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Life@50+ Movies for Grownups
Life@50+ rolled out the red carpet for attendees in Sin City! AARP Movies for Grownups® presented a stellar lineup at the Las Vegas film festival including two exclusive screenings — Jayne Mansfield’s Car on Friday with a special appearance by its director and star Billy Bob Thornton, and on Saturday, writer and director Daniel Noah introduced Max Rose, followed by an audience Q&A session with the film’s star, legendary actor Jerry Lewis.
Twenty Feet From Stardom
Directed by Morgan Neville
Starring Lou Adler, Stephanie "Stevvi" Alexander, and Patti Austin
Rated PG-13 for some strong language and sexual material
In his compelling new documentary film Twenty Feet From Stardom, award-winning director Morgan Neville shines a spotlight on the untold true story of the backup singers behind some of the greatest musical legends of the 21st century. Along with rare archival footage and a peerless soundtrack, the film boasts intimate interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger, Sting and more. Triumphant and heartbreaking in equal measure, Twenty Feet From Stardom is both a tribute to the unsung voices who brought shape and style to popular music and a reflection on the conflicts, sacrifices and rewards of a career spent harmonizing with others.
Jayne Mansfield's Car
Written and Directed by Billy Bob Thornton
Starring Kevin Bacon, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, John Hurt, Shawnee Smith, Ray Stevenson, Robert Patrick, Frances O'Connor and Katherine LaNasa
Jayne Mansfield’s Car looks at two colorful clans brought together by the death of a woman who was married first to the Southerner Jim Caldwell (Robert Duvall) and then to the British Kingsley Bedford (John Hurt). When she is brought back home for burial, the two families meet for the first time at the Caldwells’ Alabama home with uneasy curiosity. The culture clash of the Vietnam Era and of the Old World versus the Old South become a backdrop for the Caldwells’ and the Bedfords’ heartfelt and sometimes hilarious struggles with long-held resentments, family rivalries and secrets, and the memories of war and how it shaped three generations of fathers and sons.
Extra! AARP Entertainment Editor Meg Grant hosted director and star Billy Bob Thornton and his co-stars Katherine LaNasa and Ron White to answer audience questions after the screening of Jayne Mansfield's Car.
Directed by Shawn Levy
Starring Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, John Goodman and
Rated PG-13 for sexuality, some crude humor, partying and language
The hilarious comedy The Internship stars Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of the nation’s most elite, tech-savvy geniuses to prove that necessity really is the mother of reinvention.
Written and Directed by Daniel Noah
Starring Jerry Lewis, Kerry Bishé and Claire Bloom
Max Rose, an aging jazz pianist, loses his wife of sixty-five years. Max makes a startling discovery just days before her death, causing him to believe that his entire marriage was a lie. He embarks on an exploration of his own past that brings him face to face with a menagerie of characters from a bygone era.
Extra! Writer and director Daniel Noah introduced the film and there was a post-screening audience Q&A session with the film’s star, legendary actor Jerry Lewis.
AARP Movies for Grownups
Throughout the year, AARP celebrates winning movies through our multimedia channels: AARP The Magazine, online, radio, events, and more. Movies for Grownups® is a high-impact multimedia franchise started in 2002 by AARP The Magazine editors to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the 50-plus audience.
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