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Andy Griffith’s Widow to Raze His Home

Posted on 03/21/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Legacy[updated Dec. 2, 2013] The widow of actor Andy Griffith has demolished the house where he lived for many years on the North Carolina waterfront, ensuring that the site will never be used for an Andy Griffith museum, as the actor may have envisaged. >>Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Cindi Griffith obtained a demolition permit for the Dare County home in March; the house was torn down in late May, according to county planning director Donna Creef.  The …

Rhapsody “In Bruges”—A Fan of the Film Visits the City

Posted on 03/20/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

TravelYou know how the Disney parks have rides that let you re-live great moments from movies like The Little Mermaid and Snow White? And how at Universal you can “ride” Jurassic Park and the Harry Potter films? Well, if one of your favorite films is the cult classic In Bruges—and it’s one of mine, for sure—then a visit to the Belgian city of Bruges is a lot like hopping on an In Bruges theme park ride. Join the discussion: Going …

SXSW 2013: 5 Life Lessons from South by Southwest

Posted on 03/18/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentThe music, film and interactive gathering called South by Southwest (SXSW or just South by to its friends) has just wrapped up in Texas. The artist once again known as Prince was there, along with 2,200 young bands; so was the “inventor” of the Internet, Al Gore. Bill Gates and Stevie Nicks were in the house. If something was new or cool, like 3D printing or Google Glass, it was there, too. Everyone was talking about “storytelling” — and the …

Tonight: Movies for Grownups Goes Prime Time!

Posted on 03/1/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIt’s a big night for grownup movie lovers: Movies for Grownups Presents premieres at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific on RLTV (click here to see if it’s available on your cable carrier). Every Friday night I’ll introduce a feature film, then return throughout the program with trivia and fascinating info about the movie. Plus, I’ll preview films that are arriving in theaters, on DVD, and on Video on Demand. Tonight’s movie is Bing Crosby and Bob Hope in The Road …

‘Pepper’ Paire Davis: In a League of Her Own

Posted on 02/5/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIf you’re a fan of sports movies, you’ve probably seen A League of Their Own, director Penny Marshall’s 1992 homage to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The latter was a circuit of women’s teams that Major League Baseball put together in 1943 to keep fans coming to ballparks at a time when  male baseball players were being drafted into the nation’s armed forces.The film focuses largely on the travails of a fictional player, Dottie Hinson (portrayed by Geena Davis), …

Where Are These ‘Girls’ Going?

Posted on 02/4/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentI spent my weekend in the company of five interesting 20-somethings, four of them young women. Then I went home to watch HBO’s Girls. Talk about a disconnect. The young people with whom I spent Saturday and Sunday are part of a volunteer corps in Washington, D.C. (I’m on a board that supports it) and are counseling the jobless, attending to rape crisis hotlines, translating medical forms for Spanish-speaking people who need the services of mobile health clinics and otherwise …