Keanu Reeves to star as NASCAR driver in "Rally Car": On the first day of the Berlin Film Market, Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Keanu Reeves starrer Rally Car. The movie, which will be directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2, Taken 3, Colombiana) from a script by Jeremy Lott based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Rally Car will be produced by Hamel and Reeves of Company Films and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Fundamental Films. Gary Glushon will executive produce.
The film tells the story of a self-centered NASCAR driver (Reeves) who revitalizes his career by entering an international rally car race across China and learns to win as part of a team when he joins forces with a young Chinese woman who yearns to become a driver. The film will shoot in China and the U.S.(Hollywood Reporter)
The film, described as in the vein of Cannonball Run, will shoot in China and the United States in the summer.(Deadline)(2-10-2017)
NASCAR serves as vehicle for heist film: NASCAR hasn't been the vehicle for a major Hollywood feature film since Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby a decade ago. That's set to change with Logan Lucky, a heist movie starring Channing Tatum that filmed several scenes at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday. It's scheduled to wrap up filming next week. But unlike the 2006 Will Ferrell comedy, NASCAR this time will be "on the inside of the joke" when the film hits theaters next fall, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing Zane Stoddard told USA TODAY Sports. "We wanted to make sure it was the antithesis of Talladega Nights," said Stoddard, who is also an executive producer on the film. Enter Tatum, director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, Rain Man), who came to NASCAR with a script in hand and wanted the sanctioning body's assistance to make the film as realistic as possible. The plot is an Ocean's Eleven-type heist - Soderbergh also directed that film - in which Charlotte is robbed using an underground hydraulic tube system (which exists in the movie but not in real life). In addition to Tatum, other stars include Daniel Craig, Seth MacFarlane, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, and Riley Keough. One of the highlights for NASCAR fans will be six driver cameos in the movie. Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch play West Virginia state troopers, Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano are security guards, Kyle Larson is a limo driver, and Ryan Blaney is a delivery boy. Though the movie isn't about NASCAR, the sport is used as the background for the plot. And that's actually a good thing when thinking of the comparison to Ocean's Eleven, Stoddard said.(USA Today)(10-10-2016)
NASCAR Partners with Steven Soderbergh on Heist-Themed Film Project: NASCAR is collaborating with Academy Award-winning director Steven Soderbergh on a feature film entitled Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum alongside Daniel Craig, Riley Keough, Adam Driver and Seth MacFarlane. Depicting a theoretical heist at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the project will mark Soderbergh's first feature film since announcing his retirement from the film industry in 2013. Soderbergh, who also directed heist film Ocean's Eleven, is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed Traffic and Erin Brockovich, which garnered him two Oscar nominations and the accolade of Best Director.
This will not be Tatum's first experience working with NASCAR or Soderbergh. He and 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill served as grand marshals for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 in 2014, while Tatum and Soderbergh previously teamed up for the Magic Mike films, Haywire and the 2013 thriller Side Effects, which was the most recent film project led by the acclaimed director.
"We are excited to work with Steven, Channing and all of Logan Lucky's incredible cast and producers," said Zane Stoddard, NASCAR vice president of entertainment marketing and content development. "It's a big-hearted, fun story that showcases NASCAR and Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are, much like the Bellagio in Steven's Ocean's Eleven."
Logan Lucky is tentatively scheduled for release in Fall 2017. Mark Johnson, Gregory Jacobs and Reid Carolin are producing. Zane Stoddard is executive producing for NASCAR.
Pre-production filming will begin this weekend at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600.(NASCAR)(5-26-2016)
Film To Be Made About Bobby Allison: Posse Films, LLC, the inspirational feature film production company that controls the rights to several historically significant and uplifting life stories, recently announced the making of a biopic about the larger-than-life NASCAR pioneer, and NASCAR Hall of Fame member, Bobby Allison. Together with the Allison family, the Posse Films team will put the dramatic story of one of the greatest NASCAR legends on the silver screen. Posse Films is in pre-production on the heart-centered motivational story of Bobby Allison. "My family and I are thrilled to have this film produced by Posse Films," Bobby Allison said in a recent statement. "Mark and his team at Posse Films are like family to us, and I know we can trust them with our story." The movie project will be based on Bobby Allison's rise to the top of NASCAR as a three-time Daytona 500 winner, followed by a crash that ended Bobby's career at 50 years of age. Thereafter, Bobby and Judy suffer the loss of their two beloved racing sons. The film will showcase the highs and lows of the 55-year love story between Bobby and Judy Allison.(Yahoo Finance)
AND An independent feature film on the life story of NASCAR legend, Bobby Allison, developed by Bobby Allison Production LLC. ("The Company") is scheduled to commence pre-production in late 2014 and filming in early 2015. Theatrical release is planned for fall 2015.(allisonfilm.com)(4-5-2015)
NASCAR Productions and SPIKE TV Present 'I Am Dale Earnhardt': NASCAR Productions and SPIKE TV have joined forces to create a captivating and revealing documentary on the life of a legendary American sports hero - Dale Earnhardt. The original film, "I AM DALE EARNHARDT," premieres exclusively on Monday, March 2 at 10:00pm/et/pt on SPIKE TV. With in-depth and insightful interviews with some of the biggest names in the sport, unforgettable highlights from Earnhardt's greatest moments on the track, and rare footage of Earnhardt's life off-the track, the film is an up-close-and-personal look at the man behind the iconic mustache.
"I AM DALE EARNHARDT" digs deep beyond the legend to reveal the complex figure at the core of "The Intimidator." He was an idol to millions, but a villain to others; a working man's hero, but also a darling of Madison Avenue; a husband, father and friend, but also a solitary man who few really knew. His tragic death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500 sent shockwaves through the nation and immortalized him as one of the greatest stars NASCAR has ever known.
"I've got many fond memories of my dad, so being able to share some of those memories in a project such as this was a privilege," said Dale Earnhardt Jr. "This film captures everything about him - the dad, the racer, the businessman, the friend, the polarizing figure, everything. I think fans - even longtime Dale Earnhardt fans - will find themselves learning new things about my dad by watching this documentary."
Among those interviewed for the film include some of the biggest names in NASCAR such as Jimmie Johnson, Darrell Waltrip, Rusty Wallace, Jeff Gordon, Richard Childress, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. "I AM DALE EARNHARDT" is the latest in SPIKE's critically acclaimed "I AM" documentary series. Past subjects include Bruce Lee, Steve McQueen and Evel Knievel.
Jeff Cvitkovic from NASCAR Productions directed and produced "I AM DALE EARNHARDT" for SPIKE TV. The Executive Producers for the documentary include Zane Stoddard and Tally Hair from NASCAR Productions and Gil Colon, Jon Slusser, and Kevin Kay from SPIKE TV.(NASCAR)(2-26-2015)
Group plans movie about iconic Plymouth Superbird: a group of producers and obviously die-hard gearheads are attempting to raise money also through crowdfunding to make a movie about the fabled Plymouth Superbird. The tentative working title for the movie is quite appropriate: "Winged Warriors." The producers are trying to raise enough money through an initiative on KickStarter.com to not only make the film, but also to build or buy several replica cars, including the original Dodge #88 Daytona test car that spawned the Superbird, as well as Petty's #43 Plymouth Superbird, James Hylton's #48 Dodge Charger and the #99 Dodge Charger Daytona owned by Charlie Glotzbach and Richard Brickhouse. The fundraising pledge effort kicked off June 1, but admittedly is going slowly: As of 7 pm ET Saturday, producers had raised just under $14,000, or about three percent of their goal. The fundraising effort continues until June 30.(more info at NBC Sports)(6-8-2014)
Sony trying to shut down "Talladega Nights" themed restaurant: According to Sony Pictures, there's a sports-themed restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas where the waitresses are known as "Smokin' Hotties" and wear midriff- and cleavage-bearing crop tops and short skirts. The name of this establishment is "Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon & Restaurant," which is of concern to the studio behind the 2006 Will Ferrell comedy Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby. On Thursday, Sony filed a trademark lawsuit in Texas federal court. The lawsuit cites a July 29, 2013 article in the Dallas Observer as evidence that reps for the saloon company used "Ricky Bobby" as a direct reference to the film. One official is cited by the newspaper as saying that proper names can't be trademarked -- which Sony says is an "erroneous belief." But the studio's complaint is mostly built upon making the case that Rick's Cabaret is misleading consumers about the source of origin for the Ricky Bobby Sports Saloon. According to the lawsuit, Sony wasn't asked permission by Rick's Cabaret. Sony has licensed Talladega rights to others. For example, Sony says it authorized NASCAR driver Kurt Busch to use an "image and likeness" of Ricky Bobby's "Me" car in 2012 and then a Wonder Bread-sponsored car the following year. Sony demands an injunction, the restaurant's profits, forfeiture of web domain names and unspecified punitive and exemplary damages.(Hollywood Reporter)(3-11-2014)
NASCAR movie in the works UPDATE: Hollywood producer Neal Edelstein, whose films have included dramas ("Mulholland Drive"), mysteries ("The Ring") and horror movies ("Haunting Melissa"). Edelstein wants to make a movie centered on a NASCAR driver, an idea pitched to him by NASCAR Vice President Zane Stoddard. And they're meeting to discuss how Universal Pictures, which agreed to finance the movie's early development, views the initial script. Why a NASCAR-related film? There's been an "explosion of action sports in this country," Edelstein says during a break. "Well, the original action sport is NASCAR. It has great texture for movies." The film is one of several projects being pursued by Stoddard and his nine-person NASCAR Entertainment Marketing staff to infiltrate pop culture with everything NASCAR in order to boost stock-car racing's sagging popularity. They also arrange driver cameos on television shows, develop new NASCAR-themed programs for TV and online outlets and bring celebrities to NASCAR races. NASCAR Entertainment's strategy is part of a five-year plan NASCAR announced in 2011 to grow the sport. "When we get to the end of that five years," Stoddard said, "we will have a very clear measurement of where we are."(in part from the Los Angeles Times)(9-25-2013)
UPDATE: So what's the movie about? Here's how producer Neal Edelstein, who's working with NASCAR Vice President Zane Stoddard on the project, described in broad terms what he termed the "underdog story:"
"The story is about kind of a misfit kid who was into racing as a youth because of his father's passion for the sport. And his father's death ... pushed him out of the sport and he's a bit of a loner now, kind of on the fringes, [doing] dirt-bike riding, doing odd jobs involving racing and testing and motorcycles. So it becomes really his journey to kind of harness his ability, harness his emotions, and he gets back into the sport ... with the help of some people his father was involved with," Edelstein said. Stoddard added that the driver in the story has "this inherent skill that his dad passed on. But he's turned his back on the sport" as a result of his dad's death. It would be a contemporary movie and its working title is "Finding Speed."(Los Angeles Times)(9-27-2013)
Randy Bethea featured in new documentary: Throughout the 1970s Tennessee racer Randy Bethea was a regular competitor in NASCAR's second tier series now known as the Nationwide Series. He made history in 1973 becoming the first Afircan American NASCAR racer to win a pole in an upper division race when he knocked Darrell Waltrip off the pole in the Late Model Sportman (Nationwide Series) Southern 400 at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
In 1975 he made history again, starting the World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and becoming one of only seven African Americans to compete at NASCAR's highest level, now known as the Sprint Cup Series. But, Bethea's dream of NASCAR success was unfulfilled for reasons he attributes to color. That color was green, and like the majority of up-and-coming drivers of that era Bethea didn't have enough green in his wallet to compete at his full potential.
Although Bethea did experience some racism during his driving career, he is quick to state he was 'Not a Black Racer', he was a racer who happened to be black. Currently employed as a high school automotive instructor in Newport, Tenn., Bethea still remains active in local racing and among the most popular drivers in Tennessee.
"Just Another Racer: The Randy Bethea Story" tells the story of Bethea's racing life, from sweeping the floors in legendary engine builder Banjo Matthews' shop, to his venture into Formula Super-V racing, which he attributes as the main reason he failed to maintain long term success in NASCAR. The 60 minute documentary was filmed and edited by Kingsport Times-News reporter Jeff Bobo and includes interviews with many of Bethea's NASCAR racing contemporaries including retired racers Paul Lewis, John A. Utsman, active Nationwide Series driver Brad Teague, and engine builder Stanley Allison. "Just Another Racer: The Randy Bethea Story" can be viewed for free on Youtube.(1-1-2013)
Racing movie being filmed at Iowa Speedway: Zac Efron and Emmy-nominated actor Dennis Quaid will be at Iowa Speedway in Newton on July 16 taping scenes for an untitled racing movie. Fans are invited to be part of the movie magic. Tickets for the 4:15 p.m. Prairie Meadows 200 ARCA Series race and the 7 p.m. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Coca-Cola 200 race are on sale for $25 online. Fans purchasing tickets at iowaspeedway.com will be entered into a drawing, and 100 winners will have the chance to participate in the prerace festivities - and could appear in the crowd scenes in the movie. The film is an untitled, Iowa-based movie starring Efron as a rural teen aspiring to become a professional race car driver. Quaid plays Efron's father. Producers will shoot Efron walking across the pre-race stage, Quaid cheering from the stands and racing footage during the Prairie Meadows 200. Film director Ramin Bahrani was called the "director of the decade" in 2010 by film critic Roger Ebert. "I hope fans will take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see A-list celebrities and be part of a movie," Iowa Speedway president Jerry Jauron said.(Des Moines Register)(7-11-2011)
NASCAR Sponsors Appearing in New Transformers Movie: A total of 16 brands' logos were monitored on the NASCAR-themed Autobots appearing in Transformers: Dark of the Moon-last weekend's number-one box office film-with Target, sponsor of the Earnhardt Ganassi Racing #42, the most visible of the group. According to research conducted by Joyce Julius & Associates, Inc. -- which specializes in measuring the scope of sports sponsorships and product placements, Target's "bot" logos appeared for 15-seconds during the 157-minute film. When comparing the on-screen time to the movie's week-one estimated box office gross of $414 million worldwide*, the retailer amassed an exposure value of $393,940 from the placement.
In comparison, Target's NASCAR sponsorship has netted an average $468,600 of in-broadcast exposure value per each live telecast of the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. Joyce Julius calculates television exposure value by comparing the in-broadcast visual and verbal exposure to the estimated cost of a national commercial during the telecast and applying Joyce Julius Recognition Grading-which takes into account such factors as size and placement of the image on screen, as well as brand clutter and integration of the brand into the activity.
Also appearing during the Transformers fight scene in the streets of Chicago were Autobots carrying the paint schemes of the Hendrick Motorsports #48 Lowe's and #88 Diet Mountain Dew/National Guard. Chevrolet's Impala nameplate was the second-most NASCAR-related sponsor to appear during the Transformers movie, as 10-seconds of screen time led to $262,625.(Joyce Julius)(7-10-2011)
NASCAR, Cars 2 and Transformers: Dark of the Moon: Cars and stars from NASCAR return to the big screen this summer with roles in two blockbuster hits with the recent release of "Cars 2" and the recent release of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon." Four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon provided his voice for the character "Jeff Gorvette" in Disney-Pixar's "Cars 2", which came out in theatres last Friday. "The movie is completely different from the first movie," Gordon said. "Obviously Lightning McQueen and Mater and some of his buddies are in there and I'm one of his new buddies, but it's an international spy thriller this time so they go all over the world and so there's a lot of international flair from the car side of it and the voices that you'll hear as well as some other race car drivers. My role is fairly small, but still was a blast." Gordon's chance to play the yellow Chevrolet Corvette with American flag graphics on the sides came about when he met Pixar's John Lasseter, who is a big race fan, during the Sprint Cup Series annual trip to Infineon Raceway in northern California. Juan Pablo Montoya, who piloted a special paint scheme earlier this month at Michigan International Speedway to promote "Cars 2", also voiced a character for the Latin American version of the movie.
In "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," Montoya and Gordon's Hendrick Motorsports teammates Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have modified versions of their Sprint Cup cars featured in the movie. The Chevrolets of Montoya (Target), Johnson (Lowe's) and Earnhardt Jr. (AMP Energy) portray "Wreckers" in the action movie that see each stock car transform not only into robots, but into heavily armed cars that assist the Autobots (good guys) against the Decepticons (bad guys). Fans that didn't have the chance to view some of the filming of the movie in downtown Chicago first got a preview of the NASCAR Transformers during the pre-race festivities for this year's 53rd running of the Daytona 500. Following Director Michael Bay, Duhamel and actress Rosie Huntington-Whiteley giving the command to start the engines, the three "Wreckers" paced the 43-car field for the opening race of the 2011 Sprint Cup Series season.(full story at Motor Racing Network)(7-1-2011)
Jeff Gordon to appear in Cars 2: #24-Jeff Gordon will make an appearance in Cars 2 as Jeff Gorvette, an up-and-coming Chevrolet Corvette C6.R that's "turning hoods wherever he competes." More than just a cameo, Gordon's character will compete as a "respected competitor - and legitimate threat - at the World Grand Prix." Pixar makes no obvious connection to Gordon's actual roots in NASCAR, but the character of Jeff Gorvette is a Chevrolet and will wear #24 like Gordon's actual racecar, although obviously it isn't an Impala.(Jeff Gordon site)(3-29-2011)
NASCAR Pioneer Wendell Scott Featured in Film: In conjunction with Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group and Max Siegel Inc., ESPN Films will document the story of Wendell Scott, the only black driver to win a NASCAR race, with the first airing of Wendell Scott: A Race Story, on Sunday, Feb. 20, at 9:00pm/et on ESPN. The 60-minute documentary will chronicle Scott's only NASCAR victory, at Jacksonville Speedway in 1963, and his positive impact on the sport.(ESPN)(2-20-2011)
ESPN To Air Film on NASCAR Pioneer Wendell Scott: NASCAR, ESPN and Max Siegel Inc., announced that "Wendell Scott: A Race Story" will air on ESPN in conjunction with Black History Month. The much anticipated film will tell the story of Wendell Scott, the only African-American to win a race in NASCAR's top series. The film airs on ESPN Sunday, Feb. 20, at 9:00pm/et, just hours after the scheduled running of the 53rd annual Daytona 500.
The docudrama, which was produced by Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Media Group in conjunction with ESPN Films and Max Siegel Inc., will air 50 years after Scott's first race in NASCAR's premier series. Scott, one of the sport's most iconic pioneers who is often referred to as the Jackie Robinson of motorsports, paved the way for minorities and women. Scott's lasting legacy is credited with helping create the Drive for Diversity program.
Drive for Diversity is a NASCAR-led initiative aimed at developing and introducing minority and female drivers and crew members to competitive opportunities in the sport. A recurring thread of the film will be Scott's lone NASCAR win at Jacksonville Speedway in 1963. Focused on the challenging path Scott was forced to take to pursue his dream of racing, A Race Story combines rare historical footage with dramatic recreations and emotional interviews from members of Scott's family, racing legends of the past and other key stakeholders in the sport that have been impacted by Scott's inspirational story.
Before Scott raced he drove a taxi in his hometown of Danville, Va. and even ran moonshine to supplement his income. As part of a marketing gimmick, a local track promoter picked Scott to race against a field of white drivers based on a recommendation from the Danville Police who said Scott was one of the hardest guys to catch. Through perseverance and determination in the face of discrimination, Scott earned the respect of those fellow drivers as well as NASCAR founder Bill France, who assured Scott he would be treated fairly by the sanctioning body and its competitors.
In 1961, Scott made his debut in the top tier of NASCAR racing and less than three years later, became the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's elite division. "Wendell Scott's determination coupled with his bravery is what created that lasting legacy in American motorsports," said Siegel, executive producer of the film and founder of Revolution Racing. "'A Race Story' honors that challenging ride and helps preserve his legacy as the pioneer who allowed minorities today to fully pursue their racing dreams."
Revolution Racing exists to provide competitive race cars to further develop the skills and capabilities of all drivers seeking opportunities in one of the world's most competitive sports. "Wendell Scott opened doors for me and so many others just like me," said Darrell Wallace Jr., Drive for Diversity and Revolution Racing driver. "He's been a hero of mine for a long time and I'm thrilled he's being honored and remembered in such a significant manner."(NASCAR Media Group/ESPN Films)(2-2-2011)
Tim Richmond Featured in Tuesday Night ESPN '30 for 30' Film: Former NASCAR driver Tim Richmond, a star of the sport before his death from AIDS in 1989, will be the subject of a documentary airing on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8:00 pm/et on ESPN as part of ESPN Films' critically acclaimed film series 30 for 30 Presented by Cadillac.
Tim Richmond: To the Limit, produced for ESPN by the NASCAR Media Group and directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Rory Karpf, tells the story of Richmond with the words of many who knew him well and some who competed against him on the track. Former NASCAR drivers Darrell Waltrip and Richard and Kyle Petty, champion team owner Rick Hendrick, movie director Hal Needham, famed racing promoter H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, ESPN reporters Dr. Jerry Punch and Ed Hinton, Richmond's sister Sandy Welsh and friends from his hometown of Ashland, Ohio, are among those appearing in the film.
In the 1980s, Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars - wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern, blue-collar racers who dominated NASCAR. He also was a flamboyant showman who basked in the attention of the media and fans - especially the attention of female admirers. Nevertheless, it was Richmond's on-track performances that ended up drawing comparisons to racing legends. And in 1986, when he won seven NASCAR races and finished third in the Winston Cup series points race, some believed he was on the verge of stardom. But soon his freewheeling lifestyle caught up to him. He unexpectedly withdrew from the NASCAR racing circuit, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia. In reality, the diagnosis was much more dire: he had AIDS. Richmond returned to the track in 1987, winning at Pocono in his comeback race, but he was gone from the sport by the next year as his health deteriorated. He spent his final days as a recluse, dying on August 13, 1989, at the age of 34.
The film takes viewers back to the time of Richmond's illness and death, an era when AIDS created near-hysteria around the world, and those who had the disease were shunned. Former Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis, who was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988, speaks in the film about the time and Punch, a physician, relates that in the medical world, there was still much to be learned about AIDS. Select films from the series are available for purchase on iTunes the day following air. Additional films are available for purchase at www.amazon.com/30for30.(10-18-2010)
Dale Jr. and DW to appear in film about Talladega: Award-winning filmmaker Terry Gilliam will premiere his short film The Legend of Hallowdega starring David Arquette and Justin Kirk with special appearances by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Waltrip and more on Oct. 31st.
The film, produced by AMP Energy Juice and @radical.media, will premiere on Halloween Sunday with the first chapter to debut on ESPN just prior to the start of the AMP Energy Juice 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. Starting Halloween night, the film will be available in its entirety on www.LegendofHallowdega.com. The Legend of Hallowdega is the first short film for both Gilliam and AMP Energy Juice.
The comedy, The Legend of Hallowdega, explores the mysteries around Talladega Superspeedway as the host of an investigative news show (Justin Kirk) joins forces with a techno-geek paranormal expert (David Arquette) to dodge close calls and chase crazy leads to get to the bottom of The Legend of Hallowdega.(NASCAR.com)(10-17-2010)
Movie about Wendell Scott, scenes to be shot this week: After Saturday's championship race the owners of the I-77 Speedway [Chester, SC] had plans to make improvements. But at least for the next week in October, old is good, and older is better. The speedway will be a stand-in for the dirt tracks of the 1960s where NASCAR legends traded paint. NASCAR Media Group, Max Siegel and ESPN have combined efforts to produce a documentary on Wendell Scott, the only black to win a race in NASCAR's top division. The documentary is scheduled to air in February as part of Black History Month celebrations. Scott started racing on Virginia dirt tracks in 1947, winning the Virginia state championship in 1959. In 196,1 he moved to NASCAR's top division, competing in more than 500 races before a pileup at Talladega in 1973 ended his career. He finished among the top 10 in 147 races and the top 5 in 20 races.
On Dec. 1, 1963, he won a 100-mile NASCAR feature race in Jacksonville, Fla., defeating Buck Baker by two laps. The trophy went to Baker and NASCAR officials later admitted there was a scoring error. History records that the reason the trophy went to Baker was racial, they didn't want to present the trophy to a black man. That race and Scott's ride through the tracks of the "Jim Crow" South is the documentary's theme.
The I-77 Speedway's role in the documentary starts Sunday when film crews shoot behind-the-track scenes. On Monday, the Ford and Chevy cars of the 1960s take to the track. About 25 extras are needed that day starting about 11:00 am. The biggest day of shooting is Tuesday. There will be about 15 cars on the track and about 150 extras are needed about 5 p.m. Extras should wear clothing without logos. Men should wear button-down shirts, T-shirts and blue jeans, while women should wear printed dresses if possible. The time period the film crew is trying to capture in 1963. On Wednesday, about 40 extras are needed from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.(Herald Online)(10-2-2010)
Petty Blue to be released: Petty Blue is the story of the Petty family's dramatic rise to the top of a sport, told in their own words. Through vintage film, dynamic race footage, archival photos, and candid conversations, relive Lee becoming the face of NASCAR in its earliest years, his son Richard "The King" winning a staggering 200 races, The movie, which is an engrossing and moving documentary about the life and times of NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and his extraordinary family, will be released on DVD September 21, 2010 from Paramount Home Entertainment. Petty Blue will make its cable debut on CMT on October 8th. Produced by NASCAR Media Group and CMT Films and narrated by Academy Award winner Kevin Costner, Petty Blue takes fans beyond the track to examine the Pettys' individual accomplishments, their influences on the sport and the personal tragedies that shaped them into the racing icons they are today. Petty Blue, which refers to the famously distinctive color of Richard Petty's #43 racecar, is an inspirational story of dedication, perseverance and family tradition. The Petty Blue DVD is packed full of special features including deleted scenes, bonus interviews with NASCAR notables such as David Pearson, Bobby Allison, Franklin Graham and Robbie Loomis, archival footage and interviews from the 1960s, Kevin Costner's "Backyard" music video and more. A must-own DVD for any sports fan, Petty Blue will be available in stores nationwide for the suggested retail price of $19.99. This is the third project CMT Films and NASCAR Media Group have partnered on, having previously produced the critically-acclaimed and Emmy Award-nominated Dale, which presented an unparalleled examination of the story of Dale Earnhardt, as well as The Ride of Their Lives, the most comprehensive look at the sport since its inception. More info at CMT.(9-10-2010)
Tim Richmond Documentary to Air on ESPN in October: Former NASCAR driver Tim Richmond will be the subject of a new film airing on ESPN on Tuesday, Oct. 19, at 8:00 pm/et. ESPN Films has announced the fall schedule for its critically acclaimed film series 30 for 30 Presented by Cadillac. The series' remaining films will begin airing Tuesday, Aug. 24, at 8:00 pm on ESPN/ESPN HD, and will air Tuesday nights throughout the fall.
Tim Richmond: To the Limit (Rory Karpf) Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980s, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars - wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern, blue-collar racers who dominated NASCAR. He also was a flamboyant showman who basked in the attention of the media and fans - especially the attention of female admirers. Nevertheless, it was Richmond's on-track performances that ended up drawing comparisons to racing legends. And in 1986, when he won seven NASCAR races and finished third in the Winston Cup series points race, some believed he was on the verge of stardom. But soon his freewheeling lifestyle caught up to him. He unexpectedly withdrew from the NASCAR racing circuit, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia. In reality, the diagnosis was much more dire: He had AIDS. Richmond returned to the track in 1987, but he was gone from the sport by the next year as his health deteriorated. He spent his final days as a recluse, dying on August 13, 1989, at the age of 34. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Rory Karpf will examine the life and tragic death of one of NASCAR's shooting stars.
Films added to the fall lineup include Little Big Men (Al Szymanski and Peter Franchella), Unmatched (Directors: Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters; Producer: Hannah Storm), Four Days in October (Major League Baseball Productions) and Pony Excess (Thaddeus D. Matula). These films join the previously announced Jordan Rides the Bus, One Night in Vegas, The House of Steinbrenner, Marion Jones: Press Pause, Steve Bartman: Catching Hell, Once Brothers, Into The Wind and The Best That Never Was.
* Tuesday, Aug. 24, 8 p.m. - Jordan Rides the Bus (Ron Shelton)
* Tuesday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m. - Little Big Men (Al Szymanski and Peter Franchella)
* Tuesday, Sept. 7, 8 p.m. - One Night in Vegas (Reggie Bythewood)
* Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8 p.m. - Unmatched (Directors: Lisa Lax and Nancy Stern Winters; Producer: Hannah Storm)
* Tuesday, Sept. 21, 8 p.m. - The House of Steinbrenner (Barbara Kopple)
* Tuesday, Sept. 28, 8 p.m. - Into The Wind (Steve Nash)
* Tuesday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. - Four Days in October (Major League Baseball Productions)
* Tuesday, Oct. 12, 8 pm. - Once Brothers (NBA Entertainment)
* Tuesday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m. - Tim Richmond: To the Limit (Rory Karpf )
* Tuesday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m. - Steve Bartman: Catching Hell (Alex Gibney)
* Tuesday, Nov. 2, 8 p.m. - Marion Jones: Press Pause (John Singleton)
* Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8 p.m. - Pony Excess (Thaddeus D. Matula)
*Saturday, Dec. 11, 9 p.m. - The Best That Never Was (Jonathan Hock) * two hours
The series "30 for 30" is an unprecedented documentary series featuring 30 films from some of today's finest storytellers. Each filmmaker brings their passion and personal point of view to their film detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009. Crossing the barriers of sports, the films reflect on the impact these events had across the pop culture spectrum.
Select films from the series are available for purchase on iTunes the day following air. Additional films are available for purchase at www.amazon.com/30for30.(ESPN)(7-29-2010)
Musical production about the History of Stock Car Racing in Charlotte: Heaven on Wheels, an uproarious musical about the history of stock car racing, is playing at Actor's Theatre of Charlotte from Thursday May 6, 2010, through Saturday, May 29-coinciding with three prominent NASCAR races and the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Heaven on Wheels is a co-production of Actor's Theatre of Charlotte and Once Upon a Blue Ridge Production Company of Meadows of Dan, VA. Actor's Theatre of Charlotte is supported in part by a Basic Operating Grant from the Arts & Science Council of Charlotte/Mecklenburg, Inc., a General Support Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, and an Operating Grant from the Shubert Foundation. Tickets are on sale and can be purchased through the Box Office at (704) 342-2251 and online at actorstheatrecharlotte.org. Heaven on Wheels is recommended for those aged 13 and older.(PR)(5-4-2010)
Movie being made about stock car racing: If you happened to drive by North Wilkesboro Speedway on Thursday [Dec 17th] afternoon, you may have heard the rumble of a flathead Ford making a few laps around the historic five-eighths mile circuit. It was all part of a music video shot at the track for a new song by recording artist Matt Dylan and members of the Midnight Steel Band titled "Carolina Moonshine." The music video is part of a larger production, a movie called "Red Dirt Rising." The movie is based on the book "Red Dirt Tracks," a work of historical fiction by Gail Gurley. The film is centered on the life of Jimmie Lewallen, as well as fellow drivers Bill Blair and Fred Harb, all of whom raced and ran moonshine. Set during the 1940s, the film is meant to accurately portray the life and times of those involved with stock car racing before NASCAR was a household name. "Red Dirt Rising" is scheduled for official release on Jan. 13 at Johnny and June's Saloon in Winston-Salem, NC.
Two of the big players behind the production of "Red Dirt Rising" are Gary Lewallen and Bill Blair Jr. Lewallen and Blair are the sons of drivers portrayed in the film, the late Jimmie Lewallen and Bill Blair. Blair, who volunteered his flathead 1939 Ford for the music video, hopes that the movie paints an accurate picture of what life was like for drivers back in those days.
Proceeds from both the film and the soundtrack will be put toward the Racing Legends Foundation, which is a nonprofit organization for which Lewallen took the chair after his father died in 1995. The shoot was closed to the public. NASCAR legend Junior Johnson and son Robert also appeared in the video shoot.(Wilkes Journal Patriot) more info about the movie at reddirtrising.com or facebook. More info about North Wilkesboro Speedway at savethespeedway.net and historicnws.com.(12-29-2009)
Tom Cruise to narrate Hendrick Documentry Film: "TOGETHER: The Hendrick Motorsports Story," NASCAR Media Group's documentary-style film chronicling the history of the eight-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship team, will air Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1:30pm/et on ABC prior to the network's Pepsi 500 race coverage from [Auto Club Speedway] Fontana, CA. Narrated by three-time Academy Award nominee Tom Cruise and presented by Pepsi, "TOGETHER" employs exclusive interviews, never-before-seen archival footage, thrilling racing sequences and rare family photography to detail the personal relationships and emotional events that have shaped one of NASCAR's most decorated organizations. The official "TOGETHER" trailer is available at www.refresheverything.com/hendrick. The Web site will feature regular updates of content from the film and provide fans the opportunity to upload video messages about their favorite Hendrick Motorsports moments. Select fan-generated clips will be shown during the Oct. 11 broadcast on ABC.
"NASCAR Media Group is honored to tell the story of one of the most successful teams in our sport's history," said Jay Abraham, chief operating officer of NASCAR Media Group. "The cooperation, access and openness of Hendrick Motorsports and the entire Hendrick family have enabled us to tell a compelling, emotional and comprehensive story that will give fans fresh insight into one of NASCAR's legendary operations. It has a powerful message that will resonate with people."
The full-length version of "TOGETHER" with bonus material will be released Oct. 31 on DVD, and it will become NASCAR Media Group's first officially licensed title available on Blu-ray Disc. A portion of Hendrick Motorsports' proceeds from those sales will benefit the Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.
"When we started the team back in 1984, our pie in the sky was to eventually, someday win a race," said Rick Hendrick, owner of Hendrick Motorsports. "Any success beyond that has been because of the folks who have worked so hard and supported us over our 25 years. We've been extremely fortunate, and I hope the film is something they will be proud of." Cruise, an auto racing enthusiast who starred in the 1990 NASCAR-themed motion picture "Days of Thunder," completed the narration work for "TOGETHER: The Hendrick Motorsports Story" in Los Angeles last month. The script was co-written by Emmy Award winners Shawn Truax and Ray Didinger. Film director Rory Karpf has spearheaded such projects as the Dale Earnhardt biopic "DALE," now the best-selling sports DVD in history, and the critically acclaimed "Ride of Their Lives." The NASCAR Media Group production team responsible for "TOGETHER: The Hendrick Motorsports Story" earned back-to-back Sports Emmy Awards in 2006 and 2007 for "Beyond the Wheel" and "Quest for the Cup."(HMS)(9-2-2009)
One of ESPN Films about Tim Richmond: ESPN Films announced eight additional films and filmmakers for its ambitious "30 for 30" film project, bringing the total of films announced thus far to 25. Noted directors and producers will delve into sports stories of the past 30 years - from unforgettable athletes, to NASCAR, soccer and the 2003 Chicago Cubs. Debuting in October 2009, "30 for 30" will gather 30 filmmakers to each create one-hour films on topics from 1979 to 2009, ESPN's first 30 years.
Racing the Devil (Director: Al Szymanski): Natural. Rock star. Outsider. In the 1980's, race car driver Tim Richmond lived his life the way he raced cars...wide open. Born into a wealthy family, Richmond was the antithesis of the Southern blue-collar, dirt-track racers who dominated NASCAR. He also was a flamboyant showman who basked in the attention of the media and fans - especially the attention of female admirers. Nevertheless, it was Richmond's on-track performances that ended up drawing comparisons to racing legends. But his freewheeling lifestyle caught up to him. He unexpectedly withdrew from the NASCAR racing circuit, reportedly suffering from double pneumonia. In reality, the diagnosis was much more dire: He had AIDS. Richmond returned to the track in 1987, but he was gone from the sport by the next year as his health deteriorated. He spent his final days as a recluse, dying on August 13, 1989 at the age of 34. Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Al Szymanski will examine the life and tragic death of one of NASCAR's shooting stars. Films produced as part of the "30 for 30" project will begin airing on October 6 on ESPN, with seven films airing before the end of 2009 starting on Tuesdaym October 6th.(ESPN Media Zone)(8-1-2009)
Short Track, a small, yet ambitious stockcar racing movie, rated PG, should appeal to race fans of all ages. Shot primarily in the Carolinas and in Georgia, Short Track features the UARA-STARS Racing Series late model stock cars and stars veteran actors Pepper Sweeney ("Gray's Anatomy"), Barbara Niven (HBO's THE RAT PACK and REDLINE), Joshua Snyder (SHOPGIRL), newcomer Ann Bratton and Patrick Gorman (GETTYSBURG and GODS AND GENERALS).
Written and Directed by Marie Hopkins, a native Carolinian from a longtime NASCAR associated racing family, the film centers on the family life of Short Track veteran race driver, Blake Beckett (Pepper Sweeney). The daily life experiences of Blake's family and crew are exposed through unique characters that work and play through weeks that culminate in 120 mph Saturday nights. Blake longs to make it to the sport's top series, while struggling to help his deaf son follow in his race-driving footsteps. Indy Johansen (Joshua Snyder), a well-heeled, young California driver, arrives to recruit Blake for a shot at the big time. There's only one catch: Indy's driving. Blake's daughter, an aspiring country music singer, Abby (Ann Bratton) falls for the young hot-shoe driver, forcing Blake to see that his little girl is all grown up. Blake's lively, resilient wife, Audrey (Barbara Niven) longs for the day when he will retire from driving. "Driving racecars is a young man's business." The movie features electrifying race footage from the UARA-STARS Racing Series.
Short Track features race footage at three great tracks: Lanier National Speedway in Braselton, GA, Tri-County Motor Speedway and the historical Hickory Motor Speedway. Pre-Sales available NOW online at Target, Best Buy and Circuit City.(9-10-2008)
DEI Statement: Statement from Max Siegel, president of global operations for Dale Earnhardt Inc., in response to a published report regarding an agreement for a Dale Earnhardt biopic. "We are enthusiastic about the prospect of making a compelling theatrical movie which celebrates the sport and Dale Earnhardt Sr.'s life. To that end we are excited that Red Wagon has committed themselves to developing such a project. Contrary to published reports, we have not granted any rights to Dale Sr.'s life and are in the very preliminary stages of putting a project like this together. We will keep the public informed as our efforts progress."(DEI PR)(2-15-2008)
sharpening his unique driving skills by continually evading the law. Little did he know, he would help launch an entire industry. Whiskey Beginnings is one of those stories that crystallizes the American Dream and tells the story of how one man¹s passion changed the world. Junior Johnson not only became a legend in his own time, but a true American hero. ³This story takes place during the great depression, in a time when many people fought daily for their survival,² states Mike DiManno, CEO of Redwood Palms. ³And out of that adversity was born one of the greatest heroes we¹ve ever known.² Redwood Palms is partnering with writers Fred Griffith and Chris Mulkey. Based on the book, "Junior Johnson: Brave in Life" by Tom Higgins and Steve Waid, the film is scheduled to begin shooting in the Fall of 2008.(PR)(2-10-2008)
display at Memory Lane Historical and Motorsports Automotive Museum, located at 769 River Hwy., Mooresville, NC, 28117. This colorful #26 Wonder Car was featured in the movie filmed in the Charlotte area and starring Will Ferrell. Museum hours are Monday - Friday, 10 - 5. The car will be on display along with 150 other automobiles from horseless carriages and other antique autos to
current racecars, more info at memorylaneautomuseum.com.(8-17-2007)
To cap off the weekend, the #96 DLP HDTV car will be wrapped as the film's lead character "Lightning McQueen" for the NEXTEL Cup series race in Charlotte the same weekend.
Lightning McQueen (voice of OWEN WILSON), a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters -including Doc Hudson (a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, voiced by PAUL NEWMAN), Sally (a snazzy 2002 Porsche voiced by BONNIE HUNT), and Mater (a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced by LARRY THE CABLE GUY) - who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.
The all-star vocal cast also includes free-wheeling performances by Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, and John Ratzenberger. Delivering more fun and authenticity to the cast for "CARS" are vocal performances from some of the all-time greatest names from the racing world including the legendary Richard Petty, plus "drive-on" roles by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Darrell Waltrip (who holds the record for five-wins at the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600), and Michael Schumacher, the ace German Formula 1 racing legend, who is a seven-times world champion, and is widely considered to be the best Grand Prix racing driver of all-time.(LMS PR)(3-24-2006)
The sponsors on the car were hilarious:
Dr. Lane's Bath Salts for menopause and spider bites.
Julio's Thongs for Men
Tanya Rashard's Homemade Weaves & Extentions! The Best in Fake Hair
Hullmont High School Ski Club
Looking for fun, single, divorced, white male - 19 to 24 year old female in good shape for fun.(Insider Racing News)(10-2-2005)
AND Darrell Waltrip has been busy lately, working on the new Pixar film, Cars, and has committed to an upcoming film featuring Will Ferrell as a racecar driver. "Larry, Mike and I are gonna be in the Will Ferrell movie," Waltrip said, referring to his fellow truck announcers. "I'm sure we'll be in a booth calling a race somewhere."(Bristol Herald Courier)(9-29-2005)
interviews: David Orgas (Writer/Director), Brad Weber (Alan Kulwicki) and Bryan Madson (Executive Producer/2nd Lead Actor). The movie will be opening in the Phoenix area at the end of this week and also through out the middle and western half of Wisconsin (Madison, La Crosse, Wausau, Rhinelander, Shawano, etc). Brad Weber and Bryan Madson will both be at the Phoenix track from Thursday through Saturday promoting and talking to fans. The movie will then open in the Talladega region the following week [Apr 29th] and Charlotte at the time of the All-Star race and the Coca-Cola 600 [mid to end of May]. New on the DVD release will come later in the year.(4-19-2005)
this Thursday and Friday after the 7:00pm show at the Harkins theater in Avondale, AZ, Brad Weber (Alan Kulwicki), Bryan Madson (Lead Actor/Executive Producer) and Tom Loppnow (Sound and Score Engineer) will be present for a Q&A with the viewers. Also autograph and promotion sessions on Thursday the 20th at the Tempe AZ Hooters and Friday the 21st at the Phoenix Hooters.(4-20-2005)
in Ensenada, Mexico in Baja California for one of the roughest, toughest and most exhilarating rides ever concocted. It's the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, the longest non-stop, point-to-point race in the world. Now award-winning filmmaker Dana Brown ("Step into Liquid"), plunges into the world of the Baja 1000 with DUST TO GLORY a feature documentary that captures all the excitement, hard knocks, sights and sounds of this extraordinary event. Using over fifty cameras and a crew of ninety, Brown puts the audience right
in the middle of a race often called the most dangerous in the world. But the Baja 1000 is not only about the competition but the camaraderie among some 1200 participants driving 270 vehicles of all sizes and shapes in a carnival atmosphere witnessed by 200,000 spectators. As much as anything, DUST TO GLORY celebrates the unique people and geography of Baja, from sun-baked mountains to dusty deserts to the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. "The place is everything," says Brown. "If the race were someplace else, it wouldn't be the same. It's like a going back in time." Some of the drivers featured in the movie are NASCAR drivers Robby Gordon and Michele Jourdain, Jr., along with Jimmy Vasser, Ivan Stewart, Roberto Guerrero and Parnelli Jones. The movie is scheduled to open in April 1, 2005, the official site for more info and trailers at: d2gfilm.com.(3-4-2005)
Jamie Foxx / REDEMPTION - Stanley 'Tookie' Williams - F/X
William H. Macy / THE WOOL CAP - Gigot - TNT
Barry Pepper / 3: THE DALE EARNHARDT STORY - Dale Earnhardt - ESPN
Geoffrey Rush / THE LIFE AND DEATH OF PETER SELLERS - Peter Sellers - HBO
Jon Voight / MITCH ALBOM'S THE FIVE PEOPLE YOU MEET IN HEAVEN - Eddie - ABC.(sagawards.com)(1-11-2005)
UPDATE: New songs from LeAnn Rimes and Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell are among the offerings on the "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" film soundtrack. The Shout! Factory disc will also boast previously released tracks from Sheryl Crow, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers Band, among others. The soundtrack audio disc and the auto-racing documentary Warner Home Video DVD will be available exclusively through retail giant Wal-Mart from Feb. 1 to March 14, and through most retailers after that date. Harwell's "You'll Never Catch Me" is a previously unreleased song, while Rimes' "I Got It Bad" appears on her forthcoming album "This Woman," due Jan. 14 via Curb. Rimes also contributes a version of the "Star Spangled Banner" to the soundtrack. Other songs on the 14-track "NASCAR" album include P.O.D.'s "Boom!," Crow's "Steve McQueen," Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama" and the Allman Brothers' "Firing Line." Warner Bros Pictures' "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" was released in IMAX theatres in March, and has grossed $19 million to date at the U.S. box office, according to Nielsen EDI. Warner Bros. will re-release the film in IMAX theaters in January.(Billboard.com)(12-28-2004)
UPDATE 2: Warner Bros. Pictures' "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" has achieved a box office milestone, surpassing $20 million in total gross receipts, IMAX Corporation announced today. The high-octane film is the second highest grossing documentary of the year, set box office records for an original IMAX production when it was released in March 2004, and has played in more than 100 IMAX theatres around the world - including engagements in Japan, Australia, and Poland. The movie is the first original Warner Bros. Pictures' IMAX 3D production and has been well received in both commercial and institutional venues, helping to increase awareness of NASCAR (The National Association of Stock Car Racing), as well as lead-sponsor America Online.(Comingsoon.net)(12-29-2004)
* "3" was the highest rated ESPN movie among M18-34, M18-49, and M25-54.
* "3" was the most-viewed cable program for the entire day among M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54.
* From 9pm-11pm on Saturday, "3" was the most-viewed program on television among M18-34, M18-49, and M25-54.
* "3" was the second highest rated movie on ad-supported cable this year, only behind "Librarian" which delivered a 5.1 HH rating on TNT (12/5).
With the exception of the NFL, it is a special feat for an ESPN program to deliver a 5.0 rating. This is ESPN's highest rated EOE
program and puts it in an elite class. Programs like the MLB Divisional Playoffs and premiere bowl games achieve this level of
AND Saturday's presentation of ESPN's fourth original made-for-television movie, "3", was the network's highest-rated movie ever, seen in an average of more than four million households, based on a rating of 5.0, according to the official data released today by Nielsen Media Research. The two-hour portrayal of the late NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt was the second-highest rated movie of 2004 on ad-supported cable. It posted ESPN's highest movie rating ever among all key male demographics (M18-34, M18-49 and M25-54). In addition, "3" was the most-viewed program on all of TV from 9-11 p.m. that day among men 18-34, 18-49 and 25-54. "We at ESPN know well the passion of NASCAR fans, and their approval of '3' is the most gratifying endorsement we could receive," said Mark Shapiro, ESPN executive vice president, programming and production. "3," presented by Kay Jewelers, an ESPN Original Entertainment (EOE) production, stars Barry Pepper ("We Were Soldiers", "Saving Private Ryan", "61*") as NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt. Spanning from the red dirt tracks of his native Kannapolis, North Carolina to the NASCAR speedways where he won nationwide acclaim and the devotion of millions of fans, "3" tells "The Intimidator's" incredible life story. Available today on DVD, ESPN Original Entertainment and Buena Vista Home Entertainment present "3." Packed with five hours of exclusive bonus footage and interviews from the ESPN archives, this two-disc Collector's Edition DVD is the ultimate account of racing's legendary hero. Suggested retail price is $29.99.(Sports Business News)(12-15-2004)
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AND An action-adventure movie about moonshining and the early days of Southern stock-car racing appears to be on the fast track for shooting here next year. The independent feature "Run Lightning," written by the husband-and-wife team of Joseph and Julia Gunnels of Asheville, NC, will open a production office in December and begin principal photography in April 2005. The Gunnels are longtime local residents who have been active in theater and the arts. No casting has been announced - and it is too early for locals to be looking for work - but the feature plans to shoot almost entirely in Western North Carolina. Locations have been scouted in Madison and Buncombe counties and elsewhere in the mountains. The movie, which has incorporated as Run Lighting Productions LLC, has a proposed budget of $15 million to $18 million, said Joseph Gunnels. The budget is not nearly as high as a Hollywood production, which could be $60 million and up, but is within the scope of an independent feature, said N.C. Film Commissioner Bill Arnold. Consultants on the movie include NASCAR racing legend Ned Jarrett, who won 348 races in a career that started in the early 1950s and ended in the mid 1960s when he was only 34. He won 50 races, including the 1965 Southern 500. Today, he is a racing broadcaster. "I've felt for a long time there needed to be an authentic film telling the story of the last days of moonshine running and how stock-car racing became the most popular racing series in the world," Jarrett said in a statement released by the film's producers. "Run Lightning" would be the latest in a long string of motion pictures shot in Asheville and WNC. The most recent was the Robert Redford thriller "The Clearing," which filmed locally in fall 2002, and was released this summer. "Run Lightning," which opens and closes in the present day, is mostly set in 1956 in Marshall, where a young man "runs whiskey to pay for his passion of racing cars," Joseph Gunnels said. "It's about the tension between justice and tradition." The Gunnels have been working on "Run Lightning" since 1999, gathering material, polishing the script and making major-league movie connections including veteran production consultant Jeff Dowd, who has been working in film for a quarter of a century. Most of Dowd's work has been as a producer's representative and creative consultant working with independent filmmakers. Gunnels shopped the project to Hollywood studios, but instead decided to develop "Run Lightning" as an independent film and shoot it in WNC.(Citizen-Times)(9-29-2004)
AND Yes, that was a Volkswagen at the tail end of the Busch Series field during the parade laps for Saturday's Target House 300. No, NASCAR hasn't changed its rules. No, the #53 car didn't compete in the race won by Greg Biffle. Actually, it was Hollywood. In conjunction with NASCAR, Walt Disney Pictures used the California Speedway background to film part of the movie "Herbie; Fully Loaded.' It will be the fifth movie in the Herbie saga, which started in 1969 with "The Lovebug.' The latest Herbie movie will start Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton. The film, scheduled for release next summer, will also feature cameos from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Kevin Harvick and Rusty Wallace. Director Angela Robinson and her crew filmed scenes in the track's garage and scoring tower. Robinson visited the Speedway in May during the Auto Club 500 to learn about NASCAR and determine what scenes could be shot. The production crew will return later this month and in October to complete physical and visual effect shots.(Los Angeles Daily News)
AND II Now wouldn't it be cool to see Herbie go thru inspection - Taken At Fontana 9-4-03. The car actually went out and took laps with the Busch cars on the Pace laps, and was dicing it up with the guys that had to go to the back. The #55 Chevy, part of the movie, was supposedly driven by Andy Hillenburg. Thanks to Greg Kammerman and Robert Binns for the images, click on any of the images to see larger versions.(9-5-2004)
AND Aug. 3 [um...2005 of course] is the opening day for Buena Vista/Disney's comedy adventure "Herbie," which reinvents the studio's "Love Bug" franchise that goes back to the 1968 feature starring Dean Jones. Directed by Angela Robinson, the new film stars Lindsay Lohan. Its story has Herbie, the famous white Volkswagen, winding up in the world of NASCAR racing.(Hollywood Reporter)(8-2-2004)
UPDATE: On April 18th you can have the chance to be an extra in Dare To Dream: The Alan Kulwicki Story. DDI Films, the Wisconsin based film company, will be shooting at Slinger Super Speedway in Slinger, Wisconsin on April 18th and would like people of all ages to appear as extras in crowd scenes starting at noon. Come out, meet new people and enjoy being in the upcoming feature film about Alan Kulwicki's life from local driver to champion of the track. Sorry, don't have any contact info to post.(4-15-2004)
COLUMN Kulwicki's dream drives filmmakers - Movie to tell NASCAR champion's story by Dave Kallmann of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel(4-18-2004)
UPDATE: hearing that all of the race cars for the Earnhardt ESPN movie are being prepared by Andy Hillenburg [driver of the #80 Hover Motorsports Ford in Cup] at his Fast Track driving school facility and that Gary Glass is over seeing the immense project. And hearing there may be a couple of short term positions open for people with good mechanical skills and some basic fab skills.
UPDATE 2: Film crews began shooting scenes Wednesday in Kannapolis for the ESPN movie "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story." Crews blocked Walnut Street to create scenes in the former Pillowtex Corp. Plant 1 area. Kannapolis City Manager Mike Mahaney said the crews could be in the same area today and Friday. The film's staff might then travel to Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, and they could return for more filming in Kannapolis later this month, Mahaney said. Movie props for this week's filming include trailers behind mill houses. Garages are also being built, but they will be removed when the filming is done. Crews are working to re-create the Kannapolis of the 1950s. Some of the Plant 1 area's homeowners have agreed to put their furniture in storage and have their homes decorated with 1950s period furniture. Film crews are also using vintage cars of the 1950s.(Independent Tribune)(4-15-2004)
UPDATE: been told that some filming will take place at Greenfield High School in Greenfield, WI on Friday, April 2nd. The school is where Kulwicki appeared in January of 1993 for a homecoming/victory celebration [see image above, that is from that appearance]. Flyers/Releases were handed out to the students. The film is called "Dare to Dream" by DDI Films LLC from Wisconsin. Some proceeds from the production will go to the Greenfield Education Foundation.
AND been told that on Thursday, April 1st members of the cast and crew of the Alan Kulwicki movie will be on hand at Slinger Super Speedway [in Slinger, Wisconsin] to shoot several scenes for the upcoming film. Kulwicki, a former Slinger track champion, was well known for his expert navigation of the world's fastest quarter-mile oval.(4-1-2004)
NASCAR.com - NASCAR comes to the really big screen - IMAX film opens Friday; and
NASCAR.com - IMAX Page; and
THE IMAX - NASCAR page, location finder, etc.
and see my Column/Article Links page for the IMAX Review Links section
Jayski Note: I saw the 3D version at the Luxor in Las Vegas on March 7th and all I can say is 'awesome'.(3-12-2004)
UPDATE: IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures today announced the record-breaking opening weekend box office performance of their first IMAX 3D film collaboration, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience. Over the three-day weekend, the film grossed $1,467,406 in 68 IMAX theatres in North America. NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience set the record for both the highest grossing opening weekend for an IMAX originally produced film and the highest per-screen average for an IMAX 3D film. At an impressive $21,579 per-screen average, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience was significantly higher than the per-screen averages of the weekend's top ten highest grossing films.(Yahoo)(3-16-2004)
AND Sunday's Arena Football League coverage on NBC will feature an exclusive preview from "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience." Opening nationwide on March 12, the latest IMAX movie delves into the NASCAR phenomenon and showcases the thrill and speed of the sport up-close and personal on eight story-high IMAX screens. NBC will debut a two-minute excerpt from "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" film during the four regional Arena Football League broadcasts which begin at 12noon/et. The AFL will also show the excerpt to their in-arena fans. ... NBC's national preview will follow up on some special premieres set for this week: Wednesday night in Los Angeles, a private showing targeting the entertainment industry at Universal City Walk; and Thursday night at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas, with showings set for both media (5:30pm/pt) and the motorsports industry (7:00 and 8:30pm/pt).(NASCAR PR)(3-3-2004)
UPDATE: Barry Pepper will star as the late NASCAR great Dale Earnhardt in "3," a made-for-TV movie set to air in December on ESPN. Pepper previously played Roger Maris in the HBO feature "61." His other films include "Saving Private Ryan," "Knockaround Guys" and "25th Hour." Pepper also will serve as the movie's co-executive producer. He said Earnhardt "captured my fascination and the hearts of millions of NASCAR fans across America."(AP)(2-28-2004)
AND ESPN announced Wednesday it will present a docudrama on Dale Earnhardt in the late summer that explores seminal moments in the racer's life. "It's not a controversial movie. It's an inspirational one," said Ron Semiao, ESPN senior vice president of original entertainment. Shooting on 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story will start in the next two months in Atlanta or Charlotte, N.C., executive producer Orly Adelson said. The title represents the number of Earnhardt's car and the three generations of racers in his family, said writer Robert Eisele. Adelson is starting to cast the film with director Russell Mulcahy. The chronological script will span Earnhardt's life and end with his death at age 49 in the Daytona 500 in 2001. Three actors will portray Earnhardt. His family is not involved in the production, Semiao said. "It touches the important moments of his life, the moments that changed Dale or his career or his relationships," Adelson said. "It gives you a look into the man." She said the inspiration comes from Earnhardt's learning the value of life before he died. "He had built something he hadn't had before," she said. "Those are the things you'd want to see because the racing is obvious." The film will mix authentic racing with re-created scenes. To prepare the script, Eisele said he watched videos, read articles and books and interviewed people in the racing world who knew Earnhardt. "I actually love the character of Dale Earnhardt, and I never knew him," Eisele said. "He's a fascinating individual, the Intimidator. He was loved by fans, feared by his fellow competitors, and some of them didn't like him much because he changed the way that they raced on those tracks."(Orlando Sentinel)
AND II: ESPN has accelerated its development of several made-for-TV movies in 2004, including one devoted to the late seven-time Winston Cup champion, Dale Earnhardt. ESPN made the announcement Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Hollywood, Calif. The project, called "3: The Dale Earnhardt Story," will chronicle the life of Earnhardt, who died in a last-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. ESPN hopes the show will be ready by late summer. Casting is expected to begin soon. It will be ESPN's third original long-form production. The 24-hour sports network is also planning movies this year on baseball star Pete Rose; track star Roger Bannister; and the 1997-78 New York Yankees. Negotiations regarding the movie have been ongoing between ESPN and officials with Dale Earnhardt Inc., including owner Teresa Earnhardt.(
UPDATE - ESPN doing Earnhardt movie, but without widow's blessing: ESPN officials confirmed Thursday much of the footage of a planned made-for-TV movie devoted to the life of the late NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt could be filmed in Charlotte and Atlanta. Rob Tobias, ESPN's director of media relations, said the network originally had discussions with officials with Dale Earnhardt Inc., including owner Teresa Earnhardt, the driver's widow. "In the end, we couldn't agree on a story line, so we have proceeded on with the project. The script has been given the green light," he said. Tobias said the movie should be ready by late summer. Production is under way and casting decisions will be made soon, he said. DEI officials reached Thursday declined to comment on the movie. A spokesperson at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., said ESPN had not been in touch with the track as yet.(ThatsRacin)(1-9-2004)
Plot Summary: "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" will transport fans directly into the driver's seat to explore the world of today's elite NASCAR drivers and teams. The film will briefly take fans into reverse to review the history of this legendary sport, told from the viewpoint of some of its most revered drivers, and will then thrust into high gear with a look at the thrilling phenomenon that is NASCAR today. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes glimpses, as well as gripping footage of the unpredictable action on the track, "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" will provide a close-up look at what motivates NASCAR drivers in and out of competition. "NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience" will also focus on the science of today's racing technology, the cutting-edge racing machines and the underlying physics that drivers depend on to make turns at the highest speeds while skillfully maneuvering within inches of their competitors. More info at ComingSoon.net Film Database.
AND special paint scheme: The film is called NASCAR 3D and will be an in depth behind the scenes film about the sport of NASCAR. The #30 driven by Johnny Sauter will run a special paint scheme at the Las Vegas race with both RCR and AOL. AOL Broadband is the primary sponsor partner of the film release so that will guarantee an incredible amount of media awareness and hype surrounding the launch of the film.(12-20-2002)
Actor Dennis Quaid at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
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NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience will transport fans directly into the driver's seat to explore the world of today's elite NASCAR drivers and teams. The film will briefly take fans into reverse to review the history of this legendary sport, told from the viewpoint of some of its most revered drivers, and will then thrust into high gear with a look at the thrilling phenomenon that is NASCAR today. Featuring rare behind-the-scenes glimpses, as well as gripping footage of the unpredictable action on the track, NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience will provide a close-up look at what motivates NASCAR drivers in and out of competition.(MotorsportsTV.com)(9-23-2003)
UPDATE: A reliable industry insider tells [MotorsportsTV.com], however, that the rumor that Britney is not involved with NASCAR movie anymore is false. The project is still being developed with Britney Spears Productions and Britney is still very much involved.(MotorsportsTV)(7-22-2003)
UPDATE 2: NASCAR and Britney Spears Productions have confirmed that the NASCAR-themed movie starring Britney Spears is still on. "The film production company formed by Britney Spears with Larry Rudolph and Ann Carli -- announced today that, contrary to recent rumors, their NASCAR themed feature film project is alive and well. The movie, titled Trading Paint, has been developed specifically for Spears. She is attached to co-star and also to produce. Ann Carli, who also produced Spears' first film project Crossroads, expressed amusement at the rumors. 'Britney herself was surprised to hear that she had allegedly said she would not be making the movie,' said Carli. 'We have a wonderful script by Jim Hart and we are concluding our financing. We'll be announcing our choice of director shortly.' Trading Paint was written by James V. Hart (Contact, Bram Stoker's Dracula, Tomb Raider, The Cradle of Life). Carli also says, 'There was never a plan for Spears to play a driver. Her role has always been, as was announced last summer, to play the daughter of the head of a NASCAR racing dynasty.' The story is about a NASCAR driver who drops out of racing under mysterious circumstances. Spears' character uses her knowledge and experience in the family business to help him return to racing."(MotorsportsTV)(7-23-2003)
AND Newman spent Tuesday afternoon with Jimmie Johnson and the producers from IMAX Entertainment. Both drivers were asked to shoot the opening scene for IMAX's NASCAR-related movie. The duo played fleeing moonshiners in 1940s get-up, being chased by Mike Helton and Gary Nelson.(Tom Roberts PR)(5-28-2003)
AND II: The moonshine running scene was being filmed at Wilson Creek for a documentary on the history of NASCAR. Warner Brothers, IMAX and NASCAR are teaming up on the project to offer movie-goers and NASCAR fans a unique motion picture experience. A crew of about 35 men and women were working May 14 to shoot a scene for the 45-minute documentary, "NASCAR the IMAX Experience 3D." The scene was filmed with a $3.5 million dollar IMAX 3-D movie camera. There are only two in the world. The camera holds three minutes of film and takes about 17 minutes to reload. It takes four men to lift the camera. Doug Hylton and Lorne Orleans are producing the 3-D film. Orleans said the Wilson Creek area was chosen because of the beautiful scenery and there are few signs of modern day life in many areas. Wincer admits he was not a race fan. He has read and studied the history and is now very knowledgeable on the history of NASCAR. The documentary does not focus on one NASCAR driver or one team. Crew members have already filmed scenes from Daytona, Martinsville, Talladega, Richmond, Michigan and California. They planned to film at the Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte and will be at Bristol in the fall. The opening of the film will be the moonshine chase. Using old model Ford cars, Steve Kelso -- stunt double for Dale Earnhardt Jr. -- was driving the moonshine car. In the car with Kelso was Cary Eubanks, double for Tony Stewart. Kelso use to be involved with racing. He owns 15 type NASCAR cars that are used in movies and commercials. Driving the sheriff's car was Al Wyatt, double for Mike Helton, CEO of NASCAR. Riding with Wyatt was Danny Pearce, double for Gary Nelson, who does a lot of security for NASCAR. "NASCAR the IMAX Experience" will open in IMAX Theaters the first of next year.(Charleston Post and Courier/AP)
AND III: Darrell Waltrip is filming a piece of the IMAX movie Wednesday afternoon at Lowe's Motor Speedway. DW will be driving his 1985 Budweiser Chevrolet and be "retro'd out" in a Bud uniform, open face helmet and goggles."(5-28-2003)
AND Ice Cube is in negotiations to come aboard to rewrite and executive produce with Matt Alvarez through their company CubeVision the MGM comedy feature "Race" for Hyde Park Entertainment. The project, aiming for a fall start, is set to go out to actors and directors. "Race" reteams Cube with MGM, the studio for which he recently wrapped shooting the lead role in the comedy "Barbershop." Cube will not take on acting duties in "Race." Set on the NASCAR circuit, "Race" is a fish-out-of-water story about a cab driver who finds himself the only black participating in a stock-car race.(Sympatico-Lycos)(6-4-2002)
UPDATE: The rumored Britney Spears-NASCAR project has officially been given a green light. Spears and her newly named production company, Britney Spears Prods., have closed a category-exclusive agreement with NASCAR to develop and produce a dramatic ensemble film set in the world of NASCAR. "Contact" scribe Jim Hart is currently writing the untitled screenplay that would see Spears star in the fictional story as the daughter of a successful, modern-day NASCAR team owner who uses her knowledge and experience in the family business to inspire a former NASCAR driver to return to the sport. Contrary to early reports, Spears will not play a NASCAR driver. The unique part about this deal, however, is that Spears may be sharing some screen time with the real thing. NASCAR, which is very protective of its brand and the values it has come to represent, signed the deal with BSP after the corporation and BSP principals -- Spears, her manager Larry Rudolph and "Crossroads" producer Ann Carli -- came to an agreement that the story line of the film would stay true to the sport and show its participants in the most authentic light. That means that, in addition to an approved story line, any scenes in the film that are meant to portray a NASCAR race or specific competitions and/or drivers will be plucked from real-life footage, giving an opportunity for the Jeff Gordons and Dale Earnhardt Jrs. of the sport to appear in the film as they compete at race events.(Hollywood Reporter - need sub or to register to read the full story)(6-17-2002)
UPDATE 2: NASCAR and Britney Spears Productions (BSP), a production company formed by her co-manager Larry Rudolph, Ann Carli and Britney Spears, have signed a category exclusive agreement to develop and produce a dramatic feature film set in the world of NASCAR. The announcement was made today by NASCAR Vice President of Broadcasting Paul Brooks,. Rudolph and Carli. The untitled project, currently in the preliminary writing and development stage, will be written by Jim Hart (Contact, Hook). The film will tell the fictional story of the daughter of a successful, modern day NASCAR team owner and will include opportunities to feature real NASCAR drivers, teams, tracks and competition. The film will give an authentic portrayal of the heart and family spirit of NASCAR and Spears is slated to co-star as a young character that uses her knowledge and experience in the family business to inspire a former NASCAR driver to regain his desire to return to NASCAR racing. Spears will not portray a NASCAR driver. This is the first feature under the joint venture. Spears' previous involvement with NASCAR, as the Grand Marshal for the 2001 Pepsi 400 at Daytona, was extremely positive for NASCAR as it created exposure for the sport within the music and entertainment industry and media.(NASCAR PR)(6-18-2002)
REVIEWS of the ESPN MOVIE
"3" Dale Earnhardt (by Date)
"(ESPN's) use of a colorable imitation of the Stylized 3 Mark in connection with a motion picture, DVDs and books is a purposeful attempt to draw a connection between those products and RCR's Stylized 3 Mark," the lawsuit argues. "Defendant has used and is using a colorable imitation of the Stylized 3 Mark in commerce to advertise and promote itself and its products and services," the lawsuit continues. "Defendant has offered and is offering, in commerce, products and services for commercial sale or for commercial profit under a colorable imitation of the Stylized 3 Mark." Josh Krulewitz, a spokesman for ESPN at its headquarters in Bristol, Conn., said that the company did nothing illegal. "We did not make use of the plaintiff's trademark, and our use of the No. 3 was entirely legal," he said. In the lawsuit, RCR charges that ESPN is violating its trademark, is competing unfairly under federal law and is diluting the symbol used by Earnhardt when he was driving for RCR for 20 years. "The Stylized 3 Mark is distinctive and has become famous through extensive advertising, promotional expenditures, careful control and over 20 years of continuous use and commercial exposure," the lawsuit says. "Defendant's use of a colorable imitation of the Stylized 3 Mark has resulted in and will continue to result in a lessening of the capacity of the Stylized 3 Mark to identify and distinguish authorized products and services."
RCR is asking the court to order ESPN to stop using any stylized No. 3 that could resemble its own trademark, and to recall and destroy any products that include such a symbol. Company officials are also asking for damages, attorneys' fees and "three times all gains, profits and advantages derived by them from (ESPN's) infringement, dilution, unfair competition or unfair trade practices." They also want interest. The two symbols have some similarities and some differences. The No. 3 used by Earnhardt was a block number italicized to the left. The No. 3 used by ESPN in its marketing has rounder edges, and it leans to the right.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-19-2005)
Stevie's scriptures missing from movie, but it was Dale's story, not DW's by Darrell Waltrip;
Thumbs up for '3' by Larry McReynolds.(12-24-2004)
"3" - A Movie Review.(12-21-2004)
"3" Misses the Point by Tom Jensen.(12-20-2004)
'3' just misses victory lane by Mark Armijo.(12-18-2004)
Saving "3" ~ Barry Pepper Rescues Earnhardt Biopic by Sharon Sherwood.(12-18-2004)
"3" A brief review by Jeff Meyer.(12-17-2004)
ESPN doesn't give '3' its proper due by Andy Kent.(12-17-2004)
Hung Jury ('3' Story) by Chris Campbell.(12-17-2004)
Thoughts On The Movie "3" ~ And The Man Who Inspired It by Carol Bell.(12-16-2004)
Looking back at '3' by Jeff Glunk.(12-16-2004)
The Gecko Reviews "3" by The Gecko
Earnhardt biography worth a watch by Neal Sims.(12-15-2004)
'3' depicts Earnhardt honestly by Allen Gregory.(12-15-2004)
Flat script for ESPN's '3' propped up by actors, footage by Alan Pergament.(12-15-2004)
"3" hits on seven cylinders by Russell Schmidt.(12-15-2004)
ESPN's '3' offers little insight by Jeff Decker.(12-15-2004)
3 (ESPN's The Dale Earnhardt Story) Was Truly a Charm by Valerie Wood.(12-15-2004)
Havre mud racer behind the scenes in Earnhardt movie by Ellen Thompson.(12-15-2004)
3 captures myth, but not life, of the Intimidator by Tony Johns.(12-15-2004)
3 - A Review of the ESPN Version of Dale Earnhardt by Chuck Abrams.(12-15-2004)
ESPN's '3' offers little insight by Jeff Decker.(12-14-2004)
'3' passes driver test - ESPN movie on Dale Earnhardt is better than expected by Mark McCarter.(12-12-2004)
Review: 3 - The Dale Earnhardt Story by Jim Worsley.(12-12-2004)
Heartwarming [about the movie '3'] by Jerry Bonkowski.(12-12-2004)
Actors steer it well, but Earnhardt biopic lacks drive by Matthew Gilbert.(12-11-2004)
Television Preview: 3 by John Campanelli.(12-11-2004)
ESPN film '3' explores the drive behind Dale Earnhardt by Tom Dorsey.(12-11-2004)
Review: Strong Pepper spices up ESPN's Earnhardt film by Tom Jicha.(12-11-2004)
'3': For The Earnhardts, First Love Became The Family Business by Virginia Heffernan.(12-11-2004)
Junior thinks fans will like film/Childress not excited by the AP.(12-11-2004)
Pepper enters fast lane in '3' by Luaine Lee.(12-11-2004)
Pepper shines as Earnhardt in '3' by Mike McDaniel.(12-11-2004)
One fine NASCAR dad - Pepper's great as Earnhardt, but bio stalls by Richard Huff.(12-11-2004)
Earnhardt movie is probably worth a '3' by Marcos Bretón.(12-11-2004)
Earnhardt's fans will want more by Brant James.(12-11-2004)
3 not No.1, but close by Larry Woody;
Pepper determined to get Earnhardt's story right by Ken Beck.(12-11-2004)
Motor Sports: 3 misses the mark by Kevin Provencher.(12-11-2004)
'3' takes checkered flag by Bill Fleischman.(12-10-2004)
Filmmakers, actors tap racing 'bloodline' for authenticity in '3' and
Earnhardt: Intimidator's complexity revealed in TV movie by Jill Vejnoska.(12-10-2004)
Actor shifts gears from Springer to Waltrip role by Sandra Okamoto.(12-10-2004)
Pepper nails role as Earnhardt in '3' by Thomas Pope [I agree with Tom, but we both are Judas Priest fans](12-10-2004)
ESPN movie about Earnhardt tries to fill in emotional gaps by Richard M. Barron.(12-10-2004)
ESPN gets it right with Earnhardt movie by Brian Vanochten.(12-10-2004)
Pepper Captures Earnhardt in Biopic '3' by Jenna Fryer of the AP.(12-10-2004)
An ode to NASCAR's "3," and a less fatal game by Kay McFadden.(12-10-2004)
Intimidator imitator by Bill Whitehead.(12-10-2004)
Earnhardt film on skids: ESPN biography runs out of gas telling driver's story by Rudy Martzke;
As Earnhardt, Pepper got up to speed by Bill Keveney.(12-10-2004)
Film focuses on personal side of Earnhardt by Don Coble (12-9-2004)
OUT LOUD: Barry Pepper by Steve Rosenbloom.(12-9-2004)
Pepper slides into Earnhardt's seat by Joanne Weintraub.(12-9-2004)
'Indiana Andy' [Hillenburg] plays big role in ESPN movie '3' by Al Stiley
"3" a family affair by Ryan Smithson.(12-9-2004)
'3' not good company for NASCAR, ESPN by Jerry Greene.(12-9-2004)
TV Review: 3 by Ray Richmond.(12-9-2004) - first one I have read that didn't praise Pepper in the role.
Something's missing - Movie about Dale Earnhardt doesn't quite capture his aura by Bill Center.(12-9-2004)
Hot air: Plenty of back-seat drivers - NASCAR, Earnhardt family were in the loop during making of '3' by Barry Horn.(12-8-2004)
For one actor, many views of Earnhardt by Pete Schantz.(12-8-2004)
Intimidating assignment - Playing Dale Earnhardt Sr. in ESPN biopic is Pepper's toughest role yet by Richard Deitsch.(12-6-2004)
Pepper rates a 10 -- but '3' is a 5 by Hal Boedeker.(12-5-2004)
'3' takes evenhanded view of Earnhardt's life - Producers recognized need for realistic treatment by Mark Washburn(12-5-2004)
Earnhardt movie a bumpy ride by Patrick Stevens.(12-5-2004)
Thoughts for Ebersol / "3" The Movie - a bad review by Jade Gurss.(11-30-2004)
Don't Miss: Dale Earnhardt Book and ESPN Movie '3'.(11-10-2004)
mini REVIEW: went to the Charlotte premiere of the movie "3" on Tuesday night. Many media and others attended. I went in with an open mind, but expecting more of an over the top movie. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The movie had some great race scenes, but was more of a character driven movie. Barry Pepper did an excellent job as Dale Earnhardt. And the supporting cast did quite a good job. Anyone I talked to after was surprised how well done and respectful the movie was. Personally I think it is a movie Dale Earnhardt fans will like.
TV in Canada: been told there are NO plans for TSN or other Canadian networks to air the movie, but it will be available per DVD at ESPN.com. Any problems with this can be directed at local networks and cable/dish companies.(11-27-2004)
You can buy the Book "3" or the DVD of the movie "3" at the ESPN Shop.
TV Dates/Times listed on my TV Listings page
REVIEWS of the IMAX MOVIE
NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience
- Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Movie review: IMAX NASCAR movie educates, thrills by Russ DeVault
- Detroit Free Press:
A fast, furious and fun ride - 'NASCAR 3D' puts viewers in the drivers' seats by Terry Lawson
NASCAR thunders onto biggest screen by Matt Crossman
Conversation: Kiefer Sutherland and
IMAX film brings fans real-life NASCAR racing by Marty Smith;
NASCAR.com - NASCAR comes to the really big screen - IMAX film opens Friday
- New York Times:
The View From Inside (and in the Path of) Roaring Race Cars by Dave Kehr
NASCAR 3D:The IMAX Experience - What A Ride by Andrew Kondratick;
My 'NASCAR 3D: The IMAX Experience' by Judd Orrell
To the MAX by Pete Pistone
- JAYSKI saw it on March 8th at the Luxor in Las Vegas, in 3D - I got one word: AWESOME. The beginning scene with Jimmie Johnson and Ryan Newman and the surprise lawmen was great, it was all done well.
- NASCAR IMAX Movie Now Being Shown:
NASCAR.com - IMAX Page;
THE IMAX - NASCAR page, location finder, etc.