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Angelina Jolie draws criticism for being ‘too white’ to play Cleopatra in upcoming Scott Rudin film

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BY MEENA HARTENSTEIN
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Saturday, June 19, 2010

 

Angelina Jolie is one of the most beautiful women in the world, but her “perfect” looks have some critics complaining she’s all wrong for her latest role.

Earlier this month producer Scott Rudin got the Internet buzzing with his announcement that he was developing a Cleopatra biopic “for and with Jolie” based on Stacy Schiff‘s book “Cleopatra: A Life.”

Schiff raved about the choice, telling USA Today, “Physically, she’s the perfect look.”

But some members of the African American community beg to differ — they are outraged by the casting decision and say Jolie is “too white” to play the Egyptian Queen.

“I don’t care how full Angelina Jolie‘s lips are, how many African children she adopts, or how bronzed her skin will become for the film,” Shirea Carroll wrote in an editorial for Essence.com.

“I firmly believe this role should have gone to a Black woman…What’s next? A biopic on Sojourner Truth played by Betty White?”

This isn’t the first time Jolie has found herself at the center of a debate about race in Hollywood.

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Ridin’ The Niles In Style

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By JOHN HANDLEY Special to the Journal & Topics Newspapers

Cleopatra knew how to travel in style. The Egyptian queen enjoyed reclining beneath a gold-spangled canopy on a golden ship with silver oars and purple sails.

She shared her royal vessel with Julius Caesar in 47 B.C. Since then, Nile cruising has only gotten better. Today’s Nile cruises are truly fit for a pharaoh-or a queen.

Of course, Cleopatra’s ship had no air conditioning, no on-board swimming pool, no restaurant and nightclub. By contrast, today’s travelers explore Egypt in a state of luxury totally undreamed of by the most pampered royalty of the past.

Plus, a Nile cruise is the best way to explore the mysteries of ancient Egypt. The ship is a time machine to antiquity-a trip back 5,000 years.

Most package tours to Egypt include a Nile cruise. The cost of packages is not cheap-ranging from about $2,000 to $5,000 per person, depending on the length and the features. Whatever the cost, this is definitely a trip of a lifetime. The best time to go is between October and April.

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