“Jesse James” yanked

Brad Pitt was going to have two movies coming out in the early fall…but no longer. Alejandro Gonzales Innaritu ‘s Babel (Paramount Vantage, 10.6) is the keeper and Andrew Dominik‘s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Warner Bros., 9.15) is not. Warner Bros. publicity confirmed today that they’re delaying Jesse James‘s release until early 2007. This is being done, I’ve been told, “due to Brad Pitt’s shooting schedule for Oceans 13.” What…he’s going to be too busy making an ensemble film with 12 other guys to find time to do publicity for a couple of weekends? Sure thing. I can guess what’s actually happening, but when I get something solid I’ll pass it along. If any industry readers can fill me in (anonymously, of course), the usual confidences apply.