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Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Day Out With Bill Clinton At Charity Auction

1/14/2013 4:28pm EST
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio will be spending a day with former President Bill Clinton after bidding big for the opportunity at Sean Penn's charity bash in Los Angeles on Saturday.

The "Titanic" star was a guest at the 2013 Sean Penn and Friends Help Haiti Home Gala at the Montage Hotel to raise money and awareness for the Oscar-winning actor's J/P Haiti Relief Organization, which he set up in the aftermath of the country's devastating 2010 earthquake.

The event featured a special auction and DiCaprio was one of the main bidders for the chance to spend some one-on-one time with Clinton, offering u...
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Review 'Gangster Squad': Sean Penn Is Stellar As The Ruthless Mickey Cohen

1/11/2013 2:00pm EST
Gangster Squad
The year is 1949, the place Los Angeles and ruthless, sadistic, megalomaniac, Jewish gangster, Mickey Cohen (the brilliant Sean Penn) runs the show in this town.

We're talking drugs, guns, prostitutes, and if he had his way, every wire bet placed west of Chicago, would fall under his domain.

The guy is ruthless and a total nut job, completely lacking in charm. He's definitely no Michael Correleone.

To get an idea how Cohen's mind works, at some point in the film, he yells to his crew of killers:  ''You heard of Manifest Destiny? That's when you take what you can, when you can...And I'm g...
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Ryan Gosling Takes His Mom To 'Gangster Squad' Premiere & Emma Stone Looks Red Hot - See Photos!

1/8/2013 9:32am EST
Ryan Gosling Gangster Squad premiere
Reason number 106 to love Ryan Gosling - he took his mother to the "Gangster Squad" premiere. Swoon! The actor looked gangster cool in a brown suit and studded shoes with his mama by his side.

Gosling elected not to take his girlfriend Eva Mendes to the event, and his likability factor really couldn't get any higher. Remember when he acted as a good citizen and broke up a fight in New York City a couple of summers ago? He also saved a life last spring by pulling a woman out of harm's way when a taxi almost ran her over.

He could possibly be the perfect man.

Gosling wasn't the only celeb ...
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Sean Penn Supports Cancer-Stricken Hugo Chavez At Candlelight Vigil

12/12/2012 9:24am EST
Sean Penn
On Monday, Sean Penn showed his support for Hugo Chavez by attending a candelight vigil for the cancer-stricken Venezuelan President.

Chavez is undergoing surgery for a fourth time, and Penn made a surprise appearance at a gathering in La Paz.

Wearing a Venezuelan flag T-shirt, Penn told the crowd, "He's one of the most important forces we've had in this planet. And I'll wish him nothing but that great strength he has shown over and over again. I do it in love, and I do it in gratitude.

"I just want to say, from my very American point of view, of my friend President Chavez: it is only po...
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12 Abusive Celebrity Relationships

8/20/2012 4:00pm EDT
Chris Brown & Rihanna
Even though her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown beat her up after the 2009 Grammy Awards, Rihanna has confessed she still cares for the hip hop star and that he's the love of her life.

Despite being famous, several celebrities have found themselves mixed up in abusive relationships. Check out our list of some of the worst...

Halle Berry has said an ex-boyfriend once hit her so hard she is still largely deaf in her left ear.

In 1998, Pamela Anderson's husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, was arrested for spousal abuse, child abuse, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Anderson filed fo...
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Sean Penn May Have A Temper But He Also Has Lighter Side

5/22/2012 12:43pm EDT
Sean Penn
These days we know Sean Penn as the serious angry guy, from his outspoken political protests and dramatic roles in films like 21 Grams and Mystic River. Discussing his views on Haiti he has even acknowledged his own temper. He has shown his lighter side every once in a while though, and you need not go back to his immortal role as stoner Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High to remember.

In 2007, Penn made a hilarious self-deprecating appearance on The Colbert Report, engaging in a Metaphor-off debate with Colbert. Playing it deadpan, Penn repeatedly quoted his own speech against Ge...
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Sean Penn Blames The 'Whole F'n World' For Abandoning Haiti

5/18/2012 2:38pm EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn has blasted his peers and the global media for turning their back on Haiti at a glitzy Cannes Film Festival gala.

The Oscar winner was among the guests of honor at the black-tie Haiti: Carnival in Cannes fundraiser to benefit the victims of the 2010 earthquake, but there was something he felt he needed to get off his chest first.

At a press conference before Friday's bash, he suggested celebrities and news networks who were committed to helping those left homeless by the natural disaster in the months after the tragedy are no longer interested.

Taking aim at the media on the...
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Sean Penn And Petra Nemcova Fuel Dating Rumors At Bono's Bash

5/13/2012 10:05am EDT
Sean Penn And Petra Nemcova
Sean Penn and Petra Nemcova have fueled rumors they are a couple after they were spotted enjoying a date at U2 rocker Bono's birthday party in New York on Thursday night.

Nemcova and Penn were originally linked in 2008, but reportedly rekindled their romance after the model broke off her engagement to British actor Jamie Belman in April.

And they refused to hide their affection for each other at a party for Bono's 52nd birthday at The Spotted Pig in the Big Apple.

According to New York Post gossip column Page Six, the two were "very much" together as they partied with Jay-Z, Anna Wintour...
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'Gangster Squad' Trailer Has Ryan Gosling And Tommy Guns - What Else Do You Need?

5/10/2012 4:03pm EDT
Ryan Gosling in Gangster Squad
The latest trailer for Gangster Squad has hit the Internet, and with it come a lot of bullets and snazzy suits. The film follows a group of L.A. cops that drop their badges and hunt Mafiosos that come in from the East Coast.

Based on a true story, Brooklyn born Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn) heads to L.A. to become the drug and prostitution kingpin. After buying his way out of lawful troubles, the police department creates a secret group of officers. They work without rules, red tape, or badges - and the department will refuse they exist.

The trailer features plenty of action and sexy-times w...
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Sean Penn Receives Peace Summit Award For His Work In Haiti

4/26/2012 8:19am EDT
Sean Penn
Sean Penn has received a humanitarian prize for his ongoing charitable efforts in Haiti.

The actor/activist is the founder of J/P Haitian Relief Organization and has been lauded for his help providing aid for victims of the country's devastating 2010 earthquake.

He received the 2012 Peace Summit Award on Wednesday at the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Chicago, Illinois. The prize is awarded each year to a "high profile personality" for their "outstanding contributions to international social justice and peace."

Penn dedicated the award to the people of Haiti, saying, "I...
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Petra Nemcova Dating Sean Penn?

4/23/2012 2:23pm EDT
Petra Nemcova
Model Petra Nemcova is bouncing back from her broken engagement to British actor Jamie Belman by seeking solace in the arms of Sean Penn, according to a report.

The Czech beauty was due to exchange vows with Belman this summer, but the couple called off its wedding and split in early April.

The runway stunner has since reportedly turned to Oscar winner and fellow humanitarian Penn for comfort - and the pair, which was first romantically linked in 2008, was spotted enjoying a cozy dinner date in New York just days after the news of her break up from Belman hit the headlines.

An eyewitn...
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Scarlett Johansson Opens Up About Ryan Reynolds Divorce & Dating Sean Penn

4/12/2012 11:13pm EDT
Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson lets her guard down in a new interview in the May issue of Vogue magazine. The star of the upcoming The Avengers got up close and personal with the magazine, revealing details of her split with ex-husand Ryan Reynolds and her rebound relationship with Sean Penn - 24 years her senior.

Despite a short fling with Penn and her current relationship with advertising director Nate Naylor, she's still recovering from her split with Reynolds.

"I don't feel on the other side of it (divorce) completely, but it gets better," she tells Vogue. "It's still there. More than anything, i...
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Sean Penn To Be Honored With Major Peace Prize

3/19/2012 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...
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Brad Pitt To Host Star-Studded Gala For New Orleans

1/26/2012 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 ...
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Sean Penn Named Ambassador To Haiti

1/16/2012 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 ...
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'The Help' And 'The Artist' Dominate The 2012 Critics' Choice Awards

1/13/2012 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...
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Sean Penn Making Progress With Anger Management Issues

1/10/2012 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 TMZ.com that Penn's co...
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'The Tree Of Life' Tops Online Film Critics Awards

1/3/2012 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...
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The Serial Daters Of 2011

12/15/2011 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...
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Q&A: 'Flying Lessons' Director Derek Magyar

12/2/2011 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 ...
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Scarlett Johansson Talks About Her Penchant For Bad Boys & More In Cosmopolitan

11/29/2011 4:00pm EST
Scarlett Johansson Cosmo 2012
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...
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Oprah To Interview Steven Tyler, George Lucas & Sean Penn For Her New Talk Show

11/20/2011 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....
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Sean Penn To Direct Robert De Niro

10/29/2011 9:15am EDT
Sean Penn
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.
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Sean Penn Urges Obama To Visit Wall Street Protesters

10/16/2011 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...
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Sean Penn's Top Priority Is Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort

10/16/2011 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...
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Sean Penn Praises Libyan Rebels For Ousting Gaddafi

10/5/2011 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.

T...
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Sean Penn Joins Egyptian Protesters

10/1/2011 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...
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Sean Penn Partly Responsible For Iran's Release Of Jailed American Hikers

9/25/2011 1:00pm EDT
Sean Penn
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...
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Sean Penn Helps Assistant After She Falls In The Shower

9/15/2011 8:46am EDT
Sean Penn
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 TMZ.com, 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.
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Jessica White Ordered To Attend Anger Management Classes

6/16/2011 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, ...
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