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Shirley Temple: The Biggest Child Movie Star

Posted on 02/11/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAt a time when Americans were weathering the tail-end of the Great Depression, child actress Shirley Temple Black was an unparalleled sensation. People not only flocked to her movies and bought Shirley Temple dolls, they also dressed their daughters in dresses and coats modeled after those she wore in the movie Dimples. “Every girl 3 to 14 will want them,” proclaimed a 1936 newspaper advertisement for a line of official “Inspired by Shirley Temple” outfits. The film credits of Shirley Temple, who passed …

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. …

Why Oscar Nominee ‘Nebraska’ Has Already Won

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeI saw Nebraska over the holidays with my boyfriend and his mom and my mom. It was a rather odd double date, come to think of it, but this isn’t about that. The movie just got me to thinking. There’s an important message in Nebraska, particularly in the relationship between David (Will Forte) and his father Woody (Oscar contender Bruce Dern). When Woody says he won a million dollars and has to travel 800+ miles to collect the prize, his …

Should We Still Call Them ‘Films’?

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayParamount has announced that it will become the first Hollywood studio to stop releasing movies on reels of old-fashioned film, a medium that’s been around since the movie industry began some 120 years ago. Paramount’s The Wolf of Wall Street is the first blockbuster to come out only in digital format. Other studios are sure to follow. Movies increasingly are shot with digital cameras, edited on computers, and distributed on a paperback-book-sized hard drive or by satellite transmission. Only 15 …

‘Jack Ryan’ Gets First Movies For Grownups Seal

Posted on 01/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentAARP has awarded its first AARP Movies for Grownups® Seal, which recognizes films that have a special appeal to 50+ audiences, to Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, a Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions release. To receive AARP’s new Movies for Grownups Seal, a film must be selected by AARP’s Movies for Grownups editorial team, which dedicates hundreds of hours each year to screening eligible blockbusters and independent films, identifying movies with a distinct relevance to audience members 50+. AARP’s Movies for …

Movies For Grownups Christmas Weekend Preview

Posted on 12/24/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentTwo new family-friendly stocking stuffers—plus one over-the-top lump of white-hot coal from Martin Scorsese—provide perfect reasons to get out of the house this Holiday season.  The New Stuff:   Saving Mr. Banks Tom Hanks is Walt Disney and Emma Thompson is Mary Poppins creator P.L. Travers in this magical (and allegedly true) story of how Uncle Walt convinced P.L. to let him bring her creation to the screen. If Thompson lays the prim-and-proper schtick on a bit thick, and if Hanks plays Disney …