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Mike Mills’s indie darling “Beginners” has earned the simple short hand as the film that finally won Christopher Plummer his Oscar. While it was a story of underdog triumph for the 82-year-old actor, it has left its star, Ewan McGregor in a familiar spot: completely overlooked. McGregor — who shot to fame with “Trainspotting” in 1997 and has appeared in some of your favorite movies since then — often gets… Continue reading Ewan McGregor, 'Salmon Fishing In The Yemen' Star, On 'Beginners' And 'The Phantom Menace'

“I am going to murder myself if you don’t come down to my new fucking mall,” shouts Eric Wareheim in the red-band trailer for his film, “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie.” Blackmail by threat of suicide may seem like an odd way to market your first feature, but then again, Wareheim and his co-star Tim Heidecker traffic in odd comedic behavior.

“Billion Dollar Movie” is a spin-off of the duo’s… Continue reading 'Tim And Eric's Billion Dollar Movie': A Beginner's Guide To The Oddball Comedy Film

beginnersgotham Beginners & Tree of Life Lead Surprise Gotham WinsGoing into tonight’s annual IFP Gotham Independent Film Awards, there was certainly a lot of opinions that Alexander Payne’s The Descendants would be cleaning house, being that it was nominated in the most categories, but when the dust settled, the well-reviewed box office success was left with not a single award despite many Oscar prognosticators having it as a frontrunner for a Best Picture Oscar.

Instead, Mike… Continue reading Beginners & Tree of Life Lead Surprise Gotham Wins

A pair of romantic comedies highlight the home entertainment releases this week. At one end of the spectrum is the low-key but thoroughly entertaining indie ‘Beginners,’ a funny and sad tale of a commitment-phobic young man whose father comes out of the closet in his 70s just before being diagnosed with terminal cancer. At the other end is the lackluster ‘Larry Crowne,’ a star-studded studio production about a middle-aged man… Continue reading New on DVD and Blu-ray, Week of Nov. 15: 'Beginners,' 'Larry Crowne,' 'My Fair Lady' and 'West Side Story'

Exclusive: Beginners Director Mike Mills

While Mike Mills is first and foremost a graphic artist who has done album covers and music videos for acts like Moby, the Beastie Boys and Sonic Youth, he transitioned into dramatic feature films in 2005 with his adaptation of Walter Kirn’s Thumbsucker an understated and underrated film starring Lou Taylor Pucci, Tilda Swinton and Vincent D’Onofrio. Mills’ second dramatic feature Beginners is a more personal film but it… Continue reading Exclusive: Beginners Director Mike Mills