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 »


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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I’d like to make this the ‘leading lady’ edition of Casting Bits, but I don’t think Caleb Landry Jones would like that very much. (Jason Segel would probably be OK with it.) Still, after the break you’ll find that two films have chosen their lead actresses, while Jones joins Jordan. Ahem. To wit:

  • Alexandra Maria Lara (above) takes the (female) lead in Ron Howard’s racing movie Rush,
  • Cody Horn will be the leading lady in Soderbergh’s Magic Mike,
  • Caleb Landry Jones, aka the First Class version of Banshee, joins Neil Jordan’s Byzantium,
  • and, as a final note, Jason Segel appears to be confirmed for Judd Apatow’s This is Forty.

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The Baader Meinhof Complex Movie Trailer

The underlying message in this enticing teaser trailer for The Baader Meinhof Complex seems to be that young idealists who cross the chasm into full-blown terrorism are undeniably sexy. So, rest assured that many German critics feel the film doesn’t glorify sexy terrorism. Moreover, they have selected the movie for Best Foreign Film consideration in this year’s Oscar race.

In what is being reported as a comeback of sorts for German director, Uli Edel (the grim Christiane F., Madonna’s Body of Evidence), his feature film explores the early years of the region’s Red Army Faction, a group of young, far-Left protesters turned “guerillas” who wore sunglasses and organized bombings, bank robberies and kidnappings in the ’70s. Their acts resulted in many civilian casualties and a still-controversial (romanticized?) place in history that zig-zags into current global politics.

The cast has been noted as a “who’s who” line-up that includes Moritz Bleibtreu (Run Lola Run, Speed Racer), Martina Gedeck (The Good Shepherd), Bruno Ganz (Youth Without Youth), and Alexandra Maria Lara (Control, Miracle at St. Anna). The film is currently without a U.S. distributor (hopefully not for too much longer given the buzz), and there’s a “why haven’t I seen it” critic controversy nicely explained over at Hollywood Elsewhere, with further embargo-tales offered at GreenCine. I already have a random and unwarranted crush on this movie.

Full Length Trailer

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Teaser Trailer

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Discuss: If you are well-informed on the source material or the book this was adapted from, please chime in below. Is the teaser trailer enough to dis/interest you?

Francis Ford Coppola

Jeeeez, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner are on a roll. I bet Paramount and Redstone are regretting that separation now. The new United Artists are in talks to acquire Francis Ford Coppola’s first film in ten years.
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