The Weinstein Company can be very eager to change to change a film's title after its festival premiere -- sometimes with more necessity than others. "Can a Song Save Your Life?," however, is such a tooth-rottingly twee title that they were probably right to ditch it, even if "Begin Again" isn't the most inspired replacement. Anyway, that's what John Carney's musical dramedy will henceforth be known as, with the first official trailer for the summer release landing today. Carney, of course, made a splash seven years ago with the shoestring-budgeted Irish busker romance "Once," which recently made our list of Fox Searchlight's finest releases. For his follow-up, he's sticking with the theme of musicians' professional and personal troubles, though on a grander, glossier scale, starring Keira Knightley as an independent singer-songwriter in Manhattan who catches the eye (and ear) of Mark Ruffalo's down-and-out A&R man. Maroon 5 »
- Guy Lodge
Begin Again debuted months ago at the Toronto International Film Festival (back when it was still known as Can a Song Save Your Life?) to cautiously optimistic reviews, and now we're finally getting a peek at the movie. Keira Knightley stars as the dejected ex-girlfriend of a budding rock star (Adam Levine, playing a rude version of himself) who catches the attention of a down-on-his-luck New Yorker (Mark Ruffalo). He's in the throes of depression when he hears her play a song at a bar and insists that they start writing music together. Of course, complications ensue when her ex comes back into the picture. Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and Mos Def also star in the musical dramedy. I'm already feeling heart pangs. This looks so cute, and I'm especially interested because this is written and directed by John Carney, the creator of Once. Plus, how could you not be »
- Maggie Pehanick
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. Check out the new trailer for the film. Begin Again will close out the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 26.
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, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent.
From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack »
- Michelle McCue
Carney's Once won an Academy Award in 2008 for song 'Falling Slowly'. It has since been turned into a musical staged on Broadway, London's West End and Melbourne.
Begin Again opens on July 4 in the Us and July 11 in the UK.
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This year we'll see Mark Ruffalo give an award worthy performance in the Sundance hit Infinitely Polar Bear, and maybe another in Foxcatcher this fall, but the star of The Avengers also has another low profile release coming this year from Once director John Carney. The film is titled Begin Again, and it also features Keira Knightley in the music-fueled drama about a couple of lost souls who meet, and end up making some incredible tunes together. Since Carney made big waves with Once, also driven by the beautiful soundtrack, this film sounds like it could also make a splash as well. It looks pretty charming. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for John Carney's Begin Again from Today: Begin Again is written and directed by John Carney (Once). Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who come to New »
- Ethan Anderton
John Carney, who wrote and directed "Once" several years ago, made quite an impression with the indie musical romance, and now he's coming back to the under-appreciated genre with a bigger budget and bigger stars. The filmmaker's upcoming dramedy "Begin Again" (formerly titled "Can a Song Save Your Life?" when it world premiered at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival), stars Oscar nominees Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. The film centers on a record executive (Ruffalo) who's just been fired and finds solace in the music of a young ingenue (Knightley) who's just been dumped by her rock star boyfriend. The two of them subsequently decide to team up and make music in any way that they can in order to find the redemption and comfort that only their partnership seems to provide. The trailer features Ruffalo in a lovably comic role, while Knightley's vocal talents shine more so than they have before. »
- Ziyad Saadi
What happens when you combine two recently-dumped individuals who share a passion for music?
You get the trailer for Begin Again, which stars Mark Ruffalo as an ex-record executive. He discovers Keira Knightley, a rock-n-roll ex-girlfriend, singing in a bar. The two then join up to make a record together … outside.
Begin Again, which was originally titled Can a Song Save Your Life?, also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Adam Levine, James Corden, Catherine Keener, and obviously, CeeLo Green, because what’s a movie about music without a Voice reunion? Written and directed by Once’s John Carney, Begin Again will close »
- Samantha Highfill
Once was one of the real gems of 2007, a delicate love story about two people brought together by music. Based on the new Begin Again trailer, director John Carney seems to be trying to repeat the trick in 2014, only on a larger scale with bigger stars. Mark Ruffalo plays a washed up record […]
- Angie Han
The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director John Carney’s (Once) new film Begin Again, which was formerly titled Can a Song Save Your Life?. Mark Ruffalo stars as a washed up A&R man who discovers a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) soon after being fired, and the two set out to change each other’s fortunes for the better while crafting a unique concept album. I caught the pic at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall where it was a bit of a crowd pleaser, and while I liked it well enough, the song's aren't really all that memorable and it falls quite short of Carney's previous effort. Nevertheless, Ruffalo and Knightley give a pair of swell performances, and Adam Levine is surprisingly strong as Knightley's rock star ex-boyfriend. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s review from Tiff. »
- Adam Chitwood
Based on the new trailer, "Begin Again" is basically "Once," plus much more famous people. The similarities between the Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo movie and the Irish indie charmer aren't a coincidence though. John Carney directed both, and he's following up his Oscar-winning debut with another musically themed romance. "Begin Again" (formerly called "Can a Song Save Your Life?") tells the story of Dan (Ruffalo), a down-on-his-luck record producer that loses his job and ...
By Kevin P. Sullivan »
So, remember the music industry? Okay, so it still exists, but the notion of an A&R guy stumbling across the next big thing in a local bar and pushing their talent seems rather quaint in an era when artists have no shortage of tools to promote themselves. But we suppose a movie about a musician using Bandcamp, blogs and Facebook to build up their fanbase would be pretty dull, so here we are with "Begin Again" starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. You might remember this one when it premiered with at Tiff last year under the name "Can A Song Save Your Life?" The film tells the story of washed up record executive who has damaged every personal relationship in his life, and the salvation he finds in the sweet voice of a young, British ex-pat living in New York City. He hopes she can be his ticket back into the biz, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Formerly titled Can A Song Save Your Life? the new music drama Begin Again, starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley has got a pleasant, uplifting vibe to it based on its new trailer. That seems to match the feeling we had when we reviewed it for Tiff last year (review here) and although it's been retitled, the film looks to have retained its charm. Directed by Once helmer John Carney, Begin Again brings back a similar vibe to his prior hit, which is a somewhat whimsical and »
- Paul Shirey
The Weinstein Company has debuted both the trailer and poster for Begin Again , the new big screen romance from writer/director John Carney ( Once ), which stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and James Corden. Check them both out below! 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, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced »
Can A Song Save Your Life? seems like it.s got to be worth a watch or two, right? Teaming Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley, the New York-set romantic musical is from director John Carney, the creator of Once, and has been anticipated for quite a while since a festival run last year. The Weinstein Company had the rights to the Judd Apatow-produced movie and intended to distribute in July. But now. everything.s changed! The title has been changed to sadly more-generic Begin Again, a fix that coincides with the picture.s slot as the closing night film for the Tribeca Film Festival according to THR. The film depicts the union between Ruffalo, a disillusioned music executive, and Knightley (originally Scarlett Johansson), a promising young ingénue. When Knightley and her boyfriend (Adam Levine) break up due to his infidelities, she finds herself directionless, until Ruffalo.s disgraced exec »
Once director John Carney’s upcoming musical with Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and Adam Levine will close the 13th Tribeca Film Festival in New York on April 26. “Begin Again is a true New York story about the magical opportunities that can be found under this great city’s bright lights,” said Carney in a statement. “That said, I can’t think of a better place to have its U.S. premiere than the Tribeca Film Festival.”
- Jeff Labrecque
“Begin Again,” the John Carney comedy starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo that premiered in Toronto under the title “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” has been tapped as the closing night film of the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival.
Newly retitled, the Gotham-set pic from the writer-director of 2007 indie “Once” — which spawned the Tony-winning Broadway musical — will screen at Tribeca April 26, a couple months ahead of its July release from the Weinstein Company, which ponied up $7 million for the title at Toronto.
As in “Once,” music plays a major role in “Begin Again.” Film follows a young singer-songwriter named Gretta (Knightley) who is discovered by down-and-out music label exec Dan (Ruffalo). Maroon 5 frontman and “The Voice” coach Adam Levine co-stars as Gretta’s boyfriend while Catherine Keener and Hailee Steinfeld appear as Dan’s estranged wife and daughter, respectively. Most of the songs are penned by Gregg Alexander of 90s alt-rock band the New Radicals. »
- Gordon Cox
While Irish filmmaker John Carney's breakout film Once (the basis for the Tony-award winning musical) never played at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2007--oddly, his retro sci-fi follow-up Zonad did--they're making up for it this year by giving his new movie Begin Again (formerly "Can A Song Save Your Life?") the closing night slot for this year's 13th annual film festival. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Stewll infeld, and Adam Levine from "The Voice" and Maroon 5, it will have its U.S. premiere on Saturday, April 26th at the Bmcc Tribeca Pac theater. In the movie, Knightley and Levine play Greta and her boyfriend who move to New York to pursue their love of music, but when he dumps her for fame and fortune, she turns to a down-on-his-luck »
American Idol returned on Wednesday with “Movie Night,” where the contestants performed songs made famous by a film. Judges Harry Connick Jr., Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban appeared more satisfied on Wednesday than they’ve been in past weeks as they heard the Top 11 singers perform.
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First up was Sam Woolf, who sang The Beatles’ "Come Together," which appeared on the Across the Universe movie soundtrack. Though Woolf left his guitar behind in order to achieve a more dynamic performance, the judges still felt that the Florida teen could break out of his shell a bit more to better engage the audience.
Jess Meuse took on "Sounds of Silence" from The Graduate. With her guitar strapped on, Meuse gave an earnest performance that showcased her gritty voclas. Unfortuantely for the singer, the band botched the song somewhere in the middle, making for a bumpy patch in the number. »
U2's Bono and The Edge will compose original music for "Sing Street," the next effort from filmmaker John Carney ("Once," "Can A Song Save Your Life?"). The pair are also in talks to be involved in the film in another, as yet unspecified capacity.
Carney is currently working on the semi-autobiographical screenplay to the 1980s-set story about a 14-year-old Dubliner dealing with the stress of his parent’s marriage, a drop-out brother and bullies at a new school.
The youngster forms a band then heads off to London with his aspiring model girlfriend in search of fame and fortune. The film is scheduled to shoot this summer in Dublin.
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- Garth Franklin
U2 are going back to the movies. Bono and The Edge will be involved in the soundtrack for the upcoming film "Sing Street" from "Once" writer-director John Carney. The semi-autobiographical film centers on a 14-year-old Dubliner named "Cosmo," who escapes his troubled home life and school bullies by starting a band, and eventually runs away to London with his aspiring model girlfriend. There, the duo will try to turn their dreams of success become a reality. Bono and the Edge have long been friends with Carney. Carney and Anthony Bregman will co-produce in partnership with Kevin Frakes and Raj Brinder Singh in the U.S., »
- Dave Lewis
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