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7 Most Overrated Movies Ever

James Bond, Inception among them

(Newser) - Looking for something to watch this weekend? You've probably heard great things about the following films, but don't believe the hype, Tim Robey writes in the Telegraph . He lists the 10 most overrated films:
  1. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, is hardly the thriller it was made out to
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A Year Later, Little Change for Real-Life Slumdog Millionaire

Sushil Kumar still wearing same clothes, living with family

(Newser) - In October 2011, Sushil Kumar, a poor government clerk, became a real-life Slumdog Millionaire when he won $1 million on the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. Today, not much has changed for Kumar—he bought a generator and a scooter, and he quit his $100 per... More »

Indian Man Wins $1M in Real-Life Slumdog Millionaire

Sushil Kumar, 26, is first in country to win top prize

(Newser) - In a case of life imitating Hollywood, a poor Indian government clerk won $1 million on his country’s version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. And the Slumdog Millionaire-esque tale gets more remarkable: Sushil Kumar, who comes from a desolate region of the country, is the first person... More »

Slumdog Star Loses All in Fire

Rubina Ali homeless again after blaze in Mumbai slum

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali is out on the street after a blaze ripped through her Mumbai slum today. "It's all gone. Even my best clothes, everything," Rubina tearfully told the AP via phone; the 12-year-old also lost her awards, clippings, and photos from the Oscar-winning flick.... More »

Newest TV Trend: Indian-Themed Shows

Popularity of Slumdog Millionaire made way for successors on TV

(Newser) - Bollywood is coming to Hollywood, with more Indian actors and TV shows about Indians and Indian Americans coming to the small screen. The interest in all things Indian “was boiling, hovering there, with the increasing popularity of Indian clothing, food, and Bollywood movies”—and then Slumdog Millionaire came... More »

100 Defining Moments of the '00s

The iPod, Guitar Hero, Twitter—and some serious moments, too

(Newser) - From the tragic (World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina) to the seemingly trivial (Stephen Fry's first Tweet), the Telegraph lists the top 100 defining cultural moments of the decade so far:
  • April 2000: Metallica sues music-sharing service Napster.
  • October 2001: The iPod is released.
  • February 2003: Sacha Baron Cohen hits
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Slumdog Kid Gets New Home

(Newser) - Azharuddin Ismail, the child actor who played the main character’s brother in Slumdog Millionaire, moved into a new home in an upmarket Mumbai suburb today, the BBC reports. A trust set up by the film’s producers paid for the house and is hunting for a similar abode for... More »

Director Buys Apartment for Slumdog Kid

(Newser) - The makers of Slumdog Millionaire have bought a home for one of the film’s Indian child actors whose real-life shanty was demolished by the Mumbai government, Reuters reports. Azharuddin Ismail is now living in a “comfortable” apartment “in a good neighborhood near his school,” an exec... More »

Second Slumdog Kid's Home Torn Down

Ali's father beaten by police in demolition

(Newser) - The shanty home of another Slumdog Millionaire child star was torn down by Mumbai authorities today as they demolished part of a city slum where she lived. The stepmother of 9-year-old Rubina Ali, who portrayed a young Latika, the Oscar-winning film's heroine, said her husband was beaten by police who... More »

Slumdog Star's 'Illegal' Home Demolished

Family had lived there 15 years

(Newser) - Mumbai officials tore down the home of Slumdog Millionaire child star Azharuddin Ismail, calling the slum dwelling illegal construction. Ismail’s mother says the family lived there 15 years before police arrived unannounced. “We didn’t even get a chance to remove our belongings,” she tells the Telegraph.... More »

Slumdog Star's Mom, Stepmom Lock Horns

Stepmom says biological mom had no interest in Rubina Ali until the Oscars

(Newser) - The mother and stepmother of Slumdog Millionaire star Rubina Ali slapped and tore at each other in a Mumbai slum today, the Daily Mail reports. The mother started the catfight after Ali's dad, Rafiq Qureshi, was arrested for allegedly trying to sell the 9-year-old for £200,000. “You... More »

Slumdog Dad: I'm Not Selling My Kid

Rumors part of a 'dirty' media scheme, he says

(Newser) - The father of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali tells the BBC he’s not selling his daughter, contrary to a News of the World report he called a “dirty” scheme. The media “made fun of our poverty,” Rafiq Qureshi said. “They tricked us into this... More »

Dad Wants to Sell Slumdog Child Star

Rubina Ali's dad asks for $300k to adopt 9-year-old

(Newser) - The family of Slumdog Millionaire child star Rubina Ali really is stuck in the slums of Mumbai, and her father may be trying to trade her in for his ticket out, the News of the World reports. The tab contacted Rafiq Qureshi, posing as a rich Dubai couple interested in... More »

Slumdog Makers Give $740K to Educate Poor

Fun intended to hush critics who call film 'poverty porn'

(Newser) - To combat accusations that Oscar sensation Slumdog Millionaire is a form of “poverty porn,” the filmmakers have donated about $740,000 toward a health education initiative in Mumbai’s slums, the Times of London reports. The funds are in addition to trusts set up for the movie’s... More »

Angie to Slumdog Star: Indian Baby Is Next

Jolie, Pitt visited Indian orphanage in 2006

(Newser) - Angelina Jolie’s latest plan for her ever-growing brood? Adopt an Indian baby, the Sun reports. Jolie, charmed by one of the young Slumdog Millionaire stars at the Oscars, let him in on “a little secret” about her plan to adopt from his native country “soon.” Jolie... More »

Meet the Real Slumdog Millionaire

(Newser) - Slumdog Millionaire is a hot topic of conversation in India, where it’s alternately viewed with pride and scorn, and few have a more interesting perspective on it than Harshvardhan Nawathe—the real slumdog millionaire. Nawathe is the only person to ever win it all on India’s version of... More »

Watchmen Sees Tepid Weekend Win

Blockbuster doesn't live up to opening-weekend projections

(Newser) - Who watches the Watchmen? Too few moviegoers to live up to box-office projections, says the Hollywood Reporter. The much-hyped flick earned only $55.7 million this weekend as Madea Goes to Jail locked in $8.8 million, Taken took $7.5 million, and Slumdog Millionaire kept riding its Oscar wave... More »

Jonas Bros Lose Beat at Box Office

Oscars help Slumdog to third

(Newser) - Madea Goes to Jail kept the Jonas Brothers at bay this weekend, Entertainment Weekly reports. Madea banked $16.5 million to the highly anticipated Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience's mere $12.7 million. Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed an Oscar boost, earning $12.2 million, while Taken continued its hot streak... More »

Slumdog Star 'Very' Sick

Social worker worries about emotional effect of US tour

(Newser) - One of Slumdog Millionaire’s child stars is severely ill after returning to India from his whirlwind American tour, the Telegraph reports. Ten-year-old Azharuddin Ismail developed a temperature of 103 and started vomiting after arriving at his Mumbai slum home. His illness comes as critics slam the psychological effects of... More »

Young Slumdog Actor Gets Beating From Father

(Newser) - Angered that his son wouldn’t play to a crowd welcoming 10-year-old Slumdog Millionaire actor Azharuddin Mohammed back to Mumbai, the boy’s father administered a public beating today, the Sun reports. Azharuddin arrived home yesterday following the film’s Oscar triumph, and had the day off school; when he... More »

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