Shirley MacLaine slams Hollywood for ignoring older audience

The 78-year-old star said that she was now “in sync with an audience of senior citizens, and am making four pictures for them this year.”  “They have no movies made for them. How many times can you see Batman?” the BBC quoted her as saying during a Radio Times interview.

“Things are done according to money these days. Movie makers now choose profit over vision,” she said. MacLaine was speaking after joining the cast ITV1’s hit drama ‘Downton Abbey,’ which returns for a third series in the autumn.

She will play Martha Levinson, the American mother of Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham, who visits Britain in 1920 to attend the wedding of her granddaughter, Lady Mary, to Matthew Crawley.  Producers of the show have described Martha as “a wonderful combatant for Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess.” 

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