Ron Howard is in early talks to direct 'Rush,' a Formula One racing biopic about Niki Lauda, the Austrian three-time F1 champion who nearly died in a fiery crash in 1976 but returned six weeks later to continue racing and winning until he retired in 1985. The film, being financed by Cross Creek Pictures, which backed 'Black Swan,' is being penned by 'Frost/Nixon' writer Peter Morgan. Howard, of course, got his start in pictures with cars, beginning with 'American Graffiti' (1973) and Roger Corman's 'Eat My Dust' (1976) and then directing 'Grand Theft Auto' in 1977. [Variety]
It's new star time on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced 2012's honorees. There's 25 in all: Motion Pictures: Jennifer Aniston, Kate Winslet, Vin Diesel, Scarlett Johansson, John Lasseter, Malcolm McDowell, Sumner Redstone and Richard Burton (posthumous). Television: Valerie Bertinelli, Matt Groening, Mariska Hargitay, Patricia Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Walter Koenig and Adam West. Recording: Jennifer Lopez, Pepe Aguilar, America, Boyz II Men, Hal David, David Foster, Vince Gill, Ann and Nancy Wilson (Heart) and Barry White (posthumous). Radio: Ellen K. [The Hollywood Reporter]
And, last but not least, here's the trailer for DreamWorks 'Shrek' spinoff 'Puss In Boots,' starring Antonio Banderas in a kind of Clint Eastwood kitty cat mode. The Paramount film opens Nov. 4.