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First Look: Chris Hemsworth As Formula 1 Champion James Hunt In Ron Howard's 'Rush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • March 9, 2012 9:17 AM
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We've always been intrigued as to how the sport of Formula 1 could crack the big screen, especially after 2001's disastrous "Driven" starring Sylvester Stallone. As dramatic and illustrious as the sport can be, at its core it's still a slow-burning, strategic game of inches set mostly under helmets, on radios and in garages with a limited following -- the race itself hasn't hit American shores since 2007, for instance, although is returning to Indiannapolis this year.

'Corman's World' Director Alex Stapleton Talks About Wrangling Jack Nicholson & Being Inspired By The King Of Exploitation Cinema

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 15, 2011 9:57 AM
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There isn't a splashier or more sensational documentary subject than Roger Corman, a man who has produced hundreds of exploitation and genre movies over the years, answering to no one but himself.

Akiva Goldsman Sets Up Western Drama About Doc Holliday AT HBO With Ron Howard Attached To Direct Pilot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 22, 2011 1:17 PM
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Say what you will about Akiva Goldsman, but the guy responsible for stuff like "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," "Jonah Hex" and the "Paranormal Activity" sequels does manage to deliver something a cut above his usual dreck whenever he pairs up with Ron Howard. While we'll politely ignore the Dan Brown adaptations, the duo collaborated in fine form with "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man," and were prepared to work together again on the expansive "The Dark Tower" before Universal walked away. And while Brain Grazer recently revealed that HBO will be taking on the television portion of the Stephen King adaptation, it looks like the other two-thirds of the trio have been busy talking to the network about something else.

Producer Brian Grazer Says $40-50 Million Cut From 'Dark Tower' Budget Means "It's Gonna Get Made"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 23, 2011 11:45 AM
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Says Revamped Approach Gives The Movie A "Satisfying Ending"EXCLUSIVE: Universal may have turned off the lights on "The Dark Tower," but producer Brian Grazer, screenwriter Akiva Goldsman and director Ron Howard are still hard at work on developing the property. Universal's worry about the Stephen King adaptation stemmed not only from the mammoth cost, but also the unprecedented vision, with a planned three-film cycle coupled with a television series to bridge the events of each picture. Last we heard the search was for outside financing, and then team with a studio to distribute the film. But, if the project is massively downgraded in scope, will studios be more eager to jump aboard?

LFF '11: 'The Queen' Scribe Peter Morgan Says He's Not Necessarily Done With Tony Blair Yet

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 18, 2011 7:03 AM
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'360' Writer Tells Us Freddie Mercury Biopic Is Waiting For Sacha Baron Cohen, Motor Racing Won't Be Focus Of Ron Howard's 'Rush'Exclusive: Getting two Oscar nominations in two years tends to make your inbox a little fuller than it was before, so it's no surprise that picking up nods in 2007 for "The Queen" and 2009 for "Frost/Nixon" has made Peter Morgan one of the busiest screenwriters around. The British director has since worked with Tom Hooper and Clint Eastwood, as well as penning Fernando Meirelles' latest, "360," which opened the BFI London Film Festival last week.

WB Picks Up Script About Math Wiz Alan Turing For Leonardo DiCaprio; Ron Howard Eyes Directing

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 12, 2011 1:52 AM
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Alan Turing isn't a name many (if anyone) would recognize, but it's often the low-key biopics like this one that make the more interesting films.

Joel & Ethan Coen Team With 'Cedar Rapids' Writer Phil Johnston For Fox TV Show 'HarveKarbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:26 AM
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No, We Don't Understand What's Going On Either The Coen Brothers have always delighted in evading expectations. Enjoy our dark film noir debut "Blood Simple?" Why not try our live-action Looney Tunes follow-up "Raising Arizona." Impressed by our multi-Oscar-nominated "Fargo?" Here's a stoner detective movie about bowling and German porn stars! We've finally reached mainstream success after the Best Picture-winning "No Country For Old Men" and the star-studded "Burn After Reading?" Let's make a dense, oblique Jewish period piece without a single recognizable face, and follow that with a curiously old-fashioned Western that turns out to be a massive box office hit!

'Arrested Development' Movie Edges Closer To Reality, New Mini-Season Promised & 2013 Release Eyed

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2011 12:56 PM
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Showtime & Netflix Currently Vying For The Rights To Season 4The "Arrested Development" movie is the great white whale of internet fandom of the past few years. Originally airing in 2003, Mitchell Hurwitz's Fox sitcom has, over the years, enshrined its place as one of the great comedy series of all time, despite being canceled after three seasons. As the show's cast, which included Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Will Arnett and David Cross, went on to bigger things, the cult grew and grew, and rumors began to circulate that Hurwitz and the show's producer/narrator Ron Howard were planning to reunite the Bluths for a big-screen adventure.

Ron Howard To Direct '364' From 'Safe House' Writer David Guggenheim

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 9, 2011 12:44 PM
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Ron Howard's always got more than a few irons in the fire, and he's about to add one more. Universal has acquired "364," a ridiculous-sounding pitch from David Guggenheim, the writer of the upcoming Denzel Washington/Ryan Reynolds starrer "Safe House." The story concerns a man who spends exactly 364 days of the year trying to plan how he'll spend the one day annually in which he has super powers. So, a seasonal Superman.

Ron Howard & Brian Grazer Looking For Financing For 'The Dark Tower'; Javier Bardem Still Attached

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 17, 2011 1:54 AM
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Is has not been a good time at Hollywood studios for ambitious projects. "At The Mountains Of Madness," "The Dark Tower" and more recently, "The Lone Ranger," have all been squashed as execs have been very reluctant to risk hundreds of millions of studio dollars (and possibly their jobs) to bring these epic visions to the big screen, but at least one of those films hasn't given up just yet. It was just last month that author Stephen King expressed his faith that director Ron Howard would still get the film made, and indeed, he's still trying to.

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