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Among the many raves that "Rush" has already received, the look of the actual races is one of the elements complimented the most about the new Ron Howard film.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, MTV News' Josh Horowitz sat down with Howard to hear how he brought the world of 1970s Formula One racing to the big screen.

"It did have the advantage of being a true story and a surprising one," he said. "It's not narrative that unfolds more or less like you'd expected any good sports movie to unfold. It's just different from that. I thought that was our clue in terms of the racing."

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The Dark Tower

Roland Deschain and producer Ron Howard have hit yet another bump on the road to "The Dark Tower."

The proposed multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King's saga has never suffered from a lack of ambition, but now it is in desperate need of funding. According to a Variety report, Warner Bros., the second studio to consider the project after Universal passed, has turned it down.

The sprawling epic would play out over three films and two intermediate seasons of television, most likely for HBO. After Universal passed, WB voiced budget concerns and one-time attached star Javier Bardem exited, there has not been much good news for "The Dark Tower," but hope may not be lost just yet.

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Project Imaginat10n

When next you find Ron Howard, he'll be at the helm of an all-new project with five first-time filmmakers in tow — first-timers, yes, but names that you're surely familiar with.

Howard and Canon U.S.A. have announced their partnership for Project Imaginat10n, a creative endeavor where consumer photographs will inspire the creation of short films. A similar project in 2011 — Project Imagin8ion — yielded the award-winning short film "when you find me," directed by Howard's daughter Bryce Dallas Howard. This time, however, five different directors have been tapped to make their own shorts based on user-submitted photographs: actors Eva Longoria and Jamie Foxx, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, designer and Marchesa co-founder Georgina Chapman, and LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy.

"[Project Imaginat10n] is just a scaling up of the experiment in a really dynamic way. The five directors are in and of themselves so accomplished and the aesthetics they represent are so diverse," Howard told MTV News about the project. "I'm really fascinated to see what they come up with."

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Chris Hemsworth

At least for the next few years, Chris Hemsworth will be able to keep the longer locks that have come with his newfound status as an A-lister. Next year, the "Avengers" member takes a trip back to the 1970s for director Ron Howard and the Formula 1 racing drama, "Rush."

The first official images and a plot synopsis for the film, which also stars Olivia Wilde, have come online on the movie's official site.

Check out the photos and learn more about the movie after the jump!

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Arrested Development

Here are the facts: the first episode of "Arrested Development's" fourth season will be called "Michael," and it has been written, or at least partially. How do we know this? Because Ron Howard has tweeted visual proof of it.

"Very very funny :-) Lots of lines for the narrator too!" he tweeted with the picture above.

Hopefully we'll get to see Howard in person as well, considering the very last scene of "Arrested Development"'s final episode shows Alia Shawkat's Maeby Bluth pitching her family's story to him as a TV series. He tells her he can't see it working on television, but "maybe a movie." It was thanks in part to that fingers-crossed mentality that we have the new season being made for Netflix, so hopefully creator Mitch Hurwitz gives a nod to the character of Howard in the upcoming season by having him return in addition to reprising his role as the narrator.

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With director Ron Howard tweeting tons of behind-the-scenes photos while filming "Rush," we're not so sure we can handle waiting until 2013 for the movie's release.

The biographical film follows Formula One racing in the 70's and centers on champion drivers Niki Lauda, played by "Inglorious Bastards" actor Daniel Bruhl, and James Hunt, "The Avengers'" Chris Hemsworth. Olivia Wilde plays Suzy Miller, the wife of Hunt who ends up leaving him for his friend Richard Burton. When MTV News sat down with the actress, she told us she knew nothing of the sport before signing on for the project.

"I didn't know anything about Formula One. It's bigger in Europe. I mean, in the UK it's a huge deal, obviously, but in the States we haven't really embraced it. But I think this movie will help. There was a great documentary 'Senna' that got people excited about it, and it's a similar time frame and world as 'Rush,' so that was really fun."

When we asked if she got to take a ride in the race car, she said, "I did get in the car. I could barely fit in the car. They're so small."

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Ah, Ricky Gervais. It seems like there's not enough words to describe him, but we're also rendered speechless when we think of his antics as a two-time Golden Globe host and the star of the original "Office." Currently, Gervais is filming "Idiot Abroad" specials with producer Karl Pilkington and actor Warwick Davis, who works with Gervais on "Life's Too Short."

"Idiot Abroad" stars Pilkington who reluctantly travels anywhere Gervais and Stephen Merchant make him—as they stay in the comforts of London and monitor his journey. The second season, titled "Bucket List," premiered in January and shows Pilkington crossing off once-in-a-lifetime opportunities; it's just been nominated for a BAFTA.

Also in April 25, 2012's Twitter-Wood, Rainn Wilson gets excited about "The Raven," Eliza Dushku is on the set of "Leap Year," and more.

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One of the greatest aspects of Twitter is that it connects fans to the celebrities they admire. We now know when the once unattainable stars are cooking a delicious breakfast or having a relaxing night in front of the TV (insert smiley face here!). At first we caught a glimpse into their world simply through text updates. Don't get us wrong, clearly we're fans of the written word, but with the added photo features on the enhanced Twitter we get actual snapshots of their lives.

For example, director Ron Howard went on a photo spree today while filming "Rush," tweeting behind-the-scenes photos of the crew shooting, editing and setting up scenes. The biographical movie centers on Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl). Just weeks after a car crash in 1976 almost killed him, he gets back behind the wheel to challenge James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), his ultimate rival. The film also stars "Game of Thrones" newcomer Natalie Dormer and Olivia Wilde.

April 24, 2012's Twitter-Wood also brings you Leonard Nimoy's new ride, Jimmy Fallon's special late night guest and Mindy Kaling's boy crush on Ryan Gosling.

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Olivia WildeRon Howard is a hot commodity in Hollywood right now after his ambitious approach to both the "Arrested Development" film and television series and the failed "The Dark Tower" adaptation. His next movie is the Formula One racing drama "Rush," and it just landed its latest high caliber talent.

Deadline is reporting that Olivia Wilde is the latest actress to join Howard's newest film. She'll play 1970s supermodel Suzy Miller, who ends up falling in love with and marrying main character James Hunt. "Thor" star Chris Hemsworth plays Hunt, and Deadline has learned that Howard hopes to recruit Russell Crowe to the film as well.

Check out the rest of today's casting news after the jump!

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Johnny DeppThe diagnosis isn't quite so grim as we might have thought on cancelled film projects "The Lone Ranger" and "The Dark Tower."

Bad news first: The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Gore Verbinski and the folks with "The Lone Ranger" have been trying to resolve the budget crisis that led Disney to pull the plug on the flick, but it might be to no avail. The "Pirates of the Caribbean" director managed to drop the film's planned budget from $244 million to $242 million, but Disney wants it to be closer to $220. That will involve some cutbacks from the cast and crew that THR doesn't think they're willing to make. Still, negotiations are negotiations, and there might be some wiggle room to get this Johnny Depp-starring movie off the ground.

Fortunately, things are looking up for Ron Howard's "The Dark Tower" adaptation.

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