Saturday, April 20, 2024

Good News: “Begin Again” Scores Big Time, with Best Song of the Summer


I am thrilled to report that John Carney’s “Begin Again” had a huge holiday weekend. The estimated take for the five days is $1.7 million, with a theater average of $9,680. That’s big, big, big.

Now we have to get Interscope to release and promote Adam Levine singing “Lost Stars.” Otherwise, it will be a lost opportunity. “Lost Stars” should be the song of the summer. The problem, Interscope is worried that it will conflict with Maroon 5’s “Maps” single. I don’t think so. “Maps” isn’t very good. “Lost Stars” can only help Maroon 5 this fall.

When you see “Begin Again” look for the great scenes in the record companies. Rob Morrow and Mos Def play execs, and they get it straight on. And make sure to wait through the final scenes that run with the closing credits. There’s a plot twist that’s all too contemporary in the record business.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also 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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