Weekend: Pacino Gets Humbled; Costner Gets Grampy

Two new films really work out their stars: Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer get into a tug of war over a little girl, while Al Pacino wrestles with reality. Beyond that, it’s time to catch up on your Oscar hopefuls in anticipation of the February 22 Academy Awards.   Black or White In this corner, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Kevin Costner as an L.A. lawyer fighting to keep custody of the mixed-race granddaughter he has raised from infancy. And in …

Where Will Hollywood’s Hottest Be Monday? With AARP

Oscar winners and hopefuls as well as some of 2014’s most delightful performers will collect their Movies for Grownups awards Monday at AARP The Magazine’s annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. With Chef star John Leguizamo as host and Kevin Costner as recipient of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award, the gala celebrates the best of films with special relevance and appeal to the 50+ audience. Expected among the stars on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel are two performers who won Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend and are considered …

Stefanie Powers Still a Globe-Trotting Activist

Stefanie Powers gives no hint of jet lag during an afternoon conversation – despite having flown in to Los Angeles a night earlier from Kenya, by way of New York. Youthful, dynamic and beautiful at 72, the red-haired actress also gives no hint of slowing down. She divides her time between performing, globetrotting and the wildlife conservation issues that melded with her animal-loving nature during her near-decade-long love affair with the late William Holden back in the 1970s. She is here …

Snipers, Bears and Robots (Not All in One Movie, Alas!)

The heart of awards season makes this weekend the perfect time to catch up on Oscar-nominated films and actors. Many of these happen to be Movies for Grownups award winners as well!   American Sniper Director Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history, barrels along like a Humvee across the desert, hitting its targets with deadly accuracy before exploding with unexpected emotional force. As Kyle, Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) is a revelation, portraying …

This Weekend: Oprah Winfrey Gives a History Lesson

In Theaters: A stirring new film explores the searing emotions—and cold-blooded politics—that surrounded Rev. Martin Luther King’s 1965 Selma march. Selma Focusing on a pjvotal three-month period in 1965, this stirring historical drama follows Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) as he lays the groundwork for his epic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. Oyelowo uncannily channels King’s appearance, manner of speech and quiet charisma. As his wife, Coretta, Carmen Ejogo evokes a woman watching the bonds …

Actresses Need Roles, Not Russell Crowe’s Carping

Russell Crowe, no longer a young man at nearly 51, thinks women around his age should just get over themselves and even at “40, 45, 48” be content to move into their dotage on screen. Tell that to gorgeous new Bond “girl” Monica Belluci, who at 50 will star with four-years-younger Daniel Craig in the upcoming 007 spectacle, SPECTRE. More to the point, Crowe — who, just in time for awards season, shared his uninformed opinion in Australia Women’s Weekly — has the …