Screen Junkies » Julian Assange http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 06 Aug 2014 19:50:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 See Benedict Cumberbatch As Albino Alan Rickman In Trailer For Wikileaks Movie, ‘The Fifth Estate’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-benedict-cumberbatch-as-albino-alan-rickman-in-trailer-for-wikileaks-movie-the-fifth-estate/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/see-benedict-cumberbatch-as-albino-alan-rickman-in-trailer-for-wikileaks-movie-the-fifth-estate/#comments Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:19:19 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255826 Loved him in the second 'Matrix" movie.

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Here’s the trailer for The Fifth Estate, the Wikileaks movie which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. The true-life thriller directed by Bill Condon tracks the early days of Assange and his group of hacker journalists who leaked corporate and government secrets in the attempt to shine a light on corruption, but ended up putting lives and military efforts in danger. The film is reported to neither depict Assange as a hero nor a villain, it just presents Assange as he is and asks the viewer to make the call. There is no word whether or not it tackles the question if his hair is even humanly possible.

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One Of Those Julian Assange Movies Has A Trailer Now, But Please Don’t Ask Me Which One http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/one-of-those-julian-assange-movies-has-a-trailer-now-but-please-dont-ask-me-which-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/one-of-those-julian-assange-movies-has-a-trailer-now-but-please-dont-ask-me-which-one/#comments Thu, 06 Sep 2012 17:54:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=250689 I guess start waiting for Whitney Houston trailers now.

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Okay. It’s a trailer for the one called Underground: The Julian Assange Story. Man, that’s a terrible name. Anyway, this is one of approximately 51,770 Assange movies that are in development right now. This guy has so many biopics going on right now that he makes Steve Jobs look like a filthy hobo.

This film rather singularly looks back on Julian Assange’s rebellious teenage years as a hacker.

Really? The first Assange movie out of the gate and it deals only with the time before he was powerful, important, or interesting?

Way to go, Underground: The Julian Assange Story. If I wanted to see obnoxious Swedish teenagers, I’d hang out at the nearby youth hostel more than I already do.

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Remember Those 40,000 Wikileaks/Julian Assange Movies? Jeremy Renner Might Be In One http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/remember-those-40000-wikileaksjulian-assange-movies-jeremy-renner-might-be-in-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/remember-those-40000-wikileaksjulian-assange-movies-jeremy-renner-might-be-in-one/#comments Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:18:56 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=249957 Ah, Assange. Hello, old friend.

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That Renner is so hot right now.

Points to the casting agent who noticed the similarities. Both Jeremy Renner and Julian Assange enjoy faces that could be described as “squishy,” so the other considerations are rendered moot by this squishiness.

It’s been over a year since we were hit with a deluge of Wikileaks-based projects, none of which have come to fruition, leaving us to wonder if anyone, anywhere even cares about Wikileaks anymore.

The scandal of Julian Assange, the Internet rebel who some claimed created international transparency, and others claimed performed thousands of acts of treason, has since died down, but that could just mean we’re no longer sick of the story, so maybe we’re ready for a movie.

Glass is half-full, right?

Apparently the turn is Renner’s idea, who presumably wants to play a different type of wanted man after The Bourne Legacy.

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Charles Ferguson To Direct One Of Many Julian Assange Movies http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/charles-ferguson-to-direct-one-of-many-julian-assange-movies/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/charles-ferguson-to-direct-one-of-many-julian-assange-movies/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 02:38:27 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209664 This story about Oscar-winning director Ferguson ('Inside Job') just got leaked. Not WikiLeaked, regular leaked.

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This story about Oscar-winning director Charles Ferguson (Inside Job) just got leaked. Not WikiLeaked, regular leaked.

HBO Films has attached Ferguson to direct their Julian Assange movie, currently in development. The documentarian will try his hand at directing a movie with actors, scripts and all that crazy stuff for the first time. There’s no writer yet, but the story tells the tale of Assange and his hench-leakers getting ready to post a secret half-hour vide taken inside an Army helicopter onto the interwebs. Hopefully they will not make the classic mistake of putting an awesome soundtrack on the video, and having it pulled by YouTube for copyright violations.

This co-production with the BBC is one of many, many WikiLeaks movies in development by various parties, including Dreamworks and Paul Greengrass. Maybe after he’s done with this, Ferguson could also direct one of the many Snow White movies in development too. Leak two birds with one stone. (Deadline)

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Dreamworks Sees Crowded Landscape Of Assange Biopics And Screams, ‘We Want One!’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-sees-crowded-landscape-of-assange-biopics-and-screams-we-want-one/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-sees-crowded-landscape-of-assange-biopics-and-screams-we-want-one/#comments Wed, 02 Mar 2011 01:48:19 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=31047 Julian Assange is to 2011 as Zach Galifianakis was to 2010. Assange is going to be in everything.

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Julian Assange is to 2011 as Zach Galifianakis was to 2010. Assange is going to be in everything. What’s so remarkable about this is that he’s not even an actor.

The parade of Assange movies keeps on marchin’ with Dreamworks snatching up two books written by people close to the phenomenon. They scored both Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange at the World’s Most Dangerous Website, and WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy. Why do they need two books to tell Assange’s story? They don’t. My guess is that they didn’t want anyone else to them.

Deadline seems to think that the film will take cues from not only the books, but lawsuit transcripts and other media as well, a l The Social Network. However, the one source they won’t have at their disposal is Assange’s memoir, which is currently being shopped by CAA.

Rather than have the myriad projects all compete against each other, why don’t the studios form a synergy and establish some off-month, like September and make it “Assange Month?” I mean, who wouldn’t wan to see nine Julian Assange features in one month?

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Even More Julian Assange Projects In The Works http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/even-more-julian-assange-projects-in-the-works/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/even-more-julian-assange-projects-in-the-works/#comments Thu, 03 Feb 2011 17:03:37 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24359 Top-secret memos reveal many new Julian Assange projects in the works.

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You already knew that Julian Assange was the reigning King of Hollywood, what with his bone-white facial features and, uh, commitment to governmental and corporate transparency. But you might be unaware of the real extent of Assange’s stature in Hollywood — there is now news of another bunch of Assange-related projects, just in case you were considering forgetting watching a movie about something else at some point.

The first is a movie based on a recent New York Times Magazine article entitled “The Boy Who Kicked The Hornets’ Nest” (timely!) which screenwriter Mark Boal is involved in. It isn’t known whether Boal will actually be writing the movie – this seems somewhat unlikely since he’s got those two movies with Kathryn Bigelow already, but if Assange can have 18 movies about him, why can’t Boal write 3 or 4 in a year?

The second is a movie based on the recent  book Inside Wikileaks, which was written by the Assange’s former second-in-command. It may or may not feature scenes of Julian Assange drunkenly beating his underlings with a wire coat hanger.

And finally, there is some interest in a movie based on Assange’s memoirs, which reportedly Paul Greengrass is interested in directing. I can’t wait to see the shaky footage of Assange updating his OKCupid profile. (via SlashFilm)

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Julian Assange Is Getting More Projects Than Dreamworks http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/julian-assange-is-getting-more-projects-than-dreamworks/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/julian-assange-is-getting-more-projects-than-dreamworks/#comments Fri, 21 Jan 2011 21:41:43 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21448 It's only January, and Julian Assange is already coming dangerously close to winning the Betty White 2010 Screen Junkies Overexposure Award.

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It’s only January, and Julian Assange is already coming dangerously close to winning the Betty White 2010 Screen Junkies Overexposure Award. One day after his biography was optioned for a feature film, lauded documentary director Alex Gibney has gotten hired by Universal to produce a biography on the polarizing figure. Tomorrow’s Saturday, but by Monday, don’t be surprised to catch wind of March of the Assange coming to IMAX. Then, by Friday, Mr. Assange’s Wild Extradition Ride at Disneyland. What can we say? The man’s a brand.

Seeing a major studio jump on any type of documentary is rare, so Universal must believe that something special is going to happen here, either with the production of the movie, or with the public’s interest in the real-life story. Perhaps they picked it up anticipating or having obtained access to the man himself, whose got some legal bills to pay and could use the cash.

This doc will almost certainly beat the aforementioned biopic to theaters, but no date has been announced yet. Gibney has made a name for himself by directing docs on Enron, Eliot Spitzer, Jack Abramoff, Hunter S. Thompson, Guantanamo Bay, so it’s no surprise that he got the call for one of the most compelling sagas of 2010-2011. Even money says Assange sounds just like Hans Gruber from Die Hard. (Playlist)

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