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Ron Howard's Next Film is Europe's Mega-Bestseller 'The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair'

Ron Howard is continuing his penchant for popular book adaptations with his latest announced project, "The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair." The Swiss novel is a mega-bestseller over in Europe, where it's going toe-to-toe with "Fifty Shades of Grey" and even surpassing the latest Dan Brown novel "Inferno."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 24, 2014 1:52 PM
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Hollywood A-Listers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer Return to Web to Chase Young and Tech-Savvy with New Digital Studio

Maryland-based nonfiction media company Discovery Communications is partnering with longtime collaborators and Imagine Entertainment spearheads Ron Howard and Brian Grazer to launch a new digital studio called New Form. The studio will focus on content outside the traditional media models of film and television.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 3, 2014 12:27 PM
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How Does Hans Zimmer Do It? Hack or Genius? "I am still an architect"

Hans Zimmer: "I am still an architect. Authorship seems to be more difficult for other people. My head runs over with ideas. I can't sleep at night, I get home and get another idea, I go back to studio and do it. I am surrounded by brilliant musicians. It's a give and take, constantly. The original concept is mine."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2014 6:38 AM
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Daniel Brühl Talks Formula 1 Star Niki Lauda, 'Rush' and 'The Fifth Estate' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Spanish/German star Daniel Brühl not only co-starred with Benedict Cumberbatch in "The Fifth Estate," the opening night film at the Toronto International FIlm Festival, but with Chris Hemsworth in another international story based on real people, "Rush," directed by Ron Howard. Written by Peter Morgan (Howard's "Frost/Nixon") and produced by Imagine and Working Title, "Rush" could make Brühl a star, especially if he nabs awards attention for his portrait of the fiercely competitive Austrian Formula 1 driver.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 23, 2013 2:08 PM
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Arthouse Audit: 'Enough Said' Scores Big for Searchlight, 'Rush' Decent for Universal

The race to open films shown at the Telluride and Toronto film festivals began with two significant platform releases. This sets the pattern from now until the end of the year. Leading the way was Fox Searchlight's "Enough Said," with a surprisingly stellar gross, driven by rave reviews and curiosity about the late James Gandolfini's second to last film. It outpaced the other new limited opening, Universal's action biopic "Rush," which with top-end urban moviegoer appeal grabbed a decent sampling to go with its strong festival reaction and decent reviews.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • September 22, 2013 11:50 PM
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Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Dod Mantle Talks Ron Howard's 'Rush' and 'In the Heart of the Sea' (VIDEO)

Anthony Dod Mantle is in the race for his second Oscar for "Rush," and explains how he processed and integrated archival footage with live-action cinematography for a '70s painterly look.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 20, 2013 2:41 PM
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Review Roundup: Ron Howard's 'Rush,' Starring Hemsworth and Bruhl, a Thrilling and Unconventional Formula 1 Epic UPDATED

Strong reviews continue to come in for Ron Howard's "Rush," which hits theaters September 20. Starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl (who generated Supporting Actor Oscar buzz at the recently wrapped TIFF) as real-life Formula 1 rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, the film is a "virtuoso feat" (per Variety) that "breaks the mold" (per the Telegraph). More below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 2:34 PM
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TIFF: 'Rush' Director Ron Howard, Star Chris Hemsworth and Hans Zimmer Do Facebook Q & As

As part of Universal's Toronto International Film Festival press junket for Ron Howard's Formula 1 racing flick "Rush" (September 20), this Sunday at noon before the film's world premiere, Howard and star Chris Hemsworth will conduct their first ever Facebook Q&A. They'll also answer fan questions on the "Rush" Facebook Page.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 6, 2013 11:47 PM
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WATCH: New Clip From Ron Howard's Formula 1 Rivalry Drama 'Rush,' Starring Chris Hemsworth

A new clip from Ron Howard's upcoming "Rush," a drama based on the real life 1970s rivalry of Formula 1 racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, has hit the web before the film's premiere at TIFF in September.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 28, 2013 1:19 PM
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Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard's 'Project Imaginat10n' Contest Underway, Jamie Foxx's Short Film Goes Into Production UPDATE

Director Ron Howard and daughter/actress Bryce Dallas Howard have teamed up to jump on the user-generated content bandwagon with the new film contest for Canon, "Project Imaginat10n." A number of celebrity directors are getting involved in the project, including Eva Longoria, James Murphy, Georgina Chapman and Jamie Foxx, who recently starting shooting his short film in Brooklyn.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 20, 2013 2:50 PM
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