Starting their bid for a Best Song Oscar nomination early, The Weinstein Company is releasing Adam Levine‘s video for the Greg Alexander-penned song, “Lost Stars” from Begin Again which expands to over 45 markets tomorrow. Taking a cue from director John Carney’s Once which won the Best Song Oscar for “Falling Slowly” in 2007, “Lost Stars” could be a breakout hit, particularly considering the current popularity of Levine who makes his acting debut in the film opposite stars, Keira Knightley (who also has her own version of the tune on the soundtrack and in the film) and Mark Ruffalo. Here’s the video:
Ivanhoe Pictures and Beijing Galloping Horse Film Co have acquired the Chinese theatrical and all platform rights for the John Carney-directed Begin Again. Starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld and Adam Levine, Begin Again is a comedy about a dejected music business executive who forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan. The film premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival and opens in North America and Europe this summer. Ivanhoe and Galloping Horses’ acquisition of the title will bring it to Asian markets.
While Begin Again (then titled Can A Song Save Your Life) was the biggest deal at Toronto when The Weinstein Company acquired North American rights, how will Carney’s music-infused film fare in China? Ivanhoe is fullish, partly as co-star and Maroon 5 frontman Levine is very popular in China. Some of that is through the appetite for The Voice. A version of the show is produced for China, but the version on which he’s a host also has awareness even though it isn’t on the dial there. It’s the first major acquisition for Ivanhoe Pictures since it was also launched out of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival to fund and produce film and TV projects with global appeal, particularly in China, India, Korea and Japan. The venture was hatched by financier Robert Friedland and vet producer John Penotti and Beijing based executive Ray Chen. The company is also in development on Kevin …
Here’s the official trailer for the film that until last week was known as Can A Song Save Your Life? The Weinstein Company picked up the comedy after an epic bidding war following its Toronto premiere, and now it’s set to close the Tribeca Film Festival. The newly retitled Begin Again stars Mark Ruffalo as Dan, a fired music exec who stumbles upon his second chance in Gretta (Keira Knightley), who gets cut loose by her musician boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) after he signs a major-label deal. Hailee Steinfeld, James Corden, Catherine Keener and Levine’s former The Voice colleague CeeLo Green also star in the film from writer-director James Carney (Once). Begin Again‘s tour of theaters starts July 4. Have a look and a listen:
Shakira and Usher will reprise their roles as Season 4 judge/mentors, reuniting with show regulars Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for the NBC singing competition’s sixth season. They pair returns in a special two-night premiere: 8-10 PM Monday, February 24, and 8-9 PM Tuesday, February 25.
The Voice has averaged a 4.9 rating in the demo and 14.7 million viewers overall with its Monday edition, and a 4.5 and 14 viewers overall on Tuesdays, making it the No. 1-rated Monday and Tuesday series on the broadcast networks so far this season in the demo. Last spring, Shakira and Usher were cast to fill in for Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green, respectively, on The Voice — the latter two original judge/mentors returning for the fall season. It’s an arrangement the show’s producers appear to have institutionalized. And in so doing, The Voice has become a bastion of judge stability while Fox’s The X Factor is on its third judging panel in three seasons, and we’ve lost count of the various iterations and regroupings on Fox’s American Idol, which in January will feature the return of JLo and Keith Urban and the addition of Harry Connick Jr.
Toronto: All Nighter Ends With Weinstein Co In Exclusive Talks For ‘Can A Song Save Your Life’ Rights: $7M + $20M P&A
2ND UPDATE, 2:25 AM PT: After an all night auction, The Weinstein Company is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to the John Carney-directed Can A Song Save Your Life? TWC is now in exclusive negotiations and I’m told they are tying down a deal that will land at around a $7 million minimum guarantee for U.S. rights with a P&A commitment of at least $20 million. They are working on the final numbers in what is a very strong deal for the film backed by Exclusive Media and Sycamore, and Exclusive is nearly done auctioning off the remaining foreign countries. There are going to be a lot of tired deal makers roaming around Toronto Sunday, as CAA, UTA and WME were all in the mix making all of these deals, with several bidders in the mix until the wee hours. These kinds of auctions don’t happen that often anymore, but Carney made an exceptional movie with breakout potential if it is handled right and I’m not surprised so many distributors sparked to it the way they did. Coming in, it looked like Can A Song Save Your Life? and Bad Words would be the big money titles and they didn’t disappoint. Both went in …
EXCLUSIVE: The Voice coach Adam Levine continues his producing efforts with a single-camera comedy in development at NBC. The project, from Universal TV and Levine’s 222 Prods, is based on the real-life relationship between the Maroon 5 frontman and late-bloomer writer-producer Gene Hong (Community), who have been best friends and roommates since before they found success. Hong will write the pilot and executive produce with Levine, along with Levine’s childhood friend and longtime manager/producing partner Jordan Feldstein of 222 Prods. The project, whose development team includes Josh Gummersall, stems from the first-look deal Levine inked with NBC Entertainment in May. Feldstein is the brother of Jonah Hill, on whose Fox animated series, Allen Gregory, Hong worked before joining Community.
The point of NBC’s singing competition series The Voice is not to find a recording star, the show’s celebrity judges and host Carson Daly said, by way of dismissing a TV critic’s observation that the hit show had yet to turn one out. Things got tense during The Voice Q&A session at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013 when the celebrity judges and Daly seemed to take issue with having to take questions from TV critics in the room. When one critic asked about the show’s practice of bringing in ringers, Adam Levine called that critic a “shit stirrer.” Another critic wondered whether Levine could not be spontaneous on the show after last season saying “I hate this country” on national TV when two of his singers got the hook, and he had to issue a statement saying “I obviously love my country very much.”
“I think people can see through stupid media hype,” he shot back, adding later, “No offense.”
The Voice coach Adam Levine and producing partner Jordan Feldstein have signed an exclusive one-year first-look development deal with NBC Entertainment, the network announced this morning. Under the pact, the duo will develop scripted and alternative programming for NBC. Levine previously sold a comedy and drama project to NBC in 2011.
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The Voice came at a good time for NBC. One of the few shows keeping the lights on at the network, it replaced coaches Christina Aguilera and Ceelo Green with Usher and Shakira without missing a beat. Just last week, it achieved its highest ratings since March 2012. Coach Adam Levine said at today’s NBC Summer Press Day closing panel he was happy rather than relieved that the chemistry brought by the new judges has proven so effective. “It’s a different chemistry than before,” Levine added, “but it’s there.” Added coach Blake Shelton: “One thing that you can’t fake is chemistry. And I’ll be damned if it isn’t as strong as it’s ever been with the four of us.” Someone asked what the formula is these days for “kicking ‘American Idol’s’ ass. Exec producer Mark Burnett stressed that he thinks it’s because The Voice has “been claimed by young America. It’s young America’s show. Everyone knows it’s fresh, it’s now, it’s authentic, it’s real. And everyone is just being themselves and having fun, and that comes across on the screen.”
The Voice judge and rocker will make his hosting debut on Saturday Night Live on January 26, with musical guest rapper Kendrick Lamar. Adam Levine is no stranger to the NBC sketch show, as his band Maroon 5 has appeared numerous times. Jennifer Lawrence and The Lumineers kick off SNL‘s return to new episodes January 19, with her turn coming smack in the middle of awards season, where her Silver Linings Playbook is a contender in several categories.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Levine, the lead singer of Maroon 5 and a judge on The Voice, has landed a lead role in Can A Song Save Your Life. That is the next film by director John Carney, who directed the film Once, which won an Oscar for Best Original Song and was turned into the Broadway musical that last Sunday won Best Musical among eight Tony Awards. Levine will join Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld in the film. Anthony Bregman is producing with Exclusive Media, the latter of which is financing. Judd Apatow is executive producer.
Knightley plays a woman who moves with her boyfriend (Levine) to New York to pursue music careers. After he dumps her for a solo contract, she is discovered singing at a local bar by a down-on-his-luck record producer (Ruffalo).
Beside his musical work and his TV show, Levine is moving squarely into acting mode. He’s also booked for a multi-episode arc on American Horror Story. He’s repped by Career Artist Management and CAA.
With NBC’s The Voice heading into the homestretch of its second season, it looks like NBC is doing the same on new deals with star coaches Adam Levine, Cee-Lo, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera. I hear the pacts with Levine, Cee-Lo and Shelton are pretty much done, with Aguilera’s getting there too. Still, there is a lot of scheduling details to iron out as NBC is eying The Voice for fall next season. I hear the quartet are all getting salary bumps, with Levine, Cee-Lo and Shelton moving up to in the high seven-figure range per season, and Aguilera, who started off higher, still expected to cut the biggest paycheck. While it has been declining in the ratings for the last several weeks following a blazing start after the Super Bowl, The Voice remains NBC’s strongest non-football performer by a mile and is expected to be an anchor for the network’s schedule next season.
NBC’s The Voice earned bragging rights tonight as all 4 of its musician coaches received Grammy nominations: 4 for Cee Lo Green, 2 each for Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera and one for Adam Levine’s band Maroon 5 (it is for the group’s collaboration with Aguilera Moves Like Jagger). In contrast, none of the judges of the other signing competition series, including The Voice‘s main rivals American Idol and The X Factor, landed a single nomination. The recent crop of American Idol contestants also failed to earn recognition though the series’ 2 best-selling alums, Carrie Underwood and Kelly Clarkson earned a nom each, as did another star of a reality competition, Susan Boyle of Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent.
EXCLUSIVE: Adam Levine is no accidental TV producer. After a single-camera karaoke comedy project he executive produces sparked a bidding war in July before landing at NBC with penalty, the rocker-turned-reality star has set up a second project with NBC as a producer — this time on the drama side. Titled Awesome Splendor, the project is set in the world of rock ‘n’ roll and is from Parenthood executive producer/director Lawrence Trilling. Trilling will write and direct the project and executive produce it with Levine and Levine’s manager Jordan Feldstein for Universal Television. Trilling come up with the idea for the show and began looking for a partner with strong rock credentials. Since Maroon 5 frontman Levine is repped by the same agency (CAA) and attorney (Karl Austen), the matchmaking was easy and the two hit it off. Levine has become quite the NBC man now, with a starring gig on the network’s singing reality series The Voice and now two projects for the network targeted for next fall, both with music themes. The karaoke comedy, from 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, is being written by Gene Hong, with Jake Kasdan directing and executive producing and Levine and Feldstein executive producing.
EXCLUSIVE: Zach Carlisle, one of the original five who left WME to form Verve, was promoted Sunday from assistant to agent. These days, dealmaker-minting ceremonies are becoming more and more like Punk’d episodes, and the Verve partners really strung Carlisle along. First, he was asked to come to partner Adam Levine’s house yesterday to build a swing set for the agent’s sons. As if the indignity of giving up a summer weekend day to build a swing set didn’t leave him furious enough, the assistant was greeted in Levine’s house by Verve partners Bryan Besser and Bill Weinstein. They conducted a career intervention about Carlisle’s “questionable” future. Finally, before the young assistant completely blew a gasket, he was escorted to the backyard. Instead of a swing set, Carlisle was surprised by 25 colleagues, family and friends and told he was being made an agent. But his ordeal wasn’t over: he had to perform his favorite karaoke song, I’ve Got Friends in Low Places for the group, who would then vote on his Hollywood future. Carlisle passed the audition and was promoted on the spot. The captain of the Verve softball team, Carlisle was given a custom-made baseball jersey with the number 5, to denote his position as the 5th agent at Verve. He’s the second to be promoted from within, after Rob Herting was promoted last spring.
EXCLUSIVE: NBC is expanding its relationship with The Voice star Adam Levine to the scripted side. After a bidding, NBC has nabbed a single-camera comedy project, with the Maroon 5 frontman executive producing and Jake Kasdan attached to executive produce and direct. The ensemble comedy set at a karaoke bar, which has received a script commitment plus penalty, is being produced by 20th Century Fox TV and Chernin Entertainment. I hear at least three networks wanted the project, which is said to organically blend comedy with a musical element, but NBC was very aggressive, largely because of the involvement of its reality star Levine. This marks the first major NBC buy from 20th TV since the studio’s former EVP Jennifer Salke was named NBC entertainment president earlier this month.
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It’s the heavily hyped show that rewrote the rules for TV talent contests on the networks this spring. But it also cost a whopping $1.4 million per episode. (NBC’s ‘The Voice’ Carries Sky High Pricetag) So we’d be remiss not to tell you that coach Adam Levine’s 33-year-old singer Javier Colon received more votes than the three other finalists tonight and won NBC’s The Voice for $100,000 and a recording contract. Host Carson Daly said Colon received less than 2% more votes than first runner-up Dia Frampton and also beat Beverly McClellan and Vicci Martinez after 10 weeks of competition, including blind auditions and battle rounds.
Colon, an experienced singer and songwriter from Connecticut with Dominican and Puerto Rican parents, belonged to EmcQ and The Derek Trucks Band before going solo. At one point he was signed to Capitol Records. He will now join the seven runners-up on a summer concert tour for The Voice that won’t include the four coach/judges: Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee Lo Green, and Levine. Based on Holland’s reality singing competition and created by Dutch television producer John de Mol, The Voice has been the most successful show for the hit-starved NBC in a very long time, and the network is wasting no time getting started on Season 2 by casting beginning now for Spring 2012.