Manny P. here…
On the heels of the release of his new film, Lincoln, Steven Spielberg has been invited to deliver the keynote address at an observance commemorating the 149th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. The Oscar-winning director will speak at about 10a on November 19th at the Soldiers’ National Cemetery in Gettysburg; the site of the pivotal battle during the Civil War, where Northern troops defeated the Confederate army under General Robert E. Lee.
STEVEN SPIELBERG / DANIEL DAY LEWIS (on the set of LINCOLN)
Spielberg’s visit coincides with the overall 150th remembrance of the Civil War. Ceremonies have been taking place at historical sites where Yankee and Confederate soldiers collided. Abraham Lincoln’s original remarks at the dedication of the military cemetery are generally considered one of the best presidential speeches in American history.
The legendary director’s appearance will be what I refer to as a real Hollywood-and-Vine moment, when Americana is expected to cross paths with Hollywood history.
Mel Brooks has been tapped by the American Film Institute, presenting him with their highest honor: The Life Achievement Award. The AFI ceremony will air in late June on Turner Classic Movies and TNT.
His screen credits include The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, High Anxiety, and Silent Movie. He co-wrote many episodes of Your Show of Shows and Get Smart on television. Brooks is one of only 14 entertainment individuals to win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award. Mel also enjoyed a four-decade marriage to Anne Bancroft, who inspired much of his work.
He’s the 41st recipient of the honor, which has gone to Hollywood legends, such as Orson Welles, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman. In 2013, it’s going to be a great Springtime for the iconic Mel Brooks!
Until next time> “never forget”