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Height: 5' 2"
Birth Name: Salma Hayek-Jimenez
Birth Date: Sept 2, 1966
Birth Place: Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico
Husband: Francois-Henri Pinault
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Salma Hayek Pinault urges attendees to support global children at UNICEF Ball(4/15/18) Tetanus is no longer a disease threatening the lives of children in 44 countries in part because of UNICEF and Salma Hayek Pinault.
Hayek Pinault received UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award on Saturday for spearheading UNICEF’s campaign to end maternal and neonatal tetanus as well as more global initiatives. Other honorees at the UNICEF Ball, which took place at the Beverly Wilshire hotel, included Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, and his wife Ambassador Nicole Avant, who were the recipients of the Spirt of Compassion Award.
Comedian Keegan-Michael Key hosted the awards dinner, which attracted an array of talent attending in support of Hayek Pinault and the humanitarian organization. The night’s guests, speakers, and performers also included UNICEF ambassador Alyssa Milano, UNICEF goodwill ambassador Lilly Singh, Jane Fonda, Pharell Williams, Don Johnson, Netflix’s Scott Stuber, Paramount’s Jim Gianopulos, UNICEF U.S.A. president and CEO Caryl M. Stern, and eight-year-old Syrian author Bana al-Abed.
Key kicked off the ceremony on a light note, delivering some goodnatured quips about Sarandos, who he called “the guy who generously keeps everyone in Hollywood employed.” The comedian joked that he alone was currently involved in 14 different Netflix series.
“I would like to take a moment and personally thank Ted for his philanthropy in specific to my career,” Key announced to chuckles from the crowd.
Sarandos and Avant later accepted the Spirit of Compassion Award from “Grace and Frankie” star Fonda, who identified Sarandos as the person Avant “chooses to Netflix and chill with” before thanking him for greenlighting a show headlined by older women.
The focuses of the night, however, were the children of the world and Humanitarian Award recipient Hayek Pinault, who delivered an emotional speech recounting her experiences volunteering to aid children abroad.
Ahead of the dinner, Stern, who accompanied Hayek Pinault on UNICEF’s mission to end tetanus worldwide, praised the honoree for her dedication to the children she has met on her UNICEF trips.
“I had the privilege to travel to Sierra Leone with Salma 10 years ago on a tetanus campaign, and to sit with her and hold hands with her and another 18-year-old mom at the time, who lost a child to tetanus,” Stern told Variety. “I watched it change her. I watched it build her resolve, and I watched her come back and do something about it.”
Milano also lauded the actress and producer for her “tireless” work ethic and dedication to empowering women and children around the world. “She’s just a special woman,” the “Charmed” alumna told Variety. “I’m so happy that she’s getting this honor and that I’m here to be able to support her.”
During her acceptance speech, Hayek Pinault detailed some of her memories of the campaign trip. She recalled being photographed while volunteering to breastfeed a 15-year-old mother’s malnourished infant, much to the mother’s relief and her publicist’s displeasure.
“They could have milked that milking moment,” Hayek said, referring to the UNICEF team. “They were super elegant and didn’t say anything.”
Hayek Pinault also relayed some less successful ventures, such as when she and Stern tried and failed to save a woman’s newborn child, who ultimately succumbed to tetanus. Despite the deaths and suffering she witnessed on her trips, the actress stressed the importance of composure during heartbreaking moments.
“I try not to cry,” she said. “I don’t like to cry — I like to be effective. I like to stay focused so we can get the most done in the least amount of time.”
She concluded her speech with an address to the audience, asking the benefactors in the room to always keep the world’s children in mind.
“If you feel anxious, and you feel like something’s missing in your life, or you have the sensation that something’s wrong or something’s about to go wrong for no good reason, maybe you’re sensing those kids who are fighting to get out of incredible, unimaginable situations,” Hayek Pinault said.
The event also featured a live auction, during which attendees donated sums from $1,000 to $32,143.80 to fund emergency trucks, food, and learning supplies. Gianopulos was among the highest-bidding donors of the night, which collectively raised $2.3 million for UNICEF’s efforts. The ceremony concluded with a performance from Williams, who performed “Feels,” “Get Lucky” and “Happy.”
Salma Hayek & Jose Tamez Pact With Lionsgate In First-Look Deal To Produce English & Spanish-Language Features(4/13/18) Lionsgate, which has enjoyed great successes through its Pantelion Films label, has just pacted with Salma Hayek Pinault who will produce both English and Spanish-language feature films. The first-look deal between Hayek and producing partner Jose “Pepe” Tamez and Lionsgate calls for the duo to produce feature films for Lionsgate under Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions banner that will feed Lionsgate proper and they will explore projects with Pantelion Films.
Hayek Pinault produced the double Academy Award-winning Frida, which also earned the actress a best actress nominations. She also produced the Emmy-nominated Ugly Betty.
Lionsgate and Hayek Pinault are currently developing features for Ventanrosa to produce and in which Hayek Pinault will star. Hayek and Lionsgate found success together previously with Pantelion Films’ breakout success, How to Be a Latin Lover from Eugenio Derbez.
“I’m very grateful to begin this new phase of my partnership with Lionsgate,” said Hayek Pinault in making the announcement. “They have built a tremendous rapport with mainstream and underserved audiences alike and their willingness to push the envelope with films that reflect a bold and authentic creative vision fills me with great excitement. I couldn’t have found a better home. I look forward to the adventure of working with a team that makes me feel heard and respected and that celebrates diversity and the female point of view.”
Hayek Pinault has also starred in top Hollywood films across all genres from action to arthouse and comedy, including Grown Ups, Desperado, Tale of Tales, Savages and most recently the wonderful Mike White scripted Beatriz at Dinner for which she earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination.
“Salma is an artist with a distinct and powerful voice whose projects resonate with audiences around the world, and we’re thrilled to partner with her and Jose on films that reflect their unique creative vision” said Lionsgate Motion Picture Group Co-Chair Joe Drake.
Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger added that Hayek Pinault “is a major superstar who has shown that great film and television properties transcend language and cultural boundaries. Pantelion’s priority is to super-serve the growing Spanish-language and bilingual market with premium, enjoyable and relatable content. We look forward to partnering with Salma and Pepe on exciting new projects for our future slate.”
Tamez is the president at Ventanarosa Productions and worked with Hayek Pinault on Ugly Betty. He also produced Annie Award Best Picture nominee The Prophet and most recently the Miguel Arteta-diirected Beatriz at Dinner in which the actress starred.
The deal was negotiated for Lionsgate by Motion Picture Group SVP business and legal affairs Phil Strina.
Hayek Pinault is repped by CAA, Management 360 and Bill Sobel at Edelstein, Laird & Sobel.
Here's Why Salma Hayek Loved Her Seat at the Oscars(3/7/18) Salma Hayek loved the seating arrangement on Sunday for the Oscars, and it has a lot to do with who sat near her.
"I was so #happy to have #GinaRodriguez so close #LatinPride #Happy #Oscars," the star captioned the photo of herself smiling with the Jane the Virgin actress posing with her boyfriend, Joe LoCicero.
Of course, Rodriguez then left a sweet message saying, "Love you hermana!" (Hermana means sister in Spanish.)
We love this friendship!
At the Oscars, Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra, and Hayek took the stage at the 2018 Oscars to reflect on the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
"It's an honor to be here tonight, this year many spoke their truth and the journey ahead is long but slowly a new path has emerged," Sciorra said.
"The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices, joining together the mighty chorus that is finally saying, time's up," Judd told the audience.
"So we salute those unstoppable spirits who kicked ass and broke through the biased perceptions against their gender, their race and ethnicity to tell their stories," Hayek continued.
"And on this 90th anniversary evening when the Oscars celebrates timeless classics, we also look forward as well," Sciorra shared.
Judd then continued, "And we work together to make sure that the next 90 years empower these limitless possibilities of equality, diversity, inclusion, intersectionality...that's what this year has promised us."
Salma Hayek to Trump: ‘There are no s–thole nations’(3/4/18) Actress Salma Hayek slammed President Trump while presenting an international award at a prestigious Independent Movie Awards ceremony – saying, “There are no s–thole nations.”
“This award has never gone to a s–thole nation, because there are no s–thole nations,” Mexican American actress Hayek said, while presenting the award for Best International Film at the Independent Film Spirit Awards in Santa Monica on Saturday.
Hayek’s jab – which was met by applause by the audience packed with top Hollywood actors and filmmakers – referred to comments reportedly made by Trump during an Oval Office meeting with lawmakers in January.
Trump was said to have demanded to know why the U.S. should admit immigrants from “s–thole countries,” like Haiti and African nations, over people from countries like Norway.
Trump denied making the comments while lawmakers who had been in the meeting, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen. Lindsey Graham corroborated the account of Trump’s remark.
Penelope Cruz was 'angry' Salma Hayek didn't confide in her over Weinstein harassment(3/1/18) Penelope Cruz was “really angry” at best pal Salma Hayek for failing to confide in her about the alleged harassment she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.
Salma detailed her interactions with the disgraced movie mogul while filming 2002’s Frida in an op-ed for The New York Times in December – two months after the publication’s initial expose on Weinstein, who was accused of decades of sexual misconduct from a group of actresses, including Ashley Judd.
The Mexican beauty subsequently revealed she had turned down the opportunity to be among the first few women to speak out about Weinstein and felt “ashamed” by her decision, even though she simply wasn’t ready to go public.
Now, in a new interview with her Frida co-star Judd for Town & Country magazine, Hayek explains it was Judd who initially approached her about sharing their stories together in the Times back in October, but she “chickened out” because she had “never told anyone.”
“Just thinking about it weakened me emotionally,” she said. “And if it affected me in such a way just to think about it, why would I say it out loud?”
When Hayek eventually plucked up the courage to open up about her treatment by Weinstein, Penelope Cruz was one of the first to reach out – and she wasn’t happy, especially as he had produced her movies Nine and Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
“Penelope was really angry at me, because I didn’t tell her what was going on while it was happening,” Salma recalled. “But, you know, I didn’t realize Harvey was doing it to other people, too, so I thought, ‘Why dump your stuff on someone and take away from their professional relationship with him?’ At that time Harvey was doing the best movies.”
The actress also admits it was tough addressing the sensitive topic with her husband, fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault: “The hard part was to tell my husband, because I had said, ‘Oh, Harvey was a bully,’ but I had never told him all of it,” she said.
In Salma’s New York Times piece, she claimed Weinstein had sexually harassed and berated her as she attempted to get her Frida passion project made – accusations he has firmly denied – and Hayek credits Judd with helping her to finally speak her truth.
“The only reason I was able to finally do it (go public) was your loving hand,” she told Judd. “If it weren’t for you, this story wouldn’t have come out.”
Salma Hayek cried over 'hideous' wedding cake(2/16/18) Salma Hayek’s “hideous” wedding cake reduced her to tears when she tied the knot with Francois-Henri Pinault.
The actress married Francois-Henri, the head of luxury fashion group Kering, in an opulent ceremony in 2009, and while her day was close to perfection, she has now recalled to W magazine that the cake nearly ruined the entire event.
“I had the most amazing wedding ever. It was incredible, and everything was perfect, except the cake. The cake was hideous,” Salma stated. “It was a modernistic spaceship with balls and weird stuff. Didn’t look even like a cake at all. It didn’t even have anything to do with a wedding. It was some kind of sci-fi installation in pieces, and I sobbed. And there was not really anything to cut. I think I took one of the balls and threw it. I just wanted them to take it away and hide it.
“It was delicious, but really ugly. And so, when I went on my honeymoon, in the night, I was sleeping, and I would wake up in a panic, and he would go, ‘What happened? What happened?’ (And I’d reply), ‘The cake. The cake.’”
After complaining about the baking mishap “for years,” Salma finally got her dream dessert when businessman Francois-Henri surprised her with a perfect cake for her 50th birthday in September 2016.
“On my 50th birthday, my husband (ordered) the most beautiful wedding cake, exactly how I wanted, made (with) the porcelain couple (on top),” she smiled. “It was so gorgeous. It was flown in; I don’t know from where. It was a perfect wedding cake that I never had. So, we had a wedding cake for my 50th birthday, and he gave me the most beautiful speech. That was the best part of it.”
Salma Hayek Tells Oprah Winfrey Why She Decided To Share Her #MeToo Story(2/8/18) Salma Hayek told Oprah Winfrey that she initially felt ashamed and depressed after not speaking out when approached by reporters at the New York Times pursuing the newspaper’s initial bombshell report about Harvey Weinstein.
As a longtime advocate for domestic abuse victims and a host of related issues, Hayek said she felt she had betrayed her own values by staying silent, but the prospect of adding to the chorus initially felt pointless.
“I felt like my pain was so small” compared with that of others, she told Winfrey today at Harlem’s historic Apollo Theatre to cap a day of talks for Winfrey’s SuperSoul Conversations. “I thought, ‘There’s no point for me to talk because it happens to everyone.’ ” She gradually came to realize that “when we come together and unite with each other, it’s not about drama. It’s not about pain. It’s about something that can move powerfully and make change happen.”
Two months after declining to participate in the Times story, she wrote a powerful first-person piece for the newspaper detailing allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by Weinstein. The pattern that did not include assault but continued for five years, she maintains, around the time of the making and release of 2002 film Freida. (A rep for Weinstein then issued a statement denying the allegations.)
The emotional and thoughtful half-hour exchange came at the end of the five-hour SuperSoul Conversations. The multi-platform umbrella for her conversations with notable figures feeds a TV show on the OWN cable network, a podcast and a book. Along with Hayek, the guest roster included Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Trevor Noah, Yara Shahidi and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Hearing Hayek’s explanation of her initial reticence, Winfrey shared an anecdote about being with a group of women in the industry, including Reese Witherspoon and others she declined to name, two days after the initial Weinstein reports had been published. Witherspoon soon would share her own #MeToo story, but other women in that group that day decided not to divulge anything.
Winfrey recalled the body language in the room reminded her of people suffering from the effects of PTSD and reminded her of work she had done with young survivors of abuse. “You’re reacting the way I have seen molested children act because they think they’re the only ones this has happened to,” she remembers thinking.
Hayek, who has branched into producing and dealmaking as she continues to act, said the cumulative effects of the #MeToo movement and initiatives like Time’s Up need to be put in a broader context and seen from a long view.
“Sometimes we underestimate our efforts – everybody’s efforts — and the power it has to change,” she said. “The only reason that this is working right now is not only because women spoke out. It’s also because everybody listened. I think that what happens is that we start making changes and we don’t see the results and we think if the change is not happening. Humans are slow to change.”
In a very Oprah-worthy — but genuine and affecting — moment, she said the incremental work of creating a new reality should be its own reward.
“We have to be brave and excited with not just the result of the change but the little steps and the effort we put in every day,” she said. “You might not see it, but it will happen. And you can’t give up on it.”
While the seriousness of purpose and the depth of feeling onstage never wavered, there were occcasional sardonic moments that displayed Hayek’s wit and sensibility. In expressing the long-term resentment of being mistreated by men — an experience that far predated her dealings with Weinstein — she channeled the messages women are sent in American society.
“We are told, ‘You have to be the Virgin Mary, but you have to do what I say when I say, OK?’ ” she said. ” ‘You have to be attractive but you cannot be too attractive because then you are telling me that I can do whatever I want with you.’ What the f*ck is with you?”
The audience, some members of which had been keeping up a steady stream of interjections like “preach it!” throughout the talk, burst into laughter and applause.
Salma Hayek mourns the death of beloved dog(1/20/18) It’s a sad day in Salma Hayek‘s home.
The 51-year-old actress took to Instagram to share that her beloved dog Lupe passed away.
“With my heart filled with love and pain I had to say goodbye to my Lupe,” Hayek captioned the picture of her cuddling with Lupe. “I am so grateful for the 18 years she enriched my life with her great spirit. I have no words or tears to describe how much she meant to me.
“May she run free with my pack of dogs that are already waiting for her in dog heaven,” she added.
Lupe’s passing comes two years after Hayek’s neighbor shot and killed her other dog, Mozart, after he allegedly started attacking his dogs.
Hayek mourned Mozart on Instagram, too, writing, “He was the most loving and loyal companion. He didn’t deserve a slow and painful death.”
AARP 17th Annual Movies for Grownups Award Nominations(1/17/18) Best Actress: Annette Bening (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool), Judi Dench (Victoria & Abdul), Salma Hayek (Beatriz at Dinner), Frances McDormand (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and Meryl Streep (The Post)
Peter Fonda would've had Harvey Weinstein 'killed' over Salma Hayek abuse: 'So easy to do'(1/10/18) Don’t cross Peter Fonda. Especially when it comes to his friends.
While on the red carpet at the BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party this past Saturday, the Ulee’s Gold star told DailyMailTV he was furious when he read friend Salma Hayek’s essay in the New York Times in which the actress claims she was harassed by disgraced movie studio executive Harvey Weinstein.
Hayek stated Weinstein had asked for sexual favours, berated her and even threatened to kill her.
Fonda said he wasn’t aware of the treatment Hayek received from Weinstein.
“Salma Hayek is a dear friend of mine and I’ve known her for a long time,” Fonda said. “She directed me in a film, which was fabulous, and I did not know what happened to her until I read the New York Times article, and I just grabbed her, when we were down at the Palm Springs Film Festival, I just grabbed her and held her tight and I said to her ear: ‘Had I known that I would’ve had him killed.’ So easy to do.”
Fonda – who worked with Hayek in the 2004 film The Maldonado Miracle – seemingly believed there should be retribution against Hollywood abusers, stating they “deserve to be put on display in the pillories.”
Salma Hayek says Weinstein threatened to kill her(12/13/17) Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too By Salma Hayek (nytimes.com) Harvey Weinstein was a passionate cinephile, a risk taker, a patron of talent in film, a loving father and a monster.
For years, he was my monster.
This fall, I was approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd, to speak about an episode in my life that, although painful, I thought I had made peace with.
I had brainwashed myself into thinking that it was over and that I had survived; I hid from the responsibility to speak out with the excuse that enough people were already involved in shining a light on my monster. I didn’t consider my voice important, nor did I think it would make a difference.
In reality, I was trying to save myself the challenge of explaining several things to my loved ones: Why, when I had casually mentioned that I had been bullied like many others by Harvey, I had excluded a couple of details. And why, for so many years, we have been cordial to a man who hurt me so deeply. I had been proud of my capacity for forgiveness, but the mere fact that I was ashamed to describe the details of what I had forgiven made me wonder if that chapter of my life had really been resolved.
When so many women came forward to describe what Harvey had done to them, I had to confront my cowardice and humbly accept that my story, as important as it was to me, was nothing but a drop in an ocean of sorrow and confusion. I felt that by now nobody would care about my pain — maybe this was an effect of the many times I was told, especially by Harvey, that I was nobody.
We are finally becoming conscious of a vice that has been socially accepted and has insulted and humiliated millions of girls like me, for in every woman there is a girl. I am inspired by those who had the courage to speak out, especially in a society that elected a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women and whom we have all heard make a statement about how a man in power can do anything he wants to women.
Well, not anymore.
In the 14 years that I stumbled from schoolgirl to Mexican soap star to an extra in a few American films to catching a couple of lucky breaks in “Desperado” and “Fools Rush In,” Harvey Weinstein had become the wizard of a new wave of cinema that took original content into the mainstream. At the same time, it was unimaginable for a Mexican actress to aspire to a place in Hollywood. And even though I had proven them wrong, I was still a nobody.
One of the forces that gave me the determination to pursue my career was the story of Frida Kahlo, who in the golden age of the Mexican muralists would do small intimate paintings that everybody looked down on. She had the courage to express herself while disregarding skepticism. My greatest ambition was to tell her story. It became my mission to portray the life of this extraordinary artist and to show my native Mexico in a way that combated stereotypes.
The Weinstein empire, which was then Miramax, had become synonymous with quality, sophistication and risk taking — a haven for artists who were complex and defiant. It was everything that Frida was to me and everything I aspired to be.
I had started a journey to produce the film with a different company, but I fought to get it back to take it to Harvey.
I knew him a little bit through my relationship with the director Robert Rodriguez and the producer Elizabeth Avellan, who was then his wife, with whom I had done several films and who had taken me under their wing. All I knew of Harvey at the time was that he had a remarkable intellect, he was a loyal friend and a family man.
Knowing what I know now, I wonder if it wasn’t my friendship with them — and Quentin Tarantino and George Clooney — that saved me from being raped.
The deal we made initially was that Harvey would pay for the rights of work I had already developed. As an actress, I would be paid the minimum Screen Actors Guild scale plus 10 percent. As a producer, I would receive a credit that would not yet be defined, but no payment, which was not that rare for a female producer in the ’90s. He also demanded a signed deal for me to do several other films with Miramax, which I thought would cement my status as a leading lady.
I did not care about the money; I was so excited to work with him and that company. In my naïveté, I thought my dream had come true. He had validated the last 14 years of my life. He had taken a chance on me — a nobody. He had said yes.
Little did I know it would become my turn to say no.
No to opening the door to him at all hours of the night, hotel after hotel, location after location, where he would show up unexpectedly, including one location where I was doing a movie he wasn’t even involved with.
No to me taking a shower with him.
No to letting him watch me take a shower.
No to letting him give me a massage.
No to letting a naked friend of his give me a massage.
No to letting him give me oral sex.
No to my getting naked with another woman.
No, no, no, no, no …
And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage.
I don’t think he hated anything more than the word “no.” The absurdity of his demands went from getting a furious call in the middle of the night asking me to fire my agent for a fight he was having with him about a different movie with a different client to physically dragging me out of the opening gala of the Venice Film Festival, which was in honor of “Frida,” so I could hang out at his private party with him and some women I thought were models but I was told later were high-priced prostitutes.
The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking me to that one time when, in an attack of fury, he said the terrifying words, “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t.”
When he was finally convinced that I was not going to earn the movie the way he had expected, he told me he had offered my role and my script with my years of research to another actress.
In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body.
At that point, I had to resort to using lawyers, not by pursuing a sexual harassment case, but by claiming “bad faith,” as I had worked so hard on a movie that he was not intending to make or sell back to me. I tried to get it out of his company.
He claimed that my name as an actress was not big enough and that I was incompetent as a producer, but to clear himself legally, as I understood it, he gave me a list of impossible tasks with a tight deadline:
1. Get a rewrite of the script, with no additional payment.
2. Raise $10 million to finance the film.
3. Attach an A-list director.
4. Cast four of the smaller roles with prominent actors.
Much to everyone’s amazement, not least my own, I delivered, thanks to a phalanx of angels who came to my rescue, including Edward Norton, who beautifully rewrote the script several times and appallingly never got credit, and my friend Margaret Perenchio, a first-time producer, who put up the money. The brilliant Julie Taymor agreed to direct, and from then on she became my rock. For the other roles, I recruited my friends Antonio Banderas, Edward Norton and my dear Ashley Judd. To this day, I don’t know how I convinced Geoffrey Rush, whom I barely knew at the time.
Now Harvey Weinstein was not only rejected but also about to do a movie he did not want to do.
Ironically, once we started filming, the sexual harassment stopped but the rage escalated. We paid the price for standing up to him nearly every day of shooting. Once, in an interview he said Julie and I were the biggest ball busters he had ever encountered, which we took as a compliment.
Halfway through shooting, Harvey turned up on set and complained about Frida’s “unibrow.” He insisted that I eliminate the limp and berated my performance. Then he asked everyone in the room to step out except for me. He told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal and that there was none of that in this movie. So he told me he was going to shut down the film because no one would want to see me in that role.
It was soul crushing because, I confess, lost in the fog of a sort of Stockholm syndrome, I wanted him to see me as an artist: not only as a capable actress but also as somebody who could identify a compelling story and had the vision to tell it in an original way.
I was hoping he would acknowledge me as a producer, who on top of delivering his list of demands shepherded the script and obtained the permits to use the paintings. I had negotiated with the Mexican government, and with whomever I had to, to get locations that had never been given to anyone in the past — including Frida Kahlo’s houses and the murals of Kahlo’s husband, Diego Rivera, among others.
But all of this seemed to have no value. The only thing he noticed was that I was not sexy in the movie. He made me doubt if I was any good as an actress, but he never succeeded in making me think that the film was not worth making.
He offered me one option to continue. He would let me finish the film if I agreed to do a sex scene with another woman. And he demanded full-frontal nudity.
He had been constantly asking for more skin, for more sex. Once before, Julie Taymor got him to settle for a tango ending in a kiss instead of the lovemaking scene he wanted us to shoot between the character Tina Modotti, played by Ashley Judd, and Frida.
But this time, it was clear to me he would never let me finish this movie without him having his fantasy one way or another. There was no room for negotiation.
I had to say yes. By now so many years of my life had gone into this film. We were about five weeks into shooting, and I had convinced so many talented people to participate. How could I let their magnificent work go to waste?
I had asked for so many favors, I felt an immense pressure to deliver and a deep sense of gratitude for all those who did believe in me and followed me into this madness. So I agreed to do the senseless scene.
I arrived on the set the day we were to shoot the scene that I believed would save the movie. And for the first and last time in my career, I had a nervous breakdown: My body began to shake uncontrollably, my breath was short and I began to cry and cry, unable to stop, as if I were throwing up tears.
Since those around me had no knowledge of my history of Harvey, they were very surprised by my struggle that morning. It was not because I would be naked with another woman. It was because I would be naked with her for Harvey Weinstein. But I could not tell them then.
My mind understood that I had to do it, but my body wouldn’t stop crying and convulsing. At that point, I started throwing up while a set frozen still waited to shoot. I had to take a tranquilizer, which eventually stopped the crying but made the vomiting worse. As you can imagine, this was not sexy, but it was the only way I could get through the scene.
By the time the filming of the movie was over, I was so emotionally distraught that I had to distance myself during the postproduction.
When Harvey saw the cut film, he said it was not good enough for a theatrical release and that he would send it straight to video.
This time Julie had to fight him without me and got him to agree to release the film in one movie theater in New York if we tested it to an audience and we scored at least an 80.
Less than 10 percent of films achieve that score on a first screening.
I didn’t go to the test. I anxiously awaited to receive the news. The film scored 85.
And again, I heard Harvey raged. In the lobby of a theater after the screening, he screamed at Julie. He balled up one of the scorecards and threw it at her. It bounced off her nose. Her partner, the film’s composer Elliot Goldenthal, stepped in, and Harvey physically threatened him.
Once he calmed down, I found the strength to call Harvey to ask him also to open the movie in a theater in Los Angeles, which made a total of two theaters. And without much ado, he gave me that. I have to say sometimes he was kind, fun and witty — and that was part of the problem: You just never knew which Harvey you were going to get.
Months later, in October 2002, this film, about my hero and inspiration — this Mexican artist who never truly got acknowledged in her time with her limp and her unibrow, this film that Harvey never wanted to do, gave him a box office success that no one could have predicted, and despite his lack of support, added six Academy Award nominations to his collection, including best actress.
Even though “Frida” eventually won him two Oscars, I still didn’t see any joy. He never offered me a starring role in a movie again. The films that I was obliged to do under my original deal with Miramax were all minor supporting roles.
Years later, when I ran into him at an event, he pulled me aside and told me he had stopped smoking and he had had a heart attack. He said he’d fallen in love and married Georgina Chapman, and that he was a changed man. Finally, he said to me: “You did well with ‘Frida’; we did a beautiful movie.”
I believed him. Harvey would never know how much those words meant to me. He also would never know how much he hurt me. I never showed Harvey how terrified I was of him. When I saw him socially, I’d smile and try to remember the good things about him, telling myself that I went to war and I won.
But why do so many of us, as female artists, have to go to war to tell our stories when we have so much to offer? Why do we have to fight tooth and nail to maintain our dignity?
I think it is because we, as women, have been devalued artistically to an indecent state, to the point where the film industry stopped making an effort to find out what female audiences wanted to see and what stories we wanted to tell.
According to a recent study, between 2007 and 2016, only 4 percent of directors were female and 80 percent of those got the chance to make only one film. In 2016, another study found, only 27 percent of words spoken in the biggest movies were spoken by women. And people wonder why you didn’t hear our voices sooner. I think the statistics are self-explanatory — our voices are not welcome.
Until there is equality in our industry, with men and women having the same value in every aspect of it, our community will continue to be a fertile ground for predators.
I am grateful for everyone who is listening to our experiences. I hope that adding my voice to the chorus of those who are finally speaking out will shed light on why it is so difficult, and why so many of us have waited so long. Men sexually harassed because they could. Women are talking today because, in this new era, we finally can.
Spirit Award Nominations(11/22/17) The ceremony will air live on IFC from the Santa Monica beach on March 3 hosted by Nick Kroll and John Mulaney for a second year in a row.
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Salma Hayek - Beatriz at Dinner
Frances McDormand - Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margot Robbie - I, Tonya
Saoirse Ronan - Lady Bird
Shinobu Terajima - Oh Lucy!
Regina Williams - Life and nothing more
Salma Hayek Donates $100K to Mexico's Earthquake Victims and Implores Fans to Help(9/20/17) (Video) Salma Hayek is helping the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Mexico City that happened on Tuesday, and she's "imploring" fans to join her in aiding these families.
"After the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City, I was evacuated from my building. A lot of my friends died, including an uncle that was very, very close to me," the 51-year-old actress recalls in a video on her Instagram. "I have lived through the aftermath of a disaster of this magnitude, and it's horrific."
Hayek donated $100K to UNICEF, which as the star explains, has teams on the ground responding at the sites.
"I implore to your hearts, to the goodness of your hearts and your compassion to help with anything that you can give," she says.
"Please join me and contribute what you can and thank you. Click on the link in my bio above."
The tremblor came on the 32nd anniversary of Mexico's deadliest earthquake in modern history in 1985.
Sadly, by Wednesday the death toll rose to at least 225, according to NBC News.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.
Salma Hayek Joins ‘The Hummingbird Project’Salma Hayek has joined Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård in The Hummingbird Project, the next film by writer/director Kim Nguyen whose new film Eye on Juliet will screen as a Special Presentation in Toronto.
Pic is set in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, where winning is measured in milliseconds. Two cousins dream of building a fibre-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey that will make them millionaires. What could go wrong? Item 7’s Pierre Even is producing with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, with Fred Berger of Automatik exec producing. Film starts production next month in Montreal. HanWay is selling international and CAA will sell U.S. Elevation Pictures is set to distribute the film in Canada.
Salma Hayek is represented by CAA, Management 360.
Imagen Award WinnersBest Picture: How to be a Latin Lover (3Pas Studios)
Best Actress – Feature Film: Salma Hayek, How to be a Latin Lover (3Pas Studios)
Salma Hayek Showers in a Bikini in Sizzling Photo(Pic, Cover) Fun fact: Salma Hayek is 50 and looks incredible.
She posted on her Instagram page Friday a photo of herself on a tropical vacation, which shows her showering outdoors in a rust-colored bikini. And she looks I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E.
"#water the most beautiful delicious and precious necessity of humans," she wrote.
On Saturday, she shared a photo of her sitting in a multi-colored bikini in a shallow pool while holding binoculars.
Hayek recently opened up about diet, body image and aging in an interview with Net-A-Porter's digital magazine, The EDIT.
"I was born in the wrong era; with [big] boobs, it's impossible to find the right thing," she said. "I'm sure the '50s or '70s would have suited me. But I love the word 'curvy'; it's artistic. It's a beautiful image, there is a flow to it. A straight line can be boring. You have to think about energy, the beauty of sound. Sound doesn't travel in lines—it oscillates. Energy is oscillations: water is curvy, vibration is curvy. It's sexy and it's powerful. I'm not going to lie to you, I would like the curve to go in instead of out in some places, but I love a little curve."
"I am better with exercise, I am better with food, but I am still not where I should be; I am getting older and I still don't have the discipline. I always find excuses for myself—and they're all brilliant," she said. "By the way. I will sometimes say, 'I am 50 years old! Why do I have to look good? I already got my guy!' But then, I don't want to lose the guy, either."
Hayek has been married to François-Henri Pinault since 2009. They share daughter Valentina, who will turn 10 next month.
See Salma Hayek Squeeze Into a Corset and Find Out Why She Feels the Need to 'Suck It In'(Pic) Salma Hayek is all tied up!
The actress, 50, shared a photo Tuesday of a female friend fastening her into a black corset. And Hayek had a specific reason for her undergarment choice.
“When you love #food as much as I do you better learn to suck it in,” she jokingly captioned the Instagram shot.
The Beatriz at Dinner star has another trick for slimming her physique: juicing. Hayek cofounded Juice Generation’s Cooler Cleanse in 2010 and added to the company’s offerings last month with her Blend It Yourself subscription service of DIY smoothies. She’s even got daughter Valentina, 8, hooked on one of her beloved blends.
“Carrots and apples give you a super boost of vitamin A and antioxidants,” Hayek, who has been juicing for over 20 years, told PEOPLE. “My daughter loves this juice!”
The Mexico native hasn’t only aligned herself with health brands when it comes to food. In 2012, she appeared in a Burger King commercial, albeit to promote the fast food restaurant’s new garden fresh salads and wraps.
Salma Hayek: America’s political climate is like a ‘dark comedy’Salma Hayek plays an immigrant healer who faces off with an arrogant billionaire real estate developer in her latest film, “Beatriz at Dinner,” by indie-darling director Miguel Arteta.
“The country has never been so politically divided,” Hayek told us at a Cinema Society screening of the film at Metrograph.
“It’s become a little bit of a comedy. Sometimes a comedy of errors, most of the time a dark comedy, the political climate in this country.”
Hayek — who’s publicly bashed President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, and has claimed she once turned him down for a date years ago — added optimistically, “It’s my hope that we have a deeper understanding and willingness to have a conversation between different ideologies, and a stronger understanding of the things that bind us together.”
She’s now married to a different billionaire, François-Henri Pinault.
Co-star John Lithgow chimed in, “Almost everybody I interact with, we all agree .?.?. and there are other segments of society where there is exactly the same problem.”
Later, guests partied at Mr. Purple.
Chloë Sevigny, who also stars in the film, quipped of her social-media strategy, “I love blocking people.”
At the recent Cannes Film Festival, Hayak flew in a mariachi band from Paris to show up at 70th-anniversary gala dinner as a celebration for the Mexican filmmakers there.
Salma Hayek: My daughter could have been casualty of attack(Video) Like many, Salma Hayek has yet to come to terms with Monday’s suicide bombing, which killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
“I’m not sure what to feel today. I’m terrified and I don’t know what to say to my daughter [Valentina],” the actress said Tuesday at the Cannes Film Festival. “And I’m not going to pretend that I’m sorted out, that I’m very smart about it, because I’m still emotionally impacted.”
Hayek, 50, said her 9-year-old daughter would have attended the concert had it taken place in London.
“Ariana Grande is her favorite singer,” she said. “If it was in London, this concert, my daughter would have been in that concert. It’s her favorite singer … She would have been there, with or without me … This is one of the reasons why I have not slept.”
When asked if she had a message for young girls who may be scared right now, Hayek was at a loss for words.
“Do I have a message? No, I haven’t processed it. I’m not going to fake something. I’m opinionated when I know what I’m talking about. I don’t know where to begin.”
Salma Hayek wears $4,300 pajamas to Cannes luncheon(Pic) Salma Hayek puzzled in pink during the Cannes Film Festival.
The actress attended the starry Kering Women in Motion lunch on Monday in a pajama-inspired Gucci outfit that looked more appropriate for breakfast at home than a glamorous film fest event.
These aren’t your average PJs, though: The ready-to-wear pink “Romaine” print silk shirt costs $2,890 while the matching bottoms — which feature baskets of flowers, harps and other musical instruments — cost $1,400. Gucci kicked up the button-down top a notch by adding pearls to its lapels and cuffs.
Hayek’s only other jewelry were her wedding rings on her left hand and a cuffed ring on her right.
The 50-year-old paired her wild look with oversized retro black Gucci glasses featuring falling feathers on the frames and a pink Gucci velvet purse.
Oscar-nominated Isabelle Huppert, also dressed in bright colors, co-hosted the event.
The “Frida” actress’ fashion has been all over the map while visiting Cannes, where she has donned a pink wig, a busty bodysuit and a fitted dress.
Salma Hayek reveals ‘really bad’ stage frightBelieve it or not, world famous actress Salma Hayek suffers from stage fright.
The 50-year-old actress opened up to HOLA! USA for the magazine’s May issue, speaking out about her struggle.
“I suffer from stage fright. No one would know it, but I get it really, really bad,” she revealed.
Hayek said the issue arises when she is in front of a crowd.
“If you take the camera away and put me in front of an audience, I just die,” she said. “Once I get onto the stage, you can’t tell. But then I can’t do anything else the rest of the day because I’m so exhausted.”
Her mother, Diana Jiménez Medina, graced the cover of the mag with her A-list daughter ahead of Mother’s Day.
Medina expressed her pride over her famous daughter and said she knew Hayek was destined for great things.
“I always knew that Salmita would be something big in her life because of her personality, her way of always working for what she wants, but she surprises me. She continues to surprise me more and more,” Medina told the mag. “There was one thing that I wanted: that was for Salma to be free to grow up and do whatever she wanted.”
Hayek has a 9-year-old daughter, Valentina Paloma Pinault. She said motherhood has impacted her greatly.
“Feeling responsible helps you develop as a human being…You learn a lot about yourself when you do something for someone else,” Hayek said.
The actress recently revealed to People magazine that Valentina has taken up a new odd business venture: making homemade slime.
“She has a lot of it in the house. She has developed like 40 different recipes for slime and she became very popular in school because it’s not easy to make. Now she’s experimenting with different things and the kids all want to learn and she teaches them, and then they want to buy it from her, she started selling the slime!”
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Salma Hayek slams Trump’s ‘dumb’ border wallSalma Hayek didn’t mince words when discussing President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico.
“It’s a dumb solution and proposition,” Hayek, 50, told People in an interview released Wednesday.
“Whether it gets built, whether it doesn’t get built, nobody has given you a real budget on it — we do know it’s billions and billions of dollars,” she fumed. “We’re talking about who’s going to pay for it and the wall is not the solution. How is this wall that is immense going to go through the many rivers? Are you going to build dams? Are you going to go up and down the mountains?”
The “From Dusk til Dawn” star hinted that she thinks the border wall may be a diversion tactic.
“Sometimes we talk about the wrong part of the issues,” Hayek noted. “And that can be a trick, talking about the wrong part of the issue and not dealing with it, or talking about the wrong issues, which distract from other issues — we have to be careful not to fall in that trap.”
“We have to talk about smart reforms because it’s very necessary,” the actress, who moved to the United States from Mexico in 1991, urged. “There are smarter ways we can come up with to control immigration and do immigration reform that is much more beneficial for America.”
“For example, there’s a lot of work for farmers in this country and there are not enough farmers for all the work there is,” she said. “A lot of the people that do not want to be involved in the drug industry of Mexico are very skilled farmers; they do not want to participate in that, so some of them are here.“
“The people that come — they don’t necessarily want to stay,” she added. “They would be happy to come and work at the time of the harvest and go back to their country. America can benefit from these expert workers and they can pay taxes that can benefit America.”
Salma Hayek Starrer ‘Beatriz At Dinner’ To Open Sundance Film Festival: London(Trailer) Miguel Arteta’s Beatriz at Dinner, starring Salma Hayek, is set to open this year’s Sundance Film Festival: London. The film, which world premiered earlier this year at the Sundance fest in Park City, will be introduced to London audiences by Arteta, Hayek and screenwriter Mike White in the capital city’s Picturehouse Central cinema on June 1.
Story sees Hayek play Beatriz, an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, who has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a health practitioner in Southern California. Don Strutt is a real estate developer whose cutthroat tactics have made him a self-made, self-satisfied billionaire. When these two polar opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither is ever the same. Film also stars Connie Britton, Chloe Sevigny and Jay Duplass. Roadside Attractions is set to release the title in the U.S. on June 9.
“We look forward to launching our fifth festival in London with Beatriz at Dinner, a masterful dramedy of errors from director Miguel Arteta and screenwriter Mike White and starring Salma Hayek,” said Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper. “This was a standout at our Utah Festival in January and is a wonderful example of the continued innovation and creativity of our independent filmmakers that we’ll showcase in London again this year.”
The full program for the fifth edition of Sundance’s London edition is expected to be announced soon and will feature international and UK premieres of films from films that featured in Sundance in January. Sundance Institute will also be launching a festival in Hong Kong in Septmeber.
Sundance Film Festival: London takes place June 1-4.
Salma Hayek, Mexico unite against Trump at GuadalajaraIn a show of strength, laced with good humor, Salma Hayek, Irish director Jim Sheridan (“In the Name of the Father”) and Mexican authorities backing the Guadalajara Festival united over its first two days to condemn what they see as the intolerance of U.S. President Donald Trump.
The Guadalajara Festival, Mexico’s biggest film festival, comes just three weeks after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security detailed steps to accelerate the deportation of paperless aliens, hire 10,000 immigration agents. It has also issued a pre-solicitation notice for contractors to build a U.S-Mexico border wall.
So some kind of reference to Trump at Friday’s opening night ceremony was expected. Multiple movies at Guadalajara tackle exclusion, whether via racism (“Bad Influence,”), hickdom (“The Distinguished Citizen”), misogyny (“Los Crimenes del Mar del Norte,” “The Animal’s Wife”) or language (“I Dream in Another Language,” “Future Perfect”). One project, “A False Prophet” at its Guadalajara Co-production meeting, is inspired directly by the very populism which Trump embodies.
What the audience at Guadalajara’s massive Telmex Auditorium received on Friday night was a politically-charged gala which, echoing the Berlinale’s skewering of Trump in its opening night last month, might well become the norm at major festival events abroad as Trump fast-tracks his anti-paperless immigrant policies.
Kicking off events, a carefully-conceived campaign of video interviews with local dignitaries sought to contrast Donald Trump’s rhetoric with the Guadalajara Festival and the ethos of cinema in general.
In one, Raul Padilla, president of the festival board, announced that the festival also planned to build walls, but of a five-screen cinematheque in Guadalajara, while he slammed the new U.S. president’s “intolerance, exclusivity, xenophobia and misogyny.”
Padilla’s words intro-ed Sheridan’s short, “11th Hour,” which stars Hayek, which was followed by an onstage appearance by Sheridan himself.
Inspired by an account by Irish journalist Lise Hands’ of visiting Marty O’Brien’s bar in Manhattan on the evening of 9/11, “11th Hour” is set in a bar run by Maria Jose (Hayek) and her Irish husband which is packed by shocked local and weary members of the NYPD as images of the Twin Towers collapse play on the TV.
After one angry NYPD man brandishes a pistol “just in case,” saying New York’s tunnels should be closed, a young firefighter walks in caked with dust. It is Maria Jose, a Latina, who tends for him, and calls the bar’s regular cab driver, Mohammed, to take the fireman back to his station.
The short ends with Bruce Springsteen’s haunting live cover version of the Woody Guthrie song “This Land Is Your Land.” – whose lyrics run “this land is your land, this land is my land” – which Guthrie intended as a national anthem to inclusiveness.
On stage at the gala, Sheridan recalled that Guthrie was evicted by Fred Trump, Donald Trump’s father, whom Guthrie lambasted as racist bigot for not allowing black tenants on his property.
In a Julio Cortazar Lecture on Saturday entitled “The Bridge That Breaks Down Walls,” the seven-times Oscar nominated Irish director, whose credits include “My Left Foot” and “In America,” screened “11th Hour” once more and returned to the theme of Donald Trump in an on-stage interview with Mexico’s Carlos Garcia de Alba.
“The idea for the short came about because of the way that America was going last year,” seen in the divisiveness of the presidential elections, Sheridan said. Concept to production was only four weeks.
“You look at Salma and you wonder what is there to be excluded. It’s kind of mind-blowing for me,” Sheridan said, adding that he phoned U2’s Edge to ask Springsteen for permission to use the song, which Springsteen gave for free.
But Sheridan’s challenge in Guadalajara, like many other filmmakers who raise their voice against Trump’s policies around there world, is to seek to maintain some sense of equanimity when attacking Trump, a quality they accuse the U.S. president of lacking. In Sheridan’s case, this lead him to attempt to understand what has happened to Donald Trump. To answer that his turned to Shakespeare.
“From Hamlet on, all the great tragic heroes’ flaw have a very Trumpian flaw, in that they kill their feminine sides, from Ophelia to Desdemona,” Sheridan mused. “Trump seems to me to be that character, a protestant man who makes women invisible,” he added.
Mexico’s current consul general in Los Angeles, Garcia de Alba said that after two months of Trump’s policies towards undocumented immigrants, “I can clearly see that the part of the population that’s suffering the most is children. They are fearful every morning that at any moment their parents can be taken away and they are bullied at school for being Mexicans.”
What could filmmakers do to help the situation, Garcia de Alba asked?
“The U.S. has two sides to it. The imperialist side and the melting pot. But you have to make positive re-enforcement stories,” Sheridan answered.
“I think the simplest thing would be to make a movie about a Mexican president of the U.S.,” he suggested, to the biggest applause of his lecture.
The Guadalajara Intl. Film Festival runs March 10-17.
Salma Hayek: Women’s march proved ‘we are America too’“Beatriz at Dinner” stars Salma Hayek as a Mexican immigrant who, when her car breaks down at the home of her massage client, stays for dinner with a group of her client’s wealthy business friends. It’s easy to see how the movie can be relevant to current concerns about immigration in the era of President Donald Trump, and Hayek, along with stars John Lithgow, Jay Duplass, Connie Britton, and Chloe Sevigny and director Miguel Arteta addressed that at the Variety Studio presented by Orville Redenbacher’s at the Sundance Film Festival.
Of the Women’s March that took place the day after Trump’s inauguration, Hayek said, “I think the march is a form of communication. And I think in time, I hope that President Trump — oh my god, I think it’s the first time I’ve said it! — will see what it was for what it was.”
“He keeps talking about how he’s going to be the president for America,” she went on. “And I think the beautiful thing about the march — it’s America saying, ‘We are America.’ So it was a beautiful reminder that the majority of the vote did not go to Mr. Trump. And it’s just a lovely reminder, peacefully saying, ‘Hey! We are America too.’”
Salma Hayek Claims Donald Trump Leaked a False Story About the Actress After She Turned Down a DateSalma Hayek is sharing her take on a past encounter with Donald Trump.
The Mexican-born actress spoke to El Show del Mandril on Radio Centro 93.9 Friday, Buzzfeed reports, about a time in which the presidential candidate leaked a false story to the National Enquirer after she rebuffed his request for a date.
"When I met that man I had a boyfriend and he tried to become his friend to get my home telephone number," Hayek recalled of her earliest days in Hollywood, adding, "He got my number and he would call me to invite me out."
Salma said that after turning down the opportunity, which she felt Trump perceived as "disrespectful," she continued, "He wouldn't say he called, but someone told the National Enquirer."
"Someone told the National Enquirer—I'm not going to say who because you know that whatever he wants to come out, comes out in the National Enquirer. It said that he wouldn't go out with me, because I was too short," Hayek added.
Hayek then went on to reveal Trump reached out to her after the story was published: "Later, he called and left me a message. ‘Can you believe this? Who would say this? I don't want people to think this about you. He thought that I would try to go out with him so people wouldn't think that's why he wouldn't go out with me."
An outspoken Hillary Clinton supporter, Salma's latest comments are far from her first about the Republican nominee. In July 2015, the Oscar nominee spoke exclusively to E! News about his controversial stance on immigration.
"I'm aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him," she told us. "If something generates publicity, I would never be surprised about anything he does," admitting that she refuses to "say his name."
In early October, Hayek starred in a Spanish-language PSA on behalf of Clinton urging Latino voters to cast their vote on Nov. 8.
Salma Hayek On Playing a Lesbian Taco in Sausage Party (Yes, a Lesbian Taco!)Just because Salma Hayek is an Oscar-nominated actress that doesn't mean she won't play a lesbian taco.
A lesbian what?!
That's right—Ms. Hayek plays a same-sex loving taco in Sausage Party, the new—and very raunchy—animated flick about food items in a grocery store who believe that being bought by customers will lead them to a world of pure nirvana. They're unaware that humans actually eventually eat them. (You really need to see the movie to truly understand the storyline.)
Hayek voices a taco named Teresa who has the hots for a hotdog bun played by Kristen Wiig.
Hayek says she tried not to tell her businessman husband François-Henri Pinault about the part. "I kept it a secret until I showed him the trailer," she told me at last night's Sausage Party premiere in L.A. "He was like, 'What?' I was like, 'It's not for children.' Tonight, he's going to see it for the first time."
Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the R-rated flick and stars as a hot fog named Frank, says Hayek's ex-boyfriend Edward Norton was instrumental in getting the Frida star involved after he signed on to play a Woody Allen-esque bagel. "I read the script. It was very funny. It was completely outrageous and so I said, 'Let's go!'" Hayek recalled.
Hayek's next celebration will be the party she's having for her upcoming 50th birthday on Sept. 2. She said of milestone, "Bring it on!"
Sausage Party is in theaters on Friday, Aug. 12.
Salma Hayek's Whole Family Watched Soccer in Her Bedroom: My Husband Woke Up to "200 Mexicans on His Bed"(Video) When it comes to soccer, Salma Hayek will do whatever it takes to watch a match.
The actress told Jimmy Kimmel that her passion for soccer runs very deep, in fact, when the Olympics come around she roots hardest for Mexico's soccer team. Her husband François-Henrie Pinault knows this all too well since he once woke up to his wife's entire family surrounding his bed and screaming. Hayek recalls the hilarious incident that happened during the London 2012 Olympics with a soccer match between Mexico and Brazil.
"My whole family had come over for the summer...when I say my whole family, the Mexicans know that's not lightly, that's a lot of people in one house," Hayek said. She went on to explain that because of a business trip Pinault was jet-lagged and exhausted, so he was sleeping in their bedroom.
"I woke up that morning really early, and it was like a conspiracy. None of the televisions were working, except the one in our bedroom," Hayek recalled. "So I said to my 200 members of the family and the people that work in the house that also wanted to watch the game, I said, 'We're going to go to my bedroom, but everybody needs to be super quiet. I am going to put the television on mute. You just have to watch and hold it and keep it to yourself. Because François is going to be sleeping there.'"
Well as her family made themselves comfortable in her bedroom, they slowly realized that there wasn't enough space on the floor or to stand. So, they started sitting and laying on the bed. Hayek says her husband was practically hugging her father. All was going great, until Mexico scored and everyone screamed, "GOAL!"
"He jumped out of his bed and saw all these Mexicans on his bed! He was terrified! Once we saw he was awake, we started doing the Mexican Wave and had a party, " Hayek said. "And we won! We won against Brazil! Gold medal for Mexico!"
Hayek's husband will already know what to expect for these Summer Olympics if the TVs around the house aren't working.
Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek And Jay Duplass Join ‘Beatriz At Dinner’Chloe Sevigny, Salma Hayek and Jay Duplass have joined indie pic Beatriz at Dinner, written by Mike White and to be directed by Miguel Arteta. The story follows a holistic medicine practitioner who finds herself a fish out of water when her car breaks down at a wealthy client’s house and she joins a celebratory dinner party. Also in the cast are John Lithgow, Nino Arianda and Connie Britton.
Christine Vachon’s Killer Films produces alongside Bron Studios. This is the type of upmarket yet accessible fare that Vachon has excelled at steering in the past, including last year’s critically acclaimed Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. She has reunited with that film’s director Todd Haynes on Wonderstruck, with Julianne Moore, which Amazon is financing. The script for Wonderstruck is said to have wowed buyers.
Bron Studios is also having a banner year, with Nate Parker’s Sundance smash The Birth of a Nation gearing up for a fall launch that could see it juggernaut its way through awards season. The Canadian company also has Denzel Washington-directed Fences in post as well as Adam Wood’s Henchmen with Rosario Dawson and James Marsden.
The award-winning actress Sevigny, who Deadline revealed was joining Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, can currently be seen in Whit Stillman’s ecstatically reviewed Love and Friendship opposite Kate Beckinsale. She also stars in Netflix original series Bloodline. Sevigny recently made her directorial debut on the shirt film Kitty, about a little girl who dreams of being a kitten, which preemed to good notices at Cannes earlier this year.
Sevigny also has a trio of projects in the pipelines: Universal’s The Snowman, opposite Michael Fassbender; Oren Moverman’s The Dinner, which stars Gere and also Charlie Plummer as well as Alex Ross Perry’s Golden Exits. She is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners and WME.
Salma Hayek has Drunk Parents, also for Bron Studios, with Alec Baldwin in post as well as Ken Marino’s How to be a Latin Lover and The Hitman’s Bodyguard, opposite Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L Jackson, in the pipelines. She is repped by CAA and Management 360. Jay Duplass is working his way through his four picture deal with Netflix alongside brother Mark, including Manson Family Vacation. He also has a number of other features in various stages, including Gillian Robespierre’s Landline, Greg Kinnear’s Phil, and Jeffrey Blitz’s Table 19. He is repped by ICM Partners.
Yep, Olympian Yvonne Hayek Is Related to Salma!These athletic genes must run in the Hayek family.
A family tree can get pretty complicated, so we'll try to simplify it as much as possible. Salma Hayek's father's cousin's granddaughter is on Mexico's Olympic team for the 2016 Rio Olympics, according to ¡Hola!. Yvonne Treviño Hayek will be the first woman in 48 years to be on Mexico's team competing in the long jump event. That's quite an accomplishment.
We think there must be something to this last name because Salma was also a phenomenal gymnast that aspired to compete in the Olympics.
In 2015, Salma posted this #TBT from her gymnastics days. "I wish I could still do that but at least I have proof that once upon a time I was a #gymnast," she captioned the photo.
"They drafted me...to be part of the Olympic team! But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise," she said in 2012 to the New Zealand Herald.
And although her Olympic dreams were cut short, she does not hold any grudges against her father. "My father thought I wouldn't have had a normal childhood, and he wanted me to be normal. It's too bad that with all his efforts it didn't work out! But anyway, it worked out for me because now I'm an actress!"
Yvonne currently lives in Houston where she prepared for the games. "It's important for people to know that this road isn't full of victories. This road needs character. There are times where you get lost, you get hurt, times that things don't turn out as you hoped for…that's how life is, and it's the same for the life of an athlete. They're learning experiences that are very important and shape you so that you can face any challenge," Yvonne said to Hola Mexico.
Salma Hayek Admits to Having Body Insecurities as She Approaches 50As she gets older, Salma Hayek admits she has more hang-ups about her body.
"Well I am entering my fifties so your body confidence isn't that good," the actress, 49, tells InStyle UK.
Hayek says sometimes she just feels more confident than other times.
"I think it depends on the day, for everybody," she says. "There's some days you say, 'This is it,' and you love it. Then there are days when you go, 'This cannot be it! Is this really it?' So I think it's up and down all the time!"
Despite her bad days, Hayek – who plays a queen in the upcoming film Tale of Tales – does give great advice on how to feel like a royal in everyday life.
"You have to get up and become your own work of art; from the moment you put yourself together," she says. "Not that I do it! I am quite lazy in the queen department. But celebrate who you are and celebrate life, and know that this is your experience."
Salma Hayek Joins Eugenio Derbez Comedy ‘How To Be A Latin Lover’Salma Hayek has come aboard Lionsgate Pantelion’s How to Be a Latin Lover, the comedy that marks star Eugenio Derbez’s first English-language starring role. She joins Eugenio Derbez, Rob Lowe, Kristen Bell, Raquel Welch, Rob Riggle and McKenna Grace in the film being directed by The State alum and Wet Hot American Summer co-star Ken Marino.
The story, written by Chris Spain and Jon Zack, is about an aging Latin lover forced to return to live with his estranged sister and her young son after being dumped by his sugar mama. Other actors who have also joined are Renee Taylor, Rob Huebel, Michaela Watkins and Linda Lavin.
Latin Lover is a joint venture between 3Pas Studios, Pantelion Films, Lionsgate and Televisa Cinefrom. Derbez is producing with Ben Odell through their company 3Pas Studios. Mike Upton will serve as executive producer. It marks 3Pas Studio’s first film under its first-look deal with Pantelion Films.
Derbez’s previous collaboration with Pantelion Films, Instructions Not Included, became the highest grossing Spanish-language film released in North America, breaking box office records with a combined domestic and international gross of over $99M.
Hayek, who is a filmmaker as well as an actress, just finished Hitman’s Bodyguard starring opposite Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Gary Oldman.
She was honored only a week ago by Pope Francis with the Olive Medal for her work in the arts, and for the responsible use of her celebrity to promote unity and peace.
She is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Salma Hayek Opens Up About Marriage and Gives Her Biggest Piece of Advice: "Sex Is Not the Key"Salma Hayek married billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault in 2009, and since then she has a learned a lot about marriage, motherhood and balancing the ever-tough act of family and career.
In the July issue of Red magazine, Hayek opens up about how she does it all, and even doles out a piece of advice that has helped make her marriage so successful. Candidly, Hayek, 49, admits what happens in the bedroom isn't critical to making it work with her husband.
"Sex is not the key to a happy marriage, but it's a side effect. Although not every day! If it's every day then it loses its charm. It's so important to maintain your chemistry," she explains. "You have to continue to laugh, continue to explore, continue to have fun with each other, continue to have romance."
Although Hayek is an Oscar-nominated actress, she says she's most proud of her personal life. "A good marriage, full of love, is my biggest accomplishment. Home is where my husband is," she continues. "He is home. Everything outside of the family nucleus is an adventure that you're living together."
As for how she keeps it steamy in the bedroom, Hayek explains that it's important to feel sexy, which sometimes can be difficult when feeling insecure. "Even though I struggle every moment with my own judgment of my body, I'm in touch with myself. I try to be really aware of every muscle. It is sexy," she shares. "Sexuality, what other people see in you, is enjoying your body. Involve your senses in your life, and you will become sexy. Dance, and not to look good. If you dance terribly, still dance."
She adds, "It might in the moment not look sexy, but this interaction with life makes you sexy. And even if you're on a diet, enjoy your food—please! It's a very Latin point of view."
Despite saying a "good marriage" is her "biggest accomplishment", Hayek admits that becoming a mother to daughter Valentina Pinault has been the real "miracle".
"I had a child late in life...I've had that yearning, that longing, and that pain...I always wanted to have a lot of children, and I was not able to. My body, as a miracle, had one," she says. "The huge blessing I've had is that my husband has three other children. So I have four. And they are all so different."
But like any growing girl, 8-year-old Valentina can be easily distracted, so Hayek makes it a point to always keep her engaged. "I try to be with Valentina as much as possible, even when I'm working. She was with me on the cover shoot and she felt like a participant—she wasn't just sitting there on the iPad. This is so important. You have to drag children into participating in life," she explains.
"It takes a lot of work and mummies are very tired because most of us work and life is exhausting, especially if you are an older mom like me, but you have to make the effort. And if you have a smart child, it's harder," she continues. "Now it's so easy to just entertain them (with a screen), and you don't have to go through the complaining for an hour about dragging them places. Drag them, and make them a part of your life. It's about the human connection, and the things they can learn from participating in life. Otherwise, isolation starts to happen."
For more from Hayek, check out the full interview in the July issue of Red and check out more exclusive content at www.redonline.co.uk/salmahayek.
George Clooney and Salma Hayek Can't Hide Their Excitement After Meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican(Pic) Attention Pope Francis, a few famous faces in Hollywood are here to see you.
Sunday turned out to be quite the star-studded evening for the religious leader who attended an event at the Vatican to promote the work of a foundation titled Scholas Occurrentes.
The arts organization founded by Pope Francis aims to bring together children from different backgrounds, with the hope of achieving peace and understanding.
During the event, the Pope awarded medals to Richard Gere, George Clooney and Salma Hayek after the actors agreed to be ambassadors for one of the foundation's art projects.
"I can not love him more," Salma wrote on Instagram as she spent time backstage with her daughter and the proud Catholic. "When in Rome, speak with your hands. At least I made him laugh."
While it was her husband receiving an award, Amal Clooney was also more than happy to make the trip. In pictures obtained by E! News, both George and Amal couldn't stop smiling when meeting the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.
Amal wore a chic, Atelier Versace dress with Jimmy Choo shoes. Meanwhile, George looked handsome as ever in a classic suit and tie.
For those who don't recall, Pope Francis has had the opportunity to meet more than a few talented Hollywood stars before.
In addition to Angelina Jolie and Russell Crowe, the religious leader recently met the one and only Leonardo DiCaprio to discuss climate change.
"It was amazing, an amazing experience," Leo shared with E! News' Brad Goreski when reliving his 15-minute meeting.
Penélope Cruz Once Styled Salma Hayek's Hair in the DarkPenélope Cruz is clearly a woman of many talents. Not only is she an award-winning actress, producer, model, and fashion designer, but she also just happens to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. And incase she didn’t already have enough on her plate, she also has one more secret talent hidden up her sleeve.
Growing up, Cruz spent a great deal of time in the hair salon where her mother worked, and apparently some of that second-hand cosmetological knowledge stuck. In fact, she’s so good with a brush and a can of hairspray, she can even craft a camera-ready coif in total darkness.
On Tuesday, at the Cinema Society and Chopard’s New York screening of Ma Ma, produced by and starring Penélope, the actress owned up to testing out her styling prowess on friend Salma Hayek one time when she was in a pinch, and in a pitch-black room no less. She told PEOPLE, “[Salma] was getting ready for a premiere and her lights went out, and I had to do her hair in the dark.”
During a recent Times Talk, Cruz also described the salon where her own mother worked as her first acting school. “I was learning about all the treatments that they did,” she told the New York Times. “But it was my first acting school because all of these women were playing characters. They enter one way, and leave a completely different person. After telling my mother all their secrets about their private lives and their husband or their lover, they were completely transformed after the treatment.”
“It was a hair salon, but it was also like being a psychologist’s office,” she continued telling the Times. “I was hiding there behind all my books, but I was studying them. I was studying human behavior. It was so long ago, I was probably eight or nine, but I still remember.”
But as for the truly pressing question on top of everyone’s mind: Does Cruz clip her own picture perfect tresses? She confessed, “No, I don’t cut it, it’s easier to do on somebody else!”
That being said, we’re still holding out for Cruz to open up her own salon in the very near future.
Salma Hayek: Even a ‘dyslexic Mexican’ like me knows the difference between 7-11 and 9/11Donald Trump slipped up and Salma Hayek wants everyone to know it.
On Tuesday morning, the actress, 49, called out the Republican presidential candidate for mixing up 9/11 and 7-Eleven.
“I am a dyslexic Mexican and English is my second language, however even I do not confuse 7/11 with 9/11. #DonaldTrump,” the Hilary Clinton supporter wrote on Twitter.
Hayek was referring to the embarrassing flub the Republican front-runner made while speaking before a crowd in Buffalo on Monday evening, when his attempt to praise the heroes of 9/11 went awry.
“I wrote this out, and it’s very close to my heart,” he told the rally. “Because I was down there and I watched our police and our firemen down on 7-Eleven, down at the World Trade Center, right after it came down, and I saw the greatest people I’ve ever seen in action.”
Trump has yet to correct himself or respond to the actress.
Video: Ray Romano, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman Headline James Corden's Justin Bieber Soap OperaRay Romano, Salma Hayek and Gary Oldman Headline James Corden's Justin Bieber Soap Opera: Video.
Salma Hayek Spends 'Lively' Night Out With Blake Lively and Family(Pic) Girls' night out!
A-listers Salma Hayek and Blake Lively recently hung out, and Hayek gave us all envy when she posted a pic of their outing on Instagram on Tuesday.
"Having a lively time eating chocolate marshmallow pizza with the Lively girls #girlsnightout @blakelively @robynlively #chocolate #pizza #marshmallow," she captioned the group photo, rewriting the note in Spanish.
In the pic, a makeup free Hayek, and the Lively ladies pose with two other friends as they all eat chocolate marshmallows.
Blake and Hayek's friendship blossomed over the course of filming their 2012 film Savages in which the women star opposite each other. In an interview with USA Today following the release of the movie, the actresses dished on their shared love of food, which they bond over.
"Every time I go over her house, there's such good food," Blake said of Hayek.
"I love to watch Top Chef in France. It's hard core," Hayek admitted. "I cook. I go to the market, and I see things, and I buy and make whatever is in the refrigerator. I am an artiste."
Well, it certainly makes sense that their latest get together involved a tasty treat.
Salma Hayek Is 'Very Moved' By Outpouring of Support After Her Dog's DeathAfter losing her dog just a few days ago, Salma Hayek is appreciative of her fans for the outpouring of support.
"I am very moved by all your stories you have shared with me in regards of Mozart's death," the actress captioned an Instagram photo with her beloved nine-year-old dog.
"I am trying to figure out a way to use technology so we can have a chat and shares my feelings with you," she continued.
Hayek, 49, announced the death of Mozart on Instagram last Friday.
"I haven't posted for a week as I been mourning the death of my dog, Mozart who I personally delivered out of his mother's womb," the star wrote.
"He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart. I am hoping that the Washington State authorities do justice to this wonderful dog whom in 9 years never bit or attacked anyone."
A neighbor of Hayek's has admitted to the shooting death of her dog, police said.
On Sunday, the neighbor told a deputy with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington State that he was inside his home when he heard "what sounded like a dog fight" between his two German Shepherds and Hayek's two dogs in his garage.
"Mr. Lund grabbed his air rifle from his living room and aimed at the behind of the one that looked like a German Shepherd and both dogs then ran off his property," according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
"Mr. Lund was not aware that the dog had actually been struck because the dog kept running after he fired the one shot," the statement read.
Lt. Cliff Ziesemer told PEOPLE: "The sheriff determined that there was no crime that occurred and he was justified in what he did. The case is closed. There is no more investigation."
In a statement to E! News on Tuesday, Hayek said: "Thank you to the press and my fans for all your support. I am very touched that you are eager to hear from me regarding the death of my beloved dog, Mozart."
"I assure I am just as eager to speak about this, and I will in time, once I have gathered more information about what has happened," she added.
Sheriff Concludes Neighbor Was Justified in Killing Salma Hayek's DogA neighbor of Salma Hayek has admitted to the shooting death of her beloved nine-year-old dog Mozart, police say.
The neighbor told a deputy with the Thurston County Sheriff's Office in Washington State Sunday that he was inside his home when he heard "what sounded like a dog fight" between his his two German Shepherds and Hayek's two dogs in his garage.
"Mr. Lund grabbed his air rifle from his living room and aimed at the behind of the one that looked like a German Shepherd and both dogs then ran off his property," according to a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
"Mr. Lund was not aware that the dog had actually been struck because the dog kept running after he fired the one shot," the statement read.
Meanwhile, Lt. Cliff Ziesemer tells PEOPLE: "The sheriff determined that there was no crime that occurred and he was justified in what he did. The case is closed. There is no more investigation."
Ziesemer said the neighbor shot toward one of the dogs but "he didn’t know if he hit it or not and the dog just kept running.”
"He was very surprised and upset," said Ziesemer about the owner. "He had no intention to kill the dog."
The Thurston County Sheriff's Office ruled the shooting justified but will send the case to prosecutors for review, said Ziesemer.
A necropsy later concluded that the .177 caliber lead pellet that struck Mozart travelled between two ribs and then nicked his artery causing internal bleeding.
Hayek's caretaker Kelly Littlejohn found Mozart, and reported his death to the police on February 19. Littlejohn told a deputy that earlier that day she went for a horseback ride along with a few of Hayek's dogs. At the end of a road, the dogs ran off towards the sound of other dogs barking on a neighbor's property. She later rounded up the dogs and headed back towards the ranch but discovered that Mozart was missing. She returned to the last place she saw him and found him dead on the trail.
Last Friday, the 49-year-old actress, announced the death of Mozart on Instagram.
"I haven't posted for a week as I been mourning the death of my dog, Mozart who I personally delivered out of his mother's womb," she wrote.
"He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart. I am hoping that the Washington State authorities do justice to this wonderful dog whom in 9 years never bit or attacked anyone."
Salma Hayek Reveals Her Dog Was Fatally Shot: 'He Didn't Deserve a Slow and Painful Death'Salma Hayek is mourning the death of a loved one.
The actress revealed heartbreaking news on Instagram Friday when she announced that her dog Mozart was fatally shot a week ago.
"I haven't posted for a week as I been mourning the death of my dog, Mozart who I personally delivered out of his mother's womb," Hayek, 49, wrote.
"He was found dead in my ranch last Friday with a shot close to his heart. I am hoping that the Washington State authorities do justice to this wonderful dog whom in 9 years never bit or attacked anyone."
Adding, "He loved his territory and never strayed away... he was the most loving and loyal companion. He didn't deserve a slow and painful death."
The animal lover often expresses her fondness for her pets, many of which she adopted.
"I have five horses, four alpacas, one cat, eight dogs, one hamster, five parrots, two fish, I'm sure I'm forgetting something!" Hayek said on the Ellen DeGeneres show in October 2013.
"You know this is like the Oscars you forgetting someone. Oh I forgot! I have bunny rabbits, I have turkeys, 20 chickens, same with the rabbits be careful just buy one."
Salma Hayek -- ER Docs and My Boobs Go Hand In Hand(Pic) Salma Hayek got a helping hand from a couple of ER docs after getting rushed to the hospital in the coolest, most totally inappropriate shirt.
She's gonna be fine -- sounds like she bumped her head during a shoot -- but it might be a while before the doctors recover from seeing her in a t-shirt that makes it look like someone's got a handbra on her ample jugs.
Salma thought it was funny though ... she posted the pic. Breast ER visit.
Salma Hayek Debuts Drunk Parents Haircut: See Her Short Style!(Pic) Just when we thought Hollywood’s lob club hit maximum membership, Salma Hayek posts an excited-looking selfie on Instagram, revealing a new, shorter cut — but it’s hard to tell exactly how short she went.
The actress captioned the photo, “New haircut for my new comedy, Drunk Parents!” And considering the look on her face, she’s pretty excited about it.
Is it in fact a lob-length chop? Her bouncy ends make it tough to say — but judging by her curls resting on her shoulders, and a few visibly-chopped ends framing her face in the front, Hayek definitely cut some serious length from her once chest-grazing strands.
Hayek will be starring alongside Alec Baldwin in “Drunk Parents,” a comedy about a couple who get intoxicated after dropping their daughter off at college leading to a downward spiral of events (including a kidnapping!).
Maybe Hayek’s just getting into character with a new “mom cut,” or she just wants to live life with a lob for a little bit. Either way, she pulls it off.
What the stars want for the holidaysTwo nights before Christmas/and all in a pajama/not a world leader is stirring/for sure not Obama .?.?.
Christmas gift for Paula Abdul? She likes tropical fish. Be advised Japanese koi, which have a 70-year life span can cost, give or take a can of tuna, $100,000.
Shove decking the hall with boughs of holly. For Sarah Michelle Gellar, books. “I get lost in them. I have the difficult-to-find first edition of ‘Les Liaisons Dangereuses’ in French and English.”
Frank Sinatra Jr., lest you itch to send him something, he wants — ready? — “Miniature lighthouses. They’re unique and intricate.” Yeah, like not exactly a subject that comes up every day in conversation.
Richard Simmons: “Pig dolls.” Pig dolls? Yes, pig dolls. “Overweight as a kid, I began collecting pigs. I thought they’re relatives. Some lady sent me a 6-foot cloth pig, which I kept in my car’s passenger seat. Cops pulled me over. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing.”
Harry Connick, cuff links. “Who knows why I collect them? My California aunt Lil sent me a pair that was my uncle’s. A case full of unused cuff links sits on my dresser. I never wear them.”
Jenna Elfman: “Indian rugs. Tibetan rugs. From ABC Carpet, a Chelsea store, a West Village place. Found one in a heap near the john in the back corner of an antique shop. I don’t hang them. I’m running out of floor space.”
Tom Hanks: “Antique WWII typewriters. Takes a repair guy a month to get them working, and I write my letters on them. I own over 50.”
Michael J. Fox: “I’m a toy moose collector. I amassed hundreds of small moose figurines that I paid only a few dollars for and prized my collection. But you know wives. They want the stuff thrown out.”
Let me save you some time .?.?. Don’t schlep around looking to wrap cologne for Samuel L. Jackson’s stocking. He’s into every miniature figure in his likeness of every action figure he ever played in every film .?.?. Marilyn Manson: Vintage metal lunch boxes .?.?. Andy Garcia, conga drums .?.?. Rose McGowan, leaves. What kind? Who knows? Who cares? Leaves .?.?. Jennifer Love Hewitt: Remote control motorboats she races in a swimming pool. If you’re not rich but have that itch, stick them in an NYC mud puddle .?.?. Penélope Cruz, over 500 coat hangers .?.?. Ice T, models of horror figures .?.?. Christina Applegate, vintage lingerie.
Stocking stuff: Christie Brinkley: “Miniature Eiffel Tower models” .?.?. John Stamos: “Sammy Davis items” .?.?. Matthew Broderick had a collection of 76 trombones .?.?. Bill Gates: “Star Trek” objects. (If he goes broke, this’ll grab another fortune) .?.?. Jade Jagger: Who-the-hell-knows-why — Playboy cigars .?.?. Brad Pitt once considered a chair museum, once collected chairs and now has enough family to plop on them all.
Hair today: Leelee Sobieski: “Hair. I’ve loads of plastic bags of celebrity locks from Tim Allen, Regis, Peter O’Toole, Martin Short, Stanley Kubrick, from Kathie Lee Gifford’s hairbrush. It’s romantic, like old-fashioned lovers exchange lockets with a ringlet. Tom Cruise refused. I’ll run after him with a pair of shears.”
James Woods: “Old Zippo lighters with graphics on them. I search eBay” .?.?. Justin Timberlake: “Shoes. No idea how many I have” .?.?. Britney Spears: “Since Timberlake gave me one, cuckoo clocks. I have dozens” .?.?. Christy Turlington: Pottery .?.?. Salma Hayek, religious symbols .?.?. Bill Clinton: Elvis memorabilia .?.?. LL Cool J: 4,000 hats .?.?. Brendan Fraser: Old Polaroids.
Dear Santa: Stephen Sondheim, wants anagrams .?.?. Brooke Shields, autographs .?.?. David Arquette, puppets .?.?. Dame Judi Dench, “dollhouses with furniture” .?.?. Howie Mandel: “Anti-bacterial items — napkins, wet-naps, rubber gloves, masks. I have a warehouse full.”
Salma Hayek Looks Annoyingly Perfect in This Makeup-Free Selfie(Pic) Sure, it's the lighting.
Salma Hayek stunned without leaving her house today, sharing a makeup-free selfie, hair still wet from the shower, that had us just gaping in awe.
And then closing our mouths and trying to look neutral so we don't get expression lines.
"Wet hair, no make up, no filter, no retouch, but very good light. #hair #nomakeup #nofilter #noretouch #light," the 49-year-old actress beauty captioned the pic.
May we add a few hashtags, such as #notfair, #geneticallyblessed and #wheredowegetthemagiclight.
But nothing about this pic is surprising, Hayek being the purveyor of her own line of skincare products after all.
And they appear to be working.
Hayek through the years has remained a shining light in Hollywood when it comes to embracing the aging process and in July she reiterated her aversion to anti-aging surgery and Botox.
"When I was young, they tried to sell me on the idea [of Botox]: 'If you do it now, then you won't get the wrinkles,'" Hayek told Allure. "And thank God I didn't do that."
Agreed. Because we can't imagine how it's possible to improve on what she's working with now.
If You've Got It, Flaunt It! Salma Hayek Shows Off Serious Cleavage in White Gown(Pic) Salma Hayek wasn’t afraid to show off a little skin when she attended the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards in London on Sunday while wearing a seriously cleavage-enhancing gown.
The actress, 49, topped off the low-cut white frock — which featured a dramatic ruffle around the décolletage area — with an elegant chignon and minimal jewelry.
Hayek hasn’t shied away from talking about her famous figure in the past. During a 2011 interview with Allure magazine she commented that her breasts “are not bad.”
“I’m not complaining about them,” she said, adding that women who have turned 40 “should be more at ease” with their sexuality.
In August, Hayek also shared one of her secrets to looking so young — bone broth.
“It’s sort of disgusting,” she told PEOPLE. “You take a bunch of bones from a cow and you slow cook them for many, many hours.”
Salma Hayek Reveals Her 8-Year-Old Daughter Often Does Her Makeup: "She's So, So Good!"To get a little treatment from the glam squad, Salma Hayek doesn't have to travel far from home.
Actually, she doesn't even have to leave home, because while she regularly relies on the services of some of Hollywood's finest celebrity makeup artist, it turns out that her eight-year-old daughter is often responsible for the actress' glowing good looks.
"[Valentina] is so good with makeup. So, so good that I have an assistant that sometimes asks her to do her makeup before she goes out," the actress told E! News at the Nuance cosmetics line re-launch with CVS. "She's done my makeup, and she's really, really good! I have the opportunity to work with great makeup artists and she's watching them like a hawk. She's actually talented with it."
The 49-year-old also admits that it isn't just makeup that her talented daughter excels at—it's also manicures (and apparently, also salon-savvy business skills).
"She's developed a stand outside of her room where you can get manicures and she charges you," Salma said. "It's permanently there so anybody that comes to the house to visit or for a fitting she asks, do you want a manicure? She's actually quite good!"
Salma Hayek Posts TBT From Her Gymnast Days: 'I Wish I Could Still Do That'(Pic) Before Salma Hayek was acting in box office hits, she was practicing toe touches in her native Mexico.
For Throwback Thursday, the 49-year-old actress shared a childhood photo from her high-flying days as a gymnast.
"I wish I could still do that but at least I have proof that once upon a time I was a #gymnast #ludscanov #gym #tbt," Hayek wrote on Instagram.
Hayek was an accomplished gymnast who once had aspirations of becoming an Olympic competitor for the Mexican national team.
"They drafted me... to be part of the Olympic team! But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise," she said in 2012, according to the New Zealand Herald.
"My father thought I wouldn't have had a normal childhood, and he wanted me to be normal. It's too bad that with all his efforts it didn't work out! But anyway, it worked out for me because now I'm an actress!"
Zoë Saldana, Kate Winslet, Salma Hayek and More Celebrate Female Empowerment at Elle Women in Hollywood AwardsHollywood's most influential women, including Kate Winslet, Amy Schumer, Salma Hayek and Nikki Reed, gathered in Beverly Hills Monday to celebrate their achievements – and to discuss continued gender inequality – at the Elle Women in Hollywood Awards.
Zoë Saldana also took part in the event and talked frankly about the challenges women in their industry continue to face.
"It's hard because when a man speaks up he's a genius, and when a woman speaks up she's a b----," Saldana told reporters on the red carpet. "She's difficult, she's a diva."
But fortunately, the 37-year-old actress says addressing that double-standard becomes easier with age.
"You go through your twenties trying to find yourself and you find yourself more preoccupied with wanting to please than wanting to stand up for yourself," she explains. "Thank God your thirties come and you kind of go, 'I want to break free.' And you kind of let go and you start giving a lot of people the finger. And then, you're happy."
Winslet, 40, also shared her thoughts on what traits make up a positive female role model.
"Someone who can be true to themselves, honest about who they are," she said. "Someone who feels confident within themselves. I think beauty really does come from within and confidence plays a huge part in that."
Fortunately, she knows just the woman in Hollywood who embodies those traits: Emma Thompson!
"Emma Thompson is a very dear friend of mine and has always been a wonderful source of inspiration to me and a great beacon of strength as well simply because she’s a remarkable person who believes in herself and believes in supporting other women," Winslet said. "That’s a great wish that we could all be like that."
Like Winslet, Nina Dobrev also credits strong female friends as inspiration.
"I have the best girlfriends," she said. "Ones that support me and I support them and I want to see the best for them ... That's the best thing in world.
"We all went to high school, we all felt the bullying and we've been in an environment where there isn't support," she continued. "It's refreshing to be now an adult and to find people around me that it's not like that anymore."
Schumer, who has emerged as an outspoken feminist in the past year, spoke in even more straightforward terms about women in Hollywood.
When asked what kind of roles she would like to see created for women, she replied: "Human beings. Like, them playing human beings instead of, like, a caricatures from the 1920s."
Alfred Molina on Salma Hayek: 'If Salma Had Been White and Male She Would Have Been Bigger Than Harvey Weinstein'Salma Hayek is well-known as one of Hollywood's most stunning leading ladies – but her Frida costar Alfred Molina says it's her creativity and business prowess that really set her apart.
"I've said that if Salma had been white and male, she would have been bigger than Harvey Weinstein. I still believe that," Molina told Elle for the actress, director and producer's November cover story. "Salma is a great businesswoman; she's creative in a way that takes people by surprise."
Hayek, who starred in and produced Frida, the 2002 biopic about surrealist Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, said she found that the only way to get what she really wanted out of the film was to take control and create the opportunity for herself.
"I ended up producing because I did not like myself complaining, complaining, complaining about the system," she said in her Elle cover story for the "Women in Hollywood" issue. "I said to myself, 'You know what? I'm not going to whine about anything that I didn't make any effort to change.' "
Her hard work paid off. Frida grossed more than $56 million at the box office and earned six Oscar nominations, including one for Hayek for best actress.
Hayek, 49, said her decision to step up and take control of the film was inspired by the very person she portrayed on screen – Frida Kahlo.
"I knew she was misunderstood. I wanted to set the record straight – and inspire other women with the one thing I knew about her, which was her courage to be unique."
Salma Hayek: The Most Important Thing for Young Girls Is to 'Have the Courage to Be Unique'This is Salma Hayek's advice to young girls, like her 8-year-old daughter, Valentina:
Stand out, don't blend in.
"I think the most important thing to tell for the new generations is to have the courage to be unique, to be curious about who they are, instead of trying to blend in," Hayek told reporters on Friday at Variety's Power of Women luncheon in Beverly Hills, California.
"The most important thing to say to the girls is to not try to be like the other girls," Hayek, 49, continued. "Not to try to fit in, but to try to really be profound thinkers that are excited about their differences and explore what they are and who they are and what can come out of the new."
The actress and producer was honored at the luncheon for her work with the Chime for Change charity.
"I think the voice of women can change the world, but we don't know our voice," she said. "We've never really investigated. We've been too busy for many, many decades and generations, trying to operate within systems that were designed by men.
"I don't think we really have tapped into our potential or our own creativity."
In her acceptance speech at the luncheon, Hayek spoke about the powerful accomplishments of Chime for Change, a social media-based campaign to raise awareness of women's issues around the globe.
"In only two years – now I'm going to brag a little bit – we have directly benefitted the lives of 400,000 women," she said. "We affected 3 million families and communities in two years."
It's work like that that shows how much women are accomplishing right now, Hayek said – and what is still to be done.
"Women represent 50 percent of the population of the world, but even with all of the lack of opportunities, education and all the limitations that come our way, we are 66 percent of the work power of the world," she said in her speech. "However, we only get 10 percent of the income of the world.
"[But] I'm feeling very confident that we are the generation that is going to experience the difference, the transformation ... We are such an economical power, women, in the country, and we represent such a strong part of the audience that they cannot ignore us anymore."
The Mexican-born actress, who has said she successfully lobbied to get Ugly Betty on the air by pointing toward statistics about Latino audiences, ended her speech on a hopeful note.
She said that despite the troubling state of the world, women are in the middle of the "exciting" process of redefining their role in society.
"I get disheartened and I think the world is in a really bad state, but I look for strength," Hayek said. "I look for hope so that I can continue to fight, and what gives me hope is that in a world that is coming apart, women are coming together."
Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman And Matthew Weiner Will Chat In Toronto – TIFFThe “In Conversation” interviews at the upcoming 40th Toronto International Film Festival will feature the four creatives in a program that replaces the fest’s “Mavericks” series. TIFF released its complete schedule today; see tiff.net/festival. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres at the 11-day event, running September 10 to 20, include Ridley Scott, David Gordon Green, Barbara Kopple, Jonás Cuarón, Stephen Frears, Leanne Pooley, Ben Wheatley, Baltasar Kormákur, Meghna Gulzar, Jason Bateman, Álex de la Iglesia, Eva Husson, Nicolás Pereda, Alan Zweig, He Ping and Michael Moore.
TIFF announced today 30 features in its “Discovery” program, including 16 world premieres from first and second time directors. “’Discovery’ is the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking,” said TIFF a.d. Cameron Bailey. “You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.”
The “Discovery” lineup includes Desde Allá, an intense social drama from Venezuelan newcomer Lorenzo Vigas; Tom and Sam McKeith’s Manila-set thriller Beast; German filmmaker Sebastian Ko’s riveting suspense film We Monsters; Michael Lennox’s A Patch Of Fog which chronicles a British anti-bromance; Very Big Shot, the debut from Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, delving into a darkly comedic world of coke smuggling in Lebanon; Maris Curran’s intimate drama Five Nights In Maine; Irish director Simon Fitzmaurice’s feature debut, the coming-of-age story My Name Is Emily; and Mexico’s Alejandra Márquez Abellas’ debut, the poignant drama Semana Santa. Also, in his helming debut, producer Josh Mond’s James White, starring Christopher Abbott in the title role of a troubled young man in New York City, and Cynthia Nixon as his ailing mother.
TIFF also announced that an additional title has been added to the “Cinematheque” program, a 20th anniversary screening of Michael Mann’s magnum-opus Heat, followed by a Q&A with the writer/director; and the “Vanguard” program has added the world premiere of Pedro Morelli’s Zoom.
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Salma Hayek's Advice to Her Younger Self? 'Don't Even Bother Dating That Guy!'Happily married Salma Hayek says if she could travel back in time, she would definitely have some advice to give to her single former self.
The actress-producer, 48, who married François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of the French luxury conglomerate Kering, in 2009, admits in this week's PEOPLE she had to kiss a lot of frogs before finding "the best guy in the world."
"I would have said to myself, 'Don't even bother dating that one. He is a waste of time,' " she says of previous boyfriends.
Today, the actress-producer is smitten with her billionaire fashion mogul husband – whose company owns clothing lines including Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Gucci – and wishes she had known such a man existed when she was in her 30s.
"I didn't know there could be such a fantastic man in the world," she says, adding that when the two were first set up by a Gucci executive in 2006 she knew right away he was special.
"My husband deserves a medal," she tells PEOPLE. "He is so supportive and inspires me to try to be my best self in all the different aspects of life."
And while the two have extremely busy work schedules, they make sure to spend plenty of time with each other and their 7-year-old daughter, Valentina.
"We always block time out to spend time together as a family. It is very important to us and we are very good at it," she says.
And after nine years together she says the secret to their successful relationship is that she "still discovers wonderful things about him. That's great because you never get bored!"
Salma Hayek's Secret Recipe For Looking Young Is ... Bone Broth?There may not be a fountain of youth, but Salma Hayek says she's discovered a drink that comes pretty close.
The ageless beauty, 48, recently turned heads when she walked the red carpet for her new film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet in Los Angeles and in this week's PEOPLE she reveals her secret to looking so young.
"Right now I am doing something that I'm really loving. It is called bone broth! It's sort of disgusting," she admits. "You take a bunch of bones from a cow and you slow cook them for many, many hours."
Hayek then adds in a tablespoon of apple cider and drinks a cup a day of the bone broth mixture.
"It's full of gelatin and fat and has bone marrow and I think it is very good to keep yourself young," she says. "If you do the right fat, I think that is the key."
She's quite impressed with the results.
"It helps to restructure the tissues for your skin, you hair and your nails. It's full of collegian."
It's also helped her avoid using Botox, which she says she's never tried. "I'm afraid of it," she says.
The actress-producer also shuns conventional exercise routines and says you won't find her on a treadmill.
"I don't do cardio," she says. "I mean I didn't do it when I was young and I'm not going to start jumping now. I know it's good for you and I should but I like yoga."
As to who she thinks looks great in Hollywood, she points to a youthful Tom Cruise adding, "He must be doing my bone broth."
For more of Salma Hayek's beauty secrets check out this week's issue of PEOPLE, on stands now.
Salma Hayek: 'I Thought I Wasn't Going to Be Able' to Have a ChildThese days, wherever you see Salma Hayek you're likely to find her 7-year-old daughter, Valentina, right behind her. The actress-producer recently brought her little one to the L.A. premiere of her new film, Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet, and said the two have traveled the world together going on "so many great adventures."
But in this week's issue of PEOPLE, Hayek, 48, admits there was a time when she feared she might never become a mom.
"I had my child so late in life," says Hayek of giving birth shortly after her 41st birthday. "I thought I wasn't going to be able to and it was such an important thing to me."
Luckily, she met the love of her life in 2006, her husband, French clothing mogul François-Henri Pinault. The two welcomed their daughter, Valentina, in 2007.
Soon after her daughter's arrival Hayek decided to stop working. "My focus went completely on her," she says.
But it was her husband who encouraged her to continue doing what she loves. She is thankful for that decision today and feels being a working mom teaches her daughter a valuable lesson.
"It's important that your kids understand that they are the most important thing but it's not all about them. You set an example that you are also your own person and you have to continue to grow in the field that you are working."
And while she agreed with her husband that going back to work was the right choice, she says there is one thing the two don't see eye to eye on – who Valentina most takes after.
"I think she is more like him and he thinks she is more like me," she says. "I think she looks like him and he things she looks like me."
For more of Salma Hayek's thoughts on motherhood and marriage check out this week's issue of PEOPLE on stands Friday.
How Salma Hayek Is Helping Women and Girls Around the WorldWho run the world? Girls!
Salma Hayek, along with Beyoncé and Gucci, founded the campaign Chime for Change to support organizations helping women and girls around the world.
Hayek sat down with iJustine's Justine Ezarik for People.com's I Care video series to talk about Chime for Change – and to encourage everyone to get involved in helping others.
"This is the kind of work that will bring joy to anyone who does it and will bring hope to everyone who lives on this planet," she says.
The 48-year-old actress and producer has been a longtime proponent of humanitarian work, working with organizations including Unicef.
"I've been doing social work since way before I was an actress or I was famous, so I don't think that this is the kind of work that you need to do because you're a celebrity," she explains.
The Chime for Change campaign was created to "give power to the people," Hayek says, encouraging others to lend a hand who otherwise might not know how to help. The campaign funnels donations to a range of causes, from a nonprofit helping schoolchildren in Kenya to medical volunteers rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean.
As part of her commitment, Hayek, mom of daughter Valentina Paloma, 7, took a trip to Lebanon where she met children who, she says, have no families, homes or "clear vision of the future."
"If we can bring them hope, if they have access to education, they might change the idea of the propaganda that we are evil in America," she says. "If we help them, their perception of who we are is going to be different."
Hayek adds, "We cannot abandon these human beings like that."
For much more from Salma Hayek, pick up this week's issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Salma Hayek says crazed fans threatened to kidnap her daughterSalma Hayek has obtained a restraining order against two women she says have impersonated her and threatened to kidnap her daughter.
A Los Angeles judge granted temporary restraining orders against Liana Philippon and Odette Bodagh on Friday.
An attorney for the Oscar-nominated actress stated in court filings that the women have impersonated Hayek and made numerous attempts to contact her and her family. The filings also accuse the women of making a veiled threat to kidnap and ransom Hayek’s daughter.
The order requires the women to stay away from Hayek, her husband and 7-year-old daughter, and not to communicate with them or impersonate the actress.
An attempt to find numbers for Philippon and Bodagh was unsuccessful.
A judge set a court hearing for Sept. 4 to extend the restraining order.
ABC Buys Latino Family Soap Produced By Salma Hayek & Michael McDonaldABC has put in development a drama project executive produced by Salma Hayek and Michael McDonald (American Crime) through ABC Studios.
Written by Diego Gutierrez (From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series), the untitled project is described as a soapy ensemble drama about the heirs to a wealthy Mexican conglomerate, who are in the throes of a battle for its future when they all become suspects in the murder of their father. ?he drama reflects some personal experiences for Gutierrez who was born and raised in a well-to-do family in Mexico City before attending Wesleyan University and making a life and career for himself in Los Angeles. His family is still in Mexico, with him traveling back and forth. The story on the show also spans Mexico City and Los Angeles.
Gutierrez pitched the idea to McDonald, who reached out to Hayek. The two have an existing relationship stemming from ABC dramedy Ugly Betty, which Hayek executive produced and McDonald helped develop as an executive at ABC Studios. Hayek and her producing partner Pepe Tamaz responded to the idea and boarded the project. It was pitched to ABC, which bought it preemptively with penalty, unusual for a project from sibling ABC Studios. McDonald’s Stearns Castle and Hayek and Tamaz’s Ventanarosa are producing for ABC Studios where McDonald is under an overall deal.
Gutierrez’s series credits also include Kingpin, Without A Trace and Warehouse 13.
Salma Hayek: 'I Embrace Fat, Fat Is Your Friend'Salma Hayek definitely has an unconventional beauty routine. But looking the way she does at 48 (!), she’s doing something, no, everything right. And the actress (who has her own skincare line, Nuance Salma Hayek) just revealed a few more quirky beauty secrets.
One belief that sets her apart from others — her love of fat as part of balanced diet and lifestyle.
“I embrace fat, the good fat, this is very important and I make a bone broth that you can look up on the internet, it’s very good for all your health and it’s full of collagen, when you drink it, it’s like fat,” she told Extra. “I think people are afraid of fat, and fat is your friend.”
Hayek also revealed that her skincare regimen involves her own DIY creations.
“I do a lot of different things — not a lot of things everybody does,” she shared, explaining what she creates her own face cream. “The main ingredient, it’s the bark of a tree that’s used in Mexican hospitals for burn victims so it regenerates the skin.”
The actress recently told PEOPLE she’s all about creams and natural skincare products, not injectables.
“I don’t believe in Botox, especially when [people] do it so young,” Hayek said. “They destroy themselves. They keep telling young girls, ‘Do it young, so you never get wrinkles.’ No, your face is going to fall. You’ll have to keep getting more and more and more each time. So if you’re going to do it, I recommend doing it as late as you can.”
Salma Hayek Turns Premiere into Mom-Daughter ‘Date Night’ with Valentina(Pic) It was ladies’ night out for Salma Hayek.
On Wednesday, the actress brought her daughter Valentina Paloma, 7½, as her date to the Los Angeles premiere of the animated film Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, which Hayek produced.
“It’s actually a grandmother-mother-daughter date night,” Hayek, 48, told PEOPLE before the screening, which took place at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. “My mom is also here. This film is for everybody.”
Clad in a Balenciaga dress and Gucci shoes, Hayek — who lends her voice as one of the characters in the film — not only allowed Valentina to attend the screening but also introduced her to some of her favorites on the red carpet.
“She’s excited to see [the movie] again and show it to her friends, but she’s also excited because we have a lot of people from the Disney Channel here,” jokes Hayek.
Valentina, who voices a character in the French version of the film, had free rein to roam the afterparty, where she filled up on hors d’oeuvres and chatted with Hayek’s costar Quvenzhané Wallis.
“I never do it,” Hayek says about allowing her daughter to be in the spotlight. “But it’s a special occasion. She suffered through Mommy not being around for so long with this one. She’s been a part of it because she had to sacrifice also for this film.”
Hayek adds that the movie was very cathartic for her daughter, specifically with regards to Hayek’s own deceased grandmother.
“For her, after seeing this movie, she doesn’t see death in the same way. She did a drawing of my grandmother’s tomb. She never met my grandmother. She was sad she was dead,” she explains. “Now after seeing the movie, in the drawing, my grandmother was released from the ground and she’s a spirit among us. That’s pretty awesome.”
The mother-daughter date comes on the heels of another adventure the two recently took: to Disneyland!
“Saturday we went to Disneyland. It was hot. I was really overworked,” admits Hayek. “Once you arrive there, you can not get them out of there. I dragged them out!”
But dragging her daughter and her friends around Disneyland isn’t the key to Hayek looking so amazing these days. She’s actually got a few tricks up her sleeve.
“I have many beauty secrets,” shares Hayek. “But tonight, I am lucky because these two Japanese girls are here from Tokyo and they do a massage on the face that pulls you up. It’s like a lift, and they do it all with their hands. No machines, no products, it’s all with their hands. They do something very strange, but it works.”
Salma Hayek Blasts Donald Trump For Immigration Comments: I Won't Even Say His NameSalma Hayek wasn't that shocked when she heard Donald Trump's now infamous statements about Mexican immigrants.
"I'm aware that he would say anything to attract attention and create the publicity around him," the Mexico-born actress told me while promoting her new animated film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (more on that in a second). "If something generates publicity, I would never be surprised about anything he does."
Hayek refuses to "say his name" because she doesn't want to give the presidential hopeful any "extra publicity."
"I'd be surprised if he did something courageous and meaningful that nobody found out about," she said. "This was not courageous and meaningful."
However, she does appreciate that his remarks helped bring more attention to issues around race and discrimination. "At least be brought a light to a real problem," Hayek said.
The Prophet is adapted from Kahlil Gibran's book of the same name. Not only did Hayek produce the movie, but she also stars in it alongside Quvenzhané Wallis and Liam Neeson. The eight segments of the film were directed by eight different directors.
A cinematic tapestry of music, poetry and art, the film deals with such topics as love and death, childre and parenting.
Hayek's seven-year-old daughter Valentina wrote a poem after watching the movie with some friends.
"My daughter came home and wrote a poem about how we are spirits and nothing can incarcerate us, not even our own bodies because our spirit is free and because we are free and we are spirits, we never die. We are eternal," Hayek said, adding, "We underestimate kids. They are profound thinkers."
Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on Aug. 7 followed by a national release later in the month.
Salma Hayek calls husband the ‘perfect man’Now that she’s found the love of her life, Salma Hayek wishes she had been more patient when it came to dating.
“I wish I knew [when I was younger] that I was going to fall crazy in love with the perfect man,” the “Everly” star, 48, recently told Allure magazine. “I was so worried, and I dated some people I shouldn’t have dated.”
In 2009, the actress wed French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, but before meeting the CEO of French fashion conglomerate Kering, she went through her fair share of duds who she convinced herself were worth her time.
“You get desperate, and you start seeing wonderful things in, like, the wrong guys. I also found some pretty good guys,” she told the magazine. “But I wish I could say to myself, ‘Hey, chill out. You’re going to get a great husband that’s going to adore you.’ I would have saved myself a lot of personal drama.”
Now Hayek finds herself with a partner she hates to be away from — “I always miss him when we’re not together” — and who pushes her, like when he implored her to keep working even after she gave birth to the couple’s daughter, 7-year-old Valentina Paloma Pinault.
“I said, ‘I don’t think I want to work anymore,'” she recalled. “And it was François who said, ‘Oh, no, you’re going back to work.’ And I said, ‘I don’t want to.’ ‘Well, you have to. We’re not putting up with some lazy girl in the house. That’s not who I married.’”
Pinault also didn’t want to be robbed of seeing one of his favorite actresses’ work.
“And then he said something so beautiful,” she continued. “’I don’t want to be deprived of your work. I want to watch it, too. And the world has not seen the best of you yet. So you cannot stop until some of that is put out.’”
Salma Hayek, 48, Poses Topless for Allure, Says She's Never Had Botox or Anti-Aging Surgery: ''Thank God I Didn't Do That''(Pic) Count Salma Hayek among the few women in Hollywood who haven't gone under the knife.
The 48-year beauty covers the latest issue of Allure, looking sexier than ever as she shows off her famous cleavage, big brown eyes and plump pout. She also poses topless inside the magazine, clutching her bare breasts in the supersexy black and white shot.
In the accompanying interview, the Mexican beauty opens up about her marriage to Francois-Henri Pinault, her 7-year-old daughter Valentina and reveals the worst beauty advice she's ever received.
"You should start Botox.' When I was young, they tried to sell me on the idea: 'If you do it now, then you won't get the wrinkles,'" Hayek, who says she's never undergone any anti-aging surgery, confesses. "And thank God I didn't do that."
According to Hayek, much of her confidence comes from her relationship with her billionaire hubby, whom she wed in 2009.
"I wish I knew [when I was younger] that I was going to fall crazy in love with the perfect man," she says. "I was so worried, and I dated some people I shouldn't have dated. You get desperate, and you start seeing wonderful things in, like, the wrong guys."
She adds: "I also found some pretty good guys. But I wish I could say to myself, 'Hey, chill out. You're going to get a great husband that's going to adore you.' I would have saved myself a lot of personal drama."
Regrets aside, the Everly stunner says she has never been apart from her husband and her daughter for more than two weeks. "We don't separate for long periods of time. Never."
Following the birth of her daughter, Hayek took a break from the movie biz, and says it was her husband who urged her to return to work.
"I said, 'I don't think I want to work anymore,'" she recalls. "And it was François who said, 'Oh, no, you're going back to work.' And I said, 'I don't want to.' 'Well, you have to. We're not putting up with some lazy girl in the house. That's not who I married.'
"And then he said something so beautiful," she continues. "'I don't want to be deprived of your work. I want to watch it, too. And the world has not seen the best of you yet. So you cannot stop until some of that is put out.' So he sort of really pushed me, like, 'Get up on your feet and get out there.' And he was right."
Salma Hayek Poses Tastefully Topless in Sexy Photo Spread: 'I Was Very Nervous'(Cover, Pic, Pic) Get ready to pull your jaws off the floor, Salma Hayek fans.
The actress-producer dolled up and posed nearly nude for the August issue of Allure, her beauty look kept minimal with eyeliner, rosy cheeks and soft curls framing her face.
"I got to work with the wonderful Patrick Demarchelier, and he always tries to do the minimum clothes possible," Hayek explained in a behind-the-scenes video from the photo shoot. "I kept my pants on though."
(She told PEOPLE in June that she'd always rather show off a little cleavage than leg!)
Salma Hayek Poses Tastefully Topless in Sexy Photo Spread: 'I Was Very Nervous'
She added that the sexy final product, "looked very nice" and "doesn't look vulgar."
Though the 48-year-old appeared confident as ever while striking poses topless for the shoot, she hinted there may have been a shred of shyness within.
"I was very nervous and I think I looked very uncomfortable at the beginning," she told the magazine. "I mean, you can't see anything. Don't get excited!"
Hair and makeup is about as far as the Frida star will go when it comes to beautifying herself.
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"When I was young, they tried to sell me on the idea [of Botox]: 'If you do it now, then you won't get the wrinkles,' " Hayek said. "And thank God I didn't do that."
Hayek also took a trip down memory lane in the video and reviewed some of her red carpet looks throughout the years – some good, some not so good, she admitted. But peeking through her personal time machine, Hayek pointed out the major pro of being a woman.
"I think we change, and that's part of the beauty of being a woman," she explained. "We get to be our own canvas every day when you wake up."
When she's not busy stripping down for photo shoots (okay, it was just one), you'll find the Mexican beauty spending time with her loved ones.
"I've never been apart from my daughter for more than two weeks," Hayek said, adding that it's the same way with her husband of six years, Francois-Henri Pinault. "We don't separate for long periods of time. Never."
Hayek and the French businessman share daughter Valentina, 7. Though the actress ultimately found her happy ending, she said she had to deal with some bad seeds to find her perfect match.
"I wish I knew [when I was younger] that I was going to fall crazy in love with the perfect man," Hayek said. "I was so worried, and I dated some people I shouldn't have dated. You get desperate and you start seeing wonderful things in, like, the wrong guys. I also found some pretty good guys. But I wish I could say to myself, 'Hey, chill out. You're going to get a great husband that's going to adore you.' I would have saved myself a lot of personal drama."
Salma Hayek: 'I Don't Have Time to Work Out'There are those who have the motivation to hit the gym before dawn, and then there are those who are BFFs with their snooze buttons. Salma Hayek falls into the latter camp.
“Some people have the discipline to exercise in the morning, and I didn’t develop that,” the 48-year-old actress admits in this week’s issue of PEOPLE.
In fact, because her schedule is so hectic — she usually works at least 16 hours a day — Hayek rarely squeezes in a gym session. “I don’t have time to exercise. I am working,” she says. “I’ve had some 20-hour days.”
So how does she manage to stay in such great shape?
“I work with a woman in London who taught me how to hold my body in a way where the muscles are activated all day long,” Hayek confesses. “So even when you brush your teeth, you’re working the muscles.”
But walking around with activated muscles 24/7 sounds exhausting! “It’s restorative yoga,” she explains. “She taught me to tone [my muscles] without clenching them. You relax them and focus on the parts that need to be used, but never with tension. If you’re aware of your body, you’d be surprised by the effect it can have.”
For more on Hayek’s workout regimen and beauty routine, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.
Salma Hayek Doesn't Believe in Botox (Plus, the Beauty Advice That Changed Her Life)When I arrive at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in N.Y.C. to meet with Salma Hayek about her beauty line, Nuance Salma Hayek, the actress shakes my hand and holds on to it. “Lindsay, come with me,” she says, dragging me into the next room. “Look at how beautiful this bathroom is; they filled it with all my beauty products!” Yes, the room is immaculate, but really it’s Salma who lights it up. At 48 years old, she’s gorgeous beyond words.
So, what’s her secret? A foundation that works wonders (she swears by Nuance’s Flawless Finish Liquid Foundation) and a good old-fashion beauty routine. “I don’t really take big risks when it comes to beauty,” she admits. “I think a big risk is plastic surgery. I’m very conservative in my beauty routine.” That’s not to say she wouldn’t consider it in the future though. “I don’t know if I would never get plastic surgery. I’m not planning on it right now,” she reveals.
Botox, on the other hand, is a slightly different story. “I don’t believe in Botox, especially when [people] do it so young,” Hayek says. “They destroy themselves. They keep telling young girls, ‘Do it young, so you never get wrinkles.’ No, your face is going to fall. You’ll have to keep getting more and more and more each time. So if you’re going to do it, I recommend doing it as late as you can.”
She also credits her radiant complexion to words of wisdom passed down through her family. “I had a great mother who gave [beauty advice] to me, which is wash your face before you go to sleep — no matter what,” Hayek says. “She and my grandmother told me, ‘You have to do this for yourself. Just think about how much faster you’re going to age if you don’t.'”
A few other fun facts: She prefers air-drying her hair over blow-drying it, she’d rather show off her cleavage than a little leg and you’d be hard-pressed to find her in flats — she’s a heels girl all the way. (Although, she did kick hers off at the end of our interview.)
For more on Salma Hayek’s beauty routine, pick up the June 22 issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands June 10.
Salma Hayek: You Really Like Being Called 'Hot' After You're 40Although the brunette beauty routinely nails it on the red carpet with her stunning looks, Salma Hayek says a nod to an actress's "hotness" becomes more and more precious to her as she gets older.
"When you start you're like, 'No, I want them to see me for my talent, and know me as an actress,' " she told reporters at the Spike's 2015 Guys Choice Awards on Saturday, where she was on hand to accept her decade of hotness award.
Hayek recalled her first time being called a "bombshell" after Desperado was released.
"My English was worse than now and I read the reviews that, 'Salma Hayek was a bombshell,' and to me this means that I was terrible, that I had bombed!" the star said. "Everyone told me, 'No, no, it means that you're great, that you're sexy!' And [I was like], 'That's it? They didn't talk about my acting?"
Now it's a different story for the 48-year-old mom.
"Now?! They want to give me a decade of hotness – I'm like, 'Bring it on!' " she says. "You really like to be 'hot' after you're 40."
Hayek says she owes her hotness to husband François-Henri Pinault.
"You know makes you 'hot'? When you have the hots for someone," she says. "I have the hots for my husband, and that keeps you, I think that keeps that in you. When you like somebody it comes out of you, almost naturally, and you're motivated. Love motivates you."
Spike's Guys Choice Awards will air on June 18 at 9 p.m. ET.
Salma Hayek speaks out about Hollywood sexism: 'It's simple ignorance'(ew.com) Salma Hayek has added her voice to the long list of women denouncing sexism in Hollywood. At an event hosted by Variety at the Cannes Film Festival, Hayek talked about everything from the wage gap to male co-stars getting approval over her casting.
“For a long time they thought the only thing we were interested in seeing were romantic comedies,” said Hayek, who is starring in Tale of Tales. “They don’t see us as a powerful economic force, which is an incredible ignorance.”
Actresses Parker Posey and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and producers Christine Vachon and Elizabeth Karlsen joined Hayek on the panel, which was co-hosted the by the U.N. Women’s HeForShe campaign. Vachon and Karlsen both worked on the film Carol, a lesbian love story starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, which is premiering at Cannes.
“Certainly there’s a huge question mark,” Karlsen said about the pressure she feels is on Carol. “It’s female-led. It’s a lesbian romance. There’s a huge wave of expectation.”
Over the past few weeks, more and more women have spoken out about sexist treatment in Hollywood. The ACLU recently asked federal and state agencies to formally investigate discriminatory hiring practices in film and television.
“The only kind of movie where women make more than men is the porno industry,” Hayek said. “It’s simple ignorance.”
Salma Hayek Explains The Meaning Of The Bloody Heart In 'Tale of Tales'(Video) With hues of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s The Canterbury Tales and as well as the carnivalesque absurdity of Federico Fellini, Matteo Garrone’s Tale Of Tales is a sideways Renaissance fairy tale — bawdy, ornate, hysterical and visceral. “He’s a painter, he’s very pictorial,” says Vincent Cassel, who was drawn to play a promiscuous royal in the film as it allowed him to “make fun” of the sexual archetypes he’s played. Tale of Tales marks the director’s third time on the Croisette (following Grand Jury Prize wins for his 2012 pic Reality and 2008’s gritty mob pic Gomorra) and new film couldn’t be more different tonally from those titles.
What sets Tale of Tales apart from other adult fairy tale pics like The Brothers Grimm and Pan’s Labyrinth “is that it’s seen from the point of view of women,” says Salma Heyek, who was cast by Garrone to play a barren Boticelli-like queen in 17th-century Italy. For the queen to get pregnant, a soothsayer advises that she feast on sea lizard’s heart, which her husband, the King (John C. Reilly), fiercely secures. The photo of Hayek’s queen hunched over the dinner table, gobbling down a huge lizard heart has became the unofficial icon for the film in its days since playing here at Cannes. Watch our DeadlineNow Rough Cuts interviews with Hayek and Cassel.
Salma Hayek's daughter has a future in entertainmentSalma Hayek says her acting coach is her 7-year-old daughter.
In Hayek’s creepy Cannes movie “Tale of Tales,” she plays a character who eats a serpent’s heart, but take after take was making her sick.
Hayek told us her daughter, Valentina, always looks at a monitor when on set and “she gives the best notes.” The girl told Hayek to eat the heart (made of candy and pasta) so that she was “taking bites from the front, and then spitting them out” secretly.
Leave it to a kid to be an expert in pretending to eat something they don’t want to.
Salma Hayek visits Lebanon to launch film 'The Prophet'Salma Hayek is in Lebanon, her first visit to her ancestral homeland, to launch "The Prophet," an animated feature film she co-produced.
Hayek visited the picturesque mountain village of Bcharre in northern Lebanon on Sunday to pay homage to Khalil Gibran, the Lebanese-born poet who wrote "The Prophet," the book on which the film is based.
"Let us have a private moment in this place that we dreamt so long to be a part of," Hayek said before entering the Gibran Museum.
"The Prophet," written in 1923, has inspired generations of artists. The book, a series of poems about love, joy, sorrow, work and spirituality, has been translated into at least 40 languages.
Gibran also was a sculptor and a painter influenced by the English Romantics. He migrated to the United States in the late 1890s, dying there in 1931.
Hayek posed with one of Gibran's towering sculptures outside the museum and dipped her feet in nearby mountain spring waters before visiting his tomb and viewing his work.
"The Prophet" director Roger Allers, who also directed Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," accompanied Hayek.
"I have been living with the spirit of Gibran for the last three years and it has been a very intimate experience and now to come to his home is very moving," Allers said.
The film tells the story of a friendship between a young girl and an imprisoned poet. Quoting from Gibran's book, Allers said: "'Work is love made visible.' And I really feel that about this movie."
The film premieres April 30 in Lebanon. Distributor Mohammed Fadallah said it will be showing in 20 theaters here before going to the Gulf region and North Africa.
Hayek arrived Friday in Lebanon. The Mexican-American actress' paternal grandfather was Lebanese and immigrated to Mexico.
A poster outside the museum bearing one of Gibran's poems also welcomed her: "The children of my Lebanon, those who migrate with nothing but courage in their hearts and strength in their arms but who return with wealth in their hands and a wreath of glory upon their heads."
'Tale Of Tales' Trailer: Salma Hayek Dines On A Dragon Heart - Cannes'Tale Of Tales' Trailer: Salma Hayek Dines On A Dragon Heart - Cannes: video.
Jessica Chastain and Salma Hayek get frisky at Saint Laurent(Pic) In a tuxedo, a boisterous Salma Hayek ramped up the feminism at the Saint Laurent Paris show and encouraged actress Jessica Chastain to expose her chest.
Hayek said she was inspired by the female empowerment of the clothes at the storied house whose legacy is of being the first to dress women in men's suits.
Meanwhile, rapper Kanye West and former-Beatle Paul McCartney arrived at the Stella McCartney show buddy-buddy, though their musical styles couldn't be further apart.
Here are the highlights of Monday's frenetic fall-winter 2015 ready-to-wear collections, including show reports for Hermes, Giambattista Valli and Saint Laurent.
SAINT LAURENT GOES SEXY, 80S GLAMOUR
Fashion's wild child Hedi Slimane upped the sexiness in his latest offering for Saint Laurent, with thick eye make-up, whitened faces, torn tights and a flirtation with the styles of the '80s' New Romantics.
The stomping models were still here in this latest chapter of the controversial French-Tunisian's evolution at the house, as were the glittering Glam Rock fleeces, black boots, black leather minis, and the figure-hugging leopard print cocktail dresses.
But it felt like this Saint Laurent girl had grown up a little bit, moved on the early Eighties and discovered sex.
A tight black leather zip-up minidress was undone nearly to the crotch, while one truncated bridal dress was twinned with a tuxedo and looked like the heady bride had ditched her man at the altar and gone to the disco.
There were also strokes of glamour — like a black one-shoulder split minidress that sported a huge white bow.
The show ended on a high — featuring one look with tulle netting coming up from the bust like a visor, and another, a shimmering black microdress with fabulous diagonal insets of polka dots and geometric stripes that put the Saint Laurent chronometer firmly to 1982.
These final looks were some of the most creative Slimane has produced since he landed at the house in 2012.
SAINT LAURENT SISTERS HAYEK AND CHASTAIN
Fashion royalty Hayek, wife of Kering luxury group CEO Francois Henri Pinault, sat pride of place at Saint Laurent, and chatted enthusiastically with Chastain after the fall-winter show.
"We talked about female empowerment... I'm much older than Jessica, but it reminds me of the '80s: a little punk, but chic. A different take on it: very strong, very sexy, very feminine ... I loved every single piece. Well, (apart from) the one with the boob out, (that) I don't know that I can ever wear. Yes, Jessica can," Hayek suggested.
Chastain was a little less enthused with the enforced nudity.
"Well, I thought I could wear that with a bra," replied Chastain, and laughed it off, though the Oscar-nominated actress is no stranger to topless roles, having done so in three films, including 2013's "Salome."
JESSICA CHASTAIN IS A WORKAHOLIC
Jessica Chastain has signed up to a highly anticipated new project: to play Marilyn Monroe in a proposed 2016 film "Blond."
"I'm not ready to talk about it... But I'm very excited to be working with (the director) Andrew Dominic," she said.
Chastain was, however, ready to talk about her admiration for Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, who's directed her in the supernatural period film "Crimson Peak," that comes out in October.
"He's a dream come true. I've worked with him twice — he produced a film I did called Mama. And "Crimson Peak" is the first one that he's directed that I've done, which was really cool," she said.
Chastain, has another film — "Martian" — coming out November and is soon to start filming on "The Huntsman."
Woody Harrelson joined Paul McCartney and West in the front row.
But the strong celebrity presence wasn't needed to attract attention to the 43-year-old's designs.
It was a stellar collection.
Hitting the on-trend spot, Stella McCartney sensually explored styles of undressing for fall-winter 2015, with a hint of the corset.
Gone were many of the sporty shapes that are now associated with her aesthetic — and in their place were silhouettes, cinched chicly with a belt at the waist or bustier-shaped. Elsewhere, there were voluminous "comfort" shapes on beautiful loose knit sweater-dresses in earth tones, which would fall nonchalantly off one arm — as if in a state of undress.
Then, in a fabulous series of yeti-style "Fur Free Fur" looks — shimmying past stylishly — McCartney evoked the spirit of her late animal rights activist mother, Linda. They were so well crafted, that even the most knowledgeable fashion editor might not have been able to spot the difference between this fake fur and the real deal — had they not known who had designed them.
They were twinned with great '70s kick flare pants — which together with flashes of eclectic metallic panels — gave the collection a real disco lift.
GIAMBATTISTA VALLI'S INTENTIONAL CONTRASTS
Giambattista Valli combined the sweet scent of the '60s with a play on wildly contrasting patterns for a vibrant and highly original ready-to-wear display.
Starting off with A-line mini-dresses — one with bell (bishop's) sleeves and blocked monochrome, and another with black knee-high lace up boots — the collection blossomed into floral motifs, retro zigzag and check prints on pants and the odd peplum.
Clothes were light, airy with flashes of vivid color and prints.
But the creative fun really went full throttle on looks that combined contrasting patterns. A monochrome check fitted sleeveless top and pants were worn with an undergarment that peeped out like a peplum in a vivid floral print in black, pink and yellow.
What made the ensemble work was that the diagonal movement in the check was also reflected in a subtle diagonal movement in the floral print. Detail like this is the sign of a true fashion artist, as Valli is.
HERMES' DESIGNER UNVEILS DEBUT COLLECTION
For her debut collection at powerhouse Hermes, new designer Nadege Vanhee-Cybulski pared down the house aesthetic, to subtle, yet powerful, results.
Narrowing down the palette to navy, cobalt blue, ivory, carmine red and flashes of sunshine yellow, the 36-year-old French designer used simple minimalist shapes that drew from Oriental styles to bold effect.
The collection was all about gentle contradictions. The austerity of shiny navy leather coats was broken up with a disc panel, or a large soft leather collar.
Elsewhere, a Western-looking sweater sported a Siamese-style split skirt with color-rich panels, or a shirt in carmine red — associated with the Far East — came on a button-up shirt and was twinned with high sartorial pants. It was a nice mix.
There were also cavalry or equestrian references fused with this creative musing, like a quilted leather coat with large saddle pockets that cleverly resembled a sort of peplum.
Other looks were simply beautiful like an ivory silk split dress with a band on the midriff, which gently swayed as the model walked.
It was a promising start.
Salma Hayek: 'I Was Always Borderline Chubby' but I Love the Way I Look Now!(Cover, Pic1, Pic2) Actress Salma Hayek Pinault may be “pushing 50? (her words!) but she’s busier — and hotter — than ever (again, her words!). And as if you had any doubt, she’s making her point in a sizzling photoshoot for Net-a-porter’s The Edit.
“I feel great. I looked worse in my youth! I’m in good shape right now,” she says in an interview. “I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga. I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food and frankly, I like my wine.”
The 48-year-old mom to Valentina stuns in a black Gareth Pugh gown and Maison Margiela arm cuffs on her new cover. But she’s no “girl next door,” she says, also admitting her “quite short and overly wavy” figure made casting difficult at some points in her career.
Now, her schedule is jam-packed and she claims it has nothing to do with planning. “I don’t fit into stereotypes of a woman that should continue to work,” she says. “If you think about it, I’m limited by the way I talk and by the way I look. I’m 48 years old. Amazing, talented people [stop finding work] at 32, 33 sometimes! … It has something to do with karma, maybe. I believe in karma.”
Wine, food, yoga and a little bit of karma. Got it! Off we go to do some Sun Salutations (followed by plenty of vino).
Salma Hayek, 48, Reveals She ''Never Exercised'' Before Now: ''I Was Always Borderline Chubby''Salma Hayek may be "pushing 50," but she's never looked better.
The star of the upcoming action-packed flick Everly opens up to Net-a-Porter's The Edit about how she maintains her killer hourglass figure and why 2015 is about to be her craziest year yet.
"I never exercised my whole life, but now I do yoga. I was always borderline chubby, because I like my food, and frankly, I like my wine," she tells the fashion site.
"I have to say, I'm pushing 50 but I feel great. I looked worse in my youth! I'm in good shape right now."
She continued, "I'm quite short. I have an overly…wavy body. I'm not like the girl next door who is easy to cast. I don't fit into any of the stereotypes of a woman that should continue to work. I don't know what it is, but I don't think it has anything to do with planning. It has something to do with karma, maybe. I believe in karma."
Hayek, who has five films out this year, confessed that "this is the by far the busiest I have been in my life."
"The funny thing is that I really don't even understand how [it all] came out. Maybe because when you don't want something as much, you're not desperate.
The stunning star added, "If you think about it, I'm limited by the way I talk and by the way I look. I'm 48 years old. Amazing, talented people [stop finding work] at 32, 33 sometimes! Not so much in London, but in the U.S. it's crazy. Also, for those who have never seen me in person…oh, you should see me sometimes. At the weekend, I walk around in my pajamas. Sometimes I'll make an effort, but a lot fo the time I'm just shameless. Comfortably shameless."
Tom Cruise -- Does Ex Factor ... With Penelope Cruz(Pic) Tom Cruise hooked up with his ex-girlfriend Penelope Cruz ... for dinner in London and left with a souvenir... -- he was caught leaving with a red lipstick stain on his cheek.
Since he's Tom Cruise ... dinner with Penelope wouldn't be hot enough -- so her pal Salma Hayek came along for the meal at Scott's in London.
No clue on who planted the smooch on Cruise -- both women were wearing red lipstick.
Now, for the buzz kill -- Penelope's married with kids now (just like Salma) so probably not a hot and heavy date night.
Ahh, but the mammaries. They'll always have those.
GKIDS Acquires Salma Hayek-Produced 'The Prophet'After debuting at Cannes and playing at the Toronto Film Festival last year, the animated feature version of one of the bestselling books of all time is coming to more big screens this summer. Distributor GKIDS has acquired North American rights to Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, the passion project of Salma Hayek.
“After seeing the incredible reaction to the movie in Cannes, Toronto and Doha, I’m very excited to be working with GKIDS in bringing Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet to North American audiences,” Hayek said. “This is one of the most personal projects I have ever done and I am extremely proud of it.”
Written and directed by Lion King helmer Roger Allers, The Prophet adaptation is produced by Hayek and José Tamez’s Ventanarosa Productions along with Clark Peterson, and Ron Senkowski. Steve Hanson, François Pinault, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Julia Lebedev, Leonid Lebedev, Naël Nasr, Haytham Nasr, Jean Riachi, Julien Khabbaz and William Nix are executive producers. Participant Media and Doha Film Institute provided financing for the project.
The Oscar-nominated Frida actress is in the voice cast as is Liam Neeson, Quvenzhané Wallis, John Krasinski, Frank Langella and Alfred Molina, as my colleague Mike Fleming Jr revealed back in 2013.
“The film’s message about freedom and the power of human expression could not be more relevant and timely,” said GKIDS president Eric Beckman today.
The book has sold more than 100 million copies since its 1923 release.
This acquisition by GKIDS comes after the distributor snagged a duo of Best Animated Feature Oscar nominations with The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya and Song Of The Sea. It pulled off the same Oscar-double feat in 2012 with A Cat In Paris and The Secret Of Kells.
Salma Hayek, 48, Kicks Ass in a Bra and Underwear in Everly TrailerSalma Hayek, 48, Kicks Ass in a Bra and Underwear in Everly Trailer: Video.
'Everly' Trailer: Salma Hayek Dies Hard(Video) Salma Hayek says “Yippee-ki-yay” to Japanese mobsters and hired killers in the international trailer for Everly, director Joe Lynch’s ode to Asian cinema and the action classic Die Hard. The Oscar nominee stars as a Yakuza prostitute-turned-informant who must find her inner John McClane and fend off assassins before she can whisk her young daughter away to a new life. Liam Neeson rebranded himself as an action hero with Taken and Scarlett Johansson did it this summer with Lucy. After recent turns in Here Comes The Boom and Grown Ups 2, can Everly do the same for Hayek?
Akie Kotabe and Hiroyuki Watanabe also star in Lynch’s follow-up to Knights Of Badassdom and Yale Hannon scripted the bloody shoot ‘em up, which features a score by The Walking Dead and Battlestar Galactica composer Bear McCreary. Radius-TWC will first debut on iTunes and On Demand on January 23 before it hits theaters on February 27.
Salma Hayek -- Mama Mia ... That's Some Body!(Pic) Salma Hayek is not one to flaunt her curves -- we rarely see her rocking little black bikinis -- which is why we're showing you these pics of her ... rocking a little black bikini.
Salma was yachting in St. Barts with her husband Francois-Henri Pinault over the holiday weekend.
A 48-year-old mother should not look that good ... but we're glad she does.
Salma Hayek: I Try to Be an Example for My DaughterSalma Hayek has dedicated herself to empowering women, but when it comes to empowering her 7-year-old daughter, Valentina, the actress and activist says she avoids a heavy-handed approach.
"I don't preach to her every day," she told PEOPLE on the red carpet prior to receiving an award from Equality Now at the Make Equality Reality event in Beverly Hills on Monday. "She's aware that her mommy fights for the rights of women, that there are many places in the world where they are not entitled to the rights."
Hayek, 48, also shared that her daughter is a "big fan" of Malala Yousafzai – and that the Pakistani activist for female education is making an important impact on her impressionable child.
"She understands who she is and what she does," she said. "Because of this, it makes her appreciate her own opportunities for education. She knows everything I do for Chime for Change (the women's charity she cofounded with Beyoncé) and how important it is in my life. That's all I can do. Just try to live an example of the things I believe in."
While accepting the award, Hayek also explained why equality for women is so critical and her passion for the charity.
"It is your choice to decide what is going to be your contribution to your lifetime in the world," she said. "If it's going to be about women, we will provide the tools so you can know what's going on. The next step is to create a coalition of warriors who want to create war against violence and against hate."
Despite her passionate support for women, Hayek told PEOPLE that she does not consider herself to be a feminist.
"I am not a feminist," she said. "If men were going through the things women are going through today, I would be fighting for them with just as much passion. I believe in equality."
Salma Hayek Barely Avoids Wardrobe Malfunction During Wet Photo Shoot(Pic) Whoopsie! That was a close call.
Hollywood beauty Salma Hayek was snapped clutching on to her cleavage as she stepped out of a pool in a soaking wet black strapless dress for a photo shoot earlier today in hopes of avoiding a huge wardrobe malfunction.
While the purpose behind the sexy photo shoot remains unknown, it was clear that the weight of her drenched dress proved to be a bit challenging to keep up and cover the girls.
Luckily, she successfully steered clear from accidentally flashing her bare breasts to everyone around her.
Aside from her wardrobe, Salma stunned with her hair slicked back and flawless makeup.
E! News recently spoke with Hayek at the at the Toronto International Film Festival and toyed with the idea of an Ugly Betty reunion show. "I would love to," says Hayek, who produced the series starring America Ferrera.
Even though Betty has "such a special place in my heart," Hayek sadly said she doesn't see a reunion happening anytime soon.
Salma was promoting her labor of love, an animated adaptation of poet Kahlil Gibran's bestseller The Prophet. "I had a vision for something that I thought was original, to have the story with different chapters," Hayek said. "I love breaking the rules. It always gives a little extra strength."
An Ugly Betty Reunion? Salma Hayek Would Love to See It HappenIf Married With Children can spawn a spin-off, Ugly Betty surely could at least do a reunion show, don't you think?
"I would love to," says Salma Hayek, who produced the series starring America Ferrera.
Even though Betty has "such a special place in my heart," Hayek sadly said she doesn't see a reunion happening anytime soon.
I caught up with the Oscar nominee at the Toronto International Film Festival, where she was promoting her labor of love, an animated adaptation of poet Kahlil Gibran's bestseller The Prophet.
It's told through eight chapters, each directed by a different director.
"I had a vision for something that I thought was original, to have the story with different chapters," Hayek said. "I love breaking the rules. It always gives a little extra strength."
She was intent on creating something for all ages. "I'm always doing too many things like most of us today so at night sometimes I don't want to think and I find that I'm watching films just because I want them to entertain me and I want to escape," Hayek said.
She continued to explain, "I wish I did more things or I spent some of that time meditating, doing yoga or doing some of the things I know I need. So I had this concept of making a film that was entertaining, that you can watch with your family. It's so hard to find a movie that you can all enjoy and talk about."
The Prophet includes voice by Hayek, Liam Neeson, John Krasinski and Quvenzhané Wallis.
Hayek didn't necessarily enjoy being a producer on the project. "I don't really love it," she admitted. "But sometimes I really want a film to be made or I have an idea and the only way you can get it through is by producing it."
Directing, however, is something she wants to do more of. She made her directing debut back in 2003 with Showtime's The Maldonado Miracle, but has yet to helm anything else.
"I was producing something with someone and they said, 'You're not a producer, you're not even an actor. You're a director,'" Hayek remembers. "He offered it to me and…I didn't even like the script that much until we got a chance to fix. And then I did it and thought, 'How come this never occurred to me to do this?'"
Maybe directing an Ugly Betty reunion could be next?
Salma Hayek Actioner 'Everly,' 'Town That Dreaded Sundown,' 'It Follows' Set For Fantastic FestRadius-TWC’s Salma Hayek action thriller Everly will make its world premiere this month at Fantastic Fest, the genre fest announced today along with its final batch of high profile titles and filmmaker guests. Joining the Joe Lynch-directed pic in Austin will be Blumhouse and MGM/Orion’s horror remake The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Radius-TWC’s Cannes horror pick-up It Follows, Picturehouse’s The Guest, and Dimension/Radius’ Daniel Radcliffe starrer Horns.
Guardians Of The Galaxy director James Gunn will moderate the world premiere of David Yarovesky’s The Hive, while Nicolas Winding Refn will host a screening of recently restored The Astrologer and appear in his wife Liv Corfixen’s My Life Directed By Nicolas Winding Refn, a documentary filmed during the making of Only God Forgives. Director Edgar Wright is also heading to Austin as a juror in the Next Wave film category. The annual festival runs September 18-26 out of the Alamo Drafthouse theaters, which this year will simultaneously screen its opening night film, Kevin Smith’s Tusk, and the world premiere of anthology The ABCs Of Death 2 in all Drafthouse markets nationwide along with Q&As live-streamed into theaters and online.
Also unveiled this morning was the fight card for the annual filmmaker rumble The Fantastic Debates, in which guests of the fest debate a topic at the podium and in the boxing ring. The Sacrament helmer Ti West will battle festival founder Tim League, while Everly‘s Lynch faces off against Almost Human star Josh Ethier and Twitch.com’s Todd Brown accepts the public challenge from BitTorrent.com’s Matt Mason.
“We promised that our tenth anniversary was going to be the most deranged yet and I’m proud to say we’ve delivered on that promise,” said festival founder League. “Not only have we compiled our biggest slate of exceptional genre films but the chaos we’ve embraced for our events is going to knock people out. Much like I’m going to do to Ti West.”
Joan Rivers: ''Red Carpets Will Not Be The Same Without Her,'' Says Salma HayekSalma Hayek's husband Francois-Henri Pinault may own the luxury fashion houses that dress Hollywood's elite, but that doesn't mean the actress didn't mind Joan Rivers' fashion take-downs.
"She's an icon," Hayek told me at the Toronto Film Festival premiere of her new animated adaption of poet Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. "It won't be he same without her—red carpets will not be the same without her."
Pinault's holdings include Gucci, Stella McCartney. Alexander McQueen and Yves Saint Laurent.
"It was of course OK," Hayek said of Rivers' Fashion Police commentary. "She invented a whole way of making fun a little bit of fashion. We're going to miss her."
Rivers died Thursday at age 81 just days after she suffered from complications while undergoing a throat operation in New York City on Aug. 28.
Salma Hayek pulls trigger on 'Everly' at Comic-ConFor Salma Hayek, her role in "Everly" was her toughest yet.
"It might not seem like shooting those guns is physical, but it was," Hayek told the crowd at Comic-Con on Friday. "They were heavy!"
Hayek plays a captured woman who tries to escape from an apartment building by any means necessary. The "Desperado" and "Frida" star told fans at the pop-culture convention that "Everly" shows off the determination of women. It features the 47-year-old actress taking down waves of baddies with guns, grenades and an assortment of other artillery.
"We can do amazing things," she told the audience. "But please don't go shooting anyone. It's a metaphor."
"Everly" filmmaker Joe Lynch, who previously directed "Knights of Badassdom," called the titular role a strong female character, but he also scoffed at the moniker.
"That shouldn't even be a thing," Lynch said. "It should just be strong characters."
Salma Hayek Makes the Ultimate Hot Teacher(Photo) Salma Hayek better steer clear from any schoolyards in this look. The How to Make Love Like an Englishman star could get some little boys in very big trouble.
We're not surprised that the perfectly curvy beauty is wearing such a steamy educator ensemble. She always manages to look like someone's day dream, whether it's a co-ed or a jealous co-star. What makes this specific look work? Three key factors.
1. That pencil skirt. It's called a pencil because of the straight shape, but it may as well be because every sexy teacher in history has worn the slim, hip-hugging style.
2. A buttoned-up blouse. It's about concealing not revealing cleavage. The hidden element keeps the classroom guessing.
3. Va-Va-Voom accessories. We're counting the sexy sandals, Hollywood shades and voluptuous hair in that set.
Maybe Salma should teach an adjunct course in acting at a local college. We'll start the bets on how fast that class fills up at 30 seconds or less.
Salma Hayek goes political on Cannes red carpet(Photo) The red carpet is turning completely unpredictable at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014.
Salma Hayek broke the festival's non-political tradition by holding up a #BringBackOurGirls sign on the red carpet for the premiere of the animated film The Prophet. Hayek was one of a few guests at the red carpet gala showing off the sign.
The sign was in support of 230 school girls who were kidnapped from the Chibok Government Secondary School by Boko Haram terrorists in Nigeria on April 15.
The traditional Cannes red carpet is generally reserved for glamour and celebration of film. All participants are required to dress in formal wear, and men without the proper black tie are turned away.
The political message "is most unusual," says Marie-Pierre Hauville, director of communications for the festival. "It's rare. But clearly this is happening all over the world and was a personal impulse."
The move follows a red carpet event of a very different sort — a Ukrainian prankster journalist had to be forcibly removed from the red carpet after climbing under America Ferrera's dress before the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Salma Hayek's Brother's Car Crash -- Cops May Recommend Manslaughter ProsecutionSalma Hayek's brother Sami may have gunned his muscle car just before getting into a fatal car crash, and cops are thinking of referring the case to the D.A. for manslaughter prosecution.
LAPD got a search warrant -- obtained by TMZ -- which allowed them to root through the car Sami was driving -- a 2006 Ford GT. Cops were zeroing in on a device called an RCM -- restraint control module, which is like a black box for cars.
Cops believe the RCM will confirm the stories of some eyewitnesses ... that Sami gunned his car and lost control, which then caused him to fishtail over the center line and hit a car coming in the opposite direction.
According to the search warrant, cops reveal they anticipate sending the case to the L.A. County D.A. for possible felony vehicular manslaughter prosecution.
The legal docs don't reveal the results of the RCM analysis.
And, according to the search warrant, Salma and her husband OWN the car and he often drove it when they were out of town. Under California law, if the victim's family sues, the registered owners could also be on the hook.
Salma Hayek Invited To Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's 'Sausage Party'The Oscar-nominated actress will lend her voice to the raunchy animated tale of a sausage’s quest to discover the truth about his existence. Salma Hayek will play Teresa the Taco in Sausage Party, the R-rated toon written by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. She joins a voice cast that includes Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Kristen Wiig, Michael Cera, Edward Norton, and David Krumholtz. After falling out of a shopping cart, the hero sausage and his new friends embark on a journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the Fourth of July sale. Sony and Annapurna Pictures are co-financing and producing. Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan direct. Sony is releasing worldwide and eyeing a 2015 date. Hayek most recently appeared in Grown Ups 2 and Here Comes The Boom and next stars in How To Make Love Like An Englishman and Everly.
Salma Hayek's Brother Injured in Fatal Car CrashSalma Hayek's brother was hospitalized after he was involved in a fatal car crash that claimed the life of his passenger, according to The Associated Press.
On Sunday, Sami Hayek lost control of his car and collided with another vehicle on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. His passenger, photographer and Grammy-winning art director Ian Cuttler Sala, died as a result. The driver of the other car broke his foot, while Hayek suffered severeal broken ribs.
Investigators are looking into what caused Hayek, a furniture designer, to lose control.
Berlin: Salma Hayek, John Travolta Line Up 'A Three Dog Life'Earlier today, Radius-TWC plunked down for upcoming Salma Hayek Pinault thriller Everly. The actress is now lining up A Three Dog Life, opposite John Travolta. The drama is based on the best-selling memoir by Abigail Thomas. Nick Guthe penned the adaptation of the book about Thomas’ life in the aftermath of her husbandd’s devastating car accident. Guthe also directs. Producers are J. Todd Harris and Clark Peterson. The Solution is handling international rights with CAA and WME Global co-representing the U.S. Travolta is up next in The Forger, opposite Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan. It emerged today that he’ll voice Gummy Bear in an upcoming pic. Hayek Pinault will be seen in Everly later this year, and also has How To Make Love Like An Englishman opposite Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Alba. She was recently cast in Matteo Garrone’s next, The Tale Of Tales. The pair co-starred in 2006's Lonely Hearts and more recently in Oliver Stone’s 2012 pic Savages. Travolta is repped by WME and Principato Young Entertainment and Hayek Pinault by CAA and Management 360. Guthe is with APA and Echo Lake Management.
Berlin: Dimension & Radius-TWC Acquire U.S. Rights To Salma Hayek Thriller 'Everly'After last night’s massive Weinstein Co acquisition of The Imitation Game, domestic action has perked up slightly today. Dimension and Radius-TWC have made a preemptive move on Everly, acquiring U.S. rights to the Salma Hayek thriller. Joe Lynch is directing the pic that’s from the Black List script by Yale Hannon. It’s described as an intense action thriller aboout a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss, while trying to save her estranged mother and daughter. Togo Igawa (Last Samurai), Masashi Fujimoto (Sympathy For Mr Vengeance) and veteran Hiroyuki Watanabe also star. Dimension and Radius have set a fourth quarter 2014 release.
Radius co-presidents Tom Quinn and Jason Janego said, “We’ve been on the hunt for a female driven action franchise and we’ve finally found it in Everly. Salma is utterly transcendent.”
The film was produced and financed by recently launched Singapore venture Vega, Baby! and produced via Adam Ripp and Rob Paris’ Crime Scene Pictures. Luke Rivett of Anonymous Content and Andrew Pfeffer also produced. Rizal Risjad, Ricky Budhrani and Paul Green are the executive producers. Brett Hedblom is the co-producer. and Sierra/Affinity has international sales Quinn and Janego negotiated the deal with CAA, Paris and David Boyle.
2014 Razzie NominationsWinners for The Razzies will be announced March 1, the night before the 86th Academy Awards.
Worst supporting actress:
Salma Hayek Gets Auburn Highlights(Photo) Katie Holmes’s six-inch cut wasn’t the only surprising hair news to happen this weekend. Salma Hayek — who’s been a dark brunette for most of her career — went for a bold color change as well.
The actress stepped out with reddish-blonde highlights at the Rêve d’Enfants AROP charity event in Paris, a noted departure from her rich brown shade. But her go-to center-parted curly style stayed exactly the same. And while we don’t know if it’s for a role or for fun, we’re into it — the sun-kissed color complements her complexion. (Salma, if you’re reading, we’d also like to know what your curly-hair secret is for keeping your waves so smooth and shiny.)
While editors are always loving her hair, Hayek also hit a style high note a few weeks ago nabbing the top spot from PEOPLE readers on our Best Dressed List.
“I’m not really a fashionista,” she told InStyle earlier this yer. “I have an eye. I can pull it together, but a lot of the effort I make is for my husband, because I want him to be attracted to me.”
Why Salma Hayek Is a Hero to Her DaughterSalma Hayek may not have a big part in the upcoming Muppets Most Wanted movie, but don't tell that to her six-year-old daughter, Valentina.
"I have a little cameo but I'm very excited because I'm her hero now," the Grown Ups actress told me at the BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards at he Beverly Hilton hotel. "I have finally arrived."
Tom Hiddleston told E! News also about working on the movie with Kermit the Frog when we caught up with him at last week's premiere of Thor: The Dark World.
"It was amazing," Hiddelston said. "I got completely starstruck. I have to tell you, I have peaked! It's all downhill from here. I will never such a juicy gig again!"
Muppets Most Wanted finds our favorite puppets tangled up in a European jewelry heist lead by a Kermit lookalike named Constantine. A sequel to the 2011 Muppets reboot, the film stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey. It's due in theaters on March 21, 2014.
"The idea of this film is that our gang is on this global tour, and we're selling out these grand theaters all over Europe—in Berlin, Madrid, London—but we sort of get into a little bit of trouble when we run across my Doppelgänger," Kermit said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly (yes, Kermie does interviews!). "He's the world's number one criminal, Constantine, and he happens to look an awful lot like me. I won't tell you any more than that, but let's just say mayhem ensues."
Other celebrity cameos reportedly include Lady Gaga, Usher, Christoph Waltz, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Céline Dion.
Sneak peek: Salma Hayek takes aim in 'Everly'(Photo) This is definitely not the sweet and bubbly Salma Hayek we're used to.
In the action-thriller Everly, she plays a desperate woman forced to do battle against an army of Japanese gangsters. This means the 47-year-old Frida and 30 Rock star packs some serious heat, even in a nightgown.
"You've never seen me like this before," says Hayek of the film, which just completed production (no U.S. release date yet). "And I love it. Because you really see a transformation in this character that's noticeable and shocking. I become a badass.''
In the script by Yale Hannon and Joe Lynch (who also directs), Hayek portrays Everly, a woman who is beholden to the leader of a Yakuza crime gang. After she turns FBI informant, the mob leader who loves her sends thugs to her luxury apartment to torture and then kill her.
But Everly inexplicably turns the tables on one assailant. And, with nothing to lose, continues to battle the army that follows.
"She starts out in one state of mind," says Lynch. "And through the course of one night, she sort of rises out of ashes as she becomes stronger and stronger."
The most riveting aspect of the script is that it takes place entirely in Everly's apartment.
I have always loved self-contained siege films like Die Hard,'' says Lynch. "For me, that was the best challenge, to create a visceral claustrophobia."
And Everly is far from your typical action hero. She's a fragile person completely unused to firearms. Hayek says she had only briefly used guns in one previous film, Robert Rodriguez's Desperado, from 1995. But the lack of skill helped her Everly character.
"She has never killed anyone before. She's done nothing like this. And something else takes over," says Hayek. "She's opening a new door of hell every five minutes."
The film was shot in Belgrade, Serbia, to keep the budget down, and Hayek received training from Serbian special forces to use more than 20 types of weapons, including an Uzi.
"She took one shot and the Uzi recoil threw her,'' Lynch recalls. "She didn't expect that. She was like, 'I'm done.' It was hilarious."
But the moment was appropriate for her character. And Lynch even worked it into the screenplay. Later in the training, Hayek showed more confidence with a different weapon.
"She grabbed a shotgun, cocked it once and said, 'Let's play,' '' says Lynch. "And I thought, this was going to be just fine."
Salma Hayek's Major Wardrobe Malfunction: Actress Flashes Butt on Beach With Pierce Brosnan(Photo) It looks like we just got free tickets to the buns show.
Salma Hayek became the unfortunate victim of a breeze while shooting a scene for her upcoming flick How to Make Love Like an Englishman with Pierce Brosnan in Los Angeles.
As you can very clearly see, Salma unintentionally flashed her entire rear as her skirt blew up mid-scene.
And wardrobe malfunction or not, all we can say is dayum.
We won't go into major detail about how killer her curves look, but it's pretty obvious the 47-year-old isn't afraid of incorporating squats into her workouts.
And this isn't the first skin-baring moment on set that Salma's experienced.
Earlier this week, photos surfaced of her flaunting some serious cleavage while on the oceanfront set.
Salma got all kinds of boobylicious in a checkered bra top underneath a white dress shirt which was opened to show her bosom.
She completed the sexy look with a black skirt, black boots, black hat and chic black sunglasses.
Aside from the fact that she looks positively fabulous, this leading lady is about to become the butt of many a joke. (You're welcome.)
Salma Hayek Shows Lots of Cleavage on Set of New Movie-See Her Boob-Baring Look(Photo) Well, hello there, Salma Hayek!
The gorgeous 47-year-old actress hit the set of her new film How to Make Love Like an Englishman in L.A. yesterday showing off lots of cleavage in a super-sexy look.
Hayek flaunted her boobylicious assets in a checkered black-and-white bra top under a white shirt that was tied at the waist and open to show her bosom. She completed her look with a black skirt, black boots, black hat and chic black sunglasses.
Also on set filming scenes was Hayek's costar Pierce Brosnan. The two were snapped filming scenes in a car together. How to Make Love Like an Englishman is a drama about a Cambridge poetry professor who begins to reevaluate his life.
Last week, Hayek stepped out in a much more conservative look that hid her signature cleavage (and any skin for that matter!). She attended the Boucheron Hosts Hiroshi Shugimoto Exhibition Celebration in Paris sporting a black-and-white pantsuit and jacket that featured large lapels.
Over the summer, Hayek revealed that her daughter Valentina is taking after her mom's Hollywood lifestyle. "She loves coming on the red carpet with me and she loves standing having her picture taken," Salma dished. "She loves to have her red carpet moment. [She's] already a very talented actor."
Salma Hayek Lands Lead In 'How To Make Love Like An Englishman'Salma Hayek is joining Pierce Brosnan and Jessica Alba in How To Make Love Like An Englishman, the sexually charged romantic comedy that Tom Vaughan will direct. In the Matthew Newman-scripted indie comedy, Brosnan plays a Cambridge University prof who finds a woman who is his ideal match (Hayek), forcing him to reevaluate his life of hedonistic excess. This comes after he impregnates her grad student stepsister (Alba). The film’s produced by Richard B. Lewis, Beau St. Clair and Kevin Frakes and is a co-production between Palmstar Media Capital, Southpaw Entertainment, Irish Dreamtime and Envision. Brosnan will be exec producer with Raj Brinder Singh, Lisa Wilson, Myles Nestel and Remington Chase. The film is being funded by Merced Media Partners and Palmstar, with CAA handling U.S. distribution and The Solution Entertainment Group handling offshore sales. Hayes is repped by CAA and Management 360.
Salma Hayek Says Her Daughter Loves Acting; See More Starlets Who've Taken After Their Famous ParentsDoes Salma Hayek have a little star on her hands?
In a recent interview, the actress opened up about 5-year-old daughter Valentina's love for the spotlight.
"She loves coming on the red carpet with me and she loves standing having her picture taken," Salma revealed.
It looks like the actress's only child has got a serious case of the fame bug, and at such a young age!
"She loves to have her red carpet moment," she added. "[She's] already a very talented actor."
While no real plans are lined up for Valentina, it may only be a matter of time before we see her face on the big screen.
She certainly wouldn't be the first kid in Hollywood to follow in their famous parents' footsteps.
Some of today's most famous starlets are daughters of people who have been in the business for decades.
Take Lily Collins, for example. While she didn't exactly become a pop icon like her father Phil Collins, she has made a name for herself in the limelight in the recent months.
Rumer Willis has taken to acting just like both of her well-known parents, and former stepfather. Between Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's longstanding careers, Rumer sure has some big shoes to fill!
There's also TV darling Katie Cassidy, who has been on numerous hit series' just like her father David Cassidy once was. The 26-year-old has been open about how her dad was one of the biggest inspirations behind her wanting to enter the acting world.
But let's not forget about the hottest starlet on the scene right now: Miley Cyrus!
The former Hannah Montana star has gone from Disney darling to sexy songstress in just a matter of years and undoubtedly has her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, to thank.
And of course there have always been rampant bouts of nepotism in Hollywood. But sometimes a child's career outshines their parents'. A-list actresses Angelina Jolie and Kate Hudson certainly have created a name for themselves and cemented their place in the acting world outside of their famous gene pool.
So while Salma's daughter is all but 5, she may still become a household name after all!
We Hear...That Salma Hayek will host a Pro Mujer charity event at restaurant Preserve24 today
SightingSALMA Hayek, Famke Janssen and DreamWorks p.r. guru Chip Sullivan separately at Mandarin Oriental’s Lobby Lounge.
Salma Hayek: My Husband Loves When I Wear LeatherGet ready to have your minds blown, StyleWatchers. Salma Hayek is… 47! Now, once you pick your jaws off the floor, check out how amazing the actress looks on the July cover of InStyle magazine, where she opens up about dressing to impress her French husband, François-Henri Pinault.
“I actually wear a lot of leather on the red carpet,” the actress shares. “My husband loves when I wear it.” (We bet François really loved when his wife stepped out in this Bottega Venetta leather dress last week!)
Hayek also reveals that even though she’s in her forties, there are certain styles she won’t give up.
“When I turned 40, I started thinking, ‘This is the last year,’ whenever I’d wear a strapless dress,” she says. “I always thought you can’t wear them after a certain age, but I’m still getting away with it."
And despite all the haute couture looks she’s stepped out in over the years, the hot Hollywood mom isn’t looking for validation from the fashion community, just her husband.
“I’m not really a fashionista,” she shares. “I have an eye. I can pull it together, but a lot of the effort I make is for my husband, because I want him to be attracted to me.”
For more from Hayek, check out InStyle.com and the July issue, on stands June 14.
Salma Hayek's Little Black Space Suit: Gotta Have It or Make It Stop?(Photo) Why do we feel like Salma Hayek should be wearing this Bottega Veneta LBD as captain of a spaceship in some sci-fi flick?
It probably has something to do with that shiny pleather of the top of this all black ensemble. We get the idea of dueling materials, but fake leather and real leather isn't exactly mix and match.
We'll give the Grown Ups 2 star points for keeping the look classy with simple accessories. Anything metallic on top of this style would make her look even more like the sexy villain in a Star Trek movie.
Unless that's exactly her intention—have they started casting the Star Trek Into Darkness sequel?—we're going to have to say "make it stop" to this style. What's your take?
Salma Hayek To Star In Black List Project 'Everly'Salma Hayek has signed to star in Everly, which Joe Lynch will direct from a Black List script by Yale Hannon. The movie will be shot in Belgrade, Serbia this summer. Pic is an intense action thriller centered on a down-on-her-luck woman who is forced to fend off waves of assassins sent by her ex, a dangerous mob boss. The film is set entirely in one room. Hayek, repped by CAA and Management 360, is producing the animated film The Prophet with Participant Media Films and reprises with Adam Sandler in Grown Ups 2. Singapore-based Vega, Baby! will produce via Everly Productions in conjunction with Adam Ripp, Rob Paris and Luke Rivett. Rizal Risjad will executive produce and Brett Hedblom is co-producing. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales and CAA is representing U.S. rights.
Girl Power! Kerry Washington, Salma Hayek Lobby to Educate the World's GirlsKerry Washington, Salma Hayek, Selena Gomez, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Alicia Keys, Chloe Grace Moretz, Liam Neeson, Freida Pinto and Meryl Streep have joined forces for a unique project: Girl Rising.
Narrated by the stars, the documentary film, which debuted a sneak peek Monday at the Sundance Film Festival, spotlights the impact access to education could have on the lives of young girls in developing countries — and their local economies. The film, which follows nine girls in places like India, Peru, Haiti, Ethiopia and Cambodia, is directed by Oscar nominee and Scandal writer Richard E. Robbins and is part of 10x10, a global campaign to educate and empower underprivileged girls. The film's most alarming statistic? There are 66 million girls who are not in school.
"Many women around the world continue to struggle for equality in education," Hayek said in a statement. "I hope Girl Rising raises the visibility on a global level for this fundamental issue."
Girl Rising, which is still in post-production, will premiere on March 7 in New York and Los Angeles via CNN Films.
In addition, with the help of Gathr, a company that crowd-sources film distribution, Girl Rising could literally hit a theater near you. The process is simple: After registering with Gathr, moviegoers can request a screening of Girl Rising at a local theater. If enough people purchase advance tickets, the screening will take place. Click here for more details.
"I'm proud to be part of a film that brings stories about real-life heroines around the world to movie-going audiences," Washington said in a statement. "Their examples of strength and perseverance, against all odds, have the power to change the world."
Watch the trailer: here.
Salma Hayek Returning for 30 Rock Series FinaleJack Donaghy will have plenty of lady issues on the 30 Rock series finale.
Salma Hayek, who portrayed Elisa, the former love interest of Alec Baldwin's Jack, is slated to return for the finale, Entertainment Weekly reports.
Additionally, Jack's other former flame Nancy (Julianne Moore) is set to return, which should make for either an uncomfortable reunion or one fun night!
30 Rock airs Thursdays at 8/7c on NBC.
Salma Hayek, Jeremy Renner Named Honorary Co-Chairs of 2013 Independent Spirit AwardsSalma Hayek and Jeremy Renner will serve as honorary Co-Chairs for the 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Friday.
The pair, who were chosen due to their outstanding artistic achievement and continued support of independent filmmaking, will announce the nonprofit's grant winners for 2013 during the Spirit Awards Nominee Brunch on January 12.
"It is an honor to have both Salma and Jeremy join us as Co-Chairs of the 2013 Film Independent Sprits Awards," said Film Independent Co-President Sean Mc Manus. "Both continue to demonstrate their commitment to independent filmmaking and believe in the importance of supporting independent film as an artistic form of expression and encouraging the next generation of filmmakers."
Past Chairs chosen included Halle Berry, Tom Cruise, Benicio Del Toro, Robert Duvall, Jodie Foster, Danny Glover, Harvey Keitel, Nicole Kidman, Ang Lee, Julianne Moore, Martin Scorsese and John Travolta.
The 28th annual Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place in Santa Monica, California on February 23 before being aired on IFC later that evening.
Jennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek, SJP: celebs in hellJennifer Aniston, Salma Hayek, Sarah Jessica Parker and other stars plus academics and fotogs weigh in on celebrity culture and paparazzi in a new doc, “$ellebrity.” “You’re disoriented. You can’t see in front of you, ” Aniston says in the film, directed by Kevin Mazur. “It’s false imprisonment . . . When I’m in my car, they’re surrounding my car. I can’t see. They flash light bulbs; it’s nighttime, and my vision is impaired.” Jennifer Lopez, who endured media scrutiny as “Bennifer” when she dated Ben Affleck, comments: “When you’re . . . in the tabloids all the time, you’re, like, ‘Well, maybe that part is true; maybe it wasn’t.’ Then, all of a sudden, you’re a victim to what they’re saying and what they’re writing.” As for reality TV, “it numbs my brain — and the people being called celebrities who have their own reality shows, I wanna kill them,” Elton John states. The film’s out next month.
Salma Hayek Unveils New Nail Polish Collection(Photo) In search of a fabulous rich nail polish to ring in the holiday season? Look no further than Salma Hayek's latest beauty launch that features long-lasting nail lacquers at an affordable price point. Hayek's Nuance collection is sold exclusively at CVS pharmacy stores and includes hair care, skin care, cosmetics and now, gorgeous glossy varnishes.
We're particularly pleased to learn that her pretty polish is not only high-performing, but also packed with nourishing ingredients including borage seed oil, bamboo extracts and vitamins for optimum benefits. As for the inspiration for the expansion of her growing beauty empire? Her daughter.
"One of the reasons for adding nail lacquer to the Nuance line was my daughter, Valentina. She is obsessed with the colors. I needed to create a formula that wasn't very toxic, so you could put it on your children. We use many vitamins and minerals to nourish the nails, while also giving them color."
Sounds like one smart mama to us! The nail lacquer collection officially debuts today and features 30 stunning shades in a brilliant chip-resistant formula.
What do you think of this new launch? Would you wear nail polish created by Salma Hayek?
Salma Hayek 'Dances' Through Dinner in Las VegasWe'll take sushi with a side of Salma.
Salma Hayek enjoyed dinner at Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge at Bellagio in Las Vegas on Monday.
Joined by her parents, husband Francois-Henri Pinault and daughter Valentina, "the group danced at the table" as they dined, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
The Here Comes the Boom actress and her family ordered up baked crab hand rolls, uni sushi and yellowtail serrano.
Although she was dressed casually for dinner, Hayek recently wore a pair of $1 million-dollar Harry Winston earrings to the LACMA 2012 Art + Film gala on Saturday.
Whoa! Salma Hayek Wears $1 Million Earrings(Photo) Diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but add some sapphires and a platinum setting, and they become very expensive pals.
We’re talking about the million-dollar Harry Winston danglers Salma Hayek chose to wear Saturday night for the LACMA 2012 Art and Film gala in Los Angeles. The earrings — stunning sapphires set with micropave diamonds — looked fairly simple (though gorgeous) but came with that hefty price tag.
The actress didn’t stop there with the accessories, either: she added a platinum and diamond Harry Winston bracelet (price unknown) to her navy gown, as well.
We’re guessing Hayek didn’t pay for the earrings (she likely did the Hollywood thing and borrowed them), but regardless, we’re feeling a little jewelry-box envy right now. Tell us: Would you have guessed Hayek’s earrings cost $1 million?
'Taken 2,' 'Argo' and 'Sinister' top another strong box office weekendLiam Neeson's "Taken 2" raked in $22.5 million to top the weekend box office in its second week and, with a current worldwide total of $220, it's close to topping the original "Taken's" total run of $226.8 million.
But Ben Affleck's "Argo," the real-life account of six Americans' scheme to escape the Iran hostage crisis by staging production on a fake movie, wasn't close behind, surging to $20 million in its first weekend. Among the other newbies, horror flick "Sinister," starring Ethan Hawke, came in third with $18.2 million, while the Kevin James comedy "Here Comes the Boom" disappointed with $12 million for the No. 5 spot and "Seven Psychopaths" came in ninth with only $4.2 million.
The weekend's Top 10 movies:
Ethan Hawke's 'Sinister' scares up surprise win over 'Taken 2' and 'Argo'"Sinister," the new horror flick starring Ethan Hawke, was the surprise leader at Friday's (Oct. 12) box office with $7.4 million, just edging out "Taken 2" ($7 million) in its second week. "Argo," Ben Affleck's acclaimed political thriller, debuted in third place with $5.9 million.
Yet "Taken 2," the Liam Neeson action-thriller sequel, is still predicted to win the overall weekend box office with $22.7 million, for a 10-day total of $90 million.
"Sinister," "Argo" and Sony's "Hotel Transylvania" -- Friday's fourth-place film with $4.2 million in its third week -- are all expected to be close behind, with predictions of $17-$19 million for each film.
"Here Comes the Boom," Kevin James' new comedy, opened with only $3.6 million on Friday for a No. 5 spot and isn't expected to take in more than $12 million for the weekend.
"Seven Psychopaths," the dark comedy starring Colin Farrell and Woody Harrelson, grossed $1.4 million for the No. 9 spot, with "Atlas Shrugged: Part II" in 10th place with $692,000.
SightingsSalma Hayek at Meatpacking District restaurant Catch on Wednesday with Knicks star Baron Davis.
'Here Comes The Boom' a crowd pleaserKevin James is a fighter and a lover in Here Comes The Boom, a crowd pleaser about a biology teacher who gets into mixed martial arts fighting.
Kindly hold your applause.
James stars as Scott Voss, a high school teacher who has lost all interest in teaching. He's kind of a likeable badass, but he's an apathetic one. Voss and the school he teaches in are mired in ennui; only Marty, the music teacher (Henry Winkler), seems capable of inspiring his students.
Then budget cuts dictate an end to the school's music program. To keep music going (and save Marty's job), Voss rashly announces that he will personally raise the necessary $50,000.
How's a sadsack teacher like him going to raise that kind of money?
To earn more, Voss tries teaching citizenship classes at night to new Americans. One of his students is Nico (retired UFC fighter Bas Rutten), a wild Dutchman with some involvement with mixed martial arts fights. Once Voss finds out how much money both winners and losers get paid in the fight game, he decides to give it a whirl.
Can he fight? Can he win? Can he earn enough to save the music program?
You can guess how this wish fulfillment bonanza works itself out.
Here Comes The Boom is a pleasant enough story that sees James' character renew his enthusiasm for teaching, become a hero to his students, take a lot of poundings from MMA fighters and even flirt with the school nurse (Salma Hayek).
James is funny and generally endearing, but the film's charm comes from the quirky characters operating all around him -- such as Hayek, ferocious in that school nurse role. Likewise, Gary Valentine and Melissa Peterman are loud and funny as misfit parents, Rutten is demented as the fight connection and Henry Winkler is quietly eccentric as the music teacher.
Here Comes The Boom won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's bound to work for the fans. As for Kevin James, Here Comes The Money. Again.
'Here Comes the Boom' connects with laughs and heartHere Comes the Boom telegraphs every punch in its arsenal, but when the comedy connects, it can deliver with funny force.
Part Rocky, part Warrior (the 2011 mixed martial arts drama), Boom is a fight film for the family, a feel-good cage match that wears its tattooed heart on its rippling bicep.
Anchored by Kevin James, America's favorite lummox, Boom is a pleasant surprise, given that its director, Adam Sandler buddy Frank Coraci, was responsible for the loathsome comedy The Waterboy.
But where that film relied on Sandler's mindless mugging for laughs, Boom has a real story to tell, one that goes beyond sports. Though it has a tendency to scale the soapbox, Boom has a laudable message about the pursuit of excellence.
James, who wrote the script with Allan Loeb and Rock Rueben, plays Scott Voss, a burned-out biology teacher who once ruled the classroom but threw in the towel in the face of bureaucrats and budget cutbacks.
Scott has no problem slacking off as much as his students -- until he discovers the school plans to eliminate most extracurricular activities, including music. That means the job of loopy music teacher Marty Streb, played by Henry Winkler, is endangered. Winkler has become a savvy actor, unafraid of playing the antithesis of his leather-clad Fonzie persona in TV's Happy Days. Scott, a former wrestler, sets out to make the $47,000 needed to save Marty's job by competing in mixed martial arts battles.
If you don't know where Boom is headed after the first 10 minutes, welcome to your first movie. This is a picture meant to keep kids laughing, not build mystery or tension.Still, it gets a lot of things surprisingly right, starting with combat. Featuring real UFC fighters, including a tender turn by retired Dutch mixed martial arts fighter Bas Rutten, Boom displays sports savvy. The athletes are real, the punches well choreographed and Scott gets his rear appropriately kicked (literally) in his initial bouts.
More important, Boom steps outside the canvas. Scott becomes a protégé of Niko (Rutten), a student in the U.S. citizenship class that Scott teaches at night. The film suffers from too many side stories, but it does a nice job capturing the heavyweight battles of everyday folk: immigrants facing a citizenship test, fortysomethings becoming parents, athletes coping with ailing health.
There's no denying the visceral appeal of this production, which suggests that if you don't pursue your dreams, what's the point in having them? The themes are straight from after-school specials, and no plot turns will catch you off guard.
Still, the movie is a fighter with the heart to be a contender.
Salma Hayek Didn't Think It Was Possible to Be Happily WedSalma Hayek is happily married these days, but looking back, she didn't believe such a feeling would be possible.
"I didn't think marriage worked," she tells More in its October issue cover story. "I thought everybody who was married was secretly miserable – that it was something they just put up with for their children."
But since saying "I do" to French billionaire François-Henri Pinault on Valentine's Day of 2009, the actress, 46, sees things very differently.
"I have a master of decision-making helping me out, so of course my life and my career are better," she explains.
"I really enjoy having somebody that I can be weak with. If I'm insecure or afraid, I can talk about it, and he'll give me strength and courage. With us, there's no power struggle. I don't mind doing things for him because he does so much for me, and he feels the same way."
Hayek, who gave birth to the couple's daughter Valentina, 5, in 2007, is a devoted mom, but she also makes personal time for herself and Pinault.
Teasing that she has texts which "would surprise you," Hayek goes on to say, "I can show you a thousand things. But I'm not going to."
Salma Hayek's Assets Distract Oliver Stone at Savages Photocall(Photo) Oliver Stone couldn't resist admiring Salma Hayek's natural-born bosom.
At the U.K. photocall for the Oscar-winning director's latest flick, The Savages, in which the stunning star plays a cartel leader, Stone seemed to be copping a feel of Hayek's cleavage as the two walked the red carpet at London's Mandarin Oriental hotel.
The 46-year-old Oscar nominee, who wore a sleek blue and red aubergine dress and platform heels, laughed off Stone's overexuberance, despite looking briefly uncomfortable before members of the press.
Both Hayek and Stone are married, by the way—she to French businessman François-Henri Pinault and he for 15 years to wife Sun-jung Jung.
Salma Hayek: 'I am proud to be Mexican.'Salma Hayek says she is proud to be Mexican and that comments suggesting otherwise were "lost in translation."
The 45-year-old actress issued a statement Thursday after German Vogue magazine quoted her as saying she "hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican."
Hayek says she has never denied her background or culture, and has taught her young daughter to speak Spanish and appreciate Mexican history, music, food and folk art. She goes on to say that she has always tried "to represent my Mexican roots with honor and pride" and is saddened by the magazine's misinterpretation of her remarks.
Hayek plays the leader of a Mexican drug cartel in the Oliver Stone drama "Savages."
Salma Hayek's Controversial Comment Regarding Her Mexican Roots Spurs BacklashSalma Hayek may be beautiful, but a recent comment regarding her heritage is being viewed by some as anything but pretty.
During an interview with Germany's Vogue, the actress was asked about her role as a ruthless Mexican drug cartel queen in the Oliver Stone movie Savages.
"I am proud to have been involved in this film with all these great actors," Hayek told the magazine (published in German). "Honestly, I hardly had any memories of what it is to be Mexican. My life is completely different now."
The remark, reports the Huffington Post, has subsequently spurred a bit of a backlash.
The site refers to the Hispanic blog, Guanabee, which wrote: "What did Salma mean by basically saying she forgot what it's like to be a Mexican woman? That she's too French and rich for our blood?" (Hayek is married to wealthy French fashion mogul François-Henri Pinault.)
Salma Hayek -- Halle Berry's Expert Witness in Custody FightHalle Berry has an ace up her sleeve in her child custody war ... her good friend Salma Hayek ... and Halle believes her sexy friend could help her convince a judge that moving to France is necessary for her and Nahla.
TMZ has learned ... Halle's lawyers just filed a declaration from Salma ... in which the actress says she knows firsthand that France is a much safer place for a celebrity because of tougher paparazzi laws.
In the declaration, Salma -- who's married to a French billionaire -- tells the court ... she spends a ton of time in France with her young daughter Valentina ... and doesn't have to deal with the kind of paparazzi crushes she gets when she's in the United States.
As we previously reported, Halle wants to move across the pond with her daughter and fiance to escape the constant paparazzi attention and recent intruders at her L.A. home.
Case in point -- Salma and Halle went to dinner together in Hollywood last night ... and walked right into a paparazzi flash storm as they exited the restaurant.
12:50 PM PT -- Court update: they're still doing opening statements. The judge just broke for lunch.
10:00 AM PT -- It's on. Halle just arrived at court. Gabriel is there too.
2012 ALMA Award NominationsThe winners will be unveiled in an hourlong ceremony set to air Sept. 21 on NBC.
Favorite Movie Actress—Drama/Adventure
Blake Lively, Salma Hayek form fierce bond over 'Savages'(Video) If you belong to a certain tier of the Hollywood A-list, you don't get to know each other in Starbucks over iced lattes.
Take Salma Hayek and Blake Lively. The magnetic Mexican Oscar nominee and the foxy flaxen-haired California girl first met at a dinner thrown by Vogue editor Anna Wintour. At that point, last summer, Lively was already attached to Oliver Stone's moody, violent drug drama Savages. Hayek had been approached by Stone, but nothing was official, so no one, not even her husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, knew she might do the film. And she didn't bring it up at the soiree.
"I wanted to talk to you, but I wasn't hired," says Hayek to Lively. "Oliver had talked to me about it and said he wrote it for me but didn't offer me the job. I wanted to ask Blake, 'Did he mention me to you?' Some of the financing came from France, and people were telling Francois that I was in an Oliver Stone movie. He said, 'You're doing an Oliver Stone movie and you didn't mention it to me?' I didn't know about it! It was very funny."
So they danced around the topic, without ever broaching it. "I wasn't going to mention it. I wanted to talk to Salma about it, too, because I have a relationship with two men, but our relationship is the most intimate in the film," recalls Lively.
Finally, Hayek got the movie and officially met Lively at rehearsals. And that's when their mutual admiration society was formalized. "I remember you showed up in knee-high Balenciaga sandal gladiator boots. They were gorgeous. I was like, 'Ah, this is how I have to dress.' Not because I was being competitive. But because I saw her and was like, wow," sighs Lively, 24, who doesn't use a stylist and is fluent in the language of Seventh Avenue.
Says Hayek, 45, looking at Lively, immaculately attired in a flowery Monique Lhuillier minidress: "She looks for any excuse to dress up and go shopping. She's the ultimate fashionista. Today we were looking at this older lady that was so put together, and I said to Blake, 'That's going to be you.' "
On Friday, their dynamic turns decidedly darker in Savages. Lively is O (as in Ophelia), one-third of a passionate relationship with two male pot growers. She's kidnapped by fearsome drug lord Elena (Hayek) because of a business dispute. What happens next can only be described as brooding and brutal, and it hinges on the bond between O and Elena.
"Salma brings fire and humor, while Blake carries the emotional arc of the film," says Benicio del Toro, who plays one of the film's baddies. "They're both talented, beautiful and generous …. Even though they're both beautiful, they're not afraid of looking less than beautiful for the sake of the character."
Getting away from 'Gossip'
Lively, best known for playing charismatic, charming and spectacularly clad Serena van der Woodsen on the CW's Gossip Girl, has taken the gritty route before as a troubled single mother in Ben Affleck's 2010 drama The Town. Aside from the appeal of working with Stone and collaborating with him on developing O more fully, Lively was excited by the prospect of playing someone so diametrically different from her day job.
"I try to go away from what's familiar. After five years on the show, you try to go on to something else," she says. "Gossip Girl isn't a character that I can say I proudly developed and got to see from start to finish. With a TV show, you can't do that. You don't know if you're on one episode or on for six years. Our characters take place in this sensational reality."
At one point, Lively sat with Stone for 10 hours to flesh out O and make her more believable, and rewrote scenes with Hayek. The latter jokes that should Lively be desperate for work someday, Hayek would hire her to write for her production company. In particular, though, Lively worried that audiences wouldn't understand how O could be part of the threesome with no sense of jealousy.
"People had to empathize with this, and they have to believe in the relationship, or none of the story matters. We couldn't figure out the triangle. And Salma said, 'The boys have to love each other more than you. Otherwise, they wouldn't share you,' " says Lively.
She has little in common with Ophelia, a languid, deeply sexual and highly cynical child of privilege who easily shares her affections — and body — with two best friends. "I always look for characters that are nothing like me. I think the thing that I brought to her that was a little more me was the idea of the hopefulness, the belief in goodness. I'm a little more Disney-minded. I gave O a little bit of that," says Lively.
Hayek, meanwhile, was eager to showcase the different sides of Elena: She's a mother, a boss, a brat and a ferocious force of nature. "For me, it was important to give a lot of detail to this character. There's not enough space to tell her story. For me, it was important to make her more than one-dimensional."
How private is too private?
To that end, Stone was and continues to be happy to help out, e-mailing Hayek tips on promoting the film. "He told me I was wearing the wrong dress for the premiere because of the color. I don't look mean enough," she says with a laugh.
The actress, married since 2009 to French billionaire Pinault and the mother of daughter Valentina, 4, splits her time between France and California. She's affectionate and chatty, touching your leg or arm to drive home a point, say, about her love of dessert, while Lively is more reserved. She won't delve into her off-screen life, which includes her relationship with actor Ryan Reynolds.
"You don't share it. My family worked in this business. It was always their job. It wasn't a lifestyle. You don't mix the two. Once you start blurring those lines, that's when it gets messy. This is my job. The problem is that people follow you to your home. That's so upsetting," says Lively. "I don't want to share my personal life. But when you don't, they make things up. I think, wow, I have such a spicy life. When you're on a show that's so salacious, they want to draw those parallels. I'm really lucky I don't have kids right now, because I would have decapitated a few people."
"Or you can just move to France," says Hayek, because there, kids' faces have to be blurred in paparazzi shots.
Balance 'works out for me'
Hayek's more forthcoming about navigating between her family and films; she is shooting Grown Ups 2 in Boston.
"It's working out really well. (Valentina) is really smart, and she's really young. If later on it gets in the way of her development, I'll just stop working. For right now, it works," she says. "I work mostly in the summers. I usually work in the Sandler family or with Kevin James. I'm really good friends with the wives, and the kids are the same age. It works out for me. For right now, I go day by day. If in the future, she has to stay in Paris and it's too much of a separation, I'll stop working."
Hayek doesn't go it alone. "I get a lot of help from my husband. You have to have a partner. When I get freaked out, he's like, 'Don't worry, it will work itself out. How can I help you?' He calms me down. I am more hysterical than he is. It's very easy to bail out. A lot of women don't get support in their professional lives from their husbands," she says.
Says Lively: "It's very clear when you're around Salma that her family is her priority. She's there for her work. She does everything 100%. You don't ever feel that her attention is divided. She's equally a wife and a mother."
And a foodie. Both women, despite their svelte physiques, share a passion for edibles, splitting apple pie and chocolate cake during their joint interview.
"We don't stop eating. I don't cook by recipe. I eat so much, I understand flavors and what goes well together," says Lively, a fan of the Food Network's Chopped cooking competition.
Hayek, too, says she's at home in the kitchen: "I love to watch Top Chef in France. It's hard core. I cook. I go to the market, and I see things, and I buy and make whatever is in the refrigerator. I am an artiste."
Affirms Lively: "Every time I go over to her house, there's such good food."
And the start of what seems to be a tasty relationship.
Oliver Stone's over-the-top drug drama 'Savages' is a downerNot surprisingly, given its title, Savages has a significant and grisly body count.
This druggy crime thriller has a bloated and familiar plot and is plagued by tonal inconsistencies. Everything leads up to a pair of drawn-out climactic resolutions that seek to be all things to all people.
This tale of a pair of California marijuana farmers-turned-millionaires and their shared Laguna Beach bunny never achieves the Pulp Fiction-style intrigue it aspires to, amid vicious dealings with Mexican drug cartels, kidnappings and endless double-crossings.
Based on Don Winslow's fast-paced, snarky novel, the film waters down the edginess of his page-turner. It does, however, occasionally draw upon his too-cool-for-the-room prose stylings. Narrator Blake Lively (who plays O, short for Ophelia) describes one of the two main protagonists as "a Buddhist'' and the other as "a Baddist."
O is the leggy blond gal pal of pot entrepreneurs Chon (Taylor Kitsch), who is a former Navy SEAL, and Ben (Aaron Johnson), a peace-loving UC-Berkeley grad who uses some of his business proceeds to build schools in Third World countries. The two are best pals who formed a highly successful homegrown industry.
They also share the affections of O. The story hinges on the premise that the two men, polar opposites in outlook and ethics, will do anything for her. But the ardor underlying their willingness to risk everything for her never feels convincing. And O is a vapid shopaholic who scarcely deserves their heroic efforts. In Winslow's book the threesome's back stories are explained, making their unusual relationship a tad clearer.
Savages comes off as director Oliver Stone trying to rekindle his Natural Born Killers mojo from 1994. But when the bigger-name stars show up here in cartoonish roles, things feel more silly than gritty.
Benicio Del Toro plays Lado, a nasty enforcer in a Mexican drug cartel run by the ruthless Elena (Salma Hayek). She's a mega-powerful and vicious drug lord who can't get her college student daughter to return her calls. John Travolta plays a cynical DEA agent on the take.
Johnson, who is British, is believable enough as a hippie weed grower, and Kitsch is better in this hawkish role than in his earlier movies John Carter and Battleship (though that's not saying much). Lively doesn't do much but look miserable, stoned or blandly smiley.
When the Tijuana-based cartel demands that Ben and Chon partner with them, a turf war ensues that, while never boring, also is never wholly convincing. When contrasted with tense and smart drug-running thrillers such as Traffic, which also starred Del Toro, Savages seems all the more flimsy and gratuitously lurid.
While the cinematography is consistently striking, the story ricochets among ironic humor, brutal violence and awkward stabs at genuine emotion.
While Savages aims for provocative and dynamic, it comes off as predictable and strained.
Savages ** out of four
Hayek missed out on Olympic dreamFormer child gymnast Salma Hayek had her dreams of competing in the Olympic Games dashed at a young age after her father refused to let her join the Mexican national team.
The Frida star reveals she was a "very flexible, very agile little girl" and learned all about the moves in gymnastics by watching the sport on TV.
She was so good, she caught the eye of Olympic trainers while enrolled at a summer gymnastics class in Mexico City in the early 1970s and was picked to represent her country in the next Summer Games - but her dad Sami pulled the plug on her athletic career before it had even begun.
She says, "They drafted me... to be part of the Olympic team! But I was eight or nine and my father said no because I would have had to go live in Mexico City in a boarding school for gymnasts, do six hours, eight hours a day of training, which for me was like paradise."
Hayek insists she isn't bitter about her father's decision because she went on to pursue another of her hobbies - and ended up in Hollywood: "My father thought I wouldn't have had a normal childhood, and he wanted me to be normal. It's too bad that with all his efforts it didn't work out! But anyway, it worked out for me because now I'm an actress!"
However, the 45-year-old mother-of-one admits that was the height of her athleticism and she has now grown to despise working out, joking that she was "probably traumatised" by her missed Olympics opportunity.
She adds, "It's tiring, boring, you have to smell everybody else's sweat and even if you're in your own house, you know, it takes a lot of effort. I like dancing, but I do work out more than before. Oh yes, after you have a baby and after you're 40, forget it girls, enjoy it now!"
Salma Hayek: My Daughter 'Always Makes Me Laugh'Whenever Salma Hayek needs a pick-me-up after a particularly busy week, she looks no further than her daughter Valentina Paloma, 4½.
On a recent morning, Hayek tells InStyle, she was feeling jet-lagged after having flown to Los Angeles from Paris the night before, when Valentina ran into her room.
“Valentina jumped on my bed and hugged me, and I go, ‘What are you doing? You scared me!’” Hayek, 45, tells the magazine in its July issue.
She started giggling and said to me, ‘You desperately needed my energy.’ I was so surprised she said that. A 4-year-old!”
“And she was so right,” the actress adds.
Hayek and her husband, French billionaire François-Henri Pinault, split much of their family’s time between Paris and L.A. But while their routine can certainly be exhausting, Hayek says, Valentina doesn’t mind the hectic lifestyle and traveling schedule.
“We’re lucky because she loves traveling,” Hayek explains. “For her it’s second nature. If I put her in a school in Spain because I’m doing a movie there, she’s excited about this new experience with other kids and the teachers. And when she leaves, she does so with no sorrow. She remembers them and talks about them and loves them, but she doesn’t have the anxiety or sadness — none of that.”
After spending her days juggling responsibilities as a wife, mother, actress and businesswoman, Hayek says she enjoys decompressing in the evenings by reading things like Dr. Seuss books to Valentina.
“My daughter comes up with her own songs and rhymes as well,” notes Hayek. “She always makes me laugh.”
2012 Teen Choice Award NominationsThe 2012 Teen Choice Awards will air live July 22 at 8 p.m. on Fox.
Movie Actress: Action
'Puss' DVD the cat's meowFew actors have ever approached an animated voice role with the unbridled joy that Antonio Banderas brings to Puss in Boots. Even when his outlaw gato was just a support player in the Shrek movies, Banderas poured in his body and soul, not to mention his Spanish heritage and a wicked sense of feline fun.
That is one reason that, when Banderas finally got his own movie, Puss in Boots, it was so appealing. It also helps that the DreamWorks Animation team and director Chris Miller gave Puss such a rousing cartoon adventure to showcase the character. The movie is loaded with thrills, chills, humour, romance, tragedy, treasure, flamenco music and great co-stars in Salma Hayek (as Kitty Softpaws) and Zach Galifianakis (as the scrambled egg, Humpty Dumpty).
Puss in Boots deserved its Oscar nom as best animated feature, although it lost to Rango, an even better bit of brilliance. Coincidentally on Oscar week, Puss in Boots debuted on DVD and Blu-ray. I enthusiastically recommend it for family viewing.
There are several options. The stand-alone DVD has good picture quality and the best of the extras, Purr-fect Pairing: The Voices Behind the Legends. You see Banderas acting up, attacking his work with panache. A double DVD package is also available adding a bonus release, Puss in Boots: The Three Diablos. This is director Raman Hui's short cartoon sequel. But it is a lightweight time-waster.
There are two Puss in Boots combo packs that provide superior picture quality on Blu-ray. One combines the DVD, Blu-ray and digital copy with all the DVD extras -- including The Three Diablos -- and more. But most extras, besides Purr-fect Pairing, are disappointing. The final top-end option adds the 3D Blu-ray disc so home viewers can create the same heightened experience offered in theatres. Better watch this wonderful movie, or Banderas' gato will getcha.
Banderas 'hated' Hayek while on tourAntonio Banderas and Salma Hayek grew to hate each other as they travelled the world promoting Puss in Boots.
The couple conducted 739 interviews in 11 days when the film came out last year (11), and movie bosses gave them diplomas for enduring the promotional commitments patiently - but inside both Banderas and Hayek were ready to "kill each other".
Banderas reveals, "We travelled to nine countries, nine premieres, three different continents... It was fun and difficult too. It's just weird when you're doing interviews. Basically, they (reporters and interviewers) ask you the same question again and again... and you answer the same thing... and when you're doing pair interviews - because Salma and I we were just doing interviews all the time together - it's just weird.
"By the time that we were in Rome, we started kind of hating each other. By the time we were in Sydney, we wanted to kill each other - because we knew exactly what the other (person) was going to answer (sic). We were just so tired.
"I remember that question they were making to Salma (sic), 'So your daughter saw the movie?' And she said always, 'Oh yeah, I took her to the movie theatre and she suddenly said, 'Oh mommy, that cat sounds just like you' again and again and you have to be kind of nice about it... and sometimes (when I answered questions) I was looking at her (Hayek) and she was just lip syncing me exactly."
But the movie star insists the pair is the best of friends again now the press tour is over: "I love her, she's great."
Ricky Gervais' Best and Worst Golden Globe JabsSalma Hayek and Antonio Banderas -- "They're ridiculously gorgeous specimens ... and probably very interesting ..." The rest of joke was censored by NBC, but our lip-reading skills lead us to believe he continued, "but you can't f---ing understand a word they say."
Salma Hayek's (Sort of) Double Date with Antonio Banderas and Melanie GriffithSalma Hayek was the life of the party during a fiesta honoring the makers of her latest film, Puss in Boots, at Red O in Los Angeles. The actress joined costar Antonio Banderas and his wife, Melanie Griffith, plus a group of about 10 friends and colleagues, and spent the evening "talking excitedly and telling stories," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. The partygoers noshed on a variety of tamales, and sipped signature cocktails like spicy margaritas and sangria. The event broke up around 9:30 p.m., and Hayek left solo, followed shortly thereafter by Banderas and Griffin, who, though not overtly affectionate, "seemed to enjoy their night out together."
Salma Hayek Will Be 'Knighted' in FranceSalma Hayek: Knight?
The Puss In Boots actress was among those named by President Nicolas Sarkozy to receive the Légion d'Honneur Sunday. Hayek, 45, will enter the five-tiered honor academy with the grade of Chevalier or "Knight."
Announced in the President's official New Year's list, Hayek will receive a formal induction, which involves a Presidential medal pinning. Her induction will likely occur at the Élysées Palace within the next two months, says a source.
Founded by Napoleon in 1802 as a merit award, the Legion of Honor is awarded to military personnel and civilians for service to France. It is not exclusively reserved for the French and is often awarded to figures of international standing.
Past recipients – who are entitled to wear a small rosette pin indicating their rank – include Jerry Lewis, Clint Eastwood, Robert Redford and Robert De Niro.
In making the grade this year, Hayek's honor was also something of a unique family affair: her father-in-law, retired business magnate Francois Pinault, was promoted in the same list to the Legion's exalted rank of Grand Officer.
Aniston tops hottest woman pollJennifer Aniston has been voted the hottest woman of all time in a new men's survey.
Editors at MensHealth.com polled members of the general public to determine the most desirable female - dead or alive - and the former Friends star has topped the list.
One Million Years B.C. beauty Raquel Welch was named second best, while blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe landed at three. Pop stars Madonna and Britney Spears round out the top five.
But Aniston insists she doesn't deserve the title and has instead offered up her own preferred picks.
She says, "It's a tie between (actress/model) Brigitte Bardot and (feminism activist) Gloria Steinem. But if I had to choose one, I'd say Gloria because, well, she's the full package. That's sexy."
Also making the cut were Angelina Jolie (10), Scarlett Johansson (12), Megan Fox (13), Colombian singer Shakira (18), supermodel Heidi Klum (20), Salma Hayek (22), Cameron Diaz (24) and Victoria's Secret beauty Gisele Bundchen (25).
'Rango,' 'Puss,' 'Tintin' earn Annie nominationsJohnny Depp's "Rango," Anne Hathaway's "Rio," Antonio Banderas' "Puss in Boots" and Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" are among movies competing for best-animated film at the Annie Awards.
The 10 nominees announced Monday also include James McAvoy's "Arthur Christmas," Owen Wilson's "Cars 2," Jack Black's "Kung Fu Panda 2" and three overseas contenders: "A Cat in Paris," ''Arrugas" and "Chico & Rita."
Cast members earning voice-acting nominations for the Annie Awards include "Arthur Christmas" co-stars Bill Nighy and Ashley Jensen, "Kung Fu Panda 2" co-stars Gary Oldman and James Hong and "Puss in Boots" co-star Zach Galifianakis.
Presented by the International Animated Film Society, the Annie Awards will be handed out Feb. 4 at a ceremony in Los Angeles.
Salma Hayek's Daughter Holds on for Dear Life as Mom Slips in Paris(Photo) Even Salma Hayek puts the wrong foot forward sometimes.
The actress took an unfortunate step in her sky-high heels yesterday in Paris and almost took the whole production down with her while exiting the Hôtel George-V with daughter Valentina, Puss in Boots costar Antonio Banderas and their entourage.
Hey, stars can be clumsy, just like us.
Perhaps it was Valentina's firm grip on her mom's hand—not to mention their five-star hotel's sturdy 83-year-old door frame—that ultimately kept Salma upright after it appeared she was headed for a rough landing.
Banderas, whose swashbuckling cat romances Hayek's feline fatale in their new film, wasn't quick enough to grab Hayek beforehand, but he made sure to help her get resettled on her feet after the slip.
Despite losing her cool for the briefest of moments, Hayek appeared unfazed, although she made sure to stick close to her costar at their press call later in the day. But she bravely stuck with the same pair of treacherous shoes when she hit the red carpet at the Puss in Boots premiere at the Cinéma Gaumont Champs-Elysées Marignan last night!
Salma Hayek: I'm Crafty In the KitchenSalma Hayek has a secret: Her 4-year-old daughter loves vegetables!
The catch? Valentina Paloma is completely clueless about her healthy habits.
“I camouflage them. They love pasta … [so] I put [them] in tomato sauce,” the Puss In Boots star, 45, reveals during a Friday appearance on the Rachael Ray Show.
“You know what you can hide really well? Aubergine [eggplant], roast carrots, roast bell peppers [and] you can put a little bit of greens if you put enough of the other stuff.”
However, Hayek has learned to cover her tricky tracks well because if Valentina were to find out, all bets would be off, the actress laughs.
“There’s got to be no clue that you lied because then she’ll find it, like, ‘Aha!’” she says. “You have to really puree [the vegetables]. It’s the way to do it.”
The hands-on mother’s tips don’t end in the kitchen; Hayek, who globetrots with her family, including husband François-Henri Pinault, understands children aren’t always the best travel companions.
“She’s on the plane a lot and in the car a lot and sometimes they get cranky. Really, you know what that is? They’re getting carsick,” Hayek explains.
“I have these bracelets that are for motion sickness that I used while I was pregnant — because I was carsick for 9 months nonstop! I put them on her and it’s made a huge difference.”
But whether they’re stateside or overseas, Hayek makes spending alone time with Valentina a priority.
“We have our dates that it’s just her and I, we have to have them,” she shares. ”They’re always at night, you know, we go to the movies or to dinner just her and I.”
Question: When Isn't Johnny Depp a Leading Man?Answer: This weekend.
Johnny Depp took backseat at the box office to a kid, a cat and Justin Timberlake.
At least he fared better than his old Sleepy Hollow costar.
Depp's The Rum Diary bowed in fifth place in the weekend standings, and averaged just $2,205 at each of its theaters, Sunday estimates showed.
While the boozy R-rated travelogue predictably was outdone by the other two new wide releases, Puss in Boots and Timberlake's In Time, the Hunter S. Thompson tale surprisingly earned few fans from the art-house crowd, whose members overwhelmingly voted Anton Yelchin their leading man.
The 22-year-young Yelchin's visa love story Like Crazy grossed $30,000 at each of its four theaters, by far the weekend's most impressive per-screen average.
For Depp, The Rum Diary is his weakest-debuting film since 2005's The Libertine, and was less potent than his last Thompson-spawned film, 1998's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
The Shrek spinoff Puss in Boots, meanwhile, was no Shrek. While the CGI comedy opened No. 1, it performed more like Gnomeo & Juliet than the ogre's franchise-launching blockbuster.
In Time's debut was so-so, and definitely weaker than Timberlake's ultimately money-making summer comedy, Friends With Benefits.
Elsewhere, Depp's former cohort Christina Ricci could use some extra viewers for her struggling Pan-Am tonight, seeing as how her big-screen Renaissance festival comedy, All's Faire in Love, won't be paying the bills anytime soon. The romantic comedy grossed just $237 at each of its 75 theaters.
Roland Emmerich's heavily promoted Anonymous ($1 million at 265 theaters) was, theater for theater, bigger than most of the films in the Top 10, but didn't pack the punch of Shakespeare in Love, which unlike Anonymous, showed William Shakespeare, like, writing and stuff.
Here's a complete look at the weekend's top movies, as compiled from the studios' domestic estimates and Exhibitor Relations stats:
Puss in Boots, $34 million
'Puss in Boots' a fresh fairy taleAwash in action and colour (and short, parents, short), Puss in Boots is a terrific example of how to put a fresh spin on a character spun off from a threadbare franchise.
The film makes no reference to Shrek, where Antonio Banderas's arrogant swashbuckling cat has stolen three films. And indeed, despite the profoundly re-imagined presence of a few nursery rhyme characters -- Jack & Jill, (depicted as adipose adults and voiced with biker malevolence by Billy Bob Thornton and Amy Sedaris), and a scheming Humpty Dumpty (Zach Galifianakis) -- it doesn't seem to take place in the same universe as the ogre. Smart.
Set in a dusty medieval Spain, Puss in Boots' story begins in a gritty saloon, where an outlaw feline sits grimly lapping up his leche (milk), wielding his sword menacingly when necessary to stave off unwelcome human intrusions, and overhearing of the acquisition by the aforementioned Jack & Jill of magic beans (once the property of that other Jack).
Thus is set in motion an aborted heist, in which Puss meets his match and rival, Kitty Softpaws (Salma Hayek) a masked outlaw with acrobatic leaping and dancing skills. A sarcastic Catwoman to Puss's outlaw Batman, Kitty turns out to be an accomplice of the aforementioned Humpty, who, in turn, turns out to have a history of bad blood with our hero.
Said history is skillfully told -- prefaced as a long story that the easily bored Kitty doesn't want to hear -- and then rendered into an entire act of the movie, where the cat and the egg grow up as "brothers" in a Spanish orphanage.
It's a tale of thievery and betrayal, climaxed by the approach of, yes, the king's horses and the king's men, and a flight from injustice.
The story's pace sometimes seems impossibly fast, racing from the backstory to the bean heist, to the giant's castle and an unseen monster (reminiscent of Lost) that protects a golden-egg-laying gosling. What holds it together is a glib, improv-heavy approach to the dialogue, including every kind of cat joke, some delivered to adults with a wink (when Kitty admits she was declawed by her owners, Puss declares, "Cat people are weird," eliciting decidedly adult laughs.
Other elements that previously made Puss lovable have been amped up. His trademark moist-eyed cute look that disarms his foes, now fogs their minds on the level of Jedi mind control.
And the animation, which improved with each Shrek movie (even as the story quality declined) is on a whole new level, evidenced by the fact that there are more actual CG humans in this movie than in any of the Shreks, and the creepiness level may actually be declining. As for the 3D: Well, I still hate 3D, but if one definition of it working is that you eventually forget you're watching it, then bravo!
It isn't often an animated feature is actually informed by the personality of the celebrity who voices it. But Banderas' own gregarious charisma is constantly on the screen in Puss in Boots. And his real-life friendship with Hayek is practically palpable in the relationship between Puss and Kitty.
And Galifianakis as the egg? Fine. Just fine. If you think I'm going to end this with a wisecrack, think again.