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Salma Hayek on her Weinstein horror story: ‘Female artists have to go to war’

Charmaine Blake



Salma Hayek

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Salma Hayek, the star of the Miramax-produced Frida, broke her silence about the alleged abuses she suffered at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, a man she’s calling “her monster” in a devastatingly vivid New York Times article

Her story makes clear how male abuses of power in Hollywood aren’t actually just about sex, but also about gatekeeping prestige filmmaking from women — especially those of color.

According to her account, Weinstein warned her that “I will kill you, don’t think I can’t,” when Hayek denied his relentless sexual advances. But he didn’t stop there. She also claims that he demanded she add a lesbian sex scene — a clear attempt to humiliate and degrade her, undermining the artistry of her film while effectively sabotaging his own financial investment out of pure spite.

Hayek described Weinstein’s “brainwashing” that, even to this day, makes her doubt her value in the industry, and which kept her quiet — until now. “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,” she wrote. Because, “In his eyes, I was not an artist. I wasn’t even a person. I was a thing: not a nobody, but a body.”

Having started as a Mexican telenovela star, working with Weinstein represented a chance at a big break in the United States, she says, and to express herself as an artist in the daring ways she dreamed of. 

She’d long identified with Frida Kahlo, and “it became my mission to portray the life of this extraordinary artist and to show my native Mexico in a way that combated stereotypes.”

But then the Weinstein reality hit. Hayek writes that at every opportunity, he tried to set her up for failure, constantly humiliating her during production, and disparaging her performance (which she later won an Oscar for). She remained defiant, insisting on staying true to Frida’s trademark unibrow. But, “he told me that the only thing I had going for me was my sex appeal,” and, because she wouldn’t comply to making the film “sexier,” that he wanted to shut down the film, “because no one would want to see me in that role.”

Still, Hayek persisted. Every other hurdle he put in her way as both an actress and producer on the film backfired. Except, that is, for one. She says Weinstein made it clear that he would only allow her to finish the movie if she agreed to full-frontal nudity in a sex scene with another woman.

Hayek’s description of that day on set is horrifying:

“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,” she wrote. “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.”

Hayek sharing her story marks yet another woman who bravely has come forward and shared the truth about their own experiences dealing with abusive behavior. 

Read Hayek’s full account over at The New York Times

Salma Hayek as Frida

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Pamela Anderson Thought She Had A ‘Special Power To Kill People’ As A Child After Her Death Wish Came True

Charmaine Blake



Pamela Anderson exudes magic every time she runs down the beach in slo-mo — but did you know she has real “special powers”?

At least she thought she did after an allegedly predatory babysitter was killed in a car accident one day after wishing her dead.

Related: Pamela Anderson Refuses To Apologize For Weinstein Comments

The Baywatch star made the admission on Piers Morgan‘s Life Stories that aired Saturday night on ITV. She remembered:

“I had a babysitter, and she molested me for I think a year. I was between the ages of 4 and 8, somewhere in there. I remember wishing her dead, and she ended up dying the next day in her graduation in a car accident.”

Holy karma!

Naturally, young Pam thought she was behind the freak fatality and, if she wasn’t careful, might cause another. She continued:

“I thought, ‘Okay, now I’ve killed her. I’m magic. I can’t tell my parents about this and I’ve killed her,’ so I started believing that I had this special power to kill people.”

The future actress was so terrified to oust herself as a magical being, she didn’t tell her parents about the scary coincidence until “years later.”

Of course, by that time, she realized she had magical abilities every time she squeezed into a red swimsuit.

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Will Smith geeks out over the success of ‘Black Panther’ and its cast

Charmaine Blake



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Excited for Black Panther? So are we. Which is why we’re rolling out obsessive coverage with Black Panther Week. 

Will Smith just showed the world that he’s one of the biggest Black Panther fans around.

After the tremendous success of Black Panther‘s opening weekend, Will Smith took to Instagram to share an inspiring message he himself heard from Nelson Mandela along with a video of himself geeking out about Black Panther and praising everyone who worked on Marvel’s latest film.

“What you have done is spectacular,” Smith said in the video. “I watched the film a couple of days ago, and damn near got brought to tears. You guys have challenged and potentially even shattered a lot of long-time, long-held false Hollywood beliefs and paradigms. I just want to say congratulations to you, I’m proud and I’m excited, damn-near giddy. Congrats y’all, go get it.”

He then crossed his arms over his chest — the Wakandan salute.

Along with the video, Smith quoted Mandela in his Instagram post, sharing a message everyone who worked on the film that spoke to what people can do with their fame and how they can reach out and inspire others.

“Go into the streets… Touch them… Let them know that you are real!” Smith wrote.

Black Panther has been heralded not only for its unmistakable quality but also its achievements in representation, not only with its predominantly black cast but also its range of diversity behind the scenes. 

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Amy Schumer Marries Boyfriend Chris Fischer After A Few Months Of Dating

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Amy Schumer married chef Chris Fischer in a secret ceremony on Tuesday after just a few months of dating, People and Us Weekly reported.

The two were married at a house in Malibu, California, in front of 80 friends, including stars Larry David, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lawrence, David Spade and Jake Gyllenhaal, according to the reports.

Schumer, 36, and her chef boyfriend made their relationship public (as in Instagram-official) this week after attending Ellen DeGeneres’ star-studded birthday party. The two reportedly started dating around November after they were spotted having an intimate dinner in New York City.

They later attended a taping of “Saturday Night Live” together, though Schumer’s rep wouldn’t comment on the relationship.

Fisher once worked at Mario Batali’s New York City restaurant, Babbo, after being introduced by his friend, Jake Gyllenhaal.

The chef later returned to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, where he grew up, to work at the Beach Plum Inn (a favorite of the Obamas) and The Covington Restaurant.

Fisher  who penned the James Beard Award-winning cookbook, Beetlebung Farm Cookbook  recently opened Beetlebung Farm Market on Martha’s Vineyard, and plans to turn part of it into a restaurant.

“After years of working for other people, my intuition is, ‘I’m doing this on my own terms,’” Fisher told Boston magazine in July. “You can create a destination restaurant anywhere.”

Prior to meeting Fischer, Schumer dated furniture designer Ben Hanisch. The two met on a dating app in 2015 and were together for a little over a year.

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Schumer and Hanisch at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Jan. 17, 2016. 

“I feel like Ben is the first guy who’s really been my boyfriend,” the “I Feel Pretty” actress and author told Marie Claire in July 2016. “There are guys who, if they heard me say that, would want to punch me in the face, but yeah, it’s the truth.”

A rep for Schumer confirmed that she and Hanisch split in 2017, but said the two remained friends. It certainly seems like things are amicable, as the comedian thanked her ex for some furniture he’d built for her in September.

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