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"Borg/McEnroe" to Open Tiff

1 August 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

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

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‘Borg/McEnroe’ To Open 2017 Toronto Film Festival

31 July 2017 10:52 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

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

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'Borg/McEnroe' to open 2017 Toronto Film Festival

31 July 2017 8:48 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Tennis drama stars Shia Labeouf and Sverrir Gudnason.

The world premiere of Borg/McEnroe will kick off the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (7 Sept – 17 Sept).

The film, directed by Janus Metz and starring Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård, will screen at the Roy Thomson Hall on September 7.

Piers Handling, director and CEO of Tiff, said in a statement: “Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on opening night.”

Tennis drama Borg/McEnroe tells the story of the rivalry between the cool swede Bjorn Borg and hot headed American John McEnroe, which culminated in their epic 1980 Wimbledon final.

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 »

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Shia Labeouf's Tennis Drama Set To Open This Year's Toronto International Film Festival

31 July 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

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). »

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Shia Labeouf’s ‘Borg/McEnroe’ To Open 2017 Toronto Festival

31 July 2017 7:19 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

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… »

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‘Borg/McEnroe’ With Shia Labeouf to Open Toronto Film Festival

31 July 2017 7:18 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.”


Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Movies From Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Alexander Payne

“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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Toronto: Shia Labeouf's 'Borg/McEnroe' to Open 2017 Festival

31 July 2017 7:10 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival on Monday said Borg/McEnroe will open its 42nd edition with a world premiere Sept. 7.

Directed by Janus Metz, the film, set to be released by Neon in North America in 2018, stars Shia Labeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgard.

"Borg/McEnroe has a powerful tension about it that is on par with the electric energy of Toronto on opening night,” Piers Handling, director and CEO of Tiff, said in a statement.

Labeouf plays tennis bad boy John McEnroe in the biopic about one of the greatest sports rivalries of all time, as Borg/McEnroe traces the »

- Etan Vlessing

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Serena Williams, John McEnroe Not Facing Off In Tennis Match, Despite Report

27 July 2017 6:48 AM, PDT | GossipCop | See recent GossipCop news »

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

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Game, set and movie: what makes a winning tennis film?

13 July 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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

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Arrest videos reveal Shia Labeouf racist rants by Jennie Kermode - 2017-07-13 12:45:35

13 July 2017 4:45 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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

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Shia Labeouf apologises for racist tirade

12 July 2017 8:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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.

Labeouf, who earned strong reviews in Andrea Arnold’s Cannes 2016 selection American Honey and stars as tennis legend John McEnroe in the »

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Shia Labeouf Arrested (Again) For Disorderly Conduct and Public Drunkenness

8 July 2017 8:54 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More: Why Shia Labeouf Needs a Career Reboot

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

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Labeouf vs Gudnason in New Full-Length Trailer for 'Borg/McEnroe'

5 July 2017 11:38 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

"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

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‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Trailer: Shia LeBeouf Is The Bad Boy Of Tennis In One Of Its Greatest Rivalries — Watch

5 July 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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.

Read More: ‘Battle of the Sexes’ Trailer: Emma Stone and Steve Carell Face Off in Sports Comedy — Watch

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

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‘Fun Mom Dinner’ Trailer: Toni Collette and Molly Shannon Let Loose In This Star-Studded Sundance Comedy — Watch

5 July 2017 7:08 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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?

Read More: Indie Film Has Saved the Romantic Comedy — These 11 Movies Prove Why

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

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"Borg vs McEnroe" @ Wimbledon

5 July 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

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 1980 McEnroe reached the men's singles final at 'Wimbledon' for the first time, where he faced Borg, who was aiming for an 'Open Era' record fifth consecutive Wimbledon title. 

In a fourth set tie-breaker that lasted 20 minutes, »

- Michael Stevens

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Shia Labeouf Serves Up a Rivalry in First Trailer for ‘Borg vs. McEnroe’

5 July 2017 6:10 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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.

Wimbledon, 1980. The rainiest summer in decades. The world is waiting to see the number one tennis player in the world, Björn Borg, »

- Jordan Raup

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Shia LeBeouf gets in touch with his inner McEnroe for Borg/McEnroe red band trailer

5 July 2017 6:01 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

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.

Related: First trailer for 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

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‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’: Shia Labeouf Serves Up A New Trailer

5 July 2017 4:27 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

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.

Continue reading ‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’: Shia Labeouf Serves Up A New Trailer at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Borg Vs McEnroe: the new trailer

4 July 2017 10:08 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Shia Labeouf and Sverrir Gudnason star in Borg Vs McEnroe. Here's the new trailer...

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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