Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

The diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …

Stars Come Out for Movies for Grownups Gala

Susan Sarandon, Alfonso Cuaron, Bruce Dern, Ethan Hawke, Julie Delpy and Mary Steenburgen are just a few of the actors and directors who will be celebrated at AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. Presented by AARP The Magazine, the Movies for Grownups Awards, hosted this year by comedian Kathy Griffin, honor films with special appeal to the 50-plus audience. “2013 was a blockbuster year for films showcasing 50-plus talent,” says Myrna Blyth, editorial director of AARP …

Why Oscar Nominee ‘Nebraska’ Has Already Won

I saw Nebraska over the holidays with my boyfriend and his mom and my mom. It was a rather odd double date, come to think of it, but this isn’t about that. The movie just got me to thinking. There’s an important message in Nebraska, particularly in the relationship between David (Will Forte) and his father Woody (Oscar contender Bruce Dern). When Woody says he won a million dollars and has to travel 800+ miles to collect the prize, his …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 15

A lull in the end-of-year Grownup Movie frenzy allows us to focus on one of the year’s best performances, plus a look at the enduring popularity of a long-gone comic strip. The New Stuff Nebraska After months of triumphant film festival screenings and a limited release, finally everybody gets to see Bruce Dern in his career-defining performance. He’s a slightly befuddled fellow who’s convinced he’s won $1 million in a sweepstakes; Will Forte is the good son who offers to …

Karen Black: Five Great Movie Appearances

Of all the eras in Hollywood history, the decade that stretched from 1969 to 1979 was perhaps the most daring, a time of experimental masterpieces that shocked audiences into seeing the world in a different way. In the era’s edgy eloquence, Karen Black portrayed quirky women who found themselves in trouble. The Chicago-area native, who passed away on Aug. 8 at age 74 in Los Angeles, appeared in nearly 200 movies and TV shows in a career that stretched from …