Meryl Streep

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 04/30/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun. 1. You can make your own Mars Rover with NASA’s $189 littleBits Space Kit. (Learn more at littleBits) 2. It looks like George Clooney will lose bets with Nicole Kidman and Michelle Pfeiffer — he’s engaged to marry a second time. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Your dollar bill might carry bacteria linked to stomach ulcers, acne, pneumonia and staph infections. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Atari once buried as many as 750,000 ‘E.T.’ game cartridges in …

Meryl Streep Worried She Was ‘Too Ugly’?

Posted on 04/24/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentThe greatest actress of our time, Meryl Streep, admitted to a college audience in Indiana recently that back in her youth she thought she might be “too ugly to be an actress.” Unbelievable. I have no doubt that Streep’s admission is authentic — far too many young women are insecure about their looks when in fact they are goddesses who should be appreciating their youthful blush. But it’s both telling and frightening that a woman with such obvious and true …

The Essential Philip Seymour Hoffman

Posted on 02/4/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyWhen I glanced at my e-mail alerts on Sunday and saw that Philip Seymour Hoffman, arguably the greatest film actor of his generation, had died of a probable drug overdose, I felt the same mix of sadness and anger that came over me when Whitney Houston died. Again, a performer taken way too soon… again a drug death preceded by reports that the artist was “clean and sober”…again that empty feeling of a creative resume half-filled, never to be completed. …

The Gummer Girls Follow Mom Into Acting

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentIf you’ve been watching The Newsroom on HBO this season, you may have noticed something familiar about the young actress who plays Hallie Shea, one of the reporters following Mitt Romney through the Republican primaries of 2012. She is played by Grace Gummer, 27, and she is the second of Meryl Streep‘s daughters to take up her mother’s profession. Grace’s older sister, Mamie, 30, a Northwestern University graduate, starred in last year’s short-lived CW show Emily Owens, M.D., makes occasional appearances as …

Bob Dylan Recognized by Stuffy American Academy of Arts and Letters

Posted on 03/13/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentWhile the world was watching for white smoke from the Vatican chimney, the undisputed master of American songwriting in the post-Tin Pan Alley era was himself inducted into an exclusive club. Officials of the American Academy of Arts and Letters announced that Bob Dylan had been elected, the first rocker to make the cut for a stuffy Academy that may be trying to remake its image. (In fact, as the Associated Press pointed out in its story about Dylan’s election, …

Now Read This!: March Memoir Madness

Posted on 03/12/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMemoirs are tricky. The best of them, like Jeannette Walls’s The Glass Castle, are brutally honest stories that have you laughing at a feckless father’s shenanigans in one moment and crying over a callous mother’s dismissal of her daughter in the next. The worst are what I call “stunt memoirs” — gimmicky accounts of quixotic adventures the author never would have undertaken without a publisher’s advance in hand. You can tell you’ve come across a stunt memoir by examining its …