Paul Newman: Search & Destroy (now also RIP)

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Sad news. His performances in "Hud" and "Cat on A Hot Tin Roof" have always meant a lot to me, his kind of masculinity is missing nowadays from Hollywood.

Drew Daniel, Saturday, 27 September 2008 14:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I remember a story years ago in which Robert Redford said that Paul Newman was sadly senile and mentally incapable these days. But I think it was a JOKE. Right?

Surely he was one of the most beloved actors of his generation.

the pinefox, Saturday, 27 September 2008 15:00 (ten years ago) Permalink


Radiant Flowering Crab (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 27 September 2008 15:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh, I see that Dr Morbius reported on PN's cancer back in June, just 2 days or so before I met the legendary Dr Morbius in fact. I bet Mr Morbius will have a view on PN.

the pinefox, Saturday, 27 September 2008 15:01 (ten years ago) Permalink


sad man in him room (milo z), Saturday, 27 September 2008 15:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Wow RIP - very sad really, they're all gone now, right? The star-legends...who is left of "Classical Hollywood," ? Only Bacall now

Vichitravirya_XI, Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

oh, and Taylor, or what's left of her

Vichitravirya_XI, Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

there never has been, nor will there ever again be, a handsomer jew. RIP.

s1ocki, Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

my mom is gonna be bummed. she has always maintained that paul newman is the most attractive man ever to have lived.

the valves of houston (gbx), Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

"His likableness is infectious; nobody should ever be asked not to like Paul Newman."

sad man in him room (milo z), Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

This is really sad, RIP. Feel like watching The Sting tonight.

sonderangerbot, Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:57 (ten years ago) Permalink

Ebert remembers

C. Grisso/McCain, Saturday, 27 September 2008 16:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

Newman looked like a god in his youth. He radiated a "healthy" ideal of American masculinity / sex appeal that was in sharp contrast to say, Brando, but it's interesting to compare the two in terms of how they held up - Newman was just one year younger, but look at Brando's physicality by the time of the Godfather, versus a still-sexy Butch Cassidy & the Sundance King, and Sting era Newman!! No one remembers this... I guess Brando had just let himself (physically) go by then..

Or maybe it's all the race car driving that kept him well-preserved

Vichitravirya_XI, Saturday, 27 September 2008 17:02 (ten years ago) Permalink


Vichitravirya_XI, Saturday, 27 September 2008 17:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

RIP. :(

Tape Store, Saturday, 27 September 2008 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

Very handsome guy. Made some watchable movies. (Too bad that Sometimes a Great Notion was such a bomb. It could have been a contender.) Seemed personable enough. "All profits to charity" put him in a different class from Gene Autry or Bob Hope. RIP.

Aimless, Saturday, 27 September 2008 17:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

:( :( :(

Elvis Telecom, Saturday, 27 September 2008 17:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Like Burt Lancaster, he didn't become a great actor until his fifties, after which that husky Glenlivet-stained voice was its own pleasure.

His spaghetti sauce is first-rate.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Saturday, 27 September 2008 18:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

aw, man...:-( RIP.

he shot parts of that HBO movie Empire Falls at my great aunt and great grandmother's house.

Brosef Stalin (latebloomer), Saturday, 27 September 2008 18:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

his salad dressings also had the best crazy stories on the labels too

Brosef Stalin (latebloomer), Saturday, 27 September 2008 18:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed many of his films and he was an amazing icon in American culture.

Perhaps a model for the right way to handle celebrity?

Super Cub, Saturday, 27 September 2008 19:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wish Torn Curtain (on TCM yesterday) wasn't the last thing I saw him in during his lifetime.

Radiant Flowering Crab (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 27 September 2008 19:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I agree with Super Cub - he seemed like a very genuine and humble chap. Also, he had the most beautiful eyes in the world.


ailsa, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:34 (ten years ago) Permalink

RIP - pour out a bottle of salad dressing.
This year is turning out to be a bad one for losing heros.

snoball, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Kingfish OTM: Aw, man.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

RIP, man. yer spaghetti sauce (and Hud) was outta site! (say, how come nobody mentioned his appearance in The Long Hot Summer above?)

Ioannis is all "YAHHH TRICK YAHHH" (Ioannis), Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

No one's said "I can eat 50 eggs!"

Rest in peace.

If Timi Yuro would be still alive, most other singers could shut up, Saturday, 27 September 2008 20:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

RIP. I grew up on repeated watchings of Butch Cassidy + The Sting. And goddamn if his salad dressings weren't delicious too. :(

Mordy, Saturday, 27 September 2008 23:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

RIP. My mum loved him to death, and raised me to love him too. Without Cool Hand Luke and Butch Cassidy, I don't know if I'd be the same me I am today. Or as healthy, without the benefit of his yummy spag sauce and salad dressings. What a good, handsome, decent man. I'm gonna miss him.

VegemiteGrrrl, Saturday, 27 September 2008 23:20 (ten years ago) Permalink

I've never had any Newman's Own products! And now you all say they're delicious. I guess I'll try some.

Radiant Flowering Crab (Rock Hardy), Saturday, 27 September 2008 23:27 (ten years ago) Permalink

Newman's Own isn't extraordinary stuff or anything, but it's generally superior to the other products sitting on the shelf next to it.

NO >>> Ragus
NO >>> Tostitos
NO >>> Hidden Valley

Is my general impression.

Super Cub, Saturday, 27 September 2008 23:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

The sleeve notes on his salad dressings are great!

Ward Fowler, Sunday, 28 September 2008 00:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dargis' obit.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Sunday, 28 September 2008 00:22 (ten years ago) Permalink

eman, Sunday, 28 September 2008 01:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

The sleeve notes on his salad dressings are great!

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Brosef Stalin (latebloomer), Sunday, 28 September 2008 01:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

I saw him a couple of times at the Monterey Historic Car races years ago.

Elvis Telecom, Sunday, 28 September 2008 03:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

My most favorite movie star crush is all about PN. I was 18 it was late summer early fall in so cal. probably about now on the calendar really, but so many years ago. I went late (about 11pm) to the local grocery store, Westward Ho (now a Whole Foods) and there he was! The blue eyes and I was GONE!

At the time he and his lovely wife either lived here or had a home here and he was in jeans & t-shirt, wearing "house or bedroom" slippers and just being an ordinary guy shopping up and down the aisles. I'm an LA girl, born & raised and have seen celebrities here, there and everywhere. Pfft. Not moved or stunned or struck by them in anyway.

PN was the one; the single exception to my blase attitude. He is one of the last Hollywood big stars and I will never forget that evening in the market where I was star struck. The first, last and only time ever. RIP Pauly.

Wiggy Woo, Sunday, 28 September 2008 05:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

Sad news :(

aye it's me (onimo), Sunday, 28 September 2008 11:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

You got the feeling from this guy that if he needed to tie a knot or fix a leaky boat he could probably do it, or least have fun flirting with you while he was trying.

I always loved how he held his beer bottle in a napkin at premiere parties, so as not to be caught inadvertently advertising for the beer company if he was photographed.

Tracer Hand, Sunday, 28 September 2008 11:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

gbx's momma OTM. lol at Paul Newman is HUD editorial

Slapshot was the first DVD I bought when I got a DVD player. Loved him in Verdict and, most of all, in Absence of Malice.

caek, Sunday, 28 September 2008 14:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

No one is tearing him apart and Mr. Newman doesn’t try to plumb the depths with the role, which makes the character and the performance feel more contemporary than many of the head cases of the previous decade.

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 September 2008 16:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah, he was really good in that one.

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 28 September 2008 16:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

Dahlia Lithwick remembers

Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 September 2008 06:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Totally weird seeing Melissa Newman on TV wearing his Old Guys Rule hat yesterday. Will remember graduation day handshake with slightly more poignancy. My mom was super-upset.

jane hussein lane (suzy), Monday, 29 September 2008 10:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

'fix a leaky boat'!

Newman flirting with Hand!

the pinefox, Monday, 29 September 2008 10:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

this is a nice obit:

caek, Monday, 29 September 2008 13:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

Does anybody remember that Academy Awards thing where they had a bunch of actors and comedians trying to sell you a monkey one after the other and the last of all was Paul Newman who pwned everyone who had gone before?

Retrato Em Redd E Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

that was Letterman's year.

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 17:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

The cameos on Letterman were great... "where the hell are the singing cats?"

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

I haven't seen any of his directorial efforts in years, but remember Woodward being good in The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds.

Dr Morbius, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 18:24 (ten years ago) Permalink

Rachel, Rachel unavailable on DVD. Worth watching?

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 18:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

I so hope this anecdote is true:

In Newman's Connecticut home, he had a letter framed in his bathroom, from a rancher in a remote Western state. The rancher's letter said his family grew all their own food, but recently had won a jar of Newman's spaghetti sauce at a church raffle. The rancher wrote how much they liked the product, and also wrote that he'd mentioned it to a friend, and the friend told the rancher that Newman was also an actor. The rancher wrote that if his acting was as good as his sauce, they'd be on the lookout for some of his movies.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 30 September 2008 19:32 (ten years ago) Permalink

Didn't know that Nobody's Fool is oop on dvd :>( Wonder how long it'll stay that way.

The Wild Shirtless Lyrics of Mark Farner (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 2 October 2008 17:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

I saw Rachel, Rachel tonight for the first time. Much better than I expected. That may have something to do with just having seen The Swimmer (same year), where just about everybody is an ugly caricature, but other than the requisite overkill in the Elmer Gantry scene, I thought Newman's pacing was just right. Woodward's excellent--the doctor in Sybil is pretty much all I'd ever seen her in before this. The Estelle Parsons subplot is handled well, and the aging-parent stuff rings very true. Teacher films always interest me. I laughed at the one kid, maybe 10, who romps into the school with a couple of toy six-shooters on his belt. He'd be jailed coming off the bus today.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 04:25 (seven years ago) Permalink

Excellent print, too. Too excellent--I suspect they were screening a DVD.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 04:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

you can't tell?

satan club sandwich (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 9 August 2011 04:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Well...a perfect print matched to a DVD? Probably not--I'm a really poor audiophile, too. But if it's a normal print, with the normal imperfections, of course. Which is why I think it was a DVD tonight, unless Rachel, Rachel underwent a major restoration.

clemenza, Tuesday, 9 August 2011 04:56 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

New print of his second directorial effort in Brooklyn for a week:

Dr Morbois de Bologne (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 2 November 2011 18:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

From Michael Ontkean's intro/reminiscence to Jonathon Jackson's The Making of Slap Shot: Behind The Scenes of The Greatest Hockey Movie:

One Saturday night I coaxed my teammate Reg Dunlop (51 years young) into Lower Manhattan and CBGB's to see and hear some brand new music. As the Ramones rattled the walls, Reggie grinned from ear to ear and shouted "This is what we're doing every day on the ice!"

Newman. Ultimate Punk with a heart of rowdy, unbounded generosity. Lead singer and gang leader with giving hands of perpetual cool, Paul never wavered in his delight with "Slap Shot", maintaining his experience was "The most fun I ever had making a movie - absolutely!"

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Friday, 2 August 2013 01:09 (five years ago) Permalink

eleven months pass...

"Rescreened" Nobody's Fool last night, first time since mid nineties. Its amiability is its drawback; it has a TV movie all's-well-that-ends-well attitude that results in facile resolutions (and the film composer should've been shot). But, boy, Newman's at the peak of let's-make-it-look easy, and, yeah, he should've won his overdue Oscar for this instead of TCOM.

This time 'round Melanie Griffith less impressive than Jessica Tandy.

Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the loser cop.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 31 July 2014 23:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Bruce Willis asked to be uncredited because he felt his action film reputation would hurt the film.

Randall "Humble" Pie (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 31 July 2014 23:41 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Michael Koresky on queerness and sexual freedom in Newman's Rachel, Rachel

ice cream social justice (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

it'll take more than Koresky and jumper cables to turn RR's engine

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 1 March 2018 16:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

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