Neil Patrick Harris Returns to Host Emmys

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CBS says Neil Patrick Harris is hosting the Emmys again.

It’s the second go-around for the TV, film and stage star. He last did the honors at the “Prime Time Emmy Awards” in 2009. “I couldn’t be more honored and excited to be hosting this year’s Emmy Awards,” said Neil Patrick Harris. “And what perfect timing – I’ll just do the exact same script I’m about to use for the Tonys. ‘And the Emmy for Best Revival of a Musical goes to ‘Breaking Bad!’ See, told you it works.”

CBS will air the Emmycast live from Los Angeles on Sept. 22.

But for viewers who just can’t wait to see Harris in emcee mode, he’ll preside over “The 67th Annual Tony Awards” on CBS on June 9. It’s Harris’ fourth time hosting that show, which salutes the best of Broadway.

Harris currently stars on the hit CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother.” (AP)

Brewers Team Up on Beer to Help Military Families

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Craft breweries from around the country are teaming up to raise money for military families by selling a beer aged on baseball bats.

The Hops for Heroes project began in 2011 as a collaboration between Center of the Universe Brewing Co. in suburban Richmond and Fremont Brewing Co. in Seattle.

This year, the list also includes breweries in Florida, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado and California.

Homefront IPA is being released in time for Memorial Day. It is brewed with orange peel and aged by soaking with unfinished Louisville Slugger maple bats.

Using the same recipe, the participating breweries will sell the beer in bottles and kegs in their areas.

All proceeds are being donated to local chapters of Operation Homefront. The national organization provides emergency financial assistance to military families.

Other adult beverage makers also support projects that benefit the military.

Several wineries a have created wines to support military groups like Operation Homefront.

Bourbon bottler Jim Beam has partnered with Operation Homefront for the past five years to raise money and awareness through promotional events such as concerts. And whiskey company Wild Turkey has teamed up with The Boot Campaign, which supports veterans through the sale and promotion of combat boots. Its “Boots and Bourbon” initiative raises money and highlights returning veterans’ issues.

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Online:

http://www.hopsforheroes.com and http://www.operationhomefront.net

(The Associated Press)

‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ is Cannes’ Palme d’Or

The tender, sensual lesbian romance “Blue is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele” won the hearts of the 66th Cannes Film Festival, taking its top honor, the Palme d’Or.

The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the Palme not just to Tunisian-born director Abdellatif Kechiche, but also to the film’s two stars: Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux. The three clutched each other as they accepted the award, one of cinema’s greatest honors.

“The film had a beautiful French youth that I discovered during the long time filming the movie,” said Kechiche at the festival closing ceremony Sunday. “It taught me a lot about the spirit of freedom.”

Exarchopoulos stars in the French film as a 15-year-old girl whose life is changed when she falls in love with an older woman, played by Seydoux. The three-hour film caught headlines for its lengthy, graphic sex scenes, but bewitched festival goers with its heartbreaking coming of age story.

“Life of Adele,” which premiered at Cannes just days after France legalized gay marriage, was hailed as a landmark film for its intimate portrait of a same-sex relationship.

“The film is a great love story that made all of us feel privileged to be a fly on the wall, to see this story of deep love and deep heartbreak evolve from the beginning,” said Spielberg. “The director didn’t put any constraints on the narrative, on the storytelling. He let the scenes play as long as scenes play in real life.”

Spielberg called Kechiche (“Games of Love and Chance,” `’The Secret of the Gran”) a “sensitive, observant filmmaker.”

Cannes’ feting of “Life of Adele” came the same day tens of thousands of protesters marched against the new law Sunday in Paris, and police clashed with some demonstrators. Seydoux called the film “a witness to our time.”

“If it can show everyone tolerance, then it’s gratifying,” said Exarchopoulos.

But jury member Cristian Mungiu, the Romanian director, said current events had no bearing on the decision.

“We were giving awards to cinema,” said Mungiu. “Not for political statements.”

“Gay marriage is something that many brave states in America are resolving,” said Spielberg. “This film actually carries a wry, strong message, a very positive message.”

The Palme d’Or, which the jury selected from the 20 films in competition at Cannes, had been viewed as a relatively wide-open race ahead of Sunday’s awards. The festival audience embraced the jury’s choice, giving Kechiche and his two stars a standing ovation. “Life of Adele” had ranked highest in critics polls at the French Riviera festival.

The jury otherwise spread the awards around.

The Coen brothers’ 1960s folk revival “Inside Llewyn Davis” earned the Grand Prix, Cannes’ second most prestigious award. The film’s breakout star, Oscar Isaac, accepted the award for the Coens, who won the Palme in 1991 for “Barton Fink.”

Best actor went to 76-year-old Bruce Dern for Alexander Payne’s father-son road trip “Nebraska.” Berenice Bejo, the “Artist” star, won best actress for her performance as a single mother balancing a visiting ex-husband and a new fiancé in Asghar Farhadi’s “The Past.”

The jury prize, Cannes’ third top award, went to Kore-eda Hirokazu’s gentle switched-at-birth drama “Like Father, Like Son.” Mexican filmmaker Amat Escalante took best director for his brutal drug war drama “Heli.” Best screenplay went to Zhangke Jia’s “A Touch Of Sin,” a four-part depiction of the violence wrought by China’s economic boom.

Singaporean director Anthony Chen won the Camera d’Or, the award for best first feature, for his “Ilo Ilo.” Set during the Asia financial crisis in 1997, the film is about a Singaporean family and its new maid.

Spielberg, whose jury also included Ang Lee, Nicole Kidman and Christoph Waltz, said the group bonded immediately, joking: “I wanted to take them all home with me.”

The Palme d’Or can catapult a filmmaker to international renown, and significantly raise the profile of a film. “Life of Adele” was picked up for U.S. distribution during Cannes by IFC’s Sundance Selects. Last year’s winner, Michael Haneke’s “Amour,” went on to win best foreign language film at the Oscars, as well as land the rare best picture nomination for a foreign film. In 2011, Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” topped Cannes.

Sunday’s awards encompassed films from France, Japan, the United States, Mexico, China and Singapore.

Said Spielberg: “We crossed the world through these films.” (AP0

Rolling Stones Exhibit Opens at Rock Hall Museum

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In the early 1960s, The Rolling Stones were given questionnaires by fans. Mick Jagger replied that his interests were girls, eating and clothes and his dislikes were “intolerant people (and) having my hair cut. That questionnaire is part of a huge Stones exhibit that opens today at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Other items on display include Jagger’s floor-length cape made from American and British flags that he wore on the 1981-82 tour and a 1970 letter the Stones sent Santana to ask for permission to use footage of their performance at Altamont for the “Gimme Shelter” film.

For the first time, the museum will allow fans to take photos, which will be used as part of an interactive display. The exhibit runs through March. (AP)

Deadly Tornado Rips Through Moore, Oklahoma

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If you want to help victims in Oklahoma City, donate to the American Red Cross at http://redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999. Family members can all call FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA or go to okstrong.ok.gov.

Seth MacFarlane Won’t Return as 2014 Oscar Host

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Seth MacFarlane is too busy to host the Oscars in 2014.

The multitalented comedian says on Twitter that he “tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep.”

MacFarlane said in his tweet Monday that Academy Awards producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are among the best in the business. Zadan and Meron produced this year’s Oscar show, which earned higher ratings among coveted younger viewers, and will be returning for the 2014 telecast.

MacFarlane earned mixed reviews for his first outing as Oscar host in February, with some finding his material sexist and anti-Semitic.

The creator of “Family Guy” suggested Oscar producers tap eccentric actor Joaquin Phoenix to host the show. (AP)

Publicist: Founding Member of The Doors Dies at 74

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Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died. He was 74.

Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says in a news release that Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. He had been stricken by bile duct cancer.

Manzarek founded The Doors after meeting then-poet Jim Morrison in California. The band went on to become one of the most successful rock `n’ roll acts to emerge from the 1960s and continues to resonate with fans decades after Morrison’s death brought the band to an end. (AP)

Partial screenshot from Tuesday’s LA Times. You just knew it would make the front page, even though a tornado broke out in Oklahoma. He and the rest of the band are extremely important to the City of Angels.

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