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February 19, 2009 | Betsy Sharkey
Let's face it, with the final song and dance for this season's Academy Awards just days away, most of us have a case of the blahs, as in we've heard so much about the relative merits of this film or that, the endless "blah, blah, blah" that swirls around Oscar season like a dense perfume cloud, that we are weary, bone-weary of it all. Still, if I may, a last-minute "blah, blah, blah" about "Slumdog Millionaire."
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September 16, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
David O. Russell's boisterous, crowd-pleasing comedy “Silver Linings Playbook” won the BlackBerry People's Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday. Because the festival is non-competitive and has no jury, the People's Choice prize is widely viewed as the event's most coveted award, at least from the perspective of positioning a movie for an awards-season launch. PHOTOS: Toronto International Film Festival 2012 Past winners include “Slumdog Millionaire," “The King's Speech” and "American Beauty" - films that went on to take the Academy Award for best picture.
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February 8, 2009 | Susan King
What a difference a year makes. The Writers Guild of America gathered in pure celebration Saturday night to hand out its top awards -- with key feature prizes going to the critical darling "Slumdog Millionaire" and the biographical drama "Milk." The scene was in sharp contrast to last year's event, at which the honors were doled out during a break in strike talks.
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August 14, 2012 | By Danielle Paquette
Beneath a crystal chandelier, Dev Patel ponders budget car-buying. The 22-year-old actor, clad in a soft cotton V-neck tee, relaxed jeans and dirt-scuffed green sneakers, surveys two publicists, a photographer and a photographer's assistant at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons. "How much do you pay for car insurance? How much do YOU pay?" Patel, who earned his driver's license in London last year, has cruised Los Angeles for months in a rented Toyota Corolla while costarring as blogger Neal Sampat in Aaron Sorkin's latest creation,"The Newsroom," which ends its much-discussed first season on HBO on Aug. 26. A suburban U.K. native with Indian roots, he's now settling into Hollywood, hoping to build a series of unexpectedly attention-grabbing roles into a serious career.
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February 24, 2009 | Mark Magnier
Forget the global downturn, the wrangling with neighbors, the traffic jams. Monday dawned in India with celebration as word spread that "Slumdog Millionaire" had snagged eight Academy Awards, including best picture and best director. "Slumdog is Top Dog!" read a television headline. Many woke up before dawn to watch the results live given the time difference. And for most, it was more than worth it.
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January 24, 2009 | Mark Magnier
Even as American audiences gush over "Slumdog Millionaire," some Indians are groaning over what they see as yet another stereotypical foreign depiction of their nation, accentuating squalor, corruption and impoverished-if-resilient natives. "Slumdog," which earned 10 Oscar nominations this week, including one for best picture, is set in Mumbai, is based on an Indian novel and features many Indian actors. Yet the sensibility is anything but Indian, some critics argue.
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December 9, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Before they joined forces on "127 Hours," director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy had collaborated on just one movie ? but what a film that was. "Slumdog Millionaire" not only swept 2009's Academy Awards but also gave Boyle (who won for best director) and Beaufoy (who won for adapted screenplay) the commercial momentum and creative freedom to make, as they call it, "an action movie in which the hero doesn't move. " The pair's adaptation of hiker Aron Ralston's memoir of how he cut off his own forearm to escape a climbing accident is considered a lock for a best picture nomination, and star James Franco (who plays Ralston)
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January 28, 2009 | Mark Olsen
It's a rags-to-riches story, one that snatches victory from the jaws of defeat and teeters from the brink of tragedy to barrel back toward triumph. While that's an accurate description of the story told in the movie "Slumdog Millionaire," it is also the behind-the-scenes story of the film itself. When the film's initial distributor, Warner Independent Pictures, was shut down by corporate parent Warner Bros.
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March 29, 2009 | Noel Murray
Slumdog Millionaire 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 Critics, audiences and Oscar voters were uplifted by best picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire," Danny Boyle's drama set in the slums of India. The film, structured as a series of flashbacks keyed to questions on the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," earned Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy Academy Awards, and they did transform Vikas Swarup's novel "Q&A" into something lively and romantic.
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November 9, 2008 | John Horn, Horn is a Times staff writer.
Danny Boyle wasn't yet done with the Taj Mahal, but the Taj Mahal was done with him. The British director needed to grab a few more shots inside the Indian landmark for his new movie "Slumdog Millionaire," a drama about the remarkable life story of an orphan from Mumbai's slums. Yet the production was no longer welcome. "The people who were helping us there," Boyle says, "didn't help us." Some directors would have moved on and made do with what they had in the can.
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May 17, 2012 | By John Horn
Theater producers love turning movies into musicals, and the energetic, Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” looks like a good candidate for a screen-to-stage makeover. But after years of negotiations proved fruitless, a planned London musical about the rags-to-riches game show contestant is now being developed without the participation of any of the film's key creators, including director Danny Boyle and composer A.R. Rahman.   The loss of Rahman means that the popular song “Jai Ho,”  along with the Indian songwriter's other compositions for the 2009 best picture Oscar winner, would not be a part of a “Slumdog Millionaire” musical.
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January 25, 2012 | By Geoff Boucher
Fans of comedy could look at the 84th Academy Awards nominations and debate whether the seltzer bottle is half-full or half-empty. Half-full: The comedies "Midnight in Paris" and "Bridesmaids" combined for six nominations while "The Artist," a romance with a light touch, piled up 10 nominations on its own, including best film, director, lead actor, supporting actress and original screenplay. Half-empty: The crowd-pleaser "Bridesmaids" was left standing at the altar in the best-picture race even as "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close" - a Sept.
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October 28, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Sushil Kumar's job entering data into a computer earns him $120 a month. His 50-year-old home is in serious need of repair. His family owes $8,500. But his life, so similar to the hardscrabble existence of fellow Indians, has taken a decidedly Bollywood turn for the better. The rags-to-riches story that unfolded in the 2008 Oscar-winning film "Slumdog Millionaire" came to life this week when the struggling government clerk from eastern India won $1 million on a TV game show.
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March 27, 2011 | By Sam Adams, Special to the Los Angeles Times
In the three years since playing the imprisoned lover Latika in the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire," Freida Pinto has appeared in only one film, as part of the ensemble cast in Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger. " But though you might not know it from your local marquee, she's been busy. Come November she'll be hard to miss, appearing in two of the season's biggest productions, released within two weeks of each other: the Greek gods saga "Immortals" and the "Planet of the Apes" prequel "Rise of the Apes.
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February 28, 2011 | By John Horn and Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Hollywood's coronation of "The King's Speech" culminated Sunday night when the story of stuttering King George VI and his speech therapist won four Academy Awards, including best picture. But if the Oscars completed the historical drama's ascension, the ceremony also signaled the near abdication of former front-runner "The Social Network," which collected three statuettes. Though the outcome may not have been a total shock, it represented a dramatic fall for "The Social Network," whose Oscar momentum felt nearly insurmountable less than two months ago ?
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February 23, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
The first time Ed Novick and Mark Weingarten were competing for an Academy Award, in 2009 when Novick's "The Dark Knight" was up against Weingarten's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" for the sound mixing Oscar, they both lost. The statuette went to the team for " Slumdog Millionaire. " FOR THE RECORD: Sound mixers: An article in the Feb. 23 Calendar section about Ed Novick and Mark Weingarten, longtime friends who were competing against one another as Oscar nominees for sound mixing, said that one of the few times they had ever worked together was on a musical called "Shag" that was never released in theaters.
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January 30, 2009 | John Horn
Determined to make the rags-to-riches drama "Slumdog Millionaire" as authentic as possible, director Danny Boyle reworked his film's first act, casting Hindi-speaking children from Mumbai's slums in two lead roles. Now his choice to put the impoverished 7-year-olds into the film has sparked a growing controversy that is threatening to overtake the movie's global goodwill.
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February 4, 2011 | By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Don Mischer and Bruce Cohen, producers of the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, have lined up the talent who will perform the Oscar-nominated songs during the ceremony on Feb. 27. Gwyneth Paltrow, who won the lead actress Oscar for 1998's "Shakespeare in Love," will perform "Coming Home" from her latest film, "Country Strong. " A.R. Rahman, who won Academy Awards two years ago for score and song for "Slumdog Millionaire," and Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine, will perform "I Rise" from the film "127 Hours.
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December 9, 2010 | By John Horn, Los Angeles Times
Before they joined forces on "127 Hours," director Danny Boyle and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy had collaborated on just one movie ? but what a film that was. "Slumdog Millionaire" not only swept 2009's Academy Awards but also gave Boyle (who won for best director) and Beaufoy (who won for adapted screenplay) the commercial momentum and creative freedom to make, as they call it, "an action movie in which the hero doesn't move. " The pair's adaptation of hiker Aron Ralston's memoir of how he cut off his own forearm to escape a climbing accident is considered a lock for a best picture nomination, and star James Franco (who plays Ralston)
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