Jul 28, 2017 Last Updated 9:40 AM, Jul 27, 2017

A Tunisian court has banned the US film Wonder Woman which stars an Israeli actress, more than a month after it had been scheduled to open at cinemas in the Arab state, a legal source said Wednesday.

Lebanon has also banned Wonder Woman, on the grounds of a long-standing boycott of Israel. 

The film was to have been screened at two venues in Tunis in early June but the showings were "suspended" following a complaint from the nationalist Al-Chaab party.

The court finally decided to impose the ban last Friday, prosecution spokesman Sofiene Sliti said, although the verdict was only disclosed to the media this week without a reason given for the judgement.

Al-Chaab demanded the film be banned because its leading actress, Gal Gadot, had defended Israel's 2014 war on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza on Facebook.

The case sparked controversy in Tunisia, with supporters of the ban calling for "no normalisation" of ties with the Jewish state and others criticising censorship.

Charlize Theron has called Hollywood "caveman-like" for so rarely allowing women to direct big-budget films.

"I am ashamed I'm part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on Wonder Woman," the Oscar-winning actress told Variety. 

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman was made for a reported $149m (£116m) and has made $746m (£582m) worldwide.

Theron, 41, also bemoaned the lack of female-driven action films.

Her comments come ahead of the release of Atomic Blonde, in which she stars as a British MI6 agent in 1980s Berlin.

The actress, who won an Oscar after working with Jenkins in Monster, played another action-oriented role in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road.

Speaking to Variety, though, the South African-born star rued the way the rare female successes in the traditionally male-dominated genre were not capitalised upon.

"We've had moments like this, where women really showcase themselves and kind of break glass ceilings," she said.

"And then we don't sustain it. Or there's one movie that doesn't do well, and all of a sudden, no one wants to make a female-driven film."

Theron sustained various injuries while shooting Atomic Blonde, among them a twisted knee and two cracked teeth.

"It was tough," she said of the film, released in the UK on 9 August. "You want to be in your best fighting shape, and it's hard."

Theron's other films this year include Fast and Furious 8, in which she played a villainous role opposite Vin Diesel and Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson.

Earlier this year Michelle Rodriguez revealed she was considering leaving the action franchise over the way it treated its female characters.

"I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one," she wrote on Instagram.

Wonder Woman became the most successful live-action film to be directed by a woman last month after exceeding the takings of 2008's Mamma Mia!.

 

Actor Michael Nyqvist, who starred in the film adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, has died aged 56, his family has announced.

Nyqvist played journalist Mikael Blomkvist in that film and its sequels, which formed the Millennium trilogy.

The Swedish actor died on Tuesday after a year-long battle with lung cancer, according to a family statement.

Nyqvist's love of the arts was "felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him", the family added.

"Michael's joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him," his family said. "His charm and charisma were undeniable."

They said Nyqvist had left a "huge void behind him", local media report.

His death was announced "with deep sadness" by a family representative who said that "one of Sweden's most respected and accomplished actors" had "passed away quietly surrounded by family".

The popular Swedish actor and writer began his training at the Malmö Theatre Academy in Sweden.

He was best known for his role in Dragon Tattoo (2009), starring as the investigative reporter who teams up with feisty computer hacker Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace.

In a subsequent US version of the film, his role was performed by James Bond actor Daniel Craig.

Nyqvist later appeared in a number of Hollywood blockbusters. He played the villain alongside Tom Cruise in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and starred as Viggo Tarasov in John Wick with Keanu Reeves.

He went on to star in the 2015 film Colonia, opposite Daniel Brühl and Emma Watson.

Nyqvist also wrote an acclaimed memoir, Just After Dreaming, published in 2010, about his earliest childhood memories following adoption and how he later traced his biological parents.

Nyqvist is survived by his wife, Catharina Ehrnrooth, and their children, Ellen and Arthur.

Larsson himself died in 2004, a year before the first of his Millennium trilogy crime novels was published.

Carrie Fisher had three drugs including cocaine in her system when she died, her post-mortem has concluded.

The report released on Monday stated the star may have taken cocaine three days before she fell ill on a flight on 23 December, US media reported.

Traces of heroin and MDMA, popularly known as ecstasy, were also found in the Star Wars actress's system.

But investigators could not determine what impact the cocaine and other drugs had on her death.

The findings were based on toxicology samples taken when Fisher arrived at a Los Angeles hospital.

Investigators could not say when the actress had taken the MDMA or heroin.

The star, who played Princess Leia in the film series, died on 27 December.

On Friday, a statement from the Los Angeles coroner said the exact cause of death was unknown but cited factors including sleep apnoea, heart disease and drug use.

Sleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes.

In a statement released by People magazine after the cororner’s ruling, Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd said: "My mum battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it.

"She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases."

Her manner of death will be listed as undetermined, the coroner's statement said.

Fisher's death certificate, issued in January, stated that the cause of death was "cardiac arrest/deferred".

 

Malawian filmmaker Shenu Joya is insisting on keeping his new movie a surprise to its prospective viewers.

Late 2016, Joya started filming the movie in Blantyre whose shooting lasted for close to a month.

Speaking to Capital FM award winning producer said the film is in its final production stages but maintained a tight lid on its title.

Joya is one of the country’s outstanding filmmakers with two international film award to his name for both his debut Seasons Of A Life and Last Fishing Boat.

He added that they at an advanced stage of editing the film but maintained that he was to make its premier and release an interesting surprise.

Meanwhile he is expected to make public the details of the movies next week as he promises to release a press statement on the same.

According to Wikipedia, Shemu Joyah was born in Zimbabwe to Malawian parents.

He later moved back to Malawi and studied for a B.Sc in Mathematics and Physics at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College.

He then proceeded to the United Kingdom for further studies and received a B.Sc Honours degree in surveying and mapping sciences from the University of East London.

 Joyah is talented writer and producer.

He has had several short stories published in anthologies and a book published.

He is a published author and also writes the scripts for movies he produces.

He has written the manuscripts for both Seasons of Life and The Last Fishing Boat.

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