When most people talk about ageism in the media, they usually refer to the number of female roles that are available. Or, they may discuss the fact that female actresses are paid less than their male counterparts.
Fifty years ago this month Monkee mania began sweeping America and then England as The Monkees, a TV show based on the success of The Beatles and the madcap antics they had displayed in their first movie A Hard Day’s Night, debuted on the NBC Network.
The new made-for-TV band consisted of Davy Jones, Mickey Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, and Peter Tork, each chosen to display characteristics demonstrated by John, Paul, George, and Ringo.
If you had to describe Helen Mirren in a few words, “racer” or “thrill seeker” probably wouldn’t be at the top of your list. After all, this is the woman who stared in The Queen and Woman in Gold.
Ok, I’ll admit it – one of my guilty little pleasures is watching The X Factor. Sometimes, I watch it by myself. But, more often, I go over to my son’s house to watch it with his family.
I’m not completely sure why I love The X Factor. Maybe it’s the fact that I have always been fascinated by passionate people. Or, maybe it’s the emotion and drama that the show is able to create. Whatever the reason, it’s become one of my favorite Saturday night activities.
At Sixty and Me, we talk about many serious issues facing women over 60 – achieving financial security, fighting social isolation and depression, making friends as an older adult and achieving healthy aging.
These issues are all important, but, once in a while, it’s fun to ask something fun and light-hearted. This was my thinking when I established our annual “Sexiest Man Over 60” award.
Does life imitate art? Or, is it the other way around? Well, according to a new study, when it comes to negative aging stereotypes in movies, both perspectives could be true!
Let’s start with the facts. According to a recent study by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, ageism may not just be insulting, it may also be downright unhealthy.
Ripley, the powerful character played by Sigourney Weaver in the Alien series, has had a tough life. She has been attacked by vicious, acid-drooling aliens, trapped, killed and resurrected. She has encountered personal conflicts and fought to protect her crew. Now, there are signs that, in Alien 5 (actual title: Alien: Covenant), Ripley’s troubled story may finally be coming to an end!
The last time Judi Dench played Queen Victoria, it was in Mrs. Brown, a film about Queen Victoria and her relationship with her butler, John Brown. For her performance, Dench was nominated for an Oscar as Best Actress in a Leading Role.
When Meryl Streep joined the cast of the musical film, Mamma Mia, few would have predicted that the movie would go on to gross over $600-million worldwide. Of course, that’s exactly what happened. It was just one of the many successes that Meryl Streep has to her name.