Apologist Apologies: The production company co-founded by Danish filmmaker Lars von Trier apologized for remarks he made at the Cannes Film Festival in which he said he understood Hitler. (New York Times)

Funky Music: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture acquired The Mothership - a stage prop made famous by legendary funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic. It will be part of a permanent music exhibition when the museum opens in 2015. (Washington Post)

Understudy: The 2011 Hollywood Writers Report, a study by the Writers Guild of America, finds that minority and women writers are still underrepresented in the industry. (Los Angeles Times)

Sphere of Influence: The Artisphere arts center in Arlington opened “Contain, Maintain, Sustain,” an exhibit focusing on how environmental sustainability influence contemporary art. (Washington Post)

Awards: The Actors Fund will honor Hal Holbrook with the Julie Harris Award for Lifetime Achievement, with Sean Penn to present, at the organization’s annual Tony Award party. (Los Angeles Times)

Sweeter Strings: The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra received a grant of $100,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the Orchestra’s upcoming tours. (San Francisco Chronicle)