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New Radicals frontman Gregg Alexander breaking his silence to talk 'Begin Again'

24 October 2014 7:57 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills — Gregg Alexander is enamored by movies. He grew up in a conservative household where television was "Satan's tool," but he'd sneak off to friends' houses to watch theirs instead. He talks passionately about filmmakers like the Coen brothers, Michael Haneke and Mike Leigh and seems eager to be a part of an industry he finds incredibly efficient. So it's perfectly fitting that he would eventually make his way there via a collaboration on John Carney's "Begin Again," and maybe even more understanding that after 15 years of being relatively reclusive away from touring and the media, he's finally speaking out again in support of the film and his work on tracks like "Lost Stars," which is primed for a Best Original Song Oscar nomination. "It's been exciting and to some degree emboldened me and been a reminder that film and music are amazing dancing partners," Alexander says of his experience. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Bart & Fleming: WB’s Spandex Od; Ebola The Series; Neil Patrick Harris Near Egot

19 October 2014 10:38 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business.

Fleming: Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu told me he sees superhero movies as right-wing poison and cultural genocide for their simplistic values that stamp out human truths. Warner Bros’ Kevin Tsujihara told Wall Street his slumping film studio will turn around via a full program of 10 DC Comics tent poles to be released 2016-2020.

Will Smith and Tom Hardy are in talks to star in Fury director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, and 2016 also brings Batman V Superman; 2017 brings Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Justice League; 2018 brings Ezra Miller as The Flash and Jason Momoa as Aquaman; 2019 brings Shazam and Justice League 2; Ray Fisher stars in Cyborg and a Green Lantern reboot arrives for 2020.

Besides the »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Original Song Winners at the Oscars Vary in Genre

15 October 2014 11:49 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

The best original song category at the Oscars is a difficult category to find patterns in. The number of best original song nominees can vary each year, and since 2000, the genre of the winning song has ranged from rap to show tunes.

The official Oscar rules state that the top five songs will receive nominations, but if there are 25 or fewer qualified works submitted, nominations may be limited to three, and if there are nine or fewer, than no awards may be given that year.

When it comes down to picking nominees, the Music Branch Executive Committee picks the top choices for the music categories (including original score and original musical). The winner is chosen by all Academy members.

This year’s best original score nominees could range from lullabies (“Mercy Is” from Noah) to addictive dance tracks (“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Jimi: All is By My Side | Review

25 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Before the Haze: Ridley’s Nuanced Portrait Worthy of Legendary Subject

After a rather cool reception following high profile festival play at Toronto and SXSW, John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix biopic, Jimi: All is By My Side will be sure to garner a divisive response upon a theatrical release as well. Unable to acquire the rights to any of his music from the Hendrix estate, those looking for an audio celebration of the legend’s greatest hits will surely be disappointed. Likewise, Ridley, who wrote the screenplay and won an Oscar for 2013 Best Picture Winner 12 Years a Slave, does something even more daring by covering a specific period in Hendrix’s life, paring down the scope for what becomes a startlingly intimate glance at the man’s demeanor and philosophies. While liberties have arguably been taken (Kathy Etchingham has quite vocally railed against the film), gripes considering the presentation of »

- Nicholas Bell

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Toronto Film Review: ‘The Last 5 Years’

7 September 2014 7:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

. She begins in tears and works her way back to the beginning, while his arc builds from giddy first love through career success, discord and heartbreak. In this Radius-acquired shoestring screen adaptation, director Richard Lagravenese ditches the high-concept staging but keeps the songs, inviting the chemistry between leads Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan to factor into an approach so rudimentary, it feels almost like watching a dress rehearsal.

Technically, “The Last 5 Years” is a tuner auds could experience fully with their eyes closed, and as it turns out, that’s practically how Lagravenese discovered it, listening to the CD before ever seeing the show. Likewise, much of the film’s audience will be coming in blind, unburdened by memories of Brown’s unique approach, where performing the songs as alternating solos on a nearly empty stage underscores the fact these two lovers were almost never on the same page, »

- Peter Debruge

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Venice Film Review: ‘Jackie & Ryan’

30 August 2014 6:45 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There was a time when a major studio might have made “Jackie & Ryan,” a wholesome, female-skewing heartland romance, with a Sandra Bullock in the lead and reaped the profits; today, it’s a wing-and-a-prayer festival film that marks Katherine Heigl’s introduction to independent cinema. That’s more of a knock on the shifting biases of mainstream audiences than it is on the ample cornball charms of Ami Canaan Mann’s third feature, which casts Heigl as a hard-up single mother and former country star who’s brought out of her shell by dreamy, drifting busker Ben Barnes. , and merits a carefully targeted release from a nurturing distributor. 

The Venice Lido is a curious place to unveil a not-especially-arty film this cozily American in flavor and focus. Everything about “Jackie & Ryan” (filmed under the initial title “Your Right Mind”) seems geared more toward a Sundance berth, right down to its »

- Guy Lodge

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The Best of the first two thirds of 2014

29 August 2014 12:22 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Can you believe that it’s the end of August already? Yes, by the time this weekend comes to a close, it’ll be September and two thirds of the year will be gone. As such, I figured I would do something you won’t see many other places…an article on the best of the first two thirds of 2014. Eight months have passed in the year and we’ve only got the top tier Oscar contenders left to see, so it felt natural to run down what’s been top drawer from the rest of the bunch. I’ll be giving you a look at what my current top ten of the year so far looks like, as well as what my own personal awards ballot at this juncture would look like. Hopefully it’s something fun that you enjoy reading…I know it’s the sort of thing that I enjoy writing! »

- Joey Magidson

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The Weinstein Company set to re-release 'Begin Again'

25 August 2014 12:53 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Begin Again is about to, well, begin again.

In a strategic move capitalizing on the upcoming awards season, the Weinstein Company announced that Begin Again will be re-released in theaters nationwide on Friday, Aug. 29. The folksy, feel-good film depicts a patron-muse relationship between down-and-out music producer Dan (Mark Ruffalo) and under-the-radar singer Gretta (Keira Knightley), freshly dumped by her newly famous rock-star boyfriend (Adam Levine). Dan and Gretta traipse along New York City recording an album that Dan hopes will revitalize his fledgling career and life despite Gretta’s inclinations to stay true to her indie roots.

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- Teresa Jue

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Why Weinstein Is Re-Releasing Summer Hit 'Begin Again': The Best Song Oscar (Clips)

25 August 2014 10:47 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The Weinstein Company, which is looking at a lean Oscar season this year--unless they add some late-breaking contenders--announced today the re-release of their summer hit "Begin Again" ($14.5 million domestic). The movie heads back to theaters nationwide starting Friday, August 29th. Written and directed by John Carney and starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine (making his film acting debut), scene-stealer and future talk show host James Corden and Catherine Keener, "Begin Again" looks to follow in the footsteps of "Once," which won the Best Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly” in 2007. Carney again has crafted a genuine and organic romance with music that is thankfully not about bringing the two leads together as lovers. Songwriter Gretta (Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are splitting up as he becomes a superstar. When she performs in a music club, Dan, a jaded and depressed veteran »

- Anne Thompson

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Indie Spotlight

17 August 2014 11:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer and release details for Sledge, Cam2Cam, and Night Guards, a review of Hungerford, plus more below:

Sledge Trailer and Release Date Announced: “He didn’t drown. He didn’t burn. He’s just a psychopath with a sledgehammer.

Sledge, a ‘bloody’ good horror-comedy in the tradition of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil and Shaun of the Dead, premieres on VOD September 2nd and DVD on October 7th.

A spoof of the horror genre, and littered with nods and references to fright flicks of yesteryear, the film fixes on a psychopath who not only believes he’s in a movie and video game but that he’s the hero of this story.

Sledge is a horror comedy that takes a loving poke to the horror classics we »

- Tamika Jones

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‘Once’ Film Star Glen Hansard Crashes Theater Performance to Lead Singalong (Video)

9 August 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Broadway musical based on the low-budget indie film “Once” is playing in multiple productions around the world these days, but the touring company in Los Angeles got something that no other “Once” could boast on Friday night: a curtain-call appearance and song from Glen Hansard, who wrote the show's songs and starred in the 2006 John Carney movie that unexpectedly turned into an Oscar-winning, Broadway-show-spawning, Tony-winning hit. Hansard, who was in Los Angeles to play the Hollywood Bowl before heading to New York and then France to record his next album, came to the Pantages Theater on Friday, marking »

- Steve Pond

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Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley Connect in Third 'Begin Again' Trailer

28 July 2014 10:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

We are excited to announce the premiere of a new Begin Again trailer, from The Weinstein Company. Director John Carney follows up his critically-acclaimed debut Once with this new musical drama, centering on a struggling musician (Keira Knightley) who connects with a downtrodden record label executive (Mark Ruffalo) during a New York City summer. Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Yasiin Bey and Catherine Keener round out the all-star cast in this critically-acclaimed drama, which is currently playing in theaters nationwide following a successful limited release.

The latest film from writer-director John Carney (Once), Begin Again is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, »

- MovieWeb

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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.

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- 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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