Actor Peter Facinelli is developing a movie about American spy Nathan Hale. The Twilight star has acquired the film rights to M. William Phelps' Nathan Hale: The Life and Death of America's First Spy, which centres on the undercover agent who was executed in 1776 at the age of 21 after British forces discovered he was a soldier for the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War.
Facinelli says, "I am excited to bring the story of Nathan Hale to life, a man who sacrificed everything for what he believed in."
The film was originally slated to be developed by producers at Warner Bros. in 2007, but the project fell through, according to Variety.com.
Day three has come and gone in this year's Olympics, and things are looking good for the Americans in the bunch! (USA! USA! USA! etc.) Medals were swooped up left and right, and stories of athletic prowess dominated the news. It makes even the most un-athletic and un-sporty of us (Exhibit A: your writer) get into the spirit of rooting for the big triumphs that can only happen when those Olympic rings are showing.
Swimming's Golden Girl: 17-year-old Olympian Missy Franklin took home her very first gold medal today for the 100m backstroke today in an American record time of 58.33 seconds. Not too shabby, considering she also medaled earlier in the day at the 4x100 freestyle relay. A bronze and a gold? Homegirl just needs a silver to get herself a nice little set of souvenirs, huh? Collect 'em all!
Bronzed Boys of Britain: No, unfortunately that is not the name of a calendar that I would most certainly hang in my bedroom (yet!), but for the first time in over a century, the British men's gymnastics team medals in the floor competitions, setting of quite the celebrations at the O2 Arena. Word on the street is that even Princes William and Harry (anyone else hear that song "Two Princes" whenever they're brought up? No? Just me? OK, moving on...) got into the raucous mood. And how!
Flawless?: So says the (very modest) Chinese male gymnastics team! The boys took home the gold today, and explained how they did it thusly: "We don't have any faults. That's our secret to beat the Japanese and to beat everyone," according to Zhang Chenglong. Oh, that's all? Just perfection? Seems easy enough!
Just Keep Swimming, Just Keep Swimming: More swimming medals included another gold for France's Yannick Agnel in the 200m freestyle. Ryan Lochte was also swimming that race, but came in fourth. Possibly because he only speaks in cliches like "sometimes you win, sometimes you lose" and "I gave it 110 percent," and "you live and learn." All three of those were in just two sentences he sputtered off to the Associated Press earlier today. Womp womp! American Matt Grevers finished with the gold in the 100m backstroke, which is a lovely little companion item to Missy's gold in the same competition on the ladies' side.
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The iconic athlete is gearing up to launch his latest project on American TV, in which he will take on his rival sporting peers at their own game.
He has set up a swimming battle against Olympic athlete Michael Phelps, a boxing bout against former world champion Oscar De La Hoya and a tennis game with Serena Williams.
But the show is in jeopardy following allegations from author Todd Gallagher, who claims bosses at his talent agency, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, agreed to turn his book, Andy Roddick Beat Me with a Frying Pan, into a TV show last year (08).
Gallagher alleges he was then cut out of the project which went ahead with another William Morris client - O'Neal.
The writer's legal team have written to executives at William Morris claiming they "intentionally cut him out... creatively and financially" and are requesting a meeting for a possible settlement discussion, according to TMZ.com.
The website reports that Gallagher's lawyers have threatened to file a lawsuit if the meeting doesn't happen before O'Neal's show is aired on 18 August (09).