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Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

Posted on 02/14/2014 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyIn the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

This Week in Boomer History: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue … Nightly Newscast … Peanuts RIP

Posted on 02/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayNotable events from our shared experience On Feb. 10, 1989, Ron Brown becomes the first African American to head a major U.S. political party. Later named U.S. secretary of commerce — also the first African American to hold that post — Brown dies in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia. What’s the opposite of a love letter? On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a “fatwa” encouraging Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The …

Stiff Upper Lips Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns

Posted on 01/3/2014 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe holidays are over, but to an awful lot of TV viewers Downton Abbey creator/writer Julian Fellowes is Santa Claus and this weekend’s season premiere is their most anticipated Christmas present of the year. Of course, Fellowes did leave fans with a rather unpleasant lump of coal at the end of last year’s finale.  We’d all been tipped that a major character was going to go to that great Afternoon Tea in the Sky, but virtually no one was prepared …

‘Bonnie & Clyde’ Reload in New Miniseries

Posted on 12/5/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentDoes the world really need another Bonnie & Clyde? That’s the question you may find yourself asking midway through A&E’s new two-part miniseries about Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow. The notorious duo’s crime spree through the American Southwest in the early 1930s has already spawned a film, and a fairly notable one at that: The landmark 1967 version, starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, stunned original audiences with its frank depiction of gun violence. >> Sign up for the AARP Health …

‘Challenger Disaster’ Movie Captures Gripping History

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe Challenger Disaster is one of those movies — The Social Network and Moneyball are other fairly recent examples — that manage to wring gripping, suspenseful drama from a subject that wouldn’t seem to inspire it. The film, which premieres on Science Channel on Saturday night at 9, recounts the true story of the Rogers Commission, the presidentially appointed group that investigated the cause of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger explosion. As the Discovery-owned cable net’s first-ever feature film, it’s …

Beatles BBC Live CD Rocks!

Posted on 11/14/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentBritish Beatles fans were lucky. Here, we got carefully measured doses of John, Paul, George and Ringo: fleeting TV appearances; tightly choreographed press conferences; surgically timed record releases. In England, it was All Beatles All the Time. At the height of their fame they were still driving around the country for one-night gigs; their TV presence was as ubiquitous as Regis Philbin’s; they had their own weekly radio show, Pop Go the Beatles; and they were regulars on another radio …