UPDATE 4/23/12: Depp confirms it was his eye that spotted the inspiration for his Tonto look.
I’d actually seen a painting by an artist named Kirby Sattler, and looked at the face of this warrior and thought: That’s it. The stripes down the face and across the eyes … it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual, if you know what I mean. There’s this very wise quarter, a very tortured and hurt section, an angry and rageful section, and a very understanding and unique side. I saw these parts, almost like dissecting a brain, these slivers of the individual. That makeup inspired me.
Full story here.
Jerry Bruckheimer’s official spokes-dude and media strategist duties roll on as he tweets the above dusty rails from the New Mexico desert to the world.
This week The Lone Ranger AKA Armie Hammer, opened wide on the big screen, flexing his Prince Charming with NM res. Julia Roberts in “Mirror Mirror”. In an interview with the Huff. Po. the prince turned masked man dishes on licking Roberts-Moder as a hello handshake AND spills Lone Ranger script deets:
“It’s basically going to be the genesis of the The Lone Ranger character. It involves how he sort of becomes The Lone Ranger. Where the mask comes from — you know, all those great sort of backstory questions about the character. So, yes, this movie definitely answers all of those. And then, on top of that, it’s a fantastic sort of like buddy adventure. Most of the movie is really about the relationship between The Lone Ranger and Tonto [played in the film by Johnny Depp]. And the sort of rub between these two guys: where they get along, where they don’t, where they agree, where they disagree. It’s a fun, sort of buddy adventure comedy.”
Meanwhile, nary a public werd or a hide nor hair of the elusive “Tonto” himself. Some locals have reported on him dining in the Q – otherwise nada mas except confirmation that he’s been ensconced at the studio hard at work. Helena on the other hand has been spied doing some healthful food shopping at the ABQ Uptown Trader Joe’s and she was reportedly quite lovely at airport security…
SO THEY DO GO THROUGH our local airport terminals…as we pondered here, where one of our talented friends pointed out, the Bruckheimer/Verbinski version of Tonto bears a striking resemblance to Albuquerque icon, our own Dream of Flight sculpture, as regally perched for all the incoming world to see in the Albuquerque International Airport.
In recently perusing Native American artistry we did happen across this gorgeous Kirby Sattler painting, “I am Crow”, which in reference to pop-culture looks not unlike an age progression of the aforementioned “vision” of Depp’s Tonto.
For any and all its artistic inspiration, long lived legend and contemporary star power we have high hopes for this modern day adaptation. Most especially as it is rooted right here, quite literally in our own expansive NM backyard.
Local actors have been in auditions for featured roles for weeks, extras casting is underway and crews have been hard at work, as have been the writers for months now, tackling the grand finale season of the best show on television.
“Oh it so good to be back at work on set of the best show on tv, Breaking Bad” -Studio Member
“Today was an amazing day. Not only did I get to act with Bryan Cranston, [but] I found out today was the first day that they officially started shooting..so I’ll be in the first episode of the last season of Breaking Bad” -Actress Monique Candelaria
Keep-up with the epic show and be entered to win a prize pack of Br Ba swag by signing-up for the official newsletter at the show’s website here.
Welcome back Breaking Bad!!! CONGRATULATIONS to all our hometown talent and crew who are back at work! Break a leg!
Flock is the new ABQ web series available now on Blip.
Paul, a Bible School dropout turned con man and his manipulative wife, Beverly, sell door-to-door salvation. When a harmless con leads to a girls suicide, Paul must find a way to pay the impossible debt demanded by her dangerous father.
New Episodes every Wednesday.
The Lone Ranger is still looking for men, 18 to 45 with full beards. Please call Elizabeth (EG Casting) at 505-227-2920
Currently on the Huff Po’s Social Reading blog is a gorgeous slide show of sunrises and sunsets from around the globe.
Vying to be voted in the TOP TEN sunrises around the world are the following beautiful shots from all around New Mexico at dawn and at dusk.
Please click to view, vote and support the local photogs who submitted their pics! You can enter your own too!
Note our own New Mexico is currently ranked in the top five with THREE picturesque vistas!
From the Huffington Post:
Residents of the Northern Hemisphere are downright giddy this time of year, waiting on the edge of their frostbitten seats for spring to finally arrive. Luckily there’s not much longer to wait: Tuesday, March 20 is the Spring Equinox this year, when the sun rises exactly in the east and remains in the sky for 12 hours, setting directly in the west. Though the science of it is profoundly interesting, most of us are more concerned about the increase in sunlight — and warmth — on the not-so-distant horizon.
Speaking of horizons: In honor of the official start of spring, we’ve picked 10 top places around the world to see a magnificent sunrise.
The next force she’ll be reckon’ with is one of the most the time honored horror stories of MY GENERATION…the star featured in New Mexico productions, “The Eye” and “Let Me In” has been cast as the next CARRIE!!!!
THIS ROCKS! Some remakes work and actually hold their own as did the NM production of “Fright Night”, and now with this amazing young starlet in the lead me thinks the CARRIE reboot has a fighting chance (BUT PLEASE DEAR GOD(S) LET THERE BE MORE ORIGINAL SCRIPTED FILM AND TELEVISION IN OUR FUTURE).
Anyhoo, WE LOVES us some CHLOE as much as our own home-grown NM talent, and that rabidly overlooked nut-butter boy, WHO SHOULD’VE been the next Spiderman), but I digress…and anxiously await the redux of this childhood horror starring a fright queen anew, who’s no stranger to NM.
p.s. young Chlo was set to head back to NM for her third stint, except, but, if, and until some changes including recasting the co-star from sexy snaggle-tooth Dunst to amazballs sexy, not-so lively Blake Lively and a production location switch of the indie flick Hick, in theaters May 11.
We are honored to have been asked to recognize the passing of a beloved member of the close-knit New Mexico Film family.
In this great industry of passion, pride and inspiration, brothers and sisters in film are sharing sad goodbyes and fond memories of a great spirit among them who has departed to the other side.
Today New Mexico and this world say, rest in peace to a true comrade and friend to all, Frank Tapia.
Frank Tapia passed peacefully and painlessly at 8:30 last night. He was surrounded by his family, union brothers and friends. Words cannot describe my appreciation for the huge response by this Local. Literally minutes after my email his union family started to show up and by 6:30 there was a line waiting to say goodbye, the dirt of Lone Ranger mixing with the sawdust from Breaking Bad. I know that Frank and his family appreciated it and I believe it let him go in peace. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all.
-Jon Hendry, New Mexico International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Business Agent
Sincerest condolences to those of you who know him, love him and will always carry his memory with you.
Please feel free to leave your respects and remembrances as comments here.
“…hard to believe that we are less than six weeks away from the theatrical debut of The Avengers.”
Today our friends at Dis Fan Review have assembled these amazing AVENGERS images, including the great shot above of director Joss Whedon working with Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) at NM productions hot spot, The Albuquerque Rail Yards.
While Whedon’s Avengers are barreling toward their eagerly awaiting legions of fans in true superhero fashion, more Whedon ties to New Mexico unfurl…
The Santa Fe New Mexican notes: Joss Whedon must love New Mexico! The writer-director of The Avengers, which was filmed in New Mexico, is working on Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog 2, the follow-up to the popular Web series starring Albuquerque native Neil Patrick Harris. Whedon says shooting should begin this summer and that the story has already been outlined.
And third on the wire re: a Whedon/NM connection, New Mexico-born Drew Goddard and longtime collaborator Joss Whedon present, The Cabin in the Woods (opening on April 13), combining “horror, comedy and a slew of sly allusions to movies ranging from the familiar to the for-serious-buff-only…”, so says the Film Journal.com.
NM Casting Director currently seeking the “toughest” 20 year old Hispanic male to read for an audition Monday morning.
“Hi New Mexico Extras and Actors. This is Robert Baxter with BBS Casting. We are looking for a male Hispanic that looks like a total badass tough guy to read for a SAG role. The Audition is Monday Morning so get back with us asap. Thanks” -Robert Baxter
“We need your support to finish this IMPORTANT film that exposes the environmental poisoning of the land, the health effects on the community, the contamination of the drinking water, and the profiteering of Los Alamos National Labs. As co-producer of this feature documentary, we urge your to donate, what you can to help us finish this film. This film will world-wide distribution, but we need your help for us to raise finishing funds. The deadline for the fundraiser is June 1, 2012. Our hope is that we can finish prior to Hiroshima Day, August 6, 2012.”
-Angelie Gamboa, Producer/Director &
Thomas Jaggers, Producer/Writer
“Up On The Hill”
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Clearly born with a flare for the dramatic, Hollywood actor turned New Mexico star, Jackamoe Buzzell is ringing in his 40th with a charity bash chalk full of funny.
All proceeds from this sure to please celebrity roast benefit local organization, The Fatherless Child.
Jackamoe will be honored during this, the first “Best Live Comedy” Celebrity Roast, Saturday March 24th at Park Inn by Radisson, 2500 Carlisle NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111 at 7:30pm. Doors open at 7pm.
A word from Jackamoe:
Instead of going to Olive Garden and then seeing a movie by myself on my 40th birthday and feeling bad for myself, I thought I would try to do something positive for others. In this case children. What is more positive than raising money for those youth who suffer from chronic psychiatric illnesses and/or developmental disabilities. I myself am a fatherless child that still has really bad ADHD and didn’t learn how to read until 7th grade.
I am giving up my soul and any self dignity I still have left up for a good laugh. Any aspect of my life is up for a joke, which includes my two beautiful late wives. Even if you don’t like me, you will still enjoy the laughter and comedy and may even laugh more. And if you can’t stand me, please feel free to roast me yourself. Anything goes and nothing is off limits! Just talk to Stephen HAHA Hunt about it.
Hopefully you’ll buy a ticket for the children and join us for a great evening of FUN and FUND RAISING! Looking forward to seeing you at the show!!
BUY TICKETS HERE
Jackamoe Buzzell has entertained thousands of fabulous people with his baseball bat while playing a Gangster at Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse. You may have also scene him on In Plain Sight, Surreal Life or Punk’d and even naked on Penn & Teller: Bullshit on Showtime. On March 24th, 2012 he turns 40 years old! He’s also celebrating 25 years in the entertainment business! What better way to celebrate than to be the ‘victim’ of comical jabs at a Humor For Humanity Comedy Roast produced by Rev. Stephen HAHA Hunt formerly of The 1st Church of Sex & Ice Cream.
From your host: » Read the full post
UPDATE 03/31/12: On Location Casting is Currently submitting photos to “The Host” film Director for the feature film shoot in Albuquerque and Farmington, New Mexico from 4/9/12-4/28/12.
“Director will picture pick every single extra, NO exceptions! He will NOT consider anyone with a black & white photo and is requesting one Head/Face shot and one Full Body shot of each person. If you don’t have both photos in your profile, you may not be considered. Bad quality, blurry, stretched, photos with more than one person – will NOT be considered. Check your profile if you want to work on this project!! UPDATE YOUR PHOTOS and CONTACT INFORMATION!! We are gearing up quickly and are actively submitting photos now!!
Female Seekers will be 5’9″ and taller. Male Seekers will be 6’0″ and taller. ALL Souls will be 5’4″ and taller. MUST be willing/able to wear colored contact lenses that will be provided by Production.”
Submit or update your FREE OLC talent profile here.
Filming in Louisiana is well under way on the young adult horror film adapted from Twilight author, Stephenie Meyer’s best selling novel of the same name, “The Host”.
As we’ve been following for you here, Saoirse Ronan stars as 20-year-old Melanie Stryder. Melanie lives in a not-too-distant future in which unseen parasite invaders are taking over people’s bodies, creating a bizarrely complacent group of people. Well, it’s not so bizarre to the ones who have been taken over, which is most of the population…except Melanie. When Melanie is captured and her body and mind invaded, she refuses to give in, retaining many of her human memories and fighting with the parasite for control.
Filming began last month in Louisiana and is/has been slated to shoot in NM before wrap, for release on March 29, 2013.
There’s sure to be a run on Grandma’s Glaucoma Rx now…
On the long and winding road of missteps, wherein New Mexico industries and the very fiber of our cultural make-up as New Mexicans had first been underutilized then flatly insulted, a path to amends is taking shape.
This week New Mexico Film workers business agent, Jon Hendry had a successful meeting with the Governor’s cabinet members in regards to their handling and handing out of the state’s multi-million dollar ad campaign, which has recently grabbed some unflattering national and international attention due to the Tourism Department’s casting gaffe.
Tops in priority to many are bridging the gap between the high dollar, high visibility contract utilizing local trades, businesses and people, for this all important media package set to launch beginning next month with the goal of showcasing New Mexico to the world.
As forwarded to OHI from the office of IATSE 480 Business Agent, Jon Hendry to locals in film; the status of New Mexico Film, New Mexico Tourism, and New Mexicans going forward together stands as follows:
I just met with Cabinet Secretary of Tourism Monique Jacobsen, the Director of Tourism Development, and the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff on the outsourcing of crew on the recent tourism commercial.
I feel we had a frank and open discussion of our positions. I believe the Department and the Governor’s office now know that this is something that should not have occurred. I also believe that they are willing to make every effort to prevent this from occurring in the future.
We discussed three things which I think will be positive steps forward.
1. We will work together to ensure that as many New Mexicans as possible work on these projects in the future.
2. We will work to form an advisory group of people from around the state to assist in achieving that goal.
3. We will jointly create a promotion to showcase New Mexicans’ own stories.
I strongly believe this meeting was a positive first step. Everyone in attendance took this matter seriously. I’m making a commitment to the NM production community that I will do everything that I can to make sure it doesn’t happen again. The Governor’s office and the Tourism Department will work with us all to make sure as well.
Having said that, the recent commercial is in the can; continuing to gripe and complain about it, while therapeutic, does not help. We’re all New Mexicans here regardless of what side of the fence we sit on, where we originally came from, or what we look like. Our goal should be to promote jobs through sustainable and respectful tourism. I know a number of you told me earlier you’re willing to work with me on this and I will hold you to it.
IATSE Local 480
UPDATES TO FOLLOW
The White House Reports:
On March 21-22, President Obama will travel to Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Ohio to highlight his Administration’s all of the above energy strategy, including his focus on continuing to expand responsible oil and gas development, increasing the fuel economy of the vehicles we drive which will save families money at the pump, supporting renewable energy sources, and investing in infrastructure and research and development, all of which play a central role in increasing our nation’s energy security.
On Wednesday, the President will begin the tour in Boulder City, Nevada where he will visit the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes. In Boulder City, he will highlight his Administration’s focus on diversifying our energy portfolio, including expanding renewable energy from sources like wind and solar, which thanks in part to investments made by this Administration is set to double in the President’s first term. The President will then travel to oil and gas production fields located on federal lands outside of Carlsbad, New Mexico, an area home to more than seventy active drilling rigs. While in Carlsbad, the President will highlight the Administration’s commitment to expanding domestic oil and gas production, which has increased each year he has been in office, with domestic oil production currently at an eight year high and domestic natural gas production at an all-time high.
On Thursday, the President will travel to the Cushing, Oklahoma area to discuss his Administration’s commitment to improving and supporting the infrastructure that helps us leverage our domestic resources, while also ensuring these projects are developed in a safe and responsible way. This includes a pipeline that will transport oil from Cushing to the Gulf of Mexico, which will help address the bottleneck of oil that has resulted in large part from increased domestic oil production in the Midwest. In Oklahoma, the President will deliver remarks at a storage yard holding pipes that will be used for the construction of the pipeline. The final stop on the trip will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus Ohio, home to some of the country’s most advanced energy-related research and development.
Read about the Lizard vs. Jobs issue here.
Commercial space adventure pioneer, Sir Richard Branson announced his latest star client Monday saying, “I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier with us and to experience the magic of space for himself.”
MTV News Reports (sans mention of NM):
When you’re a single guy in your 30s making more than $700,000 per episode on a sitcom, there isn’t much that’s out of your financial reach. Wanna go out and buy a car today with cash? Go for it. Hell, buy two!
That and the actor’s “whatever, dude” attitude might explain why British adventure billionaire Richard Branson announced on his blog this week that Ashton Kutcher, 34, has signed up to be the 500th space tourist on Branson’s Virgin Galactic airlines. The suborbital spacecraft will give passengers a few minutes of weightlessness at a cost of $200,000 per ride.
Branson expects to launch a test flight beyond the Earth’s atmosphere this year and possibly start sending commercial passengers into space in 2013 or 2014 on its six-passenger jets.
Of course, that’s if things progress on track. In the meantime, we were wondering: What other kinds of outer-limits adventures or experiences Ashton could have while he’s awaiting a shot at the great beyond? » Read the full post
As I eventually eluded to here, buried far beneath my retro-New Mexico, non-“encounter” with Mark Wahlberg story…
I can now report that Washington and Wahlberg are officially ON for a June shoot between New Mexico and Louisiana for the Universal Pictures production of “2 Guns”.
The ACTION ADVENTURE flick tells the story of a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who are unwittingly investigating each other and who steal mob money for the good guys. They realize later that the mob actually got them to steal $50 million from the CIA.
Fresh off Contraband, which also starred Wahlberg, Baltasar Kormakur is at the helm to direct. The script, based on the graphic novel Steven Grant, is penned by Blake Masters.
Local cast & crew info. to follow!!!
The lifelong muse and immortal beloved of Tim Burton is in town for her part in Disney’s The Lone Ranger movie.
While New Mexico is known for playing it cool and letting our visiting celebs go about their b’niss uninterrupted like…Helena Bonham Carter was particularly unbothered by the kindest gentlest local celeb in town when they were face to face at our own uptown Trader Joe’s.
If she’d been a snake, she couldda bit him. But our unassuming, beloved morning radio show bearer of sunshine and light, Donnie Chase of 100.3 The Peak couldn’t have ID’d the star to save his life or hers when they recently crossed paths.
encounter sighting prompted a storm of celeb encounter reports on the JTD Morning Show facebook page.
Do you have a NM Celeb Encounter story or pic? Send us what you’ve got! Vintage pics, à la you w/ the cast of Young Guns, Natural Born Killers, All the Pretty Horses, etc. especially WANTED! Tell us about your NM Celeb Encounter: email@example.com