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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…

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Actress Margot Robbie is set to earn HUGE praise for her role in Mary, Queen of Scots, and now the Australian is set to star in a totally different movie.

She's officially signed on to produce and star in a live-action BARBIE movie, E! News reported today.

Warner Bros. and Mattel have struck up a partnership to bring the franchise to the cinemas in it's first ever live-action take on the famous doll.

Chairman of Warner Bros, Toby Emmerich, commented on Margot's new role in the project;

"Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today's audiences." Robbie intends on co-producing the movie under LuckyChap Entertainment.

The 28-year-old actress released a statement expressing her delight at playing the role of Barbie;

"Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child's journey to self-discovery. Over the brand's almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She continued; "I'm so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can't imagine better partners than Warner Bros. and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen."

Tom Ackerley, Margot's husband, as well as her business partner are also co-producers. Mattel took back the rights after the option passed on Sony's deal, and Robbie signed a first-look negotiation with Warner Bros in 2016.

Chairman and CEO of Mattel, said in a statement; "Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen. We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Amy Schumer was previously roped in to portray the titular doll she dropped out in 2017, saying in a statement, "Sadly, I'm no longer able to commit to Barbie due to scheduling conflicts. The film has so much promise, and Sony and Mattel have been great partners. I'm bummed, but look forward to seeing Barbie on the big screen." 

A director or release date has yet to be assigned. 

We can't wait to see what Margot does with this role, she really can be anything she wants. Barbie inspo 101.

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Late last year Daniel Craig confessed in the bluntest of terms that he was more than ready to hang up his Bond boots once Spectre hit screens.

But despite the actor’s obvious lack of interest in the role – and the fact that everyone from Tom Hiddleston to James Norton is mad only to become his successor – it seems Bond bosses still only have eyes for Dan.

According to The Express, the good people at Sony Studios are willing to offer the 48-year-old actor $150 million for his part in playing the famous spy just twice more.

A source said the British actor “has played a genius hand” by publicly dismissing the part, as in doing so he has made Bond producers desperate to have him reprise the leading role.

The source revealed: “The studio is desperate to secure the actor’s services while they phase in a younger long-term successor.”

“Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”

By the sounds of things the studio will not be taking no for an answer if they can avoid it as the source explained “they’re prepared to pay a king’s ransom” to convince Daniel to get involved.

“Then they will shoot two more films, which will be made virtually back-to-back, preferably featuring Daniel as 007 before he passes the figurative baton to someone else for a third movie that will mark the start of the new era,” they continued.

While it is still unclear as to whether or not Daniel will change his mind, for $150 mil if he doesn’t want the part we’d be more than happy to take it.

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Actor and comedian, Kevin Hart, is the latest Hollywood star to fall victim of the vicious tongues of some Sony execs!

The 35-year-old actor reportedly requested more money for promoting his movie, Think Like a Man Too, on social media because Kevin’s representatives felt that a "price must be paid for Kevin’s social media savvy." Perhaps unsurprisingly, this idea was a major source of irritation in one particular email exchange between Sony employees.

Sony’s surprise at these types of demands appears to be genuine, with one exec having said earlier in the leaked email exchange: “I never cease to be amazed at the chutzpah of actors. And directors. And producers. Have I left anyone out?”

The suggestion that they pay Kevin in excess of the 3 million dollars he received to actually do the film did not go down well with Sony execs at all. 

Obviously take aback by the idea they should shell out more for Kevin to post a few tweets, one exec made his feeling very clear, saying: “I’m not saying he’s a wh*re, but he’s a wh*re.” Ouch.

The emails between the Sony employees show the discussion that took place regarding the financial matter with one suggesting “We call his buff. If he doesn’t do his normal routine, his film will not open as well and his brand will appear diminished and he will- in fact- be f*king himself because we have his next two immediate films.”

Ooh, it’s a cut-throat business!

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We reckon Sony officials will rethink before they write any emails after this incident! Following a computer hack that occurred at the company last week, emails from top heads at Sony have been leaked – and they’re not pretty!

The emails between Sony Pictures co-chairperson, Amy Pascal and producer Scott Rudin, printed on Gawker, show the hassle that occurred between the planned Steve Jobs and Cleopatra movies.

David Fincher, director of this year’s Gone Girl, pulled out of the planned Cleopatra production back in 2013, much to the annoyance of Angelina Jolie, who was supposed to be the lead role.

According to the emails, Angelina was not happy about David heading over to work on the Steve Jobs biopic, and the messages between Amy and Scott show just how tense things had got.

Amy wrote to the producer: “She [Angelina assumedly] is upset about us giving David Jobs. She wants to talk” to which Scott fires back: “She’ll survive it. I don’t want to waste my time on this … I’ve told you exactly how I want do this material. It’s the ONLY way I want to do this material. I’m not remotely interested in presiding over a $180m ego bath we both know will be the career-defining debacle for us both. I’m not destroying my career over a minimally talented spoiled brat who thought nothing of shoving this off her plate for eighteen months so she could go direct a movie. I have no desire to be making a movie with her, or anybody, that she runs and we don’t.”

Yikes – something tells us Angelina’s days with Sony Pictures may have come to an end after those harsh words!

The emails also claim that Adam Driver was a "terrible idea" for the new Star Wars movie and also branded Michael Fassbender a fantastic actor but "not yet a star". 

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Adele is clearly very hot property.

While we were all majorly disappointed to learn that we won’t be graced with a new album this year (insert sad face) it looks like there may be some amazing news on the horizon!

According to reports today, the Someone Like You star is in talks to sign a megabucks new record deal with Sony worth a whopping £80 million.

And the best part? The deal would see her given her very own record label AND a tour.

Because companies just hand those out, right? Wrong!

The news comes following rumours of a rift between Adele and her current label, XL Recordings, with claims that they have clashed over the direction of her next album.

Whatever happens, fingers crossed that we won’t have to wait too long for some new material.

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We liked the first I Know What You Did Last Summer film. We appreciated the humour in the title of its sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. By the time I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer rolled around in 2006, we had had quite enough, thank you.

However, they’ve decided that enough was not actually enough, and Sony are planning a remake of the first film, due for release in 2016.

Neil Moritz produced the first film, and is set to have a second go of it in the remake.

We’re sure they’ll get a good few going to see it, if only to see if it’s any better or worse than the original, which was made in 1997.

Who knows, it could be great!

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Ella's new song 'Glow' will be released on September 12th. The new single is taken from Ella’s debut album Chapter One’ which is released on 19 September.
 

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Sony plans to make a live action Barbie movie.

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Our favourite singing priest could be set for global stardom as he meets with a number of major record companies this week.

Meath priest Fr Ray Kelly became an internet sensation after the release of a video that sees him surprising a couple during their wedding ceremony by breaking into a heart-melting version of Hallelujah.

And now, after millions of hits on YouTube, it seems the singing priest’s sudden rise to stardom has caught the attention of some of the world’s biggest record labels.

Fr Kelly said, “There have been a couple of approaches made from big record companies. I’ll sit down and talk to them and see what they have to offer. They have ties in Ireland, the UK and worldwide.”

The talented priest is even gearing up for a meeting with Sony this week!

“I knew I could sing – and that I had a voice – but I never thought I’d be in this league,” he admitted. “As a young lad I always dreamed about hitting the big time. But not many people get there. It’s kind of like somebody winning the Lotto – and then all of a sudden their life changes forever.”

“Somebody even compared me to a male Susan Boyle. I’d like to launch an international career – but I still want to be a priest,” he added.

Sit back and enjoy Fr Kelly’s amazing performance once more!

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This is what it looks like when eight million petals rains down over a town.

Costa Rica was showered with an explosion of colour when, as part of their Sony campaign, advertising agency McCann made it rain petals over the town of Irazu Volcano.

The method behind the flower madness was to use one petal to represent every pixel in Sony’s 4K Ultra HD TV.

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It took more than two weeks for local residents and the agency to pick the petals but it was definitely worth it – the result is incredible.

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