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Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte Doing Good in NM

Posted by on October 14, 2011 | Comments Off on Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte Doing Good in NM

UPDATE 12/08/11: Just days remaining in the fundraising efforts to produce the forthcoming documentary to help find answers in the UNSOLVED disappearance of New Mexico teen, Tara Calico. This film is being executive produced by dear friend to NM, actor RJ Mitte. Click here to help.

Beloved actor, advocate and activist, RJ Mitte is adding Executive Producer to his credits.

Mitte, of NM’s Own AMC hit television series, Breaking Bad has signed-up to produce a documentary by Melinda Esquibel centering on the unsolved 1988 disappearance of Valencia County New Mexico teen, Tara Calico.

“Albuquerque is pretty much a second home to me. I can’t stand that there are so many stories like this, and no one gets a chance of getting their story told…We have the opportunity of getting this story told.”
– RJ Mitte to KRQE

Learn more about the case, the film, and how you can help here.

It’s on b*tch!

Posted by on July 7, 2014 | Comments Off on It’s on b*tch!

Breaking Bad Fest

Never say die to the folks behind the upcoming Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest. Like the Kingpin and his devoted protégé, Miguel Jaramillo and Jennie Rexer are on a quest, a quest to bring the Breaking Bad universe what it truly needs to thrive – and that is a place to convene, revel and rejoice in all the splendor that is Breaking Bad mania.

And unlike any old venue or setting that may house masses for weekend or week-long festivities, such as Star-trek conventions, or general comic festivals, the ALBUQUERQUE BREAKING BAD FAN FEST will take place in the home of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece.

That’s right, the happy accident that led to Albuquerque becoming a “central character” in the show, leads all roads back to the ultimate Breaking Bad mecca – the only place in the world where tourists from all over the globe can regularly be seen snapping pics at the John B. Robert dam, sitting in a booth at Twisters, in front of Octopus Car Wash, in front of the “White House”, even touring around the city just like the stars!

RJ Mitte on Breaking Bad RV Tours Albuquerqueimage courtesy of BreakingBadRVTours

Come November 2014 these “Baddies” and many more can make the most out of their fandom at the ultimate “on location” fan fest.

“We’re happy to announce plans for an Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest are moving forward! We were unable to reach our Kickstarter goal, but the Fest will go on! Please stay tuned for more info on this page and www.ABQBreakingBadFest.com. Save the date: November 7th & 8th, 2014!”
Jennie and Miguel

Follow #ABQBrBaFe on Twitter and check out these solid “Krazy” 8 Reasons for an ABQ Breaking Bad Fest!

BRING IT ALBUQUERQUE!

Look who turned up in Albu-quirky

Posted by on April 30, 2012 | Comments Off on Look who turned up in Albu-quirky

Considering the veritable constellation of stars mooning over the show, year-in and year-out…it should come as no surprise that any celeb, who might be so able, would give their eye-tooth to make their merry way to the set…

Even so, as is his way, “Wierd” Al made it extra special by tweeting to his millions of followers (that’s right MILLIONS):

“People in Albuquerque are so friendly! These guys even invited me to their meth lab!”

Adding later to his Facebook page:

“Big thanks to Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston and RJ Mitte for getting weird with me tonight in Albuquerque!”

The Breaking Bad fan turned cast friend appeared at the Kiva Auditorium Monday night, click here for his remaining comedy tour dates.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NM’s ADOPTED SON!

Posted by on August 21, 2011 | Comments Off on HAPPY BIRTHDAY NM’s ADOPTED SON!

Photo courtesy of RJ Mitte

Happy Birthday R.J. Mitte, 19 today!

Now That’s a Wrap!

Posted by on June 17, 2011 | 3 comments

Photo courtesy of RJ Mitte

That’s Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte, up above it all right here in the Q! Fitting pic of the striking young star whose Emmy Award winning Albuquerque based series has just wrapped-up shooting the beyond highly anticipated fourth season.

Sure as the series is a GLOBAL phenomenon so are the cast and crew of this production with the locals. While on location the Breaking Bad clan are as impressive in life as they are on screen, whether mingling, promoting or benefiting the community – these stars shine bright!

YOU can feed your addiction need for the show in just a matter of weeks when the latest season rolls out, premiering July 17 on AMC.

If you haven’t caught the craving for the Cranston driven drama – Seasons 1-3 are available on DVD/Blueray and streaming on Netflix.

Straight outta the wrap party…HIGHlarious pics of the annually costumed co-stars Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul via ABQ Studios own Robert Fox!

Thank you for the pics Gentlemen!

BONUS: Bryan Cranston does stand-up then transforms into Walter White pre-season, LIVE & ON STAGE on The After After Party, late, late night talk show…

Sessy Jesse

Posted by on March 15, 2011 | 2 comments

Like I told my girls on Facebook, I just love me some sessy Jesse a.k.a. the delectable, award winning actor Aaron Paul, back to work portraying the ever precious Jesse Pinkman on Breaking Bad.  As Coco knows, the show has always been simply “perfection”, but since Jesse cried his eyes out in that crack house I’ve just been crushin’ on ’em like mad!

And here he is with one of our absolute favorite local dynamos, the magnificent, multi-talented NM actress Andrea B. Good. Drea’s Breaking Bad these days, kickin’ it on set with the amazing cast and crew of the Pride & Joy of New Mexico Productions, for the fourth season of the Emmy winning AMC series.

Today, my most serious TV crush since Tom Hanson, is sporting a new buzz cut, much shorter since we saw him last, guesting on co-star Steven Michael Quezada’s own Late Night TV talk show. Most of the co-stars including the beloved, equally talented and sessy (barely legal) RJ Mitte have stopped-in to make appearances w/SMQ on The After After Par-tay – check it out here!

And keep checking-in with us for more homegrown Br Ba updates to hold you over til’ season premiere time! In the meantime Lisa and I will try not to sniff the Pinkman off of Dre’ the next time we see her and just be satisfied with daydreaming about our favorite make-believe, methmaker with a heart o’gold!

“Frankie Say Relax”

Posted by on March 7, 2011 | One comment

From the madness that is celebrity downfall to the awesomeness of a rising star right here in our midst, part-time New Mexican RJ Mitte makes a PSA stop here in ABQ while in town filming season 4 of Breaking Bad.

The always poised, professional, entertaining and enlightening RJ Mitte lends his voice to the campaign to end bullying.

Here with NM’s Own Lady Viking the Breaking Bad star shares his passion for compassion by way of common sense advice and simple logic that simply doesn’t hit home with enough people – yet.

In addition to Mitte’s gifts as a performer he is an activist, taking a stand for equality for actors of all abilities as a member of I AM PWD and as a champion for the Pacer Teens Against Bullying organization.

As Seen on NM TV…

Posted by on December 4, 2010 | 3 comments

Actor RJ Mitte of the Emmy winning series Breaking Bad took the time to guest w/co-star Steven Michael Quezada on NM’s Own late night TV Talk Show, The After After Party.

At his tender age Mitte is an accomplished man with talent beyond his years who charmed the crowed and the camera with his easy wit and affability. He is certainly a star to watch for all of the above reasons and many more.

Mitte is an active member and spokesperson for the organization I AM PWD, which stands (quite literally) and works for Inclusion in the Arts & Media of People with Disabilities.

From the PMD Fact Sheet:

The U.N. estimates that there are 650 million people in the world living with a disability; the US Census says there are 56 million Americans with disabilities. They remain virtually invisible in media.

The GOALS
With the endorsement of the governing bodies of all three national unions, the I AM PWD Campaign and its growing network of union member activists and partners will focus on several areas throughout the duration of the campaign:

ACCESS, INCLUSION and ACCURACY.

  • Creating a nationwide network of advocates both inside and outside of the entertainment and media industries.
  • Work with the AFL-CIO to create a Disability Constituency Group within the federation.
  • Eliminate the virtual exclusion and discrimination of persons with disabilities at all levels in the entertainment industry.

Learn more about I AM PWD here and follow Mitte, New Mexico’s Own AMC series Breaking Bad and The After After Party where all of the above are making a difference in bringing work and equality to New Mexico EntertaiNMent & beyond.

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

New Mexico Film – Word From Your Governor

Posted by on October 12, 2011 | 2 comments

TMZ OHI has obtained a copy of the letter drafted straight from the top of New Mexico State Government, inviting film and television productions to bring their projects here.

Being the fount of useless opinion that I am, I have to interject that film like enchiladas, New Mexico simply does better, and supplemental to this letter, maybe a NM goods gift bag, and demo reel would better serve this campaign.

But I defer to more intelligent, actual journalists who have pointed out here that most importantly omitted from this letter is an explanation or breakdown of the new, “bewildering” film incentive rebate structure (maybe it’s in an attachment).

Perhaps better than any paper attachment, armed with the letter NM’s Own Film Office Director, Nick Maniatis did recently trek to Los Angeles to meet with top film and television studio execs (next time also take chile).

We are assured that YOUR New Mexico Film Office Director and his team, under New Mexico’s Economic Development Department, are working for you in capably and fully representing the state’s best interests to bring film jobs and revenue home. Here in a clip from the NM Film Works radio program are Maniatis and NM Filmmakers Program Director, Trish Lopez explaining in detail the changes to the New Mexico Film Incentive Program.

With other states (NC, LA, TX, UT, GA) clamoring for and hammering out deals to the North, South, left and right of us, we better have barrels loaded and be at the ready to bring it full board to ensure we back our leadership in achieving “ongoing success” in New Mexico Film.

As evidenced by continual coverage in the national and international media, the world is watching New Mexico as a strong presence and contender in film production.

Pictured and transcribed here for all the world to see is the Governor’s letter to “Hollywood”. Below see the recent story featured in industry “bible”, Variety on top New Mexico studios.

The three-point punch here is that leadership is backing the industry, our top state film representative has put out the open call and YOU (statewide studios, talent, crews, youth & workforce training, local businesses, et al) are poised to put an everlasting shine on New Mexico Film. Get into it!

Dear Production Executives,

New Mexico like many states has been tasked with bringing certainty and predictability to its budgetary process under difficult economic time. New Mexico’s film incentive program was recently re- with great effort to maintain its success while balancing the needs of our state. I am happy with the compromise made during this past legislative session and I support the continued growth of the industry and the creation of more job opportunities for New Mexicans.

We continue to offer one of the most competitive industry incentive packages in the United States.In addition to the film incentives our job training program and low interest film loans are available for productions shooting in our state.

Our exceptional and experienced crew base is the largest between coasts. New Mexico currently has five studios containing 14 sound stages and over 200 film-related businesses including post production facilities. Direct flights from Santa Fe and Albuquerque to Los Angeles are just another convenience for studio productions.

With over 300 days of sunshine annually, New Mexico [insures] some of the most [awe]-inspiring and diverse landscapes in the world. We have a film-friendly community [network] throughout the state and a dedicated film office whose staff will assist your production through its [entirety].

This industry is a very important sector of our state and I am committed to its ongoing success. I look forward to working together in bringing your next production to New Mexico.

Sincerely,

Susana Martinez
Governor

By Kathy A. McDonald from the cyber pages of Variety:

Santa Fe Studios
Built by producers for producers. That’s how CEO Lance Hool describes the [now] completed Santa Fe Studios. Two 18,000-square-foot adjoining soundstages are the principal elements of phase one of the project that also includes 26,000 square-foot of adjacent office and support space. Located on a 65-acre campus 15 minutes from central Santa Fe, the facilities boast state-of-the-art specs.

Tech highlights include 40-foot ceilings and acoustic design by Bastien and Associates Architecture, which lists Manhattan Beach Studios and Los Angeles Center Studios are among its credits. Hool expects Santa Fe Studios to open in the fall; negotiations are ongoing for the inaugural pic, as well as a camera house and grip and electric tenants.

Since Santa Fe Studios’ inception five years ago, much has improved in the area, says Hool: the local crew base has expanded significantly, and daily flights are available directly into Santa Fe from Los Angeles. Shuttling of above-the-line talent is kept to a minimum as most opt for digs in Santa Fe.

Other notable features: Pueblo-style architecture that echoes Santa Fe’s Native American heritage as well as eco-efforts, including a water catchment system and native plant/drought tolerant landscaping.

Albuquerque Studios
A stone’s throw from the airport, Albuquerque Studios is the state’s major purpose-built facility with eight full-service soundstages; the largest four are 24,000 square-foot each with heights up to 55 feet. Adjacent stages can be combined for more space as needed. A one-stop shop offering everything from grip and lighting to production trailer rentals to camera packages, the facility currently houses “The Avengers” and “Breaking Bad.”

Garson Studios
Located on the Santa Fe U. of Art and Design’s campus, Garson Studios (founded by thesp Greer Garson) recently made major upgrades including new HVAC. Stage A is 14,000 square-foot with a permanent greenscreen cyc. Smaller Stage B (7,500 sq. ft.) is used for both production and prep. Production office space is adjacent. More than 30 films in 20 years have used facility, most recently “Bless Me, Ultima,” “Cowboys & Aliens” and “Paul.”

Fulcrum Building (Rio Rancho, New Mexico)
Seeing potential in the defunct manufacturing plant, Lionsgate took over the converted facility for both its “Wildfire” and “Crash” skeins. Two soundstage-type spaces (50,400 and 63,000 square-foot) with 30-foot ceilings are the draw, plus 25,000 sq. ft. of adjacent office space. Colin Firth starrer “Gambit” recently booked it for greenscreen work.
Contact info: Brian Anderson, Roger Cox & Assoc., 505-379-6030

I-25 Studios
A former microchip processing plant, I-25 Studios consists of 505,000 sq. ft. on 60 acres. The largest soundstage is 29,000 square-foot with a 21-foot height. Utilized as home base for USA’s “In Plain Sight” for four seasons, the location has since hosted an unnamed TNT pilot, “Breaking Bad” and a Dolce & Gabbana spot featuring Scarlett Johansson. In October, three new soundstages and additional base camp space will double production capacity.

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