Entertainment briefs

2013-04-27T00:00:00Z Entertainment briefsFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
April 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Kristen Wiig returning to host 'SNL' on May 11

NEW YORK - A year after leaving "Saturday Night Live," Kristen Wiig is coming back to host the show.

NBC announced Friday that Wiig will host the May 11 show. For six seasons, Wiig was one of the most popular cast members on SNL before exiting in an emotional send-off last May.

Vampire Weekend will perform as musical guest.

Zach Galifianakis will host the show on May 4.

And the network announced that the season finale on May 18 will be hosted by Ben Affleck, with Kanye West as the musical guest.

Guitarist Bob Weir falls during show

NEW YORK - Guitarist Bob Weir fell onstage while strumming his guitar at a concert in Port Chester, N.Y.

Video posted online shows the 65-year-old musician collapsing Thursday night during a performance with Furthur. He was quickly helped off the floor as the crowd cheered him on.

Weir is on tour with Furthur, the band he formed with fellow Grateful Dead member Phil Lesh.

Lesh told the crowd Thursday that Weir had been suffering from a strained shoulder.

NBC renews 5 dramas

NEW YORK - Television producer Dick Wolf will be busy next season.

NBC said Friday that it has renewed five of its dramas for next season. Two of them - the long-running "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Chicago Fire" - are made by Wolf and his team.

"Revolution," "Parenthood" and "Grimm" also were given the guarantee that they will go on for another year. Each was given a full-season order of 22 new episodes.

Capote manuscript purchased for $306,000

AMHERST, N.H. - Truman Capote's 1958 typed manuscript of "Breakfast at Tiffany's" with the author's handwritten edits was sold for about $306,000 at auction to a Russian billionaire.

RR Auction said the winning bidder was Russian retail billionaire Igor Sosin, who planned to display it in Moscow and Monaco.

Capote's handwritten notations include changing the femme fatale's name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly.

Its plot - built around a woman who supports herself through trysts with wealthy lovers - was scandalous. Harper's Bazaar bought serialization rights, then balked. Esquire magazine bought it from Harper's and launched it to its 1961 film adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn.

Frankel to expand Skinnygirl product line

NEW YORK - Bethenny Frankel plans to expand her Skinnygirl line of wine and spirits and power bars to include more food products.

She has added what she calls "The New Girls" to her popular line of ready-to-serve drinks, including Moscato, White Cherry Vodka, Mojito and Sweet 'n Tart Grapefruit Margarita.

Frankel, whose entrepreneurial reach also includes diet books and videos, and a novel, had a six-city run of "Bethenny" on Fox-owned stations last year. The show will air in cities across the country this fall.

The Associated Press

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