Audience Learns ‘5 Flights Up’ Back Story at Film Fest

Jill Ciment had one goal in mind when she wrote the novel on which the new movie 5 Flights Up is based. “I wanted to write a story about a happy marriage,” Ciment told AARP’s Meg Grant after a screening of 5 Flights Up at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. Ciment’s 2009 novel, Heroic Measures, became a bestseller when it was chosen by Oprah’s Book Club. Little did she know it would become an ideal movie for grownup …

Sam Elliott: Blythe Danner Had Never Kissed a Mustache

Sam Elliott got a standing ovation from a full house when he took the stage following the screening of his new film, I’ll See You in My Dreams, at the Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Miami. “It’s very gratifying to play a role like this,” the star, whose distinctive rumbling voice has made him one of the busiest commercial voiceover artists in America, told the moderator, AARP’s Meg Grant. “Otherwise it’s mostly selling trucks and beer.” In a year that …

Exclusive Video: Kevin Costner in ‘Black or White’

One of the highlights of last fall’s Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Los Angeles was Kevin Costner telling us about his passion for his film Black or White, costarring Octavia Spencer. Costner stars as a widowed Los Angeles lawyer locked in a custody battle with the child’s maternal grandmother (Spencer), who insists the young girl would be better off living with her African American relatives. The subject matter easily could have resulted in two hours of nonstop preaching, but …

SXSW 2013: 5 Life Lessons from South by Southwest

The 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 …