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David Letterman Is Sticking Around, But The Late Show Says Goodbye To Darlene Love


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Just two days after Stephen Colbert aired his final Comedy Central episode, David Letterman – aka the man Colbert will be replacing as of next fall – had an equally sentimental finale on The Late Show. This one was just a mid-season ending, before Letterman flies south for winter – or whatever it is that late night hosts do for the holidays – but the TV vet pulled out all the stops anyway.

Letterman hosted a cheesy, old-school finale, to match his cheesy, old-school run on the Late Show. And I mean that in the best way.  Of course, it’s not really Christmas, if you haven’t heard Darlene Love croon out Last Christmas. Having her sing on the Late Show was kind of like a warm hug, followed by a mug of hot choc with marshmallows in TV form...

Watch Love's final Late Show performance below.

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Why '20 Feet From Stardom' Deserved The Oscar For 'Best Documentary'


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In the weeks leading up to the Oscars, pundits were divided about which documentary would win the big prize, most predicting The Act of Killing, the innovative, staggeringly powerful exploration of Indonesia's death squads. But anyone who had seen the background singer doc 20 Feet From Stardom knew it was probably more likely to take the award.

Darlene Love 20 Feet From StardomDarlene Love in '20 Feet From Stardom'

Not only is the film a hugely crowd-pleasing movie that leaves audiences smiling and tapping their toes in joy, but it has serious subtext as well, examining America's civil rights struggle through the eyes of musical artists. It also makes a potent statement about today's digital, auto-tuned recording industry in which non-singers make records and do their own backing vocals, but neglect to infuse their records with the passion and energy that fills the classic songs of the past few decades.

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Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who made classic records so memorable. Packed with lively, engaging people and fantastic music, the film also offers a sharp look at the music industry over the past 60 years in parallel with the fight for civil rights in America.

In the 1950s, background singers were usually white girls who read sheet-music perfectly. But they were quickly replaced with black artists who learned their craft in churches and could improvise harmonies with the lead singers. Suddenly, pop songs were infused with passion and life, as a handful of unknown singers performed backing vocals on virtually every classic hit since then. With their powerhouse voices and larger-than-life personalities, most have also tried to find success as solo artists. Others prefer to stay in the shadows.

For example, even though established stars acknowledge that she has more talent than any of them, Lisa Fischer prefers the quiet life out of the spotlight. Other belters like Merry Clayton, Tata Vega and Claudia Lennear can be heard on hundreds of timeless classics and are known throughout the industry, but never managed to get their solo careers off the ground. Judith Hill is a young artist who does soaring backing work while waiting for her own music to take off. And Darlene Love is the exception who managed both long background and solo careers.

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Darlene Love and Judith Hill - Celebrities attend 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Plaza. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Darlene Love and Judith Hill
Darlene Love and Judith Hill
Darlene Love and Judith Hill
Darlene Love and Judith Hill

Is Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' The Perfect Music Documentary?


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20 Feet From Stardom - Morgan Neville's stunning examination of the lives and experiences of backing singers in the music industry - was named Best Documentary at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2, 2014). The movie has featured strongly on the festival and awards circuit, though it's safe to assume even the producers didn't expect to beat the visceral The Act of Killing to the Oscar.

Darlene LoveDarlene Love Performing on '20 Feet From Stardom'

20 Feet From Stardom, the highest-grossing documentary of 2013, was certainly a popular winner inside the Dolby Theatre and the legendary Darlene Love gave an a cappella performance to the delight of the star-studded audience, including Bill Murray, who kicked off a standing ovation.

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Claudia Linnear, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Tata Vega - The 2014 Film Independent Spirit Awards pressroom - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

Claudia Linnear, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Tata Vega
Claudia Linnear, Darlene Love, Judith Hill and Tata Vega

20 Feet From Stardom Trailer


There are many recognisable vocalists that have featured on some of the world's biggest duet singles, but often their voice is where the recognition ends. Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill are five backing singers from different musical eras that have struggled to find a place in the spotlight despite being chosen to duet with some of the biggest stars in music history. Darlene worked with many stars including Elvis Presley, while Merry and Lisa were favoured strongly by The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Claudia got to perform with the likes of Tina Turner and Judith is the youngest of the group who was asked to sing alongside Michael Jackson on his This Is It Tour which was subsequently cancelled following his sudden death. Now, those budding artists are being celebrated as stars in their own right with this brand new documentary.

'20 Feet From Stardom' features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting among many others, and has been directed by the award-winning Morgan Neville ('Johnny Cash', 'Troubadours', 'The Cool School'). The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The movie will reach theatres on March 28th 2014.

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Darlene Love Tuesday 16th October 2012 Right To Rock 2012 held at Manhattan Center Grand Ballroom

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Gary U.s. Bonds, Darlene Love and Manhattan Center

Freda Payne, Jerry Blavat, Darlene Love, Freda Payne, Jerry Blavat and Kimmel center - Jerry Blavat, Darlene Love, Freda Payne Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Jerry Blavat Concert of Love held at the Kimmel center Saturday 29th January 2011

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Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who...

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20 Feet From Stardom Trailer

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