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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of the I, Tonya Soundtrack

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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of the I, Tonya Soundtrack

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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of the I, Tonya Soundtrack

Nominated for three Golden Globes, including best picture in the musical or comedy category, I, Tonya tells the darkly comedic tale of American figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie, nominated for her performance) and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. In a Slant exclusive, director Craig Gillespie, composer Peter Nashel, and music supervisor Susan Jacobs discuss the importance music played in capturing this American underdog story in a new behind-the-scenes featurette. At one point, they reveal how their requests for music rights were initially met with resistance. “[Artists] didn’t want their music used in a Tonya Harding film,” Jacobs says, adding that she was able to change their minds by convincing them to actually watch the film.

T.V. on TV: The United States of Tara and Flight of the Conchords

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T.V. on TV: <em>The United States of Tara</em> and <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>
T.V. on TV: <em>The United States of Tara</em> and <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>

The United States of Tara, debuting tonight on Showtime, is an interesting misfire for a network that seems dedicated to making interesting misfires. The debuts of Brotherhood and Dexter a few years back made it seem like Showtime might have finally learned its lessons from years of trying to be HBO and failing miserably. Too many Showtime series have acted like the things that made HBO series successful were their adult content and their central gimmicks, so we got things like The L Word, which was pretty much just, “Hey, What if We Made a Show about Lesbians?: The Series” or Huff, which tossed just about everything it could from the HBO template into a blender and still ended up with something less than tempting. Tara has a few interesting parts, but it’s pretty much “Hey, What if We Made a Show about Multiple Personalities?: The Series,” and that, much to its detriment, tends to step on the interesting stuff.