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Tom Laughlin: The Renegade Who Challenged Hollywood and Won

Posted on 12/19/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyAction flicks of the 1970s featured an army of  two-fisted tough guys with hard stares and gritted teeth, who angrily defied the establishment and did things their own way, especially if that entailed acts of violence at frequent intervals. But none was angrier, more defiant or more willing to kick butt and take names than Billy Jack, the protagonist of a trio of films by actor-director-producer Tom Laughlin. Laughlin, who died on Dec. 12 at age 82 in Thousand Oaks, …

Transform Your Smartphone Photos into Holiday Albums

Posted on 11/19/2013 by |Technology | Comments

TechnologyPhotos unite family and friends, so if you want to be the hit of a holiday party, just copy my friend Pauline. She recently sat down at brunch and whipped out a stunning book she had made from photos on her iPhone.  She said she compiled it with a really easy-to-use mobile app. The beauty and coolness of the photo album got more raves than photos of her grandkids. “What a great gift,” my sister-in-law Sue said, reaching for her phone …

He Taught Hollywood How to Write Screenplays

Posted on 11/19/2013 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacySyd Field was one of the most famous names in Hollywood screenwriting — even though, by his own account, the only movie script of his ever produced was an obscure Argentine film, Los Banditos. “I never saw the film,” he once explained. “But it was a pretty good script, as I remember.” Field, who died on Nov. 17 at age 77 in Beverly Hills, became famous by analyzing the art of screenwriting and then giving other writers tips on how to …

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 …