AARP Film Festival to Include 'August: Osage County,' 'Saving Mr. Banks' and 'Labor Day'
Several awards contenders will be screened as part of the AARP's Movies for Grownups film festival in Los Angeles, slated to run from Nov. 14-17 at Regal Cinemas, L.A. Live. The event will include films designed to appeal to moviegoers over 50 as well as exclusive Q&A sessions with cast members and filmmakers.
Among the movies set to unspool are 12 Years a Slave, with a post-screening Q&A with stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o and director Steve McQueen; Nebraska, with a post-screening Q&A with stars Bruce Dern, June Squibb, Stacy Keach and director Alexander Payne; Labor Day, with a post-screening Q&A with director/screenwriter Jason Reitman and author Joyce Maynard; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, with a Ben Stiller Q&A; and Saving Mr. Banks with a post-screening session with director John Lee Hancock.
"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," AARP editorial director Myrna Blyth said in a statement. "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."
All of the movies featured in the festival are being considered for the AARP's Movies for Grownups Awards, which will be announced in the February/March issue of AARP The Magazine and recognized at a Beverly Hills gala on Feb. 10, 2014.
Tickets are $5 per screening for AARP Members and $10 per screening for non-AARP members.
The complete schedule of screenings and Q&As is as follows:
Thursday, November 14
7:00 pm - 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
7:00 pm - 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
11:00 am – 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.
2:30 pm – 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.
5:00 pm – 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.
8:00 pm – 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
12:00 pm – 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.
3:00 pm – 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
6:00 pm – 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.