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Brad Pitt: Angelina Jolie Wedding Will Happen 'Soon'

Brad Pitt: Angelina Jolie Wedding Will Happen 'Soon'

Brad Pitt smiles while being interviewed on Good Morning America on Tuesday (November 27) in New York City.

The 48-year-old actor, who is in the Big Apple for a short trip to promote his new film Killing Them Softly, talked about his upcoming wedding to Angelina Jolie at his premiere the night before.

“I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime, but I also feel like the time has come,” Brad told People.

“The time is nigh,” he added. “It’s soon. I got a good feeling about it.”

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Most public schools do not wear uniform, some private schools do, at Catholic Schools it is compulsory.

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Brad Pitt: Fatherhood Has Made Me a Better Man
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By Mary Green

11/28/2012 at 08:00 AM EST
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Thinking back over 2012, Brad Pitt acknowledges it’s been a big year for his “familia” since proposing to Angelina Jolie – whom he affectionately calls “Mama” – last April.
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“It’s been a family type of year, a down-home type of year,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Mama’s worked more. And quite frankly I’ve really enjoyed it.”
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The actor, whose Mob drama, Killing Them Softly, hits theaters Friday, chatted with PEOPLE between bites of his dinner with 4-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, at their rental home outside of London. While he stopped short of confirming a wedding date, he did reveal what the couple have in mind for their big day: “Just family,” Pitt says. “Keep it simple. Keep it simple – really.”
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For now, the actor is looking forward to being reunited with the rest of his brood – Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 7, and Shiloh, 6 – who were in Cambodia working on the family’s foundation with Jolie.
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Has fatherhood made him a better man? “Absolutely,” Pitt says. Being a dad “takes you right off yourself.”
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As for turning 50 next year, the actor insists he’s taking it all in stride. “This is what I think about: ‘Okay, you’re way over the mid-point [of your life]. You don’t know how much time you have left,’ ” Pitt says. “I want to enjoy this year more than ever.”
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• Reporting by K.C. BAKER
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For more of our interview with Pitt, including wedding plans and his “intense” life with Jolie and their kids, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday
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http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20651339,00.html

Brad Pitt: Fatherhood Has Made Me a Better Man

Thinking back over 2012, Brad Pitt acknowledges it’s been a big year for his “familia” since proposing to Angelina Jolie – whom he affectionately calls “Mama” – last April.

“It’s been a family type of year, a down-home type of year,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Mama’s worked more. And quite frankly I’ve really enjoyed it.”

The actor, whose Mob drama, Killing Them Softly, hits theaters Friday, chatted with PEOPLE between bites of his dinner with 4-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, at their rental home outside of London. While he stopped short of confirming a wedding date, he did reveal what the couple have in mind for their big day: “Just family,” Pitt says. “Keep it simple. Keep it simple – really.”

For now, the actor is looking forward to being reunited with the rest of his brood – Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 7, and Shiloh, 6 – who were in Cambodia working on the family’s foundation with Jolie.

Has fatherhood made him a better man? “Absolutely,” Pitt says. Being a dad “takes you right off yourself.”

As for turning 50 next year, the actor insists he’s taking it all in stride. “This is what I think about: ‘Okay, you’re way over the mid-point [of your life]. You don’t know how much time you have left,’ ” Pitt says. “I want to enjoy this year more than ever.”
http://www.people.com/people/mobile/article/0,,20651339,00.html

http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1698030/brad-pitt-killing-them-softly-chanel.jhtml

If you turn on your television and just happen to catch an ad for the newest Brad Pitt film, “Killing Them Softly,” it should look like a fairly familiar movie. There’s a tough guy (Pitt) who has to find the people responsible for robbing a mob-staked card game. A normal crime movie, right? Not quite.

It’s really about the economy.

While that doesn’t necessarily sound like the thrilling mafia picture you’re expecting, it’s actually much better. “Killing Them Softly” comes from Pitt’s “Assassination of Jesse James” director Andrew Dominik and is based on the book “Cogan’s Trade” by legendary crime author George V. Higgins, and there has not been an angrier movie made about America post-recession.

Brad Pitt Reveals The ‘Undercurrent’ In ‘Killing Them Softly

MTV News’ Josh Horowitz caught up with Pitt to discuss the politics of “Killing Them Softly,” whether he plans to work with David Fincher again and what he thought of all your Chanel ad jokes.

MTV: Shouldn’t you be fighting zombies [on the set of "World War Z"] right now instead of talking to me?

Pitt: I actually am. I literally wrapped Sunday. Working Sunday, got on a plane, got here this morning.

MTV: So you’re done now? You’ve killed all of the zombies?

Pitt: No, I’ve got another week, so I got to get back on the red eye, land and go straight to set to fight more zombies.

MTV: A zombie killer’s job is never done.

Pitt: It’s a dirty business.

MTV: It strikes that you’ve worked with a couple filmmakers repeatedly, obviously Fincher, Soderbergh and Andrew. Is there a common denominator of filmmakers you keep going back to?

Pitt: Certainly one, great skills with the camera, with the frame. More importantly, all having a distinct point of view with a specific voice and what they’re telling me. They know exactly what they’re after. You need that at the helm. You need for the film to have some kind of impact, needs to have that weight behind it.

MTV: It’s fascinating for somebody when they sit down to watch this film, it’s a very unusual film in that it works on multiple levels, and that other level is certainly is in the foreground and the background at different times in terms of the economic collapse that’s going on. Are you somebody that talks back to the TV during something like that in 2008, when the economy is going to hell, someone that really gets into it, or can you bottle that up and channel it?

Pitt: What do you mean? At the time?

MTV: At the time. I’m curious. Not during the making of the film.

Pitt: Yeah, I’ve certainly suffered from audience participation when watching the news.

MTV: Is that something that excited you in terms of the way that Andrew was going to weigh in?

Pitt: It’s absolutely that in that it’s an undercurrent to the film. We think we’re watching a crime drama, and it is a crime drama on the surface and entertaining on those levels. It’s being sold that way, but there is this undercurrent to the film that I think speaks to our time specifically, as one view point of what we just come through and not completely through and a warning for the future in some way, and it doesn’t crystalize until the very last line in the film.

MTV: Then you have to watch the film all over again.

Pitt: Then you go, “That’s what it was about.” I find that a rather grand design. MTV: I mentioned Fincher at the outset. Are you two going to get back together for “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”? Pitt: We would love to. He’s my man. MTV: Him doing that kind of a film is also very intriguing to me. Pitt: He’s got a great take on it. That’s just going to be about schedule and time allocation, but he’s my man. MTV: Were you surprised about the reception to the Chanel ads, that people had some fun with it?

Pitt: Man, fair play. MTV: All good?

Pitt: Yeah, fair play.

“Killing Them Softly” opens in theaters Friday.

Brad Pitt on ‘Killing Them Softly,’ marriage and that perfume ad
By A.J. Hammer, HLN
November 27, 2012 — Updated 1749 GMT (0149 HKT)

(CNN) — Brad Pitt clearly has a great deal going on.
Between being dad to six children, a fiancé, an activist and a perfume pitchman, he still manages to squeeze in some time acting. The movie star recently sat down with “Showbiz Tonight’s” A.J. Hammer to talk about his latest project, the mob film “Killing Them Softly,” and that nagging question of when he plans to marry partner Angelina Jolie.
A.J. Hammer: Brad, we’ve got a mob movie and I believe the first one we’ve seen that has political campaign speeches throughout it.
Brad Pitt: I like to mix it up.
Hammer: Was this — for you — as much about making a mob movie as it was about sending a political message?
Pitt: This is a good friend of mine, the writer and director, Andrew Dominik, he’s from Australia, and his view of America was very interesting to me. His feeling in some way oppressed and that we get caught up in trying to sell the idea that the image is more important than the actual substance. This is what he was trying to tell with this story. He finds this book about a crime syndicate, and he makes these comparisons to — not politics, per se, or not just politics, but … the financial crisis itself, and it was a good subject matter.
Hammer: I know, and timely! The idea of the mob dealing with corporate concerns or falling off a fiscal cliff. How timely is that coming off this political season?
Pitt: Absolutely! And how much are we really dealing with — the issue’s always at the image of the issue, and oftentimes, a scapegoat is found, but it’s not really solved. This is what our film is about. It’s about get the games going again, get the perception that the machine’s running again so everyone can feel confident, have market confidence and get on with the game.
Hammer: I want to ask you specifically … about an issue that’s been at the forefront for you and Angelina, and that is the issue of marriage equality. That is something that you guys have obviously done a phenomenal job moving forward and getting the message out about what should be done. You’ve talked about perception versus what happens in reality sometimes. When and why did that become so important to you guys?
Pitt: It’s one of our last big issues of equality. What makes this nation great is our freedoms and the idea of equality, the true idea of equality — and in that definition, there’s a certain faction of our society that is not being included. And that time … it’s time! Yeah, it’s time.
Hammer: You guys have once famously said you would hold off on getting married until everybody could get married. And I know now you’re engaged. You said you’re doing it for the kids, which obviously everybody’s excited about.
Pitt: And ourselves, but they prompted it.
Hammer: Are they pressuring you at all to set a date? Are they getting on you about this?
Pitt: No, not necessarily.
Hammer: Do you think it’s something you’ll make pubic? Because obviously there’s a huge interest, demand, people want to feel like they’re a part when you guys actually get married.
Pitt: We don’t know. We haven’t gotten that far yet.
Hammer: You cannot turn on the TV without seeing the Chanel ad. Obviously, Brad, you know that got such a huge reaction. Did you get a kick out of the reaction?
Pitt: I say fair play!
Hammer: Absolutely. I say they got their money’s worth. I mean, the number of times it got played from people talking about it.
Pitt: You know, I’m not a part of that side of the marketing, but fair play!
Hammer: Last thing: I want to flash back. We’re going to have a little fun. I just want you to take a quick look at this guy here. (Pitt watched clip of himself from “Thelma and Louise.”)
Pitt: Was that? Really? I don’t even recognize that guy! Was this — what year?
Hammer: You had just gotten out to California maybe six months prior. What advice would this guy in the chair across from me give that guy there?
Pitt: I think that guy did all right. I think he figured it out quite fine. I don’t think I need to tell him much.
http://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/27/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/brad-pitt-hammer/index.html
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http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20651339,00.html

Thinking back over 2012, Brad Pitt acknowledges it’s been a big year for his “familia” since proposing to Angelina Jolie – whom he affectionately calls “Mama” – last April.

“It’s been a family type of year, a down-home type of year,” he tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Mama’s worked more. And quite frankly I’ve really enjoyed it.”

The actor, whose Mob drama, Killing Them Softly, hits theaters Friday, chatted with PEOPLE between bites of his dinner with 4-year-old twins, Knox and Vivienne, at their rental home outside of London. While he stopped short of confirming a wedding date, he did reveal what the couple have in mind for their big day: “Just family,” Pitt says. “Keep it simple. Keep it simple – really.”

For now, the actor is looking forward to being reunited with the rest of his brood – Maddox, 11, Pax, 9, Zahara, 7, and Shiloh, 6 – who were in Cambodia working on the family’s foundation with Jolie.

Has fatherhood made him a better man? “Absolutely,” Pitt says. Being a dad “takes you right off yourself.”

As for turning 50 next year, the actor insists he’s taking it all in stride. “This is what I think about: ‘Okay, you’re way over the mid-point [of your life]. You don’t know how much time you have left,’ ” Pitt says. “I want to enjoy this year more than ever.”

• Reporting by K.C. BAKER

Brad Pitt: I respect Chanel

Brad Pitt has revealed why he chose to collaborate with Chanel on their No. 5 fragrance advertising campaign.
The Hollywood star discussed how he came to be cast as the first male face of the iconic perfume.
Brad defended his decision to star in what has now become a widely parodied television advert, claiming he believes in the core values the French design house has been built on.
“I respect what Chanel do, I can’t [recognise the smell if a woman walks by] but I respect how they are not a big corporation, they make their internal decision themselves and they do really quality things,” Brad gushed to Access Hollywood. “You know, I just thought why not.”
Brad was questioned on whether he thinks his Chanel campaign is overly dramatic. The actor blushed as he explained that he is rather fond of his work for No. 5. Although he hasn’t seen any of the parodies about his Chanel campaign yet, he doesn’t begrudge anyone poking fun at it.
“I kind of liked it! It was my director friend of mine who filmed it and there will be many different versions coming out that were made from it,” Brad explained.
“You know I’ve been overseas so blissfully protected and unaware of them [parodies of the advert]. I say fair play, fair play to the parodies but no I haven’t seen them.”
Brad admitted that his fiancée Angelina Jolie hasn’t seen his commercials with Chanel. The star explained how he keeps his work and personal life separate at home.
“We don’t see a lot of each other’s stuff actually. The home is everything and this [Chanel campaign] is a by product of the home. If we need help we’ll get in there and ask each other,” Brad explained.
“[is No. 5 the gift that keeps giving?] well there is a part two, part three, part four – if you’re lucky!”

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Brad Pitt: Wedding Will Happen ‘Soon’
By Tim Nudd
11/27/2012 at 07:50 AM EST
Put the champagne on ice. It appears Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s long-awaited wedding isn’t far off – and that’s from someone who would know.

“I am getting more pressure from my kids, and it is something I want to do within their lifetime, but I also feel like the time has come,” Pitt said Monday night at the premiere of his new film, Killing Them Softly, hosted by the Cinema Society in New York.

“The time is nigh,” he added. “It’s soon. I got a good feeling about it.”
RELATED: Brad Pitt Spent Thanksgiving in London on Set

Pitt, 48, who has been in London filming World War Z this month, has been with Jolie, 37, for seven years. They have six children together – Maddox, 11, Pax, 8, Zahara, 7, Shiloh, 6, and 4-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne – and got engaged this past spring.

And yet, even with so much history together already, Pitt says the idea of tying the knot with his longtime partner is still hugely meaningful.

“We’ve had a family, we’ve raised the kids,” he says. “I am surprised how much [marriage] meant to me once you had that.”

• Reporting by K.C. BAKER

Brad opens up about his family, his life with Angelina and their wedding plans in the next issue of PEOPLE! Look for much more on newsstands Friday

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Brad Pitt agrees to star in ‘Killing Them Softly’ via text message
Sarah Burbank-Douglas

It seems for one celebrity , having an iron-clad team of managers and agents doesn’t compare to technology these days, as director Andrew Dominik opted to bypass talking to any human who could help him nab Ocean’s Eleven actor Brad Pitt, and reached for his cell phone.

“I texted him — I’d sent him the book two weeks before and I didn’t think he was going to be available. I thought I’d get another actor,” Dominik explained, according to USA Today. “But then I realized, ‘I sent it to him so I’d better text him first or it’s rude.’ He was doing Moneyball and I wasn’t expecting to hear back from him. I asked him if he was interested. And he wrote back, ‘Yes’… I was as surprised as everyone else was.”

According to Dominik, he was originally “hesitant” that Pitt truly was interested in the project as he had previously heard that Pitt was “flip-floppy;” however, he explains that he never “had that experience with him.”

Pitt worked with Dominik on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford in 2007.
“He was the driving force in holding Jesse James together,” he gushes.

Killing Them Softly, which co-stars Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn and James Gandolfini hits theaters this Friday, November 30.

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‘Killing Them Softly’ delivers bullets and Brad Pitt with style and attitude

By Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter
REVIEW: A juicy, bloody, grimy and profane crime drama that amply satisfies as a deep-dish genre piece, “Killing Them Softly” rather insistently also wants to be something more.
Writer-director Andrew Dominik, whose extraordinary Western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford” proved too long and arty for the masses, repositions George V. Higgins’ 1974 Boston mob-world novel as a metaphor for the ills of American capitalism circa 2008, a neatly provocative tactic. But he also shamelessly shows off his directorial acumen; unlike the leading character, who’s all business, Dominik makes sure you notice all his moves. Tight, absorbing and entertainingly performed by a virtually all-male cast topped by Brad Pitt, this Weinstein Co. release should generate solid mid-level business this fall.A lawyer, professor and assistant U.S. Attorney who long investigated organized crime in addition to writing 27 novels, Higgins knew well of what he wrote. His first novel, “The Friends of Eddie Coyle,” was made into a fine film and his third, “Cogan’s Trade,” the basis of this one, consists of torrents of exceptionally vivid Beantown wiseguy dialogue with bits of plot tucked almost incidentally into the chatter.
Moving the action to decimated post-Katrina New Orleans without a tourist in sight, Dominik has done a keen, disciplined job of coaxing the plot out of the shadows while retaining the flavor of underclass lingo and attitude. With the background dominated by then-presidential candidate Barack Obama’s optimistic speeches stressing the availability of “the American promise” to all, some bottom-feeding criminals plot what looks like a no-risk scheme: Old-timer Johnny Amato (Vincent Curatola, the great Johnny Sack of “The Sopranos”) hires unwashed kids Frankie (Scoot McNairy) and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn) to raid the regular card night run by Markie Trattman (Ray Liotta), who once robbed his own game and got away with it.
While allowing these low-enders to emerge in all their miserable glory, Dominik also adds his own flourishes right from the outset, from striking lateral camera moves to amusingly supplying one of the young hoods with a pathetic little dog. Despite their general ineptitude, the boys pull off the job, but this is bad news for Markie, as it’s going to be assumed he’s run the same scam a second time.
At least this is what is suspected by the unnamed and unseen corporate mob, which has cog-in-the-system “Driver” (Richard Jenkins) engage shrewd hit man Jackie Cogan (Pitt) to deal with this disruption of business as usual. Needlessly, Markie gets horribly beat up, Cogan brings in another hired killer, Mickey (James Gandolfini) to help him with a double-killing, and plenty more blood gets spilled before order is, after a fashion, restored.
Although the plot bases are dutifully, if briefly, covered, this is a crime story like so many others in which it doesn’t really matter if you can follow who everyone is and why awful things are happening to them; it’s basically a given that everyone on view is guilty of something, so you can’t feel too badly when they come to grisly ends.
What matter more are style and attitude, which Dominik ladles on like sauce on ribs. Russell’s drug-addled disorientation is represented by multiple distortions of time, visual perception and sound; the pursuit of one victim is imaginatively covered entirely from the outside of the building in which the chase is consummated; Cogan arrives on the scene to the accompaniment of Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around”; the just-scraping-by 21st century hoods drive late-‘60s/early-‘70s cars like a Riviera and Toronado; and one man’s execution is rendered from many angles in a slow-motion explosion of breaking glass and penetrating bullets so elaborate and prolonged that it resembles a self-standing art installation.
In a related way, some of the dialogue scenes, especially a couple of near-monologues superbly delivered by Gandolfini as a booze-guzzling, sex-obsessed, past-his-prime hit man, almost have the feel of brilliant, free-standing acting class scenes; they serve the film’s purposes, to be sure, but there’s a self-consciously showy aspect to them that makes you easily imagine students using them as audition pieces.
The film is terribly smart in every respect, with ne’er-a-false note performances and superb craft work from top to bottom, but it never lets you forget it, from Pitt’s pithy excoriation of Thomas Jefferson’s hypocrisy right down to his “Crime is the business of America” final line that is bound to be widely quoted.
The film noir crime dramas of the late 1940s and early 1950s were about a palpable unease in the country, but this remained a subtext rather than the overt subject of the films. Here, Dominik explicitly articulates his intended meanings, which have to do with money, institutional rot and what happens when you don’t keep your economic house in order. Either approach is valid but, perhaps in this day and age, audiences need their messages to be quick and direct. “Killing Them Softly” delivers them that way.

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@QQQQ: Hi 4Q, how are you. After reading People I have a sneaky feeling People went over to London to interview Brad hoping to make a deal for an exclusive about the wedding, and possibly working out a deal making a contribution to one of their foundations. What do you think?

Brad Pitt donates cash to baby unit at Southampton General Hospital

As Brad Pitt donates cash to a UK hospital’s baby unit, it seem celebrity random acts of kindness are on the rise.
The Hollywood actor displayed his generosity last week, when he donated all the money in his wallet – a sizeable £700 – to an appeal for a neonatal unit at Southampton General Hospital.
After finding out that reshoots for his new movie World War Z clashed with a fundraising day, he wanted to make sure hospital organisers didn’t lose out on any money by supporters being lured to his filming location instead.
Event organiser Tricia Wilson-Hughes revealed she was given an envelope full of cash by two bodyguards. She said: ‘I was totally gob-smacked. I thought they were going to give me £50 or something.
‘He said if he had more he would have given it. I said honestly that is more than enough, but if he wants to do anything in the future that is absolutely fine!
‘Brad also signed postcards for us to sell for the fund and promised to do a whipround of the film crew and to send a donation from LA. Amazing.’
She added: ‘You hear negative stories about A-listers but I won’t hear a wrong word against him.’
And it seems Pitt is not the only star who has felt compelled recently to share some of his good fortune in random acts of kindness.
In April, while in a car park in LA, actor Jake Gyllenhaal decided to help absent drivers avoid getting a fine.
Noticing that some of their meters were about to expire and there was a traffic warden looming he dug deep into his pockets for change and filled up several meters giving the unwitting drivers a reprieve.
And last year Twilight star Robert Pattinson was spotted giving a guitar to a homeless busker in Los Angeles. The star had already donated money, then returned a few minutes later with a brand new acoustic guitar for the man that he’d bought at a nearby shop.
Similarly Russell Brand recently handed $600 (£370) to a homeless man who he met on the street in Los Angeles – telling him to ‘spend it wisely’.
For more stories like this, or to nominate someone decent you know for a prize worth £1000, head to http://www.metro.co.uk/ingd

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http://www.dmcityview.com/2012/11/28/killing-them-softly/
5 stars

“Killing Them Softly” is a stylish crime drama made up of piercing monologues and canny dialogue that reverberates with social implications. Nothing is wasted. People and places are appropriately ugly. Every performance is spot on. That the film so effectively lashes out at economic hypocrisy in America is truly rewarding. Here is a one-movie revolution against all of the corporate-controlled, two-party bullshit that has turned America into a third-world dictatorship. Brilliant is too soft a word to describe it. CV

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/scott-mendelson/huff-post-review-killing-_b_2199915.html

The picture remains a thoughtful, openly mournful, and always entertaining bit of old-school pulp fiction. In a sea of quality adult movies, Killing Them Softly deserves your attention and your time.

‘Killing Them Softly’ Review: The Pros And Cons Of Brad Pitt’s New Movie
Moviefone | By Drew Taylor

In 2007, Australian director Andrew Dominik (who had risen to prominence based on his terrific debut film “Chopper”) and mega-watt star Brad Pitt teamed up for the existential western “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” One of the year’s best films (in a year positively stuffed with them, from “No Country for Old Men” to “There Will Be Blood” to “Zodiac”), it was more or less ignored and died a dog’s death at the box office.
Thankfully, Dominik and Pitt didn’t let the inglorious demise of “Jesse James” get to them, and the duo are now returning this weekend with the pitch-black crime saga “Killing Them Softly.” Adapted from a novel by George V. Higgins, the thriller has a dynamite cast that includes Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, and (briefly) Sam Shepherd, as well as a lean, mean story that is all killer, no filler. Literally.
But will people be more willing to accept “Killing Them Softly” into their hearts? Or is it doomed, destined for “Jesse James”-like obscurity? Let’s find out.

PRO: It’s Really Angry…
One of the more surprising elements of “Killing Them Softly,” especially if you didn’t read anything after the movie’s big premiere at Cannes this past summer, is how politically minded it is. It’s a giant, barbed critique of post-bailout America, with the structure of organized crime standing in for the American financial institution. Also, it takes place right before the 2008 election, and various debates by Obama and McCain form a kind of alternate, underlying soundtrack. (The last scene takes place on the night of the election; it’s sort of amazing.) It’s really bizarre, a little on-the-nose but always super sharp and very much appreciated.

CON: … Not Everyone Is Going To Like It When It’s Angry
Watching “Killing Them Softly” for the first time, I knew that the political angle was going to put off a lot of people. In fact, it will likely be the single most dividing aspect of the movie, which doesn’t exactly wrap you up in a warm blanket of met expectations and genre movie conventions. This is a thorny little film that I happened to love, but some people will be easily turned off by it. And the political stuff, more than anything else, will be the reason.

PRO: The Cast Is Very Good At Being Bad
There isn’t a single character in “Killing Them Softly” who isn’t some kind of thug, goon or lowlife. The whole thing takes place in the depths of the criminal underworld, free of law enforcement figures or any kind of moral certitude, leaving room for its voluminous cast to have a lot of fun playing very bad dudes. Scott McNairy and Ben Mendelsohn portray a pair of dumb-ass criminals who knock over an illegal card game and spend the rest of the movie looking over their shoulders; Mendelsohn is always wet and dirty and McNairy is the closest thing the movie has to a “likable” character since he seems to feel sort of bad about his villainous activity. Richard Jenkins plays a Saul Goodman-style mob lawyer and James Gandolfini, in a performance that blows away his role in David Chase’s upcoming flick “Not Fade Away,” is a hitman with a drinking problem and a history of beating up prostitutes (yes, really). Like “Jesse James,” Dominik’s film richly details the inner lives of very bad men, in a compelling and artful way.

PRO: Brad Pitt Proves He’s The World’s Most Handsome Character Actor
Of course, the star of the show is Pitt, no matter how much screen time he actually occupies. His introduction to the movie is one of the more memorable, non-Javier Bardem intros in film this year, and for the rest of the movie he totally becomes the character. As Cogan, a killer the mob sends to tidy up this knocked-over card game mess, Pitt is mechanical, exacting, subtly evil and exasperated (he wants to get paid and get out). Sporting a streak of dark hair and a bushy goatee, this is not Brad Pitt, one of the world’s most handsome men; this is Brad Pitt, one of the world’s greatest character actors. It’s an occasionally ugly, totally fearless performance, and further proof of Pitt’s boundless enthusiasm for his profession and his utter commitment to character. Hopefully, his role here will not get overlooked.

CON: It’s Too Short
Almost every movie eclipses the two-hour mark these days, so why do we only get 97 minutes of “Killing Them Softly?” True, there isn’t a wasted moment in the whole film, but when you’re watching something this well-acted, directed and edited, you can’t help but want a little more.

PRO: It’s One Of The Best Movies Of The Year
If you’re worried that the movie is too dark, too political, too weird, just put all that aside. Because “Killing Them Softly” is the real deal — it’s an absolute masterpiece, and easily one of the best movies of the year. With its contemporary setting and accessible cast, I t

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Aranka Paul @ 11/28/2012 at 9:00 am

OMG, get married already will you. This anticipation of their nuptials is getting on my nerves already – do it or don’t do it. I bet they are waiting for Anniston to get married first, so that they can upstage her wedding. I used to like Bred and Angelina a lot, but this is getting old (this whole wedding situation). Who do these two think they are?. The entire world doesn’t revolve around their actions. I know, my comment will be Hidden due to a low comment rating.

Thanks for all the videos, pixs and links. I am looking forward to seeing KTS.

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http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/brad-pitt-james-gandolfini-killing-softly-saucy-chanel/story?id=17823683#.ULYcgmcpBFI

Entire article and video at site

Brad Pitt stole the hearts of millions of women more than 20 years ago when he played a cowboy hitchhiker in “Thelma and Louse,” and cemented himself as a bonafide tough guy in films like “Fight Club” and “Inglorious ********.”

His range is wide, from “Benjamin Button” to his Oscar-nominated role last year in “Moneyball,” and now the 48-year-old is taking on the mob.

In an interview with “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden, Pitt and co-star James Gandolfini talked about starring in the new film, “Killing Them Softly,” which is out in theaters on Friday. Both actors play hit men, two old friends hired to chase down a group of wannabe criminals who decide to knock over a mob-protected card game.

Watch the full story on “Nightline” tonight at 11:35 p.m. ET
It’s a return to a tough-guy role for Pitt after recently giving us

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