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Sean Penn Will Head Back Into The Wild To Direct 'Crazy For The Storm'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2012 7:01 PM
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On February 19, 1979, I was in a plane crash with my father, his girlfriend Sandra, and the pilot of our chartered Cessna. Sandra was 30 years old. My dad was 43. I was 11. Just after sunrise, we slammed into a rugged 8,600-foot mountain engulfed in a blizzard. By the end of our nine-hour ordeal, I was the only survivor.

Watch: New International 'Gangster Squad' Trailer & New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 11, 2012 4:24 PM
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Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news? Let's start with the bad first. The new international trailer for Warner Bros.' "Gangster Squad" has arrived and it is an entire minute shorter than the two and a half minute original trailer and offers almost zero new footage, but hey, it's "new." The good news however, is that Empire Magazine has some fresh photos from the film which you can see below.

New 'Gangster Squad' Photos Pop With Explosive Tommy Gun Fire From An Angry Sean Penn

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2012 10:20 AM
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While that rumored appearance at Cannes never happened (and given the mixed reception to the similar period shoot-em-up "Lawless," perhaps it was  a good move), the buzz is starting to build on Warner Bros' "Gangster Squad." A trailer landed a few weeks back, and soon after it was given a September 7th release date, where it'll compete directly with John Hillcoat's film for the late summer/early fall audience that saw films like "The Town" and "Contagion" become hits in the last few years.

"Every Kingdom Comes Up Bloody": Trailer For 'Gangster Squad' Arrives Starring Sean Penn, Ryan Gosling & Josh Brolin

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 9, 2012 7:46 PM
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Despite having ceded its release date to a fellow Warner Bros. film, "Argo," it appears the studio has not given up on its drama "Gangster Squad." Directed by Ruben Fleischer ("Zombieland," "30 Minutes Or Less") and featuring the all-star cast of Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Nick Nolte, Robert Patrick, Michael Peña, Giovanni Ribisi, Anthony Mackie, Emma Stone and a prosethtic-laden Sean Penn, a trailer has just arrived, likely ensuring the picture will arrive in 2012 after all. When? Well, that would be a question that won't be answered yet.

Sean Penn Seems Poised For A Cannes Appearance, But Is It With 'Gangster Squad' Or Something Else?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 24, 2012 2:54 PM
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Update: Looks like Penn will be in town to attend a fundraising gala, Haiti: Carnival in Cannes, for a cause close to his heart.

What The What? Sean Penn Joins Ben Stiller In 'The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2012 4:29 PM
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Sean Penn doesn't do comedy. Wait, let's rephrase that...Sean Penn doesn't do comedy often. Of course, there's "Fast Times At Ridgemont High," and he's lent his incredible talents to comic vehicles only a handful of times in such films as "We're No Angels," "What Just Happened" and "Shanghai Surprise." But he's not above doing funny stuff. In fact, you may recall for that for the longest time he was attached/linked to an earlier incarnation of The Farrelly Brothers' "The Three Stooges" (and he likely dodged a bullet) and he's also guested on Zach Galifianakis' "Between Two Ferns" (watch below). But a role in a remake of a classic film with Ben Stiller? Yeah, we didn't see this one coming either.

Sean Penn May Join Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Flim-Flam Man' (Possibly Retitled 'Red Flag')

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 15, 2012 8:09 PM
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Circa last summer, Sean Penn was one of the actors (along with Leonardo DiCaprio) that were interested and circling an Alejandro González Iñárritu project called, "The Revenant" (good pedigree around this tale of survival for an 1820s fur trapper mauled by a bear; John Hillcoat and Christian Bale were a duo once interested in it as well).

Are Sean Penn, Leonardo DiCaprio & Vanessa Redgrave Headed For The Oscars? Predicting Best Supporting Actor & Actress 2013

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 2, 2012 12:59 PM
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When it came to our super-early Oscar predictions last year, we weren't too far off when it came to Best Picture, or even the lead acting categories. But Supporting Actor & Actress? That was something of a disaster. Ok, so we called Christopher Plummer's victory, but aside from that, we were way off.

Sean Penn-Directed 'The Comedian' Will Be Kristen Wiig's Next Film; Reason For Not Doing 'Bridesmaids' Is To Avoid 'SNL' Curse

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 19, 2012 11:15 AM
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Yes, we know. It's hasn't even been 24 hours since we last weighed in on the whole "Kristen Wiig isn't doing a 'Bridesmaids' sequel" revelation, but in never-ending conversation, no one has really talked about what she's actually doing next. However, Vulture now report that while the actress definitely has no intention of doing a sequel to the 2011 box office hit, her only project for 2012 so far is joining Sean Penn and Robert De Niro for "The Comedian," with shooting planned to take place during her 'SNL' hiatus, begining in June.

'This Must Be The Place' With Sean Penn & 'Predisposed' With Jesse Eisenberg Added To Sundance Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2011 8:58 AM
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At this point in time, it feels like Sundance is still months away, but actually, it's only a matter of a few weeks, and once Christmas and New Year are out of the way, we'll practically be there. Most of the line-up's been announced already, and off the top of our heads, it's the most promising that Park City has seen in quite some time. But it's not quite done, with the festival announcing four new features added at the last minute, bringing the total up to 117 full-length films, from thirty different countries.

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