Tuesday's intriguing people
Daniel Craig’s tux is replaced by a dress in a new public awareness video.
March 8th, 2011
11:34 AM ET

Tuesday's intriguing people

Daniel Craig

The macho James Bond star dons a dress, high heels and a long blond wig in a public awareness video released for International Women’s Day, Britain’s Guardian news website reported on Monday.

The short film, made by artist and director Sam Taylor-Woods, has a voice-over by Dame Judi Dench, who plays Bond’s boss, M, in the movies.  "We're equals, aren't we, 007?" asks Dench’s voice. "Yet it is 2011 and a man is still likely to earn more money than a woman, even one doing the same job."  Dench continues to list discrepancies between the sexes in income, salary and career advancement, while Craig says not a word.  He disappears briefly and returns in drag, looking uncomfortable.  “So, are we equals?” Dench asks again. “Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.”

Brigitte Gabriel

The Lebanon-born Maronite Christian author and activist “has become one of the most visible personalities on a circuit of self-appointed terrorism detectors who warn that Muslims pose an enormous danger within United States borders,” The New York Times reports.

Gabriel heads a group called ACT! For America which insists that Islamic militants have infiltrated the United States with the ultimate goal of imposing Sharia law throughout the world.  Among her target audiences on the lecture circuit: Republicans, defenders of Israel, Christian conservatives and the Tea Party. Gabriel is scheduled to appear on CNN’s “In the Arena” tonight at 8 ET.  “I lost Lebanon, my country of birth, to radical Islam,” she told the Times in an e-mail. “I do not want to lose my adopted country America.”

Julie Taymor

A week ago, the Tony-winning director of “Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark” told audiences at the 2011 TED conference that she and her production company were “in the crucible and the fire of transformation” due to the $65 million production’s problems. Today’s New York Times reports that the producers are now in negotiations with Taymor that could end her involvement in the troubled Broadway show.

Accidents, alleged safety violations and critics’ backlash have marred the production, which has seen its official opening delayed five times already. Still, the musical’s previews bring in a reported $1 million in weekly ticket sales. Taymor told TED audiences that the show is trying to do what cannot be done in the two dimensions that are television or film. “Anyone who creates knows when it’s not quite there,” Taymor said. “Where it hasn’t quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there.”

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Sees All Evil

    Aaaaallllrrrrighty theeen! Whatever

    March 8, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Hi Mary, where ever you are. Hi fake Cesar, where ever you may be....I doubt that most Americans could be converted into Islamic Shakira. We are simply too lazy to go to church. Nap time ZZZZZZZZZZ

    March 8, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy


    Islamic *Shakira*?

    Hi, btw!

    March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @banasy, Couldn't resist that one, but still believe I may have a valid point. Muslims pray three times a day. Sorry God, I'm lazy, I go a hand full of times a year to church. But at least I don't do bad stuff. (I am NOT saying Muslims do, either-Shalom guys)

    March 8, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Zef

    This is my first time watching In the Arena and I just watched the episode with the Brigitte Gabriel interview. That was amazing, thank you so much for speaking the truth and showing how ignorant people can be. I'm not sure how you kept your cool during that interview because I spent a majority of it yelling at the TV every time she spoke. I'm a muslim Resident Assistant at a predominantly jewish dormitory and we all get along extremely well. It breaks my heart to hear someone consider themselves a journalist and be allowed to spit venom like that.

    Thanks you very much for sticking up for us

    March 8, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Zef: So what happened to the rest of your name? Zeffin, Zeftein, Zeffer, Zeffor, Zefoner, Zeflins, Zeford, Zefflion, Zeffronald, Zefferbach, etc. Please explain Zef. I'm waiting.

    March 8, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zef

      Short for Huzefa.

      March 8, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    Thank you my good man. Interesting name, not common where I am from.

    March 8, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zef

      And where are you from?

      March 8, 2011 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mr. Lee

    Cesar you're becoming funnier with time

    March 8, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mr. Lee

    So fukkin funny

    March 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Mary was trying to talk to you. Last thread. She is asleep now though. Desgraciado. She wanted the one from Panama, E...s.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @Zef: I am from south Texas. My friend is from Panama.

    March 9, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
  12. Zoltan, Ruler of the Universe

    Actually muslims pray 5 times a day, facing Mecca. In the Koran, Jesus is quoted as saying "I am the true path" yet they ignore what Jesus said and try to spread their religion thru violence and intimidation. Muslims need to wake up to the Truth before it's too late.

    March 9, 2011 at 5:55 am | Report abuse |
  13. Cesar

    I'm pretty sure its 3 times: morning, mid-day and evening. Yes, Muslims officially pray 3 times a day, not 5 unless they pray extra.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  14. Rick T

    I just love this train wreck.

    March 22, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |