Movies & TV

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

Coming to a Screen Near You: the MFG Awards Gala

For the first time, AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala is coming to national TV. The star-studded broadcast to air later this month will feature all the excitement of the red carpet, as well as highlights from the awards podium. Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Jeremy Irons and Octavia Spencer were just some of the stars who dazzled on the red carpet in Beverly Hills at the Feb. 2 event. Other glitterati who attended the gala made up a parade of current …

Starry Night: the Movies for Grownups Awards

“We are still the boomers — not old dogs!” Kevin Costner declared to a standing ovation, accepting his Movies for Grownups career achievement award Monday night. “We still have a chance to go out with a bang. There’s still time. I don’t know how much, but there’s still time!” Costner’s call to arms, in which he urged boomers to recapture the passion for social reform that defined their youth, was the stirring finale to the 14th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, …

Weekend: Pacino Gets Humbled; Costner Gets Grampy

Two new films really work out their stars: Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer get into a tug of war over a little girl, while Al Pacino wrestles with reality. Beyond that, it’s time to catch up on your Oscar hopefuls in anticipation of the February 22 Academy Awards.   Black or White In this corner, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Kevin Costner as an L.A. lawyer fighting to keep custody of the mixed-race granddaughter he has raised from infancy. And in …

Where Will Hollywood’s Hottest Be Monday? With AARP

Oscar winners and hopefuls as well as some of 2014’s most delightful performers will collect their Movies for Grownups awards Monday at AARP The Magazine’s annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. With Chef star John Leguizamo as host and Kevin Costner as recipient of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award, the gala celebrates the best of films with special relevance and appeal to the 50+ audience. Expected among the stars on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel are two performers who won Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend and are considered …

Snipers, Bears and Robots (Not All in One Movie, Alas!)

The heart of awards season makes this weekend the perfect time to catch up on Oscar-nominated films and actors. Many of these happen to be Movies for Grownups award winners as well!   American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, barrels along like a Humvee across the desert, hitting its targets with deadly accuracy before exploding with unexpected emotional force. As Kyle, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is a revelation, portraying …

This Weekend: Oprah Winfrey Gives a History Lesson

In Theaters: A stirring new film explores the searing emotions—and cold-blooded politics—that surrounded Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1965 Selma march. Selma Focusing on a pjvotal three-month period in 1965, this stirring historical drama follows Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) as he lays the groundwork for his epic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Oyelowo uncannily channels King’s appearance, manner of speech and quiet charisma. As his wife, Coretta, Carmen Ejogo evokes a woman watching the bonds …