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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Friday, June 10, 2011

Ewan McGregor Interview

I told Ewan McGregor from the outset of our interview that I would do my best to refrain from addressing him as "Master Jedi."

I was there to talk about "Beginners," the intensely autobiographical film from writer / director Mike Mills where McGregor plays a graphic designer coming to terms with the death of his father, portrayed magnificently by Christopher Plummer. Told largely in flashback, we watch Oliver (McGregor) reflect on his parents marriage, his father's late-in-life decision to come out of the closet as a gay man and his own difficulty maintaining relationships. There's humor, there's drama, there's indie-movie quirkiness.

You may CLICK HERE to watch my interview with McGregor, CLICK HERE for my chat with Mills and CLICK HERE to download the "Linoleum Knife" podcast where I gave my reviews of "Beginners," "X-Men: First Class," "Beautiful Boy" and "Submarine" alongside film critic / expert Alonso Duralde.

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