Sherlock Holmes actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who covered this week's The Hollywood Reporter New A-List issue, stars as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the upcoming drama, The Fifth Estate, which premiered at this year's Toronto Film Festival. "The thing is this: I have a profound respect for Julian," Cumberbatch toldTHR. "I also have a profound respect for the need of states to have a currency of secrets in order for Western democracy to exist and for fundamentalism to be defeated. And I don't think Julian is interested in fundamentalism triumphing."
Bill Condon, director of The Fifth Estate director, said of Cumberbatch's character: "You had this extraordinary situation for an actor in the last few days of rehearsal, where he is channeling Assange at the same time as the real Assange is begging him to drop out of the film. You can imagine what pressure that put on him. But he handled it with remarkable grace and tenacity."
Starring in 12 Years A Slave, Alfre Woodard is featured in the Steve McQueen-helmed biopic about a free man named Solomon Northup (played by Chiwetel Ejiofor), who is sold into slavery. Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender also star in the film.
Chris Cooper joins Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts in the dark dramedy, August: Osage County, which was adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play written by Tracy Letts. The John Wells-directed movie opens on Nov. 8.
Actor Dermot Mulroney also joins Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Chris Cooper in August: Osage County.
In August: Osage County, Julianne Nicholson plays Ivy, who is described by THR's film critic David Rooney as a "seemingly mousy one who stayed single and close to home, enduring more than her share of their parents’ dysfunction."
Daniel Bruhl plays Formula One racer Niki Lauda in Ron Howard's period piece, Rush, where he tries to win the gold against British bad boy James Hunt (played by Chris Hemsworth). "What's fascinating about Ron, and I've told him this, is that he's tried to explore every genre," Bruhl said of his Rush director in a THR interview.
Premiering at the festival's Midnight Madness event, Eli Roth's horror flick, The Green Inferno, follows a group of university students in New York concerned about the Amazon rainforest traveling to Peru to raise awareness about endangered natives.
Joining Benedict Cumberbatch in The Fifth Estate is Dan Stevens, who starred as Matthew Crawley in Downton Abbey from 2010-12.
Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron, Colin Hanks, Peter Landesman and Paul Giamatti
From left: Parkland's Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron, Colin Hanks, director Peter Landesman and Paul Giamatti had a great laugh during a photo shoot for The Hollywood Reporter. The film, which first premiered in Venice and then Toronto, recounts the JFK assassination through the eyes of a several people in Dallas in November 1963.
In Parkland, Paul Giamatti plays the amateur photographer Abraham Zapruder, who had captured the details of JFK's assassination on camera.
THR film critic Stephen Farberdescribeddirector Peter Landesman's historical drama as "well made": "Filled with sharp details that will be eye-opening to most viewers, the film is exceptionally well made, with a fine cast making the most of small but telling roles."
The actress plays the mother of JFK's assassinator Lee Harvey Oswald in Parkland.
Colin Hanks, along with Zac Efron, play nursing residents who tend to the wounded JFK in Parkland.
The director of The Past, which first premiered in this year's Cannes, toldTHR about how making his film in France instead of Iran was different, "I must say here in France I had more serenity or security as I was working, because I knew I was making the film the way I wished and that the film would be seen ultimately, which is not always the case in Iran. In Iran, you always work having in mind this worry of will I be able to carry on my project as I wish and will the audience see the film. Here, I didn't have these worries, for sure."
Photo by: Fabrizio Maltese
Michael Barker and Tom Bernard
Michael Barker, left, and Tom Bernard of Sony Pictures Classics posed for THR as they attended the annual film festival.
Rohan Chand, Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn
From left: Rohan Chand, Jason Bateman and Kathryn Hahn star in Bateman's feature directorial debut, Bad Words.THR's film critic John DeForesaid "Bateman demonstrates the same knack for timing and fine shadings of attitude as he does onscreen."
Jonathan Teplitzky, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine
From left: The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky posed with the film's cast members Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Jeremy Irvine. The movie, which received a standing ovation at its world premiere in Toronto, tells the true story of a World War II British Army officer whose wife decides he must meet his former Japanese POW tormentor.
Tom Williamson, Amanda Grace Cooper, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Brooke Butler
Clockwise from top left: Tom Williamson, Amanda Grace Cooper, Sianoa Smit-McPhee and Brooke Butler star in the horror film, All Cheerleaders Must Die, which kicked off this year's Midnight Madness.
Kristen Wiig stars in Hateship Loveship, a drama about a girl who tries to set up her father with her nanny.
The Hateship Loveship director smiled for the cameras during THR's photo shoot.
Eve Hewson, daughter of U2's Bono, stars in the romantic comedy Enough Said, which also features the late James Gandolfini and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
THR's chief film critic Todd McCarthysaid in his review that director Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said "is never at a loss for words, many of them quite amusing, making this Fox Searchlight release a leading contender for best girls’ night movie of the season."
The actress, who stars in Enough Said, posed for THR.
Actress Sarah Paulson appears in Steve McQueen's 12 Years A Slave, which THR's Todd McCarthysaid in his review, "the film can’t help but be obvious and quite melodramatic at times, but it gets better as it goes along and builds to a moving finish."
Mia Wasikowska, Richard Ayoade and Jesse Eisenberg
From left: Mia Wasikowska, director Richard Ayoade and Jesse Eisenberg stopped by THR's photo shoot as their comedy, The Double, premiered at this year's film festival.
The actress stars in the biographical drama, The Last of Robin Hood, with Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon.The film, directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, takes a look back on legendary Hollywood actor Errol Flynn's last days.
Clive Owen plays a drunken English teacher in romantic comedy, Words and Pictures. The Fred Schepisi-directed flick also stars Juliette Binoche.
Writer-director John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life? stars Keira Knightley as a frustrated singer and Mark Ruffalo as a washed-up producer.
Pierce Brosnan, along with Emma Thompson, starin The Love Punch, a British comedy directed by Joel Hopkins.
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