Don't expect to see Brad Pitt anywhere on the small screen these days, between the scope of 'World War Z' and his latest 'Killing Them Softly.' The last time we can recall Pitt's star being dim enough for TV was an appearance on 'Friends,' but his name (at least) may soon come to HBO. New reports claim that Pitt's production company has begun development on a new HBO debt collector drama 'Paper,' adapted from a New Yorker article, but what's been changed in the translation?
Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik's 'Killing them Softly' opens this weekend, and it's a film I consider as strained as it is strong -- for every great performance there's a heavy-handed bit of symbolism, and all the subtext is pretty much text. But it -- and a recent Variety article pondering if movies are too long (and, by the way, uh, the answer is "No," thank you very much) -- sent me back to thinking about 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,' Pitt and Dominik's excellent, overlooked previous 2007 release.
‘Killing Them Softly’ has a lot of characters but just one motivation: money. Everyone we see is after the almighty dollar. An low-level mobster hires two men to knock off an underground poker game; one of the thieves wants to use his cut to buy heroin he can sell for more cash. The mob wants the dough from the poker game back so they hire a hitman to find and kill the thieves. He’s after a payday, too -- and when he collects it, President Obama is on a television in the background, delivering his election night speech from 2008 when he proudly proclaimed that we are a nation of one people from a collection of United -- rather than red or blue -- States. The hitman, Jackie (Brad Pitt) isn’t buying it. “One people?” he scoffs. “A myth created by Thomas Jefferson,” who didn’t really believe all men were created equal; he was a slave owner who didn’t want to pay any more taxes to England. “America isn’t a country,” Jackie continues. “It’s a business.”
Ok, it's officially a trend! 'World War Z' is following the example set first by the 'Iron Man 3' trailer and then the 'Evil Dead' remake trailer by offering up its first footage in the form of a teaser trailer. The first full-length 'World War Z' trailer is set to hit this Thursday on Entertainment Tonight, and to get you psyched up, the show has revealed some brief but awesome footage.
We've been hearing about David Fincher tackling '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' for a couple of years now, and it it's already gone through a number of writers, including Andrew Kevin Walker, Scott Z. Burns, and is currently being worked on by Steve Zaillian. But it looks like Disney getting ready to move forward as they've placed a hold on the director for the next three months, and it sounds like they're courting Brad Pitt to play the lead.
Since its generally warm reception at this year's Cannes Film Festival, 'Killing Them Softy' has emerged as one of this Fall's most anticipated movies. Although we've already gotten an American one-sheet, French movie site Cinema Teaser has revealed the international poster. Check it out below!