WHICH LATINOS ARE UP FOR AWARDS AT THE MTV MOVIE AWARDS?

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Zoë Saldaña, Diego Luna, Demian Bichir, Penélope Cruz and Harmony Santana are  the nominees for Best Latino Actor at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards, which will be  held June 3, the MTV, Musica y Mas television channel announced Monday. The bilingual entertainment channel said in a press release that Saldaña was  nominated for her role in the film “Colombiana,” Luna for “Casa de Mi Padre,”  Bichir for “A Better Life,” Cruz for “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger  Tides” and Santana for “Gun Hill Road.”

The winner will be announced on Tr3s on June 10 on the rebroadcast subtitled  in Spanish of the 2012 MTV Movie Awards that MTV will broadcast live on June  3. Between now and June 2, viewers will be able to vote online for this year’s  Best Latino Actor at movieawards.tr3s.com. In 2011, film fans selected actress Alexa Vega as Best Latino Actor for her  role in the comedy “From Prada to Nada.” Last year it was Alexys Nycole Sánchez who stole the show at the 2011 MTV  Movie Awards by winning an award for her classic line “I want to get chocolate  wasted” in last year’s comedy “Grown Ups.” The child actress, who acted alongside Hollywood heavyweights Salma Hayek,  Adam Sandler and Chris Rock, was presented the “Best Line From A Movie” award by  Cameron Díaz.
“First of all I want to thank my friends, my family and my fans for voting  for me,” the four-year-old said like a grown up herself. “I want to thank Debbie  my manager for doing all the hard work she has done and most of all I want to  thank God.” In the film, Sánchez plays Becky Feder, the daughter of Salma Hayek’s  character Roxanne Chase-Feder. “I want to thank all the people from “Grown Ups” for letting me in the  movie,” Sánchez added. “You are so fun! And I want to get chocolate wasted!” Meanwhile, Eva Mendes and Saturday Night Live actor Jason Sudeikis kicked off  the show with a short spoof imitating scenes from two major blockbusters: “The  Hangover” and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

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DID WILL FERRELL’S ‘CASA DE MI PADRE’ GROSS IN THE TOP 10 DURING A TEST RUN OF 382 THEATERS: CASHING IT AT #9 GROSSING $2.2 MILL

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The film, also starring Genesis Rodriguez, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, played primarily to Hispanic audiences

Will Ferrell‘s quirky subtitled indie comedy Casa de Mi Padre made a strong showing among Hispanic moviegoers as it opened in select markets across the country, grossing an estimated $2.2 million from 382 theaters to crack the top 10 chart and come in No. 9. The film’s location average was $5,759.

photo source: Lionsgate, Inc. Diego Luna

The Spanish-language film, also starring Genesis Rodriguez, Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, was released by Lionsgate under its Pantelion Films label, a joint-venture between the studio and Televisa. While most Pantelion titles open only in Hispanic markets, Casa de Mi Padre also debuted in such cities as Boston and Seattle, hoping to capitalize on Ferrell’s star status. According to exit data, 68 percent of the overall audience was Hispanic, while 51 percent were male.

photo source Lionsgate, Inc Genesis Rodriguez and Will Ferrell

“This movie is unique and different,” said Lionsgate’s distribution honcho David Spitz. “It’s a modern-day spaghetti Western.” Nala Films and Ferrell’s Gary Sanchez production banner made Casa de Mi Padre for roughly $6 million; the pic was later acquired by Lionsgate. Written by Funny or Die’s Andrew Steele, the comedy was directed by former Saturday Night Live writer Matt Piedmont. In the film, Ferrell goes to war with a drug lord in order to save his father’s Mexican ranch.

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WHO IS GENESIS RODRIGUEZ FROM WILL FERRELL’S “CASA DE MI PADRE?”

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March 14, 2012: Actress Genesis Rodríguez arrives at the premiere of Pantelion Films “Casa de mi Padre” at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif. (Getty)

By the time she turned 21, Genesis Rodriguez had already starred in several highly-rated telenovelas and could have easily settled into a long and comfortable career. But instead, when the Miami-born actress had fulfilled her contract with Telemundo, she did what countless other actresses had done before her: moved to Los Angeles to break into movies.

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“I took a huge risk by walking away from a steady paycheck to chase a dream,” she says. “But I had always wanted to act in Hollywood films. I didn’t care if I was going to be stuck playing Girl No. 2. Apart from being Hispanic, I’m also bi-cultural. I consider myself as American as a cheeseburger. So I wanted to give it a shot.”

Three years and one guest-stint on HBO’s “Entourage” later, Rodriguez fulfilled her dream. In January, she appeared as an acrobatic thief alongside Jamie Bell in the thriller “Man on a Ledge.” Now she’s starring in the comedy “Casa de mi Padre” as Sonia, the young beauty who wins the heart of a noble Mexican played by Will Ferrell.

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“I heard about the movie during a meeting with my agent, and I thought it was a brilliant idea: Will playing a Mexican in a Spanish-language movie? It was genius!” she says. Although she didn’t really think she had any chance of landing the role, she snagged an audition and had the part a week later.“During the audition, Will kept laughing when played our scenes, and I didn’t know if that was good or bad, because I was trying to be dead-serious,” she says. “And he literally couldn’t get his lines out because he was laughing so hard. It’s very surreal when you’re starting out as an actor and someone like Will Ferrell validates you. It’s the best stamp of approval I could hope for.”

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“Casa de mi Padre” – which opens Friday and also features a hilarious cameo by her famous father, singer Jose Luis “El Puma” Rodriguez – is the first of three major films the actress has completed. In May, she will be part of the ensemble cast of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” a comedy about pregnancy starring Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz and Anna Kendrick. Next year comes “Last Stand,” in which she plays an FBI agent who teams up with a small-town sheriff (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) to hunt down a drug kingpin.

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Not bad for an actress who was initially told she would get nowhere without changing her name.
“Everyone had a problem with ‘Genesis,'” she says. “They said it made me sound like a stripper! And they didn’t like the Rodriguez, either. But you know what? This is the name I was born with, and I want to keep it. And I’m so happy that so far, it’s been working.”
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