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Bradley Cooper in Talks to Play Lance Armstrong

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Adaptation, Biopics, Drama, Sports, Casting,

Bradley CooperBradley Cooper has begun talks to play Lance Armstrong.

The Oscar nominated Silver Linings Playbook star - who previously expressed his desire to portray the "fascinating" disgraced cyclist after he was stripped of his titles between 1999 and 2005 when it emerged he had taken performance-enhancing drugs - has formally approached J.J. Abrams about starring in his upcoming biopic about Lance's rise and fall from grace.

J.J. confirmed that he is considering the 38-year-old star for the role after he reached out to him via email.

He told Entertainment Tonight at the Producer's Guild of America Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, "[Cooper] sent me an email and we've been talking."

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Kristen Stewart ‘Creeped Out’ by ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

Kristen StewartKristen Stewart is "creeped" out by fans of the book Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 star - whose boyfriend and co-star Robert Pattinson is being hotly tipped to secure the lead role of Christian Grey in the big screen adaptation - admitted that although she has only read a few pages of the erotic novel she finds it disturbing.

"I've skimmed parts of it. When I read the first few pages describing her messy hair, I was like, 'This is so strange.' But it's just so raunchy! I mean, obviously, everyone knows that. But when I see people reading it on planes and stuff, I'm genuinely creeped out. Like, you're basically just reading porn right now! Get that blanket off your lap!"

The actress's boyfriend of four years Robert Pattinson was considered a favorite to play the starring role in the film version of bestseller because the role is based on his character Edward in the Twilight Saga franchise. But according to new reports the British star may be too busy working on other projects to take on the role.

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Gary Ross Lined up for Houdini

Gary RossGary Ross is set to direct Houdini.

The filmmaker - who recently directed the first installment of The Hunger Games - is in negotiations to helm the big screen adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America's First Superhero, William Kalush and Larry Sloman's biography of escapologist Harry Houdini. The book is famed for insinuating Houdini acted as a spy for Britain, helped the Secret Service and was in cahoots with police organizations.

Summit Entertainment picked up feature-film rights to the book in March 2009 with the aim of launching an action-thriller franchise and Noah Oppenheim wrote the most recent draft of the script.

Ross - who has previously helmed Pleasantville and Seabiscuit - recently pulled out of directing the sequel to The Hunger Games with Francis Lawrence replacing him. Although Ross is yet to sign up, bosses are hoping he will agree to do it, but he is known for being very choosy about his projects.

Box Office Breakdown: Coen Brothers Show True Grit

True Grit

Their film didn't top the box office, nor did it have the best per screen average -- but Joel and Ethan Coen still have reason to smile.

, a two-time second-place finisher, has now grossed $86.7 million domestically -- a new record for the writing/directing duo. The Western, which added another $24.4 million to its total this past weekend, has officially surpassed the Coen brothers' previous record. (No Country for Old Men, released in 2007, raised $74.3 million.)

The only other notable item in the Top Ten this week was . The critically-acclaimed film replaced The Tourist in the tenth-place spot and averaged $11,108 per theater.

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Box Office Breakdown: Big Win for Little Fockers

Little Fockers

A lack of a clear plot apparently meant very little to theatergoers this past weekend.

Little Fockers, which added another $30.8 million in ticket sales ($45.1 million since Wednesday) to the Fockers series, finished in first place after the holiday frame. Although the Ben Stiller/Robert De Niro production failed to top Meet the Fockers’ debut in 2004 ($46.1 million), the comedy did bring in more than the 2000 original. (Meet the Parents opened to $28.6 million.)

Meanwhile, the Jeff Bridges from the past found himself passing the Jeff Bridges from the future. True Grit, costarring Matt Damon and Hailee Steinfeld, roped in $24.9 million – the best number for the Coen brothers to date – and second place. The Western wound up landing just one notch above Tron, Bridges’ current sci-fi entry.

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In Theaters This Weekend: December 10, 2010

Here are a few selections in theaters this weekend:

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Steven Spielberg Eyeing Robopocalypse

Steven Spileberg is considering a directorial role on Robopocalypse.

The Oscar-winning filmmaker is lining up the project—based on a forthcoming novel by Daniel H. Wilson—with reports that Dreamworks is “in a frenzy” about the potential of the movie.

“With DreamWorks, everything is potentially a Steven project - until it’s not. That’s why everyone’s in a frenzy trying to read it,” a source told the Vulture blog.

The story, which was optioned by the studio back in November 2009, is believed to be a realistic portrayal of a possible robot uprising.

It is one of a number of robot-related projects being created by DreamWorks. is due to be released earlier next year, while Reel Steel, a movie about robot boxing, is due to hit cinemas in November 2011.

Steven is currently filming War Horse - the tale of a boy who goes to the battlefields of World War I to find his beloved horse - and is attached to work on sci-fi movie Interstellar, due for release in 2012.

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First Look: Watch Julia Roberts Eat, Pray, Love in New Trailer

Most women would probably say that if they ever met Billy Crudup, James Franco or Javier Bardem, they would feel pretty content. But in ’ case, it takes all three.

In , an adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s popular memoir, a discontented Roberts (Gilbert) sets off on a global adventure in hopes of discovering herself.

Get caught up in the journey when the movie unfolds on August 13.

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Angelina Jolie to Play Kay Scarpetta on the Big Screen

Angelina Jolie

If you don’t recognize both the headlining names, you haven’t been reading Patricia Cornwell. The extremely popular, death-themed books that make up the Kay Scarpetta series (which totals a staggering 17 novels over a span of 20 years) could finally be coming to the big screen after numerous attempts to make it happen. The actress who’s making it all possible? Possibly, the last one you would ever expect to play the doctor-lawyer-heroine that is Kay Scarpetta: .

The statuesque actress does not at all fit Cornwell’s description of Scarpetta, who is a petite ash-blonde. A medical examiner, Kay is a workaholic, oft-unattached female who uses her death investigation skills to track dangerous serial killers. Commonly, Scarpetta herself becomes a target for the very killers she’s determined to catch. The books originally debuted in pre-CSI ages when crime scene and death investigation felt fresh again (memories of Quincey, ME had long since faded).

Jolie’s interest has breathed new life into the flick, which has been an on-again, off-again project since the books were first published. The movie will not be based upon a specific Cornwell novel. Instead, it will feature a younger Dr. Scarpetta in the years before she becomes the Chief Medical Examiner of Virginia - though, oddly, the film will be set in the present day instead of the 1980s (which would fit the chronological order of the books).

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New Frankenstein Movie Coming to Life

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein

A modern version of Frankenstein is in the works.

X-Men producer Ralph Winter and former Vanguard Films president Terry Botwick are working on the project after acquiring the rights to Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein. Instead of the traditional setting for the horror character, the movie - which could be turned into a franchise - will be set in modern day New Orleans.

“These books have enough twists and turns to keep the public coming back to the theaters for many years to come,” Ralph told Variety.

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