Audience Learns ‘5 Flights Up’ Back Story at Film Fest

Jill Ciment had one goal in mind when she wrote the novel on which the new movie 5 Flights Up is based. “I wanted to write a story about a happy marriage,” Ciment told AARP’s Meg Grant after a screening of 5 Flights Up at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. Ciment’s 2009 novel, Heroic Measures, became a bestseller when it was chosen by Oprah’s Book Club. Little did she know it would become an ideal movie for grownup …

Sam Elliott Rumbles into Miami for MFG Film Fest

Sam Elliott — he of the gravelly drawl and arched eyebrows — will be a special guest at the AARP Life@50+ Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami (May 14-16). Elliott and director/cowriter Brett Haley will be on hand for a pre-release screening of I’ll See You in My Dreams, a romantic comedy starring Elliott, Blythe Danner, June Squibb (Nebraska), Rhea Perlman (Cheers) and Mary Kay Place (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman). Elliott plays a wealthy retiree with whom Danner’s long-widowed character …

Exclusive Video: Diane Keaton on Love and Marriage

It’s been eight months since Diane Keaton and Morgan Freeman charmed audiences at the Toronto Film Festival with their new romantic comedy, 5 Flights Up. Now the film is finally coming to theaters and iTunes. In this exclusive Movies for Grownups one-on-one, Diane dishes with us about marriage, finding a best friend for life…and what happened when she asked Morgan Freeman if he’d like to go out on a date (or two).

Blondaholics, Unite!

Recently I spent an afternoon at the L’Oréal Paris Tech Center on Fifth Avenue in New York, watching a Diane Keaton video and learning about the company’s new “home hair color” for women over 50. To my surprise, Keaton — who “came out” as gray last year — looked blonder than ever. As she told the camera, “We can grow old gracefully or gorgeously — I pick both.” As something of a blondaholic myself, I second that emotion. Yes, this …

At The Movies: Ben Cumberbatch Has the Nazis’ Number

In Theaters this week, the most unlikely hero of World War II has a head code. At Home, Diane Keaton and Michael Douglas fall in love—and love takes flight in one of the most beautiful animated films ever made.   The Imitation Game Benedict Cumberbatch is brilliant as Alan Turing, the man whose peculiar sort of genius helped the Allies crack the Nazi Enigma Code during War II. His Turig is a humorless, literal-minded university professor who grates on the …

This Week: A Singular Look at Stephen Hawking

In Theaters: A heartfelt look at the burden of genius. At Home: Rob Reiner’s latest. Plus: The first true horror movie looks better than ever.   The Theory of Everything The life of a monumental thinker gets landmark treatment in this superbly acted and lovingly directed biography. Eddie Redmayne plays astrophysicist Stephen Hawking from his carefree college days, through his heartrending descent into Lou Gehrig’s Disease, to his ultimate triumph in the realm of science. Felicity Jones costars as his first …