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July 29 2014

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Life In The Fast Lane

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Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl

Yesterday was not a slow Wednesday night at Chelsea Bow Tie Cinemas. The Cinema Society screened Ron Howard’s high-octane new racing film, Rush, for an audience that included Courtney Love, Richard Phillips, and Craig McDean. Safe to say the speed freaks left feeling pretty satisfied.

Having debuted at the Toronto International Film Festival, Rush seems on track to please Formula 1 wonks and general audiences alike. It dramatizes one of the great rivalries in the history of motor sport, between a pair of seventies-era drivers—a fun-loving Briton and a calculating Austrian—played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl. The evening was co-sponsored by Piaget and Ferrari (the latter of which inevitably ends up getting plenty of screen time) and wrapped up with an after-party at Hôtel Americano.

Hemsworth’s character, James Hunt, was a scintillating pop icon in his day. “He was the first Englishman that I remember considering attractive,” screenwriter Peter Morgan recalled, adding that he and Howard cast a wide net before landing their Australian leading man. “There wasn’t a sexy enough Englishman to play James Hunt.”

And indeed, his story is a remarkable one. Hemsworth, who lost thirty pounds of Avengers bulk in order to fit into an F1 car, figured it would be hard for spectators to look away. “Anything thrilling or adrenaline-driven like this, where there’s a huge amount of risk involved…you’re forced to pay attention and even, I think, to watch someone participate in that,” he mused. Then again, some viewers might be just as drawn to the sex scenes, for which Hemsworth drops his trousers more than once—something he confessed was “more daunting than the racing, to be honest.”

Photos: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Ferragamo Rushes In

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Daniel Bruhl in Ferragamo

Ron Howard’s new film Rush—a flick starring Daniel Brühl (above), Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde, Joséphine de la Baume, and Chris Hemsworth, about two rival Formula 1 drivers in the seventies—hits theaters on September 13. And Salvatore Ferragamo’s Massimiliano Giornetti reportedly dressed the movie’s leading couple, Brühl and Lara, who play racer Niki Lauda and his wife, Marlene Lauda, respectively. “I created Niki Lauda’s character’s wardrobe for the film with his most distinctive traits in mind: an extremely determined sportsman obsessed with perfection, never leaving anything to chance, whether it be a strategic move or a stylistic detail,” Giornetti said of the costumes. Sounds a bit like the house’s sporty Spring ’14 menswear collection, no?

The Greatest Timepiece Of All Time?

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Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen opened its new Madison Avenue flagship Wednesday night with a party celebrating Muhammad Ali, the namesake of the latest version of its Big Pilot’s Watch and subject of the exhibition, lensed by Howard Bingham, unveiled at the store. Evander Holyfield and Larry Holmes both turned up in Muhammad Ali Big Pilot watches designed to look like the legend’s red gloves, while Ali’s daughter Miya watched from the sidelines.

But the event was far from ring pros only. Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth and Karolina Kurkova were on hand, as was a very pregnant Adriana Lima, who cut the store’s ribbon with CEO Georges Kern. “This is my husband’s favorite watch brand,” said Lima, wearing a men’s watch style herself. “It makes me feel tough!” Lost star Matthew Fox had one, too, which he said suited his offscreen hobby: flying. “I’ve been waiting for one of these watches for a year and a half,” he said. “It tells UTC time, which as a pilot, is the time you use for everything you do.”

IWCs are an offscreen, rather than onscreen, indulgence for guests Channing Tatum and Joe Manganiello, too. It’s hard to imagine a luxury watch figuring into their next film, Steven Soderbergh’s male stripper flick Magic Mike. “I wore head-to-toe gold paint,” said Manganiello of his costume, “accessorized with a fig leaf.” “I got very comfortable in G-strings,” Tatum added. Both prepped for their parts with extreme fitness regimes. So who’d win in the ring? “Well, I know who’d win in a dancing competition,” laughed Manganiello. “Channing, hands down.”

Photo: Neil Rasmus / BFAnyc.com