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Let Loose at the Tate Modern + More London Actor Events 5/21-26

A May bank holiday means an extra day off to recover from whatever exciting, creative, and life-enhancing activities you might be up to. Maybe that means all day in the pub. Or, perhaps, you’ll want to be inspired by Frida Kahlo, spit some old-school hip-hop, or enjoy some pop in the park. Backstagers, London is waiting! Hop to it.We love the Tate Modern and on May 26, they’re celebrating the wonder of the British bank holiday with a Summer Hip Hop Karaoke Party in the centre of the gallery. Go old school or take on Kendrick, Nicki, or Drake—it’s up to you. (Tickets from £9) Learn from Kirby’s crowning glory.Vanessa Kirby has just won a BAFTA for her work as Princess Margaret in ‘The Crown’. Later this year, she’ll be at the National starring in ‘Julie’, a reworking of the Strindberg classic and they
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Cannes Report, Day 5: Salma Hayek Sounds Off, Gaspar Noé Redeemed

Cannes Report, Day 5: Salma Hayek Sounds Off, Gaspar Noé Redeemed
It’s raining in France as we reach the halfway point of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, where a gender parity conversation has taken center stage and filmmakers continue to serve up their wares.

Speaking at the annual Kering Women in Motion panel, Salma Hayek touched on the scorched-earth op-ed she wrote last year about working with disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Polarizing provocateur Gaspar Noe returns after his 3D sexcapade “Love” from 2015 — and managed to win over critics with a dance-infused horror film (we’ll still never forgive him for this poster).
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Salma Hayek Signs First-Look Movie Deal With Lionsgate

Salma Hayek Signs First-Look Movie Deal With Lionsgate
Lionsgate has signed a first-look producing deal with Salma Hayek Pinault, along with her producing partner Jose “Pepe” Tamez.

Under the agreement, announced Thursday, Hayek and Tamez will produce feature films for Lionsgate under Hayek Pinault’s Ventanarosa Productions banner. Her production company will also explore feature film opportunities with Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films venture.

Lionsgate said in the announcement that the collaboration is an extension of the studio’s longstanding relationship with Hayek, which includes the action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” and Pantelion Films’ “How to Be a Latin Lover.” Lionsgate and Hayek Pinault are currently working on several feature projects in development and the company will also produce films for Hayek Pinault to star in.

“I’m very grateful to begin this new phase of my partnership with Lionsgate,” Hayek said. “They have built a tremendous rapport with mainstream and underserved audiences alike and their willingness to
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See John Oliver Round Up 'Clumsy' Branding on International Women's Day

See John Oliver Round Up 'Clumsy' Branding on International Women's Day
John Oliver devoted part of Sunday's Last Week Tonight to the way corporations and public figures observed International Women's Day, which ranged from awkward to full-on appalling.

Several brands tried to honor the holiday last week with female-centric wordplay: McDonald's turned its classic golden arches upside down ("I guess the 'M' is for 'men' the rest of the time," Oliver joked). Brawny ran a "Who's Your Shero" campaign. "We consulted with some linguistics experts, and it turns out there's already a word for 'women's heroes,' and it's the word 'heroes,
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Salma Hayek Slams Mattel's Frida Kahlo Barbie Doll

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Salma Hayek is just the latest person blasting Mattel for making a Barbie out of Mexican artist and women's rights icon Frida Kahlo -- asking what many already have ... how??? Salma called out the toy company Sunday over their newest Barbie release ... a dolled up Frida, who's missing her signature unibrow and other famous characteristics in plastic form. #fridakahlo never tried to be or look like anyone else. She celebrated her uniqueness. How could they
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Harvey Weinstein Accusers Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra & Salma Hayek Present at Oscars

Harvey Weinstein Accusers Ashley Judd, Annabella Sciorra & Salma Hayek Present at Oscars
Three of Harvey Weinstein’s most outspoken accusers — Ashley Judd, Salma Hayek and Annabella Sciorra — together presented a video montage on equality and representation at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday evening.

“Hi, it’s nice to see you all again, it’s been a while,” Sciorra said before the crowd applauded. “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.”

“The changes we are witnessing are being driven by the powerful sound of new voices, of different voices, of our voices.
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Salma Hayek on the 'Huge' Response to Her Harvey Weinstein Story: 'It Was Not What I Expected'

Salma Hayek on the 'Huge' Response to Her Harvey Weinstein Story: 'It Was Not What I Expected'
When Salma Hayek first opened up about her experience working with Harvey Weinstein on 2002’s Frida, she had no idea her story would resonate with so many people.

“It was not what I expected,” Hayek, 51, told The Wrap. “I never thought that one article in the New York Times would be one of the most read stories of the year. It was huge.”

In December, Hayek wrote an emotional op-ed for the paper, recounting her alleged experiences with Weinstein through the course of the making of the Miramax-produced Frida Kahlo biopic. In the piece, she claimed that the now-disgraced
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Salma Hayek Wonders: Why Did I Go 15 Years Between Lead Roles?

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Salma Hayek Wonders: Why Did I Go 15 Years Between Lead Roles?
This story on Salma Hayek first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine. Salma Hayek is on the front lines of the sea change happening in Hollywood for women. Last year she stunned the world with her detailed accusations of how Harvey Weinstein bullied and sexually harassed her during the making of the 2002 Frida Kahlo biopic “Frida,” a film which won her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. (Weinstein apologized for his “boorish” behavior.) A decade and a half later, the Film Independent Spirit Awards have recognized her with a new nomination, Best Female Lead,...
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‘Darkest Hour’ Makeup Artist Left Retirement to Turn Gary Oldman Into Winston Churchill

‘Darkest Hour’ Makeup Artist Left Retirement to Turn Gary Oldman Into Winston Churchill
The Oscar buzz surrounding Gary Oldman’s turn as Winston Churchill has been deafening since “Darkest Hour” hit the festival circuit last August, and he’s already racked up the lion’s share of this season’s accolades.

But when Oldman first met with producers and director Joe Wright for the Focus Features movie, he was open about his concerns. “I said to them, ‘We’re not talking about the elephant in the room, which is that I don’t look anything like Churchill,’” Oldman recalls. “I don’t know how this is going to be done, but if there’s one man who has even a remote chance of pulling this off, that’s Kazuhiro Tsuji.”

Makeup artist Tsuji had established himself as something of a miracle worker, having transformed Jim Carrey into the Grinch and helped Joseph Gordon-Levitt resemble a young Bruce Willis in “Looper.” There was only one problem: Tsuji had been retired from the
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Salma Hayek: Harvey Weinstein threatened to 'break my kneecaps'

During a filmed conversation with Oprah Winfrey, the actor alleges Weinstein’s bullying during the making of her 2002 artist biopic Frida

Salma Hayek Pinault has claimed that Harvey Weinstein threatened to break her kneecaps, as part of his long-running tirade against her for refusing his advances.

Hayek Pinault was speaking to Oprah Winfrey at a recording of Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations at the Apollo theater in New York on Wednesday, and outlined her run-ins with Weinstein and their aftermath. Hayek Pinault said that, during the making of her 2002 film Frida, about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, Weinstein had told the film’s director, Julie Taymor: “I am going to break the kneecaps of that ‘C-word.’”
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Will ‘Darkest Hour’ win Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling just like biopics ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and … ?

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Will ‘Darkest Hour’ win Oscar for Best Makeup & Hairstyling just like biopics ‘The Iron Lady,’ ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ and … ?
When it comes to Best Makeup and Hairstyling at the Oscars, films with the most elaborate prosthetics and wigs often prevail, i.e. “Suicide Squad” (2016), “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) and “Star Trek” (2009). However, biographical films have also been gaining footing in recent years. Whether it’s “The Iron Lady” (2011) turning Meryl Streep into Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, or “Dallas Buyers Club” (2013) molding Matthew McConaughey into AIDS patient Ron Woodroof, Oscar voters love it when famous people are made to look like other famous people. Might “Darkest Hour,” which transforms Gary Oldman into Winston Churchill, be the next biopic to follow this trend?

In “Darkest Hour” Oldman is virtually unrecognizable as the famed British Prime Minister. Directed by Joe Wright, this true-to-life film is set in the first months of his tenure, when he must decide between a negotiated peace with Nazi Germany or a prolonged war. Oldman earned an Oscar nom for Best Actor,
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Sergei Eisenstein: The Complex Man Portrayed in Today’s Google Doodle Was So Much More Than the Master of Montage

Today’s Google Doodle shines a light on one of the seminal figures in film history: Sergei Eisenstein, whose career is most commonly boiled down in World Cinema 101 classes as being the pioneer behind the Soviet Union’s use of montage in propaganda movies following the October Revolution. Eisenstein, who would have turned 120 years old today, was a true believer in the Bolshevik Revolution — and only 20 years old when he left his architecture and engineering studies to join Vladimir Lenin’s Red Army. Just seven years later he would become the genius young filmmaker and theorist behind Soviet montage, creating historical propaganda films that promoted the tenets of Communism and celebrate the Revolution in films like “Strike,” “October,” and, most famously, “Battleship Potemkin.”

From the beginning of film history, there had been exploration of how the new medium’s unique ability to cut through space with the edit could be
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Empowering Latinx Gift Ideas for That ‘Bonita’ in Your Life

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Christmas is fast approaching and you’re likely still contemplating what in the world to get your familia y amigas. Mexican-American Chica boss Rachel Gomez created Viva La Bonita “inspired by the spirit of the women who are fearless” — and it’s the answer to your gift-giving needs. The modern street-chic collection features renditions of and tributes to significant Latinas such as Selena and Frida Kahlo.

Mexican beauty and lifestyle vlogger Karen Sarahi Gonzalez, aka @iluvsarahii, has embraced the vintage Selena style tee, showing it off to her millions of social media followers.

Gomez once told Latina she credits her
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In Context: The Contentious Making of "Frida"

by Ilich Mejía

The New York Times published an op-ed by Salma Hayek where she discloses how working with Harvey Weinstein, then head of Miramax, affected the production of her passion project Frida. The film, centered around the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, was released in 2002 with Hayek portraying the titular character. In the article, Hayek relates her refusals to Weinstein's inappropriate proposals (massages, showers, sex) to his explicit sabotaging of the film and its release. Up next, we contextualize five of Hayek's most poignant tellings of how Weinstein's ruthless power machine compromised the making of a promising film.
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What Salma Hayek’s Weinstein story reveals about Hollywood power and pay

The actor’s account of her dealings with the producer is shocking. Not just for providing further allegations of sexual harassment – but for what it tells about how and why women are paid less than men

In Salma Hayek’s blistering and upsetting account in the New York Times of the harassment and threats she received from Harvey Weinstein after she rejected his advances, there was a small but telling description of how deals in Hollywood were made – the sort of secretive, manipulative, imbalanced deals that enabled Weinstein to get away with his abusive behaviour for so long. As an actor in Frida, the biopic of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo that she had taken to Weinstein as her own project, Hayek wrote that she would be paid “the minimum Screen Actors Guild scale plus 10%. As a producer, I would receive a credit that would not yet be defined, but no payment.
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Jessica Chastain Praises Salma Hayek for Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein

Jessica Chastain Praises Salma Hayek for Speaking Out Against Harvey Weinstein
Jessica Chastain is praising Salma Hayek for speaking out against disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

After retweeting the actress’s op-ed in the New York Times, in which Hayek detailed alleged harassment by the producer, Chastain told ">Extra she found the piece to be “so moving.” She added, “It really goes to show its so important what is happening right now with all these women coming forward and talking about their stories and talking about the walls that they faced in their industry.”

In the article published Wednesday, Hayek, 51, recounted her alleged experiences with Weinstein through the course of the
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Salma Hayek Details Harvey Weinstein Harassment

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2017-12-14T07:39:46-08:00Salma Hayek Details Harvey Weinstein Harassment

How to Be a Latin Lover star Salma Hayek offered details this week of an allegedly systematic pattern of abuse by producer Harvey Weinstein during the production of a key movie in her career. Hayek alleges that Weinstein repeatedly used his power as a producer to try to get her to engage in sexual activity with him and others. Weinstein denies the claims.

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Salma Hayek shared on Wednesday a harrowing backstory of her dealings with disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein during the making of the acclaimed 2002 Miramax movie Frida.

In a New York Times opinion column, the actress gave a detailed account of her history with Weinstein, his insistent and allegedly inappropriate demands and being "approached by reporters, through different sources, including my dear friend Ashley Judd, to speak about an episode in my life that,
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Harvey Weinstein 'Does Not Recall' Pressuring Salma Hayek to Do a Gratuitous Sex Scene in Frida

Harvey Weinstein 'Does Not Recall' Pressuring Salma Hayek to Do a Gratuitous Sex Scene in Frida
Harvey Weinstein has responded to allegations that he sexually harassed and threatened Salma Hayek.

In an emotional New York Times op ed published Wednesday, the 51-year-old actress detailed her experiences with Weinstein through the course of the making of the 2002 Miramax Frida Kahlo biopic Frida — claiming, among other things, that he had once threatened to kill her when she refused his advances.

In a statement to People on Wednesday, a spokesperson for Weinstein denied “all of the sexual allegations as portrayed by Salma” — though the movie mogul admitted to “boorish behavior.”

Addressing a slew of claims levied against him by Hayek,
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Harvey Weinstein Responds to Salma Hayek: ‘All of the Sexual Allegations Are Not Accurate’

Harvey Weinstein Responds to Salma Hayek: ‘All of the Sexual Allegations Are Not Accurate’
Harvey Weinstein has responded to a sexual harassment allegation made by Salma Hayek in a first-person article written for The New York Times. Weinstein denies Hayek’s claims, saying he “does not recall pressuring her” to film a lesbian sex scene for the movie “Frida.” He refers to the star as a “first-class actress” and says he was “very proud” of her when she landed a Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Frida.”

Read More:Salma Hayek Says Harvey Weinstein Attempted to Assault Her: ‘I Don’t Think He Hated Anything More Than the Word No’

Hayek broke her silence against Weinstein in an article published December 13 entitled “Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster Too.” The actress said Weinstein would request to take showers with her and asked her to give him a massage, perform oral sex on her, and get naked with another woman, among other actions.

A majority of Hayek
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Salma Hayek Claims 'Monster' Harvey Weinstein Threatened to Kill Her If She Refused His Demands

Salma Hayek Claims 'Monster' Harvey Weinstein Threatened to Kill Her If She Refused His Demands
Salma Hayek is adding her name to the list of celebrities speaking out about disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

In an emotional New York Times op ed published Wednesday, the 51-year-old actress detailed her experiences with Weinstein through the course of the making of the 2002 Miramax Frida Kahlo biopic Frida — claiming, among other things, that he had once threatened to kill her when she refused his advances.

“I don’t think he hated anything more than the word ‘no,'” Hayek wrote. “And with every refusal came Harvey’s Machiavellian rage.”

“The range of his persuasion tactics went from sweet-talking
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