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George Clooney Personally Endorses Ukrainian Protesters’ Democratic Efforts

Opening himself up once again to the inevitable “shut up and sing” critiques that follow earnest displays of political concern by celebrities, actor, director and self-appointed democratic ambassador to Ukraine (oops—it begins) George Clooney sent a personal message Monday to protesters in Kiev.

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‘Monsieur Lazhar’: Tragedy and Humanity

At its best, “Monsieur Lazhar” is something very rare in film: a study in self-containment.

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Bigelow Pushing Forward With ‘Kill Bin Laden’

After her Oscar win for “The Hurt Locker,” director Kathryn Bigelow set her sights on another ambitious project that has taken on new significance over the last 24 hours, given the subject matter: “Kill Bin Laden.” However, as Deadline’s Mike Fleming pointed out Monday, the movie isn’t solely focused on the late al-Qaida leader.

Posted on May 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Filmmaker to Spill Scientology Story

His defection from the Church of Scientology’s celebrity coterie was big news in 2009, and now writer and director Paul Haggis is following up with a detailed exploration of his former organization, in the form of a book collaboration with journalist Lawrence Wright.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Amy Sancetta

An Oscar for America’s Hubris

What a shame that the one movie about the Iraq war that has a chance of being viewed by a large worldwide audience should be so disappointing. According to press reports, members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences finally found a movie about the Iraq war they liked because it is “apolitical.”

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Hurt Locker
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‘Hurt Locker’ Producer’s E-Mail Campaign Ruffles Feathers

It’s the season of the knockdown, drag-out Oscar campaign, and one of this year’s Academy Award nominees, “The Hurt Locker” co-producer Nicolas Chartier, has thrown down in a mighty conspicuous (and potentially self-defeating) way.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010 READ MORE


Penn in Cannes
AP / Lionel Cironneau

Sean Penn Charged in Scuffle With Photographer

Sean Penn isn’t known for being a shrinking violet, and he’s drawn criticism and applause for taking public political stances on a wide range of topics. However, when Penn registered his displeasure with a photographer in L.A.‘s tony Brentwood neighborhood last October, the actor allegedly took things to a physical level—and now he’s facing charges that may land him in jail.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 READ MORE


Wilson and Penn
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Penn May Take On Plame ‘Game’

Here’s a melding of celebrity and politics that might just be a natural: Academy Award™-winning actor and sometime international political analyst Sean Penn is in talks to play former Ambassador Joseph Wilson, husband of outed CIA agent Valerie Plame, in director Doug Liman’s dramatic retelling of Plame’s story, currently known in deal-making circles as “Fair Game.”

Posted on Feb 23, 2009 READ MORE


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