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‘Begin Again’ DVD Review

13 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, Mary Catherine Garrison, Marco Assante | Written and Directed by John Carney

When I started to watch Begin Again my initial thoughts were of déjà vu. Seemingly following the same style of plot similar to Not Another Happy Ending, I expected Mark Ruffalo’s music producer to fall in love with Keira Knightley’s aspiring musician.  Happily though I found that assumptions can often be wrong.

When Dan (Mark Ruffalo) loses his position at the record label he helped form it looks like he’s finally lost everything.  Spending the day getting drunk, he ends up at a small bar where he discovers Gretta (Keira Knighley) performing one of her songs at an open-mic night.  Captivated by her talent he offers to help her become a star, triggering a change not only in her life but his too. »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Begin Again’ DVD Review

13 November 2014 4:42 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, Mary Catherine Garrison, Marco Assante | Written and Directed by John Carney

When I started to watch Begin Again my initial thoughts were of déjà vu.  Seemingly following the same style of plot similar to Not Another Happy Ending I expected Mark Ruffalo’s music producer to fall in love with Keira Knightley’s aspiring musician.  Happily though I found that assumptions can often be wrong.

When Dan (Mark Ruffalo) loses his position at the record label he helped form it looks like he’s finally lost everything.  Spending the day getting drunk, he ends up at a small bar where he discovers Gretta (Keira Knighley) performing one of her songs at an open-mic night.  Captivated by her talent he offers to help her become a star, triggering a change not only in her life but his too. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Bennett Miller on Why ‘Foxcatcher’ Feels So Authentic

12 November 2014 12:45 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like his first two narrative features, “Capote” and “Moneyball,” Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” is based on real events, but that doesn’t mean everything you see onscreen happened in that particular order, or even happened at all. “It’s a representation,” says the 47-year-old filmmaker, heading off at the pass the kind of intricate media scrutiny that can attend fact-based films, especially during Oscar season. As he speaks, his soft voice (which Miller claims he is congenitally unable to raise) barely rises above the din emanating from the kitchen of Emilio’s Ballato, the charmingly untrendy Soho Italian joint Miller has chosen for our interview.

“These are actors wearing costumes, captured through lenses that have been chosen and placed in environments that have been created and lit,” he continues. “You’re not actually living the event. There are decisions made in every molecule of what you’re experiencing. I think »

- Scott Foundas

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DVD Review – Begin Again (2013)

10 November 2014 1:55 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Begin Again, 2013.

Written and Directed by John Carney.

Starring Keira Knightley, James Corden, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Adam Levine, Mos Def and Ceelo Green.

Synopsis:

A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents.

After the huge success of his debut effort, Once, which has not only sold countless soundtracks over the years but is now taking the global theatre world by storm, director John Carney continues the musical theme across the pond in America for his latest smash, Begin Again, which was arguably the most talked about film this summer that didn’t include explosions, mutants, superheroes or Galaxy guardians.

This a film all about new beginnings, whether in life, love or indeed music: business executive Dan (Ruffalo) hasn’t been bringing in the big bucks lately, and is fired from his »

- Scott J. Davis

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How Being John Malkovich Was Changed From The Original Script

9 November 2014 8:10 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

As incredibly bizarre and unique as Spike Jonze's Being John Malkovich is, the reality is that it was almost much, much weirder. Details about the conclusion of an earlier script have come to light online, and to call it fascinating is an extreme understatement. This new Being John Malkovich early script info has surfaced thanks to Badass Digest, which has a fully detailed breakdown of the movie's original ending in all its weirdo glory. Beginning at about the start of the third act - which has Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) lock his wife, Lotte (Cameron Diaz), in a chimpanzee cage and leave with Maxine (Catherine Keener) to permanently take over John Malkovich's body. The big change, however, is that Craig doesn't turn Malkovich into a great puppeteer, but instead publicizes that Malkovich is a puppet and becomes famous as his controller. He gets his own show in Las Vegas, »

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News Shorts: November 6th 2014

6 November 2014 9:20 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Solution Entertainment Group has released the first image from the Shia Labeouf-led psychological thriller "Man Down" which also Gary Oldman, Kate Mara and Jai Courtney. Set in a savage post-apocalyptic America, Labeouf and Courtney play a pair who are in search of the former's family.

"Zhang Yimou's first English-language film, 'The Great Wall' at Legendary East, has seen a budget increase to $135 million with filming to begin in February. The period action spectacular with sci-fi elements is currently casting..." (full details)

"Ivanhoe Pictures has picked up the film rights to Ryan Graudin's young adult action-adventure novel 'The Walled City'. The story follows three teenagers who are fighting to survive and escape a lawless, walled city..." (full details)

"On Entertainment, Wild Bunch and Pathe are teaming for an $80 million animated feature based on the iconic Playmobil toys brand. Much of the team behind 'The Little Prince' will be »

- Garth Franklin

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Séville trio sparks strong buyer response

6 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Séville International has announced a slew of sales ahead of the Afm on The Dark Horse, Elephant Song and An Eye For Beauty.

Rights on The Dark Horse have gone in Benelux (Imagine Film), France (Zed), Germany (Koch Media), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Switzerland (Praesens), Turkey (Fabula), UK (Koch Media), Israel (Shoval Film), Middle East (Shooting Stars), Colombia (Babilla Cine) and airlines (Jaguar).

eOne will directly distribute in Canada writer-director James Napier Robertson’s story of a man who struggles to overcome challenges and pass on his gift to children in his community. Cliff Curtis stars.

Séville’s vice-president of international sales Anick Poirier (pictured) and her team have closed deals on Elephant Song, the psychological thriller starring Xavier Dolan that premiered in Toronto.

Deals closed in Japan (UpLink), South Korea (At Nine Film), Turkey (Bir Film), Israel (Shoval Film) and China (Blue Media Times). Séville is in negotiations for Benelux and confirmed it will handle Charles Binamé’s film »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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AFM: Chloe Grace Moretz’s Thriller ‘November Criminals’ Scores Lotus Funds

5 November 2014 4:50 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Chloe Grace Moretz’s coming-of-age thriller “November Criminals.”

Sacha Gervasi is directing from Steven Knight’s script, based on Sam Munson’s novel. Beth O’Neil will produce alongside Lotus, which is  handling international sales starting at the Afm.

CAA and Wme are co-repping the domestic sale.

November Criminals” follows two teenagers into the underbelly of Washington, D.C., as they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time. Catherine Keener also stars.

Knight and Gervasi are both represented by CAA. Moretz is repped by Wme and Catherine Keener by The Gersh Agency.

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- Dave McNary

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Sacha Gervasi’s ‘November Criminals’ Pic Nabs Lotus Loot – Afm

5 November 2014 3:53 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Lotus Entertainment has come aboard to co-finance and co-produce Hitchcock director Sacha Gervasi’s thriller November Criminals, which stars Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener. Beth O’Neil is producing with Lotus, which is also handling international sales at Afm. CAA and Wme are co-repping on the domestic side.

The screenplay from Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) is adapted from Sam Munson’s 2011 novel, a murder mystery about two teenagers thrown into the dangerous underbelly of Washington DC when they investigate the murder of their friend while falling in love for the first time.

Lotus has a full plate at Afm with international sales duties on Xavier Gens’ thriller The Crucifixion and Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse as well as Replicas starring Keanu Reeves and Kidnap starring Halle Berry on its slate.

Gervasi and Knight are repped by CAA. Moretz is repped by Wme and Keener by Gersh.

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- Jen Yamato

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UK Distributor Picks Up David O. Russell’s Nailed, Retitled Politics Of Love

5 November 2014 10:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For close to four years now, David O. Russell’s satirical comedy Nailed has simmered in development hell and for the longest time, it seemed as though the project would remain there indefinitely. Financial issues dragged the movie down like a hefty ball and chain — in fact, it’s understood production was shut down no less than 14 times — forcing Russell to walk away just as filming was to be wrapped up.

Now, though, England-based distributor Vantage Pictures has picked up Nailed, rebranded it as Politics of Love, and is committed to releasing it in the UK in the coming months. After all, what is now known as Politics of Love has quite the cast, including Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal and James Marsden, so it would’ve been a shame if the comedy didn’t see the light of day.

In summary, O. Russell’s long-gestating picture follows Biel’s small town waitress, »

- Michael Briers

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Lotus boards November Criminals

5 November 2014 9:40 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Busy Lotus Entertainment will co-finance and co-produce Sacha Gervasi’s November Criminals starring Chloë Grace Moretz and Catherine Keener and has introduced to Afm buyers.

Steven Knight adapted the screenplay from Sam Munson’s novel about a pair of teenagers who fall in love while investigating the murder of a friend in a dangerous part of Washington DC. CAA and Wme jointly represent Us rights.

Beth O’Neil will produce alongside Lotus, whose Afm slate includes Xavier Gens’ The Crucifixion, Replicas starring Keanu Reeves and Shekhar Kapur’s Tiger’s Curse.

“Lotus is excited to be collaborating with Beth O’Neil and Sacha Gervasi in bringing Sam Munson and Steve Knight’s authentic characters to life,” said Lotus president Ara Keshishian.

“This is a beautiful love story between two teenagers set against the backdrop of a murder mystery and it’s thrilling to have an amazing cast taking shape led by Chloe and Catherine.”   »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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David O. Russell’s lost film 'Nailed' revived as 'Politics in Love,' recut for UK release

5 November 2014 9:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Nailed" haunts writer-director David O. Russell. A health care satire starring Jessica Biel suffering from a near-fatal nail gun shot to the head, the film went into production before "The Fighter" and imploded before making it through post-production. Russell moved on, for the clear better, but onlookers anxious for a taste of the writer’s sardonic humor kept wondering if the film would ever surface. Whether he was talking about "The Fighter," "Silver Linings Playbook" or "American Hustle," nearly ever interview steered towards "Nailed" out of due diligence. When our own Drew McWeeny spoke to Russell in 2011, he summed up the experience he was happy to distance himself from: "['Nailed'] was supposed to be a fresh page and comeback and it turned out to be disappointment, another notch on my belt in this business." Fans would never see "Nailed." Or fans were resigned to never seeing "Nailed"… until now.  Screendaily reports »

- Matt Patches

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David O. Russell's Abandoned 'Nailed' Getting UK Release In 2015 Under Title 'Politics Of Love'

5 November 2014 3:51 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We've been covering the tale of David O. Russell's aborted "Nailed" for years (most recently in our feature Lost & Abandoned: 10 Movies That Were Shot, But Eventually Scrapped), but the film is one that doesn't seem to know when to say die. To make a long story short, Russell's comedy — starring Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, Tracy Morgan and James Marsden — follows an uninsured waitress (Biel) who accidentally gets shot in the head with a nail. She goes to Washington on a crusade to fight for the rights of the bizarrely injured, but gets taken advantage of by a slimy congressman (Gyllenhaal). A great premise for sure, however a string of financial bungling plagued the movie throughout production, and filming eventually halted entirely before the crucial injury sequence could be reshot. The movie changed hands, Russell walked away from it, but Voltage Pictures seems to have figured out a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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David O. Russell's "Nailed" Hits UK In 2015

5 November 2014 12:10 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Shot back in 2008 and ultimately abandoned due to financial issues, the producers behind David O. Russell's drama "Nailed" are still trying to get the project assembled and out in cinemas.

It appears they may succeed though as producer Kia Jam has reportedly finished his own cut of the film which will go by the new title of "Politics of Love" says Screen. Arrow Films have reportedly picked up the 99 minute-long film for a release in the U.K. sometime next year.

In fact the film has already scored a PG-13 rating from the MPAA and is set to be screened today at the American Film Market for potential buyers. Will anyone else bite? We'll see.

The political comedy has Jessica Biel as a small town waitress who accidentally gets a nail lodged in her head which causes her to have wild sexual urges. She flees her boyfriend (James Marsden »

- Garth Franklin

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15 Years: Watch 30 Minutes Of Behind-The-Scenes Footage From 'Being John Malkovich'

29 October 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Before he detailed the romance between a man and an Os, or took you where the Wild Things were, Spike Jonze decided to get into the head of John Malkovich. Time flies, but it has been 15 years since the brilliant and bizarre "Being John Malkovich" hit theaters, so today we're going to take you behind the scenes. Featuring longitme collaborator Lance Bangs, and cast members John Cusack, Catherine Keener, Cameron Diaz, and, of course, John Malkovich, the footage is a bit scattershot, but gives a sense of what shooting the oddball, Charlie Kaufman-penned picture was like, not only for those in front of the camera, but for the crew too. It's actually a pretty great dip into what it took to get inside Malkovich's brain, at least on set, and if you're of the film and filmmakers, it's worth perusing. Check it out below, along with a couple of extras, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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The Rise And Rise Of Steve Carell

29 October 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

From regional manager in NBC’s The Office to the evil turned good supervillain in the Despicable Me franchise, Steve Carell has carved a career as one of Hollywood’s best loved funny men.

To celebrate the release of his new family film, Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,  which is in cinemas now, we take a look at the rise and rise of Steve Carell.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004 and 2013)

One of Carell’s first leading roles was starring alongside Will Ferrell in the 1970s set cult hit Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Carell played curiously dim witted weatherman Brick Tamland alongside Ferrell’s Ron Burgundy, and the film went on to gross $90.6 million worldwide. Following its success and cult following, a sequel entitled Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and starring Carell was released in 2013.

The Office (2005-2013)

Following a five year »

- Paul Heath

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Begin Again | Blu-ray Review

28 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

After having been picked up for a cool 7 million dollar and some change price tag by the Weinsteins at the Toronto Int. Film Festival back in 2013 and closing the Tribeca Film Fest the following year, in its July release, Begin Again performed quite well at the indie box office and generally well revered. A good will tour for a revitalizing look at Keira Knightley, as well as another exuberant performance from Mark Ruffalo. Luckily the scandal erupting over CeeLo Green happened afer it could have a potential detrimental effect on driving audiences away from the theater.

Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest,  (originally titled Can a Song Save a Life?) manages to gain a momentous degree of charm in its latter half, ending on a note that’s as satisfyingly untethered as its opening moments are rigidly formulated. Inexplicably, Carney is also »

- Nicholas Bell

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1,000 Times Goodnight | Review

24 October 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Words and Pictures: Binoche Dominates Poppe’s Familial Drama

Norwegian director Erik Poppe makes his English language directorial debut with 1,000 Times Goodnight, featuring an internationally renowned cast that’s headlined by a masterful performance from Juliette Binoche. Basically a family melodrama hedged by topical issues, Poppe’s own experiences as a war photographer serve as the semi-autobiographical impetus for the film, which is perhaps why it’s presented with such nuance. Bolstering the importance of such a hazardous occupation, the film’s tense juxtaposition lies in how one reconciles working in such dangerous conditions while trying to raise a family. Obviously changing his own perspective to that of a mother ups the dramatic potential, and is met with a terrifically inspired performance from Binoche.

A photojournalist that specializes in conflict zones, Rebecca (Binoche) has been following a group of female militants in Kabul. We watch her take photos as »

- Nicholas Bell

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Kaitlyn Dever talks about 'Laggies' and on-set teenage camaraderie

24 October 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

It's been a busy fall for young actress Kaitlyn Dever, who appears in Lynn Shelton's Laggies, out Friday, and stars in Jason Reitman's Men, Women & Children. Dever proved her formidable acting chops in last year's Short Term 12 playing an abused teen in a foster-care facility—look no further than the scene in which she reads a children's story her character wrote about an octopus. In the scene, Dever let's her character's disconnected, tough façade slip away. Her performance in that movie and The Spectacular Now got her labeled the "Summer's Indie It Flick Queen" by Teen Vogue. »

- Esther Zuckerman

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The 31 Best Chick Flicks on Netflix Right Now

16 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Why bother going out to the multiplex when the movies you want to see are on Netflix? Whether it's a classic weepie like "An Affair to Remember," an Audrey Hepburn movie, a Jane Austen favorite or "Clueless" (again), here are some of the best chick flicks streaming on Netflix right now. (Availability subject to change.)

1. "13 Going on 30" (2004)

Who doesn't love a good time-traveling romantic comedy, especially one with a big "Thriller" dance showstopper?

2. "An Affair to Remember" (1957)

The classic romantic weepie (as referenced in "Sleepless in Seattle"), starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr as lovers whom fate cruelly tears apart.

3. "Breakfast at Tiffany's" (1961)

Audrey Hepburn was never lovelier (or naughtier) than as Holly Golightly, a trendy New Yorker with a complicated love life and a cat called, well, Cat.

4. "Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason" (2004)

The sequel finds Bridget (Renee Zellweger) in Thailand, where she's tempted to stray with ex »

- Sharon Knolle

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