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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!
 

Labels: I Tonya, Videos

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.”

Labels: I Tonya, Interviews, News & Articles

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!

Labels: I Tonya, Videos

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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Labels: I Tonya, Press, Reviews

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…

Labels: Gallery, I Tonya, Photoshoots

“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.

Labels: Appearances, Gallery, I Tonya
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