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The last couple of days have been extremely hectic for Margot (and us!), and there’s been so many updates here at the site that they’re spread across 3 pages. Margot has been everywhere at the film festival, and we know it might have been hard to keep up with everything she’s been up to. Therefore, we’ve put together this little summary of the festival – hopefully making it easier for everyone to read up on what Margot has been up to, now that it’s all collected in one place. The festival has blessed us with countless new photos, interviews, videos and articles, and we’ve attempted to pick out the best and most important parts of it for you here. We’ve learned so much about the upcoming ‘I, Tonya’ this weekend, and I’ve done my best at summarizing it for you.

After weeks of anticipation, The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival kicked off Thursday 7th of September! Margot was photographed arriving at the Toronto airport that night, confirming that she would be at the festival to promote her upcoming film ‘I, Tonya’. Some background information on the film, for those who’ve had trouble keeping up with all of Margot’s latest projects: the film is based on the real events surrounding the life of ice skater Tonya Harding. In 1994, she was implicated in the kneecapping of rival skater Nancy Kerrigan. The film’s IMDb page reads as follows – “Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises among the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the sport is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.” The movie entered TIFF with a widely reported $6 million offer from CBS Films already on the table, with some rumors circulating that the company had already closed the sale. We learned early on during the festival that the film was without a distributor, and a major bidding war for it was expected.

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Hello everyone! Now that TIFF is officially over for Margot, we can now start bringing screencaptures of the main events she attended, including the movie presentation of ‘I, Tonya‘, as well as those of her interviews.

With more to come, I have added screencaptures of various interviews including the cast chatting at the IMDb Studio and also with The Hollywood Reporter.

   

Enjoy these, with more to come!

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Hello Margot Fans! One of the things Margot has been asked about a lot during the weekend at this year’s Toronto film festival, is when she’ll reprise her role as Harley Quinn. There’s been a lot of speculation about this, and we know many are wondering what project she’ll do next – so here’s the little we know so far:

Margot has reveled that the role she’ll go into next is most likely the one of Harley Quinn, but she is as clueless as the fans as to which film is up first. She’s expected to appear in three upcoming DCEU films: Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens and a film starring Harley and the joker. There’s been a lot of confusion around all of these projects, with rumors and speculations about which actors are returning in the future films, which films are up next and exactly how many projects featuring Harley Quinn that are actually in development.

When she spoke to The Wrap during the festival, Margot said “I think next year I’ll be back in the fishnets wielding a baseball bat”. When pushed to reveal which movie will be up first, she replied “Your guess is as good as mine”. This could definitely be a planned coy, but at the moment it seems like she legitimately has no idea where she’ll show up next. Whichever film it is, we’re sure Margot will once again do Harley Quinn justice: and we’ll keep you updated, hopefully more information will be available soon.

Labels: Gotham City Sirens, News & Articles, Suicide Squad

Hello Margot fans! Our girl is back in London, but what a fun weekend this has been. Despite her no longer being at the festival in Toronto, there are still news and new photos coming up – so the buzz is not over completely! As we’ve mentioned before, ‘I, Tonya’ went into the film festival without a distributor. Thanks to IndieWire, we now know that the film has been sold to Neon and 30West! The deal is one of the biggest sales to come out of this year’s TIFF. The new boutique distributor Neon and 30West are a new financing outfit launched by former agents Dan Friedkin and Micah Green, who recently made big success with ‘Ingrid Goes West’. Read on for more information –

IndieWire – It’s been a slow year for dealmaking at the Toronto International Film Festival, but one movie that was expected to make waves this year now has a home. “I Tonya,” Craig Gillespie’s tragic-comic portrait of Tonya Harding, sold to new boutique distributor Neon and 30West, the new financing outfit launched by former agents Dan Friedkin and Micah Green. The deal is one of the biggest sales to come out of this year’s TIFF. A rep for Neon company confirmed that the company planned to release the film in 2017, putting its key performances, screenplay and director in play for awards season.

The movie entered TIFF with a widely reported $6 million offer from CBS Films already on the table, with some rumors circulating that the company had already closed the sale. The film was previously acquired by Miramax before its completion for the same amount, and CBS reportedly offered that without seeing the film. According to a source with knowledge of the deal, CBS lowered its offer to $2 million after the film’s TIFF premiere, when relative newcomer Neon and 30West outbid it with a $5 million offer. Positive reviews, along with awards buzz for Allison Janney and Margot Robbie, enhanced its clout.

Neon is currently basking in the success of “Ingrid Goes West,” the Aubrey Plaza vehicle that has already grossed $2.7 million in limited release. Like that movie, “I, Tonya” is a dark comedy with a strong female performance — in this case, the notorious rise and fall of figure skater Harding, and the crime-gone-wrong saga surrounding her and her husband’s role in breaking competitor Nancy Kerrigan’s kneecap. The movie unfolds as a mixture of Christopher Guest-style mockumentary and dramatizations. Robbie’s performance as Harding has been praised for its tough, confrontational qualities, but it’s Janney — as Harding’s foul-mouthed, abusive mother — who many believe to be the film’s biggest selling point.

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“But whether I, Tonya and Molly’s Game have two of this year’s best female protagonists is a more complicated question.”

Bringing you yet another article! This time from Buzzfeed, and it’s a rather long (and fun!) one. Inside, we get a closer look at Margot’s ‘I, Tonya’, as well as Jessica Chastain‘s ‘Molly’s Game’ – two of the films receiving the most attention at this years TIFF. I have also updated our gallery with 4 additional portraits from the buzzfeed photoshoot Margot and the ‘I, Tonya’ cast did on Friday – these 4 are probably my favorite portraits from the festival so far!

Buzzfeed – Neither Tonya Harding nor Molly Bloom ever won an Olympic medal, but both got close enough to taste gold. Harding made it onto the US Olympic figure skating team twice, though not onto the podium, the second time in a fog of controversy in the wake of the attack of rival Nancy Kerrigan. Bloom was in the qualifying trials for freestyle skiing when she wiped out, a life-derailing accident that would send her down a very different path of hosting illegal high-stakes poker games, getting raided by the FBI, and writing a book about the whole affair. Both Harding and Bloom are women whose public downfalls ended up eclipsing their successes — women with interesting, complicated stories. Which is why both are subjects of splashy movies that just premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, with their respective stars, Margot Robbie and Jessica Chastain, getting reams of acclaim.

These are the kind of roles actorly dreams (and awards conversations) are made of — true stories! Juicy ones! As the Tonya of Craig Gillespie’s I, Tonya, Robbie dons the fluffy bangs and the ’90s fashions and then proceeds to tear her way, ravenous and incandescent, through a rise from poverty and fall from grace that’s portrayed as both epic and ridiculous. As the Molly in Molly’s Game, Chastain gets to rat-a-tat-tat her way through rapidfire Aaron Sorkin dialogue (the film is also marks his fairly slick looking directorial debut). Molly teaches herself about Texas hold ’em and the vices of rich men, and then saunters around her high-end gambling den like a unimpressed demigoddess in designer stilettos. Harding’s and Bloom’s lives make for unquestionably great parts, but how they fare in being translated to characters is a thornier question, one that could fuel the ongoing debate about what we want in a good female character.

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I know we’ve shared quite a lot of articles already today, but I hope you’re not tired of them just yet! Every time Margot is mentioned as a candidate for the big nominations this upcoming award season, I get so excited that I just have to share it with you. Read on for another great review on Margot’s performance in ‘I, Tonya’, and for more information on two of the others who are likely to be nominated alongside with her if she manage to grab the big nomination.

Awards Daily – If Telluride has been the place to find the next Best Picture winner, 11 years running now, TIFF has always been the go-to place to give us a sneak peek at potential acting contenders. On Friday that was just the case. Three indelibly great and promising female performances had people talking.

You’ve most likely already heard about Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical “Lady Bird/”. Funny, tender and heartbreaking, its premiere at Telluride made it the toast of the fest. Last night the film had its TIFF premiere at the Ryerson, where Gerwig’s film was thunderously received. It’s destined to become a coming-of-age classic and is powered by a performance from Saoirse Ronan that feels all too real and humane.

In Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut “Molly’s Game,” Jessica Chastain plays real-life “entrepreneur” and self proclaimed “Poker Princess” Molly Bloom. The narrative structure recalls Sorkin’s masterful use of Rashomon-influenced storytelling in “The Social Network.” Going back and forth between Bloom’s rise, as she arranged secretive multi-million dollar poker games for the rich and famous at luxurious hotels, and her eventual fall that we witness in the opening sequence when FBI agents storm Bloom’s apartment arresting her for fraud, the film is an ambitious attempt by Sorkin to fully flesh out a fascinatingly complex woman. As in every Sorkin screenplay, the dialogue cascades at a frenetic pace, but Chastain nails each beat she’s given with a performance that’s sexy, smart and mesmerizing to behold. Once again, she’s the best reason to watch any movie she’s in.

“I, Tonya” is a play-by-play account of what happened during the 1994 U.S. figure skating championship when Tonya Harding and her dead-beat loser of a husband hired a white-trash goon to break the leg of her arch nemesis Nancy Kerrigan. Margot Robbie plays Harding in all her blue-collar, low-rent glory. Harding was the outsider, a figure skater that lacked the class needed in a sport whose judges look for competitors to be elegantly poised. And yet, she was the first female figure skater to attempt and successfully complete a triple axel in competition. The stunningly beautiful Robbie, who admitted at the film’s press conference that before signing on to the role that she didn’t realize the Harding/Kerrigan scandal was real, delivers the best performance of her young career. De-glamming to play a person that most of America found easy to hate in the winter of 1994, it’s not at all far fetched to wonder if Robbie could be rewarded with a nomination come next January. The 27-year-old actress is a superstar-in-the-making and this performance could just bust it wide open for her.

Labels: I Tonya, News & Articles, Press, Reviews

Following our many posts containing articles, interviews and photo updates, it’s time for a video master-post! To keep it as organized as possible, I have created a YouTube playlist with all the available videos which you can watch below. We’ll continue to update the playlist with all the new videos being added, and they’ll automatically appear on this post – so keep checking back for new videos. Screen captures from all the videos will be added to our gallery as soon as possible!
 

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Toronto Sun – Margot Robbie, an Aussie actress who never grew up with an ice rink in her backyard, said playing infamous American Olympic skater Tonya Harding in the new TIFF film, I, Tonya, was a challenge.

“It was so much fun,” said Robbie to The Toronto Sun on the film’s red carpet at the Princess of Wales Theatre on Friday night.

“But, yes, I was kicking myself that we didn’t have ice skating rinks on the Gold Coast. Everyone in Canada is like an amazing skater just by being born here so I felt like I had a lot further to go. I did a lot of training. I did a lot of research.”

Helping out Robbie, of Suicide Squad and The Wolf Of Wall Street Fame, in her Harding portrayal was spending time with the actual skater whose camp was involved in the brutal 1994 attack on fellow American medal hopeful Nancy Kerrigan.

“It was amazing,” said Robbie, who plays Harding from a teenager to a woman in her ‘40s in the film.

“Not that much time. I really did want to differentiate her as a person and the character I play in the film. I felt like if I spent too much time with her then I’d probably hold back when we were filming and I definitely didn’t want to do that. I wouldn’t be right for the character. Yeah, just spent a couple of hours with her before we started shooting, [Aussie director] Craig [Gillespie] and myself did, and then that was it. But there’s much footage in the archives that we could back and reference and replicate in a lot of instances so it was great.”

Gillespie told The Toronto Sun he showed the finished film to Harding and she approved.

“Tonya’s the only one who’s seen it and she’s really happy with it which I was really pleased with because you never know how somebody can be trying to objectively look at themselves and she was really appreciated how honest it was.

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