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Toni Collette to Star in Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One

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Toni Collette is returning to the small screen. A press release announced that the “United States of Tara” alumna will topline Netflix and BBC One’s “Wanderlust,” a six-episode, hourlong family drama.

Currently in production in Manchester, England, the series “looks at how we build and maintain happy relationships and asks whether lifelong monogamy is possible — or even desirable,” according to its official synopsis. Collette plays Joy Richards, “a therapist trying to find a way to keep her spark alive with her husband after a cycling accident causes them to reassess their relationship. As we meet her family, friends, neighbors, and clients, remarkable yet relatable stories of love, lust, and forbidden desire emerge.”

“Constellations” playwright Nick Payne penned the script and Luke Snellin (“My Mad Fat Diary”) is directing.

“I am honored and thrilled to work with Nick Payne’s wonderful words on ‘Wanderlust,’” said Collette. “It is an authentic and revolutionary story about relationships, sex, love, and all the things we really care about. I could not be more excited.”

Collette won an Emmy and a Golden Globe for portraying a woman with dissociative identity disorder in “United States of Tara.” The Diablo Cody-created dramedy aired on Showtime from 2009–2011. Since then, her TV credits include “Devil’s Playground” and “Hostages,” and she’s appeared in films such as “Enough Said,” “Tammy,” and “Miss You Already.” Collette scored an Oscar nod in 2000 for “The Sixth Sense.”

Earlier this year Collette nabbed the rights to “The Rosie Project” author Graeme Simsion’s novel and screenplay for romance “The Best of Adam Sharp,” and she’s also developing Julia Dahl’s award-winning novel “Invisible City” for TV. In addition to optioning the murder mystery, Collette penned the pilot and is among the project’s executive producers.

Collette has described Hollywood’s gender imbalance as a “grave problem,” and said it’s something she’d like to “help address.” She explained, “I think there’s a real imbalance in terms of storytelling, the stories being told. I want to try and help even that out.”

Toni Collette to Star in Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Toni Collette To Star In ‘Wanderlust’, Family Drama Series From Netflix & BBC One

Emmy-winning United States of Tara alum Toni Collette is set to star in Wanderlust, a new drama series for Netflix and BBC One that explores the relationships of a multi-generational family. Produced by Drama Republic, the six-episode hourlong show is written by British playwright Nick Payne (Constellations), in his TV debut, and directed by Luke Snellin (The A Word). Wanderlust it looks at how we build and maintain happy relationships and asks whether lifelong monogamy…
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Toni Collette to Headline Netflix Relationship Dramedy Wanderlust

Emmy winner Toni Collette has booked her return to series TV, thanks to Netflix.

Collette will star in Wanderlust, a new dramedy exploring the various relationships found in a multi-generational family, the streaming service announced on Tuesday. (The series will air on BBC One in the UK, and on Netflix everywhere else.) Collette plays Joy, a therapist whose marriage is suddenly at a crossroads following a cycling accident.

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Acclaimed playwright Nick Payne (Broadway’s Constellations, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson) will write the six-part series,
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I, Tonya red band trailer, starring Margot Robbie

Joseph Baxter Nov 2, 2017

The I, Tonya red band trailer has arrived, showing Margot Robbie as the scourge of the figure skating world, Tonya Harding.

Update: Here's a red band trailer for the film, that obviously you shouldn't watch if you have sensitive eyes and ears...

The upcoming dark/comedic biopic, I, Tonya, looks to capture the period when the Winter Olympics, and the skating in particular, captured the attention of the world. In this case with Margot Robbie playing the scandal-conjuring Olympic figure skater, Tonya Harding.

The first I, Tonya teaser trailer has now arrived, focusing on Margot Robbie’s onscreen manifestation of former American Olympic figure skating prospect Tonya Harding, whose dreams of grabbing the gold led to one of the most ignominious events in Olympic history. The sight of Robbie’s Harding performing a triple axel (Harding was the first American woman to successfully land one in competition,
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“Atypical” Creator Robia Rashid Signs New Overall Deal at Sony Pictures TV Studios

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Robia Rashid is staying put. Deadline reports that the “Atypical” creator and executive producer has signed a new overall deal with the studio behind the Netflix coming-of-age series, Sony Pictures TV.

Sony TV and Rashid first joined forces in 2013, when she signed her first-ever overall deal. The new pact sees her continuing to work on “Atypical,” which debuted on the streaming giant August 11. The dramedy about an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum (Keir Gilchrist, “United States of Tara”) was renewed for a second season in September. Jennifer Jason Leigh co-stars in the series.

The Goldbergs” and “How I Met Your Mother” are among Rashid’s previous credits.

“After working in network TV for a while, I just wanted to do something for myself,” Rashid has said of creating “Atypical.” “I was very aware that more people were being diagnosed with autism, and it was interesting to me that a whole generation of kids were growing up knowing that they were on the spectrum and wanting independence. That point of view seemed so interesting to me — and such a cool way to tell a dating story. You’ve seen the story of somebody looking for independence and looking for love before, but not from that specific point of view. I really was drawn to that,” she explained. “I was a little annoyed because it sounded really hard! I had to do a lot of research.”

The writer and producer got her big break after enrolling in a writing class at Nyu taught by former “Sex and the City” scribe Cindy Chuback. “She liked a spec I wrote and gave it to her agent,” Rashid recalled. The agent scored her an interview for “Will & Grace” and a few days later she found out she got the job.

Atypical” Creator Robia Rashid Signs New Overall Deal at Sony Pictures TV Studios was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Diablo Cody and Emily Silver Collaborating on New Cop Drama for Fox

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Just over a week ago Diablo Cody signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. Television, and now comes word that the Oscar winner has a new project in the works at Fox. Variety reports that the “Juno” screenwriter is executive producing “Two Nights,” a cop drama penned by “Finding Carter” co-creator Emily Silver, who will also serve as an Ep.

Fox has ordered a script for the series, which centers on Sunday Night, a former cop with memorable name and a smartass sense of humor “who lives on a shrinking island with her pet squirrel and not much else,” the source summarizes. “But when her foster father asks for help in the kidnapping case of a young girl, Sunday is pulled back into the world of law enforcement, forcing her to confront her own demons as she solves cases for the Criminal Investigative Division of the FBI.”

Cody created Showtime’s Toni Collette-starrer “United States of Tara” and co-created Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi.” The former aired from 2009–2011, and the sophomore season of the latter series dropped earlier this month. Cody’s feature writing credits include “Ricki and the Flash,” “Young Adult,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She made her directorial debut with 2013’s “Paradise.”

Best known for co-creating MTV teen drama “Finding Carter,” Silver’s other credits include writing and producing on “The Flash” and “Bones.”

“Not to burst any bubbles, but this business is brutal,” Silver has warned aspiring TV writers. “Especially for the early stages of someone’s career. I started as an assistant, and while it’s not the only path to being a writer, it’s the one I would recommend for young people just starting out.”

Chief among her own inspirations is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” “I can categorically say I wouldn’t be a writer if it wasn’t for ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer,’” she’s said. “I was 12 or 13 when the show first aired, and I felt like it was talking directly to me. Adolescence is hell, at least it was for ill-fitting glasses, retainer wearing, frizzy-haired me. I loved the strength of Buffy’s character, but I also loved that she made mistakes.”

Diablo Cody and Emily Silver Collaborating on New Cop Drama for Fox was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Diablo Cody Signs Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

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Diablo Cody is taking the next step in her relationship with Warner Bros. Television. The Oscar-winning “Juno” screenwriter has signed a multi-year overall deal with the studio, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. She recently worked with them on an ABC comedy pilot, “Raised by Wolves.” Unfortunately, the U.S. adaptation of Caitlin Moran and Caroline Moran’s UK series of the same name didn’t get a series pickup. The new pact will see her creating and developing new projects for Warner Bros.

Cody created Showtime’s Toni Collette-starrer “United States of Tara” and co-created Tig Notaro’s semi-autobiographical Amazon series “One Mississippi.” The former aired from 2009–2011, and the sophomore season of the latter series dropped on September 8. Her feature writing credits include “Ricki and the Flash,” “Young Adult,” and “Jennifer’s Body.” She made her directorial debut with 2013’s “Paradise.”

“I’m perhaps alone amongst my colleagues because I like talking about women’s issues in film, and feminism,” Cody said back in 2013, before inequality on-screen and behind-the-scenes was being discussed as openly and frequently as it is today. “I think a lot of women don’t like to do that. It’s usually, ‘Can we please turn the conversation back to my work?’ For me, it’s an important part of who I am.” She explained, “I feel like so much of the reaction to my work and to me is connected to the fact that I’m a woman, so I can’t avoid that conversation. A part of my career is that I am a woman and I’ve committed myself to writing roles for women. I cannot separate myself from that and say, ‘Oh, can we please just talk about my work?’ That is my work.”

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Directors Guild of America Fines Jill Soloway, Amazon Over ‘I Love Dick’ Credits

Directors Guild of America Fines Jill Soloway, Amazon Over ‘I Love Dick’ Credits
The Directors Guild of America has leveled a six-figure fine against Amazon Studios and Jill Soloway over allegations of misconduct from directors on the “I Love Dick” series, sources have told Variety.

Representatives for the DGA, Amazon, and Soloway had no comment. A source told Variety that the directors complained that DGA rules had been violating as they did not receive credit for scenes they shot that subsequently appeared in other episodes. They also alleged that Soloway’s activities on the set had interfered with their jobs.

Soloway has extensive television credits as a producer, director, and writer dating back to “Six Feet Under,” “United States of Tara,” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Soloway won the best director award at the Sundance Film Festival for the 2013 film “Afternoon Delight,” then won a DGA Award and two Emmys for episodes of “Transparent.”

I Love Dick” was created by Soloway and Sarah Gubbins, and
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The Last Tycoon Cancelled at Amazon

The Last Tycoon Cancelled at Amazon
It’s the end of the road for The Last Tycoon: Amazon has cancelled the Matt Bomer drama after just one season, THR.com reports.

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The Last Tycoon was released on July 28 to mixed reviews. Based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, the hour-long drama took viewers back to the glory days of Hollywood, as golden boy Monroe Stahr (Bomer) battled his father figure (Frasier‘s Kelsey Grammer) for the soul of their studio; Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Rosemarie DeWitt (United States of Tara) co-starred.

Amazon’s decision
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Fox Developing Live Multi-Cam Comedy With ‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail Producing

Fox Developing Live Multi-Cam Comedy With ‘Hamilton’ Director Thomas Kail Producing
Fox is developing a comedy series that boasts “Hamilton” director Thomas Kail among its producers.

Titled “Immediate Family,” the series is described as a live, interactive multi-cam comedy that would follow a real-life hero who’s convinced he’s the only one who can keep his super-diverse, super screwed-up family from falling apart, though he might be alone on that.

Fox has ordered a script for the project with a penalty attached. Dave Finkel and Brett Baer, the executive producers of Fox’s long-running comedy series “New Girl,” will serve as the writers and executive producers. Kail is attached to direct in addition to producing. 20th Century Fox Television will produce in association with Kail’s Old 320 Sycamore banner. Finkel and Baer are currently set up under an overall deal at 20th TV through their American Nitwits production banner, as is Kail through Old 320 Sycamore.

Kail won both a Tony and a Drama Desk Award for directing
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Emmy Review: Main Title Design

Emmy voters will be deciding the wins in each category from August 14th-28th. We'll be reviewing a few of our favorite categories.

by Nathaniel R

The Academy of Television Arts first gave out the Main Title Design Emmy in the 1976. The New Original Wonder Woman was actually nominated (how fun!) but the prize went to something called Addie and the King of Hearts. The award has had a spotty history since, going in and out of fashion, changing rules, sometimes having no winner selected, and the category's numbers have fluctuated in silly fashion anywhere from two to six nominees in a given year with no rhyme or reason. The award seems to have stabilized itself around 2003 after which there have always been either five or six nominees each time. We treasure this category because it's one of the few in which the Emmy voters are forced to have a
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Toni Collette Named Her Daughter Sage Because ‘She Was Already Teaching Me in the Womb’

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Toni Collette Named Her Daughter Sage Because ‘She Was Already Teaching Me in the Womb’
When it comes to a girls’ night out, Toni Collette knows exactly what she wants.

“Good food, good wine and swimming in the ocean with no clothes on,” the Australian actress tells People in this week’s issue. “I love a skinny dip!”

Appearing in the new comedy Fun Mom Dinner — which follows four very different moms on a night out together — Collette was drawn to the film because “it has such a big, beautiful bold heart and says a really great thing about female friendship,” she says.

“It’s about these women not only connecting with each other unexpectedly,
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Atypical Review: This Autism Comedy Warms the Heart, Minus the Schmaltz

Atypical Review: This Autism Comedy Warms the Heart, Minus the Schmaltz
“Heartwarming” is a tricky word to use in a TV review: It brings to mind those insufferably corny, 7th Heaven-type shows where the family has a big group hug at the end of each episode. (Yuck.) But Netflix’s whimsical new family comedy Atypical — debuting Friday, Aug. 11 — manages to sidestep those landmines and deliver something that truly warms the heart, with a cast full of sweet-natured characters, a bracing dose of melancholy and a terrific lead performance from Keir Gilchrist.

Gilchrist’s character Sam is an autistic teen on the high-functioning end of the spectrum, and we learn about his
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Lana Condor to Star in ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Movie Based on Jenny Han Novel

Lana Condor to Star in ‘To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before’ Movie Based on Jenny Han Novel
Teen rom-com “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before,” starring Lana Condor (“X-Men: Apocalypse”) in the lead role, has begun production in Vancouver.

The film, based on the novel by bestselling author Jenny Han, is being produced by Awesomeness Films and Overbrook Entertainment. “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before” is directed by Susan Johnson with a screenplay by Sofia Alvarez.

Condor plays romance-novel buff Lara Jean Covey, who starts her junior year content to spend lunch in the library reading. Her love life goes from imaginary to out of control when her secret box of love letters is unexpectedly delivered to the various boys she’s had crushes on throughout her life. To avoid confronting them, Lara Jean fakes a relationship with one of them — but starts to realize that she may not be pretending.

Cast of the film also includes John Corbett (“United States of Tara,” “Sex and the City
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‘Atypical’ Trailer: Jennifer Jason Leigh Keeps It Together in Netflix’s New Autism Comedy

There is no such thing as too much Jennifer Jason Leigh. After a high-profile turn in “Twin Peaks,” the beloved actress Leigh returns to television as a lead in a promising new Netflix series about a teenage boy on the autism spectrum. The show is called “Atypical,” and it handles its subject with humor and grace, as evidenced by a charming first trailer released today.

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Serving as an executive producer, Leigh looks to join contemporaries Mary Louise Parker and Toni Collette, who both received mid-career bumps from prestige television shows where they played unhinged mothers. (Parker on “Weeds,” and Collette with “United Sates of Tara”). The connection is also in the casting: “United States of Tara” actor Keir Gilchrist plays Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum who craves love and a “normal” life.
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‘Atypical’ Trailer: Jennifer Jason Leigh Keeps It Together in Netflix’s New Autism Comedy

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There is no such thing as too much Jennifer Jason Leigh. After a high-profile turn in “Twin Peaks,” the beloved actress Leigh returns to television as a lead in a promising new Netflix series about a teenage boy on the autism spectrum. The show is called “Atypical,” and it handles its subject with humor and grace, as evidenced by a charming first trailer released today.

Read More‘Alias Grace’ Trailer: Netflix’s Period Murder Mystery Brings the Chill to 1840s Canada

Serving as an executive producer, Leigh looks to join contemporaries Mary Louise Parker and Toni Collette, who both received mid-career bumps from prestige television shows where they played unhinged mothers. (Parker on “Weeds,” and Collette with “United Sates of Tara”). The connection is also in the casting: “United States of Tara” actor Keir Gilchrist plays Sam, an 18-year-old on the autism spectrum who craves love and a “normal” life.
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Atypical Trailer: An Autistic Teen Needs Some Lovin' in Netflix's New Comedy

Atypical Trailer: An Autistic Teen Needs Some Lovin' in Netflix's New Comedy
Atypical‘s autistic teen Sam is just like any other teenage boy: He’d like to have sex as soon as possible, please.

In the just-released trailer for Netflix’s upcoming comedy (debuting Friday, Aug. 11), Keir Gilchrist (United States of Tara) stars as Sam, who’s ready to break out of his shell and, well, get a little action. But his seduction skills could use some work: He smiles way too widely at a girl he likes, and his therapist Julia (Amy Okuda) warns him, “You need to turn that down, like, 70 percent.”

RelatedNetflix Sets Premiere Date for Autism Comedy
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Toni Collette to Ep and Write TV Adaptation of Julia Dahl’s “Invisible City”

Toni Collette in “United States of Tara

Oscar-nominated actress Toni Collette is continuing to spread her wings. Back in May, the former “United States of Tara” star nabbed the rights to “The Rosie Project” author Graeme Simsion’s novel and screenplay for “The Best of Adam Sharp,” marking the first project under her newly-launched production company with Jen Turner, Vocab Films. Now Collette and Vocab Films are teaming up with RadicalMedia to develop Julia Dahl’s award-winning novel “Invisible City” for TV, a press release announced. In addition to optioning the murder mystery, Collette penned the pilot and is among the project’s executive producers.

Set in Brooklyn’s old-world, ultra orthodox Hasidic Jewish community, “Invisible City” centers on Rebekah Roberts, “an aspiring young journalist new to New York City, whose mother, a wayward Hasidic Jew from Borough Park, Brooklyn, abandoned her and her Christian father shortly after she was born in order to return to her religion and community,” the release details. “Neither Rebekah nor her father have heard from her since, but when Rebekah is called to cover the story of a murdered Hasidic woman she finds that the search for the truth will draw her deep into the cloistered world where her mother grew up — a world where it’s clear Rebekah is not welcome and everyone has secrets to keep from outsiders, even if it means the murderer could go free.”

“I love Julia Dahl’s novel because it’s about fighting for personal freedom and living an authentic life,” Collette commented. “It couldn’t be a more relevant time to tell this story about acceptance and integration, or lack thereof. These complex female characters are honest, flawed, and inspiring. We can always use more of those.”

RadicalMedia’s President of Entertainment, Justin Wilkes, added, “We are beyond excited to be teaming up with Toni as we continue our expansion into scripted work. We are storytellers at heart and so Toni is the perfect artistic collaborator — she’s passionate, smart, and knows what makes a great complex character and an absorbing story.”

Collette received an Oscar nomination in 2000 for “The Sixth Sense.” Her other film credits include “Miss You Already,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Muriel’s Wedding.” She won a Golden Globe and Emmy for her role in “United States of Tara,” a comedy about a woman with dissociative identity disorder that ran on Showtime from 2009–2011. “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody created the series.

Toni Collette to Ep and Write TV Adaptation of Julia Dahl’s “Invisible City” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Exclusive: Jill Soloway on Patriarchy, Privilege and Flipping the Male Gaze

Exclusive: Jill Soloway on Patriarchy, Privilege and Flipping the Male Gaze
In 2014, Jill Soloway burst onto the digital TV landscape with Transparent on Amazon and quickly became an Emmy darling for its portrayal of a complicated Pfferman clan in transition. Now Soloway, who identifies as gender nonbinary and uses the pronoun “they,” is serving up a second helping of their particular brand of art house matriarchy in the messy, cerebral, hilarious series I Love Dick.

Based on the 1997 book of the same name by Chris Kraus,
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Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Autism Comedy Atypical — Get a Sneak Peek

Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Autism Comedy Atypical — Get a Sneak Peek
“Mom, I’m getting older… and at some point, I really, really hope that I get to see boobs.”

That’s the heartfelt (and understandable!) proclamation coming from autistic teen Sam, played by United States of Tara alum Keir Gilchrist, in a new sneak peek of Netflix’s family comedy Atypical. Along with the clip, the streaming service also announced a premiere date for the eight-episode series — Friday, August 11 — starring Oscar nominee Jennifer Jason Leigh (Weeds, Revenge) as Sam’s mother Elsa.

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In the clip above, Elsa
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