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Review: Ron Howard's 'Rush' Starring Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl & Olivia Wilde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 7:07 PM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl
It's only "rebels, lunatics and dreamers" that decide to get behind the wheel and race for a living, so quips Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the early moments of Ron Howard's "Rush," and there's an undeniable logic to his observation. For who else would willingly strap themselves into a fiberglass frame, powered by a 500-horsepower engine to drive at unimaginable speeds around a racetrack, where even the faintest hint of a wrong move could end your life? And who else would embrace the odds where at the beginning of each race year, it's known that an average of two drivers will die out of a field of twenty-five? Well, Lauda is one of those people, as is Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and together they made worldwide headlines for their intense rivalry and passion for the sport. Howard's film matches that fuel-injected devotion in a film that goes beyond mere sports biopic to tell the tale of two men forged by gasoline, jumpsuits and ambition.

Watch: Get In The Driver's Seat With 4 Clips & Lots Of New Pics From Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 13, 2013 5:00 PM
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Rush,
A movie about car racing featuring Thor and that guy from one of the 'Bourne' movies, directed by the dude whose last few movies were "The Dilemma," "Angels & Demons" and "Frost/Nixon"? No thanks, right? Well, the good news is that Ron Howard's "Rush," which premiered at TIFF last week (our review), is flat out entertaining. It's a sports biopic that doesn't just deal in clichés, but puts forth two strong, flawed personalities and tells their story. It's one that's worth putting on your watch list in a relatively lean month of movies, and a few clips are here to encourage you to do just that.

TIFF Review: ‘Rush’ Starring Chris Hemsworth & Daniel Brühl Finds Ron Howard In Top Gear

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 5:52 PM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth
It's only "rebels, lunatics and dreamers" that decide to get behind the wheel and race for a living, so quips Austrian driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in the early moments of Ron Howard's "Rush," and there's an undeniable logic to his observation. For who else would willingly strap themselves into a fiberglass frame, powered by a 500-horsepower engine to drive at unimaginable speeds around a racetrack, where even the faintest hint of a wrong move could end your life? And who else would embrace the odds where at the beginning of each race year, it's known that an average of two drivers will die out of a field of twenty-five? Well, Lauda is one of those people, as is Englishman James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), and together they made worldwide headlines for their intense rivalry and passion for the sport. Howard's film matches that fuel-injected devotion in a film that goes beyond mere sports biopic to tale of two men forged by gasoline, jumpsuits and ambition.

Watch: New Clip, Featurettes, TV Spots & Photos From Ron Howard's 'Rush' Starring Chris Hemsworth & Olivia Wilde

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 3, 2013 11:22 AM
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Rush, Chris Hemsworth
You can practically smell the exhaust from here... Ron Howard has been tuning up his upcoming race world biopic "Rush", which premieres at TIFF later this week, and in case you're not going to be in Toronto here's enough footage to make you think you've already seen the movie.

Watch: New Clip From 'Rush' Plus Details On The Soundtrack Which Includes David Bowie, Thin Lizzy & Hans Zimmer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 12:25 PM
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Heading into a hairpin turn before its release next month, Ron Howard's "Rush" will first have to get around the curve at TIFF, where he hopes audiences will shift into first gear for his true story racing drama. And with the movie getting ready to cross the finish line, a few more previews for the movie have rushed online. (Sorry, we're feeling punny today.)

'Thor' Becomes King In New Pics & Featurette For 'Thor: The Dark World'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 23, 2013 10:01 AM
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Don't worry, comic nerds. While the next few months may be filled with movies that lean more heavily on themes and characters and awards season-type subject matter, you'll still have your comic book panel-driven kicks catered to. Marvel will be swinging hard in a few months with "Thor: The Dark World" and a batch of new pics and a new featurette have arrived for the film.

Watch: New Trailer For 'Thor: The Dark World' Throws Down The Hammer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 8:59 AM
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Thor: The Dark World
While "Thor" was initially perceived as potentially the goofiest possibility in the Marvel universe, the studio quickly made it clear that theirs was a grounded hero, with mythological family issues and galactic romance for an Earthbound woman. And when titling the sequel, "Thor: The Dark World," it's clear that things are going to get both bigger and badder with the second standalone movie. But how does it play out?

Watch: Chris Hemsworth Is "Hunt, James Hunt" In New Trailer For Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 1:21 PM
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We really don't get racing at all. Watching a bunch of cars drive around a track for hours on end? Not really our bag, and Universal knows that if they want the '70s-set, racing drama "Rush" to reach an audience beyond Sunday afternoon couch potatoes, they're gonna have to sell this thing. So why not introduce Chris Hemworth's lead character James Hunt like smoldering, sexy, risk-taking hunk? And that's exactly what they do.

Exclusive: Andrew Kevin Walker Rewriting ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel; David Fincher's ‘20,000 Leagues’ Is Dead

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 17, 2013 10:26 AM
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With two major blockbuster flops in two years (“John Carter,” “The Lone Ranger”), the conventional wisdom follows that Disney is probably not green-lighting any major, untested would-be franchises anytime soon (even the the trio behind “The Pirates of The Caribbean” films, Bruckheimer, Depp and Verbinski proved nothing’s a sure thing). And so eyes immediately turned to David Fincher’s ambitious $200 million-plus, 3D tentpole adaptation of “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.” Given the recent announcement that Fincher would be directing the thriller “Gone Girl” with Ben Affleck this fall, we assumed the Jules Verne project had been scrapped, for the simple reason that Disney is not going to bankroll a potentially risky project.

'Carrie' Goes To Prom & Malekith Is Revealed In 'Thor: The Dark World' In New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 10:45 AM
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Sequels and remakes, that's the name of the game these days, so let's dive into the latest looks at two movies that fit into both categories.

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