Thursday, June 13, 2024

Shia La Beouf Tennis Movie “Borg/McEnroe” to Open Toronto Film Festival: Will There Be a Tiff at TIFF?


Is Toronto ready for Shia LaBeouf? Let’s hope so. His movie, “Borg/McEnroe,” will open the Toronto Film Festival on September 7th. Directed by Janus Metz and written by Ronnie Sandahl, the film stars LaBeouf, Sverrir Gudnason and Stellan Skarsgård.

La Beouf plays hot headed tennis star John McEnroe, who will undoubtedly be on hand for the opening as well. Everyone will need flack jackets even the flacks!

The film is being released by Neon, the company that didn’t have a name when it distributed Michael Moore’s “What Happens Next” two years ago. They’re up and running now, with Tom Quinn and Tim League lining up a few new interesting releases for the near future. “Borg/McEnroe” won’t be out to the public til next year.

Is it safe letting LaBeouf loose on Toronto? He usually chalks up an arrest or a fluff up with the press or both wherever he goes. Will there be a tiff at TIFF? We’ll see…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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