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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 …

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 …