"The Assassination of Jesse James" is apparently a film that has been beaten around quite a lot, undergoing numerous recuts, countless test-screenings and the usuall Hollywood treatment. Ultimately, however, it seems they might have ended up with a pretty good film:
"'Assassination of Jesse James' (...) is a challenging tale, yet one that has drawn praise for the lyrical melancholy of its 19th century landscapes and for the key performances. The film earned the best-actor prize at the Venice Film Festival for Pitt, a previous supporting-actor Academy Awards nominee for 'Twelve Monkeys', who could be in contention for a lead-actor Oscar this time."
What's even better though is the article's outlook on next year's release of "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", and Cate Blanchett's fabulous statement about her co-star Brad Pitt:
"He's just so open. He's a great player. Brad loves a good idea and a good conversation, and I think that extends to acting, really. (...) I think he's got a really good nose for what works, and I think people will be blown away by him in 'Benjamin Button'."
And if you care to read more, here's the original article: