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 …

‘Jersey Boys’ Headlines a Full Movie Weekend

Clint Eastwood and his Jersey boys cruise through the 1960s; Crash director Paul Haggis steers another star vehicle down the rough byways of love; and the Think Like a Man couples limo their way up the Vegas Strip during this something-for-everyone summer-movie weekend.   Jersey Boys Clint Eastwood‘s screen version of the smash Broadway musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. The film revivifies most of the group’s big hits but avoids becoming a mere big-screen …

Love the TV series “House of Cards”? You’ll adore the novel

  Starting on Valentine’s Day, Netflix airs its second season of House of Cards. Which means a lot of folks will be snuggling up with Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underhill. Spacey isn’t playing the first political villain named Francis, however. Instead he’s playing the American incarnation of a character who first appeared 25 years ago in an English novel. This week, Sourcebooks is re-releasing House of Cards as an e-book. (The print edition arrives March 11.) …

Oscar Gets it Right!

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. This year’s list of Oscar nominees is so terrifically, breathtakingly right, I thought I must have been dreaming when they were announced early this morning. I’ve never come away from the Oscars announcement more satisfied that Hollywood really, really gets it-that the best movies really are movies for grownups. Just look at how the winners of this year’s AARP Movies for Grownups Awards-announced last week-dovetail with the Oscar nominations: