Hollywood Presidents Kick Off Ideas@50+

Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play ruthless, narcissistic U.S. presidents on TV. But as they opened the general session at AARP’s Ideas@50+ event in San Diego Friday, the actors were charming Hollywood celebrities, sharing not only the secrets of making their shows but life lessons gleaned from their own successful careers. Louis-Dreyfus, 53, fresh from picking up an Emmy Award last month for her portrayal of  shallow, vulgar VP-turned-president Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, pointed to the “kernel of truth” in her …

AARP Crowns Dual Boomer Superstars in San Diego

Julian Hernandez, 60, and Ká Wright, 51, tied for first place in AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest in San Diego Friday night. Each won $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings. “Dream the possibilities,” Hernandez told a rockin’ audience of Ideas@50+ attendees. “I’m living proof.” The winners, both singers since their youth, were chosen from five finalists who performed at the San Diego Convention Center. The panel of judges included AARP ambassador and Grammy winner Emilio Estefan, Grammy winner Patti Austin and …

A Musical Month for Documentaries

Who says the movie musical is dead? Inspiring music makers — both the legendary and the little-known — dominate the documentary landscape this September.   Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs. Gravity In the distinctive work of 65-year-old American choreographer Elizabeth Streb, dancers swing from harnesses, dodge cinderblock pendulums and hurl themselves from platforms onto cushions — and occasionally into each other. (No one should be surprised to learn that Streb has studied advanced physics.) Streb’s work must be witnessed …

An Elvis Clone (or Two) Get All Shook Up

After a busy summer, Hollywood takes a breather this weekend by releasing just a few small-scale indie flicks. So this could be the best chance you’ll have all fall to catch the movies you missed while at the beach. (Or simply stay home and rediscover a classic monster on Blu-ray disc from the safety of your couch!)   Frontera Ed Harris stars as an Arizona rancher whose wife was supposedly murdered by a Mexican man (Michael Peña) making an illegal …

8 Boomer Superstar Hopefuls Are Ready to Compete

Eight potential Boomer Superstars are headed to AARP’s “Ideas@50″ event in San Diego next week in hope of winning $5,000 and an audition with music label 19 Recordings in the Boomer Superstar competition Sept. 5. Coming from five states, eight cities and a variety of musical backgrounds, the contestants – all over 50 – were among hundreds who submitted music videos to AARP’s Boomer Superstar contest, powered by American Idol Live! In fact, American Idol judge Randy Jackson will emcee …

Pierce Brosnan: Back in Bond-age

Why is Labor Day at the movies such a cinematic Sahara? Because the movie studios clearly expect you to be out grillin’, not inside chillin’, all weekend long. Despite the slim pickings, you’ll still find an action flick that stars a familiar face and a film bio of the biggest movie star you’ve never heard of.   Cantinflas There’s no more beloved figure in the history of Latin American cinema than the Mexican comedian Cantinflas – known to U.S. audiences, …