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AARP TV For Grownups Recognizes Norman Lear

July 24, 2018
AARP TV for Grownups Norman Lear

Following in the footsteps of its Movies for Grownups Awards, AARP recently announced the debut of its TV for Grownups® Honors on July 24, 2018, at the Sunset Tower Hotel. The program will celebrate the career achievement of iconic television pioneer Norman Lear. Academy Award, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning actress Rita Moreno will present the award to Lear. The event will be hosted by actress Wendie Malick, with notable guests including Dick Van Dyke, Frances Fisher, Marla Gibbs,Bob Saget, Adrienne Barbeau, Chuck Lorre and more.

“AARP’s mission is to empower people to choose how they live as they age, and nobody does it better than Norman Lear,” said Myrna Blyth, SVP and Editorial Director of AARP Media. “Our new initiative, AARP TV for Grownups, connects the 50-plus viewer with the best in programming and also celebrates the work of older actors and industry leaders.”

Norman Lear One Day AARP

Norman Lear One Day AARP

Norman Lear, a four-time Emmy winner, shaped the trajectory of television, spearheading a new kind of socially relevant programming that forever changed the medium. Throughout his distinguished career, Lear has been inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame, recognized as a Kennedy Center Honoree, and presented with the National Medal of Arts and the Peabody Lifetime Achievement Award. Lear continues to innovate with his latest comedy series, a multi-generational reboot hit on Netflix, One Day at a Time, starring Moreno.

Modeled after AARP’s highly successful Movies for Grownups franchise, TV for Grownups celebrates the 50-plus audience and their television viewing habits. The 50-plus population outpaces younger viewers: according to a GfK MRI Fall 2017 study, the 50-plus watch a median of 34 hours per week, about 15 hours more than viewers age 18-49.

AARP TV for Grownups Awards

AARP TV for Grownups Awards

In addition, AARP’s TV for Grownups will bring audiences closer to their favorite TV content with news, interviews, weekly online reviews and previews, and other special events year-round. TV for Grownups will help filter and inform the choices for more than 38 million AARP members and other 50-plus viewers. The initiative will encompass all platforms of television content, including broadcast, cable and streaming (for which the 50-plus are the fastest-growing demographic). TV for Grownups will also help viewers make savvy choices when choosing TV-related devices and apps, service providers and subscription-based platforms.

To learn more about TV for Grownups go to

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July 2018 Film Releases

June 4, 2018

Summer will start heating up soon along with the box office. In addition to the usual big tent-pole movies of the summer, there are some highly-reviewed smaller films that you might want to check out. Below is the release list for July (I wanted to give you some planning time here!). Take a look and mark your calendar (or be really advanced and buy your tickets!)

July 4th

The First Purge –

July 6th

Ant-Man and the Wasp –
Sorry to Bother You –
Whitney –

July 13th

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation –
Skyscraper –
Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot –
Eighth Grade –
Shock and Awe –

July 20th

The Equalizer 2 –
Momma Mia! Here We Go Again –
Unfriended: Dark Web –
Blindspotting –
Generation Wealth –
McQueen –

July 27th

Mission Impossible: Fallout –
Teen Titans Go! To The Movies –
Hot Summer Nights –
Puzzle –

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May 2018 Film Release: One For Every Taste

May 9, 2018

There is a film release for every taste this month, from a mom kicking ass in Breaking In, to Michael Bolton‘s documentary celebrating the revival of Detroit in American Dream: Detroit to the sequel to Dead Pool and a much talked about Solo: A Star Wars Story. So pick your poison, or splurge and hit more than one!

Releasing May 11th:

Breaking In –
Life of the Party –
The Assassin’s Code –
Terminal –
Revenge –
Higher Power –
Dark Crimes –
The Seagull –
Lu Over the Wall –

Releasing May 15th

American Dream: Detroit –

Releasing May 18th

Deadpool 2 –
Book Club –
How to Talk to Girls at Parties –
Pope Francis – A Man of His Word –
On Chesil Beach –
Cargo –
First Reformed –

Releasing May 25th

Solo: A Star Wars Story –
Future World –
Mary Shelley –
The Gospel According to Andre –

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Brookdale’s Popular “Celebrate Aging Film Festival”

May 8, 2018
Marvalene and MaryDonna, Brookdale's Celebrate Aging Film Festival award winners (PRNewsfoto/Brookdale Senior Living)

Brookdale Senior Living residents are getting ready for their close-ups! The senior living provider has set the first Wednesday of October as the date for its second annual “Celebrate Aging Film Festival” and residents are already at work creating their entries. To change the perception of aging, residents and associates from each of Brookdale’s about 1,000 communities are invited to submit a five-minute short film, made using only an iPad, which paints aging in a positive light. Brookdale will honor finalists and reveal the winners during a red carpet award ceremony at the historic Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tennessee on October 3.

“I am still amazed at what our residents and associates accomplished last year,” said Carol Cummings, Brookdale’s senior director of Optimum Life Engagement. “We had so many inspiring entries that we had to create an additional category, The Courage Award, to honor films that tell the story of courageous older adults who are living life to the fullest in the face of significant challenges. I can’t wait to see what our communities come up with this year.”

Brookdale created the film festival to help change the perception of aging by communicating a positive, uplifting message that celebrates aging. The project is an opportunity for residents and associates to work together creatively using the iPad technology at each of the senior living communities.

“We are out to change a lot of stereotypes of what it means to get older and we think the film festival is doing just that,” said Cummings.

Brookdale communities have until July 1 to submit their film. From there, the submitted films will be narrowed down to nominees for Best Picture, Best Writing, Best Acting, Best Technical Design and the Courage Award. Nominees for each category will be announced July 30. The finalists are all eligible for the Ecolab’s People Choice Award, voted on by the public. In 2017, 74 communities submitted films, with nine receiving nominations and five taking home winning trophies.

Ecolab, Brookdale’s trusted partner in providing clean, safe and healthy environments for its residents, generously sponsors Brookdale’s Celebrate Aging Film Festival.

About Brookdale
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing senior living solutions primarily within properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Brookdale operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with approximately 1,023 communities in 46 states and the ability to serve approximately 101,000 residents as of December 31, 2017. Through its ancillary services program, the Company also offers a range of, home health, hospice and outpatient therapy services. For more Brookdale news, go to

About Ecolab
A trusted partner at more than one million customer locations, Ecolab (ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. With 2014 sales of $14 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world. For more Ecolab news and information, visit

Arts & Entertainment Humor News

Roseanne & John: The AARP Interview

February 16, 2018

Good news: The trademark irreverent and straight-talking humor of Roseanne Barr remains in full throttle – perhaps more so, at the age of 65. And two decades of extraordinary movie success hasn’t affected John Goodman‘s deep connection, both personally, and on screen, with Roseanne. In the new issue of America’s most-read magazine, one of the most beloved blue-collar TV couples offer perspective and sensibility on the present stage of their lives. “I really appreciate the fact that AARP didn’t ask me to do their nude centerfold this issue,” deadpanned Barr.

Returning to their iconic starring roles – after two decades – heading the Conner clan in Roseanne, Barr and Goodman display a relaxed sense of themselves while bitingly funny in a circumspective interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM). In an age when sitcom “grownups” look more and more like college kids, the return of good ol’ Roseanne and Dan is a reminder that the funny bone doesn’t go numb at age 50. The Conners are now making sense of selfies, medical marijuana and rising health care costs and the growing divide between the superrich and the rest of us.

Following the run of the original Roseanne, Barr pursued whatever interested her, including a run for President, hosting a reality show and a stint as a Snickers pitchwoman, to name a few things. Barr now lives with her partner of 15 years on a 46-acre macadamia farm in Hawaii, near many of her children and grandkids. She says she and her boyfriend don’t fight or argue much. “We learned that we need that energy for things like climbing stairs, chewing and getting off the toilet.” Goodman has appeared and received critical acclaim for a number of roles in TV and film, including The West Wing, The Artist and a frequent host of Saturday Night Live. He’s also given up alcohol and lost 100 pounds. Said Goodman, “I used to play harmonica and sing a little bit. But after I got sober, I realized that I actually have no talent.”

Roseanne’s return to ABC premieres March 27 with the original cast. “It’s like being home again,” Barr said. “Yeah,” said Goodman, “I think we know what’s really important now—lunch.”

The following are excerpts from ATM’s February/March 2018 cover story featuring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, available in homes starting February and available online now at

On tackling tough issues on Roseanne:

RB: “…hate-triotism. We need to stop letting ourselves be herded into these two hostile camps. We have to come together and place the blame where it really belongs—on people who exercise.” “…Hey, man, at this age, I try to focus on the things I love, like humor, naps—and not dying.”

On being a grandma:

RB: “I swear and stuff—everything their parents don’t want me to do, I like to do. We get in the pool and have squirt gun fights… My grandkids know how to grow their own food, too, and that’s what I wanted them to know more than anything—how not to be dependent…I thought I made all the statements I wanted to make as a comic… as a grandparent, I realize there’s way more to say, like watching how your kids raise their kids. That’s a big part of the reboot, and it’s a big part of my life, too. They’re just so dependent on technology, and it’s all different. They talk a whole different language, y’know?”

On being a father:

JG: “I have a daughter that I worried about for a while. She grew up with an alcoholic father until she was in high school. But things are great now. They’re probably a lot better than I thought they would turn out. When you’re younger, you don’t know yourself that well. I’ve maybe not learned a lot, but I’ve learned to appreciate things that I should have before.”

On their advancing years:

RB: “There’s an upside to the creaks and pains of age… It forced me to slow down, which is good. If you fight your body as it ages, you’re not gonna win.” “…You can still be kinda hot at 65, in your own mind.”

JG: “I’ve got bionic parts now (in reference to his set of titanium knees). You live through enough and survive, you have to make peace with your flaws and your broken pieces.”

On taking stock of life:

RB: “…I’ve carved a lot of the chaos out of my life. Now it’s more relaxed.”

JG: “I started looking back fondly and realized how lucky I had been—and I really feel that now.”

On his dramatic weight loss:

JG: “It was basically just portion control…I was just shoving everything into my mouth. But I don’t want to be an example to anybody when the weight comes thundering back on—when I start eating Crisco out of the can with a spoon and a side of confectioners’ sugar.”

On working on the Roseanne reboot:

RB: “Every day, I pinch myself and wonder, Is this the most fun in the world or the onset of dementia?”

JG: “Although it’s harder because I’m older. Daddy gets tired; Daddy gets a headache and can’t remember his lines sometimes…I thought for some reason I was expert on humor when I was younger. I don’t have to work so hard to be funny now.”

Arts & Entertainment Travel

AARP Travel Trend Report for 2018

November 30, 2017

A new survey released today from AARP Travel finds Baby Boomers report fewer vacation barriers heading into 2018 (20% report no barriers compared to 12% in 2017) with a stronger urge to relax and rejuvenate (up from 38% to 49%). The annual AARP Travel Trends survey also finds that international travelers want to see things from a local’s perspective with nearly half reporting interest in touring with a local (49% compared to 40% in 2017).

“2018 travel plans are all about connecting with family while getting away from our daily stressors,” said Stephanie Miles, AARP Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing and Member Benefits. “A vacation is often one of the best ways to renew and recharge ourselves and it provides an opportunity for us to connect with others and build stronger relationships.”

Additional findings from the survey include:

* Boomers expect to take four or five leisure trips next year, spending an average of almost $6,400 on leisure travel in 2018 (most say this is the same or more than they spent in 2017).
* Millennials estimate they will shell out about $6,800 for vacations and Gen Xers $5,400.
* More employed Boomers will use all or most of their vacation time in 2018 than in 2017 (68% compared to 59%)
74% of Millennials expect to bring work along on a trip; 65% of Gen Xers plan to do the same, but just 56% of Boomers are likely to work while out of the office. Of those Boomers who do expect to work on vacation, most try to limit it to just 10% of their leisure time.

AARP Travel, a valuable resource for Americans 50-plus, who spend over $125 billion annually in leisure travel, helps travelers stretch their dollar and itineraries while also stretching their minds and possibilities. is the convenient location to find AARP Travel offers, vacation ideas, trip inspiration, family road trip deals, tips for a weekend getaway, and more.

To read the full report, visit:

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So, How About That Awards Season?

April 3, 2017

Photo credit: Michael Yada / ©A.M.P.A.S. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs introduces the 2016 Governors Awards in The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 12, 2016.

It has been ages since I have posted here and I am ashamed that I have been so neglectful. I do, however, have an excuse. It’s called Awards Season and it is a terror that happens once a year (at least for the Oscars), starting in about June and running like gangbusters over everyone involved for about nine months.

I am trying to pull my head back into the Indulgent Aging game and hope to have a few more pointed posts in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, did you see the snafu for Best Picture??? Congrats to Moonlight and all the other fine films that ran the award season track last year.

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Variety to Host Conference on Diversity

September 27, 2016

Variety today announced that the media company will host the industry’s first-ever conference focused on diversity – including gender, ethnicity, aging and sexuality – on film, television and digital outlets. Over the past several months, the conversation around these topics has intensified, and Variety will lead the dialog by engaging some of the most senior corporate executives and talent in the creative community. The conference is called “Inclusion.”

Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Studios, and multi award-winning musician Pharrell Williams will have keynote conversations with Variety editors in addition to a host of panels on topics ranging from LBGTQ rights to advancing Latino entertainment to the cultural importance of creating programs designed to support underrepresented groups in Hollywood. PwC’s U.S. Chairman Brian Cullinan will moderate a fireside chat with the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

“There is no issue in Hollywood today more important and relevant than diversity and inclusion,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, group publisher of Variety. “It is Variety’s privilege and responsibility to lead an industry-wide dialogue and bring the decision makers of our community together to promote solutions to counter the lack of minority talent in film and television. This is an issue that transcends the entertainment business, and we are excited to play a role in the broader conversation.”

“Age discrimination is an incredibly important issue, not just to AARP‘s 38 million members nationwide, but across all facets of society,” said AARP CEO Jo Ann Jenkins.  “We hope the dialogue at the Variety conference will lead not only to greater awareness of the issue but to more and better opportunities for talented actors, producers, directors and others in the creative community – whatever their age.”

According to a 2016 report from The Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, minorities remain underrepresented in Hollywood on every front (nearly 3 to 1 among film leads and directors). In addition, the study shows that U.S. consumers crave diverse film and television content. In fact, “films with relatively diverse casts enjoyed the highest median global box office receipts, and [in television] social media engagement peaked for broadcast scripted shows with casts that were greater than 30 percent minority.”

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Suffragette – What Price To Vote?

October 11, 2015

This is the time of the year when studios start releasing their best films  in a march down the hopeful path to a Best Picture Oscar. It’s a busy and frenetic season for everyone involved in “the industry”, but it also makes for a hectic pace for viewers trying to keep abreast of what is coming down the pipeline and what they will they want to see and when.
Here is one of the films that has caught my eye so far:

Suffragette is a film about the early struggle of women in England to secure the right to vote. Starring Helena Bonham Carter, Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, the film is directed by Sarah Gavon and written by Abi Margo, who also wrote Shame and The Iron Lady.

The brutality that these women faced, graphically brought to the viewer’s attention by a scene where a small-framed Carey Mulligan is gut-punched by a man almost half again her size, made me realize how much I take for granted my own right to vote, and how little is the price that I paid for that right.

Suffragette is opening on October 23, 2015 and while it might not be precisely an indulgence, it certainly bears watching.