Rebecca Ascher-Walsh
August 08, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

BRUSH WITH FAME: It seems actress Salma Hayek (Fools Rush In) will be the first to bring the story of the late Mexican artist Frida Kahlo to the screen. Hayek, who will star in and coproduce the film for Trimark, recently okayed a treatment for a script by Clancy Sigal (In Love and War). Eating her dust: Madonna’s version, and a project pursued by director Luis Valdez that has been on again and off again for five years. Now that the movie’s a go, Hayek’s sharing her good fortune; she’s setting up a foundation in Kahlo’s name to ”give scholarships to new artists in Mexico,” she says. ”I’m giving it every penny I make on this film.”

LINE DANCE: Whatever happened to Blood Line? The southern Mother-in-Law Dearest thriller starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Lange finished filming more than a year ago. Since then it has changed titles — twice — and the cast just recently reconvened on a Los Angeles soundstage for reshoots. ”It was a question of talent availability,” is all that a TriStar spokesman would divulge. ”Paltrow and [director Jonathan] Darby could not have done it any sooner.” The studio says Blood Line will be released in early 1998.

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