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Quirk in Senate Rules Could Kill Newman's Own

Exemption to save company was cut from tax bill

(Newser) - The food company Paul Newman gave to his charitable foundation months before his death in 2008 may have been doomed by a quirk in Senate regulations. The tax overhaul recently passed by the Senate included a measure that would have spared Newman's Own a crushing 200% tax, but it... More »

Paul Newman's Rolex Now Most Expensive Watch Ever Auctioned

It sold for $17M after 12 minutes of bidding

(Newser) - Pre-auction estimates for Paul Newman's Rolex Daytona—an icon in the watch world—went higher than $1 million. But it ended up selling for 17 times that, Esquire reports. Its $17,752,500 sale price after 12 minutes of bidding set a world record, making it the most expensive... More »

7 Colorblind Celebs

Including 2 who had to give up other career dreams

(Newser) - Celebrities aren't perfect—some of them are colorblind, and Ranker lists 21. A sampling:
  • Paul Newman: The late actor had to give up his dream of being a pilot due to color blindness.
  • Mark Zuckerberg: He's red-green colorblind, and reportedly picked blue for Facebook's logo because it'
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20 Celebs Who've Starred in Obscure Commercials

These A-listers don't mind making a buck, shilling products overseas

(FOX News Magazine) - With a few rare exceptions, Hollywood's biggest stars rarely slum in American television commercials. The closest they come is the occasional L'Oreal or Chanel spot, or those long-form ProActiv ads on late-night TV. (We're looking at you, Katy Perry and Adam Levine.) On the other hand,... More »

Butch Cassidy Saddles Up Again

This time without the Sundance Kid

(Newser) - Forty years after his apparent death in a Bolivian shootout at the end of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy is back. Blackthorn, a new movie set to begin filming next month, has Sam Shepard taking Paul Newman's old role, saddling up as an older Cassidy who returns... More »

The Best of Cold War Cinema

With the Evil Empire as the bad guy, Hollywood made some great flicks

(Newser) - Maybe the reason Betsy Sharkey is feeling nostalgic about Cold War flicks is that the era offered a clear, if flawed, idea that we were the good guys. Regardless, it made for some good movies. The Los Angeles Times critic's faves, by "capricious category":
  • Aliens: With "subtexts rich
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The Greatest Sports Movies Ever Made

(Newser) - After a "bloody battle royale," the sports staff of the New York Daily News has anointed the best sports films of all time. Among the contenders:
  • Raging Bull: Robert De Niro's knockout performance as boxer Jake LaMotta makes this one of the greatest movies of any kind ever
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Newman More Hustler Than Mr. Nice Guy: Bio

Book claims 'faithful' star was boozing philanderer

(Newser) - Paul Newman’s own secret recipe was a steady diet of booze and womanizing, according to a biography of the late star obtained by the New York Post. In Paul Newman: A Life, slated to come out next month, author Shawn Levy describes the Oscar winner as a functioning alcoholic... More »

Those We Lost in 2008

(Newser) - This year saw the passing of many notable people, from Paul Newman and Michael Crichton to William F. Buckley and designer Yves St. Laurent. Here are a few that made the lists of the NY Times and LA Times:
  • Tim Russert (b. 1950)—TV journalist and 16-year host of Meet
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Newman: Proud Liberal, Embarrassed Sex Symbol

Maureen Dowd pays affectionate tribute to frequent interviewee

(Newser) - Paul Newman was an unapologetic liberal, Maureen Dowd reminds us in a column on the actor who was also her teenage crush. He made Nixon's enemies list for supporting Eugene McCarthy and opposing the Vietnam War, and had "traits that have been in short supply in the Bush administration,... More »

Redford Remembers Newman

From Butch Cassidy to birthday gifts, Robert Redford recalls friendship

(Newser) - "Paul really likes to have fun and…he really especially loves to laugh at his own jokes, and some of them are just really awful," Robert Redford recalled of his friend Paul Newman to ABC News. "He enjoyed them so much…you'd start to laugh with him... More »

Newman Wanted Charitable Legacy

Actor hoped camps, Newman's Own line would outlast him

(Newser) - Paul Newman broached the subject of his philanthropic legacy several years ago while fishing with friends in North Carolina. Even though he was a Hollywood icon, it was a rare moment in which Newman reflected on how he would be remembered after his death, one of his buddies recalled yesterday.... More »

All Hail Paul, 'Ultimate Cool Guy'

From Clooney to the Clintons, nation pays tribute to actor icon

(Newser) - E! Online published a list of high-profile tributes in remembrance of Paul Newman's death Friday. Here are some highlights:
  • "He set the bar too high for the rest of us. Not just actors, but all of us." —George Clooney
  • "Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy
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Newman a Man for All Seasons

Whether racing cars, making pasta sauce, or helping sick children, acting was just one of Paul Newman's talents

(Newser) - Paul Newman was one of our most legendary actors, but his life and legacy went far beyond the movies, the New York Times writes. From his rare long-lived Hollywood marriage to Joanne Woodward (they lived in Connecticut) to his tireless philanthropy on behalf of sickly kids, Newman did more than... More »

Paul Newman Dead at 83

Legendary actor struggled with cancer, spokeswoman says

(Newser) - Paul Newman, the Academy-Award winning actor who personified cool as an activist, race car driver, popcorn impresario and the anti-hero of such films as Hud, Cool Hand Luke and The Color of Money, has died after a long battle with cancer, the AP reports. He was 83. In May, Newman... More »

At $50M, Oprah Stars on Celeb Giving List

Barbra Streisand ($11M), Paul Newman ($10M) among other 8-figure standouts

(Newser) - Parade's annual list of the 30 most generous celebrities is out, and among the best philanthropists are:
  • Oprah Winfrey: $50.2 million for education, women and children's advocacy.
  • Herb Alpert: $13 million for music education.
  • Barbra Streisand: $11 million for the environment, women's issues, AIDS research.
  • Paul Newman: $10 million
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Newman Quits Hospital, With 'Weeks to Live'

Asks to die at home with family

(Newser) - Cancer-stricken Paul Newman is finished with chemotherapy and has gone home to be with his family, Fox News reports. The 82-year-old Oscar-winner reportedly has weeks to live but “didn’t want to die in the hospital,” a family friend said. The actor is said to have been getting... More »

Ailing Newman Gives $120M Company to Charity

Reports say movie legend dying of lung cancer

(Newser) - Movie legend Paul Newman has quietly turned over his ownership of Newman's Own cookies and salad dressing company—worth $120 million—to his charitable foundation, which helps ill and impoverished kids, reports Fox TV. News of the gift comes amid reports the gaunt 83-year-old star is dying of lung cancer;... More »

Pollack's 'Films Always Felt Like Best Pictures'

Capable in every genre, he let actors speak for themselves

(Newser) - Sydney Pollack was a throwback, Desson Thomson writes in the Washington Post. He liked to say he didn’t have a style, and it was true—he "made movies in what seemed like every conceivable genre—thrillers, westerns, epics, actioners and comedies. But his formula was pretty much the... More »

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