Slumdog Millionaire

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Indian Actress Freida Pinto Wins Breakthrough Performance Award for Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire star Freida Pinto (who played Latika) will receive the Breakthrough Performance Award at the 20th annual Palm Springs Film Festival awards gala on Jan. 6, according to Variety.

The acclaimed film by filmmaker Danny Boyle is the Indian-born model-actress’s first lead role.

“The first time I saw her, I saw her with hundreds of girls on a tape, and the first time I saw her audition, I remember thinking, ‘I bet that’s her!'” Boyle said in an interview. “It’s not an enormous part…but I think she gives it real presence that you feel that he [star Dev Patel] is looking for somebody well worth looking for.”

Previous Breakthrough Awards have gone to Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson—and both won Oscars for their breakthrough performances.

PHOTO CREDIT: FreidaPinto.com

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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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Penelope Cruz, Slumdog Millionaire & Vicky Cristina Barcelona Nab Golden Globe Nods

Golden Globe Award nominations were announced Thursday. From Slumdog Millionaire and Vicky Cristina Barcelona to the ever-impressive Penelope Cruz and Kate Winslet, some of Blindie’s ga ga-worthy shows, films and actors were recognized.

MOTION PICTURES:

PICTURE, DRAMA: “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” “Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The Visitor.”

PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: “Burn After Reading,” “Happy-Go-Lucky,” “In Bruges,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Vicky Christina Barcelona.”

DRAMATIC ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio, “Revolutionary Road”; Frank Langella, “Frost/Nixon”; Sean Penn, “Milk”; Brad Pitt, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”; Mickey Rourke, “The Wrestler.”

DRAMATIC ACTRESS: Anne Hathaway, “Rachel Getting Married”; Angelina Jolie, “Changeling”; Meryl Streep, “Doubt”; Kristin Scott Thomas, “I’ve Loved You So Long”; Kate Winslet, “Revolutionary Road.”

ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Javier Bardem, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Colin Farrell, “In Bruges”; James Franco, “Pineapple Express”; Brendan Gleeson, “In Bruges”; Dustin Hoffman, “Last Chance Harvey.”

ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL: Rebecca Hall, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Sally Hawkins, “Happy-Go-Lucky”; Frances McDormand, “Burn After Reading”; Meryl Streep, “Mamma Mia!”; Emma Thompson, “Last Chance Harvey.”

SUPPORTING ACTOR: Tom Cruise, “Tropic Thunder”; Robert Downey, Jr., “Tropic Thunder”; Ralph Fiennes, “The Duchess”; Philip Seymour Hoffman, “Doubt”; Heath Ledger, “The Dark Knight.”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Amy Adams, “Doubt”; Penelope Cruz, “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”; Viola Davis, “Doubt”; Marisa Tomei, “The Wrestler”; Kate Winslet, “The Reader.”

TELEVISION:

DRAMATIC TV SERIES: “Dexter,” “House M.D.,” “In Treatment,” “Mad Men,” “True Blood.”

ACTOR, TV DRAMA: Gabriel Byrne, “In Treatment”; Michael C. Hall, “Dexter”; Jon Hamm, “Mad Men”; Hugh Laurie, “House M.D.”; Jonathan Rhys Meyers, “The Tudors.”

ACTRESS, TV DRAMA: Sally Field, “Brothers & Sisters”; Mariska Hargitay, “Law & Order: SVU”; January Jones, “Mad Men”; Anna Paquin, “True Blood”; Kyra Sedgwick, “The Closer.”

TV SERIES, MUSICAL OR COMEDY: “Californication,” “Entourage,” “The Office,” “30 Rock,” “Weeds.”

ACTOR, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Alec Baldwin, “30 Rock”; Steve Carell, “The Office”; Kevin Connolly, “Entourage”; David Duchovny, “Californication”; Tony Shalhoub, “Monk.”

ACTRESS, TV MUSICAL OR COMEDY: Christina Applegate, “Samantha Who?”; America Ferrera, “Ugly Betty”; Tina Fey, “30 Rock”; Debra Messing, “The Starter Wife”; Mary-Louise Parker, “Weeds.”

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Eileen Atkins, “Cranford”; Laura Dern, “Recount”; Melissa George, “In Treatment”; Rachel Griffiths, “Brothers & Sisters”; Dianne Wiest, “In Treatment.”

PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE IN A SERIES, MINISERIES OR MOTION PICTURE MADE FOR TELEVISION: Neil Patrick Harris, “How I Met Your Mother”; Denis Leary, “Recount”; Jeremy Piven, “Entourage”; Blair Underwood, “In Treatment”; Tom Wilkinson, “John Adams.”

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M.I.A On Pregnancy: I’ll Have to Wear Caftans if I Get Any Bigger

“Paper Planes” singer M.I.A. is getting ready for her first child with fiancé Benjamin Brewer and joked with USA Today that if she gets any bigger she’s sporting a caftan!

The 31-year-old musician (born Mathangi Arulpragasam) isn’t letting her super-pregs status stop her, having recorded three tracks on the ga ga worthy Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack and finishing up a new album for next year!

“I think my baby is going to start off making club music. That’s all I’ve been listening to. Of course, you never know,” she tells the newspaper. “We actually don’t want our kid to do music, so we’re going to buy it loads of instruments … so that it will completely rebel and go the other way.”

Of how her pregnancy has affected her music, M.I.A. says, “When I sing, I have to be aware that someone can hear me inside. It’s really strange. I definitely feel less angry.”

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Slumdog Millionaire Wins Rave Reviews At British Film Awards And Generates Oscar Buzz

The latest film from 28 Days Later director Danny Boyle won three prizes at the British Independent Film Awards on Sunday and has already been gaining box office prestige in the United States.

Slumdog Millionaire is the exhilarating story of a poor 18 year-old Indian boy, played by Dev Patel, who has a chance of winning on the gameshow Who Wants To Be a Millionaire? and reuniting with his true love.

Slumdog won in the Best British independent film, Best Director and Most Promising Newcomer categories at the festival.

Stateside, the film raked in an impressive $350,434 million during its opening weekend in just 10 theaters, making it the year’s top earner per theater, and continues to perform well as it expands to 75 theaters on Friday and 600 by Dec. 19.

Another added attraction to the film is the soundtrack which features music by A.R. Rahman, who was dubbed the “Mozart of Madras” by Time magazine, and M.I.A.’s hit single Paper Planes.

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