The stage production of Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me Ultima begins its New Mexico run in October through November. Click here for the full schedule presented by The Vortex Theatre and The National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Albuquerque: As we told you here The Box Performance Space/Improv Theater will be holding open auditions for their production of Guys and Dolls Jr. this week for performances in October. Click for full audition deets.
Santa Fe: The Santa Fe Playhouse is now casting “Empty Bed Blues,”
by British Playwright, Stephen Lowe
directed by Dan Gerrity.
Saturday, Sept 4th at 4:30 PM; Sunday, Sept 5th at 5:00 PM.
Character descriptions and story synopsis here.
Post inspired by NM stage+ actors Manny Baca, Neil Patrick Harris, Jesse Tyler Ferguson et al…
Oscar winner Ryan Bingham and The Dead Horses Band release Junky Star today.
Here’s what the Washington Post had to say about the NM native:
“Junky Star, also produced by [T-Bone] Burnett, isn’t the showy, big-budget career-solidifier it might have been; luckily, it’s precisely the sort of underplayed album Bingham might have made if his Hollywood detour had never happened.
Bingham wraps his hoarse, well-worn voice — the aural equivalent of Marlboros and Levis 501s — around a collection of barroom folk songs that, musically and thematically, cast back to vintage Dylan and, more specifically, “Nebraska”-era Springsteen.” – Allison Stewart
Toni Collette did not take home a statue this year but was awarded the Emmy last year for lead actress in a drama series for the United States of Tara (Edie Falco got the award this year for Nurse Jackie). Collette is currently in town filming Fright Night.
Resident designer, part time director and “rancher” Tom Ford dressed the event’s host, Jimmy Fallon among other nominees, winners and presenters.
Temporary New Mexican Joan Allen, was up for lead actress in her NM film Georgia O’Keeffe which was nominated for Best TV Movie, Art Direction, Best Casting, Best Directing, Best Hairstyling, Best Makeup, Best Music Composition and Best Costumes. – HELLO!
You memmer him, he and his gorgeous familia – who shared their awesome pics with all of us. Oh of course you know his name…as does THREE time consecutive winner for lead actor in a drama series Bryan (standing ovation from TOM HANKS) Cranston!!! (as heard above)
With a blog post almost as vast and colorful as our NM vistas, actress Olivia Wilde waxes romantic over the beauty and goodness of our capital city.
The Cowboys and Aliens star regularly tweeted little glimpses of her observations and experiences these many months of filming in the Land of Enchantment and she bids us adieu in this quaint novella where she wraps with:
“I have really enjoyed my experience in Santa Fe, and there is so much more I could write about (maybe I will) but for now, consider this a love letter to the above mentioned ingredients to my happy summer in my latest home away from home.”
Thank you Miss Wilde for the love letter that leaves us so much warmer and fuzzier than the the online morning after cab fair on the nightstand that is a Tweety-bye-bye.
Don’t forget to join our quest to get the likes of Cowboys back to NM for a local premiere gala!
“Fright Night (Toni Collette [fresh off the Emmy red carpet], Imogen Poot, Colin Farrell) for TUESDAY 8/31/10: Asian High Rollers, Cooks, Busboys, Old Tan “George Hamilton” Guys, Frat Boys, Conventioneers, Upscale High Roller Men with suits, HOT Sexy Nightclub People, Security Guards, HOT Cougars. MUST be in OLC database. Possible multiple days (9/1 and 9/2). Call time likely 5am and must be available ALL day at Hard Rock Casino. If available, post here.”
Again, get registered in the OLC database (BASIC REGISTRATION IS FREE, upload 1-2 photos and info, profile upgrade is optional) – Link
The reigning King and Queen of New Mexico Steven Michael and Cherise Quezada hit the red carpet in L.A. today with their eldest daughter (who’s easily giving those young stars a run for their money), direct from Hommywood to Hollywood as part of the incredibles a.k.a. the cast & crew of AMC’s original series Breaking Bad.
As we’ve ~reported here before the world renowned series is up for 7 awards tonight including best drama series and best lead actor for Bryan Cranston (his third nom, w/two previous wins!!!).
Another gory Horror for NM? We can dream. It is being ~reported that the upcoming vampire, western, horror High Midnight will shoot in New Mexico late this year or early next.
Cast in the lead is Vincent D’Onofrio whom I just saw taking an adorably gross turn in the original MIB wearing himself as a skin suit (memmer?), but nothing can touch his sickness in one of the only two good Jennifer Lopez movies, The Cell.
William Baldwin and sexpot Elizabeth Hurley will also star. Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary, Urban Legends 3) is set to direct.
“Unforgiven” meets “Bram Stoker’s Dracula.” The story centers on a washed up sheriff who joins forces with an obsessed Victorian vampire hunter in order to stop an evil undead force from consuming a frontier town in 1892.
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled… but it didn’t go to waste.
We welcome you with open arms, glorious vistas and major incentives…Bring your premiere galas and events to the land that holds you so dear! ‘LIKE’ this page…it worked for the Great White Betty! Let’s go New Mexico!
My personal New Mexican of the week is the Q Spot’s own Erica Viking! Her show is simply kickin’ a** and takin’ names in the Q and beyond and she did an awesome job all week featuring all the people and events of the Albuquerque Film Festival!
Hard to believe it’s only the second annual event with its loaded schedule which wraps this weekend with ongoing all day workshops and all night film screenings plus end of the night bashes every night now through Sunday at the Hard Rock Casino – Click here for the weekend’s full schedule, including an actor’s panel and the Last Movie, a Dennis Hopper Retrospective
Also tonight at the Hard Rock: Albuquerque the Magazine’s Hot Singles Party is finally here!
p.s. Congrats Dan Mayfield. The former Journal staffer is now ABQ the mag Editor in Chief! (mini-woot!)
Ummmmm okay, so WWE makes movies – I did not know this. And it looks like before this hawt former wrestler hits the city otro vendrá…
WWE’s latest production, currently titled Blood Brothers is slated for a 2012 release. The movie is set to shoot in the Q starting in early October. Woot!
John Cena (uh, humina humina, above) will star in the story of three brothers, a Police Officer (Cena), a Bail Bondsman and a thief seeking a reward the FBI has offered for the return of a kidnapped American billionaire being held in a Mexican dungeon (because we play that and the apocalypse so well).
The PW Insider exclusively reports that this is the first WWE film…that has not been shot in New Orleans (one of our top competitors in film production).
As always more deets to follow, ollow, ollow…
Here’s the cute, muscley goodness on hosting duty at TMZ just a few weeks ago: (¡Bienvenida a Albuquerque!)
As we told you here the hugely popular, classic novel Bless Me Ultima by native New Mexican Rudolfo Anaya is big screen bound.
And as promised current casting deets (extras+ will have diff. specs) are as follows…The long and the short of it is this; SAG actors only and said SAG actors MUST be registered on Actors Access and have “Red Agency Las Vegas” added to their account.
If you’re SAG and Access ready read on for the specs on the currently listed roles… » Read the full post