Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »

Briefly: Cogan’s Trade keeps sounding better and better. Sam Rockwell has been rumored to be part of film, and he’s now confirmed. That makes the movie look more and more like a big reunion of The Assassination of Jesse James By the Coward Robert Ford crew. (Too bad Jeremy Renner will likely be too busy to show up.) Andrew Dominik directs the film with Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck starring. The ensemble film is a ‘comic crime saga,’ and an adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel about a heist that takes place during a mob-run high stakes poker game.

Interesingly, Deadline reports the news but still calls Casey Affleck’s participation a rumor. Also rumored are Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, and Zoe Saldana. Cogan’s Trade will reportedly shoot in New Orleans sometime around March. It’s definitely one of the most promising films that is casting right now.

We heard not long ago that director Andrew Dominik might be doing another film with Casey Affleck and Brad Pitt, aka the leads from his last film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. In November Brad Pitt was said to be negotiating for a role in Cogan’s Trade, which will adapt the George V. Higgins novel about Jackie Cogan, “a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that takes place during a high stakes poker game under protection of the mob.” Now a report from Louisiana says that the actor is set for the film, which will film in the bayou state beginning in March. Read More »

And the pieces start to come together. Not long ago, word came down that director Andrew Dominik and his The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford star Casey Affleck were going to shoot a new ‘Boston-based crime story.’ At the time we didn’t know what the story might be.

New info now indicates that the story is Cogan’s Trade, with a script by Mr. Dominik. And it could be even more of a Jesse James reunion than we’d expected, as Brad Pitt, who played Jesse James for Andrew Dominik, looks ready to sign on. Read More »

Earlier this year, Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) was one of two filmmakers lined up to make films based on the life of Marilyn Monroe. He was prepping Blonde, based on the Joyce Carol Oates speculative biography of the actress, with Naomi Watts set to star. The Weinstein Company and Simon Curtis were prepping My Week With Marilyn, with Michelle Williams.

The latter got in motion first, and is shooting now. Between that and the announcement that Mr. Dominik might be shooting another film with his Jesse James star Casey Affleck by early next year, it seemed like Blonde was on hold at the very least, and possibly dead. Naomi Watts made a few comments about it this week, however, making Blonde sound as if it will happen one day, and perhaps sooner rather than later. Read More »

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Earlier this week a single line in a New York Times piece got my hopes up, by saying that Casey Affleck would soon work again with director Andrew Dominik. That would be a re-teaming of two of the primaries from The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. (Affleck played Ford, Brad Pitt played James; hopefully this is a superfluous recap.) Now, in a different interview, Affleck has seemingly confirmed the plan to re-team.

This raises two questions. One: what’s the new movie? And two, what does this mean for Blonde, the Marilyn Monroe biopic Dominik had planned to shoot in January? Read More »

Andrew Dominik Writing Remake of ‘Tell No One’


Tell No One has had an interesting history. From a novel by Harlan Coben, Guillaume Canet directed the 2006 film that became a European hit and an art-house success in the US.

In 2009 Focus Features and Miramax picked up remake rights, but with the changes that hit Miramax in the last year, those rights now reportedly reside entirely with Focus. And the studio has now hired Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) to write a new draft. Read More »


Last week we heard that Chopper and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik would direct Naomi Watts in Blonde, a biopic of Marilyn Monroe.

Now there’s already what appears to be the first image of Watts as Monroe, snapped at Cannes. Best guess is this is a photoshop comp based on a test photo of Watts in character. I’d still say Watts is too skinny to convincingly play Monroe, but this shows she has the attitude, and she can always do a little Raging Bull diet to push herself a little closer to the right build. See the full image at the end of this post. [Allocine, via The Playlist]

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I know that Marilyn Monroe is an American icon, but do we really need two biopics of the actress in the works? On one hand, there’s My Week With Marilyn, which started development last year. Scarlett Johansson was originally slated to star, then Michelle Williams stepped in.

And now there is Blonde, which adapts the fake memoir by Joyce Carol Oates. Playing Monroe in this one will be Naomi Watts — not exactly who comes to mind when thinking of the curvy Monroe — under the direction of Andrew Dominik. He might be the key ingredient here, because if you’re going to make a movie about an American legend, why not hand it to the guy who last made The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford? Read More »


If a male filmmaker desires to throw up grim truth and reality before the eyes of moviegoers and also swoon critics, many of whom subsist on darker themes, he will at some point consider making a film about war or prison. There are no greater immediate settings for tapping perennial sentiments of a mad world, or for demystifying masculinity by scraping it and reducing it to a primal essence. Unlike the ambitious gangster or mob film, reputable prison dramas tend to feature a protagonist that is closer to us, a person thrown to hell rather than embodying it, nakedly amidst wolves as opposed to running with them. (Ironic, given these characters’ punishments at the hands of society and/or government.)

Engrossing and well-crafted but formulaic and borderline genre-fare, A Prophet is the latest prison film to follow this mold and punch its way creatively outward. Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, A Prophet has landed on a number of top 10 lists for 2009; with a domestic release forthcoming, we’ll likely see its inclusion on many of this year’s as well.

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