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Watch Shia Labeouf in Thrilling New Trailer for John McEnroe Movie

Watch Shia Labeouf in Thrilling New Trailer for John McEnroe Movie
Shia Labeouf channels the rage and athletic brilliance of tennis champion John McEnroe in the new trailer for Borg vs McEnroe. The film focuses on the 1980 Wimbledon showdown between the hot-headed American and Swedish player Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason).

The preview details this "perfect rivalry," establishing McEnroe as the scrappy rebel and Borg as the disciplined craftsman aiming for his fifth title at age 24. "McEnroe is the bigger talent, but Björn Borg is like being hit by a sledgehammer," one announcer says.

The trailer contrasts Borg's superstitious training regimen and McEnroe's hard-partying lifestyle.
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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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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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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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‘Borg/McEnroe’ To Open 2017 Toronto Film Festival

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

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

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“I have been struggling with addiction publicly for far too long,” he added.

The opening night slot can be a mixed bag. Last year,
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‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Trailer: Shia LeBeouf Is The Bad Boy Of Tennis In One Of Its Greatest Rivalries — Watch

‘Borg vs. McEnroe’ Trailer: Shia LeBeouf Is The Bad Boy Of Tennis In One Of Its Greatest Rivalries — Watch
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.
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Shia Labeouf Serves Up a Rivalry in First Trailer for ‘Borg vs. McEnroe’

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,
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Watch Shia Labeouf as Tennis Great John McEnroe in ‘Borg vs McEnroe’ Teaser (Video)

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Watch Shia Labeouf as Tennis Great John McEnroe in ‘Borg vs McEnroe’ Teaser (Video)
Shia LeBeouf stars as tennis great John McEnroe in the biopic “Borg vs McEnroe.” Check out the teaser above. 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 plays his coach, Lennart Bergelin. Also Read: Shia LeBeouf Grants Fan's Wish, Whacks Him in Face (Video) Danish director Janus Metz directs — his war documentary “Armadillo” won the grand prize at Cannes’ Critics’ Week in 2010. All in all, Borg and McEnroe faced off 14 times between 1978 and.
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New Trailer For ‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’ Starring Shia Labeouf Explores Wimbledon’s Finest Hour

Today marks the 140th anniversary of Wimbledon, the world’s premiere tennis tournament, which makes it a great occasion to promote “Borg Vs McEnroe.” The tennis drama is gearing up to hit cinematic courts this fall, and it certainly looks like it’s going to be some compelling stuff.

Shia Labeouf stars as John McEnroe with Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg, in the Janus Metz Pedersen (“Armadillo,” “True Detective” season 2) directed tale about the famous 1980 showdown between the two players, which is regarded as one of the greatest tennis matches ever.

Continue reading New Trailer For ‘Borg Vs. McEnroe’ Starring Shia Labeouf Explores Wimbledon’s Finest Hour at The Playlist.
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Bjarke Ingels doc 'Big Time' gets France, Australia deals

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Exclusive: The innovative architect designed the new World Trade Centre.

Early in the market, documentary sales outfit Autlook is racking up deals on its new title Big Time.

The film gives an insight into the creative mind of prolific and innovative architect Bjarke Ingels, who designed World Trade Center 2, Google Headquarters Silicon Valley, The Smithonian Washington DC, Kuala Lumpur Signature Towers a.m.m.

Danish director Kaspar Astrup Schroeder follows Ingels over a period of six years.

MK2 Films confirmed it has taken Big Time for France and will give the film a theatrical release.

Madman in Australia plans to release the project in the late autumn. The Danish release will be handled by DoxBio.

Big Time is a Danish production, led by Sonntag Pictures (Cannes selected Armadillo by Janus Metz, Tribeca awarded Dance movie Bobbi Jene by Elvira Lind)

The new deals have been negotiated by Autlook’s Salma Abdalla on behalf of the filmmakers Sara Sonntag
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Shia Labeouf Starrer ‘Borg/McEnroe’ Inks Worldwide Sales for Sf Studios (Exclusive)

“Borg/McEnroe,” the feature starring Shia Labeouf and Sverrir Gudnason as tennis icons John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg, respectively, has closed numerous sales for Sf Studios.

A U.S. deal is close for the finished film.

Janus Metz Pederson’s film was acquired by A Contracorriente (Spain), Best Film (Poland), Rosebud (Greece), Mars Production (Turkey), Estinfilm (Baltic States), Sidus Film (South Korea), Runaway Luminosity (India), Phoenicia Pictures (Middle East) and Films4You (Portugal).

“Borg/McEnroe” was previously acquired by Hualu (China), Fame Solutions/Programs4Media (former Yugoslavia), Lucky Red (Italy), Cineplex (Latin America), and for France (Pretty Pictures), the U.K. (Curzon), German-language Switzerland (Ascot Elite), Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta) and Benelux (September Film).

Pederson previously directed “Armadillo” and “True Detective.” “Borg/McEnroe,” penned by screenwriter Ronnie Sandahl (“Underdog”), chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry. Tre Vanner and Sf Studios produced the film.
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Janus Metz shows first footage from 'Between Two Worlds' at Cph:dox

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Janus Metz shows first footage from 'Between Two Worlds' at Cph:dox
At Cph:Forum, Eurimages Award goes to Maria Back’s Psychosis in Stockholm; 31 projects pitched.

Cph:dox expanded its industry offerings this year by adding a Work-in-Progress session on the eve of its Cph:forum for six Nordic documentaries currently in production or post-production.

Short presentations including footage was shown for projects including:

The Acali Experiment (Swe/Den/Ger/Us), dir Marcus Lindeen, prod Erik Gandini

The story will examine what happened when Mexican anthropologist Santiago Genovés tried a unique experiment in 1973, putting 10 people on a raft for a 101-day voyage to study human behaviour. Lindeen brought the participants together for the first time in 43 years to talk about Genoves’ manipulative behaviour. “I wanted make a reunion and let them talk about their memories of what happened on the raft,” he said. “We let the subjects make a study of the scientist.” The team aims to deliver the film in the autumn.

Contact: gandini@fasad.se

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Goteborg: first footage revealed from 'Borg/McEnroe', Ruben Ostlund's 'The Square'

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Projects participated in the Nordic festival’s works in progress event.

Ruben Ostlund got buyers and festival programmers hopping with excitement in Goteborg as he presented the first footage from his forthcoming fifth feature The Square during the festival’s work in progress pitches.

Ostlund screened about seven minutes from one scene of the new film, during which a controversial performance artist (played by Terry Notary) makes guests at a black-tie art gala very uncomfortable. “You know I love awkward situations,” the director said.

Goteborg’s audience of industry experts commented that they were impressed by the confidence of the unnerving scene, which showed Ostlund working on a bigger scale even than his last hit, Force Majeure.

At a festival session later for the public, Ostlund previewed a second clip from the film, in which a museum director (Claes Bang) delivers a self-centered video apology to a boy he had accused of being a thief.

Another high-profile
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‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days

‘Borg/McEnroe,’ ‘The Square,’ ‘Darling’ Set For Goteborg’s Industry Days
Janus Metz Pederson (“Armadillo”)’s “Borg vs McEnroe” with Shia Labeouf, and Ruben Ostlund’s “The Square” with Elisabeth Moss are among the most anticipated Scandinavian work-in-progress titles set for the Nordic Film Market hosted during Goteborg Film Festival’s industry days.

Both films are part of the 18 work-in-progress features selected by Cia Edström, Goteborg’s head of industry, and her team.

“Borg vs McEnroe” stars up-and-comer Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish player Bjorn Borg and Labeouf as John McEnroe. The film chronicles the 1980 Wimbledon final and sheds light on the two tennis stars’ complex relationship and rivalry.Tre Vanner and Sf Studios are producing, while Svensk handles international sales.

The Square,” meanwhile, is a satirical film turning on the creative director of a museum who is desperate to build some buzz around an upcoming exhibition and decides to hire a PR agency which has no boundaries. The film is produced by Plattform Produktion.
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Cph Pix: 'Borg/McEnroe' director talks casting Borg's son

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Cph Pix: 'Borg/McEnroe' director talks casting Borg's son
Wendy Mitchell reports from the festival’s inaugural work in progress session; further titles presented were Winter Brothers, Drib, Under The Tree and Tom Of Finland.

Casting Bjorn Borg’s 13-year-old son Leo to play his father in Borg/McEnroe wasn’t a publicity stunt, the film’s director Janus Metz explained.

“Casting him was a very magical, strange process. We were looking for kids age 13-15 with a talent for sports, and weren’t public that this was for a film about Bjorn Borg. We got in a casting tape for Leo Borg,” the director said.

“For a long time I didn’t want Leo in the movie, because I was genuinely afraid it would be perceived as a publicity stunt,” Metz explained. “But he of course looks like his dad, he’s one of the best tennis players in Sweden in his age group, it’s just so interesting. He had the
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'Borg/McEnroe' director talks casting Borg's son at Cph Pix

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'Borg/McEnroe' director talks casting Borg's son at Cph Pix
Wendy Mitchell reports from the festival’s inaugural work in progress session; further titles presented were Winter Brothers, Drib, Under The Tree and Tom Of Finland.

Casting Bjorn Borg’s 13-year-old son Leo to play his father in Borg/McEnroe wasn’t a publicity stunt, the film’s director Janus Metz explained.

“Casting him was a very magical, strange process. We were looking for kids age 13-15 with a talent for sports, and weren’t public that this was for a film about Bjorn Borg. We got in a casting tape for Leo Borg,” the director said.

“For a long time I didn’t want Leo in the movie, because I was genuinely afraid it would be perceived as a publicity stunt,” Metz explained. “But he of course looks like his dad, he’s one of the best tennis players in Sweden in his age group, it’s just so interesting. He had the
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Afm: Sf Studios Inks Further Deals on Shia Labeouf Starrer ‘Borg/McEnroe,”Børning 2’ (Exclusive)

Sf Studios has inked further deals on two anticipated Scandi pics, the Shia Labeouf starrer “Borg/McEnroe” and “Børning2 – On Ice,” at the American Film Market.

Directed by Janus Metz Pederson, the Danish helmer whose credits include “Armadillo” and “True Detective,” “Borg/McEnroe” has proven an international sales hit since being introduced by Sf Studios and Tre Vanner at Cannes.

“Borg/McEnroe” was acquired by Best Film in Poland, Hualu in China, Phoenecia for the Middle East and Fame Solutions/Programs4Media for former Yugoslavia. Ahead of the Afm, the project was picked up by Lucky Red (Lucky Red) and Cineplex (Colombia). Sf Studios had previously sold the pic to 10 territories including France (Pretty Pictures), UK (Curzon), Gas (Ascot Elite) and Australia/New Zealand (Vendetta).

The anticipated project toplines Sverrir Gudnason (“Monica Z”) as Swedish tennis icon Bjorn Borgand and Shia Labeouf (“American Honey”) as John McEnroe.

Meanwhile, “Børning 2 – On Ice,
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Melanie Laurent To Direct Nic Pizzolatto’s ‘Galveston’ Starring Elle Fanning & Ben Foster

Before he was a hot shot TV guy, “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto made some small waves in the world of fiction, publishing his first novel, “Galveston,” in 2010. And for a while now, a feature film adaptation has been brewing, and a couple years back, Matthias Schoenaerts was attached to star with Janus Metz (“Armadillo“) directing.

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Mélanie Laurent to Direct Elle Fanning and Ben Foster in Nic Pizzolatto-Scripted ‘Galveston’

With two seasons of True Detective under his belt, Nic Pizzolatto is trying his damnedest to break into the feature film side of Hollywood. While he co-wrote this fall’s The Magnificent Seven remake, his longest-developing project is his own adaptation of his 2010 novel Galveston. Once set to be in the hands of Armadillo helmer Janus Metz with Matthias Schoenarts leading, a new creative team has now come on board.

Mélanie Laurent, coming off her excellent, overlooked drama Breathe, will now make her English-language debut directing Ben Foster and Elle Fanning in the drama. Foster leads the “visceral crime thriller set in a boiling cauldron of violence and desperation” as a terminally ill man who is also being hunted down by his loan-shark boss. When one thinks of Pizzolatto, Laurent’s tender, intimate style of filmmaking isn’t quite the first thing that pops in our head, but her involvement
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