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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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Last summer two of the most powerful men in show business teamed up to make a movie. That unlikely duo was Shawn Carter, better known to most as rap mogul Jay-Z, and Opie, better known to most as legendary director Ron Howard. The result is called Made in America, and will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month before airing on Showtime October 11. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

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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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Ron Howard and Tom Hanks are returning to the world of Dan Brown, but not in the way you’d think. Sony has decided to skip The Lost Symbol, Brown’s third novel about Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon, and move ahead with adapting his current best-seller, Inferno.

A film based on the latest novel, which was released in May, has been given a December 18, 2015 release date. Both the star and director of the first two films, The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, are expected to return. David Koepp, who adapted the last film, will write the screenplay.  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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Briefly: The movie-and-TV adaptation of Stephen King‘s The Dark Tower that Ron Howard, Akiva Goldsman and Brian Grazer have been assembling has gone through a few revisions. At this point, it stands as a one-film deal financed by Media Rights Capital, with Russell Crowe starring as Roland the gunslinger. If that film does well, MRC could move forward on more movies.

But things have become a bit more complicated. Grazer now says that there’s a new financing offer on the table, which would allow the original plan of three movies and two limited TV series to be shot. Which deal will they take?

Grazer told Deadline that “a Silicon Valley investor” has come forward with a proposal to finance The Dark Tower as it was originally planned. If there are two funding possibilities out there, the situation probably also has factors we can’t guess. (For starters, MRC is well-established, while this new investor might not have much media experience.) So there’s no point to assuming that this will go one way or the other. Could MRC and the new investor work together? Regardless, for those who’ve hoped to see the bigger Dark Tower, there’s a glimmer of hope.

 

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All that’s missing is the voice of Ron Howard’s narrator, but otherwise everything you want from Arrested Development is here in the first trailer for the show’s fourth season. The primary cast (Jason Bateman, Portia de Rossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Alia Shawkat, Tony Hale, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and Jessica Walter) all make appearances, and there are some great jokes.

Actually, while the trailer stars slow, it builds a good head of steam fast, and there are a lot of great jokes. As soon as Buster hits the screen, it’s all systems go. Can it be May 26 now? (And also, seriously, where’s Ron Howard?) Read More »

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