There’s good news and bad news for fans of “The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford,” the 2007 Western from filmmaker Andrew Dominik starring Brad Pitt and Casey Affleck and featuring a gorgeous score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis. While the film was a flop at the time at the box office— it made $15 million worldwide on a budget said to have been $30 million and made all of $3 million domestically— the film has since gone on to become a huge cult classic, routinely listed on many Best Films Of The Decade lists (including ours). Even Pitt has called the moody, atmospheric Western one of his favorite of his own films.
For years, there’s been talk of a legendary, longer, four-hour cut that’s in the vault somewhere. The film’s cinematographer Roger Deakins semi-recently lamented the loss of that cut, talking on his podcast in 2020, about how he thought the longer version was much better…
Now, Dominik himself had confirmed the existence of a longer cut in interviews before and had reiterated so again in an interview with Collider, which is the good news. The bad news is, it’s actually probably not four hours long, and as he’s suggested in the past, no one seems to be interested in releasing it.
Nia DaCosta is confirmed to direct the film adaptation of Ta-Nehisi Coates’ debut novel “The Water Dancer” for MGM, as reported on April 18.
“The Water Dancer” follows Young Hiram Walker, who was born into bondage, per an official synopsis. As a child, Hiram loses his mother and, over time, all memory of her. Now a young man, Hiram almost drowns when he crashes a carriage into a river, but is saved from the depths by a mysterious power he never realized he had and struggles to understand.
Author Coates co-produces with Maceo-Lyn along with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment.
‘The Lost City’ Directors on Working with Brad Pitt and What They Learned Making Their First Bigger Budget Movie
With The Lost City opening in theaters, I recently got to speak with directors Adam and Aaron Nee about making the fun action-comedy starring Sandra Bullock, Channing Tatum, and Daniel Radcliffe. During the interview, the brothers talked about what it was like making their first big Hollywood movie, why Tatum and Bullock are so great to work with and always willing to go the extra mile, how they didn’t think Brad Pitt was actually going to be in the movie even when they were told he had committed to the role, what it was like directing him, and more.
Audiences that stay through the credits of The Lost City will be handsomely rewarded for their patience.
The caper, which follows the jungle adventures of a romance novelist (Sandra Bullock) and her cover model (Channing Tatum) after she’s kidnapped by a treasure-seeking billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe), features a wild and star-studded mid-credits scene.
Watch ‘The Lost City’s Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph Answer Questions with a Lot of Improvisation
With directors Adam and Aaron Nee The Lost City now playing in theaters, I recently got to speak with Patti Harrison, Oscar Nunez, and Da’Vine Joy Randolph about making the fun action-comedy. During the wild and often off the rails interview they talked about what people would be surprised to learn about the making of The Lost City, their reaction to Brad Pitt being in the film, but they wouldn’t have any scenes with him, why they loved watching and working with Sandra Bullock, and diarrhea. Why this subject came up will make sense at the end of the conversation…
During a new interview with Insider, Bullock revealed that at one point, Tatum began ad-libbing lines, during a scene where he and Brad Pitt are transporting Bullock’s character to a getaway car. “There’s a scene where they have to get me to a car. [Tatum] and that other actor—I can never remember his name, he’s got blond hair,” Bullock joked about Pitt. “The directors had Channing ad-lib lines to us, and none of his lines were used because I was laughing so hard.”
Bullock and co-star Daniel Radcliffe recently sat down with ET’s Cassie DiLaura, and they reflected on some of the movie’s most exciting scenes — including a daring rescue by Brad Pitt that featured an enormous explosion.
“We only did that shot in one take!” Bullock revealed. “We didn’t know how big the explosion was gonna be. It’s all about preparation, preparation, preparation and then a whole lot of luck.”
“Who knew Channing was going to prance like a little gazelle?” Bullock said of the massive explosion scene’s perfect physical comedy elements. “We didn’t know that Brad was going to flip the hair. I didn’t know it was going to be so loud.”
Bullet Train is on the move. Sony said today that its Brad Pitt action pic from Columbia Pictures is moving back two weeks from July 15 to July 29 — the slot that opened up with the Dwayne Johnson pic Black Adam moved to the fall.
“Originally this thing was quite a dark, R-rated, vicious action piece, but we hammed it up and made it fun,” star Aaron Taylor-Johnson told HERO Magazine in conversation with Andrew Garfield. “I don’t know what happened, but it became a comedy!”
The “Kick-Ass” alum credited co-star Tyree Henry for channeling his comedic chops both in front of and behind the camera. “I think it’s because the atmosphere was just surrounded by a cloud of fear and ultimately Brian and I felt it was our job to bring light and laughter to set, so if we made the crew laugh it was a good day,” Taylor-Johnson said, calling Tyree Henry a “phenomenal actor” with the “sweetest heart ever.”
“We all just had a laugh,” Taylor-Johnson continued, calling out co-stars Pitt, King, and Shannon. “[Director] David was really open to playing and exploring, it felt like a big breath of fresh air — we had a fantastic time.”
When asked what Pitt brings to his role, Bullock, a producer on the film, jokes: “Not much. Not really much. I mean, what does he bring to any film he does?”
Kidding aside, she appreciates her fellow Oscar winner’s commitment to the project.
“The thing about Brad is he was supposed to be there for three days,” she says. “He’d just finished shooting. He was dead tired. He bulked up to do a three-day role. I had to ask him for a fourth day for free. He did it.
“You just realize he’s a movie star and a great actor for a reason: Because he works really, really hard. He brought a work ethic that was pretty astounding.”
Read more. Such a funny interview with quotes on Brad. Do read!
Brad Pitt, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Lulu Wang are among 900 new members inducted into the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) since 2020.
The global intake also includes Akua Gyamfi, Anna Dick, Bobby Krlic, Caroline O’Neill, Fiona Shaw, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Jennifer Hampson, Kate Herron, Mark Bridges, Micheal Ward, Roger Clark, Ṣọpẹ Dìrísù, Vanessa Kirby, Waad Al-Kateab and Woody Jackson.