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October 22, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
His talent on the track and antics off it were depicted in the film "Rush. " Now deep-pocketed fans of the late James Hunt will be able to buy the last F1 race car he ever drove to victory. RK Motors Collector Car Auctions has announced it will be selling the 1977 McLaren M26 F1 race car that Hunt drove the season after winning his only world championship title in 1976. It was that season that Hunt's rivalry with Austrian racer Niki Lauda came to a head, the events of which were chronicled in the recent Ron Howard film.
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ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Rush Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 28 Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan tell the story of 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in "Rush," a true-sports adventure that starts out as a "the olden days were groovy" corn-fest, then takes a turn for the better. The second half of the film concerns itself mostly with the incredibly tight points-battle between Hunt and Lauda throughout the 1976 season, and those racing sequences - some of which were shot with a subjective camera, in bad weather conditions - are white-knuckle.
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ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Peter Morgan
I should declare I have never been a fan of motor racing. I don't watch Formula One, the intricacies of engine refinement and lap times leave me cold, I don't even drive fast. So how come "Rush" ended up being an unusually personal screenplay to me? The answer is that the two racers at the heart of the story, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, represent in some way two halves of me. I was born the son of immigrant Germans and was brought up in the UK, teased as "a Kraut. " Jump forward 20 years, and I married an Austrian and live in Vienna, where now I am known as "a Brit.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 12, 2013 | By Peter Morgan
I should declare I have never been a fan of motor racing. I don't watch Formula One, the intricacies of engine refinement and lap times leave me cold, I don't even drive fast. So how come "Rush" ended up being an unusually personal screenplay to me? The answer is that the two racers at the heart of the story, James Hunt and Niki Lauda, represent in some way two halves of me. I was born the son of immigrant Germans and was brought up in the UK, teased as "a Kraut. " Jump forward 20 years, and I married an Austrian and live in Vienna, where now I am known as "a Brit.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO - It was 37 years ago, but Niki Lauda recalls his brush with death as if it happened this morning. The Austrian Formula One driver had been in a ferocious nip-and-tuck battle for most of the season with his British rival James Hunt when he crashed on a rain-slicked track at the German Grand Prix. Lauda, then 27, was trapped in his burning car for nearly a minute before he was pulled out by other drivers who stopped to help. The skin on his face was so badly burned that, at the hospital, a priest was called to administer last rites.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2014 | By Noel Murray
Rush Universal, $29.98; Blu-ray, $34.98 Available on VOD beginning Jan. 28 Director Ron Howard and screenwriter Peter Morgan tell the story of 1970s Formula 1 racing stars James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl) in "Rush," a true-sports adventure that starts out as a "the olden days were groovy" corn-fest, then takes a turn for the better. The second half of the film concerns itself mostly with the incredibly tight points-battle between Hunt and Lauda throughout the 1976 season, and those racing sequences - some of which were shot with a subjective camera, in bad weather conditions - are white-knuckle.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Peter Morgan wouldn't be the first screenwriter you'd think of to tell the story of the 1976 Formula One rivalry between the uptight clinician Niki Lauda and the seat-of-his pants swashbuckler James Hunt. Known for upscale real-life stories about presidents and royals ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen"), the screenwriter would be far down the list among people putting pen to paper on two hyper-competitive auto jocks. But Morgan - who wrote the script for this weekend's wide Ron Howard release “Rush” starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl  - found himself stirred by the idea when it first struck him on a Spanish beach.
SPORTS
June 16, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
James Hunt, who won the Formula One world championship in 1976, died of a heart attack early Tuesday morning at his London home. He was 45. Hunt was as well known for his temperament as for his driving ability. He raced for six years in Formula One, earning 10 victories and 14 pole positions in 92 starts. His 1976 triumph came after Niki Lauda was injured in a fiery crash midway through the season.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
"What's the deal with all these movies ," one academy member asked me over the weekend. "All of a sudden, there are just so many of them, and they're all supposed to be really, really good. " You could almost forgive his astonishment, awakening as he was from a summer when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screened the likes of "The Smurfs 2" and "Lovelace" for members at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There was a decided uptick in quality this weekend at the Goldwyn with a one-two punch of "Rush" and "Prisoners," fine films that seemed to impress academy members as much as they did festival crowds when they played in Toronto last week.
NEWS
February 5, 1995 | CHRISTOPHER SULLIVAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS
The most notorious prisoner in North Carolina is silvery-haired, sparkly-eyed Frank Edward Wetzel, inmate No. 11021-OS, serving two consecutive life terms at the Vance Correctional Center outside this rural town. The state said he's a calculating killer who gunned down two young highway patrolmen one "sad, bad night" back in 1957. Supporters say he's become a "political prisoner," denied fair treatment and any hope of release by vote-counting officeholders.
AUTOS
October 22, 2013 | By David Undercoffler
His talent on the track and antics off it were depicted in the film "Rush. " Now deep-pocketed fans of the late James Hunt will be able to buy the last F1 race car he ever drove to victory. RK Motors Collector Car Auctions has announced it will be selling the 1977 McLaren M26 F1 race car that Hunt drove the season after winning his only world championship title in 1976. It was that season that Hunt's rivalry with Austrian racer Niki Lauda came to a head, the events of which were chronicled in the recent Ron Howard film.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Peter Morgan wouldn't be the first screenwriter you'd think of to tell the story of the 1976 Formula One rivalry between the uptight clinician Niki Lauda and the seat-of-his pants swashbuckler James Hunt. Known for upscale real-life stories about presidents and royals ("Frost/Nixon," "The Queen"), the screenwriter would be far down the list among people putting pen to paper on two hyper-competitive auto jocks. But Morgan - who wrote the script for this weekend's wide Ron Howard release “Rush” starring Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl  - found himself stirred by the idea when it first struck him on a Spanish beach.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 19, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
TORONTO - It was 37 years ago, but Niki Lauda recalls his brush with death as if it happened this morning. The Austrian Formula One driver had been in a ferocious nip-and-tuck battle for most of the season with his British rival James Hunt when he crashed on a rain-slicked track at the German Grand Prix. Lauda, then 27, was trapped in his burning car for nearly a minute before he was pulled out by other drivers who stopped to help. The skin on his face was so badly burned that, at the hospital, a priest was called to administer last rites.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
"What's the deal with all these movies ," one academy member asked me over the weekend. "All of a sudden, there are just so many of them, and they're all supposed to be really, really good. " You could almost forgive his astonishment, awakening as he was from a summer when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences screened the likes of "The Smurfs 2" and "Lovelace" for members at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. There was a decided uptick in quality this weekend at the Goldwyn with a one-two punch of "Rush" and "Prisoners," fine films that seemed to impress academy members as much as they did festival crowds when they played in Toronto last week.
SPORTS
June 16, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
James Hunt, who won the Formula One world championship in 1976, died of a heart attack early Tuesday morning at his London home. He was 45. Hunt was as well known for his temperament as for his driving ability. He raced for six years in Formula One, earning 10 victories and 14 pole positions in 92 starts. His 1976 triumph came after Niki Lauda was injured in a fiery crash midway through the season.
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