‘Wonder Woman’ Officially Banned in Lebanon, Because Gal Gadot Is Israeli

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“Wonder Woman” is earning rave reviews, and eyeing a global box office debut north of $175 million, but Lebanon is going to be left out of the fun.

The Lebanese group Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel-Lebanon pushed for the nation to ban “Wonder Woman” because star Gal Gadot is Israeli and served in the Israel Defense Forces. The official ban was announced on May 31, and confirmed by various outlets.

#WonderWoman has been banned in #Lebanon.

— Grand Cinemas (@GCLebanon) May 31, 2017

As Variety reported, the ban was decided by a six-member committee of the Ministry of Economy, and the result was considered somewhat surprising because the same anti-Israeli organization had tried and failed to pull “Batman v. Superman,” which also featured Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Also, Gadot’s other major films — “Fast & Furious 6” and “Furious 7,” and “Triple 9” and “Knight & Day” — all played in Lebanon and were popular there. Maybe it’s different now that she has the lead role.

According to Deadline, “Lebanon is officially at war with Israel and has a law that boycotts Israeli products and bars Lebanese citizens from traveling or having contact with Israelis. The boycott group has indicated on its Facebook page that Gadot is a supporter of Israel’s military policies against the Palestinian region of the Gaza Strip.”

“Wonder Woman” was meant to hold its premiere in Lebanon tonight (Wednesday) after a sneak peek Tuesday evening. The movie opens in the U.S. on June 2. Hopefully the people of Lebanon who would like to see it can still (safely) find a way.

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Kate Winslet and Idris Elba Are Stranded in ‘Mountain Between Us’ Trailer

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If “The Mountain Between Us” was a tale of survival of the most attractive, Kate Winslet and Idris Elba would definitely live.

Instead, as the first trailer shows, these two gorgeous strangers are stranded in the mountains and must depend on each other to survive. He’s a surgeon trying to get to an emergency operation, while she’s a journalist whose wedding is the next day. When their flights are delayed, she suggests they take a charter plane together.

But their plane goes down, she’s injured, and there was no flight plan (so little hope of rescue). They must battle brutal conditions to find their way back to civilization.

The pairing of Winslet and Elba looks promising, and they definitely exhibit chemistry in the trailer, which is good since the movie rests almost entirely on their shoulders (plus a cute dog).

“The Mountain Between Us” opens in theaters October 20.

Idris Elba and Kate Winslet Survive a Plane Crash Together In First ‘The Mountain Between Us’ Trailer

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In recent years we’ve had some quality wilderness survival stories like the man versus rock drama 127 Hours, the man versus wolves horror of The Grey, and the man versus bear gore of The Revenant. As great as all of those movies are, though, we now realize they were missing one thing: Idris Elba and Kate Winslet.

But now we don’t have to dream up a survival movie starring that magnetic pairing thanks to The Mountain Between Us. In it Elba plays a doctor and Winslet a journalist who wind up on a tiny private plane together. The unthinkable happens, the plan crashes and the two are left struggling in an environment neither of them belong in.

Check it out.

The Mountain Between Us hits theaters on October 20, 2017.
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