Comments 1 Lance Armstrong will be the subject of a handful of upcoming movies. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images / October 10, 2012) Also By Amy Kaufman October 16, 2013, 10:26 a.m. With a documentary about Lance Armstrong ‘s fall from grace already set for release next month, two feature films about the cyclist are now in a race to hit theaters. On Tuesday, the production company Working Title announced Ben Foster had been cast as Armstrong in a Stephen Frears-directed biopic set to begin filming Friday. Based on sportswriter David Walsh’s “Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong,” the picture will detail Armstrong’s rise and fall, along with his contentious relationship with Walsh (played by Chris O’Dowd ). PHOTOS: Billion-dollar movie club The film seems to be moving along more quickly than “Red Blooded American,” a Bradley Cooper -produced and -starring take on the Armstrong saga. Set up at Warner Bros. and developed by director Jay Roach , that movie will touch on the relationship between Armstrong and his former teammate, Tyler Hamilton , who in a “60 Minutes” interview accused the seven-time Tour de France winner of cheating. (After vehement denials, Armstrong later came clean–sort of. The champion was of course stripped of all his Tour de France titles.) All of this comes as a movie feauturing the real participants prepares to hit the screen. OnNov. 8, Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney will bring his movie “The Armstrong Lie” to theaters. The filmmaker initially intended to chronicle the athlete’s triumphs over the course of one comeback season several years ago, but decided to change course when, deep in the edit process, allegations of Armstrong’s doping gained traction. (Incidentally, Sony Pictures and producer Frank Marshall had been prepping its own triumph-of-the-spirit movie based on Armstrong”s “It’s Not About the Bike” for several years but, despite interest from the likes of Jake Gyllenhaal , the project began to recede after Armstrong’s problems grew.) Interest in the Armstrong episode continues even nine months after the cyclist gave his now-famous Oprah Winfrey interview. But will moviegoers continue to care–and, if they do, will they care to support as many as three different movies?
RELATED SINGAPORE: Singapore-based Spuul, an online streaming site for Bollywood movies, classic Indian movies and TV shows, is in discussions with venture capitalists to raise $10 million to finance expansion of its operations. According to The Straits Times, Spuul especially wants to expand its reach in the larger Indian market. “The funds will be used to expand our technical infrastructure and team, provide marketing activities and create content,” said co-founder and chief technical officer S Mohan. Discussions with venture capital firms in the United States, Britain and Singapore are ongoing, he said. Spuul is streaming 2,000 movies daily and adding 30% viewers every month. Spuul has about 1,000 movies in its library. Two thirds of its current one million viewers were from India, watching movies on their PCs, smartphones and tablets. It expects to have six million viewers in the next six to 12 months and 600 million over the next five years, comprising viewers in the Indian subcontinent, Indian professionals and their families in other countries as well as Bollywood fans. The Indian market had 137 million internet users last year, up 26% from 2011. Fifteen million broadband connections were added in India between January and May this year. Spuul chief executive officer and co-founder Subin Subaiah said the company would keep adding new features to make it convenient for its viewers. Today, Spuul has launched Offline Sync , which lets customers view content without being connected to the internet.
Sky Movies comes to BT TV, hell braces itself for cold snap
Sinead look like playground hijinks. Despite this, both recognize the growing threat of Virgin Media’s Netflix offering, which is why the pair have teamed up to offer Sky Movies via BT’s subscription TV packages. From October 26th, customers can subscribe to 11 Sky Movies channels in SD as well as on-demand content for an additional fee. It’ll all be done via existing Vision+ and YouView hardware, so there’s no need to buy any more gear, although HD-enthusiasts might just have to bite the bullet and sign up with Rupert directly. Show full PR text BT and Sky reach agreement to add Sky Movies to BT TV BT and Sky have signed a multi-year contract which will see Sky Movies made available through BT TV. BT will offer Sky Movies for a monthly subscription that customers can add to their existing BT TV package from October 26. The agreement means that BT will be able to offer its TV customers the option to bolt-on Sky Movies whether they are customers with the YouView box or the latest Vision + box. For Sky, the deal supports Sky’s growing wholesale content business. BT TV customers will be able to enjoy the latest movies across 11 Sky Movies channels, in standard definition, both as streamed live channels and on-demand for those with BT Infinity fibre broadband. For customers with regular BT broadband Sky Movies is only available on-demand. Sky Movies is the UK’s most popular subscription movies service giving access to over 700 different movies on demand including brand new exclusive premieres every week from major Hollywood studios such as Disney, Fox, Paramount, Sony, Warner Bros., and Universal. Sky Movies subscribers can choose from more of the latest and biggest movies first, at least 12 months before any online subscription service. Premieres in October include Argo, Django Unchained, Les Miserables and Gangster-Squad. Zero Dark Thirty and Life Of Pi will premiere in November.