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We finally have an official confirmation – ‘I, Tonya’ gets a 2017 release date, qualifying it for the next year’s awards race! The film will open in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 8, with a platform rollout that will continue into January. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news a couple of minutes ago, and you can read it in full below. I have also replaced one of the portraits Margot did for them during the Toronto Film Festival with a high quality version – check it out here.

The Hollywood Reporter – The upstart distributor Neon will open the film in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 8, with a platform rollout continuing into January. I, Tonya, Craig Gillespie’s hilarious and devastating Tonya Harding biopic, is officially joining the race to the 90th Oscars, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

The film, which stars Margot Robbie (who also is one of its producers), had its world premiere on Sept. 8 at the Toronto International Film Festival, where, three days later, it became the fest’s highest-profile acquisition, selling to Tom Quinn and Tim League’s Neon for $5 million (over an even larger bid by Netflix).

After catching I, Tonya in Toronto, I wrote: “In the hands of a competent distributor, Robbie could well land a best actress nomination — she wouldn’t be the first beautiful actress to ‘de-glam’ and/or produce her own project and get recognized for doing so (see: Charlize Theron and 2003’s Monster). As for [Allison] Janney, she seems to me like a slam-dunk for a best supporting actress nom [for her portrayal of Harding’s mother] — which would be her first-ever Academy recognition, and hugely deserved.”

Labels: Gallery, I Tonya, News & Articles, Photoshoots

From one festival to another! Having presented ‘I, Tonya‘ at the Toronto International Film Festival, Margot will soon be headed to the Hamptons International Film Festival.

The festival, which celebrates independent movies and documentaries, shall take place during the period of 5th October – 9th October 2017 in The Hamptons, New York.

I, Tonya‘ shall be played during the closing night (9th October), with showings at 7.00pm and 7.30pm. To book tickets, you can do so at the movie’s page on the HIFF website, however they are not officially on sale as of now. The synopsis of the movie reads as follows:

For many, the revelations following the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan in the lead-up to the 1994 Winter Olympics cemented the legacy of Tonya Harding as one of the most iconic villains in sports history. Craig Gillespie’s at turns hilarious and tragic look at the life of Harding (astonishingly realized by Margot Robbie) flips the script on this sensational narrative—following her from the tumultuous relationship with her abusive mother (Allison Janney) to the absurd moments that led to that fateful night in Cobo Arena. Fueled by a razor-sharp script that doesn’t let anyone in Harding’s orbit out of its sights, I, TONYA is an outrageous and surprising look at the players behind the notorious scandal.

In other news related to HIFF and another of Margot’s upcoming movies, it was announced that ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin‘ was selected as a ‘Friday Centerpiece film in Southampton’ as the North American premiere of the movie on the 6th October.

Labels: Goodbye Christopher Robin, I Tonya, News & Articles

While at TIFF, Margot, as we know, took part in many interviews to promote ‘I, Tonya’ but she also spoke about past projects, namely her role as Harley Quinn. As well as chatting about her transformation into Tonya Harding, Vanity Fair Editor, Krista Smith, also spoke to Margot about Harley and if/when we will see her again on movie screens.

I have made screencaps of the two interviews and you can also view the videos below.

   

The videos are situated below the cut as they feature an autoplay function:

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Labels: I Tonya, Interviews, Screencaps, Suicide Squad

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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Labels: I Tonya, Site Specials, The Margot Corner

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!

Labels: I Tonya, Screencaps

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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Labels: I Tonya, News & Articles, Reviews

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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