The macho James Bond star dons a dress, high heels and a long blond wig in a public awareness video released for International Women‚Äôs Day, Britain‚Äôs 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‚Äôs boss, M, in the movies.¬† "We're equals, aren't we, 007?" asks Dench‚Äôs 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.¬† ‚ÄúSo, are we equals?‚ÄĚ Dench asks again. ‚ÄúUntil the answer is yes, we must never stop asking.‚ÄĚ
The Lebanon-born Maronite Christian author and activist ‚Äúhas 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,‚ÄĚ 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‚Äôs ‚ÄúIn the Arena‚ÄĚ tonight at 8 ET. ¬†‚ÄúI lost Lebanon, my country of birth, to radical Islam,‚ÄĚ she told the Times in an e-mail. ‚ÄúI do not want to lose my adopted country America.‚ÄĚ
A week ago, the Tony-winning director of ‚ÄúSpider-Man: Turn off the Dark‚ÄĚ told audiences at the 2011 TED conference that she and her production company were ‚Äúin the crucible and the fire of transformation‚ÄĚ due to the $65 million production‚Äôs problems. Today‚Äôs 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‚Äô backlash have marred the production, which has seen its official opening delayed five times already. Still, the musical‚Äôs 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. ‚ÄúAnyone who creates knows when it‚Äôs not quite there,‚ÄĚ Taymor said. ‚ÄúWhere it hasn‚Äôt quite become the phoenix or the burnt char. And I am right there.‚ÄĚ