11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Penguins, which swallow their food whole, don’t have much sense of taste. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. Bronzed baby shoes are making a comeback. (Learn more at CBS Sacramento)   3. Snail teeth are made of the strongest natural substance yet discovered, which could be copied to make race cars, boat hulls and airplanes. (Learn more at Quartz) >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. In July, Random House will bring out a never-published book by Theodore …

Mike Nichols, Director of ‘The Graduate,’ Dies at 83

Mike Nichols, who died on Nov. 19 at age 83 in New York, might have gone down as one of the great directors in Hollywood history based upon his first two films alone. His 1966 adaptation of the Edward Albee play Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five. His second, 1967’s The Graduate, won him the Best Director statuette, and its witty, provocative send-up of upper-middle-class mores — set to a Simon and Garfunkel …

Richard Attenborough: Versatile Actor Turned ‘Gandhi’ Director

Richard Attenborough had a pretty good career as a character actor. From the 1940s to the mid-2000s, he appeared in nearly 80 films, including the 1963 World War II epic The Great Escape, in which he played the mastermind of a daring flight from a Nazi prison camp, to 1992’s Jurassic Park, in which he played bioengineering genius John Hammond, the owner of an ill-fated theme park stocked with cloned dinosaurs. But Attenborough, who died on Aug. 24 at age 90 in …

On Oscar Night Everyone’s a Grownup!

Even 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!

The 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

One 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, …