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President Obama Hilariously Professes His Love For Meryl Streep

25 November 2014 8:32 AM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Meryl Streep is the queen of award season in Hollywood, and now she's receiving special honors in Washington DC, too. On Monday, the actress was one of the 19 Americans presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor given to those who made remarkable contributions to the country in their particular field. During the presentation ceremony, President Obama joked around with Meryl, saying, "I think this is like the third or fourth award Meryl's gotten since I've been in office, and I've said it publicly: I love Meryl Streep. I love her. Her husband knows I love her. Michelle knows I love her. There's nothing either of them can do about it." Stevie Wonder also received the honor, and Obama remarked that Stevie's Talking Book album was the first he bought with his own money. The full list of honorees includes Ethel Kennedy, author Isabel Allende, journalist Tom Brokaw, »

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Dynamite and Pulp: A Love Story

13 November 2014 6:17 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Over the ten years of its existence, Dynamite has brought new life to so many classic pulp titles. The company has almost made its name in the pulp genre. The idea crested when Dynamite released its Project Superpowers series. Project Superpowers was responsible for resurrecting so many golden age heroes that Dynamite had created for itself a veritable arsenal of pulp-era do-gooders. Created by Jim Kreuger and Alex Ross, the series focused on bringing the classic heroes into the modern day, in a fashion similar to Captain America in the 1960s. Project Superpowers served as a sturdy launching point for all of its pulp series, even though the only character to survive outside the series and spin-offs was The Owl.

Project Superpowers ended in 2010, and in 2011, Dynamite laid their hands on the licenses for The Shadow, The Green Hornet, Kato, and The Spider. Dynamite joined these heroes together in 2012 (along with Zorro, »

- Cory Weddell

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Meryl Streep to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom, Proves There's Nothing She Can't Win

11 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Meryl Streep is already regarded as the greatest actress of her generation, and now, she's set to receive yet another accolade.

Streep is one of 19 men and women who will be bestowed with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. She'll receive the medal from President Barack Obama during an awards ceremony to be held at the White House on November 24.

The full list of recipients also includes: Tom Brokaw; Ethel Kennedy; Stevie Wonder; composer Stephen Sondheim; choreographer Alvin Ailey; novelist Isabel Allende; civil rights activist and "Freedom Summer" participants James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner; physicist Mildred Dresselhaus; Rep. John Dingell of Michigan; writer and activist Suzan Harjo; Federal judge and former Rep. Abner Mikva of Illinois; Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink of Hawaii; Rep. Edward Roybal of California; professional golfer Charles Sifford; economist Robert Solow; social activist Marlo Thomas.

"I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, »

- Katie Roberts

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News Nuggets: Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw, Stevie Wonder set for Presidential Medal of Freedom honors

11 November 2014 8:05 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

President Barack Obama will honor 19 trailblazers with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House ceremony on November 24. Entertainers among that group are actresses Meryl Streep and Marlo Thomas, singer/songwriter Stevie Wonder, and composer Stephen Sondheim. Others include author Isabel Allende, newsman Tom Brokaw, physicist Mildred Dresselhaus, Rep. John Dingell, activist Ethel Kennedy, writer Suzan Harjo, golfer Charles Sifford, economist Robert Solow, Rep. Abner Mikva, and Rep. Patsy Takemoto Mink. Posthumous awards will be given out for choreographer Alvin Ailey, activist Edward Roybal, and civil rights activists James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner. This award is the highest civilian honor that can be presented to an individual. The Wrap -Break- Director and screenwriter Quentin Tarantino proclaims he will retire after making his 10th film. His eighth will be "The Hateful Eight," in which eight "hate-filled firebrands from the Ol..." »

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Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder, Tom Brokaw to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

11 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Meryl Streep, Stevie Wonder and Tom Brokaw are among the latest Americans tapped to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Obama announced Tuesday. The performers and former NBC anchor will join 16 others at the White House on Nov. 24 for a ceremony marking their achievements. The medal is the highest honor granted to civilians in the U.S. and honors contributions to U.S. security, world peace and cultural achievement. "From scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world, »

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Presidential Medal Of Freedom Honorees Include Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw & Stephen Sondheim

10 November 2014 3:08 PM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Meryl Streep, Tom Brokaw, Stephen Sondheim, Marlo Thomas, Stevie Wonder, choreographer Alvin Ailey and author Isabel Allende were among the 19 names chosen by President Obama today to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The awards will be bestowed at the White House on November 24. Here’s the full list of recipients just released:

Alvin Ailey (posthumous)

Ailey was a choreographer, dancer, and the founder of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, which is renowned for its inspiring performances in 71 countries on 6 continents since 1958. Ailey’s work was groundbreaking in its exploration of the African American experience and the enrichment of the modern dance tradition, including his beloved American masterpiece Revelations. The Ailey organization, based in New York City, carries on his pioneering legacy with performances, training, educational, and community programs for people of all backgrounds.

Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a highly acclaimed author »

- The Deadline Team

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Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, Gets R-e-s-p-e-c-t From Harvard Univ.

29 May 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Aretha Franklin, who demanded r-e-s-p-e-c-t in her hit 1967 song, won the ultimate respect from Harvard University. The esteemed institution bestowed her with an honorary Doctor of Arts degree. The university announced this year’s honorees today (May 29) on its Web site. The list includes Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg (Doctor of Laws), Former President George H.W. Bush (Doctor of Laws) and novelist Isabel Allende (Doctor of Letters). ...Read More »

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Sony Hires Chris Boal To Pen ‘Zorro’ Reboot

7 March 2014 6:33 AM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

According to Deadline, Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the “Zorro” franchise based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel, which centers on the young Zorro who witnesses the brutal injustices dealt to Native Americans.

Screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “The Hurt Locker”), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia. Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit before becoming a writer.

This new project will have nothing to do with the Antonio Banderas films The Mask of Zorro and The Legend of Zorro but will have a sort of “Batman Begins” style of approach, with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional core. So for those of you who have seen the Banderas films, this will follow Anthony Hopkins character’s backstory. There will be swordplay, combined with the martial arts that came »

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New writer hired for Sony's Zorro reboot

6 March 2014 11:08 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 7 Mar 2014 - 07:07

Sony wants a gritter Zorro in the style of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight movies. And it's hired a new writer for the reboot...

Sony is continuing with its quest to reboot the Zorro movie franchise, and it's hired a new writer to help it with its latest masked endeavour.

Chris Boal, a playwright who's turning his hand to screenwriting, has been hired to take over a previous draft of the new Zorro film. A script has already been written by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, and it's unclear whether Boal will be starting afresh, or working with the earlier draft.

We do know that the earlier script was based on a mock biography of Zorro, that was written be Isabel Allende.

According to reports, the plan for the new Zorro is - you probably could have guessed this - to go darker and gritter, »

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'Zorro' Reboot Adds Writer Chris Boal

6 March 2014 8:18 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony Pictures has hired screenwriter and playwright Chris Boal, the brother of Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker) to write their Zorro reboot.

The project is based on Isabel Allende's 2005 novel of the same name, with Stephen Scaia and Matthew Federman previously working on the script. This reboot is said to be less of a traditional swashbuckling tale and more of a dark and gritty version similar to The Dark Knight, giving this iconic character a new origin story with an "emotional core." There will be swordplay featured in the story, although it will be infused with European martial arts that combine swords and daggers with grappling and bare knuckle combat. Before he became a writer, Chris Boal was a competitive fencer on the national circuit.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing for the studio, with the project said to be a high priority at Sony. »

- MovieWeb

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New Scribe Hired For Sony's "Zorro" Reboot

6 March 2014 6:28 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the "Zorro" franchise based on Chilean author Isabel Allende's 2005 novel.

Fencer-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Hurt Locker"), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia.

The Zorro character first appeared in Johnston McCulley's 1919 novella "The Curse of Capistrano", Allende's work is an origin tale and prequel to the events of that story, and contains numerous references to other famous Zorro works including 1998's "The Mask of Zorro".

Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes are set to produce the film which aims to bring a "Batman Begins" style approach to the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional elements.

The project is not to be confused with Fox's rival sci-fi take "Zorro Reborn" which puts the character in a "Mad Max"-esque apocalyptic wasteland.

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- Garth Franklin

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Playwright Chris Boal to Rewrite Zorro Reboot

6 March 2014 | | See recent news »

Columbia Pictures is moving forward with their proposed reboot of the Zorro franchise. Deadline reports that they've hired professional fencer/playwright-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal (the brother of The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal) to rewrite the draft previously scripted by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia, in turn based on the 2005 Isabel Allende novel that served as a mock biography of he fictional character. That book is officially described as follows: A swashbuckling adventure story, "Zorro" reveals the history behind the legendary masked man. Born in Southern California in the late eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner, his mother a Shoshone warrior. From »

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