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The Fifth Estate, the story about Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, didn.t receive an extremely wide theatrical release and didn.t manage to make back its budget theatrically. There may have not been a ton of theatrical interest, but if The Fifth Estate was one you were wanting to catch, you won.t have too long to wait. The film is headed onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD beginning on January 28, 2014. It might seem weird that director Bill Condon hopped from Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and Part 2 to The Fifth Estate, but there are dots to connect the two projects. Condon has been a part of movies on both epic and down-to-earth scales, and he gained early successes with biopics like Gods and Monsters and Kinsey. This time around, he told a more contemporary story and hired it-man Benedict Cumberbatch to take on the tough task of playing Julian Assange. »
Following her Oscar-winning performance as Fantine in Les Misérables, Anne Hathaway will soon be returning to the world of music in Song One, announced this week as having its world premiere next month at Sundance 2014.
Not only does the actress star in front of the camera, she is also making her first feature credit as a producer, boarding the project at the start of the summer last year, when the Oscar buzz was already surrounding her ahead of the release of Les Mis.
With the initial line-up announced for the independent film festival, the first image of Hathaway and co-star Johnny Flynn has surfaced, teasing a look at Hathaway as Franny with Flynn’s musician, James Forester, who uses Franny and her brother as his inspiration.
Estranged from her family, Franny returns home when an accident leaves her brother comatose. Retracing his life as an aspiring musician, she tracks down his favorite musician, »
- Kenji Lloyd
With Cate Blanchett back in the derby, 'tis time for us to recall her victory as Best Supporting Actress of 2004 ("The Aviator") when she beat Laura Linney ("Kinsey"), Sophie Okonedo ("Hotel Rwanda"), Natalie Portman ("Closer") and Virginia Madsen ("Sideways"). She was the fave to win. Portman had beaten her at the Golden Globes, but Blanchett rallied at the SAG Awards. At the Oscars, it was deliciously ironic that Blachett won for portraying the biggest winner of Academy Awards: Katharine Hepburn. -Break- »
We’re The Millers and Son of Rambow star Will Poulter is to lead the cast in the adaptation of well-received superhero novel iBoy, about a teenage boy who gains special powers when he’s hit by a falling iPhone.
Scheduled for a February 2014 shoot, Metro International is selling at the Afm and will be showing a teaser shot by Randall starring Poulter.
iBoy follows average teenager Tom whose world is turned on its head when a violent encounter with local thugs leaves fragments of a shattered smart-phone embedded in his brain »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
“Catherine” is not just the finest episode of Masters of Sex yet, but perhaps the best hour of television I have watched this year (and yes, I sat awestruck through the latter half of Breaking Bad’s final season). We’re only five episodes into Masters of Sex’s run and we’ve already reached, to coin a phrase used commonly by Dr. Masters, an exciting plateau in the lives of just about every major character on the show.
In terms of stinging comedy and devastating drama, “Catherine” is a crowning achievement of acting, writing and directing. I can imagine Showtime sending this episode to Emmy voters to consider both Michael Sheen for Best Actor and Caitlin FitzGerald for Best Supporting Actress next year.
About 10 minutes in, “Catherine” reaches a balance of comedy stemming from the quirky conservative sensibilities of the period and a deep level of interest in the dramatic lives of the characters. »
- Jordan Adler
’Gravity’: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney movie on 2013’s top ten box office chart in North America Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity is now one of the top ten movies released in 2013 in North America. On its third weekend, October 18-20, 2013, Gravity was down a modest 28 percent, grossing $31.03 million from 3,820 locations in the U.S. and Canada according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. (Photo: Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Gravity.) Gravity easily beat several underperforming newcomers in wide release: Kimberly Peirce’s poorly received Carrie 2013 remake was a disappointment, collecting only an estimated $17 million. Chloë Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore star in the old Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie roles. Mikael Håfström’s Escape Plan, teaming Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Passion of the Christ’s Jim Caviezel bombed with a terrible $9.8 million. That’s not surprising, considering the »
- Zac Gille
As the world doesn't seem to have quite made up its mind about Julian Assange, it seems fitting that the new film about him and the rise of Wikileaks has an ambivalence about it as well.
"The Fifth Estate" takes us inside hackers' milieu, the personalities and news stories that blew up thanks to Wikileaks. It visits the very real consequences of Assange's actions. But it never gets inside the man, what drives him, what justifies the arrogant self-righteousness that he built his worldview upon.
Director Bill ("Kinsey" / "Dreamgirls") Condon dazzles us with the whirl of Assange's crusade, following him from Africa to Europe, zipping from one trouble spot, where the release of secret documents might make a difference, to another.
In a breathless two hours, the film lets us see the man through the eyes of a new recruit and close associate. Young Euro-hacker Daniel Berg (Daniel Bruhl of »
Review Patrick Sproull 15 Oct 2013 - 06:00
Is it possible to make an accurate WikiLeaks film? As Benedict Cumberbatch’s Julian Assange puts it in the closing minutes of The Fifth Estate, the truth changes through every viewpoint - thus posing the question, what is the truth? And who really knows it?
Bill Condon’s ambitious and zealous biopic on the early days of WikiLeaks is an entirely mixed bag. It exerts itself in trying to give a broad picture of WikiLeaks whilst honing in the relationship of founder Julian Assange and his second-in-command Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Benedict Cumberbatch nails the former’s twitchy tics and pronounced accent, and his portrayal, although not exactly fair on Assange himself, is one of the highlights of The Fifth Estate. Likewise Daniel Brühl (who recently excelled »
Might be interesting if it had enough passion and guts to take a stand, but ends up in the mushy middle of the road, which surely sprang from a desire to be “fair” and “balanced.” I’m “biast” (pro): fascinated by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks; adore Benedict Cumberbatch
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
There was a small knot of confused-looking people hovering around outside the opening-day multiplex showing of The Fifth Estate I attended in central London, trying to push flyers on moviegoers that would convince us that the film is a propagandistic anti-Assange, WikiLeaks-bashing hack job. They were still there when I exited, and it was all I could do to restrain myself from asking, “Have ya actually seen the film?”
Cuz The Fifth Estate is nothing of the kind. It »
- MaryAnn Johanson
"He's not a source, he's the head of a huge media empire, accountable to no one. And we put him there." The story of Julian Assange's relationship with the world at large, the media in general and the Guardian in particular was recently told in engrossing detail in Alex Gibney's documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks. That film (which provoked an equally detailed response from its subject) concluded that Assange was an information freedom fighter who became overwhelmed by his own ego, descending into recklessness, deviousness and worse.
Now, amid the usual denunciations from the white-haired one, comes Bill Condon's more overtly dramatic but less piercing biopic. Based in part upon Daniel Domscheit-Berg's account of his time as Assange's partner at "the world's »
- Mark Kermode
In 2010, a website dedicated to protecting whistleblowers released an avalanche of classified U.S. documents that triggered a new age of high-stakes secrecy and explosive news leaks. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, DreamWorks Pictures’ The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned this Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.
The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create an online platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes.
Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations. But when Assange and Domscheit-Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U. »
- Movie Geeks
‘The Fifth Estate’ movie review: ‘Tasty’ but ‘opaque’ version of WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange (photo: Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg and Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in ‘The Fifth Estate’) Late in the game during The Fifth Estate, Twilight director Bill Condon’s long-awaited return to helming real movies, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) glowers at close confidante Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and hisses, “How much time you can spend with a person and still have no idea who they are.” If only Condon knew we’d be wondering the same thing about the tasty, if opaque, version of Assange he’s asking us to consider. Condon and screenwriter Josh Singer (who adapted WikiLeaks books by Domscheit-Berg and The Guardian journalists Luke Harding and David Leigh) practically luxuriate in the mysterious and contradictory motives that make Assange such a fascinating character, until we realize all The Fifth Estate has to »
- Mark Keizer
Bill Condon isn't afraid of a challenge. Over the past decade, the director has taken on Broadway, Twihards, the science of sex, and now, WikiLeaks.
In "The Fifth Estate," which opened this year's Toronto International Film Festival, Condon tackles the rise of whistleblower website WikiLeaks, and its divisive mastermind, Julian Assange. While it spans half a decade, chronicles the exposure of government secrets from across the globe, and is told largely from the point of view of WikiLeaks collaborator Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), the movie's centerpiece could only be Assange, played with uncanny ease by Toronto "it" boy Benedict Cumberbatch, who also stars in the Oscar-buzzy "12 Years a Slave" and "August: Osage County," both making their worldwide debuts at Tiff this year.
When Moviefone sat down with Condon in Toronto, the director revealed the "terror" of taking on a WikiLeaks movie, the dancing Cumberbatch-as-Assange you never knew you wanted to see, »
- Tim Hayne
Cumberbatch says of playing Assange in new film The Fifth Estate, 'we show his ideas and integrity and self-sacrifice'
Benedict Cumberbatch, the British actor whose high-profile portrayal of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is generating Oscar buzz, has launched a defence of the man he plays in new movie The Fifth Estate. "I think we show his ideas and integrity and self-sacrifice," said Cumberbatch, the morning after the film opened the 38th Toronto film festival. "I think there's a lot to celebrate about his achievements."
In the film, Cumberbatch plays Assange as a quicksilver saviour, humane at times, deceitful at others, never less than human. The actor, 37, said empathy was key to his interpretation. "I think to try and go into this realm of thumbs up or thumbs down is so limiting. You want to find what's human about him. And that's not to soften the edges. [But] so it's something we can relate to. »
- Catherine Shoard
Anyone concerned that Bill Condon – erstwhile director of the finale to the Twilight franchise and mastermind behind such films as Gods and Monsters and Kinsey – has a one-sided political agenda with his latest film, the Wikileaks/Julian Assange biopic The Fifth Estate, rest assured: his intentions are strictly bipartisan, at least if we take him at his word in the above featurette. Clocking in at just a hair under two and a half minutes, the piece sheds insight not only on Condon’s driving motivations in his movie, but those of his leading man, Benedict Cumberbatch, too.
The clip’s arrival couldn’t be more timely: it cropped up on the web yesterday so as to coincide with the opening night of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, where The Fifth Estate (whose title refers to today’s alternative media, found online ...
Click to continue reading ‘Fifth Estate’ Early Reviews & Featurette: Condon, »
- Andrew Crump
The Fifth Estate, Bill Condon’s feverishly edgy and exciting drama about the events surrounding WikiLeaks and its infamous founder, the renegade Australian journalist-anarchist Julian Assange, is one of the only movies I’ve seen that really gets, in the rollicking density of its storytelling DNA, how the Internet has changed everything. It’s easy to see why Condon, returning from the Twilight zone to his role as a serious entertainer (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters), wanted to make this movie. In form, it’s a vintage journalism thriller, a nihilistic newspaper drama for the dark digital age. Assange, played by »
- Owen Gleiberman
Toronto — Whittling the logistical sprawl and moral swamp of WikiLeaks into the story of a falling-out between two intimate partners, Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate views site founder Julian Assange largely through the eyes of Daniel Domscheit-Berg, his German spokesperson in the period leading up to the 2010 release of "The Iraq War Logs." Of necessity, the film plays less like the director's earlier works involving real-world subjects (Kinsey, Gods and Monsters) than like The Social Network. Here again we have an internet phenomenon that has changed the world, created by a polarizing, psychologically opaque
- John DeFore
New film set in 1947 portrays a tortured, elderly Holmes haunted by an unsolved case
• Watch the trailer for The Fifth Estate
• Read the Observer's interview with McKellen
Ian McKellen will play an ageing, infirm Sherlock Holmes in a new picture that reunites the actor with film-maker Bill Condon. The pair previously collaborated on the 1998 drama Gods and Monsters, which earned McKellen an Oscar nomination for his role as Frankenstein director James Whale.
A Slight Trick of the Mind, adapted from the novel by Mitch Cullin, is set in 1947 and finds the sleuth living in retirement but still haunted by an unsolved case from half a century before. Variety reports that the film is being scripted by Jeffrey Hatcher, the writer of The Duchess, and is billed as a co-production between AI Film, an offshoot of Icon, and BBC Films.
Following his role in Gods and Monsters, McKellen went on to »
- Xan Brooks
While fans are eagerly awaiting the return of BBC’s excellent drama series Sherlock, it appears that another equally exciting iteration of the Arthur Conan Doyle character is in the works and it involves Sherlock star Martin Freeman’s The Hobbit co-star Ian McKellen. It was announced today that McKellen will play a retired Sherlock Holmes in Kinsey and Dreamgirls director Bill Condon’s A Slight Trick of the Mind. The film’s story takes place in 1947 and finds Holmes living in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. The legendary detective is haunted by an unsolved case from fifty years ago, and sets out to solve it once and for all without his dear Watson at his side. Hit the jump for more. A Slight Trick of the Mind is based on the novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin and boasts a screenplay »
- Adam Chitwood
DreamWorks has released the first poster and a few new images from director Bill Condon’s (Kinsey) upcoming WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate. The pic centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks. Assange/WikiLeaks is certainly timely subject matter and Condon has assembled an impeccable cast, so The Fifth Estate enters the fall fold as a potential awards contender. Moreover, the pic will be opening the Toronto International Film Festival, where it will hold its world premiere. Hit the jump to check out the new poster and images, and click here to watch the trailer. The film also stars Laura Linney, Stanley Tucci, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van Houten. The Fifth Estate »
- Adam Chitwood
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