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Jan 22

According to multiple sources, including Screen Rant, Guillermo del Toro has quietly started filming his new movie, Nightmare Alley. Even before The Shape of Water opened, del Toro was already working with writer Kim Morgan on an adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s ’40s-set noir novel Nightmare Alley. Gresham’s story was previously turned into a movie by Edmund Goulding in 1947 (a year after it was published), but del Toro and Morgan are said to be drawing primarily from the original book for their upcoming film. And although there hasn’t been an official announcement, it appears shooting has already gotten underway. Nightmare Alley tells the tale of a con man who teams up with a carnival mentalist to swindle people out of their money. Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett are playing the sleazy pair in the film, with Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, and Willem Dafoe costarring alongside Ron Perlman, Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon. As for del Toro, Nightmare Alley will be the first movie he’s made that doesn’t include any supernatural or sci-fi elements. It will be interesting to see how that affects his storytelling approach, considering what a huge role the fantastical has played in del Toro’s filmography so far. It’s safe to assume Nightmare Alley will be as visually rich as his previous work, especially with Crimson Peak and The Shape of Water cinematographer Dan Laustsen serving as del Toro’s DP again. But with a cast full of heavy-hitters, the movie should provide some meaty adult drama and strong characterization to go with its stylish atmosphere.

Jan 13

Rian Johnson has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay for “Knives Out”. The darkly funny whodunnit, bringing in over $250 million worldwide, was penned by Johnson is what fueled it as one of this year’s highest-rated films. It was nominated for Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, among many others, but today it earned one of the highest honors — an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Script. A nod duly earned. Featuring an all-star ensemble cast including Daniel Craig, Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, and Christopher Plummer, the tale of the Thrombey/Drysdale family succeeded beyond expectations. Johnson’s complicated, twisting plot guided by these superstar performers was a catalyst for greatness, and we can only hope the rumors of a sequel featuring Craig’s savvy Southern detective Benoit Blanc are true. Knives Out was a blast from its classic mystery music beginning to the iconic final shot, with the rewatches being just as delightful and amusing as you discover the trail of clues Johnson left in plain sight all along the way. You can tune in to see if Rian Johnson, and all the other nominees, bring home the gold on February 9 at 8 p.m. EST live on ABC. Check out the full list of Academy Award nominees here!

Jan 13

Big congratulations to Toni Collette for winning the Critics Choice Award as Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television for “Unbelievable”. She was nominated alongside Patricia Arquette, The Act), Marsha Stephanie Blake (When They See Us), Niecy Nash (When They See Us), Margaret Qualley (Fosse/Verdon), Emma Thompson (Years and Years) and Emily Watson (Chernobyl). Unfortunately, Toni didn’t attend the ceremony to pick up her award, so no pictures. Maybe we have more luck on Sunday when the Screen Actors Guild Awards are handed out. Toni is nominated as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for “Unbelievable”. Fingers crossed!

Jan 06

Yesterday, Toni Collette attended the 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards as a nominee for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for “Unbelievable”. Unfortunately, neither Toni nor her “Unbelievable” co-stars won this evening. “Knives Out” was nominated as Best Picture, Comedy or Muscial, but lost to “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”. On the bright side, this has been Toni’s first Golden Globe appearance in 10 years! Exactly a decade ago she won the Golden Globe for “United States of Tara”. Pictures from the arrivals, show and Netflix after-party have been added to the photo gallery.

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Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Show
Photo Gallery – Public Appearances – 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards – After-Party

Jan 02

According to Variety, “Knives Out,” the acclaimed whodunit from director Rian Johnson, hit a notable box office milestone this weekend, crossing $100 million in the U.S. and $200 million worldwide. It’s another triumph for original content – a form of entertainment once thought to be imperiled by the ubiquity of franchise fare. “Knives Out” became the de facto choice for families without young kids over the holiday season. Lionsgate’s motion picture co-chairman Joe Drake said the film had a broader appeal than the studio initially expected. From Lionsgate, Media Rights Capital and T-Street, “Knives Out” cost $40 million. “On paper, you could say that [‘Knives Out’] could live on a streaming service,” Drake told Variety. “But when you take the screenplay Rian Johnson wrote and the cast he put together, you deliver the kind of experience which is dramatic, thrilling, really funny and really suspenseful. It hits all those beats that make for the theatrical ride.” To compete with superhero tentpoles and big-budget blockbusters, Drake says it takes a mix of “the science and the art of our business.” “We’re focusing on theatrical audiences, looking at genres and concepts for a combination of what we believe can create urgency to see on a Friday night,” he said. “There’s data and art to making creative decisions.” “We really believe in the audience,” Drake said. “For ‘Knives Out,’ it really captured the imagination of the audience. They have been selective, but they clearly have a big appetite.”

Dec 11

Congratulations to Toni Collette for receiving a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series for “Unbelievable”. She shares the category with Patricia Arquette and Joey King (The Act), Emily Watson (Chernobyl) and Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon). Unofrtunately, neither Merritt Wever nor Kaitlyn Dever scored a nomination for the series. This is Toni’s fourth nomination for a SAG Award. She previously won as part of the ensemble of “Little Miss Sunshine” and was nominated with the cast of “The Hours”. In 2010, she received an individual nomination as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series for “United States of Tara”. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will be handed out during a live ceremony on January 19, 2020.

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Patricia Arquette (The Act)
Toni Collette (Unbelieveable)
Joey King (The Act)
Emily Watson (Chernobyl)
Michelle Williams (Fosse/Verdon)