel’s Wedding” was shown on tv, and was delighted by her performance. So when the opening credits for “The Sixth Sense” rolled in the cinema, I thought, “I know that Toni Collette”. When the end credits rolled and the packed theatre was stunned by the film’s ending, I was (probably the only one) stunned where the heck Toni Collette was. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the idea that the young woman playing Muriel was supposed to be the same actress playing the mother on the verge of a breakdown in “The Sixth Sense”. It was a total immersion into character, and I was hooked. Toni received an Academy Award nomination for her performance, which was a surprise back then because she hadn’t been nominated for any precedent awards – something I had hoped would repeat with “Hereditary” – but with or without awards glory (“The Sixth Sense” was nominated for 5 Academy Awards but went home empty-handed), the film stood the test of time and is a highlight in the CV of everyone involved.

For the film’s 20th anniversary, many outlets are writing about the film, reflecting on its impact and talking to its makers. Among the most insightful is Variety’s look back, in which director M. Night Shyamalan remembers Toni’s audition for the film and being hesitant to show it to Disney:

I had seen “Muriel’s Wedding” and Toni came in and her head was shaved, and I forget if it was for fun or if it was for a movie. She did such a beautiful job. I didn’t want to show the video to the studio for fear that they would be concerned with her appearance, and I said “I want to cast the woman from ‘Muriel’s Wedding’” and then Bruce backed me and said “Oh, I love ‘Muriel’s Wedding,’” so we kind of got it without the studio seeing the audition, and I was so lucky. Toni is actually wearing a wig throughout all of “The Sixth Sense,” and I think it’s a wig from “Velvet Goldmine.” We didn’t even have the wig! (M. Night Shyamalan, Variety, August 02, 2019)

Below is a list o annivery articles, to which I will add any articles that will be published over the course of the next week.

Related Articles:

Variety: ‘The Sixth Sense’ Turns 20: M. Night Shyamalan and Haley Joel Osment Tell All
The Chicago Tribune: “The Sixth Sense” at 20: M. Night Shyamalan’s breakout still stuns
The Independent: ‘I see dead people’: The Sixth Sense was both a blessing and a curse in disguise for M Night Shyamalan
The Hollywood Reporter: “I Wasn’t Bluffing”: M. Night Shyamalan Recalls ‘Sixth Sense’ Pitch and Frenzy That Followed

Posted on July 26th, 2019 by Frederik

The first round of movies for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival have been announced and there are some major surprises, as well as some potential Oscar hopefuls. The batch includes more than 50 movies. “Joker”, the upcoming R-rated DC Comics adaptation starring Joaquin Phoenix as the famed Batman villain, is indeed playing at the prestigious festival, as had been previously reported. Other surprises include the Jennifer Lopez stripper movie “Hustlers” and Rian Johnson’s ensemble murder mystery “Knives Out”, starring Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Katherine Langford, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer and Don Johnson. This year’s Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 5 and runs through September 15.

Posted on March 27th, 2019 by Frederik

Toni Collette sure loves her Netflix, and so do we! After “Wanderlust” and “Velvet Buzzsaw”, Toni and Jesse Plemons are among the stars who have signed up for a new psychological thriller Netflix film directed by Charlie Kaufman. They will be joined by Jessie Buckley and David Thewlis in “I’m Thinking Of Ending Things”, which is based on the best-selling 2016 debut novel of the same name by Iain Reid. Kaufman, who wrote the films Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, will also write the screen adaptation, and Reid will co-produce alongside Anthony Bregman. Exploring the fragility of the psyche and the limitations of solitude, the novel tells the story of Jake and his girlfriend, who go on a road trip to meet his parents on their secluded farm. The girlfriend, who is not named, is thinking of ending things, but is left stranded when Jake takes an unexpected detour, leading to a disturbing series of events. The last time news broke about Charlie Kaufman’s film (his first directorial outing since 2015’s Anomalisa), it was that Brie Larson had joined the cast. She’s no longer part of the film. From the sounds of it, Buckley will swap in for Larson as the girlfriend, while Collette and Thewlis are likely as his parents. There’s no word on when we might see the film, but the casting announcement means Kaufman has already kicked off shooting or is about to start.

Posted on February 19th, 2019 by Frederik

Toni Collette will be a special guest at New York’s CORE Club on March 20. In partnership with Hudson Union Society, she will talk about her career. More information can be found here. With a proven ability to transform into the characters she plays, Toni Collette has impressed audiences and the entertainment industry alike throughout the last two decades. She made an indelible impression on moviegoers worldwide with her breakout performance as the title character in P.J. Hogan’s Muriel’s Wedding, which brought her a Golden Globe Award nomination. More recently, she won a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award for her portrayal of a woman with multiple personalities on the television series United States of Tara, which ran for three seasons.

Ms Collette most recently starred in the independent films: Please Stand By with Dakota Fanning, Yellow Birds with Jennifer Aniston, and Fun Mom Dinner with Molly Shannon as well as Madame with Harvey Keitel. Collette went onto star in the highly anticipated thriller film Hereditary, which got her rave reviews out of Sundance and was A24’s top grossing film of all time. Hereditary was released at the same time in June 2018 as the heartfelt indie Hearts Beat Loud that Collette starred in with Nick Offerman. Collette can currently be scene in the Netflix mini-series Wanderlustwhich was written by the award winning play write Nick Payne. Born and raised in Australia, she was a student at Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).