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

This Weekend: True Love, Sinatra & Zombies

5 Flights Up Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman are the year’s most adorable screen couple. They star as a long-married pair who must decide whether or not to relinquish the fifth-floor Brooklyn walkup apartment they’ve shared for four decades. The film addresses some serious issues, notably “aging in place,” and has some insightful lessons to impart about planning for the future versus constantly fretting about it. FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE to see an exclusive interview with Diane Keaton talking about what …

Video: Meryl Streep Rocks Out

There’ll be no shortage of blockbuster movies this summer, but one I’m most looking forward to is Ricki and the Flash, the dramatic comedy starring Meryl Streep as a veteran rocker. If only she’d paid less attention to sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll, she realizes too late, and more to her all-but-abandoned children (one of whom is played by Meryl’s real-life daughter Mamie Gummer). The film doesn’t open until August 7, but Sony Pictures has already released the film’s first trailer …

Exclusive Video: Diane Keaton on Love and Marriage

It’s been eight months since Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman charmed audiences at the Toronto Film Festival with their new romantic comedy, 5 Flights Up. Now the film is finally coming to theaters and iTunes. In this exclusive Movies for Grownups one-on-one, Diane dishes with us about marriage, finding a best friend for life…and what happened when she asked Morgan Freeman if he’d like to go out on a date (or two).

Exclusive Video: Kevin Costner in ‘Black or White’

One of the highlights of last fall’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Los Angeles was Kevin Costner telling us about his passion for his film Black or White, costarring Octavia Spencer. Costner stars as a widowed Los Angeles lawyer locked in a custody battle with the child’s maternal grandmother (Spencer), who insists the young girl would be better off living with her African American relatives. The subject matter easily could have resulted in two hours of nonstop preaching, but …

Lots More to See Than ‘The Avengers’ This Weekend

Avengers: Age of Ultron isn’t just this weekend’s splashiest movie; it’s expected to be one of the biggest spring/summer blockbusters of all time. But don’t let the studio’s high hopes overshadow these worthy alternatives, both in theaters and in your living room.   Iris This final film from legendary documentary maker Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens) is a love letter to style icon Iris Apfel, who at 93 still wows the fashion world with her distinctive looks. “Life is …

When Judy Sang to JFK

Fred Astaire didn’t want to make movies with Ginger Rogers. Though Jackie denied it, Judy Garland often sang “Over the Rainbow” to JFK by phone. Paul Newman would taste-test movie-theater popcorn before buying a box to share with Joanne Woodward. Katharine Hepburn gave Spencer Tracy’s favorite hat to Henry Fonda on the set of On Golden Pond. You don’t spend more than 30 years creating documentaries about Hollywood royalty without unearthing some sparkling anecdotes. Joan Kramer and David Heeley — …