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December 29, 2008 - Desert Palm Achievement Award for Sean Penn

Palm Springs really likes Sean Penn. 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 Daniel Day-Lewis, John Travolta 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".

Huffington Post - Mountain of Snakes



December 12, 2008 - Golden Globe Nomination for Sean Penn

Milk Gets Only One Golden Globe Nomination

The Golden 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."

James Franco, 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."

For all nominations go to: Golden Globe



December 11, 2008 - MILK named Best Film by New York Film Critics

NEW 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.

Sean Penn 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 film.

On Tuesday, 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

Charlie Rose 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.

Box Office USA


December 1, 2008 - Satellite Award Nominations

Nominations for 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.

Satellite Award Nominations 2008

November 8, 2008 - Sean Penn receives Stanley Kubrick Award from BAFTA/LA

At 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 president.
“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.

When he 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!"


Before 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."

Sources: Reuters/Variety

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, Clint Eastwood, Brad Pitt, 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 Features.


More about the MILK Premiere

  Photos und Video-Interviews from the red carpet

  More Interviews from the red carpet

  Article and photos in the SFC

  Cindy Sheehan: My night with Sean Penn

  More new film photos

  More film photos on Wireimage

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!’”

In his 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!'"


GQ Interview - James Franco

Out Magazin - James Franco - Milkman



September 24, 2008 - BAFTA LA to honor Sean Penn

Actor-director to receive Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award

The 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.





September 4, 2008 - Trailer for MILK now online!

The trailer 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

DENVER -- The hottest actor at the Democratic National Convention, Sean Penn, tells he'll vote for Barack Obama and that his event this week with Ralph Nader is not an endorsement of the consummate party spoiler.

"I'm not 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."

Penn, who 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."

Also joining 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 neighborhood.

Washington 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."

By Mary Ann Akers/Washington Post / Fotos: AP



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.

Franco strapped 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 Trailer

The story 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 market

Hollywood couple Sean Penn and Robin Wright Penn have put their San Francisco-area home on the market for $15 million.

The 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.

A 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

Sean 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 Cannes

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."

Penn heads 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 audience.

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 help.

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.

Funds raised by the film would go to Sri Lanka, Nemcova said.

Thompson, who 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."

Source: AFP



May 15, 2008 - Sean Penn: An unorthodox presidet of Cannes Jury


CANNES, 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 reputation.

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.

Penn 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.

Penn also 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").

The winners will be announced May 25.

Source: AP - Associated Press


April 30, 2008 - Sean Penn sets off on a protest trip to New Orleans

Sean Penn 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 Caravan venture.
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 ...

James Franco 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 well...



April 10, 2008 - Sean and Robin are back together!

Sean 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

In 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)

 San Francisco Chronicle - It's a wrap

Here are some interesting videos, made by extras from the San Francisco Set:



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.

  DVD-Interview: Sean Penn


March 28, 2008 - "War made easy" - DVD out now

The film 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.

The film documentary had its thetrical debut at New York's Quad Cinema and is also available on DVD now.

  "War Made Easy" can be watched HERE online !



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.


  More pics

  Petra Nemcova denies Sean Penn Romance



February 7, 2008 - MILK - First informations and pics here!

The long-awaited film about the life of assassinated, openly gay San Francisco supervisor 
Harvey Milk has begun filming in San Francisco.

All Informations and first pics here!



January 24, 2008 - Hal Holbrook in the "Today Show"

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."

Hal Holbrook Interview in the "Today Show"


January 22, 2008 - And Congratulations again - Hal Holbrook grabs Oscar Nomination!

In 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.

Oscar nominations announced

Hal Holbrook and Sean Penn - "Wild" about each other

Another Oscar 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" HERE .

Source: AP


January 13, 2008 - Sean Penn receives WGA-Nomination

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" online

Eddie Vedder 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 Globe, 
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

LOS ANGELES (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.

The Coen 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.

Other nominees 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."

Official Website:


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."

Over his 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.

Source: E!Online