Lance Armstrong’s Lies To Hit The Big Screen

The Lance Armstrong doping scandal has "Lifetime Original Movie" written all over it. But Lost producer J.J. Abrams doesn’t think so: he has secured the movie rights to a book about Armstrong’s fall from grace.

New York Times sports journalist Julie Macur’s book Cycle Of Lies: The Fall Of Lance Armstrong won’t be published until June 2013. But Paramount Pictures and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot have already secured the film rights to the book. No one else has been attached to the biopic yet, Huffington Post reports

Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and a bronze medal he won in 2000 Olympics. This week, Oprah Winfrey aired the first part of a two-part  interview in which Armstrong admitted to using performancing enhancing drugs and also to "blood doping," or blood transfusions.

Speculation is now circulating that he lied to Oprah, downplaying how frequently he had used the drugs. NO ONE LIES TO OPRAH AND GETS AWAY WITH IT, LANCE.

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Oprah: “No Judgment” For Rihanna Reuniting With Chris Brown

Oprah Winfrey is one smart cookie, so she probably knows that people who stay in abusive relationships are not helped by criticism and judgment. I would like to think this is why Oprah spoke with Extra yesterday and said "so be it," as she has "no judgment" if Rihanna and Chris Brown get back together. Which is no longer an "if," really, as the pair has been photographed making out.

Oprah spoke to Extra about her Oprah’s Next Chapter conversation with the pop star, in which Rihanna said she still loves Brown and is devoted to helping him get batter, whatever that means. "The main thing for me is he’s at peace," RiRi said. "I’m not at peace if he’s not happy or he’s still lonely."

If Oprah was thinking Classic abused woman thing to say!, she kept it to herself, both then and now. She said to Extra yesterday:

You know what I loved about that interview is that she came with a big, wide open heart. She was in the space of forgiveness. And that she learned a lesson, that she was repeating with Chris Brown exactly what she needed to learn from her father. [Rihanna’s father was physically abusive to her mother during the singer’s childhood] … "I think that if she is prepared to deal with that and is prepared to help him help himself then so be it. I have no judgment about it. That’s why I can sit there and have such a great time with her because I do all my interviews with no judgment whatsoever. If that’s how you choose to lead your life, that’s really okay.

Of course it behooves Oprah to have "no judgment" as an interviewer, both to her subjects who she doesn’t want to alienate and to the public. I get that. But I beg to disagree with her that it’s "really okay" that a woman who was viciously beaten is back with her abuser. And it isn’t "really okay" that Rihanna wants to "help him help himself," given what we know about Psychology 101: people won’t change unless they want to change. Rihanna is going to do what Rihanna wants to do, including handholding a man-child with anger management issues. But there was an opportunity for Oprah, in this interview, to say something about how the cycle of violence affects women who’ve been abused.

Oprah should know better — and I think does know better. Shame on her for not speaking up more forcefully, even if it means missing an exclusive down the road.

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Oprah To Save Book Publishing Once Again

After a two-year break, former Queen of All Media Oprah Winfrey has decided to reinstate her famous, revenue-driving book club. And this time around her first pick is Wild, the memoir by Cheryl Strayed, who was not too long ago outed as Sugar, the once anonymous advice columnist over at The Rumpus.

La Winfrey’s book club has been a BFD in the past, driving sales to books by new and established authors alike. And Winfrey has had broad taste: authors as varied as Toni Morrison, Wally Lamb, Isabel Allende, Carson McCullers, Gabriel Garcia Marquez and, naturally, Bill Cosby have been on the list.

The literary experiment hasn’t been without its problems, however. When Oprah picked Jonathan Franzen’s 2001 novel The Corrections for her list, the author poo-pooed the idea, saying that some of her other choices made him “cringe.” The O did not appreciate this and uninvited Franzen from her fancy, televised authors dinner party and then rebuffed his attempts to get alone time with her to explain. Oprah doesn’t need Jonathan Franzen, the world knew before he did, Jonathan Franzen needs Oprah. (The two patched things up, presumably thanks to much ring kissing, and his latest tome, Freedom, was another book club pick.)

Perhaps Oprah’s most famous flap was with A Million Little Pieces writer James Frey. After she picked his book for her club in 2005, it was discovered that his “brutally honest” memoir was, in fact, brutally made up. Frey was given a very public spanking on air (as was his publisher) and was basically made into public literary enemy number one. Even now, the author carries the stink of Oprah’s shame on him. But that’s all in the past!

Surely Strayed has nothing to worry about and the return of the book club—which, it has been reported, can increase sales by millions. Winfrey has released a video alerting her forces that she has reactivated operation Book Club and will be taking back America shelf by shelf. Check it out below.

Designer Matthew Chevallard Wants Kate Middleton to Wear His Slippers

Have you seen those velvet slipper-loafers emblazoned with a regal emblem, the ones that have women everywhere trading in their heels for a Hugh Hefner vibe? Those luxe kicks are by Miami-based footwear brand Del Toro, which was founded by Matthew Chevallard (pictured) and two of his childhood friends. After realizing that the velvet shoes they wanted embroidered for their boarding-school graduation would cost them upwards $900, the boys identified a gap in the market for custom leisure footwear and took matters in to their own hands. By 2005, they rolled out their first pair of men’s slip-ons, debuting a women’s range a few years later, spawning a frenzy of new fans including the Man Repeller.

Speaking of bloggers, Chevallard is a big fan. “I believe they help me educate consumers on the quality and styling of my shoes,” he explains to HighSnobette. While he looks to classic Italian women for style inspiration (“slim jeans and an oxford button down paired with either velvet slippers or driving shoes”), there are a few non-Italians that he’d love to see rocking his footwear, like Kate Middleton, Oprah Winfrey, Heidi Klum, and Marissa Miller. We can definitely see the Duchess of Cambridge in a royal version of the slippers, and we’re sure Ms. Winfrey would endorse a pair embroidered with a big golden O.

If you’re feeling the Del Toro craze, the brand has teamed up with HighSnobette to offer one winner the opportunity to design their own pair of women’s slippers. Learn more here.

Morning Links: Rebecca Black Pulls “Friday” From YouTube, Emma Roberts Doesn’t Believe In Nepotism

● 167,370,534 views later, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video is gone from YouTube, apparently as a result of a copyright claim filed by Rebecca Black herself. You don’t always know what’s good ’til it’s gone… [TechCrunch] ● Retired talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she won’t rest easy until she gets what she wants from O.J. “I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confession to me,” she said. “I don’t just want an interview, I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson.” It would be a moment long in the making. [HR] ● Kelly Osbourne’s pomeranian Noodle had to be put down after an incurable brain defect was discovered. “I DON’T PLAY GOD,” she tweeted. “It was an unfortunate necessary!” RIP Noodles. [NYDN]

● Emma Roberts, Julia Robert’s niece and sometimes co-star, doesn’t believe in Hollywood nepotism. “A lot of people think that and they talk about nepotism which I think is so ridiculous considering it’s obviously not true, because I’ve auditioned for so many things and never gotten the part,” she told PopEater. Um, we’re still waiting for our audition. [PopEater] ● When it comes to cars, Rick Ross keeps it personal. His Benz is nicknamed “Justin Bieber, his Maybach “Oprah”, and his Bugatti coupe is known as “Katy Perry” — “She’s really sexy,” he says. Ruf! [RS] ● And lest you forget, Jack Black is very much in the house. [NYM]

May’s Key Events: Met Ball, Beastie Boys, Cannes Film Festival

May 1: The Met Ball celebrates the launch of Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Watch your step, Paz! May 3: Scary Spice: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two, Beastie Boys’ first album in four years, is released today. May 4: Kylie Minogue plays Hammerstein Ballroom, which is probably the size of her dressing room in England.

May 6: Let the Natalie Portman authenticity debate continue! Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth and the Oscar-winning body-double enthusiast, comes out today. May 10: Rob Lowe releases his memoir, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: An Autobiography, a book that, unless you’re Rob Lowe’s friend, is totally blank. May 11: Yes we Cannes! American directors invade the Riviera as Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, Gus van Sant’s Restless, and Jodie Foster’s The Beaver screen at the prestigious film festival. May 12: Sleigh Bells play the Music Hall of Williamsburg to a crowd of people who discovered them first. May 20: Serious actor Johnny Depp continues his adventures in moneymaking with Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. May 23: Lady Gaga releases Born This Way, the first and only concept album about a cesarean section. May 25: No! More! Ooooooprraahhhhh! Harpo Studios says goodbye to screaming moms and toaster ovens when Oprah Winfrey airs her final show. May 26: The Hangover II, in which the guys go berserk in Thailand, hits theaters. Haven’t they ever heard of Gatorade? May 27: CGI dinosaurs meet real-life dinosaurs in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, starring Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

Afternoon Links: Another Role for Armie Hammer, Karl Lagerfeld’s Chocolate BFF

The Social Network‘s Armie Hammer is in talks to play just about every square-jawed role in Hollywood, including The Lone Ranger, opposite Johnny Depp as Tonto. [Deadline] ● Joey from Blossom endorses Donald Trump for president, and we’re still writing about Joey from Blossom. Double Whoa! [HuffPo] ● Oprah’s second and third last shows will be taped in Chicago’s United Center to accommodate “the biggest names in movies, music and TV.” So not Joey from Blossom. [EW]

● Today in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld introduced the world to a chocolate sculpture of his special friend, Baptiste Giabiconi. The world did not know what to think. [Gawker] ● Here’s a song off Jennifer Lopez’s upcoming album that wouldn’t be noteworthy except that it was written by Lady Gaga, which answers the question: Why does it sound so much like Lady Gaga? [YouTube] ● CBS reporter Lara Logan talks for the first time about her assault in Egypt. No joke, folks. [NYT]

Cook Like Oprah With Le Creuset

The ultimate in cookware, Le Creuset would make any cooking enthusiast a very happy customer. After all, even Julia Child was a fan! As it turns out, the magic touch of Oprah has inspired the company to create a special 10-piece collection called “Oprah’s Ultimate Set” ($599) that includes their famous cast-iron pots and pans and a new line of stainless-steel cookware, in a variety of cheery colors.

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Lisa Marie Presley Says Marriage to Michael Jackson Was “Normal”

On September 8, 1994, all unsuspecting viewers tuned in to the MTV VMAs experienced sudden acid reflux when Michael Jackson and then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, locked lips in a grotesquely unnatural on-screen kiss. The palpable awkwardness of the moment was amplified only by Jackson’s confident declaration to the crowd, “And just think, nobody thought this would last.” Well, it didn’t. Two years later, the odd couple called it quits, and that was that.

Until yesterday, anyway, when Presley sat down with Oprah Winfrey in the English countryside to convince a permanently shell-shocked public that her two-year marriage to Jackson was…normal? “I didn’t understand my relationship with him,” Presley began, setting herself on the same clueless page that we’ve always been on. “To some degree, he was a master at manipulating, a little bit, with the media. I understand that nobody really knew who I was. They just assumed I was going along with something he would be doing.” Okay, still on track here.

“I understand it better now,” she continued. “The manipulation was because it was a survival tactic for him. I honestly can tell you, it was in every sense a normal marriage.” And that’s when she lost us. By no means are we experts on the pillars of modern marriage – hell, Modern Family is all we have to go on these days – but where does a celebrity draw the line between fantasy and reality? After admitting to Michael’s apparently horrendous drug problem, “vampires,” frequent injections for nameless “dermatological” concerns, weird baby-making demands, and her own very friendly ex-husband, it’s fairly difficult to understand Presley’s surprise over the demise of her twisted fairy-tale marriage. Sad, yes. Normal, never.