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Brad Pitt's upcoming film Cogan's Trade gets a new title: Killing Them Softly

Mar. 6, 2012by: George Merchan

Ugh. According to Variety's Jeff Sneider, The Weinstein Company has retitled COGAN'S TRADE - director Andrew Dominik's upcoming Brad Pitt-as-a-mob-enforcer flick - to KILLING THEM SOFTLY. Again: Ugh.

Dominik, the director behind CHOPPER and the incredible THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD, has lined up a stellar cast for NOT COGAN'S TRADE: Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn, Bella Heathcote, Sam Shepard, and Garret Dillahunt. The film itself is an adaptation of the book by George V. Higgins called Cogan's Trade. I guess the Weinsteins felt that a more generic title was in order!

Here's the synopsis of the book:

Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) is an enforcer, and when the mob's rules get broken, Cogan is called in to take care of business. This time a high-stakes card game has been held up by an unknown gang of thugs. Calculating, ruthless, businesslike, and with a shrewd sense of other people's weaknesses, Cogan plies his trade, moving among a variety of hoods, hangers-on, and big-timers, tracking those responsible, and returning "law and order" to the lawless Boston underworld.

KILLING THEM SOFTLY opens September 21st.
Source: Jeff Sneider

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7:32AM on 03/06/2012
This film will be great.
This film will be great.
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8:15AM on 03/06/2012
Sounds very close to a wonderful film title featuring 2 hours of Heather Graham's boobs.
Sounds very close to a wonderful film title featuring 2 hours of Heather Graham's boobs.
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9:31AM on 03/06/2012
I've been looking forward to this one for months, but that is a terrible new title. Just awful.
I've been looking forward to this one for months, but that is a terrible new title. Just awful.
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10:11AM on 03/06/2012

Terrible title.

Nuff' said. But I'm looking forward to watch this.
On a side note, there's no way you can read "Killing them Softly" without the voice of Lauryn Hill in your head.
Nuff' said. But I'm looking forward to watch this.
On a side note, there's no way you can read "Killing them Softly" without the voice of Lauryn Hill in your head.
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11:21AM on 03/06/2012
Poor Andrew Dominik, makes amazing movies and Hollywood still shits on him because they don't make a billion dollars.
Poor Andrew Dominik, makes amazing movies and Hollywood still shits on him because they don't make a billion dollars.
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2:27PM on 03/06/2012

Fuck this new title

Dominik does these amazing, epic films on modest or tiny budgets and then the studios don't release them or give a shitty platform release after a long delay simply because the films are unconventional. and now they've finally included a stupid goddam title change to something generic and cheesy. If Brad Pitt wasn't in this it would have gone DTV.
Dominik does these amazing, epic films on modest or tiny budgets and then the studios don't release them or give a shitty platform release after a long delay simply because the films are unconventional. and now they've finally included a stupid goddam title change to something generic and cheesy. If Brad Pitt wasn't in this it would have gone DTV.
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