Movie News: Bradley Cooper Denies Lance Armstrong Project; Sean Penn Turns Action Star; 'Jack the Giant Slayer' TV Spot

Movie News: Bradley Cooper Denies Lance Armstrong Project; Sean Penn Turns Action Star; 'Jack the Giant Slayer' TV Spot

Jan 29, 2013

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Cycle of Lies: Well, that didn’t take long. Soon after a report surfaced that J.J. Abrams was talking with Bradley Cooper about playing Lance Armstrong in the film adaptation of the forthcoming book Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, Cooper has denied any knowledge of the project, calling the report “nuts,” although he talked about the cyclist on a BBC TV program and Abrams says he received an e-mail from him about it. [Entertainment Weekly]

Prone Gunman: As previously reported, at the age of 52, Sean Penn has decided to become an action star in the upcoming Prone Gunman, which follows an “international operative” who is betrayed and must go on the run across Europe. And now Pierre Morel, who helped Liam Neeson become a big action star at the age of 55 with 2008’s Taken, is in negotiations to direct the film. Morel also made 2010's From Paris with Love, starring John Travolta, so he's an expert on European action thrillers. [The Hollywood Reporter]

War Witch Trailer: Unexpectedly nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, Kim Nguyen’s War Witch follows a teenage girl who is kidnapped and forced to become a soldier. The movie, shot entirely on location in the Democratic Republic of Congo, opens in limited release on March 1; the previously released trailer has been updated to reflect its Oscar nomination. [The Film Stage]

Jack the Giant Slayer TV Spot: With a release date of March 1, Jack the Giant Slayer is revving up its marketing campaign. A new TV spot for the movie directed by Bryan Singer speeds through the highlights, apparently giving equal measures to stars Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, the aforementioned giants, breathless escapes and just a tease of romance. [MovieClips.com}

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