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Sean Penn To Be Honored With Major Peace Prize

March 19th, 2012 9:33pm EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn will be honored with the 2012 Peace Summit Award in Chicago, Illinois next month for his tireless humanitarian efforts in Haiti.

The Oscar winner will receive the award given to President Barack Obama in 2009, during the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, which will be held from April 23 to April 25.

According to committee officials, Penn is being recognized for his work "to rebuild and aid the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights protection worldwide".

A statement from the actor reads, "(This is) an...

Brad Pitt To Host Star-Studded Gala For New Orleans

January 26th, 2012 8:22am EST
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt has rounded up celebrity pals including Sean Penn, Kevin Spacey and Rihanna to support his upcoming fundraiser for New Orleans, Louisiana.

The Hollywood actor launched the Make It Right Foundation to raise funds for housing in the city after the devastation caused by 2005's Hurricane Katrina.

Pitt has handed over millions of dollars of his own cash to boost the cause, and he's hosting a charity event in March to raise more money for the sustainable living initiative.

Rihanna, Sheryl Crow, the Neville Brothers and Seal will perform at the event, while guests slated to attend ...

Sean Penn Named Ambassador To Haiti

January 16th, 2012 2:17pm EST
Sean Penn
Actor-turned-activist Sean Penn is celebrating after he was made an official ambassador to Haiti on Saturday.

The Milk star has worked tirelessly to raise money and awareness for the impoverished nation since it was struck by a devastating earthquake back in 2010 and his efforts were rewarded over the weekend.

Penn was offered the job by Haitian foreign minister Laurent Lamothe at the Cinema for Peace benefit in Beverly Hills, California.

Stepping up to the podium to greet the crowd, the actor beamed, "I do accept. (It would be useful to) change being called, 'Hey you (expletive), to ...

'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

January 13th, 2012 8:12am EST
The Help
The Help and The Artist dominated the Critics' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Thursday night, scooping the event's top prizes.

The film about the treatment of black maids in 1960s America landed three of the coveted acting honors, including a Best Actress prize for Viola Davis, while her co-star Octavia Spencer picked up the night's first award, Best Supporting Actress.

Davis told the crowd at the Hollywood Palladium, "I consider it an honor to pay homage to these woman who at that time period were not allowed to dream."

The ladies were handed another trophy, Best Acting Ensemble, bu...

Sean Penn Making Progress With Anger Management Issues

January 10th, 2012 6:57pm EST
Sean Penn
Sean Penn has been given top marks as he battles anger management issues following a showdown with a photographer in 2010.

The actor had a progress hearing in his criminal battery case on Tuesday and the judge overseeing the matter was told Penn is making progress.

The Mystic River star pleaded no contest to vandalism after allegedly beating a paparazzo and as a result the battery charges were dismissed.

In addition to probation, Penn was required to attend 36 hours of anger management classes.

And his lawyer Richard Hirsch, who was in court for the hearing, tells that Penn's co...

'The Tree Of Life' Tops Online Film Critics Awards

January 3rd, 2012 10:00am EST
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's complex The Tree Of Life has been handed another honor - officials at the Online Film Critics Society have named the movie their Best Picture of the Year.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, picked up seven awards on Monday, including Best Director for Malick, Best Supporting Actress for Chastain and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezski.

Other winners included Michael Fassbender (Best Actor for Shame), Tilda Swinton (Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor for Beginners).

Meanwhile, W...

The Serial Daters Of 2011

December 15th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Blake Lively
Some folks just can't settle down. Here are the serial daters of 2011: The celebs that hooked up with the most people!

After splitting with Penn Badgely in late 2010, Blake Lively took a tour of Hollywood's hunks. After a summer of romance with Leonardo DiCaprio, she hit it off with Green Lantern co-star Ryan Reynolds.

Scarlett Johansson dwarfs Lively's number of suitors. Her rumored boyfriends included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sean Penn, Kieran Culkin, and Bradley Cooper.

Bradley Cooper wasn't waiting around for Scarlett, though. He was linked to Jennifer Lopez, Olivia Wilde, Jennifer An...

Q&A: 'Flying Lessons' Director Derek Magyar

December 2nd, 2011 11:15am EST
Derek Magyar
Many actors aspire to direct; great directors like Ron Howard and Jon Favreau were actors first. That's the same career path that Derek Magyar is on. Still a working actor, he directed and produced the film Flying Lessons, which arrives in select theaters today.

The film has an intriguing cast - near-legend Hal Holbrook, Academy Award winner Christine Lahti, Cary Elwes (Glory, The Princess Bride, The X-Files), and Maggie Grace (Lost, Taken) at the top - that brings to life the story of Sophie (Grace)'s return home to the messy relationships of her past. As she tries to put the pieces ...

Scarlett Johansson Talks About Her Penchant For Bad Boys & More In Cosmopolitan

November 29th, 2011 4:00pm EST
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Scarlett Johansson is the January 2012 Cosmo Cover Girl. The actress, who split from husband Ryan Reynolds in December 2010, has had an eventful year.

This fall nude photos she sent to her ex were leaked online. The actress was devastated when the saucy shots surfaced, so she asked officers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to investigate the leak.

She also made waves for dating much older, and well-known bad boy, Sean Penn. She told Cosmo, "I’m attracted to the quality of being adventurous and perhaps a bit mischievous and also questioning authority and being proactive. If th...

Oprah To Interview Steven Tyler, George Lucas & Sean Penn For Her New Talk Show

November 20th, 2011 4:00pm EST
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey is set to return to her talk show roots by launching a new series to interview celebrities in their own homes.

The TV titan walked away from her successful Oprah Winfrey Show in May after 25 years on the small screen to establish her own network OWN.

However, Winfrey will soon be back doing what she does best for the channel, hosting Oprah's Next Chapter from January.

The show will feature Winfrey talking to stars at home, starting with Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler at his house in New Hampshire on January 1.

She says, "After 25 years I got myself out of the studio chairs....

Sean Penn To Direct Robert De Niro

October 29th, 2011 9:15am EDT
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Sean Penn is to step back behind the camera to direct Robert De Niro in "The Comedian."

The Oscar winner, who last directed a film in 2007 when he took charge of "Into The Wild," will adapt Art Linson and Jeffrey Ross' screenplay about a comic sentenced to community service for lashing out at a heckler.

Shooting is scheduled to begin next spring.

Sean Penn Urges Obama To Visit Wall Street Protesters

October 16th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Sean Penn
Actor and activist Sean Penn has urged President Barack Obama to visit the Occupy Wall Street protesters in New York and take action over their concerns.

Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets to call for equality for all and an end to corporate greed, with some setting up camp at the group's base in Zuccotti Park.

Penn is backing the rally, and he's hoping Obama personally visits the camp to meet the campaigners and discuss their issues.

Speaking on Piers Morgan Tonight, he says, "It resonates a great deal and in many ways. I applaud the spirit of what's happening now on W...

Sean Penn's Top Priority Is Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort

October 16th, 2011 12:30pm EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn's past movie career feels like "a dream" - because he's been so focused on the relief effort in Haiti for the past two years.

The Milk star set up the J/P Haitian Relief Organization in the aftermath of the devastating 2010 earthquake, and has helped thousands of needy families rebuild their lives.

Penn has largely taken a step back from movies to concentrate on the charity, and he admits his focus is still on helping Haitians.

He tells CNN chat show host Piers Morgan, "It is very strange now. With Haiti, that experience makes much of my prior career kind of a dream in some way...

Sean Penn Praises Libyan Rebels For Ousting Gaddafi

October 5th, 2011 8:40pm EDT
Sean Penn
Actor and human rights activist Sean Penn has saluted the courage of Libyan freedom fighters who overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi's government last month.

Gaddafi's 41-year rule came to an end on September 20 when he was ousted by rebels backed by officials from the intergovernmental military alliance, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

Penn has been traveling across North Africa and joined Egyptian protesters in Cairo last week to add his voice to calls demanding a speedy end to the political regime by another ousted leader, Hosni Mubarak, who resigned earlier this year.


Sean Penn Joins Egyptian Protesters

October 1st, 2011 1:30pm EDT
Sean Penn
Oscar winner and international human rights activist Sean Penn joined Egyptian protesters fighting for a speedy end to ousted leader Hosni Mubarak's regime on Friday.

The star was photographed holding a national flag in Cairo as he joined a protest urging military leaders to hasten the transfer of power to civilians following weeks of unrest that led to Mubarak's resignation earlier this year.

Egyptian actor Khaled el-Nabawi told reporters he invited Penn to visit Egypt, hoping his presence would help to show the world that the country is a safe place to visit again following the 2011 upr...

Sean Penn Partly Responsible For Iran's Release Of Jailed American Hikers

September 25th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
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U.S. hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer appear to owe Oscar winner Sean Penn a huge debt of gratitude following their release from a prison in Iran - the actor was reportedly partly responsible for their freedom.

The two men spent two years behind bars after they were convicted of spying. They were released on Wednesday.

Reports suggest Penn played a big role in securing their freedom after urging the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, to speak to Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad about the plight of the hikers.

Chavez is an ally of the Iranian leader.

Penn's representative Mara Bu...

Sean Penn Helps Assistant After She Falls In The Shower

September 15th, 2011 8:46am EDT
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Sean Penn played the real-life hero on Wednesday by taking his assistant to the hospital after she fell and injured her arm in the shower.

The star was snapped looking concerned as he helped his nameless employee get to a Malibu, California, hospital.

According to, the assistant fell and dislocated her elbow while showering at his home nearby.

Penn reportedly wrapped his aide in a towel and drove her the nearest medical facility - and then waited nervously outside with his girlfriend Shannon Costello.

The website reports the assistant is now recovering at home.

Jessica White Ordered To Attend Anger Management Classes

June 16th, 2011 11:25am EDT
Jessica White
A New York judge has ordered supermodel Jessica White to enroll in anger management classes for her part in an argument over a cab last year.

The runway beauty, who has previously dated Sean Penn, was detained by police in October after she allegedly struck Vanessa Kian in the face and pulled her hair during a dispute over a taxi.

White twice turned down a plea deal over the misdemeanor assault and harassment charges, and on Wednesday, a Manhattan judge ruled that as long as she stays out of trouble for the next six months, the charges will be thrown out.

White's lawyer, David Smith, ...

Sean Penn Defends Venezuela, Hugo Chavez In Online Essay

June 6th, 2011 10:20pm EDT
Sean Penn
Actor and activist Sean Penn has posted an essay in defense of vilified Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez on the website.

The Oscar winner is opposed to the sanctions imposed on Venezuela by the U.S. and, in his online missive, takes aim at poor reporting which misrepresents the South American president, who he has befriended.

He writes, "Venezuela is a nation in abject poverty. Oil is its primary export and the exceptionally devastating impact upon its people should be of specific consideration. There has been a systemic barrage of misreporting and context-shifting within ...

Hot Pics: Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Minka Kelly & Rosie Huntington Whitely At Spike TV's Guys' Choice Awards

June 5th, 2011 11:05pm EDT
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Newly single stars Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn avoided a face-to-face reunion on Saturday as the former lovers both attended the Spike Guys' Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

The actors were said to have enjoyed a brief romance before news of the break-up emerged earlier this week.

But there was no awkward meet-up at the glitzy California bash - Johansson walked the red carpet, while Penn arrived late to accept an award from Robert De Niro as his 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High was inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame. The former couple posed for a quick photo, and that's all...

Sean Penn To Reunite With 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High' Co-Stars

June 4th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn will reunite with his Fast Times At Ridgemont High castmates and director on Saturday when the high school comedy is inducted into the Guy Movie Hall of Fame at Spike TV's Guys Choice Awards.

Penn, who played stoner icon Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 film, will reportedly join co-stars Judge Reinhold, Robert Romanus, Brian Backer and Forest Whitaker, and director Amy Heckerling at the event in Los Angeles, according to

Robert De Niro will present the cast with trophies.

Ryan Gosling Shelves Directorial Debut

June 4th, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Ryan Gosling
Ryan Gosling has stepped down from making his directorial debut with after failing to fit the project into his busy schedule.

The actor was set to step behind the camera for a remake of 1980 musical "The Idolmaker," based on the life of music promoter Bob Marcucci.

He was also planning to star in the new version, but his acting career has forced him to shelve his immediate directing dreams.

Instead, he has signed on to star in "The Place Beyond The Pines" with Bradley Cooper and "Gangster Squad," opposite Sean Penn. reports that bosses at MGM Studio are still keen for the r...

Scarlett Johansson And Sean Penn Romance Is Kaput?

June 3rd, 2011 8:05am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn have reportedly split after a brief romance.

The couple never confirmed dating reports but were spotted dining out together and they attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner party in Washington D.C. in April, where the two stars appeared to be a couple.

They also enjoyed a romantic weekend break together in Mexico. No reason for the split, reported by, is known.

Johansson split from her husband Ryan Reynolds before rumors of the Penn romance first surfaced. Penn was linked romantically to model Jessica White after divorcing Robin Wrig...

Review: 'The Tree Of Life' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Yells Bravo For Malick's Masterpiece (Video)

May 26th, 2011 1:58pm EDT
The Tree Of Life
The Big Bang...Creation...Evolution...God...Religion...Life...Death...Family...These are the themes that Terrence Malick addresses in his brilliant new film, 'The Tree Of Life'.

In my humble opinion, this is one of the most original films in cinematic history. It is also a film that will divide people...Some will absolutely hate it, some will be angered by it and some like myself, will absolutely love it.

For almost one hour into this film none of the actors on screen speak to one another. You hear them only in voice over. Their voices bleed into the soaring classical orchestral scor...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'The Hangover Part II,' 'Kung Fu Panda 2,' & More

May 23rd, 2011 10:00am EDT
The Hangover Part II
Johnny Depp set sail again last week as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” the fourth entry in the series. After viewing the movie, I can honestly say that it’s not the best in the franchise, but certainly not the worst either. While nothing can really top the first one in my mind, this one gets back to the spirit of the original.

Captain Jack runs into an old love interest, Angelica (Penelope Cruz), who convinces him to join her on a quest for the Fountain of Youth. Sparrow unwittingly climbs aboard the vessel of Angelica’s father, Blackbeard (Ian M...

Brad Pitt's New Movie Heckled At Cannes

May 17th, 2011 8:16am EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt and Sean Penn's new film The Tree Of Life divided critics as it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday, garnering boos and lackluster applause from the audience.

Director Terrence Malick's long-awaited film, his first since 2006, shows Pitt as a brutal and strict father, while Penn plays his eldest son as a grown man.

It debuted for the Cannes crowd at a press screening earlier this week, but the movie failed to impress the notoriously tough film critics, with several giving long boos while others handed the film a very short round of applause.

However, Malick was n...

'Milk' Named Best Gay Film Of The Decade

May 16th, 2011 11:27am EDT
Sean Penn's Oscar-winning movie Milk has been voted the best gay film of the last decade.

Penn won an Academy Award in 2008 for his role as gay activist and politician Harvey Milk in the biopic, which topped the poll of the most important movies depicting gay people in the last 10 years.

Officials at U.K. charity Stonewall, who conducted the survey, commended director Gus Van Sant's drama for its realistic portrayal of the homosexual community.

Milk's gay activist friend Cleve Jones, portrayed in the movie by Emile Hirsch, says, "This is a fantastic achievement for Milk. As someone wh...

Brad Pitt's Grey Goatee & Tortoise Rim Sunglasses - Hot Or Not?

May 16th, 2011 8:21am EDT
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt posed for the cameras during a photocall for "The Tree of Life" during the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday. He slicked back his hair and wore an all-white outfit. What do you think of his look?

His girlfriend Angelina Jolie was in France earlier in the week to promote "Kung Fu Panda 2."

In Pitt's new film, the eldest son of a 1950s-era Midwestern family sets out on an existential journey that leads him to question his faith while seeking the answers to life's most challenging mysteries in this evocative drama from celebrated director Terrence Malick.

Meanwhile, as Jack's (Sean ...

Soleil Moon Frye To Join Sean Penn In Haiti Relief Efforts

May 12th, 2011 9:53am EDT
Soleil Moon Frye
Former child star Soleil Moon Frye has become the latest celebrity to announce plans to help Sean Penn's J/P Haitian Relief Organization by jetting out to the beleaguered nation.

The former "Punky Brewster" star is heading to Haiti for a four-day trip after bumping into Penn in Los Angeles.

She says, "Last weekend, I bumped into Sean and told him about this dream of mine and asked him who should I go to to make this happen and he said, 'Me!'

"I told him I'd get on the plane at any time and, within a week, it was confirmed for me."

She tells, "For over a year I wanted to go a...

Scarlett Johansson & Sean Penn Go Public With Their Relationship

May 1st, 2011 10:05pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn
Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn appeared to go public with their rumored relationship on Saturday night as they were photographed holding hands after a star-studded event in Washington, D.C.

The 26-year-old actress, who split from husband Ryan Reynolds last year, has been linked to Penn, 50, ever since they were spotted enjoying what appeared to be a lunch date back in February.

A representative for Johannson brushed off the speculation by insisting, "Scarlett and Sean are not dating - they have been friends for years," but the statement failed to silence gossip about the alleged romance...