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Assange slams WikiLeaks film in letter to actor Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch attends a news conference for LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange penned an open letter to British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrays Assange in an upcoming film, praising the actor's talents but slamming his involvement with the film and turning down the actor's invitation to meet in person. Assange, who is currently holed up at the Ecuadorean embassy in London, wrote a letter to Cumberbatch dated January 15, 2013, that was published on Wednesday on the anti-secrecy website ahead of the October 18 theatrical release of Walt Disney Co's DreamWorks film "The Fifth Estate. ...


'Captain Phillips' star Abdi finds a risk worth taking in debut

Somali actor Barkhad Abdi poses for a portrait during a media publicity event for the film By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - Barkhad Abdi, a tall wisp of a man with a narrow face and a wide grin, sat on the sofa in his hotel suite with one eye on the television and another on a view of the Hollywood Hills. The 28-year-old Somali-American, who had worked the past year at his brother's mobile phone store in Minneapolis, could hardly have called himself an actor when he began production in British director Paul Greengrass' thriller "Captain Phillips. ...


France bows to stage director Patrice Chereau, dead at 68

French director Patrice Chereau attends a photocall in Venice.By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - The French theatre, opera and film director Patrice Chereau, who mounted one of the most famous productions of Richard Wagner's "Ring" cycle in Bayreuth in the 1970s, has died at the age of 68. Chereau, who was preparing a production of Shakespeare's "As You Like It" when he succumbed to lung cancer, was a restless innovator who began directing at high school in Paris and never looked back. ...


Scarlett Johansson again named 'sexiest woman alive' by Esquire

Johansson poses at the premiere of the movie (Reuters) - American actress Scarlett Johansson has been named the sexiest woman alive for the second time by Esquire, the men's lifestyle magazine said on Monday. "The Avengers" star was named sexiest woman in 2006 and is the only woman to have been given the title twice by the publication. The annual recipient of the title is chosen by Esquire editors. Husky-voiced Johansson, who rose to prominence as a teenager in the 2001 cult film "Ghost World," stars in three films this fall. ...


Britain's 'kitchen sink' cinema finds dark new twist
By Patrick Graham LONDON (Reuters) - British director Paul Wright's new film "For Those in Peril" pans across a dour Scottish coastal town where madness, tragedy and a feared sea monster lurk close beneath the surface. It's a dark tale, typical of a new generation of filmmakers like this year's Oscar hopeful Steve McQueen, who are taking Britain's tradition of gritty "kitchen sink" cinema in a stark and sometimes strange direction. ...

6 films and shows that remind you to love Earth

It's the only home we've got, so in honor of Earth Day it's worth remembering six of the ways we've fictionally managed to trash the planet.It's the only home we've got, so in honor of Earth Day it's worth remembering six of the ways we've fictionally managed to trash the planet.


Box office out of this world for Cruise's 'Oblivion'

The sci-fi picture starring Tom Cruise opened to better-than-expected numbers this weekend, earning over $38 million.The sci-fi picture starring Tom Cruise opened to better-than-expected numbers this weekend, earning over $38 million.


Tom Cruise's best role: Maverick or Maguire?

So was the popular actor tops in So was the popular actor tops in "Top Gun" or when he wanted to show Cuba Gooding Jr. the money?


Post-Newtown, movie ratings get specific

Sure, that movie your kids are longing to see may be PG-13, but is it due to intense sci-fi action, or crude humor and sensuality? The MPAA is making it easier to find out.Sure, that movie your kids are longing to see may be PG-13, but is it due to intense sci-fi action, or crude humor and sensuality? The MPAA is making it easier to find out.


'Man of Steel' trailer explains Superman's 'S'

The Superman reboot film is just two months away, and now a new trailer has fans buzzing with excitement.The Superman reboot film is just two months away, and now a new trailer has fans buzzing with excitement.


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