Why So Many 50-Plus Actors Got Emmy Nods

More than 40 actors who are 50 and older are among the anointed ones nominated for Emmys this year. With the 66th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards coming Monday, Aug. 25, here are five reasons so many veterans got nominations. 1. Oscar-winning movie actors have moved to TV. Jessica Lange, Jon Voight, Ellen Burstyn. It will look like a 1970s’ Academy Awards ceremony, not the 2014 Emmys, when they and others of their era trip down the red carpet Monday night. Those movie stars, …

Stallone’s in ‘Expendables;’ Bridges is ‘The Giver’

It’s a man’s world this weekend: Jeff Bridges tries to save it, Sly Stallone tries to blow it up, and two very funny friends try to eat their way through it.   The Giver Stern elder Meryl Streep runs a future where older folks and undersized babies get “released” to “Elsewhere” (which is supposed to sound warm and reassuring, but not to those of us who’ve seen Logan’s Run or Soylent Green). Also, the world’s painful history has been erased …

Hollywood Legend Lauren Bacall Dies at 89

Her résumé read “actress,” but Lauren Bacall was first and foremost a Hollywood movie star. Arriving in L.A. with her mother in 1942 and before speaking a line on film, the young New York model perfected the smoky, sexy voice that would become her trademark. On her own, Bacall, who died Aug. 12, figured out how to plant her chin against her long neck, look upward into the camera with those heavy-lidded eyes, and give what became known simply as “The Look.” …

Robin Williams: Our Funny, Troubled Cousin

The report that Robin Williams had died on Aug. 11 of an apparent suicide by asphyxiation came like that dreaded phone call, the bad news regarding a friend or relative about whom you’ve long feared the worst. >> Robin Williams’ 10 Unforgettable Roles If celebrities have become something of an extended family to us, Robin was the cousin we instinctively worried about. We knew of his cocaine addiction in the 1980s; about his hospitalization for alcoholism in 2006. And although we never heard much …

Weekend Preview: Helen Mirren, Twisters and Ninja Turtles

Thank goodness for Helen Mirren; without her there’d be almost nothing new for grown-up movie lovers to see this weekend. Besides Dame Helen’s latest offering (The Hundred-Foot Journey), this looks like a good time to catch up on summer’s best offerings, including Get on Up, Calvary and Boyhood.   The Hundred-Foot Journey Helen Mirren is a snooty French chef; veteran Indian star Om Puri (East Is East) is the immigrant who opens an authentic Mumbai-style restaurant, replete with secret spices …

‘The Honorable Woman’ Creator Fan of Great 70′s Spy Thrillers

A first-class, cerebral mystery/espionage thriller set amidst the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, British auteur Hugo Blick’s “The Honorable Woman” has become one of the most talked-about television dramas of the summer. Its title star, Maggie Gyllenhaal, has said she is more proud of the eight-part mini series than anything else she’s done in her career. Its supporting cast, including Stephen Rea and Janet McTeer as British agents, is absolutely brilliant. And of course, it could not be more timely. Blick noted that …