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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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After Barbara Walters Signs off May 16, What Next?

Posted on 04/7/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentAnd so The Year of Barbara has a firm end-date: May 16. That’s the day news icon Barbara Walters will cohost her last episode of The View and retire from full-time journalism. It won’t be a quiet send-off: The View will have a week-long celebration, ABC News is planning a two-hour prime-time retrospective, and you can expect Barbara’s face to be plastered across every network franchise from World News Tonight to Dancing with the Stars. >> Sign up for the AARP …

Mickey Rooney: After 93 Years, a Fond Farewell

Posted on 04/7/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOn the night I got to know Mickey Rooney, I had to keep reminding myself that the little — very little — old man sitting across from me was once the biggest star on Planet Earth. The high-water mark for Rooney, who died yesterday at 93, may well have come in 1939, when the world’s top box-office draw was not Clark Gable but “a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face,” as Time magazine described him at the time. When …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview April 4

Posted on 04/4/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentSuperhero adventure goes head-to-head with the real-life brand this weekend, and both films get much of their mileage through the talents of veteran stars.     Captain America: The Winter Soldier The good news: in this latest piece of Marvel superhero bombast, Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson are on hand. The bad news: There’s not enough of them. Chris Evans is the titular hero and Scarlett Johansson is his kick-butt sidekick, but after the last bad guy has been …

Why We Love Jerry Lewis (Now 88)

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentNo one can claim to be a film fan without trying to come to terms with Jerry Lewis. For nearly two decades, there was no bigger star on the big screen than Lewis, who turned 88 March 16. With and without his longtime partner Dean Martin, from 1951 through 1963 Lewis made the list of Hollywood’s Top 10 Money-Making Stars 11 times. Other stars have done that, including Abbot and Costello. But Bud and Lou were never accused of being …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 28

Posted on 03/27/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentPick your movie hero this weekend: A real-life social crusader; a Biblical shipbuilder; or a DEA agent with forearms like telephone poles. Also see what’s new on DVD and on demand down below. Cesar Chavez Michael Pena stars as the legendary farm workers’ union leader, and despite the inspiring lessons of the man’s life, director Diego Luna’s films is oddly dispassionate. The film falls victim to the fate that swallows too many film biographies: It’s so in love with the …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 21

Posted on 03/21/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWhen we say there’s something for everyone this weekend, we’re not kidding: You’ve got the world’s most beloved puppets, a mob crime drama, and an explicit exploration of the life of a sex addict.   Muppets Most Wanted The Muppets were born smack dab in the middle of the 1950s, and their fellow Boomers have grown to know exactly what to expect from the felt-skinned crew: Smart send-ups of pop culture, outrageous wordplay, and a safe sort of anarchism that …