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Martin Scorsese Stays Busy as Paramount Targets Awards-Friendly 'Silence' Date

At 71, no one keeps up with the relentlessly energetic Martin Scorsese. Seven months after "The Wolf of Wall Street" opened before earning a Best Picture nomination — and just after his latest documentary, "The New York Review of Books: A 50 Year Argument" premiered at a small festival ahead of HBO's planned fall theatrical release, his next feature film "Silence" is prepping to start production.
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 15, 2014 3:11 PM
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Mick Jagger Wanted to Play Alex in 'A Clockwork Orange,' The Beatles Wanted to Do Soundtrack

Letters of Note blog has yet another amazing discovery for us today. Before Kubrick famously took the helm of "A Clockwork Orange," producer Si Litvinoff approached director John Schlesinger with the project. Litvinoff's letter to Schlesinger is revealing: Mick Jagger was interested in playing the role of Alex (eventually to be played to iconic effect by Malcolm McDowell) and none other than the Beatles wanted to supply the soundtrack.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 27, 2013 1:43 PM
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