AARP set to roll out the red carpet with Movies for Grownups Film Festival in Los Angeles
Three-day event is part of AARP’s National Event & Expo
WASHINGTON, D.C.—AARP today announced it will bring its Movies for Grownups® Film Festival to Los Angeles as part of the organization’s annual National Event & Expo, Life@50+.
Taking place September 22-24, this year’s lineup features some of the season’s great new films, including a few pre-release titles and a Hollywood premiere. Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Seth Rogen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are just some of the actors confirmed to attend the screenings and participate in panel discussions throughout this three-day event.
“We created the Movies for Grownups Film Festival to spotlight and celebrate movies with storylines, performances and filmmaking that have distinct relevance to the 50+ audience,” said Nancy Perry Graham, vice president and editor of AARP The Magazine. “It’s great to see Hollywood embracing the grownup audience and developing more projects with mature characters and storylines. We’re proud to feature some of these films as part of our film festival this year.”
AARP is rolling out the red carpet for the Hollywood premiere of The Way, written and directed by Emilio Estevez and starring Martin Sheen, which will be the featured screening of the Movies for Grownups Film Festival. Taking place at the NOKIA Theatre on Friday, September 23rd, tickets for the premiere will be available free of charge to registered attendees of AARP’s Life@50+ event.
This unique opportunity will allow AARP members and the 50+ community to rub elbows with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
“Turning a certain age used to be considered a challenge in the movie industry,” added Graham.
“But that’s no longer the case thanks to people like Helen Mirren, Harrison Ford, Meryl Streep, and Betty White, to name a few. They’ve proudly embraced their age and it has translated to huge box office success. We hope to see this trend continue.”
Developed in 2002 by AARP The Magazine’s editors, the Movies for Grownups franchise celebrates films throughout the year in AARP’s award-winning multimedia channels: AARP The Magazine, online at www.AARP.org/movies, radio, events and more.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will launch a fundraising campaign for blood cancer research during halftime tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers will meet the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
Abdul-Jabbar will take to the court to start the countdown clock for the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Skyhook Challenge to raise $38,387, matching the record number of points he scored in his NBA career.
He was diagnosed with the disease in 2008.
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and extreme skier Rory Bushfield were named today as the final two contestants on the ABC competition series “Splash,” in which 10 celebrities will compete in platform and springboard diving.
Named earlier as contestants were:
• Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh;
• comedian Louis Anderson;
• television personality Kendra Wilkinson;
• actor Drake Bell;
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A statue of former Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, will be unveiled today outside Staples Center.
Abdul-Jabbar’s teammates with the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers Earvin “Magic” Johnson and James Worthy; the team’s coach, Pat Riley; former Laker player, coach and general manager Jerry West; and team executive Jeanie Buss are scheduled to join Abdul-Jabbar in speaking at the ceremony, which is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
Nicki Minaj and Rihanna each earned four nominations today for the 40th American Music Awards, putting them atop the pack of hopefuls, while Justin Bieber, Drake, Maroon 5, Usher and One Direction each earned three.
Minaj and Rihanna were both nominated for favorite female pop/rock artist, along with Kelly Clarkson and Katy Perry. Rihanna and Perry also received nods for artist of the year, as did Bieber, Drake and Maroon 5.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The ball is now in a Los Angeles judge’s court in a lawsuit brought by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar against a trading card company and its CEO.
Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian said today he wanted more time to consider a defense motion to dismiss the executive from the case. A final status conference will be held tomorrow and trial is scheduled to start Dec. 12.