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#NMFilm – Tao of Surfing

Posted by on August 30, 2013 | Comments Off on #NMFilm – Tao of Surfing

New Mexico Film-The Tao of Surfing

While the news of a third season return for the New Mexico production of Longmire is still being freshly celebrated, some of the show’s stars and crew are hard at work on the highly anticipated film adaptation of the renowned novel, Tao of Surfing, by Pulitzer Prize nominated author Micheal A. Allen.

Lou Diamond Phillips himself will direct and star in the movie. His Longmire co-star Bailey Chase will also star along with a lengthy roster of talent, including Eric Balfour, Bruce Davison, Julia Jones, Mike Dopud, Vincent Ventresca, Cym Sanguinet, Lee Purcell, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Dale Dickey, Edward James Olmos, Arie Verveen, Chaka Forman, Arija Bareikis and more.

Filming is currently underway in California and expected to move on to southern New Mexico this fall for the remaining majority of production.

Tao of Surfing “celebrates the joy and wonder of youth, the heartbreak and challenges that come with unexpected life change and the inner peace that can result when we face adversity with courage and resolve. It is a film about two childhood friends bonded together by their mutual connection to the power and majesty of the sea and their love of surfing, one, an iconic, intuitively gifted free spirit, the other, a struggling young writer. We follow their journey as they come to age in their search for excitement, love, and adventure, and are with them as they come to terms with a life-changing event…the discovery of a mortal illness.

The metaphor of the ever-changing Sea underlines the influence of the Tao of life’s cycle, an ancient Chinese philosophy that emphasizes simplicity and the flowing movement, change and renewal that happens within the natural course of things. And so, the other leading character here is the Sea itself with her passion, beauty, exuberance and calm; her power to heal and renew; and her shared sense of peace and tranquility as one day ends and another begins.

This is a story of compassion, brotherhood and the wisdom that a dying friend leaves behind, and the realization that life’s changes parallel the ebb and flow of the tide. This is a film about our quest to achieve a more meaningful life by obtaining a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relationship to the world around us. Thus we continue our search for Perfection, Individuality, and Freedom. This beautiful, heartfelt story is one for the ages.”

Screenplay by author Michael A. Allen, and writer/producer Alex T. Carig.

Official webpage: Tao of Surfing

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Who could say no to this face? — Longmire gets the green light for third season in New Mexico

Posted by on August 29, 2013 | 2 comments

Longmire Season 3 is a Go

Hot on the heels of high and wide reports, replete with gloomy foreshadowing about the fate of A&E’s hit series, Longmire, word from the tipy-top comes down today declaring that a third season of the show “is a GO!”

So says Executive Producer John Conveny via Twitter – lending a sigh of relief to all those who work on and live for the love of the show!

After the second season closed out, drawing a record 4.4 million viewers, holding the show’s position as A&E’s most watched series, there were extraneous factors leading to rampant and rapid speculation that the plug may be pulled on everyone’s favorite Sheriff and his posse.

Whether the final decision came down at the behest of the rabid fans who took to social media in multiple campaigns calling for the show’s renewal or if the newly restructured network and the show’s studio just needed to come together to hammer out details, Longmire nation can breathe easy about its return for at least a third time in the saddle!

Woo-hoo! Ride on New Mexico!

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FREE Labor Day Weekend Event – Statewide, New Mexico

Posted by on August 28, 2013 | Comments Off on FREE Labor Day Weekend Event – Statewide, New Mexico

Salt of the Earth Tour New Mexico


The New Mexico Federation of Labor (NMFL) along with a collation of business and community groups presents THE SALT OF THE EARTH TOUR FREE – ALL AGES, SIX CITY TOUR this Labor Day Weekend.

Beginning in Southern New Mexico, in Las Cruces and in Truth or Consequences on Saturday August 31, the midpoint of the festivities will be held in Albuquerque and Corrales on Sunday September 1, with the full culmination of the traveling festival landing in Santa Fe on Monday September 2, ending in a finale blowout that night in Taos!

The six city, three-day event featuring performance art, poetry and music, will bring the true meaning of Labor Day to the people of New Mexico in a fun family environment.

Jon Hendry, President of NMFL said, “Many people think of Labor Day as just another three day holiday, but it’s our chance to celebrate working people and labor’s contribution to this country. We want to entertain and educate people.”

The Joe West Trio headlines “The Salt of the Earth Tour,” performing spirited renditions of classic workers’ songs important to labor history and tradition. Albuquerque’s Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy brings his exquisite style of social justice oriented lyrical poetry to new audiences on the tour. Local street performers of all styles and special musical guests will create a festive environment for all to enjoy. The seminal New Mexican Labor film, “Salt of the Earth” will screen at each tour stop. Local progressive groups will be present at each event to connect with each other and with new audiences about their work.

It’s time to “Rock” & talk while New Mexico talent and artists work to entertain and engage YOU!

Get into it here!

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Video of the Day: Albuquerque Anthem

Posted by on August 27, 2013 | Comments Off on Video of the Day: Albuquerque Anthem

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Meeting Anna Gunn

Posted by on August 25, 2013 | One comment

Anna Gunn Breaking Bad Panel Discussion

In the remaining episodes of Breaking Bad we may come to view Skyler White in a very different light, because God and a select few are privy to the fact that if anyone can pull off some majorly unexpected turns it’s actress Anna Gunn. After one riveting encounter, I for one will never look at her the same way – mainly in that I will now actually be able to look at her.

The collective “they” say it all the time about likable stars, how they make you feel like you’re the only person in the world…yada, yada, yada. Well when you’re speaking to the woman who makes Breaking Bad fans the world over seethe with contempt and loathing, YOU are the only person in her world. And if not, give this girl her Oscar NOW!

I’ve told the anecdote many times, about how I get to go back and watch some segments of Breaking Bad and they will be all new to me because I’ve walked out of the room and/or skipped entire scenes to avoid the fury Skyler White evokes in me.

Well, it only takes a moment to see that the woman who brings the inescapably infuriating Mrs. White to the small screen is nothing like the taciturn character she plays so flawlessly. Immediately her tall but tiny frame gracefully paints a different picture than the sometimes menacingly imposing, amazonian figure Anna Gunn strikes on Breaking Bad as the overbearing, annoying, and oft detestable missus. And yes, true to the old cliché, she is MUCH better looking in person.

Shooed back by a publicist, whose job and intent was to just get past the bulk of the patient journalists in the press line, this blogette threw a pout when waved off by the celeb wrangler who was gesturing to Ms. Gunn to “move it along”. Then the star stopped, locked her piercing blue eyes on mine, rested a gentle hand on my arm and with a simple wink and a nod exuded an amazing amount of delicate compassion saying, “don’t worry I’ll take your questions”.

Before “moving along” to be equally as kind and accessible to the rest of the crowd waiting for her, she stayed with me for minutes, which seemed like longer leisurely moments that passed slowly and comfortably. The Emmy nominated actress both gushed and teared-up about the show that has been her home for the last seven years coming to an end, how much she truly loves her TV family (both cast and crew), and we talked about her affinity for her native New Mexico, her beloved family and what’s coming up next for her career.

Though bathed in the universal disdain of Breaking Bad fans, you can trust that we haven’t seen the last of “The Most Hated Woman on Television“. By the mere fact that her terse, loathsome character is brought to life with a despicable, somewhat misunderstood perfection that is woven out of the incredibly rich and raw talent of this truly beautiful woman, there is no question that this upcoming finale is only the crest of the horizon for Anna Gunn beyond Bad.

Special thanks to CQ and SMQ

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NBC Series NIGHT SHIFT – Casting Background

Posted by on August 24, 2013 | Comments Off on NBC Series NIGHT SHIFT – Casting Background

UPDATE 8/27/13: White Turtle Casting is looking for women and men with military experience (active and non-active) or could pass for military for upcoming background on The Night Shift.

If applicable and interested, send a current photo of yourself, current contact number, height, weight, shirt, pant & shoes sizes. to:

emailextras@ whiteturtlecasting.com.

Title your email, “NIGHT SHIFT MILITARY”.

New Mexico Production NBC's The Night Shift

Background casting for upcoming scenes in The Night Shift, a new NBC television series filming in Albuquerque.

White Turtle Casting is looking for all different looks, ethnicities, cowboys and cowgirls, interesting character faces, men with the big moustaches and beards, Texas looks, amputees, gangsters, punk – EVERYTHING. Nothing is too out there.

To be considered for Background Roles, emailextras@ whiteturtlecasting.com.

Title your email, “NIGHT SHIFT BACKGROUND”. Please make sure your ONE email submission contains ALL of the following:

Name, current contact number, height, weight, current picture of yourself (no blurry or artsy photos, just YOU and what you REALLY look like). Also, please include your availability, e.g., available 24/7, or only available Mon-Wed, etc.

From NBC:

At San Antonio Memorial, those who work the 7pm – 7am shift are a special breed. Welcome to the night shift, where every day is a fight between the heroic efforts of saving lives and the hard truths of running a hospital. After a grueling tour of duty in Afghanistan, adrenaline junkie TC Callahan became accustomed to combat, but he could have never guessed that his toughest battles would be fought right here at home. TC and his irreverent team of late night docs know how to let off steam with the casual prank or two, but when lives are at stake, they are all business.

Unfortunately, the night shift is now under new management, and boss Michael Ragosa is more interested in cutting costs than helping people. But TC has never met a rule he couldn’t break, or a person he won’t stand up to. And it’s clear that not even Jordan, TC’s ex-girlfriend and now Ragosa’s second in charge, has a chance at keeping him in line. If Ragosa wants a war… he’ll get one.

Executive producers/writers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”).

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Feature Film Call for REAL Musicians

Posted by on August 23, 2013 | Comments Off on Feature Film Call for REAL Musicians

New Mexico Open Call for Real Musicians

Seeking REAL MUSICIANS for SAG feature film, MIDNIGHT SUN, which begins filming in Santa Fe and Los Alamos Sept 30, 2013-end of October.

DIZZY GILLESPIE LOOK ALIKE age 25-30 who can play trumpet well

BASS PLAYER age 25-60 African American musician who can play well

DRUMMER age 25-60 Caucasian musician who can play well

Production Company: MIDNIGHT SUN

For casting appointment, email your headshot, resume & contact information to:

casting505 @gmail.com.

This is a SAG scale paid position.

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NM Marriage Equality in Santa Fe, Doña Ana AND NOW Bernalillo Counties

Posted by on August 23, 2013 | 2 comments

UPDATE 8/26/13: GLORIOUS, New Mexico Law “Does not preclude nor prohibit issuance of a marriage license to otherwise qualified couples on the basis of sexual orientation or the gender of its members.”

So says Bernalillo District Court Judge, Alan Malot today, in a ruling which grants the right to obtain a marriage license to ALL couples in New Mexico’s most populated county, following rulings earlier in the month allowing equal rights for same-sex couples in Santa Fe and Doña Ana Counties.

Pre-register your marriage license request for Bernalillo County online here.

Bernalillo County Marriage License information here.

RSVP for a special celebration of “Weddings on the Plaza” here.

OHI Marriage Equality NM copy

Click here for Santa Fe Marriage License Application and Court Oder directing the Santa Fe County Clerk to issue same sex marriage licenses.

Instructions for applying for a Marriage License in Doña Ana County here.


Marriage licenses are valid indefinitely, but must be returned to the County Clerk where it was issued with the proper certification within 90 days of the ceremony. once a ceremony is performed.

If you are a LGBT friendly marriage officiant or other New Mexico wedding resource, please feel free to post your contact information as a comment below for couples who may need your assistance now – thank you.

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ABC’s Killer Women to shoot in ABQ

Posted by on August 22, 2013 | 3 comments

UPDATE 8/23/13: It looks like your local casting connection for this New Mexico production will be Kiira Arai Casting LLC. Keep up to date with her casting announcements here.

NEW MEXICO BOUND – From executive producer Sofia Vergara comes the ABC midseason series pick-up, Killer Women. Filling the gaps before the Fall start of longstanding ABC hits, Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, Nashville and Once Upon a Time, will be a bevy of new series in lieu of the outdated practice of simply airing repeats.

The ABC pilot of Killer Women was shot in Texas, the show’s backdrop, but will move regular production to Albuquerque next month.

Along with the NBC show, The Night Shift, now in production in Albuquerque, this series marks an important upturn for procedural television for the New Mexico film industry – the local economic impact and worldwide acclaim of which can no longer be denied. And with the recent wrap of the state’s most successful television series to date, AMC’s Breaking Bad, the ABC production is a welcome addition – hot on the heels of another series stand-in, as northern New Mexico has had a very successful run portraying Wyoming in two full seasons of the A&E hit series Longmire.

According to the New Mexico film office, the production will employ more than 150 New Mexico crew members and more than 250 actors and extras. The female led show centers on Molly Parker, played by Tricia Helfer (Two and a Half Men, Tron: Uprising, The Firm), the only woman in the notoriously male Texas Rangers, “a ballsy, beautiful badass who knows how to get to the truth and isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers on her way there.” – per IMDb.

Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Michael Trucco (Castle, How I Met Your Mother, Revenge), Alex Fernandez (Mistresses, Devious Maids, Dallas) and Marta Milans (Valientes, The American Experience) round out the cast.

Killer Women will begin filming in Albuquerque and surrounding areas in September.

Extras and Background Casting details to follow…

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Accepting Email Submissions from “Real Families” for PSA

Posted by on August 21, 2013 | Comments Off on Accepting Email Submissions from “Real Families” for PSA

real family commercial casting in New Mexico

From Jo Enda Boldin:

Seeking real families for non-union P.S.A. (Public Service Announcement)
These are paid positions, shoots first week of September.

Please submit no later than 8-25-2013

Hispanic boy 5-7 years old, and his dad.

Hispanic girl about 5 years old, and her dad.

Anglo baby girl up to 1+ year old and her dad, heavy set, rugged 30-40 years old.

Anglo family, mom, dad and 3 kids approximately 8, 10 & 12 years old.

Please include the following for all submissions:
* Picture(s)
* Age(s)
* Contact phone number(s)
* email address

Send all submissions to castpsa@ gmail.com
(please do not submit via facebook)


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La Vida Robot

Posted by on August 21, 2013 | Comments Off on La Vida Robot

George-Lopez-NMFilmimage via smithsonianmag.com

The last word from George Lopez regarding his upcoming projects came in April via Twitter, where the actor said, “la Vida robot !! Is moving !” In June Production Weekly tweeted of Lopez that his “FX series SAINT GEORGE begins shooting mid-August and plans to follow with Sean McNamara’s feature LA VIDA ROBOT”.

Now our sources are reporting that the actor is indeed set to star in and co-produce La Vida Robot, right here in New Mexico. Lopez has previously worked in the New Mexico films, Swing Vote and The Spy Next Door.

La Vida Robot centers on a group of Latino high school students who compete in the National Underwater Robotics competition despite the fact that they are undocumented.

Disney television series director, Sean McNamara (That’s so Raven, Shake it Up!, Sonny With a Chance, Jonas, Jessie) will direct the movie as written by Elissa Matsueda. Brookwell-McNamara, the family entertainment production company behind Soul Surfer, is scheduled to bring the production to New Mexico in the Fall of 2013.

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Film Fest Founder’s Fight for ‘Likes’

Posted by on August 17, 2013 | 3 comments

The Original Albuquerque Film Festival

Recently, the original Albuquerque Film Fest Facebook page was hijacked.

Friday morning, followers of the longstanding “Albuquerque Film Festival” Facebook page were notified that the page, “is changing its name to “Indie Film is Better” on August 29″.

Albuquerque Film Festival founder, Rich Henrich and his partners were the originators of the page back in 2009, since that time it has amassed over 4,000 ‘Likes’ or fans. Friday’s notification to each of those fans, follows at least a few weeks worth of work someone has put in to eliminating all previous content put into the page and adding mostly all new, largely unrelated information, and a glaring founding date revision.

Henrich is in contact with Facebook to try and take back ownership of his event page, or have the stolen page shut down and has legal representation working toward a resolution to the problem. He has also taken to the scene of the “crime”, posting warnings on Facebook stating that the page has been taken over and revamped without his prior knowledge or permission saying, “this is not coming from me or anyone involved with the real ABQFF. This site has been illegally taken from our organization by some unscrupulous individuals in an effort to steal our Facebook fans for their own gain.”

The current ABQFF team has started a new page for the Albuquerque Film Festival here. A 2013 Albuquerque Film Festival is in the works for the fall, with a large scale, revamped fest coming back with a vengeance in the spring of 2014.

Unfortunately their experience in losing control of their all too important and valuable event page is a cautionary tale for social media users in that we should beware of organizations and groups who start-up or suddenly experience major changes on their social media sites – and most of all, a painful reminder to diligently guard your account access and passwords.

If you have New Mexico Entertainment Industry related issues to report or inquire about, you can post your comments here (below) or anonymously email local industry watchdog group, Watch E Dog at wegotyourbacknm@gmail.com.

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State Departments Partner to Put Veterans to Work in New Mexico Film

Posted by on August 16, 2013 | Comments Off on State Departments Partner to Put Veterans to Work in New Mexico Film

Veterans to work on New Mexico Film

On August 1, 2013 Governor Susana Martinez announced the formation of a pilot program to put military veterans to work on movie and TV productions in New Mexico.

The veterans movie production program is a multi-state agency partnership which aims to increase the hiring and training of military veterans for productions by movie studios and television production companies here in New Mexico.

Governor Martinez announced the new program, “Operation: Soundstage”, before a crowd of veterans and National Guard members at the New Mexico National Guard Armory in Albuquerque. “Movie and television productions offer job opportunities that are great matches for the skill sets our veterans learn through their service in the military,” said the Governor. “As a result of their military training, veterans can lead or take orders–and know the value of the teamwork required by movie makers on any given project.” Governor Martinez explained.

The program is the result of a joint effort by the New Mexico Film Office, the New Mexico Department of Veterans’ Services and New Mexico Workforce Solutions. The program will look to partner with movie and television production companies.

The New Mexico Film Office, through the Jobs Training Initiative Program, currently finances training that helps New Mexico crew members advance their education and become qualified for new crew jobs. These funds are only available for a limited number of positions for each production.

Martinez says, “Operation: Soundstage will add an additional position on each production to be filled specifically by a New Mexico veteran.” Operation: Soundstage will also help ensure that veterans who are eligible for the G.I. Bill will be able to access film-career development programs offered at several New Mexico colleges.

Military veterans provide an excellent pool of skilled and talented professionals who would be ideal to fill “off-camera” job openings such as carpenters, electricians, editors, technicians, production assistants, makeup artists, caterers, drivers and dozens of other positions typically needed for television and movie projects.

The announcement comes on the heels of the latest data released by the U.S. Department of Labor which shows the national unemployment rate of veterans between the ages of 18-24 at a startling 20.5%–compared to the overall June national unemployment rate of 7.6%.

Governor Martinez also pointed out the financial incentives available to any employer who hires unemployed veterans:

· A $2,400 federal business tax credit for employers hiring veterans who’ve been unemployed for at least four weeks.

· $5,600 for veterans who are unemployed at least six months.

· Up to a $9,600 credit for certain service-connected disabled veteran

· $2,400 for each hiring of a veteran who receives Supplemental Food Assistance (―Food Stamps‖)

· The Governor also mentioned the state law she signed last year which gives up to a $1,000 state business tax credit for each hiring of a recently-returned veteran.

“Veterans make a great fit for production companies working here in New Mexico,” said Governor Martinez. Veterans have sacrificed to serve our country and have already proved that they have earned the chance to be considered for any job availabilities here at home.

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New Mexico Women in Film: ¡MENTOR MANIA!

Posted by on August 15, 2013 | Comments Off on New Mexico Women in Film: ¡MENTOR MANIA!


Sunday, August 18th
2:00pm – 5:00pm
Sol Acting Academy
5500 San Mateo NE, Albuquerque
(across from Cliff’s Amusement Park in Oak Tree Plaza Center)

Join NMWIF for an afternoon of speed-dating style mentoring. You will have brief, but informative one-on-one time with some of New Mexico’s top women in Film and TV, plus brisk and lively roundtable discussions on a variety of pertinent subjects and issues.

Please arrive on time with your 1-minute intro/description/career question for your mentors. Be specific. Bring paper and pen to take notes. Be ready. When the bell rings, the fun begins!

We greatly appreciate the time, accomplishments and mentoring offered by these talented women. They are all experienced in a variety of areas and can offer you a wealth of information and guidance, whatever your needs or interests.

MONIQUE ANAIR: Chair, Santa Fe Community College Film Department; Producer, Camera, Electrical for Film & TV

JANET DAVIDSON: DGA Director, Writer, 1st AD (Cagney & Lacey, Remington Steele, Any Day Now…), Acting Teacher

VIVIAN NESBITT: Actor (In Plain Sight, Breaking Bad, Law & Order…); Owner, Director Sol Acting Academy Albuquerque

JILANN SPITZMILLER Owner, Creator Documentors; Producer, Director, DP at Philomath Films; Crowd funding specialty

DYANNA TAYLOR: Award-winning Cinematographer, Writer, Director, Producer

NMWIF members no charge / $15 guests
Light refreshments provided.

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The Weinstein Company Crow headed to New Mexico

Posted by on August 13, 2013 | One comment

Luke Evans as Eric Draven for The Crow remakeConcept art by Patrick Brown

After settling legal matters concerning film rights in early 2012, the Weinstein Company and Relativity Media are ready to partner on a remake of the beloved 90s classic, The Crow.

Following what amounts to years of speculation on the interwebs of who will step into the iconic lead role, Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers, The Raven, Fast & Furious 6) is set to star as Eric Draven. Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, Channing Tatum, Robert Pattinson, James McAvoy, Tom Hiddleston and Alexander Skarsgard were considered to play Draven before Evans was finally cast.

Director F. Javier Gutiérrez, has said that the upcoming remake will be even more faithful to the 1989 comic than its 1994 predecessor. Earlier this month, original comic book creator James O’Barr told TFM of Gutiérrez, “It was his idea to go right back to the source material and essentially shoot it shot-for-shot, as in the book, but with a little more backstory for some of the characters…He wants to be as faithful as possible, even down to all the visual metaphors of trains and horses.”

Word on the wire is that production will get underway in 2014 in New Mexico and Michigan for a 2015 release.

Horses, trains? Get ready to saddle-up NM! Choo-choo!

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Longmire, New Mexico Style

Posted by on August 12, 2013 | Comments Off on Longmire, New Mexico Style

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Breaking Bad cast takes to Social Media for first of eight goodbyes…

Posted by on August 11, 2013 | Comments Off on Breaking Bad cast takes to Social Media for first of eight goodbyes…

Breaking Bad Social Media Goodbyes

On Twitter Dean Norris is looking forward to getting off the “sh*tter”, after 11 long months of cliffhanger madness on the pot! Meanwhile on Facebook he sends out a heartfelt thanks to New Mexico’s Own Steven Michael Quezada for being the “best partner a guy could have”.

Quezada and Norris no doubt have a helluva lot of work ahead of them in the final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad, which begin airing tonight on AMC. “It’s time for the ride of your life…”, Quezada warns/promises via tweet to hungry fans of the Emmy winning show.

Sweet Jesse (Aaron Paul) and the so-far infallible Walt Jr. (R.J. Mitte) seem to be passing the historic day, before the beginning of the end tonight, with hearty meals! Mitte tweeting, “Had my croissant with extra bacon. Today is the beginning of the end… Enjoy!”. While Aaron Paul is all a twitter since noshing on “too many pancakes”, later posing the ominous question “Who will live? Who will die? #BreakingBad”.

We’re wondering the same and already Facebooked our own guess that both Walt and sadly Jess will definitely ride the big Bounder to the sky before it’s all over. Lots of fun to see some of the local cast and crew chime in with hints on what they think and may or may not know about the biggest finale since MASH! Check out what they’re saying to us here and here.

Finally, the man behind Walter White, Bryan Cranston himself tweets, “one more laugh before the tears…”

Keep up with past and present cast and all the fans going cuckoo on Twitter (BEWARE OF SPOILERS):

#BreakingBad, Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Steven Michael Quezada, R.J. Mitte, Betsy Brandt, Bob Odenkirk, Giancarlo Esposito, Max Arciniega, Charles Baker, Jesus Jr., Luis Moncada, Daniel Moncada, Krysten Ritter, Jesse Plemons

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Posted by on August 10, 2013 | Comments Off on Chihuahuaissance

chi chi wonder“WONDER”
by Nancy Daleo

The Chihuahua: Though we share an ancestral land, I never thought much of them. Even when the breed shot to fame in the US by everyone’s favorite national taco chain. But who couldn’t begin to take notice and lend some sympathy to the mighty-tiny Chihuahua when they began to appear as tabloid staples, bought and worn by everyone from the over indulgent hotel heiress-type to your run of the mill fame chaser. The Chihuahua is now so heavily over bred that it tops the population and euthanization in animal humane facilities along with their grievously misunderstood, mistreated, opposite sized counterpart – the precious Pit Bull. Whether so wrongly used, abused and discarded for profit in a blood sport or mishandled as a fashion accessory, these particular breeds are some of the highest among the throngs of overpopulated pets.

We pull over and hop out of cars on a pretty regular basis to try to gather-up dogs and cats who are astray, usually they run. Well one day this spring, a little guy jumped into the arms of my husband grateful for the lift. Much to the immediate delight of our children this funny looking, overweight, snorting, frightened, bug-eyed Chihuahua came into our home. I didn’t even know how to pet him. He was smaller than a cat, but he had some weight to him. He wasn’t too steady on his feet at first but when he relaxed and started making himself at home he quickly began to feel like a sweet little addition to the family. The little bugger who we were calling everything from Spuds to Piglet had to have a home. We walked him around the neighborhood, as we thought he couldn’t have traveled far, not by paw anyhow, hoping he’d walk us to where he belonged – no dice. No one recognized him, he wasn’t tagged or chipped, pretty clearly a strictly indoor fella who must’ve just slipped out. Just before we turned to social media to find out where his home was, his mamma found us. As she was posting missing signs all over the neighborhood, we were able to walk right out to her and return her little baby to the family that was missing him.

Then it was our turn, especially mine, to miss the funny little face and the happy wagging tail. No one in our house ever dreamed that we’d be a lapdog kind of household. But sure enough, just 36 hours with one special little fellow, showed us the way. It was time to look into fostering or adopting. So the research began and that’s when we learned that there is an overwhelming amount of work to be done out there and some amazing organizations doing so much of it. It is a true labor of love in most cases and a real lifetime commitment in many others. We may all hear and know that there is a pet overpopulation crisis. Some of us even know that rescue from inhumane practices is critical in the fight for animal welfare, but to actually go out and see the situation in our own neighborhoods is a truly heartening experience. Every wonderful animal in need touched our hearts as do the people who work tirelessly on their behalf.

We’re so grateful to have found our latest, beloved family member through the good people at Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico, whose diligent network of volunteers rescue and foster small dogs through adoption.

If you think there’s any possibility that you can open your home or lend a hand to the organizations that help out pets in need, I couldn’t recommend acting on it strongly enough. Every little soul from the tinniest Chi to the biggest strongest Pit deserves a chance, and every home that’s able deserves the life long love that comes from adoption.

Lap Dog Rescue of New Mexico

Watermelon Mountain Ranch

Animal Humane NM

New Mexico Rez Dog Rescue

Albuquerque Animal Welfare

Albuquerque Adoptables

New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better

New Mexico Animal Cruelty Taskforce Hotline 888-260-2178

A few notable New Mexico Animal welfare and pet adoption advocates:
Coyote 102.5 Radio Show Host, Erica Viking and Maizey, 100.3 The Peak Radio Show Host, Donnie Chase and Baby, New Mexico Film Workers Union Business Agent, Jon Hendry and the famous Bobby.

World famous New Mexico Filmers who champion animal rescue:
A Million Ways to Die in the West star Amanda Seyfried, Cowboys & Aliens star Olivia Wilde, Ten Year stars, Channing and Jenna Dewan Tatum.

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Albuquerque YELP*s for Breaking Bad

Posted by on August 8, 2013 | Comments Off on Albuquerque YELP*s for Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad Final Eight Viewing Parties

Local Breaking Bad aficionado and one-time Walter White impersonator, Miguel Jaramillo has partnered with local Yelp* aficionado, Howie “The Duke of Duke City” Kaibel: together the premiere Breaking Bad location photographer and ABQ “off-the-beaten-path” reviewer have your Breaking Bad final eight viewing party needs covered!

Check out their full final season schedule here. For a lengthy list of Breaking Bad Albuquerque business filming locations by Yelp* click here. Get the FREE TouringBad app for the most complete ABQ shooting locations here. And of course if you want to be the splash of any Breaking Bad party from here to eternity, click here to get in on the last charitable bids to win cast autographs, show memorabilia and show experiences!

From Howie:

The premier episode of the final season of Breaking Bad broadcasts Sunday, August 11 at 7pm. While exciting, this is a sad rite of passage for Albuquerque, which has indeed become a central character in the award winning television program. The show put ABQ on the map.

Yelp is partnering with an Instagram local, Miguel Jaramillo. Check out his page here: http://www.instagram.com…

The page has international following, and recently many of the followers have begged for an excuse to visit our city: Watch Parties. These are already happening all over the country, so rather than let others steal our local thunder, we’re hosting a Watch Party for all eight episodes at different locations around the city, with a special emphasis on the Premier and Finale. These are free and open to the general public. Several of the locales were filming locations for the show. Events run 6:30-8:30. Shows begin at 7pm and will close with a Talking Bad chat segment. Locations and dates as follows:

1. (Premier) Uptown Sports Bar, 6601 Uptown Blvd NE, Sunday August 11th

2. Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, 3009 Central Ave NE, Sunday August 18th

3. Sunday August 25th – THREE LOCATIONS

Louie’s Pub & Grill, 5603 Menaul Blvd NE

Uptown Sports Bar & Grill, 6601 Uptown Blvd NE

Leo’s Nightclub, 1119 Candelaria Rd NW

4. Hooligan’s Tavern, 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Sunday September 1st

5. Marble Brewery, 111 Marble NW, Sunday September 8th

6. Kelly’s Brew Pub, 3222 Central Ave SE, Sunday September 15th

7. Il Vicino Canteen, 2381 Aztec Rd, Sunday September 22nd

8. (Finale) Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, Sunday September 29th

Want more? Word has it that Marble Brewery is tapping two new brews, the Heisenberg Dark and Walt’s White Lie, for the run of the show; Il Vicino is putting together three pours, titles to be announced; Kelly’s will be releasing a special brew, as well. Various personalities who acted and worked on the show may be making guest appearances. The Supper Truck will be cooking up (pun intended) some BrBa inspired eats. Baillios is sponsoring and providing additional wide screen sets. Add in arts and treats from other locals (the Candy Lady, Rebel Donut, Gorilla Graphix, A Good Sign) and the evenings are sure to represent the 505 in style.

The Albuquerque Conference and Visitors Bureau is promoting and attending the events, as well. Mark your Tweets and status updates with this hashtag: #BrBaABQ. Please check out their Breaking Bad page: http://www.itsatrip.org/

Are you “in”? Click here, at the tab at the top of the event listing add a comment to let us know when you’re coming. Check-in to each event. Add a photo and a tip, review the show! Let’s send off this epic series with some hometown love.

It’s time for Watching Bad!

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Galactic Mouse in the House

Posted by on August 7, 2013 | One comment

Startraks Photo/Rex Features Lucas Films Disney

Long ago at a studio not so far away, this bloggette told the world that it only makes sense for the ultimate War of the Stars to set up shop right here in the New Mexico desert.

The Disney acquired Lucasfilm franchise has already proclaimed that three Star Wars installments are in the offing. Now where better than NM, an established Disney friendly backdrop, to put down roots?

The original home to Tatooine is rapidly disappearing and Tamalewood has served Disney companies (ABC Family, Disney Channel, Marvel) very well for many previous productions.

For decades New Mexico has quietly been a hot spot for film location scouting. Now more than ever locals are becoming aware of the very real and growing presence of the global film industry right here in The Land of Enchantment.

As the Winter/Spring 2014 production start approaches for Star Wars Episode VII, eyes and mouseears all over the world will once again turn to NM. Confirmation that New Mexico will play host to the film is inching ever nearer.

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