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.]

Sundance 2014: LAGGIES Review

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There is certain kind of movie that I would describe as a “Sundance Comedy”.  They’re technically indie films even though they feature movie stars, and they’re almost always fairly tame.  They’re cute at best and forgettable at worst, and Lynn Shelton’s Laggies has the distinction of being both.  What begins as a moderately interesting coming-of-age tale eventually devolves into something so light and airy that it’s on the verge of floating away, especially when the characters’ implausible actions do nothing to keep the story grounded.

16 New Images from JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Featuring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, and Kevin Costner

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Paramount Pictures has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the reboot of sorts stars Chris Pine as Ryan, a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  Branagh pulls double duty as the film’s director and villain, and these new images also give us a look at Keira Knightley as Ryan’s girlfriend and Kevin Costner as his mentor.  Paramount no doubt is hoping to launch a new Jack Ryan franchise with Shadow Recruit, so here’s hoping this first film delivers the goods.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and if you missed any of Steve’s recent set visit coverage be sure to peruse his full report and interviews with Pine, Branagh, Costner, producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, and producers David Barron and Mace NeufeldJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens January 17th.

Sundance 2014: New Images from THE RAID 2, THEY CAME TOGETHER, FRANK, and LAGGIES

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The Premieres lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival was just unveiled, and along with it a collection of first look images and synopses for said films are now online.  Briefly:

  • The Raid 2 – Directed by Gareth Evans; starring Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Oka Antara, Tio Pakusadewo, and Alex Abbad.
  • They Came Together – Directed by David Wain; starring Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Ed Helms, Cobie Smulders, Max Greenfield, and Christopher Meloni.
  • Frank – Directed by Lenny Abrahamson; starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy.
  • Laggies – Directed by Lynn Shelton; starring Keira Knightley, Sam Rockwell, Chloe Grace Moretz, Ellie Kemper, Jeff Garlin, and Mark Webber.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.

3 New Images from JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Featuring Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, and Kenneth Branagh

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Though movie fans are certainly happy that Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street will indeed be opening in 2013 after rumors circulated that the pic might not be ready in time, Paramount’s decision to push Wolf to Christmas Day means that the Tom Clancy thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is getting the short end of the stick.  Initially slated for a prime holiday release, director Kenneth Branagh’s film now opens in the midst of the cinematic dead zone known as January, but hopefully the film will be a breath of fresh air amongst the other studio stinkers.  The reboot of sorts stars Chris Pine as Ryan, a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.

Paramount has released a few new images from the pic, teasing the hand-to-hand combat and giving a first look at Keira Knightley’s character.  Check out the images after the jump.  The film also stars Branagh and Kevin CostnerJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens on January 17, 2014 in traditional theaters and IMAX. 

International Trailer for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Starring Chris Pine and Keira Knightley

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Paramount has released a new trailer for the action-thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the film stars Chris Pine as the titular Ryan, a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  This international trailer contains some new footage, but so far, what I’m seeing from this movie isn’t doing anything for me.  Perhaps it’s because I’ve never found Jack Ryan to be a particularly interesting character, but even the action on display doesn’t really grab me.  Hopefully, it’s just the way the trailer is cut together and the final product will be more exhilarating.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Keira Knightley, Kenneth Branagh, and Kevin CostnerJack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens December 25th.

First Trailer for JACK RYAN: SHADOW RECRUIT Starring Chris Pine

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Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for director Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming thriller Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.  Based on the Tom Clancy character, the film stars Chris Pine as the titular Ryan, a Moscow-based financial analyst who faces off against his employer when he discovers a plot to finance a terrorist attack designed to collapse the U.S. economy.  There’s plenty of action to be found in this first look, and it’s complemented nicely by snippets of intrigue, espionage and a complicated web of character relationships.  My only knock on this first trailer is that there doesn’t appear to be a jaw-dropping action centerpiece, opting instead for a number of glances at a series of action scenes around the world.  As a teaser, it works great and I’m sure we’ll see much more between now and it’s theatrical release in a few months.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Branagh, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, David Paymer, and Peter Andersson.  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit opens in theaters on Christmas Day.

Principal Photography Begins on THE IMITATION GAME; Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, and More Join Cast

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Shooting has begun on The Imitation Game.  The drama stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the brilliant British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing.  The story will center on Turing breaking the German enigma code at the end of World War II, and his prosecution by his own government for being a homosexual.  We previously reported that Keira Knightley and Mark Strong were attached to co-star, and today a press release has announced that the cast will also include Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Charles Dance, Allen Leech, and Matthew Beard.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

TIFF 2013: CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? Review

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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 story.  Carney’s new film, Can a Song Save Your Life?, 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.

The Weinstein Company Acquires TIFF Favorite CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?, Starring Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley

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The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Once writer/director John Carney’s new film Can a Song Save Your Life?.  The pic premiered last night at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and instantly became a crowd favorite.  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.  I had the pleasure of seeing the film earlier today at TIFF and it’s an incredibly sweet and fun pic that has the potential to be a real crowd-pleaser.  The soundtrack is fantastic, and Carney finds a fascinating way to both incorporate music and celebrate the beauty of New York City.  The pic is rounded out by swell turns from Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener, and the surprisingly effective Adam Levine.

TWC paid a hefty $7 million for the film after a bidding war broke out, and they have committed $20 million in P&A (prints and advertising).  It’s unclear whether the studio will release the film this year or next, and while it’s not really an awards movie I could see it doing really well with the holiday crowd.  Hit the jump for the press release, and look for Matt’s full review on Collider soon.

First Images from DEVIL’S KNOT, YOU ARE HERE, CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE?, and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

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Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • Devil’s Knot (Directed by Atom Egoyan) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
  • You Are Here (Directed by Matthew Weiner) Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Laura Ramsey.
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? (Directed by John Carney) Starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo.
  • Dallas Buyers Club (Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. [Update: We have removed the image from Labor Day at the request of the studio]

Keira Knightley Keys up THE OTHER TYPIST; David Hasselhoff, Ray Liotta and Shaun Toub STRETCH for Joe Carnahan

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Check out the latest casting news below:

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Keira Knightley to Star Opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in THE IMITATION GAME

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Reports confirm that Keira Knightley is set to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in director Morten Tyldum’s (Headhunters) The Imitation Game.  The indie drama about the brilliant British mathematician and cryptographer Alan Turing will center on his breaking of the German enigma code at the end of World War II, his prosecution by his own government for being a homosexual and his resulting suicide.  With Cumberbatch in the lead role, Knightley would play “a woman from a very conservative background who not only forms a complicated relationship with Turing but is there for him until the end,” according to THR.

Keira Knightley in Talks to Replace Anne Hathaway in Lynn Shelton’s LAGGIES

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A change is in order for the cast of director Lynn Shelton’s (Your Sister’s Sister) upcoming dark comedy Laggies.  The story centers on a 28-year-old woman named Megan who is unable to cope with the pressures brought on by her boyfriend’s recent marriage proposal.  In turn, she escapes into the comfort of adolescence by befriending a group of high schoolers.  Anne Hathaway was initially set to lead the film as Megan, but due to scheduling conflicts with Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi pic Interstellar, she has had to back out.  EW now reports that Keira Knightley is in talks to come on as Hathaway’s replacement, and should she sign on the actress would appear onscreen opposite Chloe Grace Moretz, whose character is befriended by the grown-up Megan.

The project will mark a nice progression for Knightley, who lead last year’s swell romantic drama Anna Karenina and recently wrapped the studio thriller Jack Ryan and the indie Can a Song Save Your Life?.

ANNA KARENINA Blu-ray Review

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Tackling a seminal work of fiction always presents a filmmaker with a unique set of challenges, even more so than book adaptations in general.  For director Joe Wright and screenwriter Tom Stoppard on Anna Karenina, those included not only condensing a mammoth book into a slightly over two-hour movie but doing so in a manner that stood out from the numerous previous adaptations.  The result is a mixed bag with many parts to love individually but a whole that simply falls short. 

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