The intensified scandal over the doping actions of Lance Armstrong have irrevocably tainted his participation in cycling. As you might expect, however, the controversy has only increased the speed at which various producers are trying to put together a film based on his story.
One of a few projects in the works about the cancer survivor and disgraced champ is Red Blooded American, housed at Warner Bros. Atlas Entertainment is producing, and Jay Roach is directing, and the development is based on a script by Scott Z. Burns (Contagion). Now Bradley Cooper has come on as a producer. He may also star in the film. Read More »
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Briefly: One of the year’s most highly anticipated films that had been still waiting for a release date has just officially entered the awards race. It’s Foxcatcher, the true story of an Olympic wrestler whose brother was murdered by a mentally unstable millionaire. Bennett Miller, whose films Capote and Moneyball were both nominated for Best Picture Oscars, is at the helm.
This time, his cast includes Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell. Sony Pictures Classics will handle distribution instead of Columbia Pictures and release the movie on December 20. [THR]
Posted on Tuesday, August 13th, 2013 by Angie Han
For his boxing comedy Grudge Match, Peter Segal rounded up two legends of silver-screen boxing: Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Granted, the two aren’t quite in the fighting shape they were three decades ago, but the allure of watching Rocky Balboa face off against Jake LaMotta in the ring can’t be denied.
But that no doubt glorious sight will have to wait. Warner Bros. has dropped the first official still from the movie, and it sadly does not feature the aging bruisers in shorts and gloves. Instead of glaring at each other, they’re scowling at Kevin Hart. Whatever, we’ll take it. Check it out after the jump.
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After you win an Oscar for Best Director, the world is your oyster. There’s no better time to make an out-of-the-box passion project. After winning for Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee made two smaller, niche films. He then made Life of Pi, won another Oscar, and it seems he’s going to follow that with something even more surprising.
Deadline has learned Lee’s next project could be a 3D narrative that centers on classic boxing matches of the Sixties and Seventies such as the epic battles between Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
The doping scandal lost Lance Armstrong a lot of fans, but it’s won him a lot of attention from Hollywood. Warner Bros. and Paramount already have their own projects about the disgraced cyclist in development. Now Working Title has set Stephen Frears to direct yet another one with Ben Foster in the lead. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Briefly: One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was a documentary about the almost too-unbelievable story of NBA point guard Jeremy Lin. Directed by Evan Jackson Leong, Linsanity tells Lin’s story from his childhood, all the way up through the month in 2012 when he became one of the most famous people on the planet.
Ketchup Entertainment picked the film up and will distribute it on October 4 in 10-15 cities, including Boston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. If you like unbelievable stories, or just great sports movies, Linsanity is a can’t miss. [Variety]
Director Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan, who paired up on this year’s awards contender Fruitvale Station, are in early talks to direct and star in Creed. Creed is a spin-off from Sylvester Stallone‘s breakout and Oscar winning film Rocky. It will follow the grandson of Apollo Creed, famously played in the Rocky films by Carl Weathers. Stallone would return to reprise his role, which would have him mentoring the aspiring boxer. Read More »
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Here’s the latest trailer for Ron Howard‘s new film Rush. Before Howard goes back to work with Tom Hanks and Dan Brown, he’ll oversee the release of this racing drama based on the real lives and careers of James Hunt and Niki Lauda (played by Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl, respectively) as they compete in a series of races that prove to be personally dangerous and professionally unique.
I’m on a plane en route to San Diego, and the slow connection makes watching the trailer difficult. So I can’t tell you much about it from here, but I can provide an embed so you can see it for yourself. Read More »