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Ron Howard Replaces Alejandro González Iñárritu On 'The Jungle Book'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2014 3:09 PM
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Ron Howard, Rush
C'mon Ron Howard, you can do better than this. While everyone slept on "Rush" (seriously, it's a terrific sports drama whether you like racing or not), the director has at least been flirting with more interesting material, whether it's the still-developing movie franchise/TV series "The Dark Tower," the recently announced drug tale "Mena," or his forthcoming water-bound drama "In The Heart Of The Sea." But, "The Jungle Book"?

Ron Howard To Helm Drug Tale 'Mena,' 'Tabu' Director Miguel Gomes Lines Up 'Arabian Nights' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2014 9:40 AM
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Ron Howard, Rush
While the disappointing box office of Ron Howard's underrated "Rush" caused a shakeup at production house Exclusive Media, that doesn't mean no one is banking on the director. And Universal has stepped up, putting down $1 million on a spec script by Gary Spinelli (whose only credit is the Dolph Lundgren starring "Stash House") for Howard to helm.

The Assessment: Ron Howard's Directorial Career In 8 Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 26, 2013 4:00 PM
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Ron Howard, Assessment
Erstwhile star of the beacon of TV Americana that was “Happy Days,” occasional actor, and now Oscar-winning director and major Hollywood power player, Ron Howard is, by every account you can find the length and breadth of the World Wide Web, a really nice guy. Almost every interview starts with a reference to his niceness, his approachability, his affability, his talent for not taking himself too seriously. Which kind of makes it okay for us not to take him too seriously either.

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.

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.

TIFF 2013: Spike Jonze To Preview 'Her' & Films By Claire Denis, Ron Howard, Gia Coppola & More Added

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 9:19 AM
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With TIFF just over two weeks away, organizers in Toronto have put the final touches on their lineup this morning for what already promises to be a memorable year. The last batch of titles has been added to the already crowded, impressive slate, and as always there are a few surprises in the mix.

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.

Tom Hanks & Ron Howard Reteam For More Robert Langdon Adventures In 'Inferno,' 2015 Release Date Set

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 16, 2013 5:48 PM
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Remember when everyone— including your mom, best friend, guitar teacher, bus driver, mailman and butcher— was devouring "The Da Vinci Code"? It's hard to remember that a book that corny and poorly written somehow became a phenomenon (oh wait, "Fifty Shades Of Grey"...) but not only was a pop culture moment, it spawned the hit movie that made a tidy $758 million worldwide. But by time the followup "Angels & Demons" arrived three years later, interest had cooled, and it only collected $458 million. Still, $458 million is $458 million and it looks like Sony wants to scrape up whatever Dan Brown dollars are left.

You're On The Clock, Mister: 20 Great Workplace Comedies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 6, 2013 3:10 PM
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This weekend's broad new studio comedy "The Internship" (our review) concerns a couple of schlubs (former wedding crashers Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson) who, finding themselves out of work and hopelessly outdated when it comes to modern technology, apply to become interns at Google. While there, the movie becomes something of a workplace comedy – one in which all of their coworkers are way younger, cuter, and more brilliant.

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