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Meryl Streep Worried She Was ‘Too Ugly’?

Posted on 04/24/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentThe greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep, admitted to a college audience in Indiana recently that back in her youth she thought she might be “too ugly to be an actress.” Unbelievable. I have no doubt that Streep’s admission is authentic — far too many young women are insecure about their looks when in fact they are goddesses who should be appreciating their youthful blush. But it’s both telling and frightening that a woman with such obvious and true …

Become a Great Communicator With ‘Pitch Perfect’

Posted on 04/18/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentTHE BOOK:  Pitch Perfect: How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time. THE AUTHOR: Bill McGowan, TV correspondent turned media trainer, with  How to Say It Right the First Time, Every Time Alisa Bowman. I read three to six books a week for my job as a book reviewer. So I almost never reread anything. Yet I have inhaled Bill McGowan’s new Pitch Perfect three times in three days. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter The reason: Pitch Perfect …

A Film That Celebrates Ageless Inner Beauty

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentThe first hint that the just-released documentary film Pretty Old is something special is its title. It’s not Really Old. Or simply Old. It’s Pretty Old, as in, yeah, kinda, sorta old, but so what? And also, the conscious pairing of the two adjectives — pretty, as in beautiful, and old, as in wise. Directed by Walter Matteson (of the Sundance TV series Iconoclasts) and executive produced by, among others, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old chronicles the 30th anniversary of the Ms. …

Meet the Real ‘Heaven Is For Real’ Family

Posted on 04/16/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor those unfamiliar with the gentle landscapes of America’s Great Plains, Imperial, Neb., may seem literally in the middle of nowhere. If you drive down Grand Army of the Republic Highway to Imperial from Ogallala, then make a few turns on gravel roads, you’ll find the angular profile of Crossroads Wesleyan Church. Behind it stands the modest home of its pastor, Todd Burpo, and his wife, Sonja. As I approach I recognize Todd, wearing an Imperial Nebraska Fire Department sweatshirt …

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 …

MFG Weekend Movie, Video Preview: April 11

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentHeroes come in all shapes and social strata, as this week’s three top movies prove. Draft Day Kevin Costner enlists every ounce of his boyish goodwill to make what might have been a Superbowl-sized snore an enjoyable insider’s look at the NFL college draft. He’s a front-office guy who wants to make his team competitive while preserving his last shred of integrity; no easy task in the cutthroat world of pro sports. The rest of the appealing cast includes Jennifer …