7 items from 2015
20. Dead Man Walking
Directed by: Tim Robbins
Susan Sarandon earned herself an Oscar for her work in “Dead Man Walking,” a film directed by her then husband, Tim Robbins. She plays Sister Prejean, a nun who befriends a death row inmate named Matthew (Oscar nominated Sean Penn) as they confide in one another and build a convincing relationship as the days and hours tick down until his execution. Robbins intercuts the scenes with Sarandon and Penn with moments of the actual crime taking place, creating a storytelling rift that both supports and contradicts moments within the film, creating two very carefully drawn and developed characters. In addition to visiting him regularly, Prejean begins the crusade to find him a lawyer to make an appeal, doing all she can to delay his sentence being carried out. But, as she meets the families of the victims, she finds herself torn between right »
- Joshua Gaul
One of the most anticipated films of 2015 is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Although that anticipation was under the presumption that Silence would actually come out this year, let alone be made. The film has been in pre-production for ages, by Marty’s account, nearly two decades, but the film is finally coming together with funding from Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films, Deadline reported.
Silence stars Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver (yes, he’s in Everything now) as two Jesuit priests in 17th Century Japan on a mission to spread Christianity and locate their mentor, played by Liam Neeson. The pair face incredible, violent persecution while on their journey, and the film has been likened to Scorsese’s last East Asia epic, Kundun.
- Brian Welk
Director Martin Scorsese has finally secured financing for his passion project Silence, which the filmmaker has been trying to get off the ground for the past 20 years. Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have come aboard to fully finance the film and produce, with production now set to begin on January 30 in Taiwan. Paramount Pictures announced in July that they will release the drama in November 2015, but Deadline's report reveals the studio is aiming for a 2016 release. Here's what Martin Scorsese had to say in a statement about Silence moving forward.
"I've wanted to make Silence for almost two decades, and it is finally a reality. It is heartening to have adventurous partners like Fabrica and SharpSword to work with on this picture."
Andrew Garfield is starring as one of two Jesuit priests who, in the 17th Century, take a journey to Japan to find their mentor who has abandoned the church. »
It seems a strange world where someone like Martin Scorsese can't secure the funding for absolutely anything he likes. The reality, of course, is that he has to scratch around like everyone else, but after 20 years, his historical drama Silence is finally happening. Production companies Fábrica de Cine and SharpSword Films have stumped up the cash, with Paramount handling Us distribution.Silence was ready to go, bar the money, earlier this month, with the locations scouted and Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Tadanobu Asano set to star.The screenplay, based on Shusaku Endo's novel, is by Scorsese regular Jay Cocks, and tells the story of Father Rodrigues (Garfield), a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest (Driver) to discover whether Rodrigues’s mentor (Neeson) has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating »
Finally set to start work on his long-gestating adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence, Martin Scorsese has had to make a quick casting change as Ken Watanabe dropped out due to a scheduling clash. The director has now hired Thor’s Tadanobu Asano to replace him.Silence, which has been scripted by sometime Scorsese collaborator Jay Cocks, sees Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, Adam Driver and now Asano in the story of Father Rodrigues, a 17th century Portuguese Jesuit heading to Japan with a fellow priest to discover whether Rodrigues’s mentor has left the church. Their mission is complicated by the fact that religious persecution is rife in the country, necessitating that they travel undercover with Asano as their interpreter.Asano, who won kudos for his role in Mongol, has also appeared in the slightly less prestigious productions Battleship and 47 Ronin. With his casting falling into place, Scorsese can »
• Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano has signed on for a lead role in director Martin Scorsese’s Silence. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver. Asano—whose credits include Mongol, Thor, and 47 Ronin—is replacing Ken Watanabe. He will play an interpreter who joins two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) in pursuit of their mentor (Neeson) who traveled to 17th-century Japan on a Christian mission. Jay Cocks adapted Shusaku Endo’s novel for the screen. [Deadline] • Uzo Aduba (Orange Is The New Black) and Maggie Grace (Taken) have claimed starring roles in Showing Roots. Set in a small Southern »
- C. Molly Smith
Exclusive: Martin Scorsese has set prolific Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano for a lead in Silence, the film that begins shooting early this year. He joins Andrew Garfield, Liam Neeson, and Adam Driver in the Jay Cocks-scripted adaptation of the novel by Shusaku Endo.
Asano is perhaps best known for starring in the Sergey Bodrov-directed Mongol. He replaces Ken Watanabe in the role of an interpreter who accompanies two Jesuit priests (Garfield and Driver) as they search for their mentor (Neeson) who went to 17th Century Japan to spread the gospel of Christianity. Watanabe needed to drop out when production pushed the dates and they clashed with Watanabe’s commitment to the Broadway revival of The King and I, which begins rehearsals in New York this month.
Asano made his Hollywood debut in the Thor films and he also appeare in Battleship and 47 Ronin. Asano is managed in the »
- Mike Fleming Jr
7 items from 2015
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