Salma Hayek to head Latino-themed film production co. w/MGM
According to Variety, MGM and Salma Hayek, along with partner Jose Tamez, have joined forces to create the production label Ventanazul, which will acquire, develop and produce Latin-themed material and utilize Latin American and Hispanic talent on both sides of the camera.
“Budgets for the mainly English-language projects will run from $5 million to $25 million, said Sands, “depending on what the material is and who’s in it.”
Hayek will be “running the company,” Sands said. “To the extent that it makes sense for her to act, she’ll do that; to the extent that it makes sense for her to produce, she’ll do that.”
Daniela’s hastily written Mini and possibly Inaccurate Salma Bio:
Salma had a thriving acting career in Mexico, but her vision would not be contained by borders. She came to the United States when she was twenty-four, appearing in bit parts on various television shows in the early nineties. Robert Rodriguez saw her on comedian Paul Rodriguez‘s late-night Spanish-language talk show in 1992, and he soon gave her the big break she was looking for – opposite Antonio Banderas in Desperado. Tarantino featured her in From Dusk Till Dawn, but a comedy was what made her mainstream and gave Salma her first top billing: Fools Rush In opposite Matthew Perry. In this film, she wasn’t just a sex symbol. She was a multi-faceted character and her acting ability was more apparent. She played Serendipity in Kevin Smith’s Dogma, once again a sex symbol but at least a clever one. Wild Wild West was another “shake yer boobies” role, and it wasn’t until Frida that she was really allowed to show everything she encompassed – a truly beautiful AND intelligent, talented actress. She rejoined Rodriguez for the modest hits Spy Kids 3D and Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and in 2006 became executive producer for the hit series Ugly Betty. Unfortunately, in that same year, Banditas was released which prevented me from “claiming” her. She redeemed herself in the eyes of Daniela with the news of this awesome deal with MGM.
Bravo, Salma! I am looking forward to seeing what comes of this. Hopefully nothing like Banditas, but I am hopeful! 🙂 yay.
PerezHilton – He calls her salami. That’s mean.