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Happy Birthday, Gemini!

HEY GEMINI, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU! The sign of the twins is shared by notables across continents and centuries.  Famous Geminis?  How about Marilyn Monroe?  Or Frank Lloyd Wright…  Che Guevara…  Rachel Carson…   Lou Gehrig…  Walt Whitman…  Queen Victoria… This month we salute those who are celebrating their 50+ birthdays.  Let us know if we forgot your favorite Gemini!   Donald Trump (b. 1946) The 70 year-old real estate developer, television personality and now… front-runner for the Republican nominee...

Brown Liquor – The Classics are Back in the Spotlight

In the liquor industry we commonly refer to the major categories of rye, bourbon, and scotch as “brown” liquors for the obvious reason of their color. Throughout the 19th and earlier parts of the 20th centuries, these were the alcohols to enjoy either “straight up” or in one of the classic cocktails like an Old-Fashioned or Manhattan. The Old-Fashioned uses the original formula for cocktails: alcohol, sugar, bitters, and water or soda. Over the course of the 19th century,...

Knee and Shoulder Handbook Review

KNEE AND SHOULDER INJURIES EXPLAINED Confused by all the knee injury acronyms like MCL, LCL or PCL? Don’t know the difference between a frozen shoulder, a SLAP tear or impingement syndrome?   We love our bodies and we’re the ones who live with them for a lifetime, but sometimes our knees and shoulders catch up with us, especially if we have active lives. At that first twinge of pain in these areas we are prone to panic, imagining months...

Truman Movie Review

  Truman from Catalan director Cesc Gay is a warm, insightful and sensitively portrayed gem about an unspoken friendship between two middle-aged men that is humorous, deeply moving and resonates with truth. Tomás is played by Javier Cámara—Talk to Her (2002).  A Spanish expat living in Montreal, he goes on an introspective trip to visit Julian, his longtime childhood friend in Madrid.  Julian is a divorced Argentine actor who lives alone in a downtown Madrid apartment with his loyal...

Happy Birthday, Taurus!

STARSTRUCK FOR TAURUS! As the month of the Taurus rolls around, it’s interesting to discover who shares a birthday between April 20th and May 20th.  Famous Taureans can count these names among their ranks: Napoleon…Vladimir Lenin…Karl Marx… Emperor Hirohito… Malcolm X… Harper Lee… Robert Oppenheimer… Tchaikovsky… even Shakespeare, for goodness’ sake!  Act Two Magazine decided to dig a little deeper and bring you a comprehensive list of some famous Taurus men and women born in the 20th century.   ...

The Lady in the Van Review

  A BAG LADY AND A VAN… and Maggie Smith. The Lady in the Van is the mostly true story of a British playwright and author Alan Bennett who lived for a time around 1974 in the well know literary community of Camden Town, London, where he became acquainted with an eccentric homeless woman living in a van outside his house on Gloucester Crescent. The peaceful stone-walled, hedged and gated streets of this well-kept cultured community of old converted...

Grandma & The Grump Movie Reviews

  GROUCHY OLD PEOPLE ARE BACK IN STYLE.   Poking fun at grumpy old people who have lost touch with the ever-changing world around them, complaining about how much better life was back in the old days, seems to be striking a chord with the aging Baby Boomer generation if these recent films are anything to go by: Grandma (2015) and The Grump (2014). These two films mine the comedy inherent in feisty silver-haired people who find no pleasure...

Holly Hunter Interview

  AT 57, HOLLY HUNTER HAS A HEALTHY GRASP OF AGING.  “It’s complicated,” says the petite powerhouse.  “You’re dealing with your own mortality.  It grows closer with each year.” “You don’t know how close,” she says with a whoop.  “It’s just sooner than it used to be!” “I think it’s good to deal with reality.  That’s healthy.  It’s good to think about the years passing without being morbid about it.” Hunter isn’t allowing anything to slow her down.  She...

Happy Birthday, Aries!

  ARIES IN THE AIR! Independent, fearless, creative and dynamic—these are just a few of the traits of those born under the sign of Aries.  Consider this extraordinary collection of people born under the sign of the ram, Aries:  Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Aretha Franklin, Goya, Robert Frost, Rafael, Jane Goodall, Henry James, Hayden, Bach, and too many more to mention.   Robert Downey Jr., 50 (b. 1965) These days he’s known as Iron Man but the actor...

Kelly McGillis Interview

  KELLY McGILLIS DOESN’T MINCE WORDS when it comes to aging the right way.  “At age 58, I want to say, ‘This is who I am.  Like it or not.  I have to be me,’” says the star of screen classics including Top Gun, The Accused and Witness. “We all get old.  We wrinkle.  It’s time to start working on your acceptance of life,” says the actress. No, she didn’t stage quick, de-aging trip to the face doctor before...

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