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Ed Lauter: He Played the Characters You Loved to Loathe

Posted on 10/18/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyUnless you’re the rare moviegoer or TV viewer who watches all the end credits, the name Ed Lauter probably won’t ring a bell. But you’d surely  recognize his balding pate, angular nose and jutting, dimpled chin, and his narrow, perpetually squinting eyes. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter In his four decades as an actor, Lauter, who died on Oct. 16 at age 74 in West Hollywood, Calif., appeared in more than 200 roles. They ranged from appearances in TV series …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 18

Posted on 10/17/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIs this the biggest movie weekend of the year? Possibly! You’ll never get to all these openings in a couple of days, but two sure-fire Oscar contenders — All is Lost and 12 Years a Slave — should be at the top of your must-see list. 12 Years a Slave Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man kidnapped and sold into slavery leads a powerful cast. Movies from Roots to Django Unchained have shown us the evils of slavery: 12 Years a Slave makes …

Jeff Daniels: Emmy Goes With AARP Award

Posted on 09/23/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentJeff 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 …

Ray Dolby: He Made Everything Sound Better

Posted on 09/13/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the 1970s, “Dolby” was that button on your cassette deck that you pressed to magically eliminate static hiss that could easily mar the beauty of, say, Jimmy Page’s guitar solos on Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy. Of course, the noise-reduction technology pioneered by inventor Ray Dolby, who died on Sept. 12 at age 80 in San Francisco, did much more than that. Sound-improving innovations developed by his Dolby Labs have found their way into an estimated 7.4 billion …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept 6

Posted on 09/5/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe week after Labor Day is always one of the slowest movie times of the year, and that explains why this week’s top pick is a documentary about an author who disappeared from the public eye more than 40 years ago. Of course, that guy also happens to be one of the most fascinating figures of the 20th century… [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_zcPBcXeo4] Salinger Almost everyone has to read The Catcher in the Rye in high school, and in 1965 all those kids …

August is the Sunday of the Months

Posted on 08/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeIf you are confused by this blog’s title, it is a phrase I heard recently from my niece. We were talking about vacation and she said, “Yep, August is the Sunday of the months as it is the time to relax.” What do I do to relax? I like to go to movies just like 58% of the 50+ (see our fact sheet below) and Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine is a must see Movie for Grownups. I love Broadway …