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What is a movie for grownups?
“Perhaps it addresses a subject that’s important to us, or characters who are facing issues or involved in situations that are pertinent to 50 and over, or it’s artists who made the film who are 50 and over,” explained Bill Newcott, an entertainment writer and host at AARP Media, who coined the phrase back in 2002. Newcott wanted to highlight films for the Aarp Magazine audience, one of the most reliable movie-going demographics. But he soon realized there weren’t enough movies that fit the bill to present to readers on a month-to-month basis so Newcott created the Movies for Grownups Awards –an annual list of films that spoke to its readers.
Since then, the awards have blossomed from an article to a star-studded evening of celebration and gregarious joy. Aarp held the 2017 awards, now in its 16th year, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Monday night, »
- Dani Levy
Maturity seems to be in short supply in many areas of the world today, but there’s one awards show that celebrates that virtue above all others: the AARP’s Movies for Grownups Awards.
Now in its 16th year, the annual kudos, held Feb. 6 at the Beverly Wilshire this year, recognizes achievements of those in the entertainment industry age 50 and over, and the films that speak to that vast audience.
AARP The Magazine presents the awards and West Coast editor and celebrity liaison Meg Grant says this year’s honorees share a common interest in the “interconnections between human beings,” beginning with best picture winner “Loving.” It’s the moving true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the couple who became unwitting civil-rights heroes at the center of a landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing interracial marriages nationwide.
“So many of our members remember that time and may have even experienced it, »
- Geoff Berkshire
The Aarp’s Movies for Grownups Awards includes all the standard categories you expect to see on a list of film kudos: lead and supporting performances, director, screenplay, best picture. But how many groups also have an award for intergenerational film? Grownup love story? Time capsule?
Aarp The Magazine critic Bill Newcott walks us through six of this year’s awards unique to the grownup honors.
Grownup Love Story
“My sentimental favorite,” says Newcott. “That [award] goes back to the earliest days of doing this back in 2002. We were trying to find love stories of people 40 and over that were not Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus — not these frigid frozen people who might have once had a life, but don’t anymore. They were hard to find at one time, and now they’re not that hard to find.”
Case in point, this year »
- Geoff Berkshire
By: Carson Blackwelder
The first few days of Donald Trump’s presidency have been filled with a slew of sweeping policy changes that have garnered plenty of criticism — but the recent changes to America’s immigration policy have topped headlines. With an executive order that has been considered a Muslim ban by many, let’s take a look at some great films about immigration to the United States. There are plenty of them, but here is just a sampling of 16 that you should definitely watch.
A Better Life (2011): This film was directed by Chris Weitz and is a drama about a gardener in East L.A. who struggles to keep his son away from both gangs and immigration agents all while trying to give him opportunities he never had. A Better Life — written by »
- Carson Blackwelder
Daily Dead recently interviewed Bushwick star Dave Bautista and co-directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion at the Sundance Film Festival, and following the thriller’s world premiere at the fest’s Midnight program, Rlj Entertainment has already acquired Bushwick for Us distribution.
A theatrical release date for Bushwick, which also stars Brittany Snow, is not yet known, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated when more details are announced. In the meantime, we have the official press release with more information:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (January 27, 2017) – Xyz Films and Wme Global have announced that they have sold the U.S. rights for the Sundance action thriller Bushwick to Rlj Entertainment in a seven-figure deal for a theatrical release. The film, which was directed by Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott (Cooties), made its world premiere at the festival. The film stars Dave Bautista and Brittany Snow. In addition, talks »
- Derek Anderson
In case you aren’t aware, a “that guy” actor is someone whose face you always recognize yet you can’t always place their name. In fact, it’s rare that you’ll ever remember their name. Today’s “that guy” actor is Richard Jenkins. I’ve been watching Jenkins since he played the father in Little Nikita, an 80s film that starred River Phoenix and Sidney Poitier. It’s really in recent years that Jenkins has picked up his profile in Hollywood. If you don’t remember him from the 80s or 90s then you’re sure to remember him from the movie Step Brothers where he played
“That Guy” Actor of the Day: Richard Jenkins »
- Nat Berman
With Guillermo del Toro currently in post-production on his next film The Shape of Water, his frequent collaborator Doug Jones has been chatting to Collider about the project, during which he revealed a few plot details for the fantasy adventure, which has been described as “an other-worldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War era America”.
“It’s a 1963 drama—it’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it,” said Jones. “I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s all that backdrop and that undercurrent. »
- Gary Collinson
John Saavedra Jan 6, 2017
Guillermo del Toro has never been shy about exploring the truly weird in his films, from a magical faun in Pan's Labyrinth to the Corman-inspired haunted house in Crimson Peak. His next film, The Shape Of Water, sounds like the auteur's strangest film yet.
Frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones, who played Abe Sapien in the Hellboy movies and The Pale Man in Pan's Labyrinth (shudder), talked to Collider about the upcoming movie, sharing a few details about the character he plays and the plot of the film. Jones should feel right at home in The Shape of Water, as he's once again playing a fish man. »
Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro is currently hard at work on his next film The Shape Of Water, which kicked off shooting in Canada in August/ September of last year. Well, we didn’t know a great deal about the film – until now, as actor Doug Jones has been spilling the beans on the project when he visited the Collider Nightmares studio.
“It’s a 1963 drama—it’s not a sci-fi [film], it’s not a genre film, but I am a creature in it,” Jones said.
“I’m a fish man that’s kind of a one-off. I’m an enigma, nobody knows where I came from; I’m the last of my species so I’m like a natural anomaly. And I’m being studied and tested in a U.S. government facility in 1963, so the Russian Cold War is on, the race for space is on, so there’s »
- Paul Heath
Back in August, Fox Searchlight Pictures announced that production started on director Guillermo del Toro's new film The Shape of Water, although a release date has still not been set at this time. The announcement confirmed that the cast will include Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy Go-Lucky), Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Hellboy), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) and Octavia Spencer (The Help, Gifted). Fans haven't been given much to go on, in terms of plot details, until now, thanks to star Doug Jones.
The August report only described the story as an "other-worldly story", set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963, described as a "mysterious and magical journey." With the inclusion of Doug Jones, who has played iconic monsters for Guillermo del Toro such as Abe Sapien in Hellboy and Fauno in Pan's Labyrinth, many »
Mark Harrison Jan 6, 2017
Nobody is likely to look back on 2016 fondly, whether because of global political instability, celebrity deaths or the rejection of Boaty McBoatface as a suitable name for a research vessel. In the world of film, we note that a lot of the contenders in this year's awards season haven't even been released in UK cinemas yet, and it was hardly a banner year for blockbuster cinema either.
On the plus side, there were some exemplary smaller films, of the kind that awards bodies tend to overlook, released in the last 12 months. Without any apparent genre contenders, like The Martian or Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, this is a year in which performers are more likely »
The awards, which honor the best films and actors who appeal to “a grownup state of mind,” feature winners come from a wide variety of films, with 13 movies represented among the 16 winners.
Kenneth Lonergan is also a notable winner, picking up both the Best Director and Best Screenwriter award for “Manchester By The Sea.” Lonergan was recently nominated two similar awards, Best Director and Best Screenplay, at the Golden Globes.
Probably thew most unexpected winner is “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie,” as the British comedy romp, based on the original BBC show with Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders, will receive the Best Buddy Picture award.
Emmy-winning actress Margo Martindale will host the awards ceremony which will take place at the »
- Will Thorne
There are plenty of movies which have the reputation of truly tugging at the heart strings, but “Step Brothers” isn’t one of them. Unless you’re Marion Cotillard, with the Oscar-winning actress recently revealing that not only is she a fan of the antics of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, but she gets outright choked up whenever she watches the comedy.
- Kevin Jagernauth
13 items from 2017
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