Borg McEnroe

It’s unlikely that George R.R. Martin was inspired to write his A Song of Ice and Fire novels by watching tennis legends Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe face off on the court, but considering the players’ nicknames were Ice and Fire, it wouldn’t be entirely ridiculous. (Mostly ridiculous? Yes.) The Swedish Borg was “Ice,” cool, calm and collected; McEnroe, a notoriously hot-headed New Yorker, was “Fire.” The two faced each other a number of times throughout the late ’70s and early ’80s, developing one of the sport’s most epic rivalries.

Now they’re getting the biopic treatment with a film called Borg/McEnroe. Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason is playing Borg, but the big draw for me is that Shia LaBeouf – who’s been known to be quite the hot-head himself over the years – is playing McEnroe. Check out the first international Borg/McEnroe trailer below.
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David Ayer directing header

In news that would make James Franco’s white gangster character in Spring Breakers lose his mind, Universal Pictures’ long-brewing Scarface remake may have finally found its director. Suicide Squad director David Ayer is in early talks to take over directing duties from The Equalizer’s Antoine Fuqua, who vacated the project earlier this year due to scheduling conflicts. But is Ayer a good fit for this project?
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The Glass Castle trailer

The 2013 indie film Short Term 12 launched Brie Larson’s career in a big way, and in the relatively quick time since then, she’s starred in a major studio comedy (Trainwreck), a massive Hollywood monster movie (Kong: Skull Island), and snagged the lead role in an upcoming Marvel superhero film. And don’t forget about that Best Actress Oscar she won for her work in Room.

Things have been a lot quieter for Short Term 12’s director, Destin Daniel Cretton, who hasn’t directed a movie since. But he’s reunited with his old collaborator for a new movie, and the first trailer has just arrived. Check out the first trailer for The Glass Castle below.
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Battle of the Sexes Trailer

Fresh off an Academy Award win for Best Actress in La La Land, the talented Emma Stone could end up in the Oscar race again next year as she portrays tennis star Billie Jean King, who finds herself facing off with showboat ex-champ Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) in a highly publicized tennis match that would go down as one of the most famous rivalries in all of sports.

Battle of the Sexes tells the story of the tennis match that captivated audiences around the world, but it also dives into the lives of Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, each dealing with their own personal struggles off the court. Now the first trailer has arrived, showcasing a playful and poignant drama that is about much more than a tennis match. It’s about the fight for equality among men and women.

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the irishman

A stylish period thriller about love, betrayal, violence and the Mafia starring Robert de Niro and Joe Pesci: Goodfellas or The Irishman? Scorsese is aware of the similarities between his classic gangster movie and his upcoming Mafia hitman film, which is set to be produced by Netflix.

But just because he’s treading familiar and comfortable ground doesn’t mean he’ll be making the same movie. The director has explained how the two films are completely different.

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The Sandlot

The 1990s were the heyday of kid-centric baseball films. This was back when movies like Rookie of the Year and Angels in the Outfield were making $50 million at the box office, and even something like Little Big League – which only pulled in $12 million domestically – could expect a healthy life on home video after it left theaters.

But my favorite of them all was The Sandlot, an imminently quotable and nostalgic coming of age movie set in the 1960s that followed a young outcast who slowly gained a group of friends who taught him to play baseball and accepted him into their ragtag group. Now the co-writer and director of that film, David Mickey Evans, has revealed that he’s written a new baseball movie called Junior America, and it’s based on a true story.
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Vince McMahon

John Requa and Glenn Ficarra may tell the story of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon. The directors of Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Whisky Tango Foxtrot are currently in talks to direct Pandemonium, a biopic that now has McMahon’s blessing. It’s unclear which part of his life Craig A. Williams‘ (Underdog) script focuses on, but it’s probably safe to assume it’s about how he turned World Wrestling Entertainment into the spectacle it became.

Below, learn more about the Vince McMahon biopic.

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Hell or High Water pic

David Mackenzie’s sweaty western heist film Hell or High Water was ripped straight from the headlines last year, depicting the aftermath of the mortgage crisis as a Robin Hood-style revenge thriller. It resonated with audiences and critics alike, earning four Oscar nods and catapulting Mackenzie to a higher level of recognition.

For his follow-up film, Mackenzie is looking to reteam with stars Chris Pine and Ben Foster for Outlaw King, an “epic period drama” about Robert the Bruce. And yes, before we go any further, Pine is in talks to play the Scottish king. Take a second to let that sink in.
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Churchill Trailer - Brian Cox

Hollywood loves history, but it can be a real challenge to bring a real life event to the big screen, especially when it involves people that some of the public lived through and experienced through the radio and television. Churchill will attempt to chronicle the struggle of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Brian Cox) as he deals with the impending start of D-Day during World War II in 1944. It looks like it could be a typical awards contender, but that might be difficult since the movie hits theaters this summer.

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The Keepers Netflix

With the rise of NPR’s popular Serial podcast, HBO’s riveting limited series The Jinx, and Netflix’s wildly addictive Making a Murderer over the span of a couple of years, the true crime genre had never been hotter. It’s cooled down a bit since 2015, but it seems like the public will always be intrigued by a murder mystery, and if a story is framed in the right way, it can still become an outright sensation.

That’s clearly what Netflix is hoping for with The Keepers, the streaming service’s new seven-part docuseries about the unsolved murder of a Baltimore nun and the potential cover-up that’s been going on for nearly fifty years.
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