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Benedict Cumberbatch: 'The Cumberbitches have got my back' if Julian Assange attacks Wikileaks film

An ordinary person might understandably get jitters about playing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in a movie. After all, he’s a guy who has tussled with banks, political groups, and even governments and lived to tell the tale. But as any self-respecting Benedict Cumberbatch fan — or “Cumberbitch,” as some call themselves — knows, the Brit actor is anything but ordinary.

The Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star donned a series of white wigs and fake teeth to play Assange in The Fifth Estate (out Oct. 18), a drama that tracks Wikileaks’ rise to power. And he jokes that, thanks to his fans, he’s fully prepared for Assange to open fire. “I’m sure he’ll go after me. … I’m not a bank with offshore accounts in the Canaries, I don’t fiddle my taxes, I’m not wanted for war crimes. If he goes after me, it’s going to be a waste of his extraordinary talent. But if he does, I kind of respect that because he needs to be able to answer back,” says Cumberbatch. “Anyway, the Cumberbitches have got my back, so I’ll be fine.”

Nicholas Hoult on his awful, 'Puss in Boots'-inspired 'Prince Caspian' audition

Nicholas Hoult has nabbed some coveted roles during his 17-year acting career, which got its first major boost in 2002 when he played the “boy” in About A Boy. These days, the charming 23-year-old Brit (and sometimes beau of Jennifer Lawrence) has graduated into the world of glossy fantasy fare, appearing in films like X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies, and even… Jack The Giant Slayer. (Hey, two out of three ain’t bad.)

But, like every actor, Hoult, who’s included in this week’s New Hollywood edition of EW, hasn’t won every part he’s wanted. “There are hundreds you audition for and give terrible auditions for,” he says. “Sometimes I walk out and I’m like, ‘Wow, that was embarrassing.’” Fortunately, Hoult wasn’t too embarrassed to share his most cringe-worthy casting story with us.

'Avengers 2': Tom Hiddleston confirms Loki is out


Tom Hiddleston’s Loki had some of the best scenes in The Avengers, from bringing an entire crowd in Germany to their knees to getting whipped around like Raggedy Andy by the Hulk. And fans of the mischief-making villain should savor those moments — because Loki won’t be back for the sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. “He’s not in it,” Hiddleston confirms to EW. “Here’s the thing: I don’t think there’s anything else Loki could contribute to The Avengers, narratively. Joss gave me so many wonderful things to do in that first film that we’d only be trying to repeat ourselves, and probably less well in the second one.”

The actor, who earned a spot in EW’s New Hollywood issue (on stands now) for bringing Loki to life with such devilish charm, says there are no hard feelings — he truly believes it’s better for the series to move on without him. “When I think of all the things I loved as a child, for example, Hans Gruber wasn’t in Die Hard 2. And in Indiana Jones, by the time he moved from the Lost Ark to the Temple of Doom, there was a whole new bad guy. I think keeping it fresh and new is good for The Avengers even though it’s a shame for me. And let’s face it, there’s seven or eight of them as it is, and Joss is thinking about adding two more, so the screen’s gonna be a busy place. But I had the time of my life on that film. It was the most fun ever.”

But the character isn’t gone for good: READ FULL STORY

'The Avengers' star Tom Hiddleston on being Loki and meeting unexpected fans

Whether he’s channeling bow-down-to-me villainy as Loki in The Avengers and Thor or bookish wit as F. Scott Fitzgerald in Midnight in Paris, Tom Hiddleston is one of the most exciting British actors to hop the pond in recent years. And we’re not the only ones who think so. “I met David O. Russell for dinner when he was in London for Silver Linings Playbook. I just wanted to tell him how much I loved the film. And he basically spent an hour telling me why he thinks Midnight in Paris is the greatest film that’s been made in the last 20 years, and he insisted on taking a picture because he was such a fan of Fitzgerald,” recalls Hiddleston, 31, who’s part of EW’s New Hollywood cover package, on stands now. “And I wanted to say, ‘David, can you please stop? I need to tell you how great your film is!’” READ FULL STORY

New Hollywood: Aubrey Plaza's superhero dreams

Could Aubrey Plaza’s signature deadpan humor translate into a classic superhero? The Parks and Recreation star, featured in this week’s New Hollywood issue, thinks it’s hardly a stretch.

“I really got a taste of doing some physical comedy in The To Do List and I really want to do that more. I want to be a superhero, that’s definitely on my to-do list,” Plaza told EW at last month’s Comic-Con. But just which superhero does she have her eye on? Plaza calls out Wonder Woman in the video below, but added that she also has her claws set on a different DC heroine. “I want to be Catwoman someday. Don’t laugh at me—I can do it. I want to remake Halle Berry’s Catwoman and star in it. Please let me. That movie is amazing.”

In the video below she asks Marvel to give her the once-over. Nevermind that she should be meowing up the DC Comics tree for those roles (we won’t tell!).

Emma Watson on why she quit acting -- and why she's happy to be back

From the time Emma Watson was a teenager, she struggled with whether she wanted a career as an actor. She had become an international star at age 11, playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter franchise, and while she was grateful for it, she fantasized about a normal life. So as the Potter films wound down, she enrolled at Brown University in 2009 and dropped out of sight for a few years, appearing only in a small role in the 2011 film, My Week With Marilyn. For a time, she let the press’ (and even a teacher’s) negative input about her future as an actress eat away at her. But the script for The Perks of Being a Wallflower got her attention and the experience of playing Sam in that 2012 film sparked a new interest. She then built on Perks with this summer’s The Bling Ring and This is the End, signaling the varied, mature career she could have ahead—and earning her a place in EW’s New Hollywood issue. Here, she spoke with EW about her change of heart. READ FULL STORY

Benedict Cumberbatch talks playing Julian Assange, and 'Sherlock' season 3

He is Hollywood’s most wanted man. Benedict Cumberbatch, the brainy British actor with the deep baritone, is best known as the acid-tongued genius of Baker Street on the BBC series Sherlock (more on that in a second). But this summer he raised his profile with his smoldering version of Khan, the most infamous villain in the Starfleet universe, in Star Trek Into Darkness. Now, the 37-year-old is about to have the busiest fall of his career, playing WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (Oct. 18), a plantation owner in 12 Years a Slave (Oct. 18), the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Dec. 13), and Meryl Streep’s nephew in August: Osage County (Dec. 25). It’s for those reasons—and more—that he was a perfect fit for our New Hollywood package.

With The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch travels into strange new territory: the modern world as we know it. “It’s the first role I’ve had where I am portraying a real person as they go through events that have occurred since I’ve been alive,” he says. “And that does change the dynamic [of playing the part]. With Assange, it’s a story that is going on in the world beyond our movie, which is new for me and extraordinary, quite honestly. There’s a different energy there.” READ FULL STORY

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