Media Scan

Media Scan: A Movie About Aging, a DVD for Exercise, a Book About Dieting

Andy Griffith and Liz Sheridan star in "Play the Game."
Andy Griffith and Liz Sheridan star in "Play the Game." (Story Films Inc.)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Andy's Definitely Not In Mayberry Anymore

"Play the Game"

(Slowhand Releasing)

This comedy, which is scheduled to hit theaters Aug. 28, stars Andy Griffith as an 84-year-old widower whose Lothario grandson (Paul Campbell) is determined to get gramps dating again. An ad promises moviegoers will see Griffith "as you've never seen [him] before." They've got that right: In one scene, Griffith takes Viagra, then shouts, "It's alive! It's a miracle! Quick -- before it's gone!" Then, viewers see a close-up of Griffith's satisfied face.


Don't Wait to Exhale

"Core Fusion:

Thighs & Glutes" (Acacia)

Husband-and-wife trainer team Elisabeth Halfpapp and Fred DeVito's Core Fusion method combines disciplines such as Pilates, yoga and dance. In-person classes are available only at exhale spas (the closest of the 13 branches is in New York), so the rest of us are stuck sculpting our buns with these at-home workout DVDs. The special thighs and glutes edition includes five 10-minute workouts that will make your quads tremble with exertion but are ultimately a little boring.


A Pigskin Diet

"The All-Pro Diet"

(Rodale Books)

You can bet that NFL tight end Tony Gonzalez's new diet book won't suggest much grapefruit, cottage cheese and Melba toast: At 6-foot-5 and 243 pounds, Gonzalez needs plenty of fuel to play for the Atlanta Falcons. The 33-year-old athlete considers the lean protein, whole grains and omega-3-packed food in his All-Pro Diet to be "clean fuel to burn while exercising." Gonzalez hopes that his book, written with his nutritionist, Mitzi Dulan, will help dieters lose weight and gain strength and energy. He also wants to reach other NFL players, whom he has seen retire and "face a lifelong struggle with obesity and its many consequences."

-- Rachel Saslow

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