Who is Esperanza Spalding?

Posted on 02/14/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

EntertainmentThat wailing you hear? That’s probably your grandchild. See, Justin Bieber was up for Best New Artist at Sunday night’s Grammys and he lost – to a jazz artist named Esperanza Spalding. I’m sure she thinks Justin was ROBBED. But more importantly: Esperanza who?

Larry King Signs Off

Posted on 12/16/2010 by | General News | Comments

EntertainmentPic via WireImage/Getty This week, cable pioneer Larry King signs off from his CNN show after 25 years of incredible interviews and commentary. Via Lorrie Lynch at AARP: At the height of his success, he had 1.6 million nightly viewers, wrote a weekly column of quirky observations (which I edited for a short time) in the nationally circulated USA TODAY, and appeared as himself in 1990s movies like Dave and Bullworth. As he goes out, King ranks third in his …

Rest in Peace, Barbara Billingsley!

Posted on 10/18/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

EntertainmentBarbara Billingsley, best known as the “ever-sweet, ever-helpful suburban stay-at-home mom,” June Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver, passed away on Saturday in her home at the age of 94. A family spokesperson says that Billingsley died of polymyalgia, a rheumatoid disease. Her family says that she had been suffering from the illness and in poor health in recent years. Billingsley played the well-known June Cleaver from 1957-1963 (and of course in decades of reruns), and admitted 40 years later …

Who’s Turning 100?

Posted on 07/8/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

Your LifeRemember the smash hit Titanic from James Cameron in 1997? How many times did you see it in the theater? – and can you believe it’s been so long since you did? Well, check out this milestone that the LA Times reports: Gloria Stuart (who played the elder Rose in the movie) turned 100 this weekend! She celebrated with James Cameron and more than 100 other guests at a soiree in Beverly Hills. This birthday milestone got me thinking that …

Movies for Grownups Awards 2010

Posted on 02/26/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

EntertainmentThe results are in, and A-list Hollywood stars joined AARP Magazine for the Movies for Grownups Awards Gala last week, and boy, were they A-list. The likes of Robert Deniro, Sean Penn, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Billy Crystal gathered to present and win awards. One highlight of the night was when Sean Penn awarded Robert Deniro with the Movies for Grownups® Lifetime Achievement Award, who described his fellow colleague and friend as a “consummate, ground-breaking actor.” During the gala, Entertainment Editor …

Groundhog Day News

Posted on 02/2/2010 by | Archived Contributor | Comments

EntertainmentBesides the fact that Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, ensuring six more weeks of winter for us, what else is happening in the world? (Don’t worry – Phil is only right about 39 percent of the time.) This morning, Oscar nominations were announced. Among them was first-time nominee Christopher Plummer, age 80! Just last week we talked about the older generation making a killing at the GRAMMY Awards, and now we’ve got Plummer, who was nominated for his …