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Margot Robbie Is Nobody’s Barbie: The Babylon Star on Navigating Hollywood

Margot Robbie Is Nobody’s Barbie: The Babylon Star on Navigating Hollywood

“The highs are really high and the lows are really, really low.”

Margot Robbie wants to take me to New York. We’re on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, and she’s giving me a walking tour of some places they shot Babylon, her upcoming movie about the vertiginous swirl that was Hollywood in the late 1920s. We’re about to enter the New York back lot—faux neighborhoods used as stand-ins for various cities—when a security guard stops us with an “Excuse me, where are you heading?”

We try saying “that way” and walk like we own the place. The guard isn’t buying it. He asks what production we’re with. This is where I expect my tour guide to say, “I’m Margot Robbie.” Instead, she mumbles something about being with Babylon and “doing some post.” Then her voice trails off. The security guard clearly doesn’t recognize that standing in front of him is the Australian actor who brought Harley Quinn to life and was nominated for an Oscar for playing Tonya Harding. He tells us we have to get off the set because somebody’s shooting. Robbie politely agrees. She laughs as we round the corner. “I should have a better cover story,” she says. “You’d think I’d be better at that.”

“Margot is completely grounded and instantly commanding,” says Martin Scorsese. “She enters the frame and you pay attention to her.”
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‘Babylon’: Margot Robbie and Diego Calva Will Campaign for Lead Oscars Despite Paramount FYC Site Error

‘Babylon’: Margot Robbie and Diego Calva Will Campaign for Lead Oscars Despite Paramount FYC Site Error

Although it hasn’t screened yet for critics or audiences, Paramount Pictures has revealed the awards submissions for Damien Chazelle’s “Babylon.” Initially published on the studio’s FYC site, the release had errors in the acting submissions, listing Brad Pitt as the lead actor and Diego Calva in supporting.

Variety can exclusively report that newcomer Calva and two-time Oscar nominee Margot Robbie (“I, Tonya” and “Bombshell”) will both campaign for best actor and best actress, while Oscar-winner Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) will be submitted for supporting actor.

Also listed on the awards site for acting consideration are Jovan Adepo and Tobey Maguire alongside Pitt, while Jean Smart and Li Jun Li are the two actresses vying for supporting.
Also part of the ensemble, which Paramount hopes can land among the five nominees for the SAG Awards top prize, includes P.J. Byrne, Lukas Haas, Olivia Hamilton, Max Minghella, Rory Scovel and Katherine Waterston.

“Babylon” is a tale of outsized ambition and outrageous excess, as it traces the rise and fall of multiple characters during the early Hollywood era. The star-studded tale, which clocks in at three hours and eight minutes, is an homage to Hollywood’s silent era and captures “humanity at its most glamorous and animalistic,” the director teased at the Toronto Film Festival. But, Chazelle added, “it’s a mostly fictional film.”
Written and directed by Chazelle, who became the youngest best director winner in history for “La La Land” (2016), the film assembled his usual team of artisan masters, which includes composer Justin Hurwitz, cinematographer Linus Sandgren, editor Tom Cross, costume designer Mary Zophres and production and set decorator Florencia Martin and Anthony Carlino.

Produced by Olivia Hamilton, Marc Platt and Matthew Plouffe, “Babylon” is scheduled to be released in theaters on Dec. 23.

Damien Chazelle’s ‘Babylon’ Now Going Wide On Dec. 23

The Margot Robbie-Brad Pitt Hollywood yesteryear ensemble is no longer going limited on Christmas, rather wide on Dec. 23 as Sony’s A Man Called Otto switches to a New York-LA engagement on Christmas and a wide break on Jan. 13. Babylon was going to go wide on Jan. 6.

Babylon will open in the wake of 20th Century Studios/Disney’s Avatar: The Way of Water on Dec. 16 and will share the marquee nationwide with such movies as Sony’s I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Universal/Dreamworks Animation’s Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and the expansion of United Artists Releasing’s drama Women Talking.

Word is Robbie is amazing in the movie and could very well hook awards season buzz, in addition to Pitt. The pic was shot in Santa Clarita, CA, where many silent and early sound movies were made, i.e. Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. Pitt won two Oscars for Best Picture on 12 Years a Slave and Best Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Robbie was previously nominated in Supporting for Bombshell and Lead Actress for I, Tonya.

Filmmaker Damien Chazelle showed off the first trailer for Babylon at TIFF following a teaser viewing at CinemaCon back in April.

Margot Robbie in the first look at Amsterdam from writer and director David O. Russell.

Check out Christian Bale, John David Washington, and Margot Robbie in the first look at Amsterdam from writer and director David O. Russell. In theaters November 4.

Margot Robbie drives a pink convertible in first look at the Barbie movie

Margot Robbie couldn’t look more like the world’s most famous doll. The much-anticipated new Barbie movie is slated for a July, 2023 release.

The production company also revealed the release date of the much-anticipated film, which is scheduled to hit U.S. cinemas on July 21, 2023. It’s unclear when it’ll be released.

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