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04/19/2007


Video: Josh Brolin Played 'Kissy' with Jeffrey Wright After Arrest

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New video shot in the police car following the July arrest of Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright at the wrap party for W, shows Brolin in a 'relaxed state,' discussing the arrest (in which Brolin was pepper-sprayed and Wright tasered), and trying to comfort Wright by giving him kisses and at one point, leaning over and putting his head in Wright's lap.

In the video, Brolin says it's his seventh time being arrested: "My wife's gonna be so happy."

Watch the video here.

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Video Reveals Chaotic Arrest of Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright

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Charges against Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright over a bar fight in Shreveport, Louisiana in Julywill be dropped providing the actors pay their court costs of $130 each, following a court hearing today:

"The actors were with crew members from the Oliver Stone movie 'W.' about President George W. Bush. Police arrived after one crew member caused a fracas and was asked to leave. Police pepper-sprayed both Brolin and Wright, while Wright was also hit with an electric shock from a Taser weapon, Berk said. Prosecutors were not immediately available to comment."

A video also emerged today shot by a bystander outside the Stray Cat bar where the altercation took place showing Brolin reacting to pepper spray before being arrested, and Wright tasered while held down by officers in the street.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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George W. Bush and Colin Powell Actors Arrested in Bar Fight [tr]

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Penn and Brolin Share Sweet Nothings at NY Critics Circle Awards

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The Hollywood Reporter's Steven Zeitchick reports on some of the goings-on at he New York Critics Circle Awards at NYC's Strata, where Milk was honored with Best Picture last night. Awards list here.

Above, Best Supporting Actor Brolin gives Best Actor Penn a sweet peck on the cheek for the cameras.

Writes Zeitchick:

Vansant_blackroad.jpg "Again Brolin, after chiding Sean Penn for the actor's self-seriousness (or was he chiding those who chided Penn for his self-seriousness? So hard to tell) had a whole riff, said in a deadpan voice. with theatrically long pauses: 'Quite an actor Sean Penn, quite an actor. [Pause] Amazing. [Pause] And now I'm an asshole. Like Russell Crowe. Because I'm not as smart as Sean. [Pause] Quite an actor. [Pause] Amazing actor. I've loved you in Milk, I thought what you did with that role was incredible. We've known you as an actor who doesn't smile very much. And the fact that you smiled as much as you did in this film is amazing. Truly incredible. You are an amazing actor. You are going to get the Oscar. Because you smiled so much.'"

road.jpg "Penn got in his own good-natured (we think) digs at Brolin. 'I always wrote him off as a handsome square jawed actor...There's no one who's as big a nightmare as him.' And then, 'No one has much endurance at night and as a little during the day.' (Then he said he's a great leading man, was one of the best experiences working with him, yadda yadda)."

road.jpg Tony Kushner worked the bait and switch humor as he intro-ed 'Milk' as best picture. 'I want to thank the thousand of gay faceless, nameless people...who were hired to write a screenplay about the life of Harvey Milk over the past fifteen years.' He also thanked the 'remarkable gay-straight alliance' that...got 'Milk' made. "Gus Van Sant, Dustin Lance Black (pictured, right), Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen. They're the gays. James Schamus and the actors -- those are the straights. Give or take some of the actors."

More at THR, including Brolin's slam of critic Ben Brantley.


The Latest on Milk

The NYT runs some excerpts from Dustin Lance Black's Milk screenplay in conjunction with an article about the recent spate of historical biopics, highlighting Milk, W, and Che, noting the various screenwriters' working processes.

BrolinAccording to the NYT, "[Black] ended up talking to some 40 people, including Anne Kronenberg, Milk’s campaign manager (now a San Francisco public health official), and Danny Nicoletta, a photographer who worked in Milk’s camera store. Because his subjects were often recounting decades-old moments that were semi-forgotten or had calcified into myth, Mr. Black developed a strategy of pairing them up, 'so they could correct each other,' he said. The goal was to arrive at a portrait of a sainted martyr, scaled to human dimensions. 'The legend of Harvey Milk was fantastic, but the real Harvey Milk, the screwed-up guy who told corny jokes at the wrong time, was even better,' Mr. Black said."

Milk continues to perform solidly at the box office, though it is still playing in only 309 theatres. Over the January 2-4 weekend it made $1,860,112.00, a 6% increase from the previous weekend with a per theater average of $6,020.00. The film's total gross to date is $17.1 million.

Josh Brolin is set to appear tonight on Inside the Actors Studio. A preview clip of that appearance, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Gus van Sant's Milk Premieres in San Francisco

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Sean Penn arrives to the Milk premiere at the Castro Theatre before a backdrop of "No on Prop 8" protestors. While Harvey Milk's story is political to its core, the film (trailer) could not have arrived at a more politically-charged moment in California's gay history, with marriage rights that have national implications hanging in the balance.

If anyone was there, feel free to give us a report in the comments section.

AmmianoThe SF Chronicle reports: "State Assemblyman Mark Leno, sporting a 'Harvey Milk for Assembly' button on his lapel, connected 'the exciting and tumultuous time' of Milk's gay rights activism to the 'ill-conceived measure facing voters on the ballot next week.' Mayor Gavin Newsom said he felt 'a tremendous amount of pride' to be attending the movie's premiere in San Francisco. Citing the changes seen from the 'anti-sodomy laws that were still on the books' in the 1970s to San Francisco today, he said, 'This story couldn't have happened anywhere else.' Supervisor Tom Ammiano (pictured/Brant Ward-SF Chronicle) was a friend of Milk's. 'This is about getting in touch with the grief process,' he said, then flashed an affectionately wistful smile. 'Harvey was a mensch. He could also be a diva. He would have loved knowing that Sean Penn would be playing him.'"

Donate to the "No on Prop 8" campaign HERE.

A larger selection of Milk premiere pics featuring Josh Brolin, James Franco, Diego Luna, Emile Hirsch, Dustin Lance Black, the producers, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom, and others,
AFTER THE JUMP...

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Full W Trailer Released

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The final trailer for Oliver Stone's W has been released. Above, the pretzel-choking incident.

Watch it, AFTER THE JUMP...

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