After losing out on the No. 1 spot in 2012, Oprah is once again sitting on top of the Celebrity 100 throne. In my dreams, Oprah is currently lip-synching and dancing along to Yeezy’s “I Am a God” in one of her massive mansions.
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Matthijs Vlot took Lance Armstrong’s sit-down with Oprah and turned it into a “cover” of Radiohead’s “Creep” by supercutting footage from the interview to reconstruct more than a minute of the dissociative anthem, with Winfrey’s mmhmms as a back-beat. Watch the NSFW video below.
Lance Armstrong may not ever be seen back at the Tour de France, but in movie theaters? That may be on the horizon.
Last week, Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot, announced plans to adapt New York Times reporter Juliet Macur’s upcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, due out in June [EW’s request for comment from Paramount was not returned]. It’s no surprise Hollywood has made a move — the story is captivating, and full of the kind of highs and lows that filmgoers love. Which just leads to the inevitable question: Who will portray the disgraced cyclist?
Bradley Cooper told BBC News yesterday that he “would be interested in [playing Armstrong]. I think he’s fascinating. What a fascinating character.” Cooper would be a great choice – post Silver Linings Playbook, it’s clear the professionally trained actor enjoys serious fare, and a prime part like Armstrong in a good adaptation could be great Oscar bait. Beyond Cooper, here are some other choices of men we’d love to see tackle the role. READ FULL STORY
Last night marked the arrival of the first half of the highly anticipated interview between Oprah Winfrey and Lance Armstrong. Throughout the week, Oprah had promised a momentous occasion, and when the time came, she delivered: Armstrong admitted to doping for the bulk of his cycling career. It was no secret that Armstrong would acknowledge years of deception and banned substance use. So what, then, made the interview worthwhile if we already knew the ending? The details. Armstrong confirmed – and in some cases, denied — certain elements of the story that contribute to a more cohesive narrative. His personal ambitions, his team, his comeback in 2009 — all of it is gradually, painfully coming to light. Here’s what we learned:
No holds will be barred during Oprah Winfrey’s exclusive Next Chapter interview with Lance Armstrong, which airs in two parts this Thursday and Friday. We already know that Armstrong admits to doping in the interview — which means that in it, he’ll also probably issue a public apology for using performance enhancers, as well as for the years he spent apparently misleading the public about said doping.
Can Armstrong’s televised mea culpa pave the way for his eventual redemption? It’s possible, as long as he studied up on these memorable public apologies before sitting down with Oprah. Here’s what we’d like to see from Armstrong’s upcoming confession — as inspired by the contrite men who came before him.
In advance of Lance Armstrong’s highly anticipated interview with Oprah Winfrey, the cyclist offered an apology to the staff of Livestrong today, according to a report from the AP. Amstrong resigned as Chairman of the organization in October and from the Board in November, after choosing not to challenge the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s proceedings against him.
Rae Bazzarre, Director of Communications and External Affairs for Livestrong, confirmed the report. Bazzarre said “Lance came to the Livestrong Foundation’s headquarters today for a private conversation with our staff and offered a sincere and heartfelt apology for the stress they’ve endured because of him and urged them to keep up their great work fighting for people affected by cancer.”
Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and banned for life by cycling’s governing body Monday following a report from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency that accused him of leading a massive doping program on his teams.
UCI President Pat McQuaid announced that the federation accepted the USADA’s report on Armstrong and would not appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“Lance Armstrong has no place in cycling and he deserves to be forgotten in cycling,” McQuaid said at a news conference. “This is a landmark day for cycling.”
The decision clears the way for Tour de France organizers to officially remove Armstrong’s name from the record books, erasing his consecutive victories from 1999-2005. READ FULL STORY
Convicted dog-killer Michael Vick remains welcome at Nike. So is serial philanderer Tiger Woods. Back in 2009, when Alex Rodriguez admitted using steroids to help him hit home runs, Nike stood by him and fulfilled his contract (until they quietly let it expire). But today, the billion-dollar sports apparel company found religion and cut ties with Lance Armstrong after the United States Anti-Doping Agency published evidence from its investigation into performance-enhancement doping. Accusations have always swirled around Armstrong, who recovered from cancer to win an unprecedented seven Tour de France races, but he’d never tested positive and repeatedly and passionately denied ever cheating.
Apparently, the latest revelations, which include sworn testimony from 11 former teammates, were the final straw. “Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him,” Nike said in a statement. “Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner. Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.”
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