In a smoky Late Show interview, Sean Penn talks Parkland and giving up acting for writing

On The Late Show to promote his new novel Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff (initially written as his nom de plume Pappy Pariah), Sean Penn referred obliquely to his long and storied history of being a very public prick by suggesting to Stephen Colbert that readers might enjoy his book “despite being predisposed to loathe…

Sean Penn’s festival laughingstock The Last Face finally slips into theaters

Many actors try their hand at directing, but few can match the degree of success—on both sides of the camera—that Sean Penn has achieved. Films like The Pledge (2001) and Into The Wild (2007) demonstrate the same intelligence, sensitivity, and power that Penn invests in his Oscar-winning performances. He occasionally…

Natalie Dormer to keep the old-timey thing going for Mel Gibson’s dictionary movie

Believe it or not, Natalie Dormer does in fact exist in the year 2016 along with the rest of us, even though she seems to spend high percentage of her workdays in period costume. Perhaps it’s that mysterious compulsion for old-timey clothes that attracted her to Mel Gibson’s long-planned origin tale of the Oxford…

Mel Gibson and Sean Penn are teaming up to play The Professor And The Madman

While it’s not surprising to learn that Mel Gibson’s secured the movie rights to a novel titled The Professor And The Madman: A Tale Of Murder, Insanity, And The Making Of The Oxford English Dictionary, it is a little odd that he didn’t call dibs on the latter role. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gibson’s…

Anthony Hopkins contemplates death in a video for Tom Petty’s Mudcrutch

The entertainment industry has a habit of shoving people out when they reach a certain age and replacing them with hipper, younger versions of themselves. But there’s one thing that older people will always be able to pull off a lot better than young people: The mournful death’s door ballad. Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video…

The director of Drive heads back to L.A. for a blunt message movie

Now in its home stretch, Cannes 2016 seems determined to go out with a bang. The last two films I’ve seen have been met not just with boos but also with mocking laughter and angry curses. At the end of Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon (Grade: C+), a dedication appears: “For Liv” (Winding Refn’s wife, Liv…

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Sean Penn talks about his “failed” El Chapo interview

Having braved both the Mexican jungles and the eye-rolling disdain of Rolling Stone’s editors to write lines like, “I hear chain saws. I feel splatter. I am Sean’s dubitable paranoia,” actor Sean Penn made headlines last week with his interview of recently recaptured Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo. Now, Penn has sat…

Billy On The Street’s Thanksgiving parade has Katie Couric, a Sean Penn balloon

Billy Eichner has a rather singular view of the world. He lives for certain people—Meryl Streep, for example—and both loudly and lovingly disparages others. That dichotomy is perfectly clear in “Billy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade,” a new sketch scheduled to run on this Thursday’s episode of Billy On The Street. For the…