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July 4th: What a Weekend for TV Marathons

Posted on 06/30/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAh, the Fourth of July. Cue patriotic music, barbecues, fireworks, and TV marathons for couch potatoes of all interests who may just want to stay inside all long weekend. There’s the traditional Twilight Zone marathon on Syfy (8 a.m. July 4 through 6 a.m. July 5), a Turner Classic Movies’ patriotic marathon, and a U.S.A. documentary marathon (including the acclaimed America The Story of Us), on History, H2 and The Military Channel.  AMC is offering three days of all-American zombies with …

Scott Wolf Is Back; Now on ‘Perception’

Posted on 06/23/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAs if Dr. Daniel Pierce didn’t have enough on his plate, what with being a neuroscientist and university professor who helps out the FBI while coping with schizophrenia.  Now he’s going to have a new thorn in his thorny life.  Scott Wolf has come aboard TNT’s Perception to torment Eric McCormack’s tormented genius a little more. He’ll be seen in 12 out of 14 episodes of the drama’s second season, which launches Tuesday June 25, playing ambitious Assistant U.S. Attorney …

‘SYTYCD’ a Haven for Murphy During Cancer Scare

Posted on 06/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentNot that we would have guessed it, but Mary Murphy has spent part of this season’s “So You Think You Can Dance” audition period under a cloud of fear.  A survivor of thyroid cancer, the boisterous judge revealed to that she has “had more health tests that were not looking good.  They thought I had ovarian cancer, and they thought the thyroid cancer had come back.” She described coming in to work between medical appointments.  “It looked like for sure …

At Sunday’s Tony Awards, The Talent Is Mature

Posted on 06/6/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentTune in to the 67th Annual Tony Awards Sunday and you will see an outpouring of appreciation for performing greats in their 50-plus years.  Seriously, many of the most anticipated moments of this awards ceremony involve names who prove that talent, like fine wine, is at its best when it reaches maturity. The Best Actress in a Play category alone gives us Holland Taylor, who at 70 not only starred in, but also wrote her one-woman play about the late, …

Helen Slater Lets Emotions Fly in ‘The Good Mother’

Posted on 06/2/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment If you saw M. Night Shyamalan’s brilliant 1999 The Sixth Sense, you got a glimpse of the mental disorder Munchausen by proxy syndrome — in which a child’s parent or other caregiver secretly creates an illness in the child in a twisted effort to get attention, sympathy and respect. And you may have thought to yourself, “Gosh, this would make a great Lifetime movie.” Right? I know I did. Well, I’m here to tell you, come Saturday, June 8, Lifetime …

10 Things to Know Before Watching Michael Douglas Dazzle in ‘Behind the Candelabra’

Posted on 05/26/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAt last — Michael Douglas as Liberace, on HBO. The highly touted, much-anticipated Behind the Candelabra, from filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, with Matt Damon as Liberace’s 40-years-younger lover, Scott Thorson, is clearly the TV event of the week.  In fact, it will air for weeks and be available on demand. Here are 10 points to enhance your viewing experience. 1.  Emmy time! Critics are almost universally calling Douglas’ performance a tour de force. Kudos are being heaped upon Damon as well, …