Salma Hayek laid into Hollywood sexism on Tuesday, saying the system treats actresses like performing monkeys and wants rid of them once they realise they are smart.
The Mexican star of “Frida” and “Desperado” lambasted the “macho” attitudes of Tinseltown, where fewer than seven percent of films are made by women.
“Hollywood is not going to change and give it to women because it is all guys,” she said.
“From the beginning I realised I wasn’t being treated equally as an actress,” she said during a talk at the Cannes film festival.
“It is true that maybe if you are pretty you can get parts easier but it’s really violent to assume if you are pretty you are stupid. Hollywood’s particularly macho. If they realise that you are smart, their anger gets multiplied,” Hayek said.
To many movers and shakers, young actresses are playthings, she claimed: “They say ‘Get a monkey’ and then the monkey talks and they say, ‘Oh my God, maybe we are going to make money.’ Then one day they see the monkey doing algebra and they say, ‘Kill the monkey!”
“It’s very violent, this natural force to try to suppress. That is why we have a problem with women behind the camera as directors and producers,” she told one of the “Women in Motion” forums she organises each year at the festival.
Despite being a soap star in Mexico, Hayek’s climb up the Hollywood ladder was far from easy.
“Imagine, I came not only as a woman to Hollywood but as a Mexican Arab. People would laugh at me for having the dream of being able to work in Hollywood,” said the actor, whose father is Lebanese.
“I was the only Mexican or Latino in the drama school except for Benicio Del Toro, who is Puerto Rican, so kind of American, and he’s a man. And nobody laughed at him. They were laughing at me in Mexico too for having the idea of trying to break into that market. For every single agent and every single studio, it was a laughable concept.”
Hayek said Hollywood had disregarded and disrespected the female market: “They have not realised that women are a great economic power. These people don’t understand we are a huge audience. We have been neglected for so long they don’t know what we want to watch.
“We don’t even know, because we always think of who we will be watching the movie with: the husband, the family, the children,” she told the talk, sponsored by Kering, her husband Francois-Henri Pinault’s luxury goods empire.
She blamed movie executives’ “ignorance” for failing to properly play to the female demographic.
“Today almost 80 percent of the decision-makers of what movie or television show to watch are female. Women work, we make money and we all want to go out and have fun much more than before, and they have not capitalised on that.”
While Hayek praised Europe, and particularly France where a quarter of films are directed by women, she did not spare Cannes from criticism.
“In the 70 years of the Cannes film festival only one female has ever won the Palme d’Or and she only got half the Palme d’Or, not even a full one; she had to share it with a Chinese man,” she declared.
New Zealander Jane Campion shared the festival’s top prize for “The Piano” in 1993 with Chinese director Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine”.
Hayek, who is 50, also caused a stir at the festival Monday when she appeared at the Kering “Women in Motion” Prix awards dinner with pink-tinged hair. JB
Tom Cruise, still feeling the need for speed, said in an interview that a sequel to his 1986 military action film "Top Gun" is "definitely happening."
Cruise, currently promoting his latest film "The Mummy," was speaking on the Wednesday edition of Australia's morning TV show "Sunrise" when he was asked by the host if rumors of "Top Gun 2" were true.
"It's true, it's true," he said, grinning as he added, "I'm going to start filming it probably in the next year. It's happening."
Cruise played the cocky pilot Maverick in "Top Gun," one of the top students in an U.S. training camp for elite military fighter pilots and engaged in a bitter rivalry with a fellow pilot played by Val Kilmer.
The Paramount Pictures film launched Cruise's career as a global action star and grossed more than $350 million globally, according to film tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com.
Representatives for Paramount Pictures declined to comment to Reuters on whether the studio is involved with the sequel.
"Top Gun" producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a photo with Cruise last week, captioning it as the 31st anniversary of the opening day of "Top Gun."
In January 2016, Bruckheimer teased "Top Gun" fans by tweeting "Just got back from a weekend in New Orleans to see my old friend @TomCruise and discuss a little Top Gun 2." — Reuters
Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy in Los Angeles; Editing by Bill Trott
LOS ANGELES - Fans of Justin Bieber pleaded on Tuesday for his upcoming British tour dates to be canceled, underscoring the potential repercussions to music acts with a young fan base from the suicide bombing at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Canadian heartthrob Bieber, 23, is due to play an open air concert at London's Hyde Park in July. But fans flooded social media saying his appearance should be axed for the safety both of fans and the singer himself.
"Cancel Justin's concert in the UK, please! We want him to be safe, please," a person using the handle marhrukhh wrote on the Instagram account of Bieber's manager, Scooter Braun.
Braun also manages Grande, also 23, a former Nickelodeon star whose huge female fan base, many of them tweens, were out in force for her concert in Manchester on Monday night when a suicide bombing killed 22 people and injured dozens.
The "Problem" singer flew to Florida on Tuesday to spend time with her family, People magazine reported. Braun and her record company did not return calls on whether the remainder of her world tour, with stops in London and Europe, would go ahead.
Leanne Murray, 20, who lives in Ireland, has tickets to see Bieber play in Dublin next month. But she said that after Monday's bombing she is contemplating selling them.
"I just don't want what I would hope to be a great night to end in something like last night," Murray, who paid 180 Euros ($200) each for two tickets told Reuters.
"It's frightening to think that it could have been any of us and it really shows that you never know what's around the corner," Murray added.
Touring has been one of the top sources of income for musicians in recent years. The top 10 worldwide tour acts grossed a combined $1.67 billion in 2016, according to music industry publication Pollstar, with Bruce Springsteen bringing in $268.3 million alone.
Pop acts like Taylor Swift, Bieber, One Direction and Grande are also among the top earners. Grande grossed more than $25 million from touring between April 2016-April 2017, according to Pollstar figures, while Bieber grossed $163 million in 2016.
"I can see with parents of young children who might be on the fence anyway about letting their 12-year-old go to concerts, that this going to put them over the edge, and they may say 'you can wait until you're older'," said Ed McPherson, an entertainment litigator and crisis manager in Los Angeles.
"It could impact some of the artists who play to younger people," McPherson added.
Joe Reinartz, news editor at Pollstar, said that although he believes security is already strong at music venues and will no doubt be stepped up, parents would likely be more cautious.
"In the short term, there are going to be concerns for any large gathering where there will be young people, and that doesn't necessarily mean a Justin Bieber show. It means a high school football game, or an event at a fair ground," Reinartz said.
Jim Donio, president of the Music Business Association, said he would be surprised to see musicians cancelling tours because of the attack at the Grande concert.
But he said fans will be more aware and prepared. "Will parents make more informed decisions? Yes, that's possible, so there can be some impact there." — Reuters
A NUMBER people are confirmed dead and other injured after reports of an explosion at an Ariana Grande gig.
Manchester Police tweeted that emergency services were responding to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena, which can hold 21,000 people.
“There are a number of confirmed fatalities and other injured.”
Witnesses on social media have reported hearing a “massive bang” minutes after Grande finished her set, sending screaming crowds rushing out of venue.
There were also reports that an official came onstage afterwards and explained the noise wasn’t an explosion but it was too late and the panic had already led to people being crushed.
Robert Tempkin, 22, told the BBC: “Everyone was screaming and running, there were coats and people’s phones on the floor. People just dropped everything.”
Some people said it was balloons busting, and others reported seeing victims covered in blood.
“There were lots of ambulances. I saw somebody being treated. I couldn’t tell what had happened to him.”
One Twitter user reported seeing “loads of kids and little girls” lying on the floor of a corridor.
Another man Chris told Today he was sceptical that the loud noise was a balloon popping.
“It was way too loud and obviously with Manchester police saying that people have died now and people are injured on the way to hospital, then obviously it confirms it wasn’t a balloon,” he said.
MANILA, Philippines – The annual Billboard Music Awards was held on Sunday, May 21 (May 22, Manila) at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, with Twenty One Pilots, Drake, and Beyonce taking home some of the big awards.
Korean group BTS won the Top Social Artist Award.
Vanessa Hudgens and Ludacris hosted this year's show.
Here's the full list of winners:
Top New Artist
Billboard Chart Achievement Award Presented by Xfinity
Top Male Artist
Top Female Artist:
Top Billboard 200 Artist
Top Hot 100 Artist
Top Song Sales Artist
Top Radio Songs Artist
Top Streaming Songs Artist
Top Social Artist:
Top Touring Artist
Top R&B Artist
Top R&B Tour
Top Rap Artist
Top Rap Tour
Top Country Artist:
Top Country Tour
Top Rock Artist
Top Rock Tour:
Top Latin Artist
Top Dance/Electronic Artist:
Top Christian Artist
Top Gospel Artist
Top Billboard 200 Album
Top Soundtrack/Cast Album
Top R&B Album
Top Rap Album
Top Country Album
Top Rock Album:
Top Latin Album:
Top Dance/Electronic Album:
Top Christian Album
Top Gospel Album
Top Hot 100 Song:
Top Selling Song:
Top Radio Song
Top Streaming Song (Audio)
Top Streaming Song (Video):
Top R&B Song
Top R&B Collaboration
Top Rap Song:
Top Rap Collaboration
Top Country Song
Top Country Collaboration
Top Rock Song
Top Latin Song
Top Dance/Electronic Song
Top Christian Song:
Top Gospel Song
Billboard Icon Award: Cher and Celine Dion