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Is Sean Penn Heading to Cannes with 'Gangster Squad'?

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 26, 2012 at 1:13PM

A tweeter purporting to be Cannes Fest Director Thierry Fremaux tweeted (en francais) that Sean Penn is coming to Cannes, spurring buzz that his film, Ruben Fleischer's "The Gangster Squad," in which he stars with Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Mireille Enos, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie and Nick Nolte, will be added to the fest program.
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Sean Penn in "The Tree of Life"
Sean Penn in "The Tree of Life"

A tweeter purporting to be Cannes Fest Director Thierry Fremaux tweeted (en francais) that Sean Penn is coming to Cannes, spurring buzz that his film, Ruben Fleischer's "The Gangster Squad, in which he stars with Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Mireille Enos, Michael Pena, Anthony Mackie and Nick Nolte, might be added to the official fest selection. The Playlist checked with Fremaux, who confirmed that the star will be in Cannes, although we still do not know under what guise.

Warners bumped the movie from its original October release date in favor of Ben Affleck's "Argo" (which is getting big advance Oscar buzz at CinemaCon); it might be in the studio's interest to see how "Gangster Squad" plays for audiences and critics at Cannes.

Penn has been a fixture at the fest; he served on the jury in 2008 and showed two films in 2011, "The Tree of Life" and "This Must be the Place" (with a recut version still to be released--and hyped--by the Weinstein Co.) Harvey may want Penn there too. We shall soon see. Late additons to the schedule are not unusual, and this year's program is light on big-studio fare.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.