79 Original Songs and 114 Original Scores in Contention for Oscar Race

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has unveiled lists of the eligible contenders in the Oscar races for Best Original Song and Best Original Score.  In the former category I’d have to say “Everything Is Awesome” from The LEGO Movie is an early favorite, and I would love to see Tegan & Sara and The Lonely Island perform on the Oscar stage.  Other standouts include two songs from Boyhood, both co-written by Ethan Hawke, and the beautiful “For the Dancing and the Dreaming” from How to Train Your Dragon 2.  On the Best Original Score side of things, it’s kind of an embarrassment of riches.  How to choose between John Powell’s Dragon 2 score, Alexandre Desplat’s incredible work on The Imitation Game, Hans Zimmer’s astounding Interstellar score, James Newton Howard‘s propulsive work on Nightcrawler, etc.?

Check out the full lists of eligible contenders in both categories (79 songs and 114 scores) after the jump, along with a bit more analysis.  Nominations for the 87th Academy Awards will be announced on January 15, 2015.

New to Blu-ray: DELIVER US FROM EVIL, WISH I WAS HERE, BEGIN AGAIN, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the most recent film from the director of Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange, a nice indie music dramedy produced by Judd Apatow, Zach Braff’s long-awaited directorial follow-up to Garden State, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES Repeats in First; THE PURGE: Anarchy in Second with $28.3 Million

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The Purge: Anarchy may have come in first on Friday but, as expected, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes won the weekend box office race.  In its second frame, the sequel earned an estimated $36 million, down just 50% from its debut.  Among this summer’s franchise pics only 22 Jump Street had a comparable sophomore hold (-52%), while Transformers 4, Spider-Man, X-Men and Godzilla all fell by 60% or more.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes $36,000,000 $138.9
2.  The Purge: Anarchy $28,369,000 $28.3
3.  Planes: Fire & Rescue $18,000,000 $18
4.  Sex Tape $15,000,000 $15
5.  Transformers: Age of Extinction $10,000,000 $227.1
6.  Tammy $7,605,000 $71.2
7.  22 Jump Street $4,700,000 $180.5
8.  How to Train Your Dragon 2 $3,800,000 $160.6
9.  Maleficent $3,302,000 $228.3
10.  Earth to Echo $3,260,000 $31.9

 

More after the jump.

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

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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 life back together – Gretta’s (Keira Knightley) voice.  Hit the jump for more and click here for what he had to say about Avengers: Age of Ultron, Comic-Con, a Solo Hulk movie, and Hulk’s fear of Bruce banner.

BEGIN AGAIN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.  Begin Again opens this weekend in limited release.]

John Carney’s 2007 film Once was a surprising, touching musical about two musicians falling in love through their love of music. It felt authentic thanks to the naturalistic direction, and real-life musicians Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, who made their acting debuts and fell in love in real life. That kind of chemistry is lightning in a bottle, but it provided Once with a unique and vibrant feel that expertly wove together a love of music and a love between two people. Carney’s new film, Begin Again, returns to similar territory but with a more polished approach that diminishes the charm in favor of a more Hollywood-friendly feel. The movie is still funny, good-natured, and most importantly, stresses the joy of sharing music with others. It’s even a little acerbic in its tone towards the music business, but Carney’s film is guilty of the some of the same critiques regarding watered-down entertainment.

Adam Levine Is Famous in New BEGIN AGAIN Trailer Featuring Keira Knightley

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The Weinstein Company has released a new Begin Again trailer for Once director John Carney’s upcoming music-centric dramedy.  While the previous trailers have focused on the core relationship between Mark Ruffalo’s washed-out A&R man and Keira Knightley’s undiscovered musician, this new trailer offers a closer look at Knightley and Adam Levine’s characters.  Levine plays Knightley’s ex-boyfriend in the film, a famous musician whose growing stature caused a rift between the two.  The Maroon 5 frontman is actually quite good in the movie, and this trailer offers a preview of his original song “Lost Stars.”

Hit the jump to watch the new Begin Again trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review of the film.  The pic also stars Hailee SteinfeldCatherine KeenerYasiin BeyJames Corden, and Cee-Lo Green.  Begin Again opens in the US in limited release on June 27th.

New UK Trailer for BEGIN AGAIN Starring Mark Ruffalo, Keira Knightley, and Adam Levine

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A new Begin Again trailer has been released, this time in the form of a UK cut.  Directed by Once helmer John Carney, the pic (formerly titled Can a Song Save Your Life?) stars Mark Ruffalo as a washed up A&R man who discovers a young singer-songwriter (Keira Knightley) soon after being fired.  The two set out to change each other’s fortunes for the better while crafting a unique concept album.  This new trailer provides a better look at the film’s songs, which are fine if not all that memorable.  I caught the film at the Toronto International Film Festival and it’s pretty good, but it never really kicks into the next gear to become something all that noteworthy.  Ruffalo is, as always, excellent in the lead role, and Adam Levine is a surprise standout as Knightley’s famous musician boyfriend.

Hit the jump to watch the UK Begin Again trailer and click here to read Matt’s review.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Yasiin Bey, James Corden, and Cee-Lo GreenBegin Again opens in the US in limited release on July 4th.

First Trailer and Poster for John Carney’s BEGIN AGAIN Starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley [Updated]

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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.  The film also stars Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, Mos Def, Cee-Lo Green, and James CordenBegin Again opens in limited release on July 4th. [Update: We've added the first poster as well.]

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