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Briefly: I can't quite believe that David Gordon Green will have two R-rated comedies out within months of one another in 2011. April sees the release of Your Highness, starring James Franco, Danny McBride, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel. And then in July there's The Sitter, starring Jonah Hill as a guy who ends up taking three kids he's watching across town on a mission to buy drugs for his girlfriend (Ari Graynor). Shockingly, things go wrong. Max Records, Sam Rockwell and J.B. Smoove are in the cast, and now we know that Method Man makes an appearance as well. We don't know his role, but as far as rappers-turned-actors go, Method Man has had a better run than many, with roles in The Wire, The Wackenss, Cop Land, Garden State and the upcoming Red Tails. (Ok, there are also Meet the Spartans and My Baby's Daddy, but let the guy »
- Russ Fischer
According to The Playlist, the film “follows a college dropout who has to take his three babysitting charges across town to buy drugs for his girlfriend.”
No word on who exactly Method will play in the film Green’s film. We know it’s not the drug dealer that Jonah’s character goes to buy drugs from, because the honor has already gone to J. B. Smoove and Sam Rockwell.
The likely R-rated film, which has already completed principal photography, will be released on July 15th, 2011.
Director Andrew Dominik proved with The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford that he could create an intensely beautiful film with an insanely long title. He also proved that he could handle a large cast of formidable talent. Fortunately for fans, he’ll get another chance to wrangle a murder of talent. Not only will Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck be starring in Dominik’s forthcoming Cogan’s Trade – a film about comedy and crime in Boston (the only city in the United States with crime) – but Sam Rockwell, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Zoe Saldana, Bill Murray, and Mark Ruffalo are also possible to come on board. If they do, Andrew Dominik will have single-handedly kept the great actors of Hollywood busy and unable to appear in anyone else’s films next year. Well played, sir. The film is set to shoot in Louisiana in March, and it creates another reason to be excited »
- Cole Abaius
Not only is it exciting that Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck will be reuniting with their Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford Andrew Dominik for the comic heist tale Cogan's Trade, but the movie is actually going to get made, and soon. The local film magazine Scene Louisiana is reporting that the movie is set to start shooting in New Orleans in March, and in addition to Pitt and Affleck, the cast is rumored to include fellow Jesse James star Sam Rockwell, plus Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. That cast list is insane, granted, and I have a hard time imagining that every single one of those rumored names will actually wind up in the credits list-- for instance, how would Ruffalo balance shooting this in New Orleans with Hulking out for The Avengersin New Mexico around the same time? Then »
Brad Pitt and his The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford director Andrew Dominik will be heading to New Orleans in March to begin shooting Cogan's Trade. We reported back in early November that the two were getting back together to work on the dramatic film based on the book by George V Higgins, and now word comes that production's getting ready to start up in Louisiana.
Dominik adapted the book and Pitt will be producing as well as starring in Cogan's Trade.
Scene Louisiana is reporting the cast of Cogan's Trade "is also rumored to include" Casey Affleck (Robert Ford to Pitt's Jesse James in Assassination of Jesse James), Josh Brolin and Javier Bardem (who worked together in No Country for Old Men) Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Zoe Saldana.
George V Higgins was a former prosecutor and newspaper columnist before launching a successful career as a bestselling author. »
The next comedy from David Gordon Green, the bonkers-looking fantasy spoof "Your Highness," isn't out until April, but the prolific, chameleonic director has already wrapped his next picture, the Jonah Hill-toplining comedy "The Sitter." Following a college dropout who has to take his three babysitting charges across town to buy drugs for his girlfriend, it's a script we really enjoyed when we read it, and features a very promising cast, including Ari Graynor as the girl, "Where The Wild Things Are" star Max Records as one of the kids, and Sam Rockwell and "Curb Your Enthusiasm"'s J.B. Smoove as Hill's… »
Megastar Brad Pitt has confirmed that he will star in Cogan’s Trade, the crime/heist film that will re-team Pitt with writer/director Andrew Dominik and most likely actors Casey Affleck (attached) and Sam Rockwell (in talks).
All four men are the major players from the 21st century classic Western The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, a movie I dream, obsess and lust over more than Kevin Spacey does his screen daughter’s high school friend Mena Suvari in American Beauty.
Seriously. I forget to pay my bills because the ideas from the film – the images, the music, the performances, the emotion of the poetic masterpiece keeps creeping into my head. »
- Matt Holmes
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie maintain a home in New Orleans, and now Scene Louisiana reports that Pitt will film the upcoming “Cogan’s Trade” in his adopted hometown. It will be the first film he’s shot in Louisiana since “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” in 2008. “Cogan’s Trade” is an adaptation of George V. Higgins’ 1974 crime novel of the same name. Pitt will play Jackie Cogan, a mob enforcer who investigates the robbery of a big time, mafia protected, poker game. The film also reunites Pitt with “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” collaborators, director Andrew Dominik, and co-star Casey Affleck. As you would expect, a project like this attracts a great deal of attention from major Hollywood stars. Big names rumored to be circling “Cogan’s Trade”, hoping to join the ensemble cast, include Javier Bardem, Josh Brolin, Bill Murray, Zoe Saldana, »
- Brent McKnight
The team of Brad Pitt and Andrew Dominik, who previously worked together on the exceptional Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, will be collaborating again on a crime drama called Cogan's Trade. The film also has a list of very attractive names surrounding the project, including Josh Brolin, Zoe Saldana, Sam Rockwell, Bill Murray, Javier Bardem and Mark Ruffalo. The film could begin shooting as early as March in New Orleans, the book is set in Boston but Affleck had suggested that the events of the film would alter geographically. »
- Will Chadwick
Scene Magazine has learned that Brad Pitt has officially signed on to star in "Cogan's Trade," which will re-team him with "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" director Andrew Dominik. In the film, Pitt will play Jackie Cogan, an enforcer investigating the robbery of a high stakes poker game protected by the mob. The cast also includes Pitt's "Jesse James" co-star Casey Affleck, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Zoe Saldana. "Cogan's Trade" will begin shooting in March in New Orleans, where Pitt lives with Angelina Jolie and filmed "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button." »
Last month, we told you that The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik was looking to reteam with a few of the actors from that film for his next feature, Cogan's Trade. Well, it looks like at least one of the James gang will for sure be reuniting with Dominik: Brad Pitt. Pitt is set to star in the titular role of Jackie Cogan in the adaptation of the George V. Higgins novel. Cogan’s Trade tells the story of an enforcer, Cogan, who is hired by the mob to investigate a high stakes poker heist. Other names mentioned to possibly join Pitt in the film include Jesse James co-stars Casey Affleck and Sam Rockwell, as well as Bill Murray, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel. The Assassination of Jesse James is criminally underrated, and »
- Adam Chitwood
It looks like actor Brad Pitt will be on a film project close to his home again. Scene has confirmed Andrew Dominik-directed “Cogan’s Trade” will be filmed in New Orleans beginning this March. “Cogan’s Trade” is based on the novel written by George V. Higgin. The story is about an enforcer investigating a robbery of a high stakes poker game protected by the mob. Scene also reported a long rumored casting list including names like Casey Affleck, Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Zoe Saldana. If Casey Affleck is confirmed, then he would reunite with Pitt and Dominik since “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” Not to mention, Brolin and Bardem will re-team with each other since “No Country for Old Men.” That’s a great list of rumored cast members. We’ll try to get confirmation on »
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. Scene Louisina  says that the film is set to film entirely in the New Orleans area. When Casey Affleck initially talked about this film  as a possibility, he mentioned that it was a Boston-set story, but that the action would be moved to a different area. »
- Russ Fischer
It's been over three years since Andrew Dominik's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford was released, but the Australian filmmaker is set to reunite with Brad Pitt (who played Jesse James) for the upcoming crime-thriller Cogan's Trade , based on George V. Higgins' novel. According to the local trade Scene Louisiana (via SlashFilm ), the film is set to start shooting in New Orleans in March with a who's who of hot actors, including a reunion with Casey Affleck, who played Robert Ford in "Assassination." According to the article, the other actors rumored to be part of the ensemble include Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Bill Murray, Mark Ruffalo, Sam Rockwell and Zoe Saldana, who just wrapped shooting Colombiana in New Orleans. In the film, Pitt »
year in review part 5 of several
I thought it would be tasteless to drop this lump of coal on Christmas so I saved it one day. It's naughty, not nice. But before we get to the unsatisfying trends, performances, and movies of the year, some caveats. I didn't see everything and am not, generally speaking, paid to attend terrible movies. Even when I'm doing freelance gigs, nobody has ever said to me "Nathaniel, we'd love for you to write a 3,000 word essay about Yogi Bear." [Editors of the world take note: I would totally do this for money.]
Most Repetitive Actor or Actress Dear Leonardo DiCaprio, you have now done three movies in a row where you're a tortured soul with an emotionally unstable dead wife. This is an even more specific brick-wall niche then when Jodie Foster kept getting trapped in small places or when Julianne Moore kept losing her children (imaginary or otherwise).
DiCaprio's new franchise!
It's time to shake things up. »
- NATHANIEL R
“The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)
“The King’s Speech” (The Weinstein Company, 11/26, R, trailer)
“The Fighter” (Paramount, 12/10, R, trailer)
“Inception” (Warner Brothers, 7/16, PG-13, trailer)
“Black Swan” (Fox Searchlight, 12/1, R, trailer)
“True Grit” (Paramount, 12/25, PG-13, trailer)
“127 Hours” (Fox Searchlight, 11/5, R, trailer)
“Toy Story 3” (Disney, 6/18, G, trailer)
“Blue Valentine” (The Weinstein Company, 12/29, R, trailer)
“Winter’s Bone” (Roadside Attractions, 6/11, R, trailer)
“The Town” (Warner Brothers, 9/17, R, trailer)
“The Ghost Writer” (Summit, 2/19, PG-13, trailer)
“Shutter Island” (Paramount, 2/19, R, trailer)
“Another Year” (Sony Pictures Classics, 12/31, PG-13, trailer)
“Rabbit Hole” (Lionsgate, 12/17, Tbd, trailer)
“Waiting for ‘Superman’” (Paramount Vantage, 9/24, PG, trailer)
“Secretariat” (Disney, 10/8, PG, trailer)
“Alice in Wonderland” (Disney, 3/5, PG, trailer)
- Scott Feinberg
The ballots for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards have been mailed today, beginning the all-important three-week-long period before they’re due on Jan. 14. Not much has changed in the past week since my last round of predictions (I am now putting Natalie Portman above Annette Bening for Best Actress, though I think the race is still too close to call). But I have been interested to watch as many of my Oscar-prognosticator colleagues have changed their predicted Best Picture winner from The King's Speech to The Social Network. Several of you have wondered in the comments why I haven’t switched my No. »
- Dave Karger
If you're like me, you're trapped in the house under two feet of snow and you've got a lot of time on your hands. So it's the perfect day to read "The Sports Guy" Bill Simmons' lengthy treatise on the state of sports movies on Espn.com. It is an interesting (if a tad long-winded) read but, hey, what else are you gonna do? Shovel the driveway? I didn't think so.
Simmons begins by identifying what a down year 2010 was for sports movies: besides "The Fighter," you had the inspirational horse drama (obviously -- all horse dramas are inspirational) "Secretariat," the basketball romantic comedy "Just Wright," (in the proud tradition of "Forget Paris") and the "Bad News Bears"-y girls' basketball movie "The Winning Season" starring Sam Rockwell. The dearth of sports movies, a typically dependable cinematic staple, coupled with all the talk about how hard it was for »
- Matt Singer
Usually around this time of the year we list maybe 10 or 20 films that we think are as absolute ‘Must See’s’ for what the next 12 months of cinema has to offer us but as the clock is ticking ever closer to midnight on 2010, we thought we would challenge ourselves a little further this time around. The question I posed to the Owf staff recently was… can Cinema in 2011 produce enough ‘Must See’ films to hit 52, which would ratio out to be just one film per week? That’s all we are hopeful for here… just one film every Friday that justifies us parting with our ever increasingly important cash in these tough economic times.
Did we manage to find 52? Kind of.
There’s certainly 52 films listed here but once we got to around 30, the whole thing became a struggle and we had to fill it out disappointingly with the usual array of over-budgeted summer spectacles, »
- Matt Holmes
If aliens were to come to Earth in 1873 in a Steven Spielberg-produced movie, could we expect to see E.T. riding on horseback instead of a bike? Hardly! It looks like there’s nothing whimsical about “Cowboys & Aliens,” a Jon Favreau film starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Sam Rockwell, and Olivia Wilde. Instead, it looks more like “Independence Day” in an Old West setting. But don’t take our word for it — check out the new trailer for the movie, which will be released July 29.
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