Pitt of alright

Here’s Brad Pitt. With a gun. Looking mean as hell. It’s the first shot of him from the currently filming thriller Coogan’s Trade, a book adaptation helmed by Andrew Dominik (the director of moody Western The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford).

I’ve not read the original Coogan’s Trade novel, and I’ve yet to see Jesse James (it’s been sat forlornly in the ‘To watch’ pile on my bookcase for months), but I’m still pretty hyped for this. Why? Well, for a start it has a cast that includes Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins and Ben Mendelsohn.

Then there’s the film’s plot, which has Pitt playing mob enforcer Jackie Cogan, who investigates a dodgy high stakes card game. Considering all the praise Dominik and Pitt received for Jesse James, this second team up ought to be something equally special.

Also, wow, Brad Pitt overload on the blog today. The man must stop being so freaking cool.

Pic via The Playlist

The Making Of The Tree Of Life

If director Terrence Malick lived life by a mantra, we’d put good money on that mantra being ‘Slow and steady wins the race’. The cult director of Badlands and The Thin Red Line has been making movies for over 30 years, but until recently he still only had four feature directing credits to his name.

His fifth and latest is The Tree Of Life, a CG-infused dramatic human-struggle genre-splicer that seemingly takes its title from Norse mythology, and has been consistently shrouded in mystery. But like all of Malick’s films, Tree has taken its time getting to the big screen.

With attempts to premiere the film at Cannes falling through and word that CGI work was coming along at a snail’s pace, Tree has failed to break into the public arena just yet. Which only serves to make the project even more enticing. Because Tree could just be Malick’s most ambitious, outrageous work to date…