Leave Turkey Neck to the Birds

When I’m not snapping the loose skin of my inner elbows or watching my upper arms jiggle in a sleeveless dress, you might find me anxiously scrutinizing my profile in my car’s rearview mirror. (Don’t worry — I pull over first.) Yes, Tech Neck — formerly known as Turkey-Wattle Syndrome — has struck. Its cause: Looking down all day long at that stupid screen that has taken over your life, doubling your chins and turning the skin on your neck …

A Perfect Weekend for Man-Made Disasters

In theaters, two major films continue the season’s flood of true-life stories, while two others explore the dynamics of troubled families. At home, a sitcom classic gets the box-set treatment — and an immortal detective solves one last case.    Designates a Movies for Grownups Editors’ Choice   Trumbo Bryan Cranston is compelling as Dalton Trumbo, a screenwriter jailed and blacklisted during the Red Scare of the 1940s. The film resists demonizing Hollywood commie-hunters in favor of showing how polarizing …

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 …