Neil Patrick Harris teams up with USA Network to present “Milk”

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USA Network and Neil Patrick Harris have announced that they are teaming up together to present the 2008 biopic “Milk” on June 1.

The actor and activist will be making a special introduction before the movie premieres, which will have limited commercials. 

The movie will mark the first day of Pride Month for the network. 

NBC Universal Cable Entertainment Group Chairman, Bonnie Hammer, said in a press release, “This film series has allowed us to present to audiences some of the most courageous characters of our time.

“Harvey Milk gave hope to generations of gay and lesbian Americans by encouraging them to live their lives openly and to speak out against the discrimination and prejudice they faced. We are honored to share his story in commemoration of Gay Pride Month.”

“Milk” depicts Milk’s struggle and fight for LGBT rights in the 1970s, showing him through the years up to his untimely death at the hands of Dan White in 1978. 

The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning two of them, including Best Actor for Sean Penn as Harvey Milk. 

The special screening of “Milk” is also a part of the network’s Characters Unite Quarterly Film Series. The series’ intent is to use great and informational storytelling through film to increase awareness of social injustices and to inspire further progress. 

USA Network is seen in 102 million US homes, and has been the number one network in basic cable for the past seven years. 

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