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Sean Penn movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Milk’

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Sean Penn movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Dead Man Walking,’ ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Milk’
Sean Penn celebrates his 59th birthday on August 17, 2019. The two-time Oscar winner has excelled in a number of fields, including acting, writing and directing. But it’s his career as a performer that has brought him the most acclaim. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films as an actor, ranked worst to best.

Penn entered the Oscar race for the first time with his performance as a death row inmate in Tim Robbins’s “Dead Man Walking” (1995), for which he competed in Best Actor. Subsequent lead nominations as a jazz guitarist in Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999) and a mentally handicapped father in “I Am Sam” (2001) quickly followed.

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He hit the Oscar jackpot with Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” (2003), which cast him as a criminal grieving the murder of his daughter.
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Sean Penn movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best

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Sean Penn movies: 15 greatest films ranked worst to best
Sean Penn celebrates his 59th birthday on August 17, 2019. The two-time Oscar winner has excelled in a number of fields, including acting, writing and directing. But it’s his career as a performer that has brought him the most acclaim. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at 15 of his greatest films as an actor, ranked worst to best.

Penn entered the Oscar race for the first time with his performance as a death row inmate in Tim Robbins’s “Dead Man Walking” (1995), for which he competed in Best Actor. Subsequent lead nominations as a jazz guitarist in Woody Allen’s “Sweet and Lowdown” (1999) and a mentally handicapped father in “I Am Sam” (2001) quickly followed.

He hit the Oscar jackpot with Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” (2003), which cast him as a criminal grieving the murder of his daughter. Just five years later, he returned to the winner
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Spotlight: Cinema For Peace's Celebrity Supporters

The aim of Cinema for Peace is to promote peace and international understanding through the medium of film. Since its foundation in 2002 Cinema for Peace has invited members of the international film community to a gala night which highlights a selection of cinematic work in order to create a platform for peace and tolerance, while also raising significant funds for charity. During the course of the gala, an award is presented to a director whose work has served to cast a new focus on the human condition and human values, and excerpts are screened from movies that make a difference.

Celebrity supporters

Cinema For Peace has 26 known supporters, including Elton John, George Clooney, and Angelina Jolie

Areas of work Peace Read more about Cinema For Peace's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Hollywood's Humanitarians At Cinema For PeaceCharity Heavyweights Support Muhammad Ali2008 Golden Globes RoundupLeonardo DiCaprio Honored By Cinema For
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‘Wander’: Tommy Lee Jones Joins April Mullen’s Conspiracy Thriller Alongside Aaron Eckhart, Heather Graham & Katheryn Winnick

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‘Wander’: Tommy Lee Jones Joins April Mullen’s Conspiracy Thriller Alongside Aaron Eckhart, Heather Graham & Katheryn Winnick
Exclusive: Tommy Lee Jones has joined Katheryn Winnick, Aaron Eckhart and Heather Graham in April Mullen’s conspiracy thriller Wander.

The Men In Black actor, who won an best supporting Oscar for his role in The Fugitive, will play eccentric conspiracy theorist Jimmy Cleats in the feature, which was written by Tim Doiron.

Wander follows Arthur Bretnik (Eckhart), a mentally unstable private investigator, who, after being hired to probe a suspicious death in the town of Wander, becomes convinced the case is linked to the same ‘conspiracy cover up’ that caused the death of his daughter. Graham is set to play Shelley Luscomb, an attorney and close friend of Arthur. Shelley has known Arthur long before his world unraveled and acts a voice of reason in his life. Jones’ Cleats is confidant to Eckhart’s Bretnik. Winnick plays Elsa Viceroy, a mysterious authority figure who catches Bretnik’s attention as the investigation deepens.
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Locarno Review: Denis Côté’s ‘Wilcox’ Offers a Sanguine Spin on the Survivalist Tale

If Ghost Town Anthologies and A Skin So Soft were emblematic of the two strains of Canadian auteur Denis Côté’s recent work then his latest could be viewed as something of a hybrid. A Skin So Soft, in which he strived to show the sensitive side of male bodybuilding, was the most recent of his stylized ethnographic documentaries. Anthologies, the story of a small, dying Quebecois town that is visited by the ghosts of its deceased locals, was typical of his work in fiction: undefinable genre; isolated locales; people under duress and so on. This mixing of genres–as well as fact and fiction–has always been synonymous with the Côté brand and Wilcox, a new crossbreed, comfortably fits both bills.

A medium-length, experimental fiction film shot as a fly on the wall documentary, Wilcox follows a drifter–eponymously named–as he goes about his day-to-day. Côté shoots from
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5 reasons why Brad Pitt could win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

5 reasons why Brad Pitt could win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
As “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” continues to rake it in at the box office ($100 million and counting), it’s also generating some pretty serious awards conversation – and questions. There’s one in particular that keeps popping up.

Is Brad Pitt leading or supporting? “No decision has been made,” a campaign insider tells Gold Derby. “There’s still a lot of time to see how these races play out.”

Like many, I would argue that he’s a co-lead. He’s clearly part of the central action of the film, and has comparable screen time to the top-billed Leonardo DiCaprio. However, Pitt’s frequent onscreen absences would make a supporting campaign less of an outright category crime (see Mahershala Ali in “Green Book” and Alicia Vikander in “The Danish Girl”) and more of an everyday award infraction (think Viola Davis in “Fences” and Patricia Arquette in “Boyhood.”)

In fact,
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Animal Kingdom: Shawn Hatosy Directs, But Will Pope Lead?

Michael Ahr Aug 3, 2019

Shawn Hatosy, who plays Pope on TNT’s gangster drama Animal Kingdom, takes to the director’s chair for this week’s emotional episode.

Shawn Hatosy plays the eldest brother, Pope, in TNT’s Animal Kingdom, which follows the Cody family’s criminal exploits and the betrayals and emotional highs and lows of their lives together, but the actor also made his directorial debut with the show last season. This Friday’s episode titled, “Julia,” marks Hatosy’s second time in the director’s chair in a season that has brought his character to new lows while exploring the origins of the family’s life of crime. We spoke to Hatosy just after the news of the show’s season 5 renewal was announced to get a feel for this turn in his career.

Den Of Geek: First of all, congratulations on the Animal Kingdom season 5 renewal! Where
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James Russo Joins Sean Penn Drama 'Flag Day'

James Russo Joins Sean Penn Drama 'Flag Day'
James Russo has joined Sean Penn's next directorial venture, Flag Day.

Russo joins a cast that will be led by Penn and his daughter, Dylan, along with Josh Brolin and Miles Teller. Hopper Penn, Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble and Katheryn Winnick round out the ensemble of the movie, which is currently in production.

Penn will direct from a script by Tony-winning playwright Jez Butterworth, which is based on Jennifer Vogel’s 2005 memoir Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father's Counterfeit Life. The book tells the story of a daughter ...
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Samantha Morton: 'no regrets' at working with Woody Allen

The actor, who survived sexual abuse as a child, says director was ‘wonderful to work with’

Samantha Morton has said she has “no regrets” working with Woody Allen and that she remains “forever grateful” for the experience.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Morton, who worked on Allen’s 1999 picture Sweet and Lowdown, said: “I was working for a director who was kind, funny, and wonderful to work with. It changed my life. And I’m forever grateful for that.” In Sweet and Lowdown Morton played a mute laundry woman who falls for jazz guitarist Emmett Ray (played by Sean Penn); she was nominated for a best supporting actress Oscar.
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Kristen Stewart on How Joan Jett Made Her Cry and Sean Penn Made Her Want to Direct

Kristen Stewart on How Joan Jett Made Her Cry and Sean Penn Made Her Want to Direct
Anyone who was watched Kristen Stewart’s film work evolve over the years knows she is in possession of an extremely controlled talent capable of communicating great emotional depths. Though her offscreen persona can be a bit opaque — her reserved nature comes from years as a teen idol from the “Twilight” years — any actor as good as Stewart is obviously a deeply sensitive soul. That much is clear from an anecdote she shared recently about playing Joan Jett during the 2010 rock biopic about the legendary musician. During a video interview with Vanity Fair, Stewart recalled the first time she played The Runaways’ hit song Cherry Bomb in front of Jett.

“At our first band rehearsal, we were playing Cherry Bomb and I just wasn’t committing to it at all because we weren’t shooting. Why would I fully, fully, fully lean into this when we’re not actually here to capture it?
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‘Into The Wild’ Bus Tourist Attraction Lures Woman To Her Death

‘Into The Wild’ Bus Tourist Attraction Lures Woman To Her Death
A woman attempting to visit the abandoned bus made famous by the best-selling book and film Into The Wild has been killed.

The newlywed woman, one of many tourists who attempt to visit the “Magic Bus” where Chris McCandless died in 1992, drowned attempting to cross a river to get to the vehicle.

McCandless’s trip into the Alaskan wilderness was made famous in Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book, later made into a movie in 2007. Sean Penn wrote the screenplay and directed, and Emile Hirsch played McCandless.

The McCandless story tells how, after graduating from college, top student and athlete McCandless abandons his possessions, gives away his $24,000 in savings to charity, and hitchhikes to Alaska to live in the wilderness. He later starved to death in the bus.

The abandoned bus has since become a macabre memorial, with hikers attempting to retrace the adventurer’s footsteps.

Veramika Maikamava and her husband, Piotr Markielau,
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Newlywed Dies Trying to Get to the Into the Wild Bus

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Newlywed Dies Trying to Get to the Into the Wild Bus
Sad news to report, as the abandoned bus featured in the true-life drama Into the Wild is responsible for luring a hiker to her death in Alaska. The bus was featured in Sean Penn's biopic on Christopher McCandless, and served as the man's makeshift home in the wilderness until he passed away in 1992.

The bus has actually served to rescue a number of hikers over the years, who have used the abandoned transport vehicle for shelter. The bus was first made famous in the 1996 book by Jon Krakauer, upon which the 2007 film starring Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Emile Hirsch, who has seen his fair share of controversy in recent years, was based

Veramika Maikamava was a 24 year old newlywed who had decided to go hiking in search of the bus in question. She and her 24 year old husband Piotr Markielau hail from Belarus. As Piotr reported to the police,
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Newlywed Woman, 24, Dies in Alaska Trying to Reach the Bus Made Famous by Into the Wild

Newlywed Woman, 24, Dies in Alaska Trying to Reach the Bus Made Famous by Into the Wild
A newlywed woman died in Alaska while attempting to reach an abandoned bus made famous by the book and movie Into the Wild.

On Thursday, Piotr Markielau and his wife Veramika Maikamava were hiking and trying to cross the Teklanika River near Healy, Alaska, when she was swept under the water, Alaska State Troopers explained, adding that the river “was running high and swift due to recent rains.”

Markielau was eventually able to pull his wife out of the water, but she had already died. She was 24.

The body has been sent to the state’s medical examiner, and an
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The 20 Best Movie Scores of the Decade

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The 20 Best Movie Scores of the Decade
Film music has come a long way in the 100+ years since moving images were first accompanied with sound (synchronized or otherwise), but seldom has it ever evolved more radically or aggressively than it did over the last decade. Spurred on by digital technology and/or a general tone of cosmic dissonance, rock and avant-garde musicians like Jonny Greenwood and Mica Levi used narrative projects as inspiration to explore new facets of their genius, while more traditional composers such as Alexandre Desplat and Carter Burwell rose to the challenge by delivering the most beautiful work of their careers. Hans Zimmer went deep into outer space, while Trent Reznor and Atticus Rose plunged head-first into the abyss of being extremely online.

It was a great time to go to the movies, even with your eyes closed.

Earlier this week, IndieWire revealed our list of the 100 Best Movies of the Decade. Now, we
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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Milk,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Drugstore Cowboy’

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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films, ranked worst to best, including ‘Milk,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Drugstore Cowboy’
Gus Van Sant celebrates his 67th birthday on July 24, 2019. A fiercely individual voice with one foot in the independent world and another in the studio system, Van Sant’s filmography varies wildly from mainstream entertainments to peculiar experiments, from sublime highs to extreme lows. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at all 17 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant kicked off his filmmaking career with the micro-budget, black-and-white “Mala Noche” (1985), a major preamble to the New Queer Cinema. His next feature, “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), firmly established him as an indie maverick, a reputation he would fulfill with his followup, the River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves road movie “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). He dipped his toes into studio filmmaking with the gleefully dark satire “To Die For” (1995), which won Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

SEENicole Kidman movies:
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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films ranked worst to best

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Gus Van Sant movies: All 17 films ranked worst to best
Gus Van Sant celebrates his 67th birthday on July 24, 2019. A fiercely individual voice with one foot in the independent world and another in the studio system, Van Sant’s filmography varies wildly from mainstream entertainments to peculiar experiments, from sublime highs to extreme lows. In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look at all 17 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1952 in Louisville, Kentucky, Van Sant kicked off his filmmaking career with the micro-budget, black-and-white “Mala Noche” (1985), a major preamble to the New Queer Cinema. His next feature, “Drugstore Cowboy” (1989), firmly established him as an indie maverick, a reputation he would fulfill with his followup, the River Phoenix/Keanu Reeves road movie “My Own Private Idaho” (1991). He dipped his toes into studio filmmaking with the gleefully dark satire “To Die For” (1995), which won Nicole Kidman a Golden Globe as Best Comedy/Musical Actress.

He hit the
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Ashley Lazarus, Director of Apartheid-Era Cult Classic, Returns to Screen

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Durban–Director Ashley Lazarus, whose film about the interracial friendship between two young boys during the apartheid era became a South African cult classic in the 1970s, is set to return to the big screen with a film that builds on his life-long passion for early-childhood education.

“Teacher Wanted” is the inspirational story of a teacher who fights to win over the unruly students in a struggling township school. It stars Themba Ntuli as a teacher who, like the actor himself, was born with a hormone deficiency that stunted his growth, giving him the appearance of a 12-year-old boy.

“The idea comes from our passion for early education. It comes from my love for the youth,” says Ntuli, who is an ambassador for the Early Education Foundation in South Africa.

The film – which turns on the teacher’s uncanny ability to relate to his students, because of his youthful look
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Lion King's Billy Eichner Wants to ‘Change the Game’ for Lgbtq Representation: ‘We Can Do It All'

Whether he’s shouting about pop culture on the New York City streets as host of Billy on the Street, or providing laughs as the voice of Timon in Disney’s new The Lion King, Billy Eichner always brings the funny. But for his next project, Eichner, 40, also plans to deliver some romance — and break ground.

The New York City native is co-writing what will be the first gay romantic comedy ever produced by a major Hollywood studio, in which he also plans to star.

“I look forward to making that movie and finding as many openly Lgbt actors as possible in gay roles,
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Natascha McElhone signs to star in Valerie Buhagiar’s ‘Carmen’, now shooting in Malta (exclusive)

Natascha McElhone signs to star in Valerie Buhagiar’s ‘Carmen’, now shooting in Malta (exclusive)
Shooting for the film is underway on location in Malta.

UK actress Natascha McElhone has joined the cast of Valerie Buhagiar’s Maltese-Canadian drama Carmen in the titular role, with shooting underway on location on Malta.

Carmen is Maltese-Canadian filmmaker Buhagiar’s third feature, after 2014’s The Anniversary and 2018’s It’s Hard To Be Human.

McElhone most recently starred with Sean Penn in Hulu and Channel 4 series The First. She joins Steven Love, Michaela Farrugia, Richard Clarkin, Henry Zammit Cordina and Peter Galea on the film.

Shooting began on location in Malta at the start of this month.
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El Chapo Sentenced to Life in Prison

Joaquín Guzmán Loera, the Mexican drug kingpin known as “El Chapo,” was condemned to life in prison plus 30 years in a packed hearing Wednesday morning.

The severity of the crimes for which Loera was convicted mandated a life sentence, rendering the hearing little more than a formality. But as with every step in the case against El Chapo, it passed with great fanfare. Reporters began lining up outside the federal court building in Downtown Brooklyn more than 12 hours before the hearing was set to start.

It had been five months
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