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Austin O'Connor covers television, film, gaming, gadgets and all kinds of entertainment for AARP.org. Follow him on twitter: @austinjoconnor

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Time of Death: Life-Affirming TV

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentDying is a subject most people would rather not talk about, let alone base an entire television show on. But on Time of Death, Showtime’s poignant, oddly beautiful docu-series that premieres tonight at 10, there’s no escape from watching life’s final act. The show follows real people who are terminally ill — medical treatment may keep them alive for a while, but there is no hope for recovery. All the main subjects of this show will die: It’s the rare TV …

Lillie McCloud: The X Factor’s “Sexy Grandma”

Posted on 10/28/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Lillie McCloud wowed the judges at her X Factor audition, it was a moment more than 50 years in the making. On the Sept. 11 season premiere, the 54-year-old McCloud, grandmother of seven, strolled onstage in a painted-on leather catsuit and belted out Cece Winans’ “Alabaster Box.” It left the celebrity judging panel agog (just watch the video below). >> Sign up for the AARP Travel Newsletter “Where have you been hiding?” Kelly Rowland wondered as the crowd behind …

“The Counselor”: Big Stars, Low Appeal

Posted on 10/25/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe Counselor is a mess of a movie. That’s surprising, given the talent in this modern noir — Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt — and a screenplay (his first) by Cormac McCarthy, the esteemed author who has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. As a screenwriter, the 80-year-old turns out to be a great novelist. Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Fassbender is the title character, called only “Counselor.” We never …

Oprah Sunday Show Features Oldest Facebooker

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentEdythe Kirchmaier posts to Facebook a few times each week. Her “Likes” include Prince William and The Cheesecake Factory, and most of her comments are about her family; others concern her charity work for nonprofit Direct Relief, which delivers medical supplies to disaster sites around the globe. So how did Kirchmaier get more than 41,000 Facebook followers? She is 105, the world’s oldest Facebook user. That distinction brought the California resident all kinds of media attention this year. In January, her …

New Starz Miniseries Brings Jazz Center Stage

Posted on 10/19/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s the jazz that pulls you in to the mystery at the center of Dancing on the Edge, the new Starz miniseries that begins Saturday night at 10 before settling into the 9 p.m. timeslot on the pay-cable network for a five-week run. Set in London in the early 1930s, DOTE follows a group of black jazz musicians, the Louis Lester Band, as they rise to fame playing for the city’s upper crust. From the start, as a camera follows a …

TV Weddings: What Happens After “I Do”?

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWedding episodes are one of TV’s most reliable tropes. Fans love them because they bring together characters they adore, often after much will-they-or-won’t they drama. Networks love them because they often deliver big ratings and weeks of promotional build-up to the Big Day. Bones, Fox’s long-running crime procedural, is the latest show to send out the Save-the-Dates. This Monday night at 8, forensic anthropologist Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and FBI agent Booth (David Boreanaz) will tie the knot. It’s been a …