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

MFG Weekend Movie and Video Preview: June 6

Tom Cruise finds himself stuck in a time loop, and a Hollywood agent discovers that time is not on his side. That can mean only one thing… It’s time to check out this week’s new movies! Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise stars as a soldier who dies in a battle against space aliens, only to find himself in a time loop that plops him back into that same fateful day over and over again. It’s a Twilight Zone-worthy scenario that …

‘Supermensch’ Starts Off a Summer of Documentaries

  Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (Theaters June 6) Austin Powers star Mike Myers tries documentary filmmaking with a fond look at one of his oldest friends, Hollywood superagent Shep Gordon. Actually, it seems that Gordon is just about everybody‘s oldest friend: He’s the ultimate people person, a guy who got where he is by collecting, repaying and cashing in what he calls “coupons” – favors, acts of kindness and professional courtesies. It’s hard to argue with his results: …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 30

Plan 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

When 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

Let’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

The 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 …