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Sean Penn, 59, reportedly weds his 28-year-old Australian girlfriend Leila George



Sean Penn has reportedly married his Australian-American girlfriend Leila George, who is almost 32 years his junior.

According to the couple’s friend, philanthropist Irena Medavoy, the actor, who turns 60 this month, and the 28-year-old actress recently exchanged vows.

In a since-deleted Instagram post, Medavoy shared a slideshow of images, including one of what appears to be George’s blue engagement ring and the couple’s matching gold wedding bands.

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Sean Penn and his girlfriend Leila George have reportedly tied the knot. (Getty)

“We are over the moon to [see you] find your soulmate true partner,” Medavoy wrote on Friday.

“You are meant to be together. God Bless you both and the family you have joined. Introducing the Penn’s #marriage.”

Actor Josh Brolin chimed in to congratulate the couple in the comments by sharing a series of love heart emojis, and actress Rosanna Arquette wrote, “Wonderful. Love and light.”

Sean Penn, Leila George
A close up of Leila George’s alleged engagement ring shared by Irena Medavoy. (Instagram)

Penn and George, the daughter of the Godfather of Harlem star Vincent D’Onofrio, began dating in 2016. The pair both share a passion for philanthropy.

In a rare appearance, the typically private couple were seen together at a fundraising event in Los Angeles for Australian bushfire relief efforts at the LA Zoo in March.

“Sean does all of his stuff with Haiti and CORE. He’s been indispensable to me,” George told People at the event. “It’s the most important thing [to have his support]. I wouldn’t be here smiling today if it wasn’t for him.”

On January 15, the pair made their first public appearance at the CORE Gala charity event, where all eyes were on the couple.

In 2014, the Mystic River actor was believed to have been engaged to his then-girlfriend Charlize Theron, however the Bombshell star just last month said that was never actually the case.

Charlize Theron, Sean Penn, Mad Max, movie premiere, 2015
Charlize Theron recently said that she did didn’t “almost get married to Sean” Penn. (Getty)

“I did not ‘almost get married to Sean,'” she said on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show. “No, we dated, that was literally all we did, we dated.”

The Milk star was previously married to Madonna from 1985 to 1989 and Robin Wright from 1996 to 2010 with whom he shares two children — 29-year-old model Dylan Frances Penn and actor Hopper Jack Penn, 26.

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Hear Weezer’s ‘Beginning of the End’ From ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’ Soundtrack



What better way to celebrate the first Bill & Ted movie in 29 years than with a band that took the Nineties by storm?

“My head is spinning, it’s the beginning of the end,” Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo sings in the hook of just-released song “Beginning of the End.” The band whipped up the new tune for the third installment of the franchise — aptly titled Bill & Ted Face the Music — which United Artists Releasing will release on August 28th. Record label 10K Projects will drop the soundtrack on the same day.

Actors Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves first became time-traveling heroes as the lovable oafs Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted Theodore Logan upon the 1989 release of cult classic Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure. Its sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, arrived in 1991. In Face the Music, visitors from the future task the duo with creating a song that will save the world and life as we know it. Famous musicians — including Dave Grohl, Kid Cudi and Arcade Fire’s Win Butler — make appearances along the way.

Weezer is just one of a few notable names on the track list, which features the likes of Cold War Kids, Lamb of God, and Mastodon, as well as Wyld Stallyns — Winter and Reeves’ fictional band from the film franchise. Weezer also gave Billy Joel a writing credit for “Beginning of the End,” which borrows from Joel’s “The Longest Time.” During an online chat, Cuomo explained that it was “just a clearance thing.” He pointed out that these kinds of credits have become common in recent years, before adding,”I don’t think Billy Joel’s written a song since the Nineties.”

Bill & Ted Face the Music, the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Track List
1. “Lost in Time” – Big Black Delta
2. “Big Red Balloon” – Alec Wigdahl
3. “Beginning of the End (Wyld Stallyns Edit)” – Weezer
4. “Story of Our Lives” – Cold War Kids
5. “Rufus Lives” – Mastodon
6. “Circuits of Time” –  Big Black Delta
7. “Darkest Night” – POORSTACY
8. “The Death Of Us” – Lamb Of God
9. “Breaker” – FIDLAR
10. “Leave Me Alone” – Culture Wars
11. “Right Where You Belong” – Blame My Youth
12. “Face the Music” – Wyld Stallyns (feat. Animals As Leaders, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah)
13. “That Which Binds Us Through Time: the Chemical, Physical and Biological Nature of Love; an Exploration of the Meaning of Meaning, Part 1” – Wyld Stallyns

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Busan’s Film Market Will Be Going Mostly Virtual



The Busan International Film Festival’s annual market events will be shifting largely online this year. That is a response to the coronavirus pandemic, and widespread travel restrictions in Asia.

Organizers said on Friday that the Asian Contents & Film Market, previously known as the Asian Film Market, “will run as a combined virtual and physical event” from Monday Oct. 12 to Wednesday 14 Oct. That is also one day shorter than the previously announced dates of Oct. 10-13, 2020.

However they clarified that the mainstay film rights market “will be held entirely online.” Only the Entertainment Intellectual Property Market, a trading zone for a variety of early stage original content and IP, will operate as “a combined online and onsite event.”

The physical component of the E-IP Market will be held at Busan’s BEXCO Exhibition Center 2 “in compliance with proper safety protocols and quarantine guidelines set by central and local governments.”

While the centerpiece Busan International Film Festival has still not provided full details of how it will operate this year, it is becoming clear that the festival will be held at least partly with live audiences and that there will be opening and closing ceremonies. But the amount of foreign participation will be limited.

Foreign journalists were this week invited to apply for festival accreditation. But any arriving from outside the country were warned about strict ongoing health regulations. They would have to do two weeks of mandatory quarantine, at their own expense, before being able to attend the festival. Many would also face quarantine restrictions on return to their home countries.

“In accordance with the Quarantine Act and the Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Act by the government of the Republic of Korea, all incoming travelers regardless of nationality is subject to mandatory quarantine in their homes or quarantine facilities beginning on the date of entry and lasting for the following 14 days. Individuals using quarantine facilities should pay for the cost as per the instructions of the government of the Republic of Korea,” the festival said in an email.

Nevertheless, market organizers remained upbeat. “ACFM 2020 online enhancements will effectively spur business meetings for local and international film industry professionals who cannot physically be present due to the COVID-19 outbreak,” they said on Friday.

The E-IP activities have previously been run under multiple banners: Book To Film and E-IP Pitching, selections of original books and web content. This time it will operate as a single integrated event, covering books, webcomics, web novels, and stories.

The Friday announcement listed 17 E-IP project pitches from Korea, with a heavy emphasis on sci-fi and fantasy. Additional content pitches organized with Japan’s Visual Industry Promotion Organization (VIPO), and the Taiwan Creative Content Agency (TAICCA) will be revealed later.

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How to Resume Live Events; Scott Pilgrim Auditions



In today’s Movie News Rundown: A look at how grief fuels a decade of Liam Neeson “Dadsploitation ” films; three ways to resume live events, featuring Dave Chappelle and Andrew Lloyd Webber; Scott Pilgrim auditions and behind-the-scenes photos to mark its 10th birthday; and SAG-AFTRA insurance changes are coming. Plus: How Sundance is supporting artists.

Sundance Grants: In April, Sundance created the $1 million Sundance Institute Respond and Reimagine Plan in response to COVID-19 to support artists and organizations that back them — especially those from historically marginalized communities. Today, Sundance announced the recipients of 39 grants totalling $405,500, in 19 countries. Here’s the full list.

Liam Neeson and Grief: Vulture‘s Bilge Ebiri has a very thoughtful piece on how Liam Neeson’s decade of action films — often about a dad fighting to saved loved ones — feel like a way of coping with the tragic death of his wife, Natasha Richardson, in a 2009 skiing accident. Neeson’s latest, Made in Italy, more overtly addresses love and grieving.

Socially Distanced Live Events: Variety reported on the U.K.’s first socially distanced venue holding its first concert, a performance by singer-songwriter Sam Fender that hosted 2,500 fans on 500 separate elevated platforms at the pop-up Virgin Money Unity Arena on the grounds of Gosforth Park in Newcastle upon Tyne. What works for live concerts could also potentially work for screenings and film festivals. Here’s video of the arena:

Socially Distanced Live Events Part II: Dave Chappelle has hosted numerous socially distanced standup shows this summer in Ohio — including one posted on YouTube — and EW went into detail about how he does it: “Seats came in twos, and everyone was spaced out 10 feet apart. Not only were there hand sanitizer stations, but we’re told workers were around to supervise if people actually cleaned their hands. Additionally, there was a temperature check station, Chappelle-branded face masks for every attendee, and employees who scanned people with security wands.” There’s also some stuff about Louis CK performing, and being heckled.

Thanks, Andrew Lloyd Webber: Not just for Cats, but also for this. “I am excited that tomorrow I am going to be vaccinated for the Oxford Covid 19 trial. I’ll do anything to prove that theatres can re-open safely,” tweeted the 72-year-old composer. Yes, the third way to resume live events is a vaccine.

SAG-AFTRA Premiums: SAG-AFTRA’s insurance program is raising premiums and  earnings thresholds, effective Jan. 1. “Without restructuring the Health Plans, we are projecting a deficit of $141 million this year and $83 million in 2021, and by 2024 the Health Plan is projected to run out of reserves. We must prevent this from happening,” Deadline quoted a letter to plan participants as saying. Specific details, and several ways the plan is trying to provide some cushion, are included here.

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World Is 10: Edgar Wright marked the anniversary of his film — which features lots of young actors who would become huge deals in the ensuing decade — by tweeting out some fun behind-the-scenes Scott Pilgrim photos.

Here are Scott Pilgrim auditions by Brie Larsen, Aubrey Plaza, Kieren Culkin and more:

False Positives: Ten people working on a production for Westbrook, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s media company, tested positive for COVID-19 last week, only to test negative after quarantining and restesting, Variety exclusively reported. “Westbrook’s curious case of positive, then negative, coronavirus test results is a possible peek into the difficulties that even conscientious productions with routine testing will have to take into account going forward,” Variety notes.

Easterseals: The Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Home Edition 2020 Awards Ceremony, which we mentioned in yesterday’s newsletter, are today at 3:30 PT/6:30 ET. Click on the link for details on how to watch. No, the guy in the video below is not Vince Neil, to the disappointment of my wife.


Comment of the Day: “Just read the books. This conversation never occurred. It was only the thought process she went through in Clarice’s mind after she found Lecter’s message on the map. The movie needed a vehicle to convey that message to the audience so they used Ardelia Mapp as the voice of her conscience.” — Franklin Green, responding to my contention that Ardelia Mapp (Kasi Lemmons) cracks the Buffalo Bill case in this list of 11 Silence of the Lambs Details You Probably Missed.

And Finally: Here’s yesterday’s movie news.


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