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Penn says Haiti has music in its streets

Sean Penn shakes hands with the former prime minister of Haiti, Michele Pierre-Louis, after a discussion at Harvard University on Tuesday. (Associated Press)
Sean Penn shakes hands with the former prime minister of Haiti, Michele Pierre-Louis, after a discussion at Harvard University on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

Sean Penn remembers smelling dead bodies when he arrived in Haiti after the earthquake. But now there’s music in those same streets even as the country faces many years of rebuilding, the Academy Award-winning actor said Tuesday.

Penn said “extraordinary” changes have happened since the Jan. 12, 2010, natural disaster killed more than 300,000 people and left about 1.5 million homeless. He also called the Haitian people resilient in his remarks in a forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

The actor is an ambassador-at-large for Haiti’s president and CEO of aid group J/P Haitian Relief Organization, which started with a goal of bringing painkillers to earthquake victims. It became an agency that manages a camp for displaced people and works to resettle them. It also does other aid work such as repairing homes and running a community center and clinics.

MacFarlane says once is charm as host

It looks like it’s one and done at the Oscars for Seth MacFarlane.

The “Family Guy” creator was asked on his Twitter account whether he’d consider hosting the Academy Awards again and he replied: “No way. Lotta fun to have done it, though.”

MacFarlane’s edgy comedy proved a polarizing force on Sunday’s Academy Awards. The Oscars did get their biggest audience in three years, however, with particular growth among young viewers.

‘Dancing’ to feature Hamill, Judd

A gold-medal figure skater, a country music legend and a kooky comedian are stepping their way onto “Dancing With the Stars.” ABC said Dorothy Hamill, Wynonna Judd and Andy Dick are among 11 contenders for the mirrored ball on the new season of the celebrity dance competition.

Other famous faces in the show’s 16th edition include standup comic and actor D.L. Hughley, Baltimore Ravens football player Jacoby Jones and former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler. The new “Dancing With the Stars” season kicks off on ABC on March 18.

The birthday bunch

Actress Joanne Woodward is 83. Actor Howard Hesseman is 73. Rock singer-musician Neal Schon (Journey) is 59. Rhythm-and-blues singer Chilli (TLC) is 42. Chelsea Clinton is 33. Singer Josh Groban is 32.



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