The 20 billion dollar per year garment industry of Bangladesh cost over 300 lives and counting earlier last week when at first some of the 3,000 workers, who felt and saw their dilapidated, eight story clothing manufacturing building on the verge of collapse, attempted to flee the structure, only to be forced back in to their 13 cent per hour minimum wage post at gunpoint by building management and the bulk of the factory building did then come down killing hundreds and trapping what is reported to be several hundred more.
Since the catastrophe infants have been born in the rubble where their late term pregnant mothers had been pinned after the collapse, rescue efforts continue to uncover more of the living, and recovery of those lost will likely go on for weeks. Today the building owner, Mohammed Sohel Rana was arrested on the border of Bangladesh as he was attempting to escape to India.
Today in the United States it is Workers Memorial Day, th day “the unions of the AFL-CIO…remember those who have suffered and died on the job” and aim to renew efforts for safe workplaces.
Perhaps on this day, American consumers can make the commitment to honor the labor that drives our nation by taking a stand and making the resolve to both identify and hold accountable the businesses on our soil which may have a hand in the unfair and unsafe practices abroad that lead to devastating consequences such as those in this current tragedy.
When they are revealed will you hold the U.S. companies whose merchandise was being manufactured in this Bangladesh plant accountable for supporting these unfair and dangerous practices?
A favorite event at the three day PowWow is the Miss Indian World Pageant, which is where star Natalie Portman stopped by to meet with the lovely contestants from all over North America, representing an unprecedented number of Native American Tribes. Portman is pictured above with the beautiful Brittany Clause from Six Nations, Ontario Haudenosaunee Territory.
This annual New Mexico based event is “the mecca of Indian country”, promoting and preserving Native American pride and culture for over thirty years, the Gathering draws thousands of people to Albuquerque every year. The multi-territorial, authentic PowWow, “is an experience for all people (Indian and Non-Indian) to come see the colorful PowWow dancing and to hear the songs and become enlightened with emotional happiness! Over 3,000 indigenous / Native American / Indian dancers and Singers representing more than 500 tribes from Canada and the United States come to Gathering of Nations PowWow annually to participate socially and competitively.”
You can see a live stream of this spectacular event here.
All day on Friday, April 26, any dog more than 1-year-old will be just $5. The price includes spay and neuter services, a microchip and registration.
Desiree Cawley, the director at the animal welfare department, told Action 7 News this is the first time they’ve offered anything like this. She said they are simply so overpopulated, they need to make more room.
Animal welfare reported more than 500 dogs in their shelters, more than they had at the same time last year. They said even though they’ve done commercials, put up posters and held event after event, they keep getting more and more dogs.
“We don’t know why it’s happening,” Cawley said.
Most of the dogs they have are strays. Some of them were surrendered by their owners.
Both the Eastside and Westside shelters will have extended hours on Friday. Cawley said they will be open 10:30 to 8 p.m. so that people at work still have an opportunity to come by.
“The actual recording of the Diné dub of ‘Star Wars’ is taking place in New Mexico — right in the heart of the largest population of Navajo speakers,” -The Wrap
The Navajo Nation Museum has announced that the quest to preserve the Navajo language has achieved an intergalactic success!
Star Wars, one of the most iconic and most globally recognized films of all time will soon be translated, performed and again forever immortalized in the Native American language.
Museum director Manuelito Wheeler worked with Lucasfilms over the past three years to bring the project to fruition.
With funding from the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department, Deluxe Studio is in the process of working with linguists, young Navajos and a Navajo actress to translate each spoken word of the film into the Diné language. Acclaimed dubbing director Richard Epcar is on board with the production, which will be casting men and women fluent in Navajo to be voice actors.
Auditions for the roles of Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Han Solo, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Grand Moff Tarkin will be held at the Navajo Nation Museum on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.
Wheeler tells the Navajo Times that the tribe isn’t necessarily looking for people who sound like Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill or the others, but rather for performers who have the ability to speak the dialogue with the force and emotions of the original actors.
Qualified and hopeful voice talents should call 928-871-7941 to book your time slot. Walk-ins are also welcome!
CORRECTION 4/25/13: IT IS THE NMDPS TRAINING CENTER who is seeking talent for police training NOT the New Mexico State Police Department, as previously worded.
PLEASE ONLY CONTACT the training agent listed below to take part in acting in these workshops. Thank you!
Calling New Mexico Talent:
Sharpen your craft, flex your chops, build your resume, and help train New Mexico’s police force!
The New Mexico Department of Public Safety Training and Recruiting Division will be holding training workshops May 13, 2013 through June 4, 2013 at the National Guard in Santa Fe.
Volunteer actors are needed to perform various roles representing victims and criminals in a variety of circumstances for the officers in training to practice procedure. A minimum of 20 actors per day are needed.
All workshops are held on weekdays, some during the day and some at night.
EG Casting is looking for East Indian, U.S. Military, tattooed, hipster types, amputees, etc. for a SCI-FI film shooting in New Mexico this spring/summer. If you are interested, send the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
4. Phone number/email
5. Current photo of yourself (please refrain from sending photos where you’re wearing sunglasses, hats, costumes, etc)
6. PLEASE TRY TO SEND A LARGER PHOTO. I’M GETTING POSTAGE STAMP-SIZED PIX. Photos need to be at least 500K and preferably at least 1megabyte.
If you are already in the EG Casting Database there is no need to resubmit, those who fit the specifications will be contacted.
*Reminder* Baxter is also looking for 10 Cowgirls 30-50 yrs old and have cowgirl attire for the cattle auction scene also 10 kids – 18 yrs old that look younger male and female for Tuesday April 30.
UPDATE From Robert Baxter Casting 4/24/2013:
We are looking for clean cut, clean shaved Cowboys to be in a Cattle Auction scene with the attire of well Dressed Cattle Buyers. We are also looking for trucks with over cab campers, and several 18 to look younger teens for a scene shooting on Tuesday April 30th. If interested please send a recent picture and phone number to email@example.com.
Location: Santa Fe Area
Compensation: $10.71 per hr.
Image via KRQE
New Mexico Casting Director Robert Baxter is looking for several 35 to 50 year old, Cattle Rancher types to play the Role of cattle sellers. Also Several 35 to 50 year old Business type Cowboys to play the role of cattle buyers. All cast for these parts will have to bring the proper clothing for these background scenes, such as “nice Boots, nice Cowboy Hats, nice starched pressed shirts, nice Pants Creased jeans etc., to appear as Ranchers/sellers and Wealthy cattle buyers.” Those interested who fit these specifications and have proper attire must be available and commit to working all day Thursday April 25th 2013.
May 12 to May 16
Sunday to Thursday 3:00, 7:00
Dir. Antoinette Beumer – 2013 – 100m – Netherlands – In English & Dutch with English Subtitles,
“Rambling road trip film Jackie is a real honest-to-goodness charmer as two Dutch twin sisters head off to the US and the wide open spaces of New Mexico to spend less-than-quality time with their surrogate mother Jackie, a woman they have never met but are forced to deal with when she is hospitalised … the twins are wonderfully played by real-life sisters Carice and Jelka van Houten, while Oscar-winner Holly Hunter has a fine old time playing the weathered oddball Jackie, a woman who has little time for the intrusion in her life but who comes to appreciate the sister’s assistance …Directed with a lot of warmth by Antoinette Beumer (sister of actress Famke Janssen and who made Dutch hit The Happy Housewife with Carice von Houten)” – Mark Adams, Screen Daily
For work on TUESDAY 4/23/13, WEDNESDAY 4/24/13 & SATURDAY 4/27/13 in the Albuquerque, NM area. MUST be available ALL (3) DAYS – NO EXCEPTIONS! Possible additional days MAY be added.
Would need to come in for a Paid ($17.00) INTERVIEW on SATURDAY 4/20/13.
Pay rate is $68.00 for an 8 hour day. ($8.50/hr with an 8 hour day guarantee plus overtime after 8 hours) – Although you DO need to have full day availability and not just 8 hours!
We do not have Call Times yet but it could be VERY early in the morning or go late into the night. You MUST have the whole day open if submitting so that you can work whatever the call time ends up being. Location is Albuquerque area. You would need to have the whole day/evening available MINIMUM 10-12+ hours).
**EXTRAS** WES BENTLEY PHOTO DOUBLE: male, Caucasian, age range 28-40, height range 5’9″-5’11”, weight range 150-170, medium to dark brown hair, clean-shaven (NO facial hair).
To submit for possible audition – please POST here ASAP with your first & last name (your contact number MUST be up to date in your talent profile). We will reply to your facebook post as soon as we can, IF we can schedule you for an auditions so PLEASE make sure you are checking for a reply!
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT or POST if you don’t fit these casting specs!! Please DO NOT SUBMIT if you aren’t available ALL (3) days!! Thanks!
UPDATE 4/23/1013: Unofficial confirmation continues to roll in! This exceptional looking production IS NEW MEXICO bound!
As we first broke the news here, Johnny Depp is expected back in New Mexico for his upcoming film “Transcendence”. Though no official confirmation of the production making its way to the Land of Enchantment has been announced, lead casting details are abundant!
Cinemablend reports that Christopher Nolan’s BATMAN co-stars Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphey have joined the cast of the film which is helmed by Wally Pfister, Nolan’s director of photography on the famed Dark Knight trilogy.
The cast rounds out with Rebecca Hall (Iron Man 3, The Town), Paul Bettany (Legion, Creation), Cory Hardrict (Battle Los Angeles, Gran Torino) and Kate Mara (127 Hours, Brokeback Mountain) to co-star.
Very little information has come out regarding the plot of the film, penned by Jack Paglen, except that its likely something of a sci-fi/fantasy, physiological drama in which “a scientist’s brain gets uploaded into a supercomputer with the aim of creating the world’s first machine that can think for itself”.
Production is expected to begin later this month for release on April 25, 2014.
Keep it here for what we hope will be an official word on at least some of the project getting underway here in NM!
Here’s hunky Jason Isaacs, best known for his role as Lucius Malfoy in the epic Harry Potter movie series, back in New Mexico filming “Things People Do” in downtown Albuquerque this week. The star recently took a turn as the Prophet Josiah in another NMFilm, “Sweetwater”.
Hunger Games star Wes Bentley leads the “Things People Do” cast including Isaacs, Haley Bennett, and Vinessa Shaw.
The film features Bentley and Shaw as husband a wife who struggle when Bentley loses his job and turns to a stranger for guidance. The stranger (Bennett) turns Bentley on to a life of crime. Isaacs plays a detective who befriends Bentley along the way.
Saar Klein and Joe Conway co-wrote the screenplay for the film directed by Bourne Identity producer Doug Liman, who serves as executive producer with Kurt Billick, Nicolas Gonda, David Klein, Michael Macs and Ryan Retti. Hans Graffunder, Sarah Green and Christos V. Konstantakopoulos, producers. Production is now underway in New Mexico.
“If you’ve seen Breaking Bad then you already know that the city of Albuquerque is one of the show’s main characters.” -USA Today
Well over half way to our $2,000 goal! Remember 100% of the net proceeds donated in a bid to win this one-of-a-kind Breaking Bad Fan Pack will go to the Barrett Foundation of Albuquerque – benefiting homeless women and children for over 25 years!
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Now through June (EXTENDED THROUGH $2K GOAL) Breaking Bad fans all over the world are invited to make a donation in a bid to win a Breaking Bad Fan Pack assembled by OneHeadlightInk.com.
The pack includes cast & crew exclusive wear, hand signed; crew photo, full size “All Hail the King” poster and script cover, New Mexico made Breaking Bad themed products, Trolley tour of filming locations around Albuquerque and MORE!
100% of the net proceeds of this online raffle will benefit the Barrett Foundation, Inc. of Albuquerque – a leading homeless resource and housing facility for women and children in the Albuquerque area since 1985. The virtual raffle tickets can be purchased below.
Each five-dollar increment donated counts as one entry to win!
All donations are processed with the secure online payment system PayPal, and all donations are updated and tracked above. The raffle fundraising goal is set at a modest $2,000.00. One winner will be chosen at random on May 1, 2013, provided that the minimum fundraising goal has been met or exceeded, otherwise the raffle will be extended. All Fan Pack contents will be shipped or delivered to the winner within two weeks of the final drawing.
We strongly encourage everyone to visit the Barrett Foundation website to learn more about what they do in building futures for homeless women and children in New Mexico and what can be done to help. Breaking Bad cast & crew leave behind a long legacy of community support and service, let’s follow their lead, while taking a shot at having your very own piece of the historic show.
Deadline Hollywood reports that AMC has announced, the world will be waiting until AUGUST 11, 2013 to get their last eight episodes of Breaking Bad!!!!!!!
The news, delivered at the AMC upfronts today, debunks the gun-jump tweeted out, then reneged by star Aaron Paul declaring July 14 the premature premiere date.
The network also revealed plans for a half hour show titled, “Talking Bad” to air live after each of the last episodes. No word or whisper on whether or not there’s any truth to the rumor that multiple series endings were in fact filmed before the production wrapped here in NM…stay tuned.
DEMING, NM Casting Notice – Feature Film “Enemy Way” for work on THURSDAY 4/18/13 -AND- FRIDAY 4/19/13 in the Deming, NM area. **MUST be available BOTH days, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Pay rate is $110.00 for a 12 hour day. 12 hour day guarantee.
TENTATIVE work dates are THURSDAY 4/18/13 -AND- FRIDAY 4/19/13 in DEMING. (LOCALS only or those willing to self-travel to the area from other areas (El Paso, Las Cruces, etc.))
We do not have any Call Times yet. It could be VERY early in the morning and may go late into the night. You would need to have the whole day/evening available MINIMUM 12+ hours)!!! If you can not commit to being on set for 12-13+ hours consecutively from your call time (whatever it may be!) please DO NOT SUBMIT!!
COW FARM WORKERS: male, Hispanic, age range 18-65, rugged, outdoor types, farmers, MUST have some previous experience working with COWS and must be comfortable around livestock/cattle. MUST be legal to work in the US and have a valid social security number & photo ID.
To submit for work – please EMAIL us ASAP at: onlocationcastingNM@yahoo.com with subject line COW FARM WORKER and you MUST include your first & last name, contact number and and a recent snapshot/photo of yourself.
–PLEASE SHARE WITH ANYONE YOU KNOW THAT FITS THIS DESCRIPTION!!–
**IF YOU REPLY THAT YOU ARE AVAILABLE – we will assume that you are available when we reply to your email!- Please be PATIENT and do NOT send multiple emails! – If you are submitting for work – PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL REGULARLY and answer your phone if an unknown number calls!!!**
The first western comedy from Seth MacFarlane, “A Million Ways to Die in the West” is currently in production here in New Mexico. The film stars Macfarlane, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, Giovanni Ribisi and many more!
Local casting director Elizabeth Gabel is seeking stand-ins for the film as follows:
Blonde Female 5’4″
Blonde Male 6’1″
Brunette Male 5’10” to 5’11”
Email a photo and sizes to include height, weight AND phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the film:
The storyline centers on a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) who loses his girl (Amanda Seyfried) when he ducks out of a fight. He goes on to meet the wife (Charlize Theron) of a notorious gunfighter who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge. The hapless farmer is then befriended by town prostitute (Sarah Silverman) who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Giovani Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.”
Some tips don’t pan out, some leads don’t come to fruition, but we’re happy to report that today’s announcement from the powers that be indicate our cross-sourced, hot topic of late has been deemed official! WOOT!
SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today that the high-profile action drama JANE GOT A GUN is shooting in New Mexico starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta), Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior, the upcoming The Great Gatsby), Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover), Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show, The Americans), and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire, Rio). Production will take place in northern New Mexico through the spring. The production will employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members, including New Mexico resident and Unit Production Manager Alton Walpole (Crazy Heart, The Book of Eli) and over 400 New Mexico principals and background talent, including James Burnett (The Last Stand, Longmire), Sam Quinn, graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and River Shields (Beyond the Blackboard, Reunion). Gavin O’Connor, who directed Nick Nolte to an Oscar nomination in the action picture Warrior and Janet McTeer to a Golden Globe win in the drama Tumbleweeds, is directing. JANE GOT A GUN is being produced by Scott Pictures’ Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Human Stain) along with Portman, through her Handsomecharlie Films, Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian (Our Idiot Brother, Hesher), 1821 Pictures’ Terry Dougas (Swing Vote, The Invention of Lying), and Scott LaStaiti (Love in the Time of Cholera, Turistas). Australian cinematographer Mandy Walker (Australia, Red Riding Hood) is director of photography. Based on a script that was named one of the Black List best unproduced scripts of 2011 and written by Brian Duffield (Monster Problems), JANE GOT A GUN is a Western about a woman who hires her ex-lover to help save her wounded outlaw husband from the gang out to kill him and destroy her. ### Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com
As many guests as possible are needed. If you want to participate, please come to the shoot by 3:30 tomorrow afternoon wearing clothing in muted tones (pastels preferred, no brights/reds or black dresses) suitable for a springtime wedding reception.
Please email: Mariahtaylan@hotmail.com if you are coming to provide an accurate headcount as food & refreshments will be provided.
Bring a friend and spread the word, all are welcome who know how to behave on set! Should be wrapped by 6 p.m. Thanks!