Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley to Attend Progressive Rally Leading to DNC

Susan Sarandon, Shailene Woodley to Attend Progressive Rally Leading to DNC
Voters energized by Bernie Sanders’ run for president hope to keep the momentum of their movement going, though the progressive activists seemed to be uncertain on the eve of the Democratic National Convention how hard to push back against impending nominee Hillary Clinton’s more moderate views.

One group of liberal, headlined by actresses Susan Sarandon and Shailene Woodley, will attend a rally Sunday night in Philadelphia that organizers said intends to “continue our progressive trajectory by focusing on issues rather than candidates.” That evening rally at a park in the Germantown neighborhood comes a day before the convention opens and hours after another group of Sanders supporters plan to meet to convey a much more contentious message, including opposition to Clinton’s vice presidential pick, Tim Kaine.

Among the issues important to the Sarandon/Woodley contingent: instituting single-payer health care, banning fracking, stopping the Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership and expanding
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Sean Penn: Hot Celebrity Photo Gallery Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hot Hollywood Celebrity Photo Gallery of the Week” is Sean Penn.

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Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain and Brad Pitt - 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival - "The Tree of Live" Premiere - Arrivals - Palais des Festivals - Cannes, France

This year, the 12th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at their World Summit will recognize a high-profile personality making an outstanding contribution to international social justice and peace. Sean Penn is that person. Sean is an actor, founder and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization, and will be presented with the 2012 Peace Summit Award during the summit for his work to rebuild and aid the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti, as well as his ongoing advocacy for peace and human rights protection worldwide.

Penn has been
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TNT and TBS Announce New Programming in Development

TNT and TBS announce new programming in development TNT and TBS today unveiled a broad array of plans for new programming, including several comedy projects that are being considered for TBS and a host of projects in development for TNT. The two cable giants staged a joint Upfront presentation in New York, with appearances by a legion of stars, including TBS's Conan O'Brien, George Lopez and Ice Cube; and TNT's Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dylan McDermott, Timothy Hutton, Noah Wyle, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Ben McKenzie, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer and Angie Harmon.

TNT and TBS rank among the largest networks in television. "Television is more popular than ever with viewers, and that makes the medium very valuable to advertisers," said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "With reach that rivals broadcast and strong programming on each network,
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War Made Easy

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The subtitle of Loretta Alper and Jeremy Earp's documentary -- "How Presidents & Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death" -- makes its subject matter all too clear.

Based on the book by Norman Solomon, War Made Easy makes its timely arguments with passion and conviction. The film is playing an exclusive theatrical engagement at New York's Quad Cinema.

Narrated by Sean Penn (who else?), the concise, 72-minute film documents the manipulations and deceptions practiced on the public and the media by U.S. government administrations dating back to Johnson. Extensive clips are used to further the intellectual arguments posited by Solomon (who is interviewed extensively) about various wars, most notably Vietnam and the current Iraq conflict.

Although a bit too insular in its viewpoints -- it would have been nice to hear ideas expressed by some figures other than Solomon, despite his impressive articulateness -- the film provides a vivid portrait of the selling of war, from the false Gulf of Tonkin incident that helped propel American involvement in Vietnam to the case for WMDs made by the current administration.

"War" admirably doesn't exclude the news media from complicity. Damning evidence is provided to demonstrate how news outlets eagerly participated in the process, from CNN's recruitment of Pentagon-vetted former generals to provide expert analysis to MSNBC's firing of Phil Donahue, virtually the sole talk show host on television to vociferously argue against the war.

There are endless fascinating video clips, from Walter Cronkite's gushing "Well, colonel, that's a great way to go to war!" while reporting from Vietnam to maverick Sen. Wayne Morse's passionate arguments against presidential authority during the same period.

Although much of what is related in the film has been explored in television documentaries, the intelligence and forcefulness with which they are presented here makes "War" compelling viewing.

Penn Explains His Actions in Times Ad

Penn Explains His Actions in Times Ad
Sean Penn has written to the New York Times newspaper to explain his much-criticized December trip to Iraq. The movie star became a target for political pundits when he accepted public accuracy advocate Norman Solomon's invitation to visit the Middle East. In the 4,000-word essay, Penn states, "I experienced firsthand the repressive condition of public debate in our country, as it prepared for war." The actor actually paid for a full-page advertisement to make sure his letter wasn't tampered with.

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