Who Will Win Oscars — and Who Really Should

Still on the fence about who should win Oscars this Sunday night? Here’s a little grownup guidance. Best actress: Not even close. Our own Movies for Grownups best actress winner, Julianne Moore, gave the performance of a lifetime as a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s in Still Alice. Reese Witherspoon will get some sentimental votes for going gritty in Wild, but Oscar voters will issue “see-you-next-time” condolences to youngsters Marion Cotillard (Two Days, One Night), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) and …

Gary Owens: The Voice of ‘Laugh-In’ Signs Off

When longtime Laugh-In announcer Gary Owens died Feb. 13, one of the great voices of the past century was stilled. I was lucky enough to interview Gary in September 2009 about a new documentary featuring his friend Jonathan Winters. Instantly recognizable from his first “hello,” Gary took me on a roller coaster ride of rapid-fire anecdotes, drawing on his 60-some-odd years in show business. From hosting The Gong Show to buying a Quincy Jones album for 11-year-old Michael Jackson, it’s …

Shades of Grey or Gray Romance: Your Choice

Pick your Valentine’s Day poison: An edgy tale of sexual domination, a warm and fuzzy rom-com with the ever-charming Hugh Grant, or an explosion-packed secret-agent spectacle. Choose wisely; the ultimate outcome of your romantic dinner-and-a-movie date depends upon it.   50 Shades of Grey We’re not supposed to laugh out loud at a movie that features beautiful young people having kinky sex, right? Yet that’s precisely what happens almost from the moment we’re introduced to billionaire bondage boy Christian Grey …

Coming to a Screen Near You: the MFG Awards Gala

For the first time, AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala is coming to national TV. The star-studded broadcast to air later this month will feature all the excitement of the red carpet, as well as highlights from the awards podium. Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Jeremy Irons and Octavia Spencer were just some of the stars who dazzled on the red carpet in Beverly Hills at the Feb. 2 event. Other glitterati who attended the gala made up a parade of current …

Harper Lee to Publish ‘New’ Novel in July

Oh happy day! On July 14, Harper Lee will release a second, newly discovered novel titled Go Set a Watchman. Now 88, the author is world-famous for her first — and, until now, only — book, To Kill a Mockingbird. Published in 1960, it won the Pulitzer Prize and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. The new novel will be published in North America by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins. Said Lee in a statement …

Starry Night: the Movies for Grownups Awards

“We are still the boomers — not old dogs!” Kevin Costner declared to a standing ovation, accepting his Movies for Grownups career achievement award Monday night. “We still have a chance to go out with a bang. There’s still time. I don’t know how much, but there’s still time!” Costner’s call to arms, in which he urged boomers to recapture the passion for social reform that defined their youth, was the stirring finale to the 14th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, …