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Bill Newcott is host of AARP's Movies for Grownups. He blogs about movies, television and all things entertainment.

Exclusive Clip: Shakespeare Gets Strung Out

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: And on Lead Guitar…Bill Shakespeare! William Shakespeare died 400 years ago this April (gone too soon!). To mark the occasion, Fathom events is presenting a nationwide, one-night-only screening of Bill, a Monty Pythonian look at the Bard’s “lost years” before he hit it big. Forsooth, now the folks at Fathom and BBC Films have provided this clip — exclusively for AARP Movies for Grownups — that involves Shakespeare (Mathew Baynton) getting booted from a medieval pop-music combo called Mortal Coil. Ah, …

Indiana Jones Returns. That’s a *Good* Thing?

Will someone please find the great Harrison Ford something new to do? Yes, it was fun to see him leathered up again in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and we  can’t wait to find out what he and Steven Spielberg have up their sleeves for the 2019 Indiana Jones reboot they announced this week. But not since 2013’s splendid 42, in which he played baseball legend Branch Rickey, has Ford really been called upon to stretch himself.   A fond farewell to Frank …

Alan Rickman’s Soaring Final Role

Saving the Best for Last In the new thriller Eye in the Sky, the late Alan Rickman plays a British military officer with the grim task of approving a drone strike that may kill innocent people. It was the final performance of his life, and it ranks among his best. In a superb cast that includes Oscar winner Helen Mirren and Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips), Rickman’s contribution was crucial, says director Gavin Hood (Ender’s Game). “Alan had this ability …

Stallone Wins the Good Sport Award

Sly: Stand-Up Guy We’re guessing Sylvester Stallone was as shocked as anybody when Bridge of Spies costar Mark Rylance edged him out for that Best Supporting Actor award at the Oscars (“Guessing,” but not exactly surprised: Rylance was our Movies for Grownups Awards honoree.) Ever the good sport, Sly tweeted: “Could not go to a more consummate actor and gentleman. It was a privilege. Keep punching, Mark!”   EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: George Kennedy: One Great Character A fond farewell to George Kennedy, who …

Exclusive Clip: Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Christopher Plummer and Martin Landau in Remember Two beloved stars, Christopher Plummer (The Sound of Music) and Martin Landau (Mission: Impossible) team up for the first time in Remember, a searing drama about two Holocaust survivors with one last chance to bring a war criminal to justice. In this exclusive clip for AARP Movies for Grownups, the two actors hatch their plan in secret.     Deadpool: A Dead End for Grownup Movies? The  MARVEL flick Deadpool is …

Exclusive Clip: Donald and Kiefer Sutherland Have That Father-Son Chat

EXCLUSIVE CLIP: Two Sutherlands for the Price of One! Can this be right? Golden Globe winners Donald Sutherland and son Kiefer have never costarred before? With this week’s opening of their new film, Forsaken, that cosmic injustice is finally redressed. Kiefer plays a burned-out gunslinger, while Donald is his preacher-man pop. In this clip exclusive to AARP, they encounter a gang of land-grabbing bad guys.   The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of This year marks the 75th anniversary of …