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"Slumdog" kids get homes

2009-02-26 07:35:05 GMT2009-02-26 15:35:05 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

The two child actors from the Oscar-winning "Slumdog Millionaire" will be moved from slums to new houses by Indian authorities. Rubina Ali and Azharuddin Ismail, who played the younger versions of the movie's central characters, still live in Mumbai's slums with their families. An Indian government official said the children deserved to be rewarded and will be given free homes.

There was an outcry after pictures emerged of the child stars living in squalor despite the $15 million movie earning about $100 million since its North American release.

The woman who was in the passenger seat during Morgan Freeman's car crash last August said she was not having an affair with the then-married actor. Demaris Meyer held a press conference in Los Angeles to clear her name, and to say that she is suing Freeman for the serious injuries she incurred in the accident.

The lead singer of Canadian band the Barenaked Ladies is leaving to pursue a solo career. Steven Page will part company with the band while the remaining members of the band plan to stay together. Page was arrested last year and charged with drug possession after police found the singer with cocaine at an upstate New York apartment.

California governor and former action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger is to play himself in a film being made by Sylvester Stallone. The 61-year-old will make a rare big-screen appearance in "The Expendables." The film, in which Stallone also stars, follows a group of mercenaries trying to overthrow a South American dictator.

Finally, Motown legend Stevie Wonder is to be honored with a special prize during a ceremony at the White House. U.S. President Barack Obama will present the multi-Grammy winning star with the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song from the Library of Congress. The award commemorates a composer or performer for their lifetime contributions to popular music.

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