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
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
Hunter McCracken) and Penn as adult
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
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.
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.
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
We're talking his kids, the U.S. military and even a
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
"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
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
Préval, Chávez and
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."
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.
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...
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.
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.”
May 14, 2010 - Sumnit
Enternainment to distribute "Fair
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
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.
22. April 2010 - Haiti: More
Videos and Pictures from Sean Penn in Haiti
Sean Penn - "Sunday Morning" Interview - CBS - March 7,
"Of the 70,000 people that you're working with in the camp, how many of
them have adequate shelter?"
"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
"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.
"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
"I just ran into her at a cocktail party, and said what I was intending
to do. And so she decided to support it."
"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?"
"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
"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
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
"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
"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."
"How are you feeling right now? Do you think that you've done something
"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."
"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
"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."
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. www.artistsforpeaceandjustice.com
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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
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
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
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.
January 11, 2010 - Sean Penn, "The Hurt Locker" and Mariah Carey ...
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.’”
January 5, 2010 - Sean Penn is back on board with the Three Stooges
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
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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