Beauty Folktales

So I’m at a concert by legendary folksinger Suzanne Vega (right) at Purchase College last week and what’s going through my head? Is it those earworm first lyrics from her “Tom’s Diner”? (You remember: “I am sitting / In the morning / At the diner / On the corner …”) Nope; it’s the notion that sometimes I sound exactly like my mother. Sporting a black blazer and skinny jeans, Vega (now 55) looked, sounded and moved like her 25-year-old self. …

Movies for Grownups Gala: A Very Starry Night

It was a night for classic Hollywood star power to blend with the youthful glow of filmmaking’s future as the 13th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala unfolded in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday. Nine Oscar hopefuls and a parade of entertainment legends took the stage at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to celebrate Susan Sarandon, Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, and other winners of this year’s awards, announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine. Along with celebrating movies made …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 27

Thanksgiving weekend is a wonderful chance to hang with your family-and when you’ve had enough of that, you might want to escape to the movies. The weather is going to be terrible in the Eastern U.S. the next few days; all the more reason to catch up on some of the best films of the season.   Frozen By now the animation wizards at Disney have this spunky-young-woman-defeats-evil thing down pat, but the real reason to duck into this film …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Nov. 22

The box office crown will certainly  land on the new Hunger Games installment; but we’re betting the quiet story of a simple woman seeking the fate of her son will ultimately be remembered more fondly. Philomena In a season of extraordinary acting accomplishments, Judi Dench gives the performance of a lifetime as the title character, a woman seeking the son she gave up as a child. Steve Coogan, who also wrote the film’s moving and disarmingly funny script, costars as …

Facebook: Judi Dench Is NOT Your Friend. Stop Asking!

Facebook hates me. I used to think of Facebook as a sort of friend to the friendless. Whatever its societal shortcomings, I reasoned, at least by redefining the term “friend” to mean “any being capable of hitting the ‘accept’ button on a computer screen” Facebook put friendship – or something like it – within reach of just about everybody, no matter how awkward, ugly, or generally unappealing they might be. In other words, it was the perfect place for me. …

Plenty of Movies for Grownups at Friday’s Film Festival

Greetings from New Orleans. I’ve just spent the evening strolling around the French Quarter, which for those of you who have never been is something of a cross between Downtown Disney and the Innermost Circle of Hell.But most importantly, this afternoon I was at the Louisiana Theatre at the New Orleans Convention Center watching the final preparations for our Movies for Grownups Film Festival. It’s all part of AARP’s Life@50+ Member Event, which is drawing tens of thousands of folks …