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    As 'Fifth Estate' Hits Theaters, Julian Assange Continues to Play the Media with New HFPA Interview (TRAILER)

    One of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's many skills is playing the media. His latest move was to appear on Skype with the Hollywood Foreign Press Assocation, timed for the upcoming release of Dreamworks biopic "The Fifth Estate," hitting theaters October 18. Unsurprisingly, he blasted the film, te...

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    Benedict Cumberbatch Responds to Julian Assange's Letter, Explains Why 'The Fifth Estate' Is Important to Him

    With Bill Condon's Wikileaks thriller "The Fifth Estate" opening wide later this month, the film's subject Julian Assange took to his site earlier this week to post a letter sent to the actor that portrays him in the film, Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him not to take part in the project. Cumberbatch...

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    Watch: New Clip From 'The Fifth Estate' Plus Read Julian Assange's Full Letter To Benedict Cumberbatch

    For the past few years, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have made headlines around the world for exposing the deep, dirty secrets of governments and powerful business organizations. They've forced some dark truths into the harsh light of day, and when that happens, you generally don't make a lot of fri...

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    Watch: You Are The Revolution In New Promos For 'The Fifth Estate,' Plus Posters, Soundtrack Details & More

    While earlier today we heard Benedict Cumberbatch's distinct voice frighten Bilbo in the new trailer for "The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug," in a couple weeks you'll be able not only to hear his melodious tones, but see his face too (under a platinum wig) in "The Fifth Estate," a.k.a. "The WikiLeaks...

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    Watch: Lives Are At Stake In 2 Clips From 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch Plus Lots Of New Photos

    With an opening slot at the Toronto International Film Festival, zeitgeist-capturing subject matter and a compelling lead character in Julian Assange, played by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, it seemed on paper that Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" was going to shake things up this fall. But ...

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    Oscars: What Films Are Looking Good Coming Out Of Venice, Telluride & TIFF?

    With Venice and Telluride in the rear-view mirror, and TIFF starting to wind down (we've still coverage to come, but very few films remain that haven't been screened to press), it feels like the perfect time to kick off, for real, our annual awards coverage. There's a part of you that groans, and th...

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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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    TIFF Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Daniel Brühl

    It's hard to argue that Julian Assange is one of the most powerful and polarizing figures of our current times. From childhood pranks hacking NASA and National Defense computer systems to exposing the dirty laundry of banks and governments around the world, he has become a hero to those seeking tran...

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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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    The Playlist's 15 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival

    While there might be some overlap with Venice and a little stolen thunder (at least for hardcore cinephiles) thanks to Telluride, that doesn’t make the TIFF lineup this year any less spectacular. In fact this year's slate — that runs as deep as it does long — works more than ever to make those other...

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