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February 1, 2009
Exclamatory choruses: We're surely not alone on this, but Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" has been running through our heads nonstop, and it's not because of the aggressively choreographed video -- it's that weightless flurry of "ohs," stickier than buckwheat honey. Let Morrissey and Andrew Bird pore over thesauri; sometimes, two letters are all anyone needs.
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January 13, 2014 | By Ellen Olivier
The event: ”Help Haiti Home,” staged by Sean Penn & Friends and presented at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills by Giorgio Armani to benefit the J/P Haitian Relief Organization. Anderson Cooper served as host and ceremonies ended with a surprise performance by U2. The scene: Held on Golden Globes weekend, the affair Saturday brought out a generous helping of A-listers, some of whom bid generously enough at the live auction to bring the gala's proceeds to a whopping $6 million.
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ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sean Penn's son, Hopper, sure said a mouthful Tuesday to a paparazzo hanging out outside a medical office building where he and his dad were headed. After the elder Penn passed the paps without incident, the 19-year-old muscled his way past and then hurled racial and homophobic slurs at a black photographer, according to TMZ. “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal - threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions," the younger Penn told the website , which posted an unedited version of the video included above.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 16, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Opening on package-tour views of classical Italian architecture set against lilting choral music, "The Great Beauty" abruptly cuts to a screaming Roman disco party swarming with distorted glamour. The disorienting bacchanal is the 65th birthday party for the protagonist, a man named Jep Gambardella, and the camera lands on the louche, implacable landscape of his face. The point of view soon shifts to that of a grand vista, placing the party's swirling throb against the stillness of the city's nighttime skyline.
WORLD
March 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The mourners lamenting the death of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez included the presidents of Iran and Cuba, a Spanish prince and a man that Chavez himself once floated as a possible American ambassador to Venezuela:  Hollywood actor Sean Penn. Penn flew to Caracas for the Friday funeral, where he was filmed among the mourning crowd. Earlier this week, he called Chavez “a great hero to the majority of his people.” "Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," Penn wrote in a statement sent to the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Sean Penn has experienced backlash for talking openly about his political beliefs, but sees such discussion as more respectable than promoting movies. "There's baggage attached to coming out publicly on stuff, but there's baggage -- in my view, more damaging baggage -- to goin' and [appearing] . . . on Jay Leno's show, philosophizing about 'Uncle Buck' or whatever you're hawkin'," the Oscar-winning actor tells Esquire magazine in its September issue, on newsstands Wednesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2012
Dear Everybody-in-the-World: Sean Penn is very, very disappointed. You never call, you never write - heck, when it comes to rebuilding Haiti, you probably never even cared in the first place. Penn spoke plainly Friday at the Cannes Film Festival just hours before a gala fund-raiser to benefit three charities working in the earthquake-ravaged country. “It's not only celebrities who went for a day,” he told a roomful of journalists at a news conference, choosing language that prevents us from conveying the full texture of his opinion.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 1990 | From Pat H. Broeske
Sean Penn may be headed for the director's chair, following in the footsteps of his director dad Leo Penn. "But there are some 'ifs' attached," says producer Thom Mount, who explains that his Mount Co. is currently attempting to put financing/distribution in place for Penn's directorial debut film, "Indian Runner." Scripted by Penn, it's a drama involving "a family unit"--including a pair of brothers--set in Middle America.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Film and fashion joined forces for a good cause Thursday night, when a constellation of celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgewick, Minnie Driver, Emma Roberts, Pamela Anderson, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Rachel Zoe and Poppy Delevingne celebrated the opening of the Paris Photo Los Angeles international photography fair at Paramount Studios, then decamped to Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills for a private dinner and silent auction to...
NEWS
October 18, 2012 | By Jon Healey
The problem with the current members of Congress isn't that they're partisan -- it's a political institution, after all -- but that collectively they're dysfunctional. They've been flirting with self-inflicted disasters for two years, seemingly unable to solve obvious and surmountable problems until the damage has already been done . That's because too many lawmakers seem trapped in ideological silos, unable to acknowledge that folks on the other side might actually have the same goals, and incapable of finding mutually acceptable ways to reach them.  The breakdown in the nation's capital reflects the sort of intellectual burrowing-in that's frequently on display in the comments section of this blog.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - When screenwriter Steven Conrad was hired to write a draft of "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" three years ago, he knew the degree of difficulty would be high. After all, over a development period of more than 15 years, about a half-dozen writers had unsuccessfully given it a shot, some with logical pedigrees (Peter Tolan, "Analyze This"), some less likely (Richard LaGravanese, "The Fisher King"). "I didn't think of it as Kurtz - six writers had tried and never been heard from again," said Conrad, tossing in an ominous "Apocalypse Now" reference.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 14, 2013 | By Lisa Rosen
One is a classic of the teen high school genre, the other a short but pungent documentary that hasn't been seen in 25 years. Together, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and "All American High" capture a time capsule of teen life in the 1980s from complementary perspectives. American Cinematheque will present the double feature Aug. 17 at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica. "Fast Times" director Amy Heckerling and "All American High's" Keva Rosenfeld will discuss their directorial debuts in a Q&A after the screenings.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Standing next to a large flat-screen TV showing an image of a toucan, Claudia Trujillo was doing her best sales pitch, rattling off all the reasons to consider Costa Rica a prime film location. Costa Rica doesn't have a film incentive, she explained, but it does have something else of value. "We have one of the most beautiful countries," said Trujillo, an executive with Costa Rica's investment promotion agency. "In one place, you can shoot waterfalls, rain forests, beaches. We have 5% of the world's biodiversity.
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
Film and fashion joined forces for a good cause Thursday night, when a constellation of celebrities including Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgewick, Minnie Driver, Emma Roberts, Pamela Anderson, Fergie, Josh Duhamel, Rachel Zoe and Poppy Delevingne celebrated the opening of the Paris Photo Los Angeles international photography fair at Paramount Studios, then decamped to Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills for a private dinner and silent auction to...
ENTERTAINMENT
March 27, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Sean Penn's son, Hopper, sure said a mouthful Tuesday to a paparazzo hanging out outside a medical office building where he and his dad were headed. After the elder Penn passed the paps without incident, the 19-year-old muscled his way past and then hurled racial and homophobic slurs at a black photographer, according to TMZ. “I was accosted by paparazzi and made to feel like an animal - threatened and under attack, but that does not condone my own actions," the younger Penn told the website , which posted an unedited version of the video included above.
WORLD
March 8, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
The mourners lamenting the death of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez included the presidents of Iran and Cuba, a Spanish prince and a man that Chavez himself once floated as a possible American ambassador to Venezuela:  Hollywood actor Sean Penn. Penn flew to Caracas for the Friday funeral, where he was filmed among the mourning crowd. Earlier this week, he called Chavez “a great hero to the majority of his people.” "Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had. And poor people around the world lost a champion," Penn wrote in a statement sent to the Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday.
NEWS
July 18, 1986
The Los Angeles city attorney's office today filed a misdemeanor battery charge against actor Sean Penn in connection with an incident last April at a downtown nightclub. Penn, 25, is accused of committing battery on David James Wolinsky, 37, of Sherman Oaks during an argument that occurred as the actor and his wife, singer-actress Madonna, were leaving Helena's, located at Lafayette Park Place and Temple Street. City attorney spokesman Mike Qualls said Penn, who will be arraigned Aug.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 1985
Another rock-and-film marriage apparently is in the works. Following the wedding last month of rocker Bruce Springsteen and actress Julianne Phillips, rock star Madonna is planning to marry movie star Sean Penn in August, columnist Suzy reported in the New York Daily News on Monday. The report said Madonna "almost popped her corset then, without thinking twice, said yes."
WORLD
March 8, 2013 | By Chris Kraul and Mery Mogollon, Los Angeles Times
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was remembered Friday as a leader who cared for the poor and opposed the dominance of one nation over others during a funeral ceremony that attracted dignitaries from around the world. The Venezuelan national anthem was played by the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, directed by conductor Gustavo Dudamel. In his funeral oration, Vice President Nicolas Maduro said Chavez, who died Tuesday at 58 after a long bout with cancer, was the champion of the oppressed and "redeemer of our poor and those of all the world.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
The new crime thriller "Gangster Squad," with its swell cast led by Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn and Emma Stone, tries to capture mob-infested Los Angeles circa 1949, when Hollywood glam ruled the Strip, wiseguys took aim with tommy guns and fedoras were all the rage. Those fedoras are a tip-off of problems to come - there are simply too many of them in "Gangster Squad. " Director Ruben Fleischer gives a lot of neon and noir-ish flash to the turf wars between East Coast and Chicago underworld figures for control of the City of Angels and their battles with the undercover cops obsessed with taking them down.
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