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Movies: Keep The Lights On The Road Toward Fall Oscar Hopefuls

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Oh, Shia... Man up! You've disappointed Tom Hardy again.

BY NATHANIEL ROGERS

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The big news in theaters this weekend is the return of the great Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood) with THE MASTER, the first of the big ticket Oscar-seeking films to emerge for fall... more on Oscar buzz in a minute. First, let's take a step backward since I missed a week.

Madonna's tour is now in full swing so it seemed only fitting that one might loosely categorize an entertaining quartet of new indie releases as a "Girls Gone Wild" blowout: the romantic dramedy HELLO, I MUST BE GOING features the luminous Melanie Lynskey (Heavenly Creatures, Away We Go) as a divorcee in a tail spin who beds a younger man (Christopher Abbott, who comes with a gayish subplot); Leslye Headland's pitch-black comedy BACHELORETTE stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan and Isla Fisher as three very Mean Girls utterly shaken by the realization that their fatter friend Rebel Wilson is actually happy and the first to get married; Canadian filmmaker Jamie Travis, who made his name on unmissable short films (The Patterns Trilogy, The Saddest Boy in the World, etcetera) makes his feature debut with the slight but funny FOR A GOOD TIME, CALL... with the always delightful Ari Graynor as a phone sex operator, Lauren Miller as her initially prim roommate and Justin Long as their gay BFF); and, finally, KEEP THE LIGHTS ON stars Danish actor Thure Lindhardt and Damage's Zachary Booth as gay lovers beset by drug and sex addictions over their long dysfunctional relationship. I'm slightly mystified by the reaction to this one -- we're talking unqualified raves -- since its intermittently potent scenes feel super repetitive and unshaped for the audience (in short, it feels like an essential exorcism for filmmaker Ira Sachs but a tough sit for anyone hoping for their own catharsis).

All of those films are still in theaters so check them out if you're curious. A couple of those movies might well hope for some awards play at the Independent Spirit Awards but we're already drowning in bigger ticket Oscar buzz.

Let's start with Garret Hedlund in ON THE ROAD (opening Dec. 21st)...

A wee handful of Oscar contenders AFTER THE JUMP...

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Ewan McGregor Flattered That Men Want to Get Him in Bed: VIDEO

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Ewan McGregor loves the fact that comedian Louis CK has the hots for him, and entertains the thought of seeing what he'd do about it. And really, who wouldn't go gay for Ewan McGregor?

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad TV: Talking 'Beginners' with Ewan McGregor

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JOSH HELMIN

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Josh Helmin is also one half of the blog Josh & Josh Are Rich and Famous.

I recently had a chance to sit down and talk with Ewan McGregor (and co-star Christopher Plummer, as well as writer/director Mike Mills) about the superb, charming new film Beginners. (The film is getting 87% positive reviews according to Rotten Tomatoes.) The film features McGregor as an illustrator dealing with the revelations that his father (Plummer) is both gay and has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. It's based on director Mills' own father.

Toward the end of our interview, I couldn't resist asking Ewan about some of his same-sex screen kisses (a question which didn't make the final cut in the video). Asked if he would repeat any of those screen kisses if he could (from Velvet Goldmine, The Pillow Book, and I Love You Phillip Morris), Ewan laughed good-naturedly and said, "Ah, well, that wouldn't very gentlemanly of me to say, would it? They were very nice people to kiss--all of them. It would be ungentlemanly to say more."

Can't blame a guy for asking.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

BEGINNERS is open now in major cities and continues to roll out on more screens throughout June.

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News: Nicholas Hoult, Romania, Ewan McGregor, 'Devil Worm'

 road Inaugural Mr. & Miss Gay Montana takes place tonight in Helena.

Hoult  road Nicholas Hoult dresses up the pages of Blackbook magazine.

 road Romanians hold gay Pride parade hours after anti-gay parade march.

 road Portuguese model accused of killing gay lover in NYC to plead insanity.

 road Aussie gay group bestows politician with homophobia award: "Australian Christian Lobby managing director Jim Wallace was awarded the Golden GLORIA for his Anzac Day tweet that said Australia's servicemen and women had not fought for gay marriage or Islam."

 road Janice Dickinson's latest boy toy.

 road Paris Hilton's new reality show bombs, proving that America does indeed no longer care about the socialite.

 road Florida man charged with hate crime after exposing himself to a pair of gay men and then assaulting and calling them anti-gay slurs.

Pop  road The Pop-Up Museum of Queer History to drop in on New York City in August.

 road So-called "devil worm" thought to be the deepest-living animal in the world. It can live over two miles beneath the surface of the Earth.

 road Greenwhich, London police to hold monthly meeting where LGBT community members can confidentially report hate crimes.

 road Ewan McGregor on homosexuality: "It doesn’t really interfere with anybody else’s life, so why society has such a big problem with it, I don’t know."

 road Microsoft to launch premium television service.


Movies: Falling For 'Beginners'

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 Christopher Plummer & Ewan McGregor, beautiful father/son casting in "Beginners"

GuestbloggerNATHANIEL ROGERS
...would live in the movie theater but for the poor internet reception. He blogs daily at the Film Experience. Follow him on Twitter @nathanielr.

 
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Have you ever found yourself wincing in premonitory fear that a gay character or theme will be mishandled by filmmakers or actors? Set those worries aside when approaching the expressive charming BEGINNERS. Though the story about a lonely bachelor artist Oliver (Ewan McGregor) and his newly-out dying father Hal (Christopher Plummer) is fictionalized it has the stamp of the exquisitely personal about it. It's handmade, in other words, never to be mistaken for a movie made by committee. Writer/director Mike Mills' (Thumbsucker) own father came out of the closet when he was in his thirties and the film is an obviously loving tribute from son to father.

Beginners-dad Gay characters in the movies are sometimes little more than caricatures and depictions still largely fall into "types". Older gay men have it especially rough in media representations; if they aren't altogether invisible they're desexualized or depicted as lonely and pitiable. Beginners won't have it like that. One could argue that it's practically heroic in its willful embrace of wholly human characters, no matter their age or sexual preference. Hal is played with lively curiousity by Christopher Plummer with that customary dark twinkle in his eye. (It's actually brilliant casting since Ewan McGregor is such a kindred spirit when it comes to those mischievous undercurrents. This is one of his best roles yet.) Though the film doesn't lionize Hal or pretend that his romance with a younger polyamorous lover (Goran Visnjic) is perfect, Beginners is nonjudgmental about all of its romantic entanglements. One might say, it shares a kinship with that great McGregor picture Moulin Rouge!, in its bohemian values. No one vocalizes it but you could easily lift a voiceover from one film to another.

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." 

Even the dog -- the cutest screen terrier since Best in Show (2000) or even The Awful Truth (1937 !) --  knows what's what when it comes to the sanctity of loving relationships, whichever form they take.

Wait, there's a talking dog? MORE AFTER THE JUMP...

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Watch: Ewan McGregor Gets to Know His Gay Father in 'Beginners'

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In Beginners, Ewan McGregor plays an illustrator whose father comes out to him following the death of his mother, after 44 years of marriage. Christopher Plummer plays McGregor's father, who, when he finds himself with a terminal cancer diagnosis, continues living his truth without apology or regret. 

I had the opportunity to screen this film last week and liked it a lot. At its heart is a powerful meditation on middle age and embracing life's possibilities and opportunities for happiness before it's too late. 

Watch the trailer which was just released, AFTER THE JUMP...

I believe the movie is set for an early June release.

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