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Nobility at Sundance London

American Hollywood royalty teamed up with British royalty as Robert Redford appeared in London to promote a documentary on Prince Charles' latest environmental projects.

Redford praised the heir to the British throne, speaking Thursday at the launch of the first-ever Sundance London film and music festival.

He says Charles "has been committed for a long time, which I greatly admire, to sustainability and environmental conservation," and said working together "seemed like a natural fit."

Sundance London will host the royal premiere Saturday of "Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World." The documentary by filmmakers Stuart Sender and Julie Bergman Sender maps out three decades of environmental work by the prince.

The Sundance London festival runs April 26-29 in London's O2 Arena.


Walker's challenging role

Actor Paul Walker is shifting gears in New Orleans, where he is playing a father struggling to keep his newborn daughter alive in a New Orleans hospital ravaged by Hurricane Katrina.

Makers of the suspense drama, "Hours," say this is one of the most challenging film projects yet for "The Fast and the Furious" star.

"Paul is literally in every scene," said the film's producer, Peter Safran, whose other films include the blockbuster parody "Scary Movie." "I love how this project challenges him."


Saying goodbye to Helm

Busloads of friends and fans of Levon Helm traveled to his home in Woodstock on Thursday to say goodbye to the influential singer and drummer for The Band, who died of cancer last week.

The public memorial was held at the Woodstock barn where Helm held his Saturday night Midnight Ramble concerts in New York's Hudson Valley. His closed casket, on the second floor of the barn, was surrounded by flowers and flanked by his drum kit and a piano.

Hundreds of friends, neighbors and fans filed silently past the coffin, set against a backdrop of a family photo slideshow. Nearby, family members greeted visitors.

Mourners -- a crowd of mostly middle-aged people, with a smattering of aging hippies and a few young people -- were quietly encouraged to keep the line moving. Some carried flowers, and a few pressed handkerchiefs to their faces.

"He was an icon, but also the guy next door," said Al Caron of Woodstock as he waited outside the Woodstock Playhouse for one of the yellow school buses ferrying people to Helm's nearby home-studio.

After a private funeral today, Helm will be buried in Woodstock Cemetery next to Rick Danko, The Band's singer and bassist, who died in 1999.

-- From News and wire services