Weekend Movie Choices Include New ‘Planet of the Apes’

Chimps will be champs at the box office this weekend. But a vengeful dad and four damaged friends are also vying for their share of summer moviegoers.   Dawn of the Planet of the Apes It’s been a decade or so since apes and humans reached a fragile peace. But the winds of war are whipping across San Francisco Bay, and despite the best efforts of a human-loving chimp named Caesar (Andy Serkis), a band of urban gorillas may be …

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

Doris 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 …

Behind the Seams: Hot in Cleveland’s Costume Designer Lori Eskowitz

Wednesday nights are hotter and even more stylish. TVLand’s Hot in Cleveland is back for a fourth season with its cast even more sizzling than before. Enter Lori Eskowitz, the costume wizard behind the great wardrobes worn by the sitcom’s leading ladies, pictured above -Wendie Malick, Jane Leeves, Valerie Bertinelli and AARP ambassador Betty White. I recently had the delight of chatting with Lori about her work with these funny ladies. How did you get started in this profession? Having …

Is 100 The New 50? Centenarians Advise Boomers

Those who have lived to be 100 have some advice for you young whipper-snappers in your 50s who want to reach the century mark: Sleep longer and eat a more healthful diet. That’s the finding from Unitedhealthcare’s annual “100@100 Survey,” which for the first time looked not only at the century-old group, but also at boomers age 50 to 55. As of 2010, the Census Bureau estimates there are 72,000 Americans who have lived 100 years or more. By 2050, …

Betty White On Career Comebacks

When a friend told me she had a spare ticket to see Betty White here in DC, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to go with her. I figured an interview with Betty would be funny, insightful and heartwarming, but it exceeded my expectations in every sense. Of all the answers she gave or nuggets of advice she offered, one comment stuck with me the most and I knew I had to blog about it. An audience member submitted a …

The Takeaway: Good and Bad In New U.S. Obesity Data; Adults Want To Be Like Betty

Public health officials seem to agree that America’s obesity rate is ‘leveling off’ or ‘plateauing,’ and that recent health and fitness pushes have had some effect. And a new poll conducted by MIT’s AgeLab found Betty White””who turned 90 yesterday””is the celebrity middle-aged and older adults most want to be like when they retire.