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Sean Penn to be Honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival

26 December 2008 9:21 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

Wow, the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala is shaping up to be a star-studded extravaganza! Kate Winslet, Leonardo DiCaprio, Ron Howard, and Gus Van Sant are just some of the creative folks being honored.

Now, Van Sant's brilliant actor in "Milk," Sean Penn, is being given kudos at my upcoming hometown even, the Palm Springs International Film Festival on Tuesday, January 6th!

Congratulations Mister Sean!

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Palm Springs, CA (December 26, 2008) . Marking a Festival first, Academy Award® winner Sean Penn will be honored two years in a row at the 20th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff) Awards Gala on Tuesday, January 6, 2009. Penn will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award for Acting, after being presented last year with the Director of the Year Award for Into the Wild. Past honorees »

- Manny

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Not Down for the Count

11 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

"I resisted change. I didn't know how to change, and I didn't think I needed to change. But now I know different, and I have no problem being accountable. I can go as far as I want to go, if I stick to the rules. I tried to beat the system, and I got the shit kicked out of me. I don't recommend my way to anybody." Mickey Rourke's voice is low and soft, but there is an unmistakable intensity to his words. He looks you in the eye when he speaks, occasionally grabbing your arm or shoulder to pull you closer to make his point. His face is weathered and beaten — literally, he spent years as a professional boxer — but it's not hard to see the movie star still in there, the face that commanded the big screen in the 1980s in films such as Diner, Angel Heart, »

- Jenelle Riley

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Penn to head Cannes festival jury

4 January 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

PARIS -- Sean Penn will head the jury at the 61st annual Festival de Cannes, set to take place from May 14-25, organizers announced Thursday.

Penn will venture Into the Wild of the French Riviera town after accepting the invitation from the fest's Gilles Jacob and Thierry Fremaux. Penn's own Into the Wild hits Gallic theaters Wednesday.

"In the last few years, it seems there has been a rejuvenation of cinema building worldwide; increasingly thoughtful, provocative, moving, and imaginative films by talented filmmakers: that a new generation of filmmaking may have begun. The Cannes Film Festival has long been the epicenter in the discovery of those new waves of filmmakers from all over the world. I very much look forward to participating in this year's festival as president of the jury," Penn said upon accepting his duty.

The actor-director is no stranger to the Croisette, having previously won the best male performance prize at the 1997 festival for Nick Cassavetes' She's So Lovely.

The actor presented his first film as writer, director and producer, The Indian Runner at the 1991 Festival de Cannes and has come to town to present The Pledge and Clint Eastwood's Mystic River. »

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