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Freida Pinto Goes From Slumdog Millionaire to Woody Allen Movie Muse with Watts & Brolin

Freida Pinto is making moves in Hollywood, jumping from Slumdog Millionaire to a role in Woody Allen's next project! While the project has yet to be titled, Pinto joins an impressive cast, which includes Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins. She also becomes the latest Allen screen muse, which includes Diane Keaton and Scarlett Johansson. It was only in November that the Mumbai-based model-actress signed with CAA and began mulling projects, according to Variety. Blindie's hoping Woody can work his magic and turn Pinto into an Oscar nominee, just like he did for Penelope Cruz who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in his flick Vicky Cristina Barcelona!
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Oscar Watch 2009: Penelope Cruz, Slumdog Millionaire Win Academy Awards

dev-patel-freida-pinto-slumdog-millionairepenelope-cruz-vicky-cristina-barcelona Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture, Best Director, and many other Academy Awards at Sunday night's prestigious ceremony. Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their superb acting work. Here's the short list of winners in the major categories: Best picture "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "Frost/Nixon" "Milk" "The Reader" WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire" Director WINNER: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" Stephen Daldry, "The Reader" David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon" Gus Van Sant, "Milk" Actor Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor" Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon" WINNER: Sean Penn, "Milk" Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" Actress Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married" Angelina Jolie, "Changeling" Melissa Leo, "Frozen River" Meryl Streep, "Doubt" WINNER: Kate Winslet, "The Reader" Supporting actor Josh Brolin, "Milk" Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder" Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt" WINNER: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road" Supporting actress Amy Adams, "Doubt" WINNER: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" Viola Davis, "Doubt" Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"
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Tyler Perry Writes Movie For Jennifer Hudson: ‘It’d be Really Cathartic For Her’

Jennifer Hudson's resilience and strength through her family murder tragedy has inspired art--at least in the form of an upcoming Tyler Perry movie. "I just wrote a movie for her that I'm really excited about," the 39-year-old media mogul told People magazine at the premiere of Madea Goes to Jail. "I'm hoping she'll be able to do it." "Looking and talking to [Jennifer], there's sadness in her eyes, but my thoughts and prayers are always with her," Perry added. "That's one of the reasons why I want her to do this role, because I think it'd be really cathartic for her to take it on and work through some things." Of the prospective project, Perry says, "[Jennifer] says that she's been wanting to work with me for a a very long time and I definitely want to work with her. We just have to find the right time."
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Ga Ga: Slumdog Millionaire is Blindie’s Best Flick of 2008

After watching director Danny Boyle's film, Slumdog Millionaire, Blindie believes in the power of filmmaking again. The awe-inspiring film follows the life of a street kid (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who competes on an Indian version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" to be seen by his childhood love (Freida Pinto). After he goes further than any other contestant in the show's history, the "slumdog" contestant is interrogated and rehashes how the adventures in his tough life provided him with the answers to each money-earning question. What excited Blindie most was the fact that with a holiday drama season filled with overpaid movie stars (Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road), Slumdog Millionaire didn't need the fanfare or the paparazzi. It's because the film was about the story---and at the end of the day all an audience wants is a heartbreaking, intelligent, and awe-inspiring story that makes them believe in dreams again.
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Ga Ga: In Honor of 2008 Blindie Lists Favorite Things of the Year

With our freshman year on the web coming to a close, Blindie's compiled a list of our favorite things of 2008: FASHION Favorite Model: It's a TIE! Jourdan Dunn & Chanel Iman have continued to impress us this year with their growing catwalk & cover careers! Best Red Carpet Moment: Rihanna at the BET Awards. We know, gross. BUT one highlight of the ghetto fab awards ceremony was Rihanna showing up in the ruffled yellow sundress by Giambattista Valli..FAB! PEOPLE Best Grown Hunk: Jason Momoa. Granted his face was tragically slashed, but he's having his second baby with Lisa Bonet and we're pretty sure the scar will just make him look more ruggedly gorgeous! Best Growing Hunk: Taylor Lautner. The Twilight star has fans petitioning to get him cast in the sequel New Moon. We're too excited to see this 16-year-old cutie mature into manhood! Favorite Starlet: Rosario Dawson. With two hit flicks (Eagle Eye & Seven Pounds) and a massive get-out-the-vote effort, the New York bred beauty stunned us with her acting chops and her love of Twilight! Best Sisters: Sasha & Malia Obama. These girls are too cute and we're lucky enough to watch them blossom into young women in the White House! Best Couple: Barack & Michelle Obama. The new faces of America have busted the glass ceiling and will continue to show the world the beauty of black love. TV/MOVIES Favorite Reality Show: The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Talk about drama! These five Georgia peaches reminded us what reality TV was supposed be: real, bitchy and explosive! Best Break Out Star: Cast of Twilight. Not since JTT have we gone beserk over teen hotness (and we are grown women!)...this cast (and we're hoping little Taylor too) will be back to give us more blood in New Moon. Favorite Gossip Girl & Guy: Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick: They're the ONLY reason to watch GG. The best TV chemistry we've seen since Mer-Der circa Season 1 of Grey's (when it was good)! MUSIC Best Band: TV on the Radio. With the release of their latest album, Dear Science, TOTR happily reminded us of some our favorite songs of the 80s! Best Single: "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. It was a stoner flick that made it ubiquitous, but this infectious hit made us skip on the streets! Best New Artist: Leona Lewis. This record-breaking Brit helped us through some bad breakups in 2008, with "Bleeding Love" and "Better in Time"! Most Addictive Choreography: "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. From fat gay men to skinny gay men to a little tot named Arianna in a onesie, too many regular people uploaded videos of their best renditions of this addictive hit.
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Did You Know?: Rosario Dawson Was Supposed To ‘Make A Porno’ With Kevin Smith

One of Blindie's favorite beauties, actress Rosario Dawson, was director Kevin Smith's first choice for the starring role, opposite Seth Rogen, in Zach and Miri Make a Porno. But the New York native, who worked with Smith in Clerks 2, dropped out to make the Shia LaBeouf film Eagle Eye, giving W. star Elizabeth Banks a shot at stardom. Dawson, who is currently taking off this season to get the Latino vote out with her organization VotoLatino, can next be seen opposite Will Smith in Seven Pounds.
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Terrence Howard Speaks Out on Being Replaced By Don Cheadle in Iron Man Sequel

Actor Terrence Howard says he was surprised to learn that Don Cheadle would replace him as James Rhodes in Iron Man 2, the Oscar nominated actor told National Public Radio on Tuesday. "There was no explanation, (the contract) just up and vanished," Howard, who said he read news reports that money was the issue, revealed. He adds that the contracts he signs apparently "aren't worth the paper that they're printed on sometimes." While Blindie loves us some Cheadle--who won an Oscar with Howard in 2004's Crash--we're sad that Hollywood thinks black actors are so easily replaceable.
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Freida Pinto Goes From Slumdog Millionaire to Woody Allen Movie Muse with Watts & Brolin

Freida Pinto is making moves in Hollywood, jumping from Slumdog Millionaire to a role in Woody Allen's next project! While the project has yet to be titled, Pinto joins an impressive cast, which includes Naomi Watts, Josh Brolin and Anthony Hopkins. She also becomes the latest Allen screen muse, which includes Diane Keaton and Scarlett Johansson. It was only in November that the Mumbai-based model-actress signed with CAA and began mulling projects, according to Variety. Blindie's hoping Woody can work his magic and turn Pinto into an Oscar nominee, just like he did for Penelope Cruz who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in his flick Vicky Cristina Barcelona!
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Oscar Watch 2009: Penelope Cruz, Slumdog Millionaire Win Academy Awards

dev-patel-freida-pinto-slumdog-millionairepenelope-cruz-vicky-cristina-barcelona Ga Ga worthy drama Slumdog Millionaire won Best Picture, Best Director, and many other Academy Awards at Sunday night's prestigious ceremony. Other Blindie faves Kate Winslet (Best Actress in The Reader) and Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress in Vicky Cristina Barcelona) were also recognized for their superb acting work. Here's the short list of winners in the major categories: Best picture "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" "Frost/Nixon" "Milk" "The Reader" WINNER: "Slumdog Millionaire" Director WINNER: Danny Boyle, "Slumdog Millionaire" Stephen Daldry, "The Reader" David Fincher, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Ron Howard, "Frost/Nixon" Gus Van Sant, "Milk" Actor Richard Jenkins, "The Visitor" Frank Langella, "Frost/Nixon" WINNER: Sean Penn, "Milk" Brad Pitt, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Mickey Rourke, "The Wrestler" Actress Anne Hathaway, "Rachel Getting Married" Angelina Jolie, "Changeling" Melissa Leo, "Frozen River" Meryl Streep, "Doubt" WINNER: Kate Winslet, "The Reader" Supporting actor Josh Brolin, "Milk" Robert Downey Jr., "Tropic Thunder" Philip Seymour Hoffman, "Doubt" WINNER: Heath Ledger, "The Dark Knight" Michael Shannon, "Revolutionary Road" Supporting actress Amy Adams, "Doubt" WINNER: Penelope Cruz, "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" Viola Davis, "Doubt" Taraji P. Henson, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" Marisa Tomei, "The Wrestler"
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Tyler Perry Writes Movie For Jennifer Hudson: ‘It’d be Really Cathartic For Her’

Jennifer Hudson's resilience and strength through her family murder tragedy has inspired art--at least in the form of an upcoming Tyler Perry movie. "I just wrote a movie for her that I'm really excited about," the 39-year-old media mogul told People magazine at the premiere of Madea Goes to Jail. "I'm hoping she'll be able to do it." "Looking and talking to [Jennifer], there's sadness in her eyes, but my thoughts and prayers are always with her," Perry added. "That's one of the reasons why I want her to do this role, because I think it'd be really cathartic for her to take it on and work through some things." Of the prospective project, Perry says, "[Jennifer] says that she's been wanting to work with me for a a very long time and I definitely want to work with her. We just have to find the right time."
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Ga Ga: Slumdog Millionaire is Blindie’s Best Flick of 2008

After watching director Danny Boyle's film, Slumdog Millionaire, Blindie believes in the power of filmmaking again. The awe-inspiring film follows the life of a street kid (Dev Patel) in Mumbai who competes on an Indian version of "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" to be seen by his childhood love (Freida Pinto). After he goes further than any other contestant in the show's history, the "slumdog" contestant is interrogated and rehashes how the adventures in his tough life provided him with the answers to each money-earning question. What excited Blindie most was the fact that with a holiday drama season filled with overpaid movie stars (Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tom Cruise in Valkyrie and Leonardo DiCaprio in Revolutionary Road), Slumdog Millionaire didn't need the fanfare or the paparazzi. It's because the film was about the story---and at the end of the day all an audience wants is a heartbreaking, intelligent, and awe-inspiring story that makes them believe in dreams again.
Read More

Ga Ga: In Honor of 2008 Blindie Lists Favorite Things of the Year

With our freshman year on the web coming to a close, Blindie's compiled a list of our favorite things of 2008: FASHION Favorite Model: It's a TIE! Jourdan Dunn & Chanel Iman have continued to impress us this year with their growing catwalk & cover careers! Best Red Carpet Moment: Rihanna at the BET Awards. We know, gross. BUT one highlight of the ghetto fab awards ceremony was Rihanna showing up in the ruffled yellow sundress by Giambattista Valli..FAB! PEOPLE Best Grown Hunk: Jason Momoa. Granted his face was tragically slashed, but he's having his second baby with Lisa Bonet and we're pretty sure the scar will just make him look more ruggedly gorgeous! Best Growing Hunk: Taylor Lautner. The Twilight star has fans petitioning to get him cast in the sequel New Moon. We're too excited to see this 16-year-old cutie mature into manhood! Favorite Starlet: Rosario Dawson. With two hit flicks (Eagle Eye & Seven Pounds) and a massive get-out-the-vote effort, the New York bred beauty stunned us with her acting chops and her love of Twilight! Best Sisters: Sasha & Malia Obama. These girls are too cute and we're lucky enough to watch them blossom into young women in the White House! Best Couple: Barack & Michelle Obama. The new faces of America have busted the glass ceiling and will continue to show the world the beauty of black love. TV/MOVIES Favorite Reality Show: The Real Housewives of Atlanta. Talk about drama! These five Georgia peaches reminded us what reality TV was supposed be: real, bitchy and explosive! Best Break Out Star: Cast of Twilight. Not since JTT have we gone beserk over teen hotness (and we are grown women!)...this cast (and we're hoping little Taylor too) will be back to give us more blood in New Moon. Favorite Gossip Girl & Guy: Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick: They're the ONLY reason to watch GG. The best TV chemistry we've seen since Mer-Der circa Season 1 of Grey's (when it was good)! MUSIC Best Band: TV on the Radio. With the release of their latest album, Dear Science, TOTR happily reminded us of some our favorite songs of the 80s! Best Single: "Paper Planes" by M.I.A. It was a stoner flick that made it ubiquitous, but this infectious hit made us skip on the streets! Best New Artist: Leona Lewis. This record-breaking Brit helped us through some bad breakups in 2008, with "Bleeding Love" and "Better in Time"! Most Addictive Choreography: "Single Ladies" by Beyonce. From fat gay men to skinny gay men to a little tot named Arianna in a onesie, too many regular people uploaded videos of their best renditions of this addictive hit.
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Did You Know?: Rosario Dawson Was Supposed To ‘Make A Porno’ With Kevin Smith

One of Blindie's favorite beauties, actress Rosario Dawson, was director Kevin Smith's first choice for the starring role, opposite Seth Rogen, in Zach and Miri Make a Porno. But the New York native, who worked with Smith in Clerks 2, dropped out to make the Shia LaBeouf film Eagle Eye, giving W. star Elizabeth Banks a shot at stardom. Dawson, who is currently taking off this season to get the Latino vote out with her organization VotoLatino, can next be seen opposite Will Smith in Seven Pounds.
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Terrence Howard Speaks Out on Being Replaced By Don Cheadle in Iron Man Sequel

Actor Terrence Howard says he was surprised to learn that Don Cheadle would replace him as James Rhodes in Iron Man 2, the Oscar nominated actor told National Public Radio on Tuesday. "There was no explanation, (the contract) just up and vanished," Howard, who said he read news reports that money was the issue, revealed. He adds that the contracts he signs apparently "aren't worth the paper that they're printed on sometimes." While Blindie loves us some Cheadle--who won an Oscar with Howard in 2004's Crash--we're sad that Hollywood thinks black actors are so easily replaceable.
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