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Focus to release ‘Beginners’ in 2011

Mike Mills' Plummer-McGregor dramedy to open June 3

Focus Features has dated the Christopher Plummer-Ewan McGregor dramedy “Beginners” for June 3.

Focus hopes the pic from helmer-writer Mike Mills will replicate the success the distrib enjoyed with “The Kids Are All Right,” which bowed in early July on its way to becoming the top-grossing indie film to open in 2010, cuming $20.7 million.

Specialty distribs see summer as a good time to program adult dramas because they offer an alternative to popcorn tentpoles from the majors.

Focus will use a traditional platform release for “Beginners,” which it acquired at the Toronto Film Festival last month after a brisk bidding war.

Mills’ semi-autobiographical film tells the story of a man whose father comes out of the closet and announces he has a young lover.

“Beginners” will open the same weekend as 20th Century Fox’s Matthew Vaughn-helmed “X-Men: First Class” and one week after the bows of DreamWorks Animation/Paramount’s “Kung Fu Panda: The Kaboom of Doom” and Warner Bros.’ “The Hangover 2.”

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