Entries in Sean Penn (6)


Sean Penn, Oliver Stone Mourn Death of Hugo Chavez

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Sean Penn and Oliver Stone, two vocal supporters of controversial Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, released statements following Chavez's death on Tuesday at the age of 58.

"Today the people of the United States lost a friend it never knew it had.  And poor people around the world lost a champion," Penn said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.  "I lost a friend I was blessed to have.  My thoughts are with the family of President Chavez and the people of Venezuela."

Penn, who appeared at a December candlelight vigil for the cancer-stricken leader, added, "Venezuela and its revolution will endure under the proven leadership of Vice President Maduro."

Oliver Stone, who championed Chavez in his 2009 film South of the Border, said on Tuesday, ''I mourn a great hero to the majority of his people and those who struggle throughout the world for a place."

Stone's statement continues, "Hated by the entrenched classes, Hugo Chavez will live forever in history."  He closed his comments with, "My friend, rest finally in a peace long earned."

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Hollywood Stars Join President Bill Clinton in 'Funny or Die' Video 

William J. Clinton Foundation (HOLLYWOOD) -- Former President Bill Clinton may no longer be the most powerful man in the world, but he still has enough pull to get Hollywood A-listers to join him in a new Funny or Die video that pokes fun at his charitable foundation.

The five-minute video, entitled Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Brainstorm, features the former president and an all-star cast that includes Ted Danson, Ben Stiller,  Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Mary Steenburgen, and Sean Penn making up the Clinton Foundation’s Celebrity Division.

They stars are shown struggling to come up with creative new initiatives, including an international bake sale and starting a softball team. Jack Black pitches a theme song for the charity organization, which Clinton himself applauds on speakerphone -- until Kevin Spacey is shown on the other end, pranking the group with a spot-on imitation of the former president. Clinton himself catches Spacey in the act, and admonishes him only for making the prank call without him.

Christin Trogan, who produced the video, tells The Hollywood Reporter each star dedicated about two hours to the project, and it was shot over five days last month.

Incidentally, President Clinton's wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has been friends with Steenburgen for decades. The first couple attended she and Danson's 1995 wedding.

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Reese Witherspoon Ties the Knot

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Actress Reese Witherspoon reportedly tied the knot on Saturday with sweetheart Jim Toth.

The Academy Award-winning actress and Toth, an entertainment agent, reportedly exchanged vows on Saturday evening in a private ceremony held at Witherspoon’s ranch located in Ojai, California, according to a report by People Magazine.

According to published reports, those in attendance at the ceremony included Witherspoon’s two children Ava, 11, and Deacon, 7, from her previous Marriage to actor Ryan Phillippe. Celebrity guests included Scarlett Johansson, Sean Penn, Renee Zellweger, Tobey Maguire and Robert Downey Jr.

Witherspoon and Toth dated for about a year, and were engaged for three months before getting married.

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Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson Share an Intimate Dinner in Hollywood

Kevin Mazur/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson were once again spotted together, enjoying a nice dinner at the Hollywood hotspot Chateau Marmont this week. The pair took a trip to Mexico for one day last week, and have been spending quite a bit of time together. reports that both were dressed casually and occasionally held hands. 

An observer told People, "They looked genuinely happy together." 

After the meal, Penn and Johansson walked together into the hotel lobby, with Penn putting his arm around Johansson’s lower back as they headed towards the valet. 

Johansson is currently in the Los Angeles area working on the film We Bought a Zoo opposite Matt Damon. 

Johansson is 26; Penn is 50.

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Sean Penn: Charlie Sheen Has a Lot to Offer Haiti

Jeff Vespa/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- After his whirlwind week of media appearances, Charlie Sheen says he'll now be focusing his exceptional energy in one of the last places you'd expect: the ongoing Haitian relief effort.

Speaking with Access Hollywood on Friday, Sheen said that he and his friend Sean Penn were planning a trip to Haiti and that he wants to help focus the attention of the world back on the devastated Caribbean nation.

He did not indicate when they would be leaving.

According to Oscar winner and long-time Sheen friend Sean Penn, the troubled actor has a lot to offer the island country that was devastated by a 7.0 magnitude earthquake in January 2010 that killed an estimated 316,000 people.

"I think his energies, intelligence and passion could be both of service and servicing to him, as it is to all who are touched by the struggle of the Haitian people," Penn said in a statement Friday.

"Charlie is one of the very few public people who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit. I would very much like to show my old friend the world of needs on the ground in Haiti, and introduce him and his tremendous wit to our hard working Haitian staff," Penn added.

Since the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12, Penn has become a major spokesman of relief efforts to help the estimated 1.3 million people who lost their homes.

"If [Sheen] chooses to give support, I'll trust it," Penn said of Sheen.

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Charlie Sheen Latest: He's Jewish, Going to Haiti

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Charlie Sheen has revealed that he's partly Jewish.

The actor, who has been accused of anti-Semitic remarks aimed at Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, told an interviewer that he is Jewish on his mother's side of the family.

"Here's where it gets confusing – we don't know who her father is … but she is, in fact, Jewish," Sheen told Access Hollywood Live in a phone interview.

Sheen also said he plans to travel to Haiti next week with Sean Penn.

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