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On Oscar Night, Everyone’s a Grownup!

Posted on 03/2/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentEven the weather gods know that you don’t mess around with Oscar. A rainy afternoon in Los Angeles gave way to sun in time for the Annual Academy Awards Sunday and the glamour teams who get the stars ready for the glitzy ceremony must have exhaled in unison. Fashion dominated the red carpet conversation and age had nothing to do with the great grownup looks. Here, a few of the best. THE LEGENDARY Liza Minnelli, 67, in cobalt blue matched by …

Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

Posted on 02/28/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 28

Posted on 02/27/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFor movie lovers, Oscar Weekend is better than the Super Bowl. Few television events draw an international audience in real time anymore but Oscars is expected to bring some 40 million viewers.  Of course being up to speed on all the movies is part of the fun. Throw in a matinee or two and you  can still see most of this year’s top nominees in theaters before the ceremony Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC. If you’d rather see …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 21

Posted on 02/21/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOne more week until the Oscars: Most of the major nominees are still in theaters—and one opens this weekend—so you can still catch them before March 2. And if you’re all up to date, you could sit back, pop on your 3-D glasses, and enjoy the destruction of an ancient Roman City.   Pompeii On the list of four writers who concocted this epic story of slaves and gladiators battling each other and a certain nearby volcano is Julian Fellowes, …

Is Kevin Costner Having a Midlife Action Crisis?

Posted on 02/20/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentKevin Costner has starred in his share of action films — No Way Out and Waterworld come to mind — but there’s this nagging sense that his new shoot-’em-up, 3 Days to Kill, is Costner’s attempt to “pull a Liam Neeson” — that is, to supercharge his career at midlife by starring in an over-the-top chase flick, as Neeson did with Taken in 2008. Like Neeson (an ex-forklift operator), Costner (the son of a ditchdigger) is mostly beloved for his …

Love ‘House of Cards’ on TV? You’ll Adore the Novel

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  Starting on Valentine’s Day, Netflix airs its second season of House of Cards. Which means a lot of folks will be snuggling up with Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underhill. Spacey isn’t playing the first political villain named Francis, however. Instead he’s playing the American incarnation of a character who first appeared 25 years ago in an English novel. This week, Sourcebooks is re-releasing House of Cards as an e-book. (The print edition arrives March 11.) …