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'The Fifth Estate': First Rate and Important

October 24th, 2013 6:30am EDT
Julian Assange
I just got back from a private screening of The Fifth Estate - the new movie about Julian Assange and WikiLeaks.   The screening, though, was in a public theater - the Greenburgh Multiplex.  And it was private because I was the only person in the theater, truly.  (Ordinarily my wife would have been with me, but she's recovering from a cold.   She was concerned her cough might disturb people in the theater - little did she know.)

Now I assume part of this poor attendance can be attributed to a typical weekday night.  But some of it is no doubt due to the public's lack of interest in this mo...

The Fifth Estate flops at U.S. box office, named worst major studio debut of the year

October 20th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in new biopic The Fifth Estate has officially been deemed a box office flop after grossing just $1.7 million (£1.13 million) in the U.S., making it the worst major debut of the year so far.

The thriller, directed by Bill Condon, charts the story of the controversial whistleblowing website, but it fell flat when it debuted in the U.K. earlier this month (Oct13), taking a pitiful $753,000 (£502,000) in its opening weekend, and now it's failed to draw audiences on the other side of the Atlantic, too.

The movie, which cost $...

Julian Assange: 'The Fifth Estate is destined to be a box office failure'

October 13th, 2013 8:31pm EDT
Julian Assange
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has slammed the movie based on the birth of his secret-leaking website, insisting it's doomed to bomb in the box office.

Since the film's inception, the WikiLeaks editor-in-chief has been critical of the project, and just days after the letter he wrote to Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him to quit The Fifth Estate, was posted on his whistleblowing site, he's now campaigning hard against the film's upcoming release later this month (Oct13).

Speaking out against the controversial film in an interview with reporters from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association,...

Benedict Cumberbatch 'Thrilled' with 'The Fifth Estate'

October 13th, 2013 9:20am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is "thrilled" with 'The Fifth Estate'.

The 37-year-old actor plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the movie and admitted while he enjoyed the role, he was "terrified" before he watched the finished product for the first time.

He said: "I'm thrilled with it. I'd seen it in the States and I was terrified. I cannot watch myself for the first time, especially playing someone who is so removed from me - because of everything, the appearance, the accent. Everything about him is different."

And despite the film being criticized by Julian - who personally wrote to the '...

Letter From Julian Assange To Benedict Cumberbatch Over 'The Fifth Estate' Posted On WikiLeaks

October 10th, 2013 6:30pm EDT
Julian Assange
A letter written by Julian Assange that was sent to actor Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him to reconsider portraying him in new movie The Fifth Estate, has been posted in its entirety on Assange's WikiLeaks website.

Assange attempted to persuade Cumberbatch to drop the project, saying that he didn't believe he could be portrayed in a positive light and it would affect him and those close to him.

"I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film," Assange wrote. "I do not believe it is going to be positive for me or the people I care about. I believe that ...

Julian Assange's letter to Benedict Cumberbatch posted on WikiLeaks

October 10th, 2013 3:01am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
A letter WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sent to Benedict Cumberbatch, urging him to reconsider portraying the exiled journalist in a new film, has been posted on the anti-secrecy website just days before the project hits the big screen.

Assange has been critical of DreamWorks' new biopic The Fifth Estate ever since pre-production began and when the Sherlock star was cast as himself he reached out to the Brit and tried to persuade him to drop the project.

Assange wrote, "I believe you are a good person, but I do not believe that this film is a good film. I do not believe it is going to b...

'The Fifth Estate' Script Posted On WikiLeaks Website

September 21st, 2013 7:40am EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
A leaked script for Benedict Cumberbatch's upcoming WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate has been posted on the whistleblowing website weeks before the movie is due to hit cinemas.

The British actor plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the new film, which tells the story of the Australian journalist and his controversial website, and it recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada.

However, the film's script has now emerged online weeks before the film's official release in October (13). It has been posted on WikiLeaks.org with a message from the website's edit...

Oliver Stone: 'Edward Snowden is a hero'

July 5th, 2013 3:12am EDT
Oliver Stone
Outspoken director Oliver Stone has hailed fugitive whistleblower Edward Snowden as a hero, and urged leaders of foreign countries to offer him asylum.

The former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) worker has been on the run ever since he confessed to leaking confidential information on mass surveillance operations undertaken by the U.S. and U.K. governments on their own citizens.

He is currently in hiding in Russia after applying for asylum in 21 countries. The net is starting to close on Snowden after 12 governments rejected his application, and on Monday (01Jul13), he withdrew his bid t...

Julian Assange wanted Benedict Cumberbatch to quit WikiLeaks film

May 21st, 2013 8:42pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Wanted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange pleaded with British actor Benedict Cumberbatch to drop out of the Hollywood adaptation of his story after objecting to an early version of the film's script.

The Star Trek Into Darkness star portrays Assange in The Fifth Estate, an upcoming movie based on his whistleblowing website, which hit headlines across the world for leaking top secret and classified documents from military and international government sources.

Cumberbatch recently admitted he had tried to set up a meeting with the embattled Australian journalist, who has been living in the E...

Benedict Cumberbatch Opens Up About Julian Assange Snub

May 8th, 2013 6:41pm EDT
Benedict Cumberbatch
Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch tried to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after signing up to play him on the big screen, but insists the notorious internet hacker "was having none of it" and refused to meet him.

The British actor plays the controversial whistleblower in upcoming film The Fifth Estate, but admits he wasn't able to meet the man himself before stepping into his shoes for the role.

Cumberbatch tells Time Out magazine, "I didn't want to hang him out to dry (with my portrayal). I wanted to give a fair account of him. It's a living story, and the moral responsibi...

Julian Assange: 'Wikileaks Movie Is Full Of Lies'

January 24th, 2013 8:28am EST
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has launched a scathing attack on Benedict Cumberbatch's Hollywood adaptation of his story, branding the film "lies" and "propaganda".

The Sherlock star plays Assange in The Fifth Estate, a new film based on the story of his whistle blowing website which hit headlines across the globe for leaking top secret and classified documents from military and international government sources.

The first photograph of Cumberbatch in costume as Assange emerged online on Wednesday, the same day the beleaguered Australian journalist addressed students at Britain's pres...

Benedict Cumberbatch To Play Julian Assange In Wikileaks Movie

December 21st, 2012 12:16pm EST
Benedict Cumberbatch
British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to play WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in an upcoming movie about the whistle blowing website.

The Golden Globe-nominated Sherlock star will take the role of the fugitive boss, who is currently living under sanctuary at the Ecuador embassy in London as he fights moves to extradite him to the U.S. and Sweden.

Cumberbatch could be joined onscreen by another British TV favorite, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, who is "in negotiation" for a role as a computer hacker in the film, according to industry website Variety.

The as-yet-untitled movi...

Lady Gaga Visits Julian Assange In London

October 9th, 2012 11:20am EDT
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga showed her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on Monday by visiting the embattled editor in London.

The Australian activist was arrested in 2010 and ordered to reside at an address in the U.K. capital as he fights his extradition to Sweden on sex assault charges. However, he broke that condition in June when he moved into the Ecuadorian embassy demanding sanctuary.

Assange has since been granted diplomatic asylum and he was given a boost on Monday evening when the pop star visited him.

The Poker Face hit-maker spent five hours with Assange, and later posted a pictu...

Michael Moore Could Be Out $32,000 After Julian Assange's Asylum Move

June 21st, 2012 10:52am EDT
Michael Moore
Filmmakers Michael Moore and Ken Loach are set to lose up to $32,000 each after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange broke his bail conditions as he battles extradition from the U.K.

Campaigning director Moore and veteran movie boss Loach were among the public figures who contributed to a $384,000 bond handed over to free Assange after he was held by police in London in 2010.

Assange is wanted in Sweden over allegations he sexually assaulted two women, but he fears the extradition would open the door for his transfer to the U.S. to face charges over his whistleblowing website.

As a condit...

Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange's New TV Show To Launch April 17

April 15th, 2012 6:30pm EDT
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The first episode of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's new TV talk show will air on Russia Today (RT) on Tuesday, April 17. RT is seen by 430 million subscribers worldwide and streams online. "The World Tomorrow" news show will be broadcast simultaneously from Moscow and Washington, D.C., in English, Arabic and Spanish.

"The World Tomorrow" will come from Assange's home in Britain. He has been under house arrest since last spring awaiting a High Court decision regarding his extradition to Sweden - where prosecutors want to question him for alleged sex crimes.

RT said in a news release th...

WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Will Drop By 'The Simpsons'

January 31st, 2012 1:50pm EST
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Embattled WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the latest in a long line of famous faces to be featured on The Simpsons.

Controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will guest star on The Simpsons next month. Assange has been tapped to lend his voice and image to a guest character appearing on the 500th episode of the long-running animated comedy, Fox confirmed this week.

The Australian-born Assange, 40, will befriend the Simpsons after they are kicked out of their native Springfield, Simpsons producer Al Jean told Entertainment Weekly Monday.

In the episode, the Simpsons -- Homer, Mar...

Steven Spielberg Planning Wikileaks Film?

March 3rd, 2011 8:07am EST
Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is reportedly working on a movie about the WikiLeaks scandal after buying the rights to a book detailing the inside workings of the whistle-blowing website and its director Julian Assange.

The movie mogul's DreamWorks company has paid for the rights to new book WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy, according to Britain's The Guardian. The tome was published by Guardian Books last month.

The book details the life of Assange, the creation of the site in 2006 and the leaks of classified documents.

Alan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, sa...

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