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Life is Rough in the Slums

Life is Rough in the Slums

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This story broke over the past few days with the headline “Slumdog actor beaten for refusing interview.” But the real story is a bit more complex: Azharuddin’s father Mohammed Ismial, who suffers from tuberculosis and sells cardboard to eke out a living, told the news agency, “My child was very tired and bored but I had committed to one journalist (to give him an interview). “I felt badly when he…

Nick Hornby Calls Out the Slumdog Haters

Nick Hornby Calls Out the Slumdog Haters

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Thanks to reader Fer for pointing us to this slamdunk response and perspective from Nick Hornby on Slumdog Millionaire, the intent of its filmmakers, and its odd position of now being on top: There‚Äôs a lot packed in here: the snobbery, the smug and unexamined assumptions, the writer‚Äôs apparent pride in his utter ignorance of the independent film-making process, the nonsensical contradictions (can something be both ‚Äúgarish‚Äù and ‚Äúgaggingly photogenic‚Äù?)…

The seeds of Slumdog’s sweep

The seeds of Slumdog’s sweep

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9-13-2008, 3:00pm, ladylurks calls it for Slumdog Millionaire Can I take a minute to reflect on the past year and the truly amazing predictive powers of our readers? One of the things Sasha does that nobody really knows about or appreciates but me is keep our vast archives active. At great effort and in spite of huge tech headaches, Sasha listens to me beg to preserve the enormous files of…

Slumdog Millionaire Extreme Home Makeover

Slumdog Millionaire Extreme Home Makeover

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From squalor to star spotting: Rubina poses with one of the film’s eight Oscars (click to enlarge) Can’t argue with last week’s conclusion that a billion dollars is better than an Oscar. This week Danny Boyle beats that deal all to heck with an offer even more directly life-altering. The Mumbai kids gave Slumdog Millionaire its roots in reality, so its really gratifying to see the producers return the favor…

Wally Pfister & Anthony Dod Mantle

Wally Pfister & Anthony Dod Mantle

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(click to enlarge) Sent to me last night by Ari Presler (featured in yesterday’s post about the Slumdog Millionaire’s cinematography), Wally Pfister congratulates Anthony Dod Mantle at the ASC Awards on February 16th.

Wolfgang Puck Made it

Wolfgang Puck Made it

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Go on, it tastes good.

India Watches the Oscars

India Watches the Oscars

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Some photos have emerged of people in India glued to the Oscars telecast. is the film about hope and optimism, as those winning the awards have said?

Oh Just Because…

Oh Just Because…

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…We take the race too seriously. On the other hand, a lil’ more of this and I’m afraid a certain movie would have jumped the shark if the Oscars were held in March. [Source] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ozTXuqpaBFM[/youtube]

Slumdog May Clean Sweep It

Slumdog May Clean Sweep It

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[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mV912uiRM_A[/youtube] With the Cinema Audio Society choosing Slumdog for its sound award, it’s time to consider a potential clean sweep for the film. So, you might wonder, what is different from No Country and Slumdog? Leaving most of the critics awards out of it and keeping the Globes, Critics Choice and NBR. No Country won: Art Directors Guild, Critics Choice, Cinema Audio Society, DGA, PGA, SAG, WGA, Scripter, NBR, Slumdog…

The State of the Race: Happy Endings

The State of the Race: Happy Endings

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Resolution, justification, redemption and an impulse to play it safe define this year’s Best Picture nominees. All five of them are safe choices, which could mean progress in certain areas – a Bollywood-esque movie, a film where two men openly kiss in the first few scenes and no one really freaked out about it? Not only did they not freak out about it but most of the time it wasn’t…