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Costello stands in for Timberlake at 'Llewyn' concert [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (PA)]

October 1, 2013

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Costello stands in for Timberlake at 'Llewyn' concert

When Justin Timberlake couldn't attend Sept. 29's concert celebrating the music of the new Coen Brothers movie, "Inside Llewyn Davis," master of ceremonies John Goodman told the crowd Timberlake's understudy would perform instead.

Then he introduced Elvis Costello.

"Heaven knows when you think of Justin, you think of me," Costello joked with the Town Hall crowd.

Then Costello introduced his understudy, famed music producer T Bone Burnett.

Replete with his trademark glasses, Burnett performed rousing backup vocals on "Please, Mr. Kennedy." Timberlake's character sings that song in the film about the New York folk music scene in the 1960s.

Burnett acted as the project's executive music producer, just as he did for the music from the Grammy-winning "O Brother, Where Art Thou."

"Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis" included music inspired by the film from a host of folk artists, old and new. Among them were the Avett Brothers, Punch Brothers, Marcus Mumford, Patti Smith and Joan Baez. Stars from the film also performed, including Carrie Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and Stark Sands.

-- Associated Press

Movie filmed in area to debut at AFI Fest

Scott Cooper's "Out of the Furnace," a thriller starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck and Woody Harrelson that was filmed largely in Braddock, will make its world premiere in early November at the 2013 AFI Fest in Hollywood, according to TheWrap.com

It is part of an expanded group of centerpiece galas that also will include a screening of Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and a tribute to Bruce Dern coupled with a screening of Alexander Payne's "Nebraska."

"Out of the Furnace" follows a pair of brothers, with the older sibling (Bale) forced to go head-to-head with a vicious crime ring when his younger brother disappears.

The film is scheduled for a limited release Nov. 27, followed by a wider release Dec. 6. The cast also includes Sam Shepard, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker and Willem Dafoe. Eddie Vedder has written a new song for the soundtrack.

Cooper's first film, "Crazy Heart," won a best actor Oscar for Jeff Bridges.

-- Wire reports

1963 'Profumo affair' is subject of musical

He's done the Bible, felines, operatic phantoms and Argentine politics. So, what is Andrew Lloyd Webber's latest musical about?

Sex -- as well as politics, spying, social revolution and the Cold War.

"Stephen Ward" centers on a sensational real-life scandal, the 1963 revelation that Britain's war secretary, John Profumo, was involved with model Christine Keeler, who also was sleeping with a Soviet naval attache.

The "Profumo affair" rattled Britain's establishment and fascinated the nation. John Hurt and Ian McKellan starred in a 1989 movie based on the controversy, called "Scandal."

But Lloyd Webber says the show, which opens in London in December, is about more than the scandal -- it's a portrait of a "febrile time" of tumultuous social change.

At a preview of songs from the musical Sept. 30, the composer said, "It's just extraordinary, really, the ramifications of what went on."

-- Associated Press

3 more 'Duck Dynasty' books are incubating

The "Duck Dynasty" book dynasty rolls on.

Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced Sept. 30 that three more tie-in works to the reality TV series on A&E will be released in 2014. Five books from the Robertson family already are out, including top sellers such as "Happy, Happy, Happy" and "The Duck Commander Family."

Scheduled for next year are "Faith in the Duck Blind," "The Women of Duck Commander" and "Phil-Osophy."

The "Duck Dynasty" series follows a brood of brothers who manufacture duck calls and love to go bird-hunting.

-- Associated Press

Is your favorite kids' book among top 100?

The New York Public Library is celebrating children's literature with a list of 100 great kids' books from the past 100 years.

The list released Sept. 30 includes picture books as well as novels for older readers like "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone."

Authors Judy Blume and Eric Carle joined librarians for a panel discussion.

Blume's "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" is on the list. She said when she was in the fourth grade, she always had stories in her head. But she never told anybody because she thought they would think she was "weird."

Carle made the list with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar." He said the caterpillar started out as Willie the Worm but his editor "didn't like the worm so much."

Details: www.nypl.org/childrens100

-- Associated Press

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