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Eric Bana: Don’t Cheat Your Audience!

Posted on 08/27/2013 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAlmost from the moment I Tweeted a photo from my chat with the Australian actor Eric Bana last week, I’ve been hearing from various women around the office who, for lack of a better analogy, are melting like butter on a hot stack of pancakes over the man’s hunkiness (I guess I’m not actually lacking a better analogy, but that’s the one I’m going with). Bana puts his charms to excellent use in his new thriller Closed Circuit—costarring Rebecca Hall …

Julie Harris: 5 of Her Most Powerful Performances

Posted on 08/26/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyJulie Harris took up acting because she was self-conscious about her looks as a young girl. “I looked so plain — bands on my teeth, bird legs, mouse face, hair that wouldn’t curl,” she once explained in an interview. That self-deprecating description didn’t really do justice to the red-haired actress’s delicate, almost fragile appearance. But what really resonated about Harris, who died on Aug. 24 at age 87 in Chatham, Mass., was her masterful power and amazing versatility as a …

‘Springsteen & I’: A Love Letter to The Boss

Posted on 07/25/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentI suppose it goes without saying that your level of enjoyment of the new documentary Springsteen & I, which premiered Monday night in movie theaters and screens again in select cities on July 30, will be in direct correlation to your proximity to New Jersey and/or your ability to recite all the lyrics to “Rosalita.” As I fall into that category of fist-pumping fans who have attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts, I had a great time watching it. But it …

Dennis Farina: He Didn’t Just Play a Detective on TV

Posted on 07/22/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacySome actors are pretty good at playing hard-boiled, streetwise police detectives. Dennis Farina, who died on July 22 at age 69 in Scottsdale, Ariz., actually was a hard-boiled, streetwise police detective who also turned out to be a pretty good actor. The Chicago native, an 18-year veteran of his city’s police force who took up acting as a second career, was best known for his stint from 2004 to 2006 on the long-running NBC police procedural Law & Order. See also: TV …

New Musical Doc Will Rock You Out

Posted on 06/21/2013 by | West Coast Editor, AARP The Magazine | Comments

EntertainmentFinally, a film that shines a light on a supporting cast—and, man, can they sing!  Twenty Feet From Stardom tells the stories of several backup vocalists for the greatest rock and pop acts of our time.  Legends like Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Sting, Madonna and Stevie Wonder appear in this moving and joyous documentary, but they’re only there to sing the praises of the until-now-little-known talents who helped create their sound. Vocal powerhouses with names like Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, …

HBO’s ‘Love, Marilyn’ Adds Little to the Legend

Posted on 06/16/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

Entertainment“The Ancient Greeks had Oedipus. We have Marilyn.” At first, that statement made by a Marilyn Monroe biographer at the start of the HBO documentary Love, Marilyn, sounds outlandish. But by the end of the mostly effective (if a tad too long) movie, which premieres Monday at 9 p.m., the comparison to Greek tragedy doesn’t seem so far-fetched. After all, the Marilyn Monroe story long ago achieved mythical status. In the more than half century since her death in a …