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Marshall Herskovitz has been tapped by the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers and Directors to receive its Silver Anniversary New Vision Award.
In addition, the caucus on Wednesday announced the nominees for its producer, writer, director and actor-producer awards, which will be handed out Dec. 7 at the annual Caucus Awards black-tie gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Herskovitz, who also is president of the Producers Guild of America, recently launched with Edward Zwick a Web series on MySpace titled Quarterlife, which "keep(s) with the intent of the New Vision Award," according to awards chair Chuck Fries, who said the series is "on the cutting edge of new-media content production and distribution."
The nominated producers are the teams of Paul Attanasio & Katie Jacobs and Silvio Horta & Salma Hayek as well as David Chase, Doug Ellin and Jon Stewart. Writer nominees are Bill Blinn, Lionel Chetwynd, Larry Gelbart, David Mamet and Shonda Rhimes. »
The initiative, launched in 2005 by the Paley Center (formerly the Museum of Television & Radio), aims to "celebrate the achievements of creative and business women in the industries of television, radio and new media."
Also among this year's list of writers, directors, producers, journalists, sportscasters and executives are Gracie Allen, Candice Bergen, former Lifetime chief Betty Cohen, Linda Ellerbee, Marta Kauffman, Barbara Kopple, Lynda La Plante, Suze Orman, Rosie O'Donnell, A&E Networks chief Abbe Raven, Shonda Rhimes, former Fox and UPN head Lucie Salhany, Jennifer Saunders, Martha Stewart, Hannah Storm, Nina Totenberg, Meredith Vieira, Dr. Ruth Westheimer and Paula Zahn.
"Powerful, talented women are not as uncommon in today's media industry as was once the case," Paley Center president and CEO Pat Mitchell said. "And today's women media leaders owe a great deal to their predecessors, who broke new ground in every sector of the media business." »
MAIDEN VOYAGE: Navigating Hollywood's ranks
POWER LIST: Top 25 Hispanic women
The accomplishments of Hispanic women in the entertainment industry were front and center Tuesday at The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard's Hispanic Women in Entertainment breakfast held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.
The event was timed with the publication of The Hollywood Reporter's inaugural Hispanic Women in Entertainment special report, which spotlighted the achievements of 25 movers and shakers. CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler topped the list at No. 1. Other honorees in the top 10 included Belinda Menendez, president of NBC Universal International Television Distribution; actress-producer Salma Hayek (ABC's "Ugly Betty"); Lucia Ballas-Traynor, GM of MTV Tres; Alina Falcon, executive vp and operating manager, Univision; Darlene Caamano Loquet, NALA Films president; Christina Davis, senior vp drama series development at CBS; Antoinette Zel, senior executive vp strategy, Telemundo; Alexandra Lioutikoff, senior vp Latin membership, ASCAP; and actress-singer-producer Jennifer Lopez.
In welcoming guests, Eric Mika, The Reporter's senior vp and publishing director, said, "Were not just celebrating Hispanic women here today but we're celebrating professional leadership in our industry."
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Ugly Betty star Eric Mabius is the envy of his male co-stars after shooting an intimate sex scene with Salma Hayek. The actor, 36 - who plays womanizing editor Daniel Meade in the hit TV show - is often congratulated for his loves scenes with Hayek, but he insists wooing Hayek's onscreen character, Sofia Reyes, is not glamorous. He says, "She's an amazing woman. When she walks into a room, the guys' IQs all drop by 75 points. "Guys come up to me and say, 'You get to sleep with Salma - that's cool' "I don't want to burst their bubble, but when we're rehearsing our love scenes, our dogs are jumping around us on the bed. It's one percent glamor." »
Actress Salma Hayek is celebrating becoming a mother for the first time - after giving birth to a girl. The Frida star and fiance Francois-Henri Pinault welcomed Valentina Paloma Pinault at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday. A spokesman for the couple says, "Mother and child are doing well." Valentina is Pinault's third child. »
Heavily-pregnant actress Salma Hayek has ruled out moving to Paris to become a housewife after she gives birth to her French fiance's child - she wants to continue working at her production company in the U.S. instead. The Frida star is due to give birth to her first child with partner Francois-Henri Pinault any time now. But despite impending motherhood, Hayek plans to keep herself busy professionally by working on new projects with her Ventanarosa Productions business partner Jose Tamez. She says, "I'm going to stay (in the U.S.) and run this company. I could just say I will give it all up and be a housewife in Paris. But I said, 'No.' I was so lucky because I found myself a man who is a great businessman. And he loves it that I work this hard. He has a lot of respect for what I do." »
Also lending their voices to the live-action movie in which the animals talk is a who's who of Latino actors including Andy Garcia, Salma Hayek, George Lopez, Cheech Marin, Paul Rodriguez, Placido Domingo, Edward James Olmos and Eddie 'Piolin' Sotelo.
South chronicles the adventures of a pampered Beverly Hills chihuahua named Chloe (Barrymore) accustomed to riding in a purse. While on vacation in Mexico, she gets lost and must rely on her friends to help her get back home.
Garcia is playing a German shepherd who was kicked off the police force because he lost his sense of smell and has now given up on life. Hayek is Chloe's spirit guide who helps her find her true heritage.
Lopez is Papi, a macho romantic Chihuahua who will do anything for the love of Chloe. »
Model/actress Molly Sims braved the red carpet at the Costume Institute gala in New York on Monday while nursing an injured foot. Sims fell while performing a stunt on hit TV drama Las Vegas and needed eight stitches to close a wound on her foot. But the model refused to miss New York fashion's most glitzy night, where she joined stars like Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lopez, Gisele Bundchen, and Lindsay Lohan in their favorite designer gowns. Sims wasn't the only star sporting a bandage at the event; former Will & Grace star Debra Messing had her right hand in a plaster cast. She said, "I was in a skiing accident and I had surgery, but I'm fine." The stars' injuries weren't the only things grabbing the attention at the gala; pregnant Salma Hayek made her first public appearance with fiance and fashion tycoon Francois-Henri Pinault since her engagement announcement, Renee Zellweger sported a new cropped look and Sandra Bullock spoke about her recent scare at the hands of an obsessed fan. The actress filed a request for a restraining order against Marcia Valentine after the fan attempted to run over her husband Jesse James on the couple's Orange County, California estate - but she told reporters she feels a little sorry for the woman. She said, "She's getting help. She deserves to get help... Nobody wants to be like that." »
Actress Salma Hayek is urging women to take control of their lives and help others in an effort to end domestic violence. The Oscar-nominated Frida actress has joined a Marie Claire crusade to wipe out domestic violence in the next 10 years and thinks it's time women started to make a stand to demand the respect they deserve. She says, "Men have been running the world and - I'm sorry - but they have not taken us to a good place. We are in crisis. What would happen if women were in power? What decisions would we make? If women are going to have the self-respect they need to go out and make a change in society, it has to start with how they're treated in their homes." Pregnant Hayek admits she was introduced to domestic violence at a young age - when her father attempted to stop a man from beating up his wife in the street. She recalls, "Instead of being grateful, she (the beaten woman) turned and started beating him (father) for defending her. Some people might say, 'Well, then it's her fault, ' but it made me realize she needed much more help than someone breaking up a fight." »
MGM has formed a partnership with multihyphenate Salma Hayek and her partner Jose Tamez to develop, produce and acquire mainstream films that either draw on Latin themes or feature Latin talent, both in front of and behind the camera.
The label, dubbed Ventanazul, will be housed at MGM and will follow the revamped studio's model of forging alliances with talent and providing them with creative control over their content while utilizing MGM's distribution and marketing infrastructure. The studio recently teamed with Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner in the rebirth of United Artists.
The Oscar-nominated actress also is the executive producer of the freshman TV hit "Ugly Betty".
Projects produced by Ventanazul, which means "blue window" in Spanish, will be financed by MGM and with outside structured funds.
"Salma and I have been friends for years," MGM COO Rick Sands said. "After (MGM) finished the UA deal, I called her up and asked if she wanted to start a label, and she was very interested."
Sands believes that Ventanazul will fill a void in the marketplace: Latino fare with crossover potential. »
Ugly Betty star Vanessa Williams was presented with a star on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame Monday afternoon, following her successful turn as a singer and actress. The former Miss America was given the 2,331st star on the historic sidewalk and her castmates from Ugly Betty were also present to support her. The 44-year-old actress said, "I love working with these people. The sun didn't shine today, but my heart is shining." Ugly Betty producer and star Salma Hayek says, "We were so happy to get Vanessa. She is brilliant because she is so nasty on the show, but in reality she is the sweetest person." »
Hollywood star Salma Hayek is engaged to businessman Francois-henri Pinault, and is pregnant with the couple's first child. The 40-year-old actress made the double announcement today, through her representative. Cari Ross said, "Businessman, François-Henri Pinault, and his fiancée, Salma Hayek, are happy to announce they are expecting the arrival of their first child." Hayek has enjoyed a relatively low-profile relationship with Pinault, who is the CEO of PPR, which owns fashion houses Gucci and Yves St. Laurent. »
NEW YORK -- Online day-and-date movie website ClickStar has closed its second major deal, acquiring broadband rights to Todd Robinson's true crime thriller "Lonely Hearts", starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini and Salma Hayek.
The film will be available online just two weeks after its Apr. 13 U.S. theatrical opening. ClickStar founders Intel Corporation and actor Morgan Freeman and Lori McCreary's Revelations Entertainment had their first release last December, Brad Silberling's "10 Items Or Less" starring Freeman. It was distributed theatrically by ThinkFilm but made only $81,000 in theaters. Download income figures were not available.
- It preemed at Tribeca last year, and despite a big name cast, the true nature of the tale and the film noir overcoating, Millennium Films’ Lonely Hearts was having the toughest time finding a home for distribution. Variety reports that regular dance partners Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions have picked up the film for their slate and will release the film April 13th. Writer turned filmmaker Todd Robinson directed the project that stars Scott Caan, Laura Dern, James Gandolfini , Salma Hayek, Jared Leto, John Travolta.Based on the true story of two homicide detectives who captured and convicted Martha Beck (Hayek) and Raymond Martinez Fernandez, this is the story of Buster Robinson (Travolta) hot on the trail of a pair of deranged lovers on an interstate murdering spree. Robinson must follow the trail of clues and stop them before they kill again. »
The ninth annual Method Fest, running March 29-April 5 in Calabasas, Calif., has announced a lineup that includes Jindabyne, an adaptation of a Raymond Carver story by Ray Lawrence and starring Laura Linney; Lonely Hearts, directed by Todd Robinson and starring Salma Hayek, James Gandolfini and John Travolta; and Man in the Chair, directed by Michael Schroeder and starring Christopher Plummer.
The fest, which focuses on independent film, will unspool at Viewpoint's Carlson Family Theatre and the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement community in Woodland Hills.
"We now have become a worldwide showcase of quality independent film," Method Fest executive director Don Franken said. "We have films with captivating performances and riveting stories that the audiences would really appreciate."
A total of 21 feature films and 45 shorts will screen, including the world premieres of Divergence, Charlie and School. The fest also will feature U.S. premieres of Iran's Bridge 13, Mexico's Carnaval de Sodoma and Bulgaria's Trade Routes. »
NEW YORK -- The true crime thriller Lonely Hearts, starring John Travolta, James Gandolfini, Jared Leto, Salma Hayek, Scott Caan and Laura Dern, has been picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by Roadside Attractions and Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Screenwriter-director Todd Robinson based the film on an investigation by his grandfather, Detective Elmer C. Robinson (Travolta), into an infamous serial killing spree by "Lonely Heart Killers" Martha Beck (Hayek) and Raymond Fernandez (Leto). Gandolfini will play Robinson's partner Charles Hildebrandt, Caan will play another detective on the case, and Dern will play a co-worker having an affair with Robinson.
"This story has long exerted fascination from filmmakers," said Roadside co-president Howard Cohen, noting that Leonard Kastle's 1970 cult classic The Honeymoon Killers and Arturo Ripstein's 1996 Spanish-language film Deep Crimson (Profundo Carmesi) also covered the tale. Martin Scorsese was fired from Killers after a week on the job.
"This unique film is both a high-voltage thriller and a personal, emotional story," Goldwyn president Meyer Gottlieb said. »
Penelope Cruz celebrated her Oscar nomination last night by hitting Hollywood with best pal Salma Hayek, who was upset she wasn't allowed to read the Cruz's name out. Hayek joined Sid Ganis, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, at the nominations announcement yesterday morning, and when she spotted her friend's name on the card, she begged to be able to read it out. After yelping, "Yes," when Ganis read out her friend's name, the Frida star told reporters, "I wanted to say her name. I fought for it, but they wouldn't let me." As soon as an emotional Cruz saw the video footage of her friend at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where the nominations were read out, she excused herself in the middle of an interview with TV show Extra to call Hayek. As cameras rolled yesterday, Cruz could be heard saying, "You're coming out with me tonight. To dinner. To celebrate." »
MEXICO CITY -- Alfredo Ripstein Jr., one of Mexico's most prolific movie producers and the father of renowned indie filmmaker Arturo Ripstein, died of respiratory failure in his Mexico City home on Saturday. He was 90.
The son of a Polish immigrant, Ripstein began his career as a production manager.
In the 1940s and 1950s, during the "golden age" of Mexican cinema, he produced dozens of movies and worked with such actors as Pedro Infante and Maria Felix. In 1948, he founded Mexico City-based shingle Alameda Films, which has produced about 120 features.
Among Ripstein's most notable productions is the award-winning "Principio y Fin" (The Beginning and the End), a picture directed by his son, Arturo. He also produced contemporary boxoffice hits "El Callejon de los Milagros" (Midaq Alley), featuring Salma Hayek, and the Gael Garcia Bernal starrer "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (The Crime of Father Amaro), nominated for best foreign-language picture at the 75th edition of the Academy Awards.
Ripstein is survived by his wife, three children and grandchildren. »
Salma Hayek will get an early wake-up call next Tuesday after signing up to announce the Oscar nominations live at 5am in Hollywood. The sexy star will join Sid Ganis, the President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills to read out the 2007 Oscars list. Hayek received a nomination for Best Actress in 2002 for her portrayal of artist Frida Kahlo in Frida. The Academy Awards will take place on February 25. »
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. ushered in the new on the comedy side and stuck with the old in the drama field, bestowing top TV honors to ABC's blockbuster drama hit "Grey's Anatomy" and hot freshman comedy "Ugly Betty."
"Betty" star America Ferrera and Alec Baldwin -- star of another rookie comedy, NBC's "30 Rock" -- won the top comedy acting prizes, while the leads of established hits, Hugh Laurie of Fox's "House" and Kyra Sedgwick of TNT's "The Closer," were named top actors in the drama races.
ABC's leading three trophies were matched by HBO, whose Emmy-winning period drama "Elizabeth I" was the most-heralded TV program with three Golden Globes -- for best miniseries or TV movie, star Helen Mirren and supporting actor Jeremy Irons.
This is the second consecutive year that ABC and Touchstone TV swept the top series categories at the Globes, having accomplished the feat last »
- By Nellie Andreeva
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