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Batch of images from crime flick Cogan's Trade with Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta, and James Gandolfini

02.14.2012

A nice batch of images have arrived for the Brad Pitt flick COGAN'S TRADE with Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini, and Richard Jenkins, showing some very mob-like looking locales (you know, parking lots, bars, back-room poker, the usual).

The film is directed by Andrew Dominik, who has proven to be a great talent thus far with the Eric Bana starring CHOPPER and Brad Pitt western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD. I haven't seen CHOPPER, but hear great things. ASSASSINATION was an out-of-left-field surprise and left me genuinely impressed with all involved.

COGAN'S TRADE is based on the novel of the same name by George V. Higgins, a celebrated crime novelist. The book synopsis is as follows:

Jackie Cogan (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.

Liotta plays the mobster who runs the poker game in question, while Jenkins plays a lawyer, and Gandolfini is an alcoholic hitman.

I hadn't really given this much thought until now. I generally enjoy Brad Pitt's films, but he can be hit or miss. This looks like a really fun, meaty role for him to have a blast with. Pitt has yet to do a big-budget straight action film, so I guess we'll have to settle for a mob/crime film for the time being. Plus, he's got some great veteran actors along for the ride, which never hurts.

There's no release date set for COGAN'S TRADE, although the Weinstein's picked it up last year, so it could turn up at any number of film festivals or maybe slide into Oscar season. Keep your eyes peeled.

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Extra Tidbit: Pitt is kind of a perfect mold for an A-list action flick. What gives? Let's hear your cast/crew for a Brad Pitt action flick!
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8:12PM on 02/14/2012
It sounds like a fun movie. It's kind of rare to see Pitt in these kinds of roles as he usually plays a charismatic kind of guy (or maybe that's just the movies I watch with Pitt in them). I will be very interested to see him in this role.
It sounds like a fun movie. It's kind of rare to see Pitt in these kinds of roles as he usually plays a charismatic kind of guy (or maybe that's just the movies I watch with Pitt in them). I will be very interested to see him in this role.
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8:09PM on 02/14/2012

Ray Liotta in a THEATRICAL FILM?

I never thought I'd see the day!
I never thought I'd see the day!
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7:02PM on 02/14/2012
Damn Gandolfini been having healthy portions of meatballs and pasta
Damn Gandolfini been having healthy portions of meatballs and pasta
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5:31PM on 02/14/2012

wait....

What about Mr and Mrs Smith...?

Was that not an action movie..?
What about Mr and Mrs Smith...?

Was that not an action movie..?
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6:11PM on 02/14/2012
I would say that's his closet thing to it, but it had a heavy comedic element to it. I guess by straight action flick, I mean something along the lines of a Die Hard/Lethal Weapon/etc. Nothing to do with sexual orientation btw.
He was once rumored to be attached to Tears of the Sun when John Woo was directing...which later became Bruce Willis with Antoine Fuqua directing...
But, I digress...Mr. and Mrs. Smith would definitely be the closest to it.
I would say that's his closet thing to it, but it had a heavy comedic element to it. I guess by straight action flick, I mean something along the lines of a Die Hard/Lethal Weapon/etc. Nothing to do with sexual orientation btw.
He was once rumored to be attached to Tears of the Sun when John Woo was directing...which later became Bruce Willis with Antoine Fuqua directing...
But, I digress...Mr. and Mrs. Smith would definitely be the closest to it.
5:26PM on 02/14/2012

Paul, please...

... watch Chopper already. If you like "crime/prison" flicks (not along the lines of The Shawshank Redemption, but more similar to Bronson or A Prophet), this one's a must-see. Plus, it's based on a true story.
... watch Chopper already. If you like "crime/prison" flicks (not along the lines of The Shawshank Redemption, but more similar to Bronson or A Prophet), this one's a must-see. Plus, it's based on a true story.
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6:12PM on 02/14/2012
I'll put it in my NFQ. It's one of those films I've always "meant" to see, but just never got around to it. Have to get my shit together...
I'll put it in my NFQ. It's one of those films I've always "meant" to see, but just never got around to it. Have to get my shit together...
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4:55PM on 02/14/2012
You wouldn't think you'd be to pumped to see Pitt in a mob movie... However Pitt with Gandolfini, and Liotta kinda makes it work. Presumably with Liotta, and Gandolfini bringing mob credit to the film. Ill be glad to see Gandolfini returning to a Tony Soprano roll.

Looking forward to this film
You wouldn't think you'd be to pumped to see Pitt in a mob movie... However Pitt with Gandolfini, and Liotta kinda makes it work. Presumably with Liotta, and Gandolfini bringing mob credit to the film. Ill be glad to see Gandolfini returning to a Tony Soprano roll.

Looking forward to this film
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4:12PM on 02/14/2012
This is gonna be the next Drive.
Mark my words.
This is gonna be the next Drive.
Mark my words.
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2:59PM on 02/14/2012
I would love to see the Pitt doing a SPY GAME 2.. I mean, lots of years have gone bye and is one of his best action films. Or something in the line of Se7en, where he could be the killer. Actually, just as Cruise did it on Collateral, I would love to see Pitt perform as a truly kickass sick-scary bad guy.
I would love to see the Pitt doing a SPY GAME 2.. I mean, lots of years have gone bye and is one of his best action films. Or something in the line of Se7en, where he could be the killer. Actually, just as Cruise did it on Collateral, I would love to see Pitt perform as a truly kickass sick-scary bad guy.
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4:11PM on 02/14/2012
What about Kalifornia? He plays a pretty "kickass sick-scary bad guy" in that.
What about Kalifornia? He plays a pretty "kickass sick-scary bad guy" in that.
6:13PM on 02/14/2012
He was pretty awesome in Kalifornia.
He was pretty awesome in Kalifornia.
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2:43PM on 02/14/2012
When was the last time Brad Pitt was a miss in the theatre? Troy? He's choosing his projects very wisely and this is very high on my radar
When was the last time Brad Pitt was a miss in the theatre? Troy? He's choosing his projects very wisely and this is very high on my radar
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2:32PM on 02/14/2012
REALLY looking forward to this!
REALLY looking forward to this!
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2:23PM on 02/14/2012
The two action flicks that stand out for me are Spy Game & The Devil's Own.
The rest are so-so though he does carry himself quite well (better than Clooney IMO)
I'd like to see Brad in a Luc Besson/Pierre Morel type-flick where he infiltrates the murky world of Somali pirates and it could co-star Ethan Hawke as his estranged brother profiting from the trade and Sophie Okonedo as Interpol/CIA/Mi5 agent who doesn't know who's side he's on since he's basically a ghost.
So Gandolfini is playing
The two action flicks that stand out for me are Spy Game & The Devil's Own.
The rest are so-so though he does carry himself quite well (better than Clooney IMO)
I'd like to see Brad in a Luc Besson/Pierre Morel type-flick where he infiltrates the murky world of Somali pirates and it could co-star Ethan Hawke as his estranged brother profiting from the trade and Sophie Okonedo as Interpol/CIA/Mi5 agent who doesn't know who's side he's on since he's basically a ghost.
So Gandolfini is playing a hitman once again alongside Brad Pitt but this time as an alcoholic and not a gay hitman? Is that supposed to give his character 'depth'?
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4:56PM on 02/14/2012
Please never let him get close to Besson. His films are big big crap.
Please never let him get close to Besson. His films are big big crap.
1:24PM on 02/14/2012
Been looking forward to this - great to see new stills. It has the ingredients for one of the best movies of the year.
Been looking forward to this - great to see new stills. It has the ingredients for one of the best movies of the year.
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1:23PM on 02/14/2012

Gandolfini + Liotta?

HELL YES!

I'm in, so excited for this!
HELL YES!

I'm in, so excited for this!
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12:56PM on 02/14/2012
I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. Why hasn't the Weinstein Co. done any promotion for this? These photos are the first thing I've seen on it since the initial still of Pitt with the shotgun. Makes no sense to me. It started filming a year ago.
I've been looking forward to this since it was announced. Why hasn't the Weinstein Co. done any promotion for this? These photos are the first thing I've seen on it since the initial still of Pitt with the shotgun. Makes no sense to me. It started filming a year ago.
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12:15PM on 02/14/2012
Would you really want to see Pitt in a heavily CGI'd movie or running with two guns spouting catch phrases? I, for one, love his filmography. Even wit big budget event films he's stayed just off the main path, such as Troy, which was similar to a big budget old school Hollywood event film than it was a straight action movie. The closest he's come is probably the Mexican, which is a straight up candy-coated Hollywood action-romcom hybrid (albeit with a better script than most of those get and
Would you really want to see Pitt in a heavily CGI'd movie or running with two guns spouting catch phrases? I, for one, love his filmography. Even wit big budget event films he's stayed just off the main path, such as Troy, which was similar to a big budget old school Hollywood event film than it was a straight action movie. The closest he's come is probably the Mexican, which is a straight up candy-coated Hollywood action-romcom hybrid (albeit with a better script than most of those get and A-list talent and an awesome director, etc.) but if none of his films can be labeled as straight up action I think Pitt can and should be proud of that distinction. Even Clooney has a few action skeletons in his prestigious closet.
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11:49AM on 02/14/2012
Pitt just finished filming World War Z, which I'm pretty sure counts as his big-budget action flick.
Pitt just finished filming World War Z, which I'm pretty sure counts as his big-budget action flick.
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11:46AM on 02/14/2012
Please oh please! [link]
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11:28AM on 02/14/2012
Excited for this, hopefully it doesn't suffer the same fate of "Jesse James" and sit on the shelf for almost two years before getting a release date...
Excited for this, hopefully it doesn't suffer the same fate of "Jesse James" and sit on the shelf for almost two years before getting a release date...
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12:16PM on 02/14/2012
This thing has already sat around for like a year so it's cutting it close.
This thing has already sat around for like a year so it's cutting it close.
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