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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‘Captain Marvel’ Aims to Overpower ‘Hunger Games’ and ‘Wonder Woman’ in Box Office Debut

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For the past seven years, “The Hunger Games” and its sequel, “Catching Fire,” have stood as the largest box office openings for any film with a woman in the sole leading role. But now Marvel Studios could add that to their hoard of box office records as “Captain Marvel” gets ready to hit theaters worldwide this week.

Right now, independent trackers have the latest MCU film earning an opening weekend of as much as $145 million. But between the overwhelming interest in seeing the first Marvel solo female superhero movie and its connection to the even more anticipated “Avengers: Endgame,” analysts who spoke to TheWrap say there’s a chance that “Captain Marvel” could beat the female lead opening record of $158 million, which was set by “Catching Fire” in November 2013.

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And if “Captain Marvel” really overindexes, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that it could break the March opening weekend record of $174.7 million, set by the 2017 remake of “Beauty and the Beast.” Already, Fandango notes that “Captain Marvel” has had the most ticket presales on their site of any film since “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Disney, as usual, is keeping its projections conservative at a $125 million-plus opening. But even if “Captain Marvel” falls short of the “Hunger Games” record and ends up closer to Disney’s expected range, it would still be significantly higher than other recent Marvel films that debuted a new superhero. While the $202 million opening of “Black Panther” was a cultural outlier, a $125 million opening for “Captain Marvel” would beat the openings of “Doctor Strange” ($85 million) “Guardians of the Galaxy” ($94 million) and even “Spider-Man: Homecoming” ($117 million).

“The connection to ‘Endgame’ is going to be a real boost to this movie,” said Boxoffice’s Daniel Loria. “Thanks to that post-credits scene in ‘Infinity War’ and the fact that we’re so close to the next ‘Avengers’ film, it’s going to make that usual anticipation for a Marvel movie even bigger.”

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On the long term side, “Captain Marvel” will face little four-quadrant competition this month, as the animated family film “Wonder Park” isn’t projected for an opening higher than $13 million while Jordan Peele’s horror film “Us” is looking at a solid $40 million opening but is aimed at a far narrower audience than what Marvel goes for.

That means that “Captain” has a chance to leg out over the next four weekends and possibly challenge the $412.5 million domestic total earned by the last major female superhero film, “Wonder Woman.”

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“Captain Marvel” tells the story of Carol Danvers, a member of the Kree empire’s elite intergalactic military unit Starforce. When she crash lands on Earth in the 1990s, she stop an invasion of shapeshifting aliens known as the Skrulls with the help of future SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). But along the way, she rediscovers memories that were believed to be erased; memories that reveal that she was once a human fighter pilot named Carol Danvers.

Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck directed the film from a script they co-wrote with Geneva Robertson-Dworet. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace, Lashana Lynch, Gemma Chan, Annette Bening, Clark Gregg, and Jude Law.

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Kitty O’Neil, Pioneering ‘Wonder Woman’ Stuntwoman, Dies at 72

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Kitty O’Neil, Lynda Carter’s stunt double on the 1970s “Wonder Woman” TV series, died on Friday of pneumonia at the age of 72.

O’Neil broke ground for women in the stunt industry, becoming the first woman to join the Hollywood stunt agency Stunts Unlimited. O’Neil performed all her stunts despite losing her hearing after contracting multiple diseases shortly after birth, leading to a fever that destroyed her hearing and nearly killed her had her mother not placed her in an ice bath.

Despite this, O’Neil became a proficient cello and piano player and might have become an Olympic diver. Her career was cut short by a case of spinal meningitis incurred shortly before the Tokyo Olympic trials. Yet she recovered and became a stuntwoman, performing multiple stunts for “Wonder Woman” over the show’s three-season run. Her most famous stunt came during the final season in 1979 when she dressed up as the famed superhero and jumped nearly 13 stories out of a San Fernando Valley hotel and onto an airbag.

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“If I hadn’t hit the center of the bag, I probably would have been killed,” she told The Washington Post.

O’Neil also did stunts for films like “The Blues Brothers” and “Smokey and the Bandit II,” where she drove cars and became the first woman to perform a cannon-fired car roll, in which an explosive wired under the car lifts it off its wheels and causes it to roll. She also piloted rocket-powered cars and boats, setting land speeds for women in both categories.

Her fastest speed was recorded in Oregon in December 1976, recording a land speed of 618 mph. That was just slightly short of the then men’s record of 630 mph, which O’Neil said she was confident she could break but was not allowed to because her mentor and famed stuntman Hal Needham was attempting the record as well. He failed to break it.

O’Neil retired from stunt work in 1982, leaving Hollywood and settling down in Eureka, South Dakota, where she lived for the remainder of her life. Her women’s land speed records still stand today.

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Nwodim graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in biology and has been a regular cast member at the UCB Theatre in Los Angeles, where she performed her one-woman show, “Great Black Women … and Then There’s Me.” Her TV credits include episodes of “Living Biblically,” “Law & Order: True Crime,” “2 Broke Girls” and “Adam Ruins Everything.”

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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.

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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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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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