Oct 28, 2013
AARP Brings Movies for Grownups® Film Festival to Los Angles, November 14-17
Four-Day Event to Host Exclusive Q&A Screenings with Ben Stiller, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Alexander Payne, Steve McQueen and More

WASHINGTON (October 27, 2013) – AARP is rolling out the red carpet and bringing its Movies for Grownups® film festival to Los Angeles, screening nine films to the general public that are being considered for its annual Movies for Grownups Awards. Attendees will have the opportunity to see some of the year’s most buzzed about films and standout performances that have a special appeal to the 50+ moviegoer—some of which are not yet in theaters such as Saving Mr. Banks, Labor Day, and August: Osage County—November 14-17 at Regal Cinemas, L.A. LIVE. An exclusive Q&A session featuring members of the film’s cast and filmmakers will follow each screening and is included in the price of admission.

Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Enough Said), Bruce Dern (Nebraska) and Margo Martindale (August: Osage County), along with filmmakers Ben Stiller (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), Alexander Payne (Nebraska), Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Jason Reitman (Labor Day) and John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks) are just some of those confirmed to attend AARP’s Movies for Grownups film festival.

“It's clear that Hollywood is paying attention to the tastes of the 50+ moviegoer as films for grownup audiences dominate the box office this year,” said AARP Editorial Director Myrna Blyth. “Now, AARP is bringing our film festival to Los Angeles in an effort to continue to spotlight this important demographic and celebrate Hollywood’s renewed commitment to mature audiences.”

The complete schedule and list of participants is as follows:

Thursday, November 14

7:00pm - Philomena – PRE-RELEASE

Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan (Not yet rated - 98 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with Philomena Lee and actor, writer and producer Steve Coogan.


Friday, November 15

7:00pm – Nebraska

Starring Bruce Dern, Will Forte, June Squibb, Stacy Keach (Rated R - 115 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with stars Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and director Alexander Payne.


Saturday, November 16

11:00am – 12 Years a Slave (free screening with registration) 
Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael Fassbender (Rated R -133 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and director Steve McQueen.


2:30pm – Enough Said

Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener, Toni Collette (Rated PG-13 - 93 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and director Nicole Holofcener.


5:00pm – Labor Day – PRE-RELEASE

Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith and Tobey Maguire (Rated PG-13 - 111 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with director/screenwriter Jason Reitman and author Joyce Maynard.


7:30pm – 20 Feet From Stardom

Starring Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer (Rated PG-13 - 91 minutes)

Following the film, the audience will enjoy live musical performances by Merry Clayton and Julia, Maxine and Oren Waters. The performers will also answer audience questions.


Sunday, November 17

12:00pm – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – PRE-RELEASE

Starring Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn, Adam Scott (Not yet rated - 110 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with director, producer and star, Ben Stiller.


3:00pm – August: Osage County – PRE-RELEASE

Starring Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Margo Martindale, Chris Cooper, Juliette Lewis, Julianne Nicholson and Dermot Mulroney (Rated R -130 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with stars Margo Martindale and Chris Cooper


6:00pm – Saving Mr. Banks – PRE-RELEASE

Starring Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak (Rated PG-13 - 126 minutes)

Post-screening Q&A with director John Lee Hancock.



Tickets are $5 per screening for AARP Members and $10 per screening for non-AARP members and can be purchased by visiting www.aarp.org/LAFilmFest.


Developed in 2002 by the editors of AARP The Magazine, the Movies for Grownups franchise honors outstanding writing, acting and filmmaking with distinct relevance to the 50+ audience. The annual Awards winners are released in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine and the 2014 winners will be recognized at AARP’s annual Movies for Grownups Awards gala on February 10, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.


About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world's largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org ; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more atwww.aarp.org.

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