The ageless.

I wouldn’t see “Tammy” at gunpoint, but this passage from David Edelstein’s review is amusing:

The setup is promising, but the casting is … what’s that word again? Off. McCarthy is 43, Janney 52, and Sarandon 66 going on 40. Seriously, Sarandon is more gorgeous than she has been in any film since Bull Durham, a quarter-century ago. She doesn’t begin to compute as a granny who’s one foot from an old-age home, and she’s so serenely assured a comedian that she steals every scene.

What is the trick to being Susan Sarandon? I’ve been watching her in movies since “Atlantic City” in 1980, and she only gets better and sexier with age. Didn’t she leave Tim Robbins a few years back for an even younger man? Attagirl. Don’t go gently into that good night.

So. We’re headed into the weekend for sure, and I can tell because my neighborhood resounds with the sound of explosions and it’s…ridiculously cool outside, for July. Friday’s high is supposed to barely top 70. While that sounds OK to me, it is distinctly unseasonal.

I plan to enjoy it.

I wish I had more bloggage, but the world is taking a long weekend, so maybe I will, too. Who is Susan Sarandon’s skin guy? Send him to me.

And have a great weekend. Some photo posts later, I think.

Posted at 12:30 am in Popculch |

35 responses to “The ageless.”

  1. Dexter said on July 3, 2014 at 1:35 am

    He looks like he’s 18, not 36, the sort that stays up every weekend night until sun-up in my ‘hood, drunkin’ it up and smashing beer bottles all over the church parking lot and sidewalks. Here he is:

    Sarandon left Tim almost five years ago and will be 68 this year.

    Time catches ya with a left hook once in a while; Bob Hastings died at 89. He was my tour group’s celebrity greeter during my 1970 tour of Universal Studios , coming out to entertain us right there where he had filmed McHale’s Navy just a few years before. He was a brilliant character actor.

    Loving the cool weather which has arrived. Breezy and a long sleeve shirt is necessary when dog walking and I love that in July. I am eagerly anticipating spending many hours in front of the TVs here starting Saturday and for the next three weeks as another Tour de France kicks off , this year in Leeds in Great Britain, and I am looking forward to the scenery in Belgium and Spain as well. I rode the city streets here for ninety minutes at dusk tonight just for fun and fresh air. I took the Trek mountain bike because my route took me on a couple pathways across a park which has mulchy wood chips. I used to love that mountain bike but I found myself missing my Specialized cross bike after an hour on that Trek.
    So, I’ll be rooting for Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) in the TDF. Alberto Contador and Chris Froome (defending champ) will be betting favorites I suppose. I know the futbol fans of the world are glued to the World Cup, but I’ll be lost in the velo.

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  2. Sherri said on July 3, 2014 at 2:30 am

    We’ve been having some nice days mixed in with some rainy days, but then Monday, the switch to summer happened. We hit the 90’s, and while we immediately cooled back down the next day, it looks like summer is really here. Which is great: summer means sunshine and 70’s, usually. It’s a great payoff for the gray the rest of the year.

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  3. Sue said on July 3, 2014 at 8:00 am

    That ‘sexy old lady’ thing is nice to see, but for myself I would love to be able to pull off the ‘wacky British aunt’ vibe that Emma has. Gorgeous, comfy, open and friendly. I love how she can pull this stuff off and wish I could look like that too; if I tried this I’d nail the wacky part (in all its negative connotations) but not much else. When Emma gets to be Susan’s age she’ll still be rocking this look and making me want to be her best friend.
    I choose my imaginary celebrity friends by how our imaginary conversations would go. I imagine a conversation with Susan would be interesting and challenging; I think probably the same with Emma but with more laughs.
    On the weather side, I went out this morning amid the lush growth of my rain-soaked yard, all bundled up, looking for the second morning in a row at the cool, moist haze weaving around my neighbor’s pine trees, and felt a sudden urge to plant a rhododendron. Someone moved me to the Pacific Northwest while I wasn’t looking.

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  4. BigHank53 said on July 3, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Those of you with fat broadband connections and a hankering for bike races should know that for $30 you can buy streaming Tour de France coverage right off the main Tour web site. They do a condensed version, but it’s great to watch every minute of the race from when they start lining up. There will huge chunks without commentary because there’s not much to say about a pack of riders rolling through farmland an hour into a six-hour race. Fantastic to just keep it on in the background and watch the scenery.

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  5. Dorothy said on July 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

    I think Susan’s skin guy was two people – her parents. My mother has always had gorgeous skin and she’ll be 92 on Monday.

    We flung open windows and shut off the A/C this morning with great joy. Any chance to save $$ and enjoy the fresh air is a good thing.

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  6. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 3, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Also don’t miss Edelstein’s heartfelt review of “Life Itself.”

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  7. Jeff Borden said on July 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    Cool and clear in Chicago today and tomorrow. We always host a big 4th of July party in our backyard, which over the past few years have been either tropical steam baths or drizzly shiverathons. I think we’ll get lucky this year.

    I cannot think of a bad thing I’ve ever seen Susan Sarandon do. . .and I even saw her in her first major role in “Joe” with Peter Boyle, an interesting piece of agitprop that hasn’t aged well.

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  8. alex said on July 3, 2014 at 8:38 am

    One of the triumphs of feminism is that women can now have unseemly relationships with trophies who are just in it for the money or the limelight. We won’t have true parity, however, until men start entering the world’s oldest profession in numbers equal to those of women. 😉

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  9. Judybusy said on July 3, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Some years ago, one of the spin instructors at the YMCA would rig up a DVD player, projector, and screen so we could watch during class. It was great fun, and amazing to watch those riders power up hills faster than I go downhill.

    I am going to my first game at the relatively new baseball field tomorrow. My partner’s family is in town, and they like baseball. I can bring my Kindle if I want, so if things get boring, I will delve into the world of Trollope! I’m looking forward to eating there; lots of really good places, and I’m going with Butcher and Boar, a local restaurant that does all its own charcuterie.

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  10. brian stouder said on July 3, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Whoa! Today’s Vocabulary word: Charcuterie

    Well, I learned something today! Several of my office mates are very big into smoker/grilling every weekend, and then recounting in some detail what happened, each Monday

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  11. Judybusy said on July 3, 2014 at 9:33 am


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  12. Joe Kobiela said on July 3, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Was in Palwaukee yesterday afternoon for a few hours, man talk about a change in weather, rain wind cold, amazing what that big lake does with the weather.
    Sweat shirt on to bike this morning in northern indiana, sun came out for 30 minutes started to get warm, clouds back now and need a sweatshirt on to mow grass.
    Pilot Joe

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  13. Fritinancy said on July 3, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Edelstein needs to fire up IMDB. Melissa McCarthy is 33; Allison Janney is 54. So: plausible.

    Susan Sarandon is still 67 until October 4. Not plausible, casting-wise, but who cares? SARANDON.

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  14. Deggjr said on July 3, 2014 at 10:46 am

    She doesn’t begin to compute as a granny who’s one foot from an old-age home, …

    Sally Fields once played a role (Back Roads?) of inexpensive hooker in a run down Southern town and she did not compute at all in that role. If the movie was Back Roads that was 1981 and I still don’t believe the casting. That role was so incongruous but hey, Sally Fields, so I watched the movie anyway.

    Joe, do you mean Chicago Executive Airport ( 🙂

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  15. Deborah said on July 3, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Here’s and interesting history lesson from Gin and Tacos

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  16. Jeff Borden said on July 3, 2014 at 10:58 am


    Yeah, when I took the dog to the park yesterday afternoon about 6, it was only 58 degrees and drizzling. I’m no big fan of really hot weather and neither is the very furry dog, but 58 is just ridiculous.

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  17. Charlotte said on July 3, 2014 at 11:26 am

    Heat has arrived here in Montana — we’re all digging out our window air units. Also, lots of smoke from some fires in the Northwest Territories. But it was a beautiful day for the parade — only high 80s, last year it was low 100s, so everyone was happy. First night of the rodeo. My Himself lives right across from the rodeo grounds, and counters the awful corporate-country music with Parliament Funkadelic played so loud it shakes the brick house. Fireworks are kind of fun though.

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  18. coozledad said on July 3, 2014 at 11:47 am


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  19. Joe Kobiela said on July 3, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Pilot Joe

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  20. brian stouder said on July 3, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    (after reading Cooz’s link) Cooz and Joe and I all agree –


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  21. Minnie said on July 3, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    No doubt George’s folksy manner will charm the Iraqui factions. I’ve signed and forwarded.

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  22. MichaelG said on July 3, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    For the next week it will be upper nineties and low huns here in SacTown.

    There’s a big fire near Pope Valley in upper Napa County, just above the wine country but the winds are such that we aren’t getting any smoke like we do from Sierra fires.

    I’ve always thought, Dexter, that at least half the fun of the TdF is the beautiful scenery. I watched the AMGEN Tour of Calif in May and the scenery really falls flat next to that of France. The whole TofC looked like Fresno. I mean Fresno’s a nice enough town but it ain’t eye candy. And another thing: Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen are about the best sports announcing duo anywhere.

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  23. Basset said on July 3, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    Movies… gonna see the remastered “Hard Day’s Night” this weekend in an art-house theater with great projection and sound.

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  24. Kirk said on July 3, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Charlotte@17: “One Nation Under a Groove” seems most appropriate for Fourth of July.

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  25. brian stouder said on July 3, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    MichaelG, I was bowled-over by the beauty of San Diego/Coronado.

    ‘Course, being an inland/flatlander, I’m a sucker for hills and valleys and oceans and beaches!

    Here’s wishing all the best to Cooz and any other Carolinians in or near Arthur’s path.

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  26. MichaelG said on July 3, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Brian, this is not to say that California doesn’t have lots of beautiful scenery. It certainly does and is a match for anywhere. What I was thinking of was the camera on the chopper and on the ground passing through all those picturesque villages and past all those estates and castles and ancient bridges and so forth. All the manmade stuff. The outskirts of most California towns are pretty much all similar and not as scenic as the centuries old stuff in France. Spend an hour or so with the Tour and you’ll get what I mean.

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  27. Judybusy said on July 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I thought of Deborah when I saw this story on NPR:

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  28. Jolene said on July 3, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Dark skies and rain in our nation’s capital. The edges of Arthur passing by.

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  29. brian stouder said on July 3, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Speaking of Deborah – the article she posted a link to was an excellent little bit of historical perspective/pot-stirring…

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  30. Deborah said on July 3, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    There’s a hilarious Shouts and Murmurs piece in the latest New Yorker, called Tales of Old Santa Fe, I’d link to it but you have to be a subscriber to read it. If you’ve ever been here you will find it amusing.

    We are grilling chicken to take on a picnic tomorrow with some neighbors in Abiquiu. It’s threatening to rain, we got a good dousing last night too. In fact rain is predicted everyday until next Friday. I think we are entering the rainy season a bit early.

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  31. Deborah said on July 3, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Judy Busy, thanks for that link about the house made of dirt. When we are in phase 2 of our Abiquiu building project, a bath house, we’re going to use adobe. Phase 1, the cabin is all wood.

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  32. Sherri said on July 3, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    So, first Alito and friends said, don’t worry, the Hobby Lobby decision is a narrow one, it only applies to these 4 contraceptives and it’s only because the government had already provided less burdensome means of complying with the law to religious non-profits. The next day, they said, well, actually, it applies to all contraceptives, not just those 4. Today, they granted an injunction to Wheaton College on the grounds that that less burdensome means for religious non-profits was still too burdensome (it required that they fill out a form.)

    Will they take the 4th off, or will more rulings come down tomorrow further allowing corporations to take money out of the pockets of women and control their bodies?

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  33. Dexter said on July 3, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    MichaelG: Phil and Paul are the best, true that.

    This year, these cable sports networks that have popped up recently have been televising a lot of bicycle events from Europe. Some are live, some are in the can, but I always watch a few minutes.
    For years the TDF opening Saturday was a time trial, but they seem to have done away with that.

    I didn’t realize “Joe” was released five years prior to “Rocky Horror…”. “Damn it, Janet!”

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  34. Jeff (the mild-mannered one) said on July 3, 2014 at 11:34 pm

    Susan Sarandon will always be Janet to me, unless she’s Annie.

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  35. brian stouder said on July 3, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    Three non-sequiturs:

    1. Whoever Subaru hired to make their latest batch of commercials is really, really doing a good job. The one where the dad has the daughter changing a tire on her own gets me; and the “they lived” one is oddly powerful

    2. Speaking of commercials, GE has a great one where a young lady tells us what her mom does (makes planes that talk and locomotives that are friends of trees, etc). There’s a short and a long version of the same one…the long one is quite good

    3. we (apparently) have many knuckleheads around here this year; lots of window rattling booms and explosions, as the 4th approaches. I was cutting the grass this evening – and over the din of the mower a loud, deep “boom” hit me, and for an instant a felt genuine fear – it really sort of struck me in the chest – gave me a reflexive urge to duck.

    Then, I immediately thought of Pam’s uncle John, who – when he returned from the war in Vietnam 45+ years ago – had the experience of being in a parking lot when a loud firecracker went off, whereupon he hit the ground and scrunched beneath a truck.

    I think I now have a vague idea what he might have felt like in the instant the loud report hit his ears, and his chest.

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