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Karen Black: Five Great Movie Appearances

Posted on 08/8/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

LegacyOf all the eras in Hollywood history, the decade that stretched from 1969 to 1979 was perhaps the most daring, a time of experimental masterpieces that shocked audiences into seeing the world in a different way. In the era’s edgy eloquence, Karen Black portrayed quirky women who found themselves in trouble. The Chicago-area native, who passed away on Aug. 8 at age 74 in Los Angeles, appeared in nearly 200 movies and TV shows in a career that stretched from …

Zelda Fitzgerald: More Interesting Than ‘Gatsby’

Posted on 03/7/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“Did you know The Paris Wife has revived ‘Hadley’ as a girl’s name?” The book publicist who dropped that pearl at lunch the other day was referring to Hadley Richardson, the first Mrs. Ernest Hemingway (there would be four in all), whom Paula McLain restored to vivid life in her bestselling 2011 novel. It got me thinking: If a single book exerts that much sway, might 2014 be a year of babies named Zelda? It could be—especially if the parents …

Spring Training At Last! Warm Up With the Best Baseball Movies of All Time

Posted on 02/21/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAt last, I can focus on a mitt other than the one named Romney–they’re breaking out the bats and balls in Florida and Phoenix, and another baseball season is about to get underway. This is, of course, the year my beloved Washington Nationals go deep into the playoffs (you read it here first, or at least early). But until the season starts in earnest, I’m happy to settle into my own spring training regimen, soaking in these great movies about …

Looking Back on 10th Annual Movies for Grownups, a Night of Royalty and Wit

Posted on 01/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentMy first Academy Awards were in 1977, when “Network” won Best Picture.  I’ve been covering Hollywood all this time since, so you can imagine, I’ve been to more than my fair share of awards shows.  Most are fun.  A handful are special, meaningful.  The Movies for Grownups Awards gala is an elegant jewel among Filmland events, as I was delighted to experience for myself last year. The 10th Annual AARP Movies for Grownups were my first, and what a marvelous …