SEan Penn

Sean Penn’s Bulging, 54-Year-Old American Body Is the Star of ‘The Gunman’

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Did you know Sean Penn was ripped? Fear not: there’s a whole movie devoted to helping you realize the extent of his musculature! With no other acting prospects showing up on his IMDb profile (which is not to assume that there aren’t any), it’s hard to tell whether his new film The Gunman is preserving and memorializing an action-hero persona Sean Penn knew he wouldn’t have for long, or represents an attempt to rebrand him as an almost-Arnold for future action prospects.
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From Arquette to Iñárritu, an Inspiring Oscar Speech Shouldn’t Transform a Celebrity Into a Political Leader

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Fiery political speeches became the highlight of an Oscars that were otherwise dull and regressive. But the practice of applauding celebrities and anointing them as the best human beings in the universe for daring to state opinions can also backfire, as the 12-hour social media saga of Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette demonstrated.
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The 12 Oscars 2015 Moments Everyone Is Talking About

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When the Oscar ceremony’s scheduled end time is three minutes away and they haven’t done Best Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor, or Best Picture yet, it’s safe to say they might not be running the tightest ship over there at the Kodak Theater — not that it’d take that long to figure it out. Yes, last night’s Academy Awards were crazy long (three hours and 45 minutes, oy) and frequently dull, proving that even presumed host-with-the-most Neil Patrick Harris is fallible when handed the toughest gig in the land. Here are some thoughts on his hit-and-miss job, and the night’s other memorable …Read More

12 Sundance 2015 Movies We Can’t Wait to See

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There’s always a feeling of tense anticipation heading into the Sundance Film Festival — after all, this is the starter pistol for the year in independent film, introducing film fans, critics, and the industry to the movies they may well be talking about all year. But this year’s festival (which kicks off tonight) falls squarely in the middle of an awards season dominated by last year’s biggest ticket, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood, reminding us of exactly how far a splash at Sundance can take you. Will any of this year’s high-profile indies and docs take that kind of hold in 2015? Here are a dozen movies we’re keeping our eyes on in Park City — and beyond.
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Ben Stiller’s ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ Is Sweet, Warm, But Not Quite Great

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival Saturday, is one of those projects that’s been knocking around Hollywood for a while. It began as a slender story by James Thurber way back in 1939, first adapted (very loosely) for Danny Kaye in 1947. This current iteration has been in development since 1994; Jim Carrey, Owen Wilson, Mike Myers, Zach Braff, and Sacha Baron Cohen have all been attached to star, while Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard, Chuck Russell, and Gore Verbinski (among others) were slotted to direct. Now, at long last, here is the film, directed by and starring Ben Stiller, whose take on the material neither remakes Kaye nor returns to Thurber. This script, Stiller said after the media screening Saturday afternoon, “didn’t try to redo what had already been done very well by Danny Kaye. And obviously I didn’t want to do that; nobody would want to see me attempt to do that.”
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