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The Furniture: Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte, Your House Is Listening

"The Furniture" is our weekly series on Production Design. You can click on the images to see them in much more magnified detail. Here's Daniel Walber...

“Hush hush, sweet Charlotte,” Patti Page softly croons, “He’ll love you till he dies.” The title song of Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte may not be as catchy as “Chim Chim Chiree,” which took the Oscar, but it has a much creepier sort of staying power. Here’s the final verse:

“And every night after he shall die

Yes every night when he’s gone

The wind will sing you this lullaby

Sweet Charlotte was loved by John.”

The music haunts Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis), along with everything else: her house, her family and her memories.

This Southern Gothic vibe is what separates the film from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? Well, that and the fact that Joan Crawford walked off the set.
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Carter Burwell’s ‘Carol’ Score Getting Expanded Double Vinyl Release This Summer

Our pick for the best score/soundtrack of last year, Carter Burwell‘s Carol composition is a magnificent piece of work, perfectly intertwined with the characters and their emotional trajectories in Todd Haynes‘ drama. Thanks to Varèse Sarabande, it’ll now get a double vinyl release this June (pre-order here), complete with three additional tracks: Patti Page‘s “Don’t You Believe Me,” Pee Wee King & Golden West Cowboys‘ “Slow Poke,” and The Four Aces‘ “A Garden in The Rain.” The collection is split between the score and songs.

Check out the details below, along with the bonus tracks embedded, and a 30-minute talk with Haynes, who will begin production on his ambitious new feature Wonderstruck next week.

Double 10″ album in gatefold jacket includes 3 songs that were not released on other formats of the soundtrack. One album features songs from the film, including Billie Holiday, Les Paul and other artists from the 1950’s.
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Luigi Creatore, Elvis Hitmaker, Dies at 93

Luigi Creatore, who with his cousin Hugo Peretti wrote and produced iconic hits for such stars as Elvis Presley, Sam Cooke, Perry Como, Sarah Vaughan, Della Reese, Jimmie Rodgers, Patti Page and many others, including the Tokens' Lion Sleeps Tonight, Presley's Can't Help Falling in Love and Wild in the Country, and Cook's Another Saturday Night and Twistin' the Night Away, died of pneumonia at a Boca Raton hospice on Sunday, Dec. 13.He was 93.
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From Julie Andrews to Carrie Underwood, 50 Years of Solving a Problem Like Maria

From Julie Andrews to Carrie Underwood, 50 Years of Solving a Problem Like Maria
How do you solve a problem like Maria? For the producers of The Sound of Music, which hit theaters fifty years ago this week, the solution turned out to be Julie Andrews. Other actresses were considered for the part of the free-spirited nanny whose effervescence overcomes not only the grumpiness of Captain von Trapp but also the tyranny of the Nazis. Among those rumored to have been in the running for the role were Grace Kelly, Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn and Anne Bancroft. But in the end, even the producers who wanted a bigger, more marquee-friendly name agreed that Maria should be played by Andrews.
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American Horror Story, Ep. 4.01: “Monsters Among Us” fascinating, repulsive, and oddly touching

American Horror Story, Season 4, Episode 1: “Monsters Among Us”

Directed by Ryan Murphy

Written by Ryan Murphy

Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 Pm on FX

The fourth season of American Horror Story starts off with a stunning cold open amidst a quaint farmhouse. After stumbling upon a gruesome crime scene, a milkman makes an even more shocking discovery in a rural home. It’s difficult to remember an episode of Ahs in which the camera work is so effective as it is here. “Monsters Among Us,” directed by show creator Ryan Murphy, prefers to keep things hidden off-screen. Rather than show the audience what it is, we instead get a series of gasps, some startling sound effects and a series of shots that are framed to enhance the suspense. “Monsters Among Us” keeps viewers guessing until after the spectacular opening credits (complete with the stop-motion animation and altered music), before it
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R.I.P. Publicist Bob Palmer

The veteran publicist whose clients included Anthony Hopkins, Dick Van Dyke and Faye Dunaway, died September 15 at his Pacific Palisades home after a brief illness. Bob Palmer was 85. Through his Bob Palmer Public Relations, he also repped actors including Peter Strauss, David Soul, Sada Thompson and Michele Lee.

The Alaska-born, L.A.-raised Palmer became Director of Publicity and Advertising for United Paramount at age 22 and helped create campaigns for the Bay Area premieres of films such as Sunset Boulevard, Shane and The Greatest Show On Earth and promoted stage shows starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Les Paul and Mary Ford, Patti Page, and many others. After serving in the Korean War, Palmer moved to ABC Television as a Senior Publicist, working on such TV shows as Maverick and 77 Sunset Strip. He left ABC in 1960 to produce a syndicated series and then joined Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters
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Bob Palmer, Longtime Publicist, Dies at 85

Bob Palmer — who, through a 60-year career as a publicist, represented clients including Anthony Hopkins and Dick Van Dyke as well as some of the most popular TV shows of the 1960s and 70s — died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades of natural causes. He was 85.

After working for ABC and several major studios, Palmer started his own firm in 1979, representing Hopkins, Van Dyke, Faye Dunaway, Sada Thompson, David Soul, Peter Strauss, Michele Lee and Larry Schiller Prods., the latter of which produced the TV movie “The Executioner’s Song.” Palmer for a time represented Hopkins as a manager, and created the 1992 Academy Award campaign for Hopkins’ performance in “The Silence of the Lambs,” for which he won the Oscar for best actor.

In an interview, Hopkins said he first met Palmer while doing a publicity junket in 1973 at the Century Plaza Hotel, and afterward they became “very good friends.
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Burt Bacharach Remembers Writing Songs at the Brill Building

Burt Bacharach Remembers Writing Songs at the Brill Building
As told to Rebecca Milzoff I’d been on the road, playing for acts. Vic Damone was the first, then the Ames Brothers. I’d hear some of these songs that were being submitted to the Ames Brothers, and I thought they were so absurdly simple, and maybe very easy to write. So I left to come back to New York to write songs. There was a man named Jack Wolf, and he was the first person I wrote with. He introduced me to the Brill Building. We wrote one song together, probably in my apartment, called “Keep Me in Mind,” for Patti Page. It was not an overnight thing—you had to write a song, get a publisher, make a demo—but that was my introduction.I met a few people in the Brill Building and there was an office I could use, and I started to just work with different people.
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In Memoriam: How the Emmys Tributes Went

In Memoriam: How the Emmys Tributes Went
Special tributes during the Primetime Emmys to Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Jean Stapleton, Jonathan Winters and Gary David Goldberg, each of whom passed away in the past year, came as leadouts to commercials, beginning nearly 30 minutes into the ceremony.

Jane Lynch presented the tribute to “Glee” co-star Monteith.

“I’m here to say that all that warmth and that charm, that open-hearted quality we loved him for, was no act,” Lynch said, adding that his death was a reminder of the “painful” effects of addiction.

“For a generation that loved Cory so, this gifted and wonderful young man was worthy of your love,” Lynch said.

Edie Falco, co-star of Gandolfini on “The Sopranos,” grew emotional during her concluding tribute.

“His portrayal of Tony Soprano had such depth and dimension that a lot of people had trouble believing that’s not really who he was,” Falco said. “Jim was quite different.
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Virgins and Prostitutes: Jones' Movies on TCM

Shirley Jones Movies: Innocent virgins and sex workers galore (photo: Shirley Jones and Burt Lancaster in ‘Elmer Gantry’) (See previous post: “Shirley Jones: From Book to Movies.”) I haven’t watched The Cheyenne Social Club (1970), a comedy Western directed by Gene Kelly, and starring 62-year-old James Stewart as a cowpoke who inherits an establishment that turns out to be a popular house of prostitution. Henry Fonda plays Stewart’s partner. And I’m sure Shirley Jones, as one of the sex workers, looks lovely in the film. Hopefully, director Kelly gave this likable, talented actress the chance to do more than just stand around looking pretty. But then again … For all purposes, The Cheyenne Social Club ended Shirley Jones’ film stardom; that same year she turned to TV and The Partridge Family. Jones would return to films only nine years later, as one of several stars (among them Michael Caine,
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Rosen: Nick Lowe Celebrates Christmas in July

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Rosen: Nick Lowe Celebrates Christmas in July
Nick Lowe has been grise for a few decades now, but over the last dozen years he’s gotten the éminence thing down, transforming from an ironic Brit-pop also-ran into a wry, ruminative old-fashioned troubadour, with songs and a voice worthy of that impressive head of hair. Lowe has now recorded a Christmas album, Quality Street, which makes some sense. There’s a bit of Father Christmas, a.k.a. Bing Crosby, in Lowe’s mellow croon, and his songs inhabit a kind of spiritual 1959, sitting snugly between Tin Pan Alley pop and country and early R&B and fifties rock and roll. (You can imagine Lowe’s recent songs being sung by Der Bingle or Nat King Cole or Patti Page or, for that matter, Gene Autry or Jackie Wilson or Buddy Holly.) Quality Street’s official release date is October 29, but it’s streaming, for one day only,
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A Touching Moment At The Grammys

A Touching Moment At The Grammys
Norah Jones accepted a Grammy award at the 55th annual Grammys on Sunday evening, but it was not in her name.

Jones attended the pre-Grammy ceremony to accept a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for her late father, Ravi Shankar. Shankar was a famed sitar player who is credited with influencing the Beatles.

"I was very excited to hear about the lifetime achievement award a week before my dad passed away, one day before he went into surgery," Jones said in an email to the AP. "He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well. We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever be discovering and re-discovering his music from all walks of his long and amazing life."

When accepting the award,
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Grammys 2013 Recap: Frank Ocean Loses Album of the Year, But Wins Us Over With "Forrest Gump"

Justin Timberlake performs the Grammys

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There's no sense complaining about this year's Grammys, because the 2013 ceremony delivered everything you want in a mind-numbing awards brouhaha: unexpected winners (Adele in Pop Vocal Performance for a live recording -- gasp!), a couple of stellar performances (specifically The Black Keys and Kelly Clarkson covering standards by Patti Page and our girl Carole King), a pint of top-shelf gayness (Elton John, Nph, and Frank Ocean in a performance that was both immediately emotional and oddly static) and a nice smattering of idiocy (Host LL Cool J is addicted to Twitter lingo! Hashtag Kangol!). The only thing I found distinctly lacking were the acceptance speeches, which were neither spontaneous nor scripted enough throughout Music's Biggest And Most Pompous Night. Only Kelly Clarkson delivered on that front, as she shouted out to fellow performer Miguel, "I don't know who the hell you are,
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55th Annual Grammy Awards: Highlights and Winners

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The 55th Annual Grammy Awards were held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Sunday night, where artists from all over the globe united in the spirit of music to honor their own. As expected, there were scores of live performances and when all was said and done, the 3 1/2 hour live ceremony provided a well-balanced representation of all musical genres. Opening the show was superstar Taylor Swift, who plucked a scene straight out of Alice in Wonderland for the song "We Are Never Ever Getting Back together." Following Swift's performance, host LL Cool J welcomed everyone to "music's biggest night" and took a moment to explain why hosting the show meant so much to him. "We each experienced a Grammy moment when we were inspired," he said. Inspired moments are indeed what make up the Grammy's, so we've made a list of our own. Adele nabs Best Pop Vocal Performance:
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Grammys 2013: Who Put on the Best Show of the Night?

Grammys 2013: Who Put on the Best Show of the Night?
var brightcovevideoid = '2156071361001'; It's the only awards show that's as much a concert as it is a parade of stars. So, who brought the goods Sunday night at the Grammys? There were plenty of memorable moments, both solo performances and the duets and collaborations for which the Grammys are so famous. Justin Timberlake made his much-anticipated - and, it turned out, sepia-toned - return to the Grammys, with help from Jay-z, singing "Suit & Tie" and "Pusher Love Girl." That came soon after Taylor Swift opened the show with a flamboyant Alice in Wonderland take on her hit "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.
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Kelly Clarkson: Big Winner & Performer at the 2013 Grammy Awards

She’s dominated the music industry for over a decade, and earlier tonight (February 10) Kelly Clarkson proved she’s still very much a heavy hitter.

The “Since You’ve Been Gone” songstress took the stage at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards to perform a tribute to Patti Page and pay respects to Carole King.

Before taking to the mic, Kelly took home the award Best Pop Vocal Album for Stronger.

"Miguel, I don't know who the hell you are but we need to sing together, that was the sexiest thing I've ever seen," she said during her acceptance speech of R&B singer and fellow Grammy award winner.

As for the show, also acts scheduled to perform at the Staples Center include Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Sting, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, and Maroon 5.
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Mumford & More Rock Music-Filled Grammys

Mumford & More Rock Music-Filled Grammys
Mumford & Sons, Gotye & Kimbra, Kelly Clarkson, Zac Brown Band and Fun. were just a few of the big winners at the 55th annual Grammy Awards telecast, hosted by LL Cool J and broadcast live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Read on for the recap...

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The Winners

Album of the Year went to Babel by Mumford & Sons; Record of the Year went to Gotye & Kimbra's Somebody That I Used To Know; Fun. won Best New Artist, and their We Are Young (featuring Janelle Monae) was named Song of the Year; Kelly Clarkson's Stronger was named Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Country Album was awarded to Zac Brown Band's Uncaged.

Other big accolades handed out during Sunday night's telecast went to Carrie Underwood (Best Country Solo Performance: Blown Away); Frank Ocean was the Best Urban Contemporary Album Winner for Channel Orange; The Black Keys earned Best Rock
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Grammys 2013: Kelly Clarkson's 'Natural Woman' and 'Tennessee Waltz' in tribute to Carole King and Patti Page

Kelly Clarkson made us all nostalgic for "American Idol" when she performed a musical tribute to two lifetime achievement nominees, Carole King and Patti Page, at the 55th annual Grammy Awards.

Clarkson performed King's "Natural Woman" and Page's "Tennessee Waltz," which brought back memories of her performing "Natural Woman" on "Idol" -- it was the first time we were really like, "Hey, this Kelly Clarkson girl is going places."

We'll post video from the Grammys as soon as we have it (because that "Tennesse Waltz" rendition was gorgeous), but for now, just relive Kelly's "Idol" performance below.
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Grammys Honor Carole King, The Temptations, Ravi Shankar

Grammys Honor Carole King, The Temptations, Ravi Shankar
Los Angeles -- Ravi Shankar passed away in December before he could attend The Recording Academy's Special Merit Awards celebration where he was to receive a lifetime achievement award. But the 91-year-old sitar master, Indian music promoter and friend to The Beatles got the call a few days before he passed away, and that meant everything to his family.

"I was very excited to hear about the lifetime achievement award a week before my dad passed away, one day before he went into surgery," Shankar's daughter, Norah Jones, said in an email to the Associated Press a few hours before the ceremony. "He knew about it and was very happy, and also that he and my sister, Anoushka, were both nominated in the same category for a Grammy (this year) was a special thing as well. We all miss him and are very proud of him. I will forever
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Grammys 2013: Kelly Clarkson (and her engagement ring) shine through stage fright

Grammys 2013: Kelly Clarkson (and her engagement ring) shine through stage fright
Of all the performers called up during the first two marathon days of Grammy rehearsals, none arrived on stage as visibly nervous as Kelly Clarkson who made no secret that she worried about a one-woman train wreck at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday night. The 30-year-old isn’t fretting about her singing voice (which sounded amazing at Friday rehearsals) or her three Grammy nominations (which include record of the year, perhaps the most coveted trophy in all of music). So what had the American Idol alumnus moaning weakly into the microphone?

“I can’t believe you’re making me say all of this,
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