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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.

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EXTRA TV – The toast of the Toronto Film Festival for her performance as notorious skater Tonya Harding in “I, Tonya,” Margot Robbie opened up Friday about the film at the IMDb Studio at TIFF, hosted by The Visa Infinite Lounge.

“She was amazing about it,” Robbie gushed of Harding’s input. “I personally would not want someone to steal my life into 100-and-something pages, and she was so gracious, she was amazing about it — really, really amazing.”

Even though the black dramedy covers the bizarre 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan, Harding’s rival, at the hands of several of Harding’s associates — an incident that led to Harding pleading guilty to conspiracy to hinder a prosecution and being banned for life from USFSA-run events — Harding apparently praised “I, Tonya.”

Margot said, “She was really complimentary about what we pulled off and she was really kind about my skating even though I am nowhere near as good as her nor I should be.”

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Phew, what a busy weekend! I hope you haven’t had enough just yet… Margot and the ‘I, Tonya’ gang visited Deadline’s studio on Friday to chat about the film, and we now have an article, video and two super pretty portraits. We learn that the film’s premiere drew great laughs and applause, and they call the film “one of the more refreshing pieces of cinema” at the Toronto Film Festival. Read on for more info, check out the video at the bottom and find the portraits in our gallery.

Portraits, videos, articles and more are trickling in every minute now, so make sure to stay updated in real time over at our twitter account. We will post everything here at the website as quickly as possible.

DEADLINE – One of the more refreshing pieces of cinema here at the Toronto Film Festival among the gravitas, and one of the more intriguing titles up for sale is I, Tonya, the comedy-drama that Margot Robbie produced and stars in as fallen Olympian figure skater Tonya Harding.

Last night’s premiere drew great laughs and applause with many buyers in attendance. If you thought Robbie could get ugly as the Joker’s g.f. Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad, she takes grit to another level in I, Tonya as she escapes onscreen into Harding’s hard-nailed, trailer trash punk persona. Then there’s Allison Janney who does a complete 180 from her Emmy-winning turn on CBS’ Mom and steals the show playing a different kind of mom as Tonya’s chain-smoking, abusive, hysterically outspoken, fur-wearing matriarch LaVona.

“I love one of the first things that (screenwriter) Steven (Rogers) told me about this part when he said he wrote it for me was that I get to play this woman who lives in a trailer basically, wears a fur coat, and has a bird on her shoulder, I was like ‘I’m in! I’m in!’ I want to play this woman,” says Janney.

The tabloid incident about Harding, her husband Jeff Gillooly and their flunkies who conspired to injure rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan gets more than the Lifetime treatment in I, Tonya as we see Harding stripped down. She battled against a harsh upbringing, a violent husband and mother, and snobby skating judges, all to ensure that her skating talent shined. To this day, the two-time Olympian and two-time Skate America champion stands as the first female skater, and second overall, to complete the feat of a triple axel jump in competition.

In a little more than a year, Robbie and the pic’s producers Tom Ackerley and Bryan Unkeless got Steven Rogers screenplay for I, Tonya up and running and here to TIFF, a story that Deadline broke exclusively back in March of last year. In our above interview, the cast and creators breakdown their process. Rogers wrote his screenplay based off interviews with Harding and Gillooly, while director Craig Gillespie, Robbie, and Sebastian Stan got to meet the notorious reckless couple.

“I wanted to meet her to kind of say that I’m going to create a character. Wherever this film takes us, this is not me trying to replicate you,” says Robbie about Harding, “It was interesting to hear her perspective on things that we thought we knew. It’s always going to sound different from the person who it happened to.”

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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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Margot just continues to add new projects to her name! This time as a producer, through her LuckyChap Entertainment company. She’s set to produce the science-fiction thriller “Augmented” for Warner Bros. – read on for more information. We’ll update you as soon as more information are available!

Source | Margot Robbie and Denise Di Novi have come on board as producers for Warner Bros. on the Mark Townsend science-fiction thriller “Augmented.”

The studio has acquired the rights to Townsend’s spec script and is keeping the logline under wraps. No actors are attached to “Augmented” at this point.

Both Robbie and Di Novi have first-look deals with Warner Bros. Carmen Lewis will also produce for Di Novi, along with Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara through Robbie’s Lucky Chap company. Warner Bros. executives Chantal Nong and Sheila Walcott will oversee the project.

Townend’s time-travel script “Contingency Protocol” appeared on the 2016 Black List with Bellevue Productions, Storyscape Entertainment, and Weed Road attached to produce and Broad Green financing.

Robbie signed her first-look deal last year. She has starred in three Warner Bros. films — “Focus,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Suicide Squad.” She’s starring in “Suicide Squad” spinoff “Gotham City Sirens” for her character Harley Quinn and will executive produce.

Robbie is also starring in the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya,” which will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in Fox Searchlight’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which opens Oct. 13. She’s also a producer on “I, Tonya.”

Di Novi made her directorial debut with Rosario Dawson’s “Unforgettable.” She produced Robbie’s “Focus” and has dozens of producing credits dating back to 1988’s “Heathers.”

Lucky Chap is represented by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Bernstein. DiNovi is repped by CAA, Rain Management Group, and Bloom Hergott. Townend is repped by Verve, Bellevue, and Marios Rush.

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Margot fans, we may have some fantastic news! It is rumored that Margot will potentially play Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming movie on the Manson Murders. Deadline broke the news that Tarantino had met with Margot to discuss the movie. While no confirmation on the casting has been made, it has gotten us very excited and looking forwards to yet another (possible) project of Margot’s!

Word has gotten out that Quentin Tarantino’s next film will be a drama revolving around the Manson Family murders. Deadline has heard that Tarantino met with Margot Robbie to potentially play Sharon Tate, the actress wife of director Roman Polanski who was slain in 1969 in a brutal murder whose savagery shocked the country.

I’ve also heard that Samuel L. Jackson likely also will play a lead in the film, not a surprise since he is to Tarantino what Clarence Clemons was to Bruce Springsteen. A report in THR posited Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds star Brad Pitt (and Deadline hears he’s being courted to play the detective investigating the murder) as well as possibly Jennifer Lawrence.

Clearly word of this has gotten out before Tarantino was ready, but every project by the writer-director is major news. No one is confirming anything at this point, and I don’t think any roles have been promised yet. Robbie will reprise in Suicide Squad 2, which now is courting Jaume Collet-Serra to direct at Warner Bros, and she starred in and produced I, Tonya, playing disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding.

Nobody has read the new script, so all this is a bit liquid at the moment. I just hope Tarantino watermarks the scripts this time before showing them to his potential cast! Stay tuned. The film will shoot next summer.

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