The Hollywood Reporter is, well, reporting that War Horse star Benedict Cumberbatch (at left) has signed on to portray Brian Epstein (on the right), the closeted manager of the Beatles, in a biopic produced by Tom Hanks (remember that thing he did?). Epstein, it’s said, “threw the biggest party in the ’60s, but forgot to invite himself.” Whatever that’s supposed to mean, Epstein was in fact a drug addict and a homosexual who was in love with John Lennon but never got around to coming out. He died of an overdose in 1967 – but not before turning the Liverpudlian moptops into superstars. It’s a juicy story, and if Cumberbatch can pull it off, Epstein will also be known as the man who turned the actor into a star. Problem is, the movie will be directed by Paul McGuigan, Cumberbatch’s Sherlock director.