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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 […]

Costa-Gavras Getting Eisenstein Honor + 'The Band's Visit' Tops Israeli Academy Awards

Screenwriter, director, and producer Costa-Gavras, 74, never one to shy away from inflammatory themes, will be honored with the second-ever Eisenstein Award handed out by the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts. The Sept. 28 ceremony will launch a two-day Costa-Gavras mini-festival, with screenings of four of the […]

National Film Awards: Controversies Obscure Winners + New Academy Rules

National Film Awards: Controversies obscure winners Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Bengali-language Kaalpurush - Memories in the Mist, the story of a mild-mannered office clerk (Rahul Bose) whose faltering career is counterbalanced by his wife's sudden celebrity, received Best Feature Film honors at the 53rd edition of the National Film Awards, covering Indian […]

Karlovy Vary Film Festival Awards: Icelandic Thriller Tops + Jerusalem Winners

Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2007 Awards: Icelandic thriller 'Jar City' wins Crystal Globe (image: 'Jar City' director Baltasar Kormákur and producer Lilja Pálmadóttir) Baltasar Kormákur's Jar City was named the Crystal Globe winner at the 2007 Karlovy Vary Film Festival's awards ceremony held at the Grand Hall of the Thermal […]

Indian Academy Film Awards: Aamir Khan Bollywood Political Musical + Hrithik Roshan & Rani Mukherji Among Winners

As expected, the big winner at the 8th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards held Saturday night at the Hallam FM Arena in Sheffield, United Kingdom, was Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's political musical Rang De Basanti / Paint It Yellow, the tale of several alienated university students – among them Aamir […]

Best Foreign Language Film Oscar European Slant + Hip Hop Immigration Drama Tops Guldbagge Awards

Water with Lisa Ray. Set in the late 1930s, during the British occupation of India, Deepa Mehta's Water created quite a stir during its production in that country. Spoken in Hindi, the film stars Canadian actress Lisa Ray as a young widow living with several other widowed women and girls in […]

Seoul Film Festival & Israeli Film Academy Winners + London Festival Movies

The 2006 Seoul Film Festival came to a close this past Sunday, Sept. 17. The Best Film winner in the International Competition section was Sebastián Camposs dramatic comedy La Sagrada familia / The Sacred Family, the story of a dysfunctional Chilean family whose routine is turned upside down when the sons rebellious and highly […]

Bangkok Film Festival Awards + Cannes Film Festival Movies

Deepa Mehta's controversial Indo-Canadian production Water, which depicts the plight of Indian widows during the Gandhi era, has won the Golden Kinnaree for Best Film at the 2006 Bangkok International Film Festival. In 2000, while making the film in India Mehta received death threats from Hindu radicals, and was thus […]

Deadly Delhi Riots, Carmen Maura Leader of Teen Prostitution Ring: 'Amu,' 'To the Other Side'

'Amu' movie with Konkona Sen Sharma: Coming to terms with the deadly Delhi Riots. Shonali Bose's political movie 'Amu' redeemed by unflinching depiction of 1984 Delhi riots The tale of a young Indian-American woman who, while visiting her adoptive family in Delhi, discovers the shocking – and politically charged – […]

Film & Politics: Bollywood Movie Angers Sikhs + 'Revenge of the Sith' & Iraq War Parallels + Anti-Islam Film on Italian TV

Jo Bole So Nihaal Sunny Deol. Bollywood movie Jo Bole So Nihaal angers some Sikhs, leads to calls for censorship and terrorist attacks In Delhi, special police units have been posted at more than a dozen film theaters showing Rahul Rawail's Hindi-language film Jo Bole So Nihaal / He Who […]

Bollywood Controversy: Priest Sexual Affair vs. Religious Censors

Priest sex movie: 'Sins,' with Shiney Ahuja and Seema Rahmani. Catholic priest sex leads to another round of Bollywood vs. religious censorship Vinod Pande's new film, Sins (2005), which chronicles the affair between a hunky Roman Catholic priest (Shiney Ahuja) and a much younger woman (Seema Rahmani), has outraged India's […]

Meera: Film Actress' Bollywood Thriller Too Hot for Pakistan Censors

Meera and Ashmit Patel in 'Nazar.' Meera: Pakistani film actress fined, targeted, honored Popular Pakistani film actress Meera, 27, has been burdened with a “heavy fine,” courtesy of Pakistan's Ministry of Culture. The reason for the stern ruling? Meera kisses her Indian co-star Ashmit Patel in Mahesh Bhatt's supernatural Bollywood […]