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Robin Williams Made a Movie About a Parkinson’s Drug

Posted on 08/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAs details of Robin Williams’ death continue to emerge, we learn more about the actor’s life. His wife, Susan Schneider, has revealed that he was struggling with a recent diagnosis of early Parkinson’s disease. “Robin’s sobriety was intact and he was brave as he struggled with his own battles of depression, anxiety as well as early stages of Parkinson’s disease, which he was not yet ready to share publicly,” she said in a public statement. Nearly 25 years ago, Williams …

Stars Will Come Out to Honor Lynyrd Skynyrd

Posted on 08/12/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentA big-name musical lineup will unite to honor Lynyrd Skynyrd in a concert, “One More for the Fans! Celebrating the Songs & Music of Lynyrd Skynyrd.” Trace Adkins, Gregg Allman, Alabama, Charlie Daniels, Peter Frampton, John Hiatt, Jamey Johnson and Cheap Trick (among others) will celebrate the rock group known for such hits as “Sweet Home Alabama” and “Free Bird.” The concert will be taped, for later release, on Nov. 12 at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, where the band …

Tom Petty Waited 38 Years for This

Posted on 08/7/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentAnything is possible. Even if it takes you almost 38 years. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just earned their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rock group first hit the charts in 1977 with a self-titled album that featured such classics as “Breakdown” and “American Girl.” >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies last week, Petty’s best sales week since Wildflowers sold 161,000 copies after Christmas in 1994. Petty’s No. 1 album didn’t …

Helen Mirren Gives Jimmy Fallon Very Straight Answers

Posted on 08/5/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentLooking for straight answers? Look no further than the Mirren, Mirren on the Wall. The ever wise and witty dame Helen Mirren got a little naughty as the Magic Mirror on the Wall, a skit on the 100th episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon, an eager and inquisitive regal subject, asked Mirren about E.L. James’ best-selling novel. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. “Mirren, Mirren, on the Wall, what do you think …

Jeff Bridges Channels His Dad in ‘The Giver’

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentJeff Bridges first saw his father, Lloyd Bridges, who passed away in 1998, in the role of the wizened Giver in Lois Lowry’s 1993 best-selling novel The Giver. In’s “Ask Me Anything” series, he discussed the man who inspired him to produce a new film adaptation of the novel. “I was reading children’s book catalogs, and I came across this photograph of a cover of a book, with an old grizzled guy on the cover, and I thought ‘Oh, my dad could play …

Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Posted on 07/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIn the mood for a melody? The Library of Congress will honor the original “Piano Man” with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, announced on Tuesday that musician Billy Joel will  join past recipients including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney. “Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we …