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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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“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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After the world premiere of ‘I, Tonya’ on friday, Margot and the cast and crew attended a Q&A to talk about the film! We Live Entertainment has uploaded almost the entire session to youtube, and even though the sound isn’t perfect, the video is in great quality. We learn a lot of new information about the film, so I recommend everyone to watch it!

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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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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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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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