Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers Earn No. 1 Album

Anything is possible. Even if it takes you almost 38 years. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers just earned their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200. The rock group first hit the charts in 1977 with a self-titled album that featured such classics as “Breakdown” and “American Girl.” >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Hypnotic Eye sold 131,000 copies last week, Petty’s best sales week since Wildflowers sold 161,000 copies after Christmas in 1994. Petty’s No. 1 album didn’t …

Weekend Preview: Helen Mirren, Twisters and Ninja Turtles

Thank goodness for Helen Mirren; without her there’d be almost nothing new for grown-up movie lovers to see this weekend. Besides Dame Helen’s latest offering (The Hundred-Foot Journey), this looks like a good time to catch up on summer’s best offerings, including Get on Up, Calvary and Boyhood.   The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen Mirren is a snooty French chef; veteran Indian star Om Puri (East Is East) is the immigrant who opens an authentic Mumbai-style restaurant, replete with secret spices …

Director Ron Howard and Wife Hold Online ‘Garage Sale’

If you want to sell all that stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, you probably think about having a yard or garage sale. But when celebrities pile up on random odds and ends, where do they turn? On the heels of selling their 32-acre estate in Armonk, N.Y., for the asking price of $27.5 million, director Ron Howard and his wife, Cheryl, decided to sell lots of their furniture and furnishings through One King’s Lane, a high-end home shopping website, at prices …

‘The Honorable Woman’ Creator Fan of Great 70′s Spy Thrillers

A first-class, cerebral mystery/espionage thriller set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, British auteur Hugo Blick’s “The Honorable Woman” has become one of the most talked-about television dramas of the summer. Its title star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has said she is more proud of the eight-part mini series than anything else she’s done in her career. Its supporting cast, including Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer as British agents, is absolutely brilliant. And of course, it could not be more timely. Blick noted that …

Helen Mirren Gives Jimmy Fallon Very Straight Answers

Looking for straight answers? Look no further than the Mirren, Mirren on the Wall. The ever wise and witty dame Helen Mirren got a little naughty as the Magic Mirror on the Wall, a skit on the 100th episode of The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. Fallon, an eager and inquisitive regal subject, asked Mirren about E.L. James’ best-selling novel. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. “Mirren, Mirren, on the Wall, what do you think …

Bill Murray Adds His Voice as Baloo to Disney’s ‘The Jungle Book’ Remake

Bill Murray is the latest celeb announced for the cast of Disney’s new live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. He’ll be the voice of Baloo, the lovable bear who became popular after singing the Bare Necessities in Disney’s 1967 animated version. Best known for starring in Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Lost in Translation and many more smash hits, the Saturday Night Live alum is no stranger to voicing animated characters. You heard him as the self-interested lead cat in …