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Harvey Weinstein is notorious for making extensive cuts to his movies in order to prime them for the box office. Now the producer known as “Harvey Scissorhands” has taken the extreme step of issuing a brand new version of a film just days after its release.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, as Julian Assange, left, with Daniel Bruhl, as Daniel Domscheit-Berg, in the WikiLeaks drama, The Fifth Estate.

Review: The Fifth Estate - Benedict Cumberbatch's Assange might be perfect, but the Wikileaks drama is a flawed buddy movie

Cinema’s long-awaited take on the story of Wikileaks is played out through the friendship and subsequent rivalry of website activists Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Bruhl).

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First night: The Invisible Woman; Toronto Film Festival

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Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens

Film review: The Invisible Woman - Ralph Fiennes stars in the love life and adventures of Charles Dickens

Performing admirably both behind and in front of the camera Ralph Fiennes depicts Charles Dickens as a boisterous man so taken with his own celebrity that he believes he can hide his affair with a young actress (Felicity Jones) from the press. This is a film of two strands. As a treatise on how celebrity can delude it is excellent, but Fiennes is initially less sure-footed when dealing with the central secret romance.

Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens

Film review: The Invisible Woman - Ralph Fiennes stars in the love life and adventures of Charles Dickens

Performing admirably both behind and in front of the camera Ralph Fiennes depicts Charles Dickens as a boisterous man so taken with his own celebrity that he believes he can hide his affair with a young actress (Felicity Jones) from the press. This is a film of two strands. As a treatise on how celebrity can delude it is excellent, but Fiennes is initially less sure-footed when dealing with the central secret romance.

Director named for Elvis film: Kevin MacDonald will oversee Last Train to Memphis

The eagerly anticipated film charting the life story of Elvis Presley is to be overseen by The Last King of Scotland director Kevin MacDonald.

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The energy drink giant has done Redwell a favour with threats of legal action

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