Today, AARP announced it will offer the 25,000 expected attendees of its annual Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Boston MA on September 6-8, 2007, the rare opportunity to preview five major motion pictures before release to the general public.
As part of the popular “Movies for Grownups” Film Festival at the event, AARP members and show attendees will get a chance to catch screenings of 3:10 to Yuma, In the Shadow of the Moon, The Jane Austen Book Club, King of California, and Feast of Love before they hit the big screen. Attendees will also get a chance to catch Aurora Borealis and Away from Her, two recently released films with poignant stories about multi-generational issues within families. Cast lineups feature the biggest stars in Hollywood such as Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Peter Fonda, Morgan Freeman, Greg Kinnear, Maria Bello, Lynn Redgrave, Emily Blunt, Selma Blair, Donald Sutherland, Olympia Dukakis, Evan Rachel Wood, Michael Douglas (who will be kicking off the Life@50+ event) and others.
“AARP The Magazine’s 'Movies For Grownups' feature resonates with millions of readers, and we’re thrilled to take it to the next level with a sneak peek of some of some highly anticipated movies,” said Steve Slon, editor of AARP The Magazine. “We’re the only film event that focuses on movies catering to the 50+ crowd, and with films that feature veteran actors and actresses as well as Hollywood’s hottest young stars, we know this film festival will be standing room only!”
AARP’s Life@50+ National Event & Expo is a national event for AARP members, friends and their families that brings the very best exhibits, experts and entertainment to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Attendees get to experience the best AARP has to offer with first-rate entertainment including Earth, Wind & Fire, Rod Stewart, Lily Tomlin, and Tony Bennett; lifestyle, education and feature sessions with politicians and entertainers; health and fitness classes; and popular lectures.
“Movies for Grownups” Film Festival Schedule
3:10 to Yuma - Thursday, September 6th - 1:45 pm–3:45 pm
3:10 to Yuma stars Russell Crowe, Christian Bale, Ben Foster, Gretchen Mol and Peter Fonda in a modern take on the classic western by Elmore Leonard from producing/writing/ directing team Cathy Konrad and James Mangold (Walk The Line).
In Arizona in the late 1800's, infamous outlaw Ben Wade (Crowe) and his vicious gang of thieves and murderers have plagued the Southern Railroad. When Wade is captured, Civil War veteran Dan Evans (Christian Bale), struggling to survive on his drought-plagued ranch, volunteers to deliver him alive to the "3:10 to Yuma", a train that will take the killer to trial. On the trail, Evans and Wade, each from very different worlds, begin to earn each other’s respect. But with Wade’s outfit on their trail – and dangers at every turn – the mission soon becomes a violent, impossible journey toward each man's destiny.
In the Shadow of the Moon - Friday, September 7th - 9:30 am–11:30 am
Between 1968 and 1972, nine American spacecraft voyaged to the Moon, and 12 men walked upon its surface. They remain the only human beings to have stood on another world. In the Shadow of the Moon brings together for the first, and possibly the last, surviving crew members from every single Apollo mission that flew to the Moon, and allows them to tell their story in their own words.
This riveting first-hand testimony is interwoven with visually stunning archival material which has been re-mastered from the original NASA film footage – much of it never used before. The result is an intimate epic that vividly communicates the daring, the danger, the pride, and the promise of this extraordinary era in history when the whole world literally looked up at America.