December 29, 2008 - Desert Palm Achievement Award for Sean Penn
Palm Springs really
The California desert city will honor Mr. Penn, right, for the second year in
a row — this time, for his performance in “Milk” — at the 20th annual Palm
Springs International Film Festival, Variety reported. Mr. Penn, who was
recognized last year at the festival for directing “Into the Wild,” will
receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award at a gala on Jan. 6. In “Milk” Mr.
Penn stars as Harvey Milk, among the first openly gay public officials in the
United States when he became a San Francisco city supervisor in 1977. Past
recipients of the award include
and James Stewart. Mr. Penn is the first to be honored at the festival two
years in a row.
Quelle: NY Times
December 23, 2008 - Mountain of Snakes
Now you can read the complete article on
Sean Penn's visit to Venezuela and Cuba in the "Huffington Post".
December 12, 2008 - Golden Globe Nomination
for Sean Penn
Only One Golden Globe Nomination
Globe nominations were announced this morning and the Harvey Milk biopic
"Milk" only received one nomination; Sean Penn was nominated as Dramatic
Actor for his performance as Harvey Milk.
He is joined in the competition
by Brad Pitt ("Benjamin Button"), Frank Langella as Richard Nixon in
"Frost/Nixon.", Leonardo DiCaprio for "Revolutionary Road" and Mickey
Rourke for the sports-comeback tale "The Wrestler."
who plays Milk's lover in "Milk," received a nomination for his role in
"Pineapple Express," and Neil Patrick Harris received a nomination for his
role in the TV sit-com "How I Met Your Mother."
December 11, 2008 - MILK named Best Film by
New York Film Critics
YORK (AP) — Sean Penn and "Milk," Gus Van Sant's biopic about gay rights
leader Harvey Milk, continued to gain awards momentum Wednesday,
winning best film from the New York Film Critics Circle.
was chosen as best actor for his performance in the lauded film about
Milk, the openly gay San Francisco politician who was assassinated in
1978. Josh Brolin won best supporting actor for his performance in the
Penn was chosen as best actor by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.
"Milk" also leads the Broadcast Film Critics Association with eight
nominations, tied for the most with "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."
December 10, 2008 - Sean Penn is "Best Actor
of the year" for LAFCA
Sean Penn was namend "Best Actor of the year"
by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association on Tuesday. Sean Penn took the
actor nod for his portrayal of gay political activist Harvey Milk in Focus
Features’ "Milk." He was last honored by the L.A. critics in 1983, when he
received the New Generation award for his breakout work in "Bad Boys" and
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
December 8, 2008 - Sean Penn on the Charlie Rose Show
had a one hour episode dedicated to Gus Van Sant’s Milk. Watch Charlie
Rose talking to Sean Penn about Chavez, Castro and Harvey Milk:
You can see the whole show, including the
interviews with Gus van Sant and Josh Brolin HERE
December 1, 2008 - MILK makes TOP TEN - with only 36 copies ...
Very impressive! Focus Features' Milk
earned a whopping $51,836 per theatre in just 36 locations for its
five-day debut of $1.9 million. The critically-acclaimed film will expand
in the coming weeks as the Oscar buzz builds and the word-of-mouth
campaign builds the fortunes of this true story of Harvey Milk directed by
Gus Van Sant.
the 13th annual Satellite Awards, given out by the International Press
Association, have been announced.
MILK (together with 'Slumdog Millionaire') leads the way with six
nominations - including best actor (Sean Penn), best supporting actor
(James Franco), best direcotr (Gus van Sant) and best film.
The awards will
be handed out on Sunday, December 14th in Century City, California.
November 8, 2008 - Sean Penn receives Stanley Kubrick Award from BAFTA/LA
Thursday night's event, the British Academy of Film and Television
Arts/LA recognized Penn with the 2008 Stanley Kubrick Award for
Excellence in Film. On this occasion, Sean Penn declared peace with
American politics with the election of Barack Obama as the next
“I was sitting on the edge of the bed with my family watching our
new president-elect,” actor/director Sean Penn said. “I have never
been able to put the word ‘my’ before president before,” he added,
prompting loud applause from the British-American film industry
crowd that also honored actors Tilda Swinton and Don Cheadle and
director Stephen Frears.
Then he snubbed his ex-wife Madonna and pledged his support for her
estranged husband GUY RITCHIE.
took to the stage, the actor - married to Madonna from 1985-1989 -
sent a message to Brit Richie, hinting his career could flourish
after divorcing the Material Girl. Penn said, "What's my British
thing to say? Guy Ritchie is back!"
presenting the prize, Anderson mocked Penn by comparing him to reclusive
filmmaker Kubrick - who inspired the award.
The There Will Be Blood filmmaker said, "Stanley Kubrick was a
perfectionist and a man of amazing intellect. Sean's not really either one
of those things. Stanley Kubrick was a photographer in the beginning of
his career. Sean has done considerable damage to photographers' cameras in
the beginning of his career. Stanley Kubrick made Spartacus. Sean Penn
spent 32 days in L.A. County Jail."
Ocotber 29, 2008 - MILK Premiere
Yesterday, the hotly-anticipated but hype-suppressed (or not?)
Gus van Sant film
"Milk" screened for the first time for select press in Los
Angeles and a massive crowd at its official premiere on Castro
Street in San Francisco. Some loved it ("a major Oscar movie
that actually is a gay agenda movie"), others
liked it a lot ("I felt a genuine gayness from
Sean Penn"), and even
its biggest detractors, it seems, liked it well enough (even if
they felt others liked it a little too much).
While all of that is interesting,
the biggest question for awards watchers is, of course, how
does it look for the coming awards season?
Sean Penn has had an illustrious
career over the past 25 years, appearing in everything from from
"Fast Times at Ridgemont High" (1982) to "Dead Man Walking"
(1995) to, more recently, "I Am Sam" (2001), "21 Grams" (2003),
and "Mystic River" (2003), the latter of which brought him an
Academy Award for best actor. He should make room for another,
because it's going to take one of the greatest performances of
all time to beat his portrayal of gay rights activist Harvey
Milk, which has already met that standard. (How's that for a
challenge Leonardo DiCaprio,
Will Smith and
Hugh Jackman? You're
gonna have to earn it!)
Penn embodies Milk, body and
soul. It's a performance that's so alive that one could be
forgiven for forgetting that the real Milk has been dead for 30
years. Yes, Penn is made up to look just like Milk, and there
are moments—as was the case with Jamie Foxx
in Ray (2004)—when one can hardly even discern the actor behind
the character. But there is so much more.
Penn is helped by the fact that the
time and place in which Milk existed have been so impeccably
recreated, and that he is surrounded by ensemble cast members
who vividly play Milk's fellow activists (Emile
Hirsch), lovers (Diego
Luna) or both (James
Franco), not to mention the fellow city supervisor who
was his opposite in every way (Josh
Brolin). Each character is developed and each actor has
opportunities to shine, but they're all on the same level, with
no standouts, which is why I wouldn't be surprised if the film
fails to be represented in the supporting actor field. (Look out
for Danny Elfman in
original score, though.)
As for the big prize, a best
picture nod, it's simply too early to tell. Like "Doubt" earlier
in the week, "Milk" has done it's job, as far as surviving its
first public exposure with its buzz intact. It's also getting
(and will continue to get) lots of free press in the context of
the present-day Proposition 8 vote. But for now, Focus Features
and the filmmakers can only sit back and wait to see how the
rest of the field plays out. Almost nobody has had a look at "Australia,"
"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "Defiance," "Gran Torino,"
"The Reader," "Revolutionary Road," or "Seven Pounds" yet, and
with "The Dark Knight," "Doubt," "Frost/Nixon," and "Slumdog
Millionaire" already a part of the discussion, we can expect a
dogfight for the five slots.
Source: LA Times - Photos: Sean Penn in "Milk." Credit: Focus
And if you have any questions about
"Milk" go to Mannythemovieguy. He is a film critic/entertainment
reporter, and got invited to the press junket for "Milk."
So, if you want to ask questions, please do so at his Blog.
Ocotber 9, 2008 - James thinks of Spicoli -
Sean of Madonna ...
JAMES Franco seems to like
playing his gay character in "MILK" and mor so, talking about it ...
“The first kiss
of the movie [with myself and Sean] was out on Haight Street, with, like,
200 people watching, outside,” James told GQ in their September issue
about filming “Milk” with Sean Penn. “It was a crane shot—I’m sure in the
end it will be a really cool shot, but it starts close and then it takes
maybe a minute. That’s a long time on film with everybody watching and,
like, a fake mustache getting in your mouth.”
Besides Sean’s mustache, James had to contend with being a little
star-struck during his on screen smooch. “It was long enough that you
couldn’t help thinking, ‘Oh, my God, I’m kissing Spcioli!’”
umpteenth interview about his role in "Milk" Franco told Out magazine,
"After our [on-screen] kiss, Sean texted
Madonna - his ex-wife, Madonna - and said, 'I just popped my
cherry kissing a guy. I thought of you. I don't know why' . . . and
she wrote back: 'Congratulations!'"
Actor-director to receive Stanley
Kubrick Britannia Award
British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles will honor
actor-director Sean Penn with its Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award
for Excellence in Film at the 2008 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on
Nov. 6 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.
Penn next stars as gay-rights activist Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's
biographical drama "Milk," which will be released in November.
for Gus Van Sant’s latest movie, Milk, has just gone live over at Apple
Trailers, and it looks mighty promising.
The story of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay mayor of San
Francisco in the 1970s and the events that led to his eventual murder at
the hands of disgruntled colleague Dan White, it’s a movie that could
well be a contender for Oscars come next year.
Van Sant can experiment with the best of them, but for this movie –
which, politically, culturally and socially you’d imagine is pretty
close to his heart – he seems to have adopted the more conventional
style of his work on, say, Good Will Hunting.
Ultimately, though, this is a movie that will be driven by the power of
its performances, and the trailer does enough to hint that the ensemble
that Van Sant has assembled will be hugely impressive, from Josh Brolin
as the bitter and homophobic White, to James Franco as Milk’s lover (does
this mean, after Pineapple Express, that a drama for him is playing
against type?), and an unrecognisable Emile Hirsch.
But Penn – sporting an alarming side parting – is the main draw here.
Milk is a role that has to be played just so – too flamboyant and you
might as well cast the guy who played the security officer in Meet Dave;
too serious and the movie is in danger of becoming a lecture. But
Penn looks like he has nailed both Milk’s joie de vivre and charisma,
but also the doubts and courage that raged within as he suffered death
threats on his way to the top job in SF.
August 28, 2008 - Sean Penn 'reluctantly'
vote for Obama
-- The hottest actor at the Democratic National Convention,
Sean Penn, tells he'll vote
Barack Obama and that his event this week with
Ralph Nader is not an
endorsement of the consummate party spoiler.
supporting Nader for president," Penn says. Penn, who supported Rep.
Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) for president during the Democratic
primary, expressed some reservations about Obama. But he's certainly not
going to vote for a Republican. "I will reluctantly vote for Obama," an
exhausted looking, wild-haired Penn told us. Asked whether he'll
contribute money to Obama, he said, "He doesn't need money from me."
lives in San Francisco now, was being ushered around by Hollywood
emissary Lawrence O'Donnell, a
longtime former aide to the late Sen.
Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-N.Y.). And even though O'Donnell has
lived and breathed politics for much of his life, he lost a crucial bet
to Penn. A while back, Penn predicted Obama's vice presidential pick
would be Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.).
O'Donnell, a consultant to "West Wing" and other Washington-centric TV
shows, bet $2,000 that Penn was wrong.
Last night, Penn was carrying the slightly crumpled $2,000 check from
O'Donnell in his pocket, which he pulled out
and showed us. Asked whether he planned to cash it or frame it, Penn
said, "Frame it for now. But if SAG (Screen Actors Guild) goes on strike
I might need to cash it."
Penn and O'Donnell at the party was
Kerry Washington, who starred
in "Ray" and "The Last King of Scotland." She told us she's excited
about her newest movie, "Lakeview Terrace," which hits theaters next
month. The flawlessly gorgeous actress described the film as a
psychological thriller about an interracial couple in a blue-collar
played the role of Penn's protector at the poolside party, checking on
him occasionally to make sure he didn't need a rescue. She told us Penn
is very shy around big crowds. And Penn himself admitted, "In a crowd of
more than five, I hang on to my drink."
August 11, 2008 - Sean Penn stunned by James
Franco's fake penis
Sean Penn felt
sure his onscreen gay lover in new biopic Milk was a big boy - because
James Franco wore a prosthetic
penis for naked scenes.
on a fake phallus for a nude pool scene in the film - about San
Francisco's first gay Mayor Harvey Milk - because he didn't want to be
completely exposed. And even Penn was duped by the lifelike manhood.
Franco reveals, "This scene went on for a
long time, like half the day, and it's getting cold... and I go over to
Sean and I guess he didn't know that I was wearing a prosthetic.
"I go, `Sean, you're such a great actor but
you wouldn't do a scene like this if they asked you; you wouldn't dive
into a pool naked.' "And he said... `Well James, if I was built like you,
I would.' "A couple of weeks later we did this scene, where we're both
dancing and we're naked, and we both have prosthetic penises. He finally
put it together that I'm wearing, like, the Boogie Nights prosthetic."
August 8, 2008 - "What Just Happend" Movie
follows "two weeks in the life of a fading Hollywood producer (Robert De
Niro) who's having a rough time trying to get his new picture made." Sean
Penn plays himself, as does Bruce Willis. Robin Wright Penn and Kristen
Stewart also star in the film, which opens October 3.
August 8, 2008 - Sean and Robin's home on the
Hollywood couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn have put their San
Francisco-area home on the market for $15 million.
house is in the small Marin County town of Ross, about 18 miles north of
San Francisco. The Penns bought the 2.2-acre property in 1996 for $2.1
million and spent more than two years rebuilding the 1933 Spanish-style
house, says Coldwell Banker broker John McGeough, who has the listing.
The 10,000-square-foot house was designed with hand-hewn wood-beamed
ceilings and floors, stone fireplaces and hand-painted tiles in the
bathrooms and kitchen. The two-story home has five bedrooms, a home office,
an au pair suite, a gym and a three-car garage. A two-bedroom guest
cottage has its own two-car garage. There's also a pool, tennis court,
gardens and dog run.
representative for Mr. Penn, who won an Academy Award for best actor for
2003's "Mystic River," and his wife, who received a Golden Globe
nomination for best supporting actress for 1994's "Forrest Gump," declined
to comment on where the couple planned to move.
Source: Wall Street Journal
June 10, 2008 - TREE OF LIVE - Sean Penn and
Brad Pitt filming in Houston
Penn has been spotted in Houston in over the past couple of days filming
Terrence Malick's Tree of Life.
Sunning by the pool Sunday at the Four Seasons, Penn did not go
unnoticed by fans, once discovered, the film star allegedly quickly
ducked indoors. Penn also dined at the Grove Restaurant adjacent to
Discovery Green Park in downtown with a pal who picked up the tab. Actor
Brad Pitt was also spotted on Tuesday in the Museum District area.
May 19, 2008 - Sean Penn brings aid movie to
A small flick
went from refugee camp to red carpet Friday as Sean Penn, backed by rock
star Bono and film-maker Michael Moore, brought an Australian aid
worker's tsunami film to the Cannes fest.
Politically-minded Penn won special agreement from the Cannes festival
organisers for a special one-off red-carpet screening of "The Third
Wave", a film he told the crowd was "as provocative and inspiring as
anything I've ever seen." With hotly-applauded Bono and Moore in the
audience, and Faye Dunaway as well, Penn added: "In lieu of the fact
that governments don't seem to be able to help, this film gives an
indication of how you can help yourself."
the Cannes jury that will award this year's coveted Palme d'Or prize for
best film, and on day three of the world's biggest filmfest critics are
already opining the trophy could go to a film with a conscience.
The Oscar-winning actor saw the film by Sydney-born Alison Thompson six
months ago but said at the festival that given the disasters currently
unfolding in China and Myanmar, the film was "even more important now."
"In lieu of the fact that governments don't seem to be able to help,
this gives you an indication of how you can help yourself," he told the
Shot in 2004
in Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami that left some 170,000 people
dead across Asia, "The Third Wave" recounts how Thompson and her partner
Oscar Gubernati took off from New York with little more than a handful
of dollars to try to help the victims, only days after the disaster.
Picking up a couple of extra pairs of hands, they took off for the coast
with a van of supplies and stopped in the village of Peraliya, where
2,500 people had died, including hundreds travelling on a smashed train.
Thompson, who had basic first aid training, took care of the wounded as
the team helped stunned survivors to begin clearing the chaos. "People
were lethargic to clean up, doing a little bit kept people motivated,"
one of them said. Week by week they dug toilets, collected corpses,
played with children, built shelters, found food, got the school going,
and tried to restore morale.
By the third week, the volunteers numbered 10 as other westerners signed
on. By week seven they were 40, including voluntary doctors.
The group was
never financed, getting help from time to time from organised aid
associations, who donated medicine or food, or from passers-by who left
what cash they could. "It was giving hope and reintroducing normalcy",
said one volunteer in the film. By the time the group left after several
months, 520 homes had been rebuilt with no organised outside financial
Penn saw the
film on the behest of Czech model Petra Nemcova, who was in Thailand on
holidays when the tsunami struck and survived by clinging to a tree as
her fiance was swept to his death.
by the film would go to Sri Lanka, Nemcova said.
was present at the screening, said she was hoping to go to Myanmar to
help. "If anyone wants to come, you can come and see me." Former
Australian Army engineer Donny Paterson, also in the first group of
volunteer helpers, added: "It's easy to do ... You don't need great
skills, only your heart."
May 15, 2008 - Sean Penn: An unorthodox
presidet of Cannes Jury
France (AP) — Sean Penn may be president of the Cannes Film Festival
jury — but don't expect any buttoned-up presidential behavior from the
Hollywood rebel. During a news conference on opening day Wednesday, the
actor-director lit up two cigarettes in defiance of French laws against
smoking in public buildings. He used the F-word. And he poked fun at his
Asked by a
reporter if he could confirm that he had hesitated before taking the
jury presidency because it means being "wise and sober" for 12 days, the
"Into the Wild" director quipped, "How many days have I got left?"Penn,
a regular at Cannes, won the best actor award here for "She's So Lovely,"
and he showed his own movies "The Pledge" and "The Indian Runner" here.
When Clint Eastwood's "Mystic River" played at Cannes, it generated
early buzz for Penn's performance, which went on to win an Academy Award.
wasn't all jokes and antics at Cannes — he also let his serious,
thoughtful side shine through, urging reporters to see a documentary
that the festival included at his special request. "The Third Wave" is
Alison Thompson's look at volunteers who joined relief efforts in Sri
Lanka after the 2004 tsunami. "I thought that it was the closest thing
that I had ever seen on film to giving any kind of answer to 'what's the
purpose of life?' — at least for those who might be lucky enough to have
two good legs and a dollar in their pocket," he said.
talked politics, saying that he's not supporting any particular
candidate in the U.S. presidential election, though he is "encouraged by
the kind of exciting support that Barack Obama has."As he often does,
Penn railed against President Bush. Asked about Bush's politics, he said
the choice of the word "politics" was unfortunate. "It's just a shame
that we have to bastardize the term 'politics' in attributing it to
people like that, because politics, again, should really be an
organization of helping each other," he said.
Over the next
12 days, Penn will lead a jury made up of director Alfonso Cuaron ("Children
of Men"), actress Natalie Portman ("V for Vendetta"), comic book
artist-filmmaker Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis"), actor-director Sergio
Castellitto ("My Mother's Smile"), actress Jeanne Balibar ("Clean"),
director Apichatpong Weerasethakul ("Tropical Malady"), director Rachid
Bouchareb ("Days of Glory") and actress Alexandra Maria Lara ("Downfall").
April 30, 2008 - Sean Penn sets off on a
protest trip to New Orleans
layed the Pied Piper of activism at the Coachella Festival
on Monday when he set off on a protest trip to New Orleans, Louisiana with
buses loaded with event revellers. The actor/director took the stage at
the festival on Sunday (27Apr08) to recruit activists for his Dirty Hands
He called on Coachella festival-goers to "take
action" and join him on a
cross-country bio-diesel bus caravan.The trip began on Monday morning.
Speaking just before My Morning Jacket's set on the main stage at
Coachella, Penn told music fans, "This is about volunteerism. Revolution
is a young man's job and you can be the revolution."
He revealed that singer/songwriter Ben Harper and rockers Everlast would
be joining him for the trip to the New Orleans
Jazz + Heritage Festival.
The volunteers will help build houses for the homeless, while protesting
the Iraq war with Penn. Penn was hoping to recruit 300 Coachella revellers
to join him on the bus tour to New Orleans and back to Los Angeles.
April 22, 2008 - James Franco rates Sean Penn
as his top on-screen romance ...
talked to "Entertainment Weekly" mostly about the upcoming
comedy "Pineapple Express" but a few questions about his role as
Harvey Milk's lover in "The
Mayor of Castro Street" were snuck in there. The film stars
Sean Penn and is directed by
Gus Van Sant. Here is that part
of the exchange:
Now, you've had a number of onscreen love
interests: Kirsten Dunst, Neve Campbell, Catherine Keener. In Milk, which
comes out in the fall, you play Sean Penn's lover. Where does he rate in
terms of your onscreen romances?
JAMES: The top! He's a little hairier than those other ones, but oh
April 10, 2008 - Sean and Robin are back
Penn fuelled reports he and his estranged wife are back together when he
dedicated a song to her at a concert in San Francisco, California on
Tuesday night. The Oscar winner and Robin Wright Penn arrived at pal Eddie
Vedder's concert in the city, where they celebrated her 42nd birthday. At
one point, Penn took to the stage and dedicated a song to his estranged
wife on stage in honour of her birthday.
Meanwhile, Wright Penn has dismissed her divorce case against the actor
and the dismissal was filed and granted in court on Tuesday. The couple,
who have two children, split last December after 11 years of marriage.
March 28, 2008 - MILK has finished production
in the city
San Francisco the film documenting the life of San Francisco activist
Harvey Milk has finished production in the city. The film, directed by
Gus Van Sant and written by Dustin Lance Black, will be released this
fall. (The Advocate)
Here are some
interesting videos, made by extras from the San Francisco Set: MILK-Videos
March 28, 2008 - Interview with Sean Penn -
DVD Start of "Into the Wild"
Sean Penn has now
proved himself to be just as talented behind-the-camera as he is in front
of it. His latest film, “Into the Wild” hits DVD this week and Moviehole
had the chance to talk to him about it.
documentary "War Made Easy - How Presidents and Pundits keep
spinning us to Death" based on the book of the same name by
Norman Solomon and is narrated Sean Penn and written and
directed by Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp.
documentary had its thetrical debut at New York's Quad Cinema
and is also available on DVD now.
February 26, 2008 - No Oscar for ITW - but
Sean still had fun
Sean Penn is rumored to have found comfort in the arms of supermodel Petra
Nemcova following his split from wife Robin Wright Penn.
The pair has been spotted out together in
Los Angeles twice in the past week, including at Sir Elton John's
post-Oscar Party on Sunday night, where they posed together on the red
carpet before heading to L.A. nightclub Villa, and then leaving together
at 3:10 a.m.
The Penns ended their 12-year marriage
with a separation announcement in December and Wright Penn has since been
linked with former boyfriend Jason Patric.
Czech beauty Nemcova's previous
boyfriends include crooner James Blunt.
January 24, 2008 - Hal Holbrook in the "Today
In the "Today
Show" Hal Holbrook, who got the best supporting actor nod, says, that he
called Sean Penn on Tuesday morning. "I talked to Sean. He's a dear guy.
He's so happy for me. I knew he wanted me to get nominated."
January 22, 2008 - And Congratulations again
- Hal Holbrook grabs Oscar Nomination!
INTO THE WILD 82-year-old Hal Holbrook plays Ron Franz, a single,
lonely elderly man who takes in Chris before he leaves on the last leg
of his journey to Alaska. Hal Holbrook is nominated for
"Best Supported Actor" and will face Tom Wilkinson,
Casey Affleck, Javier Bardem und Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Nomination for INTO THE WILD went to Jay Cassidy (Film Editing).
January 14, 2008 - Eddie Vedder wins "Golden
Globe" - Congratulation!
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder won the Golden Globe for best original song in a
movie ' for "Guaranteed," featured in director Sean Penn's road drama "Into
the Wild." You can watch the video "Guaranteed"
January 13, 2008 - Sean Penn receives
The strike by
the Writers Guild of America isn't preventing the guild from announcing its
annual award nominees for film screenplays.
Vying for the
Best Adapted Screenplay award are Ethan Cohen and Joel Cohen for "No
Country for Old Men," Paul Thomas Anderson for "There Will Be Blood," Ronald
Harwood for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly," Sean Penn for "Into
the Wild" and James Vanderbuilt for "Zodiac."
January 9, 2008 - Eddie Vedder - Video "Guaranteed"
has unveiled his first solo music video for “Guaranteed,” taken from his
Into the Wild soundtrack. The video had it's premiere on VH1 on
January 7th. The song has already been nominated for a Grammy and a Golden
and is a frontrunner for an Oscar nod.
Worth every award: Eddie Vedder's "Guaranteed"
January 9, 2008 - Sean Penn nominated for the
Directors Guild of America Award
(AFP) — Film-making brothers Joel and Ethan Coen and Oscar-winner Sean
Penn were on Tuesday named amongst the nominees for the top prize
at this year's Directors Guild of America awards.
brothers were nominated in the outstanding directing of a feature film category
for their acclaimed crime thriller "No Country For Old Men" while Penn received
a nod for his drama "Into the Wild."
The DGA awards,
which will be awarded in Los Angeles on January 26, are regarded as a key
indicator of likely contenders at the Academy Awards, which take place roughly
one month later this year on February 24. In the 60 years of the DGA
awards, only six winners of the top prize have failed to go on to win the
best director prize at the Oscars.
for this year's top honor included Paul Thomas Anderson for "There Will Be
Blood," Tony Gilroy for "Michael Clayton" and Julian Schnabel for "The
Diving Bell and the Butterfly."
January 7, 2008 - Palm Spring Festival - Sean
Penn is "Director of the Year"
The 19th annual
Palm Springs Film Festival has honored Sean Penn with its "Director of the
Year Award" for his latest film "Into the Wild." Sean Penn received the
award in a gala ceremony hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart at
the Palm Springs Convention Center on January 5. Emile Hirsch was awarded
as well - he received the award in the category "Rising Star/Actor."
"The season of trophies is truly a season in hell."
(Sean Penn at the Palm Springs Festival)
January 3, 2008 - Sean Penn namend President
of Cannes Jury
Fresh off his
award-baiting Into the Wild, Sean Penn agreed to join a new
expedition: heading up the jury at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.
Organizers for the 61st edition, scheduled to run from May 14 to May 25,
broke the news Thursday on the fest's official Website.
"In the last
few years," Penn said in a statement, "it seems there has been a
rejuvenation of cinema building worldwide; increasingly thoughtful,
provocative, moving and imaginative films by talented filmmakers: that a
new generation of filmmaking may have begun. "The Cannes Film Festival has
long been the epicenter in the discovery of those new waves of filmmakers
from all over the world. I very much look forward to participating in this
year's festival as president of the jury."
three-decade Hollywood career, Penn has been nominated for four Best Actor Academy
Awards, finally winning for his performance as an ex-con seeking
retribution for his daughter's death in 2003's Mystic River.
He has been
making the awards show rounds this season for his latest directorial
effort, an elegiac adaptation of Jon Krakauer's nonfiction bestseller
Into the Wild. The movie— which chronicles the life Chris McCandless,
an idealistic college grad who cuts up his credit cards and hitchhikes to
Alaska to live off the wilderness —has received Best Picture and
Acting awards and nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association,
the Chicago Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review and the
Screen Actors Guild. It's also up for two Golden Globes, for Original
Score and Original Song.