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Begin Again movie review: up tempo

24 July 2014 3:31 PM, PDT | | 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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Begin Again Review

11 July 2014 3:57 PM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Even though writer/director John Carney has enjoyed success in Irish film and television with the likes of Zonad, On The Edge and Bachelors Walk, outside of his home country he is most known for 2007's Once, his low budget feature which celebrated the power of music, set in the world of Dublin buskers. Once went onto be a massive critical success, and has been adapted into a Tony award winning play. Carney returns to that well somewhat with Begin Again. The original title, Can a Song Save Your Life?, tells you all you need to know about the movie, a feel good celebration of music and staying true to yourself, all set against the back drop of New York City. Begin Again starts in the middle, with Greta (Keira Knightley) performing an aggressive song written about her ex Dave (Adam Levine) on the stage of a New York dive bar, »

- (Tom White)

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The Guardian Film Show: Boyhood, Begin Again and Transformers: Age of Extinction - video reviews

11 July 2014 5:02 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Andrew Pulver and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week we're watching the years roll by with Richard Linklater's extraordinary Boyhood - a coming-of-age drama shot across 12 years; taking it from the top with Once director John Carney's noodly New York music drama Begin Again; and contemplating the end days with Michael Bay's Transformers: Age of Extinction

Miss the good old pre-video days? Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Andrew Pulver, Tom Silverstone and Henry Barnes

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The HeyUGuys Interview: John Carney talks Begin Again

11 July 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Given the success of Once – which won an Academy Award and has since been turned into a triumphant stage production, for filmmaker John Carney to return to the musical drama genre was always something of a risk, but he’s surpassed expectations with Begin Again, in what is arguably a more accomplished offering than his previous Oscar winner.

We had the pleasure of sitting down with the filmmakers to discuss his latest project, and how vital it was for him and the film that the music was of a particularly high standard. He also tells us about the decision to cast Keira Knightley in a different sort of role to which we’re used to, and whether it was true that Scarlett Johansson was once a possibility to take it on…

Begin Again is out in cinemas now.

The post The HeyUGuys Interview: John Carney talks Begin Again appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Stefan Pape

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10 Actors And Their Surprising Music Careers

10 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, sees Irish-born director John Carney (who brought us Once), explore the story of a chance encounter between a troubled music-business executive and a struggling singer-songwriter. Set in New York, their encounter leads to a captivating and creative collaboration which is the perfect excuse for a great soundtrack. The soundtrack includes interesting contributions from Knightley, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine and songs written by the director himself. To celebrate the release of Begin Again, we take a look at ten film actors that have surprisingly delved into a career in music and expanded their CV’s – for better or worse! Headphones at the ready!

10) Robert Downey Jr.

There is nothing Hollywood star Robert Downey Jr. can’t do, so it’s no surprise he made his own album called The Futurist that was released in 2004. Before this, he sang in various films such »

- Louise Tooth

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Begin Again review: Keira Knightley stars in beguiling musical romance

9 July 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: John Carney; Screenwriter John Carney; Starring: Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, James Corden, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, Catherine Keener; Running time: 104 mins; Certificate: 15

While they don't exactly fit the definition of an odd couple, there's something compellingly weird about seeing Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley paired up on-screen. He's all scruffy open heart, while she retains a kind of ethereal delicacy even in what's probably her warmest and most relaxed performance to date. It's this off-kilter combo, combined with an overarching sense of real passion for music, that gives John Carney's Begin Again its rich, unassuming charm.

Knightley is aspiring singer-songwriter Greta, a British ex-pat who finds herself suddenly alone in New York after getting dumped by her douchey rising star boyfriend (Adam Levine). Dragged along to an open-mic night by musician friend Steve (a very funny James Corden), she plays a rough version of her own self-penned track, »

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John Carney gives Adam Levine his big screen break in Begin Again

9 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Irish director John Carney has had good luck casting non-actors in his lovely, lyrical dramas.

His 2007 film Once starred actor/musician Glen Hansard as a vacuum cleaner repairman and Dublin street musician, andMarkéta Irglová — who had no acting experience but was Hansard’s bandmate in the real-life group The Swell Season — as a Czech immigrant with a beautiful voice and the personality to match.

The indie film was a huge hit on the festival circuit and then in mainstream release, with its most memorable tune, “Falling Slowly,” winning the Academy Award for Best Song.

Now Carney, a former musician, brings his ability to mesh film and song to America with Begin Again, a New York-set drama that casts another musician with zero big-screen acting experience, Adam Levine, in a pivotal role. Levine does, of course, have a slightly higher profile than Irglová. The musical prodigy (he can play pretty much »

- Marni Weisz - Editor, Cineplex Magazine

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James Corden: 'I wrote the worst song in the world for Begin Again'

9 July 2014 2:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Corden has admitted that he wrote "the worst song in the world" for his new film Begin Again.

Directed by John Carney (Once), Begin Again stars Keira Knightley as an aspiring singer-songwriter whose chance encounter with a down-and-out record label executive (Mark Ruffalo) gives both a new lease of life.

Corden plays Knightley's best friend and fellow musician, who shares her passion for songwriting if not her talent for it.

"John said, 'Why don't you write your own song?'," Corden told Digital Spy. "So I wrote a song, and it really is the worst song in the world. It's called 'The Twelfth of Never'.

"But you know how in the moment you're doing something, you get sucked in? So I went, 'Oh, do you know what, I think this is pretty damn good, actually. I've got a feeling when John hears this, he'll go, "Well, this is going »

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Halfway Pt. 4: Top Ten Movies of 2014 (Thus Far)

8 July 2014 11:22 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

For today's Tuesday Top Ten it's your last peek at Nathaniel's top ten list for 2014 until the official one at year's end. Only films that have already played theaters in regular release are eligible hence endearing indies like Happy Christmas (currently On Demand) or instant classics like Love is Strange or next weekend's highly raved openers (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boyhood) cannot yet apply. Herewith my ten favorite pictures of 2014 thus far since we've already looked at favorite sights and favorite sounds. 

You should see all of these movies. How many will stick around for the official top ten of 2014? I haven't a clue. That's half the excitement of drawing these invisible lines in the sand and waiting with hot anticipation for the rest of the year's wonders

Top Ten Films Of 2014's First Half

(Alpha Order)

Begin Again (John Carney) 104 minutes

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Begin Again Review

8 July 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Born out of the creative mind of John Carney – the writer and director of the Academy Award winning Once – comes another musical in the form of Begin Again, though while the aforementioned title was nauseatingly mawkish at the best of times, this has counteracted such flaws with an injection of cynicism, instead taking a somewhat barbed look at the music industry, and celebrating a more unalloyed form of contemporary expression.

Mark Ruffalo plays Dan, a disgruntled producer, demoralised by the lack of innovation and talent in a slowly decaying industry, where superficiality prevails. However upon stumbling into a small bar hosting an open mic night, he hears Greta (Keira Knightley) perform one of her tracks, and instantly his passion for music returns, as he desperately seeks in making her a star. Though given the singer’s traumatising relationship with popular musician Dave (Adam Levine), she’s somewhat reluctant to follow a similar path. »

- Stefan Pape

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Can a Movie Save Rock and Roll?

7 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In just two films, writer/director John Carney may very well have created a new genre: the neo-musical. First, there was 2006’s Once, a breakout indie film with an Oscar-winning song, “Falling Slowly.” Now he follows a similar plot trajectory with Begin Again (which was once wistfully titled Can a Song Save Your Life?). Two musicians – one male and one female – meet, collaborate on a project and flirt with impunity before ultimately deciding they would rather make music than love. Through his stories about musicians and collaboration, Carney has found a way to update the musical to our contemporary, authenticity-driven times. In his films, the characters frequently break into song, but they don’t break the fourth wall, and the stories never devolve into spectacle. However, Carney has more on his mind than genre-busting. Both of his neo-musicals contain a creeping criticism of a music industry that is depicted as overly-focused on image and provides little room »

- Noah Gittell

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Conversation with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, James Corden and John Carney on Begin Again

7 July 2014 6:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

James Corden, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine and Keira Knightley with Begin Again director John Carney on Times Square: "That was the one true moment of maverick, crazy John Cassavetes" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

With Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo with Adam Levine, Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden and Ceelo Green, Irish director John Carney returns twice to the world of street musicians after his Oscar winning Once. At the Crosby Street Hotel, I followed up on my Anna Karenina conversation with Keira Knightley on costumes to find out how little A Dangerous Method goes with Annie Hall.

Keira Knightley on her costumes: "I wanted her [Gretta] to dress for women and not for men." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

And the boys - Ruffalo, Levine, Corden and Carney - talked about music, acting, filming John Cassavetes style and not selling out.

This time the streets of New York »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo on Begin Again: 'There's something amazing about the artist's spirit' - video interviews

7 July 2014 3:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The stars of romantic comedy Begin Again talk to Henry Barnes about the parallels between acting and music and about how important creativity is for human happiness. Plus director John Carney who was also behind Oscar-winner Once discusses the up and downsides of rock 'n roll being primarily a young person's game

Begin Again is out in the Us now, and is released in the UK on 11 July and Australia on 7 August

 Read a first-look review Continue reading »

- Henry Barnes and Benjamin Topliss

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Adam Levine unveils 'Lost Stars' lyric video from Begin Again - watch

4 July 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Adam Levine has unveiled the lyric video for his ballad 'Lost Stars' from the Begin Again soundtrack.

Levine's new clip features scenes of him romancing Keira Knightley from the upcoming music-themed movie, which is directed by John Carney (Once).

Levine and Knightley star in Begin Again as songwriting partners and college sweethearts who move to New York to make it in the music industry.

When Dave (Levine) receives his own record deal, he is tempted by the trappings of success and leaves Greta (Knightley).

Greta then tries to launch her own career with the help of a down-and-out record executive (Mark Ruffalo) and his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld).

Music for Begin Again has been written by Gregg Alexander of the New Radicals.

Begin Again is now playing in the Us and opens on July 11 in the UK. Watch a trailer below: »

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“The Fault in Our Stars”: Oscar Contenders from the First Half

4 July 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

We’re officially on to the second half of the year folks, and as such, it makes sense to look back a bit and see where we stand, awards wise through six months. As such, today I’ll be going over which films are the most likely Oscar contenders from January through June. Also, I’ll do an added bonus by showing you what the Academy Award nominations could look like if only films from the first half were eligible. If nothing else, it’ll be a random fun tidbit to chew on. Here goes nothing… Special note, this doesn’t include contenders that screened at festivals but aren’t hitting theaters until July or later. As such, Sundance hits like Boyhood and Whiplash won’t be seen here, even though they’re easily bigger contenders than any you’ll see below. The same goes for Cannes debuts like The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, »

- Joey Magidson

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Mark Ruffalo Talks Begin Again, Connecting to His Character, Dirty Feet, Playing a Convincing Drunk, Passing on Lisa Cholodenko’s New Show and More

3 July 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

You’d think it couldn’t get much better than starring in one of the highest grossing films of all time, but in 2014 alone, Mark Ruffalo is off shooting one of the most highly anticipated upcoming films, Avengers: Age of Ultron, he’s getting Emmy buzz for his work in The Normal Heart, his November 14th release, Foxcatcher, is said to be a potential Oscar contender, and he’s got a brand new movie in theaters now as well - John Carney’s (Once) Begin Again. Ruffalo leads the film as Dan, a former hotshot record-label executive who’s hit rock bottom.  He hasn’t signed any promising clients, his marriage is falling apart, he barely talks to his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld), he drinks to excess and is mistaken for a disheveled homeless man.  However, one night, at an open mic, he hears something that might help him pull his »

- Perri Nemiroff

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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's Adam, Keira, and Mark Reflect on Their Very Smelly Shoot

3 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Keira Knightley teams up with Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine in Begin Again, the latest musical film from Once director and creator John Carney. We chatted with the trio about the experience of making the movie, surprisingly Adam's first, in NYC. And the colorful group had interesting things to say about spending hot Summer days shooting Begin Again, which is out now. On Allie: Halston Heritage sweater, Massimo Dutti pants »

- Allie Merriam

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Begin Again's Adam, Keira, and Mark Reflect on Their Very Smelly Shoot

3 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Keira Knightley teams up with Mark Ruffalo and Adam Levine in Begin Again, the latest musical film from Once director and creator John Carney. We chatted with the trio about the experience of making the movie, surprisingly Adam's first, in NYC. And the colorful group had interesting things to say about spending hot Summer days shooting Begin Again, which is out now. On Allie: Halston Heritage sweater, Massimo Dutti pants »

- Allie Merriam

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John Carney examines his musical past and where he goes after 'Begin Again'

3 July 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

John Carney's newest movie, "Begin Again," is very much a related work to his 2007 Oscar-winning film, "Once."  The films may not exist within the same world, but coming from the same mind as they do, they tackle some of the same subjects and have a similar feel. For its part, "Begin Again" stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine.   It focuses on a musician (Knightley) who tries to record an album with a formerly successful record executive (Ruffalo) after she is left by her fellow musician boyfriend (Levine).   That makes the cast and characters different from "Once," but that, as with "Begin Again," centers on musicians playing on the street and recording an album. When Carney sat down with us to spend a few minutes talking about the film, he made it clear that he didn't have any real fears going back to the musical well once more. »

- Josh Lasser

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