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Gold Derby nuggets: Fury over Oscarcast snub of Eartha Kitt | Jane Fonda Twittered the Oscars away | Is Mickey Rourke a sore loser?

February 25, 2009 |  7:05 pm

• The former publicist of late actress/singer Eartha Kitt is outraged that Kitt wasn't included in the Oscars' tribute to recently deceased stars. She died on Christmas of colon cancer at age 81. "The producers are either 12 or have been living under a rock for the past 60 years," he fumed to the New York Post. "It's clear that they thought that publicist Warren Cowan was more of a household name. Go figure." NEW YORK POST


Kate Winslet doesn't care that some of her fellow countrymen are upset that she lost her cool British reserve while accepting awards this derby season. According to the London Telegraph: "Asked about the less-than-fawning reaction of the British press to her hyperventilating disaster of an acceptance speech at the Golden Globes, she said: 'I really don't care and, quite frankly, I'm sad that my country can't be pleased with the successes of their own kind, as the U.S. does.' " LONDON TELEGRAPH

• "Slumdog Millionaire" will be playing on more than 2,800 screens across the country this coming Friday. The eight-time Oscar winner just crossed the $100-million mark domestically, and has already made an additional $65 million worldwide. All signs point to it being one of the few indie films to top $200 million worldwide. VARIETY

• The impoverished kids depicted in "Slumdog Millionaire" not only got a free trip to the Oscars and even to Disneyland, but housing authorities in Mumbai plan to give each of their families a free apartment too. After filming concluded last year, director Danny Boyle set up trust funds for them and enrolled them in local school, and now he promises to do more. LONDON DAILY MAIL

• More financial assistance may be ahead for all poor Mumbai kids if these plans pan out. Because Tony Award-winning shows "Frost/Nixon" and "Doubt" were top Oscars players, why shouldn't an Academy Awards champ head to the Broadway stage in pursuit of possible Tonys? The Hindustan Times reports that "Slumdog Millionaire" producers plan a musical stage adaptation to raise money for the needy children of Mumbai. HINDUSTAN TIMES

Joey Fatone says he and Lisa Rinna had a few drinks before hosting the TV Guide Channel preshow and were "kinda drunk" during the show itself. TMZ

• Looks like Mickey Rourke is off his best behavior now that he lost the lead actor Oscar to Sean Penn. TMZ even calls him a sore loser for flipping the bird to paparazzi. TMZ


Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times takes on the "snarky" bashers of the Oscarcast, citing the review of L.A. Times scribe Patrick Goldstein, harrumphing, "Say what?" He then complimented Goldstein's coworker: "It was left to my friend Ken Turan, the L.A.Times' film critic, to strike a note of sanity." Bottom line: Ebert asserts that the Oscarcast was "the best I've seen. So that's what I think, and if you don't agree, you can go snark yourself." CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

• Two-time lead actress Oscar winner Jane Fonda ("Klute," "Coming Home") twittered the Oscar night away. On "The View," she confessed, "I did something I've never done before. I Twittered from my bed. I Twittered the Oscars. People really enjoyed the fact that, having won two Oscars, I'm at home Twittering. ... I liked the show and everything I voted for won." JANEFONDA.COM

• Memo to that ace Oscarologist and devilish scribe David Carr, who I greatly admire: You're nuts. The New York Times Carpetbagger suggests that the Oscars attempt an even-more-radical overhaul ahead: "Next year, the Academy might consider a generational update instead of transplanting this or that young star. There are plenty of young producers who may not have the demonstrated chops of Bill Condon and Laurence Mark, but could begin to integrate digital culture and contemporary music in more than token ways. What if Beck or Spike Jonze were given a chunk to program, or, if you're looking for more theatrical DNA, Stew of 'Passing Strange'?" CARPETBAGGER

• Let the next derby begin! Kris Tapley takes an early look at ponies that may be in top races at the next Oscars. IN CONTENTION


• Just weeks after losing best new artist at the Grammys to Adele, the Jonas Brothers — who seem to have it all, as the saying goes — admit that there are a few things they still desire: "We want to play a stadium in America. And we want a Grammy. It didn't quite happen this year, but that's OK." CONTACT MUSIC

Robert Plant and Allison Krauss got a nice big sales bounce after going undefeated in five Grammy races, including album and record of the year. The week after their performance on the kudocast, "Raising Sand" shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard charts, it topped Amazon's music sales list, and it landed in the top five on iTunes. ALTSOUNDS

Photos: Associated Press,, L.A. Times

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