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‘When Will I Be Loved?’: Linda Ronstadt Gets an Answer

Posted on 07/29/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentLegendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 68, undoubtedly has had plenty of secret admirers over the years, though perhaps none quite as famous as the president of the United States. Ronstadt, who’s won numerous accolades over the years for her “one-of-a-kind voice,” was at a White House ceremony on July 28 to receive the National Medal of Arts. As President Barack Obama prepared to hang the medal around Ronstadt’s neck, he confessed, “I had a little crush on her back in the …

Jeff Bridges Channels His Dad in ‘The Giver’

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentJeff Bridges first saw his father, Lloyd Bridges, who passed away in 1998, in the role of the wizened Giver in Lois Lowry’s 1993 best-selling novel The Giver. In Reddit.com’s “Ask Me Anything” series, he discussed the man who inspired him to produce a new film adaptation of the novel. “I was reading children’s book catalogs, and I came across this photograph of a cover of a book, with an old grizzled guy on the cover, and I thought ‘Oh, my dad could play …

This Weekend: Get Away With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRob Reiner returns with a warm-hearted grownup romance; Woody Allen introduces us to a beautiful seer who might be a fake; and Morgan Freeman frets as Scarlett Johansson kicks some serious bad-guy butt.     And So It Goes Twenty-five years after he arranged for Harry to meet Sally, director Rob Reiner proves that his take on grownup love has grown richer with time. A sharp comedy with an ear tuned to the bittersweet cadences of mature romance, And So …

Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Posted on 07/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIn the mood for a melody? The Library of Congress will honor the original “Piano Man” with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, announced on Tuesday that musician Billy Joel will  join past recipients including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney. “Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we …

Documentary, Photo Exhibit Highlight Boomer Celebration

Posted on 07/23/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThis year, the last of the 76 million baby boomers turn 50. AARP is paying tribute to their contributions this fall. American Masters: The Boomer List, premieres nationwide Tuesday, Sept. 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This documentary by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders tells the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 boomers—one born each year of the baby boom. New Age guru Deepak Chopra, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, author Amy Tan, actor Kim Cattrall, environmentalist Erin Brockovich and artist David LaChapelle are among the boomers …

‘Alive Inside’: Music + Alzheimer’s = Miracle

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  When you speak, you’re mainly using the left hemisphere of your brain. When you look at a painting, it’s the rear of your brain that perceives what you’re seeing. But the brain has no precise center for music. When you listen to music you love, all your gray matter gets into the act: Do a scan of a brain listening to music and virtually the entire thing starts to glow, like embers in a warm hearth. That brain-wide embrace of music …