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Originally posted 04/22/2013 06:30PM
Ooh la la! It's that time of year when stars brush off their French phrases and put them to tres bon use.
Yes, we're talking about the Cannes International Film Festival, where Hollywood descends on the French Riviera to ramp up excitement for their newest films – but mostly, it's to see and be seen at the posh parties that line the strip.
Take a look back at what went down last year – and follow PEOPLE on Instagram for all the inside scoop from this year's fest!
Originally posted 12/13/2012 07:00PM
He's got Oscars. Accolades. International fame. But what Sean Penn says he lacks in his life is love.
"There is no shame in my saying that we all want to be loved by someone. As I look back over my life in romance, I don't feel I've ever had that," the 52-year-old activist and actor, who will soon be seen in Gangster Squad, tells Esquire for its January 2013 issue.
"I have been the only one that was unaware of the fraud in a few of these circumstances blindly," he says.
Originally posted 07/06/2012 06:00AM
Sean Penn was in great spirits during a recent outing with pals.
Accompanied by a group of about 10 guys, the Academy Award winner made his way to a Caliche rum-hosted fete thrown by Rande Gerber and his wife Cindy Crawford at Gerber's Malibu, Calif., restaurant Café Habana.
"Sean was in a really happy and social mood," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "He was getting up from the table often to get more drinks, socialize and smoke cigarettes. There wasn't any specific girl he was paying special attention to. He mainly just stuck to his guy friends."
Penn was having so much fun, in fact, that it didn't seem like he wanted to go.
"He ended up being one of the last ones to leave," the source says. "He was there from about 7:45 a.m. to almost 1:30 a.m."
– Dahvi Shira
Originally posted 05/19/2012 12:00PM
Sean Penn was in a jovial mood Friday night at the Cannes Film Festival where he hosted a benefit for Haiti, which raised about $1.5 million.
The actor and activist hosted a starry affair attended by David Schwimmer, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Diane Kruger, Jessica Chastain, Michelle Rodriguez, Ewan MacGregor, Gerald Butler and Penn's onetime gal pal Petra Nemcova, among others.
At one point Penn joked to the crowd: "I want to ask every woman here to turn to the man next to her and say I won't sleep with you tonight unless you make a big donation."
Two U2 VIP concert tickets and one of Bono's Gretsch guitars fetched 200,000 euros apiece, and three people shelled out $100,000 each to spend three days in Haiti with Penn.
The upbeat evening was a change from Friday afternoon when Penn went on a profanity-laced tirade about how the media and the world has abandoned Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake there.
– Dana Kennedy
Originally posted 04/12/2012 03:15PM
Her marriage to Ryan Reynolds was a "beautiful thing." She and Sean Penn were just "seeing each other." And her current romance, with ad man Nate Naylor, is something "totally bizarre" – because he's not used to dating a celebrity.
Nevertheless, Scarlett Johansson finds life pretty good right now.
The actress, poised to open in The Avengers in her Iron Man 2 role of Natasha Romanoff, tells Vogue magazine, "It's been a good time. I've had peace. Relative peace. I just want to work on things that are really hard, and when I'm not working on things that are really hard, I want to hang out with people I like to be with, and that's it."
Originally posted 12/16/2011 11:35AM
For an especially private person, Scarlett Johansson has an especially difficult time seeing her life played out publicly.
So, imagine her horror at reading tabloid headlines about her divorce from Ryan Reynolds, her dating and breaking up with Sean Penn, her time in Paris with Kieran Culkin and in Manhattan with Justin Bartha – not to mention the nude photos from her hacked cellphone. Those went viral.
"The hardest part is actually going through whatever hardship you're facing. Going through it in public is the added unfortunate thing," the actress, 27, tells USA Today while promoting her new movie with Matt Damon, We Bought a Zoo.
Still, "There's nothing you can do about that," she says. "It's just nice to have kind of a blinder up in that regard. It helps keep you sane. I can't follow all that stuff. It's too exhausting."
Originally posted 09/14/2011 10:00AM
Originally posted 08/25/2011 01:35PM
Sean Penn has a new lady in his life and her name is Shannon Costello.
The couple took their romance public at the beginning of July and have been spotted together on the beach in Malibu, at Nobu earlier this month, and dining out in Miami.
Costello, initially misidentified by the media as Stacey Koplin, is the former communications director of the actor's J/P Haitian Relief Organization. She and Penn first met in fall 2009 and became friends. Costello began working with J/P in 2010.
Originally posted 06/02/2011 08:00PM
Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn are no longer dating, a source tells PEOPLE.
Speculation about the pair began after Johansson did not attend the Cannes Film Festival with Penn for his movie The Tree of Life. She has been working on The Avengers in New Mexico, reprising her role of Black Widow from Iron Man 2.
Originally posted 05/01/2011 01:00PM
After a series of romantic-looking sightings, Sean Penn and Scarlett Johansson all but confirmed their coupledom with the ultimate public display of affection for super-private stars.
They were spotted in the incriminating position Saturday night, outside a White House Correspondents' Dinner after-party in Washington, D.C.
Johansson – wearing an Elie Saab cocktail dress and newly auburn hair – started the evening off with her brother, Hunter Johansson, in attendance of the annual event before joining up with Penn at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg bash. They reportedly left together around 2:30 a.m.
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