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Back in Cannes, actor Sean Penn directs again, along with daughter Dylan

Back in Cannes, actor Sean Penn directs again, along with daughter Dylan

He premiered in Cannes his latest film, “Flag Day,” in which he also co-stars. The lead, though, belongs to Penn’s 30-year-old daughter, Dylan Penn.

Sean Penn has been to the Cannes Film Festival about a dozen times — from bumming around with Robert De Niro in 1984 to presiding over the jury.

But his last visit was rocky. Penn’s film, 2016’s “The Last Face,” flopped with critics in way that would make some filmmakers gun shy about returning.

Penn, though, didn’t hesitate. On Saturday night, he premiered in Cannes his latest film, “Flag Day,” in which he also co-stars.

A few hours before walking down the red carpet, Penn sat comfortably in a hotel bar, excited to be back. The festival is the greatest in the world, he said. “Everyone knows it’s the big game.”

And it’s a game Penn welcomes. Cannes is worth it, even if he takes a few lumps. 

“The bad stuff, these days, I’ve been on such extreme ends on that. It’s like: whatever,” says Penn. “The thing is: I am confident that I know as much — more –about acting than almost any of these critics. And I’m very confident in the performance I’m most concerned about.”

With that, Penn raises his hand and points toward where his daughter, Dylan Penn, is sitting. Dylan, 30, is the star of “Flag Day.” She has dabbled before in acting but it’s easily her biggest role yet. In the film, adapted from Jennifer Vogel’s 2005 memoir “Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life,” she plays Jennifer Vogel, the journalist daughter of a swindler and counterfeiter (played by Penn). 

Her father’s confidence isn’t misplaced. Dylan is natural, poised and captivating. She looks a veteran, already, which might be expected of the child of Penn and Robin Wright. And those critics? Variety said the film “reveals Dylan Penn to be a major actor.”

But for a long time, Dylan never wanted the spotlight. 

“Growing up, being surrounded by actors and being on set, it was really something that didn’t interest me at all,” Dylan says. “I always thought, and still think, my passion lies in working behind the camera. But as soon as I expressed wanting to do that kind of thing, both of my parents said separately: You won’t be a good director if you don’t know what it’s like to be in the actor’s shoes.”

Dylan is stepping forward in movies the same time her father is withdrawing. Penn, 60, is in the midst of shooting Sam Esmail’s Watergate series for Starz, with Julia Roberts. But he has recently pulled further away from Hollywood. Penn devotes more time to Community Organized Relief Effort (CORE), the nonprofit he started after the 2010 earthquake to help Haitians. Haiti has this week again plunged into crisis after the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, a situation Penn calls heartbreaking. 

“These people have been working so hard to bring their country up and this kind of horrible violence, cynicism — whatever my suspicions the motivation was,” he says. “I’m glad that our teams are safe for the moment, but it’s horrible.”

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During the pandemic, CORE has erected testing and vaccination sites, including one at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium, and dispensed millions of shots. In movies, Penn still has a pair of upcoming roles he says he promised to do years earlier. But beyond that?

“Then I just don’t know. I’d be very surprised. I don’t think I would start a movie without knowing if it was going to be a movie. And I don’t think I’d direct something that wasn’t a movie unless it was on the Broadway stage,” he says, and then smiles. “There’s a simpler way of saying that: I’m not interested in directing for the small screen.”

Penn is increasingly at odds with Hollywood’s dominant priorities. He’s never made a franchise film. He laments Marvel movies and “how much it’s taken up the space and claimed so much time in the careers of so many talented people.” He misses cinema that isn’t “just razzle-dazzle, Cirque de Soleil movies.” 

So-called “cancel culture,” he has issues with, too. Arguing that today he wouldn’t be allowed to play gay icon Harvey Milk (2008’s “Milk”), Penn recently said that soon only Danish princes will play Hamlet. 

But his biggest gripe may be with the onset of direct-to-streaming film releases. “The way I’ve always put it is: It’s not the girl I fell in love with,” Penn says. 

MGM will release “Flag Day” theatrically Aug. 13; Penn considers himself “lucky to have a movie that’s going to be a movie.” But it took years to reach this stage. Dylan first read the book when her father optioned it when she was 15. Many possible iterations followed — Penn didn’t initially plan to direct — but the prospect of doing the film with Dylan was appealing. 

“I have always thought if she wanted to do it, I’d encourage it,” Penn says. 

For Dylan, the father-daughter relationship of “Flag Day” — Jennifer tries to help and stabilize her scamming father but also inherits some of his more destructive, conman habits — is a half-reflection of their own bond together. 

“She always strived to have this really honest, transparent relationship with her father which she never got it in return,” Dylan Penn says. “I’ve tried to have that with my dad and got it in return.” 

“It made us a lot closer than we’ve ever been,” she adds. “Of course, there were times when I talked back or had an attitude, but it was like: You can’t. This is your boss. This is work. This is not your dad right now.”

Dylan grants the experience was so satisfying that she’d like to continue acting. Her dad, she feels, may be “passing the torch a little bit,” she says. Hopper Jack Penn, her younger brother, also co-stars in the film. The rest of the cast is more veteran, including Josh Brolin and Regina King. Original songs by Cat Power, Eddie Vedder and Glen Hansard contribute to the score.

But the most vibrant parts of “Flag Day” are the scenes between Dylan and her dad. 

“Dylan is — and I can say this in equal parts for my feeling about her as a person and as an actress — as uncontrived as it gets,” Penn says. “That’s a great quality to play off of.”

Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP

Did Bob Dylan marry Joan Baez? Inside their relationship

Did Bob Dylan marry Joan Baez? Inside their relationship
Bob Dylan and Joan Baez would seem to be a match made in heaven. Both folk musicians with a keen eye on the political, it was a surprise their relationship did not last as long as one might have thought. But did Bob and Joan ever get married during their 1960s romance?

Bob Dylan and Joan Baez did not marry but were believed to have been in a relationship for some time.

The pair met in 1961 and collaborated for years before their relationship had blossomed into romance over the following years.

In Joan Baez How Sweet the Sound, he spoke of how he felt when he first heard her sing.

Bob said: “She had a very unusual way of playing the guitar, I never heard anybody do it like Joany did.

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Joan felt similarly about Bob, saying he brought something to her which had been ‘missing’ for a long time.She said: “When Dylan and his music entered my life, maybe I didn’t know I’d been looking for music, but I was certainly aware that something was missing, particularly when I heard what it was.

“I thought, ‘Oh my god, this is the link between me and the world and music and politics and all of it.’

“I heard that music and that made it clear that was the direction to go.”

However, Joan admitted she felt a ‘mothering’ instinct for Bob initially, rather than a romantic one, and was slightly starstruck by the ‘legend’ he had become, despite him being only young in his career.She added: “Dylan and I… he was taken with me and my music as I was with his.

“I was crazy about him. We were an item and we were having wonderful fun.”

However, it did not last long, and by Bob’s UK tour in 1965, however, it is said to have fizzled out somewhat, though the pair still collaborated for years after.

Bob said: “I always liked singing and playing with her, I thought our voices blended really well.“We could sing just about anything and it would make sense, to me it always sounded good and it might have sounded good to her too.

“…She asked me if I wanted to play some shows with her, just like that.

“I was just trying to deal with the madness which had become my career and unfortunately she got swept along and I felt very bad about it. I was sorry to see that relationship end.”

Bob rarely speaks about their relationship, making this apology a surprising admission from him.However, Joan admitted she may have also added to their break up, saying: “I was trying to shove him into a mould.”

One of the songs Bob mentioned particularly enjoying was Diamonds and Rust, which he said ‘still impresses me’ even years later.

One of the lyrics to the song is believed to reference Bob, saying: “Well, you burst on the scene already a legend / the unwashed phenomenon, the original vagabond…”

Despite the clear reference to Bob, who Joan called ‘scruffy’ in the documentary about her, she later explained in her memoir about how she told Bob the song was about her ex-husband, David Harris.

This post originally appeared on Daily Express :: Entertainment Feed

Love and Monsters ending explained: What happens to Dylan O'Brien's Joel?

Love and Monsters ending explained: What happens to Dylan O'Brien's Joel?

He is later rescued again, this time by survival experts, who teach Joel a thing or two to help him survive his journey to find Aimee.

Boy helps him to become even greater than he once thought, as when his canine companion is trapped by a monster, Joel must use these survival techniques to save him.

Eventually, after getting himself into some difficult situations, he finds Aimee, who is unknowingly being infiltrated by an evil colony, which uses a monster as a predator to take supplies and land from other survivors.

Joel realises this but before he can warn Aimee, is caught by Cap (Dan Ewing), though together he and Aimee save the colony, using new techniques to commune with monsters rather than beat them.

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Woody Allen Denies Abuse Allegations Made By Dylan Farrow In Newly Released Interview

Woody Allen Denies Abuse Allegations Made By Dylan Farrow In Newly Released Interview

In a never-before-seen interview from 2020, director Woody Allen denied allegations that he abused his daughter Dylan when she was seven.

Woody Allen[1] maintained his innocence when he addressed the allegations of sexual assault leveled against him by daughter Dylan Farrow[2] in a newly released interview. Woody’s conversation with CBS Sunday Morning was recorded in July 2020, and has aired for the first time to coincide with the new docuseries [3]Allen v. Farrow[4]. “Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that,” he said, addressing 1992 allegations made by a then-seven-year-old Dylan.

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“Why would a guy who’s 57 years old? I never was accused of anything in my life, I’m suddenly going to drive up in the middle of a contentious custody fight at Mia [Farrow][5]‘s country home (with) a seven-year-old girl. It just – on the surface, I didn’t think it required any investigation, even,” the 85-year-old told CBS’ Lee Cowan during the interview. “It’s so preposterous, and yet the smear has remained. And they still prefer to cling to if not the notion that I molested Dylan, the possibility that I molested her. Nothing that I ever did with Dylan in my life could be misconstrued as that.”

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The disgraced director also said he doesn’t believe Dylan was “lying”, despite previously alleging that she was coached by her mom. “I believe she thinks it. She was a good kid. I do not believe that she’s making it up. I don’t believe she’s lying. I believe she believes that,” Woody said. The new interview coincides with the buzzy four-part HBO docuseries, in which Dylan recounted “intense” and “grueling” evaluations she underwent. Woody’s adopted daughter revealed she was interviewed nine times over three months. “If I change a word here, they say I’m being inconsistent, if I’m using the same exact words I used every other time, I was coached,” Dylan said.

In another part of the episode, Mia asked her daughter if she was “angry” with her mother for “somehow letting this happen,” by “bringing this person in the house… into [our] family.” She replied, “Whatever other mistakes you made I just feel like you were there when it mattered.”


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  5. ^ Mia [Farrow] (hollywoodlife.com)

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