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Gold Derby nuggets: EW: Emmy debate over Conan O'Brien | Jonas Brothers 'super excited' about Emmys | Jeff Bridges displays 'True Grit'

August 13, 2010 |  1:12 pm

The_tonight_show_with_conan_obrien-show• Does Conan O'Brien deserve to win the Emmy this year for his short-lived edition of "The Tonight Show"? Lynette Rice thinks so: "The public has certainly been on his side (witness the I’m With Coco campaign that surfaced on the internet earlier this year). That’s why it seems unlikely that anyone at the Aug. 29 ceremony would begrudge O’Brien if he wins the statuette. We already know his comedy is worth its weight in gold; his team, after all, won the Emmy in 2007 for writing 'Late Night with Conan O’Brien.' And voters will probably want to give O’Brien the final word on the whole sordid affair and on NBC, no less, which is broadcasting the ceremony this year." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• However her colleague Ken Tucker begs to differ, arguing in favor of "The Daily Show," which has owned this category for the past seven years: "Jon Stewart plowed new ground this season, which is to say, he built up rage against so many worthy targets, and found fresh ways of expressing that anger through humor, that his show achieved a whole new level of comic effectiveness. He deserves the win." ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

• Those sassy promos for the Emmys that feature host Jimmy Fallon in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to two-time drama champ and current contender "Mad Men" have been pulled for now. "An NBC source said the video was aired 'prematurely' and that no more of Fallon's 'Mad Men" spoofs will run until after the voting window closes on Tuesday. The video was also removed from online. 'This promo was posted prematurely,' said a TV Academy spokesperson, "and the Television Academy appreciates NBC pulling the content until after the voting window closes." ABC

Jonas Brothers Emmy Awards • The first season of the Disney Channel hit "Jonas" starring the Jonas Brothers is contending for top children's program at the upcoming Emmy Awards. And, as Joe Jonas admitted to MTV News, "We are very super excited! We've never been up for an Emmy before. That's never been on our radar, so something like that's really exciting. We don't know who will win." The boys face off against two other Disney staples — "Hannah Montana" and both the series and telefilm versions of "Wizards of Waverly Place" — as well as the Nickelodeon smash "iCarly." Joe added, "There's a lot of Disney in there, so I think we're gonna have some friendly competition going on there. Me and ['Wizards' star] David Henrie, we've been talking to each other and kind of making fun of each other here and there about the Emmy thing. But whoever wins, it'll be cool for us to be honored." MTV

• "127 Hours" is set to close the London Film Festival on Oct. 28. The biopic from director Danny Boyle stars James Franco as hiker Aron Ralston forced to cut off his own arm to free himself from a rock slide. As Steve Pond notes, "Boyle also had the closing-night film at the festival in 2008 with 'Slumdog,' which went on to win eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director." In making the announcement, fest director Sandra Hebron referred to this fact: "It is unprecedented for us to chose a closing night film from the same director only two years later. But '127 Hours' was the obvious choice for us — with filmmaking as bold and adventurous as its subject matter, it confirms Danny Boyle as one of the world's finest and most visionary directors." THE WRAP

Jeff Bridges True Grit First Photo • Reigning best actor Oscar champ Jeff Bridges ("Crazy Heart") could be back in the race this year. He reunites with the Coen brothers for their remake of "True Grit" and is taking on the 1969 role that won John Wayne his Oscar. Greg Ellwood previews the picture, which is due out on Christmas Day. "Paramount Pictures released the first image of "True Grit" today which features Bridges and co-star Hailee Steinfield.  Most intriguing is the eyepatch Bridge's character wears is on his right eye. Wayne wore it on left. A nod to the original film? More importantly, this potential Best Picture contender is on this pundit's must-see list, has it made yours?"

Christopher Lisotta says that "If the first time is a charm, then 2010 could be shaping up as a downright charming year for a host of rookie Emmy nominees." He thinks that, "as voting wraps up Tuesday, buzz is building behind freshmen series 'The Good Wife,' 'Glee' and 'Modern Family,' any of which could wrest key wins from veteran series like '30 Rock' and 'Mad Men,' which have become the shows to beat." HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Upper photo: "The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien" promotional still. Credit: NBC.

Middle photo: "Jonas" promotional still. Credit: Disney Channel.

Lower photo: Jeff Bridges and Hailee Steinfield in "True Grit." Credit: Paramount.

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Gold Derby nuggets: Sigourney Weaver blasts Oscars over 'Avatar' snub | Behind the scenes drama at Pulitzers | 'Polytechnique' sweeps Genies

April 13, 2010 |  2:27 pm

James Cameron Sigourney Weaver Avatar • Actress Sigourney Weaver certainly believes in standing by her director, telling the Brazilian news website Folha Online that her good friend James Cameron was snubbed at the recent Oscars due to reverse sexism. "Jim didn't have breasts, and I think that was the reason [he didn't win]," she said in this candid interview. And Weaver thinks that the record box office takings of "Avatar" kept it from collecting more gold. "In the past, 'Avatar' would have won because they [Oscar voters] loved to hand out awards to big productions, like 'Ben-Hur.' Today it's fashionable to give the Oscar to a small movie that nobody saw."

Meryl Streep may also have been snubbed at this year's Oscars -- as she has been with 13 of her 15 other  nominations -- but she made history Monday as the first person extended honorary membership in the 112-year old American Academy of Arts and Letters solely for their acting work. Other screen notables admitted -- including the late Orson Welles and current member Woody Allen -- worked behind the camera as well as in front of it. Streep admitted, "I have to say that I was stunned, and when they sent me the roster of people in the academy I just burst into tears. I couldn't believe that I'd be even allowed in the kitchen." AP

• For the producers of the 2006 Tony-winning "Jersey Boys," imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery. They "have sued a touring stage show called 'The Boys,' labeling it a 'copycat' production that competes unfairly with the original musical." As per the lawsuit filed in Manhattan, the producers are seeking "an injunction against further performances of 'The Boys' that make use of copyrighted or too similar materials, and asked for $150,000 in damages for each copyrighted song 'The Boys' might have used." REUTERS

Pulitzer Prize • The fall-out from yesterday's announcement of "Next to Normal" as the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama continues. First the jury chair -- Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty -- vented about the board overruling the recommendations of his panel, chiding them for "geographical myopia, a vision of the American theater that starts in Times Square and ends just a short taxi ride away." (The last work to win the Pulitzer without a New York run was "Anna in the Tropics" in 2003.) Now Patrick Healy reports that since none of the jury's three finalists failed to earn the requisite approval by the majority of the board last Thursday, the 20 members looked further afield among the 70 or so works submitted for consideration. It seems "a lot of them" went to see "Next to Normal" that night and voted it the winner the next day. NEW YORK TIMES

• The Grammy Awards are shifting back to their traditional February time slot next year. The 53rd annual edition of these top musical awards will take place on Sunday, Feb. 13 at the Staple Center in Los Angeles and air on CBS. This year, the Grammys were handed out on Jan. 31 so as to avoid competing with the Winter Olympics for viewers. That strategy paid off as the kudocast earned the best ratings since 2004. However, as that earlier date meant abbreviating the eligibility period by one month, next year's awards will reward discs released from Sept. 1, 2009, to Sept. 30, 2010.

• The 13th annual Teen Choice Awards will air on Monday Aug. 9 on Fox. These kudos -- honoring teen icons in movies, TV, music, sports and fashion -- are voted on by the public. Last year, "Twilight" won a record 11 surfboards -- including two for star Robert Pattinson -- while the Jonas Brothers took home five awards and Miley Cyrus won an even half dozen times.

• Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas ("The English Patient") will be mistress of ceremonies once more at the Cannes film festival this year. This English rose is equally at home in France and will emcee the opening ceremony on May 12 as well as the closing festivities and awards presentation on May 23. She also performed these hosting duties back in 1999.

Polytechnique Genies • "Polytechnique" -- a black-and-white docudrama about a 1984 Montreal school shooting that left 14 women dead -- swept the 30th annual Genie Awards Monday winning nine of its leading 11 nominations. The film made simultaneously in both French and English dominated Canada's version of the Oscars taking home best picture, director (Denis Villeneuve), lead actress (Karine Vanasse), supporting actor Maxim Gaudette, screenplay (Jacques Davidts), cinematography (Pierre Gill), editing (Richard Comeau), overall sound and sound editing. Joshua Jackson won lead actor for "One Week" while Martha Burns won supporting actress for "Love & Savagery." The full list of winners can be found at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television website. GENIES

Don Mischer will once again be involved in the staging of the academy's Governor awards this year. At the event set for Saturday, Nov. 13, one or more of the kudos approved by the academy board -- the Thalberg and Hersholt awards and the honorary Oscar -- will be presented.

Top photo: James Cameron and Sigourney Weaver on the set of "Avatar." Credit: Fox

Middle photo: Pulitzer prize medals. Credit: Pulitzer Prizes

Bottom photo: "Polytechnique" poster. Credit: Don Carmody Productions


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Shocker: 'Squeakquel' beats 'Twilight: New Moon' at Kids' Choice Awards

March 27, 2010 |  7:30 pm

The latest Kids' Choice Awards looked like a repeat of last year's show when several winners returned. For the second year in a row "iCarly" won favorite TV show, Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck") won fave TV actor and Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place") claimed the blimp for fave TV actress.

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The latter two wins were formidable because Dylan Sprouse beat the Jonas Brothers ("Jonas") and Gomez trounced Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana"). However, Miley Cyrus rebounded to claim the kudos as fave film actress for her performance in "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

The awards show was spiced up with music performances by Rihanna (dancing with "Transformer" robots) and Justin Bieber (a virtual baby himself crooning "Baby") plus tidal waves of the kudocast's celebrated green slime.

Among the guests who got slimed were Jerry Trainor ("iCarly"), Jackson Rathbone ("The Last Airbender") and Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"). Olympic athlete Apolo Anton Ohno set a new slime world record by being catapulted into a vat of slime, and comedians Tina Fey and Steve Carell received slimetime achievement awards.

The biggest surprise was that "Twilight Saga: New Moon" lost the prize for favorite movie to one of the worst-reviewed films of the year, "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel." The last chipmunks flick won the Kids' Choice Award as favorite film of 2007. The previous "Twilight" film wasn't nominated last year.

However, the latest "Twilight" flick rallied at this year's contest, with Taylor Lautner winning fave film star.

FAVORITE MOVIE: "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel"
FAVORITE MOVIE STAR: Taylor Lautner, "Twilight: New Moon"
FAVORITE TV ACTRESS: Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly Place")
FAVORITE TV ACTOR: Dylan Sprouse ("The Suite Life of Zach and Cody," "The Suite Life on Deck")
FAVORITE MOVIE ACTRESS: Miley Cyrus ("Hannah Montana: The Movie")
THE BIG HELP AWARD: Michelle Obama

Photo: 20th Century Fox

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Teen Choice Awards: Complete list of winners

August 10, 2009 |  6:41 am

When viewing the Teen Choice Awards on Fox tonight (8 p.m. PDT/.EDT), you'll need a cheat sheet to follow the multiple wins. At the live ceremony on Sunday night, "Twilight" star Robert Pattinson claimed surf boards both for best movie actor and best hottie. The Jonas Brothers rode more boards than they can hang 10 over at the same time (five victories). Miley Cyrus beat them, claiming six.

Robert Pattinson Twilight Teen Choice Awards

Choice Movie Action Adventure: "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
Choice Movie Drama: "Twilight"
Choice Movie Bromantic Comedy: "Marley & Me"
Choice Movie Comedy: "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian"
Choice Movie Chick Flick: "27 Dresses"
Choice Movie Horror/Thriller: "Friday the 13th"
Choice Movie Music/Dance: "High School Musical 3: Senior Year"
Choice Movie Hissy Fit: Miley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie"
Choice Movie Actor Drama: Robert Pattinson, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Actress Drama: Kristen Stewart, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Actor Action Adventure: Hugh Jackman, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"
Choice Movie Actress Action Adventure: Jordana Brewster, "Fast & Furious"
Choice Movie Actor Comedy: Zac Efron, "17 Again"
Choice Movie Actress Comedy: Anne Hathaway, "Bride Wars"
Choice Movie Actress Music/Dance: Miley Cyrus, "Hannah Montana: The Movie"
Choice Movie Actor Music/Dance: Zac Efron, "High School Musical 3: Senior Year"
Choice Movie Villain: Cam Gigandet, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Fresh Face Female: Ashley Greene, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Fresh Face Male: Taylor Lautner, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Liplock: Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Rumble: Robert Pattinson vs. Cam Gigandet, "Twilight"
Choice Movie Rockstar Moment: Zac Efron, "17 Again"

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'Twilight,' Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers rock the Teen Choice Awards

August 9, 2009 |  9:33 pm

Giving out surf boards as trophies turned out to be appropriate at the Teen Choice Awards, where "Twilight," Miley Cyrus, Zac Efron and the Jonas Brothers rode waves of victories.

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"Twilight" won 11 of its 12 Teen Choice Awards nominations, even beating Oscar champ "Slumdog Millionaire" for best drama, Robert Pattinson crushed "Slumdog" star Dev Patel, and Kristen Stewart beat Freido Pinto in the performance races. "Twilight" also claimed more offbeat categories such as best romance, liplock, rumble, villain (Cam Giganget), fresh face female (Ashley Greene) and fresh face male (Taylor Lautner).

The Teen Choice Awards were held at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre and hosted by the Jonas Brothers, who performed "Much Better" and won five surf boards, including male red-carpet icons and breakout TV show ("Jonas").

Miley Cyrus performed "Party in the U.S.A." and claimed six kudos, including best comedy TV show ("Hannah Montana"), comedy actress, music/dance movie actress, hissy fit, music single ("The Climb") and summer song ("Before the Storm"). She also presented Britney Spears with the ultimate choice awards, crowing, "I'm a big fan of hers!"

"Gossip Girl" won a series prize plus surf boards for Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick as choice drama actor, actress and villain.

Zac Efron won best music/dance actor for "High School Musical 3" and comedy movie actor and rock-star moment for "17 Again."

There were also musical performances by Black Eyed Peas, and Sean Kingston. The awards show will air on Fox at 8 p.m. Monday night.


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Photo of Jonas Brothers by Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

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Jonas Brothers' new TV series will probably be the kids' choice

May 4, 2009 | 11:48 am

Watch out, Miley Cyrus! The Jonas Brothers' new TV series "Jonas" is about to cause more trouble for "Hannah Montana" at the Kids' Choice Awards and elsewhere in kudosland.

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As the L.A. Times review notes, the Jonas Brothers' show "feels long in coming" and it looks like a "classic high school comedy" quite similar to "Hannah Montana," considering it "stars stars who play stars." That's because KevinNick and Joe Jonas portray the Lucases, fictional "rock and roll superstar brothers as they try to live ordinary lives," according to the Disney Channel's description.

The series has some detractors like the snooty New York Times, which predictably dismisses "Jonas" as a "noxious, awkward mix of art, commerce and romance," but that won't hurt its kid appeal. In fact, when it comes to the Kids' Choice Awards, "Jonas" is just the kind of show voters adore.

In 2008, "Hannah Montana" lost the award for favorite TV show to "Drake & Josh," which also won in 2006 — another series starring dimple-cheeked brothers (well, step-brothers, actually). "Hannah Montana" has never won that category and, considering it will compete next year against "Jonas," doesn't — let's face it — have much hope of victory ahead.

Photo credit: Disney Channel


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Miley Cyrus loses four times at the Kids' Choice Awards!

March 28, 2009 | 11:39 pm

The Kids' Choice Awards can be, granted, just as illogical as kids themselves, but a series of losses on Saturday night may suggest a trend: Are kids turning against Miley Cyrus? Oh, yeah — and Harry Potter too?

This year, Miley Cyrus led with the most nominations at the Kids' Choice Awards: three. Technically, she ended up losing twice, but really she got clobbered four times if you count the defeats of her TV show, "Hannah Montana," and film "Bolt." One personal nomination she lost was especially ominous because it was in a category she's dominated the previous two years: favorite TV actress. Selena Gomez ("Wizards of Waverly") ended up pulling off a magic trick last night.


Miley Cyrus did nab a separate prize that she also claimed in 2008 — favorite female singer — but that was an upset considering she prevailed over Rihanna, who was presumed to have a huge sympathy vote following her recent ordeal with Chris Brown (who withdrew his Kids' Choice nominations as public outrage put pressure on him to do so).

Miley Cyrus almost got booted out of the award races too. She ended up enduring despite triggering her own scandals as various new sets of photos kept surfacing, raising questions about her status as a teen role model. Maybe now it's clear why Miley Cyrus cried when she claimed her one, lonely orange blimp award last night. She wasn't putting on fake humility as she wept, "I really thought I was going to lose! So thank you, guys!"

"Hannah Montana" lost favorite TV show to "iCarly," which pulled off a jaw-dropping upset, and Miley's financially successful feature film, "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour" ($70 million worldwide), wasn't nominated for favorite movie.

That Kids' Choice Award for favorite film ended up going to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year," which may not seem like a surprise, but, wait: It beat "The Dark Knight."

Speaking of movie upsets, the biggest at the Kids' Choice Awards this year was "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" beating "Wall-E," "Kung-Fu Panda" and even Miley Cyrus' "Bolt" (she performed the voice of "Penny" and co-wrote and performed the song "I Thought I Lost You"). Miley also lost the orange blimp for favorite voice from an animated movie, which went to Jack Black (Po, "Kung Fu Panda").

There was at least one shockeroo among the winners: Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning out-pacing Olympic superstar Michael Phelps for fave male athlete (sunk by his own personal scandals?). And maybe it's no surprise that the "Twilight" book series wins anything, but its victory at the Kids' Choice Awards is notable because it beat the "Harry Potter" series!

Photo: Jason Merritt / Getty Images


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Jonas Brothers crushed again as Taylor Swift gets revenge

March 4, 2009 |  2:09 pm

The Jonas Brothers are not having a good week ... and it is only Wednesday. Their concert film — "The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Experience" — was a big box-office disappointment, earning only $12.7 million last weekend. Expectations had been as high as a $40-million opening for this movie version of the recent sell-out tour by the Jonas Brothers. And now comes word that the soundtrack sold only 49,700 copies last week.

Worse, their newest music release came in at No. 3 — that's two slots behind "Fearless," the latest mega-selling CD by Joe Jonas' ex-galpal Taylor Swift. "Fearless" had already topped the charts for 10 previous weeks, so the fact that Joe Jonas and siblings couldn't dislodge it at this late point with fresh new music is sweet revenge for Swift, who says Joe hurt her "deeply" during their failed romance.


How much more humbling can those way-too-cool Jonas Brothers take, eh? Their latest CD is performing disastrously compared to their last — "A Little Bit Longer" — which debuted at No. 1 in August, selling a whopping 525,000 copies. The recent anemic movie and record receipts came after a huge promotional push that saw the boys blanket day-time, prime-time and late-night TV shows.

Last year the Jonas Brothers were the opening act for Miley Cyrus on her Best of Both Worlds tour. They also appeared in the movie version of that show, which made a staggering $31 million in its opening weekend last year. And the soundtrack to that film sold a total of 484,000 copies.

Miley Cyrus does not appear with the Jonas Brothers in their movie, but her friend Taylor Swift does duet with the boys. The crossover country singer is enjoying a long run at the top of the album chart with "Fearless" selling 73,200 more copies this week. And Swift's disc has spent 11 of its 16 weeks in the No. 1 spot with total sales exceeding 2.6 million. Perhaps Disney would have had better luck starring Swift in a concert movie and leaving the Jonas Brothers second on the bill.

After the smash success of her self-titled debut album, which sold more than 2.5 million copies following its release in October 2006, Swift competed for best new artist at last year's Grammy Awards. She lost to British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse. At this year's Grammys, the Jonas Brothers lost their bid for best new artist to another British female singer-songwriter, Adele. The nominees for that category are determined by a committee rather than the general membership of the Recording Academy. And though both Swift and the Jonas Brothers may have been included in an attempt to boost ratings, she could well be a contender across the board next year.

Taylor Swift has been embraced by the two rival country music award shows. She won best new artist from both the Country Music Assn. and the Academy of Country Music. And she contends for the third time for female vocalist at the upcoming ACM awards. And as for the Jonas Brothers, well they did win favorite group at last year's Kids' Choice Awards, and they contend again for that honor at the end of this month.


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Hey, those Jonas Brothers aren't so hot — but overrated flops?

March 2, 2009 | 11:27 am

"We want a Grammy!" the Jonas Brothers recently told reporters. "It didn't quite happen this year, but that's OK."

Well, maybe it's never going to happen. Maybe the "Burnin' Up" boys are already all burnt up considering how poorly their concert movie just performed.


Last year the Jonas Brothers were the warm-up concert act for Miley Cyrus' Best of Both Worlds Tour. They were bunched because the music acts appeal to the same audience, so it was widely believed that their concert movies would perform similarly too.

Miley Cyrus' movie earned $31 million its opening weekend last year. Since "The Jonas Brothers: The 3D Experience" was unspooling in nearly twice as many theaters, it was expected to top that — landing in the $32 million to $40 million range. Instead, it reaped only $12.7 million.

Are the Jonas Brothers overrated? If so, they're probably going to be a bust on the awards scene ahead. Consider this: They got only a single Grammy nomination last month — for best new artist, which they lost to Adele. Nominees for best new artist aren't decided by the mass membership of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is how they're determined for most other categories. There's a secret committee that cooks up the five contenders. The committee might've jammed the Jonas Brothers on the list, thinking they'll be a big TV draw but didn't really have much respect for them as music artists.

That the Jonas Brothers weren't nominated at the Grammys for pop vocal group performance or best dance recording may be telling. Both of those lineups are determined by a popular vote of the music professionals within the academy.

Granted, boy bands don't do well at the Grammys. 'N Sync, Backstreet Boys, Menudo, New Kids on the Block and even the Monkees didn't win. But most hot boy bands at least get nominated frequently. 'N Sync and Backstreet Boys were even nominated for the highest Grammy honor of all — record of the year ('N Sync for "Bye, Bye, Bye" and Backstreet Boys for "I Want It That Way"). Heck, the Backstreet Boys were even nominated for best album ("Millennium")! The Beatles, of course, won ("Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts' Club Band")!


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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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Can the Jonas Brothers outperform Miley Cyrus?

February 25, 2009 | 11:57 am

Last year at this time, the Jonas Brothers were appearing as the opening act for Miley Cyrus in her Best of Both Worlds tour. This Friday, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas and Nick Jonas star in their own concert film: "Jonas Brothers: The 3-D Concert Experience." Last night's premiere of the picture at the El Capitan Theatre — across Hollywood Boulevard from the Oscars' home at the Kodak Theatre — brought out hundreds of screaming girls. This weekend, millions of them will be swarming cineplexes.


The Miley Cyrus movie of her concert tour, "Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Tour," made $65 million domestically, including a staggering $31 million for the opening weekend. And while Cyrus won't be making an appearance in this movie, her best friend and recent Grammy Awards duet partner Taylor Swift will be. Middle brother Joe Jonas and Taylor Swift dated for a time during filming. At those Grammys, the Jonas Brothers lost best new artist to Adele. Last year Taylor Swift lost that same Grammy race to Amy Winehouse.

Though Miley Cyrus recently landed three Kids Choice Awards nominations — favorite TV actress ("Hannah Montana"), favorite singer and favorite movie voice ("Bolt") — she did not land a nod for her concert movie. At these upcoming kids kudos, the Jonas Brothers are competing for best group against Daughtry, Linkin Park and the Pussycat Dolls. While they will be performing at this March 22 awards fest, could the boys be back next year contending as movie stars?


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Photo: Walt Disney Pictures

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Gold Derby Nuggets: Hot on the trail of Coldplay | Kris Tapley big on Oscar shorts | Do Michelle Pfeiffer + 'Cheri' = Oscar?

February 5, 2009 | 12:19 pm

Roger Friedman warns of trouble ahead for Chris Martin and the rest of Coldplay: "Martin and his bandmates may be looking over their shoulders this Grammy weekend. The reason is that a lawyer representing musician Joe Satriani is sending teams of process servers all over town to hand them a plagiarism lawsuit ... Satriani is claiming that Coldplay lifted his 2004 instrumental, "I Just Wanna Fly," for the basic melody of "Viva la Vida." Coldplay disputes this and has issued a rebuke on its website. But that hasn’t stopped Satriani or his attorney Howard King of King Paterno et al. The firm claims that Coldplay has dodged being served, and that the Grammys are the easiest forum at which to strike while the iron is hot. King says, 'We have warned their British lawyers that we have hired a fleet of process servers lined up to dog the band everywhere they go this weekend in the hopes of serving them.'" FOX NEWS


• The Grammys are auctioning off more than 100 items at EBay to raise money for its MusicCares Foundation. Included among the googies: a private DJ lesson from DJ AM; meet Rihanna on the set of her next video or photo shoot; phone call from Aretha Franklin; guitars autographed by AC/DC, B.B. King, John Mayer, Jonas Brothers, Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Taylor Swift. EBAY AUCTIONS

• Bad omen for the front-runners at the BAFTA Awards coming up? "Slumdog Millionaire" lost best picture to "Hunger" and Kate Winslet ("The Reader") just lost best actress to Tilda Swinton ("Julia") at the London Evening Standard Awards. WASHINGTON POST

• "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will receive the WGA West's Paul Selvin Award at the guild's awardsfest Saturday. The kudo is given to a writer whose work embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties. Said WGA West prexy Patric Verrone, "At a time when history seems to be made daily, Lance Black's script reminds us that all it takes is a single spark to light the fuse of an entire movement." WGAW


Kris Tapley provides invaluable guidance to the Oscar nominated animated and live action shorts like "La Maison en Petits Cubes" (left, nominated for best animated short): "I always like seeing what the world’s filmmakers have cooked up in these categories, so I took an hour or so earlier in the week to have a look at the films in contention. I have to say, it’s a more impressive collective than we’ve seen in recent years, especially on the live action side of things, where interestingly enough, all the entrants hail from overseas." IN CONTENTION

Brad Brevet wonders if "Cheri" will be a return to Oscar form for Michelle Pfeiffer: "The new film from Stephen Frears ('The Queen') ... stars Kathy Bates as Madame Peloux, a famed courtesan in 1920s France, who sends the spoiled Cheri (Rupert Friend) to her courtesan pal Lea de Lonval (Michelle Pfeiffer) for an adult education, but their six-year affair comes to a painful end when he’s forced to marry a wealthy young woman. Christopher Hampton, who was nominated for an Oscar for his screen adaptation of 'Atonement' (2007) and won for his 'Dangerous Liaisons' (1988) script, adapted the script from the novel by the late Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. Based purely on the talent involved this film is gaining attention considering Frears, Hampton and Pfeiffer were all involved in 'Dangerous Liaisons' and all three have proved to have the talent to bring a great film to the big screen." ROPE OF SILICON


Lou Lumenick revisits the career of three-time Oscar nominee Natalie Wood with the release of the DVD versions of "Splendor in the Grass" (nomination No. 2 — Wood lost to Sophia Loren, "Two Women" ) and "Inside Daisy Clover." NEW YORK POST

Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, the producing team behind the Emmy-winning "thirtysomething" and "My So-Called Life," are prepping a new drama pilot for CBS. The project, called "A Marriage," will be an examination of a working modern-day marriage. TV SQUAD

• Playbill has a quick Q&A with two-time Oscar winner Jane Fonda, who is returning to the rialto after a 46-year absence in Moisés Kaufman's latest play, "33 Variations," which begins performances Feb. 9. In it, she plays Katherine Brandt, who is trying to solve a centuries-old mystery about the great classical composer, Beethoven. PLAYBILL

Photos: NARAS, Robot Communications, Warner Bros.

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