Michael Douglas To Receive Career Achievement Award

He’s served as The American President, terrified a generation of men into embracing marital fidelity in Fatal Attraction, and tickled the ivories as Liberace Behind the Candelabra. Now Academy Award winner Michael Douglas is being honored with the 2015 Career Achievement Award from AARP’s Movies for Grownups. “With a career spanning more than 50 years, Michael Douglas is one of the most talented and respected actors and producers of our time,” says Bob Love, editor in chief of AARP The Magazine. “He …

It’s All True: The Best of the New York Film Festival

The New York Film Festival got real this year: Nearly every one of its most anxiously awaited entries explored true-life stories we thought we knew, but really didn’t.   Bridge of Spies At a panel discussion before the premiere screening of Steven Spielberg’s taut — and true-life — Cold War drama, Tom Hanks recalled how he and costar Mark Rylance (Wolf Hall), who plays accused Russian spy Rudolf Abel, did some impromptu prep work for the New York shoot: “I …

Weekend: Three Stories of Survival

In theaters this weekend: Three people walk their own personal tightropes. At home: Men (and a woman) of action.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice     The Martian NASA’s announcement this week that there’s flowing water on Mars would have been good news for Mark Watney (Matt Damon), the NASA astronaut stranded on the Red Planet in director Ridley Scott’s instant sci-fi classic. Damon’s as endearing as ever as the guy who coolly MacGyvers his way through one crisis after another. …

Weekend: De Niro Triggers Guffaws; Blunt Grabs Her Gun

In theaters this weekend: A cool workplace comedy; a searing cop drama. At home: a classic cult musical; a timeless story of young love.   Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   The Intern Robert DeNiro is perfect as a 70-year-old retiree who attacks his boredom by enlisting in a “senior intern” program at a hip online-fashion company. The experienced newcomer has a lot to teach the young whippersnappers — especially company founder Anne Hathaway, scrambling to keep her footing in the office and …

Jackie Collins: The Woman Knew from Fame!

Best-selling novelist Jackie Collins, who died September 19 at age 77, lived in a Beverly Hills mansion and frequented Hollywood’s toniest hot spots, collecting dish for her sex- and scandal-filled chronicles of Tinseltown’s rich and famous, notably Hollywood Wives. But Collins was just as likely to be spotted at a local Rite Aid or Target store. Shortly before her last novel, The Santangelos, came out in June, Collins came out to me about her surprisingly down-to-earth tastes: Writing is so …

Emmys 2015: Opportunity Has No Age Limit

Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” On Twitter, her fellow nominee Kerry Washington joined in: “AMEN!!!” Yes, it was a good Emmy ceremony for black women; other winners included Regina King as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (for American Crime) and Uzo Aduba as Outstanding Supporting Actress …