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Martin Scorsese’s next film to be long-anticipated adaptation of “Silence”

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After many years of putting it on the back-burner, Martin Scorsese has finally committed to his planned adaptation of Shusaku Endo’s novel “Silence.” It has been rumored that he would follow up his hit film “Hugo” with an adaptation of Joe Nesbo’s thriller novel “The Snowman,” or “The Irishman” and “The Gambler,” but in a recent interview Scorsese definitively said that “Silence” will be his next film.

“I’m hoping to do Endo’s book next, ‘Silence’… Not hoping, we’re literally pulling all the elements together at this point,” Scorsese told BBC’s radio show Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, as transcribed by Bleeding Cool.

“Silence” tells the story of two Jesuit missionaries in 17th Century Japan who must deal with the persecution of Christians by Japanese feudal lords and traders from rival European nations as they spread their gospel and search for their mentor. Since this project has been gestating since 2007, the flick already had three actors lined up — Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal — but it’s unclear if all three will still be involved. Scorsese said that at least Day-Lewis might be hard to snag.

“I’m not sure [if he’ll still star],” Scorsese said in the interview. “Daniel’s working with Steve right now, Steve Spielberg [on ‘Lincoln’].”

If Day-Lewis’s commitment to “Lincoln,” which is currently filming, is enough to get him off this project, then it sounds like Scorsese it looking to fast-track “Silence.” That should be good news to people who have been watching this project develop over the years.

Are you glad Scorsese is finally directing “Silence”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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