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And the updates continue! Below you can read an article Los Angeles Times did on ‘I, Tonya’, the film premiere and the following Q&A’s the cast did. I’ve also attached a video at the bottom of the post, and you can find 3 stunning portraits in our gallery here of Margot, Sebastian Stan and Allison Janney.

(LA TIMES) – among the most anticipated premieres of the Toronto International Film Festival’s first weekend was Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” starring Margot Robbie as notorious figure skater Tonya Harding. In part the anticipation was so high simply because few people knew what to expect from the movie: Would it be a satirical farce about tabloid-sordid events or a more dramatic look at Harding’s troubled life? The answer is yes.

Written by Steven Rogers and also starring Sebastian Stan as Harding’s husband Jeff Gillooly and Allison Janney as Harding’s mother, LaVona Golden, the movie finds unforeseen nuance in a story that many might assume they already know too well.

“I, Tonya” opens with a card that declares it to be based on “irony free, wildly contradictory, totally true” interviews with Harding and Gillooly, and goes on to make the most of the conceit. Events unfold and are then smudged just enough by obviously unreliable narrators to cast doubt as to who really knew what and when regarding the infamous attack on Harding’s rival Nancy Kerrigan.

The film’s unusual tone finds plenty of wicked humor in the story but explores a deep, unexpected sense of pathos as Harding was rejected by the establishment of figure skating for her working-class background and hard-charging style. The way in which events spiral beyond Harding’s control shifts from absurdity to tragedy, as Robbie conveys the disappointment of watching a lifelong dream fizzle out.

In a Q&A after the film, Gillespie said it was Rogers’ script that drew him to the project, as “it was such a dance between obviously the humor and the emotion … to take these characters we know so well in the public eye and really get a deeper sense of who they are as people and what motivated them — and the choices and the mistakes they made along the way — just made for a really compelling story.”

Robbie noted that she was struck by how the movie “kind of became a really weird love story.”

She added of shooting one scene of many in which Harding and Gillooly argue and fight, “that ended up being my favorite scene because I forgot that I was acting completely…. Nothing makes me more exhilarated, when I genuinely forget that, I forget where I am.”

The U.S. rights to the movie were initially acquired by Miramax in 2016, but have been put back on the market at the festival.

The film would be a prime candidate for any distributor looking to bolster its awards season slate, as Fox Searchlight did last year when it acquired Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” out of the festival, and went on to earn an Oscar nomination for star Natalie Portman. If “I, Tonya” sneaks into this year’s race, Robbie, Stan and — in particular — Janney would all be considered competitive in acting categories, as would Rogers’ script in original screenplay.

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We continue the string of different studio visits Margot and the ‘I, Tonya’ cast did during the weekend, and up next is Vanity Fair! During the festival, Margot has revealed that she actually didn’t know who Tonya Harding was before making this film. Maybe not so strange, considering she was about 4 years old when it happened – and she lived on a different continent. To VF, she explained how she went down an Internet rabbit hole of research to study every YouTube video of Harding she could find. Read more below, and you will find a beautiful portrait in our photo gallery here.

(Vanity Fair) – For millions of people, Nancy Kerrigan being attacked in January 1994 was a defining cultural moment and one of the most high-profile scandals in the history of American sports. But for Margot Robbie, the Australian actress who plays Tonya Harding in the upcoming Craig Gillespie-directed indie, I, Tonya, the controversy was totally foreign.

“I think I was about four years old when the incident took place,” the 27-year-old actress told Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith on Friday, hours before the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. “I was in Australia and totally unaware of the whole incident and the crazy controversy.”

“To be honest, when I read the script, I didn’t know who Tonya Harding was, and I didn’t realize it was a true story,” Robbie went on. (Steven Rogers wrote the screenplay.) “I thought it was entirely fictionalized and our writer Steve was so creative to come up with the quirky characters and absurd incidents.”

Robbie signed on to both star in and produce the project, diving down an Internet rabbit hole of research to study every YouTube video of Harding she could find. Robbie also underwent an elaborate makeover. The film’s hair and makeup team transformed the actress multiple times so she could convincingly portray Harding at a variety of ages, from 15 to 44. To round out the preparation, Robbie trained for four months with choreographer Sarah Kawahara—who, ironically, once worked with Kerrigan—hoping to elevate her leisure-skating skills so that she could realistically approximate the two-time Olympian.

“I played ice hockey at one point, but this was a whole new world of pain,” Robbie said, adding that she suffered a herniated disk in her neck while preparing for the role. One unforgettable moment during filming made Robbie realize just how talented Harding was—and how sad it was that her athletic talents were overshadowed by the attack on Kerrigan, which was partially masterminded by Harding’s ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly.

“I don’t think I ever really appreciated [her talent] until we were figuring out how we were going to shoot the triple axel in the film,” Robbie said. The film’s director and producers assumed they could just hire a skate double to complete the stunt—even though Harding was the first American woman to perform a triple axel in competition. (After all, hadn’t the sport progressed significantly in the 23 years since the incident?) Then they were told that only six women in history had completed that complicated jump in competition—and none could double for Harding. (The filmmakers ultimately had to use visual effects to complete the scene.)

Gillespie has said that he hopes to humanize Harding with the film, showing that the figure skater, who had a tumultuous relationship with her mother, had lived a story much more tragic and complicated than what the media portrayed in its narrative.

Harding was aware of the film from the start, since Rogers had commissioned her life rights and interviewed both Harding and Gillooly before writing the script. After finishing the film, Gillespie, Rogers, and Robbie screened the movie for Harding, who was moved to both tears and laughter.

“I think it is a lot for someone to have the most traumatic events of their life encompassed in a two-hour film,” Robbie said. “I feel like you have to be very brave to let someone do that. I don’t know if I could do that, and she handled it incredibly.”

“I don’t know what I was expecting, but I had spent so many hours watching her every interview and every bit of skating,” Robbie said of her meeting with Harding. “I feel like I had done nothing but watch and listen to Tonya for the last year—so it was really weird to see that person literally in front of me. It was a bizarre experience. She was so kind. I was taken aback by how worried she was about me, weirdly. After all the things she has been through, she just kept asking if I was O.K.”

I, Tonya, which does not yet have a release date, co-stars Allison Janney as Harding’s mother, Julianne Nicholson as her coach, and Sebastian Stan as her ex-husband.

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During the Toronto International Film Festival, Margot and her co-stars will visit several different studios, do to interviews and portrait sessions for various magazines and websites. One of the many they dropped by was “The Wrap”, and below you can read their article! I have also added three beautiful portraits to our photo gallery.

(The Wrap) – ‘I, Tonya’ Star Margot Robbie Feared Movie’s Domestic Violence Was ‘Pushed Too Far’. “We actually spoke about the domestic violence a lot before shooting,” the “Suicide Squad” actress tells TheWrap.

In Miramax’s “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie stars as disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, who became a household name after her ex-husband and bodyguard orchestrated a physical attack on her main competitor. But unbeknownst to many, Harding was also the victim of her ex’s violence.

“We actually spoke about the domestic violence a lot before shooting and especially when casting our Jeff,” Robbie told TheWrap’s Matt Donnelly. “It was so hard to find the person who could make the violence not seem premeditated and more reactionary, which is what Sebastian [Stan] did.”

Robbie, who also produced the film, was concerned that they had gone too far in telling the domestic violence angle of Harding’s story.

“All the way through preproduction, all the way through shooting — ‘Have we lost the audience now? Have we pushed too far? Is he still redeemable? Is she still redeemable?” she said. “Like, where is that line and how do we kind of walk along it?’”

She believes that breaking the fourth wall and having her character talk directly to the audience helped solve that problem. “I think, in that way, people were, like, ‘She’s fine. She’s talking to us.’ So it was a little easier to handle.”

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And the TIFF updates continue! Last night, Margot attended The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) and InStyle’s annual celebrations of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Windsor Arms Hotel. She went for an outfit completely different from the premiere dress, a stunning black YSL Yves Saint Laurent design, and she looked amazing! Enjoy the 15 high quality photos in our gallery, and stay tuned for plenty more updates coming up.

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Hello Margot fans – this is a post I’ve been looking forward to share with you all day! We told you yesterday that Margot’s new film ‘I, Tonya’ had its world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, and that we were awaiting to hear the first reviews… It was a nerve-wrecking couple of hours; but the reviews coming from the festival are praising Margot and the film to the clouds! People have even mentioned that this role could just land Margot her “Best Actress” nomination at the Oscars. It’ll definitely be a tight race in that category, but we can’t wait to follow Margot and the film during award season. Hopefully it’ll result with a couple of big nominations and wins for our girl!

Below you can find all the reviews we have found so far, and I strongly recommend checking them out as they really are glowing. You should also check out our twitter account, where we have retweeted all the opinions on the film we’ve come across. And stay tuned for more updates coming up later today…

UPROXX – Margot Robbie Is A Human Dynamo As Tonya Harding In The Excellent ‘I, Tonya’ – As it turns out, Margot Robbie makes a pretty fantastic Tonya Harding: I, Tonya is now the darling of the Toronto International Film Festival. (And right now is the hottest title currently without distribution, so expect a pretty competitive bidding war to break out. This movie is going to be huge.)

It’s fascinating how many under a certain age don’t know anything about the incident that occurred between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan before the 1994 Winter Olympics. Heck, even Margot Robbie didn’t realize Harding was a real person until after she read the script. The story is just that insane.

Directed by Craig Gillespie (who directed Lars and the Real Girl and the underrated The Finest Hours) and written by Steven Rogers (Love The Coopers), I, Tonya is an often hilarious and always tragic look at the life of Tonya Harding – who, frankly, put up with a lot of shit in her life from a lot of terrible people. I, Tonya isn’t here to exonerate Harding, but it does paint a picture of a beleaguered life, interlaced with just the right amount of biting dark comedy and well-timed breaking of the fourth wall. (READ FULL REVIEW)

Collider – Time may not heal all wounds, but at the very least, it allows us to see them more clearly. In 1994, figure skater Tonya Harding was reduced to a punchline at best and a villain at worst when she was implicated in the kneecapping of rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. Later research, especially the excellent documentary The Price of Gold, have taken steps to bring more nuance and detail to Harding’s story. Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya continues that work, showing Harding not as some nefarious schemer or selfish brat, but a survivor of abuse, first from her mother, then from her husband, and finally from America. With a wickedly sharp script Steven Rogers and outstanding performances from the lead cast, especially Margot Robbie, I, Tonya rewrites the stale script both of Harding’s legacy and the tragedy-to-triumph sports narrative.(READ FULL REVIEW)

The Hollywood Reporter – Margot Robbie breaks through with a strong performance as disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding in Craig Gillespie’s darkly comic biopic.
Managing to both revel in its subject’s trashiness and convince us she’s far more innocent than America believed, Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya reintroduces us to the most infamous athlete-villain of the first half of 1994 (that was the summer of O.J., you’ll recall) and lets her, for once, have the last say. Proving, after many a stolen scene, that she’s capable of carrying a picture in the lead role — even when makeup and hairstylists treat her character’s famous looks cruelly — Margot Robbie takes obvious pleasure in playing figure skater Tonya Harding, from her vulnerable teens to her present-tense, take-it-or-leave-it retirement. The lively and lurid film has solid commercial legs under it and marks a rebound for Gillespie, who has yet to match his lovable breakout film, Lars and the Real Girl, but is definitely earning his right to keep trying. (READ FULL REVIEW)

Vanity Fair – Margot Robbie Makes a Powerful Case for Tonya Harding, American Icon. With a top-flight cast and a willingness to turn tragedy into farce, I, Tonya is a risky comi-tragedy that succeeds on the power of its performances. Early on in I, Tonya, a character describes Tonya Harding as being “like America”—as in, a handful, but also a force of nature that demands respect. Filled with voiceover, direct address to the camera, and occasional freeze-frames on its most dramatic moments, I, Tonya frequently risks that kind of over-explanation as it recounts one of the most famous tabloid stories of the 90s, a saga that has been explained to death over the past two decades. But, yes: like America, Tonya Harding continues to fascinate—particularly as played by a gripping and forceful Margot Robbie, who commands a film that sometimes feels like a mad dash through a story so absurd and tawdry it just has to be true. (READ FULL REVIEW)

VARIETY – Margot Robbie gives a delectable performance as Tonya Harding in a biopic that saves her from infamy by being cheeky but real. “I, Tonya,” a riff on the Tonya Harding saga starring Margot Robbie as the infamous figure skater the whole world decided it loved to hate, is a fresh, chancy, and wickedly enjoyable movie. It’s framed as a fake documentary (it opens with the characters being interviewed 20 years later), and it has a tone of poker-faced goofball Americana that suggests a biopic made by the Coen brothers. The movie revels in the sheer woeful ghastly comic horror of what went on during the lead-up to the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer — the smashed knee of Nancy Kerrigan, the whole scheme to undermine her that was even more cracked.

For a while, you may make the mistake of thinking that “I, Tonya” is a joke: a blithe spoof of Tabloid Nation. It is that, yet it’s also built around something piercingly sharp and sincere: Margot Robbie’s canny, live-wire, deeply sympathetic performance. In case there was any doubt (some might say “Who knew?”), she’s a major actress. She plays Tonya as a trash princess who has nothing to cling to but her passion to skate, and has been so abused by life that it’s her karma to abuse it back. (READ FULL REVIEW)

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We’re being blessed with several new images of Margot this weekend, and continuing on from our gallery updates yesterday, I have no added the cast portraits! They were photographed for both Buzzfeed and People Entertainment, and there’s a total of 5 new shoots in our gallery. Shoot number #005 deserves a special mention, as it includes Margot with a puppy – it doesn’t get cuter than that! Dive in on the links below to check them out for yourself…

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“I, Tonya” is in this very minute being screened at Toronto International Film Festival! This is the world premiere of the film, and Margot and her co-stars walked the red carpet before the big event; she looked absolutely gorgeous in a lengthy blue dress with floral pattern. At the carpet she and the rest of the cast were interviewed about the film, and we got to learn that all of her co-stars thinks her ice-skating skills are worthy a gold medal! We have updated our gallery with the first available high quality photos from the premiere, but expect a big batch of additions tomorrow.

We’ll also have the first film reviews in a couple of hours – let’s cross our fingers they’re as good as we hope and think they will be… I’ll make a big master-post tomorrow with all the reviews and articles we can find.

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TIFF 2017 – Margot Robbie calls her portrayal of Tonya Harding ‘Irony Free’. Click read more to watch the video interview (the video auto-plays when you load the page)

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