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

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Meet the Real ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Family

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment | Home & FamilyFor those unfamiliar with the gentle landscapes of America’s Great Plains, Imperial, Neb., may seem literally in the middle of nowhere. If you drive down Grand Army of the Republic Highway to Imperial from Ogallala, then make a few turns on gravel roads, you’ll find the angular profile of Crossroads Wesleyan Church. Behind it stands the modest home of its pastor, Todd Burpo, and his wife, Sonja. As I approach I recognize Todd, wearing an Imperial Nebraska Fire Department sweatshirt …

MFG Weekend Movie, Video Preview: April 11

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentHeroes come in all shapes and social strata, as this week’s three top movies prove. Draft Day Kevin Costner enlists every ounce of his boyish goodwill to make what might have been a Superbowl-sized snore an enjoyable insider’s look at the NFL college draft. He’s a front-office guy who wants to make his team competitive while preserving his last shred of integrity; no easy task in the cutthroat world of pro sports. The rest of the appealing cast includes Jennifer …

After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentAnd so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. And even after May 16, …

Mickey Rooney: After 93 Years, a Fond Farewell

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOn the night I got to know Mickey Rooney, I had to keep reminding myself that the little — very little — old man sitting across from me was once the biggest star on Planet Earth. The high-water mark for Rooney, who died yesterday at 93, may well have come in 1939, when the world’s top box-office draw was not Clark Gable but “a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face,” as Time magazine described him at the time. When …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview April 4

Posted on 04/4/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSuperhero adventure goes head-to-head with the real-life brand this weekend, and both films get much of their mileage through the talents of veteran stars.     Captain America: The Winter Soldier The good news: in this latest piece of Marvel superhero bombast, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson are on hand. The bad news: There’s not enough of them. Chris Evans is the titular hero and Scarlett Johansson is his kick-butt sidekick, but after the last bad guy has been …

Why We Love Jerry Lewis (Now 88)

Posted on 03/27/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentNo one can claim to be a film fan without trying to come to terms with Jerry Lewis. For nearly two decades, there was no bigger star on the big screen than Lewis, who turned 88 March 16. With and without his longtime partner Dean Martin, from 1951 through 1963 Lewis made the list of Hollywood’s Top 10 Money-Making Stars 11 times. Other stars have done that, including Abbot and Costello. But Bud and Lou were never accused of being …