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.
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‘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.”
We're a little over a week away from the release of 'Killing Them Softly,' and it's killing us that we can't see this movie yet. The latest trailer has dropped and it's got plenty of James Gandolfini and gun violence to go around.
After going through an arduous shooting process, Marc Forster's 'World War Z' now has a trailer, which features Brad Pitt and his family up against the zombie apocalypse.
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.
That new Chanel No. 5 commercial featuring Brad Pitt is hilarious -- and it got us thinking about what he was up to before he became famous. In today's Way Back When, we take a look at the earlier roles of one of America's most famous leading men.
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.
Brad Pitt believes history is really important, and the best way to help people learn about history is by putting Brad Pitt in it. With that in mind, Pitt is producing -- and possibly starring in -- an adaptation of Edwin Black's New York Times best-seller 'IBM and the Holocaust.'
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!
Though he's already won an Oscar for 'Traffic' and was nominated for 'Syriana,' Stephen Gaghan has been relatively quiet recently. But he's looking to get back into writing and directing with 'Candy Store,' which has lined up a powerhouse cast with Denzel Washington and Brad Pitt both in talks to join the film.