• x005 August 28 – Le Touquet, France.
• x002 Chanel – 2012. Thanks Gabriella.
• x004 Killing Them Softly – Stills, Promo. Thanks Yukko.
• x023 March 25, 1996 – Acadamy Awards – Los Angeles. CA.
The Weinstein Company has pushed back the release of director Andrew Dominik’s (The Assassination of Jesse James) crime drama Killing Them Softly yet again. After previously being moved from September to October in order to swap with TWC’s The Master, the film has now been pushed to November 30th so that it may be better positioned for awards season. Harvey Weinstein noted the attractiveness of the spot given that the Brad Pitt-starrer could open as the only major wide release that weekend, with the iffy John Cusack/Nicolas Cage serial killer drama The Frozen Ground its only real competition.
The Weinstein Company has a number of major players in the awards race this year—including The Master, Silver Linings Playbook, and Django Unchained—and it’ll be interesting to see how they play their cards. Killing Them Softly premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to an extremely positive response, with many noting the film’s strong political undertones and dialogue-driven narrative, so the film could be a major player in the Oscar race.
“I apologise,” says Brad Pitt. “I’m bad at this today, aren’t I?” Brad Pitt, movie star extraordinaire, 48-year-old father of six, and the world’s most famous bridegroom-to-be, is sorry. Sorry that he and Andrew Dominik, the director of their latest project, Killing Them Softly, went out and hit the town the night before press interviews for the movie. Pitt sits, immaculate in a three-piece suit the colour of cream cappuccino, nursing a coffee of the same colour and – presumably – a hangover.
Fortunately, as well as alcohol, Pitt still exudes cool out of every pore. He’s also relaxed, happy to fill the allotted time with anecdotes of the evening before – but given the calibre of the film, this would actually be a waste. Killing Them Softly is a nasty, engrossing thriller that Andrew Dominik adapted from a 1974 novel, Cogan’s Trade by George V Higgins. He transported it to 2008, to the global economic meltdown during the shift in power between Bush and Obama.
Pitt plays Cogan, a hitman who tries to do his job with minimum fuss to avoid the pleas and cries of his victims. Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini complete the cast of one of the most watchable mob films since 1995’s Casino, but one that carries the underlying message that the Mafia is the darkest realisation of the American Dream; and it is as subject as anything else to the laws of economics.
This is the second collaboration between Pitt and the New Zealand-born Dominik, after they made the award- winning but commercially underrated The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007. “Only about 12 people in the world saw that movie,” claims Pitt, but it’s still one of my favourite ever films. We were in the trenches in that film and you bond in a trench, so we wanted to work with each other again.“
Based on the 1973 novel Cogan’s Trade, by George V. Higgins, Killing Them Softly centers around the effects of a mysterious poker game heist. Brad Pitt plays Jackie Cogan, a folk music-loving mob enforcer, who is called in to find the suspected culprits.
Directed by Andrew Dominik, Killing Them Softly is a crime drama that portrays the gangster life in the wake of the recession. Set during the 2008 election, political commentary and presidential speeches are a major part of the film’s narrative. Killing Them Softly puts forth a thought-provoking critique of contemporary American society.
Talking about his character in the film, Brad Pitt says in an official release, “I play Jackie Cogan, a professional enforcer who investigates a heist that went down during a mob-protected poker game. I am the smooth operator who is ‘hired to kill’ in this brutal crime drama full of bad men. The film is an adaptation of George V Higgins’ novel Cogan’s Trade, with the action from the ’70s brought down to depict the 2008 financial crisis. So in that sense, Cogan belongs to the modern social setting.”