Movies & TV

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

Exclusive Video: Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott’s ‘Dreams’

  The new movie I’ll See You in My Dreams stars Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott as a couple who are thrilled when they discover late-life love. In this exclusive video, the two actors—along with the rest of the all-star cast—reveal that they were equally delighted in real life to find a film with a uniquely modern view of romance among people who are 50-plus.

Audience Learns ‘5 Flights Up’ Back Story at Film Fest

Jill Ciment had one goal in mind when she wrote the novel on which the new movie 5 Flights Up is based. “I wanted to write a story about a happy marriage,” Ciment told AARP’s Meg Grant after a screening of 5 Flights Up at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. Ciment’s 2009 novel, Heroic Measures, became a bestseller when it was chosen by Oprah’s Book Club. Little did she know it would become an ideal movie for grownup …

AARP Crowd Grooves to New Beach Boys Film

Bill Pohlad specializes in telling the stories of complex people. He produced 12 Years a Slave (2013), the story of a free black man kidnapped into slavery; Into the Wild (2007), the true story of a college student who chucked everything to live in remote Alaska; and The Tree of Life (2011), a study of a grown man trying to come to terms with the meaning of life. Pohlad’s newest movie, Love & Mercy, follows that pattern, bringing to the …

‘Caring for Mom and Dad’: A Movie With Answers

As 75 million boomers march steadily toward old age, a health care problem of monumental proportions awaits. That’s the staggering issue attacked in Caring for Mom and Dad, a new PBS documentary featured at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami this week. Sponsored by AARP and Pfizer, the film — now available for viewing online — introduces us to  people who are trying to balance their own lives and careers with caring for aging parents. While the stories are both sobering and inspiring, …

A Petite Housecleaner Is AARP’s New Singing Superstar

  Janet Hines-Norris, 53, a 5-foot-1 housecleaner from Mishawaka, Ind., who for years has sung her way through each workday, just might have a career change in store. With two songs, she blew away a panel of music legends, twice brought an audience of thousands to its feet, beat out four fellow competitors — and left the stage the winner of the 2015 AARP Superstar singing competition that was hosted by Arsenio Hall. A balmy night in Miami Beach turned torrid as Hines-Norris belted …

Sam Elliott: Blythe Danner Had Never Kissed a Mustache

Sam Elliott got a standing ovation from a full house when he took the stage following the screening of his new film, I’ll See You in My Dreams, at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. “It’s very gratifying to play a role like this,” the star, whose distinctive rumbling voice has made him one of the busiest commercial voiceover artists in America, told the moderator, AARP’s Meg Grant. “Otherwise it’s mostly selling trucks and beer.” In a year that …