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Susan Sarandon: A Vulgar Grandma in ‘Tammy’

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentYou know it’s a feel-good weekend at the movies when Melissa McCarthy and Susan Sarandon hit the road trip together and Keira Knightley sings Mark Ruffalo back from the brink of despair.   Tammy Melissa McCarthy must have realized she can’t base an entire name-above-the-title career on the loudmouth-lout character that earned her an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids. So it’s a relief to see her soften up considerably in this appealing comedy: She plays an impulsive, aimless woman who, fired …

Tom Bergeron Hosts PBS July Fourth Show

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentTom Bergeron loves hosting live TV shows. No surprise, then, to hear him rhapsodize about his upcoming emcee duties for A Capitol Fourth on PBS; it’s a super-sized version of his thrill of choice. “To walk out on that stage on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol, in front of hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall — and knowing you’re being beamed to millions more around the world — is one of the highlights of my …

Transformers And Trains At The Movies This Weekend

Posted on 06/26/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt must be sci-fi weekend at the movies: Those presto-chango Transformers are back for a fourth time, but the grownup movie this weekend is from a noted Korean director, who offers his unusual tale of global-warming refugees stuck on the ultimate nonstop train.   Transformers: Age of Extinction Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci and Kelsey Grammer lend grownup presence to the latest toy-inspired Michael Bay heavy-metal fest, but when it comes to this series, there’s nothing more than meets the eye. …

Does Sawyers’ Evening News Departure Matter?

Posted on 06/25/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentDiane Sawyer is stepping down from her hard-earned anchor seat at ABC’s World News, which means that we’ll return to a TV news landscape where every evening news anchor is a white man. Should we care? Let’s face it. Network nightly news programs just don’t have the gravitas that made those anchor jobs prestigious and important, as they were back in 1976 when Barbara Walters first put a crack in the glass ceiling and shared the ABC nightly news desk with a really teed-off Harry Reasoner. Back then, …

‘Jersey Boys’ Headlines a Full Movie Weekend

Posted on 06/19/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentClint Eastwood and his Jersey boys cruise through the 1960s; Crash director Paul Haggis steers another star vehicle down the rough byways of love; and the Think Like a Man couples limo their way up the Vegas Strip during this something-for-everyone summer-movie weekend.   Jersey Boys Clint Eastwood’s screen version of the smash Broadway musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The film revivifies most of the group’s big hits but avoids becoming a mere big-screen …

Willie Nelson’s Acoustic Exclusive Premieres on AARP

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentWillie Nelson’s newest album, Band of Brothers, comes out on Tuesday, but he premieres this acoustic version of the title track exclusively on AARP’s YouTube channel today through Wednesday. Having released four albums since February 2012, Nelson is watching his career blossom in a way that must be the envy of  artists half his age: The Desperado-in-Chief of the “outlaw country music scene” turned 81 on April 29. >> Sign up for the AARP Leisure Newsletter Because Band of Brothers features 14 new …