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Ann Coulter Turns Down Film Role

afpcoulter3.jpgIt seems even Ann Coulter doesn’t want to play Ann Coulter. Page Six of the New York Post has the details:

The leggy conservative has turned down an offer from director Doug Liman to appear in “Fair Game,” his left-leaning film about the Valerie Plame affair starring Naomi Watts as the CIA agent whose cover was blown by columnist Robert Novak. Sean Penn, who plays Plame’s underemployed husband Joseph Wilson, was pushing to have Coulter in a scene where she’d be screaming invectives at him. But Coulter said no.

Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • Former AOL CEO Jon Miller to head up digital strategy for News Corp- WebNewser

  • Rumors abound that Nielsen may Merge/Shutter AdWeek, BrandWeek, MediaWeek- FishbowlNY
  • Bill O’Reilly on Sean Penn, Wolf Blitzer and Meghan McCain- TVNewser
  • Anthony Hopkins might play Ernest Hemingway in a film about the last years of the novelist- GalleyCat
  • Journalists worked the catwalk to benefit the Washington Humane Society- Fishbowl DC
  • Clint For Best Actor: Do You Feel Lucky? Well, Do Ya, Punk?

    clint3.jpgAs the Oscar ballots were just sent out to hungry voters for those pesky gold statuettes, the pressing question hovers around Dirty Harry and whether he’ll get the acting nod, the L.A. Times predicts.

    The critics, well faux critics or columnists or whatever you want to call them, are in disarray as to whether Clint can cull an acting statue. Michael Musto of the Village Voice (who is not a critic), Anne Thompson of Variety (who also is not a critic) and blogger Jeff Wells of Hollywood-Elsewhere.com (who, surprise, is also not a critic) all like Clint for best actor. They seem to think he does feel lucky, punk.

    But competition is pretty stiff this year. Frank Langella is likely to get nominated for “Frost/Nixon,” Sean Penn looks like lock for “Milk,” Brad Pitt for “Benjamin Button” and dark horse Mickey ‘They took my fuckin’ thumb’ Rourke for “The Wrestler.

    Now remember, the noms haven’t even been announced yet, so these could all be false conjecture.

    But Clint is definitely a special case. He’s won for directing and producing but acting has always been a non-starter. Not that Clint couldn’t pull off a decent “Hamlet,” if needed (or maybe “Lear”), but he’s worth voting for because he’s Clint.

    And because we here at FBLA aren’t quite sure whether he shot five times or was it six and we don’t want to be the sixth.

    Golden Globes Inexplicably Sort Of Overlook ‘Batman’ and ‘Milk’

    penninmilk2.jpgThe Golden Globes, which are decided by about 92 Hollywood Foreign Press Association members came out with a comprehensive list of their nominations for 2008, but a couple of relatively major films were downright overlooked.

    Gus Van Sant‘s “Milk,” starring Sean Penn in a tour de force performance, is a critical darling and will likely win an Oscar for Penn and possibly for the film.

    The Globes only nominated Penn for best actor, but they did it almost reluctantly. And Van Sant as well as producers and scripters for the political power play of a film were ignored.

    ledgerinbatman2.jpgOn the same list, “Batman Forever,” which had one of the best DVD openings of any film yesterday, was nominated only for Heath Ledger as best supporting actor. Sadly, it helps that Ledger passed away from a drug overdose in January. He has already been given a best supporting award posthumously from the Los Angeles Critics Association.

    And the Oscars will likely follow suit.

    Complete Golden Globe Nominations

    frostnix3.jpg“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” lead the nominations in the top categories for the 66th Golden Globe Awards, chosen for drama, actor, director, screenplay and score.

    “Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Slumdog Millionaire” rounded out the pics in the drama category, chosen by the 80-plus members of The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

    In the dramatic acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio, Frank Langella, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke received noms among actors, while Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Kristin Scott Thomas were singled out in the actress category.

    “Wall-E” received three nominations, including best animated feature and best song and score in the music categories.

    The Globes are considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Awards are scheduled to air Jan 11 on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

    FILM

    BEST FEATURE – DRAMA
    “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
    “Frost/Nixon”
    “The Reader”
    “Slumdog Millionaire”
    “Revolutionary Road”

    BEST FEATURE – COMEDY
    “Burn After Reading”
    “Happy-Go-Lucky”
    “En Bruges”
    “Mamma Mia!”
    “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

    ACTOR – DRAMA
    Leonardo DiCaprio – “Revolutionary Road”
    Frank Langella – “Frost/Nixon”
    Sean Penn – “Milk”
    Brad Pitt – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
    Mickey Rouke – “The Wrestler”

    ACTRESS – DRAMA
    Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married”
    Angelina Jolie – “Changeling”
    Meryl Streep – “Doubt”
    Kristin Scott Thomas – “I’ve Loved You So Long”
    Kate Winslet – “Revolutionary Road”

    More Nominations Below:

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    Broadcast Film Critics Want Their Say

    benjaminb.jpgpennmilk.jpgThough they’re sometimes reduced to thumbs up/thumbs down criticism, the country’s major broadcast critics are always keen to be heard as “Milk” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” both earned eight nominations for the 14th Broadcast Film Critics Assn.’s Critics Choice Awards, Variety says.

    Both were among the 10 films named for best picture. “Milk,” which got off to a strong platform start last month, also picked up key nominations for lead actor Sean Penn, supporting co-stars James Franco and Josh Brolin, and director Gus Van Sant. “Button,” which opens Christmas Day, drew mentions for actor Brad Pitt, actress Cate Blanchett and supporting actress Taraji P. Henson.

    Other titles nommed for picture were “Changeling,” “The Dark Knight,” “Doubt,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Wall-E” and “The Wrestler.”

    ‘Milk’ Screening Brings Streaming Tears Of Joy

    harveymilk.jpgGus Van Sant‘s “Milk,” which opens Nov. 26, is already drawing raves from the long-lead critics, but the Sean Penn-starring film has already got local critics giving it plenty of thumbs up and Oscar buzz.

    At a recent swanky Beverly Hills press screening, the film left the hard-bitten journos sniffling and downright weeping over the plight and ultimate demise of former San Fran board supervisor Harvey Milk.

    What? Journos weeping and sobbing over a movie? What has the cinematic world come to?

    And virtually everyone at the screening was convinced that Penn is a shoo-in for Best Acting Oscar. Well, he was pretty good.

    Among the sniveling, er sniffling media reps were E! Online, People Magazine, Out.com and Campus Circle. No names were divulged, but FBLA watched as it went down and we have to admit we teared up (a bit) too.

    DGA Nominates White Men, Variety Proclaims Diversity

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    Someone at Variety must have gotten very low SAT scores to write this headline:

    Diverse crowd for DGA nominations

    about 6 white guys nominated for best director of a feature film:

    Paul Thomas AndersonThere Will Be Blood
    Joel Coen & Ethan CoenNo Country for Old Men
    Tony GilroyMichael Clayton
    Sean PennInto the Wild
    Julian SchnabelThe Diving Bell and the Butterfly

    Actually DGA president Michael Apted, another known white male, is responsible for the “diversity” theme, as he noted that the nominated films were a diverse selection without any major studio blockbusters, such as last year’s winner The Departed. But that’s not quite what the headline says, now is it?

    LAT In 90 Seconds

    simulsays.jpgCES Blog Item That Oddly Scares Us: We tend to embrace technology here at FBLA, but something in the BitPlayer post by Michelle Maltais made us a little uncomfortable. SimulScribe will make a transcript of your voicemail and e-mail it to you… This is either the end of the drunk-n-dial or the beginning of a whole new era of blackmail. Either way, we gotta get off the sauce.

    34239638-13061447.jpg“News” Event To Replace Golden Globes: The LAT piece looks at this from the perspective of the WGA strike. But consider it another way: A press conference in which celebs might attend (maybe) to announce the winners of a glamor award feels sickeningly like the future of news to us. Can you imagine Sean Penn announcing the 2008 Presidential winner? We can.

    seinfeldsb.jpegFood Fight: Cookbook author Missy Chase Lapine is suing Jerry Seinfeld and his wife, Jessica, saying that Jessica plagiarized her ideas for a healthy kids’ foods book. Further, the lawsuit states, “Lapine was not a public figure, does not suffer mental infirmity, is not a celebrity stalker, is not violent or dangerous, and does not engage in extortion or lies.” Which is an awesome thing to have in a lawsuit.

    Sundown on Sunset: Ring Out the Old

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    Artist/filmmaker Melinda Hunt adds to the Theresa Duncan/Jeremy Blake saga and challenges Frank Morales’ version.

    Anjelica Huston to play Benazir Bhutto in biopic?

    When Manuel Mollinedo ran the LA Zoo, animals managed to escape a number of times. Maybe he’s a PETA mole? Or just an incompetent bureaucrat?

    Bonnie Fuller picks scandalicious celebs, but her readers like Lana Turner and Liz Taylor better. Maybe Britney can get one of the kids to stab someone.

    Sean Penn is available, which means so is Robin, which means fans of The Princess Bride can rekindle their hopes.

    Tony Bourdain is Eater of the Year, followed by the cleverly-named Joel Chestnut. Padme Lakshmi, a chesty nut, is third.

    Jodie Foster wins the IMDB least screwed-up former child star poll.

    AFI needs to stop with the lame-ass lists already.

    Ten Things I Hate about Ten Things: Jason Burns goes meta.

    (Photo by Eccentric Scholar)

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