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Mickey Rooney: After 93 Years, a Fond Farewell

Posted on 04/7/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOn the night I got to know Mickey Rooney, I had to keep reminding myself that the little — very little — old man sitting across from me was once the biggest star on Planet Earth. The high-water mark for Rooney, who died yesterday at 93, may well have come in 1939, when the world’s top box-office draw was not Clark Gable but “a rope-haired, kazoo-voiced kid with a comic-strip face,” as Time magazine described him at the time. When …

This Week in Boomer History: Hank Aaron … Beatles Are Over … ‘Twin Peaks’

Posted on 04/6/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

PoliticsHank Aaron’s 715th round-tripper on April 8, 1974, makes him Major League Baseball’s all-time home run leader, ending Babe Ruth’s 39-year reign. Barry Bonds deposes Aaron in 2007, an achievement tarnished by suspicions that Bonds used steroids. The disco anthem “Dancing Queen” by Swedish pop group ABBA tops American pop charts on April 9, 1977. On April 7, 1969, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously strikes down laws prohibiting possession of obscene material. The justices cite freedom of speech and “the right to …

Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

The Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on 02/4/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyWhen I glanced at my e-mail alerts on Sunday and saw that Philip Seymour Hoffman, arguably the greatest film actor of his generation, had died of a probable drug overdose, I felt the same mix of sadness and anger that came over me when Whitney Houston died. Again, a performer taken way too soon… again a drug death preceded by reports that the artist was “clean and sober”…again that empty feeling of a creative resume half-filled, never to be completed. …

‘Jack Ryan’ Gets First Movies For Grownups Seal

Posted on 01/17/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAARP has awarded its first AARP Movies for Grownups® Seal, which recognizes films that have a special appeal to 50+ audiences, to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions release. To receive AARP’s new Movies for Grownups Seal, a film must be selected by AARP’s Movies for Grownups editorial team, which dedicates hundreds of hours each year to screening eligible blockbusters and independent films, identifying movies with a distinct relevance to audience members 50+. AARP’s Movies for …

Kris Kristofferson’s Coolest Concert Ever

Posted on 11/18/2013 by | In Other News . . . | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentKris Kristofferson’s career as a singer-songwriter spans nearly 50 years, and his career as an actor nearly that, so it saddened me a little to learn that he’s struggling just a bit with memory loss. “I wish my memory weren’t so bad,” Kristofferson, 77, told Fox News on Nov. 4, following a screening of the indie film “The Motel Life,” in which he plays a used-car salesman. “They tell me it’s from all the football and boxing and the concussions …