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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 2, 2009 at 8:58 AM

Movie news roundup: Scorsese, Boyle, Patel, Davis

A little movie-news roundup, for a Monday morning:
— Martin Scorsese, who finally won his Oscar two years ago for “The Departed,” is in talks to make the drama “Silence” his next project, reports Variety. It’s the story of two Jesuit priests in 17th-century Japan, based on a novel by Shusako Endo (adapted for the screen by Jay Cocks, who previously collaborated with Scorsese on “The Age of Innocence” and “Gangs of New York”). Daniel Day-Lewis, Benecio del Toro and Gael Garcia Bernal are in talks to star. Scorsese recently completed the thriller “Shutter Island,” which will be in theaters in the fall.
— Danny Boyle, the charming and talented director of “Slumdog Millionaire,” won the Directors Guild of America Feature Film award this weekend. (Yes, I’ve met Boyle — twice — and he’s an incredibly nice guy. No, I haven’t met Scorsese but I’m sure he’s nice too, though I’m not sure I could take notes fast enough to keep up with his talking.) The DGA Award often predicts the Oscar winner, except when it doesn’t. It usually does: Only six times since 1948 has the DGA award not matched the Oscar winner, most recently in 2002.
— Speaking of “Slumdog Millionaire,” star Dev Patel just signed to star in M. Night Shyamalan’s new family film “The Last Airbender.” If you saw Shyamalan’s “The Happening,” , a movie that brought alarming new meaning to the word “tiramisu,” you might be a little worried for Patel. Let’s hope for the best.
— And finally, clearly somebody heard Meryl Streep’s heartfelt cry on behalf of Viola Davis at the SAG Awards: “Will somebody PLEASE give this woman a movie?” Davis, currently riveting audiences during her twelve minutes of screen time in “Doubt,” has just signed to join Jamie Foxx and Gerard Butler in the thriller “Law Abiding Citizens,” directed by F. Gary Gray (“The Italian Job”).

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