Movies & TV

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

This Weekend: Jake Gyllenhaal Prowls; ‘WKRP’ Sings

In Theaters This Weekend: Just one film to mention, but it’s a doozy: Nightcrawler, a frenetic tale of ambition, greed and the seamy underbelly of TV news. At Home: Finally, the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati arrives with its glorious rock ’n’ roll soul restored.   Nightcrawler Jake Gyllenhaal stars as a wild-eyed go-getter who discovers a local TV producer (Rene Russo) will pay him big bucks for video footage of accidents and crime scenes. When his ambition drives him …

This Weekend: Birdman, Bill Murray, Late-Life Love

In Theaters This Weekend: Bill Murray is an artful codger; Michael Keaton wings his way to Broadway; Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer discover it’s never too late to find love. At Home: Billy Crystal and Pee-wee Herman remember when. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Did Michael Keaton quit the Batman series 22 years ago just so he could one day make this dreamlike film about an actor who walked away from a smash superhero franchise? In the performance …

Billy Crystal Laughs and Cries through ‘700 Sundays’

In his Tony Award–winning one-man show, 700 Sundays — now on DVD from HBO — Billy Crystal tells the story of his loving relationship with his father, Jack, a New York City record-store owner and legendary promoter of Dixieland jazz. Jack died suddenly when Billy was just 15 years old. In his show, the star looks back fondly on the roughly 700 Sundays he and his father shared — and on how he and his older brothers, Joel and Rip, …

Shirley MacLaine: ’I don’t know anything about acting’

Shirley MacLaine stars with Christopher Plummer in Elsa & Fred, the story of a lonely old man’s emotional reawakening — thanks, of course, to his unexpected romance with an impulsive, high-spirited woman. Speaking from her home in the mountains of Santa Fe, New Mexico, MacLaine chatted candidly — as she’s been known to do — about her new film, how long she wants to live and the day she didn’t give a thought to Anita Ekberg’s “big boobs.” How Far Could …

Robert Duvall & J.K. Simmons: Two Tough Hombres

In Theaters This Weekend: Husbands and wives, fathers and sons, mentors and mentees — every member of all six groups learns some hard lessons. At Home: Abbott and Costello have a monstrous Halloween, while Henry Fonda shoots it out in one of our greatest Western classics.   Men, Women & Children Even the unreconstructed Luddite in me takes no joy in reporting that Ivan Reitman’s new film proves the Internet is ruining our lives. Porn addiction, eating disorders, social estrangement …

“Gone Girl” Gets the Weekend Going

Two very different types of getaways figure in this week’s theatrical debuts, while a new DVD set invites you to warm up to some mighty cold characters. Gone Girl Hotly anticipated by fans of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 novel, the film version of Gone Girl (adapted by the author) is a crackerjack mystery. It makes you wonder (in the following order) who’s dead, who killed them, whether anyone’s dead at all, and who might be next. Ben Affleck plays Nick Dunne, …