Sundance founder Robert Redford kicks off the film festival in Park City, Utah -- and opens up about the death of his close friend Paul Newman. Redford also talks about the festival sharing the spotlight with Barack's inauguration.
Hollywood is mourning the death of actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. Stars and just plain folk are remembering the legend -- and sharing how Newman touched their lives and inspired them.
"He's the Mother Theresa of our country," actor Josh Brolin says. "I mean, he really helped an enormous amount of people." Newman touched more than just the lives of his Tinseltown colleagues, as he created his enormous charitable venture, Newman's Own, which has helped so many.
An avid racing fanatic, Paul displayed the same humility when discussing his accomplishments in the fast lane that he did when talking about his acting. "I don't know that I was amazing," Paul said, after receiving a compliment on his driving skills. "I got out on the race track."
The "Butch Cassidy" star is survived by his five children and wife Joanne Woodward -- who, at Paul's bedside with her family in their Connecticut home, said goodbye to her husband of fifty years.
Longtime friend and co-star Robert Redford shared his devastation at the loss of Newman, saying, "I have lost a real friend. My life -- and this country -- is better for his being in it." Not long ago, Paul Newman opened up to "Extra" about his friendship with Redford and his desire to reunite onscreen, saying, "We'd like to." It wasn't to be.
Actor Paul Newman worked in Tinseltown for over a half century -- and now, the friends he's amassed in the entertainment industry are speaking out about the loss of their friend and colleague.
Governor Schwarzenegger has opened up about the contributions Paul made during his life -- while still maintaining his suave image. "Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy who men wanted to be like and women adored. He was an American icon, a brilliant actor, a Renaissance man and a generous but modest philanthropist."
He adds, "The beloved film star will be missed by a world of fans and admirers. Maria and I send our thoughts and prayers to his wife, Joanne Woodward, his entire family and his many friends."
According to unconfirmed reports, actor Paul Newman, 83, is reportedly suffering lung cancer. British and U.S. tabloids claim that the former chain smoker is being treated for lung cancer at New York's famed Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, but his rep tells E! News the reports are "not true." Jeff Sanderson, a spokesperson for Paul, issued a cryptic statement about the actor's health, saying, "Newman says he's doing nicely."
At last month's Indy 500 Track, "Extra" caught up with the reclusive movie icon, and he shared that he would love to work with "Butch Cassidy" co-star and good friend Robert Redford again, saying, "We don't know if we will, we'd like to." Redford was also in attendance and told "Extra" that despite a postponement of a movie starring the two, Newman was "doing okay."
"Extra" has learned that Paul has quietly turned over full control of his "Newman's Own" brand of food products -- worth $120 million -- to charity. Newman and wife Joanne Woodward, 78, have been married for 50 years and have three children.
The Internet is abuzz with the news that Robert Redford is ready to wed longtime girlfriend Sibylle Szaggars -- but is the Oscar winner really planning his second trip down the aisle?
Redford, 71, says there is no truth to the nuptials rumors. His reps revealed to "Extra" that although Redford and Szaggars have been dating since 1996, but the two are not planning to say their "I dos" any time soon. Robert's people said, "Must be a slow Internet news day -- the rumors are false."
Stars like Robert Redford, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Robert DeNiro and Charlize Theron are warming up icy Park City, Utah at a time when Hollywood is desperate for a little good news.