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While American film critics circles orgs and associations prep their year end "best" reveals, let's hop overseas for a moment. The European Film Awards were held in Berlin, Germany yesterday. It was a very good day to be Danish.
Though Mads Mikkelsen (left) is often seen in American and British films he frequently headlines Danish films too and was honored with a world cinema tribute. Lars von Trier, the maddest prince of Denmark since Hamlet, won the top prize for Melancholia. Though von Trier lost Best Director, he lost it to fellow Dane Susanne Bier who recently also won the Oscar (Best Foreign Language Film, In A Better World.) All three were born within a nine year span in Copenhagen!
European Achievement World Cinema Mads Mikkelsen
Lifetime Achievement Stephen Frears
Director Susanne Bier, »
- NATHANIEL R
We caught up with acclaimed filmmaker Ron Howard late last Monday night, the last day of shooting on Canon's Project Imagin8ion short When You Find Me. He is producing alongside his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, the director of the film. During a lengthy discussion about this unique supernatural drama, which required Bryce and her writing partner Dane Charbeneau to create an original story from 8 winning photographs sent in from people across the globe, Ron let us know that he wasn't able to direct When You Find Me himself, as originally intended, because he was knee deep in pre-production on the Formula 1 racing biopic Rush.
The story follows champion racer Niki Lauda, who, mere weeks after surviving a 1976 crash that nearly claimed his life, got back behind the wheel to challenge his rival James Hunt. We asked Ron Howard if the movie might be a return to his Eat My Dust! »
When you have two-time Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind) behind the camera, and twice-nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon) penning the script, you know that the project they’re working on together, Rush, is going to be brilliant.
News came back in August that Alexandra Maria Lara (Control) had taken the role of the female lead, presumably playing the love interest of Lauda. Word now comes via Deadline that Olivia Wilde (Tron: Legacy) will be taking the other female lead, playing the role of supermodel Suzy Miller.
“Miller fell in love with and married Hunt, a handsome, womanizing driver, but the most interesting part of their relationship is how Miller soon fell in love with Hunt’s actor pal, Richard Burton. Hunt and »
- Kenji Lloyd
Olivia Wilde will play Suzy Miller, a supermodel in the 1970s who fell in love with and married Formula 1 racer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). However, after they tied the knot, Miller fell in love with actor Richard Burton, who was friends with Hunt. Richard Burton even paid the $1 million divorce settlement that Hunt owed Miller, and Richard Burton and Miller were married shortly thereafter.
Peter Morgan wrote the screenplay for Rush, which started production earlier this month. Rush is based on the true story of Formula 1 racing legend Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl), and his famed rivalrly with James Hunt.
Olivia Wilde is one lucky girl. But, I guess we’re all familiar with that fact. So, let’s see what she’s up to now. According to the latest reports, our lovely lady is set to star in the upcoming Ron Howard’s Formula One racing drama titled Rush. Not a bad choice and it looks that a [...]
When Robert Duvall landed a role in One Shot that was accompanied with a vague description, some began to assume that he would be playing the villain of the piece. Turns out that someone else has this part — and it’s the last person you’d expect. As Variety informs us, the main antagonist to go up against Tom Cruise is none other than legendary German filmmaker Werner Herzog.
I’ll just assume that everyone reading this knows who he is — or is at least familiar with his now-trademark voice — so I can just say that this is a peculiar choice. Herzog has never had a major acting role before, with most of his performances being restricted to minor work in Harmony Korine movies. For him to really start in a Tom Cruise thriller — it’s odd; but also wonderful. Writer and director Christopher McQuarrie has wanted to work with him for some time, »
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Brian Oliver, President of Cross Creek Pictures and Guy East and Nigel Sinclair, Co-Chairmen of Exclusive Media Group ("Exclusive"), announced today that they will be co-financing director Ron Howard's Formula 1 film Rush. This marks the third collaboration between Exclusive and Cross Creek, who are also co-producing the picture with Imagine Entertainment, Working Title and Revolution Films, with Howard, Oliver, Brian Grazer, Eric Fellner, Peter Morgan and Andrew Eaton all named as producers. Nigel Sinclair, Guy East and Tobin Armbrust will executive produce. Imagine's Todd Hallowell will also Executive Produce. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) and Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds) are in negotiations to star in the picture, with Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall). The script for Rush was penned by Morgan (Frost/Nixon).
Principal photography on Rush is set to begin on September 9, 2011 in the UK and Germany. The film will be shot in and around two legendary Formula 1 tracks in Silverstone and Nürburgring. »
In 1981, disenchanted with what the communist ideal has become, Kgb Colonel Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica -Underground ) decides to change the world by passing on secret Us documents to Pierre (Guillaume Canet -Tell No One, Little White Lies), a French engineer working in Moscow. With Pierre acting as a reluctant go-between, the valuable documents find their way into the hands of France’s President Mitterrand and the French Secret Service, who give the Moscow source the codename ‘Farewell’.
The film is directed by Bafta Award nominated Christian Carion (Joyeux Noel), Farewell, and features a stellar award-winning cast including Alexandra Maria Lara and Willem Dafoe who convincingly depict the paranoia of the time as well as the courage and bravery of the individuals involved.
We caught up with Christian Carion to talk about the film.
- The film focuses on a very important period of world history. What initially piqued your interest and »
- Paul Heath
To mark the 29th August release of Farewell on DVD, Universal Pictures (UK) have given us five copies of the movie to give away. Farewell is directed by Christian Carion and stars Willem Dafoe, Guillaume Canet, Emir Kusturica, David Soul and Fred Ward.
In 1981, disenchanted with what the communist ideal has become, Kgb Colonel Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica-Underground ) decides to change the world by passing on secret Us documents to Pierre (Guillaume Canet -Tell No One, Little White Lies), a French engineer working in Moscow. With Pierre acting as a reluctant go-between, the valuable documents find their way into the hands of France’s President Mitterrand and the French Secret Service, who give the Moscow source the codename ‘Farewell’.
With only three months of filming left for "The Dark Knight Rises," the world is Christian Bale's oyster. The Oscar-winning actor currently doesn't have any films lined up once the final installment of Christopher Nolan's Batman movies wraps, but he certainly does have options.
Variety is reporting that he has five films that he could potentially join, though he's not attached to any of them yet and none are considered front-runners at this point.
The first is in the Beyonce-starring remake of "A Star is Born," which is being directed by Clint Eastwood. There's also Michael Mann's "Gold," Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," Spike Lee's "Old Boy" remake and Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic "Noah." Bale is in the prime of his career right now, so any of those options would be a good one. It will be interesting to see what direction »
- Terri Schwartz
German actress Alexandra Maria Lara has booked the female lead in Ron Howard's racing film "Rush."According to Variety, Howard is directing from a Peter Morgan script.The film centers on the real-life 1970s rivalry between Formula One race car drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda.Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") will play the British racer Hunt.Daniel Brühl ("Inglourious Basterds") will play the Austrian racer Lauda.Brian Grazer and Howard are producing through their Imagine shingle along with Working Title's Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner; and Cross Creek's Brian Oliver.Universal will likely distribute the film.Lara's credits include "Downfall," "Youth Without Youth," "Miracle at St. Anna" and "The Reader." »
- Adnan Tezer
Alexandra Maria Lara (The Reader) has signed up for the James Hunt biopic, Rush, to be directed by Ron Howard. Variety reports Lara joins a cast which includes Thor star Chris Hemsworth as British Formula One race car driver James Hunt and Daniel Bruhl as Austrian racer Niki Lauda. The film is expected to focus on the rivalry between the two drivers.
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- Jamie Neish
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. Ron Howard's film Rush, scripted by Peter Morgan, tells the true story of the 1976 rivalry between British Formula One driver James Hunt and Austrian racer Niki Lauda. Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl play the two drivers, and now Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall, »
- Russ Fischer
The two lead roles in Alex Proyas‘ Paradise Lost have been set for Bradley Cooper (who’s playing Lucifer) and Benjamin Walker (who’s playing Michael), but another major part has been cast. ShowBlitz says that Djimon Hounsou is boarding the film, in the part of the angel of death, Abdiel.
In John Milton‘s original poem, Abdiel went to tell God of Lucifer’s actions, and he also participated in the final battle, where he did some smiting. Perhaps most importantly, some have speculated that the character serves as an autobiographical piece of work on the author’s part; anyone think Proyas will do the same? (That’s just a joke.) Hounsou is a strong, intense actor, and I think that he’ll fit this part rather convincingly. Plus, it should help break the bad streak he’s had lately, which included things like Never Back Down and Push »
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Variety are reporting that Alexandra Maria Lara has joined the cast of the Peter Morgan scripted, and indeed Ron Howard directed Rush, the interesting Formula One themed biopic that revolves around Austrian racing driver Niki Lauda.
According to the trade, the film “follows Lauda and [fellow F1 star James] Hunt’s 1970s rivalry on the Formula One circuit. Lauda nearly died in a fiery crash in 1976 but returned to the track just six weeks later to race Hunt.”
German actress Lara is set to play an unspecifed lead female role. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard produce, alongside Working Title partners Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner and Cross Creek Pictures’ Brian Oliver.
- Paul Heath
Peter Morgan's script follows the rivalry between Austrian racer Niki Lauda and British racer James Hunt on the Formula One circuit in the 70's. Lauda nearly died in a fiery crash in 1976 but returned to the track just six weeks later to race Hunt.
- Garth Franklin
We have a few quick casting stories for you this fine morning (or early afternoon for those on the east coast). First up, Alexandra Maria Lara (Downfall) will star opposite Chris Hemsworth in Ron Howard's Formula One racing drama Rush. Working from a script by Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon), the story focuses on the real-life rivalry between British driver James Hunt and Austrian F1 champion Niki Lauda. Lauda will be played by Inglourious Basterds' Daniel Brühl. It's interesting that the lead role seems to be Hunt even though Lauda nearly died in a fiery crash in 1976 but returned to the track just six weeks later to race Hunt. Variety has no details on Lara's character other than to say that she's the female lead. Hit the jump for casting news on Steven Soderbergh's Magic Mike and Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. Steven Soderbergh is continuing to »
- Matt Goldberg
Even while he continues to try to find both funding and a home for his huge Dark Tower project, Ron Howard is focusing on other, more manageable movies. He’s now moving full speed ahead on racing pic Rush and has just cast German actress Alexandra Maria Lara in the female lead. It’s not known exactly whom she’ll play in the story, but Lara, who appeared in the likes of Control, Downfall and The Reader, will be starring alongside Thor's Chris Hemsworth and Inglourious Basterds’ Daniel Bruhl.Rush focuses on the rivalry that sprang up in the 1970s on the Formula One racing circuit between British champion James Hunt (Hemsworth) and Austrian nemesis Niki Lauda (Bruhl). The competition between the pair became so intense that despite nearly dying in a fierce crash, Lauda returned to the track after just six weeks in hospital to keep up the pressure on Hunt. »
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