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On The Lot: Sean Penn and El Chapo, boozy Golden Globes, Star Wars conquers China

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Mexican drug trafficker Joaquin Guzman Loera aka 'el Chapo Guzman' granted an interview to actor Sean Penn just days before he was re-captured by Mexican officials after a spectacular jailbreak in 2015. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP/Getty Images

Sean Penn and Rolling Stone are taking some heat from journalists, politicians and law enforcement officials over the interview the actor did with the drug lord known as El Chapo. But our On the Lot tour guide, Rebecca Keegan of the LA Times says, overall, most film industry types were supportive of Penn, with some remarking that it underscores his commitment to seeking out and telling important stories.

Meanwhile, the Golden Globes awards dinner was a fairly standard mix of high glamor and awkward moments – the latter best exemplified by a cringe-inducing appearance by Mel Gibson. The night belonged to Leonardo DiCaprio and his film, The Revenant, even though, as Keegan points out, the Globes are in no way a predictor of who will win the real prizes, the Academy Awards.

And the Force was strong in China. The latest Star Wars film, and actually the first to be widely released in China, set box office records there. This bodes well for the predictions that it will soon become the highest grossing film of all time.

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