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Ron Howard is by no means critically reviled, but as a director he hasn’t had the sort of career that gets hardcore cinephiles all hot and bothered, either. So while we’ve been curious about Rush, his Formula 1 racing drama, it’d be a stretch to say it was one of our most anticipated releases of the year.

In the wake of its Toronto Film Festival debut, however, we may have to reconsider. Early reactions have ranged from solid to positively glowing, with plenty of reviewers noting that Howard has managed to avoid his usual sentimentality. As a matter of fact, praise was lavished on just about everyone involved, including stars Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl, screenwriter Peter Morgan, and cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle. Hit the jump to read the reviews.

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Here’s the latest trailer for Ron Howard‘s new film Rush. Before Howard goes back to work with Tom Hanks and Dan Brown, he’ll oversee the release of this racing drama based on the real lives and careers of James Hunt and Niki Lauda (played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, respectively) as they compete in a series of races that prove to be personally dangerous and professionally unique.

I’m on a plane en route to San Diego, and the slow connection makes watching the trailer difficult. So I can’t tell you much about it from here, but I can provide an embed so you can see it for yourself. Read More »

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Once the summer movie season is over, one of the first entries of the fall awards season will be Ron Howard‘s true-life sports drama Rush. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) star as legendary Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two men who had a bitter rivalry in the 1970s until Lauda was in a brutal accident that elevated both their mutual respect and intensity of racing.

A new behind the scenes featurette has been released that explains just why this sports rivalry was worthy of its own film with an A-List pedigree. It features some great interviews with the principals and some moody, beautiful driving footage. Check it out below. Read More »

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It goes almost without saying that the vehicular stunts in this weekend’s Fast & Furious 6, as fun as they are to watch, bear no resemblance to reality whatsoever. For audiences that like their car action a little more plausible, however, can look forward to Ron Howard‘s Rush.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl lead the fact-based drama about the epic rivalry between Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda. The new trailer eschews the inspirational angle from the previous domestic promo in favor of more philsophizing about the looming shadow of death. Watch it after the jump.

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The true racing story Rush, based on the lives and rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), looks like the liveliest movie director Ron Howard has made in quite a long time. We saw an international trailer for the film earlier this week, and now we’ve got the domestic version.

The UK trailer seen earlier this week is simultaneously more moody and more visceral, while this one is oriented more around character and feelings. It’s a trailer seemingly designed for an audience that has a certain expectation from a Ron Howard film. We’ll see which one turns out to be more representative of the film as a whole. For now, check out the US trailer below. Read More »

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The Ron Howard project we’ve covered most extensively in this space is probably the fourth season of Arrested Development, but we’re also pretty pumped for his other big release of 2013, the Formula One racing drama Rush.

Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl play James Hunt and Niki Lauda, two real-life racing rivals that spent the ’70s neck-in-neck with one another. Their intense competition only intensified in 1976 after the latter suffered a horrific crash that put him in a coma, only to return to the track weeks later. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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