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Whoopi Goldberg: Acting Is All I Ever Wanted

Posted on 04/15/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWatching Whoopi Goldberg in Lifetime’s A Day Late and a Dollar Short, to air Saturday April 19,  you may find yourself thinking that we haven’t been seeing enough of The View host’s Oscar-winning acting skills in recent years.  She reminds us in this movie of just how good she is. The film puts her at the center of another scenario by novelist Terry McMillan (Goldberg was in How Stella Got Her Groove Back, you may recall) and reunites her with Ving …

Margo Martindale Shines in New Movie And CBS Sitcom

Posted on 12/29/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s a season to remember for actress Margo Martindale.  She and Chris Cooper are getting singled out for their performances in the newly-opened big-screen drama August: Osage County — which is no small feat considering they’re in a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Sam Shepard and Juliette Lewis.  At the same time, her CBS sitcom, The Millers, is earning critical second looks. Indeed, The Millers has improved with seasoning.  That’s a good thing, because the Greg Garcia comedy …

Holiday Music Specials, Buble to…Charles Barkley?

Posted on 12/15/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentQuestion:  What has Michael Buble, Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Hugh Jackman, Cookie Monster, Charles Barkley, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama?  Answer:  This week’s lineup of holiday music specials!  If you enjoy seeing top names warbling about Santa, snow and sleigh rides, this is your week. For the last couple of years, Buble has been hitting our sweet spot with network Christmas variety fare as traditional as his silky-voiced crooning.  This year, his 10 p.m. NBC show Wednesday …

5 Reasons to Watch ‘Sound of Music Live’

Posted on 12/3/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentFellow passionate fans of Julie Andrews‘ film version of The Sound of Music take note:  it’s time to put down our weapons and open up to the idea that young country singer Carrie Underwood may well fill Andrews’ shoes as Maria Von Trapp on Thursday night’s (Dec. 5) live broadcast of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic. With so much pre-publicity around the event — live TV programming is rare enough, but The Sound of Music is a challenge — Underwood confessed …

Thanksgiving Day Dog Show Is Back

Posted on 11/25/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentFor John O’Hurley, Thanksgiving has gone to the dogs. Come Nov. 28, O’Hurley will again be seen hosting The National Dog Show, the tradition-rich all-breed contest hosted by the Kennel Club of Philadelphia, airing on NBC right after the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. “It’s not just a dog show. It’s kind of become a day of celebration of dogs,” he lets us know. Working dogs, Sporting dogs, Terriers and Toys… Even the casual canine connoissseur could harldy help but enjoy …

James Brolin Joins Rush of Yuletide Movies

Posted on 11/24/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentHoliday movies have taken over my family.  My mother, 83, and daughter, 22, have already sat through at least five or six of the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime confections that are coming at us like plates full of fudge.  When I invited them to join me to view tomorrow night’s (Nov. 25) Hallmark Movie Channel Christmas With Tucker, there was Dad, 87, too — slapping his knee and laughing when the cute puppies appeared.  I am bemused by this, as …