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Sean Penn Is The 'Prone Gunman' For 'Taken' Director Pierre Morel

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 29, 2013 9:18 AM
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Late last year it was announced that Sean Penn would be following in the footsteps of actors like Liam Neeson and toplining his own European-set action film. And now, THR is reporting that “Taken” helmer Pierre Morel is in negotiations to direct Penn in his own potential franchise with “Prone Gunman.”

Review: 'Gangster Squad' An Aggressive, Opulent & Ultimately Wearisome Look At 1940s Los Angeles

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 7, 2013 9:01 AM
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Manifest Destiny lies beside its essential hubris in the period actioner “Gangster Squad,” but beyond the swaggering idealism seen through eponymous hoodlum Mickey Cohen (played by Sean Penn), the film's saturated grab bag of glossy homage proves its final shortcoming. With his third feature, “Zombieland” director Ruben Fleischer frames 1940s Los Angeles -- morally compromised, glamorous, and a monument to protect and exploit on both sides of the law -- to adapt Paul Lieberman's true-crime articles into cinematic legend, but in lieu of any sharp insight into the period and its notorious figures, the film's brash, ultraviolent encounters instead build a showy exterior with nothing of import left standing.

50 New Photos Of Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone & More In 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 14, 2012 3:01 PM
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So, you know how everyone around your office loves "Mad Men" and now drinks scotch, orders fancy cocktails, wears old school suits and pencil skirts, and suddenly loves French pop? Well, will "Gangster Squad" be the next pop culture event to send everyone raiding their grandma's attic for vintage goods?

Sean Penn Complains That Most Actors Do "Monkey-Fuck-Rat Movies," But Says Jessica Chastain Is A "Stradivarius"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2012 1:24 PM
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If there has been one recurring theme in 2012 among movie folks, it's that cinema is dead. As we've noted, it's an alarm that has gone up more than once over the years, but there seems to at least be a sentiment that American cinema is in crisis (a feeling director James Gray recently shared with us). Someone who would agree with that is the always enjoyably cantankerous Sean Penn, and while doing the rounds for "Gangster Squad," he takes his fellow colleagues and movie studios to task for not stepping up their game.
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Flashback: Bradley Cooper Asking Sean Penn A Question On 'Inside The Actor's Studio' & Michael Fassbender's Guinness Ad

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 21, 2012 6:02 PM
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As everyone gathers around the table this weekend to eat turkey until their stomachs can take no more, they will be giving thanks, and two actors who have a lot to be thankful for in 2012 are Bradley Cooper and Michael Fassbender. The former has "Silver Linings Playbook" opening this weekend and has had an eventful year with "The Place Beyond The Pines" premiering at TIFF, while he's been busy on film sets for Susanne Bier's "Serena" and "The Hangover Part III." As for Fassy, riding high on the acclaim for "Shame," he featured in this summer's "Prometheus," re-teamed with Ridley Scott for "The Counselor," re-teamed with Steve McQueen for "Twelve Years A Slave," worked with Terrence Malick on his Austin music movie and has much more coming as well. So let's take a look back in time to when they were both up-and-coming.

Sean Penn Takes On 'Bourne'-Esque 'Prone Gunman'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • November 13, 2012 9:03 AM
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With some of his esteemed peers flocking to genre films in recent years -- Liam Neeson in the “Taken” films, and Brad Pitt in next year’s “World War Z” -- it seems Sean Penn has decided to do an action film of his own with “Prone Gunman.”

Review: Rambling, Ragged 'This Must Be The Place' Isn't Nearly As Bad As You Feared

  • By James Rocchi
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  • November 1, 2012 2:03 PM
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The initial first glimpses for "This Must Be the Place" promised disaster, with a pitch of Sean Penn playing a burned-out post-punk rocker on the hunt for Nazis, and advance photos where Penn's jet-black corona of hair and dour made-up jowls made him look less like someone who had imitated The Cure's Robert Smith and more like someone who had killed, skinned and eaten Smith before donning his coiffure and face in celebration.

New Pics & Poster For Sean Penn's Goth Rockin' Dramedy 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2012 1:41 PM
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So, have doubts about Sean Penn's versatility? Next month you'll see him on screen as the damaged, fragile, Robert Smith-esque goth rocker in "This Must Be The Place." Then in January, he'll be snarling and scenery chewing his way through "Gangster Squad."

Watch: Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn Shoot It Out In New Trailer For 'Gangster Squad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 11, 2012 8:10 PM
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We're not sure if we'd go far as to describe it as 'troubled,' but "Gangster Squad" certainly hasn't had the best luck. The period actioner, directed by "Zombieland" helmer Ruben Fleischer, was one of Warner Bros' great hopes for 2012, with an A-list cast assembled including Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. But after the Aurora shootings in July, the studio made the decision to pull advertising for the movie, delay the release from September until January, and reshoot the ending (which was originally a gunfight in a movie theater).

5 Things You Might Not Know About 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 13, 2012 1:02 PM
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One of the trickier genres to get right is the teen comedy. Walking the line between not condescending to a high-school-age audience and yet also not alienating them is a difficult balance, let alone making a film that doesn't age, feels truthful, and can be smart and funny as well. And one of the finest examples of the genre remains to this day, "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

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