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Gal Gadot Calls Out Benjamin Netanyahu for Saying Israel Is for ‘Jewish People Only’

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Gal Gadot took a swipe at Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday after he criticized a fellow Israeli star.

The “Wonder Woman” actress Gadot defended political comments made by actress and model Rotem Sela after Netanyahu lectured her in a social media post, saying that “Israel is not a state for all its citizens.”

“Loving your neighbor as yourself is not a matter of right-left, Jewish-Arab, secular or religious, it is a matter of dialogue, of dialogue for peace, equality and tolerance for each other,” Gadot wrote in her Instagram story in Hebrew Sunday. “The responsibility for such hope is on us to create a brighter future for our children. Rotem, my sister, you’re an inspiration for us all.”

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Over the weekend, Sela reacted to an interview with Miri Legev, a minister within Netanyahu’s Likud party. Netanyahu is up for re-election in April, and Sela posted on Instagram that Legev’s comments were anti-Arab.

“What’s the problem with the Arabs? Good heavens, there are also Arab citizens in this country,” Sela wrote on Instagram via The Washington Post. “When the hell will somebody in the government tell the public that Israel is a state of all its citizens and that all people are born equal? And also, that the Arabs are human beings.”

Netanyahu then responded to Sela in his own post on Facebook saying that “Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and the Jewish people only.”

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“Dear Rotem Sela, I read what you wrote. First of all, an important correction: Israel is not a state for all its citizens. According to a basic law we passed, Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people — and the Jewish people only,” he wrote. “As you wrote, there is no problem with the Arab citizens of Israel — they have equal rights and the Likud government has invested more in the Arab sector than any other government.

“We just want to sharpen the central question of these elections: Should Israel be led by a strong right-wing government headed by myself or by a left-wing government of Yair Lapid and Gantz with the support of the Arab parties? There is no other way for Lapid and Gantz to establish a government and such a government will undermine the security of the state and the citizens. The decision will be made in another month at the ballot box.”

Last year, Israel passed a law that declared Israel a national homeland for Jews and prioritized Jewish-only communities, with critics saying it has left other minority communities marginalized.

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When planning out the weekend rolling into Oscar Sunday, top talent had to make key choices when it came to which Academy Awards pre-event to go to first, how long to stay, what to wear (naturally), how many to hit in a single night and is the venue dog-friendly?

Here’s a look at some of the most coveted invites from the weekend.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, Glenn Close, Regina King, Rami Malek and George Clooney attend MPTF’s ‘The Night Before’ The Oscars at Fox Studio Lot on Feb. 23. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for MPTF)

As every Hollywood player knows, you’re only as good as your last picture in this town; and you never know when your career might take a downturn. That’s why the Motion Picture and Television Relief Fund’s annual “Night Before” fundraiser is always the place to be on the Saturday evening before the Oscars, as it reveres and raises cash for the venerable service organization that supports members of the entertainment industry in time of need, be it for social services, retirement care or financial desperation.

It’s a behemoth, the one party that seems to get bigger every year; these days it has outgrown the town’s ballrooms and now happens at Fox Studios, where it raised $5 million for the fund by the end of this year’s 17th annual star-studded party. Look one way, there was MPTF Foundation chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg along with Glenn Close, Regina King, Rami Malek and George Clooney posing for a photo op (above).

Look another and earlier Oscar winners Leonardo DiCaprio, Viola Davis and Helen Mirren were in the crush, too, along with current nominees like Amy Adams, Spike Lee, Yalitza Aparicio, Adam Driver, Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen.

And they kept on coming, more nominees in the stars-everywhere-you-turned crowd were Sam Elliott, Richard E. Grant and Willem Dafoe and past winners popped up, too, including Allison Janney and Octavia Spencer. Even Taylor Swift turned up: She stars in the Universal’s upcoming film version of “Cats.”

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Glenn Close and Pippi at Sony Pictures Classics annual Oscar Nominees Gala Dinner sponsored by Maestro Dobel at STK LA.
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Saturday began with the Independent Spirit Awards and after party, where smaller indie films are celebrated. Glenn Close was triumphant as best actress for her work in “The Wife,” and that party gal kept right on going after a quick outfit change to the Sony Pictures Classics’ Pre-Oscar dinner at STK Los Angeles to celebrate the win.

She brought her daughter Annie Starke (who co-stars in the movie) and her little dog, too. Sir Pippin of Beanfield had quite the day on the red carpet (above) — and even went on stage during the Spirit Awards, too.

Also chowing down on steak, cod and a celebratory flourless chocolate cake at STK were Sony Pictures Classics’ other Academy Award nominees, best foreign language contenders Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (“Never Look Away”) and Nadine Labaki (“Capernaum”) and best cinematography hopeful Caleb Deschanel (“Never Look Away”), who brought his actress daughter Emily to the party.

Rami Malek and Brian May are seen as Vanity Fair and Genesis celebrate the cast of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Feb. 22 in L.A. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Dinner at Cecconi’s on Friday night was all about “Bohemian Rhapsody,” as 20th Century Fox joined up with Vanity Fair and Genesis automobiles to toast that Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic with Belvedere Vodka and Hennessy XO (and to nibble those fabulous Cecconi truffle flatbreads, too).

Stars Rami Malek (above, with Queen guitarist Brian May), Lucy Boynton, Mike Myers, Ben Hardy and Allen Leech joined original Queen members May and Roger Taylor, along with singer Adam Lambert, who takes on Freddie’s vocals with the band these days. That power trio will perform at the Oscar show on Sunday.

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Friday night was awash with talent agency bashes, too, as CAA, UTA and WME all honored their nominees and clients. Naturally, the stars made sure to at least stop in for a photo op with their reps.

At the CAA Pre-Oscar Party sponsored by Heineken, best actress nominee Melissa McCarthy brought hubby Ben Falcone (above; both are in that agency’s stable) to check out the new San Vicente Bungalows in WeHo. Also along for the dance-filled bash were some of CAA’s biggest wattage stars, including more 2019 nominees (Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga), as well as Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Gerard Butler and Mick Jagger.

Over at the Sunset Tower, UTA pulled in their team of nominees, too — everyone from animation geniuses Brad Bird (“Incredibles 2”) and Phil Lord with Christopher Miller (“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”) to “Roma” breakout star Marina de Tavira. Ethan and Joel Cohn made the scene, too, along with Joel’s wife Frances McDormand, who took home last year’s best actress trophy. Kate Beckinsale, Tracee Ellis Ross, Elizabeth Banks and Nicholas Hoult stopped into this one as well, which went off to the dancing tunes spun by DJ Spider.

Meanwhile, WME’s Friday night celebration was at a private home, where client and best actor nominee Rami Malek was the center of attention. Other WME loyalists who stepped out to that party were Liam Hemsworth, Gal Gadot, Serena Williams, Rebel Wilson and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Christoph Waltz greets Olivia Colman at the ICM Partners 2019 Oscar Party held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 21, 2019 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

A bit ahead of the weekend’s packed party schedule, ICM held its bash on Thursday at partner Hildy Gottlieb’s Beverly Hills home. Her hubby, director Walter Hill, co-hosted the event for the seriously talented crowd, including 2019 client nominees Olivia Colman (above, with past winner Christoph Waltz), Regina King, Spike Lee, Sandy Powell, Fiona Crombie and Guy Nativ.

Spike Lee and Cedric The Entertainer attend the ICM Partners 2019 Oscar Party held at a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA on Thursday, February 21, 2019 (photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

They enjoyed cocktails and canapés with former Oscar winners like Waltz and Kathy Bates. Former Academy Award nominees on the talent-filled scene were Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jacki Weaver and Jeff Goldblum. Spike Lee and Cedric the Entertainer shared a moment (above); we’re guessing Cedric still wants to know why he didn’t get a role in “BlacKkKlansman”!

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Richard E. Grant and Michael Howells, British Consul General, attend a reception for U.K. Oscar nominees at British Consul General’s Residence on Feb. 22. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Friday night was also a night for Hollywood’s ex-pats to make merry, at least those from Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, that is. Those proud countries hosted special pre-Oscar revelries to single out their citizens, beginning with the U.K. Film afternoon bash at the British Consul’s residence in Hancock Park.

There, with tea and scones (and some gin thrown in for good measure), best supporting actor nominee Richard E. Grant joined Michael Howells, the British Consul General in Los Angeles (in the photo below), for a champagne toast to all the nominees from across the pond.

Shamier Anderson, Canadian Consul General Zaib Shaikh and Stephan James at a pre-Oscar celebration for Canadian Oscar nominees. (Photo: George Pimentel)

A few blocks away, at the residence of the Consul General of Canada, a big crowd celebrated everything short, since the Canadians own “five of the 10 short film nominations this year,” as Consul General Zaib Shaikh told the cheering Canucks gathered in his back yard.

He also shouted out to TeleFilm Canada and the National Film Board of Canada for their ongoing financial and creative support of Canadian filmmakers. Nominees on hand included Alison Snowden, David Fine, Domee Shi, Jeremy Comte, Marianne Farley, Marie-Helene Panisset and Trevor Jimenz. Some of Canada’s favorite Hollywood actors — Nia Vardalos, Maxim Roy and brothers Shamier Anderson and Stephan James (the star of the 2019 best picture nominee “If Beale Street Could Talk”) — joined in the late afternoon fete. Anderson and James flank Shaikh in the photo below.

Oliver Masucci, Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl and Sebastian Koch attend the German Oscar reception at The Villa Aurora on Feb. 23 (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)

Over at The Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades, Germany also had their own Friday afternoon “die Feier” (celebration) to honor that country’s nominees, with accolades for Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, director of the best foreign film “Never Look Away,” and his stars Oliver Masucci, Tom Schilling, Saskia Rosendahl and Sebastian Koch (pictured above).

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Glenn Close and Yalitza Aparicio attend the Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party at Spring Place on February 22, 2019. (Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for Women In Film)

Taking over the newest party space in Beverly Hills, Women in Film made Friday night their own. At Spring Place (on Wilshire and Spaulding), traffic backed up and females poured out of chauffeur-driven rides to make their way up to the 12th annual WIF Oscar Nominees Party.

Everyone came to support the idea of empowering women in every aspect of film, from current nominees including Regina King, Sandy Powell and Marina de Tavira to Glenn Close and Yalitza Aparicio (below), who both dressed in suffragette white.

Kate Bosworth at the Women In Film Oscar Nominees Party at Spring Place on Feb. 22 (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Chloe Wine Collection)

Actress and producer Kate Bosworth led the rest of the talented crowd — Angela Bassett, KiKi Layne, Connie Britton, Lake Bell, Eva Longoria, Felicity Huffman and WIF head Cathy Schulman among lots of others — in launching a new initiative aimed at female directors. Chloe Wine Collection launched the “She Directed” contest in conjunction with WIF and Bosworth, with plans to provide four women both mentorship from established Hollywood veterans as well as funding for a future project.

“It’s a very important initiative,” Bosworth (above) told The Wrap amid the din of the party. “It’s important to continually strive to put women at the center of the story. It’s frustrating that women still have to fight so hard to direct in this industry. It’s frustrating. It really is beyond frustrating. Women in general are some of the most ferocious energies on this planet and I think it’s about harnessing that ferocity. I get frustrated, I sometimes just want to upturn the entire table. But it’s about making enough noise that you get a seat at that table.”

Nominees toast onstage during the 12th annual Women in Film Oscar Nominees Party Presented by Max Mara with additional support from Chloe Wine Collection, Stella Artois and Cadillac at Spring Place on Feb. 22. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Chloe Wine Collection)

Women garnered 61 Oscar nominations this year, a record number, as Cathy Shulman told the appreciative crowd. “We are at the height of gender parity in Hollywood right now, since we started Women in Film 12 years ago. But gender parity is still the issue. Only 25 percent of this year’s Oscar nominees are women. We still need to keep fighting!”

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’: Gal Gadot Posts Heartfelt Message As Production Wraps

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Claire Foy, Chuck Lorre to Receive Special Honors at 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards

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Claire Foy and Chuck Lorre will receive special honors at the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards gala in January, the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) and Broadcast Television Journalist Association (BTJA) announced Friday.

Foy, who is nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award for her role in “First Man,” will receive the #SeeHer award, which recognizes a woman who “embodies the values set forth by the #SeeHer movement.” The mission of #SeeHer is to accurately portray women in the media in the hopes that women can see themselves properly reflected in the media by 2020. Previous recipients include Viola Davis and Gal Gadot.

“It’s wonderful to see Claire Foy receive this award,” Fiona Carter, chief brand officer, AT&T Communications, said. “When we shine a light on stories that ring true for all women, and celebrate the creators bringing them to life, we come a step closer to a world in which women are authentically portrayed in media and popular culture. It’s why AT&T, as one of the largest advertisers in the country, is proud to support the #SeeHer movement.”

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Lorre, creator of TV comedies like “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Young Sheldon” and “The Kominsky Method,” will receive the Critics’ Choice Creative Achievement Award.

“‘The Big Bang Theory’ has been called the most successful television comedy ever, so it seems like the perfect time to honor Chuck as that show gets ready to ride off into the sunset,” BFCA President Joey Berlin said.  “Thankfully, we still have ‘Mom,’ ‘Young Sheldon’ and his latest gift to comedy lovers, ‘The Kominsky Method,’ going strong to help us get over the loss. For a quarter of a century Chuck has been keeping us in stitches with comedies of remarkable hilarity and consistency, delighting viewers and critics alike.”

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Foy’s other credits include “The Crown,” as well as “Breathe” and “The Girl in the Spider’s Web.” Lorre’s credits include “Disjointed,” “Mike & Molly” and “Two and a Half Men.”

The Critics’ Choice Awards will be broadcast live on The CW on January 13.

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‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine Re-Create ‘Breakfast Club’ Poster

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“Wonder Woman 1984” stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal and director Patty Jenkins re-created the famous “The Breakfast Club” poster — and nailed it.

Gadot took on Molly Ringwald’s pose, while Pine posed as Anthony Michael Hall’s geeky Brian. Jenkins is Judd Nelson’s delinquent character, while Wiig takes on Ally Sheedy’s outcast Allison and Pascal is Emilio Estevez’s champion wrestler, Andrew.

Of course, Diana Prince’s gold headband is front and center in the picture.

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“Wonder Woman 1984” is set in the 1980s and will feature Wiig as Dr. Barbara Minerva, also known as Cheetah. Pine is reprising his role as Steve Trevor.

The sequel will hit theaters on November 1, 2019.

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“The Breakfast Club” was released in 1985 and was written and directed by John Hughes. It followed five kids from different high school cliques who are forced to hang out in detention. It has since become a cult classic and one of the most famous movies about a high school. The five actors who starred became known as members of a group referred to as “The Brat Pack.”

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Hours after announcing that “Wonder Woman” herself — Gal Gadot — has joined Disney’s “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” on Friday night Disney dropped a new teaser trailer for the “Wreck-It Ralph” sequel featuring the first look at her character.

Gadot voices Shank, described by the studio as “a tough and talented driver in an intense and gritty online racing game called Slaughter Race.” See for yourself in the clip above, in which Shank meets Ralph (voice by John C. Riley) and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) for the first time, and ends up impressed with Vanellope’s driving skills. Come for the extremely short appearance of Gadot’s Shank, but stay for the genuinely funny Disney Princesses joke about the difference between Disney and Pixar.

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Basically, Shank is a video game version of Gisele, Gadot’s character from the “Fast and Furious” franchise. Which, since we’re still nowhere near over Gisele’s tragic death in 2013’s “Fast and Furious 6,” is A-OK by us. Also while we’re on the subject, #JusticeForHan. But we digress.

Also starring Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Taraji P. Henson and Alan Tudyk, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is directed by Rich Moore and Phil Johnston from a script by Johnston and Pamela Ribon. It hits theaters on Nov. 21.

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Gal Gadot Joins Voice Cast of Disney’s ‘Ralph Breaks the Internet’

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Gal Gadot will be joining the voice cast of Disney’s”Ralph Breaks The Internet,” it was announced Friday.

The actress, who shot to fame for her role in “Wonder Woman,” will be voicing new character Shank, “a tough and talented driver in an intense and gritty online racing game called Slaughter Race,” according to the statement from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

“Ralph and Vanellope encounter Shank and her unusual cohorts when they venture to the internet in search of a replacement part for Vanellope’s game, Sugar Rush. Shank, a tough-as-nails street racer, takes her role and her tricked-out car very seriously and doesn’t like to lose. When Vanellope finds herself in a street race with Shank, her Sugar Rush driving skills are put to the test–and Shank is impressed.”

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The sequel to the 2012 hit “Wreck-It Ralph” will hit theaters on Nov. 21. The film also stars John C. Reilly as Ralph, and Sarah Silverman as Vanellope.

Gadot launched her film career as Gisele Yashar in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise but her breakout came when she joined the DC Extended Universe as Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” followed by the solo film “Wonder Woman” (2017) and the ensemble “Justice League” (2017). She’s currently filming “Wonder Woman 1984” and set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in his upcoming action flick “Red Notice.”

“Shank is amazing at driving cars and has this bad-girl vibe to her. But as the movie goes on you realize how fun, wise and warm she really is on the inside, which is what I like most about her,” Gadot said in the statement.

Gadot also shared the news on Twitter, writing, “I’m so excited to finally announce that I am playing a character named Shank in Disney’s #RalphBreaksTheInternet hitting theaters this November! Such an amazing experience to be apart of this project with such great creators and cast! Welcome to Slaughter Race!”

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Writer and director Phil Johnston praised Gadot’s abilities as a voice actor. “There’s so much texture to her voice and so much living in her voice,” he said. “If Ralph is Vanellope’s big-brother figure, we wanted a big-sister figure. We wanted someone that Vanellope would look up to, and Gal is definitely someone kids — and a lot of adults I know — aspire to emulate. I can’t imagine anyone else embodying that part.”

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“Wonder Woman” lead Gal Gadot is headed to the small screen. The Israel-born actress is in talks to star in and executive produce a limited series about film actress and inventor Hedy Lamarr at Showtime, from “The Affair” co-creator/executive producer Sarah Treem.

Treem will executive produce and write.

Lamarr was born in Austria and went on to become one of the most famous silver screen stars of the ’40s.

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Gadot launched her film career as Gisele Yashar in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. Her breakout came when she joined the DC Extended Universe as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman in 2016’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” followed by the solo film “Wonder Woman” (2017) and the ensemble “Justice League” (2017).

She’s currently filming “Wonder Woman 1984” and set to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in his upcoming action flick “Red Notice.” In 2018, she landed a slot on Time’s 100 most influential people list.

Gadot is represented by WME and Imprint PR. Neither immediately returned our request for comment on the negotiations.

When reached by TheWrap, Showtime had no comment.

Treem is repped by WME.

More to come…

Tony Maglio contributed to this report.

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