Screening room: ‘Racing in the Rain,’ ‘Rush’ and a historic rivalry

Niki Lauda’s death may send you to your streaming service to view ‘Rush’ yet again

The Art of Racing in the Rain, a movie based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, will be released in theaters on August 9, 20th Century Fox has announced.

The book and movie share “a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced in the movie by actor Kevin Costner),” 20th Century Fox said. 

“Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (actor Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life — his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.”

Lauda’s death may motivate viewings of ‘Rush’

The death May 20 of three-time Formula One racing champion Niki Lauda likely will have many racing fans turning to their favorite streaming service or to their personal video library to watch again Ron Howard’s 2013 movie Rush, which told the story of Lauda’s rivalry in racing and in lifestyle in the 1970s with James Hunt.

Lauda, from Austria, was severely burned in a crash during the 1976 racing season but came back to win championships in 1977 and again in 1984. He twice underwent subsequent kidney transplants and had a lung transplant in 2018.

Lauda also founded his own airline, Lauda Air, in 1979. The company merged into Austrian Airlines in 2012.

Senna vs. Prost featured in video game

Not only are several vintage F1 cars featured, but the Legends Edition of the Codemasters Formula One video game offers players a special Senna and Prost rivalry game with the 1990 Ferrari F1-90 and the 1990 McLaren MP4/5B.

Other vintage cars featured in the game to be released June 28 include the 1972 Lotus 72D, 1976 McLaren M32D, 1976 Ferrari 312 T2, 1978 Lotus 79, 1979 Ferrari 312 T4, 1982 McLaren MP4/1B, 1988 McLaren MP4/4, 1991 McLaren MP4/6, 1992 Williams FW14, 1996 Williams FW 18, 1998 McLaren MP4-13, and Williams, Ferrari, Renault, McLaren, Brawn and Red Bull cars from the first decade of this century.

Codemasters also revealed the trailer for its 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship game, also to be released June 28.

“Working in partnership with F1, for the first time ever, players will be able to get behind the wheel of a 2019 regulation car specifically designed in collaboration with F1’s technical team, headed up by Ross Brawn and Pat Symonds,” Codemasters said. 

“The car, which will be available in Multiplayer, adheres to the 2019 regulations and comes with a range of livery designs offering players a new level of personalization. The 2019 F1 Team liveries will also feature on the car in early marketing materials, but will be replaced by the final Team cars ahead of the games release.

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