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Sean Penn warns Barack Obama at Cannes Film Festival opening
The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | May 14, 2008 | Anita Singh

Posted on 05/14/2008 1:26:36 PM PDT by Arec Barrwin

Telegraph - Print Version Sean Penn warns Barack Obama at Cannes Film Festival opening

By Anita Singh, Showbusiness Editor Last updated: 8:05 PM BST 14/05/2008

The Cannes Film Festival got off to a lively start with Sean Penn, president of this year's jury, sounding off about US Presidential hopeful Barack Obama and the opening movie almost being upstaged by a bunch of performing pandas.

Penn joined fellow judge Natalie Portman on the red carpet for the premiere of the first night film, Blindness, a thriller starring Julianne Moore.

At a press conference beforehand, the actor, an outspoken critic of the Bush administration, offered his views on the Democratic nomination race.

Asked if he would be joining other Hollywood A-listers in pledging support for Obama, Penn gave him a less than ringing endorsement and warned that he has an awful lot to live up to.

”I don't have a candidate I'm supporting and I'm certainly interested and excited by the hope that Barack Obama is inspiring,” he said, but went on to accuse him of a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.

”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said. “This is the most important election, certainly in my lifetime, and maybe ever.”

Portman, 26, said she would not be endorsing Obama or his rival, Hillary Clinton, but added: “I think it's a very exciting year for our politics, that for the first time in a while we have a choice of who we like better instead of who we hate least.”

Penn said it was impossible to separate film from politics, and promised that the winning film would be a reflection of the current climate.

“One way or another, when we select the Palme d'Or winner, I think we are going to feel very confident that the film-maker who made the film is very aware of the times in which he or she lives.”

There are 22 films in competition for the Palme d'Or and the jury will watch them over the next 12 days. “The idea is to be wide awake with an empty bladder for the start of everything,” explained Penn.

Asked if he was enjoying it so far, he complained that he had been “discouraged from smoking” – France's smoking ban was introduced last year – before lighting up and chain-smoking his way through the press conference.

The opening film, Blindness, is a thriller from director Fernando Meirelles about a town struck down by a mysterious epidemic, leaving Moore the only character with the ability to see.

Based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago, its story of a community hit by disaster and receiving no government help draws obvious parallels with Hurricane Katrina.

Moore said the film was timely: “I think there's sometimes something in the zeitgeist. There's a tremendous amount of tragedy right now, physical tragedy and man-made tragedy, and we are feeling anxious.”

The 47-year-old actress dyed her famous red hair blonde for the role. She said: “I'm a redhead and I'm always a redhead, except for this movie. I don't want to do it again. I didn't like it very much.”

Away from the main competition, comic actor Jack Black launched his latest movie, DreamWorks animation Kung Fu Panda, by performing martial arts moves on the beach in the company of 40 extras in panda suits. Black, who lends his voice to the film along with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu, explained that he was there to create “panda-monium”.

The film creating the most buzz on the Croisette remains Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which has its world premiere on Sunday. Harrison Ford, Cate Blanchett and director Steven Spielberg will fly in later this week for the summer's most eagerly-awaited sequel.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cannes; filmactorsguild; france; hollywood; hollywoodreds; obama; penn
Sean Penn, I salute you
1 posted on 05/14/2008 1:26:37 PM PDT by Arec Barrwin
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To: Arec Barrwin

Huh? What the hell did he actually say.. uhh, mean,, damn.

Good ol’ Sean,, leave ‘em guessing.. lol


2 posted on 05/14/2008 1:29:09 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE toll-free tip hotlineĀ—1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRget!!!)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Sean Penn, I one finger salute you
3 posted on 05/14/2008 1:29:25 PM PDT by Sax
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To: Arec Barrwin
”I don't have a candidate I'm supporting and I'm certainly interested and excited by the hope that Barack Obama is inspiring,” he said, but went on to accuse him of a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.

What?
4 posted on 05/14/2008 1:31:50 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: Arec Barrwin
”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said.

That is an incomprehensible statement. Is is Zen or something? Or just more Penn Zen?

5 posted on 05/14/2008 1:32:36 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great...(until it happens to YOU).)
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To: Arec Barrwin
EIB disgronfier version: No movie which does not espouse the anti-American, lefty, Communist, nihilist world view will win the Palm d'Or.

Jack Black and "Kung Fu Panda" are SOL.

6 posted on 05/14/2008 1:33:05 PM PDT by WarEagle (Can America survive a President named Hussein?)
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To: Arec Barrwin
“I think it's a very exciting year for our politics, that for the first time in a while we have a choice of who we like better instead of who we hate least.”
- Sean Penn, communist and hater of America, on the 2008 elections
7 posted on 05/14/2008 1:33:35 PM PDT by M203M4 (True Universal Suffrage: Pets of dead illegal-immigrant felons voting Democrat (twice))
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To: Arec Barrwin
”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said.

What the hell is this ignorant ass talking about?

8 posted on 05/14/2008 1:33:47 PM PDT by KevinB (John McCain is to the Republican Party as James Taylor is to the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Portman, 26, said she would not be endorsing Obama or his rival, Hillary Clinton, but added: “I think it's a very exciting year for our politics, that for the first time in a while we have a choice of who we like better instead of who we hate least.”

Maybe on your planet, Senator Amidala-ding-dong...

9 posted on 05/14/2008 1:33:55 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Moore said the film was timely: “I think there's sometimes something in the zeitgeist. There's a tremendous amount of tragedy right now, physical tragedy and man-made tragedy, and we are feeling anxious.”

Juli...Baby.....sweety..lighten the hell up. We all know you can't think your way out of a paper bag, so puhleeze don't try and make your film more than what it is.

HIGHLY OVERPRICED ENTERTAINMENT, that outta be subject to a WINDFALL PROPHETS TAX.

10 posted on 05/14/2008 1:34:20 PM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
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To: The_Republican

I think Penn is saying that Obama is not enough of a commie to suit him. Just a guess.


11 posted on 05/14/2008 1:34:44 PM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Arec Barrwin

Perhaps, Sean can give lessons on how to “become a greater man than you can ever be”.

(Step 1 - Beat your wife regularly. Step 2...)


12 posted on 05/14/2008 1:34:44 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: M203M4
Re: 7

No, that quote was from Miss Portman. The young lady that played the part of a droid on one of the recent Star War movies...

13 posted on 05/14/2008 1:35:27 PM PDT by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: NormsRevenge
"I hope that he will understand....the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,”

Huh? What? Am I the only one that gets vertigo when reading that sentence?

14 posted on 05/14/2008 1:37:23 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (The secret of Life is letting go. The secret of Love is letting it show.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Aaaah....I see. CINO - Commie in Name Only! LOL!


15 posted on 05/14/2008 1:38:01 PM PDT by The_Republican (Ovaries of the World Unite! Rush, Laura, Ann, Greta - Time for the Ovulation!)
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To: El Cid

Thanks, I’ll edit it on my FR homepage, lol.


16 posted on 05/14/2008 1:38:09 PM PDT by M203M4 (True Universal Suffrage: Pets of dead illegal-immigrant felons voting Democrat (twice))
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To: Arec Barrwin

hollywood....words from the commode of America

people actually still pay good money to go to the movies and watch these pieces of excrement?...amazing


17 posted on 05/14/2008 1:41:40 PM PDT by RckyRaCoCo (LIBERAL MEDIA PICKS GOP CANDIDATE.... STORY AT 11 !)
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To: Corin Stormhands

Now you see why I used the Death Star on Alderaan.


18 posted on 05/14/2008 1:41:42 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberal Democrats are the party of EVIL whose time of judgement has come.)
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To: Arec Barrwin
”I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said.

Mr. Hand: "What are you people? On dope?"

19 posted on 05/14/2008 1:44:49 PM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Arec Barrwin; All
Sean Penn's warning to Obama is a prime example of the MSM shoving Obama down our throats. But why don't we seize the opportunity provided by such examples to permanently de-claw the IRS?

This post (<-click), while addressing taxes, helps to explain why government "leaders" like Senator Obama are actually in contempt of the Constitution that they have sworn to defend, foolishly following in the footsteps of FDR's dirty federal spending politics. In fact, the article referenced below shows that Obama is the #1 federal spending proposer in the Senate for '08; Clinton is #2.

Obama, a big-shot federal spender
The people need to reconnect with the Founder's division of federal and state government powers. The people then need to wise up to the major problem that the federal government is not operating within the restraints of the federal Constitution, particularly where constitutionally unauthorized federal spending is concerned.

The bottom line is that the people need to send big-shot, Constitution-ignoring federal spenders like Obama home as opposed to trying to send people like him to the Oval Office. The people need to get in the faces of the feds, demanding a stop to constitutionally unauthorized federal spending while appropriately lowering federal taxes - or get out of DC.

20 posted on 05/14/2008 1:45:11 PM PDT by Amendment10
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To: Arec Barrwin
Interesting that Natalie Portman is so noncommittal. I thought she was firmly in the Hillary camp. Another sign perhaps that Hillary is a goner.
21 posted on 05/14/2008 1:45:11 PM PDT by Tallguy (Tagline is offline till something better comes along...)
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To: DarthVader

Indeed, history has been kind to you.


22 posted on 05/14/2008 1:48:48 PM PDT by Corin Stormhands (What if Tony Almeida is the 12th Cylon?)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Portman, 26, said she would not be endorsing Obama or his rival, Hillary Clinton,

Notice how any consideration of Senator McCain is not even mentioned as a possibility?

23 posted on 05/14/2008 1:59:39 PM PDT by capydick ("History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid".)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Who cares what comes out of the Meat Puppets pie hole?


24 posted on 05/14/2008 2:04:17 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Corin Stormhands


She's excited about something....
25 posted on 05/14/2008 2:07:12 PM PDT by Kozak (Anti Shahada: There is no god named Allah, and Muhammed is a false prophet)
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To: Arec Barrwin
”I don't have a candidate I'm supporting and I'm certainly interested and excited by the hope that Barack Obama is inspiring,” he said, but went on to accuse him of a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.

"Sean Penn doesn't care about black people!"

26 posted on 05/14/2008 2:10:02 PM PDT by Caipirabob (Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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To: El Cid

Yeah, and I predict her movie will die a huge death at the box office when everyone goes to see the Panda and Indiana Jones instead.

Then Natalie can blame the poor turnout on the Bush economy.


27 posted on 05/14/2008 2:12:26 PM PDT by Right Cal Gal (Abraham Lincoln would have let Berkeley leave the Union without a fight)
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To: Arec Barrwin
I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be…

He’s so insanely effing smart, normal people can’t even
wrap their brains around his ideas!


28 posted on 05/14/2008 2:18:57 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Arec Barrwin
The Hollywood types contradict each other in their denial to endorse either Tweedle Dee or Tweedle Dum:

I don't have a candidate I'm supporting and I'm certainly interested and excited by the hope that Barack Obama is inspiring,” he said, but went on to accuse him of a “phenomenally inhuman and unconstitutional” voting record.

I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said. “This is the most important election, certainly in my lifetime, and maybe ever.”

Portman, 26, said she would not be endorsing Obama or his rival, Hillary Clinton, but added: “I think it's a very exciting year for our politics, that for the first time in a while we have a choice of who we like better instead of who we hate least.”

Not really, Natalie. And does her statement apply to BOTH parties since there really wasn't a battle for the party nomination at this stage of the campaign in a long time?
29 posted on 05/14/2008 2:19:10 PM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Penn said it was impossible to separate film from politics

What was the profound political truth learned from DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR?

Or even FAST TIMES AT RIDGEMONT HIGH?

30 posted on 05/14/2008 2:20:41 PM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: The_Republican
Asked if he was enjoying it so far, he complained that he had been “discouraged from smoking” – France's smoking ban was introduced last year – before lighting up and chain-smoking his way through the press conference.

Sean Penn should consider making a film about the global campaign of the smoking nazis.

31 posted on 05/14/2008 2:22:54 PM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: Arec Barrwin
I hope that he will understand, if he is the nominee, the degree of disillusionment that will happen if he doesn't become a greater man than he will ever be,” Penn said.

Fantastic....Another non sequitur from the nonentity, Penn...
32 posted on 05/14/2008 2:23:02 PM PDT by PerConPat (A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both ears to the ground.-- Mencken)
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To: Migraine
Obama is sure to fail. He cannot live up to the godhead myth that the media has used to portray him.

What will the public do when they realize that this amateur activist doesn't have the ability to walk the walk? What happens when his supporters see what his detractors already know, that the Emperor wears no clothes?

It is easy to silence the critics now with charges of racism; what happens when your supporters also are critical?

33 posted on 05/14/2008 2:25:28 PM PDT by weegee (Osama Obama claims to have visited 57 states now. Can you say Potatoe Head?)
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To: Kozak

Hillary! sure looks excited.

Ick.


34 posted on 05/14/2008 2:33:23 PM PDT by Doohickey (SSN-681; SSN-671; SSN-669; SSN-712)
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To: Arec Barrwin
“I think there's sometimes something in the zeitgeist."

I really hate to find stuff in my zeitgeist.

35 posted on 05/14/2008 2:41:48 PM PDT by Hunton Peck (I'd vote for McCain, but he keeps telling me he doesn't want my vote. What's a citizen to do?)
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To: Arec Barrwin; All
This idiot (Sean Penn) is one of many signers of the World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime petition. WCW is a Maoist-revolutionary organization. You can find them listed here on the website of the Revolutionary Communist Party:
http://rwor.org/a/rwlink/links.htm

From David Horowitz's
FrontpageMag.com /DiscoverTheNetworks.org
Profile: World Can't Wait--Drive Out the Bush Regime (WCW):

*Revolutionary communist movement that stages protests against the Bush administration

*Organizes college and high-school students

*Founded in June 2005 by Charles Clark Kissinger, a longtime leader of the Revolutionary Communist Party

http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/groupProfile.asp?grpid=7213

36 posted on 05/14/2008 2:43:22 PM PDT by Eye On The Left
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To: weegee
What happens when his supporters see what his detractors already know, that the Emperor wears no clothes?

He'd probably be hung.

37 posted on 05/14/2008 2:44:43 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great...(until it happens to YOU).)
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To: Arec Barrwin
Away from the main competition, comic actor Jack Black launched his latest movie, DreamWorks animation Kung Fu Panda, by performing martial arts moves on the beach in the company of 40 extras in panda suits. Black, who lends his voice to the film along with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Lucy Liu, explained that he was there to create “panda-monium”.

"Panda-monium." Yow.

In the 40's and 50's you had to be a real writer or producer or director or actor to mess with movies. Now you can be Jack Black or Kevin Smith or Jason Mewes.

Jeez. What was the last one - something about "the pick of destiny?" The "Rock Off Challenge" was OK and they did have a cameo with Meatloaf. Otherwise it SUCKED.

Nacho Libre... puke.

I wouldn't call myself an actor or musician if I turned out crap like that... or if I toured around with Kyle Gass. But maybe that's just me.

Actually it HAS to be just me because I'd swear that dope from "Big Daddy" and "Water Boy" would get kicked to the curb but he keeps getting paid big money.

38 posted on 05/14/2008 7:12:06 PM PDT by Who dat?
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To: The_Republican

The task of figuring out what Penn is saying is complicated by the fact that his brain is so scrambled that he can’t speak in coherent sentences - one needs a translator. I don’t think he’s had a coherent thought in decades. Your humble servant :)


39 posted on 05/15/2008 6:32:54 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Arec Barrwin

These guys are actors, they don’t know any more than the average person, why is anyone asking them?


40 posted on 05/15/2008 6:54:19 AM PDT by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: Arec Barrwin
“This is the most important election, certainly in my lifetime, and maybe ever.”

Don't get your panties in a wad Sean.

41 posted on 05/15/2008 7:01:53 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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