Writer/Director Mike Mills Talks About "Beginners" 


Mike Mills ("Thumbsucker") reveals that he wrote the movie "Beginners" as an homage to his father who lived his life as a heterosexual male -- married with kids -- and then came out as a gay man at 75. When he passed away five years later, even when he was sick, Mills says "he didn't act like a sick person, he was still thriving."

Christopher Plummer plays the father in "Beginners" and Ewan McGregor stars as his son. The movie is emotionally rich and undeniably human. From Focus Features, "Beginners" is currently showing in NY and LA. It will roll out in theaters near you in upcoming weeks, check your local listings.

In this interview, Mills talked about:

*** The autobiographical aspect of "Beginners"
*** Gay life in the '50s
*** The film's historical yet not preachy perspective
*** The movie's questioning of "what's real?"
*** Did he notice his father's sexual orientation?
*** Finding one's self through their history of sadness


Here's more info on "Beginners" from Yahoo:
Oliver meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna only months after his father Hal has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who -- following 44 years of marriage -- came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energized, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life. The upheavals of Hal's new honesty, by turns funny and moving, brought father and son closer than they'd ever been able to be. Now Oliver endeavors to love Anna with all the bravery, humor, and hope that his father taught him.

Genres: Drama

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (limited)

MPAA Rating: R for language and some sexual content.

Distributors: Focus Features

Cast and Credits

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent

Directed by: Mike Mills

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"X-Men: First Class" Movie Review -- Why It's One of My Top Faves This Summer! 


To watch my "X-Men: First Class" movie review, click here. For my written review of the movie, click here. For my interview with Jennifer Lawrence who plays Raven/Mystique, click here.

Here's more info on "X-Men: First Class" from Yahoo:

Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.


Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Production Co.: Donners Company, Marvel Studios

Studios: 20th Century Fox

Filming Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
Georgia, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew

STARRING:

James McAvoy -- Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender -- Erik Lehnsherr
Jennifer Lawrence -- Raven Darkholme
Rose Byrne -- Dr. Moira MacTaggerte
January Jones -- Emma Frost
Kevin Bacon -- Sebastian Shaw
Nicholas Hoult -- Hank McCoy / Beast
Jason Flemyng -- Azazel
Edi Gathegi -- Armando Munoz / Darwin
Zoe Kravitz -- Angel Salvadore
Oliver Platt -- Man in Black
Lucas Till -- Alex Summers / Havok

DIRECTED BY: Matthew Vaughn

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Jennifer Lawrence (Raven/Mystique) Talks About "X-Men: First Class" 


Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence makes her first big Hollywood film with "X-Men: First Class." She plays Raven/Mystique, a mutant who learns how to be proud with her powers. In this interview, we talked about:

*** Her interest in making "X-Men: First Class"
*** Her attraction to her character Mystique
*** The evolution of Mystique and her powers
*** Working on the set
*** Working with director Matthew Vaughn
*** Her new brunette look for the upcoming film "Hunger Games"
*** What powers would she like to have?

(For my movie review of "X-Men: First Class" click here)



Here's more info on "X-Men: First Class" from Yahoo:

Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto's Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.


Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release

Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel

Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (wide)

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for brief strong language, some sexuality and a violent image.

Distributors: 20th Century Fox

Production Co.: Donners Company, Marvel Studios

Studios: 20th Century Fox

Filming Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
Georgia, USA
Los Angeles, California, USA

Produced in: United States

Cast & Crew

STARRING:
James McAvoy -- Professor Charles Xavier
Michael Fassbender -- Erik Lehnsherr
Jennifer Lawrence -- Raven Darkholme
Rose Byrne -- Dr. Moira MacTaggerte
January Jones -- Emma Frost
Kevin Bacon -- Sebastian Shaw
Nicholas Hoult -- Hank McCoy / Beast
Jason Flemyng -- Azazel
Edi Gathegi -- Armando Munoz / Darwin
Zoe Kravitz -- Angel Salvadore
Oliver Platt -- Man in Black
Lucas Till -- Alex Summers / Havok

DIRECTED BY: Matthew Vaughn

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Why Is There NO Hidden Scene After "X-Men: First Class" Credits? Yes, I Sat Through Them So You Don't Have To! 


So I love "X-Men: First Class!" (Check out my "X-Men: First Class" movie review right here)

And like a good movie buff or a Marvel geek, I sat through the credits for the always-dependable hidden scene at the end. So to my surprise, THERE WAS NONE which prompted an irate member of the audience to say, "this is bs, this is not a Marvel movie."

Was he right? Are we accustomed to seeing hidden scenes now after a Marvel film? And if we don't, does it take away from enjoying the movie itself? Of course not, but I was still bummed. Couldn't they have given us some "Wolverine" hidden scene? I know the movie is in limbo, but they could have shot a secret scene right?

The only reason I could come up with is that the next film in the Marvel paradise is "The Avengers." But that's from Paramount, which I'm sure Fox was not about to give any free publicity.

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"X-Men: First Class" Movie Review! How Many Kisses Does the Reboot Get? 


The time is 1962, John F. Kennedy is our president, and his biggest problems are the Cold War and the impending Cuban Missile Crisis. But who knew that the X-Men mutants were part of that American history?


The beauty of the new "X-Men: First Class" is its clever interweaving of fact and fiction. The film is grounded in realism which makes the spectacle more believable. By infusing real history into the origins of the "X-Men," the franchise is reinvigorated in a very big way. Read More...

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