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Review: Predictable And Lukewarm 'Begin Again' Starring Mark Ruffalo & Keira Knightley

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 30, 2014 6:16 PM
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Begin Again
Though the music industry has undergone a sea change over the last decade, the goal for both major studios and artists remains the same: musicians want to write great songs and put them out into the world, and record labels want to make some money by helping them do it. That being said, these days, the line is sharply drawn between genuine songwriters and visionaries and corporate processed pop stars. Moreover, solo acts or groups no longer need the crumbling machine of the industry to get their work out there and recognized. The internet has more than enough avenues to turn overnight bedroom performers into the next blogosphere buzz act. A&R scouts are a dying breed. But for argument's sake, you'll need to pretend that world of major label nurturing, and the hunt for the next great thing still exists for "Begin Again."

Watch: Trailer For ‘Life Of Crime,’ The Sorta Prequel To ‘Jackie Brown’ Starring Jennifer Aniston

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 21, 2014 5:23 PM
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LIfe Of Crime
Film adaptations of the works of Elmore Leonard are not all successful. Often set in the 1970s, many of them are laced with funky period-piece tropes that are just a little too overt and cornball-ish. One of the more recent adaptations, “Freaky Deaky," was positively terrible (you can read about that in our feature: The Films of Elmore Leonard Ranked From Worst To Best. So buyer beware, another adaptation is on the way and yes, it’s full of afros, wah pedals, disco strings and other garish period-piece elements.

Watch: Keira Knightley & Mark Ruffalo 'Begin Again' In Trailer For Musical Dramedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 28, 2014 9:46 AM
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Begin Again
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.

TIFF First Looks: James Gandolfini In 'Enough Said,' Owen Wilson In 'You Are Here' & 'Jackie Brown' Prequel 'Life Of Crime'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 23, 2013 12:56 PM
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James Gandolfini & Julia Louis Dreyfuss in ENOUGH SAID
Yes, the train of TIFF images continues so bear with us. In this batch we've one of the last performances from the late, great James Gandolfini, the new feature from "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner and the movie otherwise known as the "Jackie Brown" prequel.

Chris Pratt Orders 'Starbuck'; Octavia Spencer Files 'Baggage Claim' & Mos Def Sings 'Can A Song Save Your Life?'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2012 3:46 PM
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We love Chris Pratt, but you already knew that. The "Parks and Recreation" star has been steamrolling into movies with a nice turn in last year's "Moneyball," a supporting part in this spring's "Five-Year Engagement," a role in Kathryn Bigelow's upcoming "Zero Dark Thirty," and has bagged the lead in Warner Bros.' "Lego." And now he's gearing up to exercise his ample comedic muscles in "Starbuck," a remake of the French Canadian hit that's set to star Vince Vaughn. The story centers on a middle-aged man whose life changes when he finds out that he has fathered 533 children through sperm donation, and that a few hundred of those children have expressed the wish to meet their biological father. Pratt will play Vaughn's lawyer. The film is being written and directed by the original helmer Ken Scott, and will roll in front of cameras later this year.

Review: 'Bouncing Cats' Details Breakdancing In Uganda, Suffers From Inexperience

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 17, 2011 3:42 AM
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Breakdance Project Uganda (B.P.U.) is a program led by dancer Abramz, aiming to create a better, more positive life for what is known to be the "worst place on earth to be a child." Director Nabil Elderkin met Abramz and was completely enamored by his dedication to the future of Uganda's youth, equally impressed with the size of his relatively new, nearly entirely self-created b-boy program. The filmmaker decided to return to East African country with a documentary crew, rounding up plenty of star power (Mos Def and Will.I.Am are interviewed, Common lays the narrating track) and also famous breakdancer Crazy Legs (founder of Rock Steady Crew whom the New York Times cited as "foremost breakdancing group in the world today") to teach a few work shop classes and tour the program. Elderkin matches the Ugandan teacher's optimism through his digital lens, going through the area's history and its current poverty while always returning to dedicated children or current b-boys discussing how hip-hop has changed their lives for the better.

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