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Feb 15
2009

The Generation youth jury at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival awarded “Mary & Max” with a special mention. The Australian animated work voiced by the likes of Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette and Eric Bana, about the relationship between two pen pals, an 8-year-old girl from Melbourne and a 44-year-old New Yorker afflicted by autism, is, according to the jury, “ironic, endearing and has an unrivalled aesthetic. Who am I and why am I? What is the meaning of friendship and how do I find my way to love and to my own self? Five years of production at the rate of five seconds a day definitely paid off.”

Feb 11
2009

Showtime has given a second season to “United States of Tara.” The premium network has renewed the Toni Collette comedy about a woman with multiple personalities for another round. “Tara” has averaged 2.1 million per week, including repeat airings, which is better than “Dexter” and “Weeds” in their first seasons (the “Tara” number also doesn’t include DVR use or on-demand viewing). Helping matters: Sunday night’s fourth episode climbed 15% over the previous week.

Feb 01
2009

As earlier reported, “Mary and Max” will be shown at this year’s Berlin Film Festival, and as the event unwraps today, all airdates have been announced. “Mary and Max” will be first shown on Monday, February 09 at 14:30. All airdates can be found at the Berlinale’s official website.

Jan 17
2009

The Los Angeles Times’ Envelope dishes on “United States of Tara”‘s future possible victory at the awards circuit, pointing out how award voters welcome these kind of split-personality roles: Looks like United States of Tara” – written by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody and starring Oscar and Emmy nominee Toni Collette as a woman besieged by multiple personalities – will be a formidable force at the Emmys, Golden Globes and other awards ahead. The parent network of “The United States of Tara,” Showtime, has emerged as a major player at the Emmys and Golden Globes in recent years. Voters of showbiz awards are suckers for these kind of split-personality roles we see in “Tara.” Maybe they feel like they’re getting a real bargain – several performances for the price of one vote? The full article can be read here.

Jan 16
2009

The following articles comes from the New York Times, and while they’re not exactly in praise for Toni, they give “United States of Tara” a very in-depth review: Even “Diary of a Mad Housewife” never had an entry like this one: the heroine has a husband, two children and four personalities. In Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” Toni Collette (“Muriel’s Wedding,” “Little Miss Sunshine”) plays a woman with dissociative identity disorder, which was once known as multiple personality disorder. The show’s comic conceit is that Tara’s loved ones treat her illness as an unenviable but livable condition — like diabetes — and humor her multiple personalities as old family friends or pesky neighbors. It’s not played entirely for laughs. And that is why Showtime’s new half-hour series labels itself a “dark comedy.” A “light comedy” is a sitcom that finds its cultural collision by plopping an alien or a magical creature into the middle of suburban, middle-class America, like “Mork & Mindy” or “Bewitched.” The full article can be read here.

Jan 16
2009

The following articles comes from the USA Today and features some nice quotes by Toni about her role in “United States of Tara”: Toni Collette isn’t all that complicated. Sure, she has been nominated for an Oscar (The Sixth Sense) and Golden Globes (Muriel’s Wedding, Little Miss Sunshine). But she’s still basically an actress looking for work. “I’ve never had that kind of idea of where I wanted to go,” she says. “I’ve always been swept off my feet by roles.” That’s exactly what happened with United States of Tara, which premieres Sunday on Showtime. “When I read the script,” she says, “it was like a juicy page-turner that was full of surprises, and it made me laugh out loud. It was very moving, and as soon as I finished reading it, I was like, Yep, I’m doing it.” The full article can be read here.