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As 'Gravity' and 'Captain Phillips' Hit and 'Fifth Estate' Bombs, Who's a Movie Star, Anyway? UPDATED

UPDATE: While Benedict Cumberbatch is still proving his stripes as a bankable star, PBS has scheduled the third season of "Sherlock" to premiere on January 19, slotted immediately after "Downton Abbey," which has its fourth season stateside premiere January 5. As the Hollywood Reporter puts it, PBS is doubling down on Brit drama.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 12:03 PM
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This Weekend: See '12 Years a Slave' and 'All Is Lost'; Plus, 'Carrie' and Cumberbatch as Assange Hit Theaters

Oscar season is hitting theaters in waves this year. The must-see title of the weekend is Steve McQueen's highly praised Best Picture frontrunner "12 Years a Slave," starring Chiwetel Ejiofor as real-life historical figure Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped into slavery before the Civil War, and put under the cruel hand of slave master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender).
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 4:00 PM
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Review: 'The Fifth Estate' Gives Us Cumberbatch as the Assange We Need

Listen up, Cumberbitches: The first estate was the clergy, the second the nobility, the third the peasantry, the fourth the press, and “The Fifth Estate” is all Benedict Cumberbatch, who in Bill Condon’s painstaking WikiLeaks movie gives us the not the Julian Assange we know, but rather the Julian Assange we want. And maybe need.
  • By John Anderson
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  • October 17, 2013 12:56 PM
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Josh Singer Talks Challenges of Tackling WikiLeaks Drama 'The Fifth Estate' --and What He Left Out

Check out our interview with "The Fifth Estate" screenwriter Josh Singer, who got his start right out of Harvard Law School with John Wells on "The West Wing" and went on to write "Fringe" and other TV series. He talks about the fascinating real-life personality at the center of the action, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whose many skills include playing the media, and how the ways we exchange and share information in the digital age have irrevocably changed.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2013 9:10 PM
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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, telling the HFPA it was "opportunistic and hostile."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 2:45 PM
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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.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 5, 2013 1:57 PM
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