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2013-04-02T00:00:00Z Feature Focus nwitimes.com
April 02, 2013 12:00 am

TBS sticking with Conan O'Brien through 2015 

TBS says it's extending Conan O'Brien's late-night show through November 2015. O'Brien premiered "Conan" on TBS in November 2010, some months after his departure from a short-lived stint as host of NBC's "Tonight" show. He left NBC when Jay Leno was returned as "Tonight" host. Although "Conan" averages just 900,000 viewers nightly, TBS says it leads the late-night pack in social media engagement and online activity. AP

Breakfast at Tiffany's' manuscript up for auction

Truman Capote's 1958 typed manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is rife with the author's handwritten edits — most notably changing the femme fatale's name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly. Its plot — built around a young woman who supports herself through trysts with various wealthy lovers — was controversial. Harper's Bazaar bought serialization rights for $2,000, then balked at its explicit content and profuse profanity. Esquire magazine purchased it from Harper's and launched it to its 1961 silver screen adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn. The manuscript is being offered for sale by a New Hampshire auction house and is expected to net at least $250,000 later this month. It is the centerpiece of hundreds of Hollywood-themed items offered by RR Auctions in its online auction April 18-25. Other items include memorabilia autographed by James Dean, Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, Judy Garland and Lucille Ball. AP

The Band Perry delivers fresh new album

Like film director Tim Burton, the Band Perry puts an entertaining spin on the darker aspects of life and love. With their second album "Pioneer," singer Kimberly Perry and her brothers Neil and Reid continue to blend sinister and innocent in deliciously fresh ways. The trio's new work highlights just how well-developed they've become as songwriters — they're responsible for nine of the 12 songs — and how inventive they can be with arrangements. They bring out the best in veteran producer Dann Huff, who does his best work here since helping Keith Urban create his distinctive sound. Like Urban, The Band Perry use banjos and other string instruments to create a down-to-earth foundation on songs like the No. 1 country hit "Better Dig Two." They also like juxtaposing acoustic and electric elements, which adds texture to catchy tunes like the anthemic "I'm a Keeper" and the Cheap Trick-like "Night Gone Wasted" — both co-written with another family group, The Henningsens.

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