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Why Sean McEnroe Changed His Name to Sean O'Neal

4 June 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He was born Sean McEnroe, the son of John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal but last year, Sean decided to drop his father's last name and take his mom's as his surname. "I changed my name to Sean O'Neal - it's nothing against my dad but I wanted to have my own path that is not so directly linked to him because it's just the way people have [always] perceived me," O'Neal, 28, tells People. "I just wanted to forge my own identity." As for his, at times, complex relationship with his father, he says, "We're trying to work things out. We have »

- Liz McNeil,@lizmcneil

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Why Sean McEnroe Changed His Name to Sean O'Neal

4 June 2016 8:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

He was born Sean McEnroe, the son of John McEnroe and Tatum O'Neal but last year, Sean decided to drop his father's last name and take his mom's as his surname. "I changed my name to Sean O'Neal - it's nothing against my dad but I wanted to have my own path that is not so directly linked to him because it's just the way people have [always] perceived me," O'Neal, 28, tells People. "I just wanted to forge my own identity." As for his, at times, complex relationship with his father, he says, "We're trying to work things out. We have »

- Liz McNeil,@lizmcneil

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'Borg Vs McEnroe', 'Rita Hayworth', 'Mortal' among Ascot Cannes buys

26 May 2016 4:03 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Deals with Im Global, Sf Studios and Radiant Films.

Swiss distributor Ascot Elite has closed deals on a hat-trick of anticipated titles fresh from the Cannes Marche including sports biopic Borg Vs McEnroe, Elizabeth Banks-starrer Rita Hayworth With A Hand Grenade and André Øvredal’s fantasy thriller Mortal.

Ascot Elite has acquired all rights for German-speaking Europe (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) to the newly announced Borg Vs McEnroe.

The film, to be directed by Janus Metz, starring Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe, Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg and Stellan Skarsgard as Borg’s coach.

The film, which is sold by Sf Studios, centres on the rivalry between the two tennis stars, who met in 14 matches between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven apiece. But it is the 1980 Wimbledon final that became the stuff of legend, and is considered to be one of the greatest tennis matches of all time.

Ascot jumps on ‘Grenade’

Ascot Elite has also »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Shia Labeouf on His Next Big Acting Challenge: Playing John McEnroe

26 May 2016 1:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Before hitchhiking across the States as part of his #TakeMeAnywhere project, Shia Labeouf was in Cannes to present Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey” and spoke to Variety about his next challenging role as American tennis superstar and provocateur John McEnroe in “Borg vs. McEnroe,” to be directed by popular Danish helmer Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo,” “True Detective”).

Due to start shooting in August, the movie — penned by Ronnie Sandahl — centers on the relationship between McEnroe and Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg (played by up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason) and chronicles the epic Wimbledon final they played against each other in 1980.

Labeouf, who has been prepping for the role for two months, will star opposite Gudnason (“Monica Z”) and Stellan Skarsgård, his co-star in Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac.” Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing the project, while Svensk handles international sales.

How did this project fall on your lap? You had »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Shia Labeouf to Bum Rides Across Country for Art

25 May 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Shia Labeouf is hitting the road for his latest artistic endeavor. The actor and his two collaborators, Nastja Säde Rönkkö and Luke Turner, are hitchhiking across the country in a project they are calling #Takemeanywhere. The three started off in Boulder, Colorado, on May 23 and will stay on the road until June 23. They will tweet their coordinates after every ride and the first person to pick them up can take them wherever the person chooses. Fans can follow along with an interactive map in real time. Also Read: Shia Labeouf to Star as John McEnroe in Biopic 'Borg/McEnroe' “With these projects, »

- Joe Otterson

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Cannes: U.K.’s Curzon Buys Shia Labeouf’s ‘Borg/McEnroe,’ Lars von Trier Serial Killer Pic

20 May 2016 6:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London – Leading U.K. distributor Curzon Artificial Eye has picked up tennis drama “Borg/McEnroe,” starring Shia Labeouf, and Lars von Trier’s serial killer pic “The House That Jack Built,” as well as Joachim Lafosse’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight entry “After Love,” starring Berenice Bejo, and Niall McCann’s music documentary “Lost in France.”

“Borg/McEnroe” centers on the 1980 Wimbledon contest between champ Bjorn Borg and talented upstart John McEnroe. Sverrir Gudnason is Borg, Labeouf plays McEnroe, and Stellan Skarsgard portrays Borg’s trainer, Lennart Bergelin. It will be directed by Danish director Janus Metz, who won Cannes Critics’ Week in 2010 with “Armadillo” and directed an episode of “True Detective.” The film, which is being sold by Sf Intl., is set for a fall 2017 theatrical release.

The House That Jack Built,” which is represented by sales agent TrustNordisk and produced by Louise Vesth of Zentropa, is told from the »

- Leo Barraclough

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Cannes: Curzon Artificial Eye acquires Lars Von Trier's 'The House That Jack Built'

20 May 2016 4:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK distributor also acquires upcoming sports biopic Borg vs McEnroe, Directors’ Fortnight title After Love and Scottish indie music doc Lost In France.

Curzon Artificial Eye has swooped on four buzz titles at the Cannes Film Festival, acquiring UK and Eire rights to Lars Von Trier’s The House That Jack Built, Shia Labeouf-starrer Borg vs McEnroe, Joachim Lafosse’s After Love and Niall McCann’s Lost in France.

The pre-buy of serial killer drama The House That Jack Built continues the distributor’s long-standing relationship with the controversial Danish director, stretching back to Antichrist and includes Melancholia and Nymphomaniac Volumes I & II. The deal was negotiated with Susan Wendt at TrustNordisk.

The $9.8m project will shoot in Sweden this year, before a Copenhagen shoot in 2017. Zentropa producer Louise Vesth revealed details of the highly-anticipated feature to Screen in Cannes earlier this week, when several early deals were revealed.

The film, originally »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Shia Gets Served

18 May 2016 9:51 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Jason from Mnpp here, taking a look at today's big news out of everybody's favorite Oscar baiting genre, the bio-pic - famous actor slash shit-stirrer Shia Labeouf is set to play famous athlete slash shit-stirrer John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe, which will tackle the long-term rivalry between Mr. McEnroe and the underwear-salesman slash Swede Bjorn Borg. Playing Borg is the actor Sverrir Gudnason, who I am not familiar with, but he sure does have some big tiny shorts to fill...

(Cue my childhood crush on Borg rearing its head.) 

Stellan Skarsgård is also in the film, playing Borg's coach, and Danish director Janus Metz (Armadillo) is directing. Anyway Shia might maybe be rebounding? I actually think he's given his best performances over the past couple of years in the middle of what did seem to be a bit of a public breakdown. He's managed to channel it into his work in interesting ways, »

- JA

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Shia Labeouf Will Play Erratic Tennis Icon John McEnroe For Borg/McEnroe

18 May 2016 8:09 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sporting rivalries are all the rage right now among Hollywood studios, with the likes of Battle of the Sexes, HBO’s Proof and the Will Ferrell-fronted comedy Match Maker all incubating in development. But news has surfaced from Cannes of a new challenger entering the fray: Borg/McEnroe.

Chronicling the legendary tennis rivalry between John McEnroe and the illustrious Bjorn Borg, The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Fury star Shia Labeouf has closed a deal for the role of McEnroe, a sporting icon who made no bones about his unhinged temperament. Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason, meanwhile, is on board to play Borg.

All throughout the 1970s and ’80s, Borg and McEnroe’s volatile rivalry enthralled the tennis world, as the two sportsmen competed for supremacy both on and off the court. During that time, the pair clashed a total of 14 times – including what are arguably two of the greatest Wimbledon »

- Michael Briers

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Tennis rivals 'Borg/McEnroe' served to France's Pretty Pictures

17 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Shia Labeouf and Sverrir Gudnason star as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg.

Pretty Pictures has acquired French rights to the newly announced Borg/McEnroe film to be directed by Janus Metz and starring Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe, Sverrir Gudnason as Bjorn Borg and Stellan Skarsgard as Borg’s coach.

Sf Studios handles sales and Pretty Pictures president James Velaise negotiated the deal with Sf head of international sales Anita Simovic.

Pretty Pictures has also boarded Benjamin Ree’s documentary Magnus from TrustNordisk in a deal that Velaise negotiated with sales manager Nicolai Korsgaard. That Tribeca hit documentary is about chess champion Magnus Carlsen.

Velaise told Screen that Borg/McEnroe “is one of the best scripts we’ve read in a long time, combined with very good ideas on the casting front and an excellent director.

“Both actors are the spitting image of Borg and McEnroe. Having grown up with all these tennis players, I’m instinctively »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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The All-Star Athlete Shia Labeouf Will Attempt To Play On Screen

17 May 2016 5:56 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Over the last several years, Shia Labeouf has demonstrated just how intense he can be, and not just with the characters he plays on camera. His offscreen antics have raised many an eyebrow, and he’s even gone to drastic lengths to prepare for certain roles, like pulling a tooth out for Fury. Now he’ll be bringing that intensity into a sports setting, as he’s just been cast as tennis great, John McEnroe. Labeouf’s McEnroe will be seen in the upcoming biopic Borg/McEnroe, which will depict the rivalry between McEnroe and fellow tennis player Bjorn Borg in the 1970s and 80s. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg, while Stellan Skarsgård will play Borg’s coach, Lennart Bergelin. Danish director Janus Metz is helming the movie, and Ronnie Sandahl will pen the script. Of »

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Shia Labeouf to Play John McEnroe in Tennis Biopic 'Borg/McEnroe'

17 May 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Actor Shia Labeouf has signed on to play real-life tennis star John McEnroe in upcoming biopic Borg/McEnroe, THR reports.

According to the outlet, the film will chronicle the great rivalry between tennis players Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which spanned in the 1970s and the 1980s.

In addition to Labeouf, Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg, and Stellan Skarsgard will portray Borg's coach, Lennart Bergelin. Here's what THR had to say about the legacy of the two tennis superstars.

"The cool, emotionless Borg and the wild, tantrum-throwing McEnroe faced each other 14 times on the professional tennis tour between 1978 and 1981, each winning seven of their matches. Their two Wimbledon finals, in 1980 and 1981, are considered among the greatest ever in the sport."

Danish director Janus Metz said the following:

“This is a very powerful drama that plunges deep into the minds of two extremely interesting personalities living in an explosive era. »

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Shia Labeouf To Play Tennis Legend John McEnroe In ‘Borg/McEnroe’

17 May 2016 10:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

In what appears to be a shockingly accurate marriage of actor and material, famously disruptive movie star Shia Labeouf has been cast as famously eruptive tennis player John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic “Borg/McEnroe.” The film is to be a dramatization of a heated, decades-spanning rivalry between McEnroe and Swedish player Bjorn Borg, who will […]

The post Shia Labeouf To Play Tennis Legend John McEnroe In ‘Borg/McEnroe’ appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Shia Labeouf to play John McEnroe in new movie

16 May 2016 9:48 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Borg/McEnroe will tell the story of the rivalry between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe. Shia Labeouf and Stellan Skarsgard are on board.

The rivalry between tennis stars John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg in the 1970s and 1980s is being turned into a new movie – and Shia Labeouf is set to star in it..

Borg/McEnroe is a biopic about the rivalry between the competing tennis players, with Sverrir Gudnason (A Serious Game) signing on the dotted line to play Borg. Labeouf, meanwhile, is taking on the role of McEnroe.

Stellan Skarsgard is involved in this one too, taking on the part of Borg’s coach, Lennart Bergelin, and the movie will be directed by Danish helmer Janus Metz.

The film is due to start shooting this autumn, and will be ready for release in 2017. Ronnie Sandahl is penning the screenplay.

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Shia Labeouf will face off against Borg as John McEnroe in the tennis biopic

16 May 2016 11:21 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

When Shia Labeouf is not busy watching his own movies in reverse chronological order and or hanging out in elevators, he actually does like to make movies from time to time. Things have been a touch quiet on the Labeouf cinematic front since Fury, but that's all going to change. The man has just signed on to star as John McEnroe in the tennis bio-pic, Borg/McEnroe. For those of you who don't... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Shia Labeouf to play John McEnroe in movie of Wimbledon legend's 1980 battle with Borg

16 May 2016 5:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Titled Borg vs McEnroe, Janus Metz Pedersen’s tennis drama will feature newcomer Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Stellan Skarsgård as his coach

Shia Labeouf will play John McEnroe in the upcoming sports biopic Borg vs McEnroe, about the famous 1980 Wimbledon final, often described as the greatest tennis match of all time, reports Variety.

Related: American Honey review: Andrea Arnold mislays map on sweet, indelible roadtrip

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Shia Labeouf to play John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe

15 May 2016 6:30 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shia Labeouf has signed on to play tennis legend John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic Borg/McEnroe, which will chronicle “the long-running battle for supremacy in the tennis world in the 1970s and 1980s between McEnroe and Swedish star Bjorn Borg.”

Labeouf will star alongside Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason (A Serious Game) as Borg, while Stellan Skarsgard is set to play Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin. The film is being directed by Danish filmmaker Janus Metz, who helmed the Cannes Grand Prize-winning war documentary Armadillo, from a script by Ronnie Sandahl (Underdog)

“This is a very powerful drama that plunges deep into the minds of two extremely interesting personalities living in an explosive era. I am very honored and excited to be at the reigns of it”, states Metz.

Production on Borg/McEnroe is set to get underway in the fall ahead of a release next year. »

- Gary Collinson

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Cannes: Shia Labeouf on ‘American Honey’ Sex Scenes, ‘Awkward’ Rihanna Dance

15 May 2016 6:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The first breakout movie of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Andrea Arnold’s “American Honey,” which premiered to rave reviews. On Sunday, the cast—including Shia Labeouf and newcomer Sasha Lane–appeared at a press conference for the indie, which follows a group of young kids that travel across the country hustling money by selling magazine subscriptions.

Arnold (who put Michael Fassbender on the map in “Fish Tank”) discovered her latest star on the beach during spring break. “She just came up to me,” says Lane, who grew up in Texas. “She just seemed really nice and was smiling. I didn’t know what she was talking about.” But Lane found herself immediately trusting the director. “I knew she was someone important and would take care of me. I knew it wasn’t going to be a porn scam.”

“Did you get porn directors?” Arnold asked back. “There »

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Shia Labeouf to Star as John McEnroe in Biopic ‘Borg/McEnroe’

14 May 2016 1:43 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Shia Labeouf has been tapped to star as John McEnroe in the upcoming biopic “Borg/McEnroe,” TheWrap has learned. The sports drama will focus on one of the biggest rivalries in tennis of all time between McEnroe and Swedish player Björn Borg in the late 1970s and and early 1980s. Sverrir Gudnason will play Borg, while Stellan Skarsgard has come on to play Borg’s coach Lennart Bergelin. Also Read: Shia Labeouf Lookalike Assaulted for Resemblance to Actor Danish direct Janus Metz will direct — his war documentary “Armadillo” won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010. All in all, »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Lars Von Trier to split 'Jack' shoot

14 May 2016 9:04 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The $9.8m project will shoot in Sweden this year, before a Copenhagen shoot in 2017.

Lars von Trier will make his new feature The House That Jack Built in two separate shoots, Zentropa producer Louise Vesth confirmed in Cannes yesterday.

“It will take a long time because Lars will work in two different shooting periods, he wants to be able to change the script in between. He wants to follow the thing he started in Nymphomaniac with digressions,” Vesth said.

She continued, “It’s a film about Jack, a serial killer. We follow him over 10 years and we experience the way he gets into the killings, we follow his murders where he’s taking more and more chances because he wants to make the perfect piece of art…The ending will be fatal.”

The film is casting now and she said it “will be an American and European cast.” The $9.8m (€8.7m) project will shoot starting in the »

- wendy.mitchell@screendaily.com (Wendy Mitchell)

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