Page 2: Weekend Edition

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 22 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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We had heard rumblings that DreamWorks Animation was developing a computer animated Bollywood movie, but had not heard much in terms of details until now. The company has announced via Variety that they have hired composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), Broadway lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Enchanted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Pocahontas) and husband-and-wife producing team Gurinder Chadha and Paul Berges (Bend It Like Beckham, Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging) to work on the animation studio’s first animated feature musical. More details after the jump.

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Bollywood Movie Trailer: Shankar’s The Robot

What if Bollywood created a movie with equal parts Iron Man, I, Robot, Bicentennial Man and featured the score of Academy Award-winning composer A.R. Rahman (Slumdog Millionaire)? /Film reader Nathan T sent over the trailer for S. Shankar‘s The Robot, which looks to be that movie. The film features Rajinikanth in dual roles, as a science professor and a superintelligent android robot. Watch a trailer for it now embedded after the jump.
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2009 Academy Award Speeches

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Did you miss any of the important Oscar speeches from last night’s Academy Awards? Well you have a second chance to catch them now on YouTube. After the jump we’ve embedded the speeches from Danny Boyle (Best Director), Kate Winslet (Best Actress), Penelope Cruz (Best Supporting Actress), AR Rahman (Best Sound, Best Score), Heath Ledger‘s Family (Best Supporting Actor), and Sean Penn (Best Actor).
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The Pussycat Dolls Cover A.R. Rahman’s Jai Ho

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Once again, American pop culture manages to prove that there’s nothing that artistic foreigners create which America cannot completely desecrate. Slumdog Millionaire fans will know that A.R. Rahman’s great soundtrack for the film not only won a Golden Globe, but is also up for an Oscar too. In addition, it scored two out of the three Oscar nomination slots for “Best Original Song.” One of those song nominations was for “Jai Ho,” the triumphant song that plays under the film’s closing Bollywood dance sequence. While I vehemently believed that Springsteen’s “The Wrestler” deserved a nomination or a win in that category, I was still thrilled to see one of my favorite soundtracks of the year get some Oscar love.
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Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack

Ever since I first screened Danny Boyle‘s Slumdog Millionaire at the Telluride Film Festival, I’ve been waiting, and hoping for a soundtrack to be released. The songs have occupied my mind, and I became convinced that a soundtrack might never see the light of day, especially after /Film’s own David Chen explained the fate of the soundtrack to Boyle’s Sunshine.

It’s hard to sit through this film and not admire A.R. Rahman‘s unique mix of Bollywood with hip-hop. My favorite track plays within the first 10 minutes of the film — “O… Saya” features an original collaboration with M.I.A. You’ll know the song I’m talking about when you hear it. There have been a bunch of websites that have compiled track listings of the songs that are available for purchase or download around the web. But some of the songs, like O… Saya, are simply not available anywhere.

MTV has discovered that the soundtrack will be released online on November 25th, and in stores on December 23rd. The complete track listing can be found below:

1. “O… Saya” Performed by A R Rahman & M.I.A.
2. “Riots” by A R Rahman
3. “Mausam & Escape” by A R Rahman
4. “Paper Planes” Performed by M.I.A.
5. “Paper Planes” DFA REMIX Performed by M.I.A.
6. “”Ringa Ringa” by A R Rahman featuring Alka Yagnik & Ila Arun
7. “Liquid Dance” by A R Rahman featuring Palakkad Sriram & Madhumitha
8. “Latika’s Theme” by A R Rahman featuring Suzanne
9. “Aaj Ki Raat” Performed by Sonu Nigam, Mahalaxmi Lyer & Alisha Chinoi
10. “Millionaire” by A R Rahman featuring Madhumitha
11. “Gangsta Blues” by A R Rahman featuring BlaaZe & Tanvi Shah
12. “Dreams on Fire” by A R Rahman featuring Suzzanne
13. “Jai Ho” by A R Rahman featuring Sukhvinder Singh, Tanvi Shah & Mahalaxmi Iyer

And for those of you who might be wondering, Bruce Springstein will be including the original song he wrote for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler on his new album, which hits stores on January 27th 2009.

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