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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 …

Renee Fleming Celebrates American Voices

Posted on 11/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentNational Medal of Arts recipient Renée Fleming, 54, has become an ever-more-widely recognized ambassador for opera and the art of singing in recent years. The four-time Grammy winner, frequently called the “people’s diva,” enjoys mixing things up and venturing into new territory, such as her recent vocal rendering of David Letterman’s Top 10 List. Now Fleming is taking the ambassador role a huge step further with American Voices — a festival of performances, master sessions and symposia November 22-24 at …

Dana Delany Returns to ‘China Beach’

Posted on 10/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentDana Delany is 57 and says she’s never felt better. “I’m not somebody who’s ever had a problem getting older. That doesn’t scare me,” says the raven-haired actress. “I like who I am now so much more than ever. I feel much more comfortable in my skin.” She was just an up-and-coming actress a quarter century ago when she starred in the groundbreaking Vietnam War drama China Beach.  In a breakthrough role as Army nurse Colleen McMurphy, Delany helped viewers …

Mark Cuban: Living Your Best Deals at Any Age

Posted on 10/7/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentGive Mark Cuban credit for getting things done.  He went from tapings of the hit ABC reality show Shark Tank to his long-awaited insider-trading trial last week (a civil suit involving a 2004 stock sale), purportedly dazzling admiring jury members, while still managing to keep up with myriad business demands. On top of it, he emailed fast answers to our questions.  Here, the billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner, 55, shares his thoughts on living your best deals at any age. Is …