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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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Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 21

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOne more week until the Oscars: Most of the major nominees are still in theaters—and one opens this weekend—so you can still catch them before March 2. And if you’re all up to date, you could sit back, pop on your 3-D glasses, and enjoy the destruction of an ancient Roman City.   Pompeii On the list of four writers who concocted this epic story of slaves and gladiators battling each other and a certain nearby volcano is Julian Fellowes, …

Is Kevin Costner Having a Midlife Action Crisis?

Posted on 02/20/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentKevin Costner has starred in his share of action films — No Way Out and Waterworld come to mind — but there’s this nagging sense that his new shoot-’em-up, 3 Days to Kill, is Costner’s attempt to “pull a Liam Neeson” — that is, to supercharge his career at midlife by starring in an over-the-top chase flick, as Neeson did with Taken in 2008. Like Neeson (an ex-forklift operator), Costner (the son of a ditchdigger) is mostly beloved for his …

Movies for Grownups Gala: A Very Starry Night

Posted on 02/11/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt was a night for classic Hollywood star power to blend with the youthful glow of filmmaking’s future as the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala unfolded in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday. Nine Oscar hopefuls and a parade of entertainment legends took the stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate Susan Sarandon, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and other winners of this year’s awards, announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine. Along with celebrating movies made …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Feb. 7

Posted on 02/8/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentGeorge Clooney and an all-star cast go in search of stolen art and a bunch of blockheads turn up in the year’s most surprising comedy. Both are fun in their own ways.   The Monuments Men George Clooney enlists Matt Damon, John Goodman, Bob Balaban and Cate Blanchett to help him patrol Nazi-occupied Europe in search of stolen art works. A greater sense of urgency would have helped push the plot along, but what’s more fun than hanging out with …

Stars Come Out for Movies For Grownups Gala

Posted on 02/6/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSusan Sarandon, Alfonso Cuaron, Bruce Dern, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Mary Steenburgen are just a few of the actors and directors who will be celebrated at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. Presented by AARP The Magazine, the Movies for Grownups Awards, hosted this year by comedian Kathy Griffin, honor films with special appeal to the 50-plus audience. “2013 was a blockbuster year for films showcasing 50-plus talent,” says Myrna Blyth, editorial director of AARP …

The Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyWhen I glanced at my e-mail alerts on Sunday and saw that Philip Seymour Hoffman, arguably the greatest film actor of his generation, had died of a probable drug overdose, I felt the same mix of sadness and anger that came over me when Whitney Houston died. Again, a performer taken way too soon… again a drug death preceded by reports that the artist was “clean and sober”…again that empty feeling of a creative resume half-filled, never to be completed. …