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New shots of Orlando Bloom in Zulu, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive, Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in Terence Malick's Knight of Cups, Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain in Miss Julie, Clive Owen and Mila Kunis in Blood Ties, Brit Marling in The East, and Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco.
"The upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' will come with a limited edition phaser (non-working of course). No official date has been announced, though unofficially »
- Garth Franklin
Films have been selling like hotcakes at the Cannes Market this past weekend. Below, news on the Dardenne brothers' latest, Ryan Gosling's directorial debut, Andrew Dominik's Marilyn Monroe biopic and more. -Sundance Selects has announced the acquisition of Us rights to the Dardenne brothers' next film, "Two Days, One Night," which will star Marion Cotillard as a woman given one weekend to convince her colleagues to forego their bonuses so that she can keep her job. Fabrizio Rongione and Olivier Gourmet are also set to star in the film, which is currently in pre-production. -International sales are strong for Ryan Gosling's directorial debut "How to Catch a Monster," which stars Christina Hendricks, Iain De Caestecker, Saoirse Ronan, Ben Mendelsohn, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith and Rob Zabrecky in a modern fantasy-drama that began principal photography in Detroit this month. The title has been sold to a total of 20 international distributors thus far, »
- Beth Hanna
Two days before prestige pic “Blood Ties” screens at Cannes, Worldview Entertainment has picked up rights to Marilyn Monroe biopic “Blonde” with “Killing Them Softly” helmer Andrew Dominik set to helm.
Dominik also penned the script, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates’ fictionalized bio about the late star.
Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA (which arranged financing for the project and reps Dominik) will package and rep domestic rights.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes dramas “Song One,” Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here,” and David Gordon Green’s “Manglehorn.” In addition to “Blood Ties,” company has “The Immigrant” and “Jimmy P.” preeming at Cannes. »
- Rachel Abrams
Worldview Entertainment has optioned the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, from writer-director Andrew Dominik (“Killing Them Softly,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”). The screenplay was adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates fictionalized biography of the late starlet. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA, who arranged financing, will be packaging and representing the domestic rights.
“Andrew is an extremely talented writer and director and we are big fans of his work. ‘Blonde’ is a fantastic project and we are looking forward to seeing it come to life,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Dominik is represented by CAA.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes the upcoming drama, “Song One,” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; Zach Braff’s drama, “Wish I was Here;” David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino; and two studio co-financing deals: Academy Award nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, »
- Michelle McCue
A far more reasonable length for today's podcast, coming in at just over 90 minutes and we have two reviews for you as Laremy was the only one in the theater last night to see Peeples and Vince joins us to discuss The Great Gatsby. We discuss comments made regarding end credits from last episode, I have to draft a new film in the Box Office Challenge now that 300: Rise of an Empire has moved to 2014 and we get to your questions, voicemails, our regular series of games and so much more. I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. »
- Brad Brevet
Chicago – Andrew Dominik delivered one of the best movies of the ’00s the last time he worked with Brad Pitt when the two made “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” And so there was intense anticipation for their follow-up collaboration, “Killing Them Softly,” recently released on Blu-ray and DVD. Call it a sophomore slump but “Kts” is a film with tons of style and some interesting ideas that nonetheless feels like a dirge and plays like a film twice as long as its running time.
Based on “Cogan’s Trade” by George V. Higgins (the name change is the first thing to raise eyebrows), “Killing Them Softly” attempts to graft a commentary on our increasingly dire economic times with a thriller about a mob hitman with a trio of assignments. Pitt plays the guy brought in to clean things up when a couple of numbskulls (Scoot McNairy & Ben Mendelsohn, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
After a bit of a rocky start which saw Mark Romanek leave, with Kenneth Branagh dropping in to to replace him, Disney is soldiering ahead with "Cinderella." Cate Blanchett has stayed on board as the evil stepmother during the tumult that has also seen a range of names including Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde flirt with the title role, with none locking to place. And it seems Disney is continuing the hunt. Deadline reports that Bella Heathcote, Lily James and Margot Robbie are all testing for the lead, and that "one of them will likely walk away with the title role." Heathcote might have the most auteur credentials of the trio, having appeared in films by Tim Burton ("Dark Shadows"), David Chase ("Not Fade Away") and Andrew Dominik ("Killing Them Softly" -- scenes cut) across the past year. Meanwhile, James has appeared in "Downton Abbey" as »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Gist: Like her feature debut – the 2011 Main Competition alum Sleeping Beauty – Julia Leigh is again directing her own screenplay, only this time it’ll be adapted from one of her own novels: 2008’s critically lauded Disquiet. (Her other novel, 1999’s The Hunter, was adapted to the screen in 2011 by Daniel Nettheim and starred Willem Dafoe.) This more recent novel, which has been described as “so spare that it seems as if the characters are deprived of some of their life,” concerns a mother of two young children who leaves her husband and goes to live with her own mother in rural France. Based on the cover of the book (see image above), her mother is ridiculously wealthy and has indulged herself with a massive mansion, so who can blame her?
Prediction: While Leigh was gifted with an exceedingly rare Competition berth for her debut feature, we »
- Blake Williams
Working for a little over a decade, director Andrew Dominik has become an integral voice in the world of cinema. It was his 2007 film, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford that really got my attention and made me realize this was a filmmaker to make note of. Last year, Dominik unleashed his latest opus, Killing Them Softly, to critical acclaim. To coincide with the Blu-ray release of the film this week, I was able to have a chat with Dominik about the film and his inspirations.
To me, the whole film, even down to its marketing, was about preconceived notions. It's sold as this big action film, when at its core it is really about economic unrest. It has these known actors that most of which play characters types they aren't normally associated with. It's about criminals but doesn't come close to glamorizing them. Was this »
Title: Killing Them Softly Directed by: Andrew Dominik Starring: Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard, Scoot McNairy Running time: 98 minutes, Rated R, Available on DVD and Ultraviolet Special Features: The Making of Killing Me Softly featurette & Deleted Scenes A couple of dumb crooks decide to rob a mob run card game which causes the criminal economy to collapse. A gunman (Brad Pitt) is hired to take out those involved to restore order. With a fantastic cast like this, I was disappointed in how slow and boring the story played out. The cinematography and editing were gorgeous, but the long heavy dialogue made me kind [ Read More ]
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A mafia enforcer (Brad Pitt) hunts down two bumbling thieves (Scoot McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn) who rob a local mobster (Ray Liotta) and throw the local underworld into disarray. Also stars Richard Jenkins and James Gandolfini. Directed by Andrew Dominik
Fans of Brad Pitt might be dismayed that the actor doesn't actually show up until twenty minutes into the 90 minute film, and for the next 40 minutes or so, he doesn't do much more than sit in a restaurant, sit in a hotel room, sit in a bar, and sit in a car. When things finally get going, however, Pitt proves why he's a movie star. He delivers a nice, understated performance in a solid crime drama.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Although it didn't take off at the box office like I had hoped it would, director Andrew Dominik's brilliant Killing Them Softly was one of my Top 10 movies of 2012. Chocked full of brilliant performances from Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Ray Liotta, and Scoot McNairy, this adaptation of George V. Higgins centers on the fallout from a high stakes poker game robbery, set against the backdrop of the 2008 Presidential elections. I recently had the chance to speak with Andrew Dominik about his fascinating drama, which debuts on Blu-ray and DVD March 26. Here's what he had to say.
I'm not normally a huge fan of deleted scenes, even in movies I love, but I really enjoyed these deleted scenes. Are these the ones you were trying to fit in and you just didn't have room for? »
This week on DVD/Blu-ray: One of the most divisive movies to play at Sundance in ages; a documentary sure to infuriate and enlighten in equal measure; Andrew Dominik's long-awaited follow-up to "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford"; one of last year's big success stories on the foreign film front; and a period pic starring Elizabeth McGovern sure to appeal to all her "Downton Abbey" fans.1. "The Comedy" There was no film more love-it-or-hate-it at Sundance last year than "The Comedy." Indiewire's Eric Kohn, for one, loves it. In his glowing review from Park City, he wrote: "There's little conventionally funny about 'The Comedy,' but its status as a provocation is a grand joke. Director Rick Alverson ('New Jerusalem') has made a one-of-a-kind portrait of pathologically insecure and over-priviledged hipsters, crafting the finest awkward-bizarre character study since Ronald Bronstein's 'Frownland. »
- Nigel M. Smith
Director Andrew Dominik is obviously upset about the current political climate in the Us. His latest, Killing Them Softly, unsubtly comments on the empty Cspan chatter of the 2008 presidential campaign by bluntly displaying an America deaf to the bureaucratic business of national politics, one of underground, not-so-legal activity. Though the perpetual motion machine of small time crime is certainly nothing new to the world of cinema, the film takes pains to avoid genre tropes by curiously composing its A-list cast of characters as crooked archetypes. The criminal cutouts are allowed guttural dimension, all but drenching them in the blood baths of botched circumvention and the cash-driven enunciation of hired hit men.
As if to show his irreverence of the figureheads running our country, the opening credits sound of Obama being cut off by the opening title cards and bracingly set against an ominously humming ambiance. It’s a harrowing beginning »
- Jordan M. Smith
This week: Steven Spielberg directs Daniel Day-Lewis in his Oscar-winning role in "Lincoln" as the 16th President of the United States who spent the last few months of his life making changes that would affect generations of Americans.
Also new this week is the crime drama "Killing Them Softly" with Brad Pitt, the horror sequel "The Collection," the family comedy "Parental Guidance" and Stuart Gordon's cult favorite "From Beyond" on Blu-ray for the first time.
Box Office: $182 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh
Storyline: Steven Spielberg directs this revealing historical drama about the final months of Abraham Lincoln's presidency. In a country torn apart by the Civil War, the 16th President of the United States ((Daniel Day-Lewis) pursues a course of action that will end the conflict and abolish slavery. On board for the history lesson are Tommy Lee Jones as Thaddeus Stevens, Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln, Joseph Gordon-Levitt »
- Robert DeSalvo
Andrew Dominik follows up his beautifully-shot western The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford with the sharply-filmed political drama Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt. Killing Them Softly is far from subtle, often presenting its political agenda in an on-the-nose fashion, but that’s precisely why Dominik’s raw and far from glamorous mobster movie hits it out of the park. Killing Them Softly is a cold piece of art that functions on multiple levels at once.
Jackie (Brad Pitt) is the enforcer. When a mob protected card game gets hijacked he gets called in by the higher ups to clean up the mess. Last time a card game got robbed a well-liked man by the name of Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta) blabbered out that he had his hand in it and that he and some hired henchmen made off with some good stacks of cash, but »
- Jeremy Lebens
Films noir, crime novels and detective stories all have a long history of unlikable characters that we cheer for. Bad guys doing good work. Flawed heroes who always know the right line to say and the right time to offer a lady a light. Agatha Christie this isn’t, and this week we’re getting our hands dirty by talking with Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik about violence and “Seduction of the Innocent” author Max Allan Collins about the history of the genre. He’ll offer the best films noir for new fans to start with, and then Geoff and I will discuss how to write unlikable characters with Chinatown in our sites. For more from us on a daily basis, follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on the Twitter. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #11 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes On This Week’s Show: Disharmony [0:00 - 0:45] Killing Them Softly [0:45 - 5:45] Seduction »
- Scott Beggs
"They cry, they plead, they beg… It gets embarrassing. I like to kill 'em softly. From a distance."
Journey along with a reluctant hitman in this visceral, neo-noirish mystery thriller that doubles as an allegory about free-market economies.
Next Showing: Killing Them Softly debuts on Demand on Mar. 26th
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- BrentJS Sprecher
Ridley Scott...only on Machinima! The longtime director of such sci-fi greats as Alien and Blade Runner will now set his sights on smaller fare with a series of web shorts. Scott, his commercials production company Rsa and Machinima will team up to produce 12 short sci-fi films with the possibility of developing features from them. While Scott, now 75, is revisiting new visions of his earliest feature successes, he'll stay out of the director's chair for these shorts, sticking to executive producer status only. Hit the jump for more. It was announced today that Scott, Rsa and Machinima will be developing 12 short sci-fi films that will debut online. Machinima has been growing its readership with such web-series as Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, Mortal Kombat: Legacy and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome. Rsa touts such visionary filmmakers as Kathryn Bigelow, Martin Scorsese, Sam Mendes, Neill Blomkamp, Joe Carnahan and Andrew Dominik. »
- Dave Trumbore
Exclusive: Ridley Scott and his commercials production company Rsa will team with Machinima to produce 12 short films that will focus on science fiction content that might be grown into feature franchises. Machinima is the top global video entertainment network for males aged 18-34, reaching more than 2.6 billion views monthly. It is the top-rated entertainment channel on YouTube. Despite turning 75, Scott continues to have an appetite for cutting-edge stuff and emerging technologies. He won’t direct any of these short films but will be a hands-on executive producer with Rsa president Jules Daly. With Machinima, they will select directing clients of Rsa and figure out what stories to tell. Machinima has provided a strong springboard for genre content on the web. The network distributed Mortal Kombat: Legacy, which revived the moribund Mortal Kombat franchise. It started with a short film and is now in its second season and led to a feature film in development. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
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