TOP 5: RUSH Interviews, Fact-Checking the Science of BREAKING BAD, Fox Bringing Commissioner Gordon Series GOTHAM to TV, DON JON Interviews, Cinemath

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Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.

Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Olivia Wilde Talks RUSH, the Incredible Story it’s Based on, Spike Jonze’s HER, and More

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Wilde.   She talked about making Rush, how she got involved in the project, the incredible story it’s based on, the 70s clothing, and more.  In addition, Wilde talked about what it was like making Her with director Spike Jonze.  Hit the jump to watch.

Daniel Brühl Talks RUSH, Meeting Niki Lauda for the First Time, How Much He Know about the History, His Tapas Restaurant in Berlin, and More

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Brühl.  He talked about what it’s like being at the festival with two movies (Rush and The Fifth Estate), how much he knew about the story, meeting Lauda for the first time, what his friends and family thought when he got cast, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Ron Howard Talks RUSH, the Challenges of Adapting the True Events to the Big Screen, EDtv, Future Projects, and More

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ron-howard-rush-interview-sliceOne of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on true events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) leading up to their intense competition in 1976.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Howard.   He talked about making Rush, what made him nervous during pre-production, the length of his assembly cut, if he thought he was ahead of the reality TV curve with EDtv, future projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Chris Hemsworth Talks RUSH, Losing Weight for the Role, Tackling the Amazing True Story, What He Knows About THE AVENGERS Sequel, and More

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One of my favorite films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was director Ron Howard’s Rush.  Based on the true life events, the film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  Rush also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria Lara.

While at TIFF, I landed a video interview with Chris Hemsworth.   He talked about what surprised him about the story, how he prepared to play James Hunt, what his friends and family said when he landed the role, whether Joss Whedon has told him anything about The Avengers sequel, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

RUSH Review

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For the past decade, I’ve approached Ron Howard‘s films with a mix of trepidation and outright dread.  Apollo 13 is an amazing piece of filmmaking, but from there, he’s seemed content to play it safe to the point of inertia.  A Beautiful Mind may be daring in its direction, but its story is worthy of a TV movie.  Considering the horrors of the Robert Langdon movies, the unwatchable Oscar-bait Cinderella Man, and the low-ball The Dilemma, my skepticism towards his latest picture, Rush, was more than warranted.  Thankfully, Howard seems to be alive again as he goes full throttle on taking the viewer inside the world of Formula 1 racing.  More importantly, he has a worthwhile story at the center.  While Howard still feels the need to spoon-feed the themes, the strong performances and intensity of the racing scenes make his latest picture a ride worth taking.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to See RUSH

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I’ve not been a big fan of Ron Howard‘s movies since Apollo 13.  Last night, I went into his latest picture with a fair amount of skepticism, and was delighted to find that he’s made an exciting, energetic flick.  The story of Formula 1 racing rivals James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) has got some serious, compelling drama, and it’s matched by the intensity of the racing scenes.  This is a completely different kind of movie than we’ve seen from Howard in the past, and it’s a fun ride.

I’m pleased to announce we’re giving away 20 admit-two passes to the Atlanta screening of Rush.  Hit the jump to find out how you can see the movie early and for free.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush opens nationwide on September 27th.

Watch 7 Clips from Ron Howard’s RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde

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Director Ron Howard’s Rush delves into the competitive world of Formula 1 racing with this true-life tale of racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.  Played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) respectively, Rush chronicles their ongoing feud both on and off the race track as they push themselves to extremes in an all-out effort to win.  We’ve got seven clips from the film for you to get a taste before it opens later this month.

Also starring Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy) and Alexandra Maria Lara (Imagine), Rush opens September 27th.  Hit the jump to watch the clips.

New High-Resolution Images from Ron Howard’s RUSH Featuring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde

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Universal Pictures has released a batch of high-resolution images from director Ron Howard’s new film Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  The pic has earned strong marks during its premiere screenings at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, and I’m eager to see the film myself.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde and Alexandra Maria LaraRush opens in theaters on September 27th.

New Posters for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS, RUSH, THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, BAD MILO and I DECLARE WAR

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We’ve got the latest posters from the following films:

  • Captain PhillipsPaul Greengrass directs Tom Hanks in the title role of the true story of Captain Richard Phillips and the 2009 hijacking by Somali pirates of the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama.  Captain Phillips opens October 11th.
  • The Secret Life of Walter MittyBen Stiller directs and stars in this picture about a daydreaming office worker who sets off a global journey in the real world.  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty opens Christmas Day.
  • I Declare WarJason Lapeyre and Robert Wilson direct a cast of neighborhood kids as their summer war games take a darker turn toward reality.  I Declare War is now playing in limited release.
  • Bad MiloJacob Vaughan directs Ken Marino in this horror comedy about a cute little intestinal parasitic demon.  Also starring Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Warburton, Peter Stormare and Stephen Root, Bad Milo is available for digital download now.
  • RushRon Howard’s true-life tale of the 1970s rivalry between Formula One racers James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).  Rush opens September 27th.

Hit the jump for the new posters and films’ synopses.

Oscar Beat: A Way Too Early Glimpse at the Best Picture Field – Part 2

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As the fall film festival season kicks this year’s Oscar Race into high gear this weekend, we thought it fitting to take one last early look at the Best Picture contenders before the nuttiness ensues.  Yesterday we ran down 11 films that have a decent shot at becoming part of the upcoming Best Picture race, and today in the second part of this particular Oscar Beat column, we complete the list with 10 more potential contenders.  Hit the jump to read on.

Go Behind-the-Scenes of Ron Howard’s F1 Racing Drama RUSH in New Featurette

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Universal Pictures has released a new featurette for director Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth)—primarily during the 1976 season.  In this new featurette, Howard talks about his enthusiasm for the project and we get to see some of the innovative camera rigs that cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire) used to capture the racing sequences.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in a couple of weeks and opens in theaters on September 20th.

TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, GRAVITY, RUSH, THE FIFTH ESTATE, LABOR DAY, and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013.  The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime.  In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more.  Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it.  Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.

Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

New Trailer for Ron Howard’s F1 Racing Drama RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde

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Universal has released yet another trailer for Ron Howard’s Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula One racing, and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).  This latest trailer turns the focus primarily on Hunt and his trajectory from playboy race car driver to serious competitor, and it looks like a compelling arc since it’s created through his conflict with Lauda.  It’s easy to suss out almost the entire story arc from what we’ve seen in all the trailers so far, but the flick could still be an exciting ride when it opens this fall thanks to the performances and the racing scenes.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush opens September 27th.

New Posters for PACIFIC RIM, RUSH, LOVELACE, and THE WIZARD OF OZ 3D

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A few new posters have landed online for some upcoming films.  Briefly:

  • Pacific Rim – Two more “character” posters for Guillermo del Toro’s new film focus on the Australian Jaeger “Strike Eureka” and the vicious Kaiju “Leatherback.”  The film opens on July 12th.
  • Rush – A couple of new international posters for Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama, starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl, and Olivia Wilde.  The film opens on September 20th.
  • Lovelace – A teaser poster for the upcoming biopic of the famous porn star, with Amanda Seyfried taking on the title role.  The film opens on August 9th.
  • The Wizard of Oz IMAX 3D – Fresh off of yesterday’s trailer debut, a new poster has been released for the IMAX 3D re-release of the classic.  The film opens on September 20th.

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.

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