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Dirty Grandpa

By Bob on December 17, 2015 4:01 AM

Let's just get this out in the open. Robert DeNiro is a national treasure who gets better with age. And what better way to celebrate his DeNiro-ness than his latest film, Dirty Grandpa. A movie that tosses out his tough guy image and replaces it with a sexy curmudgeon. 

C'mon...what's not to like?

Dirty Grandpa-600.jpgMeet Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) a twenty-something that's one week away from marrying his boss's uber-controlling daughter. All is well until straight-laced Jason is duped into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (De Niro), to Daytona for spring break - which puts Jason's pending nuptials in jeopardy.

Think The Hangover without Bradley Cooper or Mike Tyson. 

Cue the riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic karaoke throw-down, so we can see that Dick is on a quest to live his life to the fullest and bring Jason along with him. Yeah, it's stupid, but it's also a lot of fun. DeNiro playing against the DeNiro image is laugh-out-loud funny.


You KNOW where this is going but the ride makes it too much fun to care. It's no spoiler to tell you that ultimately, "dirty" grandpa and tight-assed grandson learn plenty from one another and form a bond they never had. It's sweet without being saccharine. 

DeNiro and Efron are joined by Aubrey Plaza (Parks & Recreation), Julianne Hough, Jason Mantzoukas (The League), Danny Glover, Adam Pally, and Dermot Mulroney. It's in wide release beginning Jan. 22. 


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Diabetes-Friendly Chicken Burrito Bowl

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By Laura Cipullo and Lisa Mikus, authors of Everyday Diabetes Meals
Image credit: Colin Erricson

Prepare your own Mexican quick fix with this Chipotle-inspired bowl. Carbs are moderated by filling the bowl with beans, extra veggies and chicken. No need for rice, since the beans count as carbs.


If you love tomatoes, increase the quantity to 1/2 cup, but note that the carbohydrates will also increase.

If preparing this recipe for one person, cut all of the ingredients in half. Or simply prepare the full recipe up to the end of step 2 and store leftover chicken and vegetable-bean mixture in separate airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat in the microwave on High for 1 to 2 minutes, or until heated through, and continue with step 3.

Health Bite: The iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc in black beans help to keep bones strong and healthy.

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It's been almost 18 years since Alison Krauss gave us a solo album, but the wait is over with Windy City. The release (her fifth solo studio album) features ten covers of classic songs (and some bonus tracks) she picked with producer Buddy Cannon.

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