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'The Master' Moves Up To September 14th & 'Killing Them Softly' Shuffles Back To October 19th

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 27, 2012 4:04 PM
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Well, this is interesting. It was just this morning that the The Playlist honchos were talking "The Master" over cups of coffee, and wondering what Harvey Weinstein's gameplan would be. With the film not appearing in the Venice or TIFF lineups, and with rumors of a Fantastic Fest showing, would it be possible that Paul Thomas Anderson's highly anticipated film would be skipping the festival circuit altogether? While Harv knows how to work festivals to his awards season advantage, PTA has never been that huge on the whole process, pretty much forgoing it entirely for "There Will Be Blood" (save a premiere at the aforementioned geek haunt in Austin). But now there's another twist...

Watch: Brad Pitt Explains Why The Movie Is Called 'Killing Them Softly' In New Clip From The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 4:04 PM
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The economy, murder, drugs and an election all come to a rolling boil in Andrew Dominik's brilliant "Killing Them Softly," the picture that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival this week (read our review) and knocked back viewers who were expecting just your standard, run-of-the-mill crime thriller.

Cannes: Andrew Dominik Says He's Aiming To Make "Emotional Nightmare Fairy-Tale" Marilyn Monroe Biopic 'Blonde' Next

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 25, 2012 12:05 PM
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After a few years in the wilderness after the masterpiece "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" underperformed at the box office, Andrew Dominik's third film -- initially titled "Cogan's Trade" after the George V. Higgins book on which it's based, and later retitled "Killing Them Softly" -- came together quite quickly. The first hints emerged in September 2010, and within a few months it had a star and producer in Brad Pitt, a distributor courtesy of The Weinstein Company, and rolled in front of cameras in early 2011.

Cannes: Andrew Dominik On The Violence, Politics & Look Of 'Killing Them Softly' With Brad Pitt

  • By Aaron Hillis
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  • May 24, 2012 2:19 PM
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In what turned out to be a banner year for the movies, "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" ended up somewhat overshadowed. As fellow neo-Westerns "There Will Be Blood" and "No Country For Old Men" swept up plaudits and Oscars, the picture, the second by Australian director Andrew Dominik, received some raves, but plenty of negative notices too, and it ended up making a miniscule amount at the box office. But by decade's end, many had since rediscovered the picture as one of the finest of the 00s, and as such, Dominik's first film since, crime tale "Killing Them Softly," was one of the most eagerly anticipated pictures of the Cannes film festival this year.

Cannes: 'Killing Them Softly' Helmer Andrew Dominik Talks Music As Film: 'Jesse James' Was My Leonard Cohen Song, 'Killing Them Softly' Is A Pop Tune

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • May 23, 2012 3:01 PM
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A film that probably needs no introduction at this point, “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” filmmaker Andrew Dominik’s “Killing Them Softly” has been setting the Croisette ablaze with high praises coming from all around, including our own reviewer who called it “brilliant and angry,” and most notably “the anti-thriller for our times.”

Cannes Review: Brilliant & Angry 'Killing Them Softly' Is The Anti-Thriller For Our Times

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 22, 2012 6:09 AM
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"What is that American promise? It's a promise that says each of us has the freedom to make of our own lives what we will, but that we also have obligations to treat each other with dignity and respect," Barack Obama said at the Democratic National Convention in 2008. And that section of the speech opens Andrew Dominik's seething "Killing Them Softly," as he cuts the audio between white noise and the silent black title screen, signifying the blind emptiness of Obama's statement and the thematic current he'll be taking for the film. We are not a changed nation. We are not a nation of equals. The government are a bunch of children who need to be led by the hand into any decision making process and Americans at both the top and bottom rungs of the ladder all have their share of the blame to take. Uncompromising and uncommercial, divisive and brave, "Killing Them Softly" bitterly boils at the state of the nation.

Look: Minimalist, '70s-Style Teaser Poster For Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 2:34 PM
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We're about midway through Cannes as of today, and some big, high-profile titles have rolled out: "Lawless," "Rust & Bone" and "Moonrise Kingdom" among them. But there's plenty more major movies still to debut in competition, including "On The Road," "Cosmopolis," "Mud" and early tomorrow morning, Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," the Australian director's first film since the outstanding "The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford" in 2007.

Cannes Clips: 'Killing Them Softly,' 'On The Road,' 'Lawless,' Mud,' 'The Paper Boy,' & Many More

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2012 9:12 PM
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Right now and for the next week or so, a few hundred lucky film critics (including representatives of The Playlist) are at the Cannes Film Festival where they get to see some of the most anticipated films of the year all within a few days of each other. But what are the rest of us to do? Sure, "Moonrise Kingdom" opens next week, but some of the films in competition at Cannes don't even have distributors, and it could be months or even years before they make it to movie houses in your own country.

50 Cannes Photos & New Clips: 'Killing Them Softly,' Mungiu's 'Beyond The Hills,' Kiarostami's 'Like Someone In Love' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 10, 2012 4:35 PM
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In case you haven't guessed, today the Cannes Film Festival dropped a megabomb of clips, pics and assorted ephemera for the full slate of films hitting the Croisette next week. We've highlight some of the material from the bigger movies already, and for the rest we've decided to round them all up for you right here.

Watch: Ray Liotta Gets Manhandled In Solid First Clip From Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2012 10:40 PM
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We're less than a week away from the Cannes Film Festival and over the next few days a plethora of clips and trailers will be arriving for the slew of highly anticipated titles making their way to the south of France. And a first glimpse at one of the most anticipated has made it's way online.

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