Opinion PUBLISHED: 17:49 11 September 2019 | UPDATED: 17:49 11 September 2019 Rachel Moore Daniel Craig as James Bond. Rachel Moore says she would far rather see a sassy woman take on the 007 role and give a fresh take on the outdated character Archant James Bond is a tired male stereotype in urgent need of a female makeover, says Rachel Moore If ever there was a time to challenge the dated, sexist alpha male James Bond and hand the role to a woman, it is now.The 007 character is a veritable dinosaur in attitude - to women and the world - and is in desperate need of a post #metoo makeover.A lusty lush who counts women in his armory of playthings along with his poison pens and souped up cars with a hunger for contrition-free violence running through his veins, he time is up.Women can be spies too. Who knew?Daniel Craig has seemingly reluctantly agreed, kicking and screaming - he reportedly said he would rather slash his wrists than have to play Bond again - to have his … [Read more...] about The name’s Bond… Jane Bond. Why 007 needs a female makeover
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British actors are making a name for themselves by starring in some of the most popular and profitable Hollywood releases. But, with all of the leading roles they take, what makes one actor more successful than the other? Which British actor guarantees Box Office success? Money Guru has crunched the numbers, analysing which British actors offer the best return on investment (ROI) based on their Box Office sales as a leading actor and the respective film budgets. And you might be surprised to find the top three actors most likely to guarantee Box Office sales are women, which is surprising as women are only cast in 32% of leading roles in the film industry. On average British actresses offer 15% more value than the British male actors. Meanwhile Steve Coogan is the least bankable British film star while fellow comedian Russell Brand (226% ROI) offers a better chance for bigger Box Office sales than Oscar winner, Sir Ben Kingsley (208% ROI) and Oscar-nominated, Jude Law (149% ROI). … [Read more...] about The Brit superstars you need for Box Office success
New blockbuster film The Lion King should be The Lion Queen – because in real life the females are “the heart and soul of a pride”, experts say. The Disney classic may be one of the great father and son movie plots of all time, following the fortunes of king of the lions Mufasa and his young cub Simba. But as the live action remake of the much-loved 1994 hit arrives in cinemas this week, one of the world’s leading lion experts said it should be about the females. US Lion Research Center boss Craig Packer said: “Females are the core. The heart and soul of the pride. The males come and go. “Females define their territory. They’ve grown up there and have been listening to neighbours roaring their whole lives.” One of Scotland’s top lionkeepers agrees. Brian Reid, 46, cares for eight African lions at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling. He said: “The lionesses do all the work, the males take all the glory. … [Read more...] about Disney movie should be called the Lion Queen
Kate Maltby is a broadcaster and columnist in the United Kingdom on issues of culture and politics, and a theater critic for The Guardian newspaper. She is also completing a doctorate in Renaissance literature. The views expressed in this commentary are her own. View more opinion articles on CNN. (CNN)So who is the man who forced British Ambassador Kim Darroch's resignation, even if he's not yet Britain's Prime Minister? Kate Maltby Blond, bouffant, boorish: meet Boris Johnson. Or perhaps President Donald Trump -- with the thatched locks, rotund frame and fragmented speaking style, it gets harder and harder to tell them apart. One has achieved a lifetime goal of his nation's highest office, while the other seems on the brink. Darroch clearly felt he had no choice but to resign after Johnson wouldn't commit to retaining him in the post after the unauthorized disclosure of the ambassador's secret cables calling the Trump administration "inept." Outgoing Prime Minister … [Read more...] about Who forced the UK ambassador to resign?
Russia continues to be a source of good news for Ashgabat. On May 15, just a month after Turkmenistan resumed selling gas to Russia, regional news agencies reported that the two countries had formally agreed to end arbitration proceedings over their previous gas spat, which had ended sales in 2016. A day later, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said that talks were underway for a new five-year contract. Yanovsky’s comments appear to contradict Turkmenistan’s claims that the renewed gas sales were taking place under the terms of their 2003 agreement, which had led to the arbitration threats initially. Turkmenistan continues to push other gas pipeline projects as well. Ashgabat-based outlet Orient, which, like all media based in the country, constantly flatters the regime, claimed on May 20 that progress had been made on plans for the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline, and that the only remaining prerequisite for construction in … [Read more...] about Turkmenistan’s alpha male goes to the dogs