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Chris here. We're very excited that the Toronto Film Festival is right around the corner, and last week's first announcement of the films in the lineup were just the beginning. One of the conspicuous gaps in last week's films was the fest opener - and now we know that film to be tennis biopic Borg/McEnroe.
This makes the second real-life period tennis film playing the fest, after the likely more lighthearted Battle of the Sexes. Here Shia Labeouf stars as the hot-tempered John McEnroe facing off against his rival Björn Borg, played by Sverrir Gudnason, during Wimbledon 1980. The opening slot hasn't had the best luck in recent years, with past films being the The Magnificent Seven remake, Demoliton, The Judge, and The Fifth Estate - bet you hadn't thought of those movies in a bit! Could Borg/McEnroe turn it around? Or, perhaps more importantly, is tennis the next sports movie obsession? »
- Chris Feil
The World Premiere of Borg/McEnroe is set to be this year’s Toronto Film Festival 2017 opening film at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7. Directed by Janus Metz and written by Ronnie Sandahl, the film stars Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård. More below.
Toronto Film Festival 2017 opening film will be Borg/McEnroe.
“Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on Opening Night,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of Tiff. “The story of this nail-biter matchup changed the sport of tennis forever, and the outstanding performances from Labeouf and Gudnason will be a spectacular way for Festival-goers to kick things off.”
“Janus Metz’s Armadillo is a gripping war documentary that took home the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes. Amazingly, Metz brings that same urgent tension to Borg/McEnroe,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of Tiff. »
- Paul Heath
Sf Studios is handling international sales of the film.
Other titles at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival include Darkest Hour, which stars Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill; real-life skating drama I, Tonya with Margot Robbie; The Mountain Between Us starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet and Thomas Edison »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Orlando Parfitt)
Directed by Janus Metz, the tennis drama Borg/McEnroe relays the true, competitive story of the pro-sports rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) and his greatest adversary, John McEnroe (Shia Labeouf). »
The world premiere of Borg/McEnroe will be the Opening Night Gala film at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival. The screening will be held at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 7. Directed by Janus Metz and written by Ronnie Sandahl, the film stars Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård. Borg/McEnroe tells the story of the epic rivalry between Swedish tennis legend Björn Borg (Gudnason) and his greatest adversary, the brash American John McEnroe… »
Tennis’ most famous duelists will help kick off this year’s Toronto Film Festival.
“Borg/McEnroe,” a new drama about the longterm rivalry between the unflappable Swedish tennis star Björn Borg and the hard-charging American John McEnroe will have its world premiere as the opening night gala film at Roy Thomson Hall on September 7.
There could be controversy associated with the decision to break out the tennis whites for the glitzy event. Last month, Shia Labeouf, who stars as McEnroe, was arrested for public intoxication and caught on camera telling a black police officer that he will go to hell because of his skin color. Labeouf apologized for his remarks, saying he was “deeply ashamed.”
“I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long,” he added.
The opening night slot can be a mixed bag. Last year, »
- Brent Lang
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- Etan Vlessing
Serena Williams and John McEnroe are not planning to face off in a tennis match after she gives birth, despite a report. Gossip Cop can explain how this made-up story took real news and turned it into fake news. Last month, McEnroe took an unexpected shot at Williams in an NPR interview, saying she’d only […] »
- Shari Weiss
Past attempts to capture the game have had mixed results, but Borg vs McEnroe – celebrating the epic 1980 Wimbledon final – and Battle of the Sexes, both due out later this year, could deliver match points
There are so many ways to make John McEnroe mad. You can give him a bad line call or a time violation, or remind him of the French Open title bout he lost to Ivan Lendl in 1984. Alternatively, you can make a film such as Borg vs McEnroe, which lionises him on screen and celebrates his heroic performance in the 1980 Wimbledon final. The film is not out until September and he is already calling fault. He is bemused by the concept and sceptical of the content. He dislikes the fact that it is being made at all. “I’ve never seen a good tennis movie,” the three-time former Wimbledon champion complained to Vanity Fair. “They all were terrible. »
- Xan Brooks
Shia Labeouf Photo: Marvin Lynchard/DoD News Features
"I am deeply ashamed of my behaviour and make no excuses for it," said Shia Labeouf in a statement yesterday after videos emerged of him hurling racist abuse at police officers who arrested him in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday. "I am certain that my actions warrant a very sincere apology to the arresting officers and I am grateful for their restraint."
Labeouf, who plays the similarly troubled tennis star John McEnroe in Borg/McEnroe, which will be released later this year, was arrested when in Savannah to film scenes for The Peanut Butter Falcon. Body-cam footage of the arrest shows him asking a police officer for a cigarette and becoming aggressive when he was not given one. He told the black officer that he had a president and an employer who didn't care about him so he wanted to arrest white people who did care, »
- Jennie Kermode
Actor caught on camera insulting black police officer.
Troubled actor Shia Labeouf took to social media on Wednesday to apologise for a racist outburst recorded on police video.
Labeouf was caught on camera insulting a black police offer following his arrest in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday on suspicion of obstruction, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness after he allegedly asked a passer-by for a cigarette.
Labeouf is heard in the video saying to the black officer: “You’re going to hell, straight to hell, bro.” When the officer’s white colleague asked Labeouf how he could make that statement based on the man’s colour, the actor replied, “It means a whole lot, bro.”
Moments later the actor, who was in the process of being fingerprinted by the officers, claimed he had been arrested because he was white.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Shia Labeouf’s career over the last several years has been overshadowed by his offscreen antics, and it doesn’t seem like that’s going to change anytime soon. The 31-year-old actor was arrested in Georgia earlier this morning on suspicion of disorderly conduct and public drunkenness, according to jail records from the Chatham County Sheriff’s Department (via The Hollywood Reporter). Labeouf was arrested around 4 a.m. Et. Bond is set at $7,000.
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The details surrounding the incident have not been disclosed, but it wouldn’t be the first time Labeouf was arrested for public drunkenness. He infamously disrupted a Broadway performance of “Cabaret” in fall 2014 by standing up and yelling at the actors on stage. The actor was escorted out of the show in handcuffs at intermission and was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct and one count of criminal trespassing. »
- Zack Sharf
"What do you want from tennis?" "To be the best." A full-length trailer has been unveiled for tennis match film Borg/McEnroe, profiling (and recreating) the iconic 1980 tennis match between Björn Borg and John McEnroe. The film seems to now be titled simply Borg, which is odd considering it seems to be about both players and not just Borg, but this trailer proves otherwise. Maybe the title is different in certain countries around the world? Shia Labeouf plays John McEnroe, and Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason plays Björn Borg; also starring Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny, and David Bamber. This looks damn good, even better than expected. I'm impressed by the mix of English, French and Swedish in this trailer. Worth a look. Here's the first full-length trailer for Janus Metz Pedersen's Borg/McEnroe, direct from YouTube: And here's another new UK teaser trailer for Borg/McEnroe, also debuted this week »
- Alex Billington
Tennis fans know the inevitable letdown that comes with the final match of the U.S. Open every summer, but 2017 brings two exciting fall movies to fill the void: “Battle of the Sexes,” where Emma Stone will play the great Billie Jean King, and “Borg vs. McEnroe,” which stars Shia LeBeouf as the notorious bad boy of tennis in a stylish drama about one of the sport’s greatest rivalries.
Swedish tennis player Bjorn Borg and American legend John McEnroe played each other 14 times on tour between the years 1978 and 1981. Each player won 7 times. Their rivalry was all the more fascinating due to their polarized demeanors: Borg was known for his zen-like cool on court, while McEnroe was an infamous firebrand, often yelling at umpires and wildly upsetting the balance of a game that reveres civility. »
- Jude Dry
The Momsemble comedy goes indie with this Sundance farce from director Alethea Jones and writer Julie Rudd, which released a raucous first trailer today. It’s full of the kinds of shenanigans one might expect from a comedy about moms letting loose for an epic night: Flying poop, competitive bickering, clueless dads, and a trip to a weed dispensary. What could possibly go wrong?
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Toni Collette and Molly Shannon lead a feisty mom group that includes Bridget Everett (“Patti Cake$”) and Katie Aselton (“The Gift”). The rest of the cast is like a who’s who of indie comedy: Adam Scott, Rob Huebel, Paul Rudd, Paul Rust, and John Early round it out. There’s even a bartending Adam Levine thrown in there. In this short glimpse, we see Collette playing against type as Kate, the mom »
- Jude Dry
From RedBand.Ca, Sneak Peek restricted 'red band' footage from the Swedish biographical feature "Borg vs McEnroe", directed by Janus Metz, focusing on the rivalry between tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe @ the 1980 'Wimbledon Championships', starring Sverrir Gudnason, Shia Labeouf, Stellan Skarsgård, Tuva Novotny and Robert Emms:
Tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe met 14 times on the regular tour and 22 times in total, with their on-court rivalry highlighted by their contrasting temperaments and styles. Borg was known for his cool and emotionless demeanor on court, while McEnroe was famed for his court-side tantrums. Their rivalry extended between 1978 and 1981, with each player winning seven times against the other.
In a fourth set tie-breaker that lasted 20 minutes, »
- Michael Stevens
Perhaps we can thank 7 Days in Hell, but tennis films seem to be all the rage this fall, albeit in a less comedic form than Andy Samberg’s spoof. While Emma Stone and Steve Carell will square off in Battle of the Sexes this September, the same month will see the international debut — and likely fall festival premiere — of another tennis drama, Borg vs. McEnroe.
Starring Sverrir Gudnason as Borg and Shia Labeouf as McEnroe, the film is directed by acclaimed Swedish helmer Janus Metz (Armadillo), and the first trailer has now landed. Judging from this first preview, it’s intriguing to see a sports drama such as this coming from a Swedish perspective rather than than the all-too-frequent American view we normally get.
Check out the trailer below.
- Jordan Raup
Author: Zehra Phelan
Who knew it could be so epically intense off the court as it is on! With Wimbledon fever gripping the world by the short and curlies a brand new red band trailer has been released for the upcoming biographical drama Borg/McEnroe.
As with the first trailer, the red band version ups the ante on the tension front as both legendary tennis players Björn Borg and John McEnroe prepare themselves for the biggest match of their lives. Flitting between Swedish and English Borg, who is played by Sverrir Gudnason, is your quiet brooding type, one to keep his emotions calmly bottled up without even breaking into a smile. Whilst McEnroe, played by Shia LeBeouf, as we all know, has a more assertive manner, confidence over boils as well as his anger at a journalist at a standard press conference. The trailer »
- Zehra Phelan
Tennis seems to be all the rage these days. “Battle of the Sexes,” the story of the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell), is hitting theaters soon, and coming right behind is “Borg Vs McEnroe,” centering on arguably the most famous rivalry in tennis history: Swedish player Björn Borg versus American John McEnroe.
- Rodrigo Perez
Simon Brew Jul 5, 2017
Over here in the UK, we’re currently hosting a tennis competition. Well, we’re not, but the All England Club is, as the first week of Wimbledon is underway.
Cunningly, a trailer for a tennis-related film has been released to coincide with this. Borg Vs McEnroe is set to focus on one of tennis’ most famous rivalries – John McEnroe vs Bjorn Borg – with Shia Labeouf playing the former, and Sverrir Gudnason playing the latter. The film will be set around the 1980 showdown between the pair.
Janus Metz Pedesen is directing this one, which is set for a UK opening on September 22nd. And here’s the latest trailer for the movie… »
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