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Margot Robbie’s ‘Dangerous Odds’ Movie Gets Backing From Bold Films

Oscar nominee Margot Robbie’s gambling project “Dangerous Odds” is getting financed by Bold Films after it was picked up in turnaround from Warner Bros.

Robbie, who’s nominated in the best actress category for “I, Tonya” at this year’s Oscars, is producing through her LuckyChap Entertainment company and starring in the project, which centers on sports betting boss Marisa Lankester. CAA arranged the financing for the film and will represent domestic distribution rights.

Warner Bros. picked up the movie rights in 2015 to Lankester’s memoir “Dangerous Odds: My Secret Life Inside an Illegal Billion-Dollar Sports Betting Operation.”

Production companies are Bold Films, LuckyChap, and Entertainment 360. LuckyChap’s Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara will produce alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak and Jon Oakes and Management 360’s Ben Forkner. Executive producers are Bold Films’ CEO Gary Michael Walters and Svetlana Metkina and Management 360’s Gabe Cohen, Chris Huvane, and Jill McElroy. “Straight Outta Compton” scribe Andrea Berloff is the screenwriter and will also executive produce.

Lankester grew up in the upscale suburbs of New York City and worked in the heart of the largest illegal sports betting operation in U.S. history. She was arrested in 1987 on charges of bookmaking, along with six other employees, after Los Angeles law enforcement officials raided the office where she worked as a clerk for Ron (the Cigar) Sacco, operator of a horse-racing and sports-betting operation.

Ackerly and Robbie were producers on “I, Tonya,” along with screenwriter Steven Rogers and Bryan Unkeless. Bold Films produced “Whiplash,” “Drive,” “Shot Caller,” and “Nightcrawler.”

Robbie will be seen next in “Mary, Queen of Scots” opposite Saoirse Ronan. She is repped by CAA and Management 360. The news was first reported by Deadline.

Source: variety.com

Margot Robbie Reacts to Her First Oscar Nomination for I, Tonya

While most of the Oscar nominees took in this morning’s announcement over a cup of coffee, Margot Robbie was celebrating with champagne thanks to the time difference in her home country, Australia. The I, Tonya star was naturally ecstatic, as you can see in a video captured by her brother Cameron Robbie. Robbie was all smiles as she toasted with a few friends on the dance floor, following the Australian premiere of the film which traces the rise and fall of real-life figure skater Tonya Harding.

There’s nothing I could say that articulates how proud I am of this one #whatamoment #academyawardnomaninee!,” the actress’ brother wrote in a caption of an Instagram photo of the pair hugging. Earlier in the evening, while taking the red carpet to promote I, Tonya, Robbie revealed that she wasn’t stressing over the Academy Awards’ nominations. “I’m pretty jetlagged, I don’t think I’ll be losing sleep,” she told 9 News in reference to them. “I definitely need a good night’s sleep… Everything is already too good to be true and I don’t want to count on anything like that happening… It’s pretty nuts. Each year I’m like ‘wow, next year couldn’t be crazier than this year’ and then it gets crazier.

No doubt, things are only going to get crazier for Robbie in the wake of her first Oscar nomination — but they’ll be a different change of pace considering how hard Robbie worked to transform into Harding. “I did four months of training, five days a week, four hours a day,” she told W last fall. “On Christmas Eve, I was at the rink. And now I actually really miss it. I kept my ice skates—but I said goodbye to a whole world of pain that I didn’t realize came along with figure skating.

That was nothing though, apparently, compared to Robbie’s work towards adopting Harding’s voice. “Once I put on the wig, which altered my hairline, and bleached my eyebrows, I started to see Tonya,” she said. “The hardest part was losing my natural laugh. It needed to be Tonya’s laugh. I couldn’t do a triple axel like Tonya, but I was able to master her laugh.

Source: wmagazine.com

Joker And Harley Quinn Movie With Jared Leto And Margot Robbie In The Works

No, this is not a joke: less than 24 hours since the news broke that a Joker origin movie was in the works, with Todd Phillips directing (and, erm, Martin Scorsese producing), word comes that another, separate movie about Batman’s greatest nemesis is on the cards.

THR reports that Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the writing-directing team behind Focus, Crazy, Stupid Love and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, have been recruited to helm a Joker & Harley Quinn movie, bringing together the two iconic DC villains for their own “criminal love story”. Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, who portrayed the characters in Suicide Squad, are currently negotiating a return to the roles.

The characters are among the popular in DC’s expansive rogues’ gallery, frequently depicted as having a warped romance, and indeed, The Hollywood Reporter’s source says to expect “an insane and twisted love story… When Harry Met Sally on benzedrine.

The currently-untitled Joker and Harley Quinn movie can be expected shortly after the currently-in-development Suicide Squad 2, and by the sounds of it, both projects are scrambling to get made while they still have their stars on contract. The follow-up to Suicide Squad is being fast-tracked for a 2019 release date, despite not having a director – though last we heard, Jaume Collet-Sera was the frontrunner for the gig.

The DC Extended Universe is rapidly growing in all sorts of directions, with the above, Matt Reeves’ The Batman, Shazam, Wonder Woman 2, Aquaman, Batgirl, Green Lantern Corps, Cyborg, Justice League Dark and this November’s Justice League all in the works.

Source: empireonline.com

Margot Robbie to Produce Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Augmented’ for Warner Bros.

Margot Robbie and Denise Di Novi have come on board as producers for Warner Bros. on the Mark Townsend science-fiction thriller “Augmented.”

The studio has acquired the rights to Townsend’s spec script and is keeping the logline under wraps. No actors are attached to “Augmented” at this point.

Both Robbie and Di Novi have first-look deals with Warner Bros. Carmen Lewis will also produce for Di Novi, along with Tom Ackerley and Josey McNamara through Robbie’s Lucky Chap company. Warner Bros. executives Chantal Nong and Sheila Walcott will oversee the project.

Townend’s time-travel script “Contingency Protocol” appeared on the 2016 Black List with Bellevue Productions, Storyscape Entertainment, and Weed Road attached to produce and Broad Green financing.

Robbie signed her first-look deal last year. She has starred in three Warner Bros. films — “Focus,” “The Legend of Tarzan,” and “Suicide Squad.” She’s starring in “Suicide Squad” spinoff “Gotham City Sirens” for her character Harley Quinn and will executive produce.

Robbie is also starring in the Tonya Harding biopic “I, Tonya,” which will premiere next month at the Toronto International Film Festival, and in Fox Searchlight’s “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” which opens Oct. 13. She’s also a producer on “I, Tonya.”

Di Novi made her directorial debut with Rosario Dawson’s “Unforgettable.” She produced Robbie’s “Focus” and has dozens of producing credits dating back to 1988’s “Heathers.”

Lucky Chap is represented by CAA, Management 360 and attorney Jeff Bernstein. DiNovi is repped by CAA, Rain Management Group, and Bloom Hergott. Townend is repped by Verve, Bellevue, and Marios Rush.

Source: variety.com

‘Z for Zachariah’ moved to August 28th Release

‘Z for Zachariah’ has been pushed back a week to August 28th, instead of the 21st. No word on if the release itself has been expanded or if the date was just moved but it will still probably be a limited release the first week. Also, check out the high quality version of the new still from the film’s official Facebook page in our gallery, here.

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