|Limbaugh Says, “Nix, Nix To Black Bond.”
Controversial talk show host Rush Limbaugh recently took issue with a leaked Sony email suggesting that Idris Elba might be considered to be the next James Bond.
"James Bond was invented, created by Ian Fleming, a former spy, MI6, and James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming,” Limbaugh said. “He was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is. But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that's not who James Bond is, and I know it's racist to probably even point this out."
In a 2011 NPR interview, Elba pointed out that Connery wasn’t the Scottish Bond, and Craig is the blue-eyed James Bond. “If I play him,” Elba said, “I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.”
Limbaugh added, "We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. The character was always white. He was always Scottish. He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that."
Regardless what Limbaugh thinks, Elba says if he’s offered the role, he would absolutely say, “Yes!” He added on Twitter: “Isn't 007 supposed to handsome? Glad you think I've got a shot!"
Film Academy invites Lupita Nyong’o to Join the Oscar Vote
by Samantha Ofole-Prince
HOLLYWOOD – Lupita Nyong’o, Chris Rock, Barkhad Abdi, director Gina Prince-Bythewood and casting director Robi Reed have received one of the most exclusive invitations in Hollywood.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced it has invited them to join its ranks.
Other invitees include Nyongo’s cast mates in “12 Years a Slave,” Michael Fassbender and Paul Dano. Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Cillian Murphy, Jason Statham, Josh Hutcherson and Ben Foster have also been extended invitations.
Overall, the Academy has invited 271 new members working in the movie business this year, down from 276 last year to join their prestigious organization.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
Those who join the academy become permanent members and will be able to vote on the recipients of the next Academy Awards, set for Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015.
Nyong’o Joins Star Wars Cast
HOLLYWOOD – “12 Years a Slave” Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o has joined the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII currently in production. Fans will have to wait until the film’s release on Dec. 18, 2015 to find out Nyong’o’s character since director J.J. Abrams is keeping the details close to the vest.