16 items from 2015
Production has now wrapped on the set of Martin Scorsese’s passion project Silence, the auteur’s high-profile adaptation of the eponymous novel by Shûsaku Endô, and after giving us an image of Andrew Garfield’s Jesuit priest, Collider has unveiled the first official still of Liam Neeson as a bearded and gaunt mentor.
Set in 17th century Nagasaki, Japan, Scorsese’s awards-friendly tale orbits around Garfield’s pilgrimage to find his wayward mentor, a gruelling experience he will share with Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ Adam Driver. Disillusioned and at his wits’ end, Neeson’s deeply religious lead is hoping to spread the salvation of Christianity, though his character finds himself conflicted with the role that god plays in his life, questioning his once-unyielding faith in the process.
- Michael Briers
Over the weekend, our first look at Liam Neeson in Martin Scorsese‘s passion project Silence has graced the internet. The film is set to debut at next year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, according to reports.
The film, based on the novel by Shûsaku Endô, and adpated by Jay Cocks, is set in the seventeenth century where two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.
It will be released in cinemas »
- Paul Heath
It's no surprise that New Yorker Martin Scorsese is sticking with his home base Paramount, given that Brad Grey managed the filmmaker and produced "The Departed" (2006) before he took the studio reins as CEO. Scorsese immediately forged a producing deal and is now pacted with Paramount through 2019. Paramount distributed Scorsese's "Shutter Island," "Hugo," Rolling Stones doc “Shine a Light" and "The Wolf of Wall Street," and will open Scorsese and Jay Cocks' adaptation of Shusako Endo's 17th century missionary epic "Silence," starring Ken Watanabe, Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver and Liam Neeson, in 2016. As Paramount pushes to bolster its lean production slate, it's also seeking more product from its many first-look production deals, including Michael Bay, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Jerry Bruckheimer and Mary Parent. Read More: What Happened to Martin Scorsese's $70-Million Short »
- Anne Thompson
“Marty is one of our industry’s most prolific and celebrated filmmakers and he is also an integral part of the Paramount family,” said Paramount Chairman and CEO Brad Grey. “We are looking forward to many more years and many more great films at Paramount Pictures.”
Paramount will release Scorsese’s historical drama “Silence,” starring Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield, with Scorsese producing and directing. Jay Cocks and Scorsese wrote the screenplay for the film, which has not set a release date.
The studio said the deal covers development of “The Devil in the White City,” directed by Scorsese, with Leonardo DiCaprio starring and producing with Jennifer Davisson. The movie is written by Billy Ray »
- Dave McNary
Earlier this year, Martin Scorsese wrapped production on his long-awaited historical drama Silence. Written by Gangs of New York screenwriter Jay Cocks, it's the story of two 17th century priests that travel to Japan, starring Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. This has been a passion project for the director for quite some time and expectations are very high.
Now we have a question for you: What is Martin Scorsese's greatest film? We're going to count anything that he directed. Feel free to vote for an early work »
By Todd Garbarini
Cy Howard’s 1970 film Lovers and Other Strangers, which stars Bea Arthur, Bonnie Bedelia, Michael Brandon, Anne Jackson, Diane Keaton, and Cloris Leachman, celebrates it’s 45th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 104-minute comedy on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7:30 pm. Scheduled to appear in person are actress Bonnie Bedelia, Cloris Leachman and the Oscar-nominated co-writers Joe Bologna and Renee Taylor for a post-screening Q&A with film critic Stephen Farber.
From the press release:
Lovers And Other Strangers was nominated for three Academy Awards in 1970 and won the Oscar for best original song, "For All We Know." This sharp and poignant comedy examines the relationships of a dozen characters involved in preparing for a family wedding. The superb ensemble cast includes Oscar winners Gig Young, Cloris Leachman, and Diane Keaton (in her first »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Entertainment Weekly has provided us with our first look at The Amazing Spider-man star Andrew Garfield in the upcoming Martin Scorsese adaptation Silence. The film is based on the book of the same name and revolves around two Jesuit priests who face violent persecution when they travel to Japan to seek out their mentor and spread the teachings of Christianity. The book, written by Shusaku Endo, was first published in 1980.
This is expected in cinemas in 2016. Check out the new image above.
Source: EW »
- Paul Heath
Andrew Garfield goes from Spider-Man to 17th century priest in the first look photo from Martin Scorsese‘s latest film, “Silence.” EW revealed the first photo, which features Garfield as Father Rodrigues alongside actor Shinya Tsukamoto as a Japanese villager named Mokichi. Based on the novel by Shusako Endo, “Silence” follows two 17th century priests who face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor (Liam Neeson) and spread Christianity. Also Read: Party Report in Pictures: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jodie Foster and Alicia Keyes (Photos) Jay Cocks (“Gangs of New York”) wrote the script, and »
- Linda Ge
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Martin Scorsese’s transcendent gangster classic “Goodfellas,” and while the director’s grand stature in cinematic history is in no doubt, that doesn’t mean there are no under-appreciated gems hiding in his filmography. Point of fact, this year also marks the 22nd anniversary of the little discussed adaptation of Edith Wharton’s novel, “The Age of Innocence.” To convince you of the sensual beauty and magnificence of the period piece, Milad Tangshir has crafted a nearly 20-minute-long video essay on the virtues of the 1993 film. Titled “Hidden Behind Lace,” Tangshir’s video essay not only breaks down Scorsese’s visual style and offers analysis, but also includes clips from interviews given by editor Thelma Schoonmaker, cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, co-screenwriter Jay Cocks, production designer Dante Ferretti, and Scorsese himself. It’s a loving tribute to a film that’s been unfairly overlooked »
- Cain Rodriguez
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
16 items from 2015
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