In a world filled with online dating, Tinder, Facebook messages, one-night stands, speed dating, match-making and good old-fashioned true love, where’s a hot bitch to turn to for solid dating advice? Well, why not history? Sure, names and dates and technology changes over time, but human nature doesn’t. If we look back at some hot bitches in history, we can figure out timeless ways to turn a hottie’s head or learn from the devastating mistakes of breakups gone by.
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“[Cleopatra] has been very misunderstood. I thought it was all about the glamour, but then I read about her and she was a very strong mother, she spoke five languages and she was a leader. My performance will never be as lovely as Elizabeth’s. We are trying to get into a different truth about her as a pharaoh in history and not as a sex symbol, because she really wasn’t. Even this idea of her having many lovers—it was possible that it was only two. She is very interesting, but she wasn’t a great beauty.”
—Angelina Jolie talks about Cleopatra, the role Elizabeth Taylor made famous and that Angelina will be taking a stab at in an upcoming movie to be directed by “The Social Network”‘s David Fincher. In the flick, Angelina claims the famous Pharaoh’s romances will be toned down and that her diplomacy and intellect will be played up. But I dunno—by casting Angie, isn’t it guaranteed the role will be sexy? [Huffington Post] Continue reading
Angelina Jolie should sharpen her black eyeliner; she may be playing Cleopatra on the big screen very soon. Producer Scott Rudin—the dude who brought you “No Country for Old Men,” “There Will Be Blood,” and a slew of Wes Anderson flicks—has optioned the new book Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff, and says that he is developing the movie for and with Angie. This is super exciting for several reasons. First of all, because Cleopatra is one of the most powerful women in ancient history and perhaps the one with the juiciest love life. And second, because in the very famous 1963 adaptation of the pharoah’s story, Cleopatra was played by Elizabeth Taylor and Mark Antony by Richard Burton, whom she fell in love with on set (and eventually married twice) even though both were married to other people at the time. So maybe Brad will prepare his asps to play Antony? Hey, we can dream. Schiff, who wrote the book the movie will be based on, says, “We have little idea of what [Cleopatra] actually looked like.” But then also, “Physically, [Angelina]‘s the perfect look.” Which is confusing. But whatever. [Radar] Continue reading
Thandie Newton emulated silent film actress Theda Bara in 1917′s “Cleopatra” to commemorate the launch of 2010 Virgin Media Shorts, a competition for undiscovered film talent. The series of photographs was shot by celebrity portraitist Lorenzo Agius and styled by Suzie Harman who also worked with Thandie on “RocknRolla.” In this photo, Thandie is wearing a dress by Jenny Packman, a headdress by Cosprop, and jewelry by Solange Azagury Partridge. See other photos in the series here. [Vogue.com] Continue reading