Netflix

Love ‘House of Cards’ on TV? You’ll Adore the Novel

Posted on 02/14/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment  Starting on Valentine’s Day, Netflix airs its second season of House of Cards. Which means a lot of folks will be snuggling up with Kevin Spacey as a ruthless Congressman named Francis Underhill. Spacey isn’t playing the first political villain named Francis, however. Instead he’s playing the American incarnation of a character who first appeared 25 years ago in an English novel. This week, Sourcebooks is re-releasing House of Cards as an e-book. (The print edition arrives March 11.) …

Ricky Gervais’ ‘Derek’ Puts Laughs in a Nursing Home

Posted on 09/11/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe global success of The Office gave Ricky Gervais carte blanche to follow his creative whims. In the 12 years since then he has served as a scorched-earth host at the Golden Globes and produced a hilarious podcast series, The Ricky Gervais Show. His  TV programs Extras and Life’s Too Short (both aired stateside on HBO) have been classic Gervais: alternately funny and mean-spirited. His newest TV series, Derek, begins streaming its entire first season on Netflix on Thursday. Much about the show will be …

Binge Watch These Odd, Fun New Shows

Posted on 07/12/2013 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentOrange is the New Black — the latest original show from Netflix, and maybe its strongest so far — is a tough series to categorize. The story of Piper Kerman, a young, happily engaged woman sent to federal prison for a long-ago crime, isn’t exactly a comedy, though it has funny moments. It’s also not a drama, at least not in the contemplative, moody mold of recent new entries like The Bridge and Ray Donovan. Orange is the New Black, …

Thursday Tech: Life after the Rental Store

Posted on 09/23/2010 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Technology(via Scott Clark) So Blockbuster has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which probably shouldn’t surprise you… my neighborhood Blockbuster store just closed up shop not quite a month ago. I’m pretty old-school about movie rentals. (By which I mean, I still do it.) So when my roommate and I decided we were going to do a girls night in tomorrow, I figured I’d roll down to my neighborhood Blockbuster and grab a movie. Nope, can’t do that anymore. Wait, don’t …