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Brad Pitt On Malick's Cannes Absence: "He Focuses On Building Houses, Not Selling Real Estate"

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2011 5:04 AM
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Plus 9 New Photos From The FilmAlright, Terrence Malick's long-awaited, long-anticipated "The Tree of Life" has landed at the Cannes Film Festival and as many of us have guessed, reactions are mixed as the experimental, more meditative-focused rather than narrative-focused picture has proven to be a divisive effort (here's our reaction and review and here's an extremely comprehensive compilation of reaction from the criterati at large).

Brad Pitt Plays The Masculine Asshole Dad (As Promised) In New 'Tree Of Life' Clip

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 12, 2011 9:54 AM
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"TREE OF LIFE!" "TREE OF LIFE!" USA! USA! "TREE OF LIFE!"

Sean Penn Was Set To Star In Zach Braff's 'Open Hearts' Before It Fell Apart At The Last Minute

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 8:03 AM
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You might not remember this, but way, way back in the day -- and not too long after "Garden State" hit it big -- Zach Braff had an ambitious plan to do a remake of Susanne Bier's grim drama "Open Hearts." The story follows an engaged couple who deal with the aftermath of a car crash that leaves the man paralyzed from the waist down, and to make matters more complicated, the woman falls in love with the husband of the person who caused the accident. Fun times! Braff said he was drawn to the material because it managed to be about "lust, love, loneliness and so many things and dealt with them in a way an American movie typically wouldn't." And while that film obviously never happened, we'll always be left wondering what could have been because the actor/director reveals he had some top-shelf talent lined up for it.

Josh Brolin Enters The Mix To Join Ryan Gosling & Sean Penn In 'The Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2011 7:09 AM
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You gotta love Deadline and how they conveniently overlook their own reporting so they can go ahead put a big TOLDJA on their stories.

Watch: Sean Penn Gets His Full Robert Smith On In Clip From 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2011 2:47 AM
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Clip removed at the request of the filmmakers.

Cannes Preview: First Official Look At Sean Penn In 'This Must Be The Place'; Clip From 'Miss Bala'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 14, 2011 10:06 AM
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Based on that pic alone, via InContention, we'd already be lining up for "This Must Be the Place," but with the great cast and talent behind the film on top of it, it's yet another exciting entry in what is shaping up to be one helluva year on the Croisette. Starring Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Harry Dean Stanton, Kerry Condon, Judd Hirsch and Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson, the film, directed by Paolo Sorrentino ("Il Divo"), centers on Penn's character, an aging rock star, who becomes obsessed in tracking down the Nazi criminal who tortured his father. Sounds pretty great, right? Well, if that's not enough, David Byrne is collaborating with Will Oldham on the soundtrack. Game, set, match. The film will premiere In Competition at Cannes; bigger pic of Penn and that hair below.

Sean Penn Eyeing 'The Last Photograph' With Christian Bale, Niels Arden Oplev To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 9:18 AM
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Penn Turned Down Roles In Both 'Tales From The Gangster Squad' & 'Man Of Steel'Here's a film we haven't heard about in a little. "The Last Photograph" cropped up last summer with Christian Bale attached to star and now there is new movement on the project.

Warner Bros. Wants Sean Penn & Ryan Gosling For Ruben Fleischer's 'Tales From The Gangster Squad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 30, 2011 7:20 AM
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There is no doubt that "Tales From The Gangster Squad" is very, very high on the priority list at Warner Bros. With names like Darren Aronofsky, Paul Greengrass, Francis Lawrence, Martin Campbell, Greg Berlanti, Scott Cooper and Jose Padilha all being tossed around at various points to direct the film, "Zombieland" helmer Ruben Fleischer landed the gig late last year. But WB isn't done yet trying to lure top talent to their crimeland pic.

David Byrne Teaming With Will Oldham For Soundtrack To Paolo Sorrentino's 'This Must Be The Place'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 24, 2011 2:16 AM
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Duo Writing Original Music For Film, Will Also Feature Performance By ByrneItalian helmer Paolo Sorrentino made a name for himself at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival with his film "Il Divo" but he'll more than likely soon be better known worldwide for his upcoming music-centric revenge tale, "This Must Be The Place," starring Sean Penn and Frances MacDormand. The project won't just share a title of a song by New York New-Wavers Talking Heads though, as that band's lead singer David Byrne is going meta in scoring and writing original music for the film.

Michael Fassbender Eyeing Lit World Drama 'Genius' With Sean Penn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 9:46 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Back last summer, it was revealed that Sean Penn was in talks to star in "Genius," an adaptation of the National Book Award-winning non-fiction work "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. Scott Berg. Written by John Logan ("Gladiator") (the script made the Black List back in 2007), the film would find Penn playing the legendary Perkins, a Scribner's editor who worked with giants like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. And it appears one of the hottest rising young actors is now taking a look at the gestating film.

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