Transformers and Trains at the Movies This Weekend

It must be sci-fi weekend at the movies: Those presto-chango Transformers are back for a fourth time, but the grownup movie this weekend is from a noted Korean director, who offers his unusual tale of global-warming refugees stuck on the ultimate nonstop train.   Transformers: Age of Extinction Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer lend grownup presence to the latest toy-inspired Michael Bay heavy-metal fest, but when it comes to this series, there’s nothing more than meets the eye. …

Sherman Hemsley: Do the George Jefferson Dance!

Next to Bill Cosby‘s Dr. Cliff Huxtable, Sherman Hemsley’s George Jefferson – the upwardly mobile but still habitually cranky protagonist of the long-running Norman Lear sitcom The Jeffersons – may have been the most distinctive and memorable African-American comedic character in the history of television. For Hemsley, who passed away yesterday at age 74 in El Paso, Texas, it was a measure of his acting talent that he could make George Jefferson’s irascible, rapid-fire sarcasm seem so authentic and natural. As a 1987 profile …

Happy 75th Birthday, Bill Cosby!

Bill Cosby, who turns 75 today, was already thinking about the trials of getting older when I first spoke with him nearly 10 years ago. “Things are old,” he told me. “Parts are old. I’m talking about ‘us’ parts. AARP-parts.  Some of us were born with stronger parts than others.” It was a routine visit with his doctor that made Cosby realize just how weak at least one of his parts was-that part being his carotid artery, which was dangerously …