– J.J. Abrams is developing a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Bad Robot, Abrams’ production company, secured the rights to a HarperCollins’ book proposal “Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.” The book will be written by NYT reporter Juliet Macur, who has covered Armstrong for more than a decade. Sony Pictures has reportedly abandoned their Armstrong project in light of Armstrong’s recent confession. More TOH reporting about the Armstrong scandal and how it affects the movies here.
– Director Paul Thomson Anderson has revived some lost performance footage of late indie songwriter and performer, Elliott Smith. Anderson uploaded the VHS footage to YouTube on Thursday, to the delight of Smith’s fans. Watch here or below for 43 minutes of wonderful music.
– Weinstein Co. has asked toy manufacturer NECA to discontinue their “Django Unchained” action figures, after complaints the dolls trivialized the history of slavery in America.
– Brooks Barnes at the NYT goes for it — and calls Park City’s festival “Porndance.” Barnes quotes a Hollywood executive: “I’ve seen five movies today, and it has been nonstop. I’m no prude, but it’s a little much.”
– Daniel Radcliffe is confused by all the attention his gay sex scene in “Kill Your Darlings” is receiving — especially after “Equus,” an incredibly sexualized play in which Radcliffe appeared nude onstage. Watch the actor handle these questions maturely in the video below.
– Head here for a clip from Sundance film “Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes” with Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario from director Francesca Gregorini (“Tanner Hall”). The film follows a troubled teenager who becomes obsessed with a next door neighbor.
– Not in Park City? Here’s a great article about six ways to get in on the Sundance action.
– Casting watch: Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace are going to team up for “Animal Rescue” directed by Michael Roskam (“Bullhead”) based on a short story by Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Gone Baby Gone”). The film centers on a forlorn bartender in New York, who happens upon a puppy in a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog’s abusive former owner.
– Check out Brian Stelter’s review of David Fincher’s “House of Cards” at NYT. The Netflix adaptation of the 1990 BBC mini-series (about Parliament over there) is one of Netflix’s first major attempts to create their own broadcasting. All thirteen of the episodes, which Stelter calls a bit of a modern-day “Macbeth,” will be available February 1st.