Hollywood Legand Paul Newman Dies at 83

source:new york times

Paul Newman, one of the last of the great 20th-century movie stars, died Friday at his home in Westport, Conn. He was 83.

The cause was cancer, said Jeff Sanderson of Chasen & Company, Mr. Newman’s publicists.

If Marlon Brando and James Dean defined the defiant American male as a sullen rebel, Paul Newman recreated him as a likable renegade, a strikingly handsome figure of animal high spirits and blue-eyed candor whose magnetism was almost impossible to resist, whether the character was Hud, Cool Hand Luke or Butch Cassidy.

He acted in more than 65 movies over more than 50 years, drawing on a physical grace, unassuming intelligence and good humor that made it all seem effortless.

Yet he was also an ambitious, intellectual actor and a passionate student of his craft, and he achieved what most of his peers find impossible: remaining a major star into a craggy, charismatic old age even as he redefined himself as more than Hollywood star. He raced cars, opened summer camps for ailing children and became a nonprofit entrepreneur with a line of foods that put his picture on supermarket shelves around the world.

Mr. Newman made his Hollywood debut in the 1954 costume film “The Silver Chalice.” Stardom arrived a year and a half later, when he inherited from James Dean the role of the boxer Rocky Graziano in “Somebody Up There Likes Me.” Mr. Dean had been killed in a car crash before the screenplay was finished.

It was a rapid rise for Mr. Newman, but being taken seriously as an actor took longer. He was almost undone by his star power, his classic good looks and, most of all, his brilliant blue eyes. “I picture my epitaph,” he once said. “Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown.”

Mr. Newman’s filmography was a cavalcade of flawed heroes and winning antiheroes stretching over decades. In 1958 he was a drifting confidence man determined to marry a Southern belle in an adaptation of “The Long, Hot Summer.” In 1982, in “The Verdict,” he was a washed-up alcoholic lawyer who finds a chance to redeem himself in a medical malpractice case.

And in 2002, at 77, having lost none of his charm, he was affably deadly as Tom Hanks’s gangster boss in “Road to Perdition.” It was his last onscreen role in a major theatrical release. (He supplied the voice of the veteran race car Doc in the Pixar animated film “Cars” in 2006.)

Few major American stars have chosen to play so many imperfect men.

As Hud Bannon in “Hud” (1963) Mr. Newman was a heel on the Texas range who wanted the good life and was willing to sell diseased cattle to get it. The character was intended to make the audience feel “loathing and disgust,” Mr. Newman told a reporter. Instead, he said, “we created a folk hero.”

As the self-destructive convict in “Cool Hand Luke” (1967) Mr. Newman was too rebellious to be broken by a brutal prison system. As Butch Cassidy in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969) he was the most amiable and antic of bank robbers, memorably paired with Robert Redford. And in “The Hustler” (1961) he was the small-time pool shark Fast Eddie, a role he recreated 25 years later, now as a well-heeled middle-aged liquor salesman, in “The Color of Money” (1986).

That performance, alongside Tom Cruise, brought Mr. Newman his sole Academy Award, for best actor, after he had been nominated for that prize six times. In all he received eight Oscar nominations for best actor and one for best supporting actor, in “Road to Perdition.” “Rachel, Rachel,” which he directed, was nominated for best picture.

“When a role is right for him, he’s peerless,” the film critic Pauline Kael wrote in 1977. “Newman is most comfortable in a role when it isn’t scaled heroically; even when he plays a bastard, he’s not a big bastard — only a callow, selfish one, like Hud. He can play what he’s not — a dumb lout. But you don’t believe it when he plays someone perverse or vicious, and the older he gets and the better you know him, the less you believe it. His likableness is infectious; nobody should ever be asked not to like Paul Newman.”

But the movies and the occasional stage role were never enough for him. He became a successful racecar driver, winning several Sports Car Club of America national driving titles. He even competed at Daytona in 1995 as a 70th birthday present to himself. In 1982, as a lark, he decided to sell a salad dressing he had created and bottled for friends at Christmas. Thus was born the Newman’s Own brand, an enterprise he started with his friend A. E. Hotchner, the writer. More than 25 years later the brand has expanded to include, among other foods, lemonade, popcorn, spaghetti sauce, pretzels, organic Fig Newmans and wine. (His daughter Nell Newman runs the company’s organic arm.) All its profits, of more than $200 million, have been donated to charity, the company says.

Much of the money was used to create a string of Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, named for the outlaw gang in “Butch Cassidy.” The camps provide free summer recreation for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Mr. Newman was actively involved in the project, even choosing cowboy hats as gear so that children who had lost their hair because of chemotherapy could disguise their baldness.

Several years before the establishment of Newman’s Own, on Nov. 28, 1978, Scott Newman, the oldest of Mr. Newman’s six children and his only son, died at 28 of an overdose of alcohol and pills. His father’s monument to him was the Scott Newman Center, created to publicize the dangers of drugs and alcohol. It is headed by Susan Newman, the oldest of his five daughters.

Mr. Newman’s three younger daughters are the children of his 50-year second marriage, to the actress Joanne Woodward. Mr. Newman and Ms. Woodward both were cast — she as an understudy — in the Broadway play “Picnic” in 1953. Starting with “The Long, Hot Summer” in 1958, they co-starred in 10 movies, including “From the Terrace” (1960), based on a John O’Hara novel about a driven executive and his unfaithful wife; “Harry & Son” (1984), which Mr. Newman also directed, produced and helped write; and “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” (1990), James Ivory’s version of a pair of Evan S. Connell novels, in which Mr. Newman and Ms. Woodward played a conservative Midwestern couple coping with life’s changes.

When good roles for Ms. Woodward dwindled, Mr. Newman produced and directed “Rachel, Rachel” for her in 1968. Nominated for the best-picture Oscar, the film, a delicate story of a spinster schoolteacher tentatively hoping for love, brought Ms. Woodward her second of four best-actress Oscar nominations. (She won the award on her first nomination, for the 1957 film “The Three Faces of Eve,” and was nominated again for her roles in “Mr. & Mrs. Bridge” and the 1973 movie “Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams.”)

Mr. Newman also directed his wife in “The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds” (1972), “The Glass Menagerie” (1987) and the television movie “The Shadow Box” (1980). As a director his most ambitious film was “Sometimes a Great Notion” (1971), based on the Ken Kesey novel.

In an industry in which long marriages might be defined as those that last beyond the first year and the first infidelity, Mr. Newman and Ms. Woodward’s was striking for its endurance. But they admitted that it was often turbulent. She loved opera and ballet. He liked playing practical jokes and racing cars. But as Mr. Newman told Playboy magazine, in an often-repeated quotation about marital fidelity, “I have steak at home; why go out for hamburger?”

Paul Leonard Newman was born on Jan. 26, 1925, in Cleveland. His mother, the former Teresa Fetzer, was a Roman Catholic who turned to Christian Science. His father, Arthur, who was Jewish, owned a thriving sporting goods store that enabled the family to settle in affluent Shaker Heights, Ohio, where Paul and his older brother, Arthur, grew up.

Casting News!!!! Guiding Light

Guiding Light

Soap Opera Digest has learned that Emmy-nominated actor Jeff Branson (ex-Jonathan, AMC) has been tapped to fill the the long-awaited recast role of GL’s Shayne Lewis. Branson left Pine Valley earlier this year and will be heading to Springfield on December 1 as Josh and Reva’s son, who had recently gone missing in Afghanistan. Branson is the seventh actor to play the part. Shayne was last seen on-screen back in 2004.


Soapvivor On Rachel Ray Today!!!

Rachel Ray; Chrishelle Strause (Amanda) All My Children; Kane Manera (Grandy) Guiding Light

Jeff Probst, host of “Survivor,” will be on the “Rachael Ray” show tomorrow to test the merits of three daytime stars: Chrishell Stause (Amanda on “All My Children), Brandon Buddy (Cole on “One Life to Live”), and Kane Manera (Grady on “Guiding Light”).

They’ll be competing in a “Soapvivor” contest — except there won’t be an island, or bugs or starving, hygienically-challenged contestants.

“Soapvivor” is people competing in games like “getting a high paying job with no experience,” “talking to themselves,” “having sex in caves,” and “driving halfway across town when you could just use a phone.”

Tune into “Rachael Ray” today on CBS to see who wins!

New Fall Shows: Do Not Disturb on Wednesdays

Jerry O’Connell and Niecy Nash

He thinks he runs the place. She knows better.
DO NOT DISTURB is a workplace comedy set at one of New York City’s hottest and hippest hotels: The Inn. Named one of the Big Apple’s “10 Best Places to Stay,” The Inn is just that – the “in” place to be, with its chic décor, stylish staff and celebrity clientele. Behind the scenes, however, the upstairs/downstairs dynamic tells quite a different story.

The hotel’s top-notch reputation and sophisticated look is due in large part to NEAL (Jerry O’Connell) – at least in his opinion. Neal is the egotistical, womanizing general manager who will do whatever it takes to make sure the hotel is considered the best party in town.

RHONDA (Niecy Nash) is the head of Human Resources who also keeps Neal’s demands in check. She’s brash, fabulous and brutally honest and runs the HR department from her bullpen downstairs with a set of rules that are all her own. Rhonda does her best to keep the back of the house in line and the front of the house out of trouble.

At the front desk handling check-in while wearing 6-inch Manolos is NICOLE (Molly Stanton), an aging model who is svelte, cynical and slightly starving.

The downstairs staff includes MOLLY (Jolene Purdy), a reservations clerk who dreams of pop-singer stardom as much as she craves to be part of the action upstairs; and LARRY (Jesse Tyler Ferguson), the head of housekeeping, who spends more time on the phone cleaning up his messes at home than he does cleaning up after the guests upstairs.

DO NOT DISTURB, a 20th Century Fox Television production in association with Reveille, LLC and Principato-Young Productions, is written by Abraham Higginbotham (“Arrested Development”) and executive-produced by Higginbotham, Howard Owens (“30 Days,” “Nashville Star”), Carolyn Bernstein, Paul Young (“Reno 911!”), Peter Principato (“Reno 911!”) and Brian Dobbins (“Adopted”). Jason Bateman serves as director of the pilot.
Cast of “Do Not Disturb”

DO NOT DISTURB airs Wednesday Nights on FOX.


(Darryl(DMC)McDaniel; Reverend Joseph(Run)Simmons, RunDMC)

Run-D.M.C., Metallica and the Stooges are among nine nominees for next year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class, the institution has announced.

The other nominees are guitarist Jeff Beck, singer Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack, and disco and R&B group Chic.

The list is notable for the wide range of musical genres represented – hip-hop, metal, punk, disco and R&B – and the large number of first-time candidates. Only Chic, the Stooges and Jackson have been previously nominated.

The five leading vote-getters will be announced in January and inducted April 4 in Cleveland.

The ceremony returns to Cleveland after more than a decade in New York, and tickets will be available to the public for the first time.

Run-D.M.C. was nominated in the first year of its eligibility. Metallica this month released “Death Magnetic,” which marks a return to its early speed metal days.

The Stooges, recently given props in the film “Juno,” last appeared on the ballot two years ago.

Left out were Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bon Jovi, both eligible for the first time. To be nominated an act must have released its first single or album 25 years prior.

More than 500 musicians, industry professionals and journalists vote on the inductions

(source: AP; SF Gate)

EMMYS: The Best in TV Isn’t Free Cable Dominates The Emmys

(multiple emmy winner, 30 Rock’s Tina Fey)
HBO Leads 60th Primetime Emmys
30 Rock, Mad Men Take Top Series
September 21, 2008

A 1960s advertising agency, a fictional sketch-comedy show and the second president of the United States were among the big winners at the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards.

Among the twenty-eight awards handed out over the course of the Television Academy’s diamond anniversary event, which was telecast live on ABC, HBO topped the night with 10 winged statuettes. NBC followed with four.

Combined with its awards at last Saturday’s Creative Arts Emmys, HBO led for the year as well, with 26 in all.

Leading the recipients of multiple awards between the two awards ceremonies was HBO’s seven-part historical miniseries John Adams, with 13 Emmys, surpassing a miniseries record set by another HBO production, Angels in America, which won 11 in 2004, and ABC’s Eleanor and Franklin, which won 11 in 1976.

It was an evening of milestones and memories. Among the September 21 ceremony’s firsts: the Primetime Emmys’ debut in their new venue, NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE, in downtown Los Angeles.

(Probst, Klum, Seacrest, Bergeron, Mandel, emmy hosts)
In another landmark, 2008 was the first time an Emmy was awarded for outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program. The five nominees, Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars), Heidi Klum (Project Runway), Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal), Jeff Probst (Survivor) and Ryan Seacrest (American Idol) — commemorated the new category by hosting the festivities.

In addition, a new record was set for consecutive wins in a single category when Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart prevailed as outstanding variety, music or comedy series and CBS’s The Amazing Race was named outstanding reality-competition program. Their victories marked six straight for both shows, breaking the mark of five in a row held by NBC’s Frasier in the outstanding comedy series category and CBS’s The Late Show With David Letterman in the outstanding variety, music or comedy series category.

Yet another breakthrough: in an unprecedented achievement, a basic cable production was named one of the year’s top series when Mad Men, the moody AMC network ensemble set in an early-1960s New York City advertising agency, took the award for outstanding drama series. Heretofore, only the only cable series to win this award was The Sopranos, which aired on the pay service HBO.

For the second consecutive year, outstanding comedy series went to NBC’s 30 Rock, set amid the farcical backstage antics of a network sketch-comedy show.

30 Rock’s other awards for comedy series included outstanding lead actor, which went to Alec Baldwin for his performance as officious network executive Jack Donaghy, and outstanding lead actress, which was awarded to Tina Fey for the role of harried writer-producer Liz Lemon. Fey also scored outstanding writing for a comedy series, for the episode titled “Cooter.”

In addition to Fey, others prevailing in the writing categories included Matthew Weiner, who took the award for outstanding writing for a drama series for “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” his pilot script for AMC’s Mad Men. Outstanding writing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special went to Kirk Ellis for John Adams.

After three previous supporting actor nominations for his comedic work on the Fox comedy Malcolm in the Middle, Bryan Cranston took home the statuette for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his performance in AMC’s Breaking Bad.

In a departure from Cranston’s best known work, his character, Walter White, is a high school chemistry teacher who, when he is diagnosed with cancer, begins manufacturing methamphetamine in an effort to earn money to leave to his family upon his death.

Marking her second career Emmy among 11 nominations, Glenn Close was named outstanding lead actress in a drama series for the role of brilliant but devious attorney Patricia Hewes in FX’s acclaimed legal thriller Damages.

Outstanding supporting actress in a drama series — the second Emmy of a distinguished career that also includes two Oscars — went to Dianne Wiest for her performance as psychotherapist Gina Toll on HBO’s In Treatment. Outstanding supporting actor in a drama series went to Zeljko Ivanek, of FX’s Damages, for his performance as Ray Fiske, a troubled attorney representing a volatile billionaire, played by Ted Danson, in a major lawsuit.

On the comedy side, outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series went to Jean Smart, as Christina Applegate’s mother on ABC’s Samantha Who? It was the third Emmy of Smart’s career.

Also winning his third Emmy — for the third consecutive year — was Jeremy Piven, who was named outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series for his performance as frenetic, foul-mouthed talent agent Ari Gold on HBO’s Entourage.

Outstanding miniseries was given to John Adams, based on David McCullough’s biography, and outstanding made-for-television movie went to yet another HBO production, Recount, about the events surrounding the disputed results of the 2000 U.S. presidential election.

Paul Giamatti was named outstanding lead actor in a miniseries or movie for the title role of John Adams, and in the same production, Laura Linney captured the award for outstanding lead actress in a miniseries or movie for her performance as Adams’s wife, Abigail.

John Adams also took outstanding supporting actor in a miniseries or movie, which was given to Tom Wilkinson, who played Benjamin Franklin. Outstanding supporting actress in a miniseries or movie was won by Dame Eileen Atkins in Cranford, a production of PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre.

The ultimate winner among the reality competition program hosts was Survivor’s Jeff Probst, making him, fittingly, the sole survivor of the five nominees.

Crowd favorite Don Rickles was honored for outstanding individual performance in a variety or music program for HBO’s Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project.

Greg Yaitanes took outstanding directing for a drama series for the “House’s Head” episode of Fox’s House. Outstanding directing for a comedy series went to Barry Sonnenfeld for “Pie-Lette,” the pilot episode of ABC’s Pushing Daisies. Outstanding directing for a miniseries, movie or dramatic special was taken by Recount’s Jay Roach.

Outstanding directing for a variety, music or comedy program went to Louis J. Horvitz, who accepted the award, which was given for his work on ABC’s 80th Annual Academy Awards, from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE production truck, where he was directing the very show that had just honored him with an Emmy.

Also among variety, music or comedy programming, Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report won its first Emmy when it was singled out for outstanding writing for a variety, music or comedy program.

Other highlights of the 60th Primetime Emmys telecast included onstage replicas of sets from such classic series as Seinfeld, The West Wing, M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show; a video montage of memorable acceptance speeches; the bestowal of a commemorative Emmy to writer-comedian Tommy Smothers, presented by Steve Martin; and a reunion of five stars from the groundbreaking comedy series Laugh-In — Ruth Buzzi, Gary Owens, Alan Sues, Lily Tomlin and Gary Owens — to present the award for outstanding variety, music or comedy series.

(cast of “Laugh In” performing at the emmy telecast)Rounding out this year’s winners between the 60th Primetime Emmys show and the Creative Arts Emmys, after HBO’s 26 Emmys and ABC’s 12, were CBS, NBC and PBS with 10 each; AMC with eight; Showtime with five; Fox with four; Comedy Central and FX Networks with three; Bravo, Cartoon Network and Sci Fi Channel with two; and The CW, Discovery Channel, Disney Channel, National Geographic Channel, nbc.com, Nickelodeon, SciFiChannel.com, TBS, The History Channel/VOD and TNT with one each.

Among recipients of multiple awards this Primetime Emmys season, following John Adams’ 13 wins, was 30 Rock, which took seven overall. Mad Men won six, and Damages, Pushing Daisies, Recount, CBS’s 50th Annual Grammy Awards and PBS’s The War captured three each. Breaking Bad, Cranford, In Treatment and Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project all won two, as did ABC’s 80th Annual Academy Awards, PBS’s American Masters, HBO’s Autism: The Musical, Sci Fi Channel’s Battlestar Galactica, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and Showtime’s This American Life.

A complete list of winners is available at http://cdn.emmys.tv/awards/2008pte/60thpte_nomswin.php

(source: abc.com)

EMMY FASHIONS: The Best of The Best

It was an overall winner in fashion this year as the biggest stars in television came out to celebrate The Emmy ceremony’s 60th birthday in style. There were no real fashion blunders, with everyone looking to go elegant and virtually convservative in these hard uncertain ecomonic times. Could that be why the jewelry seemed a little simplier and less flashy? Take a peak at some of the best….

Christina Applegate of “Samantha Who” was the best dressed.

The runners up were…

Kate Walsh of “Private Practice”

Mary Louise Parker of “Weeds”

Brooke Shields of “Lipstick Jungle”

Sandra Oh of “Grey’s Anatomy”

Just to name a few…


George Michael Arrested For Drug Possession.

George Michael was arrested in public toilets suspected of possessing drugs.

Reports say the multi-millionaire singer was arrested after a tip-off from a suspicious toilet attendant after he was seen loitering in underground loos in London’s Hampstead Heath on Friday.

When officers arrived Michael was still in the toilet and police reportedly found him in possession of cannabis and crack cocaine.

In a candid interview for BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs last year, Michael talked openly about his drug use.

He said: “I’m a happy man and I can afford my marijuana so that’s not a problem.”

A spokesman for the Met Police said: “I can confirm that a 45-year-old man was arrested on September 19 on suspicion of possession of drugs in the Hampstead Heath area.

“He was taken to a north London police station where he received a caution for possession of class A and class C drugs.”

At his last concert at Earls Court in London last month he announced to journalists that there would be no more stadium tours.

Michael’s tour began in Barcelona in September 2006 and he has entertained more than 1.3 million fans across Europe and North America.

The 21-date American leg of the tour was the first time he has performed there for 17years and included New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago and Washington.

(source: The Press Association)

Bianca Back On All My Children With A Big Surprise

“All My Children” is getting a double dose of star power. Eden Riegel, who played the beloved Bianca Montgomery from 2000-2005 (with appearances in 2006 and 2007), is coming back to the show. She’s bringing along actress Tamara Braun, best known for her work as Carly on “General Hospital” and recently as Ava on “Days of our Lives.”

Bianca, daughter of Erica Kane, has fronted major storylines that has gained noteable praise and attention from soap fans and critics alike. She is best known as the first openly gay front burner character on daytime. Bianca MOntgomery has been though a lot in her short time on soap opera earth. Her character basically survived everything: a rape, having her baby stolen, anorexia, coming out, having Erica Kane as a mother. When last seen in 2007 (she arrived to visit her nephew, Ian), Bianca was living with Paris with her young daughter, Miranda.

Bianca is returning to Pine Valley with a new girlfriend, Her name is Reese Williams, played by none other than Tamara Braun. Reese is a confident and successful architect who Bianca has been living with in Paris. When last seen, Bianca was considering a relationship with Zoe, the transgender rock star played by the amazing Jeff Carlson.

More importantly, how are her sister Kendall (Alicia Minshew), her mother Erica (Susan Lucci) and her brother-in-law Zach (Thorsten Kaye) going to handle Reese? The Kane clan is rebuilding which is good. AMC has centered too long around characters like Ryan, Babe and Greenlee who have no real family ties to the community yet have been in storylines that seemed to dominate all of the shows focus. The return of Bianca will help the show facilitate a more direct approach to focusing on family and community. All of Erica’s family should be in Pine Valley. They are a force to be reckoned with.

Bianca first airs on October 17. Reese will follow on October 30.

All My Children airs on ABC and on SOAPnet weekdays.

(source: SOAPnet.com; pictured: Eden Reigel(Bianca), Tamara Braun (Reese)

Songwriter Of Classic Motown Dies

Norman Whitfield, who co-wrote a string of Motown classics including “War” and “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” has died. He was 67.

Norman Whitfield was one of Motown’s leading writers and producers.

A spokeswoman at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center says Whitfield died there Tuesday. He suffered from complications of diabetes and had recently emerged from a coma, The Detroit Free Press reported.

Whitfield was a longtime Motown producer who during the 1960s and ’70s injected rock and psychedelic touches into the label’s soul music. Many of his biggest hits were co-written with Barrett Strong, with whom he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.

The two won the Grammy in 1972 for best R&B song for the Temptations’ “Papa Was a Rolling Stone.” Whitfield won another Grammy in 1976 for best original TV or motion picture score for “Car Wash.”

Whitfield also worked as a producer for the Temptations and others.

Many of Whitfield’s songs from that era, including Edwin Starr’s 1970 “War” and the Temptations’ 1970 “Ball of Confusion (That’s What the World Is Today),” have a strong political tone.

In a statement, Motown great Smokey Robinson hailed Whitfield as “one of the most prolific songwriters and record producers of our time. He will live forever through his great music.”

Among Whitfield’s other songs, according to the Songwriters Hall Web site, are “Beauty Is Only Skin Deep,” “Cloud Nine” and “Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me),” all hits for the Temptations; and “Too Busy Thinking About My Baby,” a 1969 hit for Marvin Gaye.

Just last week, Gaye’s version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” from 1968, was ranked at No. 65 in Billboard magazine’s compilation of the top singles of the past 50 years. It was also a hit for Gladys Knight and the Pips, in 1967.

source:ap, cnn