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‘Tara’ Absorbs Toni Collette Even When She’s Not Working

Toni Colette, Emmy nominated for her portrayal of a woman with multiple personalities on Showtime’s “United States of Tara,” admits that she finished up the first season of the dramady feeling plain exhausted.  And what’s more, “I was ready to go relax, but it took a long time to stop thinking about the show.  It took a couple of months.  I’ve never really experienced that before.”

Toni Colette in "United States of Tara"

Toni Collette in "United States of Tara" (Photo from Showtime)

The fact she couldn’t shake “Tara,” she figures, has more to do with the intensity and duration of the season’s production than the fact she’s playing five characters — Tara and her alternate personalities.

“I think of the films I’ve worked on, the longest schedule was maybe nine weeks.  This was really the longest, most involving shoot that I’ve ever worked on, so that probably had something to do with it.”

She’s not complaining.  “It is challenging, but only in the most positive way.  It’s not in any way vexing,” adds the Aussie actress, who rose to fame in such fare as “Muriel’s Wedding,” picked up an Oscar nomination for “The Sixth Sense,” and has a long string of films including “In Her Shoes” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”

The “Tara” team has just started work on Season 2, and Toni says, “I’m going to hold my breath and come up for air in three months.”

She will, however, be making time to go to the Emmys.  She doesn’t know yet what she’s going to wear.  “It may turn into a mad scramble closer to the day, but not at this point.”

VROOM WITH A VIEW:  “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam says that the series about a Northern California outlaw motorcycle club has changed his life.  But he’s not referring to being the youngest series star on FX or anything like that.  He’s referring to how “The love of motorcycles is now going to be with me forever.  It’s not something I had coming into this project,” says the handsome 29-year-old British actor.

Charlie Hunnam FZ photo

Charlie Hunnam FX photo

He knows they’re dangerous.  “I’ve already had friends who I’ve lost through motorcycle accidents.  But for me, there’s no freer feeling in the world than taking off on a bike.”  In fact, he’s planning a 10-day motorcycle trip with his girlfriend as we speak, with a custom set of wheels provided for him by the Eagles Nest Harley-Davidson dealership in Lathrop, CA.

“They’re giving myself and other cast members a bike, and they did those bikes up for us as well,” reports Hunnam.  For himself, it’s the Dyna Superglide – “the ride of every self-respecting outlaw” — with “a head pipe on it to make it louder.”

We’d love to see “Anarchy” fans’ double takes if they spot Charlie roarin’ up next to them on the highway.

With production of the second season complete, the blond hottie is looking at movie prospects for fall.  And, he reveals, he is planning to do a feature with none other than “Sons of Anarchy” creator Kurt Sutter.  “He’s going to make a movie the beginning of the year and has super generously offered me a role.”

MEANWHILE: Hunnam tells us that acting in Season 2 of the acclaimed FX series has been less difficult for him than Season 1 was.

Sutter originally devised “Anarchy” using the framework from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” – which it has grown out of.  That put Hunnam’s Jax character in the position of the passive prince, but he grew more and more fired up as the season went on.

“It’s difficult as an actor to play confusion,” Hunnam observes.  “This year has been much simpler.  I’ve had a very clear idea of what I was going to do.  A lot of decisions were made at the end of last season, when the character became clear in motivation.  It became a little bit easier, and more fulfilling because of that – because I was more confident of the choices I made.”

SINCEREST FORM OF FLATTERY: Heidi Klum tells us she hasn’t watched “The Fashion Show” – the Bravo knockoff of her “Project Runway” that was put together after “Runway” departed for its new home on Lifetime.  However, she makes clear, “I have to say, I have no hard feelings for people who are doing their own thing.  I’m not b—-ing and moaning that there is someone who wants to do what we did or anything like that.  It’s the right of anyone to do what they want to do ultimately it’s the viewer who has to decide what they want to watch.  If they want to watch ‘The Fashion Show,’ they watch ‘The Fashion Show.’  If they want to watch ‘Project Runway,’ they watch ‘Project Runway.’  I think ultimately it keeps us on our toes, wanting to be the best and be out there making it work — to keep working hard and producing a good show, and being true to our concept we started with.”

Heidi can afford to be generous.  The Isaac Mizrahi-led “The Fashion Show” hasn’t come close to pulling even half the numbers “Runway” used to get on Bravo – while “Runway” promises to be a monster hit for Lifetime.

With reports by Emily-Fortune Feimster

Jeff Daniels Seeks Roles He Deems Possible Failure

Jeff Daniels in "The Answer Man"

Jeff Daniels in "The Answer Man"

Jeff Daniels is aware that his “The Answer Man,” “is going to need reviews” to make it a success. “It stands a chance of being seen. What we want to do is get people above the age of 22 to go see it, and that audience doesn’t always go to the movie theaters right away.”
It’s the wonderful performances that power the indie. Daniels as the reclusive, profanity-spewing, mean and neurotic author of a watershed spiritual best-seller containing God’s answers to questions – and Lauren Graham as the chiropractor who helps him straighten out literally and figuratively.

Jeff says he was drawn to the character because, “I didn’t know how to play him and after 50 movies, you look for things where you might fail miserably. That certainly keeps your attention throughout the shoot. It
was a smart script with a lot of intelligence behind the characters,
behind the story. It reminded me of something Woody [Allen] would have
done, or Neil Simon, or early Jim Brooks,” he adds of the John Hindman
film. Indeed, some reviewers have taken issue with “Answer Man” for its
abundance of parallels to Brooks’ “As Good as It Gets.”
Daniels also has the indies “HowlD and “Paper Man” on the way. But
it’s Broadway’s “God of Carnage” that’s taken over his life since the
end of January, says the actor, who was Tony-nominated for the drama.
“We have one more week on ‘Carnage,’ then they’re going to give us
August off and we’ll go back in September. It will be good to take a
break,” he says.

Daniels will be heading home to his beloved Michigan – where he will
certainly not be idle. The Purple Rose Theater company that he founded
there “is going to do a play in the fall. I wrote it, I said, ‘You
direct it and you act in it.’ I’ve got some gigs I’m going to do.” He
does a one-man show consisting of storytelling and songs including
original ditties such as one “about what it’s like to get shot and
killed by Clint Eastwood.” He does the show as a labor of love in
theaters and old opera houses, but it’s grown so popular there’s now
talk of filming it as a special TV presentation “sooner rather than
later.”

DOING IT WITH STYLE: Merlin Castell has become a breakout star on Bravo’s hit “The Fashion Show” thanks to his luxurious designs and
eccentric personality, and now he’s looking to take his pieces to the
next level.

“I haven’t had the opportunity to dress the real, real celebrities t
hat I want to dress, but I will. I am on my way there,” says the Latin
designer. “I get thousands of calls from people who say, ‘Oh my name is
on this show. Can you dress me for this event?’ I’m sorry but I don’t
do that. My pieces are one of a kind. If I’m going to be dressing
somebody, it has to be an A-lister. My dream is to dress somebody like
Nicole Kidman. I would love to dress her! It might not happen for 10
years, but I don’t care. I’m patient,” he adds with a laugh.
When asked if he was surprised about not winning the show, Merlin
responds no. “I wasn’t expecting it because I know my market is not the
market they are targeting. I was trying to stay in there as long as I
could,” says Merlin, who was asked back to the finale as a fashion
expert. “It’s been a really great experience. It’s totally changed my
life so I’m glad I did it. Plus, it showcased who I really am. With the
way I dress and the way I look, people think I just want to be a
character for TV. No, no, no! That’s Merlin! That’s me,” he claims.
“With me, people either loved me or hated me – there was no in between.
If they get to know me, though, they get to love me!

LOOKING AHEAD: Robert Rodriguez’ latest family/kid comedy, “Shorts,” isn’t being released by Warner Bros. ‘til the end of August, but all ready the film’s tween-age bad girl Jolie Vanier is getting attention
– from the vast play the film’s trailer has been getting on the internet.

One Hollywood exec mentioned Jolie to his 10-year-old granddaughter and she said, “Oh, I love her.” “How do you love-her?” he asked.  ‘The film doesn’t come out for months.” “I watch the trailer
all the time,” was the response. You can see it for yourself at
http://shortsmovie.warnerbros.com. Jolie’s character not only is the
terror of the boys in the film, but she dresses in black and punk and
has her own evil theme music.

IT HAD TO HAPPEN: With the plethora of reality shows featuring guys
and gals looking for love – from “The Bachelorette” all the way to
Real Chance at Love” — you have to figure someone would get around to
doing a parody. (Yes, most of these shows seem like self parody, but
this is different.) Casting has been underway for a yet-untitled hybrid
show, with eight episodes ordered for a major cable network, that will
feature improv actors playing variations of those wannabe boyfriends
and girlfriends
that populate the tube these days. Types included are
The Hunk,” described as being in his twenties, attractive and charming
“seen as the ideal ladies’ man. Only slowly do we realize he is much
more than that,” according to casting announcements. Then there’s the
party boy, the girl who always bursts into tears, and the catty
remark-dropping “gay dater.”

With reports by Emily Fortune Feimster