Salma Hayek Legion of Honor Induction Controversy + Kristen Stewart Cannes Entry?

Salma Hayek Mexican actress Legion of Honor controversySalma Hayek: Mexican actress in Legion of Honor controversy.

Salma Hayek: Legion of Honor controversy

There hasn't been much buzz about Marthe Keller's induction into France's Legion of Honor. Or the induction of actresses Dominique Blanc and Anny Duperey. Hardly a surprise, since the only film people that matter in the U.S. (or English-language) media are those with Hollywood careers. And that takes us to another 2012 Chevalier inductee, Mexican actress Salma Hayek, 45, whose honor has received quite a bit more U.S. media play.

But why?

Salma Hayek movies

For starters, Salma Hayek is a Hollywood star. Below are three of her notable – whether critically or commercially – American films.

  • Frida (2002), which earned her a Best Actress Academy Award nomination. (She lost to Nicole Kidman as Virginia Woolf in Stephen Daldry's The Hours.)
    Dir.: Julie Taymor.
    Cast: Salma Hayek (as Frida Kahlo). Alfred Molina (as Diego Rivera). Edward Norton (as Nelson Rockefeller). Diego Luna. Antonio Banderas (as David Alfaro Siqueiros). Mia Maestro. Valeria Golino. Geoffrey Rush (as Leon Trotsky). Roger Rees.
  • Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003).
    Dir.: Robert Rodriguez.
    Cast: Antonio Banderas. Salma Hayek. Eva Mendes. Johnny Depp. Enrique Iglesias. Marco Leonardi. Mickey Rourke. Danny Trejo. Cheech Marin. Pedro Armendáriz Jr. Rubén Blades. Willem Dafoe. Julio Oscar Mechoso. Miguel Couturier.
  • Grown Ups (2010).
    Dir.: Dennis Dugan.
    Cast: Adam Sandler. Kevin James. David Spade. Maria Bello. Salma Hayek. Rob Schneider. Chris Rock. Maya Rudolph. Joyce Van Patten. Steve Buscemi.

Hayek's other film credits include more Hollywood or semi-Hollywood productions such as Desperado, From Dusk Til Dawn, After the Sunset, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and the animated hit Puss in Boots. Besides, she is now reportedly working on a biopic of Mexican cinema superstar María Félix (Enamorada, Doña Diabla).

Now, are Puss in Boots and one Best Actress Oscar nod enough to warrant Legion of Honor “membership”?

Chevalier Salma

Salma Hayek's inclusion on this year's Legion of Honor roster has been criticized by those asserting that French president Nicolas Sarkozy is using the ceremony for political gain in an election year. Hayek's father-in-law, François Pinault, the founder of PPR (the French owner of Gucci and Puma, among other businesses), will also be inducted as a Grand Officer.

Hence, Hayek will be this year's Legion of Honor Beauty; Pinault, the Legion of Honor Bosom Buddy Billionaire. After all, the business magnate is a close friend of Sarkozy – who, three years ago, legion-honored the judge who pronounced his divorce from his then wife, (now known as) Cécilia Attias.

But in all fairness, Nicolas Sarkozy is hardly the only French president to have bestowed the Legion of Honor honor for the sake of his own popularity and/or private/political interests. For instance, in a calculated populist move, in 1998 Jacques Chirac decided to honor the French soccer team after their winning the World Cup.

UNICEF ambassador, refuseniks

Those who believe Hayek deserves the honor emphasize her charity work, her support for women victims of domestic violence, and the fact that she has been a UNICEF ambassador since 2008.

And finally … Among those whom honoree Salma Hayek will not be joining in the Légion d'Honneur Hall of Fame are Marie Curie, Pierre Curie, Claude Monet, George Sand, Guy de Maupassant, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Albert Camus. These were some of the would-be inductees who refused to accept the French government's Honor.

'Farewell My Queen' to open Berlin Film Festival

The world premiere of Les Adieux à la reine / Farewell, My Queen will open the 2012 Berlin Film Festival next February 9. Directed by Benoît Jacquot (Tosca, Villa Amalia, Deep in the Woods), Farewell, My Queen stars Inglourious Basterds' Diane Kruger (as Marie Antoinette), Midnight in Paris' Léa Seydoux, and Army of Crime's Virginie Ledoyen.

Adapted by Jacquot and Gilles Taurand from Chantal Thomas' novel, Farewell, My Queen is set during the first days of the French Revolution, as seen from the perspective of the servants at Versailles. The synopsis below is from the Berlin Film Festival website:

Versailles in July 1789. Unrest is growing in the court of King Louis the XVI (Xavier Beauvois). The people are rebelling – a revolution is imminent. Behind the facades of the royal palaces, everyone is thinking of fleeing, including Queen Marie Antoinette (Diane Kruger) and her entourage. Among her ladies-in-waiting is Sidonie Laborde (Léa Seydoux) who as the Queen's reader has become quite intimate with her. With great amazement, Sidonie experiences the first hours of the French Revolution.

Prior to Kruger, previous portrayers of Marie Antoinette on screen include Norma Shearer, Oscar nominated in 1938 for W. S. Van Dyke's Marie Antoinette; Michèle Morgan in Jean Delannoy's Marie-Antoinette reine de France / Shadow of the Guillotine, (1956); Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette (2006); Joely Richardson in Charles Shyer's The Affair of the Necklace (2001); Nina Foch in George Sidney's Scaramouche (1952); Anita Louise in William Dieterle's Madame Du Barry (1934); and Julia Swayne Gordon in Ralph Ince's My Lady's Slipper (1916).

In addition to serving as the Berlinale's opening night gala presentation, Farewell, My Queen will also be in the running for the 2012 Golden Bear. As announced previously, Meryl Streep will receive this year's Honorary Golden Bear.

Diane Kruger/Farewell My Queen photo: Lumiere

Kristen Stewart On the Road Marylou Cannes Film FestivalKristen Stewart in 'On the Road': Free-spirited Marylou at Cannes Film Festival?

Walter Salles' 'On the Road' at Cannes? Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart star

Producer Charles Gillibert has tweeted the following: “Am happy to share with you : OTR french release the 23rd of may, more to come.” OTR? That's On the Road, directed by Walter Salles, and toplining Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Kristen Stewart.

As for the May 23, '12, release date in France, does that mean On the Road will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival? Quite possibly. Cannes 2012 runs May 16–27.

Based on Jack Kerouac's classic 1950s novel, On the Road follows New York-based writer Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), sexually charged rebel Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), and Dean's free-spirited girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart), as they go on a cross-country road trip following the death of Sal's father.

Sal is based on Jack Kerouac himself. Dean, on Kerouac's friend Neal Cassady. And Marylou on Cassady's first wife, LuAnne Henderson.

Walter Salles' previous road movies

Walter Salles became internationally known following the success of his Brazilian road movie Central Station (1998), which earned two Academy Award nominations: Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress for Fernanda Montenegro. (The winners that year were, respectively, Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful and Gwyneth Paltrow for Shakespeare in Love.)

José Rivera, Salles' Oscar-nominated screenwriter on another road movie, The Motorcycle Diaries (2004), wrote the On the Road adaptation.

'On the Road' cast

In addition to Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, and Sam Riley, the On the Road cast includes:

Viggo Mortensen. Amy Adams. Kirsten Dunst. Tom Sturridge. Alice Braga. Danny Morgan. Elisabeth Moss.

Steve Buscemi. Terrence Howard. Veteran Michael Sarrazin (They Shoot Horses Don't They?).

Best Director Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather: Part II, 1974) is listed as one of the executive producers, while Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla (Brokeback Mountain) is the On the Road composer.

See also: “Kristen Stewart 'On the Road' Images, Old Lois Lane Rumors.”

Kristen Stewart On the Road image: MK2 Productions.

Cannes Film Festival website.

Tobey Maguire The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio Carey Mulligan hip and heavy dramaTobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan at the forefront of 'The Great Gatsby,' with Leonardo DiCaprio and Joel Edgerton in the background: Serious cast in hip and heavy drama.

Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in early 21st century 'The Great Gatsby'

In Baz Luhrmann's upcoming film adaptation – co-written with Craig Pearce – of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic 1920s novel The Great Gatsby Leonardo DiCaprio (he of Titanic, The Aviator, and Inception fame) plays the titular filthy rich party host Jay Gatsby, who has an adulterous affair with the married Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), whose brutish husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton), also happens to be having a fling with another woman, the low-class Myrtle (Isla Fisher).

As Nick Carraway, the narrator who also happens to be more than a tad infatuated with the ruggedly mysterious Gatsby, former Spider-Man Tobey Maguire tries to keep all the different affairs straight, so to speak.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan (An Education, Shame), and Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom, Warrior) can all be seen in the recently released The Great Gatsby image above. Missing in action is Isla Fisher (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Wedding Crashers). Understandably so, as the setting is much too glamorous for her character.

20th century 'The Great Gatsby' movies

There have been three previous big-screen Hollywood version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. The first one, which came out during the silent era, was directed by Herbert Brenon in 1926. More than two decades later, Brenon's now lost silent was followed by Elliott Nugent's much altered 1949 version and, a quarter of a century later, by Jack Clayton's more straightforward take on the novel in 1974.

The previous Jay Gatsby actors:

The previous Daisy Buchanan actresses:

See also: “'The Great Gatsby' 1974: One of Biggest Artistic Misfires of the Decade.”

Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby is set to open on Dec. 25, '12. The period drama will be Leonardo DiCaprio's second major 3D release this year, as James Cameron's 3D-converted Titanic, costarring Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart, opens in the spring.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and Tobey Maguire The Great Gatsby image: Warner Bros.

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