Emmys 2015: Opportunity Has No Age Limit

Viola Davis (right), the first African-American woman to win an Emmy award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama, powerfully called out Hollywood in her acceptance speech Sunday night: “The only thing that separates women of color from anyone else is opportunity.” On Twitter, her fellow nominee Kerry Washington joined in: “AMEN!!!” Yes, it was a good Emmy ceremony for black women; other winners included Regina King as Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series (for American Crime) and Uzo Aduba as Outstanding Supporting Actress …

Plastic Surgery? Says Who?!

On my favorite show, The Good Wife, Judge Patrice Lessner — played by Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer — tends to rule against any attorney who fails to add “in my opinion” after making a point in her courtroom. It’s a handy phrase to keep in mind for anyone tempted to judge a celebrity for work she may or may not have had done on her face. In the wake of last week’s brouhaha over Renee Zellweger’s new look, …

Hollywood Presidents Kick Off Ideas@50+

Kevin Spacey and Julia Louis-Dreyfus play ruthless, narcissistic U.S. presidents on TV. But as they opened the general session at AARP’s Ideas@50+ event in San Diego Friday, the actors were charming Hollywood celebrities, sharing not only the secrets of making their shows but life lessons gleaned from their own successful careers. Louis-Dreyfus, 53, fresh from picking up an Emmy Award last month for her portrayal of  shallow, vulgar VP-turned-president Selina Meyer on HBO’s Veep, pointed to the “kernel of truth” in her …

Women Over 50 Are Emmys’ Big Winners

If you didn’t tune into the 66th Primetime Emmys Monday night, you missed a whole lot of love of women of a certain age. At 54, 53, 67 and 65, actresses in both comedy and drama took home awards for doing some of the best work of their careers – and they looked fantastic doing it. Take Julia Louis-Dreyfus, for example. Dressed in a presidential shade of red, Louis-Dreyfus, 53, won a much deserved Emmy for her role as Veep Selina Meyer. …

Veteran Stars Take a Spin with The Golden Globes

My favorite part of award shows is  that moment before the winners are announced, when they show all the nominees on a split screen. You can usually tell the seasoned veterans: While the newbies sweat and tremble, the older stars sit there, totally cool, enjoying that last second or so of being “hopefuls,” ready to spring to the podium … and equally ready not to. That’s because most of them have been through this mill before. And the longer you’re …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 11

One story ripped from the headlines, another borrowed from classic literature, and a grown-up romantic comedy come to theaters this weekend. After you’ve caught them, check out the movies you’ve missed from weeks past. The New Stuff: Captain Phillips Tom Hanks gives his most measured performance in years as the captain of a cargo ship overrun by Somali pirates-but the real revelation is Barkhad Abdi, a Somali immigrant making his first film, who plays the head pirate. He stands toe-to-toe …