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Geoffrey Rush will play Albert Einstein

15 August 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

National Geographic Channel is venturing into scripted series territory, and for their first drama, the cable network has cast Geoffrey Rush to play Albert Einstein. The Aussie will take on the role of the famed physicist for anthology drama Genius, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It will be Rush’s first major American series television role. (He did win an Emmy for HBO-bbc collaboration The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, a TV movie that aired in 2004.) The first season of the anthology series is based on the acclaimed Einstein biography by Walter Isaacson. Ron Howard is directing the first episode of Genius, and Howard’s longtime collaborator Brian Grazer is producing. The Oscar winner who so entertained us with Shakespeare in Love and Pirates of the Caribbean seems like a solid fit for the iconic scientist. He probably won’t even have to wear a wig for Einstein’s recognizable hair. »

- Emily Rome

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Jesse Owens Biopic ‘Race’ Runs to U.K.’s Altitude

23 February 2016 4:17 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Liverpool — Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the U.K. distribution rights to Stephen Hopkins’ “Race,” which follows African-American athlete Jesse Owens’ rise to become four-time Olympic gold medallist at the 1936 Games in Nazi Germany. Focus Features released the film in the U.S. on Friday.

In 1936 the Olympic Games were held in Berlin, Germany. Organized by the ruling Nazi Party, the Games were intended to showcase Hitler’s vision of the supremacy of the Aryan race. That dream was shattered by Owens.

Directed and produced by Stephen Hopkins, who won an Emmy for “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,” the film stars Stephan James (“Selma”) as Owens and Jason Sudeikis (“We’re the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses”), and also features Jeremy Irons, William Hurt and Carice Van Houten (“Game of Thrones”). The film was written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel (“Frankie & Alice”).

Hamish Moseley, Altitude Film Entertainment’s head of distribution, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Altitude acquires Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' for UK

23 February 2016 2:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons star in the true story.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK distribution rights to Stephen HopkinsRace, which follows black athlete Jesse Owens’ meteoric rise to become four-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1936 games in Nazi Germany.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude’s Will Clarke and Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett. Focus Features released the film in the Us on February 19, taking $7.35m to date.

The UK release date has yet to be set but is likely to come before the Rio Olympics (Aug 5-21).

Directed and produced by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Race stars Stephan James (Selma) as Jesse Owens and Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses) and also features Jeremy Irons and William Hurt as well as Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones).

Made with the cooperation of the Jesse Owens Foundation as well as the Owens family »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Alititude acquires Jesse Owens biopic 'Race' for UK

23 February 2016 2:12 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis and Jeremy Irons star in the true story.

Altitude Film Distribution has acquired the UK distribution rights to Stephen HopkinsRace, which follows black athlete Jesse Owens’ meteoric rise to become four-time Olympic gold medalist at the 1936 games in Nazi Germany.

The deal was negotiated between Altitude’s Will Clarke and Mister Smith Entertainment’s David Garrett. Focus Features released the film in the Us on February 19, taking $7.35m to date.

The UK release date has yet to be set but is likely to come before the Rio Olympics (Aug 5-21).

Directed and produced by Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers), Race stars Stephan James (Selma) as Jesse Owens and Jason Sudeikis (We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses) and also features Jeremy Irons and William Hurt as well as Carice Van Houten (Game of Thrones).

Made with the cooperation of the Jesse Owens Foundation as well as the Owens family »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Race Review

19 February 2016 3:53 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Descriptors that defined Jesse Owens – like speedy, smooth or brave – are not words likely to be associated with Race, the new biopic from director Stephen Hopkins. The 10.3 seconds in which Owens (played by Stephan James) changed the world unfolds over 134 plodding minutes, completely devoid of tension. Race is a story about an incredible man simply  “being incredible,” rather than the circumstances that forced him to drastically defy the odds.

In line with expectations for clichéd biopics, Race begins with extraneous expositional dialogue, with Jesse’s mother, Emma Owens (Michèle Lonsdale Smith) informing her son that he’s “the first boy of mine to go to college,” then reminding him of the “lump” she removed from his chest at 5 that left him with a scar. As co-written by Frankie & Alice screenwriters Joe Shrapnel and Anna Waterhouse, the screenplay feels stiff on a scene to scene basis, entering its worst stretches whenever »

- Zachary Shevich

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Exclusive Video Interview: Stephan James Talks Race

18 February 2016 11:15 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sooner or later we were bound to get a biographical sports movie about Olympic runner Jesse Owens. In fact, it’s pretty surprising that it took this long for it to happen. Now we’ve got one though and it comes to us in the form of Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

The movie takes us back to the 1930’s when Jesse (Stephan James) was a student at Ohio State University and being coached by former running star Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). But while Jesse finds college life challenging, especially with his girlfriend and child back home, he’s soon presented with an even bigger challenge: competing at the Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. Despite the oppressiveness he’s made to feel, he’s still determined to triumph in spite of seemingly infinite adversity.

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Exclusive Video Interview: Stephen Hopkins Talks Race

17 February 2016 12:14 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sooner or later we were bound to get a biographical sports movie about Olympic runner Jesse Owens. In fact, it’s pretty surprising that it took this long for it to happen. Now we’ve got one though and it comes to us in the form of Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

The movie takes us back to the 1930’s when Jesse (Stephan James) was a student at Ohio State University and being coached by former running star Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). But while Jesse finds college life challenging, especially with his girlfriend and child back home, he’s soon presented with an even bigger challenge: competing at the Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. But despite the oppressiveness he is made to feel, he’s still determined to triumph in spite of seemingly infinite adversity.

Recently, the »

- Matt Joseph

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Exclusive Video Interview: Jason Sudeikis Talks Race

15 February 2016 11:09 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Sooner or later we were bound to get a biographical sports movie about Olympic runner Jesse Owens. In fact, it’s pretty surprising that it took this long for it to happen. Now we’ve got one though and it comes to us in the form of Race, directed by Stephen Hopkins (A Nightmare on Elm Street 5, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers).

The movie takes us back to the 1930’s when Jesse (Stephan James) was a student at Ohio State University and being coached by former running star Larry Snyder (Jason Sudeikis). But while Jesse finds college life challenging, especially with his girlfriend and child back home, he’s soon presented with an even bigger challenge: competing at the Olympics in Adolf Hitler’s Germany. But despite the oppressiveness he is made to feel, he’s still determined to triumph in spite of seemingly infinite adversity.

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- Ben Kenber

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