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Le Divorce

Le Divorce is a 2003 French-American romantic comedy-drama film directed by James Ivory from a screenplay by Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and Ivory, based on the 1997 novel of the same name by Diane Johnson. Isabel Walker travels to Paris to visit her sister Roxy, a poet who lives with her husband, Frenchman Charles-Henri de Persand, their young daughter, Gennie. Roxy is pregnant. Isabel discovers that he has a mistress, a Russian woman named Magda Tellman, whom he intends to marry after securing a divorce from Roxy. Roxy refuses to divorce him. Roxy is in possession of a painting of Saint Ursula by Georges de La Tour; the Louvre concludes that it is not a real La Tour. However, the J. Paul Getty Museum takes an interest in the painting and its curator believes that the painting was done by La Tour himself. Paris-based American author Olivia Pace, a friend of Roxy's, offers Isabel a job. Isabel meets Yves, Olivia's protégé, they begin dating; the sisters visit Charles-Henri's family's country home for Sunday brunch, where Isabel meets Charles-Henri's mother Suzanne, her handsome middle-aged brother-in-law, Edgar.

Isabel is attracted to the older and married Edgar and they begin an affair, although Isabel continues to string Yves along. Edgar begins to send Isabel various gifts, including an expensive red Kelly bag by Hermès, which Isabel carries with her at all times. During a visit to Isabel, Suzanne discovers the Kelly bag, after which she realizes that Edgar is having an affair with Isabel. Charles-Henri insists on a divorce, he hopes to benefit from the French community property laws in the divorce with regard to the La Tour painting. His mistress Magda is married to a man named Tellman, who begins to stalk and harass Isabel and Roxy, believing the latter to be responsible for his wife's desertion. Charles-Henri's cruelty and insensitivity take their toll on Roxy, she attempts suicide in late pregnancy, she is supported by Isabel and her lawyer Bertram. Roxy and Isabel's family arrive from the US to support the sisters, to discuss the divorce proceedings and the ownership of the La Tour painting. Things are further complicated when Amélie, discovers the affair through Suzanne.

Following a brunch with both families, Suzanne and Amélie inform Isabel's mother about the affair. During an outing and Charles-Henri tease Tellman with their new relationship, they are both murdered by Tellman in a crime of passion, with Charles-Henri's body being found in Roxy's apartment complex. Roxy and Bertram come upon the scene and the stress causes her to go into labor. Tellman follows Isabel and her family on an outing to the Eiffel Tower, where he corners them and pulls a gun, demanding an opportunity to explain to Roxy why he killed her husband. After some persuasion, the distraught Tellman releases the gun to Isabel, who puts it into the Kelly bag and throws it off the Eiffel Tower. Edgar, persuaded by his conscious family's concern, tiring of his young lover, casually ends his affair with Isabel with a gift of Hermès scarf and a lunch. Afterwards, Isabel begins a real relationship with Yves. After Roxy's baby is born, she marries Bertram; the family attends an art auction where the La Tour painting sells to The Getty for 4.5 million Euros.

Because its ownership is no longer disputed due to Charles-Henri's death, the money goes to the Walker family, who go on to establish the "Fondation Sainte Ursule". Kate Hudson as Isabel Walker Naomi Watts as Roxeanne de Persand Glenn Close as Olivia Pace Marie-Christine Adam as Amélie Cosset Thierry Lhermitte as Edgar Cosset Melvil Poupaud as Charles-Henri de Persand Matthew Modine as Tellman Sam Waterston as Chester Walker Stockard Channing as Margeeve Walker Thomas Lennon as Roger Walker Jean-Marc Barr as Maitre Bertram Romain Duris as Yves Catherine Samie as Madame Florian Esmée Buchet-Deàk as Gennie de Persand Samuel Labarthe as Antoine de Persand Leslie Caron as Suzanne de Persand Nathalie Richard as Charlotte de Persand Bebe Neuwirth as Julia Manchevering Rona Hartner as Magda Tellman Stephen Fry as Piers Janely Peter Wyckoff as de Persand Child Le Divorce was filmed in Paris at locations including Café de Flore, Tour Eiffel, Musée du Louvre and Salle Gaveau; the Eiffel Tower's elevators and various levels are seen extensively near the end of the film.

The opening title music was Paul Misraki's "Qu'est-ce qu'on attend pour être heureux", sung by Patrick Bruel and Johnny Hallyday from Bruel's CD "Entre deux". The end title music was Serge Gainsbourg's "L'Anamour", sung by Jane Birkin from her CD "Version Jane". Le Divorce was given an initial limited release on August 8, 2003, in 34 theaters, where it grossed $516,834 on its opening weekend, it went into wide release on August 29, 2003, in 701 theaters, where it grossed $1.5M on its opening weekend. The film went on to make $9 million in North America and $3.9M in the rest of the world, for a worldwide total of $12.9M. Le Divorce received mixed to negative reviews, it has a 51 metascore on Metacritic. Film critic Roger Ebert gave the film three out of four stars and felt that it did not "work on its intended level, because we don't care enough about th

Harvey Bullock (character)

Harvey Bullock is a fictional detective appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in association with the superhero Batman. The character first appeared in Detective Comics #441 and was created by Archie Goodwin and Howard Chaykin, he debuted in live action in 2014 on Fox's television series Gotham, where he was portrayed by Donal Logue. There is some ambiguity concerning the character's origins. Writer Doug Moench and artist Don Newton introduced Harvey Bullock in Batman #361 as a device to resolve the ongoing plotline with Gotham City's corrupt mayor Hamilton Hill, subsequent Who's Who in the DC Universe entries acknowledged this as Bullock's first appearance. However, in years Batman fans began pointing out that a "Lt. Bullock" appeared in three panels of Detective Comics #441, written by Archie Goodwin, pencilled by Howard Chaykin, published a decade before. Moench admitted that he must have read this comic because he is an Archie Goodwin fan, but denied that Harvey Bullock is the same character.

He argued that it is unlikely that he drew on Goodwin's Lt. Bullock unconsciously, since there are discrepancies of both personality and continuity between his character and Goodwin's, he distinctly remembers taking the name "Bullock" from guitarist Hiram Bullock. Archie Goodwin is Harvey Bullock's sole creator. Following the conclusion of the Hamilton Hill storyline, Moench decided he enjoyed writing Harvey Bullock enough to keep him on as a supporting character, which necessitated some softening of his original characterization as a corrupt cop. Bullock was one of several Batman supporting cast members swept out of the Batman family of titles when Denny O'Neil became the Batman editor in 1986, but in 1987 writer Paul Kupperberg brought him into the Vigilante cast. Kupperberg recalled, "Harvey Bullock was a character much in my wheelhouse, a wise-cracking loudmouth with a Brooklyn accent and a problem with authority, although he wasn't intended to be a permanent member of the Vigilante cast.

He was brought in for a guest-shot, as a character to help Vigilante's handler, Harry Stein, grease the wheels in Gotham City for them on whatever case they were on. I had fun writing him, the interaction between Harvey and Harry Stein, another slob with his own way of doing things, clicked. I don't think they were using him much, if at all, in the Batman books by so we got permission from the Bat-office to have the character on semi-permanent loan for Vigilante and its successor title, Checkmate." Prior to the 1985-1986 DC maxi-series Crisis on Infinite Earths, Bullock is a crooked police detective under instructions from Gotham City's Mayor Hamilton Hill to sabotage Commissioner Gordon's career when he is formally re-introduced in Batman #361, cover dated July 1983, in the story entitled "The Most Successful Species", written by Doug Moench and penciled by Don Newton. His method of doing so is to pretend to be exceedingly clumsy, thereby spoiling whatever Gordon is trying to do accidentally.

After inadvertently giving Gordon a heart attack, Bullock turns over a new leaf. His character develops into a well-meaning cop, exceedingly clumsy, similar to the animated version, he forms a close bond with Robin, based on their mutual love of old movies. Subsequent to this, he is a Bishop in the spy organization Checkmate. Following the continuity changes brought about in most of DC's comics by Crisis, Bullock is the most controversial police officer in the Gotham City Police Department, his colleagues in the Major Crimes Unit will swear up and down that he is a good cop, despite his reputation for taking bribes, using excessive force, having ties to organized crime. He is not without endearing qualities, including a fondness for doughnuts and a hidden sentimental streak, he has a brief relationship with a widow he meets at work. This new post-Crisis Bullock was retconned as having been loyal to Gordon from the start. Before he is promoted to detective, he stays by Gordon during one of the Joker's rampages, saving his life.

Without Batman's assistance and Gordon stop the Joker from causing an explosion that would have leveled Gotham City. During the entire case, Bullock plays the part of the "bad cop," intimidating and threatening whoever gets in his way. At this point, Bullock still wears a regular police uniform. Several years Bullock is made detective, he again works with Gordon, as part of a small crew of people Gordon knows he can trust. This group includes Maggie Sawyer, Harvey Dent, Detective Cohen as they try to bring down Sal Maroni. Though Gordon knows of and has recordings of Bullock's brutality against suspects, he brings him in because the man has never accepted bribes; the events surrounding this squad work around the events of Batman: The Long Halloween. Bullock and the group are joined by Crispus Allen, they take down a gathering of Gotham's "freaks", such as the Joker and Scarecrow. Bullock is partnered with Renee Montoya and they both become loyal to each other. For a time Bullock works with the international spy agency Checkmate.

They confront threats ranging from counterfeiters to cult-terrorists. He has a rocky relationship with those above him, such as defying intelligence expert Amanda Waller over the proposed murder of heroic vigilante Black Thorn. Bullock gained his own story arc, "A Bullet for Bullock" by Chuck Dixon; the story is about someone trying to kill him, adapted into an episode for Batman: The Animated Series. Bullock is on the front