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On Oscar Night, Everyone’s a Grownup!

Posted on 03/2/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentEven the weather gods know that you don’t mess around with Oscar. A rainy afternoon in Los Angeles gave way to sun in time for the Annual Academy Awards Sunday and the glamour teams who get the stars ready for the glitzy ceremony must have exhaled in unison. Fashion dominated the red carpet conversation and age had nothing to do with the great grownup looks. Here, a few of the best. THE LEGENDARY Liza Minnelli, 67, in cobalt blue matched by …

Why Watch the Oscars? For the Boomer Stars, Of Course!

Posted on 02/28/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe diamonds may blind you, the designer fashions may dazzle you, and the collective cosmetic surgery bill would probably buy health care for the entire nation of Rwanda. But when it comes to the movies being honored at the Oscars Sunday night, one thing is refreshingly true: It’s not about the money. Seldom has such a grown-up batch of films been nominated for Best Picture without regard for box office performance. In fact, the total take for the lower two-thirds of …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Feb. 21

Posted on 02/21/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOne more week until the Oscars: Most of the major nominees are still in theaters—and one opens this weekend—so you can still catch them before March 2. And if you’re all up to date, you could sit back, pop on your 3-D glasses, and enjoy the destruction of an ancient Roman City.   Pompeii On the list of four writers who concocted this epic story of slaves and gladiators battling each other and a certain nearby volcano is Julian Fellowes, …

Why Oscar Nominee ‘Nebraska’ Has Already Won

Posted on 01/22/2014 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeI saw Nebraska over the holidays with my boyfriend and his mom and my mom. It was a rather odd double date, come to think of it, but this isn’t about that. The movie just got me to thinking. There’s an important message in Nebraska, particularly in the relationship between David (Will Forte) and his father Woody (Oscar contender Bruce Dern). When Woody says he won a million dollars and has to travel 800+ miles to collect the prize, his …

Oscar Shame: How Could They Forget Andy Griffith?

Posted on 02/25/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAs Gomer Pyle would have said, “Golllll-eeee!” How could Sunday night’s Oscarcast have neglected to mention the late great Andy Griffith among the stars who died in the past year? I’m not for one moment begrudging any of the film industry greats who were listed — from screen legends Ernest Borgnine, Charles Durning and Celeste Holm to songwriter Hal David and writer Nora Ephron. It’s typical of Oscar’s short memory that the evening’s organizers apparently forgot that Andy was actually …

Oscar Night Was Great for Grownups

Posted on 02/25/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMovies for Grownups winner Dustin Hoffman said on the Oscar red carpet Sunday that the award ceremony hadn’t changed even a “titch” over all the years he’s been part of the Hollywood scene — and that’s going back to 1967 when he was nominated for The Graduate. He was certainly right about that. The inconsistent show was, as usual, overlong and, unfortunately, uninspired. However mixed the reviews are for the show — some tweeters suggested Seth MacFarlane include himself in …