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Bryan Cranston to Reprise LBJ Role in TV Movie

Posted on 07/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentMany know him as Walter White — the high school chemistry teacher turned drug kingpin of Breaking Bad — but actor Bryan Cranston will be making his way back to television as President Lyndon B. Johnson in a new HBO TV movie. All the Way, a phrase taken from Johnson’s successful 1964 campaign slogan (“All the Way With LBJ”), will be a reprisal of the Tony Award-winning Broadway play of the same name by Robert Schenkkan, in which Cranston portrayed Johnson …

Is There Comedy in Geriatric Care? Yes, on HBO

Posted on 11/22/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentGetting On, HBO’s off-kilter new comedy series, is about nurses and doctors working in a female geriatric care unit at a California hospital — not exactly the sort of setting that would seem to inspire humor. Still, the show has genuinely funny moments, even while it remains realistic about its environment. It’s a delicate balancing act, though. Take the first moments of the show’s premiere, which airs Sunday night at 10 on the pay cable network: brand-new nurse Didi (Niecy …

The Gummer Girls Follow Mom Into Acting

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIf you’ve been watching The Newsroom on HBO this season, you may have noticed something familiar about the young actress who plays Hallie Shea, one of the reporters following Mitt Romney through the Republican primaries of 2012. She is played by Grace Gummer, 27, and she is the second of Meryl Streep‘s daughters to take up her mother’s profession. Grace’s older sister, Mamie, 30, a Northwestern University graduate, starred in last year’s short-lived CW show Emily Owens, M.D., makes occasional appearances as …

HBO Movie ‘Clear History’ is Comic Gold

Posted on 08/9/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentCurb Your Enthusiasm fans, take note: Larry David’s hysterical HBO improvised comedy is back, only — and try to follow me here — it’s got a different name, and now it’s a movie. OK, so Clear History, the hilarious David-penned film that premieres Saturday (Aug. 10) at 9 p.m. on HBO, isn’t technically part of the Seinfeld scribe’s Curb Your Enthusiasm oeuvre. But it could be. Clear History tells the story of Nathan Flomm (David) a hotheaded, socially maladjusted marketing guru who sells …

‘The Newsroom’: Love It or Leave It, It’s Back

Posted on 07/12/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThere was a moment in last season’s finale of HBO’s The Newsroom when Will McAvoy, the bombastic TV anchorman played by Jeff Daniels, shot forward on his hospital bed and bellowed to a co-worker “I don’t think I’m coming back!” He was talking about his return from a drug-induced bleeding ulcer to the cable newscast over which he presides, but weary viewers, impatient with the preachy prattle that passed for the first season of Aaron Sorkin’s Treatise on the State …

James Gandolfini: How He Compared to Tony Soprano

Posted on 06/19/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyFor a murderous thug who made his living through extortion, theft and corruption, Tony Soprano was a remarkably easy guy to sympathize with. We felt the pain of his unhappy upbringing, of his frustrations with his coworkers, of the continual pressure to keep earning enough to afford the affluent suburban lifestyle to which his family had become accustomed. We were touched by his affection for the wild ducks that congregated in his swimming pool. When he went to a psychiatrist …