Archive for January, 2009

My Review: Slumdog Millionaire


I had the pleasure of seeing Slumdog Millionaire yesterday, and the movie still leaves me speechless.

The story of Jamal Malik, an 18 year-old orphan from the slums of Mumbai, who is about to experience the biggest day of his life. With the whole nation watching, he is just one question away from winning a staggering 20 million rupees on India’s “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” But when the show breaks for the night, police arrest him on suspicion of cheating; how could a street kid know so much? Desperate to prove his innocence, Jamal tells the story of his life in the slum where he and his brother grew up, of their adventures together on the road, of vicious encounters with local gangs, and of Latika, the girl he loved and lost. Each chapter of his story reveals the key to the answer to one of the game show’s questions. Each chapter of Jamal’s increasingly layered story reveals where he learned the answers to the show’s seemingly impossible quizzes. But one question remains a mystery: what is this young man with no apparent desire for riches really doing on the game show? When the new day dawns and Jamal returns to answer the final question, the Inspector and sixty million viewers are about to find out. At the heart of its storytelling lies the question of how anyone comes to know the things they know about life and love.

I didn’t know what to expect with this movie, I didn’t have a clue what it was about.  I was a bit taken aback at the violence, I wasn’t expecting it!  With that said, I absolutely loved it.  I loved all of the characters, each moving and complex.  Come the end of the movie, you’re on the edge of your seat – wondering will he win the money!?

It’s a great movie, and I suspect it will do well at the Oscars like it did at the Globes.

PS: The soundtrack was amazing!


Posted Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 9:09am
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Britney Spears Gets Restraining Order From Ex, Former Manager


Lawyers for Britney Spears went to L.A. Superior Court Friday to seek restraining orders against her former manager, Sam Lutfi, and ex, Adnan Ghalib, court papers show.

The singer, 27, is currently under the permanent conservatorship of her father, Jamie. (A lawyer, Andrew Wallet, is co-conservator of her estate as well.) A source told — which first reported the news — that Spears asked her conservators to “protect her from Sam and Adnan” because she’s afraid of them.

Spears hoped Lutfi, who served as her manager for a period in 2007 and early 2008, and Ghalib, a paparazzo she dated for about three months last winter, would be sent to jail, reports.

The court filings show that Spears’ conservators believe Lutfi and Ghalib were trying to gain control of the singer’s affairs. Jon Eardley — a lawyer Lutfi hired last year who was unsuccessful in arguing that Spears’ conservatorship was unconstitutional — was also named in the court injunction.

“On the first anniversary of the establishment of the conservatorship, the co-conservators are informed and believe that these three figures are working in concert to disrupt the conservatorship, with an utter disregard for Ms. Spears’ health and well being,” the documents say.

The temporary restraining order forbids Ghalib, Lutfi and Eardley from contacting Spears, her parents and sons, Sean Preston, 3, and Jayden James, 2.

The court documents show that Lutfi had been trying to contact Spears through her hairdresser and one of her father’s lawyers. Lutfi is also being accused of sending “anonymous, harassing and threatening” messages to Jamie.

Jamie also alleges in the papers that his daughter still tells Ghalib of her whereabouts “and that he then arranges for paparazzi to meet and film her to his financial benefit.”

A hearing is set for Feb. 23.

Spears let a temporary restraining order against Lutfi expire in July.

“Britney has made clear to everyone that she does not want to be further harassed or contacted in any way by Osama ‘Sam’ Lutfi, now or at any time in the future,” Spears’ court-appointed attorney, Samuel D. Ingham III, told the AP then. Lutfi also released a statement: “Mr. Lutfi and Mr. Spears have mutually agreed in private that no hearing or order is necessary at this time.”

Spears’ original restraining order against Lutfi, filed in February 2008, accused him of drugging her, cutting off her home phone line and interfering with medical treatment.

A source told Us in late 2007 that Spears’ parents were “frightened…they know she is being taken advantage of” by Lutfi.

Ghalib and Spears hooked up in 2008 around the time she was hospitalized twice for mental health issues. A source told Us in November that she penned song “Mmm Papi,” on her platinum album Circus, about him.


Posted Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 9:09am
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Naomi Watts & son Alexander are all smiles as they leave The Four Seasons



Posted Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 8:08am
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Dwayne Johnson visits Nike Town in Beverly Hills, CA yesterday.



Posted Saturday, January 31st, 2009 at 8:08am
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