Biggest Fashion Statement of 2015 Oscars? Understatement!

Did you notice that the biggest fashion statement at Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony was understatement? No matter her age, almost every woman walking the red carpet looked respectable, not racy. Even Lady Gaga! We may not have been invited to the 87th annual Academy Awards, but we boomerettes still have to attend our fair share of parties, weddings and other celebrations in a typical year. As you plan what to wear to those, consider what I learned during Sunday night’s …

Coming to a Screen Near You: the MFG Awards Gala

For the first time, AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards Gala is coming to national TV. The star-studded broadcast to air later this month will feature all the excitement of the red carpet, as well as highlights from the awards podium. Kevin Costner, Rene Russo, Jeremy Irons and Octavia Spencer were just some of the stars who dazzled on the red carpet in Beverly Hills at the Feb. 2 event. Other glitterati who attended the gala made up a parade of current …

Starry Night: the Movies for Grownups Awards

“We are still the boomers — not old dogs!” Kevin Costner declared to a standing ovation, accepting his Movies for Grownups career achievement award Monday night. “We still have a chance to go out with a bang. There’s still time. I don’t know how much, but there’s still time!” Costner’s call to arms, in which he urged boomers to recapture the passion for social reform that defined their youth, was the stirring finale to the 14th annual Movies for Grownups Awards, …

And the Beauty Award Goes to…

Love to gawk at award shows? Me too. But watching the Golden Globes Sunday night, I longed for those mic-toting yentas on the red carpet to ask some beauty questions for a change. Whereas award-season fashions can seem light years away — honestly, how many of us rush out to buy Gucci gowns the next day? — makeup is something most women can relate to. So celebrity interviewers, please accept my suggested question list (you’re welcome!) for the Oscars five …

Zach Braff and ‘Boyhood’ Top This Weekend’s Movies

Parents and children do their eternal dance of mutual misunderstanding in two of this week’s best films; the rest range from a gentle romantic fantasy to a cautionary apocalyptic tale.     Boyhood In 2002, writer-director Richard Linklater wrote a script about a young boy’s life from age 6 to his late teens. He filmed it over the ensuing 12 years, letting his actors literally grow into their parts. Sure, the nearly three-hour Boyhood could stand some trimming, but it’s …

“Boyhood”: A Film 12 Years in the Making

There’s never been a movie quite like Boyhood, writer-director Richard Linklater’s intimate epic about a boy’s life from ages 6 to 18. Linklater started filming in 2002, having hired a young actor named Ellar Coltrane for the lead role and veteran stars Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke to play his parents. Once every year or so, they’d all get together in Texas to film a few scenes, chronicling another chapter in the characters’ lives. The kid goes to school, encounters …