JOHN McENROE’s fierce rivalry with Bjorn Borg has been created into a blockbuster movie.The film – “Borg vs McEnroe – sees Shia LaBeouf play McEnroe as they look back at their epic rivalry.One of the best American players ever, McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titles and nine doubles titles, before a successful transition into the commentary box for the BBC.The 58-year-old became renowned for his outbursts on the court, as well as his forthright opinions as a pundit.Here’s everything you need to know.Borg vs McEnroe is out TODAY (September 22, 2017).The movie recreates the 1980 Wimbledon final match between American player John McEnroe, and Swedish Bjorn Borg, both of whom were at the top of their game at the time.The lead-up to the match will also be a key part of the film, but audiences can definitely expect to see what really happened on court being played out.John McEnroe’s famous complaint to the umpire – “You cannot be … [Read more...] about Who is John McEnroe? Controversial former Wimbledon champion inspires Borg vs McEnroe movie
Controversial french movies
It's nearly impossible for cinema to be any more "French" than Claude Lelouch. Yet Lelouch has had to fight harder for recognition than his contemporaries whose names are synonymous with the French New Wave. Despite the fact that his career took off alongside those of other celebrated French directors such as François Truffaut, Claude Chabrol and Jean Luc Godard, many to this day exclude Claude Lelouch's name from the groundbreaking Nouvelle Vague movement of the 1960s – despite Lelouch international success. Truffaut, Chabrol, Godard and many other names of the Nouvelle Vague represent high-brow cinema, while Lelouch was simply brushed off as entertainment. That may be a harsh indictment; but it would appear to have kept the French director young at heart: while he is busy celebrating his 80th birthday, many of his contemporaries, including Truffaut and Chabrol, have died. Read more: French filmmaker Alain Resnais dies at 91 'A Man and a Woman' Lelouch's … [Read more...] about Oscar-winning French director Claude Lelouch turns 80
The Berlinale International Film Festival became embroiled in a debate on diversity in the film industry following comments made by first-time jury president Meryl Streep on Thursday. During the jury's opening press conference, questions about diversity were posed to the all-white panel numerous times. When asked by an Egyptian reporter whether she understood films from North Africa and the Middle East, Streep conceded that she is not very familiar with those regions. But, she added, "I've played a lot of different people from a lot of different cultures." "The thing that I notice is that there is a core of humanity that travels right through every culture and, after all, we're all from Africa originally," Streep said during the press conference. "You know we're all," she added, pausing, "Berliners, we're all Africans, really," she said. Social media storm Streep's comments immediately sparked criticism online with many Twitter users calling her comments racially tone deaf. Some … [Read more...] about Meryl Streep’s ‘We are all Africans’ comment sparks controversy at Berlinale
"The more movies that are made about the prophet's life, the better," said Majid Majidi, the director of the high-budget biopic "Muhammad: Messenger of God" at Montreal's world film festival on Friday, August 28. The first part of the planned trilogy, which opened to packed cinema houses in Iran on August 27, captures the time before the birth of the Islamic prophet more than 1,400 years ago, and his childhood. The acclaimed Iranian director, famous for his film "Children of Heaven," has taken pains to show the "rightful image of Islam." The 171-minute movie, which premiered both in Iran and internationally last week, cost the Oscar-nominated director $40 million (36 million euros) and seven years of hard work. But will he be able to alter the tainted image of Islam and its prophet through his movie? "I decided to make this film to fight against the new wave of Islamophobia in the West. The Western interpretation of Islam is full of violence and terrorism," Majidi told Hezbollah … [Read more...] about Can Iranian movie ‘Muhammad’ alter Islam’s violent image?
The movie, called "Indigenes" ("natives") in France, has created a stir beyond the simple boundaries of its story about a band of Moroccans and Algerians fighting valiantly in the French army during World War II. President Jacques Chirac, who early this month requested a private screening of the film, which will be released as "Days of Glory" in English, ordered his government to revise a four-decade freeze on pensions for non-French war veterans, most of them from north and west Africa. The decision, which raises the pensions for former troops from France's ex-colonies to the same level as their French counterparts at a cost of 110 million euros ($140 million) a year, was "an act of justice," Chirac told his cabinet. "We owe it to these men who paid a price in blood, and to their children and their grandchildren, many of whom are French," he said. "Days of Glory," by French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb, is largely credited with the decision. Movie draws controversy … [Read more...] about New French Film Highlights Roots of Bias Against North Africans