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Weekend Recap: First Looks, Reviews, The Painter Behind 'Life of Pi,' Latest Moves from Matthias Schoenaerts, Kristen Stewart, and Richard Gere

This first look at Richard Ayoade's "The Double" shows Jesse Eisenberg and Noah Taylor in period costume for this adaptation of Dostoevsky's novella about a minor government clerk who becomes aware of a doppelganger, who begins to displace him among his friends and acquaintances. Mia Wasikowska and Wallace Shawn also star.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 26, 2012 6:19 AM
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Watch This Clip: Brad Pitt on How to Kill Them Softly

In this latest clip from "Killing Them Softly," Brad Pitt talks Richard Jenkins through the best way to mentally navigate a hit.  There's also a funny "in this economy" joke and a suggestion to "fly coach."  Andrew Dominik's film also stars James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, and Scoot McNairy.  It's out November 30th.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • November 9, 2012 8:32 PM
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Watch First Footage of Pitt & Enos in Forster's 'World War Z'

"World War Z" might eat itself before the zombiepocalypse film arrives in theaters in June 2013. There's been a slew of problems, from reshoots to rewrites and beyond (ThePlaylist recounts Paramount's production woes). With director Marc Forster (whose latest, "Machine Gun Preacher," completely tanked, and whose Bond film, "Quantum of Solace," is about to get slapped by Sam Mendes' "Skyfall") and stars Brad Pitt (who stopped speaking to the director) and Mireille Enos (AMC's "The Killing"), it's hard to know exactly what to expect.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 6, 2012 2:56 PM
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Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' Goes for Bloody Minimalism with New Posters

Check out the new minimalist posters for Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly." Starring Brad Pitt as a cold and compassionless gun-for-hire, the film is a bleak portrait of an atrophying, Recession-roiled America...
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 25, 2012 2:32 PM
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Brad Pitt Gets Behind War on Drugs Expose 'The House I Live In' (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Eugene Jarecki is a smart cookie; at his first meeting with Brad Pitt and Plan B Productions he recognized a fellow traveler. This wasn't like his other studio meetings. "He's a ridiculously bright and thoughtful guy," he said. "He chooses projects carefully, he talks about rich content: is there meaning, is there a transcendent reason to do a movie here?"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 13, 2012 9:16 PM
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Brad Pitt Talks 'Killing Them Softly,' Failed Democracy & Responsible Capitalism, Plus McQueen's '12 Years A Slave'

Guy Richie interviewing Brat Pitt for Interview Magazine is quite a read, and the photo spread of Pitt isn't too shabby either. Pitt had a great year in 2011 with "The Tree of Life" and "Moneyball," and he's kept busy with a handful of new projects. They discuss Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" and the state of American capitalism...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • October 9, 2012 1:09 PM
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'In America You're On Your Own': New Trailer for Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly'

Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly" was not universally well-received in Cannes, but with a hoard of fine actors like Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ben Mendelsohn and Scoot McNairy ("Argo," "Monsters") and Dominik's history of under-appreciation...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • August 2, 2012 12:42 PM
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Elvis Lives! In the Digital Realm, Ageless Avatars Are the Future, from Pitt to Bridges

It was inevitable. Now that digital likenesses are so easy to accomplish, iconic figures will live on in the digital realm, making money for their estates. The latest news: Digital Domain Media Group and CORE Media are developing a series of "virtual" Elvis Presleys.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 6, 2012 3:15 PM
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Which Stars Came Out Ahead at Cannes? Who Should Have Stayed Home? From Pitt, Kidman & Mikkelsen to Hardy, Cotillard, Pattinson & Stewart

Cannes can have a huge impact on careers--as the world media watches. That walk up the red carpet can be dazzling for talent, but boos and reviews can be deadly, too. Ask Lee Daniels, who had to pull out the race card to explain the devastating pans for "The Paperboy," which Avi Lerner's Millennium may wind up releasing itself.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2012 1:08 PM
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New Poster for Andrew Dominik's 'Killing Them Softly' Doesn't Need Pitt's Face

Check out the teaser poster for Andrew Dominik's "Killing Them Softly," the director's second collaboration with Brad Pitt (after "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford") which screens tomorrow morning in Cannes. You can also check out a clip below, and a second one featuring Pitt from the Cannes opening ceremony. The Weinsteins release the film September 21.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • May 21, 2012 5:29 PM
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