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    Does Benedict Cumberbatch Do Justice to Julian Assange? Here's What the Critics Are Saying

    While most critics were underwhelmed by the Toronto International Film Festival's opening night selection, Bill Condon's WikiLeaks thriller "The Firth Estate," they all sang praises of the film's lead star Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the DreamWorks release.

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    Toronto Review: Benedict Cumberbatch Is A Fine Julian Assange, But Bill Condon's Festival Opener 'The Fifth Estate' Can't Do Justice to the WikiLeaks Story

    Julian Assange is among the most captivating figures of the internet age partly because history has yet to reach a verdict about him. Living in London's Ecuadorian Embassy since last June to avoid extradition charges, Assange still runs the underground organization WikiLeaks' role. His persistence ...

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    TIFF In the Works: 'Fifth Estate' Director Bill Condon to Reunite with Ian McKellen for Sherlock Holmes Film

    Ian McKellen has been tapped to star as Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon's adaptation of the 2005 novel "A Slight Trick of the Mind" by Mitch Cullin, which is set in 1947 and imagines a much older, retired Holmes.

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    Casting: Ian McKellen Is Old Man Sherlock Holmes, Christina Hendricks Expanded In 'Dark Places'

    As the Toronto International Film Festival gets underway in the great white north, we're bracing ourselves for a number of big-time casting notices. So let's run through some of the biggest casting news of the day before we really get buried under an avalanche of other deals. We've got word about wh...

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    Trailer of the Week: Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in the First Trailer of Wikileaks Movie 'The Fifth Estate'

    Before We Saw the Trailer We Thought: WikiLeaks + Cumberbatch = tickets on opening night. It also helps that Bill Condon ("Gods and Monsters") is behind the camera, especially now that he's done with his "Twilight" phase, and the rest of the cast ain't too shabby either. Stanley Tucci (who has taken...

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    Bill Condon Out, Forest Whitaker Now Producing Forever-Developing Richard Pryor Biopic

    The saga of the constantly-in-development Richard Pryor biopic could fill pages upon pages but we'll try and keep it brief. At one time called "Is It Something I Said?," Martin Scorsese was linked way back in the day while Pryor was still alive and over the years it continued to kick around with Edd...

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    Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks Movie Now Titled 'The Fifth Estate,' Will Hit Theaters On November 15th

    We're still over a month away from the 2013 Oscars, but consider the 2014 season open, courtesy of DreamWorks. The company (who are leading the field with "Lincoln" this year) have been prepping their WikiLeaks movie, directed by "Gods and Monsters" and "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" helmer Bill Condon, ...

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    'Game Of Thrones' Star Carice Van Houten Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In Bill Condon's Wikileaks Movie

    The star of Paul Verhoeven's undervalued "Black Book," Carice Van Houten, was tipped for big things after that film bowed in 2006. The actress picked up Hollywood roles in "Valkyrie" and "Repo Men" but neither role was particularly rewarding, and she had a quiet few years after. But the Dutch star (...

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    'Downton Abbey' Star Dan Stevens Joins That WikiLeaks Movie Starring Benedict Cumberbatch

    With the participation of "Downton Abbey" star Dan Stevens for the fourth season of the hit show currently up in the air, he's busy getting ready to make his Hollywood debut in a film that is bringing together an impressive amount of talent, to tell the tale of one of the world's m...

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    'Anna Karenina' Star Alicia Vikander Joins Bill Condon's WikiLeaks Movie With Benedict Cumberbatch

    As we put together our list of Breakout Performances Of 2012, Alicia Vikander was someone who turned heads around The Playlist office. The actress put in two great turns this year, first as Caroline, who becomes embroiled in an illicit romance in "A Royal Affair." She next appeared as Kitt...

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