- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 20, 2009

Penns divide assets

Robin Wright Penn and husband Sean Penn have already agreed on how they will divide property in their divorce, according to court records.

Miss Wright Penn, 43 - known best for her roles in “The Princess Bride” and “Forrest Gump” - filed for divorce Aug. 12, citing irreconcilable differences with Mr. Penn, 49, her husband of more than a decade. The couple have agreed to share custody of their 16-year-old son Hopper Jack, Associated Press reports. The couple also has an 18-year-old daughter, Dylan Frances.

Publicists for the couple didn’t immediately return e-mails seeking comment Wednesday. A message for Miss Wright Penn’s lawyer, Bruce Clemens, was also not immediately returned, AP said.

The couple, married in April 1996, have filed for separation or divorce twice before, only to dismiss their petitions. Mr. Penn asked for separation as recently as April. He later withdrew the petition, telling the New York Daily News the filing was “an arrogant mistake.”

The couple met on the set of the 1990 Irish mob movie “State of Grace.” Mr. Penn had previously married and divorced Madonna, and Miss Wright Penn was married once before to former soap star Dane Witherspoon.

Miss Wright Penn and Mr. Penn attended the Academy Awards together in February when he received his second Oscar - this time for his role in “Milk” - but he didn’t thank his wife in his acceptance speech.

The couple has been ordered to appear in court Dec. 17, AP reports.

No to Bilbo

Daniel Radcliffe says he has no interest in playing Bilbo Baggins in “The Hobbit” movie. The “Harry Potter” star says he doesn’t want to be involved in any new movie “with wizards in it,” he tells the Los Angeles Times.

“I’d have to say, ‘Thanks but no thanks,’ not that anyone has asked me,” the 20-year-old actor told the Los Angeles Times last week in England. “Honestly, I don’t think they would want me anyway, it’s just too close. Whatever I do next, I don’t think there will be any wizards in it!”

Mr. Radcliffe is now at work on the seventh and eighth films in the “Potter” franchise, and by the 2011 release of the last film in the series, he will have spent more than a decade inhabiting the role of the orphaned boy wizard. He is one of several actors who have been mentioned for “The Hobbit,” the two-film companion piece to the “Lord of the Rings” franchise. Oscar-winning “Rings” director Peter Jackson is back as a producer this time, and Guillermo del Toro will be the director.

“The Hobbit” is planned as a $300-million project with releases in 2011 and 2012.

Still a stoner

Brad Pitt no longer a stoner? Quentin Tarantino says that’s not true, Denverpost.com reports.

Appearing last week on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Mr. Pitt said that while he had been something of an “artist” when it came to rolling a joint, he quit that lifestyle years ago for the sake of his children.

However, Mr. Tarantino, in an interview Monday on the Howard Stern show, said Mr. Pitt offered him cannabis on a recent trip to France.

Promoting his new film “Inglourious Basterds” - which stars Mr. Pitt - the director claimed the actor uses the drug on occasion to help him relax.

Mr. Tarantino said the “coolest” thing his colleague did during their meeting to discuss Mr. Pitt’s role was “pull out a brick of hash” and give him a piece of it. He went on to say that Mr. Pitt, a father of six, gave him a soda can to use as a pipe.

J-Lo fetes Sotomayor

Jennifer Lopez hosted a private dinner for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic member of the nation’s highest court, GossipCop.com reports.

The star, 40, and husband Marc Anthony feted the 55-year-old jurist at their home on New York’s Long Island. The intimate gathering included a cocktail party attended by a dozen people, many of whom work in politics.

Compiled by Robyn-Denise Yourse from Web and wire reports

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