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Ron Howard to Direct Beatles Documentary

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentTwist and Shout! Oscar-winner Ron Howard will direct a Beatles documentary with the full participation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison. Apple Corps Ltd., White Horse Pictures and Imagine Entertainment will produce the authorized documentary. The film will highlight the group’s touring years, which ended in a final public appearance in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park in 1966. “I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse team on this astounding story …

IPod + Alzheimer’s = Miracle! (Plus More New Documentaries)

Posted on 07/8/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Alive Inside (Theaters, July 18) Can music do more to help Alzheimer’s patients than any medication? Dan Cohen, founder of the nonprofit Music & Memory, makes his case for the affirmative in this deeply moving film in which  patients—some of them unresponsive for years—flicker to life (and sometimes explode into song) the moment they hear music from their past. You’ll rush from the theater to buy an iPod for someone you know.     Life Itself (Theaters, July 4) …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Sept. 20

Posted on 09/19/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentLet’s see; we’ve got a kidnapping drama, high-speed race cars, and Munchkins in 3-D. Yep, something for everyone in theaters this weekend. The New Stuff . . . Prisoners Boasting more Oscar nominees than a Coppola family reunion, this gritty crime drama stars Hugh Jackman as a distraught Georgia dad who kidnaps the guy he believes kidnapped his 6-year-old daughter. It’s the old vigilante dad story, all right, but get a load of the rest of the cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, …

Favorite Flicks for Father’s Day

Posted on 06/12/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  Last year at this time, I invited you to sit down with your Dad for a great Father’s Day movie.  Folks seemed to enjoy my list of suggestions (below), but as they say on cable TV, “Wait! There’s More!” In the past year there have been some more-than-worthy additions to your Father’s Day Lineup (click on each title for our Movies for Grownups review): Trouble With the Curve Clint Eastwood seems to get grumpier with each successive movie—but that …

Bye Now, Andy. Y’All Take Care, Y’Hear?

Posted on 07/3/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

LegacyJim “Gomer Pyle” Nabors, who owed his entire career to Andy Griffith, once told me about the first time the two ever met,  after Andy had seen his nightclub act in the early 1960s. “I don’t know what you do,” Andy told the young singer-comedian. “But you do it very well.” For Andy Griffith, who died July 3 at age 86, there may have a level of self-recognition in that observation. Ten years earlier, Andy himself had exploded into the …

Sit Down With Dad for These Great Fathers Day Movies

Posted on 06/15/2012 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentFather’s Day cards always show dads fishing, or boating, or hunting ducks. But really, wouldn’t your dad rather sit down with you for a great movie? Here are my choices:                   Field of Dreams (1989) “Hey dad, ya wanna have a catch?” The day those words don’t reduce any American male to a state of blubbering crybabyhood is the day