News Nuggets: Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell will host the Billboard Music Awards

Emmy-winners Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell will host the Billboard Music Awards: “EW has learned exclusively that Emmy Award-winning pair Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell, best known as Claire and Phil Dunphy on ‘Modern Family,’ will host the 2012 Billboard Music Awards on May 20. The pair, who won Emmys in the Supporting Actor categories last year, are following in the footsteps of ‘Community‘ actor Ken Jeong, who helmed the award show and received largely favorable reviews. The Billboard Music Awards will air on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.” EW.COM

Monsieur Lazhar” wins the Audience Award at the RiverRun Film Festival: “The feature, which was nominated for the best foreign-language film Oscar, also received awards for best actor Mohamed Fellaq, who plays the title role, and Falardeu’s screenplay from the festival’s narrative film jury. The jury also awarded the Peter Brunette Award for best director, named after The Hollywood Reporter’s late film reviewer, to Julia Murat, who directed the Brazilian feature ‘Found Memories,’ about the residents of a remote village who are, quite literally, fading away as they go about their daily rituals.” HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

The Help” director Tate Taylor will adapt a British miniseries: “Tate Taylor, who last wrote and directed the Best Picture nominee ‘The Help,’ is in talks with Fox 2000 to write and direct ‘The Jury.’ The film is a movie transfer of the Granada-produced 2002 British miniseries that was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis. The mini focuses on the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter.” DEADLINE

Highlights of this year’s Heley Hayes Awards: “Kevin Spacey drops the F-bomb — twice. A tribute to sponsors is set to the tune of ‘Gee, Officer Krupke.’ Kilts, furs, sequins and magenta hipster glasses alongside black cocktail dresses and tuxes. Where else could it be but the 2012 Helen Hayes Awards? D.C.’s version of the Tony Awards, recognizing outstanding work from the region’s 70-some professional theater organizations, took place Monday at the Warner Theatre. Big winners for the night, nicknamed by its patrons as ‘drama prom,’ included Signature Theatre’s boisterous production of ‘Hairspray!’ as well as Synetic Theater’s silent take on ‘King Lear.'” WASHINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL

The Cannes Film Festival announces its main competition jury: “Deliberating with jury president Nanni Moretti will be Palestinian actress and director Hiam Abbass, British director and writer Andrea Arnold, French actress Emmanuelle Devos, German actress Diane Kruger, Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, Haitian director, writer and producer Raoul Peck and US director, writer and producer Alexander Payne. In a first, there will also be a designer on the panel: French couturier Jean Paul Gaultier.” DEADLINE

Will Ken Burns‘s “Central Park Five” face off against Peter Jackson‘s “West of Memphis” at the next Oscars? “The teenagers wrongfully convicted in the vicious 1989 rape and beating of jogger Tricia Meili — and only released after the actual attacker came forward in 2002 — will be showcased in a forthcoming Ken Burns documentary entitled, appropriately enough, ‘The Central Park Five.’ And while the film was funded in part by Burns’s longtime patrons at PBS, the two-time Oscar nominee and four-time Emmy winner … is taking the film to Cannes next month with the hope of finding a theatrical distributor: ‘We want to do it [theatrically] because the running time makes it manageable, and there’s something urgent about it,’ he told TV Guide this week.” MOVIELINE

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