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Though Partially Blind, Hal Lasko Paints Up a Storm of Pixels

Posted on 07/26/2013 by |Best Life | Comments

Bulletin Today | Your LifeFor Hal Lasko, a computer is a tool for painting. Not for email. Not for surfing the web. Not for Facebook or YouTube. Just painting. What’s amazing about Lasko, 97, is that he can paint at all. He’s legally blind after a condition called wet macular degeneration slowly eroded his vision. Yet he spends about 10 hours a day in front of his computer working on six or so paintings at a time. It takes him two days to a …

Who’s the ‘Grandma Drummer’? Mystery Solved

Posted on 07/22/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentYou may have seen her in the past few days: the gray-haired, bespectacled woman in a pink shirt and jeans who stars in a video uploaded to YouTube by a drum shop in La Crosse, Wis. She walked into the store, sat down at a drum set and began rocking out. It’s not just the drumming that caught people’s attention. Watch what she does with those sticks! When the store uploaded the video, they gave it the title: Grandma Drummer, and …

Ground Control to Commander Chris Hadfield: ‘Hallo Spaceboy’

Posted on 05/14/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | TechnologyHe’s an astronaut, and a rock star. As Commander Chris Hadfield, 53, heads back home from the International Space Station, his video of David Bowie’s Space Oddity is trending on YouTube and approaching 2 million views exceeding 10 million views in just a couple of days. It’s being called the first music video recorded in space. Bowie himself is tickled pink, tweeting ‘Hallo Spaceboy’ to the astronaut in honor of another celestial Bowie tune. Hadfield is using his new status as a …

Is ‘Oz’ Really So Wonderful? We’ll Tell You!

Posted on 03/8/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

Entertainment  We’re inching closer to the big spring movie season, and the first entry comes this weekend: Oz the Great and Powerful, a prequel to the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, which became an annual viewing experience in the homes of many a boomer during their growing up years. We’ve got a review of the new movie here and you can see clips from it on my new YouTube Movies for Grownups Show: The weekend’s sleeper selection is Emperor, starring Tommy …

The Last Stand: A Movies for Grownups Minute Review

Posted on 01/18/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentAfter 10 years in the California governor’s mansion, Arnold Schwarzenegger stars in The Last Stand, his first post-Governator lead role.   In this video review, Movies for Grownups’ Bill Newcott says Arnold is just fine as a small-town Arizona sheriff … so long as you don’t think about it too much.   Read my full review HERE   photo credit: Merrick Morton/LionsGate Entertainment

“Not Fade Away” A Movies for Grownups Minute Review With Bill Newcott

Posted on 01/9/2013 by |Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentIn our first Online YouTube review, Bill Newcott of AARP’s Movies for Grownups ponders where the ’60s kids in Not Fade Away learned to talk like that…and why they never go to White Castle.   Here’s a clip of James Gandolfini “welcoming” his son (John Magaro) home from college. You can see how broadly writer/director David Chase draws his characters—not a lot of nuance here.   Photo Credit: Barry Wetcher/Paramount Clip Courtesy Paramount/Vantage