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Weekend Recap: Abrams May Direct Lance Armstrong Biopic, Sundance News, 'Lovelace' and 'Stoker' Clips, 'Les Mis' Cast to Perform at Oscars and More

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood January 21, 2013 at 12:27PM

The best of the weekend, including Sundance news, in-the-works updates, clips and more!
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Nicole Kidman Stoker

 - 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.

Lovelace

- Clips! Click here to watch Nicole Kidman in Park Chan-wook's "Stoker" and Amanda Seyfried in a sweet first clip from "Lovelace."

- 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.

- Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks might sing onstage at the Oscars -- exact songs remain unconfirmed. (Also, reportedly, Russell Crowe will not join his co-stars.)

Django Unchained Dolls

- 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.  

Sundance News:

- 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. 

Daniel Radcliffe

- 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.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.