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Apple Beats Music Documentary Offers Retrospective Tour of Spike Lee's ‘Do the Right Thing’ (Video)

15 August 2014 9:54 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Apple's Beats Music has released a short documentary in honor of the 25th anniversary of Spike Lee‘s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing.” The 23-minute film (above) follows Lee as he revisits the Brooklyn block where the Oscar-nominated drama was filmed. He reflects on the experience with residents and cast, including Danny Aiello, who played pizzeria owner Sal — a role that earned him his first and only Academy Award nomination. Also read: Apple to Cut Beats Staff by 200 Following $3 Billion Acquisition The doc culminates with a block party featuring guests Dave Chappelle, Wesley Snipes, Mos Def and Public Enemy, who performed their anthem. »

- Greg Gilman

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Do the Right Thing Gets a Doc for 25th Anniversary

15 August 2014 9:09 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Apple Beats has made and released a documentary Do the Right Thing 25 Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience which ends with a block party featuring Dave Chappelle, Wesley Snipes, Mos Def »

- Sasha Stone

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Watch: 20-Minute, 25th Anniversary Documentary About Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing'

15 August 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It’s been a quarter of a century since “Do The Right Thing,” and yet the film’s themes could not be more current, particularly in light of the events unfolding this week in Ferguson, Missouri. To celebrate the film’s 25th anniversary, Spike Lee teamed up with Beats Music for a short documentary on the film (via Variety). “Do The Right Thing 25 Year Anniversary: A Beats Music Experience” is comprised of two halves. The first focuses on the trio of Lee, Danny Aiello and production designer Wynn Thomas walking around the film's iconic Bed-Stuy block —Stuyvesant Ave. between Lexington and Quincy Aves.— revealing some interesting details about production alongside some quick interviews with current residents and a few members of the film’s cast. The latter half takes place at a block party Lee hosted in June with special guests including Dave ChappelleErykah BaduMos DefWesley Snipes »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Way Out West breaks audience record

11 August 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ruben Ostlund presents Cannes hit Force Majeure [pictured] as a gala screening; Jens Lien previews TV series Viva Hate.

Gothenburg’s Way Out West wrapped its fourth film edition on Saturday with a record-breaking 27,000 in attendance and 42 films, including a gala premiere of local Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure and Nordic premieres of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela.

Running alongside the Way Out West music festival, now in its ninth year, additional film programming catered to the music fanbase by screening world premieres of Swedish actress Alexandra Dahlström’s All We Have is Now, documenting Stockholm-based rock band Vulkano; and Liza Minou Morberg’s Alone Together that follows three women on a journey to Way Out West.

Other music-oriented films included Eric Green’s guitar documentary Beautiful Noise, Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days on Earth, Tom Berninger’s depiction of his brother on tour with The National in Mistaken for Strangers, and [link=tt »

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Way Out West offers rock and films in largest edition

11 August 2014 3:37 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ruben Ostlund presents Cannes hit Force Majeure [pictured] as a gala screening; Jens Lien previews TV series Viva Hate.

Gothenburg’s Way Out West wrapped its fourth film edition on Saturday with a record-breaking 27,000 in attendance,42 films, including a gala premiere of local Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure and Nordic premieres of Richard Linklater’s Boyhood and Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela.

Running alongside the Way Out West music festival, now in its ninth year, additional film programming catered to the music fanbase by screening world premieres of Swedish actress Alexandra Dahlström’s All We Have is Now, documenting Stockholm-based rock band Vulkano; and Liza Minou Morberg’s Alone Together that follows three women on a journey to Way Out West.

Other music-oriented films included Eric Green’s guitar documentary Beautiful Noise, Nick Cave doc 20,000 Days on Earth, Tom Berninger’s depiction of his brother on tour with The National in Mistaken for Strangers, and [link=tt »

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Art of Allusion: 'Chameleon Street'

29 July 2014 8:44 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

"Chameleon Street" is one of the most slept on films to come out since the late eighties. Wendell B. Harris wrote and directed this film and he based it on the life of a con man named Douglas Street. He took the film to Sundance in 1990 and won the Grand Jury Prize, but ended up leaving without a major distribution deal. If you haven't seen it, buy it, don't rent it. Like "Killer of Sheep," you will have to see it more than once to fully appreciate it. If you've never heard of the film, maybe you've heard of Mos Def and Talib Kweli. On their first album together, the self-titled "Black Star" album, they sampled "Chameleon Street" for the intro »

- Qadree

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Begin Again movie review: up tempo

24 July 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A hugely satisfying ode to entrepreneurial creativity, and a glorious love letter to New York City and the art it inspires. I love this movie so much. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I love this movie so much. Partly for how it demonstrates how little a movie has to deviate from an oh-so-repetitive format to come up with something fresh and exciting but also still comfortable and comforting. And partly for being so radical in a few attitudes while it’s being comfortable and comforting.

I mean, writer-director John Carney — who got famous with Once, and this is even better — only has to switch things up a little bit to upend our expectations about a movie. Like how he first introduces us to English songwriter Gretta (Keira Knightley [Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Anna Karenina], doing her own very »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Video: 'The Divide' star Marin Ireland shares your love of 'Soapdish'

23 July 2014 9:27 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Those who watched last week’s twisty premiere of WEtv’s new scripted drama, The Divide, know that Innocence Initiative case worker Christina (Homeland’s Marin Ireland) is full of surprises—for example, she drives around Philly singing along to Mos Def’s “Quiet Dog.”

“That was Richard Lagravenese’s pick. He just had a feeling that that is exactly the kind of music she would listen to. Of course it’s like the fastest song in the world. They were like, ‘Can you just learn all the lyrics to this song? We don’t know what part we’re gonna use yet. »

- Mandi Bierly

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Life Of Crime Review

17 July 2014 6:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Jumping from average romcom to average romcom with all the enthusiasm of a bored teenager slogging through their homework, Jennifer Aniston just keeps on trucking. Romcoms are all well and good for some, but ever since Friends wrapped up at the turn of the millennium her’s has been a career in slow but steady decline. To that effect, Life of Crime is actually a pretty pleasant surprise, with Aniston swapping her usual Girl Next Door role for that of a beleaguered housewife taken hostage by a trio of barely competent crooks. That’s not to say the film’s any good, but I’d much rather watch Aniston try (and largely fail) to work outside her usual range than have to sit through Along Came Polly 2: Rodolfo’s Revenge. 

Life of Crime plays out like a sub-par companion piece to David O. Russell’s American Hustle - which »

- Dominic Mill

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Film on Tap: The Craft Beer Explosion Continues

16 July 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

It's difficult to even begin to describe the phenomenal growth and activity in the craft beer industry this year, but it's evident from the number of selections on tap and on retailers' shelves that craft brewing is booming. As the number of Texas craft breweries increases, existing ones are prospering with brewery expansions and new beer offerings.

Filmmaker Mike Mann (Brewed) and host Greg Zeschuk have been documenting and sharing stories from many of these Texas breweries through their ongoing web series, The Beer Diaries. Zeschuk recently visited the brewers of Kamala Brewing at the Whip In (pictured at top), an award-winning brewpub here in Austin.

Another recent episode features the first cooperatively owned and managed brewpub in the world, Black Star Co-op Pub and Brewery, and an upcoming show takes viewers behind the scenes of the Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner. Check out one of my favorites below featuring Live »

- Debbie Cerda

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'Begin Again': What the Critics Are Saying

3 July 2014 3:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Begin Again, writer-director John Carney’s most recent foray in film, revisits the emotional connection created through music as showcased in his 2006 indie hit Once. But this time, Carney's strumming with a bigger budget and corresponding big-name cast: Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Cee Lo Green and Mos Def. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The modern-day music-movie follows a chance encounter between washed-up music executive Dan (Ruffalo) and bright-eyed singer-songwriter Gretta (Knightley). What results is a promising collaboration and mutual transformation for the star-crossed talents

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- Marion Kirkpatrick

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“Begin Again”: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine

26 June 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Directed by: John Carney Written by: John Carney Main Cast: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, CeeLo Green, James Corden, and many more… Past Oscar relations: Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice), Mark Ruffalo (The Kids Are All Right), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Catherine Keener (Being John Malkovich and Capote) have Academy Award nominations, while John Carney’s Once won Best Original Song Here now we have a brand spanking new article in this ongoing series of mine concerning 2014 releases hoping to compete for some kind of Oscar attention as contenders at the impending/upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us is the musical dramedy Begin Again, which looks to use catchy music to hopefully capture the Academy’s attention. This film comes to us from filmmaker John Carney, who blew most of us away a couple of years back with Once. Starring the eclectic cast of Keira Knightley, »

- Joey Magidson

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Watch Yasiin Bey in Trailer for 'Jackie Brown' Prequel, 'Life of Crime'

26 June 2014 12:10 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I remember the so-called prequel being announced back in 2010; at the time there wasn't much info on it - definitely not what actors would appear in it.  We would later learn that Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) and John Hawkes (star of Sundance 2012 hit "The Surrogate") had signed on to star in the film, and are joined by Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Will ForteDan Schechter directed the film from his own script adaption. Titled "Life of Crime," based on Elmore Leonard's novel "The Switch" (the original 1997 film, "Jackie Brown," which starred Pam »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Keira Knightley goes behind the mic in Begin Again featurette

24 June 2014 9:41 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Keira Knightley is tired of dying.

For once, the actress is happy to have her character make it to the end credits in the upcoming dramedy Begin Againfrom Once director John Carney

Knightley is Greta, a young singer-songwriter who as just had her heart trampled on by her fame seeking boyfriend Dave (Maroon 5’s Adam Levine).  When a chance encounter with disgraced music business exec Dan (Mark Ruffalo), the pair begin to map out a promising new business collaboration and acquire a much-needed friendship. 

Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, James Corden, Catherien Keener, and CeeLo Green co-star in the film, which made its debut last September at the Toronto International Film Festival under the title Can a Song Save Your Life.  The re-titled Begin Again heads into theatres on July 11th.

Watch as Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo take you inside the film in this featurette below: »

- Rachel West

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Begin Again | review

23 June 2014 10:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

How To Save a Life: Carney’s Anticipated American Film a Pleasantly Loveable

Though trudging through a somewhat ungainly and slightly anachronistic set-up, John Carney’s latest, Begin Again (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 able to squeeze some magic from a cast that seems staggeringly opposed to such a stunt, at least judging from a multitude of similar packaged deals in a squalid market of workmanlike indie films featuring such flora and fauna. While the music is hardly as catchy as the Academy Award winning compilations from his 2006 film, Once, a buoyant attitude sometimes fills in here, at least enough to make for an emotionally satisfying final act.

Reluctantly taking the stage of a dive »

- Nicholas Bell

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Passes to ‘Begin Again’ With Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo

22 June 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new music comedy/drama “Begin Again” from the writer and director of the Oscar-winning film and Broadway musical “Once”!

Begin Again,” which is rated “R” and opens in Chicago on July 2, 2014, stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Catherine Keener, James Corden and Marco Assante from writer and director John Carney and executive producer Judd Apatow. Note: You must be 17+ to attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “Begin Again” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Keira Knightley Talks About A Brighter Role In Begin Again Featurette

13 June 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

“I suddenly realized I’d pretty much died in everything that I’d done for the past five years,” says Keira Knightley of why she decided to take on the uplifting musical drama Begin Again in a new clip. “And I thought I’d really like to do something where I either don’t have to go through some emotional turmoil or die. I found this incredibly hopeful.”

Though the actress isn’t known for her singing roles, the clip (which Entertainment Weekly exclusively premiered earlier today) gives us an earful of her performing on stage, and it turns out that Knightley really knows how to carry a tune. In the film, from Once helmer John Carney, she plays Gretta, a British singer stranded and heartbroken in New York City after her boyfriend (Adam Levine) gets his big break and promptly cheats on her. In an attempt to find meaning in her pain, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley Talk Music and Cats in New 'Begin Again' Clip

4 June 2014 8:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

"Begin Again," the Toronto and Tribeca darling, stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo as a musician and representative team that seeks to change the way people experience music. Only, first Knightley's inspired songwriter has to catch a break, which is going to be really hard to do when the only exposure her songs ever get is when she plays to her cat. She has never recorded anything, which is a problem Dan (Ruffalo) did not anticipate. The film follows Gretta (Knightley) after being dumped by her newly successful boyfriend played by Adam Levine. Dan encounters her when he hears her play right after he has lost his job. Without a producer, studio or even a demo, they get creative in recording Gretta's album. Mos Def, Catherine Keener, James Corden and Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld also star in this film by John Carney. "Begin Again," formerly titled "Can a Song Save Your Life? »

- Brandon Latham

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Keira Knightley Plays For Her Cat In New Begin Again Clip

3 June 2014 8:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

From Singin’ in the Rain to Once, one of the most tried-and-true subgenres of cinema is the musical drama. And it looks like we’re in for a treat later this summer when Begin Again, previously titled Can A Song Save Your Life?, hits theaters. The film, from Once helmer John Carney, boasts a pair of truly magnetic leads in Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, along with a supporting cast that includes Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Mos Def and James Corden. Now, a brief but enjoyable clip for the film has hit the web, highlighting the chemistry between Ruffalo and Knightley.

In the clip, which you can check out below, has-been record producer Dan Mulligan (Ruffalo) invites a talented East Village performer named Gretta back to his apartment so that he can hear her play. When it turns out, much to his surprise, that she doesn’t have a demo, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Watch: Keira Knightley Doesn't Have A Demo In Clip From 'Begin Again'

3 June 2014 8:24 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

These days the concept of a demo tape, that you play for people and give to record executives has greatly changed. Firstly, you don't even need any kind of physical media because you can get your stuff up on any number of streaming sites. And hell, who even needs record execs when you can set a download price and hustle your record yourself, while cutting out the middle man who'll take most of your money anyway? But, you'll have pretend that getting signed is a still a pretty big deal to roll with "Begin Again." Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def and James Corden, and directed by "Once" helmer John Carney, the movie follows a newly single British expatriate, who gets discovered at an open mic, and is given the chance of a lifetime by a famed record producer, who is also looking boost his »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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