Actor Ben Foster is reportedly in talks to portray disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong in a new biopic. The Queen's Stephen Frears has signed on to direct the Working Title film, which will chronicle Armstrong's battle with testicular cancer in the mid-1990s and his dabbles with performance-enhancing drugs, which he finally confessed to during a candid Oprah Winfrey interview earlier this year (13).
Foster is the front-runner to play the cyclist in the project.
It's not the only film about Armstrong currently in the works - documentary-maker Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie will feature footage from the sportsman's failed 2009 comeback to his admission of doping.
"Ironically, Noel and Damon are, like, best mates now. They go off and smoke cigars together. I think we realised we're all on the same side eventually." Blur star Alex James insists the band's rivalry with Oasis is now a distant memory.
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong is to be the subject of a new documentary directed by Alex Gibney, best known for his torture film Taxi To The Dark Side. The Armstrong Lie will feature footage from the sportsman's failed comeback in 2009 to his admission of doping in 2012.
Beloved characters played by Fred Savage, Michael J. Fox and Claire Danes have topped a new list of the greatest TV kids. Savage's Kevin Arnold from The Wonder Years has beaten out Fox's Alex Keaton character from hit show Family Ties for the number one spot, while Homeland star Danes' Angela Chase from My So-Called Life comes in third in the new TV Guide countdown.
The Simpson's Bart Simpson tops the animated kids at four and Sarah Michelle Gellar's Buffy Summers rounds out the top five, while Diff'rent Strokes' Arnold Jackson (Gary Coleman), Roseanne's Darlene Conner (Sara Gilbert) and South Park's Eric Cartman make the top 10.
Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West have won a round of five-star reviews for their performances in Burton And Taylor. The Harry Potter star plays late acting legend Dame Elizabeth Taylor in the British TV drama opposite West as her on/off husband Richard Burton, and the small screen movie impressed the U.K.'s critics after its premiere on Monday night (22Jul13).
The feature, which focuses on the stars in 1983 as they appeared on stage together in Noel Coward's Private Lives, was given full marks of five stars by The Times' critic Alex Hardy, who branded the drama "perfect" and added of Carter's performance as Taylor, "(She) conducted the world around her in a sing-song voice that moved octaves within one phrase, the fragile sliding into the manipulative".
Chris Hardy of The Daily Telegraph was full of praise for Carter, insisting she "went for broke" with her portrayal of Taylor and "got away with it" while he conceded West "seemed to be having some trouble" with Burton's Welsh accent.
The Guardian's Sam Wollaston writes, "Bonham Carter and West are excellent. There's a crackle between them... They become two people who clearly are and always will be in love, but can never be together, for reasons of health and safety. It is another very good double act", and Geoffrey McNab of The Independent concludes the drama is "affecting and well observed".
A U.S. TV movie about the couple, Liz & Dick starring Lindsay Lohan as the late actress, was mauled by critics following its broadcast in 2012, with one writer comparing the movie to a "high school play".
Jazz singer Jamie Cullum is backing a campaign to save the venue where he played his first ever gig after bosses proposed plans to transform it into a restaurant. The Bull's Head in Barnes, London has been a popular haunt for jazz players and fans since 1959. Cullum played his first show there when he was 19 and he has been left devastated after discovering brewery bosses who have purchased the property are planning to relaunch it as a posh eaterie.
Taking to Twitter.com, the Brit has urged his followers to sign an online petition in a bid to save the music space, writing, "My very first gig London was at The Bull's Head in Barnes when I was 19 with a band called the Alex Jackson Quartet.
"I've since played there many times and seen many of my heroes there including the great Stan Tracey. It has been providing that service since 1959 and is a national institution. The new owners Youngs (brewery) want to turn it into a gastro pub (a bar selling food). You can help to stop this from happening and help save a great music venue by signing this petition."
Canadian artist Alex Colville has died at the age of 92. A message posted on his official website states he "passed away peacefully" at his home in Nova Scotia on Tuesday (16Jul13).
After starting his career as a painter in the Canadian military during World War II, Colville went on to gain acclaim for his detailed depictions of everyday scenes.
His work was exhibited in some of the world's most renowned galleries, including the Tate Modern in London and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
He was presented with his homeland's highest civilian honour, the Companion of the Order of Canada, in 1982, and his Man on Verandah painting set the record for a work by a living Canadian artist when it sold for $1.3 million (£832,000) in 2010.
Another of Colville's works, the Horse and the Church, appeared on a Canadian stamp in 2002.
His death comes months after his artist wife, Rhoda, passed away aged 91 in December (12).
Glee's reality TV spin-off The Glee Project has been scrapped after just two seasons. The competition series, which featured the late Cory Monteith as a mentor, gave wannabe singers the chance to shine - and appear on the musical drama.
Glee stars Alex Newell, Blake Jenner, Samuel Larsen, Damian McGinty and Lindsay Pearce all came to creator/director Ryan Murphy's drama via the reality show.
The news from executives at Oxygen - the network behind the programme - is the latest blow in a tough week for Glee fans; it comes three days after Monteith was found dead in his hotel suite in Vancouver, Canada.
Oxygen bosses insist their decision to axe The Glee Project has nothing to do with the actor's death.
Blur singer Damon Albarn, Red Hot Chili Peppers star Flea and Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos have teamed up to record a charity single to benefit Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal. Latest Style will be available on 12-inch vinyl exclusively at the Independent Label Market in London on Saturday (13Jul13) and then as an auction item on eBay.com.
A London exhibit honouring the life of Amy Winehouse is set to open in September (13) to mark would what have been the tragic singer's 30th birthday. The Rehab hitmaker died of accidental alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden on 23 July, 2011 and now her family is launching Amy Winehouse: For You I Was a Flame at Proud on 12 September (13).
The exhibition will feature works from graffiti artists and photographers, as well as art from Winehouse's own collection.
A statement from her brother Alex reads, "We're all very excited about the exhibition at Proud. Amy's fans were absolutely amazing in the wake of her passing, and showed their love and loss in the most fantastic ways.
"This, along with the photos and graffiti art, shows Amy at her glitzy best, and her most vulnerable, demonstrating the effect she had on her followers. We hope that everyone who comes feels the same way."
This is the latest exhibit to be created in her honour - last week (03Jul13) Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait premiered at London's Jewish Museum, where keepsakes from the singer's life and career are now on display.