George Clooney

This Valentine’s Day, Make an Effort to Invest in Your 401k Called Love – Everyday!

Posted on 02/14/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeFebruary is the month that we correlate with love. You know as the song says, “a crazy little thing called love.” Do our head and heart work together and come up with a plan? Do they see a certain person and the head tells the heart this the first crush or this is the one who will be the lasting and deep attachment? Have you ever wondered why we fall in love with the one person and not another? We …

The Descendants: Movies for Grownups 2012

Posted on 02/4/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“The Descendants” takes an understated, emotionally uncompromising look at a family in crisis. The movie is set in paradisiacal Hawaii, a contrast against the slow unraveling of its main character, played by George Clooney, who faces a series of emotional challenges that test his limits. Older audiences will identify with the film’s surprisingly stark look at true-to-life family dilemmas. (You can read our full review here.) “I just have to share getting older with everybody in the world on screen …

Oscar Gets it Right!

Posted on 01/24/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAmazing. Absolutely amazing. This year’s list of Oscar nominees is so terrifically, breathtakingly right, I thought I must have been dreaming when they were announced early this morning. I’ve never come away from the Oscars announcement more satisfied that Hollywood really, really gets it—that the best movies really are movies for grownups. Just look at how the winners of this year’s AARP Movies for Grownups Awards—announced last week—dovetail with the Oscar nominations:

The Best 10 Movies of the Year…and then some

Posted on 12/23/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentI don’t know about you, but I’m awful at keeping secrets. The most mundane of facts—for example, whether my daughter’s Carvel ice cream birthday cake will be in the shape of Fudgie the Whale or Cookie Puss—will gnaw at my insides like the embryonic creature in Alien if presented to me with the preamble: “Don’t tell anybody.” So it does my stomach no good when movie studios let me see long-in-advance screenings of upcoming films. This year, for example, I …

At Last, It’s Safe to Sit in a Movie Theater Again!

Posted on 11/14/2011 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOur long national movie nightmare is over: the Grownup Movies Season is in full swing. I do hope you’ve been saving your pennies since last January to take advantage of November and December, when Hollywood studio execs wake up, look in a mirror and declare, “Wait a minute—we’ve been releasing crap all year! How in the world will we win any Oscars for that tripe?” So they run out and track down Clint Eastwood on the golf course and say, …

The Takeaway: Weekend Edition

Posted on 05/7/2011 by | The Takeaway | Comments

Bulletin TodayHappy Birthday, George! Dr. Ross is 50. Let the Church of Clooney say amen … More on his career. (Photo via Flickr user cszvtova.) ———– Freedom Riders Remember the Fight It was just five months after the U.S. Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in restaurants and waiting rooms of terminals serving buses and trains that crossed state lines. On May 4, 1961, 13 young activists set out on a bus tour of the Deep South to dramatize the fact that …