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Gold Derby nuggets: Maurice Jarre takes final bow | Return of the king (Henry VIII, that is) | Emmy rooting for Mos Def on 'House M.D.'

March 30, 2009 |  5:36 pm

• The death of Maurice Jarre from cancer at age 84 is a massive loss. The composer scored more than 150 films. He won the Oscar and Grammy for scoring "Doctor Zhivago" (1965) plus Oscars for "A Passage to India" (1984) and "Lawrence of Arabia" (1962). He also earned nominations for scoring "Les Dimanches de Ville d'Avray" (1962), "The Message" (1976), "Witness" (1985), "Gorillas in the Mist" (1988) and "Ghost" (1991). He was nominated for best song for "Marmalade, Molasses and Honey" ("The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean," 1972).

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• "The Tudors" starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers didn't nab an Emmy nomination for best drama series last year, but it landed in the top 10 after an initial popular vote of TV academy members. Where it landed in that rundown we don't know — only that it didn't survive to the final five after scores from judging panels weighed in. A change in the voting process this year will automatically grant nominations to the top six or seven shows that get the most popular votes. Shrewdly, Showtime is airing the newest installment of "The Tudors" episodes this Sunday in the final weeks of the Emmy eligibility period. Can't wait? You can view the first episode of the new season on line. SHOWTIME

• Getting ready for the Daytime Emmy nominations? Here's an excellent primer covering what's going on in a.m. TV scene. HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

• One urgent update to the day tube's scene: TV's longest-running soap, "Guiding Light" may soon go dark. TV WEEK

• Director Danny Boyle wins yet another kudo for "Slumdog Millionaire." EMPIRE AWARDS

• Cinema scribe Ed Douglas warns us that director Rupert Wyatt's ("The Escapist") adaptation of Sebastian Faulks' bestseller "Birdsong" starring Michael Fassbender ("300," "Hunger") and Paddy Considine ("Cinderella Man," "The Bourne Supremacy") could be a derby player: " Wyatt may be untested (I'm a huge fan of "The Escapist") but the subject matter (romance set in WWI), the studio (Focus) and the cast would make you think that this will probably end up being a Fall release, Oscar push." COMING SOON

• TV columnist Kristin Dos Santos is rooting for a certain rapper-turned-actor to be rewarded for his recent performance as a patient paralyzed with locked-in syndrome on "House M.D." Under the headline "Mos Def'initely Deserves an Emmy," she makes her case and shares this video clip. E! ONLINE

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