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.

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.

Screenwriter Peter Morgan Boards Ron Howard’s IN THE HEART OF THE SEA; Howard Shares Production Photos Before Filming Begins

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While Ron Howard’s F1 racing drama Rush doesn’t open in theaters until next month, the filmmaker is already hard at work prepping his next project.  Filming begins in a few weeks on Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea, which tells the story of the real life sea disaster of the whaleship Essex, a harrowing ordeal that inspired Herman Melvile’s Moby Dick.  In 1819, the ship was rammed by an angry sperm whale in the South Pacific.  The surviving crew drifted for 90 days in three tiny whaleboats and encountered disease, hunger, and eventually cannibalism.  Chris Hemsworth leads a cast that includes Benjamin Walker, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Tom Holland, and Brendan Gleeson.

While rehearsals for In the Heart of the Sea begin next week, it appears that Howard has had some significant work done on the script by his Oscar-nominated Frost/Nixon screenwriter Peter Morgan.  Hit the jump for more, including some official production photos.

Tom Hanks and Ron Howard Return for Dan Brown’s INFERNO, Set to Open December 18, 2015; Sony Holds on THE LOST SYMBOL

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Sony has set a release date for their next feature adaptation of Dan Brown’s thriller starring protagonist Robert Langdon, but it’s not the one you might have been expecting.  Brown’s previously published and adapted works, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, were to be followed by his third effort, The Lost Symbol, but production on that front has stalled.  Instead, Sony is looking to strike while the brand is hot and has set a release date of December 18, 2015 for Brown’s latest release, Inferno.  Star Tom Hanks and director Ron Howard, a team that took on the first two adaptations, will return for the third.  The book features Langdon attempting to solve a riddle once again, this time influenced by Inferno, the first part of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem, “Divine Comedy.”  Hit the jump for more.

Netflix in Talks for Another Season of ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

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It appears that the episodic structure of Arrested Development may not be over.  While creator Mitch Hurwitz has said many times that the new run of episodes on Netflix were meant to serve as Act One of a story that would be completed with Act Two and Act Three in an Arrested Development movie, Bloomberg reports that Netflix is currently in negotiations to make another season of the show.  The news comes from producer Brian Grazer himself, who noted that he and his Imagine Entertainment cohorts are “in conversations with [Netflix] to do another.”  Hit the jump for more. 

New Featurette for Ron Howard’s RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth

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A new featurette has been released for Ron Howard‘s 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).  Like an earlier trailer, we’re treated to almost the entire arc of the plot, but we also get Hemsworth, Bruhl, and Howard breaking down what they found compelling about the story and the characters.  I’m not sure what’s going to push this movie beyond a standard sports rivalry other than the life-or-death stakes, but I’m curious about the contrast between Hunt’s flamboyant personality and the serious Lauda.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush opens September 20th.

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Season 4 Review

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Was it six years of anticipation for a fourth season of Arrested Development or was it desire?  If it was the former, we saw possibilities beyond the show’s ending.  If it was the latter, we simply didn’t want the show to end, and we would accept it any form.  “Maybe a movie,” Ron Howard suggests at the close of the third season when Maeby (Alia Shawkat) pitches her family’s story as a TV series.  Now the show has returned for a fourth season that is radically different from anything we’ve seen on television (perhaps the closest cousin being the time-travel season on Lost).  What begins as a brilliant new approach to storytelling on television becomes a season that demands a chart to follow the crisscrossing plotlines that begin to get in the way of enjoying the show’s humor.  Thankfully, despite the heavy weight of the show’s ambition, Arrested Development is as funny and clever as past seasons.  But this time, it may be too clever for its own good.

New Trailer for Ron Howard’s RUSH Has a Need for Speed

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A new trailer has been released for Ron Howard’s 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).  The previous trailer basically showed the entire movie, but thankfully this one focuses on the speed of F1 racing and aggressiveness of the drivers.  Clearly, the movie won’t shy away from the personal drama of the lead characters, but I’m curious to see how Howard has handled the intensity of the racing scenes.  Judging by this trailer, he’s done a bang-up job.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia WildeRush opens September 20th.

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Says He Spoke to Ron Howard about Producing THE DARK TOWER

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Director Ron Howard’s adaptation of the Stephen King book series The Dark Tower has had an incredibly rough development process.  Given the sprawling nature of the book series, Howard, producer Brian Grazer, and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman planned an ambitious adaptation that would play out over three feature films and two limited seasons of a TV series.  Howard first set the project up at Universal with Javier Bardem in talks to take on the lead role of Roland Deschain, but as development progressed and the budget swelled, Universal got cold feet and pushed the production start date back just a few months before filming was poised to begin.

Though Howard, Grazer, and Goldsman worked to try and make the budget for The Dark Tower manageable, Universal ultimately decided to drop the project altogether.  Warner Bros. flirted with the idea of producing the project before passing as well, and last we heard Media Rights Capital was in “serious talks” to finance the project.  While we haven’t heard much about The Dark Tower in the meantime, Netflix Chief Creative Offficer Ted Sarandos recently revealed that he has had discussions with Howard about The Dark Tower on Netflix.  Hit the jump for more.

TOP 5: ELYSIUM, WHITE HOUSE DOWN, Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull Interview, First Trailers for RUSH, Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael Interview

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From time to time I like to use the opening paragraph to discuss my latest screenprint investments and/or dream items. This week I’m playing a similar note as I recently picked up Olly Moss“Batman’s Rogues Gallery” set on eBay for very close to what the timed edition went for originally. Those of you who follow posters and prints know how redeeming it can be to finally get an item you originally missed out on without having to pay exponentially more than its original asking price. Now, if only Ken Taylor‘s Halloween print would stop being so rare/expensive, I could officially run out of room on my walls.

I’ll stop gushing and leave any more in-depth poster/print talk to our own Limited Paper. For my part, this week’s Top 5 includes the first trailer and a video blog recap of 10 minutes of footage from Neill Blomkamp‘s Elysium, our White House Down set visit recap, an exclusive interview with Legendary Pictures CEO Thomas Tull, the first trailers for Ron Howard‘s Rush, and an extended interview with Mondo CEO Justin Ishmael. As is customary, a brief recap and link to each is ready and waiting for your attention after the jump.

New Trailer for Ron Howard’s RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde

by     Posted 1 year, 13 days ago

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Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for director Ron Howard’s racing drama Rush.  The film takes place in the world of Formula 1 racing and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).  This trailer plays much better than the previous U.K. trailer, as we get a better sense of the individual character struggles in addition to Howard’s impressive visuals.  The racing sequences certainly look to be intense, but the highlight of this trailer for me is hearing some of Hans Zimmer‘s fantastic-sounding score.  As Matt noted previously, the key to the film’s success will be whether we care about the characters, so here’s hoping Rush is more Apollo 13 than The Da Vinci Code.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde and opens on September 20th.

New Images from Ron Howard’s RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde

by     Posted 1 year, 14 days ago

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A batch of new images from Universal Pictures’ upcoming racing drama Rush has been released online.  Directed by Ron Howard, the film takes place in the world of Formula 1 racing and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).  We got our first glimpse at footage by way of a U.K. trailer last week, but Universal is poised to drop the domestic trailer tomorrow and they’ve unveiled these images as an appetizer.  Hemsworth looks sufficiently handsome as notorious playboy Hunt, while Brühl appears to bring a fair amount of intensity to the Lauda role.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images and check back here tomorrow afternoon to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde and opens on September 20th.

First Trailer for RUSH Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, and Olivia Wilde [UPDATE: Listen to a Track from Hans Zimmer's Score]

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The first trailer for Ron Howard’s Rush is now online.  The film takes place in the world of Formula 1 racing and chronicles the 1970s rivalry between Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) and British driver James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth).  It’s tough for me to get excited about Howard’s films since he hasn’t made a great one since Apollo 13.  He does have the talent to tell a good story, but after watching the trailer for Rush, the question remains: will we care about the rivalry between Lauda and Hunt, or will we just talk about the excellence of the racing scenes?

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Olivia Wilde.  Rush opens September 20th. [Update: We've added a track from Hans Zimmer's score for the film.  You can list to it after the jump.]

Ron Howard May Reunite with RUSH Star Chris Hemsworth for IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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Ron Howard is all over this week, becoming attached to direct two fantasy adaptations: Neil Gaiman‘s The Graveyard Book and Israeli import All I’ve Got.  Before Howard launches into those worlds, though, he may first tackle a project more grounded in reality.  Vulture hears Howard is circling the adaptation of Nathaniel Philbri‘s In the Heart of the Sea, which could take precedence as his next project and shoot this fall with Warner Bros. financing.  Chris Hemsworth, per usual, is a major selling point.  Howard is now in post-production on Rush, a Formula One biopic led by Hemsworth, and Hemsworth is set to star in In the Heart of the SeaThe 19th century drama follows the surviving crew who drifted for 90 days in the South Pacific after their whaleship was rammed and sunk by a sperm whale.  (That sperm whale went on to inspire Moby Dick.)

Howard has not yet committed, but you can see why the story and the star would attract him.  A period piece shot on the sea would likely be a massive undertaking, and if WB plays their cards right, a viable prestige picture come awards season.  Read the book synopsis after the jump.

Ron Howard in Talks to Direct Neil Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK for Disney as Live-Action Film

by     Posted 1 year, 92 days ago

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Disney’s adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book finds new life in director Ron Howard.  Last April, Disney picked up the feature rights to The Graveyard Book with plans to reunite director Henry Selick (Coraline) with another Gaiman work.  Then, just this past August, Disney put a halt to the production, which was then slotted for stop-motion animation, citing creative issues.  The latest twist is not only that Howard is reportedly in negotiations to helm the picture, but that it will be a live-action adaptation (which is interesting considering most of the characters are dead…).  Hit the jump for more.

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