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‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ Turns 40: Director, Stars on Concerns Over Sexuality and Its Surprise Success

Fast Times at Ridgemont High’s ascension to comedy classic was a slow process. Amy Heckerling, who had only directed student work to that point, was set to helm an MGM project when it was scrapped amid an actors strike. During the hiatus, producer Art Linson introduced her to Cameron Crowe’s 1981 book, Fast Times at […]

President Zelensky Calls for Continued Support of Ukraine at Sean Penn’s CORE Gala

The war in Ukraine was top of mind at Friday night’s CORE gala, where founder Sean Penn raised funds for the nonprofit’s crisis response efforts around the world in front of a powerful room including President Bill Clinton, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti and stars Sharon Stone and Patrick Stewart. CORE sends teams into the […]

How ‘Gaslit,’ ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’ Makeup Pros Turned Sean Penn, Sarah Paulson Into Historical Figures

As Sean Penn’s prosthetic makeup and hair designer on Gaslit, Kazu Hiro had to turn the two-time Oscar winner into former U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell. That meant a full face of prosthetics. (Penn also wore a bodysuit to change his frame. “We wanted to make it look believable,” Hiro explains, “but not to pile […]

Mike Tyson Joins Sean Penn in Paramedic Thriller ‘Black Flies’ (Exclusive)

Champion boxer Mike Tyson is stepping back into the acting ring, joining Sean Penn and Tye Sheridan in Black Flies, a dramatic thriller being directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire. An adaptation of the novel by Shannon Burke, the story is set in the high-wire world of New York City paramedics and takes a look at the […]

Julia Roberts and Sean Penn in Starz’s ‘Gaslit’: TV Review

Based on the podcast 'Slow Burn,' the drama focuses on the lesser-known stories around the Watergate scandal.

‘Gaslit’ Showrunner on How the Series Explores “Complicity and Why People Do Horrible Things”

New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art was transformed into the red — or, rather, yellow — carpet on Monday for the world premiere of Starz’s upcoming political thriller Gaslit, starring Julia Roberts and Sean Penn. The series — which also features Dan Stevens and Betty Gilpin — is described as a modern take on […]

Sean Penn Says He Will “Smelt” His Oscar If Ukrainian President Is Not Invited to Ceremony

Sean Penn says he will “smelt” his Oscar and is encouraging a boycott of the 2022 Academy Awards if Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky wasn’t invited to appear virtually during the 94th annual ceremony Sunday night. In an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta on Saturday, Penn — currently in Poland with his nonprofit CORE providing humanitarian […]

Sean Penn Tests Positive for COVID-19, Says Paul Thomas Anderson at DGA Awards

Sean Penn has tested positive for COVID-19, Paul Thomas Anderson announced from the stage during Saturday night’s DGA Awards at the Beverly Hilton. Anderson was explaining why Penn was a no-show at the ceremony as he was confirmed to present the Licorice Pizza filmmaker with a special medallion honoring his nomination for best feature film […]

Sean Penn Details Crossing the Ukraine-Poland Border, CORE’s Aid Work With Refugees

Sean Penn is talking about his experience crossing from Ukraine into Poland and how his relief organization CORE is currently trying to expand aid to those on both sides of the countries’ shared border. In an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on CNN Friday night, the actor, producer and nonprofit founder reiterated what he […]

Sean Penn Filming Documentary About Russian Invasion in Ukraine

Sean Penn is on the ground in Ukraine for a documentary with Vice Studios about Russia’s ongoing invasion of the country, a studio rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. The doc is a Vice Studios production in association with Vice World News and Endeavor Content. The Office of the President of Ukraine released a statement […]

‘Gaslit’ Trailer: Julia Roberts, Sean Penn Star in Watergate Drama

Julia Roberts and a transformed Sean Penn star in the Starz limited series Gaslit, which promises a fresh take on the well-worn Watergate scandal. Above is the first trailer for the project. “Gaslit is the Watergate story you’ve never heard before,” says Gaslit showrunner Robbie Pickering. “At the center of the show is Martha Mitchell […]

Sean Penn Says Men Have Become “Quite Feminized,” Attributes Shifting Gender Norms to “Cowardly Genes”

Sean Penn is expounding on comments he previously made about his views on masculinity and men who are becoming “wildly feminized” in today’s culture. In a new interview with The Independent promoting his recent film Flag Day, Penn discussed how his character — a conman and bank robber — in the movie adaptation of Jennifer […]