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Roseanne Raises The Bar For New Comics

Posted on 05/22/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentRoseanne Barr, who tonight debuts as a judge on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, would rather be at home on her Hawaii macadamia nut farm, eating food from her garden and seeing her grandkids off to school. Now there’s a sentence you would never have expected to read back in the days when Barr was the hell-raising, tabloid-dominating, reigning queen of the TV sitcom. But here she is, after taking a red-eye flight back to LA to promote the new show, already …

New Alzheimer’s Movie Inspires And Entertains

Posted on 05/16/2014 by |West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s hard to imagine that a movie about Alzheimer’s could be realistic and uplifting, but A Short History of Decay, by first-time writer/director Michael Maren, manages both.  This indy film, arriving in theaters today, explores the ripple effect of the disease on the sufferer’s partner, grown children and friends, all the while encouraging viewers to empathize, laugh and cry. In the end, this is a movie not so much about a devastating illness that affects memory, thinking and behavior, but …

MFG Movie and Video Preview: May 16

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentA rampaging monster, a woman in distress, a visionary sports agent and a crusty cowboy codger make this a something-for-everyone weekend at the movies.   Godzilla Two things this re-re-reboot of the 1954 Japanese classic does not have enough of: Bryan Cranston and Godzilla. Unwisely, the star of TV’s Breaking Bad makes an early exit…and inexplicably the title character doesn’t really show up until the second half. Most of the film focuses on two incredibly ugly prehistoric critters that terrorize …

Diane Keaton Has 7 Ways to Age With Attitude

Posted on 05/15/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionDiane Keaton’s new memoir, Let’s Just Say It Wasn’t Pretty (Random House), is like reading your best friend’s diary. Provided your BFF is a famously funny actress, of course. Up close, I found out when I interviewed the 68-year-old star in New York City last week, Keaton, a L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel, is attractive, scarily smart and a complex mix of confident and quirky. I scrambled to keep pace as she covered all sorts of fashion and beauty topics related to …

What ‘Godzilla’ Is Really Trying to Say

Posted on 05/14/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentWith the new 3-D version starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, Godzilla is bigger, badder and louder than ever. From a technical standpoint, there’s no sense in even comparing director Gareth Edwards’ computer-generated monster of today with the Japanese original of 60 years ago —  a lumbering creature that practically screams, “I’m a man in a rubber dragon suit!” Still, like others who have tried to resurrect the monster, Edwards and his writers make a common error:  They mistake the monster …

Opera’s Jessye Norman Finds Her Voice in ‘Stand Up Straight and Sing!’

Posted on 05/9/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentJessye Norman’s once-in-a-century voice has carried her from 1960s segregated Augusta, Ga., to the opera houses and recital halls of Europe, Asia and America. Norman tells her extraordinary story in a just-published memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing! Despite racism, Norman describes a happy childhood. She grew up in Augusta surrounded by a large, loving family and a warm community of neighbors and teachers. At the center stood their church. Her parents and older siblings were active in the civil rights …