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The rumour mill is swirling about a possible new Cleopatra movie, but the internet has already summoned up the inevitable backlash which comes with casting nowadays.

Cleopatra has featured in over TWENTY movies, tv shows and animations, and has been portrayed previously by Hollywood queen Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert.

Allegedly, a new biopic about the Egyptian ruler is in the works from Sony, with Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie as frontrunners to be considered for the role.

Elizabeth Taylor infamously played the role, and also popularised kohl eyeliner and black wigs in the meantime. Vivien Leigh and Claudette Colbert also had their chance to play her back in the day.

However, there's a serious debate over Cleopatra's ethnicity, with some Twitter users claiming a black or ethnically diverse actress deserves the chance to play the character.

Others argue that Cleopatra was of Greek and Macedonian descent, which technically means she was Caucasian… so Twitter is pretty divided to say the least.

Complex starring roles for women are still far and few between in Hollywood, meaning that this role is the chance of a lifetime for an actress.

Twitter debate about Cleopatra began as a Lady Gaga vs Angelina battle, but it was soon asked whether a white woman should play her at all.

IMDb list the new biopic as in production, with Angelina Jolie being considered since back in 2014, but Lady Gaga's newfound Hollywood fame resulted in her name being suggested.

Social media users are now mentioning women of colour in a bid to give them a deserved chance, including big names such as Rihanna, Beyoncé, Priyanka Chopra, Jameela Jamil and Jennifer Lopez.

Hollywood's lengthy history of shutting out actresses and actors of colour from contention has proven problematic, I mean did anyone see Prince of Persia? Jake Gyllenhaal, you should have known better.

According to Vox, in 2009 archaeologists discovered the remains of a woman they're convinced is Princess Arsinoe, who was Cleopatra’s sister. Her remains indicated that her mother was African.

Egyptologist Sally Ann Ashton created a 3D computer animated image of Cleopatra as a brown-skinned woman using forensics.

According to Ashton: “She probably wasn’t just completely European. You’ve got to remember that her family had actually lived in Egypt for 300 years by the time she came to power.”

No one has fully confirmed her ethnicity, with some researchers maintaining that she was pure-blooded Macedonian, and others disagreeing. 

Whatever her ethnicity is, maybe at least give diverse actresses an audition? Bit of equality in Hollywood never hurt anyone…


The similarities between her and her older sister, Kim Kardashian, have been well documented… as has the rumour that Kim Kardashian isn't always happy with how Kylie Jenner emulates her look.

Still, the younger clan member shows no sign of putting an end of to her homage: this evening she once again is channelling a VERY Kimmy Kay vibe.

Wearing a poker-straight black wig with a blunt fringe, the 18-year-old's large brown eyes were accentuated with thick black liner.

She posted the dramatic snap to her Instagram account this evening along with the simple caption, "eyes".

And after her birthday party look largely failed to impress – perhaps Ms Jenner is eager to embrace new trends.

Whatever her motivations – it works! In fact, we reckon she looks like Hollywood screen goddess Elizabeth Taylor in the 1963 classic Cleopatra

Kylie has sported numerous different hair styles this year – often resorting to wigs to achieve a startling different hue or length.

We actually assumed she'd begin running out of options pretty soon… but it seems the youngest member of reality TV's First Family has plenty more surprises up her sleeve. 

Back in 2011, just as her fame really began to take off, Kim posed up for a Cleopatra-inspired shoot for the March edition of Harper's Bazaar.


Arguably, she hasn't had a hit in Hollywood in close-to a decade.

Certainly, her last role of any note in a major feature film was playing Diane Howser in the moderately successful Bobby. Released in 2006, it also starred Ashton Kutcher, Helen Hunt and William H Macy. 

Since then, Lindsay Lohan has had bit parts in independent films, as well as various cameo appearances. She even nabbed a West End role late last year, but that has now concluded – leaving her, once again, unemployed.

Often seen in London in the company of wealthy men, a source told the New York Post's Page Six that the 29-year-old is "broke," and "sleeping at different guys’ apartments." They added: "But she thinks she’s Elizabeth Taylor."

The same website also says that Lindsay was recently approached by Burger King, which wanted her to star in one of its ads.

Apparently, she was asked to wear a Spicy Chicken Fries box, smoke a chicken fry like a cigarette, and vamp a “spicy” monologue.

Understandably, her management company weren't happy with how the advert set out to mock her, but they also know she isn't in a position to turn down work.

"Lohan and her managers at Untitled Talent suggested some alternate concepts to no avail," Page Six explains; meaning her representatives were eventually forced to politely decline the fast food chain's offer.

Earlier this week, Lindsay posted a bizarre image to Instagram to mark her 29th birthday.

The shot showed the bottom half of the New York native's body. She is pulling down her white under-pants, and also has on a white shirt and black strappy sandals.


My birthday is tomorrow!!!!! Where shall I go to soak up the sun and be with my sister!!!???

A photo posted by Lindsay Lohan (@lindsaylohan) on

2015 should represent new beginnings of sorts for Li-Lo. The ongoing legal troubles which dominated her 20s – she has been arrested, charged and even jailed on several occasions – are finally behind her. 

But it seems her once-promising acting career has been largely killed off.

One industry insider recently commented: "A couple of years ago she was the train-wreck that no one could get enough of – the world was fascinated by how spectacularly she'd come off the rails. She was paparazzi gold.

"But now? She doesn't even have that. Her tabloid appeal has really worn off.

"She's been relegated to the same status as a one-time soap actress or former reality TV star."



Elizabeth Taylor was a legend of Hollywood until her death in 2011, but her influence didn’t stop there. The actress continues to inspire other actors as well as fashionistas worldwide.

Elizabeth was the queen of Hollywood’s Golden Age and her style always reflected that title. We love her older looks the most as the tiny waist, flared skirts and fitted bodices are just so elegant and chic.

We love her high waisted trousers matched with a pretty bikini top.

The black playsuit is very Parisian and the cute belt enhances her already tiny waist.

Which of Elizabeth’s looks are your favourite?

taylor collage

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