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Sean Penn: Honorary César Goes Hollywood (Again)

Sean Penn in '21 Grams.' Sean Penn: Honorary César once again goes Hollywood Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César […]


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Sean Penn: Honorary César Goes Hollywood (Again)



'Gangster Squad' Trailer: Roaring '50s Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen

Gangster Squad trailer: Over-the-top Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen The Gangster Squad trailer features an over-the-top Sean Penn as mobster Mickey Cohen, who came to Los Angeles in the '50s to create his own private fiefdom. The Los Angeles Police Department (ironically, notorious for its rampant corruption and abuse of […]


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'Gangster Squad' Trailer: Roaring '50s Sean Penn as Mickey Cohen



Woman Comedians: Judd Apatow vs. Jerry Lewis + Critics' Choice Awards

While accepting the award for Best Comedy for Bridesmaids at the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards ceremony, Judd Apatow ended his speech with the following: “Jerry Lewis [photo] once said that he didn't think women were funny. So I'd just like to say, with all respect, fuck you.” Jerry Lewis' negative […]


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Woman Comedians: Judd Apatow vs. Jerry Lewis + Critics' Choice Awards



'21 Grams' Movie Review: Sean Penn Excellent in Overreaching Drama

Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, 21 Grams Shot in documentary-style, 21 Grams is a bleak, unnecessarily convoluted, and surprisingly powerful drama about three individuals linked to both one another and the immediacy of death. (Note: This review contains spoilers.) Paul (Sean Penn) is a dying man in dire need of a […]


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'21 Grams' Movie Review: Sean Penn Excellent in Overreaching Drama



Naomi Watts & Michelle Williams to Play Marilyn Monroe + Brittany Murphy Husband Dead at 39

Two Marilyn Monroe movies for the price of, well, two – which quite possibly means $50 by the time they come out. One, to be called Blonde, will star King Kong's Naomi Watts as Monroe, apparently having affairs right and left. Based on Joyce Carol Oates' fictionalized Monroe “memoirs,” Blonde […]


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Naomi Watts & Michelle Williams to Play Marilyn Monroe + Brittany Murphy Husband Dead at 39



Penélope Cruz & Kate Winslet Presenters, Academy Awards' Unglamorous Side

Penélope Cruz Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner (with past winner Anjelica Huston behind her). Oscar presenters Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet and Sean Penn Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet, and Sean Penn – the three living performers who won Oscars in the acting categories last year – will return as presenters at […]


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Penélope Cruz & Kate Winslet Presenters, Academy Awards' Unglamorous Side



Kate Winslet & Dustin Lance Black Oscar Speech + Freida Pinto & Dev Patel

Instead of making an Oscar speech holding a shampoo bottle, best actress winner Kate Winslet (for The Reader) holds the real thing. “I'm very lucky to have been given Hanna Schmitz by Bernhard Schlink and David Hare and Stephen [Daldry] and working with you is an experience I will never […]


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Kate Winslet & Dustin Lance Black Oscar Speech + Freida Pinto & Dev Patel



Penélope Cruz Oscar Speech + Goldie Hawn & Whoopi Goldberg: The Oscars

“This is not going to be 45 seconds, I can say that right now,” said best supporting actress winner Penélope Cruz (for Vicky Cristina Barcelona). “Has anybody ever fainted here? Because I might be the first one. Thank you so much to the Academy. I want to share this with […]


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Penélope Cruz Oscar Speech + Goldie Hawn & Whoopi Goldberg: The Oscars



Oscar 2009

2009 Academy Awards 2009 Academy Award nominations: Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on Jan. 22, 2009 2009 Academy Award winners: Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles on Feb. 22, 2009 (“*” denotes the winner in each category)     Best film The Curious Case of Benjamin […]


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Oscar 2009



SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz

SAG Awards: Laura Linney Holly Hunter Dev Patel, Freida Pinto Photos: Lester Cohen (Hunter), Kevin Mazur (Patel/Pinto), Michael Buckner (Linney) Sean Penn Kate Winslet, Sally Field Meryl Streep Photos: Kevin Mazur (Field/Winslet, Penn), Michael Caulfield (Streep) Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Kevin Bacon, Kyra Sedgwick Penélope Cruz, Kate Winslet Photos: Kevin […]


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SAG Awards: Jeremy Piven & Anthony Hopkins + Meryl Streep & Penélope Cruz



Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs

Jan Troell's Everlasting Moments, a 2008 Golden Globe nominee and Sweden's entry for the 2009 best foreign-language film Academy Award, received eight Golden Beetle nominations, including best film, director, actor, actress, and screenplay. Set in the early 1900s, Everlasting Moments follows a young working-class woman (Finnish actress Maria Heiskanen) who wins a camera in a lottery, thus gaining a […]


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Veteran Jan Troell Film Tops Swedish Oscars + BAFTA Longlist Snubs



Critics Poll: Why So Few Favorites Winning Critics Groups Awards?

Flight of the Red Balloon with Juliette Binoche. Directed by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien, who also co-wrote the screenplay with François Margolin, Flight of the Red Balloon / Le voyage du ballon rouge stars Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, 1996) as the puppeteer mother of […]


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Critics Poll: Why So Few Favorites Winning Critics Groups Awards?



'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards: Critics' Best Film Favorite + Heath Ledger Tops & Best Actress Wide Open

Slumdog Millionaire awards: After winning a number of Best Picture awards from various U.S.-based critics groups while on its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, and social commentary is the odds-on favorite for the 2009 Best Picture Oscar. Dev Patel (pictured) […]


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'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards: Critics' Best Film Favorite + Heath Ledger Tops & Best Actress Wide Open



Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns

Slumdog Millionaire with Freida Pinto. Academy Award Predictions: The cinematic Cinderella story of 2008, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired entry is the odds-on favorite for the Best Picture Academy Award. In the cast: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Anil Kapoor, and Irrfan Khan. Academy Award Predictions: Best Picture shortlist includes sleeper hits, studio […]


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Academy Award Predictions: Cinderella Tale + Slain Gay Politician & Veteran Jan Troell Returns



Bollywood-Inspired Drama & Swedish 'Twilight' Top Film Critics Awards + Kate Winslet vs. Anne Hathaway

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired drama seems to be on its way to becoming this awards season's top Best Film pick among U.S.-based critics groups. Dev Patel stars as a former Mumbai slum dweller who may succeed in becoming a millionaire – see image […]


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Bollywood-Inspired Drama & Swedish 'Twilight' Top Film Critics Awards + Kate Winslet vs. Anne Hathaway



Hugh Jackman Oscar Host + Surprising Best Actor & Best Picture Ties + Sally Hawkins Academy Award Fave?

Hugh Jackman: Oscar host. Nicole Kidman's co-star in the box office disappointment (in the U.S.) Australia has been selected as the next Oscar host. Hugh Jackman's other screen credits include the X-Men movies, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, and Stephen Sommers' Van Helsing. Hugh Jackman image: ABC/Brett Ratner. Next Oscar host: […]


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Hugh Jackman Oscar Host + Surprising Best Actor & Best Picture Ties + Sally Hawkins Academy Award Fave?



Los Angeles & New York Winners: 1st Animated Film & Slain Gay Politician Drama Tops

WALL-E. The Best Film winner at the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Disney/Pixar's Andrew Stanton-directed WALL-E became the first animated film to top that particular category. Curiously, the L.A. Film Critics selected Ari Folman's Israeli-made Waltz with Bashir as the year's Best Animated Feature. Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: […]


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Los Angeles & New York Winners: 1st Animated Film & Slain Gay Politician Drama Tops



'The Assassination of Richard Nixon': Excellent Sean Penn Shows What's Like to Live the American Nightmare

The Assassination of Richard Nixon with Sean Penn. Inspired by real-life events, Niels Mueller's de facto horror movie depicts what's like to live the American Nightmare. Curiously, Sean Penn's mentally unbalanced salesman Sam Bicke shares several elements in common with Travis Bickle, the title character in Martin Scorsese's 1976 classic […]


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'The Assassination of Richard Nixon': Excellent Sean Penn Shows What's Like to Live the American Nightmare