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Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner + Bollywood Royalty & Rare Best Foreign Film Woman Director Winner: The Oscars

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress. Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27, '11, at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco […]

'Lula' Movie: Brazil Controversial Foreign Language Oscar Submission

Lula, The Son of Brazil: Mother Glória Pires and her seven children, including Felipe Falanga (yellow shirt) as the boy Lula Unanimity isn't what it used to be. First, Quentin Tarantino's Venice Film Festival jury unanimously decides to hand out awards to the director's friends. Now comes a unanimous decision […]

Aamir Khan '3 Idiots' Sweeps Bollywood's Controversial IIFA Awards

Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, R. Madhavan, 3 Idiots (top); Amitabh Bachchan, Paa (bottom) Rajkumar Hirani's 3 Idiots, an “inspirational” friendship comedy-drama starring Aamir Khan and one of India's biggest blockbusters, won 16 Indian Film Academy Awards, including best film, best director, and best screenplay. The 2010 IIFA ceremony was held […]

Sibel Kekilli & Eric Elmosnino Win Tribeca + 'Bodyguards and Assassins' Tops Hong Kong Film Awards

Sibel Kekilli in Feo Aladag's When We Leave. Feo Aladag's Turkish-German drama Die Fremde / When We Leave, which recently received six Lola nominations, was voted best narrative film at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. In When We Leave, Sibel Kekilli, the star of Fatih Akin's 2004 European Film Award […]

'Shutter Island' Scorsese-DiCaprio Biggest Hit?

'Shutter Island' with Leonardo DiCaprio: Things and people aren't necessarily what they seem to be in Martin Scorsese thriller. 'Shutter Island' to become biggest Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio box office hit? Feb. 28, '10, update: Starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo, Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island has remained at the top […]

'My Name Is Khan': Shah Rukh Khan Political Film Targeted by Nationalist Hindu Fanatics

'My Name Is Khan' with Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan: Cricket League comment leads to Hindu nationalist outrage and fat box office receipts. 'My Name Is Khan': Solid box office in spite of – or because – threats of attacks Like Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, My Name Is Khan, […]

Student Academy Awards: Winners & Paul Mazursky + Indian Film Academy Winners

Alice's Attic. The final order of the winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 2009 Student Academy Awards – gold, silver, and bronze medal recipients – was announced earlier this evening at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Actor Gary Oldman, director John Landis, animator […]

Freida Pinto & Dev Patel + Meryl Streep & Kate Winslet: SAG Awards Definite Oscars Precursor? + PGA Winners

Freida Pinto and Dev Patel: SAG Awards' Best Cast winners. Danny Boyle's sleeper hit Slumdog Millionaire marked the feature film debut of British actor Dev Patel and Indian model Freida Pinto; the former plays a slum denizen with a seemingly inexplicable ability to get all the right answers in India's version […]

'Slumdog Millionaire' Awards: Critics' Best Film Favorite + Heath Ledger Tops & Best Actress Wide Open

Slumdog Millionaire awards: After winning a number of Best Picture awards from various U.S.-based critics groups while on its way to becoming 2008's most notable sleeper hit, Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired mix of drama, music, and social commentary is the odds-on favorite for the 2009 Best Picture Oscar. Dev Patel (pictured) […]

Bollywood-Inspired Drama & Swedish 'Twilight' Top Film Critics Awards + Kate Winslet vs. Anne Hathaway

Slumdog Millionaire with Dev Patel and Anil Kapoor. Danny Boyle's Bollywood-inspired drama seems to be on its way to becoming this awards season's top Best Film pick among U.S.-based critics groups. Dev Patel stars as a former Mumbai slum dweller who may succeed in becoming a millionaire – see image […]

'Gay' Bollywood Movie 'Dostana' & Religious Censorship + William Friedkin Remembers 'The Boys in the Band'

John Abraham in 'Dostana' wallpaper 'Gay' Bollywood film 'Dostana' banned in Pakistan: Gay marriage, 'propagation of homosexuality' to blame Produced by Karan Johar, and written and directed by Tarun Mansukhani, the Miami-set comedy Dostana, starring Bollywood idols Abhishek Bachchan and John Abraham, has been banned in Pakistan. Here's why: “A […]

Dubai Film Festival: Belly Dancing & Frozen Body + Tony Comstock Adult Film Star Documentaries

Laura Ramsey in Whatever Lola Wants: In its Arabian Nights sidebar, the Dubai Film Festival will screen Nabil Ayouch's French-Canadian romantic drama starring U.S. actress Laura Ramsey as the titular Lola, a postal worker who travels to Egypt in search of the reclusive, legendary belly dancer Ismahan (Lebanese actress Carmen […]