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'The Armstrong Lie' trailer: Liar, liar, Lance on fire -- VIDEO

“I like to win,” Lance Armstrong says as the trailer for Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s latest documentary begins. “But more than anything, I can’t stand the idea of losing. Because to me, that equals death.”

In 2009, Gibney began filming a new doc about Armstrong’s big “comeback year.” Though he knew that the beloved cyclist — famous for beating cancer, then winning the Tour de France seven consecutive times — had been accused of doping in the past, Gibney had no idea that those allegations would eventually be proven true. “He had lied to me, straight to my face,” Gibney says in the trailer. “When the truth came out, I told him he owed me an explanation.”

You’ll find that explanation in The Armstrong Lie, which charts Lance’s plummet from grace and includes an interview that will “finally set the record straight.” Get your popcorn ready; this looks like a must-see for anyone who loves a good rise-and-fall narrative.

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Beatles fan club president offers delightful view of the band in 'Good Ol' Freda' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

Years ago a shy, loyal Liverpudlian teenager named Freda Kelly became the personal secretary of her favorite local band. Little did she know that those four boys would grow into the Beatles, and that she’d go on to be their enduring fan club president. Ryan White’s affectionate new documentary Good Ol’ Freda (in theaters tomorrow) is not just a look at a cheerful, unassuming woman who found herself the sturdy center of a pop culture storm, but also at the band to which she stayed forever true. “This is a woman who turned down numerous book offers over the years,” says White. “She probably could’ve made a very healthy advance on many tell-alls.” But from the get, Kelly warned the director that she wasn’t interested in spilling scandalous stories on the boys’ personal lives or their behind-the-scenes drama. Instead this delightful raconteur provides a warm and cozy peak into her life with the Beatles, and the terrifically intimate relationship she maintained with their legions of fans. Original Beatles music in the film to boot. Herewith an exclusive clip: READ FULL STORY

'Blackfish' trailer: Who put the 'killer' in 'killer whale'? -- VIDEO

Sorry, Game of Thrones fans — Blackfish isn’t an in-depth look at the life of Ser Brynden Tully.

Instead, it’s an in-depth look at Tilikum, a bull orca who was born in the wild, captured by humans when he was three years old, and trained to perform at theme parks like Sealand of the Pacific and Orlando’s flagship SeaWorld. He’s best known, though, for being involved in the deaths of three different people — including veteran SeaWorld trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.

The trailer combines haunting footage of Dawn and Tilikum with quotes from talking heads who explain how captivity wreaks havoc on orcas — and how these “killer” whales are only killers because they’ve essentially been driven crazy by their living conditions. (So this is why that kid wanted to free Willy.) Overall, Blackfish looks like a marine-themed exposé as fascinating and horrifying as 2009′s The Cove — as well as a film that’ll make you feel really, really bad for ever owning a Shamu stuffed animal.

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Michael Moore aids detained Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker

Michael Moore couldn’t save Flint, Michigan’s auto plants in the ’80s — but he did help to get Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat released from LAX’s detention room last night. Burnat is currently up for a Best Documentary Oscar for his film 5 Broken Cameras.

Burnat and his family arrived in Los Angeles last night in order to attend this week’s Academy Awards ceremony. But before they could exit the city’s main airport, they were “held at US immigration for about an hour and questioned about the purpose of my visit to the United States,” Burnat said in a statement. “Immigration officials asked for proof that I was nominated for an Academy Award…they told me that if I couldn’t prove the reason for my visit, my wife Soraya, my son Gibreel and I would be sent back to Turkey on the same day.”

Luckily, Burnat was able to send a text to Michael Moore, one of the Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s Documentary Branch.  READ FULL STORY

'Bully,' 'How to Survive a Plague' advance in voting for Oscar documentary nominations

Another day, another spate of movies advancing in the Oscar race for 2013.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Monday announced that 15 documentary features — including highly touted anti-bullying film Bully, How to Survive a Plague, about AIDS activism, Searching for Sugar Man, about the search for an elusive 1970s rock musician, and The Invisible War, about sexual assault within the U.S. military — will advance in the voting process for next year’s 85th annual Academy Awards, whittled down from 126 qualifying movies.

From those 15, documentary branch members of the Academy will choose five as official nominees. Oscar nominations will be announced live on Thursday, Jan. 10. The awards ceremony takes place Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, airing live on ABC.

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