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 …

Jeff Daniels: Emmy Goes With AARP Award

Jeff Daniels, who won Outstanding Lead actor in a Drama Series Sunday night for his performance in HBO’s The Newsroom, will indeed be placing his new Emmy statue next to AARP’s Movies for Grownups Award, which he won for the 2005 movie The Squid and the Whale. The genial TV and movie actor, who lives with wife Kathleen in Chelsea, Mich., had some fun in the backstage media room after his win, playing off his onstage acceptance speech in which he …

Grownup Talent Shines at 64th Primetime Emmys

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards proved a great night for mature talent to shine. As double winner Louis C.K., 45, put it, when asked backstage why his show works now while past efforts failed, “because I’m better than I was before. … Older people are smarter and funnier.” In the case of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Julia Louis-Dreyfus, we’d have to say she has always been smart and funny – and continues to be at the top of …

Good TV This Week: Julia Louis-Dreyfus Returns to the Tube

Once you see Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ new HBO “Veep” black comedy, it’s a little unsettling to think that, as reported in the New York Times, she talked to the likes of Al Gore and Al Franken and real-life chiefs of staff and speechwriters to help get ready for her role as Vice President Selina Meyer.   One hopes that authenticity is not the the order of the day here.  “Veep” has been dubbed “the anti-’West Wing’” for good reason. Meyer and her …