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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 …

Ed Lauter: He Played the Characters You Loved to Loathe

Posted on 10/18/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyUnless you’re the rare moviegoer or TV viewer who watches all the end credits, the name Ed Lauter probably won’t ring a bell. But you’d surely  recognize his balding pate, angular nose and jutting, dimpled chin, and his narrow, perpetually squinting eyes. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter In his four decades as an actor, Lauter, who died on Oct. 16 at age 74 in West Hollywood, Calif., appeared in more than 200 roles. They ranged from appearances in TV series …

Siri, Who Is Siri?

Posted on 10/4/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Technology“When I first discovered that was my voice, to be honest it was a little creepy.” That’s Susan C. Bennett, identified today by CNN as the voice of Siri, Apple’s talking virtual assistant. At least she was the voice of Siri in the United States before two different voices began to replace her as part of Apple’s new operating system. Apple won’t confirm the news, but CNN enlisted a vocal forensics expert, who is “100 percent” certain that Bennett is …

Doris Roberts Leaves ’em Laughing, but No One Knows Why

Posted on 08/7/2013 by |Latino Life | Comments

Your LifeDoris Roberts is the kind of dinner partner who can keep you laughing through the French onion soup, the Waldorf salad, the poached salmon and even the strawberry short cake, although afterwards you wonder what it was she said that made everything so funny. I pondered the subject over a glass of cognac one gentle summer evening during a party at the home of a mutual friend while Roberts entertained a guest on her other side who, later, also couldn’t …