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Feb 15
2022

Toni Collette and Bella Heathcote star in “Pieces of Her”, a Netflix thriller series about a mother-daughter relationship that is brutally changed after both of them experience a traumatic event. Back in January, Netflix released some first-look images that showcased the possible twists and turns of the story, and now the official trailer unveils further details of the plot. The trailer showcases the ways in which Andy (Heathcote) and Laura’s (Collette) relationship starts deteriorating after the mother reacts in a whole unexpected way to a shooter invading a diner. Andy goes on to investigate her mother’s past and, the more she uncovers, the more she feels like she has no idea who Laura is. The trailer also teases Laura’s transformation from a loving mother into a mysterious figure whose expressions get less and less revealing as the story progresses. Is she a secret agent? Is she a criminal? We’ll have to wait a couple of weeks to find out. Pieces of Her is inspired by the best-selling novel by author Karin Slaughter. The story is adapted by showrunner and Emmy nominee Charlotte Stoudt. The screenwriter has worked on thriller stories for some years: she was a story editor and screenwriter for several episodes of Showtime’s Homeland and Netflix’s House of Cards. Netflix premieres Pieces of Her on March 4.

Based on Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novel, in a sleepy Georgia town a random act of violence sets off an unexpected chain of events for 30-year-old Andy Oliver and her mother Laura. Desperate for answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her towards the dark, hidden heart of her family.

Feb 08
2022

Guillermo del Toro’s adaptation of the 1946 noir novel Nightmare Alley sat on his “announced with intent” plate for quite some time. And while it didn’t boast the supernatural aspects that previous del Toro films are known for, much of the novel’s territory seemed to fall right into del Toro’s wheelhouse, especially the traveling carnival awash in both light and dark forces. Del Toro’s film hews closer to William Lindsay Gresham’s original novel than the 1947 Tyrone Power-led version; the earlier film significantly softened the book’s ending, which is startlingly dark even for noir. As We Got This Covered writes, the quality of Nightmare Alley is reflected in its many awards, and this morning’s announcement adds an Oscar nod to the list. And while many assumed it would take a place on the longer Best Picture list, some surprised fans still question why it didn’t garner further nominations in more categories. One of the primary elements for which the film has been lauded is its incredible visuals, so it came as no great surprise that veteran cinematographer Dan Lausten earned a nod from the Academy. The nomination for Best Production Design goes to del Toro regulars Shane Vieau and Tamara Deverell. A Best Costume Design nomination also goes to Luis Sequeira, who won for The Shape of Water. Many will argue that the performances by the Nightmare Alley cast were more than impressive enough to earn nominations, and that the adapted script did wonders with the original material, though it seems the Academy voters didn’t see it the same way. Expect to see more of this discussion hitting social media from the film’s devoted fans.

Jan 29
2022

Last month, it was announced that Toni Collette, Anna Faris, and Thomas Haden Church had been cast in “The Estate”, a film that would see the trio competing over the inheritance of a wealthy family member. Now, accordin to Colliderit has been announced that Kathleen Turner, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Keyla Monterroso Mejia have joined the fight. It is currently unknown what roles Turner, DeWitt, and Monterroso Mejia will be playing in the film, though it seems likely that Turner will be portraying the wealthy aunt in question. The Estate, which will begin filming next month in New Orleans, will be directed by Dean Craig based on his own script. The film will be produced by Marc Goldberg and Sarah Gabriel for Signature Films, alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Alison Benson, who are producing the film under their Pretty Matches Production banner. No release date has been announced yet for The Estate. Check out the official synopsis for the film below:

The Estate revolves around two sisters, Macey (Collette) and Savanna (Faris), who learn their wealthy but estranged Aunt Hilda is dying from cancer. Seeing this as an opportunity to get her inheritance and rescue their dying café, the sisters plan to improve their bitter relationship and cater to Hilda’s needs. Arriving to Aunt Hilda’s extravagant estate, they find that they are not the only ones in the family with shifted morals. Their cousins Beatrice and Richard have come with the same plan to swoon Hilda into giving them her estate. Soon, it becomes a battle between the eclectic family as to who can impress the matriarch the most and come out on top in the end.

Jan 27
2022

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guillermo del Toro is nothing if not determined. When his new film, Nightmare Alley, opened nationwide over the Dec. 17-19 weekend to a forgettable $2.8 million from 2,145 theaters, the Oscar-winning filmmaker didn’t flee and instead reverse-engineered the movie’s release, this time with a black-and-white version. On Jan. 28, Nightmare Alley will once again be showing nationwide, or in roughly 1,020 locations, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The vast majority of those cinemas, or around 750, will be showing it in black and white. Some will play both versions, while a small number will feature color only. Del Toro and Searchlight Pictures knew Nightmare Alley faced intense challenges, led by another surge in COVID-19 cases, which stymied the box office recovery. The prestige movie needed older adults to launch successfully nationwide, yet consumers over 35 remain the most nervous about returning to cinemas. And while this demo had started to trickle back, omicron proved a major setback. As the Christmas-to-New Year’s corridor unfolded, Nightmare Alley still failed to gain traction at the box office even as it garnered awards attention, including landing on AFI’s list of the year’s best films. “The biggest curve was omicron, and there was no way we could battle that. Audiences were fearful,” del Toro tells THR.

Del Toro soon had an idea: release a black-and-white version of the film. By mid-January, the film’s theater count had dropped dramatically to several hundred theaters as Searchlight and del Toro began showing the black-and-white cut in some of those cinemas to sold-out crowds. Del Toro hit the road and personally introduced some of the screenings. The cast also participate, with Bradley Cooper attending four events in the past week in New York. Cinema operators, eager for product as January wore on, asked to book the black-and-white version. “This second release grew organically from interacting with audiences. It was very encouraging,” del Toro says. “This will allow the movie to grow past the peak weeks of omicron.” If there is a campaign slogan to describe del Toro’s strategy, he says it would be: “How I got away with getting it released in black and white.”

Jan 26
2022

We don’t have to wait very long to watch Toni leading the upcoming Netflix show “Pieces of Her”, with a release date announced for March 4, 2022. Entertainment Weekly has published a first batch of production stills along a brief article: How well does anyone know their parents? This question is one of many at the heart of Netflix’s upcoming drama series, Pieces of Her. Based on Karin Slaughter’s New York Times bestselling novel of the same name, the thriller is set in a sleepy Georgia town, where a random act of violence sets off an unexpected chain of events for 30-year-old Andy Oliver (Bella Heathcote) and her mother Laura (Toni Collette). Desperate for answers, Andy embarks on a dangerous journey across America, drawing her towards the dark, hidden heart of her family. In a first look at the series, below, we’re introduced to Andy and Laura, the violent incident that sets the plot in motion, and the action-packed journey that follows.

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Jan 02
2022

Happy New Year everybody! With HBO Max’s coming attractions trailer for 2022, the appropriate title for this update should be “First Seconds” really, since we get a blink-and-you-miss it moment of the upcomig miniseries “The Staircase”. But these moments are worth pausing since they reveal a first look at most of the series’ characters, including Colin Firth as Michael Peterson and Toni Collette as his wife Kathleen. In the courtroom scene we can also spot Michael Stuhlbarg as his lawyer David Rudolf, Parker Posey as the defense attorney Freda Black (this will be one performance to look forward to), as well as Sophie Turner and Patrick Schwarzenegger as two of the Peterson children, as well as Dane DeHaan as Peterson’s son, standing next to Toni Collette. No airdate has been released yet. Catch the first look below.

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