"She’s an icon. It won’t be the same without her. Red carpets will not be the same without her... She invented a whole way of making fun a little bit of fashion (sic). We’re going to miss her." Salma Hayek pays tribute to Joan Rivers, who passed away last week (04Sep14).
"She's an icon. It won't be he same without her - red carpets will not be the same without her." Actress Salma Hayek remembers late comedienne Joan Rivers, who famously critiqued celebrity outfits on her TV show Fashion Police.
"It might not seem like shooting those guns is physical, but it was. They were heavy!" Actress Salma Hayek got a real work out on the set of new film Everly, about a captured woman who attempts to escape by any means necessary.
Nigerian pop star Adokiye Kyrian has issued a bizarre appeal to Islamic extremists at militant group Boko Haram, offering up her own virginity in exchange for the release of the schoolgirls they kidnapped in April (14). The singer, 23, is angry the 276 youngsters the terrorists snatched from a Nigerian boarding school two months ago have still to be located, and she has now encouraged Boko Haram leaders to take her captive and do what they will to her instead.
In an interview with Vanguardngr.com, she says, "This is 11pm in the night and do you know what I am thinking about? Those little girls, where they are and what could be happening to them. It is just unfair. They are too young. I wish I could offer myself in exchange...
"They are between 12 and 15-year-old girls for Christ's sake. I am older and more experienced. Even if 10 to 12 men have to take me (rape her) every night, I don't care. Just release these girls and let them go back to their parents."
Kyrian recently revealed she was still a virgin, joking, "Any man that buys my mum the private jet I had promised her, wins my heart."
Kyrian isn't the first celebrity to draw attention to the plight of the kidnapped girls - stars including Jada Pinkett Smith, Salma Hayek, Sylvester Stallone, Alicia Keys, Alyssa Milano, Queen Latifah and Minnie Driver all threw their support behind the #BringBackOurGirls Twitter.com campaign upon its launch in May (14).
Actress Salma Hayek and Hollywood hardmen Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone turned the spotlight on the plight of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolchildren at the Cannes International Film Festival this weekend (17-18May14), by holding up signs demanding action to "bring back our girls". Last month (Apr14), more than 250 teenagers were snatched from a school in northern Nigeria by members of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, and a host of public figures have since backed an online campaign calling for international help in finding the abducted girls and freeing them before the religious extremists can sell the youths into slavery.
Hayek took the Twitter.com campaign to Cannes on Saturday (17May14) as she attended the premiere of her new animated film The Prophet, and she made sure all eyes were on her as she brandished a sign with the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls while she posed for the cameras.
Hayek didn't appear to have run her political stunt by festival organisers prior to Saturday's event as Marie-Pierre Hauville, director of communications for Cannes, branded her actions "most unusual", but that didn't stop the cast of Stallone's The Expendables 3 from following in the actress' footsteps as they hit the red carpet at the French bash on Sunday (18May14).
Stallone and Schwarzenegger were joined by their movie co-stars Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Jason Statham and Wesley Snipes, as they each held up similar signs to draw attention to the headline-grabbing kidnapping.
Other famous faces who have also spoken out in support of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign include U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Anne Hathaway and Angelina Jolie.
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The Twilight Saga is one of the most financially successful film franchises in history... which is perplexing, considering that the movies aren’t any good. For better or worse, the series has renewed audience interest in vampiric mythology, as exemplified by the success of The Vampire Diaries and the proliferation of more vampire films and television shows each year. This is fine, but those who believe that Twilight represents the best of vampire movies clearly haven’t seen much else. In order to correct this, below are 10 vampire movies that are better than Twilight.
Nosferatu is widely regarded as one of the most influential horror movies ever made. See it for the haunting visuals that represent the best of German Expressionism, and the terrifying depiction of evil on the actors’ faces. Unlike other silent films, Nosferatu isn’t dated, and still holds up to many horror films released today.
Let the Right One In
The American remake with Chloe Moretz doesn’t match the brilliance of this Swedish masterpiece by Tomas Alfredson. Essentially, Let the Right One In is Twilight for grown-ups, and it’s a reminder that vampire movies can be smart and sophisticated. The final climactic scene in the pool, in particular, is a work of art.
Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark isn’t as well-known as her Oscar-winning war flick The Hurt Locker, but it’s one of the best movies she’s ever made, and one of the coolest vampire films you’ll see. Even if you don’t care about Bigelow’s sly commentary on ennui and despair in Middle America, you’ll get a kick out of the lunatic vampires on display.
Even if you don’t like subtitles, it’s impossible to resist Chan-wook Park’s Thirst. Not quite an art-house experiment, not quite a horror film, Thirst is best understood as a melancholy love story. Be forewarned: it’s violent, sexual, and a little disturbing.
Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Everyone has their favorite version of this story, but mine is Francis Ford Coppola’s widely misunderstood rendition with Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, and Anthony Hopkins. Perhaps Coppola was never able to escape the high expectations he set for himself with The Godfather films and Apocalypse Now, but his version of Dracula remains the most moving vampire film ever made.
The Fearless Vampire Killers
Before Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown made him a star, Roman Polanski directed The Fearless Vampire Killers, an incredibly funny take on the vampire mythology. The film is worth seeing for its successful slapstick humor and satirical point of view.
From Dusk Till Dawn
Quentin Tarantino. Robert Rodriguez. Harvey Keitel. George Clooney. Juliette Lewis. Salma Hayek. Cheech Martin. Danny Trejo. Enough said.
Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, and Susan Sarandon star in The Hunger, a movie so bonkers it isn’t worth explaining. All you need to know is that it’s director Tony Scott’s first movie, and that Deneuve plays a vampire.
Horror master George A. Romero shows everyone how it’s done with Martin, a story about a teenage boy who may or may not be a vampire. Romero is known for his zombie films, but Martin proves that he’s a master in more than one horror sub-genre.
Interview with the Vampire
In order to truly appreciate Interview with the Vampire, you need to understand that director Neil Jordan turned a hopelessly sappy novel into a surprisingly mature motion picture. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise play everyone’s favorite vampires (before Robert Pattinson stole their thunder), and Kirsten Dunst gives a star-making performance.
At the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Rita Moreno added The Lifetime Achievement Award to her heavily populated display. That same night, Sofia Vergara also won an award as part of the Modern Family ensemble. In the 50 years since Moreno’s iconic role in West Side Story, things haven’t changed much for Latinos in Hollywood. Women have swapped bare feet and cascading skirts for high heels and mini skirts. Men have gone from playing fieldhands and gang members to... also playing dishwashers. White actors still act in brownface portraying Latinos as loud and ignorant. When are things going to change?
Latinos are 17 percent of the U.S. population and the largest minority group. Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world. And yet, Latinos are not widely represented in American media. The Spanish speaking populace has somehow become synonymous with ignorance on TV. When Latinos are represented they are often portrayed as violent, quick-tempered, and hypersexual. Case in point: Vergara’s character in Modern Family is prone to outbursts and is often half-naked, and the lion’s share of her jokes is about her trouble with English.
Penelope Cruz and Salma Hayek Are Different People!
Latinos come from countries in The Caribbean, Central America, and South America. These different countries are united by the Spanish language. This would be like considering people from Hong Kong, India, Australia, and the Bahamas one race because they all speak English and drink tea. The diversity of Latinos seems to perplex Hollywood. Penelope Cruz was listed as Salma Hayek on the Academy Awards Instagram page. Cruz is a 5'6" European woman and Hayek is a 5'3" Mexican. They may speak the same language but Cruz’s career is more similar to Monica Bellucci. Both actors had thriving film careers in Europe and were seamlessly incorporated into American casting. Hayek had to claw her way from playing prostitutes and stereotypical bit parts in Hollywood to getting a big break.
Latin spending power is diluted between the Spanish-speaking and English-speaking markets. There are Spanish language networks that cater to recent immigrants and abuelas everywhere. They broadcast novellas, Spanish soap operas, and original programming. It can be challenging to try and unite Spanish-speaking and English-speaking audiences. Mainstream crossovers can be challenging because Latino celebrities are not widely known in America. Chasing Papi was an English-language Latino comedy featuring a young Vergara, and a who’s who of Latino celebrities. However, it was unable to resonate with American audiences.
In West Side Story, white and Latino actors were literally painted brown to distinguish them as the Puerto Ricans. Despite being Puerto Rican, Moreno had to wear dark make-up to play her own race. Many non-Latin actors have played Latino roles, with varying degrees of success: Hank Azaria, Johnny Depp, and Anjelica Houston have all played Latinos. There have even been white actors in historical representations of Latino history. Ethan Hawke played a Uraguayan in Alive and Ben Affleck’s character in Argo was based on half-Mexican CIA agent Tony Mendez.
As recently as Lena Dunham’s episode of SNL, non-Latino actress Cecily Strong plays a Venezuelan whose humor and conflict derive from the fact that she can’t speak English. With no Latino performers on SNL, characters like this seem insensitive. Plus, there's that accent — Strong's costar Kate McKinnon has played Latin characters and can at least do a convincing accent.
Key to Success: Play Another Race?
Moreno played Tuptim in The King and I. Almost 60 years later, successful Latino actors find more success playing outside their race. Dominican/Puerto Rican actress Zoe Saldana has found more commercial success playing characters identified as black and non-Latino. Alexis Bledel, Frankie Muniz, and Aubrey Plaza are all assumed to be Caucasian and often cast with Caucasian parents and relatives. Even Martin and Charlie Sheen found it necessary to change their name from Estevez.
Banished to Basic Cable
It seems like the most diversity exists on basic cable. It’s hard to believe that Wizards of Waverly Place is more representative of a modern family than the eponymous sitcom. It features a bi-racial Latino/American family. Everyone can speak English and the children still have a sense of culture. ABC Family shows like The Fosters and Switched at Birth include multiple series regulars that are Latino. The shining beacon on television is Brooklyn Nine-Nine. It has two Latin actresses Stephanie Beatriz and Melissa Fumero offering atypical and actually inspirational portrayals of Latinos. This is progress considering Beatriz played Vergara’s ignorant Colombian cousin in an episode of Modern Family. Check out how Beatriz describes her strong and accent-less role as success for Latinos.
"It'll be the first-ever, fully CG, R-rated comedy... It's truly an insane movie... I screened it for some friends the other day and someone told me, 'If nothing else, you have enough power to get literally the craziest thing I've ever seen made'." Funnyman Seth Rogen on his grocery store animated movie, which features himself, Kristen Wiig and Salma Hayek
Keira Knightley and Salma Hayek are among a host of celebrities who have written to British Prime Minister David Cameron about women's rights in Afghanistan. The Pirates of the Caribbean actress was joined by actors Joseph Fiennes, Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Sheen and Gillian Anderson in signing a letter to the U.K. leader ahead of International Women's Day on Saturday (08Mar14).
The note - written in partnership with campaign group Amnesty International - urges Cameron to make sure women's rights in Afghanistan are protected in 2014 despite presidential elections and the withdrawal of international troops.
The letter reads, "It has taken true courage for Afghan women to defy the Taleban, to vote in elections, to work in high-profile jobs, and to send their children to school. But Afghan women have told Amnesty International that they are concerned the rights they have fought so hard to achieve could now be lost.
"In the last six months, numerous Afghan women committed to working for peace and development have been murdered, including four policewomen, a pregnant school teacher and a local government worker. We mustn't turn our backs on the women and girls of Afghanistan. We ask that you publicly insist on renewed commitments to women's rights from the new Afghan President when that person is elected.
"As Prime Minister your support sends a very clear message to the Afghan authorities as well as to the brave women working for the future of their country."
Salma Hayek is moving to London with her French billionaire husband Francois-Henri Pinault and their six-year-old daughter. The Mexican actress and her husband of five years are moving from Paris, France - where his luxury goods brand is based - to a rented house in West London.
When asked what prompted the move, Hayek immediately slams suggestions the couple was influenced by the new 75 per cent tax law in France, telling British newspaper The Times, "I want to clarify, it's not for tax reasons. We are still paying taxes here in France.
"We think that London has a lot more to offer than just a better tax situation. Francois is very excited; he thinks London is very cosmopolitan. I think it will be good for my career too.
"Finding the house has been so stressful. We are redecorating now. Francois and I are looking at lots of interiors magazines. It's our five-year wedding anniversary and it's like we're moving in together for the first time, a new chapter."
Hayek is also struggling to find the right school for her daughter Valentina, adding, "(The school bosses) want to put her one year behind, because she is born in September, and I disagree with the system. As good as schools are, if they don't recognise how special my child is - she speaks three languages and understands five - then they're not that good, are they?!"