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Filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns honored by historical society

Brothers and fellow filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns have received an honorary prize from the New-York Historical Society.

The Burns siblings, whose many credits together and separately include documentaries on the Pilgrims, baseball and New York, were presented with the society's History Makers Award at a gala benefit Monday night in Manhattan. Society executive committee chair Roger Hertog praised the filmmakers as "candle lighters" and "whistle blowers" who showed how understanding history was vital to the present. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, a featured commentator for Ken Burns' "Jazz," performed a brief duet with pianist Dan Nimmer.

The Burns brothers, speaking together on stage, exchanged compliments and family memories. Ken Burns spoke of their mother dying of cancer when they were kids and how that loss has stayed with him through his long career, making his pursuit of the past deeply personal. He praised his brother for bringing a "gift of language" to their work, while Ric Burns noted the fierce dedication of his older border, with whom he first collaborated on the acclaimed Civil War documentary series released in 1990.

"If he thought you didn't care as much as he did, it literally would enrage him," Ric Burns said.

Previous winners of the History Makers Award include "Hamilton" playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, Henry Kissinger and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who on Monday night was debating Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns honored by historical society

Brothers and fellow filmmakers Ken and Ric Burns have received an honorary prize from the New-York Historical Society.

The Burns siblings, whose many credits together and separately include documentaries on the Pilgrims, baseball and New York, were presented with the society's History Makers Award at a gala benefit Monday night in Manhattan. Society executive committee chair Roger Hertog praised the filmmakers as "candle lighters" and "whistle blowers" who showed how understanding history was vital to the present. Trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, a featured commentator for Ken Burns' "Jazz," performed a brief duet with pianist Dan Nimmer.

The Burns brothers, speaking together on stage, exchanged compliments and family memories. Ken Burns spoke of their mother dying of cancer when they were kids and how that loss has stayed with him through his long career, making his pursuit of the past deeply personal. He praised his brother for bringing a "gift of language" to their work, while Ric Burns noted the fierce dedication of his older border, with whom he first collaborated on the acclaimed Civil War documentary series released in 1990.

"If he thought you didn't care as much as he did, it literally would enrage him," Ric Burns said.

Previous winners of the History Makers Award include "Hamilton" playwright Lin-Manuel Miranda, Henry Kissinger and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, who on Monday night was debating Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Tom Hanks crashes lucky couple's wedding photo shoot

One New York couple had an unexpected celebrity guest at their wedding, and he even let them snap a few photos.

Today.com reported that wedding photographer Meg Miller was photographing newlyweds Elisabeth and Ryan after their nuptials when Tom Hanks crashed their photo shoot. >> Read more trending stories Miller told The Huffington Post that she told the couple to let a jogger pass and paused the Central Park photo session, but the jogger approached Ryan and Elisabeth, took off his hat and "leaned right into the group and said ‘Hi, I’m Tom Hanks.'" Hanks shook hands with the couple and kissed the bride's hand. The couple invited the actor to their reception, but he politely declined. The couple did get to take a few selfies, though, one of which Hanks posted to social media. "He also said he's an ordained minister if they needed to get married right now, but they were already married," Miller told Today.com. "I don't think I've ever taken pictures so fast," Miller said. "I took, like, a thousand pictures."

Hanks gave the pair his congrats before continuing his jog.

Yesterday's wedding was so beautiful! Elisabeth and Ryan you planned one amazing celebration. The icing on the cake was @tomhanks stopping in Central Park to wish them congratulations. #megmillerphotography #newyork #nyc #nyminute #celebrity #brideandgroom #tomhanks #weddingdress #wedding #weddingday #blacktie #centralpark #blackandwhite #huffpostido #stylemepretty #weddinginspiration #selfie #celebritysighting A photo posted by Meg Miller Photography (@megmillerphotography) on Sep 25, 2016 at 7:06pm PDT

Harrison Scott Key wins $5,000 James Thurber prize for humor

Author Harrison Scott Key's comic memoir about growing up with a father of outsized presence has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor.

Key is a contributing editor to Oxford American magazine whose essays also have appeared in The New York Times and Outside. He wins the Thurber Prize for "The World's Largest Man." He receives $5,000 and a commemorative crystal plaque.

Monday's runners-up were Jason Gay for "Little Victories" and Mary Norris for "Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen."

The awards are presented by Thurber House, a nonprofit-organization based in Columbus, Ohio, hometown for the late author and cartoonist James Thurber. Previous winners include Julie Schumacher, Calvin Trillin and David Sedaris.

The Thurber prize was established in 1997.

Drone to the face doesn't stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show

The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face.

The group was performing at the High Life Music Festival in Victorville on Sunday when a drone buzzed up and smacked rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse in the face. He winced and grabbed his head, but he and the rest of the group didn't stop the show or even the song.

It's not clear whether a fan, the band or someone connected to the festival had launched the drone, which was about 2 feet wide.

Messages left with police and representatives for the group weren't immediately returned.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, whose other members are Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone, began in Cleveland in 1993 and is known for mixing singing with rap.

Drone to the face doesn't stop Bone Thugs-n-Harmony show

The hip-hop rhythms of Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are too fierce to be stopped. Even by a drone to the face.

The group was performing at the High Life Music Festival in Victorville on Sunday when a drone buzzed up and smacked rapper Stanley "Flesh-N-Bone" Howse in the face. He winced and grabbed his head, but he and the rest of the group didn't stop the show or even the song.

It's not clear whether a fan, the band or someone connected to the festival had launched the drone, which was about 2 feet wide.

Messages left with police and representatives for the group weren't immediately returned.

Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, whose other members are Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone and Krayzie Bone, began in Cleveland in 1993 and is known for mixing singing with rap.

Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts separating after 11 years

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are separating after 11 years together.

The celebrity couple says in a joint statement Monday they've "come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple."

Schreiber and Watts have been together since 2005.

They have two children and are not married.

They added in the statement "it is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship."

No other details were provided.

Schreiber stars in the Showtime series "Ray Donovan" and his film credits include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," ''Salt" and "Scream."

Watts has appeared in such movies as "St. Vincent," ''The Ring" and "Mullholland Drive."

Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts separating after 11 years

Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts are separating after 11 years together.

The celebrity couple says in a joint statement Monday they've "come to the conclusion that the best way forward for us as a family is to separate as a couple."

Schreiber and Watts have been together since 2005.

They have two children and are not married.

They added in the statement "it is with great love, respect and friendship in our hearts that we look forward to raising our children together and exploring this new phase of our relationship."

No other details were provided.

Schreiber stars in the Showtime series "Ray Donovan" and his film credits include "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," ''Salt" and "Scream."

Watts has appeared in such movies as "St. Vincent," ''The Ring" and "Mullholland Drive."

Herschell Gordon Lewis, 'godfather of gore,' dies at 87

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the "godfather of gore," died Monday at 87.

The director of such films as "Blood Feast" and "Two Thousand Maniacs" died in his sleep at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito said.

Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.

His low-cost, envelope-pushing films unabashedly featured blood, violence and nudity.

Other horror films created by Lewis included "A Taste of Blood," ''The Wizard of Gore," ''The Gruesome Twosome," ''She-Devils on Wheels" and "Scum of the Earth!"

Lewis worked in advertising and financed most of his own films.

John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and James Gunn are among the modern-day filmmakers who were inspired by Lewis' work.

Gunn posted his condolences on Twitter and said Lewis "changed cinema."

Herschell Gordon Lewis, 'godfather of gore,' dies at 87

Herschell Gordon Lewis, the horror filmmaker known as the "godfather of gore," died Monday at 87.

The director of such films as "Blood Feast" and "Two Thousand Maniacs" died in his sleep at his home in Pompano Beach, Florida, his spokesman James Saito said.

Lewis pioneered the horror genre in the 1960s known as the "splatter film," which intentionally focused on gore and gruesomeness.

His low-cost, envelope-pushing films unabashedly featured blood, violence and nudity.

Other horror films created by Lewis included "A Taste of Blood," ''The Wizard of Gore," ''The Gruesome Twosome," ''She-Devils on Wheels" and "Scum of the Earth!"

Lewis worked in advertising and financed most of his own films.

John Waters, Robert Rodriguez, Quentin Tarantino and James Gunn are among the modern-day filmmakers who were inspired by Lewis' work.

Gunn posted his condolences on Twitter and said Lewis "changed cinema."

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