International Trailer for KILLING THEM SOFTLY Starring Brad Pitt

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A new international trailer for Killing Them Softly has been released.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer called in to investigate the robbery of a high-stakes card game.  The domestic trailer showed us some of the other characters and plot points, but this international trailer is short, to the point, and it works.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, and Ben MendelsohnKilling Them Softly opens November 30th.

New KILLING THEM SOFTLY Poster Features Brad Pitt and Gigantic Title

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The Weinstein Company has released the poster for Killing Them Softly.  While the teaser poster was memorable, this one is a misfire.  I can see what they were going for with the big font (is that Helvetica?  Help me graphic designers!) to give it a retro-feel, but it just comes off as lazy (Russ Fischer of /Film points out that it looks really similar to the game Cards Against Humanity).  Also, this film has a great cast, and while Brad Pitt is the A-lister, that doesn’t mean everyone else’s name should get stuffed down at the bottom in tiny-type.

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  The film also stars Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, and Ben MendelsohnKilling Them Softly opens October 19th.

First Trailer for Andrew Dominik’s KILLING THEM SOFTLY Starring Brad Pitt

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The first trailer for Killing Them Softly has been released.  Directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James), the film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer hired to restore order following the robbery of a mob-protected card game.  We knew going in that Dominik was unlikely to make a straightforward crime pic, and this trailer promises something special.  There’s some great humor, strange characters, and a wonderful backing track provided by the one and only Johnny Cash.  We even get a shade of those political undertones that were singled out when the film premiered to a wildly positive response at the Cannes Film Festival.  As a big fan of Jesse James this one was already high on my list of anticipated films, but seeing Pitt, Richard JenkinsRay Liotta and co. in action I can already tell it’s gonna be an excruciating next few months waiting for this to hit theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars James Gandolfini, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and Vincent CuratolaKilling Them Softly opens on October 19th.

New Images from DREDD and KILLING THEM SOFTLY

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New images have been released for the action flick Dredd and Andrew Dominik‘s crime drama Killing Them Softly.  For those unfamiliar with the films, Dredd is an attempt to faithfully adapt the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey.  As for Killing Them Softly, the movie stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes card game.  The film also stars stars James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam Shepard.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Both films open September 21st.

New Clip from KILLING THEM SOFTLY Starring Brad Pitt

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A new clip from director Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James) crime drama Killing Them Softly has been released.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.  The pic premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this week to a widlly enthusiastic response, and apparently Dominik has crafted the crime drama as a not-so-subtle critique of capitalism.  We got a look at the excellent minimalist teaser poster a few days ago, and this clip features a funny scene between Pitt’s character and Richard Jenkins in which the title of the film becomes crystal clear.  If you missed the Ray Liotta-enhanced first clip from the film, click here.

Hit the jump to watch the clip.  The film also stars James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam ShepardKilling Them Softly opens on September 21st.

First Teaser Poster for KILLING THEM SOFTLY, Starring Brad Pitt

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Earlier today we got our first look at director Paul Thomas Anderson’s highly anticipated new film The Master.  The Weinstein Company showed off the first footage from the drama at the Cannes Film Festival today, where they’re also set to debut another incredibly promising property that’s set for release later this year: Killing Them Softly.  The film marks director Andrew Dominik’s follow up to his phenomenal 2007 film The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.

The first clip for Killing Them Softly debuted earlier this month, but a stylish new teaser poster has just gone online.  It’s minimalist yet enticing, and I love the juxtaposition of the American flag with the pistol aimed right at the onlooker’s face.  Hit the jump to check the poster out in all its glory.  Killing Them Softly hits theaters on September 21st.

First Clip from KILLING THEM SOFTLY Starring Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, and Sam Shepard

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The first clip from Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly has gone online.  The film (formerly titled Cogan’s Trade) stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.  The terrific cast also includes Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam Shepard.  The clip shows Shepard’s character roughing up Liotta, and it gives an indication of the tone Dominik’s trying to strike.  There’s some clever camerawork culminating in a bit of dark comedy, and I’m curious to see if the rest of the film has the same attitude.

Hit the jump to check out the clip, and click here to check out some images from the movie.  Killing Them Softly will premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, and hit theaters stateside on September 21st.

Line-Up for 2012 Cannes Film Festival Announced; Includes COSMOPOLIS, KILLING THEM SOFTLY, LAWLESS, and THE PAPERBOY

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The full line-up for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival has been announced, and there are some heavy hitting debuts making their premieres.  As we’ve previously reported, Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom will open the festival.  This year’s Cannes will also include Cosmopolis (directed by David Cronenberg), The Paperboy (from Precious director Lee Daniels), Lawless (from The Road director John Hillcoat), Killing Them Softly (from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik), Mud (from Take Shelter director Jeff Nichols), Rust & Bone (from A Prophet director Jacques Audiard) and On the Road (from The Motorcycle Diaries director Walter Salles).

Click on the corresponding link for more on each film, and hit the jump for the full line-up.  The 65th Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16 – 25th.

Release Date News: COGAN’S TRADE Set for September 21st; SCARY MOVIE 5 and BUTTER Knocked Back

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This morning, we’ve got some quick release date news regarding The Weinstein Company’s upcoming films.  First up, the crime drama Cogan’s Trade is set for September 21st.  This would put the film slightly after the Toronto International Film Festival, and so the flick could make a showing at TIFF to build some buzz and maybe start an awards run.  The film stars Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer who’s tasked with investigating the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.  The film also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn, Scoot McNairy, Bella Heathcote, and Sam Shepard.  The September 21st date will set the movie against the Judge Dredd reboot, Dredd, the animated family comedy Hotel Transylvania, and the thriller The House at the End of the Street.

Hit the jump for news on the release date changes for Scary Movie 5 and Butter.

5 New Images from COGAN’S TRADE Starring Brad Pitt

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Five new images from Cogan’s Trade have gone online.  Based on the novel by George V. Higgins and written and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), the film stars Brad Pitt as Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer who must investigate the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.  The film also stars Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini (both looking like they’ve slipped back into mob-mode), Richard Jenkins, Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Scott McNairy (Monsters), Bella Heathcote (In Time), and Sam Shepard.  With Dominik at the helm and this spectacular cast, Cogan’s Trade is one of my must-see movies of the year.  Although no release date has been announced, I’d be surprised if The Weinstein Company didn’t set the film loose on the festival circuit this fall.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

First Good Look at Brad Pitt in Andrew Dominik’s COGAN’S TRADE

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At the beginning of March, some blurry set photos from Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Cogan’s Trade leaked online.  Today, an official-looking image from the film has been released and it shows star Brad Pitt in all his slicked-hair, shotgun-wielding majesty.  Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer who is tasked with investigating the heist of a high-stakes card game.  The movie has an impressive cast that includes Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins (The Visitor), Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), Scott McNairy (Monsters), rising star Bella Heathcote (Now), and Sam Shepard.

Judging by the image, the film looks to have the grittier feel of Dominik’s debut film Chopper rather than the lyrical, haunting pace of his previous work, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The Weinstein Company picked up the rights to the film and will likely release the movie in 2012.  Hit the jump to check out the image.

First Set Photos from COGAN’S TRADE and SAFE HOUSE

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The first set photos from Cogan’s Trade and Safe House have gone online.  The photos from Cogan’s Trade are pretty grainy, but Brad Pitt certainly looks the part of mob enforcer Jackie Cogan.  The plot centers on Cogan’s investigation into the heist of a high-stakes poker game.  With Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James) at the helm and a cast that also includes Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Ray Liotta, and Richard Jenkins, I’m beyond excited to see how this film comes together.

Safe House is also an exciting prospect.  The thriller stars Ryan Reynolds as a CIA Agent who must safely transport a dangerous criminal (played by Denzel Washington) to a safe house.  The flick also stars Nora Arnezeder, Ruben Blades, Brendan Gleeson, Liam Cunningham, Tim McGraw, Robert Patrick, and Sam Shepard.  Hit the jump to check set photos from both films.  Safe House is due out February 10, 2012 and Cogan’s Trade is also currently set for an early 2012 release.

Scoot McNairy Set for a Lead Role in COGAN’S TRADE; In Consideration for PROMETHEUS and ABRAHAM LINCOLN: VAMPIRE HUNTER

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The already impressive cast of Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James) Cogan’s Trade has added one more. Scoot McNairy, star of Gareth Edwards’ low-budge Monsters has nabbed one of the lead roles in the flick alongside Brad Pitt. Other castmembers include James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, Javier Bardem, Ray Liotta, Bella Heathcote, and Richard Jenkins. The story of Cogan’s Trade revolves around a mob enforcer (Pitt) who must investigate the robbery of a high-stakes poker game. Filming is set to get underway later this month in New Orleans.

Deadline’s report that McNairy joins Cogan’s Trade also points out that the actor is in high demand. He’s in contention for a role in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus and is circling the role of Josh Speed in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. No telling how he plans to fit all of that into his schedule should he land all of these roles, but it sure would be quite a ride. Cogan’s Trade is set to be released sometime in 2012.

Ray Liotta Joins COGAN’S TRADE; Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, Javier Bardem Confirmed to Co-Star

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When we last left Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of George V. Higgins’ crime novel Cogan’s Trade, the film was stacking up a great cast led by Brad Pitt and costarring James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Bella Heathcote, and Richard Jenkins.  Also rumored to be in the cast were Casey Affleck, Mark Ruffalo, and Javier Bardem.  Risky Business now confirms that not only are Affleck, Ruffalo, and Bardem in the mix, but Ray Liotta is getting in the game as well.

The story of Cogan’s Trade revolves around a mob enforcer (Pitt) who must investigate the robbery of a high-stakes poker game.  Liotta is set to play “Mark ‘Markie’ Trattman, the unfortunate hustler who runs the game in a motel room and finds things only going downhill from there.”  Filming begins later this month in New Orleans for an early 2012 release.  The only way I can see this cast getting any better is if the rumor about Bill Murray joining the film comes true.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.

Richard Jenkins Joins COGAN’S TRADE

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The cast for Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of Cogan’s Trade is becoming even more impressive.  The film already stars Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, rising star Bella Heathcote, and now the great Richard Jenkins has joined the picture.  Pitt is set to play Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high-stakes poker game held under the protection of the mob.”  According to Variety, “Jenkins will play a lawyer who relays inside information about the card game.”  Filming is set to begin later this month in New Orleans.

Jenkins will be seen later this year in Hall Pass, Friends with Benefits, and The Rum Diary.  He’s also in talks to play a nun in the Farrelly Brothers’ adaptation of The Three Stooges.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Cogan’s Trade.

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