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Daily Bite: Martin Scorsese, GLAAD Awards, and Keanu Reeves
22 Apr 2013 : By Gearóid Gilmore
Director Martin Scorsese
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Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ secures funding
Director Martin Scorsese’s passion project, ‘Silence’, has finally secured funding. Scorsese recently finished shooting the biopic ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, starring long-time collaborator Leonardo Di Caprio and Matthew McConaughey and now, after numerous delays, Scorsese has confirmed that an adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel will be his next project. Scorsese has reportedly been interested in adapting the novel since 1991, and has considered casting Daniel Day-Lewis, Benicio Del Toro, and Gael Garcia Bernal in the film. ‘Silence’ was scheduled for production back in 2007, and again in 2011. Now it seems that Scorsese will finally get the opportunity to shoot the film, with production due to begin in Taiwan in July 2014. Written by Scorsese and Jay Cocks, the story centres on 17th Century Jesuits who risk their lives by travelling to Japan in order to spread Christianity. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ will be released in America in November this year, and should hit Irish screens shortly afterwards.

‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ and ‘The New Normal’ win at GLAAD Awards
The second of three GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies was held on Saturday night in Los Angeles following last month’s presentation in New York City. Highlights included Emma Watson’s indie hit ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ winning ‘Outstanding Film’, NBC’s ‘The New Normal’ triumphing in the ‘Outstanding Comedy Series’ category, and ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ picking up the award for ‘Outstanding TV Movie or Mini-Series’. The ceremony was hosted by Drew Barrymore, and Charlize Theron, Betty White, and Leonardo Di Caprio were also in attendance to present awards. Former American President Bill Clinton was also honoured at the event, as he was presented with ‘The Advocate for Change Award’. The awards honour "inclusive representations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives" and the third and final ceremony of this year’s awards will take place in San Francisco on May 11th.

Watch the trailer for Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut, ‘Man of Tai Chi’
Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves appeared at the Beijing International Film Festival on Saturday to promote his directorial debut, ‘Man of Tai Chi’. Reeves appeared at a press conference with his leading man Tiger Hu Chen, and the film’s action choreographer (who also worked with Reeves on ‘The Matrix’ trilogy) Yuen Woo-ping. ‘Man of Tai-Chi’ centers on a young martial artist who is lured into an underground tournament in Beijing and is promised the chance for greatness by the film’s villain, played by Reeves, if he survives a round of no-holds barred battles.

To watch the trailer, click the link below.

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