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Martin Scorsese project ‘Silence’ gets December release date

Martin Scorsese's passion project,

Martin Scorsese's passion project, "Silence," is to be released in late December. Photo Credit: Getty Images / Michael Loccisano

WHO Martin Scorsese

THE MOVIE “Silence”

THE DEAL Though it has no trailer or even a poster, the director’s latest film now has a release date of Dec. 23, according to Variety. A passion project that has been on Scorsese’s to-do list for three decades, “Silence” is an adaptation of Shusako Endo’s 1966 novel about Jesuit missionaries in 17th century Japan and stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver. The new release date suggests Oscar potential, but “Silence” may face an uphill battle at the box office: Its current running time is a reported three hours, 15 minutes, according to Variety.

THE MOVIE “Loving”

THE DEAL Jeff Nichols’ historical drama about an interracial couple (Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga) who fight for their right to legally marry has become the second film this month to launch a voter initiation drive. A new television spot for “Loving” — which arrives in theaters Nov. 4 — asks “What if it was illegal to marry the one you love?” and ends with the words “Your voice matters.” The campaign follows the announcement of a voter-enrollment initiative to be held in the lobbies of theaters screening the slave drama “The Birth of a Nation,” which is due for release Oct. 7.

WHO Gene Wilder

THE DEAL The comedic actor who died last month will receive a local salute at a screening of his 1971 cult hit “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” The film was only a modest hit upon its release, but has steadily became a cult favorite thanks to Wilder’s wild-eyed performance as an erratic chocolate magnate. In other Wilder news, tickets are on sale at fathomevents.com for the nationwide screenings Wednesday of his 1974 collaboration with Mel Brooks, “Young Frankenstein.”

INFO “Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” screens Friday at 7 p.m. at Southampton Arts Center, 25 Jobs Lane. Tickets are $8 and include free popcorn and candy. 631-283-0967; southamptonartscenter.org

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