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Warning: 127 Hours May Cause Fainting, Seizures and Nausea. Use Only As Directed.

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Usually when people say a movie made them vomit, it’s just a figure of speech. Sadly, for James Franco, these complaints seem scarily real. Apparently his latest film 127 Hours has been causing some audience members to become physically sick!

What on earth could have caused all the fuss? Well, 127 Hours tells the true story of rock-climber Aron Ralston, who was pinned beneath a bolder for five days in 2003. Eventually the climber was forced to amputate is own arm to survive. According to The Daily Mail, Franco’s performance as Ralston is graphic, to say the least. Reviewer Chris Tookey describes the scene in question as “the most harrowing bone-breaking and amputation scene in the history of cinema.” Move over, Requiem For A Dream.

The London Sun has reported that when the Danny Boyle directed feature closed the London Film Festival last week, medics had to be called to manage cases of nausea, fainting, and even seizures. “Boyle looked on as paramedics treated fans struggling to cope with the gruesome scenes.” Clearly this movie isn’t for the faint of heart.

127 Hours opens wide today. Will you go and see it? If you do, be on the safe side and bring a tarp.

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Frieda Pinto To Be New Bond Girl?

More Slumdog Millionaire career-boosting news! As well as being picked up to star in the next Woody Allen flick, actress Freida Pinto could be the next Bond Girl after being invited to screen-test for the next movie, which could even be helmed by SM director Danny Boyle.

“Freida came to the attention of the Bond team when they were casting Quantum of Solace. She was too young at the time to have a part as a love interest for a secret agent. But she has blossomed into an incredibly stunning young woman and would look perfect on Daniel Craig‘s arm,” reports the Sun.

It’s a great idea, Frieda! Being a Bond Girl is a passport to a fabulous career. Just look what happened to Halle Berry‘s career just after she starred in Bond! Oh. What about Teri Hatcher‘s? Damn.  Denise Richards? Ok, we’re going to have to think about this one…[Photo: WireImage]

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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]

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Oscars 2009: The Winners List and Photo Gallery

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Lots of action this year. Hugh Jackman certainly rose to the occasion! And Slumdog Millionaire did a little something called a sweep, racking up an array of victories. Did you make the right bets? Did your favorites win? Did you ever think Penelope Cruz would dominate? You certainly must have guessed that Heath Ledger was a lock. Check out all the triumphs in the key categories.

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Oscars Dispatch: Slumdog Kids Flown In For Ceremony

The children who starred in the Oscar-nominated Slumdog Millionaire are being flown into glitzy Los Angeles from India to attend the 2009 Oscars. Two of them (Azharrudin Mohammed, 10, and Rubina Ali, 9) live in Mumbai slums, and all three are being put up in a five-star hotel so they can walk the red carpet at the Academy Awards. None of the children have ever been to the United States: “Not in my dreams did I ever think I will go to America,” Rubina says.

Although the children appear to be living a dream come true, there has been controversy surrounding their involvement in the film and their attendance at the Oscars. Rubina lives in a one-room hut, and her parents reportedly rejected the studio’s original offer to fly her to L.A., suggesting that the money could be put to better use in her life.

Makers of the film have been accused of producing “poverty porn” and exploiting the children as well as creating the term “slumdog,” which some slum dwellers find offensive. Director Danny Boyle says he cast the real slum dwelling children, as opposed to professional actors to give the kids an escape from poverty. The studio has reportedly set up trust funds for the children when they graduate and has assisted them in trying to find new housing in Mumbai.

The children seem unaffected by any controversy surrounding the film, and appear only excited to be rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s elite on Sunday. “I’m going to go and take a lot of pictures and show them to people over here,” Rubina said. “I have to buy clothes and shoes for the award ceremony.” [Photos: Fox Searchlight; Source: Times Online]

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(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches in our Academy Awards Blog. Plus, don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 8PM EST!)

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Hollywood Gossip Dispatch: Slumdog Kids Flown In For Ceremony

The children who starred in the Oscar-nominated Slumdog Millionaire are being flown into glitzy Los Angeles from India to attend the 2009 Oscars. Two of them (Azharrudin Mohammed, 10, and Rubina Ali, 9) live in Mumbai slums, and all three are being put up in a five-star hotel so they can walk the red carpet at the Academy Awards. None of the children have ever been to the United States: “Not in my dreams did I ever think I will go to America,” Rubina says.

Although the children appear to be living a dream come true, there has been controversy surrounding their involvement in the film and their attendance at the Oscars. Rubina lives in a one-room hut, and her parents reportedly rejected the studio’s original offer to fly her to L.A., suggesting that the money could be put to better use in her life.

Makers of the film have been accused of producing “poverty porn” and exploiting the children as well as creating the term “slumdog,” which some slum dwellers find offensive. Director Danny Boyle says he cast the real slum dwelling children, as opposed to professional actors to give the kids an escape from poverty. The studio has reportedly set up trust funds for the children when they graduate and has assisted them in trying to find new housing in Mumbai.

The children seem unaffected by any controversy surrounding the film, and appear only excited to be rubbing elbows with Hollywood’s elite on Sunday. “I’m going to go and take a lot of pictures and show them to people over here,” Rubina said. “I have to buy clothes and shoes for the award ceremony.” [Photos: Fox Searchlight; Source: Times Online]

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(Editor’s Note: Libby Keatinge, our gossip blogger extraordinaire, is hitting all of the parties before and after this year’s Oscars. Keep up with her latest Hollywood Gossip Dispatches and don’t forget to join us for our Live Oscars Blog Party this Sunday at 6:30PM EST!)

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Scandalist‘s Predictions For The 2009 Oscars

You’d think that the kajillion award ceremonies preceding the Oscars would make it easy to predict who will win, but there have been countless times when the Academy went against the tide. Remember when Crash beat Brokeback Mountain? Or Shakespeare In Love beating Saving Private Ryan? The Oscars are pretty unpredictable compared to the Grammys, but here’s who we think will take home a golden boy on February 22nd.

[Photo: AFP]

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