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Maeve and Me: My Chat With the Marvelous Maeve Binchy

Posted on 08/1/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

LegacySurprisingly few movies were made from the books of Maeve Binchy, whose 18 novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Binchy, who died at age 72 on July 30, was the poster child for middle-aged would-be authors: Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, wasn’t published until she was 42 years old. How About You?, a charming 2008 film starring Vanessa Redgrave, was based on a short story by Binchy, and she chatted with me about it by phone …

Oscar Gets it Right!

Posted on 01/24/2012 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAmazing. Absolutely amazing. This year’s list of Oscar nominees is so terrifically, breathtakingly right, I thought I must have been dreaming when they were announced early this morning. I’ve never come away from the Oscars announcement more satisfied that Hollywood really, really gets it—that the best movies really are movies for grownups. Just look at how the winners of this year’s AARP Movies for Grownups Awards—announced last week—dovetail with the Oscar nominations: