ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO, April, 2014–Applause Talent Agency, one of New Mexico’s leading SAG-AFTRA Franchised Talent Agencies, has announced that the company will be operating under a new name:
Mitchell & Presley Talent Group (M&PTG). “The company is rebranding to reflect the broad range of its core business,” says Carissa Mitchell, owner and talent agent.
Applause Talent Agency has been an established agency in New Mexico for over two decades and 2013 was the most successful year in the history of the agency. Applause currently represents more than 300 actors in New Mexico and several other states, with more than 200 SAG-AFTRA and SAG-AFTRA eligible actors.
Carissa Mitchell and Tina Presley-Borek decided to join forces and form Mitchell & Presley Talent Group.
Together they will continue to book the complete range of jobs available in the entertainment and promotion industry. Carissa will continue as agent for talent working in studio feature films, independent films, television, New Media projects, voiceovers, commercials, and print work. Tina will manage talent for events, conventions, and promotions, representing actors, cinematographers, artists, and writers.
Mitchell & Presley Talent Group is committed to providing clients exceptional service with professionalism and flexibility, helping clients to develop and maneuver through the breadth of the New Mexico film industry as they pursue success in their careers. The Agency strives to be top agency without losing the boutique level of attention its clients deserve. Their passion and love of people is their hallmark and is in evidence in all they do.
Carissa Mitchell took over the reins of Applause Talent Agency in 2011 after earning an excellent reputation in New Mexico, working in casting and AD departments of independent films and local film festivals. Prior to entering the entertainment industry, Carissa was a graphic designer, art director, and special events coordinator for almost twenty years.
Tina Presley-Borek has had huge success working in marketing for national corporations and later began her acting career at Applause Talent Agency under the representation of Carissa Mitchell. Tina has also worked as Public Relations Coordinator, Director, or Co-Director for conventions and film festivals. She started Desert Star Staffing to follow her passion for representing talent. She is excited to join a vibrant and successful team of caring and supportive professionals.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Carissa Mitchell at email@example.com
Tina Presley-Borek at tina @mitchellpresley.com
Mitchell & Presley Talent Group LLC
A SAG-AFTRA Franchised Agency
320 Gold Ave SW, Suite 1016
Albuquerque, NM 87102
OPEN CALL: HISPANIC GANG MEMBER TYPES for MAJOR FEATURE FILM
NEW MEXICO LOCALS ONLY
Seeking Hispanic males, ages 18 – 28, to play Mexican mafia gang members. These characters are badass drug dealers/killers, so we’re seeking intimidating, tough, hardened-looking types. Tattoos are great. No experience necessary.
These roles are speaking parts paid at SAG scale.*
*Pay Rate: $859.00 per 8-hour day or $2979 per week (+ overtime).
OPEN CALL DATE:
Friday, April 25, 2014
OPEN CALL TIME:
4:00pm – 6:00pm
If you would like sides ahead of time (“sides” = scenes from the script which will contain the lines you will have to read), please email: info[at]midthundercasting.com
OPEN CALL LOCATION:
The Film School at Garson Studios
Santa Fe University of Art & Design
STE 101 1600 St. Michael’s Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
From the main entrance off of St. Michael’s Drive, follow the “Robert Redford/Milagro” signs. You’ll see a building with silver letters, “THE FILM SCHOOL.” Enter the building and Midthunder Casting is the first office on your right.
Shoots: May 19 – June 30, 2014
Shoot Location: Albuquerque
NEW MEXICO LOCALS ONLY
Writer-director, Matt Ross has tapped a star for “Captain Fantastic”. In fact, much ado has been made of actor Viggo Mortensen taking up the lead in the upcoming film, here, here and here.
Now OHI can exclusively report that the off-the-grid drama will follow in the footsteps of another technology driven thriller which filmed right here in NM.
Like Wally Phister’s New Mexico film, “Transcendence”, “Captain Fantastic” looks like it will explore the intimacies and complications between humans and technology. Both films also share the distinction of being led by a film franchise star. Where Transcendence had Depp (Pirate’s of the Caribbean), Fantastic has The Lord of the Rings’ Aragorn – this time out as a father who will attempt to assimilate back into today’s technological world, after ten years living a disconnected mountain life with his six children.
New Mexico will share filming of Captain Fantastic with Washington State, as the mountains from which we’ll see Mortensen emerge from are those of the Pacific Northwest…
Matt Ross on Mortensen joining the film, to Deadline:
“Viggo Mortensen’s dedication to his craft and to the world of the story he’s telling have been an inspiration to me for years. There is a depth to his art that I greatly admire. Any film he’s in is a film I want to see. He’s one of the greats. Getting to collaborate with him on Captain Fantastic is quite literally the best thing that’s happened to me since my wife asked me to marry her.”
Lynette Howell and Jamie Patricof (The Place Beyond the Pines, Blue Valentine) will produce.
Well, we imagine that it may look something like this. Because, word on the wire is that this flick is headed to NM.
“In the Valley of Violence” is described as a revenge Western set in the 1890s. The film is to be a new turn for writer, director Ti West who is known for his horror pics, The Innkeepers and House of the Devil.
Reports surfaced last month that Travolta and Hawke would be teamed as the leads for the movie. Hawke is due in New Mexico now for filming on “A Good Kill” with January Jones and Zoe Kravitz. Perhaps he will be right back for “In the Valley of Violence”. Here’s hoping!
For his part on the updates front, filmmaker West has already dashed early speculation that the movie would be another horror under his belt.
Perhaps an upcoming update will include, “headed to NM!” “I the Valley of Violence is scheduled for a 2015 release.
Last year Denis Villeneuve became a red hot commodity with the runaway success of his Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal dramatic thriller, Prisoners, which led Alcon Entertainment to seal a two year deal with the French-Candian writer/director.
The very latest product of that partnership is set to land in New Mexico in just a matter of months. A crime thriller, titled Sicario is slated for production in NM this June.
Blunt will play a police officer in the Southwest who crosses the border with a group of mercenaries to track down a dangerous drug lord (hint, not Walter White). The film is already getting a lot of early buzz due to Villeneauve’s attachment and for the gritty premise being heroine driven.
Alcon has been here before with 2010′s post-apocalyptic action film, The Book of Eli and the brand new Johnny Depp sci-fi/drama Transcendence.
And even before production is underway on Sicario there are rumblings all over the web, already looking forward to Villeneauve’s follow-up picture, The Story of Your Life, another sci-fi drama, this time led by Amy Adams, Blundt’s co-star in Sunshine.
How’s that for an #NMFilm string!
Related: Variety reports that Benicio del Toro is in final negotiations to co-star.
UPDATE 4/6/14: Aaron Paul has made no secret of his wish & intent to be a part of the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul…
Well, TONIGHT a source very close to the actor and the production tells OneHeadlightInk EXCLUSIVELY that all the i’s have been dotted and t’s crossed, officially adding the actor to the upcoming shoot schedule!!!!
Filming is set to begin in Albuquerque by the end of May and continue through early July.
With new character developments emerging and production set to begin within weeks right here in Albuquerque, die hard Baddies around the world await with bated breath.
As anticipation and speculation mounts, separate camps are already beginning to form. Some being of the mindset that Saul can do no wrong as far as being capable of delivering the same level of top tier dark-dramedy so exquisitely executed by its parent, Breaking Bad. While other more paranoid types (count me in here) are terrified that the beloved offspring could turn out to be a bad seed. Please, oh please dear lord (aka Vince Gilligan) don’t let this chip off the old masterpiece devolve into another Joanie Loves Chachi.
Now while sitting in the proverbial waiting room until this project finally airs in November, there is a middle ground to be found which looks a lot like hope. After all, it has been done before – success, even surpassed success of a spinoff from its jump off. Maybe nobody really loved Chachi, but those Milwaukee beer factory workers, Laverne and Shirley too spawned from Happy Days and have since rightfully earned their place in television history.
Just look at how all the hairspray, stone washed denim and shoulder pads of some over privileged teenagers set forth the hit 90s twenty-something prime-time soap opera that was and always will be the one and only Melrose Place. Cynical curmudgeon Archie Bunker and all of his family gave us George and Weezie.
Frasier’s success surpassed that of his ensemble on Cheers. And then there’s Mary. The Goddess who is Mary Tyler Moore and the vast talents behind her shows and characters wrangled her her own show after the Dick Van Dyke Show and even further from Mary Tyler Moore, were we gifted with RHODA!
From the stand-up comedy stages whence he came, Bob Newhart carved out a solid spot for himself in a prime-time comedy show of his very own – AND THEN went on to do it again in the very next decade, dropping the Bob from his Newhart and coming back as a whole new man in an even more successful show. So it can be done.
While it’s still too early to tell who will spinoff from where and what will be what in the prequel world of “Saul Goodman”, a few things are a certainty – Odenkirk can bring it, Gilligan and (Peter) Gould are ferocious and clever beyond our wildest dreams, and there is a standing fan base at the ready to embrace this chapter of the best bad experience of our lives.
In the meantime chew on this: Thursday Showbiz 411 published a scoop claiming that new “Saul” characters will include, “regular players named Burt, Dr. Thurber, Beth, Eddie, and Zak and Luke. Burt is described as a “Kennedy” type lawyer in a white-shoe law firm. Dr. Thurber and Beth are also supposed to be lawyers. Eddie is a career criminal, a cool guy who speaks Spanish. Zak and Luke are skateboarding twins around 20 years old.”
After years of being in and out of active development, what was originally set to be the U.S. adaptation of the French Canadian film, Father and Guns – Blood Father is now ramping-up production.
Scripted by Peter Craig (The Town) and Directed by Jean-François Richet (Mesrine), Blood Father is set to star Mel Gibson.
The plot follows the plight of a father (Gibson) attempting to rescue his 17-year-old runaway daughter. After years on the run she’s taken up with a shady older man whose ties to nefarious activities land them both at the center of a spree of violent crimes.
The action/drama is scheduled to begin filming in New Mexico in mid May.
Tomorrow in Walter White’s neighborhood, in fact at the actual high school where the embattled science teacher was unceremoniously fired; Eldorado High School’s Eagle Earth and Reality Project, in partnership with Albuquerque Recycling Inc., will accept electronics for recycling.
The event page says, it “is intended to provide community members with an opportunity to bring their e-scrap for recycling at a convenient time and location.”
“It is very important for our students to take control of their own futures as well as the Earth’s…Proper recycling of electronic components translates into a healthier environment”, says real life Eldo. Science Department Chair, Eric Holmes.
Associate sponsors of the Eldorado event include the National Honors Society, Language Honors Societies, Key Club, DECA, Best Buddies, BSU, and FEA.
One CRT monitor per car will be recycled for free. Additional CRT monitors and ALL CRT televisions cannot be accepted. Anyone needing to recycle older CRT televisions should take them to Best Buy Electronics. Best Buy is dedicated to recycling a large variety of electronics in a responsible way.
Electronics and other items accepted for recycling include: desktop computers, monitors, laptops, servers, printers, scanners, stereos, satellite equipment, rechargeable batteries, UPS batteries, phones, cell phones, cords and wire, computer keyboards and peripherals, ink and toner cartridges, palm pilots, lead acid batteries, motors, microwave ovens, cameras, computer game assemblies, CD and DVD players, CDs and DVDs, pots and pans, specialized electronic equipment and Christmas lights. For more information, visit the Albuquerque Recycling Inc. website here.
If you or anyone you know have the look to pull of a photo double for either of these actors please send in your photo, first and last name, your age, height and weight to robertbaxtercasting[at]gmail.com ASAP.
Title your email, “Manhattan Photo Double for 3/29″.