Egypt Independent: Arts-Main news en James Bond fan casting: After Idris Elba, Gillian Anderson? <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>As bookmakers circle Tom Hiddleston as the candidate most likely to become the next James Bond, fans have come up with an alternative suggestion &mdash; and it&#39;s someone who&#39;s already got a resumé filled with secret agent roles.<br /><br />Current James Bond actor Daniel Craig has been on the job for ten years. In the lead up to October 2015&#39;s &quot;Spectre,&quot; and despite having another film on his contract, he said he wanted out, weary of the films&#39; physical demands, stoking speculation as to who&#39;d become the next Bond.<br /><br />At the time, one popular suggestion was that of Idris Elba.<br /><br />Bond has not yet been played by a person of color, but Elba had already distinguished himself with a number of authoritative roles: &quot;The Wire,&quot; &quot;Prometheus,&quot; &quot;Luther,&quot; &quot;Pacific Rim&quot; and, just as Bond speculation was mounting, the hotly-tipped &quot;Beasts of No Nation.&quot;<br /><br />Seven months on and Tom Hiddleston is now odds-on for the part, said to have met with franchise producer Barbara Broccoli and current director Sam Mendes. The likes of &quot;Crimson Peak,&quot; &quot;High-Rise,&quot; &quot;Thor&quot; and TV series &quot;The Night Manager&quot; suggest he&#39;d bring the magnetism and intensity required.<br /><br />But the apparent certainty of Hiddleston-as-Bond hasn&#39;t stopped Twitter users from having some fun with the casting process, sharing possibilities via a #NextBond hashtag over the weekend.<br /><br />It&#39;s Gillian Anderson who emerged as a surprise favorite, and one acknowledged by the &quot;X-Files&quot; actress herself (as spotted by The Daily Dot among others).<br /><br />So let&#39;s imagine that the next Bond is not James, but Jane (or Gill). Could it really happen?<br /><br />She might not be associated with action movies, but neither was Timothy Dalton before &quot;License to Kill&quot; and &quot;The Living Daylights,&quot; nor Geena Davis before her standout turn in action classic &quot;The Long Kiss Goodnight.&quot;<br /><br />And she&#39;s proved adept at playing incisive, nuanced, tough decision makers with engaging humanity &mdash; a vengeful assault victim in &quot;Straightheads,&quot; a murderer&#39;s therapist, accomplice and then target in &quot;Hannibal,&quot; the authoritative Detective Inspector of &quot;The Fall&quot; among them.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>But if age is the Bond franchise&#39;s ultimate leveller, prompting Craig&#39;s early retirement and ruling out Anderson&#39;s junior in Elba, it might be time for Twitter&#39;s flight of fancy to end.<br /><br />Still, there are other ways to be a Bond these days: Henry Cavill returned us to the Roger Moore era in &quot;The Man from UNCLE,&quot; Colin Firth became Bond-as-mentor in &quot;Kingsman,&quot; and Elba himself was a loose cannon agent in 2016&#39;s &quot;Bastille Day&quot;; there was the betrayed Gina Carano in &quot;Haywire,&quot; and Saorise Ronan as an agent&#39;s daughter in &quot;Hanna.&quot;<br /><br />Perhaps Anderson will join them in a Jane Bond film of her own.</p> Tue, 24 May 2016 13:55:00 +0000 AFP 2469857 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/04/15/43/download.jpg After applause at Cannes, 'Eshtibak' director slammed in Cairo <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>Egyptian film &quot;Eshtibak&quot; (Clash, 2016) by director Mohamed Diab has received some strong criticism in the Egypt media since being aired to much acclaim at the 69th Cannes Film Festival last Thursday.<br /><br />The film, which was selected to open the &quot;Un Certain Regard&quot; category at Cannes, takes place in the back of a police vehicle, in which individuals representing opposing political views have been arrested amid protests following the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi.<br /><br />In a statement broadcast on state television during the TV program &quot;Ana Masr&quot;, the film and its creator were heavily criticized for allegedly misrepresenting the political opinions of Egyptians. The statement, drafted by <span class="tL8wMe EMoHub" dir="ltr" id="" style="text-align: left;">Mohamed Al Hakim, a writer for &quot;Ana Masr&quot;, </span>accused Diab of unfairly depicting Egypt in a bad light, calling him an activist with no real cause but self-interest. The statement mentioned that he was educated abroad, calling into question his loyalty to Egypt and it&#39;s well-being.<br /><br />Diab&#39;s work has criticized aspects of Egyptian society in the past, such as his 2010 release &quot;Cairo 6,7,8&quot;, which commented on sexual harassment in Egypt.<br /><br />The statement further called into question Diab&rsquo;s loyalties by commenting on his affiliation with satirist and TV presenter Bassem Youssef, who has faced similar accusations in the past.</p><p>At one point in &quot;Eshtibak&quot; a character suggests that a possible solution to the enmity in Egypt is to make peace with the Muslim Brotherhood, and for this Diab is accused of being affiliated with the Islamist group. The statement said that Diab had received funds to pursue a certain political agenda in his films and that he has allowed these funds to cloud his artistic integrity.<br /><br />However, the Actors&#39; Syndicate responded by denouncing the statement, saying, &ldquo;We reject wholly what has been broadcast on Ana Masr. This is libel. It is completely out of order to defame someone who has not done anything wrong on national television in his own country.&rdquo;<br /><br />The syndicate expressed how proud it is of &quot;Eshtibak&quot; and of Diab&rsquo;s accomplishment in making it.</p><p>Since Egyptian films have been absent from the international scene for some time, the syndicate sees Diab&#39;s creation as worthy of praise. &quot;Eshtibak&quot; is the first Egyptian film to be selected at the Cannes Film Festival in 17 years, the last one being &quot;The Other&quot; by acclaimed director Youssef Chahine.<br /><br />Diab insists that the film&rsquo;s subject matter is meant to be viewed from a social lens and not a political one, clarifying that he was only depicting what he knew to be happening in Egypt regarding that particular time period. He insists that the film describes Egypt under Morsi and not Egypt now.<br /><br />The syndicate further expressed it&#39;s solidarity with Diab and his film, citing the constitutional rights of Egyptians to express their opinions and creativity.<br /><br />The magazines Hollywood Reporter and Screen International named Eshtibak as one of the 10 best films selected at the Cannes Film Festival this year.</p> Sun, 22 May 2016 13:04:00 +0000 Kamal Tabikha 2469807 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/16/501184/clash.jpg ‘Captain America’ to become 2016’s biggest film (so far) <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>The latest Marvel Studios movie, Captain America: Civil War, is on track to become the year&rsquo;s biggest box office hit worldwide this coming weekend.</p><p>Ticket sales on Wednesday May 18 propelled the superhero ensemble to US$981.9 million worldwide, making a $1 billion global take by this weekend a certainty.</p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Its domestic total of $310.5 million has been complimented by $671.4 million from international territories, with China contributing $164.2 million and South Korea some $60.7 million, Variety reported. Animated feature Zootopia has accumulated over $971 million to date, with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on $870 million. </span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">Marvel&rsquo;s best performing movies have been The Avengers on $1.5 billion and the more recent Avengers: Age of Ultron on $1.4 billion, while Captain America: Civil War picked up where Ultron left off in 2015, adopting a similar multi-character crossover approach in the process.</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 1em; line-height: 1.5em;">The news comes as X-Men: Apocalypse begins its international rollout, only arriving in the US and Canada (May 27) and China (June 3) after most of the rest of the world has already received it.</span></p> Sat, 21 May 2016 14:03:00 +0000 AFP 2469784 at sites/default/files/photo/2016/05/16/504802/captain_america_1.jpg Daniel Craig turned down $99m Bond deal: report <img src="" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-media_thumbnail" width="152" height="114" /><p>No amount of dollars could convince Daniel Craig to stay on as British secret agent James Bond &mdash; or at least, not 99 million of them spread over two more films, according to a new report.<br /><br />&quot;Craig had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after &#39;Spectre&#39; if he was offered a money deal,&quot; an unnamed source told a correspondent for the Daily Mail (via Latino Report).<br /><br />Daniel Craig is said to have earnt $38m during his time as Bond, whereas this &pound;68m ($99m) offer to stay included endorsements, profit shares, and a producer&#39;s role.<br /><br />October 2015&#39;s &quot;Spectre&quot; was Craig&#39;s fourth Bond film in ten years, and while it was only the fourth of an agreed five, he spoke in no uncertain terms of his desire to move on (Time Out London).<br /><br />Another source told the Mail that &quot;executives had finally agreed to let the actor go after growing tired of his criticism of the franchise.&quot;<br /><br />Tom Hiddleston is currently the bookmakers&#39; favorite to become the next James Bond, after it was said he&#39;d met with director Sam Mendes and producer Barbara Broccoli (per The Guardian).</p> Fri, 20 May 2016 12:24:00 +0000 AFP 2469758 at sites/default/files/photo/2015/10/30/43/screen_shot_2015-10-30_at_2.05.14_pm.png