December 30, 2003 |
On a snowy afternoon here, actress Toni Collette is half an hour late for an appointment, prompting her to say, "You've been sitting here so long. You look so bored. Do you want to talk about something else?" Her concern is disconcerting. Actors are accustomed to talking about themselves -- it would seldom occur to most of them to talk about something else. Collette, however, seems open to anything. At least that's the way she comes across during a conversation at a swanky, pseudo-anonymous lower Manhattan hotel lobby.
January 29, 2006 |
WHEN you think about meeting actress Toni Collette, it's natural to think about which Toni Collette you are going to meet. Will it be the put-upon but triumphant Muriel Heslop of "Muriel's Wedding," the desperately worried mother of "The Sixth Sense" or the no-nonsense geologist of "Japanese Story"? Or one of the two wildly different roles the Australian actress has in films debuting at this year's Sundance film festival?
January 22, 2013 |
PARK CITY, Utah - A group of star-driven dramas and comedies, plus a half-dozen documentaries, have caught the fancy of buyers at the Sundance Film Festival, with distributors ponying up nearly $25 million in the last few days for movies they hope will return their investment in spades. Fox Searchlight paid close to $10 million for a Steve Carell movie, and Sony shelled out almost $4 million on a Jane Austen-themed comedy. Relativity Media spent $4 million for a Joseph Gordon-Levitt porn comedy and the Weinstein Co. put up about $2 million for a well-received drama, "Fruitvale.
December 20, 2012 |
Actors and costume designers have a rare relationship on set: They're both involved in building a person, using the actor's body as the raw materials. It's a relationship built on trust and talent, and when everything goes well, clothes really do make the man (or woman). Here's a peek behind the scenes of four such recent partnerships. 'Hitchcock' Toni Collette (as Peggy Robertson) Julie Weiss (costume designer) The character: As Alfred Hitchcock'sreal-life assistant, Collette's outfits had to establish her as a mid-century working woman but never be too flashy, since Peggy always stood in the reflected glow of the master of suspense.
March 28, 2013 |
Writer-director P.J. Hogan may have based "Mental" on an actual incident from his childhood, but the crazy quilt of a movie that resulted feels anything but real. This strained, shrill effort, set in small-town Australia, revolves around the über-quirky Moochmore clan: "Sound of Music"-obsessed mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney), absentee dad - and local mayor - Barry (Anthony LaPaglia) and their five off-kilter daughters. When Shirley has a colorful nervous breakdown, Barry sticks her in a mental hospital, then randomly hires screwy, knife-wielding hitchhiker Shaz (Hogan's "Muriel's Wedding" star Toni Collette)
August 12, 2010
Where You've Seen Her Jacki Weaver says she's a born actress: "I have always loved pretending to be other people. I think my mother said I came out of the womb pretending to be somebody else. " The Australian landed her first professional acting job at 15 in a musical production of "Cinderella. " Her movie heyday came in the 1970s when she appeared in such films as Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock" and "Caddie. " More recently, she worked with Toni Collette and Rachel Griffiths in 1996's "Cosi.