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Calls for Portman to lose Israeli citizenship

An Israeli politician has called for Natalie Portman to be stripped of her citizenship after she pul..

An Israeli politician has called for Natalie Portman to be stripped of her citizenship after she pulled out of a prestigious Jewish awards ceremony.

The Oscar winning actress was born in Israel, but left for the US with her family when she was four years old.

Politician Oren Hazan, of the right-wing Likud party, said it was "complete craziness" Portman had been selected for the Genesis Prize – known as the "Jewish Nobel prize" – and called her "unworthy of any honour in the State of Israel".

Image:One Israeli politician said it was 'complete craziness' Portman had been selected in the first place

Quoted in the Israel National News he went on: "Sweetness can come from strength: I call on Interior Minister Aryeh Deri (Shas) to rescind Portman's Israeli citizenship."

Israel's minister of culture and sport, Miri Regev, claimed Portman had been duped by Palestinian propaganda and "fell like a ripe fruit into the hands of supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)".

Minister of strategic affairs Gilad Erdan invited the Israeli-American actress to visit the Gaza border to meet families there, claiming the media "had distorted the truth".

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Organisers of the Genesis Prize said a representative for Portman had refused the honour due to "recent events in Israel" which had been "extremely distressing" to her.

They went on to say that they feared Portman's decision would "cause our philanthropic initiative to be politicised."

It is not clear whether the actress will still receive the $1m monetary prize.

Palestinian protesters wave their national flag and gesture during a demonstration commemorating Land Day near the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip on March 30, 2018
Image:Palestinians have been killed and injured in the protests

Israel has drawn international criticism for its response to recent Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border, in which its troops have killed 35 Palestinians and wounded hundreds.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians have been staging a sit-in along the border, which has been seen by many Israeli's as an attempt to break the decade-old Gaza border blockade.

In response, Israel has stationed sharpshooters to stop attempts by Palestinians to breach the 25 mile (40km) border or sabotage the security fence.

It says it is defending its border, its response is "proportionate, careful, and in line with international law" and accuses militant group Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the guise of protests.

Israeli soldiers are seen near the Gaza border
Image:Israeli soldiers are seen near the Gaza border

Israel has said its response is "proportionate, careful, and in line with international law".

The Genesis prize-giving – which celebrates those "who inspire others through their dedication to the Jewish community and Jewish values" through their profession – has now been cancelled.

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Held annually in Jerusalem, actor Michael Douglas, sculptor Anish Kapoor and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg have all received the award since 2014.

Portman's next film role is in musical drama Vox Lux, alongside Jude Law and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

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007 film must treat Bond girls properly, says Waller-Bridge

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those ele..

Fast cars, martinis and Bond girls are core parts of the formula for 007 films, but one of those elements is set for a change in the latest adventure.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who is working on the script for the 25th Bond film, is on a mission to make sure the movie will "treat women properly" – even if the spy does not.

Image: Cast members (l-r): Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Naomie Harris and Lashana Lynch at the launch of the new Bond film

Ahead of the release of the as-yet-untitled film, Waller-Bridge told Deadline: "There's been a lot of talk about whether or not (the Bond franchise) is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women.

"I think that's b*******. I think he's absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow.

"It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly.

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"He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to this character."

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Waller-Bridge says she intends to ensure the female characters, including those played by Lashana Lynch, Lea Seydoux and Ana de Armas, feel "like real people ".

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She added: "I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Lea and Ana open them and go, 'I can't wait to do that'.

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Sir Elton hits out at Russia for ‘cruel’ Rocketman censorship

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic..

Sir Elton John has criticised Russian censors for cutting gay sex scenes from the hit musical biopic Rocketman.

The critically acclaimed film charts the British singer's rise to fame, and its scenes of kissing and sex between men, as well as drug use, contributed to it earning a 15 certificate in the UK.

But in a bid to play down the sexuality of Sir Elton, played by actor Taron Egerton, for a conservative Russian audience, an estimated five minutes of footage was reportedly removed ahead of its debut in Moscow.

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The Moscow Times quoted a Russian film critic who had seen the film at its world premiere in Cannes on 16 May as saying "all scenes with kissing, sex and oral sex between men have been cut", as well as a photo displayed during the end credits featuring Sir Elton and his husband David Furnish.

Sir Elton, 72, a prominent gay rights campaigner, released a joint statement with the makers of the film to accuse censors of being "cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people".

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"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," they said.

"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people.

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Ben Affleck steps out to drop off kids as Robert Pattinson is announced as new Batman

Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)
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Ben Affleck played Batman until earlier this year (Picture: Backgrid)

Ben Affleck has been pictured performing his parental duties in Los Angeles, as his official replacement in the Batman role is announced.

The 46-year-old actor was seen in the early hours on Friday (31 May) dropping off son Samuel, seven, and daughter Seraphina, 10, to school.

Affleck has three children with ex-wife Jennifer Garner – Seraphina, Samuel and 13-year-old Violet.

On the same day the actor was pictured, it was announced Robert Pattinson will take over as Batman in a planned trilogy of movies with director Matt Reeves.

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Ben Affleck was on parent duties (Picture: Backgrid)

Affleck, who played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and 2017s Justice League, stepped down from the role in January earlier this year – after being originally down to direct and star in his own film.

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Speaking about his departure in March, Affleck stated how he was never happy with the script they were planning to use.

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