In Wonder Woman,Gal Gadot was the clear star of the movie. (That tends to happen when your character’s name is the movie’s title, right? Then, Gadot went right into filming Justice League, where she — and Wonder Woman — are just part of a bigger crime-fighting team. After being the primary focus of Wonder Woman, was it a different experience to step back into the Justice League ensemble? (Click on the media bar below to hear Gal Gadot)
Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadotwill be honored with the Rising Star Award at the 29th annual Palm Springs International Festival. The Film Awards Gala, hosted by Mary Hart, takes place January 2nd at the Palm Springs Convention Center with the fest taking place January 4-15.
“Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman showed us a strong, capable, poised, curious and compassionate character, and her performance has been universally praised, resonating with audiences everywhere,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “Gal plays the immortal warrior so well, and the film’s themes are especially apt for today, empowering all types of people – women and men, young and old – the world over. The Palm Springs International Film Festival is honored to present Gal Gadot with this year’s Rising Star Award – Actress.”
Previous recipients of the award include Jennifer Lawrence, Alicia Vikander, and Ruth Negga.
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With Wonder Woman being one of the year’s biggest and best-received movies, fans can’t wait to see Gal Gadot play the character again in the Justice League movie opening later this month. Because of her inclusion in the DC universe, this is Wonder Woman’s third appearance in the last two years, and three more films featuring the character — including 2019’s Wonder Woman 2 — are already in development. There’s clearly a clamoring for more Wonder Woman content; Gadot thinks it’s because, in a genre where all of the stars have superhuman qualities, her character dares to also acknowledge her very human qualities. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gal Gadot)
Although this summer was lackluster when it came to box office receipts, there were several standouts among the array of disappointments and misfires. Leading the pack was Wonder Woman, a film that proves female driven action films (with a comic book origin) are great for business. Powered by Gal Gadot’s standout performance and Patty Jenkins’ solid direction, Wonder Woman topped the summer films with over a domestic haul of over $408 million.
It was also a solid summer for Sony thanks to Spider-Man: Homecoming’s $324 million domestic gross. After the lackluster reception from the two previous Spidey movies, Tom Holland has brought fresh blood and excitement to the franchise (something Andrew Garfield failed to do).
Director Christopher Nolan is one of cinema’s most revered storytellers, and his IMAX driven Dunkirk made $178 million domestically and in effect beating out two tried and true franchises (Transformers: The Last Knight made just $130 million and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales collected $172 million)
The summer’s biggest disappointment was the Tom Cruise headlined The Mummy, a film which was supposed to jump start Universal’s “Dark Universe” series. With just $80 million in domestic receipts, The Mummy underperformed.
With the Labor Day Weekend’s ticket sales being its lowest since 1998, this has been a lackluster summer for moviegoing, but thankfully Wonder Woman is here to stay.
With Labor Day just three weeks away and no likely blockbusters on tap until then, it’s time to call it a wrap on this summer’s movie season. The winner? Wonder Woman, which grossed more than $400 million at U.S. theaters and easily collected the best reviews of any of the summer’s blockbuster movies. Playing the DC character is going to keep Gal Gadot busy — having already appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman, she’ll also be in Justice League when it opens this November 17, and she’ll soon begin filming the Wonder Woman sequel, which is set to open in 2019. Gadot is grateful for the opportunity to play the role, which she sees as an inspiring role — not just for women, but for people in general. (Click on the media bar below to hear Gal Gadot)