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Karlovy Vary: International Productions on Rise in Czech Republic

9 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Karlovy Vary — A number of major international productions have begun shooting in the Czech Republic this year as the local industry reports continued growth in the sector for six years in a row.

Among the TV productions shooting in the Czech Republic are A+E Studio’s Templar Knight series “Knightfall” for History and Sky’s Roman Empire skein “Britannia” from Rick McCallum’s Czech shingle Film United. Both productions will spend a total of Czk 2 billion ($82 million) in the Czech Republic.

In addition, National Geographic Channel’s anthology series “Genius” is currently prepping to shoot in country. Produced by Fox 21, the first season will focus on the life of Albert Einstein.

Ron Howard is set to direct the first episode of the series, which is based on an adaptation of Walter Isaacson’s book “Einstein: His Life and Universe” by Noah Pink.

“Numerous international productions are choosing the »

- Ed Meza

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Rolex in the Movies: The Action Timepiece

10 June 2016 7:16 AM, PDT | Clothes on Film | See recent Clothes on Film news »

It’s the most celebrated, the most special, the most significant watch of all time; Rolex is symbolic of many things in the movies: style, wealth, attitude, and perhaps most importantly, taste. That is not to say a Rolex is elitist, but rather that the wearer on screen, anyone from James Bond to Steve McQueen, is someone possessed of the knowledge that there is no better. Rolex is the pinnacle.

The history of Rolex on film is not nearly as interesting as the scope of its wearers and how this simple act of either discreet or ostentatious display can define character. Take James Bond, a man whose breeding was forced upon him; he developed taste and nurtured it. Roger Moore’s incarnation of 007, the most overlooked style wise, is 100% a Rolex customer – even if his custom Submariner in Live and Let Die (1971) was modified somewhat by Q Branch. Sorry, but »

- Lord Christopher Laverty

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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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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 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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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. »

- Joseph Medina

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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.

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Cannes: Imelda Staunton Finds Her ‘Feet’ (Exclusive)

14 May 2016 9:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Imelda Staunton is set to star in romantic comedy “Finding Your Feet,” directed by “Wimbledon” and “Richard III” helmer Richard Loncraine.

Entertainment One has snapped up rights to the pic, which is being shopped by Protagonist Pictures, for the U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand in Cannes. The deal was negotiated by eOne’s Joel Kennedy and Protagonist’s Vanessa Saal.

Meg Leonard and Nick Moorcroft, who wrote “Urban Hymn” and U.K. click “St. Trinian’s,” pen the script about a woman whose life is turned upside down as she enters retirement. Eclipse Films and Powder Keg Pictures are producing.

While not in Protagonist’s official brochure for Cannes projects on offer this year, the title is already whetting the appetite of indie buyers, with eOne seeing pic’s “grey pound” potential, following the great success of titles geared toward older auds like “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel »

- Diana Lodderhose

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Stellan Skarsgård, Sverrir Gudnason Join Shia Labeouf In ‘Borg vs McEnroe’

14 May 2016 5:02 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”) and up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) will star opposite Shia Labeouf (“American Honey”) in “Borg vs McEnroe” directed by popular Danish helmer Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo,””True Detective”).

Gudnason will star as Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg while Labeouf will topline as John McEnroe. Skarsgård will play Borg’s coach.

The project, which starts shooting in August, chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.

Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing the project, which Svensk is shopping at Cannes.

Gudnason and Laboeuf have been training for two months for the part.

More to come.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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Skarsgard In Talks For "Borg vs. Monroe"

11 May 2016 6:18 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Stellan Skarsgard and Sverrir Gudnasson are in talks to join "Armadillo" director and "True Detective" executive producer Janus Metz Pederson's "Borg Vs. McEnroe" for Tre Vanner and Sf Studios.

The story follows one of sport's most famed rivalries which re-creates the intense professional enmity between the controlled and cool Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borg and American enfant terrible John McEnroe.

Their 1980 match in the final of Wimbledon is widely considered one of the greatest tennis matches in the history of the sport. Producers are seeking the help of Shia Labeouf for the role of the foul-mouthed, perm-haired McEnroe.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Kirsten Dunst "InStyle"

20 February 2016 4:59 PM, PST | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ new images of actress Kirsten Dunst (forever known as 'Mary Jane Watson' in director Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" Trilogy) featured in the March 2016 issue of "InStyle" magazine:

"I live in pieces that make me feel good," said the former child actress (Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles"), pictured wearing Dior, Céline and Jil Sander.

At the age of twelve, Dunst gained widespread recognition as vampire 'Claudia' in 'Interview with the Vampire' (1994), a role for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared in "Little Women" the same year and in "Jumanji" the following year.

After a recurring role in the NBC medical drama "ER" (1996–97) as 'Charlie Chemingo' and co-starring in films such as "Wag the Dog" (1997), "Small Soldiers" (1998) and "The Virgin Suicides" (1999), Dunst transitioned into romantic comedies and comedy-dramas, starring in "Drop Dead Gorgeous" (1999), "Bring It On" (2000), "Get Over It »

- Michael Stevens

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