The macho James Bond star dons a dress, high heels and a long blond wig in a public awareness video released for International Womenâ€™s Day, Britainâ€™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 Bondâ€™s boss, M, in the movies.Â "We're equals, aren't we, 007?" asks Denchâ€™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."Â Dench continues to list discrepancies between the sexes in income, salary and career advancement, while Craig says not a word.Â He disappears briefly and returns in drag, looking uncomfortable.Â â€śSo, are we equals?â€ť Dench asks again. â€śUntil the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.â€ť
The Lebanon-born Maronite Christian author and activist â€śhas 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,â€ť 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. Â Among her target audiences on the lecture circuit: Republicans, defenders of Israel, Christian conservatives and the Tea Party. Gabriel is scheduled to appear on CNNâ€™s â€śIn the Arenaâ€ť tonight at 8 ET. Â â€śI lost Lebanon, my country of birth, to radical Islam,â€ť she told the Times in an e-mail. â€śI do not want to lose my adopted country America.â€ť
A week ago, the Tony-winning director of â€śSpider-Man: Turn off the Darkâ€ť told audiences at the 2011 TED conference that she and her production company were â€śin the crucible and the fire of transformationâ€ť due to the $65 million productionâ€™s problems. Todayâ€™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 criticsâ€™ backlash have marred the production, which has seen its official opening delayed five times already. Still, the musicalâ€™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. â€śAnyone who creates knows when itâ€™s not quite there,â€ť Taymor said. â€śWhere it hasnâ€™t quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there.â€ť