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‘I Tonya’ Blu-Ray Review: Tonya Harding Biopic Makes You Feel Sorry For Disgraced Skater

Many sports films based on true events often tend to present a mostly glorious image of the competition the protagonist participates in. I, Tonya, however, at times feels more like a regular drama with snippets of sports action interwoven in the story. ‘I Tonya’ Blu-Ray Review Australian director Craig Gillespie‘s (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night) latest film centers around […]

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Wamg Giveaway – Win I, Tonya on Blu-ray

Nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Film Editing), I, Tonya is a darkly funny and entertaining examination of Tonya Harding, the most controversial figure in the history of figure skating, and the headline-grabbing scandal that mesmerized a nation. I, Tonya is available on Digital and the all-new digital movie app Movies Anywhere on March 2, 2018 and on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on March 13, 2018 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with more than 40 minutes of exclusive bonus content, the Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD showcase deleted scenes and in-depth featurettes taking viewers behind the scenes of the film and its captivating story.

Now you can own I, Tonya on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has 4 copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie starring Margot Robbie? (mine is Wolf Of Wall Street!). It’s so easy!
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Film Independent Spirit Awards Lean Into Future Oscar Winners, Including ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’

Film Independent Spirit Awards Lean Into Future Oscar Winners, Including ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’
Amid raucous jokes about Harvey Weinstein and the crazy political climate, the mood was upbeat at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards — held in a gusty tent at the beach in Santa Monica the Saturday before the Oscars. As expected, the big winner was “Get Out,” which took home Best Feature and Best Director.

While a string of recent Spirit Award winners have gone on to repeat at the Oscars — as many pundits think “Get Out” will — the fact that “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape of Water” were not in the running for Best Feature gave the horror thriller an open lead.

“We are at the beginning of a renaissance right now,” said writer-director Jordan Peele, who shot the $4.5 million Universal film in 23 days. “Long live the Independent Spirits, hooray!” added producer Jason Blum. Peele also thanked presenter Spike Lee: “I would not be standing here if
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Film Independent Spirit Awards Lean Into Future Oscar Winners, Including ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’

Film Independent Spirit Awards Lean Into Future Oscar Winners, Including ‘Get Out’ and ‘Three Billboards’
Amid raucous jokes about Harvey Weinstein and the crazy political climate, the mood was upbeat at the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards — held in a gusty tent at the beach in Santa Monica the Saturday before the Oscars. As expected, the big winner was “Get Out,” which took home Best Feature and Best Director.

While a string of recent Spirit Award winners have gone on to repeat at the Oscars — as many pundits think “Get Out” will — the fact that “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” and “The Shape of Water” were not in the running for Best Feature gave the horror thriller an open lead.

“We are at the beginning of a renaissance right now,” said writer-director Jordan Peele, who shot the $4.5 million Universal film in 23 days. “Long live the Independent Spirits, hooray!” added producer Jason Blum. Peele also thanked presenter Spike Lee: “I would not be standing here if
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‘I, Tonya’ In-home Release Details

The Oscar-nominated film I, Tonya is making its way to in-home release. The film is deservingly being nominated at the 90th Academy Awards for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Margot Robbie), Actress in a Supporting Role (Allison Janney) and Film Editing.It is definitely one of the better films of 2017 which saw a number of great films. The film will be available on Digital, March 2, 2018 and on Blu-ray and DVD March 13, 2018. Below are is everything you can expect with the in-home release.

Spanning from Harding’s earliest days at the ice rink to the notorious “incident,” critics call I, Tonya “a hilariously tragic story of success so entertaining you can’t look away”

(Eric Kohn, Indiewire). Presenting multiple, and at times contradictory, perspectives of the events, the film explores the ways public opinion can be permanently shaped by news agendas and tabloid culture.But beyond the headlines, I, Tonya
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New to Streaming: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Faces Places,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ ‘I, Tonya,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Brad’s Status (Mike White)

Brad’s (Ben Stiller) son is about to embark on college. It’s the type of auspicious life marker to make anyone look back and question the journey they’ve taken thus far. Has Brad done enough? Lived up to the potential he felt he possessed? Or was he passed by? All of his old Tufts friends are rich, famous, successful, and/or happy
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Predicting the 2018 Oscar Winners

Predicting the 2018 Oscar Winners
Welcome to the 2018 Academy Awards predictions list, where we take a calculated guess at who is destined to win the big awards this Sunday night. There will be plenty of winners, but even more losers. And not everyone can go home with a little golden man in their hands. But some will. Should they? That all depends on your stance. Today, we look at who the most deserving artists are and why they should be chosen over everyone else in their category. This is a strange year for the Oscars, and perhaps the most socially conscious telecast that has ever happened for the awards show.

The 2018 presentation on March 4th will continue Hollywood's reckoning with sexual harassment and violence against women. The year in movies can be simply summarized by #MeToo and the rallying cry, Time's Up. The award season began with an earthquake that is still reverberating. Last October,
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I, Tonya review – Margot Robbie doesn’t put a foot wrong

Robbie gives a perfect performance as the disgraced Us figure skater Tonya Harding in this ferociously entertaining biopic

Like the jaw-dropping triple-axel jump that made champion figure skater Tonya Harding famous, Margot Robbie’s performance in this satirical, postmodern tale of the disgraced star is a tour-de-force tornado that balances finely nuanced character development with impressively punchy physicality. Starring in a passion-project that she also produced, Robbie never puts a foot wrong as the proud Portland outsider (“Trashy Tonya doesn’t belong”) who outperformed her more privileged competitors, only to see her career implode after being implicated in a violent assault on fellow skater Nancy Kerrigan in 1994.

Like the media frenzy that surrounded those infamous events, Craig Gillespie’s darkly comic film (from a sharp Steven Rogers script) filters its story through a prism of conflicting narratives that clash like blades on broken ice. The result resembles an adrenalised mashup
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Oscar nominee Tatiana S. Riegel (‘I, Tonya’ editor) on the ‘tragic’ yet ‘extremely funny’ story of Tonya Harding [Exclusive Video Interview]

Oscar nominee Tatiana S. Riegel (‘I, Tonya’ editor) on the ‘tragic’ yet ‘extremely funny’ story of Tonya Harding [Exclusive Video Interview]
Film editor Tatiana S. Riegel admits that when she was first approached to lend her talents to “I, Tonya” she “didn’t have much of an interest” in working on a film about notorious figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie). After all, what more could you really say about her story that hadn’t already been covered in the tabloids? “I definitely did not imagine this film,” she says, “and what I initially imagined, I think, is what many people might think it is.” Upon reading Steven Rogers‘s original screenplay, however, she “got extremely excited about doing it,” recognizing the delicate balance of absurdity and tragedy that director Craig Gillespie would be going for. Her decision to do the film paid off with an Oscar nomination and a victory for Best Comedy Editing at the Ace Eddie Awards. Watch our exclusive video interview with Riegel above.

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‘I, Tonya’ VFX Team Had to Transplant Margot Robbie’s Face on a Skating Double’s Body

‘I, Tonya’ VFX Team Had to Transplant Margot Robbie’s Face on a Skating Double’s Body
The look, movement and subtle signals from a human face are things we all know on a deep, even subconscious level. The face of someone we know personally or the face of a famous person is even more ingrained in our memories. And this is exactly what made the visual effects on “I, Tonya” such a huge challenge.

Eight VFX, which worked on the film with helmer Craig Gillespie, needed to find a way to get the best possible scans of Margot Robbie so that her face could be rebuilt in 3D and matched to the body of a skating double who would do the most complicated and dangerous skating moves in the Tonya Harding drama.

“When you’ve got a real person in the movie and you’ve got to do a face replacement that looks perfect, that’s quite a challenge,” says Juliet Tierney, head of production at Eight VFX and VFX producer on “I, Tonya
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Tom Quinn on How Neon Nailed the Landing With ‘I, Tonya’

This winter, Tom Quinn hit the ice with Tonya Harding.

The indie film executive and the controversial Olympian grew close during the rollout of “I, Tonya,” the acclaimed dramedy that Quinn’s company Neon is releasing. They bonded over being parents of young children, and Quinn came to see Harding differently from her tabloid image as a Nancy Kerrigan-hobbling harpy. Still, he was nervous about lacing up his skates.

“I can’t say I comported myself well,” he says. “But I did not fall.”

“I, Tonya,” with a box office haul of more than $25 million and three Oscar nominations, is an unqualified success and has propelled Neon, a newbie distributor that launched roughly a year ago, into the top ranks of indie players. But it’s hard out there for a film company. Just ask Broad Green or October Films or Relativity. All of them began with grand ambitions, and all have
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Exclusive: I,Tonya director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers on making the film

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Author: Zehra Phelan

For those who grew up in the 90’s it was hard to miss the story of disgraced Figure Skater, Tonya Harding who was associated with an orchestrated attack on fellow Us Olympian Nancy Kerrigan with her then-husband Jeff Gillooly. Now, Director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Steven Rogers shed some light on the on the varying accounts of Harding’s rise and fall from grace in I, Tonya.

We had the absolute pleasure of sitting down with both Gillespie and Rogers who explained to us why he wanted to bring to light aspects of Tonya’s story and peoples interest in nostalgia and the perception of truth. Gillespie went on to explain how Tonya has been a figure in American pop culture for many years, with even previous President, Barack Obama referring to her in a speech. Gillespie also goes on to explain how, after Margot Robbie and
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Exclusive: Allison Janney talks about her complex character of Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Already garnering awards including a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and BAFTA for Supporting Actress, and a nomination for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Lavona Golden, Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, Allison Janney has always been a tour de force on both thure skatinge small and big screens.

We had the honour of sitting down with Janney to talk about her role in the film. Although Steven Rogers had written the role for Janney before even approaching her to do it, we asked if she even had a choice in taking the role. Janney explains that over the years that Rogers had written numerous roles for her which never happened, so to finally be able to work together was an exciting prospect. She also explains, even though she had never the real life Lavona, how exactly she approached playing such a complex character.
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I, Tonya Review

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Author: Stefan Pape

The story of competitive ice skater Tonya Harding was a major news story that was hard to avoid, and yet, up until now, hasn’t been given the Hollywood treatment, but boy is it a narrative deserving of one. With Craig Gillespie at the helm, we delve into this incredible set of events, while also offering a study of working class American culture, focusing in on a skater who was a fish out of water, as a film that offers so much more than just ‘the incident’.

Tonya (Margot Robbie) was raised under the tyrannical rule of her mother Lavona Golden (Allison Janney), who did everything she could to ensure her daughter would become a professional ice skater. The working class girl was unlike her peers, mostly from affluent backgrounds, she always had to do more than necessary to prove herself as an athlete worthy of going to the Olympic games.
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Movie Review – I, Tonya (2017)

I, Tonya, 2017.

Directed by Craig Gillespie.

Starring Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Sebastian Stan, Paul Walter Hauser, Caitlin Carver, Bobby Cannavale, and Julianne Nicholson.

Synopsis:

The true story of Tonya Harding, who was the world’s best female figure skater despite a deprived background. She found her career derailed after she was implicated in a brutal assault on one of her skating rivals.

The thing I kept coming back to after I saw I, Tonya was how awful 1994 was for the world of sports. My parents have never let me forget that Brazilian racing driver Ayrton Senna died the same day I was born. If that wasn’t enough, both the Tonya Harding/Nancy Kerrigan incident and the whole O.J. Simpson circus happened that same year.

The issue with all biopics and films “inspired by true events” is how much of the real story they chance for dramatic purposes, and how
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Exclusive Interview – Craig Gillespie and Steven Rogers discuss I, Tonya

Flickering Myth got the chance to sit down with Craig Gillespie and Steven Rogers, director and writer of the Margot Robbie-headlined I, Tonya.

In the interview, we asked them about the truth-bending structure of the film and how it was conceived and constructed around two conflicting interviews, as well as how they tackled domestic violence in the film, treading the thin line between representing the normalcy of it within Tonya’s life, but without playing it down.

See Also: Read our review of I, Tonya

Watch the exclusive interview here…

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with an infamous, ill-conceived, and even more
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Watch the full I, Tonya UK Press Conference with Margot Robbie & Allison Janney

Author: Jon Lyus

Telling the story of Tonya Harding’s rise to fame, and her subsequent plummet into infamy isn’t the most obvious route to Oscar glory. Yet I, Tonya has delivered two performances from Margot Robbie and Allison Janney which have been nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. This week the film arrived in London and we have the full press conference video for you to enjoy.

Related: Our red carpet interviews with Margot Robbie, Allison Janney & more

Directed by Craig Gillespie from an original screenplay by Steven Rogers, the film stars Margot Robbie as the fiery Harding, a moustachioed Sebastian Stan as her impetuous ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, a tour-de-force performance from Allison Janney as her acid-tongued mother, Lavona Golden.

Related: I, Tonya teaser trailer

Following the star-studded premiere yesterday evening the cast and director of the film held court for the assembled press and
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Why Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ Is the Perfect Song for an On-Screen Crime Scheme

Why Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ Is the Perfect Song for an On-Screen Crime Scheme
Twice in the last month, the 1982 Laura Branigan hit “Gloria” has been used as a key plot device: to soundtrack the maniacal trance of a person about to commit a major act of violence. In “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Darren Criss, who plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan, sings along to the tune at top-volume while driving to his next crime scene in Miami. And in “I Tonya,” Sebastian Stan, in the role of Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, listens to the song intently as he ponders how to handicap competing figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Coincidence that both the Ryan Murphy series on FX and the Craig Gillespie-directed film feature men in their cars finding meaning in the post-disco pop song?

“I had no idea ‘Gloria’ was going to be in ‘I Tonya,'” says “Versace” music supervisor Amanda Krieg Thomas. “I watched the movie as a complete bystander. It was very
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Why Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ Is the Perfect Song for an On-Screen Crime Scheme

Why Laura Branigan’s ‘Gloria’ Is the Perfect Song for an On-Screen Crime Scheme
Twice in the last month, the 1982 Laura Branigan hit “Gloria” has been used as a key plot device: to soundtrack the maniacal trance of a person about to commit a major act of violence. In “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story,” Darren Criss, who plays serial killer Andrew Cunanan, sings along to the tune at top-volume while driving to his next crime scene in Miami. And in “I Tonya,” Sebastian Stan, in the role of Tonya Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly, listens to the song intently as he ponders how to handicap competing figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Coincidence that both the Ryan Murphy series on FX and the Craig Gillespie-directed film feature men in their cars finding meaning in the post-disco pop song?

“I had no idea ‘Gloria’ was going to be in ‘I Tonya,'” says “Versace” music supervisor Amanda Krieg Thomas. “I watched the movie as a complete bystander. It was very
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I, Tonya Premiere Interviews: Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, Craig Gillespie & more

Author: Jon Lyus

With fortuitous timing, set deep in the Winter Olympics, the red carpet was set down in London for the UK Premiere of I, Tonya, the Oscar-nominated biographical film of American figure skater, Tonya Harding and her rivalry with fellow ice skater Nancy Kerrigan. The film was directed by Craig Gillespie from an original screenplay by Steven Rogers.

The film stars Margot Robbie, Allison Janney, and Sebastian Stan. It has been nominated for a number of Oscars including Best Actress for Robbie and Supporting Actress for The West Wing’s Allison Janney.

I, Tonya is released in UK cinemas on the 23rd of February. Scott Davis and Colin Hart were our pair on the carpet, here’s how they got on…

I, Tonya Premiere Interviews

I, Tonya Movie Synopsis

Based on the unbelievable but true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding,
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