Penn and Edwards are part of a group which has flown to the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean nation to hand out food and supplies to the survivors of last week's (12Jan10) 7.0-magnitude disaster.
Penn has become known for using his resources to help those in need after disasters - he visited New Orleans, Louisiana a week after Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005 and helped to rescue people stranded by floods.
The actor isn't the only celebrity doing what he can to help Haitians - native Wyclef Jean returned home last weekend (16Jan10) and he's planning a second trip on Saturday (23Jan10).
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have stepped in to help victims of the Haiti earthquake, which has left hundreds of people dead and many more homeless.
The poverty-stricken Caribbean island was hit hard by a massive tremor on Tuesday, which struck just south of the capital city, Port-au-Prince.
Former Fugees star Wyclef Jean has urged the public to donate money to help the rescue efforts in his native country, and now the Hollywood super-couple has come forward to aid the campaign.
A statement from Pitt and Jolie, released to JustJared.com, reads, "We are devastated by the news from Haiti. We will work closely with our good friend Wyclef Jean to support the humanitarian efforts on the island and help those who have been injured and left without homes and shelter.”
Jean adds, "I cannot stress enough what a human disaster this is, and idle hands will only make this tragedy worse. The over 2 million people in Port-au-Prince face catastrophe alone. We must act now."
Meanwhile, hip-hop star Sean 'Diddy' Combs is also pleading for help to raise funds for those affected. Taking to his Twitter page, he writes, "God Bless Haiti!!!! God please!!! STATE OF EMERGENCY!!!" He then requested fans donate cash to Jean's Yele Haiti charity organization.
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Brett Ratner has sealed an overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV. Rat TV has also signed president Martha Haight to a two-year term.
Ratner, according to Variety, is looking to build a small-screen division in the manner of Jerry Bruckheimer or Brian Grazer. "Most TV shows now are better than a lot of features. It's a great medium to explore and experiment. I can try things that I wouldn't try on a feature," Ratner said.
He's such a prolific guy," said 20th exec VP Jennifer Nicholson Salke. "We've had a five-year love affair with him. More than anything, we love his enthusiasm and his ability to find talent. He has an affinity for pop culture and everything about it."
Rat TV's projects in the works include Chaos, a drama set up at CBS, that takes a satirical look at the world of the CIA.
At Fox, William Blake Herron has created The Devil and Daniel Webster, a fresh take on the Stephen Vincent Benet short story and Faust tale. And at TNT, Sean Jablonski is behind spec script The Dead Beat, a buddy cop drama.
"I'm looking for great characters," said Ratner, who is onboard to direct much of his scripted development. "And that's what attracts the better actors...I like to keep honing my skills as a director, and we've collaborated with some great writers."
Rat TV is also behind reality scavenger-hunt project The Lost Weekend and is pitching an adventure food show to cable nets.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Whip It star (and Oscar nominee for Juno) Ellen Page is taking a step down to the small screen to write, produce and possibly star in a new HBO comedy series.
The show, (untentatively) titled Stitch N’ Bitch, centers on a couple of hipster girls as they move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in search of a career in art, says THR.
Page is co-writing the series with two costars from Whip It: Alia Shawkat (Maeby Funke on Arrested Development) and Sean Tillman (much better known as Har Mar Superstar).
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Variety has confirmed a rumor floated by the Scriptshadow blog earlier this month: Columbia Pictures and director David Fincher have set the core cast for the so-called Facebook movie, The Social Network.
Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake and Andrew Garfield have all been signed to key roles.
Eisenberg will play Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg; Timberlake will play Sean Parker, the Napster co-founder who became Facebook's founding president; and Garfield will play Eduardo Saverin, the Facebook co-founder who fell out with Zuckerberg over money.
Aaron Sorkin wrote the drama based on the book by Ben Mezrich, The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal.
Production will begin next month in Boston and then move to Los Angeles.
Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Cean Chaffin will produce. Kevin Spacey is exec producer.
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The 26.2 mile (42.2 kilometre) trek has become increasingly popular among celebrities - Katie Holmes, Ryan Reynolds and Sean 'Diddy' Combs are all former Manhattan marathon runners.
And now it's Edwards' turn to lace up his running shoes for charity.
With two months to go, the actor, who played Dr. Mark Greene on E.R., has already banked $450,000 (£300,000) in donations for non-profit organisation Shoe4Africa, which aims to build the largest public children's hospital in the sub-Saharan region.
He tells People.com, "There's no pediatric education and medicine in sub-Saharan Africa. One hospital there has always had a dream of having a children's hospital, so we're really hoping to achieve that dream.
"We'd like to reach the $1 million mark. Then we can start building the hospital."
The race is set for 1 November (09).
Stars across Hollywood have taken to the Internet in an outpouring of grief after hearing the news of Michael Jackson's tragic death.
Fans and friends were left shaken on Thursday as the news of the music icon's fatal heart attack reverberated around the globe.
And as the news broke, celebrities from music, film and TV took to their Twitter.com pages to explain how the legend had affected their lives and describe their devastation at his untimely demise.
Big-screen veteran Jane Fonda was one of the first to express her upset, remembering the time Jackson came to live with her after he completed filming on his iconic "Thriller" video.
She writes, "I am stunned. My friend, Michael Jackson is dead. He lived with me for a week on the Golden Pond set after Thriller."
Actress Demi Moore joined in with her husband Ashton Kutcher's plea for the media to respect the privacy of Jackson's three children, tweeting, "I plea to the public to refuse to consume media that does not respect the anonymity of Michael's children."
And young music stars, who had been inspired by the pop singer's four-decade-spanning career, joined in the tributes.
Miley Cyrus wrote, "Michael Jackson was my inspiration. Love and blessings," while rocker John Mayer added, "I truly hope he is memorialized as the '83 moonwalking, MTV owning, mesmerizing, unstoppable, invincible Michael Jackson."
Sean 'Diddy' Combs explained how much he would miss the superstar: "Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat. He made the music come to life!! He made me believe in magic. I will miss him!"
And even the world of politics failed to escape feeling the overwhelming loss of pop's greatest performer -- former action star-turned-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger sent out his thoughts to those closest to Jackson.
He adds, "We lost a great entertainer and a pop icon. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Jackson's family, friends and fans."
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The Independent Spirit Awards kicked off the night with prizes going out to James Franco and Penelope Cruz for their supporting roles in Milk and Vicky Cristina Barcelona respectively.
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The night ended with The Wrestler and Mickey Rourke taking took top honors for best film and lead actor. Melissa Leo, who some may have seen as the under dog, rounded out the night winning best female lead for her performance in Frozen River.
The complete list of nominations & winners:
Rachel Getting Married
Wendy and Lucy
The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Ramin Bahrani, Chop Shop
Jonathan Demme, Rachel Getting Married
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Thomas McCarthy, The Visitor -- WINNER!
Best First Feature
Medicine for Melancholy
Sangre de Mi Sangre
Synecdoche, New York -- WINNER!
John Cassavetes Award
In Search of a Midnight Kiss -- WINNER!
Prince of Broadway
Turn the River
Best First Screenplay
Dustin Lance Black, Milk -- WINNER!
Lance Hammer, Ballast
Courtney Hunt, Frozen River
Jonathan Levine, The Wackness
Jenny Lumet, Rachel Getting Married
Woody Allen, Vicky Christina Barcelona -- WINNER!
Anna Fleck and Ryan Boden, Sugar
Charlie Kaufman, Synecdoche, New York
Howard A. Rodman, Savage Grace
Christopher Zalla, Sangre de Mi Sangre
Best Female Lead
Summer Bishil, Towelhead
Anne Hathaway, Rachel Getting Married
Melissa Leo, Frozen River -- WINNER!
Tarra Riggs, Ballast
Michelle Williams, Wendy and Lucy
Best Male Lead
Javier Bardem, Vicky Christina Barcelona
Richard Jenkins, The Visitor
Sean Penn, Milk
Jeremy Renner, The Hurt Locker
Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Best Supporting Female
Penelope Cruz, Vicky Christina Barcelona -- WINNER!
Rosemarie DeWitt, Rachel Getting Married
Rosie Perez, The Take
Misty Upham, Frozen River
Debra Winger, Rachel Getting Married
Best Supporting Male
James Franco, Milk -- WINNER!
Anthony Mackie, The Hurt Locker
Charlie McDermott, Frozen River
JimMyron Ross, Ballast
Haaz Sleiman, The Visitor
Maryse Alberti, The Wrestler -- WINNER!
Lol Crowley, Ballast
James Laxton, Medicine for Melancholy
Harris Savides, Milk
Michael Simmonds, Chop Shop
The Betrayal (Nerakhoon)
Encounters at the End of the World
Man on Wire -- WINNER!
The Order of Myths
Up the Yangtze
Best Foreign Film
The Class (France) -- WINNER!
Secret of the Grain (France)
Silent Light (Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany)
Robert Altman Award: (Given to one film's director, casting director and ensemble cast)
Synecdoche, New York
Director: Charlie Kaufman Casting Director: Jeanne McCarthy
Ensemble Cast: Hope Davis, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Catherine Keener, Samantha Morton, Tom Noonan, Dianne Wiest, Michelle Williams
Someone to Watch Award
Barry Jenkins, Medicine for Melancholy
Nina Paley, Sita Sings the Blues
Lynn Shelton, My Effortless Brilliance -- WINNER!
Truer Than Fiction Award
Margaret Brown, The Order of Myths -- The WINNER!
Sacha Gervasi, Anvil! The Story of Anvil
Darius Marder, Loot
Lars Knudsen and Joy Van Hoy, Tireless Mountain and I'll Come Running
Jason Orans, Goodbye Solo and Year of the Fish
Heather Rae, Frozen River and Ibid -- WINNER!
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Backstage, Best Actress winner Kate Winslet (The Reader) gushed, "It's just dawning on me now that I've won an Oscar. It's just starting to sink in. Oh my God...And as someone who's been nominated before, I can tell you winning is really a lot better than losing. Really a lot better."
When a gossip columnist insisted Winslet give an answer for who she would pass the nude-scene torch to, she took some time and then replied with a glint in her eye, "Susan Sarandon."
Following are select remarks from other Sunday night winners:
Best Actor Sean Penn (Milk):
Remarking on the protesters outside the Kodak Theater, Penn said, "I'd tell 'em to turn in their hate card and find their better self...It's very sad in a way, because it's a demonstration of such cowardice, emotional cowardice, to be so afraid of extending the same rights to your fellow man as you would want for yourself."
Penn also extended his tribute to fellow nominee Mickey Rourke as "someone I've alternatively looked up to and advised," adding that Rourke "quite literally had me almost throughout 'The Wrestler' weeping."
"I've known Mickey for over 25 years. He's an excellent bridge burner at times, but we've had for the most part a very close friendship. Comebacks are funny, and we talk about it with him, but everyone in this room has to make a comeback every day. Life is tough. What I think is sensational about (Mickey) is that he's simply one of the great poetic talents in acting."
Bset Director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire):
"You see Heath Ledger's work acknowledged in The Dark Knight, and it is extraordinary work. But like virtually everybody, Heath started small, he started in small films. Everybody does, and we've got to protect them. The first film I made cost a million pounds, and that's where you learn your craft. And you don't know what you're doing - and I'm a big fan of keeping it that way."
Slumdog producer Christian Colson:
"Even the studios will take note that we made this for 7 million pounds. It's gonna cross $100 million in the US Tuesday or Wednesday. That's good business for them."
Supporting Actor Heath Ledger's family (The Dark Knight):
Ledger's father said the statuette will go to the actor's daughter with Michelle Williams, Matilda, when she turns 18. "Michelle will make the decisions here, when it's appropriate to celebrate this kind of thing, when she'll be at an age when she can celebrate it."
Ledger's mother remarked, "Just to look at Matilda, she's totally like her daddy. She has the same mannerisms. I really feel he's in her."
Original Screenplay winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk):
Winning for Black was "sort of an out-of-body thing...I don't believe it yet. Maybe when I see my mom in a few minutes."
Choking up, he said he didn't have his speech planned in full. "My whole thing was just to pay it forward. Harvey (Milk) gave me his story and it saved my life. My whole thing was to tell those kids out there that they'll be alright."
Supporting Actress Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona):
Acknowledging that before her recent success, she had to weather a lot of criticism, particularly of her Spanish-accented English, Cruz said, "You have to keep climbing mountains, and sometimes there are things that it's better not to listen to. In this room, how many accents are there here? We are all mixed together, more and more everyday, and that has to be represented in cinema. I'm happy that finally, that door seems to be more open."
Best Adapted Screenplay winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire):
"I learned to stop being English about things like love. If you make a film in England about love, it's hugely complicated. It's all about saying what the weather is like, and you're secretly telling someone you love them. You know what the English are like; they're very repressed people. You don't get that in India. India is incredibly un-cynical about love. It's a not a complicated thing. It's me, you, love. Let's go."
Kunio Kato who won for animated short commented on his favorite moment of the evening through an interpreter, "Meeting Mr. Jack Black was the most exciting thing. I always wanted to be as funny as he is."
Departures director Yojiro Takita admitted, he expected to hear Waltz with Bashir read out as foreign-language film winner. "I didn't believe it. It was unbelievable."
James Marsh who won the documentary feature prize for Man on Wire escorted the film's subject Philippe Petit backstage with them. The wire-walker said he's not done taking chances. "It's in my veins, I have to keep walking. I'm going to walk in NYC in the fall, to a library, I won't tell you which one. It's a walk for literacy to inspire kids to read."
Cinematography winner Anthony Dod Mantle (Slumdog Millionaire), said he brought some of the skills he'd learned in his documentary work to Slumdog.
"You have to see what's going on in a short space of time and grab it. Maybe my background from documentary is more relevant."My main brief was to learn how to run with the boys, run with them at a certain height and certain pace. And that was no small thing in the slums of Mumbai."
Other tidbits from EW's Hollywood Insider coverage:
*Philip Seymour Hoffman explained his hat saying he's in a film with "crazy hair" and would "rather deal with hat jokes" than hair jokes.
*The kids from Slumdog Millionaire were regular autograph hounds asking Meryl Streep and Daniel Craig for their John Hancocks.
*Robert Pattinson remarked that the Oscars are "more organized. At Twilight premieres, you think you're going to die."
*Doubt writer/director John Patrick Shanley says he's working on an original script next with a one-word hint: "Magic."
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A Los Angeles police officer pulled a gun on hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs during a routine traffic stop on Saturday, August 23.
A member of the rapper's entourage was pulled over at 3:15 a.m. on the city's Sunset Strip after authorities noticed the rental car he was driving did not have proper tags, police said on Sunday, August 24.
According to Los Angeles County's Sheriff department, the deputy called for backup when two cars stopped nearby as he searched the vehicle.
One member of the entourage was reportedly detained by police when he became uncooperative, prompting a group of others, including Combs, to approach the officer.
A Sheriff's department spokesperson tells the New York Daily News: "A deputy pulled his firearm, fearing for his safety. The situation was deflated as quickly as it began."
A spokesperson for Combs assures police did not pull the gun directly on the rapper, adding the officers were "really respectful".
The driver was not issued a ticket because the car was a rental vehicle.
No one was hurt in the incident.
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