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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hugo, Sean? Penn hits paper

Actor Sean Penn's days of writing for the San Francisco Chronicle may be over: The actor now calls the publication an "increasingly lamebrain paper." Penn offered the critique in a letter published Tuesday, written in response to a tongue-in-cheek article that focused on celebrity interest in Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. It listed a number of potential matchups between celebrities and dictators or other authoritarian figures.

Penn objected to the characterization, saying Chavez is a democratically elected leader. Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein took the criticism in stride, calling Penn, "a great actor and a great director." Penn's past writings for the paper included a five-part series in 2005 about his experiences in Iran.

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