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ELLEN TOASTS CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

Yesterday Ellen Degeneres invited Christopher Plummer back on ELLEN to toast him for winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in BEGINNERS. Indeed. Bravo, Mr. Plummer.

USA TODAY SPOTLIGHTS CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER
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In USA Today, Elysa Gardner's article, "No Beginner: Christopher Plummer Could Win His First Oscar," surveys the magnificent career of the actor now up for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Mike Mills' BEGINNERS. Plummer, ever gracious, points out how many great actors didn't get Oscar buzz till late in his career, if at all: "If you look back, men like Claude Rains were nominated (for an Academy Award) but never won. ... And Charlie Chaplin didn't get one until he was 83. Can you believe that?" But while much of the article points the spotlight on Plummer, he redirects the attention to the film, explaining, "I'm thrilled if, in any way, (my) winning some awards and being nominated here will help bring it back into people's minds." Plummer, in defining his part, explains: "Hal is a man who is determined to have fun; he's so relieved and fulfilled to finally be out in the open. He's shocked when he learns he's going to die, but he recovers. It's a terribly human little story, and a rather important one."

LA TIMES VISITS BEGINNERS HOME
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In the Los Angeles Times "L.A. at Home" section, David A. Keeps's interview with set decorator Coryander Friend "Set Pieces: The Neutra house in Mike Mills' BEGINNERS" takes a tour of the architecture landmark that houses Hal (Oscar-nominated Christopher Plummer). As the piece explains, "Hal lives in the Lovell Health House, the 1927 modernist masterpiece in the International Style by architect Richard Neutra." (To learn about other L.A. landmarks, see our video "Los Angeles For BEGINNERS.") Friend goes on to explain the way they matched the architecture and décor with the character of Hal, and where they got the interiors for the set...

FOCUS TAKES HOME THREE BAFTAS
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The 2012 Orange British Academy Awards (aka the BAFTAs) were handed out on Sunday 12 February at London's Royal Opera House. And Focus Features took home 3 BAFTAs. TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY won Outstanding British Film (with prizes going to Tomas Alfredson, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Robyn Slovo, Bridget O'Connor, Peter Straughan). See the videos of the Award being received here. And BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay went to TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY's Bridget O'Connor & Peter Straughan (who are also nominated for an Academy Award in the same category). Continuing his winning streak, Christopher Plummer won the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his performance in Mike Mills' BEGINNERS. See the complete list of winners here.

CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER ON ELLEN

Christopher Pummer showed up on the Ellen Show last week to talk to Ms. Degeneres about BEGINNERS and the recenet recognition for his part of an older man coming out later in life and embracing life. Ellen is excited that more people see Mr. Plummer's performance and Mike Mills films, which she counts among her favorite of 2011.

FILMMAKER: MIKE MILLS BIG GOTHAM NIGHT
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Mike Mills, whose film BEGINNERS won Best Ensemble Cast and shared Best Picture at the Gotham Awards, wrote a short piece in Filmmaker Magazine about that surprising night for him. It's a lovely and touching piece...

NEXT STEP, SPIRIT AWARDS
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Melena Ryzik, in the New York Times awards blog "The Carpet Bagger," highlighted Mike Mills' sweet and thoughtful BEGINNERS' recent triumph at the Gotham Awards with the lead,,,,

HITFIX: FOCUS' "BIG NIGHT" AT GOTHAMS
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Kristopher Tapley of HitFix highlighted in his headline "Focus Features has a big night at the Gothams" the results of the Independent Filmmaker Project's 21st Gotham Awards held in New York City on Monday 29, 2011....

BEGINNERS CANINE TALENT
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In his IndieWIRE post for Spout, "Are the Best Movie Characters of 2011 Animals," Christopher Campbell comments, "The other night I caught Mike Mills' BEGINNERS, which will probably (surprisingly) make my top ten fiction film list for this year if I make one. One of the best parts of the film is the Jack Russell terrier, Arthur (played by Cosmo), especially when he's given subtitled speech." Campbell goes on...

AUSTRALIA'S THE VINE PICKS MIKE MILLS'S BRAIN
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On the website TheVine, Arial Amazing posted an interview with BEGINNERS writer/director Mike Mills, after his film screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It's wide-ranging fun talk, picking up on topics like Ewan McGregor playing him, Mills' punk background, and the ethics of filmmaking. At the end, Mills talks thinks back to his dad....

EWAN MCGREGOR TO BE A PRESENTER AT HERO DOG AWARDS
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After working with Cosmo on BEGINNERS, Ewan McGregor has woofing it up for his four-pawed pals. This Fall, he'll be joining a host of other celebrities (like Betty White) as a presenter at the American Humane Associations Hero Dog Awards. People nominate dogs to eight categories (such as Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Law Enforcement/Arson Dogs, Thearpy Dogs, etc) and the winners from these categories will be presented on October 1 at a star-studded, diamond-collar gala in Beverley Hills. 

TIME OUT LONDON TAKES TIME FOR MIKE MILLS
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As BEGINNERS hits England, Time Out London took a moment to speak with the film's writer/director Mike Mills. The short interview focuses on the nature of creating personal stories. Indeed at one point, Time Out London asks him  "What made you want to tell such a personal story?


Well, I think personal stories can reach out. I love Leonard Cohen and Federico Fellini, people who express very personal or real things. The intention is to share, not to look inward. What happened with my dad was deeply human, filled with things I could write about, that described life on a deeper level.

CARYN JAMES TAKES A VIDEO OF EWAN MCGREGOR

Celebrated critic Caryn James, the "James" behind the indieWIRE blog James on Screen, has posted her interview with the star of writer/director Mike Mills BEGINNERS. James notes in her intro: "From the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in three Star Wars movies to the journalist who stumbles into international intrigue in THE GHOST WRITER, McGregor is one of our best, most versatile actors, so it means a lot to say that his performance in BEGINNERS is among his most nuanced, a low-key triumph."

MIKE MILLS ENTERS THE DEN OF GEEK
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As Beginners opens in the UK, writer/director Mike Mills has been busy talking to the British press. For the entertainment website Den of Geek, Mills spoke to Michael Leader about the film, working with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer as well as his art and design influences. It's a lively Q&A that covers a lot of ground....

EWAN MCGREGOR TALKS WITH BBC
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On the BBC site is nice little interview with BEGINNERS star Ewan McGregor and Mélanie Laurent, each explaining their characters and what they do in the film.

MIKE MILLS TELLS LITTLE WHITE LIES
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Adam Woodward in The British film magazine Little White Lies gave BEGINNERS writer/director some little white space to talk about why Los Angeles is important to him and to his movie. It's fascinating chat about LA, but also about movies in general. In the end, Mills enthuses about movies.....

CREATIVE REVIEW HAS DESIGNS ON BEGINNERS MIKE MILLS
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The British Design mag Creative Review looks at BEGINNERS writer/director Mike Mills in Eliza William's profile "Mike Mills on Beginners, graphic design and music videos." It's a lovely piece that emphasizes for it's audience that BEGINNERS offers an "amusing insight into the life of a graphic designer, with Oliver earning his crust by struggling to create cover artworks for bands that just don't seem to understand his vision." The rest of the piece explains how much that biographical sketch applies to Mr. Mills himself.

STYLIST.COM SITS DOWN WITH MéLANIE LAURENT
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Natalie Lukatis of the British website Stylist.co.uk sat down with Beginner's star Mélanie Laurent to find out what's it like to be a rising star. Indeed Stylist.co.uk names their interview "France gets a new leading lady." As usual Ms. Laurent is smart and sassy about working with Ewan McGregor, paparazzi, acting and learning English. She admits that when she got cast in Inglorious Basterds:

I had to learn English fast because I lied and said I was perfectly fluent. I watched "Gossip Girl" on repeat.

W MAG PHOTO OP WITH MIKE MILLS
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The W Mag article "On the Set with Mike Mills" (by Fan Zhong) took Mike Mills back to his memories of making Beginners as he gives the back story of a photo by Sarah Soquel Morhaim. The image reminded him how Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer bonded on set, especially during an  outdoor party scene. But the image also brought back more personal memories for Mills:

People ask me if it was hard making this movie, but it wasn't a somber experience at all...When I talk about the film now, it feels like he's not so gone.

MIKE MILLS TALKS DOGS IN AUSTRALIA
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The dog-centric website Four, which "is committed to bring you the best inside into everything dog-related," interviewed Beginners' director Mike Mills on the film, Cosmo and his own dog Zoe....