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Over the last few months Martin Scorsese finally shot Silence, the adaptation of the Shûsaku Endô novel that chronicles two Portuguese Jesuit priests as they journey to Japan in the 17th century. At the time, Christians were suffering persecution and had been driven underground. The lead character, Father Sebastian Rodrigues (played by Andrew Garfield) and a companion arrive in that hostile environment to investigate reports that Rodrigues’ mentor has become an apostate. The cast also features Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano, Adam Driver, and Ciarán Hinds. Scorsese has wanted to make the film for many years, and he’s close to finishing it.

Now, thanks to a wrap party that followed completion of shooting in Taiwan, we’ve got the first Silence images, and some video conversations about the film.

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The light is green for Martin Scorsese and Silence, the adaptation of Shusaku Endo‘s novel which the director has wanted to make for many years. We’ve talked about Scorsese directing Silence for years. Now financing is locked for the movie, Paramount is on board to distribute, and Silence will finally begin shooting later this month, in Taiwan. Read More »

Angie’s Most Anticipated Films of 2015

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Even as I scramble to get in a few more 2014 releases before I close the book on this year, I’m looking forward to 2015. Next year promises to be huge for Hollywood, packed as it is with big-name sequels like Star Wars 7 and Avengers 2. But it also looks like a good time for movie lovers, not just movie studios. A lot of those tentpoles look genuinely good. And a lot of riskier ventures look like they’ll pay off. And that’s not even getting into all of the indie gems buried ahead, waiting for us to discover them at Sundance or Toronto or what have you.

Films from the last category were naturally left off my list, as I can’t get excited for a movie I haven’t heard of yet or know nothing about. But for a list of the films (big and small) that I do know about, and am eagerly looking forward to, join me after the jump.  Read More »

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Paramount Pictures, which released The Wolf of Wall Street last year, is now in talks to pick up US rights to the next Martin Scorsese film, Silence. Assuming the deal goes through, Silence would be released late next year, in November 2015. That would prime it for awards season, and a release window that is pretty much exactly what we’d expect to see for a film like this.

Scorsese has been poised to make an adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel for many years, with Silence long being among his tentative “next projects.” Now the movie has financing from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Corsan Entertainment, and it will shoot soon in Taiwan with Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver in the lead roles. Read More »

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Even at 71 years of age, Martin Scorsese shows no signs of slowing down. He’s currently on the awards circuit with his masterful film The Wolf of Wall Street, and he will debut a new documentary in the coming months. Then he’ll follow all that with Silence, and adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. The film already has Andrew Garfield, Ken Watanabe and Adam Driver in key roles. Now Liam Neeson has joined the cast. Production will begin later this year. Read More »

Adam Driver Joins Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’

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One of the biggest breakouts of HBO’s Girls isn’t a girl at all. Adam Driver‘s name has cropped up in connection to everything from Batman vs. Superman to Star Wars Episode VII, and those are just his rumored roles. He’s actually appeared in projects directed by the likes of Noah Baumbach, Steven Spielberg, and the Coen Brothers. Not bad for a guy we hadn’t heard of two years ago.

Now it seems Martin Scorsese is the latest to take notice of this white-hot star. According to a new report, Driver is set to join Andrew Garfield and Ken Watanabe in Scorsese’s Silence, a drama set in 17th century Japan. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Martin Scorsese has cast Garfield as the lead in in Silence, based on an Shusaku Endo novel about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. He’ll be joined by Ken Watanabe and filming is set to start Summer 2014. Garfield will play Father Rodrigues, who travels to Japan with a priest and Watanabe will play the priest’s interpreter. Read More »

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For quite a few years we’ve heard about Martin Scorsese‘s desire to adapt the Shusaku Endo novel Silence, about Jesuits who attempt to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan. For various reasons the project has never quite come to fruition. Once nearly set to shoot with Daniel Day-Lewis in the lead, the film fell behind many of the director’s other projects when it came time to set up the financing and scheduling films. Shutter Island, then Hugo, and The Wolf of Wall Street all ended up shooting first. Lawsuits have even been filed by producers claiming damages thanks to the delays.

Now Silence seems like it is finally ready to go as financing is set and a shoot is planned for July 2014. Read More »