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    Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Gives Us Cumberbatch as the Assange We Need

    Listen up, Cumberbitches: The first estate was the clergy, the second the nobility, the third the peasantry, the fourth the press, and “The Fifth Estate” is all Benedict Cumberbatch, who in Bill Condon’s painstaking WikiLeaks movie gives us the not the Julian Assange we know, but rather the Julian A...

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    Josh Singer Talks Challenges of Tackling WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' --and What He Left Out

    Check out our interview with "The Fifth Estate" screenwriter Josh Singer, who got his start right out of Harvard Law School with John Wells on "The West Wing" and went on to write "Fringe" and other TV series. He talks about the fascinating real-life personality at the center of the action, WikiLeak...

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    Interview: 'The Fifth Estate' Director Bill Condon Talks Tackling Julian Assange, Returning To Horror & Sherlock Holmes

    It's rare that a movie inspired by true events is released while those events are still happening. But such is the case with "The Fifth Estate," a movie that dramatizes the firestorm of controversy that engulfs Julian Assange, the eccentric founder of the WikiLeaks website that made national headlin...

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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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