Gunn, who executive produces 'Avengers: Infinity War', said that Zoe Saldana might just 'misspoke' when mentioned 'Gauntlet' in the previous interview.

Following the report that Zoe Saldana might accidentally reveal "Avengers 4" title, "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" director James Gunn has made a clarification about the matter. During "Vol. 2" press junket, Gunn, who also executive produces "Avengers: Infinity War", explained that "Avengers 4" wouldn't be titled "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet". "It's not the title," said Gunn. "My guess is that Zoe just misspoke. I'll talk to Zoe today, but I would imagine that is just Zoe misspeaking and saying 'Infinity Gauntlet' instead of 'Infinity War'," he added. Earlier on, during a talk with BBC at "Vol. 2" press tour, Saldana was asked about the current status of "Avengers: Infinity War", to which she answered, "We're in the middle of it, I think that the Guardians just shot their part when it comes to 'Infinity War' is, like, the first part. And we all have to go back for 'Gauntlet' later this year." Saldana's answer sparked speculation that the title of the upcoming "Avengers 4" would be "Avengers: Infinity Gauntlet". However, Gunn's clarification seemingly debunked the rumor once and for all. Meanwhile, Marvel head Kevin Feige previously confirmed that "Avengers 4" title was kept in secret because it would reveal too much about what happened in its predecessor, "Avengers: Infinity War". "Avengers 4" is expected to start its principal photography right after the production of "Avengers: Infinity War". As for "Infinity War", the movie is currently filming in Atlanta and Edinburgh, Scotland. "Avengers: Infinity War" cast members include Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Josh Brolin and Dave Bautista.

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The movie is said to be a spoof of Keanu Reeves-starring 'John Wick' as both follow a man who will do extreme things for the sake of his dog.

The first trailer for Bruce Willis-starring "Once Upon a Time in Venice" has been released. Also starring Jason Momoa and Famke Janssen, the action comedy movie follows a dog lover who has to deal with a drug dealer, after the latter steals his dog. "What are you doing?" asks a character to Willis' Detective Steve Ford, to which Steve answers, "I gotta go steal back some drugs for these gang guy so I can get my dog back." His friend responds with "Cool." It turns out that a notorious gang has stolen Steve's dog and he has to fulfill one crazy condition to get it back. The gang's leader, called Spider (played by Momoa), will return the dog if Steve agrees to steal back a briefcase filled with his cocaine. The movie is said to be a spoof of "John Wick" as both have a similarity in theme. In "John Wick", Keanu Reeves' titular character seeks revenge against the notorious gang who has killed his dog. Steve Ford (Bruce Willis) is a down but not out L.A based Private Investigator whose professional and personal worlds collide after his loving pet Buddy is stolen by a notorious gang. A series of crazy circumstances find him doing the gang's bidding, while being chased by two vengeful Samoan brothers, a loan shark's goons, and a few other shady characters. They say a dog is a man's best friend, and Steve shows how far a man will go to be reunited with him. "Once Upon a Time in Venice" is set to be released in limited theaters in the U.S. on June 16.

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At least four major Hollywood films will enjoy day-and-date theatrical releases in China in June. Regulators have approved new outings for “Wonder Woman,” “Cars 3,” “Transformers: The Last Knight,” and Despicable Me 3.”

Warner Bros.’ “Wonder Woman” will release in China on June 2, in a day-and-date outing aligned with the North American and international outings.

Disney’s “Cars 3” will release in China on June 16, simultaneous with the sequel’s North American release.

 

 

In an earlier announcement, Disney revealed that Shanghai will host the world premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” on May 11, ahead of a commercial release on May 26.

The Hollywood studios are not permitted to handle release of their own films in China. Those titles imported under the revenue-sharing quota are distributed by state-owned enterprise China Film Co., often in association with Huaxia Distribution. Release dates for quota import titles are set centrally, with typically four to six weeks of advanced notice.

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German composer Max Richter, whose ambient, post-minimalist style has made him popular with directors as from Michael Scorsese to Michael Bay, is the first artist to sign a long-term, global publishing deal with Universal Music’s newly launched Decca Publishing.

Richter has been the composer of record on HBO’s “The Leftovers,” now in season three, and excerpts from his 10-hour album “On the Nature of Daylight” can be heard in Scorsese’s 2010 film” Shutter Island” and 2016’s “Arrival” (which its integral use to bookend the narrative resulted in Oscar disqualification for Jóhann Jóhannsson’s score).

 

 

Richter’s music was also a standout among Super Bowl 51 syncs, providing the evocative backing track to Paramount’s promo for this summer’s “Transformers: The Last Knight.” For all that, Richter is still a relative unknown in mainstream entertainment circles, something Universal and Decca plan to change.

“Max Richter is one of the most important composers working today and we are looking forward to bringing his remarkable music to a wider audience with this ambitious new collaboration,” Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph said in announcing the agreement.

For his part, Richter “liked the idea of being the first signing to Decca Music Publishing, as we agreed to take a fresh outlook on how we approach music publishing together, at a time when the rules are changing as to how music can engage with the multidimensional creative landscape of today.”

Richter’s nuanced, tonal work is also heard on Ari Folman’s 2008 Oscar-nominated animation film “Waltz with Bashir,” the Netflix series “Black Mirror,” and the FX series “Taboo,” produced by the BBC.

Richter has also composed for theater, including Alan Cumming’s critically acclaimed solo version of “Macbeth” on Broadway, art collaborations with photographer Darren Almond at the White Cube, and multiple ballet projects with resident Royal Ballet choreographer Wayne McGregor.

“It’s an exciting time for neo-classical music, and I feel privileged to be working at the forefront of this movement with such a visionary composer as Max,” said Decca Publishing chief Natasha Baldwin, who will be coordinating closely with Universal Music UK and Universal Music Publishing Classical on appropriate projects.

Richter has already released  product through Universal Music’s Deutsche Grammophon label – most recently, his groundbreaking 8½-hour-long “SLEEP” album, which has sold over 100,000 copies, and the well-received “Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works,” based on McGregor’s impressionistic dance take on a trio of Virginia Woolf novels.

In addition to sync licensing, the new Decca Publishing will enhance Universal Music UK’s other recent soundtrack composer initiatives, such as Globe Soundtrack and Score, a label services offering for filmmakers and composers launched in conjunction with Abbey Road Studios.

Hailed as an electro-acoustic polymath, Richter graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with renowned Italian experimentalist Luciano Berio. Richter’s work blends formal classical training with modern technology.

He will be performing “Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works” live for the first time as part of the Nocturne concert series at Blenheim Palace in England, outside Oxford, on June 16, and plans to give more performances of “SLEEP” later this year.

Richter is represented by the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency’s Andrew Zack.

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The promo features Will Tudor making his first appearance as evil and cunning Sebastian Verlac, a son of Valentine Morgernstern, who will complicate everybody's relationship.

Freeform has revealed the first look at Will Tudor's Sebastian Verlac in a newly-released promo of "Shadowhunters" season 2B. Although it is only a brief scene, the promo features the close-up look at the evil and cunning son of Valentine Morgernstern. His entrance doesn't seem to be too welcomed, as presumably injured Izzy rubs her arm and says of Sebastian, "I've never seen him before at The Institute." The next scene sees Will's Sebastian introducing himself, before getting involved in a tense fight against someone who looks like Raphael. He dodges Raphael's hit by jumping high with his Seraph blade. Just like what had been reported, Will's take on Sebastian will be different from the original books written by Cassandra Clare. Instead of coming from Paris Institute, Sebastian on the TV series will hail from London Institute. Showrunner Todd Slavkin explained to TVLine, "When he taped, he had an American accent, which was really interesting." He added, "But when we saw his reel, saw him on 'Game of Thrones' and 'Humans', then looked at our take on the character, we were like, 'Oh, you're from London. You're from the London Institute. Use your British accent.' And it works so well." In a separated interview, Slavkin told EW that Sebastian's existence would complicate "everybody’s relationship on the show." He added, "Will Tudor is an incredible actor and he brings a level on the show that we haven't seen before. He's the big bad villain of the books, really. So that's a huge part of 2B moving forward." The promo also indicates that Simon and Jace's attempt to win Clary's heart is still going on strongly. At the end of the promo, Simon asks Jace, "Why is everything a competition for you?" to which Jace confidently responds, "It's not really a competition if I always win." The series stars Katherine McNamara as Clary Fray, Dominic Sherwood as Jace Wayland, Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis and Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood. The cast members also include Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway and Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane."Shadowhunters" season 2 returns with all new episodes starting on Monday, June 5 on Freeform.

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Chinese streaming giant Youku is to produce a localized version of hit comedy show “Saturday Night Live,” following an agreement with NBCUniversal. The show is expected to be one of the flagship programs for Youku’s fall-winter entertainment lineup.

The Youku show will be the tenth local iteration of the iconic “SNL,” after previous international versions were launched in places including France, the Middle East and Finland. On NBC, the show has played for over 40 years with more than 800 episodes aired to date.

“Lorne Michaels has created a timeless format that taps into the prevailing cultural zeitgeist and instantaneously responds with whip-smart humor to national affairs and social trends,” Michael Edelstein, President, NBCUniversal International Studios. In China, comedy is a popular genre, though current affairs can be a sensitive area and many producers tend to self-censor in order to avoid regulatory interference.

 

 

Previously independent, Youku was last year acquired by e-commerce giant Alibaba and is now part of Alibaba Digital Media & Entertainment Group.

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Mark has been set to play villainous Hiram Lodge in the sophomore season of The CW's series, while Ross Butler, who portrays Reggie, will leave the show due to scheduling conflict.

It seems like Veronica's father may be getting out of jail sooner than we've expected. Actor Mark Consuelos reportedly has been tapped to play the character, villainous Hiram Lodge, in the sophomore season of "Riverdale". He is also set to join the cast as a series regular, TVLine reports. According to the official description, Hiram Lodge is "a ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, especially, his daughter Veronica, who is the apple of his eye." Hiram Lodge is one of the most important characters on "Riverdale" season 1, though he's never been seen and only mentioned in whispers. He is stuck in jail throughout the first season due to an embezzlement charge. Although his physical appearance has yet to be featured, the character has proved that he's undoubtedly elusive. TVLine, however, reports that Consuelos' another series, FOX's baseball drama "Pitch", may become an obstacle for the actor to be officially onboard The CW's Archie Comics TV adaptation. Consuelos, who portrays general manager Oscar Arguella on "Pitch", reportedly puts the "Riverdale" casting as second priority after "Pitch". Should "Pitch" be renewed for a second season on FOX, Consuelos will drop the Hiram Lodge role on The CW series. On the other hand, major character from "Riverdale" season 1 is going to be recast for the upcoming second season. Ross Butler, who portrays Reggie Mantle on the show, will not be reprising his role in second season due to scheduling conflict, making the production team recast the role of Reggie. Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of the matter, "We love what Ross did with the role of Reggie [this season], but because of his commitments to other projects, we couldn't use him nearly as much as we would have liked." He added, "[Next season], we want more Reggie on our show-he's Archie's rival!-and because Ross is unavailable to come back to 'Riverdale', we're looking for a new Reggie." The showrunner continued, "Those are big shoes to fill, but we're confident we can find an actor who is as funny and sexy as Ross. And of course we all wish Ross the best." "Riverdale" season 1 airs on Thursdays at 9 P.M. on The CW.

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“Insecure” is about two young black women. “The Golden Girls” was about four old white ladies. So it drew a few laughs Tuesday night when HBO programming president Casey Bloys invoked the latter show when talking about one his favorite elements of the former Tuesday night at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills.

“The fantasy of ‘Golden Girls,'” Bloys began, as the audience broke into heavy laughter. “Hear me out. I’m trying to make a point. The fantasy of ‘Golden Girls’ is that even at the end, you had your girlfriends with you, and I think that’s a very important part of this show.” He likened the relationship between the four women on “Golden Girls” to the friendship between the characters Issa and Molly on “Insecure.”

 

 

“First of all, thank you for being a friend,” Rae responded.

Bloys and Rae appeared together Tuesday night for a Paley Media Council conversation, in which the HBO executive interviewed the “Insecure” creator and star. Based on Rae’s web series “Awkward Black Girl,” “Insecure” first went into development at HBO in 2013, when Bloys was head of comedy for the premium cable channel. The show premiered last year, and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for best comedy series.

Rae recalled her two attempts at creating a web series prior to “Awkward Black Girl,” both of which failed to garner the attention of television executives.

“By the time I came up with idea for ‘Awkward Black Girl,’ I was like, ‘If they don’t want these commercially successful hits, they’re never gonna come with a show about an awkward black girl,'” Rae said. “This was for the internet specifically. I was doing it because I was frustrated by the lack of representation I was seeing.”

Bloys brought Rae in to meet at HBO after reading about, then watching “Awkward Black Girl” — making Rae one of the few series creators in television to come from outside traditional talent-development channels.

On her web series, Rae was used to spearheading all aspects of production. While making the “Insecure” pilot, she recalled to Bloys, the line producer sat her down to check in, worried that an inexperienced writer-producer-star might be overwhelmed by the pace of television.

“I was like, ‘I kind of feel like this is a vacation,'” she said. “Everybody was doing everything. You guys hired a person who just moves plants.”

Rae also talked about growing up watching black-cast television series in the ’90s such as “Girlfriends,” “A Different World,” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.”

“I always go back to, even in the discussions with you guys, trying to find the ‘regular’ black person on television,” Rae said — citing the UPN sitcom “Moesha,” starring pop singer Brandy, as an example. “It was Brandy just being a regular teenage girl I felt like I could relate to.”

Rae also asked Bloys how he felt the show’s success would impact HBO. In its history, HBO has had few shows with primarily black casts or black creators. Bloys replied that “Insecure” had brought new writers and directors — many of them African-American — into the HBO fold who could work on and develop more programming for the network.

“It introduces us to new talent,” he said.

 

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The singer took to her Instagram account to express her opinion about the project, saying that only she could tell her story.

Not long after the news about biopic "Blonde Ambition (2018)" broke, Madonna took to her Instagram account to express her opinion about the project. On Tuesday, March 25, the singer criticized the unauthorized biopic and said that only she could tell her story. "Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen," wrote Madonna. "Only I can tell my story. Anyone else who tries is a charlatan and a fool. Looking for instant gratification without doing the work. This is a disease in our society," she continued.

Nobody knows what I know and what I have seen. Only I can tell my story.

Goldblum, who portrayed Dr. Ian Malcom in 1993's 'Jurassic Park' and 1997's 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', will make an appearance in the second installment of the 'Jurassic World' movie series.

Jeff Goldblum will return to the world of dinosaurs. Goldblum, who starred in 1993's "Jurassic Park" and 1997's "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", will make an appearance in "Jurassic World 2", The Hollywood Reporter reports. The actor, therefore, will join Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Justice Smith, James Cromwell, B.D. Wong and Toby Jones in the second installment of the "Jurassic World" movie series. J.A. Bayona ("A Monster Calls") directs "Jurassic World 2", while Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly are set to write the script. Plot detail is still kept under wraps, but Pratt recently gave some bits and pieces about how the movie would look like. "Deep emotions and suspense," said Pratt. "I think it's going to be a scarier version. A little bit darker and will continue to expand and carry the story forward in a way that is really unexpected and you wouldn't have imagined," Pratt explained. The first "Jurassic World" movie became a blockbuster back in 2015. The science-fiction adventure film based on Michael Crichton's novel earned $1.6 billion at the global box office. "Jurassic Park" and "The Lost World", meanwhile, also became blockbuster by earning $1 billion and $618 million respectively. Goldblum will next be seen in Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok". His other movie credits include "Independence Day: Resurgence" and Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel". He will reunite with Anderson in the upcoming animated movie "Isle of Dogs".

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South Korean actor, Yu Ji-tae has joined the cast of maverick filmmaker Lars von Trier’s upcoming “The House That Jack Built.” Yu is the first Asian actor to appear in a von Trier movie.

Set in the U.S. in the 1970s, “House” revolves around a serial killer played by Matt Dillon. Uma Thurman, Bruno Ganz, and Riley Keough are also on board.

Yu won the role following a joint pitch by producer Zentropa Entertainment and and Korean distributor Atnine Film. Neither company has revealed details of his role, which Yu finished shooting in Sweden in late March.

Known for his role in Park Chan-wook’s 2003 hardboiled thriller “Old Boy,” Yu has expanded his career into directing, producing and film festival organizing. His recent filmography includes crime drama “Split,” which is now in competition at Italy’s Udine Far East Film Festival. “House” is set for a 2018 release.

 

 

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The 'Glee' alum says that she 'was very happy for the last time to be amazing' on 'Dancing with the Stars' and reveals her plan to help her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy babysit baby Shai.

Heather Morris opens up about her and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's shocking elimination in Monday, April 24 episode of "Dancing with the Stars" season 24. The "Glee" alum, however, remains positive over the elimination. "I was very, very excited to get the Disney 10s-and all the 10s-but I watch a lot of reality television," Heather told E! News after the show ended, before adding, "You don't know what's going to happen with these things." She continued, "But I was very, very happy for the last time to be amazing and to get to dance with Maks again…we missed that for the last three weeks." Maks, who came in this week after his calf injury, added that it was an "amazing day" as well as a "great week" with his dancing partner, before adding that Heather was "super patient" with him during his first week return. He continued, "I just feel sad we had plans for some amazing Argentine tango, and thinking about freestyle and stuff…but given the caliber of dancer that Heather is, it's only right." Maks later admitted that it sucked to be eliminated. "But it is what it is…With Heather it wasn't like with most of my other partners where it was kind of like let's figure out what makes you look good, it was more like let's dance together and do beautiful things. I'm going to miss that for sure," he added. After being eliminated, Maks said he would focus on supporting his wife Peta Murgatroyd on the show and taking caring of their baby Shai. It turns out that the elimination was not going to end Heather and Maks' well-built relationship as Heather chimed in, "You know I'm going to come over and I'm going to babysit, maybe just like a little bit. I just told him I've got to come over and just hang with Shai just to hold him." "Dancing with the Stars" airs on Mondays, 8 P.M. on ABC.

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Schools have sent letters to parents to warn them about the danger of watching the Netflix series based on Jay Asher's best-selling YA novel.

The buzz of Netflix's "13 Reasons Why" has been followed with concerns about the danger that it may carry. Some mental health experts fear the show could glorify teen suicide. Based on Jay Asher's best-selling YA novel, the show chronicles the story of a teenage girl named Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), who has recently committed suicide. "Sequences of terrible things happen to Hannah, and we don't get a feel for her internalization until she kills herself," Dr. Victor Schwartz, medical director of the JED Foundation, tells NBC News. School officials, meanwhile, have sent letters to parents to warn them about the show. "While the show is fictional, the series is extremely graphic, including several rape scenes, and raises significant concerns about the emotional safety of those watching it," reads part of a letter sent to parents of public school students in Montclair, New Jersey. Andrew Evangelista, Montclair Public Schools District's mental health and harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) Coordinator, says he wrote the letter after hearing about the series from students and watching it himself. "It just didn't seem right," he says of the show, which is co-executive produced by Selena Gomez. "There were a lot of questions I had, about how the girl was portrayed and the lack of mental health resources that were available to her." A letter sent by administrators at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a private school in New York City, warns parents that children of all ages may be aware of the series. While the show is rated TV-MA, which stands for Mature Audience Only, the show is easily accessed on Netflix by kids who have laptops or iPhone with internet connections. "We have heard from students, particularly in the middle school, who have viewed the series and/or have been discussing it with peers, but we know upper school students have also watched the series, and we are concerned about whether students in our lower schools are aware of it too, especially those students with older siblings," reads the letter. It adds, "While the show's producers claim their intent is to start an important dialogue about bullying and suicide, mental health experts have expressed deep concerns about how the show may be perceived as glorifying and romanticizing suicide, and they worry about how it may trigger children who are vulnerable." Dr. Christine Moutier, a psychiatrist and the chief medical officer for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) in New York City, suggests that some school officials are offering support to parents around the show's content. "I think the proactive approach with the parent community is really appropriate and commendable," she says. Netflix previously said that it sought the advice of "medical professionals" when developing "13 Reasons Why". "We support the unflinching vision of the show's creators, who engaged the careful advice of medical professionals in the scriptwriting process," the streaming service said in a statement. "The series carries a TV-MA rating as well as graphic content warnings preceding specific episodes, along with an after-show and companion website with additional resources. Our members tell us that '13 Reasons Why' has helped spark important conversations in their families and communities around the world." As for the gruesome scene of Hannah's suicide on the show, creator Brian Yorkey said it was intentional for a right reason. He explained, "We worked very hard not to be gratuitous, but we did want it to be painful to watch because we wanted it to be very clear that there is nothing, in any way, worthwhile about suicide."

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The long-fought battle for women’s suffrage in America ended in 1920, but it wasn’t until 1971 that Switzerland granted its female population the right to vote. “The Divine Order” revisits this fight for equality through the fictional lens of a housewife in one of the country’s remote villages, where her mounting desire for autonomy and actualization is opposed by backward-thinking cretins of both genders. Though the film’s feel-good construction undercuts its ability to surprise, Petra Volpe’s cine-history lesson, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, remains a mainstream crowd-pleaser adept at inspiring and amusing in equal measure.

 

 

Nora (Marie Leuenberger) spends her days doing laundry, making beds and vacuuming around her domineering father-in-law, and her nights cooking and caring for husband Hans (Max Simonischek) and their two sons. At first, see seems agreeably submissive to this life of routine servitude. But unfamiliar stirrings of outrage over her place in society — and that of her female compatriots — soon begin to percolate, triggered by two concurrent incidents: Hans’ refusal to allow her to get a job (a privilege granted to him by law); and her free-spirited teenage niece Hanna (Ella Rumpf) being sent to prison for wanting to be with her older, long-haired boyfriend.

These twin injustices speak to the larger problem of women’s subjugation in Swiss society, the wrongheadedness of which is thrown into sharp relief by the momentous counterculture sweeping the rest of the globe. It’s not long before Nora is standing up to the close-minded leader of her social club, Mrs. Wipf (Therese Affecter) — who claims equality between the sexes is “a sin against nature” — and forming a makeshift suffrage organization ahead of a 1971 ballot vote on the issue. From the start, she’s joined in her campaign by elderly firebrand Vroni (Sibylle Brunner), who resents losing her restaurant because she wasn’t allowed to handle its finances, and Graziella (Marta Zoffoli), a single Italian woman whose curly hair and fashionable threads are signs of her enlightened attitude.

Sick of the status quo, Nora, Vroni and Nora’s sister Theresa (Rachel Braunschweig) — the latter incapable of sitting idly by while her husband condemns daughter Hanna to the Big House — soon visit Zurich. There, in the film’s funniest sequence, they attend a session with a hippie-dippy guru who teaches them to “love your vagina” by passing around mirrors and having them stare into their crotches (which, they’re informed, come in many varieties, including “butterfly,” “bunny” and, for Nora, “tiger”). More than just a jokey scenario, however, the scene — and its revelations that 45-year-old Theresa has never peeked at her womanhood, and that Nora has never had an orgasm — is a sharp depiction of female liberation as a process that’s not only external but, just as important, internal: one that requires the knowledge, and embrace, of one’s own unique value.

“The Divine Order” eventually sees the town’s ladies go on strike ahead of the vote, shacking up together in an act of solidarity that further underscores women’s inherent power as the glue that holds families together. Volpe dramatizes her action with a light touch that allows for flashes of pointed comedy — a comical sex-magazine subplot shows the women as the keepers of everyone’s secrets — even as she maintains a firm focus on the way threats of slander, humiliation, abuse and ostracism are used by the ruling class to maintain privilege.

No prior knowledge of Switzerland’s political evolution is necessary to guess the conclusion of “The Divine Order,” as its feel-good narrative telegraphs much of what’s to come. Yet thanks to its director’s sturdy guidance and Leuenberger’s fine lead performance as Nora, whose resolve is colored by doubt and trepidation, the film never feels stilted or preachy; rather, it radiates an infectious admiration for the courage shown by its heroines in the face of immense obstacles.

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The Tuesday, April 25 episode of season 12 of NBC's singing competition show saw Mark Isaiah and Troy Ramey being on the edge from getting eliminated as they became the bottom two artists.

"The Voice" featured the Live Top 12 first elimination on Tuesday, April 25, after the 12 singers performed their best in the previous episode. In Tuesday episode, 10 artists would be revealed as safe by America's votes, while the bottom two artists would compete for the Instant Save with one being eliminated. When the top 12 singers gathered on the stage, host Carson Daly revealed the first three artists who were safe, advancing to the top 11. The three singers whom America saved were Brennley Brown (Team Gwen Stefani), Jesse Larson (Team Adam Levine) and Lauren Duski (Team Blake Shelton). Adam later gave a speech honoring Christina Grimmie, followed by the announcement of the creation of a foundation to address gun violence and cancer. In honor of Christina, Adam and his entire team, consisting of Jesse, Mark Isaiah and Lilli Passero, performed "Hey Jude" by The Beatles. Vanessa Ferguson (Team Alicia Keys) and Aliyah Moulden (Team Blake) were later announced as the next two safe artists. They joined Brennley, Jesse and Lauren in the top 11. It was also announced that 22-year-old Ignatius Carmouche won "The Voice on Snapchat". The Tennessee native was on Team Adam and Adam was so excited to see him in the blind auditions next season.

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