Home Theater Great Mark Ruffalo-Keira Knightley Film Gets Strange Name Change, to Close Tribeca

The best film seen at last fall’s Toronto Film Fest was John Carney’s “Can a Song Save Your Life?” Now for some reason it’s been re-titled “Begin Again.” Why? The original title summed up the unique tone of what could be a big hit and an awards contender next fall. The other news is that “Can a Song Save Your Life”– er, “Begin Again”– will close the Tribeca Film Festival.

I’m worried about this film. With wonderful, catchy songs by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois, this movie — from the director of “Once”– is a charmer beyond all limits. Ruffalo plays a crazy former record exec down on his luck who’s discovered Knightley. It’s set in New York, making it “Once”-like with a new flavor. There’s an unexpectedly terrific performance from the ubiquitous Adam Levine of Maroon 5 and “The Voice.”

Last fall, everyone at Toronto was excited about this film. So we’ll “Begin Again” — whatever that means– and hope that Tribeca will start to build word of mouth for this gem.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. I thought Danielle’s name sounded familiar. I IMDBed her, and she was on “All In The Family” and “Archie Bunker’s Place.”

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