Ray Liotta, 57, has had his share of playing bad guys — even likable ones, as in 1990's Goodfellas about the life of mobster Henry Hill — but it was a slightly different experience playing the victim, as he does in the upcoming Killing Them Softly, written and directed by Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford) and also starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini and Sam Shepard about a heist that goes down during a mob-protected poker game.
If you thought The Sopranos would mark the end of James Gandolfini (more famously known as Tony Soprano), think again. Gandolfini is set to make a comeback in the HBO drama Criminal Justice, originally a BBC Peter Moffat creation that follows a single case for one full season.
The first teaser poster for Killing Them Softly, which has been dubbed "the Brad Pitt hit man movie" by many Cannes watchers, has hit the web (see below) — a pretty quick turnout for a film that, according to director Andrew Dominik, was only finished days before it screened at the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival and until recently went by the name Cogan's Trade.
Killing Them Softly is a reunion for star Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik, who last collaborated on 2007's The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. Based on "Cogan's Trade," a 1974 bestselling crime novel by George V.
Wes Anderson's new film Moonrise Kingdom, starring Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Tilda Swiinton and Bill Murray, will open the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival, appearing at the top of a lineup that includes such buzzworthy films as David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, starring Robert Pattinson, Walter Salles' On The Road, starring Kristen Stewart, John Hillcoat's Lawless, starring Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly, starring Brad Pitt, and Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, starring Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey, among others.