Paul Newman And Joanne Woodward Were “The Last Movie Stars!” A Terrific And Candid New Mini-Series Explores Hollywood Royalty!

Meet “The King And Queen Of Hollywood!”

They were Hollywood Royalty: Actress Joanne Woodward and Actor Paul Newman: Oscar winners and Hollywood Superstars who also had a life together that was fascinating – and a new mini-series tells the whole story!

“The Last Movie Stars” takes a probing, inside look at this couple and their personal professional lives together – and it’s presented in a wildly unique way, directed by Actor Ethan Hawke!

As a terrific review in Vulture.com says:

“The foundational material for The Last Movie Stars comes from a massive collection of interviews Newman helped collect as part of a potential memoir project. Although he eventually destroyed the tapes, one of his children gave Hawke the boxes and boxes of transcribed interviews with dozens of Newman and Woodward’s friends, family, and collaborators. Hawke makes two choices about those transcripts that shape what eventually becomes The Last Movie Stars: He asks other celebrities to narrate them, and he includes his conversations about the project in the series itself.”

Check out the trailer:

George Clooney and Laura Linney voice the Actor and Actress in the series over archival footage – reading their exact words and interviews from that time!

So you will see incredible footage from the various stages of their lives, and hear their actual thoughts.

The interviews also include Zoe Kazan as Newman’s first wife, Jackie McDonald; Josh Hamilton as George Roy Hill; Bobby Cannavale as Elia Kazan; director Tom McCarthy as Sidney Lumet; and Brooks Ashmanskas as Gore Vidal.

As Vulture says: “they give The Last Movie Stars a gentle, old-fashioned quality, both gossipy and gracious.”

I loved this mini-series and encourage you to check it out!

See the entire article on Vulture here:

https://www.vulture.com/article/the-last-movie-stars-review-ethan-hawke-hbo-max.html

Newman finally won his Oscar for his mesmerizing performance in “The Verdict”, but the best stories involve the catfight between him and Steve McQueen on the set of “The Towering Inferno!”

I shared stories about on-set battles between big stars – it’s hilarious, check it out here!

Oh, and about the title of this fascinating mini-series: it reminded me of a similar tittle, but this film was the last that Burt Reynolds ever made!

This legendary Actor wrote an absolutely riveting memoir, and he was one of the great movie stars indeed – you can read all about his life and career by clicking on my story here:

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Categories: 70's Cinema, Academy Awards, Action Films, Art, Awards, Books / Media, Cult Movies, documentary films, Film Fight Club, Great Films, Hollywood, Memoirs, Movies, Movies About Movies, Pop Culture, Talent/Celebrities, TV Show

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10 replies

  1. Hi John, this sounds like an interesting movie. I didn’t know about it.

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  2. They beat the Hollowood odds and stayed married for 50 years.

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  3. I love these two stars! What a film this will be. I wonder why Newman destroyed the tapes.

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  4. Cannot wait for this, I loved both of them!

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  5. That couple were one of the success stories of Hollywood marriage, John. I am sure their own story is fascinating to watch.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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