Cate Blanchett Just Led a Women's March at Cannes

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"If it's centered around my name, to get investors, then we can use that attention for a raft of female projects".

Sofia Boutella, Salma Hayek and Patty Jenkins pose on the red carpet in protest at the screening of "Girls Of The Sun (Les Filles Du Soleil)". But she also had a warning for these women: "they still want to pay you the exploitative salary they paid you before".

She said Weinstein harassed her on the movie, which she produced, demanding that she do a "gratuitous" nude scene with another actress.

Hollywood star Salma Hayek said Sunday that male stars will have to take pay cuts if they are serious about equality for women.

"He only responded to two women, to women of color", Hayek told Vanity Fair at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Hayek said men should not be afraid of change in the gender balance. The actress, for instance, said she'd sold four television shows about women just this year.

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The odd thing about Weinstein's denial, Hayek noted, was not that he refuted the claims, but that he or his team said anything about them at all - most of Weinstein's sexual abuse accusers have not been directly addressed by the producer.

"When you start seeing people standing up for their rights and being heard, it becomes contagious", she said.

During a career talk at the festival, she also said the current backlash against sexual harassment in the film industry meant "men are terrified". "You feel this very palpable atmosphere", she concluded.

"Change has already happened" in Hollywood, Hayek said, so the time has come for women in the industry to build on that momentum through their film work. "Men have the opportunity, which is so handsome, to rethink what does it mean to be a man", she said. "As women, we all face our own unique challenges, but we stand together on these stairs today as a symbol of our determination and commitment to progress".

Earlier this week Carey Mulligan also addressed gender inequity, revealing she had felt too lucky as a young actress to ask whether she was receiving the same fee as her male counterparts.

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