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Bounty Hunters review: a silly script and a lack of laughs

Rosie Perez can’t save this odd-couple comedy-drama, co-starring (and co-written by) the overexposed Jack Whitehall. Plus: great gags in Man Down and Marvel’s eminently missable The Inhumans

Rosie Perez should be on TV a lot more, Jack Whitehall should be on TV a lot less. So where does that leave us when it comes to Bounty Hunters, the new Sky1 comedy-drama that co-stars this unlikely pair? Whitehall (who co-wrote the script with his Bad Education collaborator, Freddy Syborn) stars as Barnaby Walker, a PhD student from Wimbledon who, in common with all Whitehall characters, leads a pleasantly posh existence until disaster strikes. When his dad (Robert Lindsay) is rendered comatose by a mysterious fall, Barnaby must assume responsibility not only for the family’s antiques-dealing business, but also for a pair of statues looted from Syria and a £50,000 hole in the shop’s accounts.

Apparently, Wimbledon wimps benefit
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Dogwoof Serves Up ‘john + bjorn’ Documentary on McEnroe-Borg Tennis Rivalry (Exclusive)

London-based documentary sales specialist Dogwoof has boarded international sales for ‘john + bjorn,’ a feature-length documentary about the fierce rivalry between tennis stars John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg. Dogwoof will shop the project at Afm.

Covering some of the same ground as recently released feature “Borg/McEnroe,” which focused on the players’ battle for supremacy in the 1980 Wimbledon men’s final, the new documentary will look at the lives of the tennis legends before and after that iconic match-up, including, ultimately, the pair’s friendship.

Fledgling producer Hound Entertainment is making the film, and production is underway. Paul Bell (“Senna”) is among the producers. Riina Zachariassen and Adam Nielsen, who was Oscar-nominated for “A War,” are also attached. The film is being produced entirely from archive footage, some of which has never been seen before.

Dogwoof will show a promo for pre-buyers at Afm on Nov. 1. “We loved the filmmakers’ bold vision to tell the story of this
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Borg vs McEnroe review – a five-set thriller of a film

Sverrir Gudnason is superb as the ice-cool Swede struggling to contain a cauldron of emotion – and Shia Labeouf’s not bad either as his voluble opponent

A tale of sporting rivalry is given a brooding, introspective Scandinavian twist by Janus Metz, hitherto best known for his award-winning documentary Armadillo. Stoic, seemingly unflappable Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and volatile, temperamental brat John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf) competed for the Wimbledon title in 1980. On paper, it was a clash of opposites. But in fact, this film argues that the two men had more in common than anyone suspected at the time. Ice-man Borg, the main focus of this film, was in fact a volcano; his obsession with detail, his superstitions, were all part of the meticulous control mechanism he constructed to prevent the eruptions of anger that so tarnished McEnroe’s early reputation.

Whether or not you know the outcome, this is a cracking watch.
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Game, set and spats… a grand slam of tennis movies

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Shia Labeouf as John McEnroe go head-to-head this autumn. Our critic plays umpire

Tennis addicts can rest easy – in the sense of staying up all night to watch tennis. Somewhere in the world an important tournament is under way and on subscription TV. The less seriously committed are faced with the long inter-slam drought between the Us and Australian Opens. Fortunately palliatives are at hand in the form of two movies, Battle of the Sexes and Borg vs McEnroe.

The first film is about the 1973 match between Billie Jean King and the self-proclaimed male chauvinist pig and former world No 1 Bobby Riggs; the second focuses on the 1980 Wimbledon final. They are linked by the way that in 2000 Donald Trump offered John McEnroe a million dollars to play either of the Williams sisters at one of his hotels. As McEnroe recounted in his 2002 autobiography Serious,
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Lady Gaga, Margot Robbie, Jason Sudeikis and More Spotted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival

Lady Gaga, Margot Robbie, Jason Sudeikis and More Spotted at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival
The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is in full swing. The festival just started on Sept. 7 and runs until Sept. 17, but there have already been several celebrity sightings. Shia Labeouf and Sverrir Gudnason hit the red carpet on the first day of the festival to promote their film Borg/McEnroe, a film about the 1980 Wimbledon Championship match between tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe. Quantico's Priyanka Chopra was another early arrival and wore a pink Fendi ensemble to the premiere of Pahuna: The Little Visitors. The film, which she produced, is about three Nepalese children who get separated from their parents while entering Sikkim and their...
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Toronto Opener ‘Borg/McEnroe’ Serves Up Psychological Drama And The Shia Labeouf “Role Of A Lifetime” – Toronto Studio

Toronto Opener ‘Borg/McEnroe’ Serves Up Psychological Drama And The Shia Labeouf “Role Of A Lifetime” – Toronto Studio
At the finals of Wimbledon in 1980, two men—a placid, methodical swede, Björn Borg, and a vocal, emotional American, John McEnroe—went head to head in a grudge-match that is still on the minds of every fan of the sport. The events that shaped these two men are played out in Janus Metz’s Borg/McEnroe, which opened the Toronto Film Festival last night and set the stage for a festival surprisingly heavy in tennis movies (Battle of the Sexes is the one another, but they’re a…
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‘Borg/McEnroe’ Review: You May As Well Make ‘Pong: The Movie’ | Tiff 2017

I’m sure when Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe faced each other at the 1980 Wimbledon match, it was astonishing to watch, and to the credit of director Janus Metz, he draws you into the intensity of that showdown when the game finally begins. Unfortunately, the entirety of Borg/McEnroe is pitched at the level of a myth, and the problem with adapting real-life sports is that the mythic status already falls into place. There are winners and losers based on athletic accomplishment. You don’t have to work too hard to distinguish a good sporting event from a …
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Tiff 2017: ‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Reaction

The Hollywood News is back at the Toronto International Film Festival, and we’re also back with some new reaction videos. We’re off and running with our very first one with Stefan Pape, reviews editor at HeyUGuys.com, and reviewing the opening film of Tiff, Borg vs. McEnroe.

Borg vs. McEnroe is a film about one of the world’s greatest icons Björn Borg and his biggest rival, the young and talented John McEnroe and their legendary duel during the 1980’s Wimbledon tournament. It’s a story about two men who changed the face of tennis and who became legends and the price they had to pay.

We’ve reviewed the film in full over here, but for something a little more light-hearted, do check out our video below.

The post Tiff 2017: ‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Reaction appeared first on The Hollywood News.
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Opening-Night Premieres ‘Borg/McEnroe’ And ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Are A Love Match As Toronto Gets Underway

Opening-Night Premieres ‘Borg/McEnroe’ And ‘Call Me By Your Name’ Are A Love Match As Toronto Gets Underway
The Toronto Film Festival kicked off tonight with the world premiere of Borg/McEnroe, the Neon 2018 release that centers on the Wimbledon final of all Wimbledon finals in 1980 between Bjorn Borg going for his fifth men’s singles title there vs outspoken upstart John McEnroe. But at this packed festival it isn’t enough to have just one opening-night movie, there have to be at least two or three. So it was, with a number of films including the excellent On Chesil…
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Toronto: 'Borg/McEnroe' Director Calls Shia Labeouf "My Secret Lover" as Festival Opens

The Toronto Film Festival kicked off Thursday night with Borg/McEnroe, a Swedish-made drama about the 1980 showdown at Wimbledon between brash American John McEnroe and cool Swede Bjorn Borg.

Director Janus Metz took to the Roy Thomson Hall stage to welcome his cast, led by Sverrir Gudnason, who plays Borg, Stellan Skarsgard and Shia Labeouf (McEnroe). Metz jokingly introduced Labeouf as "someone who has become very dear to me during this production, my friend, my brother, my secret lover, my bulldog, and my baby child."

The director also hailed his movie as a psychological thriller about "two people driving each...
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Tiff Review: ‘Borg/McEnroe’ Targets Turmoil More Than Tennis

Juan Martin del Potro just ruined the match-up everyone wanted to see at the 2017 Us Open—a semi-final pitting Rafa Nadal against Roger Federer. Despite both being in their thirties, their rivalry has never stopped. What’s intriguing, however, is how amiable it has always been (or seemed to be). With the quieter Pete Sampras and emotional Andre Agassi a generation earlier, the same was true despite their differing personalities and server versus returner billing. You could call the former a product of the latter and the latter a product of the explosive combat before them between “ice cold” Björn Borg and New York “superbrat” John McEnroe. The glaring difference of course is that their iconic war was augmented off-court by the media. It may have only really lasted two years, but the effect it had on the sport of tennis was permanent.

Danish director (of documentary Armadillo fame) Janus Metz
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‘Borg/McEnroe’ Toronto Review: Shia Labeouf Tennis Movie Mixes Backhands With Psychoanalysis

  • The Wrap
It’s safe to say that “Borg/McEnroe,” which opened the Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday night, makes its ambitions clear from the start. The film from director Janus Metz opens with a title-card quote from Andre Agassi (who otherwise has nothing to do with this particular tennis story) that concludes, “Every match is a life in miniature.” Make that two lives in miniature, because “Borg/McEnroe” sets out to encapsulate the troubled journeys of tennis stars Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe within one epic match. That came in the 1980 Wimbledon final, when the emotionless Swede was going for a record.
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Toronto Film Review: Shia Labeouf in ‘Borg/McEnroe’

Toronto Film Review: Shia Labeouf in ‘Borg/McEnroe’
Borg McEnroe” is the story of one of the great tennis rivalries of all time, between Swedish efficiency expert Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and explosive American underdog John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf), as defending champion Borg competes for his record-breaking fifth Wimbledon title. But it also is the backstory of one of the great tennis friendships, and for someone like me who knew nothing about the match in question (and cared less about who won), that twist — revealed practically in overtime, after the film has effectively ended — made me want to go right back in and watch the movie a second time.

As in competing tennis picture “The Battle of the Sexes” (which seems a far more commercial prospect, in the U.S. at least, given its added political dimension and likable lead actors), director Janus Metz’s stylish, Scandi-made behind-the-scenes sports movie builds to an extended on-court showdown — in this case, a virtuoso,
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Tiff 2017: ‘Borg McEnroe’ Review: Dir. Janus Metz (2017)

Borg McEnroe review: Filmmaker Janus Metz serves up Sverrig Gudnason and Shia Labeouf as the tow legendary tennis players in the film which opens the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.

Borg McEnroe review, by Paul Heath.

The choice to screen Borg McEnroe as the opening film of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is certainly an odd one, especially following last year’s star-studded The Magnificent 7, but after viewing this part-biopic sports drama for the first time, all becomes clear. A definite crowd-pleaser, this Scandinavian production is well crafted and ticks all of the right boxes, but when the viewer has knowledge of the outcome of the famous rivalry from the 1980s, does one’s satisfaction level fall short of the mark?

There are two names in the title of this drama, but the story certainly favours the former tennis legend more heavily than the latter. Sverrig Gudnason assumes the role of Bjorn Borg,
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‘Borg/McEnroe’ Review: Shia Labeouf Is a Mad Genius, But This Tennis Drama Offers Nothing Else to Love

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Shia Labeouf is hardly a dead ringer for a young John McEnroe — he looks more like one of Royal Tenenbaum’s grandchildren than anything else — but it’s hard to imagine anyone more perfect for the part. As a rising superstar in the early ’80s, the hotheaded McEnroe was as famous for his mid-match tantrums as he was for his tennis. He was one of the most gifted natural talents the game had ever seen, but he would erupt at a moment’s notice, self-destructing on some of the world’s biggest stages.

The parallels between McEnroe and the volatile young actor who plays him in “Borg/McEnroe” are obvious enough to make themselves, but the saving grace of Janus Metz’s relentlessly self-serious sports drama is that the film doesn’t take its casting for granted — it refuses to rest on the meta-textual fun of watching one explosive celebrity play another.
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'Borg/McEnroe': Film Review | Tiff 2017

'Borg/McEnroe': Film Review | Tiff 2017
It was "the IceBorg versus the SuperBrat," in the eyes of the world: the 1980 Wimbledon final pitting Björn Borg, a four-time champion who never lost his cool in a game, against John McEnroe, who seemingly couldn't keep his cool in a walk-in freezer with Isaac Hayes on his headphones. Janus Metz's Borg/McEnroe paints a very different picture, diving into both men's psyches to find them all but identical, differing only in their outward manifestations of relentless pressure. An acting-forward sports film capable of engaging viewers who don't know their 30-loves from their birdies or hat tricks, it has mainstream...
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‘Borg/McEnroe’ Star Shia Labeouf on the ‘Cathartic’ Experience of Playing Misunderstood John McEnroe — Tiff

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Shia Labeouf hasn’t been shy about his affection for tennis giant John McEnroe, so his starring part in Janus Metz’s Toronto International Film Festival opener “Borg/McEnroe” feels like a particularly special gift for the actor. Primarily fixed on the eponymous Wimbledon match played between McEnroe and all-time great Björn Borg (played by Sverrir Gudnason), the drama also finds room to explore how both men rose to their positions in the sport, aided by seemingly unshakable perceptions by the public (that McEnroe was crazy, that Borg was a machine without emotion).

From the start, Labeouf has voiced his pleasure at taking on the role, one that he sees so much of himself — and his own public perceptions — inside of. In an interview with Variety last October, Labeouf said, “[McEnroe and I have] everything in common. Passionate. Perfectionist. Narcissistic. I’m a bit of a caricature also. You look for parallels in your life,
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Shia Labeouf Says John McEnroe “Used Screaming Rage As A Tactic”: ‘Borg/McEnroe’ At Toronto

John McEnroe is a misunderstood guy, in sum an artist. This was actor Shia Labeouf’s assessment of the tennis champ he portrays in Borg/McEnroe, tonight’s opening-night film at the Toronto International Film Festival. It focuses on the epic showdown between McEnroe and Swedish tennis master Bjorn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) at Wimbledon in 1980. Watching McEnroe play was akin to “Amadeus — he’s like the Mozart character,” said Labeouf. A guy who didn’t process his genius, “he…
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