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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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MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 30

Posted on 05/29/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentPlan to meet for dessert afterward, but this is a weekend for families to split up among the multiplex auditoriums: There’s a 3-D action fantasy for the kids, a rom-com for the ladies, and a gross-out comedy for the guys.    Maleficent Angelina Jolie is the chief attraction here—as the “evil” queen who cast that shuteye curse on Sleeping Beauty, she gives a brainy, heartfelt performance in a movie that mostly sacrifices nuance for bombast. Director Robert Stromberg visually quotes …

Bob Newhart: TV’s Favorite Shrink Returns on DVD

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen Bob Newhart decided to do a sitcom after more than a decade of standup comedy, he had one nagging worry: “I didn’t know if people would accept me as a psychologist,” he says. In fact, he adds, he wasn’t sure audiences in 1972 would be comfortable with the whole concept of psychology. “At that time, people didn’t really accept psychologists,” he says “They’d say, ‘Why are you going to talk to a psychologist? Talk to Mrs. Murphy, she knows …

CNN Summer Series ‘The Sixties’ Debuts May 29

Posted on 05/23/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentLet’s just proclaim Tom Hanks America’s Official Historian. The first TV program Hanks ever produced was the monumental miniseries From Earth to the Moon (1998).  His G.I. dramas Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010) remain the definitive World War II miniseries. And now he’s the executive producer of CNN’s ambitious attempt to crystalize the most turbulent decade of the past half-century, the 10-part documentary series The Sixties. CNN has made a few episodes available to the press for …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 23

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe busiest grownup summer movie season ever begins in earnest this weekend; even the requisite comic book-inspired blockbuster offers a sophisticated twist on classic superhero themes.     X-Men: Days of Future Past You don’t have to be obsessed with the X-Men mythology to be utterly caught up in this spectacular new adventure about MARVEL‘s ultimate crime fighting tag team. Set partly in the future and partly in the past, it’s the story of how a government program to eliminate …

Roseanne Raises The Bar For New Comics

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRoseanne Barr, who tonight debuts as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, would rather be at home on her Hawaii macadamia nut farm, eating food from her garden and seeing her grandkids off to school. Now there’s a sentence you would never have expected to read back in the days when Barr was the hell-raising, tabloid-dominating, reigning queen of the TV sitcom. But here she is, after taking a red-eye flight back to LA to promote the new show, already …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 16

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentA rampaging monster, a woman in distress, a visionary sports agent and a crusty cowboy codger make this a something-for-everyone weekend at the movies.   Godzilla Two things this re-re-reboot of the 1954 Japanese classic does not have enough of: Bryan Cranston and Godzilla. Unwisely, the star of TV’s Breaking Bad makes an early exit…and inexplicably the title character doesn’t really show up until the second half. Most of the film focuses on two incredibly ugly prehistoric critters that terrorize …