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  1. 1. PAGE 8A Friday, April 6, 2001 Laredo Morning Times ENTERTAINMENT AP photo/Jose Luis Magaña SELLING THE PRODUCT: Mexican actress Salma Hayek plays with ‘Tyson’ during a press conference Thursday in Mexico City promoting the film in which she portrays painter Frida Kahlo. The monkey will be used in the biopic, also starring Edward Norton, Geoffrey Rush and Ashley Judd. Hayek to star in film of artist Frida Kahlo BY AMADO FELIX CRUZ “The important thing is that, Associated Press Writer after six years of involvement with this project, of hopes, MEXICO CITY — Mexican we’re finally here to announce actress Salma Hayek it,” Hayek said. announced Thursday she Madonna reportedly will start filming a Miramax expressed interest in the movie based on the life of role as early as 1992. artist Frida Kahlo, marking Lopez, considered the the end of a long tug-of-war most likely star, appears to between Hollywood divas be more interested in fol- over the project. lowing hard-edged roles. Hayek beat stars like The trade publication Variety reported she is in Jennifer Lopez and Madonna — who had talks to play an FBI profiler expressed interest in making looking for a murderer in the Kahlo movies — to the drama “Taking Lives,” an punch with her project, tenta- adaptation of the Michael tively titled “Frida Kahlo.” Pye novel. The movie will start filming Kahlo’s life, which ended this weekend at locations in in 1954 at age 47 after a and around Mexico City, long series of illnesses, is a Hayek told a news confer- natural for the big screen. ence. Confined to a wheelchair “We are here thanks to the for much of her life by dedication and passion of injuries suffered in a trolley Salma Hayek,” said the car accident, she nonethe- movie’s producer, Sarah less blazed a path as a Green. “It’s been a long painter and political activist. process, but we’re excited Her circle of friends includ- to be here, making a film ed communist leader Leon about such important Trotsky. Mexican artists.” In her self-portraits, Kahlo Kahlo was married — twice, brutally bared her physical in a stormy, lifelong relation- and emotional suffering, ship — to muralist Diego showing herself wounded Rivera, who will be played by and bleeding or as a deer actor Alfred Molina. pierced with arrows. Libraries looking to corral overdue books BY JOE MANDAK ward, people would always Associated Press Writer be calling up asking when we were doing another,” PITTSBURGH — Libraries said Diane Freiermuth, sometimes try every trick in director of operations at the the book to coerce readers St. Louis Public Library. into returning overdue “Once they got past a cer- materials, using creative tain level of fine, they amnesty programs but often weren’t going to bring (the resorting to collection agen- book) back until there was cies. another free week.” The Carnegie Library of Even food-for-fines pro- Pittsburgh is marking grams can cause hassles. National Library Week this “In one instance, we got a week by forgiving fines on turkey, a 15-pound frozen overdue books and adding turkey,” said Kathleen a new twist: A secret grand Huston, city librarian at the prize to the person who Milwaukee Public Library. returns the most overdue Unreturned books can book. cost libraries thousands of “Focus groups have told dollars. About 60,000 of the us returning (overdue) 6 million books, videotapes library books can be embar- and other items available rassing, so we’re trying to for loan from the Carnegie add some fun to it,” said Library system are overdue Peggy Pievach, the library’s by 90 days or more. That is marketing director. more than $1 million in Many libraries are turning materials, Pievach said. to programs where people The San Francisco Public can donate food to the Library has about 2.1 million needy in lieu of paying items available for loan, fines, said Larra Clark, 25,000 of which disappear spokeswoman for the each year. American Library “That’s about half a million Association in Chicago. dollars worth of books,” said But some librarians say Marcia Schneider, the offering leniency rather than library’s public affairs direc- throwing the book at delin- tor. quent borrowers isn’t Toni Garvey, city librarian always effective. at the Phoenix Public At the Carnegie library, fine- Library, said a little planning free weeks in 1989 and 1996 can go a long way in allevi- prompted the return of books ating problems that arise borrowed as long ago as the with amnesty programs. 1940s, Pievach said. Other The library runs the pro- librarians say readers abuse gram during National the amnesty programs. Library Week, when food “We did a fine-free week banks are often running low, and ... for a period after- she said.