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Bella Thorne has arrived

Posted by on October 18, 2013 | Comments Off

Bella Thorne Instagram on NMFilm setimage via instagram

Earlier this week Disney star Bella Thorne arrived in Albuquerque en route the remote New Mexico set of her latest film, co-starring Kyra Sedgwick, Big Sky.

Deadline Hollywood reports that the film is, “the English language debut by Jorge Michel Grau, who helmed the original Spanish language chiller We Are What We Are,” Big Sky “features Thorne as Hazel and the former The Closer star as her protective mother Dee. On their way to a desert facility to help the teen deal with her paralysing agoraphobia, the two find themselves attacked by gunmen and Hazel has to fight her own demons for the duo to survive. Production on the pic, from an original screenplay by Evan M. Wiener, starts this week in [New Mexico]. Frank Grillo, who starred in End of Watch, Zero Dark Thirty and will be in upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier plays the male lead in the film along with Les Miserables’ Aaron Tveit. Randy Manis, Matthew Salloway and Christina Papagjika are producing. Christine Vachon is executive producing for Killer Films with Jeffrey V. Mandel of TBD Syndicate and AKA pictures’ Clayton Young. Ricky Tollman is co-producing. AKA pictures, a subsidiary of Benaroya Pictures, is co-financing Big Sky.”

Tweet some New Mexico love to the starlet, as she’s having a bit of trouble adjusting to our sometimes severe weather conditions, tweeting, “My lips are wind burned… Thanks New Mexico for the windy, cold nights.”

Author Judy Blume to Attend New Mexico Premiere of Tiger Eyes

Posted by on September 10, 2012 | Comments Off

Santa Fe, NM – Tickets are now on sale for the Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival for the 5 day fest, Wednesday, October 17th through Sunday, October 21st. All Festival passes and day passes can be purchased through the Lensic box office or ticketssantafe.org. Santa Fe Independent Film Festival will feature 80 films over 5 days and nights, host 20 filmmaker forums/workshops, Awards Ceremonies, VIP Events, a Filmmakers’ Brunch and 6 After-parties at the hottest venues in Santa Fe. Full schedule can be seen at Santafeiff.com.

Santa Fe IFF kicks off the festival with the New Mexico premiere of BLESS ME, ULTIMA. based on the iconic novel by beloved New Mexico Author RUDOLFO ANAYA. It closes on Sunday evening, October 21st at The Lensic Performing Arts Center with the New Mexican premiere of best-selling Author JUDY BLUME’s TIGER EYES directed by her son Lawrence Blume. “Shot in state and featuring charismatic performances from both Russell Means and son Tatanka, Lawrence Blume’s TIGER EYES – based on the classic teen novel by his mom Judy Blume – stars “Gossip Girl” WILLA HOLLAND as Davey, the teenager hurled into growing up after her father is murdered and mom relocates her and her younger brother from Atlantic City to Los Alamos, New Mexico.” ( Lauren Wissot Filmmaker Magazine and Santa Fe IFF Director of Programming) Judy and Lawrence will be in attendance and Judy Blume will sign her books after the premiere of TIGER EYES at the Lensic, The screening will be preceded by Santa Fe IFF’s Non-Juried Awards Ceremony hosted by GARY FARMER Santa Fe IFF’s Advisory Board Chair when TIGER EYES star TATANKA MEANS will be awarded the festival’s First Annual Tamalewood Award for his work in New Mexico. Judy and Lawrence Blume will also join Santa Fe IFF’s Screenwriting panel with RON BLOOMBERG (THREE’S COMPANY, ALL IN THE FAMILY) on Saturday, October 20th at 4 p.m. at Warehouse21.

Sponsors of Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival relies on the generous support ofsponsors andcorporate partnerships to help fund the 4th Annual Film Festival. A special thanks to this years committed sponsors: (media partner) Hutton Broadcasting; (official sponsors) Inn and Spa at Loretto,Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort and Spa, Studio X, Hotel Santa Fe, Lensic, Warehouse 21; (community sponsors) HDNM, ,La Posada de Santa Fe Resort, Garrett’s Desert Inn, San Francisco Bar & Grill, Zia Diner, Cowgirl BBQ, Flying Star, Ore House at Milagro, Santa Fe Studios, IATSE Local 480, Santa Fe Studios, Garson Studios, Albuquerque Studios, Whole Foods; (signature sponsors) Tamalewood, High Desert Digital, Meow Wolf, Fred Ray Lopez of Santa Fe Tinworks; (contributing partners) Santa Fe University of Art and Design, Southwest CARE Center, Quail Run, KUNM, Hinkle Law Firm, Farm to Restaurant New Mexico, Winds of Choice Chiropractic Healing; (festival partners) Ace Hardware, Century Bank, Image Ratio, One Mind Design.
Other partners include: Santa Fe County, Santa Fe Arts Commission, Kindle Project, and McCune Foundation.

About the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival

Santa Fe Independent Film Festival was founded four years ago by local filmmakers to bring the best of independent film to Santa Fe and reignite the historic love affair between Santa Fe and Film. 2012 marks the fourth year of Santa IFF’s all volunteer organization offering a growing festival for independent film, filmmakers and film lovers. Santa Fe IFF is dedicated to the economic development of our city and New Mexico film. Santa Fe IFF is committed to attracting a growing number of people who make and love films from all over the world to join this year’s Fest to enjoy independent films and the unique charm of Santa Fe.The Fourth Annual Santa Fe Independent Film Festival continues its mission in exhibiting the best of independent film to diverse audiences, creating educational opportunities, and building community partnerships.

Best Selling New Mexico Author Releases Open Letter to Fellow Native Demi Moore

Posted by on January 27, 2012 | Comments Off

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Miamiverse.com has published the above “Open Letter” from best selling author Alisa Valdes to fellow New Mexico Native, Demi Moore.

About Valdes:

The Albuquerque born, Del Norte High School graduate is a former staff writer for the Boston Globe and the LA Times. She has written seven novels including the New York Times best seller The Dirty Girls Social Club.

This summer HarperCollins will publish Temptation, the first installment of the author’s forthcoming teen crossover supernatural romance trilogy, Kindred.

Jesse Pinkman and Brother of Thor Contenders for Son of John McLane

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Posted by on November 5, 2011 | One comment

UPDATE: This guy got it.

A Good Day to Die Hard, the upcoming forth film in the Die Hard series will take John McLane to frigid Russia on, an of course, suspense filled quest to free his son from the throws of…you’ll see.

BUT FIRST we’ll all get to see who lands the coveted, and possibly further franchised role of the Son of John McLane.

The two front runners have New Mexico ties as one is the brother of “Thor”, aka Liam Hemsworth, aka Mr. Hannah Montana, who spent some time here back in the Spring of 2010 enjoying a little R&R with big brother & Thunder God, Chris.

Even more closely tied to our hearts is part-time NM res. AARON PAUL, who bares a striking familial resemblance to Bruce Willis (hint, hint).

A handful of other actors are also reported to be under consideration for the role in the film, scheduled to start production as early as January 2012, which may cause conflict in the selection of our beloved Paul, as the fifth season of Breaking Bad should be getting underway around the same time {sads}, but we all know how a film schedule can slide around…

Let us be hopeful that the casting of this plum role isn’t botched like with the slackers who let that precious Logan Lerman slip through their fingers as the PERFECT, next best SPIDERMAN.

Good luck to all the contenders, and may the winner do well with the role and not stink-it-up! I haven’t personally seen any of the younger Hemsworth’s work nor have I been able to wrap my arm around him – with that and all the bias in the world I hope we’ll be seeing Paul land this!

Link: Deadline Hollywood

Official Theatrical Trailer: Thor

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Posted by on February 19, 2011 | Comments Off

NM Film: THOR

Posted by on February 6, 2011 | Comments Off

NM Author Speaks Out on Lit. to Film

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Posted by on September 6, 2010 | Comments Off

Among the many who are passionate about this novel is local investigative reporter extraordinaire and fan, Jeremy Jojola who was recently able to sit down with New Mexican author Rudolfo Anaya who shares his feelings about his classic work, Bless Me Ultima moving onto film.

Here’s hoping we catch at least a glimpse of each of thee above (Jojola à la Transformers and Anaya à la Stan Lee in Spider-Man), and many, many more locals in front of and behind the camera.

Local “people hoping to be cast in the film can send their photo to castinnewmexico@yahoo.com” – KOB.com

Casting for feature roles as previously reported here.

THOR Sneak Peek

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Posted by on July 29, 2010 | Comments Off

THOR full length trailer may still be avail: here

Looks good! Moments harken back to pivotal moments of the 70’s/80’s superhero movie era, like in Superman II when the bad guys are hurling through space on that sheet o’glass, after court in those revolving hoola hoops.

I’m feelin’ it too, like when Thor’s all banished & stuff – that was totally what it was like when I got banished!

I’ll tell you who he is seksi FBI man ;) – THOR New Mexico baby! (and oh yeah, he is worthy!)

And p.p.s. HELLO Destroyer! INCREDIBLE!

Go NM!!!  I can’t stop watching it, like I couldn’t stop staring at the stars of Cowboys and Aliens when I first threw that up!

Thorish

Posted by on July 19, 2010 | Comments Off

Los Angeles Times

From the other worldly desert hammer to the Hall of Asgard (above) the mighty Thor is edging toward completion and glimpses of this Kenneth Branagh inception continue to be put forward.

Filmed between California (Del Mar, L.A., Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios) and New Mexico (Santa Fe and Galisteo), we’ve so far seen the Chris Hemsworth embodiment of the Thunder God, the Destroyer in the desert, and have been tagged in the Global coverage (flattering and not) of this Marvel.

Don’t forget the Thor-fest rolls into Comic Con with many other NM productions!

Branagh & co.’s Thor hits theaters May 2011 in 3D!!

ET on set with Thor NM

Posted by on June 11, 2010 | Comments Off

All things THOR NM here.

AAAll Signs Point to Thor

Posted by on March 22, 2010 | Comments Off

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!

Thor NM 2010 Confirmed

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Posted by on October 22, 2009 | One comment

As anticipated, Natalie Portman confirms a Spring 2010 shoot in New Mexico for the upcoming Marvel Comics, nay Disney’s Mega Movie THOR!

Ready the Giants and the Scorned for Thor, NM

Posted by on October 14, 2009 | One comment

Marvel Comics Thor

SpoilerTV has widely released the supposed casting call for none other than Marcy Lewis, the plum role of a jaded, 20 something languishing under the tutelage of scientist Kate Spelling in New Mexico.

It has yet to be confirmed if and when the Thor flick as directed by Kenneth Branagh will conversely flourish under these desert skies.

Besides the star roles that have been confirmed and the speculated Marcy role, the production is too said to be seeking “giants and warriors“.

More deets to follow.

Thor Come Lately? New Mexico May Get the Gods

Posted by on August 23, 2009 | 5 comments

Hemsworth/Thor

Chris Hemsworth is “allegedly” cast in the lead role of the upcoming Marvel Comics’ epic Thor. Conflicting reports have cited the Jane Foster role going to either she-man Jessica Biel, or perennial ingénue Natalie Portman – with the part ultimately going to Portman – duh.

Filming is set to begin January 2010 for release in 2011. Kenneth Branaugh will direct and “people“, “they“, “insiders“, and the like speculate that the MEGAMOVIE may be headed to New Mexico for filming.

Woot, woot!

Behold the family “Griswold”

Posted by on September 24, 2014 | No comments

New Vacation Movie Cast to film in New Mexico

Joining the original matriarch and patriarch of National Lampoon’s first family of Vacations, the latest versions of the oft’ re-cast Griswold children have been revealed.

As recently discussed on-air, Audrey and Rusty have gone and grown-up. The role of Rusty, previously made famous by Anthony Michael Hall, Jason Lively and Johnny Galecki will be reprised by none other than comedy superstar, Ed Helms. In the Vacation reboot, now in production, Rusty has married up nicely, landing Christina Applegate.

Just announced this week, Audrey Griswold’s Juliette Lewis/Dana Hill/Dana Barron adult shoes will be filled by comedic gem, Leslie Mann. Like Rusty, it seems Audrey has espoused quite the hottie in landing “Thor” himself, aka Chris Hemsworth!

The only official word on filming is out of Atlanta, Georgia here, but OneHeadlightInk.com has it on good authority that filming will be shared with New Mexico. Leads that the production is headed this way are bolstered by this casting call out of the New Mexico film office, touting a WARNER BROS. FEATURE FILM CASTING FOR PAID EXTRAS. Check out the entire post here.

It is for certain that the present day Griswold’s, rumored to be led by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, will hit the big screen once again come 2015, produced by New Line Cinema, a unit of Warner Brothers Entertainment…

Longmire needs a new network home

Posted by on August 28, 2014 | 29 comments

Longmire Cancelled for nowImage via author, Craig Johnson on Facebook

Don’t fret N. Mex! On the emo side of this story I say, another network MUST pick up this hit series. By its own account, A&E logged the series as its “most-watched original drama series of all time”. On top of that, the “Longmire Posse” is nothing to tinker with!

On the suspicious side, I’m hoping for a turn toward this becoming nothing but a major publicity stunt. Stunt or not, it’s time for a public outcry that the show come back in some way, shape or form. You can’t just let the series die a lonely, back country death.

As for the possible hit to New Mexico television production, take heart in knowing that television productions are alive & well in the state. In addition to the CW series, The Messengers, WGN’s Manhattan and the return of NBC’s, The Night Shift, James McGill is hard at work in the #BreakingBad prequel, Better Call Saul. And at least one (television series pilot) is rumored to be gearing up to shoot right here in the Q, while the relocated production of USA Network’s, Dig is set to begin filming within weeks.

B.T.dubs, this is not the first kink Longmire the series has encountered…it wasn’t an easy row to hoe to get to production rolling in the first place, as its home setting, Wyoming, proved to be less film friendly than New Mexico. So, here’s to finding a more Longmire friendly network for the beloved NM series.

New Mexico Film Foundation Announces George RR Martin Screenwriters Grant

Posted by on June 9, 2014 | Comments Off

UPDATE 6/14/2014: As promised the New Mexico Film Foundation has published full details on The George R.R. Martin Science Fiction/Fantasy Screenwriter Grant today!

This weekend in Santa Fe, the newly established New Mexico Film Foundation (NMFF) held its first ever “Friendraiser”.

Saturday June 7, 2014 the NMFF board, staff and their event sponsors hosted the gathering of a few hundred filmmakers, friends and fans of film.

The pinnacle of the evening came as NMFF President and Executive Director, Dirk Norris, announced the availability of an annual, $5000 screenwriters grant, made possible by the generous donation of the night’s guest of honor, George R. R. Martin (GRRM).

The prolific author who penned the novels which spawned the hit HBO series, “Game of Thrones” is a Santa Fe resident, known to many locals as the owner of Santa Fe’s own Jean Cocteau Cinema. On Saturday night GRRM expressed his eagerness to see what Sci-fi projects, hopeful local filmmakers will have to offer in the coming years.

“The New Mexico Film Foundation is excited and honored to be working with George in this way,” said Norris, “and appreciate his generosity in helping the independent film community in New Mexico.”

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Screenwriting Grant Details:

$5000 will go to an aspiring screenwriter, annually.

The 2014 submission process will open on June 14th.

Applicants must be a resident of New Mexico, 18 years old and NOT a member of the Writer’s Guild of America.

Scripts must be for a feature length film or original Television Pilot, in the Science Fiction
or Fantasy genres.

The application process will include a 5 page treatment and a 5 page sample script.

Complete information for submissions will be available on the New Mexico Film Foundation website beginning June 14th, 2014.

The submission process will continue until September 15th, 2014. A winner will be announced in in November 2014.

The mission of the New Mexico Film Foundation is to help grow the independent film industry in New Mexico while offering financial support and educational opportunities to New Mexico Independent filmmakers.

The George R.R. Martin screenwriting grant is the first grant the New Mexico Film Foundation has offered.

For more information about the foundation, and to make your tax deductible donation, visit their website at www.nmfilmfoundation.org.

Biopic on controversial FLDS Church leader may be headed to NM

Posted by on March 3, 2014 | One comment

Warren-Jeffs-Movie to film in New MexicoGuardianuk

A long planned film project centered on polygamist FLDS Church leader Warren Jeffs could be headed to shoot in New Mexico.

The Lifetime movie will tell the story of how leadership of the polygamist sect of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was taken-up by then 42 year old Warren Jeffs when his 92 year old father died in 2002. In the events that followed, Warren’s authoritarian leadership and his ever-expanding collection of underage wives began to attract the attention of outside law enforcement agencies, who regarded Warren as a common child molester. The movie will paint the picture of how Warren’s church and his life are ultimately destroyed by the forces of the law.

Production is expected to begin in northern New Mexico this April.

New Mexico Presence at the Oscars

Posted by on January 16, 2014 | One comment

New Mexico at the 2014 Oscars

Congratulations to Santa Fe native Joshua Oppenheimer on his Feature Documentary Oscar Nomination for The Act of Killing, with Signe Byrge Sørensen.

Congratulations to New Mexico Sound Recording Artist, David Brownlow on his Sound Editing Oscar Nomination for the New Mexico Film Lone Survivor, which is also nominated for Sound Mixing.

New Mexico Film The Lone Ranger is nominated for Visual Effects, Makeup & Hairstyling.

New Mexico Filmers Christian Bale, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep are nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively.

New Mexico’s own THOR, Chris Hemsworth had the honor of announcing nominations this morning with Academy President Cheryl Bone Isaacs.

And lastly congratulations to New Mexico resident Julia Roberts, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress alongside Best Actress nominee Meryl Streep for August Osage County.

Star Wars on display in New Mexico

Posted by on October 30, 2013 | Comments Off

Original Star Wars Scripts and notes displayed in New MexicoChristina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune

Eastern New Mexico University houses a secret sci-fi treasure in the form of original, handwritten Star Wars scripts.

Screenwriter Leigh Brackett was hired by George Lucas himself to pen scenes for the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy back in the late 1970s.

The school’s Special Collections librarian, Gene Bundy, confirms with the Portales News Tribune that the Star Wars creator also provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.

ENMU’s Golden Library is also in possession of Brackett’s original notes from her meetings with Lucas. All of this came to pass as a result of of Brackett’s longtime friendship with ENMU alum and “Dean of Science Fiction”, author Jack Williamson – who taught at the university from 1960 til his death in 2006.

Though Brackett’s original drafts, donated to the university upon her death in 1978, were revised many times before the movie was released in 1980, she is posthumously credited for her writing in the film.

The original movie scripts and screenplays are available for public viewing upon request.

Read more from Bundy with the Portales News-Tribune here.

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