NEW ORLEANS (AP) â€” Actor Billy Crystal babysat for his granddaughters for five days, and from the experience, a movie was born.
â€œIt was exhausting,â€ Crystal said of his babysitting experience as he walked the red carpet in New Orleans. Crystal said the movie is a fun, touching and comedic take on â€œthe phenomenon of being able to take care of your kidsâ€™ kids.â€
The filmâ€™s director, Andy Fickman, said it was â€œa dream opportunity as a director to work with two comedy geniusesâ€ in Crystal and Midler.
Fickman, who also walked the red carpet, said he was drawn to the story because many people can relate to the subject matter.
â€œEvery generation thinks they know more than the previous generation,â€ Fickman said. â€œWe all like to talk about how we were raised.â€
Crystal said he hasnâ€™t been approached to host the Academy Awards for a 10th time but heâ€™d be up to the challenge.
â€œIâ€™m always willing to do it,â€ he said.
He turns 65 next year and has made a career out of turning his life into comedy: â€œCity Slickersâ€ was a story of mid-life crisis. The actor is also working on a book that will be part memoir with jokes about getting older.
Fridayâ€™s â€œParental Guidanceâ€ screening coincides with the AARPâ€™s national convention in New Orleans.
The screening is one of several films with baby boomer appeal showing at the AARP convention. Others include â€œThe Descendentsâ€ with George Clooney, the British comedy â€œThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,â€ the romantic comedy â€œThe Orangesâ€ and the documentary â€œPaul Williams Still Aliveâ€ â€” about the musician and actor whose songwriting credits include the Carpentersâ€™ â€œWeâ€™ve Only Just Begun.â€
On Saturday, there will be a screening of â€œArbitrage,â€ the recently-released dramatic thriller starring Richard Gere as a billionaire hedge-fund magnate juggling scandals that could destroy him personally and professionally. The film co-stars Susan Sarandon and Brit Marling.
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