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Did Wikileaks Play A Part In The Fifth Estate's Bombtastic Opening?

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10/22/2013 12:31 am
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Did Wikileaks Play A Part In The Fifth Estate's Bombtastic Opening?

Susan Booth

Staff Writer

It’s becoming more than clear that a fair share of people seem to have a fairly big problem with the new film The Fifth Estate. Julian Assange has had a campaign going against the Wikileaks film, The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange. Another website showed up offering people the chance to download the Assange’s documentary entitled Mediastan just as the film The Fifth Estate was released.

Assange release the following statement: “Instead of wasting your time and money on Hollywood propaganda, why not get all of your friends around and spend your time watching Mediastan instead?” Despite what’s going on with Mediastan, The Fifth Estate somehow managed to have the worst opening of the year, making only 1.7 million, even being released in 1,769 movie theaters. No immediate information has been released in regards to the stats showing how many times the film has been downloaded. Just last weekend, the documentary was downloaded 500,000 times as The Fifth Estate opened in the UK, which would be the same as earning 4.2 million dollars at the box office. Dave Hollis, the distribution chief at Disney said “We’re disappointed with these results.” Hollis did make it known that Fifth Estate did well in bigger cities like San Francisco, New York, Washington D.C, Los Angeles and Toronto. The film was also skewed towards a mostly male at 54% to be exact about it. Some insiders close to the film have said that Americans who tend to live in more conservative states will have no interest in Julian Assange or Wiki leaks whatsoever. Assange has been continuing to shell out a lot of criticism towards Bill Condon, the film's director, saying that he’s presenting everyone with not only a skewed view of himself, but also of Wiki leaks as well. Assange didn't even hesitate in sending a letter to Cumberbatch asking him to leave the project. The night that Fifth State was released, Assange was staying at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, and was taking to members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association via Skype talking about how Condon’s take on the story would fail because it did not portray a true underdog story.  The documentary, which is produced by Assange himself, shows viewers a retelling of what happened during “Operation Cable run”, where thousands of secret American diplomatic cables were posted by Wiki leaks and leaked to The New York Times, as well as The Guardian. The documentary Mediastan is said to tell the story of "an undercover team of journalists driving across the central Asian republics of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and into U.S.-occupied Afghanistan." They later regroup in Assange's kitchen before "ambushing the editor of The Guardian and obtaining candid footage of The New York Times editor [Bill Keller] and its publisher Arthur Sulzberger speaking about Obama."


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