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True Grit Casting Males, NM

Posted by on March 31, 2010 | One comment

According to Talent Hunter dot com the following specific roles are NOW being cast for the New Mexico shoot of True Grit in addition to a general kids/teen/adult male casting call:

“DO NOT submit to this unless you MATCH THE ROLES LISTED BELOW. The casting director is being inundated with emails and submissions from people randomly submitting and contacting them!!

The New Mexico casting director for the Paramount Pictures feature film “True Grit” is currently holding auditions for new roles in the film. These are all speaking principal actor roles in the film, and the pay is SAG rate.

Here is what she is looking for:

● Skinny 10-14 year old male Native American youths

● Native American man, must be thin, 55-70 years old and can ride a horse

● Chinese man 70+ years old” – Talent Hunter

To quote Sherri Shepherd, “And also too,” there is an open call for the TX shoot of the film for a one armed woman here.

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Front Seat to Oscar

Posted by on March 31, 2010 | Comments Off on Front Seat to Oscar

Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges has been hard at work in New Mexico filming The Men Who Stare at Goats with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor in ’08, his Oscar winning turn in Crazy Heart in ’09, and currently starring alongside Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in the latest Coen Brothers NM film True Grit.

Bridges will perform with his band in a first ever live show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on April 18 at 3:00 p.m.

According to Santa Fe dot com: “In addition to the live performance, there will be a screening of ‘Crazy Heart’, a silent auction of movie memorabilia and a raffle. This charitable event is being staged to raise money for New Mexico Film Makers Give Back, a program of IATSE Local 480, which raised over $100,000 last year to fund local charities…

The Lensic is located at 211 West San Francisco Street. The Box office can be contacted at 505-988-1234 or www.ticketssantafe.org”

Links: Santa Fe dot com, ABC News, The Santa Fe New Mexican, IATSE Local 480, The Lensic

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Marsha Marsha Marsha’s NM State of Mind

Posted by on March 30, 2010 | Comments Off on Marsha Marsha Marsha’s NM State of Mind

New Mexico land and organics lover Marsha Mason cultivates natural healing and beauty from her Abiquiu farm. And you can bet your ashwaganda they know what they’re doing down at Resting in the River.

In addition to being the mommy of my dreams alongside the awesomeness that is Phoebe Cates in one of the best movies ever made, Marsha is a Hollywood AND Broadway legend in her own right.

Currently starring in I Never Sang for My Father (opening April 4) in NYC, Marsha gives an in depth sit-down to Adrienne Onofri for Broadway World dot com in which you can read all about her legendary career on stage and screen, her raves about NM, including how you can get Marsha’s earthy products, read her life’s journey or even pick-up her NM property as she is going back East to concentrate on her place on the great white way – while still cultivating her roots here in the Land of Enchantment.

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Population Big Valley

Posted by on March 29, 2010 | 2 comments

As we told you here the big screen version of 60’s t.v. western series The Big Valley is headed to New Mexico.

In addition to Susan Sarandon’s confirmed role as the storied family matriarch, the boys are lining up as follows: Billy Bob Thornton (Mr. Woodcock w/Sarandon), Richard Drefuss and pretty boi Ryan Phillippe.

Filming is rumored to begin early this Summer.

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Video>>Now Playing

Posted by on March 29, 2010 | Comments Off on Video>>Now Playing

Big Brother Thunder

Posted by on March 25, 2010 | One comment

UPDATE: MTV’s Real World 25 is coming to Albuquerque to hold an open casting call at Lotus Nightclub on April 3.

Cycle 12 of the CBS sur-reality, competition show Big Brother will be holding an open casting call on Saturday April 10 at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino in Fanta Se, NM.

Applicants must be willing to be filmed and live in the Big Brother house
in Los Angeles for 100 days this Summer. The final “house guest” standing after show eliminations will win $500,000.

Click here for full deets and requirements.

CBS affiliate partner, the awesomeness that is KASA FOX 2 is holding a contest for YOUR “Cut in Line Pass” to the audition. Winners will be drawn April 7th. Click here to enter.

And p.s. don’t forget your other reality TV casting opps just around the corner:

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Duke in the City

Posted by on March 25, 2010 | One comment

Duke Berry

New Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry ain’t messin’ around. From disbursing night time crime fighters onto the streets to shinning the bright light of day on underground criminals Duke is on the job!

So much in fact that our local crime stoppers is running short on funds. In his efficient, effective and appropriate use of media and publicity Berry has so far been reaching into the community to clean out the bottom of the barrel with the help of its citizens.

So whether it’s your Abulita making the calls, reformed rule breakers or just plain tattlers it’s the tips from the community that will help the Duke continue to make a difference in metro crime.

Call 843-STOP to report a crime or tips to solve existing cases.

And please DONATE to Albuquerque Metro Crime Stoppers.


Links: Crime Stoppers NM, KOB, KOAT

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Old Cars, Dog Tricks – NM

Posted by on March 24, 2010 | One comment

Old Car New Dog

The New Mexico shoot of Steven Soderbergh’s Knockout, starring Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Michael Douglas, Antonio Banderas and mixed-martial arts beauty Gina Carano is heading to the old car, loose dog capital of NM which bodes well for the recent casting call for exactly that.

According to the New Mexico Film Office web site the production “is seeking beat up cars and dogs” for this week’s filming…surely that’s is to say, dogs and beat-up cars.

Cast & crew worked in the Santa Fe snow yesterday.

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Posted by on March 23, 2010 | 7 comments

Coens' True Grit, Damon, Brolin

From Acting Auditions dot org, the Austin Texas based casting director of the NM/TX production, True Grit is urgently seeking the following roles for the TEXAS shoot:

“FRANK JAMES – Late 60’s – 80’s. Must be able to portray a menacing look through his eyes!! Beady-eyed bastard. Very mean looking! Thug. Son-of-a-gun. Not a nice guy!

GRANDMA TURNER – Late 60’s – 80’s. Must be able to portray a a mean woman – decrepit & pruney [sic] looking (great wrinkles/facial lines). She snores loudly! 2 options: Old crone (mean old lady) OR a very large woman (too big to share a bed w/Mattie).

GENERAL WOMEN – Frontier, hard bitten types of WOMEN. Must have interesting faces (facial lines, crooked teeth, larger noses, weathered skin type, hard features). Preferably longer hair w/no artificial color. They need rough frontier types – NOT modern looking. No makeup!

Filming will take place in Austin area, Granger, and Blanco for 3 months.

Interested [qualifying] applicants should call casting office asap! 512-637-6775″

Debbie DeLisi, True Grit Casting
c/o DW Studios Productions LLC
1901 E. 51st Street, Red Bldg.
Austin, TX 78723
email: membership@austincreativealliance.org

Links: Now Playing Austin, Acting Auditions

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Kindle Me This

Posted by on March 22, 2010 | One comment

Just in time for Spring I’ve put together ©Sindication’s Summer /or/ Lifetime Book Club selection for your pleasure. Because not all our ~literature has to be backlit…lest we forget to enjoy the tactile, sensory gratification of reading words on paper pages (even sans vampires, warlocks or pop culture goss).

Mine own copy of The Great Gatsby has been read many times over and there’s great nostalgia in following the same words over those very pages again and again.

The bound texts I’ve shared with others too are special, whether the copy of Pride and Prejudice that was returned early because it was just too much of a drain on my dear friend who preferred her copy of Ya Ya Sisterhood which I just couldn’t endure or the shared copy of Candide that my brother has enjoyed at least as many times as I have.

I hope at least one of these selections finds its way into your future and you find some joy in it:

Zelda – a biography by Nancy Milford
All Creatures Great and Small by James Harriot
The Curse of the Bambino by Dan Shaughnessy, Sports/Baseball Lore
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Candide by Voltaire
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
The Wednesday Witch by Ruth Chew – Children’s/Collectible
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Knickerbocker’s History of New York by Washington Irving, the first “great American novel”?
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
About Love – Stories by Anton Chekhov
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy

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AAAll Signs Point to Thor

Posted by on March 22, 2010 | Comments Off on AAAll Signs Point to Thor

Movie Web published some pics of a certain comic book hero’s sweeping views of the New Mexico desert (remember in the world according to Nick Lachey teaching J. Simps: two ‘ss”s is after dinner dulce and our expansive vistas are one ‘s’), much to the chagrin the site’s readers who maligned the secret set shots – we like ’em.

But we’re positive like that!

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Bad is Back

Posted by on March 22, 2010 | Comments Off on Bad is Back

New Mexico production, Breaking Bad made a strong impression in its season three premiere directed by Emmy winning series star Bryan Cranston.

The AMC series premiere last night was the highest rated episode in series history, pulling-in 2 million viewers – a 40% increase over the season two average. Repeat airings boost viewing totals well over the 3 mill. mark.

“The third season of Breaking Bad got off to a great start this week…” – Entertainment Weekly

“There are elements of ‘ Breaking Bad’ that are simply unmatched on any other drama…” – TV Squad

“Awesome season premiere of…the best drama on television.” – The TV Obsessed

“A great start to one of the best shows on TV.” – iF Magazine

“The return of ‘Breaking Bad’ is a reason to celebrate.” – Television News Matters

Links: Broadcasting & Cable, Yahoo

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Another One Sticks-it to the Duke City

Posted by on March 18, 2010 | 6 comments

C-lister Donald Faison spits on the Q in some whiney remarks he made on his Twit page. Didn’t anyone teach a boy, “if you ain’t got nothin’ nice to say…”. Hasn’t bro seen all the news headlines re: These Tough Economic Times?

Criminy, if only we had a buck for every time that tired ol’ phrase was used in the past calendar year we’d be back in the black and then some. The actor should stick to the script whilst he’s still got one in hand.

Shiz, Oscar winning NM Actor Jeff Bridges pimped for Hyndai and is currently hard at work in NM on True Grit. Now that’s how you do.

I guess the only way these ungrateful crybabies will learn to do instead of yap is by taking a look around – Cranston=Emmy, Bridges=Oscar.

We’ll go ahead and put out another “Open Call”: Stars ask plenty from the public in the way of support for their work, their industry and for personal and global causes. I’m sure a donation of Faison’s time or funds would be greatly appreciated by any number of deserving and much in need Community Service Organizations. Cast and crew of NM productions that regularly give back shine as fine examples for any and all who wish to get started on their giving way…

Faison is in town shooting the CBS television pilot The Odds.


Links: KRQE, Cross Cut Communications, Twitter

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Happy St. Patty’s Day, NM

Posted by on March 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Happy St. Patty’s Day, NM

Let’s party like it’s Boston, MA! We may not be able to ride the T or have a taxicab so readily available, but we can Keep it safe NM – You drink, you drive, you are a potential homicidal maniac…

This number is a life saver literally:

(505) 242-7433, or 242-RIDE

Big-ups and super cheers to the Designated Drivers (DDs) out there. Your bartender is your friend – ask your servers to get you a safe-ride. Have a gr-reat night NM.


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Trout Seekers Bumped by Grit

Posted by on March 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Trout Seekers Bumped by Grit

NM’s Own Resident Fish Wrangler Extraordinaire TJ Trout

The awesomeness sure to come from the latest Coen Brother’s/New Mexico Film Industry teaming, True Grit will be filming on location at Monestary Lake through Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reports that the lake near Pecos, NM is now closed through Friday set to reopen on Saturday.

Fisherpersons wishing to lay line are encouraged to “take advantage of other area trout fishing opportunities, including the Pecos River, which is now clear of ice below Terrero.” – NM Game & Fish

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NM Film Yesterday, Today y Mañana

Posted by on March 15, 2010 | One comment

image via metro.co.uk

Yesterday – Thor hath commeth. Star Natalie Portman in Santa Fe as filming began on Disney/Marvel’s epic comicbook saga THOR on Monday – OLV.

The otro día – NM’s Own Jeff Bridges on Oprah preparing for the NM shoot of the Coen Bro’s True Grit just days after his Oscar win for NM film Craz-zazy Heart. Bridges & fellow Oscar nabbers sign the great O’s No Phone Zone pledge…p.s. Hands free in full effect in the Q et al.

Today – Steven Soderbergh’s KNOCKOUT is filming in the Los Alamos area through thursday via our friends OLV in NYC – covering the beat coast to coast.

Mañana – The forthcoming I-Ron Man deux, starring NM film alums; Due Date leading man RDJ and Passion Play‘s Micky Rourke is shot in part at Garson Studios, and on location in Santa Fe & vicinity.

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Speaking of Boobs

Posted by on March 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Speaking of Boobs

Reformed ABQ hater Chelsea Handler pseudo apologizes to the Q for the debacle of a whole-town smack-down she spurred on during her late night show when here she leads In Plain Sight star Mary McCormack in biting the hand that feeds her (and the rest of the cast & crew of the USA Network show shot here).

No word on the TWO vocal ~stars of the Albuquerque Studios television series putting some dogooging where their smack talking mouths are.

Join the FB group asking for some community service from the stars. Support them, support New Mexico Entertainment. Season three of In Plain Sight premieres on USA March 31st.

IPS’ own smart/sexy Leslie Ann Warren already has her global PSA/TSA out there for the advancement of women.

Forehead Tittaes w/ Marion Cotillard from Marion Cotillard

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TSA: Know Your Boobies et al

Posted by on March 11, 2010 | Comments Off on TSA: Know Your Boobies et al

You know that feeling when someone tells you your life is not in the eminent danger you believed it to be in for a length of time that felt like an eternity…

Nothing sets your priorities straight like looking down the barrel of a scary diagnosis. But whatever the stage a diagnosis may be, it is nothing to run from. Life is precious and yes, we can never truly know when our number is up – but if YOU CAN get screened and get treatment, even if you have to wrap things up you owe it to you and yours to know where you stand.

Prioritize: What’s more important getting waxed or cancer screening? Easy. If ever being self-indulgent is priority it is when your health is at stake. Even if it feels “selfish”, only you can make yourself #1. And that’s just what you have to do. So if you’re a “yes” person and want to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry and rescue strays, all of that will wait until you take care of you and get the health screening you need to stick around awhile.

You can’t take care of anyone if you don’t take care of yourself and you can’t take care of yourself if you don’t know what the ‘elf is going on.

Here are some healthcare, education and screening resources for all of us:

New Mexico’s Own Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCC) at http://www.cancernm.org/ – Provides early, comprehensive cancer screening for New Mexicans without insurance. Other educational and resource services are also available.

Planned Parenthood are heros in the community providing affordable healthcare screening for everything from anemia testing, cholesterol screening, diabetes testing and overall health and education – http://www.plannedparenthood.org/

Health Action New Mexico – At work for “accessible, affordable, and accountable health care for all people living in New Mexico.” –

And here’s Harry Smith making television history with colon cancer prevention/treatment crusader Katie Couric:

Watch CBS News Videos Online

Be well…

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Bridges, Bingham, Bullock, Bigelow BAM!

Posted by on March 8, 2010 | Comments Off on Bridges, Bingham, Bullock, Bigelow BAM!

Our locally televised post-Oscar coverage decided to tell us which 4 Oscar winners since 1902 have eventually come to live in or visit NM.

We’ll give you the scoop on present day New Mexico connections:

Right out of the gate NM’s Own NPH high-kicked-off the show. As predicted Jeff Bridges and Ryan Bingham each picked-up an Oscar for their contributions to NM film Crazy Heart.

Nominated film A Single Man has New Mexico roots behind the lens as director Tom Ford is a current resident. Precious‘ NM connection too is through it’s nominated director. Lee Daniels shot his 2008 film Tenessee in part here.

Oscar contender A Serious Man was the most recent Coen Bros release. It was just two years ago that the Bros won Best Picture with New Mexico’s No Country for Old Men. Joel and Ethan are currently at work on their adaptation of the Carles Portis Novel True Grit shooting right here with last night’s nom Matt Damon and other veteran NM actors.

The Academy’s beloved George Clooney didn’t take home a new statue and his NM film, Goats did not get any mentions nor did Crazy Heart’s Maggie Gyllenhaal’s bro. Jake & company’s Oscar worthy turn in NM’s Brothers was snubbed all together.

This year’s Best Picture winner didn’t make to New Mexico as recollected and jeered about between co-star Anthony Mackie and his interviewer here.

We’ll likely catch Bigelow and Mackie (if he’s lucky) shooting in our neck of the woods on the flip side…

p.s. KOAT did air a noteworthy look at NM’s Avatar connection though it’s ill~accessible on their website.

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