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Penelope Cruz is often amused by the useless skills she has picked up while rehearsing for film roles - she can gallop on a camel and chop vegetables really quickly.
The actress always puts everything into movie characters, so she looks the part on screen - and she goes to great lengths to make sure film fans believe her performances.
She tells WENN, "I can cook a little bit. I can cook a few Spanish dishes but it looks like I can cook much better in the movies.
"I took a lot of lessons because I played a Brazilian chef in Woman On Top, and, in Volver, I owned a restaurant, so I really had to know how to cook. I learned to cut the vegetables very fast. I can do all of those things really well but I am not good at cooking.
"We learn strange things in movies. I learned how to gallop on a camel; things I don't think I would ever use in my life. I had to shoot an action sequence so I had to train for one month." »
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Fina Torres (Woman On Top) will direct a contemporary, Latina version of Jane Austen's classic novel "Sense and Sensibility," with Wilmer Valderrama and Kuno Becker rounding out the ensemble cast.
Co-written by Torres and Luis Alfaro, Prada to Nada will portray two spoiled sisters left penniless after their father's sudden death and forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. There they find romance and love for their culture.
Production will begin Nov. 2.
By Wrap Staff
Odd Lot Entertainment, Lionsgate and Videocine on Thursday announced the start of pre-production on "From Prada to Nada," an English-language, Mexico-u.S. co-production.
Described as "a whimsical spin" on Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," the film follows two spoiled sisters, left penniless when their father dies suddenly, who move in with their estranged aunt in East L.A.
Cast includes Adriana »
- Lisa Horowitz
Toronto -- Adriana Barraza, Camilla Belle and Alexa Vega are to topline "Prada to Nada," the upcoming romantic comedy from Lionsgate, Odd Lot Entertainment and Televisa's Videocine film distribution arm.
The feature, co-written by Torres and Luis Alfaro ("Electricidad"), is set to start shooting Nov. 2.
"Prada to Nada" will portray two spoiled sisters left penniless after their father's sudden death and forced to move in with their estranged aunt in East Los Angeles. There they find romance and love for their culture.
- By Etan Vlessing
Odd Lot Entertainment, Lionsgate and Videocine announced today the start of pre-production on an English-language Mexican-us co-production film, entitled From Prada to Nada . Cannes Golden Camera-winner and Alma-nominated director Fina Torres ( Woman on Top , Oriana ) will helm a contemporary, Latina version of Jane Austen's classic novel "Sense and Sensibility." Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated actress Adriana Barraza ( Babel , Drag Me to Hell , Amores Perros ), Camilla Belle ( When A Stranger Calls ), Alexa Vega ("Spy Kids" films), Wilmer Valderrama ("That 70's Show") and Kuno Becker ("Goal!" trilogy) are set to star in this ensemble romantic comedy. A whimsical spin on Austen's original, From Prada to Nada follows two »
Producer-director Alan Poul and Clear Channel Los Angeles will be honored at Outfest's annual Legacy Awards on Sept. 30 at the Directors Guild of America.
Laura Linney will present the award to Poul, who exec produced "Six Feet Under" and was nominated for both an Emmy and DGA Award for directing the episode "Nobody Sleeps." He's also directed episodes of such other HBO series as "Rome" and "Big Love." He is making his feature directorial debut with CBS Films' romantic comedy "The Back-Up Plan," starring Jennifer Lopez.
His producing credits include the features "Woman on Top," "Thursday," "Till There was You," "The Interview," "Candyman" and the three miniseries based on Armistead Maupin's "Tales of the City" books.
Poul currently serves on the board of directors of Film Independent. He has previously served on the boards of the Producers Guild of America, GLAAD and Outfest.
Jim Murphy, vp, business affairs, will »
- By Gregg Kilday
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