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November 15, 2010 - Sean Penn skips Dubai film festival for Haiti

Sean Penn has rushed to Haiti to check on the safety of the staff who run the charity he founded there, after a spate of violent protests took place following a disputed presidential election, according to US reports. The 50-year-old actor has released a statement saying that he will skip a planned appearance at the Dubai Film Festival, where he was due to receive a lifetime achievement award, to fly to the Caribbean island.

US entertainment magazine Daily Variety reports that Penn's concerns for the safety of the staff, who run his charity the J/P Haitian Relief Organisation (J/P HRO), prompted the sudden cancellation. Penn set up the foundation in response to the January earthquake that devastated the island.

In a statement, Penn said: 'I am honoured to receive the Dubai Film Festival lifetime achievement award and had every intention of being there to accept it in person. Regretfully, the situation in Haiti has worsened and it was of the utmost importance that I be there to ensure the safety of my staff and the J/P HRO camp.'

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November 13, 2010 - First Images & Synopsis of "The Tree of Life"

Writer-director Terrence Malick's new movie, "The Tree of Life", has been shrouded in mystery since it was first teased way back in August 2005. The project has gone through many changes since then, including several casting changes, before Malick settled on Brad Pitt and Sean Penn.

The first trailer for the movie premiered last night, but it has yet to be released online. However, a detailed synopsis of the movie was released at the 2010 American Film Market, the annual production and distribution convention that screens upwards of 800 movies over an eight-day period, and you can get a look at the stars of the movie in a pair of still images recently published online by the L.A. Times, featuring Pitt as Mr. O'Brien, the strict father of the main character, Jack (played by Hunter McCracken) and Penn as adult Jack.

From the Desk of Terrence Malick.....

We trace the evolution of an eleven-year-old boy in the Midwest, JACK, one of three brothers. At first all seems marvelous to the child. He sees as his mother does with the eyes of his soul. She represents the way of love and mercy, where the father tries to teach his son the world’s way of putting oneself first. Each parent contends for his allegiance, and Jack must reconcile their claims. The picture darkens as he has his first glimpses of sickness, suffering and death. The world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth.

From this story is that of adult Jack, a lost soul in a modern world, seeking to discover amid the changing scenes of time that which does not change: the eternal scheme of which we are a part. When he sees all that has gone into our world’s preparation, each thing appears a miracle—precious, incomparable. Jack, with his new understanding, is able to forgive his father and take his first steps on the path of life.

The story ends in hope, acknowledging the beauty and joy in all things, in the everyday and above all in the family—our first school—the only place that most of us learn the truth about the world and ourselves, or discover life’s single most important lesson, of unselfish love.

Jessica Chastain also stars as Jack's mother, Mrs. O'Brien, with Joanna Going playing Jack's wife.


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Oktober 26, 2010 - Sean Penn receives "Humanitarian Award"

Sean Penn may have lots of critics, but he's one big bucket of teary-eyed gratitude.

It seemed like there was no one he didn't thank last night when he received the Humanitarian Award at the Hollywood Awards at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

We're talking his kids, the U.S. military and even a communist…

Penn was presented with the award by U.S. Army Lt. General Ken Keen, who called the Oscar winning actor "selfless" in his work in the recovery of earthquake-stricken Haiti.

"I will never be able to say enough about the dignity and skills of the young men and women of the United States in their humanitarian mission in Haiti," said a choked-up Penn, who was given a standing ovation.

He went on to thank his daughter Dylan and son Hopper, "both of whom volunteered."

He also said. "This is going to sound funny. It might even make my friend Ken a little uncomfortable. But trust me the contributions of the following group were unified: Presidents Obama, Clinton, Préval, Chávez and Castro. All channeled their energies despite their differences and continue to in ways that directly support our actions."

Penn also called on U.S. businesses, especially green ventures, to invest in the Caribbean nation: "Bring technology to Haiti. Bring some of those jobs to Haiti...It will lead to an economic boom both in Haiti and the United States that even Silicon Valley has never seen."




September, 9 2010 - New Image: Even in Lipstick Sean Penn's a serious dude

Before Sean Penn goes back to his roots and plays a surfer once again, the actor wants to rock. But this isn't a light-hearted affair full of swagger and song. It's a drama coming from Italian director Paolo Sorrentino (who helmed the film on Italian ex-Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, Il Divo). This Must Be the Place, which is shooting in Ireland, follows a rich rock star who sets out to find the ex-Nazi war criminal (living in the U.S.) who killed his father.

And, since he's a rocker, that means he needs the right look to go with it, so hit the jump and see Penn as a long-haired, determined rocker with red lips.

Aside from Penn, the film boasts the likes of Harry Dean Stanton (the war criminal perhaps?) and Frances McDormand. And, just to make the pot even sweeter, IMDb lists Shea Whigham as the fourth-billed. You might have caught him in indies like All the Real Girls and Wristcutters: A Love Story, or more recent fare like Fast & Furious or Barry Munday.

This Must Be the Place will hit theaters next year.

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June, 30 2010 - Sean Penn: American's must not fail Haiti

By Bruce Edwin

One of the finest actors of our time, Sean Penn is also a humanitarian and human rights activist which is something to be proud of on all accounts. He stars next in the political thriller Fair Game (2010) with Naomi Watts, which premiered May 20th at the Cannes Film Festival in France. He missed promoting the film at the festival, to instead attend a Senate hearing in which he has been asked to testify concerning the condition of Haiti, of which he has been actively donating his time, money, and labor to assist lives there since the devastating earthquake there this year. He tells us here about his work in this regard, and why so much more is needed.

Q. How long have you been over there in Haiti Sean?

A. SEAN PENN: I've been here almost two weeks. We have spontaneously formed an NGO (non government organization) called the (Penn) Haitian Relief Organization. The idea was to (just) bring seven doctors down. We have a total of 30 people, relief workers. And then after three days in an abandoned house, we were able to get our doctors working. We saw helicopters overhead landing nearby, and explored the area and found out it was where the 82nd Airborne had their base at Petionville camp, where there's about 60,000 people in a displacement camp there. And so they were gracious enough to let us camp on the perimeter of their base and then to contribute incredible encouragement and assets. So we were able to get to where we had as many as 30 doctors at a time and we do tailgate strikes with the military in the morning. We take them over to the DMACC clinic and now have a full hospital functioning at the camp. All of this with the support of Lieutenant Colonel Foster. And so we're just treating patients. We've done three food distributions and building every day in a situation that needs a lot more building...

sean penn Q. What is the biggest challenge now in Haiti?

A. SEAN PENN: The rain. When the rain comes, it's going to be a public health disaster. That could easily be on the scale of the earthquake itself. Disease is spreading already, tuberculosis, typhoid, tetanus, malaria. This place, you know, which already had incredible hygiene problems within the neighborhoods, now with the earthquake, this is a new disaster waiting to happen.

Q. Do you think this issue, Haiti is fading from the American view as compared to when it first happened?

A. SEAN PENN: It can't fade. Americans are an utter failure if it fades. And America won't be a failure. I've seen this military and I know the military won't be able to stay here for an endless period of time, but if the military can have the kind of human conscience it has had with a humanitarian disaster, the people and the media have to stay interested. And if we don't, we have failed the governments of the world, rather than the other way around. It's time to show the governments that we can do it, because no government can handle this by itself. (...) I was at Katrina. And Katrina, you know, so many people said it's not what you saw on television. It was a horrible thing that happened there. So many people lost so much. But you really could see it on television. This is something like nobody I've talked to has ever seen before. This is an apocalyptic city, and these are some of the most resilient souls in the entire planet and for them to be challenged like this is for us to help them.

Q. Its very generous of you to do so much here...

A. SEAN PENN: Well, you know, everyone contributes in the way that they can. In my case, you know, I'm in a very fortunate position to be able to afford the ticket. Then when I did that with Katrina, I met some people who had some more experience than I did in disaster relief issues, and those were the few people that I called originally. And by that time I had had some experience and certainly given a lot of thought to a lot of it and talked to a lot of people about it and learned what I thought would be a valuable thing to bring. And then you just come in and you find that there's obviously new challenges and new disasters. But what happened was I called those couple of people.

(...) So the next thing, four people turned into 30 on an airplane full of supplies and doctors, and that 30 people has turned into many more. And on top of that, the treatments of tens of thousands of patients that we've encountered, (...) we had transports going all through the night. Again, the food distributions that we do sometimes on our own, sometimes with the military when it's a larger amount of people (are important). But there's an endless amount of contribution that people can make on all levels. And number one, and really the challenge is on the people that do what you do (in the media). I think that, you know, after a period of shame in the media and the news coverage that allowed a war to happen that shouldn't have happened, I think that now it's time that there can't be the question anymore about whether this is going to fade or not. It's up to the media to not let it fade. It can't fade. These are our neighbors, and these are strong great people who have been through too much for too long. We cannot let it happen.

Q. Thank you.

© 2010, The Hollywood Sentinel

Sean Penns Foreign Relations Committee Testimony on Rebuilding Haiti



June 30, 2010 - "Vanity Fair" Interview

Sean Penn talks about his divorce to Robin Wright, and its benefits to humanity, life in Haiti and his son’s skateboarding accident in the July issue of Vanity Fair.

“She is a ghost to me now,” Sean Penn tells Vanity Fair contributing editor Douglas Brinkley of actress Robin Wright Penn. “We spent all those years together…. Now she’s just gone.”

Brinkley travels to Haiti, where Penn talks about Robin, their son Hopper’s life-threatening skateboarding accident, and what he’s doing to help rebuild the nation post-earthquake. When Penn was presented with a military coin and several honorary certificates of commendation for his service in the Haitian crisis, Lieutenant General P. K. Keen “gave me this look in the eye–a look of pride,” Penn tells Brinkley. “It meant more to me than any movie award.”

Hunkered down in Haiti with Sean Penn, Humanitarian




May 14, 2010 - Sumnit Enternainment to distribute "Fair Game" 

Summit Entertainment has grabbed the distribution rights for Doug Liman’s Fair Game.  

Fair Game, which stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn as Plame and Wilson, respectively, was accepted into this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is the only U.S. film playing in competition.  According to Variety, interest in the distribution rights grew after the film’s acceptance into Cannes.  




April 22, 2010 - "Fair Game" - Yes we Cannes!

A scant 16 films playing in official competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival — far fewer than usual — were revealed at a Thursday morning news conference held at the Grand Hotel. In announcing the lineup, festival director Thierry Fremaux reiterated comments that he's recently made to the media, saying that it has been a difficult year to put together the list of films but that he does intend to add to it in the coming days.

Among the most high-profile films to make the grade are Doug Liman's political thriller "Fair Game" — about the Joe Wilson/Valerie Plame incident — starring Sean Penn and Naomi Watts, and the only U.S. film in the main competition. (dw-blog)

Read more:  'Fair Game' Gets Warmup Screening Before Cannes Premiere



22. April 2010 - Haiti: More Videos and Pictures from Sean Penn in Haiti
















Sean Penn - "Sunday Morning" Interview - CBS - March 7, 2009



Logan: "Of the 70,000 people that you're working with in the camp, how many of them have adequate shelter?"

Sean Penn: "None. No, this is a camp that the U.N. has designated as the most dangerous camp in terms of weather in the country. Because it's on a huge, sloped hill that used to be a golf course. And there's no proper drainage."

"There's a potential disaster for disease?"

"Yeah," he said.

It was just hours before Penn was due to head back to Haiti, this time with two new passengers: his 16-year-old son, Hopper Jack, and 18-year-old daughter, Dylan.

Logan: "Are they going to help? They're not on a sightseeing tour".

"No, they're not on the sightseeing tour. Oh, they're gonna help. They're gonna be my slaves while we're there," Penn laughed. "You bet they're gonna help."

"Why are you taking your children there?"

"I think that they've had the experience, as I have, that the first person served by service is the server" Penn said. "You know, there's nobody in the world that isn't looking for a kind of purpose in life, and tangible purpose is the most immediately recognizable."

"You know, there's no time that you're over there, there's not something to do to lend a hand."

Lending a hand is exactly what Penn has been trying to do since he first heard about the earthquake. Ignoring the skeptics, he brought in dozens of doctors, nurses and emergency personnel who have treated some 50 000 people so far. He also flew in urgently-needed equipment, from X-ray and ultrasound machines to $20 water filters that have brought clean drinking water to some 4000 families.

How did he pay for it? A little luck, and an old friend: businesswoman Diana Jenkins.

"I just ran into her at a cocktail party, and said what I was intending to do. And so she decided to support it."

Logan: "She said, 'Here's a million bucks'?"

"Yeah. So we were able to just say 'Yes, yes, yes' on things, and we were able to get X-ray machines, and ventilators, and do all kinds of things. . . . I was just able to make decisions and bring things in."

"How did you take the money in? Suitcases of cash?"

Sean Penn: "We took a lot of cash in, yeah, into the country."

"Literally, what did you put it in? Carry it in backpacks?"


"That's amazing. So there you are wandering the earthquake zone in Haiti with backpacks of cash?"
"We don't do that anymore. We now have a bank account, so no one comes up for cash on the ground in Haiti!" Penn laughed.

Since then, it's Penn himself who has supplied the funding, although he shies away from numbers.

"How much of it has been your money?" Logan asked.

"Enough that I'd better get a job soon!" he laughed.

His reticence is not surprising. There IS no shortage of detractors, and while Penn recognizes the need to use his profile to raise money, he's more comfortable off-loading supplies in Haiti than talking about his efforts.

"So, you're not in it for the credit, or the recognition?"

"Yeah, here's what I can promise you: if you've been around as long as I have, whether it's participating in activism or movies, you know that at some point, particularly the things that you do that are really meant with your heart, they'll be punished," Penn laughed. "In other words, there'll be an inevitable reversal of anything positive that's considered of me for my involvement here. You can't win seeking credit in these games, but you can win by being involved in them. And you win every day."

"Because of what you're doing?"

"Because you see people's lives saved," Penn said. "So, you know, the credit turns to criticism, and if you value one, you've got to value the other - so we ignore both. When we spent time with him in Haiti, he was focused very much on the task at hand. On this day, he joined U.S. Special Operations forces on a ride north, across the remote green hills that stretch beyond the capital, Port-au-Prince. They were bringing in supplies to hundreds of earthquake victims that had fled to their distant rural homes in a kind of reverse-migration.
And in another sign of the unusually close relationship he quickly established with the U.S. military, Penn's teams of medical personnel in Port-au-Prince joined forces with paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division and other aid organizations. Their mission: bring much-needed medical care to those who still could not reach a doctor or a hospital.
With the paratroopers providing security, the medical teams trawl the camps to find those most in need - they called it "medical tailgating."

"We try to do outreach within communities where people are still hovelling [sic] in neighborhoods, because you can go through an alleyway and it opens up to 120 people who have not gotten the medical attention, or food distribution. They're just sort of scrounging on the streets," Penn said.

"So, you're going to reach those people?"

"So, we do that with some of our doctors."

American Raul Ruiz is one of those doctors. He treated a 79-year-old woman who is too old to walk. She can't leave her tent, even to go to the bathroom, so Dr. Ruiz has brought her a portable toilet.

Raul says, "Tell her everything is ok, that I'm leaving but other people like me will come check on her. Tell her in my culture, when we say goodbye we give a kiss on the cheek. Can I give her a kiss?"

The help does not end there. Penn's teams are also setting up follow-on care.

"We have relationships with many hospitals, so we know where we can bring patients when we find them from within the city," he said. "But all on a consistent basis, 7:30, 8:00 in the morning, every morning, our doctors go out to the front gate of the military base, and take one or two of our trucks. They'll ride in that, following a military convoy of one or two Humvees and a fire team. And they'll go to whatever camp had been selected the night before. And they'll stay for eight hours, and administer health care."

It's a relationship that many find unlikely, but Penn insists the public stance he took against the war in Iraq was misunderstood as anti-military, and he's very much in favor of what the army is doing in Haiti.

"It's not just the security that they bring, but the philosophy with which the soldiers on the ground are approaching this particular mission is a truly noble thing," Penn said. "And something that can only do the United States service in continuing.

"I've seen with my eyes day by day the most skilled and disciplined force that we have to offer in the name of humanitarian aid. Respectful of the Haitian people, understanding that because they're down doesn't mean they're weak. They've just been pushed down by the hand of God in a way that's beyond precedent."

No one is more painfully aware than Penn, that as much as the Haitians and international relief efforts have accomplished, it's simply not enough to meet the urgent need.

With the rainy season upon them and hurricane season next, shelter remains one of Haiti's most pressing concerns. Penn is appealing for some 200,000 tents.

"The city's gone," he said. "Many of the cities are gone. And that's kind of an apocalyptic vision of something. There's no infrastructure. There weren't enough doctors or medicine or medical supplies there in the first place, or properly-supported hospitals. So while, yes, you look for the places where people are ready to get on their feet, the expectation that they'll be on their feet tomorrow is an inhumane one."

Logan: "How are you feeling right now? Do you think that you've done something good?" 

"Yeah. I mean, I feel more like it's about time I did something good!" he laughed. "You know, it doesn't feel in any way extraordinary. It feels like a job you want to do better every day. And I think that I speak for everybody involved with us."

"Does it make you angry when people talk about, you know, 'Sean Penn, the Hollywood star, the movie star, coming in and trying to do something,' and they're kind of cynical about it?"

"No," he replied.

"Do you hate that question?" she asked.

"No. I guess I've been so away from it all, at our tent camp in Haiti, that I haven't had an awful lot of time to pay attention to them. You know, do I hope that those people die screaming of rectal cancer? Yeah, you know? But I'm not going to spend a lot of energy on it."

Logan: "But you're folding your arms"

"Yeah. Yeah. Bill O'Reilly can get his body language expert on this one, and figure out what's wrong with me," Penn laughed.

"Well, I can give it a shot".

"You go ahead!"

"You hate it; it makes you defensive; you don't even like talking about it."

"Look, here's the thing: You see people dying. There's a level of the irrelevant nature of the criticism of what you're doing. But you're really clear. I'm defensive about investing in it, because I have been prone to do that. So, I think that's why my arms are crossed. It's like, I just don't have time for it."

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February 4, 2010 - Sean Penn donates 250.00 Dollar for Haiti

"Artists for Pease and Justice" commitment to building a sustainable future for Haiti, moved many to support Haiti well beyond the current crisis. Gerard Butler, Simon Barker and his wife, Rebecca Rigg, Nicole Kidman with Keith Urban, and Daniel Craig were just a few of the stars who pledged to give $50,000 per year for five years toward building the future of Haiti. Sean Penn personally phoned Haggis to pledge of $50,000 per year for five years.


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January 25, 2010 - Sean Penn in Haiti

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hollywood actor Sean Penn visited a medical clinic, toured a food distribution site and passed out water filters Friday as he sought to get a firsthand glimpse of the devastation wrought by a deadly earthquake in Haiti.

Penn arrived in the poor Caribbean nation Thursday accompanied by 11 doctors and a U.S. businesswoman with whom he has established a private Haitian relief organization.

The star of "Mystic River," "Dead Man Walking" and "Carlito's Way" chatted with paratroopers from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division and searched for areas to bring aid in and around the capital, Port-au-Prince.

"It is a devastated area," said Penn, dressed in torn jeans, cowboy boots and a dark blue T-shirt. "I've seen the same thing your cameras have seen: People are suffering and a lot of people are doing their best – the U.S. military and human aid groups – to help them."

Penn brought 1,000 water filters that were distributed to villages outside Port-au-Prince. He spent part of Friday meeting with aid groups and hospitals.

"The idea of us being here is to make sure the aid gets to them," he said.

Source: Huffington Post

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January 25, 2010 - Sean Penn in "Water for Elephants"?

Robert Pattinson and Sean Penn are circling Fox 2000's Depression-era drama "Water for Elephants."

Reese Witherspoon has already boarded to the film, which will be directed by Francis Lawrence. Scribe Richard LaGravenese is adapting for the bigscreen.

Based on Sara Gruen's best-selling historical tome of the same name, story centers on a Cornell U. veterinary student who leaves his studies after his parents are killed and joins up with the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth, working as a vet for the circus. Witherspoon will play Marlena, the beautiful equestrian star married to August (Penn), the charismatic but twisted animal trainer.

Studio, which is eyeing a June start date, wouldn't confirm details of the project. Gil Netter, Erwin Stoff and Andrew Tennenbaum are producing.

Pattinson is expected to close. Penn, who is in Haiti on a humanitarian mission, is the bigger question mark. He has an offer from the studio but is still mulling the role.

Source: Variety

January 11, 2010 - Sean Penn, "The Hurt Locker" and Mariah Carey ...

Beside Mariah Careys tipsy speech, the most entertaining speech of the evening probably belonged to surprise guest Sean Penn, who carried his drink with him onto the stage when he turned up to present T-Bone Burnett with the Frederick Loewe Award for Film Composing and then started with, "You think anything's gonna make You Tube tonight?" Then, before reading a lengthy ode to Burnett, Penn admitted, "Best-laid plans of mice and men: I intended to do this in absolute sobriety, so forgive me if I squeak."

But it was “The Hurt Locker” and its star, Jeremy Renner, that Sean Penn wanted to talk about.
“It’s not an anti-war film, it’s not right or left. It doesn’t take sides. It’s real life, executed skillfully and powerfully. It trusts that real life is incredibly dramatic, and it says to you, there are times when it might be the right thing to support war – but know this: war hurts. ‘The Hurt Locker’ hurts.”

“It’s dealing with a territory where I spent time,” he said. “I am an envious person, and I wanted to criticize it. But I couldn’t, because it gets it right.”

After rhapsodizing about the film a while longer, Penn stopped and laughed. “You can sum it up,” he offered, “by saying, ‘That ass---- Penn is a fan.’”

The complete interview:

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January 5, 2010 - Sean Penn is back on board with the Three Stooges

The actor dropped out of the Farrelly Brothers’ ‘Three Stooges’ movie back in June, while his marriage to Robin Wright Penn was falling apart. A rep announced at the time that he was going to take a break from movies, dropping both the Stooges flick and the crime thriller, ‘Cartel,’ to concentrate on family life. At the time, Penn’s decision dashed the Farrelly Brothers’ hopes of getting the long-awaited Stooges flick off the ground in 2009. But Robin filed for divorce in August, leaving Sean to pursue all the slapstick opportunities he pleases.

Bobby Farrelly told the Boston Herald’s The Track blog that Penn is now ready to play Stooge Larry. “We got him back,” Farrelly said. “He always said he wanted to do it after, you know, taking care of his family.”

Allegedly, the filmmaking team behind ‘There’s Something About Mary,’ ‘Dumb and Dumber’ and ‘Fever Pitch’ tried to replace Penn with Paul Giamatti, but The Track says that didn’t pan out.

Last year, Variety reported that the new ‘Three Stooges’ movie is not a biopic but rather a comedy built around the antics of the three characters that Moe Howard, Larry Fine and Curly Howard played during the Stooges’ Columbia years. Benicio Del Toro is tipped to play Moe but there is still no Curly. Jim Carrey was reportedly in talks at one point but Bobby Farrelly has called false on that rumour.

The Farrellys have been working to bring the Stooges back to screen for over a decade.

Meanwhile, Bobby and brother Peter are working on ‘Hall Pass’ with Owen Wilson, a comedy scheduled to begin shooting next month in Atlanta.

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