Watching The Oscars From The Slums of Mumbai

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The Huffington Post has some photos from the slums outside of Mumbai showing neighbors of some of the child actors from Slumdog Millionaire watch the Oscar telecast live. What a strange image. Almost reminds me of some of the footage from the film where the people of Mumbai are sititng in the streets watching Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. I wish we had video to see what the reaction of the Slumdog sweep looked like back in India. If the Oscar producers weren’t so busy organizing Broadway dance numbers, maybe they could have gotten a camera and a live satellite hookup at this location.

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Ryan Seacrest is a Douchebag

I know this isn’t a gossip blog, but Ryan Seacrest‘s red carpet interview with the young cast of Slumdog Millionaire infuriated me.

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Are you way behind on your movie watching? The Oscars are approaching faster than you think. In case you hadn’t realized, they’re on this Sunday. Still haven’t seen Milk, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, or Slumdog Millionaire? Not doing anything this Saturday? Well then, you’re in luck. If you have $30 bucks to spare, you can catch every single one of these films in a row, starting with Milk at 10:30am, all the way up to Frost/Nixon at 9:45pm. It boils down to almost 11 complete hours of film time, and AMC is tossing in a large popcorn with free refills all day to boot. Plus you’ll be able to come and go as you please… like during the last hour or so of Benjamin Button.

Over 97 different AMC theaters across the U.S. are participating in this showcase, and you can check on their website to see if this is happening near you. While it might not be all three Lord of the Rings movies in a row (which is almost as long with those extended editions), it’s still a pretty serious way to geek out on some quality movies. Just make sure you eat your weight in popcorn to really squeeze some extra value out of your thirty bucks. That’s what I’m planning on doing (I’ll be at the one in Anaheim), and now I just have to figure out how to smuggle in a tank full of soda.

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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GeekBomb: The History of Poop in the Movies

Everyone poops. It’s a truism that you can’t deny, and there’s even an entire book on the subject. In fact, there’s a whole slew of books in that department, ranging from What’s Your Poo Telling You? to It Hurts When I Poop: A Story For Children Who Are Scared To Use The Potty. Which based on the title alone scares me, and I’m an adult. For some reason, from childhood to our adult years, toilet humor amuses us for some reason, and that means we’ve seen plenty of it in the movies.

In fact, Oscar nominee Slumdog Millionaire has a pretty extensive and memorable poop scene in it, and we hope that somewhere there’s a propmaster or special effects technician who is proud to say, “I made the poop in Slumdog” and that someone is buying them a beer. Since the nominations came out, I’ve been thinking about all the other memorable poop scenes in movies, for better or for worse, and thought I’d round up some of the best for a Monday morning GeekBomb to get you going. Have your daily dose of fiber and dive in after the break.

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BBC has put a bunch of the acceptance speeches from the 2009 British Academy Film Awards on YouTube. I’ve included some of the highlights after the jump.
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/Film reader Jordan (JordanFRAV) has e-mailed us with the complete list of winners from the British Academy Film And Television Awards. Slumdog Millionaire cleaned-up, winning 7 Awards. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button took home 3 Awards. Check out the full list of award winners after the jump.

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The 2009 Screen Actors Guild Award Winners

Last night marked the 15th annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) awards at the Shrine Exposition Center. Many see the SAG awards as indicative of who the Oscar winners will be. If that’s the case, then last night’s awards portend an interesting evening on Febraury 22nd. You’ll find a list of last night’s winners after the jump, but first a few quick notes:

  • As expected, the SAG for Best Supporting Actor went to Heath Ledger for his performance in The Dark Knight
  • Prior to last night, The Dark Knight was given the SAG award for “Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble.” This means that TDK actually took home two awards total.
  • Kate Winslet was nominated for both Best Actress (Revolutionary Road) and Best Supporting Actress (The Reader), but only took home an award for the latter.
  • For his amazing performance in Milk, Sean Penn beat out Mickey Rourke for the Best Actor statue. I think either one of them deserved to win this one, and it’ll basically be a coin toss come Oscar night.
  • Meryl Streep won a much-deserved Best Actress SAG Award although I was honestly hoping that Anne Hathaway would beat her out, after Hathaway lost to Winslet at the Globes. Nonetheless, Streep’s performance in Doubt is one of 2008’s bravest, and a marvel to behold.
  • Most significantly, Slumdog Millionaire won the “Outstanding Performance by a Cast” award, making it a favorite for Best Picture come Oscar night.

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Is Slumdog Millionaire Poverty Porn?

On /Film, we’ve promoted Slumdog Millionaire fairly relentlessly (in my review, I lauded it as my favorite film of 2008). Apparently, the Hollywood Foreign Press and the AMPAS are in accord with our opinion on the film, awarding four Golden Globes and a slew of Academy Award nominations, respectively. But with all the press and positive attention the film has been getting, some critics are accusing the film of exploiting western perceptions of India, with its depictions of impoverished slums ruled by gangsters, as well as other unwholesome characters. One of the definitions of pornography, according to Merriam Webster, is as follows: “The depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction.” In most circumstances, this type of pornography is both unwholesome for the viewer and unflattering for its creator.

So, is Slumdog Millionaire poverty porn?
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