Before making the movie that became Killing Them Softly, The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik was developing a biopic of Marilyn Monroe. Actually, Blonde is not quite a biopic — it is an account of the screen icon’s life, but one based on a Joyce Carol Oates novel that imagined Monroe’s thoughts. So not quite non-fiction; or even less non-fiction than biopics often attempt.

Now, on Marilyn’s birthday, Dominik and the star of his last two films, Brad Pitt, have announced that Pitt’s company Plan B will product the film. “We’re going to get this one done,” Pitt says. Read More »

Based on the strength of his two films Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, we’ve eagerly anticipated Andrew Dominik‘s new film Killing Them Softly. The movie is an adaptation of a novel by George V. Higgins and shot last year under the title Cogan’s Trade. It features Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer on the trail of two guys (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) who robbed a big-ticket poker game. While the plot is pretty minimal, it sounds like there’s more to the movie than just that.

We’ve seen a couple clips, and word out of Cannes was intriguing. There’s even a controversial angle, as Dominik seems to have positioned the film specifically as a rebuttal of modern capitalism. Reviews out of Cannes were slightly mixed, but the positive ones tended to be very positive (as with Jesse James) and now a sleek website has been launched, filled with new images from the thriller, to put the movie out to the masses. Read More »

With Cannes just around the corner we’re going to start seeing even more clips and trailer from some of our most anticipated movies of the year. One of the big ones is Killing Them Softly, the third feature film from Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) that was formerly titled Cogan’s Trade. We haven’t seen any footage at all from this one yet, so the clip below is a first look.

The film features Brad Pitt as a mob enforcer on the trail of a couple guys (Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn) who ripped off the wrong card game. None of those guys are in this first footage from the film, however. Rather, we see Sam Shepard and Slaine showing up at Ray Liotta‘s house, where they rough him up for some reason. The scene is pretty basic, but the way the camera moves past the action really marks this as Dominik’s work — he’s not a guy to engage a scene in the obvious manner. It’s a great little shot. Read More »

The primary lineup for the competition slate at the 2012 Cannes has been unveilend, and it is a very strong list of films. There are quite a few expected entries: David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, Lee DanielsThe Paperboy, John Hillcoat‘s Lawless (formerly The Wettest County), and Andrew Dominik‘s Killing Them Softly (formerly Cogan’s Trade), and we already knew that Wes Anderson‘s Moonrise Kingdom would open the festival.

But the international lineup is even more exciting, with films such as Rust & Bone from Jacques Audiard, Amour from Micheal Haneke, The Hunt from Thomas Vinterberg, and Mekong Hotel from 2010 Palme d’Or winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul. As is occasionally the case with Cannes, this year’s lineup features many returning Cannes award winners; it’s a world-class program.

The downside to all of that is that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s The Master and Terrence Malick‘s as-yet untitled romance starring Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Javier Bardem didn’t show up in the list. There is some time for them to be added to the festival lineup in some measure, but (as expected) we’ll likely have to wait until this fall for The Master. As for the Malick movie… well, it’s Malick, so who knows?

You’ll find the lineup as it has been announced so far after the break. Read More »

I know that a lot of our readers are very interested in seeing Cogan’s Trade, which is the new film from Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) starring Brad Pitt and a wonderful supporting cast. Trouble is, now it seems that you’ll never see Cogan’s Trade. To be more specific, you’ll get a chance to see Dominik’s new movie, but it will have a different title. Read More »

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When I made my list of most anticipated movies of 2012, one of the films I immediately realized I’d left out of consideration was Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, which stars Brad Pitt as a mob heavy on the trail of a couple junkies who ripped off the wrong poker game. So far we’ve seen only one still (above, seen in better resolution below), and no footage. But just on the strength of Dominik’s last film, the tremendous The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, this new movie stands as one we just have to see.

Now there are a few new stills from the movie that show off more of Pitt as well as looks at supporting players Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins. Read More »

This isn’t just another shot of Brad Pitt, and it isn’t a shot of Brad Pitt in the Fight Club sequel that (thankfully) doesn’t exist. This is Brad Pitt in the Andrew Dominik film Cogan’s Trade. It’s only the director’s third feature, and his first two (Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford) have quite a fervent following. Needless to say, we’re excited to see what he’s done with this film. We’ve seen spy snaps of Brad Pitt in character as a mob enforcer who goes after  a team that rips off a high-stakes poker game, but this is the first ‘real’ look at him in the film. See a slightly larger version after the break. Read More »

If you didn’t see Monsters or In Search of a Midnight Kiss (or aren’t a dedicated fan of Bones) your first thought here might be ‘who the hell is Scoot McNairy?’ The male lead from Gareth Edwards’ low-budgets sleeper Monsters has got great people working on his side, because despite not having the most head-turning performance in that film he has become a hot commodity after years of playing sideline roles.

The first evidence of that status is grabbing a big role in Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade. He also has a couple other possible big jobs brewing. And, good news for fans of the film Animal Kingdom: Ben Mendelsohn is also in Cogan’s Trade. Read More »

Ray Liotta Joins ‘Cogan’s Trade’

Add one more name to the impressive cast roster of Andrew Dominik‘s new film Cogan’s Trade. Brad Pitt stars in a story about a mob enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a poker game, and supporting roles are inhabited by James Gandolfini, Sam Rockwell, Vincent Curatola and Richard Jenkins.

Now Ray Liotta is in the mix, too. Read More »

Briefly: Every piece of news on Andrew Dominik’s new project Cogan’s Trade makes the film sound better and better. We’ve got the Assassination of Jesse James reunion of the director, Brad Pitt, Sam Rockwell and reportedly Casey Affleck. Then there are James Gandolfini and Bella Heathcote playing additional roles.

Now Richard Jenkins has been added to the cast, playing a lawyer who has inside info on a high-stakes card game that gets robbed, leading mob enforcer Brad Pitt to track down those responsible. The film is based on a crime novel by George V. Higgins, and the film is said to have some comedy elements as well. The Weinstein Company will distribute the film early next year. [Variety]