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CNN Summer Series ‘The Sixties’ Debuts May 29

Posted on 05/23/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentLet’s just proclaim Tom Hanks America’s Official Historian. The first TV program Hanks ever produced was the monumental miniseries From Earth to the Moon (1998).  His G.I. dramas Band of Brothers (2001) and The Pacific (2010) remain the definitive World War II miniseries. And now he’s the executive producer of CNN’s ambitious attempt to crystalize the most turbulent decade of the past half-century, the 10-part documentary series The Sixties. CNN has made a few episodes available to the press for …

The Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview: Dec. 20

Posted on 12/20/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThree blasts from the past and one wry look at our not-too-distant-future make this a particularly rich grownup movie weekend.    The New Stuff:   American Hustle You won’t have more fun at the movies than you’ll find here with Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Louis C.K. and Jennifer Lawrence as assorted con artists and Feds conspiring to bring down crooked politicians in the 1980s Abscam scandal. “Some of this actually happened,” the title card reads, but we have …

Movies for Grownups Weekend Preview Oct. 11

Posted on 10/10/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentOne story ripped from the headlines, another borrowed from classic literature, and a grown-up romantic comedy come to theaters this weekend. After you’ve caught them, check out the movies you’ve missed from weeks past. The New Stuff: Captain Phillips Tom Hanks gives his most measured performance in years as the captain of a cargo ship overrun by Somali pirates—but the real revelation is Barkhad Abdi, a Somali immigrant making his first film, who plays the head pirate. He stands toe-to-toe …

Tom Hanks Reveals He Has Diabetes. Did Fluctuating Weight Play a Role?

Posted on 10/8/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthIn a surprise announcement, Tom Hanks, 57, revealed on the Late Show with David Letterman that he has diabetes. While on the show to promote his new film Captain Phillips, he told Letterman that he learned at age 36 that he had high blood sugar. Recently his doctor told him: “You’ve graduated. You’ve got type 2 diabetes, young man.” Hanks said the doctor also told him that if he could return to his high school weight, he’d be “completely healthy” and …

At Sunday’s Tony Awards, The Talent Is Mature

Posted on 06/6/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

EntertainmentTune in to the 67th Annual Tony Awards Sunday and you will see an outpouring of appreciation for performing greats in their 50-plus years.  Seriously, many of the most anticipated moments of this awards ceremony involve names who prove that talent, like fine wine, is at its best when it reaches maturity. The Best Actress in a Play category alone gives us Holland Taylor, who at 70 not only starred in, but also wrote her one-woman play about the late, …

Doris Sams, inspiration for A League of Their Own

Posted on 07/5/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

LegacyI never heard of Doris Sams until she died last week at age 85. And yet I owe her a huge debt. So does my daughter, and so do lots of little girls who grow up dreaming of playing baseball. Doris lived A League of Their Own as a superstar for 8 years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League – the circuit immortalized in the 1992 film. She pitched a perfect game; she won a batting title; she led …