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Review: Lance Armstrong Drama 'The Program' Starring Ben Foster Lacks Insight

15 March 2016 3:43 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A couple of exhilarating cycling scenes, and a pretty solid lead performance, does not a good movie make. Not when you've got director Stephen Frears at the helm. That sounds meaner than it's meant to be; "Philomena" is perfectly fine for what it is, as is "The Queen." Though, now more than ever, I'm experiencing major withdrawal for the Frears of 10-15 years ago, the one who brought us "Dirty Pretty Things" and "High Fidelity." In "The Program," which covers the infamous Lance Armstrong scandal, the polished safety we've come to expect from the British director collides into its subject matter, and ends up with legs too scraped and bruised to stand on. With practically zero biographical insight into the man behind the cyclist, this Lance Armstrong feels barely three-dimensional, which is strange considering he's a real person. Blame it on a film that ticks the necessary boxes with the »

- Nikola Grozdanovic

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Director Stephen Frears Discusses Capturing a Modern Crime Story With ‘The Program’

15 March 2016 9:26 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s proving to be a couple of busy months for legendary director Stephen Frears, fresh off his delightful true-life story Philomena making an Oscar run in 2013. Not only does he have his Lance Armstrong biopic The Program opening Us theaters this Friday (March 18th), but his newest Florence Foster Jenkins also hits UK screens May 6th. It appears the filmmaker has embraced telling the tales of real people whether of empathetic note or infamy.

This hectic schedule made cementing an interview very difficult, regardless, we were still able to procure a few soundbites from the extremely laconic Frears about Armstrong, the wonderful cast and crew who worked on the film, and the state of sports at large. Check out the full conversation below.

The Film Stage: Lance Armstrong was very much a bona fide hero here stateside. Did he have that same heroic status in England or was he »

- Jared Mobarak

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“The Program” attempts to turn the Lance Armstrong story into an Oscar vehicle

15 March 2016 9:14 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Once upon a time, it was all the rage to love Lance Armstrong. After all, his story was a ready made feel good movie. Now, having learned the truth about the athlete and seeing him disgraced, the story has taken on a whole new level and meaning. As such, there is a second wave of projects tackling Armstrong, this time in far less of a flattering light. This weekend, one of the higher profile ones hits theaters in The Program, which was posted to be an Academy Award player at one point. It doesn’t seem likely anymore, but I suppose we can’t count anything out this early on, can we? The film is a pseudo biopic, though that probably misrepresents what is going on here. The Program is more of an investigation tale, looking at Armstrong through the lens of a suspicious journalist and what he winds up finding out. »

- Joey Magidson

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Meryl Streep Takes the Stage in Trailers For Stephen Frears’ ‘Florence Foster Jenkins’

14 March 2016 7:37 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Getting a fairly quiet release this weekend is Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong biopic The Program (our review from Tiff) and, as usual, he’s not wasting much time finishing up his next feature. Florence Foster Jenkins, also a biopic, but one of a very different variety, stars Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Simon Helberg, and today we have the first trailers.

Coming from the U.K., where it will get a release in May ahead of U.S. distribution by Paramount, it shows off the true story of the New York socialite who dreamed of becoming a top singer, but could barely carry a tune. Like much of Frears’ past dramedies, it looks perfectly pleasant, even if we might prefer Ricki and the Flash when it comes to Streep-led music dramas. Also starring Nina Arianda and Rebecca Ferguson, check out the trailers below.

The comedy drama directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, »

- Jordan Raup

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The Program – The Review

10 March 2016 3:37 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Review by Stephen Tronicek

The Program  almost gives the impression of a biker riding quickly down a hill, and then running him/herself into a wall. The cyclist can go quickly. He/she can burst forward with such a thrilling momentum that it can’t be conceived. That might be entertaining, but they still hit the wall.

That thrilling momentum is the best thing that The Program  has going for it (besides a performance by Ben Foster too researched and nuanced for the film he’s in). This is the type of pacing that fits comedies, and action films better, but it’s interesting to see how much director Stephen Frears (The Queen) gets away with by keeping the film going quickly. He’s able to cover the entirety of Lance Armstrong’s Tour de France career, and David Walsh’s investigations into the cyclist into a tight one hundred and five minutes. »

- Movie Geeks

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Ynms: Florence Foster Jenkins

10 March 2016 2:39 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Murtada here. Stephen Frears recent output has been uneven. This month, his Lance Armstrong biopic The Program was met with lukewarm reviews and a VOD purgatory release, while Lay the Favorite (2012) and Tamara Drewe (2010) were both immediately forgotten. However he does well when teamed with grand actresses in intimate dramas (The Queen, Philomena). So we are cautiously optimistic about his collaboration with Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins. The story, of an amateur opera singer, known and ridiculed for her very bad singing and her complete delusion about her abilities, is intriguing.

Let's break down the newly released trailer..... after the jump.

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- Murtada Elfadl

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'Daily Show' Sends Off Ben Carson With 'I'll Be Missing You' Parody

8 March 2016 8:36 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The Daily Show bid a bittersweet farewell to ex-Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson Monday with an emotional parody of Puff Daddy's Police-sampling Notorious B.I.G. tribute, "I'll Be Missing You."

The bit was preempted by a eulogy from correspondent Roy Wood Jr., who defended Carson not as a candidate, but an inspiration to the black community. "We just lost another black hero," Wood lamented. "First it was O.J., then it was Cosby, Kanye's barely keeping it together — black people can't afford to lose heroes. We don't have that many. »

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Ben Foster and Model Karen Elson Spark Romance Rumors After Being Spotted Together in N.Y.C.

1 March 2016 9:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is Ben Foster dating model Karen Elson? The two sparked romance rumors after they were spotted taking a morning stroll in New York City on Monday. They looked relaxed as they braved the rainy weather and walked arm-in-arm in the East Village. Both Foster and Elson were dressed in casual looks for the day. While the Lone Survivor actor, 35, donned a black jacket with jeans and a brown hat, Elson, 37, wore a patterned black dress with tights and a navy blue blazer. The model also looked fresh-faced and kept her fiery red hair tucked behind her ears. Related: Ben Foster »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Ben Foster and Model Karen Elson Spark Romance Rumors After Being Spotted Together in N.Y.C.

1 March 2016 9:20 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Is Ben Foster dating model Karen Elson? The two sparked romance rumors after they were spotted taking a morning stroll in New York City on Monday. They looked relaxed as they braved the rainy weather and walked arm-in-arm in the East Village. Both Foster and Elson were dressed in casual looks for the day. While the Lone Survivor actor, 35, donned a black jacket with jeans and a brown hat, Elson, 37, wore a patterned black dress with tights and a navy blue blazer. The model also looked fresh-faced and kept her fiery red hair tucked behind her ears. Related: Ben Foster »

- Jodi Guglielmi, @JodiGug3

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Berlinale ’16: Zero Days review

17 February 2016 9:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Zero Days review: Super scary spy stuff from one of the best documentary makers working today.

Zero Days review by Paul Heath at the Berlin Film Festival, 2016. Alex Gibney returns for his latest expose in a long line of revealing documentaries, and after exposing the Church Of Scientology in Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015), Edward Snowden and the Wikileaks controversy in We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks (2013) and Lance Armstrong in The Armstrong Lie (2013), the prolific documentary-filmmakers turns his attention to Stuxnet, a self-replicating computer virus in Zero Days. The film makes its international debut at this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Gibney’s intriguing and eye-opening film provides evidence that this highly-threatening, and potentially lethal computer virus, first detected back in 2010, may have been commissioned by the Us and Israeli governments, potentially, and I will used the word allegedly here, to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program. »

- Paul Heath

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Chart the Rise and Fall of Lance Armstrong in this Infographic for The Program

17 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

To mark the release of The Program (out on Blu-ray and DVD now), we’ve been given this fascinating infographic charting the rise and fall of the infamous cyclist Lance Armstrong (portrayed by Ben Foster in the movie). As you’ll see from the graphic, the rise of Armstrong’s cycling and personal career had an epic rise

The post Chart the Rise and Fall of Lance Armstrong in this Infographic for The Program appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- David Sztypuljak

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DVD Review: The Program

15 February 2016 7:32 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Standing in front of a mirror, a man repeats the phrase, "I have never tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs." His intonation and inflection changes but his eyes remain piercing, emotionless and glacially cold. Pauses for effect are added, differing facial expressions are selected, each one conveying a slightly altered emotion, as if picking a new jukebox song. Which version of this statement will I tell today's press conference? And will this be the time I'm found out? It's hard to comprehend how Lance Armstrong, central figure of British director Stephen Frears' new film The Program, was able to sleep at night, let alone look at himself in the mirror.

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- CineVue UK

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Crimson Peak; The Program; The Search; Bill; Hotel Transylvania 2; Lila & Eve – review

13 February 2016 10:59 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The blood flows in the lavish Crimson Peak, a Lance Armstrong biopic sticks in first gear and Michel Hazanavicius is all talk, sadly…

When Amicus Productions released The House That Dripped Blood in 1971, it hardly capitalised on the lurid promise of the title. It must have stuck with Guillermo del Toro, however: he has beautifully literalised the image in Crimson Peak (Universal, 15), a sweeping, swollen haunted house horror in which bricks and mortar become flesh and bone, veritably streaming with the ketchup-coloured residue of dead residents. Allerdale Hall, the crumbling Cumbrian mansion owned by dashing but damaged inventor Thomas (Tom Hiddleston) and his emotionally corseted sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain), is like Daphne du Maurier’s Manderley turned inside out; the ghosted gothic love story it houses, too, plays like a disarranged Rebecca, its most intense surges of feeling gushing from unexpected trapdoors.

To unpick the Hall’s unhappy history, of course, »

- Guy Lodge

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New U.S. trailer for The Program starring Ben Foster

11 February 2016 6:10 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its U.S. release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for director Stephen Frears’ biopic The Program, which stars Ben Foster in the lead role as the disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Take a look below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Read our ★ ★ ★ review of The Program

From Academy Award® nominated director Stephen Frears (The Queen, Philomena) and producers Working Title (The Theory Of Everything, Everest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, Lance Armstrong.

Based on the award winning book “Seven Deadly Sins” by David Walsh, and featuring a stellar cast including Ben Foster, Chris O’Dowd, Guillaume Canet (Tell No One) and Jesse Plemons (Breaking Bad), this tense and suspenseful thriller looks at how one of the greatest deceptions in the modern era was uncovered »

- Amie Cranswick

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Ben Foster Battles Mental And Physical Mountains In Us Trailer For The Program

11 February 2016 9:59 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Teasing the rise and fall of a sporting icon, today’s new Us trailer for StudioCanal and Stephen FrearsLance Armstrong biopic The Program places Ben Foster at the helm as the shunned Tour de France champion.

Marking Frears’ second cinematic portrait of a famous figure after directing Helen Mirren in The Queen, The Program will shed light on the meteoric rise of Armstrong, who won the gruelling Tour de France seven consecutive times in the early 2000s. A staggering sporting achievement that almost defied description, the former cyclist found his reputation lying in tatters after he was found guilty of doping, effectively stripping him of those coveted titles.

Also starring Lee Pace, Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, and Jesse Plemons, The Program may not have lit up the festival circuit in 2015 in the way StudioCanal would have hoped, but the intriguing subject matter alone has us cautiously optimistic that »

- Michael Briers

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New Trailers: Program, Invitation, Mothers

11 February 2016 5:35 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

An anbsolute flood of trailers has hit today and here's just a few of the smaller ones. First up, the new U.S. trailer for the Lance Armstrong doping scandal drama "The Program". Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd lead the film which opens in limited released and VOD on March 18th.

Next up, Drafthouse Films has brought online the full trailer for Karyn Kusama's upcoming psychological thriller "The Invitation" which hits cinema and VOD on April 8th.

Logan Marshall-Green plays a man who shows up for dinner at a Hollywood Hills party held by his ex-wife Eden (Tammy Blanchard) and her new husband David (Michiel Huisman). Soon her suspicious behavior and her mysterious house guests led the man to believe there's a hidden agenda regarding his invitation.

Finally, Open Road Films has unveiled the debut trailer for Garry Marshall's new romantic comedy "Mother's Day" starring Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, »

- Garth Franklin

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‘The Program’ Trailer: Lance Armstrong Has the Money and Power to Destroy You All

10 February 2016 4:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

A few weeks ago it was announced The Program will premiere on DirecTV this month. The Lance Armstrong biopic was shot almost two and a half years ago, but The Program has taken its time getting to the big screen, for unknown reasons. The former potential awards contender is directed by Stephen Frears (High Fidelity) and, in the starring role as […]

The post ‘The Program’ Trailer: Lance Armstrong Has the Money and Power to Destroy You All appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Watch: New Official Us Trailer for 'The Program' Starring Ben Foster

10 February 2016 4:16 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"When you say, 'I can't go any further', say to yourself: 'I'm flying!'" eOne Films has debuted the official Us trailer for The Program, the film by Stephen Frears telling the story of Lance Armstrong, played by Ben Foster. The film covers his entire career, including early introduction to the Tour, his era of doping, attempts to lie and cover it up for years, and eventual fall out. Chris O'Dowd plays journalist David Walsh, who was constantly after Armstrong for years because he knew something was up. The full cast includes Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet and many others. I still want to see this, it looks like a deep investigation into one of the craziest cover-up stories in sports history. Compare to these first two trailers. Here's the new Us trailer for Stephen Frears' The Program, found on YouTube (via The Film Stage): From Academy »

- Alex Billington

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U.S. Trailer For Ben Foster-Led Lance Armstrong Biopic ‘The Program’

10 February 2016 2:16 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It didn’t quite make a splash upon its festival debut last fall, but we’re still somewhat intrigued to see if Stephen Frears has anything new to offer when it comes to the life of Lance Armstrong. Portrayed by Ben Foster, he looks to be giving a committed lead performance alongside Lee Pace, Chris O’Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, and Jesse Plemons. Ahead of a theatrical release next month, we have a new U.S. trailer for the biopic.

We said in our review, “When you think about what Lance Armstrong did to the sport of cycling—winning seven straight Tour de France titles before finally being revealed as a cheater—you have to laugh. It’s funny how much stock people around the world put in professional sports and athletes only to see their fallibilities as a betrayal. Celebrities in other vocations screw up all the time; some have »

- Jordan Raup

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Watch: New U.S. Trailer For Lance Armstrong Drama 'The Program' Starring Ben Foster, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, More

10 February 2016 1:31 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There a few sports stories like that surrounding Lance Armstrong, the formerly beloved and inspiration cycling champion, who soon become the poster boy for disgrace and duplicity. It's rich dramatic material, and it's no surprise the story has made it to film, but it's a bit of a bummer there hasn't been that much excitement about Stephen Frears' "The Program." Read More: Watch: Three New Clips From 'The Program' With Ben Foster The always reliable Ben Foster leads the adaptation of David Walsh's book "Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong," that tracks the downfall of Armstrong as the controversy about his alleged doping began to swirl. And there's a solid supporting cast in place including Chris O'Dowd, Jesse Plemons, Dustin Hoffman, and Guillaume Canet taking roles. And while the picture didn't quite work for our critic at Tiff, I'm nonetheless curious to check it out. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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