14 items from 2013
Actor Penne Hackforth-Jones, a pillar of Australian films and TV for more than 40 years, died in Melbourne on Friday from lung cancer, aged 63.
Her illness was diagnosed in 2012 but she wished to keep the diagnosis private while her father was still alive. She relocated to Melbourne in 2011 to be close to and care for her elderly parents both of whom died recently.
.Penne responded to her own terminal diagnosis with great courage and grace,. said her sisters Jos Hackforth-Jones, Simary Hackforth-Jones and Olivia McNally. .Her health deteriorated in April, but she was able to remain at home because of the wonderful support from her Gp, Mercy and Alfred Palliative care units and friends. Her last weeks were peaceful and happy. She died surrounded by flowers and cards from those closest to her and cared for by family and close friends. She was dearly loved by relations and friends and much »
- Don Groves
Pj Hogan, the Australian writer-director, must be drawn to his homeland's female misfits. In his breakthrough Muriel's Wedding, Toni Collette was a pudgy naïf who just didn't fit in; now in his semi-autobiographical (his mom's breakdown) Mental, Colette is Shaz, a wildass, highly energetic drifter packing an impressive knife, instructing her young girl charges "I'll be the judge of that" when they tell her they are mentally ill—better that than being unpopular. Her alternative view liberates the fresh-faced, adorably unruly but emotionally stranded girls and even, eventually, their mum (Rebecca Gibney). Don McAlpine's camera spins around the lush green hills of the imaginary seaside town of Dolphin Heads, segueing to Mental's most memorable scene: Gibney »
In his salad days, Aussie director P. J. Hogan specialized in daft, edgy comedies about wildly eccentric characters, people so giddy they'd burst into song when words failed them.
Hogan, lately consigned to the likes of "Confessions of a Shopaholic," takes a stab at recapturing that past with "Mental," an Australian dramedy built around mental illness and the loony "nanny" who takes it on herself to torment those who torment a mentally ill woman. And if "Mental" it doesn't quite come off, it's at least comforting for us and Hogan to see that, to some degree, you can go home again.
"Home" in this case is Dolphin Heads, a little slice of Australian suburbia, probably not far from the Porpoise Spit of "Muriel's Wedding. »
K for Kardashian and for Kubrick (!), in addition to one more Snow White and one more Meyer cinematic entry There'll be something for everyone this coming weekend on North American screens, whether your palate (or brain) goes the Kardashian or the Kubrick way. Kim Kardashian, best known for the TV trash hit Keeping Up with the Kardashians and for her quick-as-lightning marriage to basketball player Kris Humphries, is featured in Tyler Perry's Temptation. Distributed by Lionsgate this drama about infidelity also stars Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Lance Gross, Vanessa Williams, Robbie Jones. (photo: a colorfully garbed Vanessa Williams and a very tightly garbed Kk) However, the probable box-office winner this weekend will be Channing Tatum. The Magic Mike and The Vow star is featured alongside Dwayne Johnson and Bruce Willis in Jon M. Chu's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra sequel: G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The eagerly awaited (by 11-year-olds) action flick »
- Zac Gille
Rob Reiner is, like his prospective audience for the upcoming “And So It Goes…," perhaps a little past his best. Spool back to the mid-nineties, and he is to be found on top of his game, with a diverse portfolio of smash hits which not only brought home the bacon but endured (to 2013 at least) in the pop psyche of a generation. This is the guy behind “Stand by Me,” “This is Spinal Tap,” “When Harry Met Sally…” and “A Few Good Men.” 'Nuff said. The picture today, though, is a little different. Reiner has presided over a string of nonentity releases, the latest of which, “The Magic of Belle Isle”, pulled off the formidable achievement of both starring Morgan Freeman and flopping colossally at the box office. In a valiant effort to recover some of his old form, however, Reiner has signed to direct the retirement-age romcom “And So It Goes… »
- India Ross
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Here's a look at the latest film from P.J. Hogan, "Mental," starring his "Muriel's Wedding" star Toni Collette. "Mental" is the story of the Moochmore girls, five children sure that they are suffering from a mental illness and therefore unpopular. Their lives are turned upside down when their mother Shirley (Rebecca Gibney) is committed to a mental instution and their father Barry (Anthony Lapagilia) brings home a stranger named Shaz (Collette) to serve as their nanny. Unlike the Moochmore girls, Shaz may in fact be crazy, but just the kind of crazy the family needs. Take a look at the trailer below. "Mental" will be released in theaters and on demand March 29. »
- Cristina A. Gonzalez
In 1994, Australian director Pj Hogan and actress Toni Collette teamed up for the story of a misfit determined to break out of her go-nowhere town and find love amid a backdrop of Abba songs. Muriel's Wedding was an indie sensation, bringing Collette to the attention of American audiences for the first time and (along with The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert that same year) sparking the Abba revival that would culminate in Mamma Mia!, and aren't we all so happy that happened? Anyway, almost 20 years after Muriel, Hogan and Collette are teaming up again, not on a sequel, but a brand new movie set in that same small-town Australian milieu. While Muriel could not wait to get out of Porpoise Spit, Mental takes place in Dolphin Heads. While Muriel was a young woman driven to occasionally nutty behavior by the stresses of singlehood (hey, it was the »
DaDa Films has unveiled the first trailer for Mental, director P.J. Hogan's new comedy that will debut both in theaters and on iTunes March 29. Toni Collette stars as Shaz, a hitchhiker who is recruited by a desperate husband and father (Anthony Lapaglia) to become the nanny of his five precocious daughters. Take a look at the first footage from this Australian comedy, also starring Liev Schreiber, Caroline Goodall, and Rebecca Gibney.
Mental - Trailer
Set in the fictional town of Dolphin Heads, Mental is written and directed by P.J. Hogan and produced by Jerry Zucker, Janet Zucker, Todd Fellman and Jocelyn Moorhouse. It stars Golden Globe Winner Toni Collette (United States of Tara, Little Miss Sunshine, About a Boy, The Sixth Sense) in a film that reunites her with P.J. Hogan for the first time since the iconic Muriel's Wedding seventeen years ago.
The Moochmore girls are all certain »
In 1994 Australian director P.J. Hogan and an audacious Aussie ingénue named Toni Collette broke onto the scene with the wild comedy Muriel's Wedding. Since then, Collette has become an international star, recognized for her comedic timing and depth in drama. Hogan's trajectory has been less universally praised, and more hit and miss. After helming the contemporary comedy classic My Best Friend's Wedding, he directed a string of lesser-known features, including the underrated Unconditional Love, the underseen Peter Pan, and the underwhelming Confessions of a Shopaholic. But after close to twenty years, Hogan and Collette have once again joined forces. This time for a crazy comedy called Mental. Check out its poster below, thanks to The Playlist: Written and directed by Hogan, Mental centers on the Moochmoores, a family of seven, made up of a philandering father (Anthony Lapaglia), a mom on the brink of meltdown, and a pack »
It's been nearly two decades since Ausssies P.J. Hogan and Toni Collette arrived with the smash hit "Muriel's Wedding," which launched both the director and actress' career in big ways. Not only was the movie a crowdpleaser that connected with audiences everywhere, Hogan and Collette picked up BAFTA and Golden Globes nominations for their work, respectively. They've both been very busy since 1994 riding that wave of success to other projects, but now the pair are finally back together. "Mental" is their latest effort, one that once again brings heartwarming humor to the fore, and after opening overseas in the fall, it's coming to theaters stateside. We've got the excusive U.S. poster for the picture that finds Collette playing Shaz, an eccentric woman who helps a desperate father take care of his five lively daughters when their ill mother is commited to a hospital. Liev Schreiber leads a supporting cast that also includes. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, just see our recent note on Geena Davis' latest TV project. Toni Collette, whose Diablo Cody-created Showtime drama "United States of Tara" ended last year, has a new small screen project on the horizon. According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Muriel's Wedding" actress has taken the lead role in the new CBS drama project "Hostages," a pilot for which was just ordered by CBS. Collette will play a Washington, D.C. surgeon selected to operate on the president -- she gets drawn into a political conspiracy when her husband and children are kidnapped and used as leverage against her. Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Traitor") wrote and will direct and produce the pilot, while Jerry Bruckheimer's set to executive produce alongside Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir. Like "Homeland" and other upcoming series, "Hostages" is based on an Israeli TV concept, though in »
- Alison Willmore
Well, just see our recent note on Geena Davis' latest TV project. Toni Collette, whose Diablo Cody-created Showtime drama "United States of Tara" ended last year, has a new small screen project on the horizon. According to Entertainment Weekly, the "Muriel's Wedding" actress has taken the lead role in the new CBS drama project "Hostages," a pilot for which was just ordered by CBS. Collette will play a Washington, D.C. surgeon selected to operate on the president -- she gets drawn into a political conspiracy when her husband and children are kidnapped and used as leverage against her. Jeffrey Nachmanoff ("Traitor") wrote and will direct and produce the pilot, while Jerry Bruckheimer's set to executive produce alongside Jonathan Littman, Omri Givon, Rotem Shamir and Chayim Sharir. Like "Homeland" and other upcoming series, "Hostages" is based on an Israeli TV concept, though in...
- Alison Willmore
Toni Collette is returning to TV with a role in the CBS drama pilot "Hostages."
According to EW, Collette will play a successful surgeon from Washington, DC. Collette's character is picked to operate on the president of the United States, but new drama and political conspiracy unfold when her family is taken hostage.
"Hostages" comes from writer, producer and director Jeffrey Nachmanoff of "The Day After Tomorrow" fame. Jerry Bruckheimer is on board as an executive producer. The pilot is based on an Israeli series.
Collette spent three seasons as the title character in Showtime's "United States of Tara." The actress picked up an Emmy and Golden Globe for her role as Tara Gregson, a mom with dissociative identity disorder.
Click over to EW for more on "Hostages."
- Chris Harnick
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