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‘Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening’: A Must-Read Memoir

Posted on 03/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentOn the surface, Mister Owita’s Guide to Gardening: How I Learned the Unexpected Joy of a Green Thumb and an Open Heart by Carol Wall, is a gentle memoir about a friendship between a white woman in Roanoke, Virginia and her gardener from Kenya. But that description fails to capture the book’s depth, its sometimes-raw emotions, nor its many surprising twists. At the book’s beginning, the author Carol Wall is 52. Married to her high school sweetheart, she is the mother of three, …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 14

Posted on 03/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThe Grand Budapest Hotel gets a wider release this week. We also recommend Le Week-end, a poignant look at a long-married couple, Nick and Meg (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan), returning to the scene of their Paris honeymoon in a bid to recapture a bit of the magic of their early years together. This small, quiet, lethal film is hardly the lighthearted rom-com its ads dangle before you — it’s much better than that. FULL REVIEW The Grand Budapest Hotel …

The New Dr. Seuss … Keith Richards?

Posted on 03/12/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentWho put the first paintbrush in the hands of Leonardo da Vinci? The stylus in the hands of Auguste Rodin? The guitar in the hands of Keith Richards? We may never know the first two. But with the news that Richards will publish a children’s book about his first guitar on September 9, we can pinpoint the third: It was Theodore Augustus Dupree, Richards’s maternal grandfather. The culture-shaping moment when that handoff occurred will now be captured by Richards in …

5 questions for Resurrection’s Frances Fisher

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFrances Fisher is all over the place these days; besides her new ABC TV series Resurrection, premiering Sunday March 7, she was a recent guest star on the network’s popular Castle, and next month she costars in a movie, The M Word. Already, Resurrection—the story of some long-dead people from a small Missouri town who have apparently returned—is getting Lost-like buzz. Fisher plays a 60-something mother whose 8-year-old son drowned 30 years before (her husband is played by That 70s Show veteran …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview March 7

Posted on 03/6/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWes Anderson devotees are rewarded with the director’s most fully realized film The Grand Budapest Hotel and boomer cartoon buffs get a surprisingly satisfying update of a ’60 TV classic in Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Also, it’s the last week to catch many of the Oscar winners in theaters before they go to home video—and you owe it to yourself to see them on a big screen if possible.   The Grand Budapest Hotel No filmmaker has a more fierce …

On Oscar Night, Everyone’s a Grownup!

Posted on 03/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentEven the weather gods know that you don’t mess around with Oscar. A rainy afternoon in Los Angeles gave way to sun in time for the Annual Academy Awards Sunday and the glamour teams who get the stars ready for the glitzy ceremony must have exhaled in unison. Fashion dominated the red carpet conversation and age had nothing to do with the great grownup looks. Here, a few of the best. THE LEGENDARY Liza Minnelli, 67, in cobalt blue matched by …