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John Leguizamo Recalls Getting Slapped Silly by Sean Penn (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 9th 2011 12:30PM
John Leguizamo Recalls Getting Slapped Silly by Sean PennOn 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), John Leguizamo recalls getting slapped by Sean Penn so many times while filming 'Casualties of War' that his face actually went numb.

The actors were filming a scene for the 1989 war flick in which Penn was supposed to slap Leguizamo into submission. But, because Penn prefers the technique of method acting, Leguizamo said he didn't hold back.

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Wyclef Jean Announces Haitian Presidential Bid on CNN; Sean Penn Hasn't Seen Him in Haiti for Six Months (VIDEO)

by Allyssa Lee, posted Aug 6th 2010 12:30AM
It's official: Musical artist and erstwhile Fugee Wyclef Jean is, in fact, running for president of Haiti.

"This is my first time announcing it live," Jean confirmed to Wolf Blitzer on 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 9PM on CNN) on location in Port-au-Prince. "I feel that me running, it brings a neutral situation, meaning that Wyclef Jean can sit with any political party, have a conversation. I'm coming in neutral ... I represent the voice of the youth."

And while his fans and the youth may flock to support this Haiti-born musician, actor and activist Sean Penn had some strong words both in response to Jean's announcement, and on behalf of the earthquake-ravaged country.

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Sean Penn Talks Haiti on 'Larry King Live' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Feb 16th 2010 4:20AM
Larry King Live, Sean Penn, HaitiSean Penn can be an ass sometimes, but he also does good in the world. On 'Larry King Live' (weeknights, 6PM ET on CNN), he talked about the crisis in Haiti.

"This is the apocalypse," said Penn. "Where we are right now is on the verge of what might be the greatest public health crisis in the history of the western hemisphere."

And that will only escalate once the rainy season hits Haiti in a few weeks.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Oscars 2009: What worked vs. what didn't

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 23rd 2009 12:02PM
It was the best of Oscar it was the worst of Oscar. It wasn't the best show I've ever seen, but was it the worst Oscars ever as one friend emailed me? I think there were features that worked and features that tanked. There could have been more star power -- where were Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Jim Carrey, Sandra Bullock, Christian Bale, Tyler Perry (he had the biggest box office opening last week!), etc.? Forget about stars from the '70s...

Anyway, I had predicted that the Oscars would stink. Well, I was wrong, or half-wrong. Separate from whether you agreed with the winners -- I did by and large -- or you didn't, what about the broadcast? I think if you had seen all the nominees (or at least the Best Picture noms), you probably had a rooting interest and were amused by most of the show. However, the other half was pretty bad. After the jump, what worked versus what did not.

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Harrison Ford says yes to CBS movie - UPDATE

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 9th 2008 3:38PM
FordI don't think this is a case of a big star taking a role on TV for the paycheck. Mr. Box Office -- I gave him that name based on the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series alone -- Harrison Ford has agreed to star in a CBS film called Crowley. The picture is a true story, based on the case of John and Aileen Crowley, whose children are afflicted with a rare genetic condition. They seek the help of researcher -- Ford's character -- who may have the cure.

The book on which the Robert Nelson Jacobs (The Water Horse) screenplay was written is called The Cure. The original idea came from a Wall Street Journal article and book by Geeta Anand. The director is still being negotiated, but Tom Vaughan is the prime candidate. Considering his last film was What Happens in Vegas, I hope they keep looking. Ford will be executive producing the film as well as playing the scientist.

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E! planning series about 'Broken Dreams'

by Anna Johns, posted Dec 12th 2006 2:29PM
lauryn hillLifting its name from a Green Day song, the E! network is launching a series called Boulevard of Broken Dreams. Much like its True Hollywood Story, this series is about the rise and fall of Hollywood stars. Many of the subjects chosen for the series are dead, while others have just plain screwed up their lives after becoming famous.

Here's a list of the stars to be featured. Which one of these things is not like the others?
  • Chris Penn, deceased brother of Sean Penn;
  • Krissy Taylor, deceased sister of model Niki Taylor;
  • Mitch Hedberg, deceased comedian;
  • Leif Garrett, former teen idol and current joke;
  • Lauryn Hill, singer who... WTF?

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Sean Penn may play Einstein

by Adam Finley, posted Sep 22nd 2006 3:01PM
sean pennA movie created through a partnership between HBO and RAI, the Italian state broadcaster about Albert Einstein may feature Sean Penn playing the role of the acclaimed physicist. Penn has apparently expressed interest in both the script and in working with Italian director Liliana Cavani. The TV movie is obviously still in the early stages, so who knows what to expect, but I can easily picture Penn playing this role. The kid's got range, I'm telling you. Hopefully he can affect a decent German accent, too, or at the very least grasp the concept of an accelerating universe. What do you folks think? Could Penn handle this role? Who else would make a good Einstein?

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Chris Penn dead at 43

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 25th 2006 6:46AM
Chris Penn, the brother of Sean Penn, was found dead yesterday at an apartment in Santa Monica, CA. He's known for dozens of movie roles, including Reservoir Dogs, but also has had some work in television. In 2003, he played Waylon Shaw, on the short-lived show The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire. Most recently, he had guest appearances on Entourage, Everwood, The Contender, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He's also the voice of Ofc. Eddie Pulaski in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.

The cause of Penn's death is not known, but police say there is no evidence of foul play. He was 43 years old.

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Current TV to get some help from its friends

by Anna Johns, posted Jan 10th 2006 2:36PM
Remember how Al Gore was going to launch his own 24-hour news network? He did it. Back in August, actually. The network relies mostly on young documentary filmmakers to fill up its hours and hours of content time. But, 24 hours a day is a heck of a lot of time to fill and Current needs help. It already is seeking submissions from the viewing public, but now the network has produced a short film about how to produce a short film. That filmmaking guide, which can be viewed online, features big names like Sean Penn and Robert Redford, who give advice on storytelling and journalism. Current is soliciting more thought-provoking stories, rather than the mini-features that always seem to be playing.

Does anybody even watch Current? Is it news? Is it thought-provoking? Issue-oriented? I've only seen a little of it and, quite frankly, I think I'm too old for it. It kind-of seems like MTV for 20-somethings.

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