Lorrie Lynch is Entertainment and Lifestyle Editor for AARP Media. She is a veteran celeb writer who has been covering entertainers for longer than she cares to admit. Among her favorite interviews were those she conducted (separately) with George Clooney, John Travolta, Harrison Ford and Oprah Winfrey. Follow her on Twitter @lorrlelynch.

9 Things to Know If You’re Laid Off After 50

Tales from the newly laid-off have been overflowing my Facebook news feed of late. These journalist friends, all of them over 50, are gobsmacked by the idea that their publications will go on without them. I get it — the same thing happened to me five years ago — and I’m heartsick for all of them. On the dark day in 2009 when I was unceremoniously dismissed from USA Today, I was informed that my job had been “eliminated.” Of course, …

Hollywood Presidents Kick Off Ideas@50+

Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play ruthless, narcissistic U.S. presidents on TV. But as they opened the general session at AARP’s Ideas@50+ event in San Diego Friday, the actors were charming Hollywood celebrities, sharing not only the secrets of making their shows but life lessons gleaned from their own successful careers. Louis-Dreyfus, 53, fresh from picking up an Emmy Award last month for her portrayal of  shallow, vulgar VP-turned-president Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, pointed to the “kernel of truth” in her …

AARP Crowns Dual Boomer Superstars in San Diego

Julian Hernandez, 60, and Ká Wright, 51, tied for first place in AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest in San Diego Friday night. Each won $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings. “Dream the possibilities,” Hernandez told a rockin’ audience of Ideas@50+ attendees. “I’m living proof.” The winners, both singers since their youth, were chosen from five finalists who performed at the San Diego Convention Center. The panel of judges included AARP ambassador and Grammy winner Emilio Estefan, Grammy winner Patti Austin and …

8 Boomer Superstar Hopefuls Are Ready to Compete

Eight potential Boomer Superstars are headed to AARP’s “Ideas@50″ event in San Diego next week in hope of winning $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings in the Boomer Superstar competition Sept. 5. Coming from five states, eight cities and a variety of musical backgrounds, the contestants – all over 50 – were among hundreds who submitted music videos to AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest, powered by American Idol Live! In fact, American Idol judge Randy Jackson will emcee …

Women Over 50 Are Emmys’ Big Winners

If you didn’t tune into the 66th Primetime Emmys Monday night, you missed a whole lot of love of women of a certain age. At 54, 53, 67 and 65, actresses in both comedy and drama took home awards for doing some of the best work of their careers – and they looked fantastic doing it. Take Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for example. Dressed in a presidential shade of red, Louis-Dreyfus, 53, won a much deserved Emmy for her role as Veep Selina Meyer. …

Does Sawyer’s Evening News Departure Matter?

Diane Sawyer is stepping down from her hard-earned anchor seat at ABC’s World News, which means that we’ll return to a TV news landscape where every evening news anchor is a white man. Should we care? Let’s face it. Network nightly news programs just don’t have the gravitas that made those anchor jobs prestigious and important, as they were back in 1976 when Barbara Walters first put a crack in the glass ceiling and shared the ABC nightly news desk with a really teed-off Harry Reasoner. Back then, …