Sep. 12th, 2013 08:24 pm
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No, I have not forgotten it's Thursday. I've just been drowning in all the interviewy goodness that has been flooding the net now that the Rush press tour is in full swing.

It has to be said, Chris and Daniel are simply adorable together, trying to push each other off the chair in one moment and then cuddling together in the next:

I can't wait for their next project, which is apparently going to be a thrilling take on the Roadrunner and Coyote rivalry:

And while none of the other interviews provided a moment as awesome as the wooing each other in foreign languages ("I love you mate." "I'm melting!") from last week, this was pretty good:

interviewer: What in real life gives you that feeling of exhilaration?
Daniel: You said seeing yourself on screen.
Chris: :laughs: Oh shut up.


Interviewer: Daniel, you were wearing prosthetic teeth. Is it hard to perform while having something foreign in your mouth?
Chris: You said it, I didn’t say it...

Also worth watching is the Empire quizz on the characters they are portraying:

But, since the point of all this is promoting the film, here's another great Rush featurette:

Only one day more before I can finally see the film!!!
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Here's an interview in which Chris and Daniel talk about their improvised romantic comedy. There's also a bit with Chris wooing Daniel in Australian ;-)


Sep. 5th, 2013 06:48 am
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Rush premiere was on Monday on Leicester Square. And I've missed it, since I'm currently on holiday visiting my mom. Damn it. Luckily there's pretty extensive coverage available online, with countless interviews and pics. I loved that Liam showed up to support his brother :-)

What really got to me, though, were the interviews with Niki Lauda. He kept saying how he wished James could be there, that he'd love it, and that he missed him... :sniff:

I ship them so hard it's not even funny. I mean, check out these excerpts from "Hunt the Shunt":

Hunt claimed later that he felt a growing emotional bond with the Austrian as he fought back from his accident. It was a feeling he had not experienced before.

"It was suddenly very important for me that Niki should live, in a way I hadn't realised. And I felt awful because there was nothing I could do about it. There I was, sitting at home, enjoying life, when I didn't even particularly want to; I wanted to go and help or do something, and I couldn't."

Apparently Chris and Daniel ship them too:

Quizzed on whether he and co-star Hemsworth tried to emulate the famed feud between their characters on set, Bruhl said: "No, we didn't. We tried to at first, we always teased each other. But in fact, in between the takes, we invented our own relationship between Hunt and Lauda which would have been a romantic comedy!"

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James Hunt's 66th birthday would have been today. I have to admit I've been feeling like crying a lot today, which is ridiculous, and yet I can't help it. There were a bunch of tributes for James posted on Tumblr with great quotes and pictures, so I'm doing one too.

Short interview after the British Grand Prix in 1976 with James being James and bumming a cigarette off journalists interviewing him:

Quotes from

Murray Walker: “And Prost’s car is on fire as he goes into the swimming pool!”
James Hunt: “Well, that should put it out, then.”

"Berger's car is on fire!"
"No Murray, that's his rainlight."
One of the most famous Hunt corrections of all.

"Piquet has got no motivation whatsoever. He's only in F1, to keep his 45 metre yacht afloat, and his helicopter in petrol." A classic Hunt put-down.

"No hurry for the Williams team, just very important to not make a mistake. And that's absolutely fine...(matter of fact) Oh, and he's lost a wheel." Hunt not bothered that Mansell's championship dream is up in smoke.

Some interesting facts about James Hunt I’ve found in “Hunt the Shunt”:

1) "He was good at virtually every sport on the curriculum, and exceptionally good at any sport that demanded high levels of energy or good hand-eye coordination. (…) He could easily have been a world class competitor at tennis, squash or golf had he decided that motor racing was not for him. Can there ever have been a man in the history of sport who was genuinely good enough to play at the top of such varied sports? Well if there was, I don’t know of him.”

2) "He became rather an accomplished trumpet player and often played solo at public events." As per his music teacher, Nigel Davidson: "If James had decided to give trumpet playing the single-minded concentration that he lavished on his sporting activities, I have no doubt that he could have become a professional, perhaps a virtuoso, trumpeter.”

3) "Before he discovered racing, he planned a career breeding budgies and reckoned he could earn a good living at it. (…) 20 years later, the budgerigars made a comeback at his house in Wimbledon. (…) Eventually, James had some 140 budgerigars in his garden, said to be worth nearly UK£60,000.”

4) "Seven times in his career, Hunt had accidents that should have killed him. In fact, all seven were more likely to have killed him than not. The fact that he survived them was, each time, a miracle in itself. (…) No other driver of the time has defied such odds. (…) Strangely enough, the most grievous injury Hunt had ever received in a car was in a road accident, in which he had a head-on collision in his Mini road car whilst returning from a race at Brands Hatch. It was the only time he ever ended up in hospital from something he had done in a car.”

5) "No top sportsman has ever consumed as much alcohol or smoked as many cigarettes as Hunt, neither before nor since. He did both to excess. After his Formula Ford days he began smoking between 40 and 60 cigarettes a day for most of his life and, although he said he did not drink in the few days before a race, this was often not true.”

And here's James presenting the proper way of wearing racing overalls:

And look, he taught Niki how to do it too:

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There's so much new stuff about Rush! Check out this featurette, for example, about how Chris and Daniel were learning to drive in a Formula car (not Formula 1, mind you, they weren't allowed into those, but Formula 3). It also contains some new clips from the film, including one with Alastair Caldwell, who is in the film after all, played by Stephen Mangan! The scene seems to be him wishing James good luck before the Japanese Grand Prix, so I guess there'll be none of the "Get out of that car and I'll break your fucking neck," then. :sigh:

Then there's the clip with James taunting Niki back in the Formula 3 days. All the articles I've read stressed that the film exaggerates the extent of Hunt and Lauda’s rivalry, so there won't be much of their off the track friendship in the film. Oh well, antagonists are great for slashing too:

And here's a clip showing James and Suzy flirting:

The latest Empire has a review for Rush. The highlights include:

As played by Hemsworth, with more confidence, sex appeal and charm than all the 007s put together, Hunt is the hedonists’ hedonist…

or (about the amazing cinematography)

The result is far more immersive than any 3D you can imagine, and makes The Fast And The Furious look like The Ambling And The Disgruntled.


scans under the cut )
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Apparently there's a featurette about Thor 2 on the Iron Man 3 DVD/bluray. It's also available online:

I should be more excited, but I'm all about Rush these days, and there are new stills every day, eg:

Mmm, that is certainly nice, but I can't help noticing that once again film!James seems awfully overdressed. Real!James threw a hissy fit when he noticed his sponsorship deal with Marlboro had a dress code clause and John Hogan had to personally reassure him no one would ever think of trying to reinforce it. Which he later certainly regretted:

Hogan needed Hunt to attend a reception at Prince Rainier's palace on the hill, but Hunt wouldn't be coaxed out of his t-shirt and shorts. Although Hogan finally got him to wear a blue blazer over the t-shirt, Hunt didn't tell his girlfriend (Jane Birbeck) where they were going, and she too was dressed for the beach. Prince Rainier didn't seem to mind, though, and Hunt remained typically oblivious to what other people thought - although Birbeck was mortified.

Hunt would do a lot for Marlboro. He spent time every night dutifully transferring his preferred Rothmans into Marlboro packets, which, considering he smoked over 60 cigarettes a day, had to be quite a task, but he would not accept impositions on what he should wear!

Jackie Stewart arranged a dinner for Formula One notables at the home of King Juan Carlos prior to the Spanish Grand Prix. As a mark of respect for the King, Hunt swapped his shorts for denim jeans(...). But when Hunt arrived in jeans, Stewart was mortified and went into a huddle with the King's aides. Together, they deemed to scrap the plan for a formal dinner and turned the occasion into a buffet supper by the swimming pool, for which Stewart deemed Hunt was more properly dressed. The King remained unaware of the original plans.

Heh, check out this group picture of F1 drivers from the 1975 season:

One of those things is not like the others :-)

ETA: This just in, Niki Lauda agrees with me: In an interview with London’s Daily Mail Lauda said of Hemsworth, “He is unbelievably good. I admit I was astonished when I saw Chris Hemsworth as James, he talked in just the same voice. But I would say there was just one difference: James always looked like he had just got out of bed, and Chris looked like he came from a beauty salon!”

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It's all about Rush this week! There's a new teaser: Introducing James Hunt:

I love that they've re-enacted the "big balls" interview ;-) I couldn't help re-watching the original version a lot:

There are also new screencaps:

Too bad that they got James’ casual attire all wrong in the film. As per his biography “Hunt the Shunt”:

Whenever possible, and with little excuse, Hunt would strip off the top half of his clothing and his jeans, and often got down to the skimpiest underwear or swimming trunks. He would often walk around the Formula One paddock in his trunks, showing not the slightest discomfiture. Sometimes, he might as well have been naked. But most times, he would be in a sleeveless vest-type shirt with shorts, no shoes and no socks - sometimes even on live television as he walked around the starting grid.

I certainly would have preferred to see that in the film ;-)

And there's also a new interview with Chris about the film:


Aug. 13th, 2013 09:50 pm
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The interview derby has only just started and already Liam (promoting Paranoia and Catching Fire) got the lead on Chris (promoting Rush and Thor: The Dark World). Check this out:

Jimmy Kimmell: The last time you were here was a few years ago. I think you were still living with your brother, Chris. Thor. Before he was Thor. Be-Thor.

Hee! How very topical! Also, it's even funnier after this quote from Chris' Empire interview: I've said to my brothers - well, to Liam anyway - "Man, we've got to stop talking about getting into fights as kids 'cause we sound like we're from some feral, rough family, and it's bullshit."

Well, Chris, never let it be said that Liam doesn't listen to you :-)

This quote from Josh Whedon suddenly makes a lot of sense: “I spent some time talking to Tom [Hiddleston] and to Chris [Hemsworth] before I wrote the script [for AVENGERS]. Chris was very interested in the brother relationship. He has brothers—who are famous! And… he hates them. They’re evil. Liam is always lying and making Liams appear where they’re not.”

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I've checked the IMDB page for Rush recently and was alarmed to see that Alastair Caldwell doesn't seem to be in the film. How can they not include him?! The man who, eg. commented on James' furious dislike of testing (since it wasn't competitive driving):

"We should have hired a more competent test driver and got the car quicker. Then, on race day, we could have dragged James in on his leash, strapped him into the car and let him loose like a mad dog."


Hell, the man who did in fact drag James in on his leash and strapped him into the car for the Japanese Grand Prix in 1976, when for once in his life James was being sensible and refused to race in fog and heavy rain, stating:

"I would rather give Niki the title than race in these conditions."

[...] Hunt again told Caldwell that he wasn't driving, and again Caldwell told him he was. Hunt said to Caldwell: "Alastair, fuck this, I'm getting out." Caldwell retorted: "Get out of that car and I'll break your fucking neck." John Hogan witnessed this and remembers: "James replied: 'Oh, alright.' And that was it."

As Hunt often said, it was Alastair Caldwell that won the championship, not him. And he's somehow not in the film?! What, will the McLaren team just not have a team leader?
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The second trailer for Thor: The Dark World has been released!!!

Gah, now I'm all excited! Thor shirtless! The ponytail! Thor using whirling throw! Thor having a heart to heart with Heimdall! I want it all! Now!

In unrelated story, I've found some more hilarious tidbits while watching F1 documentaries and reading books about James Hunt. For example he and Niki Lauda had been briefly flatmates in London in 1971. And apparently that prompted Niki to offer this oft-cited comment: "I enjoy sex as much as the next man. Unless the next man is James Hunt."

Hee! Oh Niki, are you calling James a slut? ;-)
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Well, that was inevitable, really - I seem to have developed a bit of a crush on James Hunt :-) Thankfully YouTube is a treasure trove. I've found this awesome bit of an interview about the Japan Grand Prix 1976:

At quarter to eight in the morning, when I was still asleep, there was a great banging on the interconnecting door of my room. So I went and opened it, and there was Niki already in his overalls, marching into my room and saying: "Morning, I'm gonna be the ze world champion today."

Oh please let this scene be reenacted in the film!

Too bad I don't have any interest in current Formula 1. Though I am curious if the drivers still have their blood type embroidered on their uniforms. Talk about a chilling detail...


Aug. 1st, 2013 08:10 am
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Two new posters for Rush:

I've watched recently the BBC documentary "Hunt vs Lauda: F1's greatest Racing Rivals" about the 1976 season. It was amazing, I can totally see how Ron Howard was inspired to make a movie about this. I wonder how many of the various twists and turns will be in the film. Personally I hope for a re-enactment of a photo of Hunt shirtless and wearing a kind of a chain leash, which was accompanied by this story told by Alaistar Caldwell, the McLaren F1 team leader:

We had to get up early in the morning to go out to the warm-up. And he came down... dishevelled with this lady... obviously had, you know, anyway, dishevelled might be the best way of putting it... staggered off to the race track, won the race!


I also loved the bits about James and the McLaren sponsors - Marlboro:

(cough cough) Excuse me, I've beent training for my new sponsors.

Turning up to a dinner party in black tie and flip flops was, to James, pretty normal. And because he had this, what the British call savoir faire, he was able to sort of carry it off.

It was the first and probably only example of the sponsor being molded by the driver and not vice versa.

There were RPSy bits as well:

Niki, he spent time in our pits. He was always visiting us. [...] For sure Niki was in awe of James' good looks and personality. You know, James was the good-looking playboy, and Niki was the small Austrian that looked like a rat. [...] They were good friends. Though on the racetrack, of course, no quarter given.

Can't wait to see these examples of the racetrack insanity:

(about the Great Britain Grand Prix) James' car vaulted on the left front corner, but being a McLaren, it didn't break. And being James, with two pints of adrenaline, he didn't stop. He charged off with two front wheels splayed out like this.

(about the Japan Grand Prix, when the track dried out causing James' wet weather tyres to overheat) Eventually he wore all the rubber off them, all the canvas, down to the air, and he had two flat tyres. Because he had two flat tyres we couldn't jack the car up very well, [...] so it took us like 24 seconds or something to change the tyres.

So, after finishing the race:

James Hunt came into the pits in a rage. And as the McLaren team gathered round, James got out of the car, pulled off his crash helmet, started to rant and rave at them.

It took them a while to get through to him with the news that he won :-)
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The Comic Con has come and gone, bringing with it some horrible spoilers, and pretty pretty art:

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Rush has a new trailer:

Driven by each other :snicker:

Showdown between you and Niki is all anyone wants to see. Hee!
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It's been a slow news week, but I've found a great comic verse introduction to the nine realms of Yggdrasil on Tumblr:

The nine realms are separated into three categories. The upper realms, the middle realms, and the lower realms.

Upper realms

Asgard, home of the Aesir. This is the home of the norse gods, an advanced race of warriors who’ve taken it upon themselves to protect the peace amongst the nine realms. They travel the realms with the help of Bifrost, the rainbow bridge. Odin is the king of Asgard.

In the comics, Asgard is closely related to Vallhalla, where valiant warriors who died in battle have their home.

Vanaheim, home of the Vanir. The Vanir are related to the Aesir, but deals more in magic than their cousins, and there’s been several conflicts between the two worlds. Still, some Vanir has decided to move to Asgard, Frigga, who tutored Odin in the secrets of magic, her brother Frey and their father Njord.

Alfheim, home of the Light Elves. These guys seem pretty doctile and haven’t had all that much screentime in comics. They’re elves, of the classic pointy eared kind. Still, there is one interesting tidbit. The climate in alfheim has been shown to be of the extreme variety, ranging from the greenest spring to cold and snowy winter. Also, either the elves change color from pinkish to light blue in sync with the climate, or there are two varieties.

The middle realms

Nidavellir, the dwarven lands. Dwarves live here. It’s the industrial realm, where things like magic hammers are made. Dwarves are not exactly a friendly people, but if you need something made, and have an insane amount of gold to match their price, they’re your best choice.

Midgard, the realm of humans. Yes… it’s earth. And what’s worse, we’re apparently in the bloody middle of all these dysfunctional worlds, so a warring horde will usually have to go through us to wherever they’re going.

Jotunheim, Land of giants. They’re big, live between rocks and hard places, and have anger management issues. In Thor, we got introduced to the frost giants little piece of heaven, but there’s also a place for rock giants and storm giants in this realm. Loki is, despite his lack of height, a member of the frost giant-variety.

Svartalfheim, home of dark elves. These guys do not play well with others. They live in castles, forest cities and underground caverns, are blueskinned, and dream of conquest. They live longer than humans, and are physically better than us at just about anything, though still weaker than Aesir. In addition, they are very proficient with magic. Their one big weakness is iron. The otherwise basic metal can disrupt their spells and tear through even their hardest armor. Svartalfheim is the lowest of the middle realms, and is occationally considered amongst the lower realms.

The lower realms

Hel/Niffelheim. While separate, these two realms count as one, due to their strong connection and close proximity to each other. Hel is ruled by Hela, goddess of the dead, and is where the common folk who didn’t die honorably in battle eventually ends up. It’s not a nice place to be, but if you’re not a warrior type, it’s still better than the alternative. Niffelheim is the alternative. A cold frozen wasteland for the dishonored dead.

Muspelheim, land of Surtur. Surtur is the king of the fire giants, and Muspelheim is his realm. It’s a giant firepit where only he and his fire giants and demons reside. He hates Odin with a passion, and would love nothing more than to spread his fires to Asgard.

That's pretty nifty. I wonder how the game canon fits into the cinematic one, since in the game Odin has killed all the Vanir by unleashing a soul-eating beast upon them.


Jul. 4th, 2013 07:57 am
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So, Cyber continues filming in Hong Kong, as a number of reports in Cantonese attest. Since I don't speak the language, though, I'm not going to repost them.

Meanwhile Rush posters have been revealed:

Two more months!
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There are no recent Thor 2 news. However, the filming of Cyber has moved to Hong Kong. And a great featurette about Rush has been released:

I'm looking forward to it more and more! Also, I LOLed when right after Chris' line "Next time I'll have you." they cut to the interview with Ron Howard saying how in the seventies sex was safe and driving was dangerous. Heh, like the film's premise isn't slashy enough already ;-)


Jun. 20th, 2013 08:19 am
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News round-up:

  • Thor 2 got a new composer.

  • Cyber continues being filmed in LA, but there are more and more exotic locations to come being announced. Most recently Kuala Lumpur.

  • Cillian Murphy joined In the Heart of the Sea - They are certainly making up for the totally unappealing to me subject matter with the casting :-)

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There hasn't been any news about Thor 2 while I was on holiday, but Cyber started filming. And as per the set pictures below Chris Hemsworth cut his hair :gasp:

Oh well, it'll grow back... ;-)
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There were some new stills from Thor 2 in the newest Empire. I love this one:

Digital Spy had some worrying news about the film, though.

Apparently the composer has been changed, which is confirmed. More worryingly it was also reported that the director was forced on a long leave of absence. This has not been confirmed, so I hope is not true. Not that I'm a big Alan Taylor fan, but if the director gets all but fired at this point, there is very little chance the film will not turn out to be a hot mess. And while I already knew that Thor 2 being good was a long shot (what with it being a sequel and having a different director than the first film) I was hoping it at least wouldn't be awful...
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