Eggs & Bacon: Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Captain America, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption & RoboCop

Some easter eggs and other little facts from Boogie Nights, Pulp Fiction, Captain America, Silence of the Lambs, Shawshank Redemption and RoboCop. “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” connection to “Fox Force Five” In “Boogie Nights”, Don Cheadle is extremely dedicated when Luis Guzmán asks him to ‘watch the phone.’ Nick Fury’s tombstone in “Captain America: […]

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‘The Silence of the Lambs’ oddly works as a romantic comedy


The 1991 classic is such a thrilling crime drama, but wouldn’t it be as creepy and (quite frankly) hilarious if Hannibal Lecter fell in love with Detective Starling? No? Well, we think so!

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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Spy Thriller ‘The Avenging Silence’ Gets a Full Plot Synopsis

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Director Nicolas Winding Refn (The Neon Demon) has teamed up with screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, best known for their extensive work on the James Bond franchise, for his Tokyo-set thriller, The Avenging Silence. Refn will again follow a man of few words with his next film. Based on its early plot synopsis, The Avenging Silence is about a mute former spy assigned with killing the head of a Yakuza family.

Below, learn more about The Avenging Silence plot.

Refn previously described his next movie in a tweet as “Ian Fleming + William Burroughs + N W R = The Avenging Silence.” According to The Playlist, the movie came from Refn’s desire to direct “a big extravagant action film.” The outlet dug up more details about the film, as they recently found a lengthy, telling synopsis at Crouching Tigers Project Lab, “a new destination for industry professionals looking for original opportunities for co-production and co-financing of their feature length film projects.” On their site, you can find the plot summary, the director’s statement, and the budget ($ 15 million) for The Avenging Silence.

Here’s the full synopsis, which, forewarning, contains more plot points than usual:

The spy was one of the leading spies in Europe. An injury inflicted to his vocal cords during a failed mission six years ago left him mute, forcing him to leave his profession. Now, six years later, he is sought out and put on confidential assignment by a former Yakuza, now a retired Japanese businessman in exile in France, to track down and kill the head of the most dangerous Yakuza family in Japan.

Afraid of flying, our spy anonymously boards a cargo ship headed for Tokyo. An onboard explosion sinks the ship and our spy finds himself washed ashore on a life raft in southern Japan. As a mute, our spy must silently journey through Japan seeking 4 clues – symbolizing conquest, war, famine, and death – which will guide him to the unknown location of the Yakuza boss. Meanwhile, the Yakuza boss, known for his 2004 mass slaughter of Yakuza members who had turned against him, is believed to be plotting to reenter the Japanese underworld after living in his own surreptitious world in the mountains, void of all technology. This way of life becomes an obsession for the Yakuza boss. Rumors spread that he had committed suicide years ago but escaped prisoners from his hidden camp told stories of his plan for a comeback. Now rival Yakuza families suspect he is forming a master plan to return, a plan that unburies the most infamous story of Yakuza betrayal.

Our spy finds himself on an existential journey through Japan in search of pieces to the puzzle that will lead him to a confrontation with the ultimate Yakuza boss in a terrifying conclusion.

The silent protagonist’s existential journey, the distinct setting, the four clues, the crime elements — this all screams Nicolas Winding Refn pretty loud and clear. The synopsis suggests we might see a more plot-heavy movie from the filmmaker, but we’ll see. If one thing is for sure, though, it’s that a mute former spy taking on an “ultimate Yakuza” boss sounds like the kind of movie we want to see from Refn.

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/Filmcast Ep. 400 – Silence

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DavidDevindra and Jeff reflect on 400 episodes of the /Filmcast, discuss the Golden Globes, and also reflect on how the television format is changing. Be sure to read about the relevance of Children of Men as well as Jen Yamato’s review of Silence.

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Interview (Audio): Martin Scorcese with Alexander Payne about “Silence”

From a recent appearance at the Directors Guild of America.

Martin Scorcese, Alexander Payne

Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways, The Descendants) in conversation with Martin Scorcese (Mean Streets, Goodfellas) and writer-director of the new movie Silence.

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Interview (Audio): Martin Scorcese with Alexander Payne about “Silence” was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Bryan Fuller Still Wants the ‘Hannibal’ Cast to Take on ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

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There has never been another television show quite like Hannibal, which redefined what a horror television show could look and feel like across three grand, glorious, and gory seasons. But even the show’s most ardent fans must have realized that the writing was on the wall when the third season went full arthouse Grand Guignol – you don’t venture down a rabbit hole that weird and twisted without scaring off the normals. The series died as it lived: brilliantly, in front of a tiny audience.

But series creator and showrunner Bryan Fuller still hasn’t given up on Hannibal quite yet and is still talking about a potential miniseries follow-up that would adapt The Silence of the Lambs.

Fuller has spent the past 18 months or so talking up a potential fourth season or miniseries, which would adapt Hannibal Lecter author Thomas Harris’ second (and most famous) novel for the small screen. His most recent round of wishful thinking comes to us via the Shock Wave podcast (via Vulture), where he talks about taking on The Silence of the Lambs and beyond:

I think the film adaptation is a perfect film, but there’s a lot of interesting nooks and crannies to explore in a television series. I hope we get to tell the story. I think, ideally for the cast, it would be as a miniseries, here and there. Let’s do 6 to 8 episodes of that, and 6 to 8 episodes over here. And do it as an irregular thing.

While I’m certainly not getting my hopes up for more Hannibal (and I remain pretty happy with the near-perfect final episode), I will say that my skin gets tingly when I think about this team taking on this source material. Fuller and his writers were never precious about Harris’ work, taking what they loved, jettisoning what wouldn’t work on television, and remixing the events and characters to create something that felt profoundly unique. Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-wining film adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs is a brilliant movie that adapts the novel in a fairly straightforward fashion, so the thought of watching the Hannibal team tread on that ground is pretty exciting stuff.

Of course, this is just Fuller talking. He’s currently busy with his television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, a gig that cost him his role as the captain on CBS’ Star Trek: Discovery. If more Hannibal comes our way, it will have to arrive when he finds a gap in his ever-busy schedule. And then he has to convince someone to give him money to make more challenging, beautiful, and beautifully inaccessible horror. Not an easy feat.

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Explore Martin Scorsese’s Latest with New Silence Movie Stills

Check out more than 30 new stills from Martin Scorsese's Silence movie.

Check out more than 30 new stills from Martin Scorsese’s Silence movie

Paramount Pictures, in association with Fabrica de Cine and Ai Films, have today released more than 20 new Silence movie stills, all of which can now be seen in our gallery viewer at the bottom of this page. The film itself is currently screening in New York and Los Angeles and will open wide later this month.

RELATED: Interview: Andrew Garfield on Martin Scorsese’s Silence

Silence stars Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man, The Social Network), Adam Driver (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Girls), Liam Neeson (Taken), Tadanobu Asano (Thor), Issey Ogata (The Sun), Ciaran Hinds (Bleed For This), Yosuke Kubozuka (Go), and Yoshi Oida (The Pillow Book).

Set in the 17th century, Silence depicts two Jesuit priests’ dangerous journey to Japan, where missionaries and converted Christians face persecution as inquisitors force them to apostatize (to renounce their faith). Those who refuse suffer such cruelties as being strung upside down over a pit of excreta or being burned alive. Amidst these horrors, Fr. Sebastian Rodrigues (Garfield) encounters a cowardly Japanese man named Kichijiro, who ends up being key to Rodrigues’ powerful spiritual journey.

Scorsese, who worked closely with Fabrica de Cine’s Gaston Pavlovich on the making of the film, wrote the Silence movie screenplay with Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York), based on the book Silence by Shusaku Endo. The film is produced by Scorsese and Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street), along with Randall Emmett (Lone Survivor), Barbara Defina (Goodfellas), Vittorio Cecchi Gori (Il Postino), Irwin Winkler (Creed). Producer Gaston Pavlovich’s company Fabrica de Cine also provided the lead financing for Silence, alongside Executive Producer Dale A. Brown of Sharpsword Films.

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