Sean Penn has dropped out of two films for “personal reasons,” leaving the showbiz world to speculate about why one of the most powerful actors in Hollywood would suddenly go into hiding. Penn has bailed on the flicks Cartel and Three Stooges, which he was set to stare in alongside Benicio Del Toro and Jim Carrey. Variety says, “Penn is taking an undetermined sabbatical — possibly as much as a year — to focus on his family.”
But Gawker points in the direction of a NY Post blind item, that bears striking similarity to Penn and his problems. It says, “Which actor is on hiatus due to a drug relapse? He claimed he needed time off because of the heartbreak of his public split, but he’s actually headed to rehab.”
What do you think – could the two be connected? [Photo: WireImage]
Deja vu! Sean Penn has filed to dismiss his latest legal separation from wife Robin Wright Penn less than a month after filing. The pair met on the set of State Of Grace in 1990 and married six years later, already the parents of two. They previously started divorce proceedings in late 2007, only to suspend them in April 2008. Make up your minds, you two!
Penn has yet to provide an explanation for his sudden change-of-heart. It couldn’t have been a whirlwind rekindling of their romance, though—Robin Wright Penn is busy in France as a juror at the Cannes Film Festival.
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In the latest issue of Gotham magazine, Robin Wright Penn offers up her philosophy on marriage, in an interview presumably given right before her marriage with Sean Penn ended. She says it’s, “real work, but that’s what you sign up for. And it pays off beautifully, it really does. The outcome, the reward is so great because then your love grows out of those hard times.”
Er, or not. The couple have since split, and some insiders are naming Sean’s obsession with Natalie Portman as the reason. A source tells Star magazine that Robin, “was furious he was messing around with such a young star,” while another insists that Natalie, “stimulates him in ways no other person has, mentally or professionally. There’s a lot more there with Natalie than any of the other girls Sean’s been with.”
Portman’s always seemed to us like a smart, down to earth, goody two shoes. Would she really get down and dirty with a married man? [Photo: GettyImages]
Just over a year after halting their divorce proceedings, Sean Penn has filed for separation from wife Robin Wright (she was the one that filed in 2007). The pair met on the set of 1990′s State Of Grace and had two children, Dylan and Hopper, before marrying in 1996. Penn, previously married to Madonna, dated Jewel during a separation in the mid-nineties and attended Oscar parties with model Petra Nemcova in 2008.
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Could it be true? Star reports that Natalie Portman and Sean Penn were caught hooking up at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood last week.
Could these stars really be so unsavvy when it comes to having a scandalous hookup? A source claims that they shared a romantic dinner where they were “constantly touching each other.” Then the married Sean and Queen Amidala headed to “a bank of elevators that only goes to the spa or to private rooms” and “came back about 45 minutes later” and were reportedly busted “making out.”
The snoop says, “There’s a door outside of the hotel’s Tower Bar that has a bridge to the terrace, so it’s semi-private. I used that path to get to the restroom, and when I came back, I had to go through some curtains – and that’s when I interrupted Sean and Natalie! When they saw me, they were startled and quickly composed themselves.”
Sounds a little fishy; these two seem smarter than that. But who knows, Sean is known for his womanizing ways. [Source: Star; Photo: Getty Images]
The only predictions Scandalist got wrong for this year’s Oscars (we didn’t pretend to know about crap like Best Documentary – Short Subject) were Best Actor and Best Actress. Plenty of people thought Mickey Rourke would beat Sean Penn, but why did we think Anne Hathaway would beat Kate Winslet? Because we didn’t think Kate was old enough to get the “throw her a golden boy while we still can” award. Sure, it took four lead actress nominations over an entire decade before Kate finally took home a trophy, but Al Pacino had to wait through twenty years of ceremonies until his sixth lead nomination to win for Scent Of A Woman. Like Al, maybe Kate can focus on crappy detective movies for the rest of her life.
Here are some other details about last night’s winners, losers and presenters you might not have known.
- While Meryl Streep has two Oscars to her name, she must be getting a little frustrated with the ceremony all the same. She last won for 1983′s Sophie’s Choice, and she’s been nominated a whopping eleven times since. We’re sure she’s gracious to all these young ladies bawling over their first Oscar, but that’s twenty five years of “thank you”‘s she’s had to toss.
- Anthony Hopkins mentioned working with Brad Pitt on Legends Of The Fall during the Best Lead Actor presentation (though he didn’t say the movie’s name), but when Robert DeNiro paid tribute to Sean Penn, he failed to bring up 1989′s We’re No Angels, the flop comedy that first brought the pair together. Future Academy Award nominee John C. Reilly also appeared in the film, playing a “Young Monk.”
Last night’s Academy Awards were apparently a hit – as 6% more people tuned in this year (as opposed to last) to be called “commie, homo-loving sons of guns” by Sean Penn. Trust us, it was worth it!
There were other highlights besides Penn’s gracious acceptance speech, including the “Jai Ho” musical number, Jennifer Aniston‘s awkward presenting work, and Ben Stiller mocking Joaquin Phoenix. Check out our massive gallery of the show’s best moments below.
Lots of action this year. Hugh Jackman certainly rose to the occasion! And Slumdog Millionaire did a little something called a sweep, racking up an array of victories. Did you make the right bets? Did your favorites win? Did you ever think Penelope Cruz would dominate? You certainly must have guessed that Heath Ledger was a lock. Check out all the triumphs in the key categories.
Some lucky Oscar winner could not just go home with a prized statuette, but with an extra million bucks! The makers of Airborne have offered to give 1 million dollars to charity if any of the major winners lugs the product onstage during their acceptance speech.
The offer has been extended to all those in the Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress category.
Airborne co-founder Robert McDowell said of the big bucks proposal, “It just seemed to me, in this economy, charities are really struggling. It seemed like a good time to reward some charities, and, if it goes through, we’ll be thrilled to provide the funds to the charity.”
Who will bite at Airborne’s million dollar product placement offer? If Brad and Angelina sign up and get the dough, some very lucky orphans might be getting a new school. But if Best Actor nominee Mickey Rourke is the big winner, surely the The Wrestler star will ease the pain of losing “the love of his life” by purchasing a fantastic Chihuahua farm! [Source: The Sun; Photo: Getty Images]
This year’s competition for Best Actor is tight. Sean Penn nailed his performance as Harvey Milk. But Mickey Rourke can’t be counted out. Come to think of it, neither can Brad Pitt (Benjamin Button), Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) or Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon). Who will snag the statue for Best Actor? Vote now and read our Oscars predictions.
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