Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire have donated $745,000


British director Danny Boyle and the producers of his Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire have donated $745,000 to kick-start a program aimed at providing healthcare and education to children in India.

The filmmakers have teamed up with Plan, an international kids’ development organization, to create the five-year program, which they hope will change the lives of children living in poverty.

Boyle shot Slumdog Millionaire, about a poor young man who wins India’s version of TV game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, in some of the country’s poorest areas — and he is grateful to have been given such a warm reception during filming.

He says, “Having benefited so much from the hospitality of the people of Mumbai, it is only right that some of the success of the movie be ploughed back into the city in areas where it is needed most and where it can make a real difference to some lives.”

Plan U.K.’s chief executive, Marie Staunton, adds, “Slumdog Millionaire has shown audiences around the world a snapshot of what life is like for one in six people on the planet.

“Education really is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty, so we will focus the funds on getting children into school, keeping them there and ensuring they are healthy.”

It’s not the only investment Boyle has made in the country’s youth — he set up the Jai Ho Trust last year to ensure Slumdog Millionaire’s two young stars Rubiana Ali and Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, who played Latika and Salim in the early scenes of the film, would be provided for financially after plucking them from obscurity to act in his film.



Leonardo DiCaprio is auctioning tickets to the premiere of his next movie


Leonardo DiCaprio is auctioning tickets to the premiere of his next movie to raise money for a climate change charity.

The highest bidder will get whisked to the screening of Shutter Island in an eco-friendly car, pose with DiCaprio on the red carpet and spend the night in a green hotel.

The venue will be announced ahead of the auction, which kicks off on Earth Day, April 22.

DiCaprio says, “By bidding on these items at ebay.com/globalgreen, people will help Global Green combat climate change and pursue important environmental imperatives, such as greening our nation’s schools, housing, cities and more.”



The Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt going to wed this saturday


The Hills stars Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt have reportedly brought their marriage plans forward after applying for a license in Beverly Hills this week.

The couple, who staged a commitment ceremony in Mexico last year, decided against making their marriage legal at the last minute. But now they’re ready to exchange vows.

And, according to TMZ.com, Montag will become Mrs. Pratt on Saturday — a week ahead of schedule.

Last week, sources told Eonline.com that the reality TV pair was planning a small ceremony on April 25 in Pasadena, California — and that the nuptials would be filmed for the season finale of The Hills.

But TMZ reports the couple is planning an intimate Beverly Hills affair on Saturday.



Jackie Chan has caused uproar


Jackie Chan has caused uproar amongst pro-democracy groups after allegedly stating the people of China “need to be controlled” by a strict government.

The action star, a Hong Kong native and one of the Communist nation’s leading stars, reportedly spoke about the dangers of China adopting a democratic stance at a business forum in China’s Hainan province on Saturday.

He told the forum, “I’m not sure if it’s good to have freedom or not. I’m gradually beginning to feel that we Chinese need to be controlled. If we’re not being controlled, we’ll just do what we want.”

The Rush Hour actor added that the social structure in Taiwan, a democratic country that gained independence from China in 1949, is “chaotic,” according to Eastern news sources.

And Chan’s comments have come under fire from Taiwanese and Hong Kong lawmakers and democracy advocates.

Hong Kong pro-democracy legislator Leung Kwok says, “He’s insulted the Chinese people. Chinese people aren’t pets. Chinese society needs a democratic system to protect human rights and rule of law.”

Fellow lawmaker Albert Ho states, “People around the world are running their own countries. Why can’t Chinese do the same?”



Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams


HOLLYWOOD – Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams have been photographed enjoying a passionate kiss–fuelling rumors they have revived their relationship.

The former couple met on the set of 2004 movie The Notebook, and enjoyed a two-year relationship until they split last year.

Gosling and McAdams were spotted leaving a party in Los Angeles together last month, sparking speculation that they may have reconciled.

And now they have been snapped locking lips during a romantic breakfast at a Toronto restaurant–with McAdams perched on Gosling’s lap.

A source tells Usweekly.com, “Their friends are quite pleased that they’re getting back together and are trying to give them space.”



Paris Hilton in a bikini

Here’s Paris Hilton and Doug Reinhardt at the Coachella Music Festival yesterday, and I gotta admit, there’s times I would. I’d do- *click* Whoa! My penis just pulled a gun, everybody. Okay, I’m stepping away from the keyboard. You’re in charge. You’re the man. My car keys? Here you go even though we both know you can’t drive stick. Haha, talk about irony. *click* I’ll be good.


Hollywood, Movie Review

’17 Again’ easily takes boxoffice crown


Warner Bros.’ comedy fantasy “17 Again” ruled the domestic boxoffice this weekend with an estimated $24.1 million bow built heavily on support from young female fans of rising star Zac Efron.

Universal’s Russell Crowe-toplined “State of Play” took the session’s silver medal despite a soft $14.1 million opening, while Lionsgate’s action sequel “Crank: High Voltage” debuted in sixth with just $6.5 million.

Disney’s tween-girls magnet “Hannah Montana: The Movie” was the top holdover pic, dropping 61% in its sophomore session to register $12.7 million in fourth place for a 10-day cume of $56.1 million.

And Warners’ dark comedy “Observe and Report” finished seventh over its second weekend as the Seth Rogen starrer dropped 63% from opening grosses for a $4.1 million frame and $18.7 million cume.

Industrywide, the $107 million weekend represented a 14% improvement over the same frame last year, according to Nielsen EDI.

Year to date, 2009 is pacing 8% ahead of last year, at $2.73 billion. The year-over-year improvement appears more modest than it might as the year-ago period boasted an extra winter weekend.

In a limited bow this weekend, IDP/Samuel Goldwyn’s fact-based drama “American Violet” unspooled in 61 locations and ran up $257,114, or a sturdy $4,215 per site.

Sony Pictures Classics debuted its Broadway documentary “Every Little Step” in eight theaters to register $72,616, or an auspicious $9,077 per venue.

Story Island’s Michael Caine starrer “Is Anybody There?” opened with six playdates and grossed $45,112, or a solid $7,519 per engagement.

And IFC Films bowed Middle East drama “Lemon Tree” in a pair of New York locations, grossing $14,100, or $7,050 per venue.

Elsewhere in the specialty market, SPC added 30 playdates for its baseball drama “Sugar” and rung up $110,079, or a thin $2,293 per engagement, with a cume of $327,844.

And Focus Features’ Spanish-language drama “Sin Nombre” added 15 locations for a total of 80, grossing $256,813, or an acceptable $3,210 per site, with a $1.2 million cume.


Movie Review

New Movie, Barah Aana (2009)


Cast: Naseeruddin Shah, Vijay Raaz, Arjun Mathur, Violante Placido, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Jayati Bhatia, Benjamin Gilani, Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwa  Story Writer:Raja Menon, Sound Designer: Debashish MishraDirector: Raja Menon
Producer: Raja Menon, Raj Yerasi, Giulia Achilli
Production Designer: Anuradha Shetty
Banner: Bandra West Pictures Music
Music Director: