Coppola wins prestigious Spanish prize for arts

MADRID — Francis Ford Coppola, director of such classics as "The Godfather" trilogy and "Apocalypse Now," has won Spain's Princess of Asturias arts prize for his outstanding contribution to the world of film.

The prize foundation on Wednesday described the 76-year-old Coppola as "an exceptional narrator" who holds a prominent position in the history of cinema.

The $64,330 Spanish award is one of eight Asturias prizes handed out yearly by a foundation named for Crown Princess Leonor. Others categories include social sciences, sports and scientific research. —AP

L ambert becomes Country Living's first cover girl

NEW YORK — Country Living's choice for the first person ever to be on the cover of the magazine is apropos: Miranda Lambert.

The country superstar is featured on the cover of the June issue and also is the guest editor for the publication.

The home and lifestyle magazine says it has never featured a person on its cover in its 36-year history. The issue explores how country music influences country style.

Lambert also talks about her husband Blake Shelton's green thumb; he plans to plant tomatoes and strawberries, and they plan to make jam.

The issue hits newsstands later this month. —AP

Prince will play Baltimore, honor Freddie Gray

Though he says he doesn't vote and refused to sing on "We Are the World," Prince will stage a "Rally 4 Peace" in Baltimore on Sunday to honor Freddie Gray.

Prince will also debut a new single: "Baltimore."

"The song was written following the death of 25-year old Freddie Gray and is a tribute to all of the people of Baltimore," a press release from Live Nation said.

Some of the proceeds from the show will be directed to Baltimore-based youth charities," according to the press release.

This is not the first time Prince has spoken out about police and African-Americans. "Like books and black lives, albums still matter," he said at the Grammys earlier this year.

— Washington Post

Schieffer leaving 'Face the Nation' this month

WASHINGTON — Bob Schieffer's last Sunday as host of CBS' "Face the Nation" will be May 31.

The veteran newsman, who announced his retirement last month, had said only that he would be leaving this summer. But summer's coming early for Schieffer, who wants to relax for the warm weather months while CBS gives his successor, John Dickerson, the chance to settle in before the presidential campaign begins in earnest.

Schieffer, 78, hasn't said what he will be doing after leaving as the network's chief Washington correspondent.— AP

Oscar-winner's film festival is all about women, diversity

With help from a slew of corporate sponsors, Geena Davis and filmmakers focused on women and diversity have taken over Bentonville, Arkansas, a city of 40,000 best known as Wal-Mart's home base.

Davis said it's the only film competition to promise theatrical releases for winning entries.

"It's unheard of in the world, actually," the Oscar-winner said in a telephone interview before opening the festival Tuesday.

About 75 films will be screened over the four-day festival, which will include panel discussions and a celebratory "A League of Their Own" baseball game, featuring appearances by Rosie O'Donnell and two members of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League.

Davis plans to expand the festival beyond Bentonville to include educational outreach and events throughout the year. She founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2007.— AP

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