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Burt’s Bees Founder Still a Maverick at Age 79

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentBurt Shavitz, the 79-year-old founder of Burt’s Bees cosmetics, lives the life of a recluse. And he’s very happy about it. “There’s no noise,” Shavitz, 79, told the New York Times by way of describing his 40-acre spread in northern Maine. “There’s no children screaming. There’s no people getting up at 5 o’clock in the morning and trying to start their car and raising hell. Everybody has their own idea of what a good place to be is, and this is …

Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentTwist and Shout! Oscar-winner Ron Howard will direct a Beatles documentary with the full participation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce the authorized documentary. The film will highlight the group’s touring years, which ended in a final public appearance in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story …

A Film That Celebrates Ageless Inner Beauty

Posted on 04/16/2014 by |West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentThe first hint that the just-released documentary film Pretty Old is something special is its title. It’s not Really Old. Or simply Old. It’s Pretty Old, as in, yeah, kinda, sorta old, but so what? And also, the conscious pairing of the two adjectives — pretty, as in beautiful, and old, as in wise. Directed by Walter Matteson (of the Sundance TV series Iconoclasts) and executive produced by, among others, actress Sarah Jessica Parker, Pretty Old chronicles the 30th anniversary of the Ms. …

Older Unemployed Face a Tough Road

Posted on 01/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

WorkWhat’s the prognosis for the older long-term unemployed? Grim. That’s the takeaway from “Set for Life,” a new American Public Television documentary underwritten by the AARP Foundation. The hour-long program tracks several primary breadwinners who have lost their jobs, the effect that has on their families and their efforts to land a new one. The program catalogs the dismantling of the American Dream – an informal compact that assured workers of relative job stability, health care, and the opportunity to …

From Lawyer to Chronicler of Jewish History

Posted on 08/1/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeEthan Bensinger is a take-charge kind of guy. When he sees a need, he figures out how to take care of it. And while visiting relatives over the years at a Chicago home for Jewish refugees and Holocaust survivors, the retired immigration lawyer decided that the residents’ stories of struggle and resilience needed to be recorded for posterity. He did just that. He bought a video camera and recorded the remembrances of 30 people for the home’s archives. But Bensinger …

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

Posted on 07/25/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …