Last week, Salma Hayek partnered with MGM to form Ventanazul, a production company that aims to make “movies that have Latino themes but appeal to mass audiences.” If anyone can do that, Salma can. The woman has a vision, and it’s been a beautiful sight to behold thus far.
The write-up in the New York Times was interesting for a couple of reasons: First, it appeared in the Business section, under the heading “Latina Ambassador to Hollywood.” Nice. Getting a nod in the biz section means she now commands a measure of respect that is not often afforded to actresses in general, let alone Latinas. So that’s way cool. (And let’s just crown her Ambassador to Lesbo-land while we’re at it.)
Also notable is the evaluation of the movie industry’s efforts in this area:
Chasing Papi?! OK, I haven’t even heard of it, but whatever its chances were in 2003, it’s definitely doomed now. I can’t help but imagine some sort of ill-conceived L-Word-meets-Chasing-Amy debacle, in which Papi walks in on Kit in a threesome with Angus and Ivan and winds up heartbroken and selling comic-book-inspired fedoras.