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WATCH: Another Star Goes Musical, Keira Knightley Sings in 'Begin Again,' Ruffalo & Keener's Top 26 Flicks (VIDEO)

Photo of Jacob Combs By Jacob Combs | Thompson on Hollywood June 26, 2014 at 10:32AM

We've seen Keira Knightley kick, swashbuckle, and charm her way through her career so far, but one thing we haven't seen her do very much of--until now--is sing.
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'Begin Again'
'Begin Again'

We've seen Keira Knightley kick, swashbuckle, and charm her way through her career so far, but one thing we haven't seen her do very much of--until now--is sing.

Knightley stars in the upcoming film "Begin Again," premiering tomorrow June 27 in New York and Los Angeles before opening nationwide on July 2, as an aspiring songwriter who jolts herself into motivation after a breakup with her longtime boyfriend (played by Adam Levine), an indie rocker who finds his career unexpectedly taking off. Mark Ruffalo co-stars as a hard-drinking shaggy record exec who has lost his job and his mojo until he hears Knightley's character singing in a tiny New York City bar and offers to help her produce her first album.

"Begin Again" comes our way from John Carney, the writer/director behind "Once," the indie musical turned international (and Broadway) sensation.  Carney co-wrote many of the film's songs, and Vulture yesterday premiered a lyric video for "Lost Stars," sung by Knightley's Greta and then later echoed by Levine's character in a stadium concert later in the film.

While the song itself is a little gauzy and the lyrics venture into twee-town ("Who are we? / Just a speck of dust within the galaxy. / Woe is me / If we're not careful turns into reality"), Knightley's voice is mellow and engaging, and she certainly has the charm and restraint as an actor to pull off the kind of character the film calls for.  Take a listen for   yourself below and see what you think.

ICYMI, Entertainment Weekly ran a list of the 26 must-see movies compiled by Ruffalo and Catherine Keener for their film daughter, Hailee Steinfeld. It's a great list covering seven decades, in all genres, packed with super performances, natch. Here's Carney commenting on the scene in the trailer below, and list on the jump.

This article is related to: Keira Knightley, Begin Again, Musical, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.