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This biographical documentary about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong feels eerily gentle compared to filmmaker Alex Gibney's recent films, the WikiLeaks doc We Steal Secrets and the Catholic priest expose Mea Maxima Culpa. But then it was originally conceived as a celebration of Armstrong's comeback at the 2009 Tour de France, which is still at the heart of the film.

It was during this comeback that Armstrong's stellar image started to slip, with old rivalries and gurgling rumours surging to the surface. Gibney intercuts interviews he shot at the time with more recent chats, including a conversation immediately after Armstrong taped his notorious confessional interview with Oprah Winfrey. So we vividly see Armstrong's two-faced personality. Along the way, Gibney also traces the cyclist's remarkable rise to fame, his near death from cancer and the secret doping system he used to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999 to 2005. Armstrong's rationale is that everyone else was doing the same thing, so it was actually a level playing field.

Only of course it wasn't, because many cyclists remained clean and were edged out of the winning position as a result. Gibney also talks to a wide variety of experts, journalists and fellow riders who discuss the sport's culture of omerta (a mafia-style code of honour). From the news reports, we already know about the many years of deception, which is why society no longer holds professional athletes to such high, clean standards. It's clearly more about the money now than the human achievement. And there's so much cash to be made that competitors will break every rule there is if they think they'll get away with it.

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First Look: Ben Foster As Lance Armstrong, What Do We Think? [Picture]

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The first look at Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frears's untitled biopic has rolled out online, showing the young American actor tearing through a likely French street in his recognisable Postal Service colours.

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Foster - who recently starred opposite Daniel Radcliffe in Kill Your Darlings - leads the cast as drug cheat Armstrong, while Chris O'Dowd plays journalist David Walsh. There's even an appearance from Jesse Plemons who Breaking Bad fans will recognise as Todd. 

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Ben Foster To Play Lance Armstrong In Biopic, Chris O'Dowd, His Nemesis, David Walsh

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Ben Foster will play the part of Lance Armstrong in Stephen Frear’s biopic, and he will be joined by Chris O’Dowd, who’ll play journalist David Walsh, who campaigned tirelessly to expose the biggest cheating scandal in the world of sport, Deadline report.

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Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd will both star in the untitled biopic

Foster, while bearing a resemblance to the disgraced cyclist, has seen his reputation grow of late with performances in Kill Your Darlings – alongside Daniel Radcliffe - and Lone Survivor, which also stars Mark Wahlberg. The Irish actor O’Dowd has become a household name stateside due to his performances in Bridesmaids and the popular sitcom, Girls.

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'The Armstrong Lie': An Incredible Story Of Denial And Power, Told By Alex Gibney [Trailer]

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Lance Armstrong’s story is an implausible, unbelievable, incredible, but none of those adjectives would be applicable if the following wasn’t: it’s true. In The Armstrong Lie, Gibney admits to rooting for the shamed cyclist, before discovering – along with the rest of the world – that he’d been cheating.

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Famed for his insightful, thought-provoking documentaries that explore some of the biggest happenings in culture, sport, politics and crime – even though those spectrums often collide – the route that lead Gibney to his Armstrong piece wasn’t typical.

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Lance Armstrong was probably one of the most inspirational sportsmen on the planet with seven Tour De France triumphs and an Olympic medal behind him; he even overcame a severe bout of cancer in 1996 and developed popular charity, the Livestrong Foundation. However, in 2013 he found himself stripped of all his prestigious titles and relieved of his cycling career after the US Anti-Doping Agency found solid proof that he had been taking performance enhancing drugs - a claim he admitted had been happening for a large part of his career. Filmmaker Alex Gibney had set out to work on a movie based on his return to cycling in 2008 following a three year retirement, but the project turned on its head when it was revealed Armstrong had been lying to him for two years, denying all doping claims.

Oscar winner Alex Gibney ('Taxi to the Dark Side', 'Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room', 'We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks') directs this extraordinary documentary detailing Lance Armstrong's immense fall from grace. The film was originally to be called 'The Road Back', but a major name change was needed when the project took a dramatic turn. 'The Armstrong Lie' will hit the US on November 8th 2013.

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Lance Armstrong As Hollywood's Latest Character Of The Moment: Bradley Cooper To Produce Warner Bros. Biopic

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Bradley Cooper is reportedly eyeing the producer spot on an upcoming Warner Bros. project – a biopic about Lance Armstrong. The race to be the first to tell the story of the seven-time Tour de France winner, whose admission to using steroids lead to his defamation and the stripping of his titles, is on. The movie has found a home at Warner Bros. in partnership with Atlas Entertainment and will be directed by Jay Roach, according to Deadline.

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Cooper has been slated to produce and star in the flick.

Along with a possible producer’s credit, Cooper is reportedly in talks for one of the two major parts in the film – one being that of Armstrong himself and the other - Tyler Hamilton, the former Armstrong teammate who was part of Armstrong’s inner circle on the US Postal Service Team and who came forward and told what he saw Armstrong doing in a 60 Minutes segment. Hamilton is a controversial character, since his admission led to attacks and heated criticism from Armstrong’s camp. Up until his eventual confession, Lance Armstrong had been adamant about the claim that he was not and had not been doping.

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Ben Foster Lined-Up To Play Lance Armstrong In Movie Biopic

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Ben Foster has emerged as the number one candidate to take on the role as Lance Armstrong in the upcoming biopic about the seven-time Tour de France winner who was stripped of his titles in 2012 following an investigation into claims that he had used performance enhancing drugs. According to Deadline, who broke the story, Foster is in the final stages of discussions with the film's bosses, with filming expected to begin as early as fall this year.

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Foster is in 'advanced talks' with studio bosses

The Stephen Frears-directed biopic, which is being penned by Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge, will follow Armstrong from his battle with cancer in the mid-1990's, leading up until his much-publicised fall from grace in 2012 when he was found guilty of using illegal, performance enhancing drugs. Although he denied ever using drugs throughout his career, the disgraced cyclist admitted to doping during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January 2013.

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Armstrong Sells Estate To Wealthy Oil Tycoon (Photos)

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In the wake of his highly publicized outing as a drugs cheat, disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong has sold his Austin estate to an oil-and-gas rights agent for an undisclosed amount. A deed of trust filed with Travis County last week showed Mr Al Koehler obtained a loan of $3.1 million to buy the property - the cyclist's home since 2004. The country tax rolls lists the property's value at around $3.9 million, though local real estate agents say the house was listed at $10 million. In an email to the American-Statesman, oil tycoon Koehler said he paid nothing close to that value, though it's unclear whether his sizeable loan will cover the full amount.

Mr Koehler is a found of Royalty Clearinghouse, which buys oil and gas royalties and mineral rights on behalf of clients, according to the Associated Press. Armstrong's spokesman Mark Higgins confirms the sale and said Lance plans to remain an Austin resident. The cyclist was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles in August and is now banned for life from sports. After an investigation spanning several years, he finally admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during an interview with American television personality Oprah Winfrey

It leaves Armstrong in a precarious situation financially, partly because of lost sponsorships and companies seeking money back, and also because of the damages paid to the cyclist in previous court cases. Last week, Armstrong asked a Texas court to dismiss a lawsuit by a Dallas promotions company seeking repayment of more than $12 million in bonuses paid for winning the Tour de France.

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Denzel Washington Compares Flight's Whip To Lance Armstrong

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Denzel Washington has drawn comparisons between his character Whip in Flight, and the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, as he continues the promotional build for what he hopes will be a crowning moment at the Oscars next month.

Washington is nominated in the best leading actor category at the Academy awards, which take place on February 24, 2013, and he was talking to members of the press, including the Daily Telegraph about his character, who successfully crashed landed a plane, only to register positive for having alcohol in his blood just moments after crashing. Armstrong, of course, has been found to have doped in each of his seven Tour De France wins between 1999 and 2005, and looks like being banned from his sport for life.

“I was watching this Lance Armstrong interview and, man, and talk about life imitating art. His interview is like the hearing scene [in Flight]” Washington exclaimed. Talking about Armstrong’s similar reactions, he commented “He’s wiggling and he’s crossing his legs and the jig is up … and he’s got Oprah on the other side of the room, and she’s saying ‘yes or no? yes or no? Did you or did you not?’ and he’s like ‘Well…’” Continuing, he added “Maybe Whip that had same kind of an ego on him and the same drive … just the fact he thought, well not thought could get away with it – he was getting away with it!”

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Lance Armstrong Creep Mashup Hits The Internet (VIDEO)

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When a tragic case of deceit, drug misuse and lies sees a hero fall from grace so spectacularly, it makes global news, what's the best way to deal with it? Cut an interview together to the tune of a 90's hit song and put it on the Internet. That's how. 

Armstrong had been declared winner of the Tour de France a record seven consecutive times between 1999 and 2005, before being disqualified from each of those races and banned from cycling for life for doping offenses by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in 2012. A cancer survivor, he is the founder of the Lance Armstrong Foundation - later renamed Livestrong Foundation after the drug controversy - which provides support for cancer patients.

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Sheryl Crow And Lance: Country Star Knew About Doping?

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Sheryl Crow and Lance Armstrong dated from 2003 until 2006, before breaking off their engagement. However, during the relationship, Armstrong rode in the Tour de France twice - and won both times. It has since emerged that the disgraced cycling took performance enhancing drugs during both races, catapulting country singer Crow into the spotlight. has learned that the nine-time Grammy winner was named twice in affidavits submitted to the United States Anti-Doping Association, which blew the whistle on the Tour de France winner. According to Armstrong's former teammate Frankie Andreu, the cyclist summoned him to a room in 2004 in a bid to persuade him to convince his wife Betsy to sign a statement retracting her claim that Armstrong told doctors treating him for cancer that he'd taken steroids, human growth hormone, cortisone and EPO. The hospital admission was first reported in a 2004 book co-written by Irish journalist David Walsh titled L.A. Confidentiel, which was only published in in French. In it, Andreu claimed "Lance called me to his room to discuss the situation. He told me that Bill Stapleton (Armstrong's agent) wanted to talk to me about the hospital room and have my wife sign a statement of support for Lance saying the hospital incident did not happen. His girlfriend at the time, Sheryl Crow, was in the room and I felt uncomfortable talking about this in front of her so I did not say much."

It's the first time that Crow, 50, has been directly implicated in Armstrong's doping conspiracy. In an interview to air on Tuesday (January 22, 2013), the country singer tells Entertainment Tonight, "I think that honesty is always the best bet and that the truth will set you free. To carry around a weight like that would be devastating in the long run." She said she caught "bits and pieces" of Armstrong's much-hyped interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.

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Lance Armstrong Movie: 10 Actors Who Could Play The Disgraced Cyclist (Pictures)

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As was widely expected, a movie about disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is set to go into production after Bad Robot partners JJ Abrams and Bryan Burk snapped up the rights to Juliet Macur’s forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, reports Macur – a sports reporter for The New York Times – has covered Armstrong’s career for over a decade, through the cyclist’s Tour de France wins, his recovery from cancer and eventual doping revelations. The American had denied using performance enhancing drugs for years, though finally admitted to cheating during a much-publicized interview with Oprah Winfrey last week.

Sony Pictures has long had an Armstrong movie project in the works, though that movie was dropped when the cyclist’s fall from grace began. It was set to star Jake Gyllenhaal and would have told the ‘American hero’ narrative of Armstrong’s rollercoaster career. Of course, the story has changed dramatically and Abrams film will focus on a cheat who pays a high price for his lies. As movie writer Mike Fleming Jr reports, the whole thing is reminiscent of when Tom Cruise and Cameron Crowe made a deal with Phil Spector to tell the story of the producer’s life story, though the director went on record as saying the film “lacked a good third act.” That was obviously provided shortly afterwards when Spector was convicted of shooting the actress Lana Clarkson, but Universal, Crowe and Cruise never went forward with the project. It’s likely that JJ Abrams and his team will tackle the Armstrong project head on, but who could play the man himself? Who has the presence to portray such a complex character on-screen? Here’s 10 actors who we think could become Lance:

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JJ Abrams Working On Lance Armstrong Biopic With Paramount

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Lost creator Jj Abrams is set to begin work on a biopic on disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong, with Paramount and Bad Robot Productions (which is owned by Abrams) snapping up the rights to an upcoming biopic on the cyclist's life by New York Post journalist Juliet Macur.

Macur's book, Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, has been in the works since last November when publishing house HarperCollins signed up the writer/journalist, who has covered the meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of Armstrong over the past decade, giving her a six-figure advance on the book. Yesterday (Jan 18), a spokesperson for the two studios unveiled the purchase of the rights to the book, although no news on who is to star, direct or write the film adaption came with the announcement. No details into when filming will comence have been issued either, although Macur's book will be published this June.

Armstrong has recently appeared in a tell-all interview with Oprah Winfrey, which aired on her OWN network earlier this week. In it he admitted for the first time to using performance enhancing drugs following last years revelation. Earlier this year, The International Olympic Committee stripped Armstrong of his 2000 bronze medal, although he has yet to hand back any of his seven Tour de France titles.

JJ Abrams Already Working On Lance Armstrong Film

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Paramount Studios and Jj Abrams' own production company, Bad Robot, have snapped up the rights to the tell-all Lance Armstrong book Cycle of Lies, the forthcoming account of Armstrong's meteoric rise, and catastrophic fall by New York Times reporter Juliet Macur, The Hollywood Report has announced.

Following Armstrong's interview with Oprah Winfrey, in which he admitted for the first time that he had used performance enhancing drugs during his time as a professional cyclist, it seems the world is caught up in Lance Armstrong-mania once again and Macur's yet to be published account of Armstrong's career is already in the developing stages to become a movie. The book itself details the major events of the disgraced cyclist's life, from his recovery from cancer and subsequent domination of cycling in which he won his record seven Tour de France victories, before then going on to explain the inquiries into his use of performance enhancing drugs.

The book itself wont be released until the summer, with publisher HarperCollins revealing that it plans on having the book released by June. The publishers signed up Macur back in November last year, with the journalist having written extensively on Armstrong's ups and down for the New York Times over the years.

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