Movies For Grownups Christmas Weekend Preview

Posted on 12/24/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentTwo new family-friendly stocking stuffers—plus one over-the-top lump of white-hot coal from Martin Scorsese—provide perfect reasons to get out of the house this Holiday season.  The New Stuff:   Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in this magical (and allegedly true) story of how Uncle Walt convinced P.L. to let him bring her creation to the screen. If Thompson lays the prim-and-proper schtick on a bit thick, and if Hanks plays Disney …

Anchorman Mort Crim: Color Him ‘Burgundy’

Posted on 12/12/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentThe real-life inspirations for fictional movie characters sometimes have been less than thrilled about how they appear on the screen. Media magnate William Randolph Hearst was so incensed by Orson Welles’ thinly veiled portrayal of him in the 1941 film Citizen Kane, for example, that the Hearst newspapers not only turned down ads for it but tried to smear Welles as a communist sympathizer in retaliation. But Mort Crim, the retired TV newscaster whom Will Ferrell credits as his inspiration …

Remembering Jessica Savitch 30 Years After Her Death

Posted on 10/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThis week I’ll travel from my home in Kentucky to stand at the spot in New Hope, Pa., where NBC News anchor Jessica Savitch (right) died 30 years ago tonight on the rainy fall evening of October 23. I’ll be wearing one of her amethyst birthstone rings — a gift from her sister, Lori, whose website celebrates Savitch’s legacy as a a groundbreaking TV news star of the 1970s and ’80s. Though I never met Savitch, I feel like I’ve known …