View - Unwatched DVDs sit in the window of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where Julian Assange sought asylum in 2012. A small number of police officers stand guard outside the embassy. at Ecuadorian Embassy, Knightsbridge - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 13th August 2015
Julian Assange - Julian Assange WikiLeaks founder addresses a crowd from the Ecuadorian Embassy to mark six months since he arrived at the Embassy seeking political asylum. - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 20th December 2012
Julian Assange Trouble erupts on Downing Street as anti-war protesters gather in London's Trafalgar Square to demonstrate against 10 years of conflict in Afghanistan London, England - 08.10.11 Featuring: Julian Assange Where: London, London, United Kingdom When: 08 Oct 2011
Julian Assange makes a statement from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London where he is currently staying seeking political asylum London, England - 19.08.12 Featuring: Julian Assange Where: London, United Kingdom When: 19 Aug 2012
A mysterious message comes to an American journalist, hinting at a global intelligence network tracking the moves of every person by any means. Laura Poitras, an award winning journalist and documentary film maker, was one of three summoned to Hong Kong to meet with the illusive whistle-blower, who's message came with the conformation that if anything was leaked prematurely, he would surely be implemented and face terrible consequences. The journalist met with the man and began gathering his information which would mark a breakthrough in the world of journalism. The man's name was Edward Joseph Snowden.
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SXSW isn’t just about music; it’s a cultural hub for forward-minded individuals, giving them the chance to converge and share ideas and experiences. Today (moments ago, in fact, depending on when you’re reading this) the Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden spoke via video link from Russia to an SXSW crowd about the increasingly controversial subject of Government surveillance.
Julian Assange and Edward Snowden Have Been Giving Video Link Talks at SXSW
USA Today has a handy transcript of the conversation, edited for your reading pleasure over on their site. In the talk, Snowden talked about his motives for disclosing classified documents, which revealed the extent to which the NSA were had the American people under unprecedented levels of surveillance.
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In a packed week of news, Miley Cyrus returned for her second stint on Saturday Night Live and Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity dominated the U.S. box office with a cool $50 million.
Miley's Homecoming: Miley Cyrus made her triumphant return to Saturday Night Live on Sunday and, hey, what do you know, the reviews were actually pretty good. She clearly had plenty of material to work with, though it seems like the Wrecking Ball star did a pretty good job. Check out the reaction here.
Gravity's Pull: Alfonso Cuaron's sci-fi thriller Gravity exceeded expectations at the box office during its opening weekend, pulling in a massive $50 million despite modest promotion. Of course, it was the unanimously positive reviews that drove movie fans to the theaters, leaving Gravity as a very credible Oscar contender indeed. Read our roundup here.
When he said it wouldn't be a good film, he was sort of right
Julian Assange has become pretty annoying. There was a period when the WikiLeaks founder was an intriguing guy. People started calling him a rock and roll star. Now, he's holed away in the Ecuadorean embassy, demanding $1 million for interviews, getting visits from Lady Gaga and being mean to Benedict Cumberbatch.
The Official Fifth Estate Poster
It was revealed in a leaked email this week that Julian Assange refused to meet with the British actor while he was preparing to play the whistleblower in The Fifth Estate, describing Bill Condon movie as "toxic" and "distorted," and forebodingly urging Cumberbatch to "reconsider your involvement in this enterprise."
The intriguing email depicts Assange's attempt to stop the Fifth Estate from being made.
Full of ominous phrases, like “You should reconsider your involvement in this enterprise,” Julian Assange’s email to Benedict Cumberbatch has been released, showing the extent to which the WikiLeaks founder attempted to halt production of the movie, The Fifth Estate.
Benedict Cumberbatch protrays Julian Assange in 'The Fifth Estate'
Entitled, ‘Message from Assange,’ which has a certain terrifying quality to it, Assange goes on to compliment Cumberbatch, saying he thinks the actor is a good man, and that he would like to meet him one day. But the thrust of the message is aimed at derailing the movie based on him, his website and his rivalry with Daniel Domscheit-Berg, played by Daniel Bruhl. “But I must speak directly,” Assange continued. The email has been quoted by many sources, including The Wrap, who published it in full.
The film is getting mixed reviews so far, but Cumberbatch believes it's a faithful interpretation.
Benedict Cumberbatch has a lot of respect for Julian Assange and believes his portrayal of the WikiLeaks founder in the upcoming film The Fifth Estate to be a celebration of Assange’s work. Even so, Assange himself has distanced himself from the film and Cumberbatch and co. haven’t had any access to the him during their work on The Fifth Estate.
Cumberbatch defines his performance as "a celebration" of Assange's work.
Assange, who lost the Australian senate race this week, has previously rejected the film and Cumberbatch rightly assumes that he would not like his own portrayal in The Fifth Estate. The film opened this week at Toronto Film Festival, with Cumberbatch commenting for Reuters after the premiere: "I am not a betting man, but I imagine he won't particularly want to support the film."
The Sherlock star had something to say... or write.
He’s had enough, but instead of threatening to beat them up, like certain stars do (ahem, Justin Bieber and Kanye West), Benedict Cumberbatch sent out his own style of message to the photographers desperately trying to get a snap of the Sherlock star.
Cumberbatch's Assange in The Fifth Estate
"Go photograph Egypt and show the world something important," he said via a piece of paper covering his face. It didn’t stop there, the star had a flurry of politically fuelled messages. Not a bad way to get your point across, considering the photographers are there specifically to take your photo.
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Assange has expressed issues with both films
Cinematic adaptations of the WikiLeaks story were only a matter of time, but for those deeply intrigued by the events that surrounded the website and its whistleblowing founder, to have two in close proximity gives a great opportunity to gain insight. Julian Assange, as you’d imagine, has taken issue with both.
A still from The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon
The Fifth Estate is a dramatized version of events, documenting the tumultuous journey of not only the website, but the relationship between Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg – the man whose book the film is based on. We Steal Secrets is a fact-based documentary, directed by the notorious film maler Alex Gibeny, whose previous work includes Enron, the hard-hitting movie that took white collar criminals to task.
The controversial website has a controversial movie to match.
The Fifth Estate – the WikiLeaks movie already denounced by Julian Assange himself – has its first trailer, in which we see Benedict Cumberbatch star as the founder of the controversial website. The film "traces the heady, early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks," say the film's studio, DreamWorks, and is out on October 11th in the U.K.
The Fifth Estate tells the story of WikiLeak's historic rise
The film doesn’t just chart the astounding journey taken by Assange and his website, but also the enigmatic Australian’s relationship with Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The pair were friends and colleagues in a doomed union that saw the website’s influence drive a wedge between them. It’s as much a personal story as it is a WikiLeaks story.
It's Friday and the barbecue smoke plumes of the not-so-distant weekend beckon, but if you fancy going to see a film this weekend here's what's just been released.
Friday 12th July has been quite the launchpad for a host of new and exciting films, showcasing the genre spectrum. From action blockbusters to indies, political thrillers to kids animation films, there'll be something to suit all tastes and ages as the summer of film gets hotter.
Well, we'll start off with Trap For Cinderella first because it's the underdog erotic thriller indie with an interesting premise. The Iain Softley film will star young, up-and-coming British actresses Tuppence Middleton and Alexandra Roach as vivacious Micky and shy Do: two girls who are reunited after years apart and reignite a secret passion despite the disapproval they are faced with.
Tuppence Middleton & Alexandra Roach In Trap For Cinderella.