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On the latest episode of Oprah's Next Chapter, the talk show icon visited Sean Penn at his J/P HRO camp in Haiti. Penn has been helping with the Haiti relief effort since the catastrophic earthquake hit in 2010. His organization provides emergency medical services, distributes food and water purification systems, and runs Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps with the ultimate goal of finding stable housing for all those still living in the camps.
Oprah toured the camp with Penn, who explained there are still more than 20,000 people living in the tent city, which includes a market where people trade goods, a clinic, and a free school that educates more than 400 kids.
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It looks like this year's Cannes Film Festival turned out to be Festival de Sean Penn. Not only did Penn have two winning films in the fest, he was also honored at the first Cinema For Peace inaugural dinner for his charity work in Haiti.
On Saturday, This Must Be The Place, in which Sean plays an aging rock star, won the festival's prestigious Ecumenical Jury Prize. And on Sunday, the Cannes Film Festival awarded its highest prize, the Palme d'Or, to The Tree of Life, a film by Terrence Malick which also stars Penn, along with Brad Pitt. Though the movie won top honors at the fest, there's some questions about how regular Joes (a.k.a. the rest of us) will embrace the movie, especially since it features dinosaurs, little dialog, and Sean Penn as Brad Pitt's adult son.
While big-name singers like Alicia Keys and Madonna used their pipes to raise more than $58 million in the "Hope for Haiti Now" telethon on Friday, actor-activist Sean Penn was on the ground of the disaster-torn country to lend a hand.
The star delivered medical supplies and transport doctors to those whose lives were devastated by the January 12 earthquake as part of his charity, the Jenkins-Penn Haitian Relief Organization. In Port-au-Prince and around the capital, Penn gave out water filters, went to a clinic, visited out a food-distribution site, and checked out the efforts of soldiers from the U.S. 82nd Airborne Division.
It's another five days before we know if someone from an under-represented group will take an unprecedented leadership role. So it's fitting--or smart marketing--for Focus Features, with the help of Sean Penn, to remind us that the Castro already did that 30 years ago.
Critics are already mouthing the word “Oscar” about the new film "Milk," about America’s first openly gay elected leader, Harvey Milk, who served on the Castro’s Board of Supervisors. The movie features scenes of the neighborhood during its heyday in the 1970s--before they decided to cancel Halloween.
Makes us wish for a time machine, but guess we'll have to settle for the cheap Virgin America flights heading to San Francisco instead.
Vacations are hard work. (It's no surprise that Britney Spears' latest breakdown followed on the heels of the post-holiday custody hand-off.) But one star's efforts to kick back and relax probably granted him the worst holiday season ever. Whatever you do next year, don't be like Sean Penn, who's wife allegedly caught him in bed with two Russian women while they were on vacation.
According to reports, Sean and wife Robin Wright Penn, who just served him with divorce papers, were staying at the Squaw Valley Resort in Lake Tahoe, California in separate rooms. A few days before Christmas, Robin--best known as Buttercup in "The Princess Bride"--came over for a chat and caught Sean drunk and having a little afternoon delight.
If true, this is the craziest things Sean has ever done since "21 Grams." Threesomes and family travel; they just don't mix.
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Sean Penn evocative puffing on a cigarette at a press conference last week cost Toronto's Sutton Place Hotel $540. Penn was at the hotel last week promo-ing his new film All the Kings Men, answering questions from reporters, and idly lighting up.
Little did he know that in the province of Ontario, smoking is banned in all enclosed public places. Penn somehow escaped the whole thing with a written warning, but the hotel had to cough up $540 to the Ontario Health Ministry. A spokesman for the ministry said, "We don't have a system in Canada where we have preferential treatment for someone who's famous or rich." Um, but Penn walked away paying nothing, so, um, it kinda seems like you do. Time to clarify, Canadians!
· Penn Escapes Smoking Punishment [SF Gate]