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 - J.J. Abrams plans to direct 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. - 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 »

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