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WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' Kicks off with Director Bill Condon and Benedict Cumberbatch

Production of "The Fifth Estate" has kicked off with director Bill Condon at the helm. The material is certainly heavier than Condon's "Twilight" films, as it stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange and Daniel Brühl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the controversial story of Wikileaks' early days...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 24, 2013 12:46 PM
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The Black List's New Site Finds 'McCarthy' Screenwriter Justin Kremer a Home at CAA

A month into its new online service allowing screenwriters to have their work read, reviewed and (potentially) pursued, the Black List announces its first success story. After submitting his script to the Black List site "out of sheer curiosity," writer Justin Kremer has signed with CAA.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 19, 2012 1:36 PM
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Variety Names Media's Winners & Losers of Election 2012

While President Obama was re-elected on November 6 and Mitt Romney hurriedly composed his concession speech on the fly, a number of other winners and losers emerged from the 2012 election. Memes reigned, with Big Bird and binders full of women taking over the Twittersphere...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • November 12, 2012 3:11 PM
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Morning in America ...a Note from Michael Moore

Congratulations everyone!! This country has truly changed, and I believe there will be no going back. Hate lost yesterday. That is amazing in and of itself. And all the women who were elected last night! A total rebuke of Neanderthal attitudes.
  • By Michael Moore
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  • November 7, 2012 4:58 PM
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Drafthouse Picks Up Harrowing Genocide Reenactment Doc 'The Act of Killing'

Drafthouse Films has acquired US rights to Joshua Oppenheimer's breakout Danish doc "The Act of Killing." The film, described by Errol Morris as "a non-fiction film unlike anything else," is a series of portraits of Indonesian death squad leaders, challenged to reenact their real-life mass killings in whatever cinematic form they desire...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 31, 2012 1:49 PM
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President Obama's Favorite TV Shows, And The Movie We Know He Loves: 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'

Ever wonder which TV shows the Obamas have on their DVR? Well, President Obama tells TV Guide that his favorite shows are "Homeland," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Wire" ("one of the greatest shows of all time") and "SportsCenter"...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 30, 2012 12:53 PM
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Joss Whedon Embraces Mitt Romney's Dystopian Vision

If Lena Dunham can do it, so can Joss Whedon. A viral video is easy to make, easy to post...and can be damn effective.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 29, 2012 2:46 AM
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Watch: Lena Dunham on Her First Time with Barack Obama

Check out this new ad from it-girl Lena Dunham describing her "first time" -- voting, that is. It's charming, smart and funny: "You want to do it with a guy who brought the troops out of Iraq. You don't want a guy who says 'Hey, I'm at the library studying,' when really he's out not signing the Lilly Ledbetter act."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 26, 2012 12:38 PM
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Lincoln Could Win the Election: He Covers Time, Newsweek and Poll Shows 67% of Americans Want Him Back in Office

Abraham Lincoln is most certainly the past president of the moment. He's the subject of Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln" (November 9), he's on the covers of both Time (October 25) and Newsweek (October 18), and a new poll conducted by the History Channel found Honest Abe to be the commander in chief 67% of Americans would want to see back in office.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2012 2:39 PM
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10 Great Debate Scenes Listed by Time: Tracy Flick, Woody Allen, 'The Candidate' & Frank the Tank Make the Cut

Now that the Presidential debates have wrapped up for the 2012 election, Time has compiled a list of the ten best debate scenes in film history. Included in the comedy-heavy list are Woody Allen's Fellini rant in "Annie Hall"...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2012 1:09 PM
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