Everything We Know About Ford v Ferrari

Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari (2019).
Matt Damon and Christian Bale in Ford v Ferrari (2019).
Merrick Morton, © 2019 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

James Mangold directs this biopic about automotive designer Carroll Shelby (Matt Damon) and driver Ken Miles (Christian Bale) who are tasked with designing the Ford GT40, a state-of-the-art racing car, in the hopes of defeating the long-dominant Ferrari racing team at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Directed by: James Mangold

Written by: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, and Jason Keller

Starring: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, and Wallace Langham

Movie Facts

  • Ford v Ferrari has been in development for several years. In 2013, when the movie was titled Go Like Hell, it was set to star Tom Cruise as Carroll Shelby with the goal of bringing Brad Pitt on to play Ken Miles.
  • Throughout his acclaimed career, Christian Bale has regularly transformed his body to fit whatever role he is playing. In the case of Ford v Ferrari, which he filmed after gaining weight to play Dick Cheney in Vice, the role required a significant weight loss on Bale's part. “From the time we decided to do the movie to the time we started shooting, he dropped 70 pounds,” Matt Damon told Men’s Journal. “The first day on set, I asked him: ‘How did you do that?’ I’ve lost weight and gained weight for parts, and there are lots of theories on how to do it. And he just looked at me and said: ‘I didn’t eat.’ That guy is cut from a different cloth. He has a monk-like discipline that’s just really impressive to see."
  • Somewhat ironically, Christian Bale had previously been set to star as Enzo Ferrari in Michael Mann’s long-planned biopic of the pioneering car designer. But in early 2016, Bale dropped out of the project because of the amount of weight he would need to gain for the part and the small amount of prep time he’d have to do that.
  • Teen actor Noah Jupe (A Quiet Place) plays Peter Miles, the son of Bale’s Ken Miles. In 2017, Jupe played the son of Matt Damon’s character in Suburbicon.
  • As the Le Mans racetrack no longer looks the same as it did in the 1960s, the filmmakers had to shoot the racing scenes in several different locations then piece them together, which led to some continuity problems. “To complete one lap in our movie you move through essentially four or five locations, and yet the physical relationship of all of the cars have to remain constant for it to be a continuous race,” Mangold said. “Then you had weather continuity at the same time, because in order to communicate that this is a 24-hour race I felt that we needed to have periods of rain, night, dawn, sunset, and broad day.” CGI became the filmmakers’ savior when it came to patching up any continuity issues.
  • Ford v Ferrari premiered at the 2019 Telluride Film Festival to positive reviews; it currently holds an 88 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

20th Century Fox will release Ford v Ferrari on November 15, 2019.

The 10 Best Memorial Day 2020 Sales

iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth
iRobot,GoWise,Funko via Wayfair, Entertainment Earth

The Memorial Day sales have started early this year, and it's easy to find yourself drowning in offers for cheap mattresses, appliances, shoes, and grills. To help you cut through the noise and focus on the best deals around, we threw together some of our favorite Memorial Day sales going on right now. Take a look below.

1. Leesa

A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
A Leesa Hybrid mattress.
Leesa

Through May 31, you can save up to $400 on every mattress model Leesa has to offer, from the value-minded Studio by Leesa design to the premium Leesa Legend, which touts a combination of memory foam and micro-coil springs to keep you comfortable in any position you sleep in.

Find it: Leesa

2. Sur La Table

This one is labeled as simply a “summer sale,” but the deals are good only through Memorial Day, so you should get to it quickly. This sale takes up to 20 percent off outdoor grilling and dining essentials, like cast-iron shrimp pans ($32), a stainless steel burger-grilling basket ($16), and, of course, your choice of barbeque sauce to go along with it.

Find it: Sur la Table

3. Wayfair

KitchenAid Stand Mixer on Sale on Wayfair.
Wayfair/KitchenAid

Wayfair is cutting prices on all manner of appliances until May 28. Though you can pretty much find any home appliance imaginable at a low price, the sale is highlighted by $130 off a KitchenAid stand mixer and 62 percent off this eight-in-one GoWise air fryer.

And that’s only part of the brand’s multiple Memorial Day sales, which you can browse here. They’re also taking up to 40 percent off Samsung refrigerators and washing machines, up to 65 percent off living room furniture, and up to 60 percent off mattresses.

Find it: Wayfair

4. Blue Apron

If you sign up for a Blue Apron subscription before May 26, you’ll save $20 on each of your first three box deliveries, totaling $60 in savings. 

Find it: Blue Apron

5. The PBS Store

Score 20 percent off sitewide at Shop.PBS.org when you use the promo code TAKE20. This slashes prices on everything from documentaries like Ken Burns’s The Roosevelt: An Intimate History ($48) and The Civil War ($64) to a Pride & Prejudice tote bag ($27) and this precious heat-changing King Henry VIII mug ($11) that reveals the fates of his many wives when you pour your morning coffee.

Find it: The PBS Store

6. Amazon

eufy robot vacuum.
Amazon/eufy

While Amazon doesn’t have an official Memorial Day sale, the ecommerce giant still has plenty of ever-changing deals to pick from. Right now, you can take $100 off this outdoor grill from Weber, $70 off a eufy robot vacuum, and 22 percent off the ASUS gaming laptop. For more deals, just go to Amazon and have a look around.

7. Backcountry

You can save up to 50 percent on tents, hiking packs, outdoor wear, and more from brands like Patagonia, Marmot, and others during Backcountry's Memorial Day sale.

Find it: Backcountry

8. Entertainment Earth

Funko Pops on Sale on Entertainment Earth.
Entertainment Earth/Funko

From now until June 2, Entertainment Earth is having a buy one, get one half off sale on select Funko Pops. This includes stalwarts like the Star Wars and Batman lines, and more recent additions like the Schitt's Creek Funkos and the pre-orders for the upcoming X-Men movie line.

Find it: Entertainment Earth

9. Moosejaw

With the promo code SUNSCREEN, you can take 20 percent off one full-price item at Moosejaw, along with finding up to 30 percent off select items during the outdoor brand's summer sale. These deals include casual clothing, outdoor wear, trail sneakers, and more. 

Find it: Moosejaw

10. Osprey

Through May 25, you can save 25 percent on select summer items, and 40 percent off products from last season. This can include anything from hiking packs and luggage to outdoorsy socks and hats. So if you're planning on getting acquainted with the great outdoors this summer, now you can do it on the cheap.

Find it: Osprey

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The 11 Best Horror Movies to Stream on Amazon Prime Right Now

Mats Blomgren, Lars Väringer, Anna Åström, and Isabelle Grill in Midsommar (2019).
Mats Blomgren, Lars Väringer, Anna Åström, and Isabelle Grill in Midsommar (2019).
Csaba Aknay - © A24

Streaming services offer a wide variety of movies, but sometimes, nothing else but horror will do. If you’ve gotten your fill of spooky content from Netflix, check out these 11 films currently available on Amazon Prime that are guaranteed to send a chill down your spine.

1. Midsommar (2019)

Strange things are afoot for Florence Pugh, who takes a trek with her boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and friends for the Swedish midsummer festival. While the locals are initially hospitable, their underlying intentions soon take a dark turn.

2. A Quiet Place (2018)

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski (who also directs) are a married couple looking to protect their children in a world where monsters attack at even the slightest noise. When Blunt becomes pregnant, their survival is put into question.

3. The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

Before Chris Hemsworth tackled Thor, he shot this meta horror film from Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon about a group of friends who get more than they bargained for while spending a quaint weekend in the woods. Far from your average slasher, it's a deconstruction of the genre.

4. Diabolique (1955)

Two women working at a French boarding school—one married, the other a mistress—decide to put their mutual problem out of his misery. Unfortunately, his demise is only the beginning of their troubles. This moody French film based on a novel was nearly filmed for an American audience by Alfred Hitchcock, but director Henri-Georges Clouzot snapped up the rights first. The result so impressed Hitchcock that he decided to up his game with the classic Psycho (1960). If it impressed the Master of Suspense, it’s worth a look.

5. Hereditary (2018)

A slow burn that eventually catches fire, Hereditary sees Toni Collette as a mother struggling with her mother's death. When her kids begin experiencing strange visions, Collette will have to face some of the demons lurking in her family's past.

6. Child’s Play (1988)

Chucky will be your friend ‘til the end. Unfortunately, the end might come prematurely and gruesomely in this horror classic about a doll possessed with the spirit of a serial killer (Brad Dourif) who gets adopted by a child and his mother. Pint-sized terror ensues.

7. Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Disclaimer: Only one segment in this made-for-television anthology is worth watching, but it’s a killer. Karen Black stars in three stories, all penned by Richard Matheson (The Twilight Zone), with the third, “Amelia,” the standout. As the title character, Black is a single woman under the thumb of an overbearing mother and hoping to further a relationship with a history professor. She buys an African artifact as a gift for him, then spends the next 25 minutes running for her life when it gains sentience. Pair it with Child’s Play for a great double feature.

8. The Stuff (1985)

Larry Cohen wrote and directed this darkly comedic horror film about sentient goo that proves to be a hit in the dessert aisle of grocery stores nationwide. Too bad consumers have an adverse reaction to it, causing a panic.

9. Ginger Snaps (2001)

A coming-of-age drama about two outcast sisters (Katharine Isabelle, Emily Perkins) takes a turn when one of them is bitten by a werewolf, setting off a chain of events that will make their awkward years even more awkward.

10. Nightbreed (1990)

The twisted imagination of Clive Barker is on full display in this little-seen cult classic. As Aaron Boone, Craig Sheffer is brought back to life to join the Nightbreed, a gang of freaks out to stop a serial killer (director David Cronenberg, in a cheeky performance) from striking. Strongly recommended for fans of practical effects and make-up.

11. Phantasm (1979)

Angus Scrimm makes his mark as a horror icon in this nightmare from director Don Coscarelli about two brothers who discover a local funeral home isn't what it seems. Amazon Prime is streaming a newly-remastered version in all its blood-splattering glory.