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Sundance: Changing of the Guard Opens Door for Forward-Thinking Players

Micah Green is no stranger to the marathon deal-making frenzy that gives the Sundance Film Festival its energy and excitement.

The former CAA agent spent two decades on the front lines of the indie film gathering, hammering out distribution deals for the likes of “Napoleon Dynamite” and “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” This year, Green’s flying out to Utah on a different mission. Last spring, he co-founded 30West with entrepreneur and producer Dan Friedkin. The 10-person company buys films, sells them and invests in them at various stages of production. As more and more independent movies are consigned to on-demand debuts or forced to forgo a stint in cinemas, 30West wants to fill a vacuum.

“It remains a buyer’s market for theatrical independent films,” said Green. “Just look at [the Toronto Film Festival]. Only a handful of the promising films that premiered there walked away with a legitimate theatrical release commitment.”

Green’s company is a signal of the tectonic
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Johnny Weir Slams I,Tonya Movie: I Don't Like That We're 'Glamorizing' This 'Circus'

Johnny Weir Slams I,Tonya Movie: I Don't Like That We're 'Glamorizing' This 'Circus'
The new biopic I, Tonya — which explores figure skater Tonya Harding‘s life before, during and after the infamous 1994 attack on Nancy Kerrigan — has scored a ton of critical acclaim and awards season love.

But not everyone is a fan.

Take fellow figure skater and two-time Olympian Johnny Weir, for example.

During a visit to People Now on Tuesday, Weir was asked about the film and didn’t hold back from condemning the way it treats Kerrigan’s attack.

“I don’t like that we’re almost accepting and glamorizing what Tonya Harding and her people conspired to do to a fellow athlete,
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Oscars 2018 Comes Down to What Male Voters Are Thinking in the Year of #TimesUp

There is no monolithic pool of Oscar voters. There are more of them than there used to be, 7,258 to be exact — with about 1,500 younger, more diverse and international Academy members added over the past two years following #OscarSoWhite.

But this year, as balloting ended Friday and PriceWaterhouseCooper tabulates the votes ahead of the January 23 Oscar nominations, what exactly are we expecting?

Read More:James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior by Five Women in Los Angeles Times Report

As usual, the critics groups, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Guild nominations leave a trail of clues to where the race is heading. Upcoming PGA (January 20) and SAG (January 21) winners will add more clarity to the Best Picture race.

As always, the zeitgeist is the emotional factor that leaves statistics in the dust. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “12 Years a Slave” weren’t big-budget Best Picture shoo-ins. Just enough individual Academy members wanted those
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Oscars 2018 Comes Down to What Male Voters Are Thinking in the Year of #TimesUp

There is no monolithic pool of Oscar voters. There are more of them than there used to be, 7,258 to be exact — with about 1,500 younger, more diverse and international Academy members added over the past two years following #OscarSoWhite.

But this year, as balloting ended Friday and PriceWaterhouseCooper tabulates the votes ahead of the January 23 Oscar nominations, what exactly are we expecting?

Read More:James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploitative Behavior by Five Women in Los Angeles Times Report

As usual, the critics groups, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Guild nominations leave a trail of clues to where the race is heading. Upcoming PGA (January 20) and SAG (January 21) winners will add more clarity to the Best Picture race.

As always, the zeitgeist is the emotional factor that leaves statistics in the dust. “Moonlight,” “Spotlight,” and “12 Years a Slave” weren’t big-budget Best Picture shoo-ins. Just enough individual Academy members wanted those
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Tonya Harding’s Agent Quits Over After She Insists Reporters Be Fined For Asking About Nancy Kerrigan

Tonya Harding‘s career has been seeing a resurgence since I, Tonya came out and the public revisited Harding’s figure skating career. Tonya Harding’S Agent Quits In the film, Margot Robbie portrayed the disgraced Olympian, who in 1994 was allegedly hired someone to bludgeon rival Nancy Kerrigan‘s kneecaps before the Olympic trials. Harding still denies she had anything to […]

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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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Tonya Harding Publicist Quits, Says Former Ice Skater Asked Him to Fine Reporters

Tonya Harding Publicist Quits, Says Former Ice Skater Asked Him to Fine Reporters
Tonya Harding’s publicist Michael A. Rosenberg has quit after refusing to fine reporters for probing into the former ice skater’s past. Rosenberg made the announcement in a Thursday night Facebook post. The publicist’s post began, “‘I, Tonya’ is now ‘Goodbye, Tonya!'” In it, he said he parted ways with Harding, saying her “adamant and final position” was that she wants journalists to be required to sign an affidavit agreeing to not question her “about the past.” If they did not agree to these rules, they would be fined $25,000, according Rosenberg’s post. “Obviously, it doesn’t work that way; and therefore I’ve chosen...
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Tonya Harding’s Rep ‘Terminates Business Relationship’ With The Skater After She Demanded Press Not To Ask About ‘The Past’

Tonya Harding’s longtime representative Michael Rosenberg has ended his business relationship with the former Olympic figure skater. In a Facebook post, Rosenberg explained Harding’s demands got a little out of hand. Related: Tonya Harding Admits To Having Prior Knowledge Of The 1994 Nancy Kerrigan Attack For The First Time “Unfortunately, we reached an impasse today regarding how
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Tonya Harding's Rep Quits Over Request to Fine Journalists for Questions

"I, Tonya is now 'Goodbye, Tonya!'" 

That's how publicist Michael A. Rosenberg kicked off an emotional Facebook post that went up Thursday night announcing that he had parted ways with Tonya Harding over "an impasse today regarding how to treat the press in the future."

Rosenberg, Harding's longtime rep, claims that her "adamant and final position" is that she wanted reporters to be forced to sign an affidavit stating that they would not ask her anything "about the past." If they did not follow said guidelines, they would be slapped with a fine of $25,000, according to his post. 

He...
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5 Reasons We Love Margot Robbie

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With I, Tonya opening, let’s look at why Margot Robbie is our latest It girl. Few new actresses have made it in Hollywood with as much impressive force as Margot Robbie. After cutting her teeth on Australian television, she came to Hollywood and almost instantly found herself holding her own alongside some of the biggest actors in the world. As the real-life Tonya Harding in the dark comedy I, Tonya, she's stirring up awards talk with her dynamic performance. Beyond her...

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Why Nancy Kerrigan Probably Won't Ever Watch I, Tonya

Why Nancy Kerrigan Probably Won't Ever Watch I, Tonya
Former American figure skater Nancy Kerrigan has not watched I, Tonya and it does not look like she will ever see it. In a recent interview, Kerrigan didn't discuss her feelings on the movie about Tonya Harding, in which Margot Robbie's sympathetic portrayal of the disgraced figure skater is that she is a victim of her own upbringing. Harding was convicted of hindering the investigation and was banned for life from the U.S. Figure Skating Association for the attack on Kerrigan that could have ruined her figure skating career.

In a new interview with the Boston Globe, Nancy Kerrigan admits that she hasn't seen I, Tonya and that she doesn't have much to say about it, which makes complete sense. Kerrigan has gone to great lengths to not discuss the incident over the years, deciding to leave the scandal in the past. However, the critically acclaimed movie about
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Tonya Harding Interview Ratings Score Well For ABC, ‘Will & Grace’ Hits Low

Even though the subject of Truth and Lies: The Tonya Harding Story (1.4/6) had revelations of her own, the real takeaway line came from her estranged mother with “we were never trailer trash, we had a beautiful new trailer." Still, even with Lavona Golden's perspective, the ABC show's ratings takeaway was pretty good. Pulling in the second best result the series has ever had, last night's show centering on the subject of the critically acclaimed I, Tonya pic was up 27%…
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Nancy Kerrigan Responds to 'I, Tonya' Movie

Nancy Kerrigan Responds to 'I, Tonya' Movie
Though the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, has received critical acclaim and a number of awards nominations, Olympic ice skater and Harding’s former competitor Nancy Kerrigan has neither seen the movie nor does she have any desire to do so.

“I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything,” Kerrigan told The Boston Globe.

Kerrigan also admitted to not watching the Golden Globes, where Harding herself was in attendance and I, Tonya was nominated for three awards, with actress Allison Janney winning for her portrayal of Harding's mother.

“I’ve been busy....
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Nancy Kerrigan Responds to 'I, Tonya' Movie

Though the Tonya Harding biopic I, Tonya, has received critical acclaim and a number of awards nominations, Olympic ice skater and Harding’s former competitor Nancy Kerrigan hasn't seen the movie, nor does she have any desire to do so.

“I really have nothing to say about it. I haven’t seen anything. I haven’t watched anything,” Kerrigan told The Boston Globe.

Kerrigan also admitted to not watching the Golden Globes, where Harding herself was in attendance and I, Tonya was nominated for three awards, with actress Allison Janney winning for her portrayal of Harding's mother.

“I’ve been busy. I...
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Mira Sorvino Wants to Make a ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ Sequel

Mira Sorvino Wants to Make a ‘Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion’ Sequel
Mira Sorvino wants to put this out into the universe — she is totally down for making a sequel to the 1997 cult comedy “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

“I would be so into it,” she told IndieWire at the Television Critics Association press tour. “Let the powers that be that would control the possibility of it happening decide to do it. Let’s make a sequel.”

“Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion,” directed by David Mirkin, featured Sorvino alongside Lisa Kudrow as two lifelong best friends who travel back to their hometown for the titular high school reunion despite the fact that they may not have fully shed their oddball natures. Thanks to Robin Schiff’s sharp script, the film dodged romantic comedy tropes to emerge as a fun, original take on female friendship — as fun and original as the clothes that Romy and Michele designed themselves.

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Ratings: Chicago Fire Hits Lows, Fox's The Four Drops 25% in Week 2

Chicago Fire done got Tonya Harding’d.

Airing against the back half of a decently-rated ABC special about the infamous ice queen, NBC’s firefighter drama drew 5.2 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, slipping 13 percent and two tenths to mark series lows.

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Among NBC’s Thursday sitcom slate, Superstore (3.9 mil/1.1), The Good Place (3.1 mil/1.0) and Great News (2.4 mil/0.6) all held steady, while Will & Grace (4.1 mil/1.1) slipped 16 and 21 percent to a second consecutive week of season lows.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Big Bang (15.7 mil/3.0), Young Sheldon (14 mil/2.5), Mom (9.5 mil
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Ratings: ABC’s Tonya Harding ‘Truth and Lies’ Clubs Fox’s ‘The Four’

Ratings: ABC’s Tonya Harding ‘Truth and Lies’ Clubs Fox’s ‘The Four’
It’s the truth: the Tonya Harding episode of “Truth and Lies” just kneecapped “The Four.” As a result, ABC leapfrogged Fox to finish second on Thursday in Nielsen numbers. CBS was still the No. 1 network in primetime, thanks to “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon.” With “Will & Grace,” NBC was third among total viewers, but the “Superstore” home settled for fourth in the key 18-49 demographic. CBS was first in ratings with a 1.7 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 9.8 million, according to preliminary numbers. “Big Bang” at...
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Tonya Harding's Rep Quits After She Allegedly Wanted to Stop Reporters From Asking About Her Past

Tonya Harding's Rep Quits After She Allegedly Wanted to Stop Reporters From Asking About Her Past
Tonya Harding’s longtime representative Michael Rosenberg this week ended their business relationship because, he claimed, she demanded reporters agree to not ask her about her past — or face a hefty fine.

Rosenberg announced he was quitting in a Facebook post on Thursday later shared by two longtime Olympic reporters, Christine Brennan and Philip Hersh.

“Unfortunately, we reached an impasse today regarding how to treat the press in the future,” Rosenberg wrote. “Her adamant and final position is that reporters must sign an affidavit stating that they won’t ask her anything ‘about the past’ or they will be fined $25,000.”

“Obviously,
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TV Ratings Report: Will & Grace Hits New Low

Will & Grace (4.1 million/1.1 rating) has yet to find its floor at NBC

The revived comedy series has been eroding ever since it returned to the air back in September. 

Meanwhile, Superstore, The Good Place and Great News were on par with their week ago results. 

Chicago Fire (5.2 million/0.9 rating) closed off NBC's night, but it slipped two-tenths. 

CBS: The Big Bang Theory (15.6 million/3.0 rating), Young Sheldon (14 million/2.5 rating), Mom (9.5 million/1.6 rating) and Life in Pieces (7.1 million/1.2 rating) each slipped a tenth while S.W.A.T. (6.3 million/1.1 rating) was steady. 

Fox: The Four (3.3 million/1.0 rating) eased off slightly from last week's premiere. 

ABC: Truth & Lies: Tonya Harding (6.7 million/1.3 rating) filled the night for the network. 

The CW: The Critics Choice Awards (1.3 million/0.3 rating) aired on the young-skewing network. 

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