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After ‘I, Tonya,’ 30West Skates Into Majority Stake Deal With Distributor Neon

30West has acquired a majority stake in Neon, the upstart distribution company formed by Tom Quinn and Alamo Drafthouse’s Tim League. The two parties got into an altared state after kindling a relationship on the awards-season sleeper I, Tonya, the Craig Gillespie-directed black comedy which was acquired out of Toronto. The film broadens its release heading into the Winter Olympics, a timely slot for a film about disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot…
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Santa Barbara Film Fest: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney to Share Performer Award (Exclusive)

Santa Barbara Film Fest: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney to Share Performer Award (Exclusive)
Margot Robbie and Allison Janney, the stars of Craig Gillespie's acclaimed dramedy I, Tonya (on which Robbie also served as a producer), have been tapped to share the Outstanding Performer of the Year Award at the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the fest announced Friday. It's only the third time this award will be shared.

The ceremony, which I will moderate, will take place at Santa Barbara's historic Arlington Theatre on Feb. 8 as part of the Sbiff's 33rd edition. The fest will run as scheduled, Jan. 31 through Feb. 10<span style="color: rgb(0, 0,...
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Margot Robbie & Craig Gillespie Arrive For ‘I, Tonya’ French Premiere

Margot Robbie and director Craig Gillespie attended the French premiere of I, Tonya in Paris on Monday (called Moi, Tonya in French). Margot Robbie & Craig Gillespie At French I, Tonya Premiere The 27-year-old actress wore an elegant pink lace dress with floral stitching on the bodice and a floating skirt. She wore her hair straight down and the […]

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Penultimate Predictions a week out from the Oscar nominations

Seven days from now, we’ll know who and what the Academy Award nominees are. My final set of predictions will drop on Monday, but for now, I wanted to tinker just a little bit first. For what it’s worth, over the coming weekend, the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild will be giving out their awards, so while that can’t impact nominations, it’s still noteworthy. They’re arguably the two biggest precursors, and gems of the guild season, so there’s a chance that I might tinker with final predictions next week if something crazy goes on there. That’s a problem for future me though. As you’ll see below, not a whole lot has changed. Ballots are in though, so what’s done is done. I’m working my few Oscar voter sources to see if anything has gotten more love than expected.
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I, Tonya Review: Robbie & Janney Shine In Crazy True Story

I, Tonya is a wild and entertaining exploration of one of sport’s most controversial figures, spearheaded by excellent performances from the cast.

I, Tonya is the latest film from director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night) and is based on the life of former U.S. figure skater Tonya Harding. She is best known for her connection to a 1994 attack on her rival Nancy Kerrigan, which aimed to injure Kerrigan’s leg so Harding could move up the national rankings. This biopic looks to shed light on the full picture surrounding this infamous event, including Harding’s tough upbringing and all of the fallout after “The Incident.” Gillespie’s film has earned a fair amount of awards buzz as it toured the festival circuit in 2017, and it’s certainly deserving of the praise it’s getting. I, Tonya is a wild and entertaining exploration of one
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Sorry, Nancy Kerrigan Has No Interest in Seeing I, Tonya: "I Was the Victim"

Image Source: Getty / David Madison The award season buzz around Craig Gillespie's Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya has been building for a while, especially now that lead Margot Robbie took home a Critics' Choice award for her performance as the infamous figure skater. Although Hollywood might be charmed by the dark, comedic take on the 1994 scandal - which involved a man hired by Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, bashing fellow figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's knee with a baton - Kerrigan herself is decidedly not a fan. In fact, she'd appreciate it if you stopped asking her if she plans on seeing I, Tonya, Ok? "I really have nothing to say about it. I haven't seen anything. I haven't watched anything," she said during a phone interview with The Boston Globe. "I've been busy. I was at the national [figure skating] championships this week so I didn't watch the Golden Globes. I haven't seen the movie.
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‘I, Tonya’ Star Sebastian Stan On Moving Past Marvel to Take on a Genuinely ‘Scary’ Role

‘I, Tonya’ Star Sebastian Stan On Moving Past Marvel to Take on a Genuinely ‘Scary’ Role
Most audiences may not associate Sebastian Stan, best known for his role as Bucky Barnes — aka The Winter Soldier — in the multi-billion-dollar Marvel Cinematic Universe, as an actor prone to taking risks. But “I, Tonya” provides a very different showcase for his talents than the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s exactly the kind of role he’s eager to sink his teeth into.

Directed by Craig Gillespie, the unique biopic follows the wild real-life exploits of iceskating champ (Margot Robbie, in a breakout role) as she claws her way to the top of the sport, despite a fraught personal life and a big-time bias against her “white trash” background. Hobbled by a dismissive mom (Allison Janney) and her abusive Jeff Gillooly (Stan), Harding watches her hard work crumble after getting mixed up in a tabloid-ready story of human fallibility.

Read More:‘I, Tonya’: Allison Janney on the Frightening Injury
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Production Designer Jade Healy Brought Her Own Figure Skating Experience To Bear On ‘I, Tonya’

Production Designer Jade Healy Brought Her Own Figure Skating Experience To Bear On ‘I, Tonya’
With Craig Gillespie’s rebellious and unconventional Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, production designer Jade Healy faced a number of hurdles, recreating Harding’s life at home and out on the ice in a film shot primarily on location, by an independent film director who worked with incredible speed and dexterity. “I think if someone were going to try to bet with me if we’d make our days, I would have bet against,” Healy says. “But Craig was adding stuff.” Initially…
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Updated Academy Award predictions as voting is going on

In just a few days, ballots for the 90th Academy Award will be due, which means that now is literally the most crucial point in the season. If a screener is going to be watched, it’s going to be watched today. The voters I’m in contact with still have things to see, so you best believe that last minute viewings are occurring. For certain titles that might end up missing when nominations are announced, it could be in part due to not enough Academy members giving it a shot. Time will tell there, but for now, we’re trying to figure out what Oscar is about to do. Below you can see an up to date look at the race. Focusing in on Best Picture for this preview, there are essentially 11 films in the running for however many slots the Academy ends up having this year. How that
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Armond White Wants You to Know ‘Justice League’ Is Much Better Than ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Just when you thought all of the hot takes were done for 2017, here comes Armond White to prove you wrong. The controversial critic has published his annual “Better-Than List” on the National Review, and it’s full of his controversial takes on which overlooked or critically maligned films were better than the movies a majority of writers felt were the year’s best. Because let’s face it, Mr. White can’t agree with anyone on anything.

Read More:‘Justice League’ is a ‘Masterpiece’ and the ‘Epic We Deserve,’ According to Armond White

One take that is bound to get readers riled up is White’s belief that “Justice League” is a much better film than “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Even those viewers who support the backlash against the Rian Johnson-directed sequel may not even agree that “Justice League” is the better movie.

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‘Lady Bird’ Wins Best Picture Comedy, Giving Greta Gerwig Her Moment in the Spotlight

‘Lady Bird’ Wins Best Picture Comedy, Giving Greta Gerwig Her Moment in the Spotlight
“Lady Bird,” the coming-of-age story of a Sacramento teen, won the Golden Globe for best motion picture – musical or comedy on Sunday night.

Writer-director Greta Gerwig spoke on the film’s behalf, thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, producers Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, A24, and the cast: “my beautiful cast, the goddesses Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.” Ronan nabbed the prize for best actress in a musical or comedy earlier in the night.

“I want to say thank you to my mom and dad, and the people of Sacramento who gave me roots and wings,” she said.

Gerwig was shut out of the best director category. The five nominees for the prize were are all men.

The picture bested Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” Michael Gracey’s “The Greatest Showman,” and Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.”

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Allison Janney Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Film

Allison Janney Wins Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Film
Allison Janney won the award for Best Supporting Actress in a film Sunday night at the 75th annual Golden Globes.

Janney won for her portrayal of Lavona Fay Golden in “I, Tonya,” the abusive and acid-tongued mother of Tonya Harding, played by Margot Robbie, who was also nominated as Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy. Directed by Craig Gillespie, the mockumentary-style biopic about the former Olympic figure skater is based on taped interviews with the real subjects. Taking tough love to a nearly fatal level, Lavona chain smokes throughout the film and sports a small tropical bird on her shoulder during her interviews.

Read More:James Franco Wins Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy

“Thank you for this very distinctive, unique, mother of a character,’ said Janney, accepting the award.

Janney beat out another favorite Laurie Metcalf for her work as another difficult mother in “Lady Bird.
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2018 Aacta Awards: ‘Three Billboards’ Takes Home Top Prizes From Aussie Oscars

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“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” was the big winner at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) International Awards, taking home Best Picture, Best Screenplay (Martin McDonagh), and Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell). Taking place at the Avalon Hollywood last night, the group’s seventh annual ceremony also honored “I, Tonya” star Margot Robbie and “Darkest Hour” leading man Gary Oldman.

“On behalf of the Australian Academy, I congratulate all our winners tonight,” said Damian Trewhella, CEO of the Australian Film Institute and the Aacta. “We have again seen a dynamic mix of international and Australian screen achievement honored, celebrating some of the world’s biggest names in film, including Australian actress Margot Robbie who we’re very proud to count among tonight’s winners.”

Read More:Geoffrey Rush Steps Down as President of Australian Academy Amid Accusations of ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

Full winner list:

Best Film

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‘Three Billboards’ Wins Best Film at Australian Academy International Awards

‘Three Billboards’ Wins Best Film at Australian Academy International Awards
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” has won the top film trophy at the seventh annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) International Awards.

“Three Billboards” topped “Call Me By Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Lady Bird,” and “The Shape of Water.” The dark comedy also won best screenplay for writer-director Martin McDonagh and best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell.

The Aacta International Awards were presented Friday night at a ceremony held at The Avalon Hollywood in Los Angeles. The awards are determined by the Aacta International Chapter, made up of 150 Australian screen professionals.
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2018 Writers Guild Awards Nominees Include 'The Big Sick' & 'Logan'

The next set of 2017 awards nominees have been revealed. The WGA Awards nominations were unveiled today, highlighting an outstanding set of the best films of the year. I'm happy to say that they've once again nominated truly the best screenplays from 2017, featuring many of my favorite films of the year such as Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, Luca Guadagnino's Call Me By Your Name, James Franco's The Disaster Artist, Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, and Craig Gillespie's I, Tonya. The biggest surprises are Jordan Peele's Get Out, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani's The Big Sick, and James Mangold's Logan, but these all deserve to be included anyway. As usual with the WGA, I'm very impressed by the nominees, as the WGA is less about popularity and truly about quality. Congrats to all. Check out the list of film nominees below. Original
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Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding: A Candid Conversation About 'I, Tonya' and a Tumultuous Life

Margot Robbie and Tonya Harding: A Candid Conversation About 'I, Tonya' and a Tumultuous Life
Margot Robbie waited until filming was just about to begin before she and director Craig Gillespie took a trip to Portland to have lunch with the woman she was about to play. Their second meeting came nearly a year later, when Tonya Harding joined Robbie on the red carpet for I, Tonya's Hollywood premiere. The following day, on Dec. 6, Robbie sat down with Harding, 47, for a wide-ranging conversation about the disgraced Olympian's life now with her current husband, Joe, a heating and air conditioning specialist, and their 6-year-old son, Gordon, as well as the highs and lows of...
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’: Ace Eddie Noms Bring Snubs and Surprises

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’: Ace Eddie Noms Bring Snubs and Surprises
The first week of January not only brings Tuesday’s Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and Wednesday’s New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner, but also several key Guild Awards nominations that provide real clues to the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s extraordinarily wide field of Oscar contenders.

Ace Eddie Award nominees

Wednesday’s editing nominations confirm the strength of studio tentpoles “Dunkirk,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “The Post,” as well as “The Shape of Water,” along with Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” a surprise entry. Comedy nominees included “Baby Driver,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” along with another unexpected late-year contender, Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.”

Over 24 years, 110 of 125 Best Editing Academy Awards nominees earned Ace Eddie nods, with an accuracy rate of 88%.

Oscar favorites among the snubbed

Left out of the 10 Ace Eddie Awards nominees were would-be Best
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‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’: Ace Eddie Noms Bring Snubs and Surprises

‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and ‘Molly’s Game’: Ace Eddie Noms Bring Snubs and Surprises
The first week of January not only brings Tuesday’s Palm Springs Film Festival Awards Gala and Wednesday’s New York Film Critics Circle awards dinner, but also several key Guild Awards nominations that provide real clues to the strengths and weaknesses of this year’s extraordinarily wide field of Oscar contenders.

Ace Eddie Award nominees

Wednesday’s editing nominations confirm the strength of studio tentpoles “Dunkirk,” “Blade Runner 2049,” and “The Post,” as well as “The Shape of Water,” along with Aaron Sorkin’s “Molly’s Game,” a surprise entry. Comedy nominees included “Baby Driver,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” along with another unexpected late-year contender, Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya.”

Over 24 years, 110 of 125 Best Editing Academy Awards nominees earned Ace Eddie nods, with an accuracy rate of 88%.

Oscar favorites among the snubbed

Left out of the 10 Ace Eddie Awards nominees were would-be Best
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Allison Janney on ‘I, Tonya’ and the Possibility of ‘The West Wing’ Returning

Directed by Craig Gillespie and based on unbelievable true events, the darkly comedic I, Tonya tells the story of American figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie, in a truly stand-out performance and one of the best of 2017), who went from being the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition to being a part of one of the most sensational and infamous scandals in sports history. Harding’s career as a skater was as challenging as her home life, and even though she had the talent of a top athlete, she tragically fell short of reaching …
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