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NYC Marathon: Pamela Anderson, Patrick Wilson, Bill Rancic, more celebs run -- PHOTOS

A record 50,740 runners showed up for Sunday’s NYC Marathon, and among those brave souls was a handful of celebrities, who took to social media to share pictures from the scene and information about the causes they were supporting.

One celeb there as a fan was Sean Penn, who sponsored five Haitian runners through his J/P Haitian Relief Organization to run their first American marathon. Last month, after returning from Port-au-Prince to watch the runners train, Penn told The Associated Press, “I love their great discipline and spirit.” Penn posed for a picture with the runners following the race:

'Inside the Actors Studio' reaches 250 episodes: The best clips from the first 249

Acting guru and ex-Parisian pimp — seriously — James Lipton has never had trouble attracting big names to Inside the Actors Studio, which began airing on Bravo in 1994. Lipton’s first interview was with former Actors Studio president Paul Newman; the show’s first season also featured heavy hitters like Alec Baldwin, Sally Field, Dennis Hopper, Arthur Miller, Neil Simon, and Stephen Sondheim.

Nearly 20 years later, Lipton has chatted with hundreds of boldfaced names both awe-inspiring (Meryl Streep! Morgan Freeman! ) and… occasionally less awe-inspiring (was anyone really yearning to hear J. Lo describe her craft?). And naturally, those visits have produced days’ worth of footage containing innumerable gems. So, on the eve of the show’s big 250th Episode Spectacular — which airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET and will feature repeat visitors Bradley Cooper, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, Barbara Walters, and, er, Jennifer Lopez again — we looked back at some of our favorite moments from episodes past.


Daniel Day-Lewis as Vincent Vega? 10 things we learned from the 'Pulp Fiction' oral history

How much would Pulp Fiction’s “cool” factor suffer if Samuel L. Jackson weren’t the one reciting Ezekiel 25:17? Apparently, we came dangerously close to finding out …

Vanity Fair‘s oral history of Quentin Tarantino’s hit film reveals a few things you might not know about the movie, from casting news to Bruce Willis’ influence. Here’s what we learned: READ FULL STORY

The wackiest quotes from Sean Penn's new 'Esquire' interview


You know how some people grow soft in their old age? Yeah, Sean Penn isn’t one of them.

The intense actor gave an appropriately intense interview to Esquire for the magazine’s recent “Meaning of Life” issue, saying a lot of harsh stuff about his divorce from Robin Wright (“You sit there and you go, ‘What the f–k was I doing? What was I doing believing that this person was invested in this way?’ Which is a fantastically strong humiliation”) and detailing his volunteer efforts in Haiti. The whole thing is fairly quotable, if not quite at the level of “Jude Law is one of our finest actors” — but these bon mots are particularly great:


Sean Penn and Kid Rock spar over politics ... drink to freedom

Among celebrities, you’d be hard-pressed to find two people with more divergent political persuasions than Sean Penn and Kid Rock. Penn, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of a gay-rights advocate in 2008’s Milk, is an open and vehement Democrat — his work with social and political causes is nearly as extensive as his filmography. Kid Rock, on the flip side, is a guitar-totin’ Skynyrd devotee who supports the troops, NASCAR, and Mitt Romney. A match made in heaven? I think not.

But this unlikely duo have released a funny 10-minute NSFW PSA calling for an end to destructive partisan antagonism. It’s an undeniably strange clip — yes, they do talk about penis size. But the message is clear: quit demonizing your political rivals and actually work toward something. Watch the video after the jump for a heartening celebration of compromise in the face of extreme difference.

Or at least, watch it so you can see Sean Penn and Kid Rock go on a sun-soaked California man date. And talk about their penises. READ FULL STORY

Cameron Crowe remembers 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High' on 30th anniversary

Thirty years ago, Fast Times at Ridgemont High premiered in theaters. Since then, the Amy Heckerling comedy has endured, earning it’s place in the pop culture annals of classic high school stories, and reminding us that Sean Penn can be funny. Cameron Crowe — Fast Times‘ screenwriter — penned a tribute to the film on his website, TheUncool.com, remembering the “tough schedule” and feeling “nostalgic for the blonde stoner.” Read his full thoughts below.


Sean Penn attacks media, world for abandoning Haiti

Sean Penn had some harsh words at a press event for his Haiti: Carnival in Cannes fundraiser on May 17, TheWrap reports. “The reason we have Haiti fatigue is because there was never a commitment in the first place,” Penn said.  “It’s not only celebrities who went for a day. It’s the whole f—ing world. It’s all of you.”

Penn also called on President Barack Obama to step in once again. “It is time for our formidable and elegant president to stand side by side with the new president of Haiti.” READ FULL STORY

Sean Penn in talks for 'Walter Mitty' role: Come back to the funny, Sean

When the conversation arises about the best comic actors who’ve successfully made the leap to serious roles, the names of Tom Hanks, Robin Williams, and Bill Murray are frequently mentioned. Rarely does anyone mention Sean Penn. The two-time Oscar winner, of course, is best known for playing gritty, emotionally turbulent anti-heroes, but it’s worth noting that his breakout Hollywood role was one Jeff Spicoli, the funniest wave-craving dude from Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

And it wasn’t a fluke. Over the years, Penn has proven to be a talented comedic thesp who can get both high- and low-brow laughs. Look no further than Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown, where Penn was magnificent as the self-important jazz musician doomed to obscurity. So I was thrilled to confirm a Deadline report that Penn is in talks to costar opposite Ben Stiller in the remake of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Even if it’s a small role, it’s refreshing to see Penn flex these muscles. At the very least, he can get easy laughs by playing off his public persona — which includes being a curmudgeon as well as a devoted activist for humanitarian and liberal causes — but I hope he leaves that baggage at the studio gate and digs deeper. Because he’s not just one of the most talented actors around; he can also be one of the funniest. Take a look at some of his best comic moments over the years. READ FULL STORY

Cory Booker: Newark's mayor earns real-life superhero status, memes aplenty

This week may have started out tough for Newark mayor Cory Booker, who faced complaints about the cost of police overtime for Whitney Houston’s funeral, but it ended with a “BANG! THWAP! POW!” That’s right, after rescuing a neighbor from a burning building, Booker has joined the likes of Ryan Gosling, Chuck Norris, Sean Penn, Mark Wahlberg (at least in his own head), and Seattle’s Phoenix Jones in garnering real-life superhero status — and his own meme! READ FULL STORY

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