Coming to a Screen Near You: the MFG Awards Gala

For the first time, AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala is coming to national TV. The star-studded broadcast to air later this month will feature all the excitement of the red carpet, as well as highlights from the awards podium. Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Jeremy Irons and Octavia Spencer were just some of the stars who dazzled on the red carpet in Beverly Hills at the Feb. 2 event. Other glitterati who attended the gala made up a parade of current …

Starry Night: the Movies for Grownups Awards

“We are still the boomers — not old dogs!” Kevin Costner declared to a standing ovation, accepting his Movies for Grownups career achievement award Monday night. “We still have a chance to go out with a bang. There’s still time. I don’t know how much, but there’s still time!” Costner’s call to arms, in which he urged boomers to recapture the passion for social reform that defined their youth, was the stirring finale to the 14th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, …

Weekend: Pacino Gets Humbled; Costner Gets Grampy

Two new films really work out their stars: Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer get into a tug of war over a little girl, while Al Pacino wrestles with reality. Beyond that, it’s time to catch up on your Oscar hopefuls in anticipation of the February 22 Academy Awards.   Black or White In this corner, ladies and gentlemen, it’s Kevin Costner as an L.A. lawyer fighting to keep custody of the mixed-race granddaughter he has raised from infancy. And in …

Where Will Hollywood’s Hottest Be Monday? With AARP

Oscar winners and hopefuls as well as some of 2014’s most delightful performers will collect their Movies for Grownups awards Monday at AARP The Magazine’s annual gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. With Chef star John Leguizamo as host and Kevin Costner as recipient of the Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award, the gala celebrates the best of films with special relevance and appeal to the 50+ audience. Expected among the stars on the red carpet at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel are two performers who won Screen Actors Guild awards last weekend and are considered …

Is Kevin Costner Having a Midlife Action Crisis?

Kevin Costner has starred in his share of action films – No Way Out and Waterworld come to mind – but there’s this nagging sense that his new shoot-‘em-up, 3 Days to Kill, is Costner’s attempt to “pull a Liam Neeson” – that is, to supercharge his career at midlife by starring in an over-the-top chase flick, as Neeson did with Taken in 2008. Like Neeson (an ex-forklift operator), Costner (the son of a ditchdigger) is mostly beloved for his …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Jan. 17

Out of the muck of typical January movie studio throwaways rises a first-rate action thriller from director/costar Kenneth Branagh.   The New Stuff:  Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Tom Clancy’s true-blue CIA agent returns to the screen for a fifth go-round, this time starring Chris Pine in the title role (following in the footsteps of Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck). Pine plays a younger version of Ryan, recruited into the spy biz by a charmingly convincing Kevin Costner. Soon …