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Tom Hiddleston Replaces Benedict Cumberbatch In Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 2:36 PM
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The speculation that followed Benedict Cumberbatch's exit from Guillermo del Toro's R-rated Gothic romance "Crimson Peak" was deafening and absurd, most of it hinged around the fact that the star (whose "The Fifth Estate" just opened the Toronto International Film Festival) was supposedly leaving to headline J.J. Abrams' "Star Wars: Episode VII." When that turned out to be patently false, people sort of forgot about the spot that he had left in "Crimson Peak," a spot that has just been filled with an equally charming British dandy: Tom Hiddleston.

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

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 6, 2013 8:33 AM
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Fifth Estate
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 transparency and valuing privacy and a villain to those who believe security also means some secrets are worth keeping. But through it all, Assange has never doubted his convictions, and has boldly defended his actions, speaking broadly of revolution and accountability. And thus one might think a film about the man who continues to make headlines would be equally bold. You would be mistaken.

Benedict Cumberbatch Heads To 'The Lost City Of Z' With James Gray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 4, 2013 4:41 PM
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James Gray, Benedict Cumberbatch
The Internet has been a funny place the last few days. Over the long weekend, "Star Wars" fans worked themselves up into a lather when rumors began circulating that Benedict Cumberbatch was certain to be cast in "Star Wars: Episode 7" based on his exit from Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak," supposed confirmation from a site with no track record for scoops, combined with vague reasoning that Lucasfilm likes to put out press releases on Tuesdays. Well, Tuesday came and went with nothing from the "Star Wars" camp but we now see what may have lured Cumberbatch away from Del Toro's project.

Benedict Cumberbatch Won't Climb Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 7:52 PM
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Our alternate headline for this was Benedict Cumberbatch Cumber-bails On "Crimson Peak" but that seemed a bit ridiculous. But either way, Guillermo Del Toro is now down a man, but he has plenty of time to find a replacement, so it's probably not a project altering departure.

New Poster & Images From 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch As Julian Assange

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 7:37 PM
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Prophet or pariah? That's the question that still surrounds Julian Assange, who even holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy in London, continues to make waves. It was actually two years ago when he warned iPhone, Blackberry and Gmail users about widespread surveillance—well in advance of Edward Snowden's NSA leaks—and this week, Time reporter Michael Grunwald landed in hot water for tweeting: "I can't wait to write a defense of the drone strike that takes out Julian Assange." There are vested interests on both sides who want a piece of Assange, and so does Hollywood.

Animation Voice Round-Up: Benedict Cumberbatch & John Malkovich To Voice 'Penguins of Madagascar' & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 6, 2013 3:32 PM
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DreamWorks Animation is hard at work filling out the voice casts for two of its upcoming animated features with big name stars joining the ranks of both "B.O.O. (Bureau Of Otherworldly Operations)" and "Penguins of Madagascar." In two separate scoops, The Wrap reports that Matt Bomer and Rashida Jones will join Seth Rogen and Melissa McCarthy in 'B.O.O.' while John Malkovich and Benedict Cumberbatch will become part of "Penguins of Madagascar," an offshoot of the bizarrely popular "Madagascar" franchise. DreamWorks Animation has always had a history of casting insanely popular, of-the-moment stars in its animated features, and these decisions seem to reinforce that.

Watch: First Trailer For 'The Fifth Estate' Starring Benedict Cumberbatch As Julian Assange

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2013 12:23 AM
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Journalist or traitor? Whistleblower or security threat? You might think we're talking about Edward Snowden, but before him was Julian Assange, who may not have been the first activist to shake up governments around the world, but certainly the one with the biggest influence in our times. And now his tale is getting told (whether he likes it or not).

Gary Oldman Eyeing Ralph Fiennes & Benedict Cumberbatch For His Sophomore Directorial Effort 'Flying Horse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 14, 2013 4:28 PM
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It has been seventeen years since Gary Oldman dropped his feature length directorial debut and cult fave "Nil By Mouth," but he hasn't yet followed it up with anything. Not that he's been short of ideas. Back in 2011, he said he wanted to team up Colin Firth for an unnamed remake, while in early 2012 he said he had a project about a sex addict he wanted to direct. Well, the good news is that Oldman does have a new directorial effort cooking, and the surprising part is that it's none of those.

Watch: J.J. Abrams Counters Alice Eve Underwear Moment In 'Star Trek 2' With Deleted Benedict Cumberbatch Shower Scene

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 23, 2013 5:44 PM
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Following the release of "Star Trek Into Darkness," its male creators came under fire for a sequence where Alice Eve, playing a brilliant scientist who in the original continuity is responsible for a godlike device that can create life on barren planets, strips down to her underwear for no discernible reason. Kirk (and by extension, the camera) chooses to leer. It's a pretty unnecessary sequence and no matter how adorable Eve is (and, truly, her physique could be described as godlike), it had no real business being in the movie. While co-writer/producer Damon Lindelof has issued a public apology, director J.J. Abrams has taken a different approach. One that involves footage of Benedict Cumberbatch in the shower. That'll certainly even the scales…

J.J. Abrams Redubbed & Retouched Preview Scenes To Keep The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' Villain Secret

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 20, 2013 7:39 PM
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By now almost everyone who really, really wanted to see "Star Trek Into Darkness" has. And those who haven't probably don't care who the villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness" is. That said, we should still issue a perfunctory spoiler warning to those who get queasy at the sight of plot specifics. Not that this is really about whom the "Star Trek Into Darkness" villain is, but rather the insane lengths to which director J.J. Abrams went to cover up and classify this revelation. Homeboy's crazy.

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