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This Weekend: Get Away With Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton

Posted on 07/25/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRob Reiner returns with a warm-hearted grownup romance; Woody Allen introduces us to a beautiful seer who might be a fake; and Morgan Freeman frets as Scarlett Johansson kicks some serious bad-guy butt.     And So It Goes Twenty-five years after he arranged for Harry to meet Sally, director Rob Reiner proves that his take on grownup love has grown richer with time. A sharp comedy with an ear tuned to the bittersweet cadences of mature romance, And So …

Billy Joel to Receive Gershwin Prize for Popular Song

Posted on 07/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentIn the mood for a melody? The Library of Congress will honor the original “Piano Man” with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song in Washington. James H. Billington, Librarian of Congress, announced on Tuesday that musician Billy Joel will  join past recipients including Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder and Sir Paul McCartney. “Importantly, as with any good storyteller, the recognition experienced in a Billy Joel song is not simply because these are songs we have heard so many times, but because we …

Documentary, Photo Exhibit Highlight Boomer Celebration

Posted on 07/23/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentThis year, the last of the 76 million baby boomers turn 50. AARP is paying tribute to their contributions this fall. American Masters: The Boomer List, premieres nationwide Tuesday, Sept. 23, 9-10:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings). This documentary by filmmaker/photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders tells the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 boomers—one born each year of the baby boom. New Age guru Deepak Chopra, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, author Amy Tan, actor Kim Cattrall, environmentalist Erin Brockovich and artist David LaChapelle are among the boomers …

‘Alive Inside’: Music + Alzheimer’s = Miracle

Posted on 07/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  When you speak, you’re mainly using the left hemisphere of your brain. When you look at a painting, it’s the rear of your brain that perceives what you’re seeing. But the brain has no precise center for music. When you listen to music you love, all your gray matter gets into the act: Do a scan of a brain listening to music and virtually the entire thing starts to glow, like embers in a warm hearth. That brain-wide embrace of music …

Bryan Cranston to Reprise LBJ Role in TV Movie

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

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMany know him as Walter White — the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad — but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie. All the Way, a phrase taken from Johnson’s successful 1964 campaign slogan (“All the Way With LBJ”), will be a reprisal of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name by Robert Schenkkan, in which Cranston portrayed Johnson …

Zach Braff and ‘Boyhood’ Top This Weekend’s Movies

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentParents and children do their eternal dance of mutual misunderstanding in two of this week’s best films; the rest range from a gentle romantic fantasy to a cautionary apocalyptic tale.     Boyhood In 2002, writer-director Richard Linklater wrote a script about a young boy’s life from age 6 to his late teens. He filmed it over the ensuing 12 years, letting his actors literally grow into their parts. Sure, the nearly three-hour Boyhood could stand some trimming, but it’s …