Good News Day – Slumdog Millionaire Style!

The amazing Slumdog Millionaire just can’t shrug off that Oscar glow. Fresh from the news that the adorable child stars are going to get their own houses in India is the incredibly exciting announcement that Dev Patel is going to appear in the ACTUAL television show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire in the UK.  He’s reported to be in negotiations to play alongside director Danny Boyle to try and win a million quid for children’s street charity Railway Children.

“We were approached by Railway Children about doing the special — and we think it would be fantastic. Danny and Dev would play together, as with all our celebrity specials, but filming depends on their availability,” a production source tells The Sun.

Reports are also swirling that producers are planning a musical version of the hit movie — just like, er, Sister Act! — with profits to be ploughed back into the slums and kids’ charities. And Freida Pinto’s been signed up by Woody Allen to be in his next movie. And look – here’s a lovely photo of the kids at LAX, before they went back to India for a heroes’ welcome. Ahhhh. Can we take anymore feelgood news? [Photo: Splash News Online]


American Idol Recap: 5 Moments We Loved, Feb. 25

“It’s too late for advice now,” Simon Cowell ominously responded when Ryan Seacrest asked if any of the judges had a nugget of wisdom for this round of contestants. This week’s performances included a couple of seasoned performers, two single mothers, two high school students, a Norman Gentle, and a guy who has Kate from Jon and Kate Plus 8′s hair, only his is black. (But seriously Adam Lambert, the good news is that dogs across the neighborhood finally got a version of “Satisfaction” that they could hear properly, so thank you, feel free to retire now.)

5. Norman Gentle Rides Again

Much as we want Norman Gentle to stick around, we don’t think he’ll be here forever. As Ryan said after Norman groped the American Idol signage, “That’s the first time a contestant has gone to second base with our logo.” We loved his performance because he basically used the song “And I Am Telling You” to tell us he was not going. We love that as soon as he sang the words “I’m not going,” he knocked on plastic too. Plastic is just as good as wood in Norman’s world. He’s quirky and weird and yes, we agree with Paula that this isn’t the right stage for him, but we’d love to get a few more performances out of the guy to see how far he can get. Also, he called Simon “Sassy-pants.”

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Alana Love: Diary From The Bunny Ranch

(Alana Love started working at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, a legal brothel in Nevada, in November. She has shared her stories and intimate thoughts with Scandalist readers exclusively in her Scandalist Diary. Today, she shares the biggest story of all!)

Dear Diary,

I have fantastic news! My healthy baby girl was born on February 8th at 2:29 pm, and I have named her Kylie. She was 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 20 inches long at birth.

Luckily, I had quite an easy labor. From start to finish, it was about five hours. I had to have an epidural – labor is painful – wow!

She is a beautiful little girl. Her hair is brown and her eyes are sparkling blue. Luckily, she is also a really well behaved baby. She wakes up once at night but sleeps non-stop. She is really good. I feel so fortunate.

Well, that’s all for now. Gotta get back to Kylie now. She is certainly taking all my time!

Alana Love

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The saga of Octomom Nadya Suleman gets more bizarre and warped by the day. Yesterday Nadya’s father appeared on Oprah and told O he has only $100 in the bank. Today, TMZ reports that Vivid Entertainment has offered Nadya up to 1 million dollars to star in a porno. Vivid has also offered to provide full medical and dental insurance if she becomes a “contract girl” and does multiple videos. When Nadya does anything, we all know she doesn’t do it just once! She’s already starring in a real American tragedy, is an adult film that much worse? [Photo: TMZ]

by (@katespencer)

The Slum-Living Slumdog Kids Get Real Houses

This kind of stuff normally only happens to characters in movies, but in this case it’s happening to the people starring in them. The two child stars of Slumdog Millionaire who portrayed the adult leads – Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail – are being rewarded for their on-camera work with new homes. Both kids currently live in slums similar to the ones their characters escape from, but their government leaders are about to change all that.

The head of Mumbai’s housing authority said, “Since the children have made the nation proud, they must be given free houses. The chief minister of the state has approved this. Their families will receive notification in a couple of days.”

Hurray! Free houses! Their new digs may not end up being super fancy, but Ali’s dad is still pumped, telling an Indian paper: “We are happy that we will have a permanent roof over our heads.” The adorable actors also have trust funds for college set up by the film’s director, Danny Boyle.  [Photo: GettyImages]

by (@seapeaz)

American Idol Group 2: Meet Your Contestants

Last week the first group of 12 contestants competed on Idol and only 3 were chosen to move on. Now it’s time to meet the next 12 contestants, including  Jeanine Vailes, Adam Lambert, and Allison Iraheta. Check out the gallery below and tell us who you think is going to move on!

[Photo: FOX]

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by (@katespencer)

Gossip Break: The Real Haters Of Orange County

  • Happy Ash Wednesday! Still looking for something to give up for Lent? Why not try Facebook!?  [Buzzfeed]
  • The Real Housewives of Orange County spent their reunion show slinging mud at each other while silently flaunting their amazing botox work. You go girls!  [DListed]
  • Nicolette Sheridan is going to die a terrible death on Desperate Housewives.  [Seriously? OMG!]
  • The new Hills trailer shows Heidi and Spencer like, totally fighting, but these pictures tell a different, cheesy story.   [PopSugar]
  • Freida Pinto looks stunning on the cover of Vogue. Jai ho!  [Jezebel]
  • Time to celebrate – Britney Spears‘ ex Adnan Ghalib is going to jail!  [CelebSlam]
  • Blake Incarcerated is incarcerated no more.  [Hollyscoop]
  • The Arrested Development movie might happen, and it might be terrible.  [Videogum]


Red Carpet Report Card: Oscars Edition

Welcome to Red Carpet Report Card: Oscars Edition, where the stars are put to the biggest red carpet fashion test of the year at the 2009 Academy Awards. See how our Fashion 101 teacher, Libby Keatinge, grades Beyonce, Kate Winslet, Angelina Jolie, and Natalie Portman on their red carpet performances. Did they do their homework, or sleep through the semester?

by (@katespencer)

Paris Snags Lauren Conrad’s Sloppy Seconds

Well, this is a sure way to tell that Paris Hilton‘s celebrity status is crashing – the heiress is currently dating Doug Reinhardt, minor league baseball player and brother to Laguna Beach “star” Casey Reinhardt. Doug’s already established himself as the latest star f*cker in town, after he bedded both Lauren Conrad and actress Amanda Bynes (they broke up last month).

Paris won’t admit that she’s dating Doug, even though she’s dragged him to Japan for a business-related getaway. Perhaps she’s embarrassed that the only man she can score these days is one tossed aside by reality TV stars and CW-caliber actresses? We’d be mortified too if we’d gone from nailing Greek shipping heirs to traipsing around with a meathead whose dad invented the frozen burrito. No joke.

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