This Weekend: Birdman, Bill Murray, Late-Life Love

In Theaters This Weekend: Bill Murray is an artful codger; Michael Keaton wings his way to Broadway; Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer discover it’s never too late to find love. At Home: Billy Crystal and Pee-wee Herman remember when. Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Did Michael Keaton quit the Batman series 22 years ago just so he could one day make this dreamlike film about an actor who walked away from a smash superhero franchise? In the performance …

Billy Crystal Laughs and Cries through ‘700 Sundays’

In his Tony Award–winning one-man show, 700 Sundays — now on DVD from HBO — Billy Crystal tells the story of his loving relationship with his father, Jack, a New York City record-store owner and legendary promoter of Dixieland jazz. Jack died suddenly when Billy was just 15 years old. In his show, the star looks back fondly on the roughly 700 Sundays he and his father shared — and on how he and his older brothers, Joel and Rip, …

Three Classic New Year’s Eve Movies

Here’s one of the first Movies for Grownups Radio Shows we ever did-10 years ago in 2003. But the list of my favorite New Year’s Eve movies still stands up!  

Billy Crystal’s a Smash at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival

Billy Crystal confessed that he was left shaking after the thunderous audience response he got at tonight’s preview screening of his  new film Parental Guidance. Those shakes may well been the result of emotional overload, but it may also have had something to do with the sheer physical effect of 2,500 people simultaneously leaping to their feet and roaring their unconditional approval at the final fade-out. Of course, audiences at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival are always appreciative. The …

‘Marigold Hotel’ High Tea at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival

We were already thrilled to be showing this year’s most prominent movie for grownups - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - at our film festival this year, but 20th Century Fox did us a true solid by hosting a High British Tea reception before today’s screening. As you can see, the room was striking, with decorations and tea settings that evoked the film’s unique story, about a group of British retirees who settle down in India. Lovely Indian music played, and the …

Plenty of Movies for Grownups at Friday’s Film Festival

Greetings from New Orleans. I’ve just spent the evening strolling around the French Quarter, which for those of you who have never been is something of a cross between Downtown Disney and the Innermost Circle of Hell.But most importantly, this afternoon I was at the Louisiana Theatre at the New Orleans Convention Center watching the final preparations for our Movies for Grownups Film Festival. It’s all part of AARP’s Life@50+ Member Event, which is drawing tens of thousands of folks …