Sunday, May 26, 2024

CNN Announces Paul Newman Doc Directed by Ethan Hawke, Scooped Here Back on December 1st


I told you exclusively about Ethan Hawke directing a documentary series about Paul Newman BACK ON DECEMBER 1st.

Now CNN has formally announced “The Last Movie Stars,” with Martin Scorsese executive producing., As I told you, it’s a six part series. CNN gives no date for the launch, but it will be timed to coincide with the publication of Newman’s memoir that Newman commissioned from friend and screenwriter Stewart Stern.

This part that follows comes from a press release which, oddly, doesn’t really mention the book, to be published by Knopf in the fall, or Robert Redford. Or Newman’s late business partner, the writer A. E. Hotchner. Very curious. Anyway, I think Ethan will do a great job with this.

from the press release:

At Newman’s request, Stern interviewed Elia Kazan, Sidney Lumet, Karl Malden, Sidney Pollack, Gore Vidal, Jacqueline Witte, Joanne Woodward, and others for a planned memoir.  Newman was also interviewed by Stern.  They discussed his youth, his first marriage, his romance and life with Woodward, his personal demons, and the gut-wrenching loss of his son, Scott.

In addition to archival interviews with Woodward and Newman, Hawke enlisted actors Karen Allen, George Clooney, Oscar Isaac, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Zoe Kazan, Laura Linney, Sam Rockwell, and others to voice segments of the original transcribed interviews for The Last Movie Stars.  Hawke also interviewed several of Newman’s daughters for insights into their parents.  In Hawke’s contemporary interviews with Sally Field, Melanie Griffith, and Martin Scorsese, they discuss what made Woodward’s and Newman’s singular careers, and relationship, so inspiring.  The result, delivered in six chapters of varied lengths, is a thoughtful, revealing film of lives well and fully lived.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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