Benedict Cumberbatch can do no wrong. The strangely beautiful and fiercely talent Englishman first made us fall into love with him in the BBC version of Sherlock last year, and in the coming months we’ll see his villainous turn in Star Trek. But it’s DreamWorks that’s currently prepping their WikiLeaks movie with Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon leading the picture. Now titled The Fifth Estate the film is currently in production with Cumberbatch starring as Julian Assange and Daniel Bruhl as WikiLeaks co-founder Daniel Domscheit-Berg. The Fifth Estate, based on the books Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy with a script from Josh Singer of The West Wing, looks to be shaping up to Sorkin-esque proportions.
With shooting still underway, DreamWorks has already set a release date for the project—a cozy November 15th premiere, hitting the prime award season sweet spot. The cast will be rounded out with the great Peter Capaldi and the stately Dan Stevens, as well as Anthony Mackie, Alicia Vikander, and Laura Linney. With a cast like this, it’s difficult to go wrong—but again, it’s difficult to judge how this will all pan out from the man who brought us the final saga of Bella and Edward. At least we get a bleach-blonde Benedict, right?
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● Brad and Angelina are getting married! Or so says one Beverly Hills jeweler, who claims to have helped Brad design the engagment ring Angelina’s been wearing. Kids win again! [THR]
● Pop politico M.I.A. has, quite appropriately, composed the theme music for Julian Assange’s new talk show, The World Tomorrow, which premiers next week on RT. [D+T]
● Hold the plane! Woody Allen plans to film To Rome With Love "mostly" in San Fransisco and a "tiny bit" in New York, but not at all Copenhagen, as was previously reported. [Variety]
● Diddy has a squatter problem at his East Hampton mansion, where an uninvited guest spent nearly 24-hours eating Diddy’s food and wearing Diddy’s clothes before being found out by the housekeeper. “I’ve actually been going to the house from time to time since 2001,” the intruder explains. “I got a good night’s sleep, but it’s not anything too special." [NYP]
● Rihanna and Katy Perry attribute their quick friendship to Rihanna’s "cool studded Valentino bag that had sparkly stuff on it." As the story goes, the bag caught Perry’s eye and so Rihanna sent her one for Valentine’s Day, and that was that! [PageSix]
● With one bad joke, Nick Lachey has dashed all hopes of a 98 Degrees reunion tour. "The only tour I’ll be doing this summer is at baby’s r ‘us," wrote the expectant father on Twitter. There’s always next summer. [Vulture]
● Imported host Steve Jones and esteemed judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger are all leaving Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, and apparently not on their own accord: "it was cleaning house day at the so-so rated reality series," writes Deadline’s Nikke Finke. [Deadline]
● Several years older and grey hairs richer, each and every member of Arrested Development’s original cast is returning for the new Netflix season. [Huff Post]
● It seems that, just to be safe, Ashton Kutcher has taken on the Herculean task of sorting through his 9.3 million Twitter followers in order to block certain (re: mostly tabloid) journalists. [Radar]
● Mindy Kaling has sold a sitcom to Fox in which she’ll play a "young Bridget Jones type doctor trying to navigate both her personal and professional lives." [Vulture]
● Wikileaks founder Julian Assange — who is still under house arrest — will play himself on The Simpsons’ landmark 500th episode. [Vulture]
● Already a generously tithing member of her mother’s Calabasas church, Kim Kardashian wants to step things up and start a Bible study group with her friends. [PageSix]
The Occupy Wall Street protests have gone global today, reaching from Canada to Asia to Europe. People are denouncing centralized wealth in Hong Kong, marching under the banner of “Indignants” in Spain, asking for an end to nuclear power in Tokyo, rioting in Rome, and bringing a host of other concerns to the forefront of many cities with thousand of stories and images trickling out. The questions of what this means and what it will lead to are huge and overwhelming so instead, we bring news of a highly recognizable name in attendance.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, out on bail and fighting extradition to Sweden, showed up to Occupy London Stock Exchange and addressed the crowd at St. Paul’s Cathedral where, according to reports, he discussed crimes at Guantanamo Bay and money laundering in the Caymen Islands and in London.
“This movement is not about the destruction of law, it is about the construction of law,” Assange said. “I just wanted to say, we are all individuals.”
Assange didn’t stay long, presumably exiting after his speech to make it home for his 10pm curfew. Here’s hoping he joins Kanye West on a future track rapping about the experience.
UPDATE: Here’s video of part of his speech from Mediaite:
We’ve all been there before: That moment on a half-empty dancefloor, inside a half-empty club, when most of your friends have gone home and that half pill of ecstasy finally kicks in. Once upon a time in Iceland, something whipped Lord of Secrets Julian Assange into just such a dancing frenzy, and because God exists, there’s video documentation to prove it. The irony of watching Assange take a licking from the same internet that made him famous never gets old.
Behold, Julian Dancing Boy.
It was bound to happen at some point: DreamWorks is developing a movie about WikiLeaks. There are a number of competing projects being cooked up around Hollywood, including an HBO movie, two other films, and a documentary. But DreamWorks has its hands on two WikiLeaks books (Inside WikiLeaks: My Time With Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, a former WikiLeaks executive, and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy by two journalists who published WikiLeaks info in the Guardian). ‘Leaks isn’t happy about the new development.
But as far as movies about technology nerds go, this one could be kind of good, as opposed to snooze-of-the-year (sorry, everyone in America who inexplicably loves this movie) The Social Network. There’s intrigue, crime, mysterious characters, travel, Australian accents, and, let’s face it — Julian Assange is way more villainous and complex than Mark Zuckerberg, bless his heart.
Who should play Assange? I would say Jude Law, but he’s way too good-looking. Crispin Glover, or is he too blatantly creepy? Vulture suggests James McAvoy, and that sounds about right. It’ll be interesting to see how they deal with the whole Sweden rape scandal thing. Not to mention the infamous OkCupid profile.
● The Assange biography The Most Dangerous Man in the World has been optioned, but can Julian succeed in his final act before his story leaks to the big screen? Your move, Wiki. [HR] ● Snooki and JWoww will be in Long Island this weekend shooting some sort of pilot for MTV. We can’t begin to guess. [TMZ] ● Hoping to avoid the heat MTV’s taking for Skins‘ scantily clad young stars, Taco Bell has decided to take ads for their frito-filled burritos elsewhere. [NYO]
● While in Sudan, actor/activist George Clooney contracted malaria, for a good cause: “This illustrates how with proper medication, the most lethal condition in Africa can be reduced to a bad ten days instead of a death sentence.” [HuffPost] ● Katy Perry is several feet taller than everyone who works at Facebook, thinks Mark Zuckerberg has “Baller style.” [Mediaite] ● “Britney’s so icy,” said Gucci Mane about the “Hold It Against Me” remix he’s working on with Britney Spears. “I am going to make her go Brrr.” Gucci? We’re beginning to worry about you. [Rumor Fix]
Instead of buying a burrito for lunch, Michael Moore helped buy the freedom of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange by contributing $20,000 of his own money to Assange’s bail fund. According to a blog post written by Moore on today’s Daily Cos, “We were taken to war in Iraq on a lie. Hundreds of thousands are now dead. Just imagine if the men who planned this war crime back in 2002 had had a WikiLeaks to deal with. They might not have been able to pull it off. The only reason they thought they could get away with it was because they had a guaranteed cloak of secrecy. That guarantee has now been ripped from them, and I hope they are never able to operate in secret again. So why is WikiLeaks, after performing such an important public service, under such vicious attack? Because they have outed and embarrassed those who have covered up the truth. The assault on them has been over the top…”
Whether you like Moore, or think he is an overblown ass – or think, like The UN, Time Magazine, Brazil, and Russia that Assange is a heroic rogue journalist trying to change the world for the better, or if you side with The US government, Amnesty International, and Reporters Without Borders in calling Assange a lawless security danger, or even if you see both sides and aren’t sure, you’ve got to respect Moore’s fearless spending for the forces of whatever cause he’s currently fighting for. Then again, it would be easier to respect him if he wasn’t so damn patronizing. If Moore really wanted to do us a favor, he’d go make an album with Wyclef called Good Intentions, then burn it.