Rumors are swirling about who will step in to replace Jude Law in the upcoming Natalie Portman western “Jane Got a Gun”…but has anyone thought that it may be TWO of the a fore mentioned studs instead of just one????
L’est we forget that there’s more than just one vacancy left after the upheaval resulting from a certain director’s direct exit from the film…as we alluded to here, prior to that directorial mess, a genuine scheduling conflict caused a leading man void in the Portman produced pelicula.
IF anyone has ever taken a word of my advice on what a riveting film NM’s Own 2009 “Brothers” was, they’ll know that both Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal are a natural fit to work with Portman, and as for Jeff Bridges…well, CRAZY HEART!!!! Need I say more? If so, how ’bout a little film called “True Grit”, starring the naturally dreamy and perfectly aged Jeff Bridges!
Finally I’d be remiss if I didn’t disclose that Bridges’ co-star in Grit, none other than THE Matt Damon of the long ago NM Film, “All the Pretty Horses” is, as of this writing, a scheduling clear contender…
Of course it will be no surprise if none of the above make it to set, as is the world of movie making…maybe one of the locals can take a stab at one or two of the vacant roles on this pic.
Meanwhile, word on the wire is that another long lived leading man is recently signed on for a yet to be announced NM western, namely one Kurt Russell who is said to be on board with “Bone Tomahawk”, led by Timothy Olyphant (Justified) and Jennifer Carpenter (Dexter).
Keep your ears to the grindstone my friends, New Mexico’s Summer shoot schedule is set to be a bumpy ride!
“The biggest casting session the state has ever seen is going down TOMORROW, February 22, 2013 in Santa Fe (11am-4pm)!
What started out as an open call for six current and future film and television productions has grown to NINE upcoming projects!
Including FOUR Westerns in Santa Fe, an untitled sci-fi, fantasy in Albuquerque, TWO road movies in Rio Rancho and Las Cruces, a gritty thriller set for Deming and Albuquerque AND two TV shows!!!”
Rumor has it that at least 4 and up to 7 movies and TV productions will be casting at this one-stop-shop style call at New Mexico Film & Media Day 2013. Mark your calendars and keep watch right here…
What we know so far:
Casting directors, film personnel and industry workers and students will be on hand for the all day multi-media event at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 22, 2013.
Two more productions that this film fan hadn’t even heard of yet called The Signal and Runaway are also anticipated to be represented.
No specifics are available at this time (believe me, I’ve been hunting for them), but standard audition and casting call protocol should be followed.
STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE FOR MORE – UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION!!!
While you wait, get on the horn, fire-up your keypad, and/or make the trek up to the roundhouse to respectfully speak to YOUR state representatives. The time is NOW to engage in meaningful dialogue in support of the New Mexico Film Industry – learn more here.
VOLUNTEER BACKGROUND EXTRAS NEEDED (Roswell, NM): The Rambler
Compensation is Film and IMDB credit. The production can not pay for travel or hotel.
Seeking the following types of local actors:
• Men and women, 18 years of age and older, all types.
• Also looking for not so clean cut, gritty looking
• Need older man and older woman
• No prior experience is necessary.
• There are NO fees to attend open casting calls.
• MUST have a social security number and valid ID.
• MUST be legal to work in the United States.
If you fit these types and are interested, submit your information to firstname.lastname@example.org; include your name, age, email address, headshot or photograph of yourself and telephone number where you can reached or contact Jeanette Loera at the production office (575) 622-1245 from 8am – 5pm.
Mulroney starred in the NM production, Inhale back in 2010 with Diane Kruger, who too is currently back in New Mexico filming Stephenie Meyer’s, The Host.
Production is just days away on the Calvin Lee Reeder feature film, The Rambler; which first premiered as a short at Sundance and SXSW waay back in ’08.
Dermot Mulroney will star as a man known as The Rambler who is released from prison and discovers a mystery as he attempts a dangerous journey through treacherous back roads and small towns en route to reconnecting with his long lost brother.
Lindsay Pulsipher who appeared in the original short will costar.
XYZ’s Nate Bolotin will produce with Brooklyn Reptyle’s Roger M Mayer and Christo Dimassis. XYZ’s Aram Tertzakian and Nick Spicer serve as executive producers. Celluloid Nightmares handles international sales.
Michael Benaroya is financing through his low-budget genre label AKA Pictures. AKA/Benaroya head of production Joe Jenckes also serves as executive producer with his Bow Street Films partner David Dickson, under a new partnership between AKA and Bow Street. Clayton Young of Benaroya Pictures will produce on behalf of AKA Pictures.
AND OF COURSE Dermont starred in the Retro NM Film YOUNG GUNS, way, way back in the 1900s!
Das Auto guy, aka most grotesque use of a wood chipper on film guy is set to be muy peligroso in the New Mexico action/western Film “The Last Stand”.
Peter Stormare is no stranger to the villain’s seat, known for his roles in Fargo, The Big Lebowski, Minority Report and Armageddon, where even if he isn’t playing THE Bad Guy he’s freaking unnerving at every turn!
Variety reports Stormare, “would play Burrell, a war vet who is commissioned by the main villain to lead an eight-man crew and take out the sheriff and his team.”
Ji-woon Kim will direct Schwarzenegger, Stormare and Austin all recently announced to star in this, the film career comeback vehicle for Schwarzenegger – in which he’ll play the small town sheriff taking on a powerful drug cartel.
The location casting director on this project is the esteemed Jo Edna Boldin (True Grit, No Country For Old Men, Sunshine Cleaning, Terminator Salvation, +++).
Local extras/background casting and crew details expected soon for the “The Last Stand”, set to begin production in Valencia county next month for a January 2013 release!
Posted by Sindicator on July 11, 2011 | Comments Off
ICYDK: You can’t throw a stone without hitting someone or something tied to NM Film – but don’t.
Like the intricate threads woven throughout classic literature…such as in a Cormac McCarthy novel turned film…like the Coen Bro’s Oscar® winning turn at the McCarthy best selling novel, No Country for Old Men, so is New Mexico woven into the fiber of Global Film…
Garret Dillahunt the lovably daft undersheriff to Tommy Lee Jones in No Country is named as the lead in the New Mexico production of The Boys of Abu Ghriab.
Another No Country star, Woody Harrelson is soon to be seen in the HBO original film Game Change which recently wrapped Northern N. Mex. filming…
The Coen bros put “pen to paper” for the reboot of the 1966 film Gambit, this time out starring Cameron Diaz & Colin Firth now filming in…yes, New Mexico!
The likewise best selling Dean Koontz novel turned highly anticipated NM movie, Odd Thomas is (back) at work this week.
Odd director Stephen Sommers also churned out 2009′s GI Joe which starred Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum…Sienna’s current project, Just Like a Woman is now casting and set to shoot right here in NM.
Tatum’s upcoming New Mexico movie Ten Year is expected to premiere this year…but you never can tell, another GI Joe co-star Rachel Nichols starred in the NM film Bird of the Air (formerly titled The Loop) and we’re still waiting on its release.
This isn’t the first NM term for Odd Thomas star Anton Yelchin, who is back for another run as he was for the soon to be released thriller Fright Night.
Anton’s co-star in Fright, Colin Farrell is too a repeat NM filmer as he previously starred opposite the Oscar® winning Jeff Bridges in…the wholly New Mexico film Crazy Heart.
Bridges also worked in NM…in last year’s True Grit along side Matt Damon who first worked NM waay back in ’99 in All the Pretty Horses a film based on the novel of the same name by…you guessed CORMAC MCCARTHY…
Posted by Sindicator on February 28, 2011 | Comments Off
Though this heartthrob’s TWO New Mexico movies have yet to be released, our Golden Tumbleweed Awards are about the work – and boy has done that along with thousands more full & part-time New Mexicans who’ve worked in NM Film, on projects recently wrapped and/or released!
Clearly a favorite as voted and swooned about around town, Channing Tatum takes the top spot, voted favorite temporary New Mexican in this year’s poll.
This pristine beauty may not have taken a golden statue home last night but she handily raked in the most votes as a NM favorite! Hailee Steinfeld comes-in tops just over NM’s perpetual film noir, nay horror queen, young Chloe Moretz – both of whom were but recently, relative unknowns – both of whom are destined for only major greatness in the future.
Thanks for participating in the voting process this year and check-in here to see the local results and last years noms & top vote getters.
The New Mexico Arts & Entertainment boom brings major productions, entertainers, artists and trades to our state. Whether they blow through town, return with the ebb and flow of their projects or they stay and become one of our own, all the big names mean big notoriety and even bigger opps for NM’s ample local talent!
All of the gorgeousness above worked NM Film in 2010 with productions that wrapped or released last year – save the lovely Rachel Nichols, her Santa Fe Film The Loop wrapped in ’09 and got a 2010 release date pushed out to 2011 – but we just had to fit her in, lest we’d be remiss…
Vote for your fave now and feel free to write-in your own! Plus there’s still time to send us your favorite local actor/actress suggestions to add to our growing list of noms!
Here is your look at last year’s faves…thanks to Natalie Portman and Megan Fox for being “repeat offenders”. And here’s to many, many more to come!
From the Motion Picture Association of New Mexico: FILM CREDIT STUDY
Santa Fe, NM- With more than eleven thousand New Mexicans drawing a paycheck either directly or indirectly from the film industry, lawmakers feel more study must be done before the State’s Film Tax Credits are abandoned. San Jose Senator, Phil A. Griego (D-Los Alamos, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Taos-39) just introduced a proposal to look at the impact the state’s Film Tax Credit has on New Mexico workers.
Senate Joint Memorial 15 asks the New Mexico Legislative Council to appoint an interim Film Investment Committee to review and analyze the state’s Film Tax Credit. The Committee will look at the advantages and disadvantages and recommend legislation for any policy changes.
“Let’s hold off before we do anything and really study the issue,” said Sen. Griego, “then make a determination, number one, whether 25 percent is too much and we have to go back to 15 percent.” The Senator says we need to look at whether the tax credit has had a positive or negative effect in New Mexico and whether we should even keep it at all. “We’re not going to know those things until we have a full and complete study,” said the Senator.
Sen. Griego hopes with the committee “the Governor and Legislature can work together to study the effects of the Film Tax Credit and where we’re going.”
Senator Griego said many of his constituents have praised the Film Tax Credit for helping the state’s economy, “I’ve heard from small businesses that have done well in working with the film credits. You’ve got travel agencies, caterers, car rental people, grocery stores, lumber stores.” The Film Industry has helped the state’s construction industry, said Sen. Griego, hiring people to build and take down sets, as well as electrical, plumbing guys. “I think what we’re going to find is that this film credit has had a very positive effect on New Mexico,” said Griego.
Senator Griego also says we also have to consider schools including both community colleges and charter schools that have created curricula to train people as producers, directors, and stage crafts workers.
“I think we need to work with the industry to come up with a plan to as to how to continue film work in the state flowing, that is not only going to satisfy the state but satisfy the industry.” The Senator said states across the country are pulling back on their film credit programs because of the economy, but “what we want to do, is we want to lead the pack in attracting the film industry and then make a determination as to where we’ve got to go.”
More than 150 feature films, television series and other productions have been shot in New Mexico since the start of the Film Tax Credits several years ago. Among the films and other productions shot in this state last year alone; True Grit, Iron Man 2, Bless Me Ultima, Stargate Universe: Malice and [so many] more.
For your perusing pleasure, OneHeadlightInk presents just a dozen of some of the gentlemen who graced New Mexico over the past year or so with films wrapped or released in and around 2010.
Stay tuned for your selections for Fave Actress, Best Picture, Best Television Series, Series Actors, Fave Local, Dubious Honors, Most Wanted and much more in this year’s version of our annual Golden Tumbleweed Awards!
Click here for the last year’s inaugural round-up! Including the previous winner in this category who is back in the running again…gotta love us some sexy, “repeat offenders”! Many of this year’s contenders are habitual NM Movie Makers!
All Polls close Sunday February 27…Get your vote on!
Like the too little known quote from Barbara Walters to her adopted daughter:
“…born in my heart. Maybe not in my uterus, but in my heart,”
So is our beloved adopted crew thar’ above. True Grit may have an eccentric birth mother in California and ruffneck pa in Texas, but for a time the Grit was all ours.
And we love ‘em and root for ‘em and take a little applause for the Coen Bros flick for ourselves as True Grit opens WIDE today.
Just look at that movie poster through the eyes of the proud care takers we were. Memmer the April snow? Youmemmer…
Look at ‘em – the bestest lil’ actor out there, our repeat NM actor, Mr. Matt Damon, the Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges (for his turn in NM movie Crazy Heart) and that strapping, turk Josh Brolin from NM’s Academy Award winning No Country for Old men and the unsung NM film In the Valley of Elah.
So though this film has outgrown us and spends the holidays with more flashy friends and cities – make no mistake through the life’s blood of this Grit runs true New Mexico.
Don’t forget us young Hailee Steinfeld, sure as you’re to grow into your britches as well as Bridges – New Mexico is behind you and proud like the dickens that that purdy face above took such an incredible turn as the tough as nails, pan faced Mattie Ross in this NM movie.
Here’s NM’s beloved adopted son, Matt Damon flexing his ~acting chops on Letterman last week!
Posted by Sindicator on June 14, 2010 | Comments Off
Yesterday – as the twang talkin’, gun slingin’ youth Jimmy Blevins, Lucas Black was but a child actor in his turn alongside former child star Henry Thomas (ET) and a fresh faced Matt Damon in NM’s Own All the Pretty Horses back in 2000.
Today – Black is a repeat offender all growed-up in the creepy NM thriller Legion. Both flicks are now available on DVD.
Mañana – Damon will be seen in the upcoming Coen Bros release of True Grit with yet another NM repeat, the one and only Jeff Bridges, who took home the best actor Oscar for his role in the NM film Crazy Heart earlier this year.
Tomorrow the Turner Classic Movie network will dedicate its primetime and overnight line-up to the films of the late Dennis Hopper. The schedule per TV by the Numbers is as follows:
“Tuesday, June 8
8 p.m. (ET) The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) – Dennis Hopper co-stars with John Wayne and Dean Martin in this rowdy Western about the sons of a frontier woman determined to learn why their mother died penniless.
10:15 p.m. True Grit (1969) – Hopper found himself in the presence of “The Duke” once again with this Western about an aged marshal who helps a girl find her father’s killer. John Wayne earned an Oscar® for his performance.
12:30 a.m. Rebel Without a Cause (1955) – Hopper made his film debut as one of the rebellious youngsters in Nicholas Ray’s searing portrait of teen angst. James Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo star.
2:30 a.m. Easy Rider (1969) – Hopper became one of the most iconic figures of his generation with this groundbreaking film about a trio of societal dropouts heading to New Orleans for Mardi Gras. Not only did he direct and star in the film, he also earned an Oscar nomination for his work on the screenplay with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. Jack Nicholson and Karen Black co-star.
4:15 a.m. Night Tide (1963) – Hopper stars as a lonely sailor who falls in love with a mysterious woman who plays a mermaid on the Santa Monica pier. Linda Lawson co-stars in this unique, dreamy drama written and directed by Curtis Harrington.” – TV by the Numbers
Dennis Hopper: Photographs 1961-1967 is currently available (click here to leaf through the book), a biography by American writer Tom Folsom titled, Hopper: A Savage Journey to the Heart of the American Dream was announced before his passing, and a showing of his work at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles is scheduled for July – September.
Like winter itself the NM portion of the Coen Bros production of True Grit has gone. But the cotton batting that served as the snowy back-drop for the film during some of its time here is available and useful.
According to Talent Hunter dot com the following specific roles are NOW being cast for the New Mexico shoot of True Grit in addition to a general kids/teen/adult male casting call:
“DO NOT submit to this unless you MATCH THE ROLES LISTED BELOW. The casting director is being inundated with emails and submissions from people randomly submitting and contacting them!!
The New Mexico casting director for the Paramount Pictures feature film “True Grit” is currently holding auditions for new roles in the film. These are all speaking principal actor roles in the film, and the pay is SAG rate.
Here is what she is looking for:
● Skinny 10-14 year old male Native American youths
● Native American man, must be thin, 55-70 years old and can ride a horse
Posted by Sindicator on March 31, 2010 | Comments Off
Academy Award winning actor Jeff Bridges has been hard at work in New Mexico filming The Men Who Stare at Goats with George Clooney and Ewan McGregor in ’08, his Oscar winning turn in Crazy Heart in ’09, and currently starring alongside Matt Damon and Josh Brolin in the latest Coen Brothers NM film True Grit.
Bridges will perform with his band in a first ever live show at the Lensic in Santa Fe on April 18 at 3:00 p.m.
According to Santa Fe dot com: “In addition to the live performance, there will be a screening of ‘Crazy Heart’, a silent auction of movie memorabilia and a raffle. This charitable event is being staged to raise money for New Mexico Film Makers Give Back, a program of IATSE Local 480, which raised over $100,000 last year to fund local charities…
The Lensic is located at 211 West San Francisco Street. The Box office can be contacted at 505-988-1234 or www.ticketssantafe.org”
From Acting Auditions dot org, the Austin Texas based casting director of the NM/TX production, True Grit is urgently seeking the following roles for the TEXAS shoot:
“FRANK JAMES – Late 60′s – 80′s. Must be able to portray a menacing look through his eyes!! Beady-eyed bastard. Very mean looking! Thug. Son-of-a-gun. Not a nice guy!
GRANDMA TURNER – Late 60′s – 80′s. Must be able to portray a a mean woman – decrepit & pruney [sic] looking (great wrinkles/facial lines). She snores loudly! 2 options: Old crone (mean old lady) OR a very large woman (too big to share a bed w/Mattie).
GENERAL WOMEN – Frontier, hard bitten types of WOMEN. Must have interesting faces (facial lines, crooked teeth, larger noses, weathered skin type, hard features). Preferably longer hair w/no artificial color. They need rough frontier types – NOT modern looking. No makeup!
Filming will take place in Austin area, Granger, and Blanco for 3 months.
Interested [qualifying] applicants should call casting office asap! 512-637-6775″
C-lister Donald Faison spits on the Q in some whiney remarks he made on his Twit page. Didn’t anyone teach a boy, “if you ain’t got nothin’ nice to say…”. Hasn’t bro seen all the news headlines re: These Tough Economic Times?
Criminy, if only we had a buck for every time that tired ol’ phrase was used in the past calendar year we’d be back in the black and then some. The actor should stick to the script whilst he’s still got one in hand.
Shiz, Oscar winning NM Actor Jeff Bridges pimped for Hyndai and is currently hard at work in NM on True Grit. Now that’s how you do.
We’ll go ahead and put out another “Open Call”: Stars ask plenty from the public in the way of support for their work, their industry and for personal and global causes. I’m sure a donation of Faison’s time or funds would be greatly appreciated by any number of deserving and much in need Community Service Organizations. Cast and crew of NM productions that regularly give back shine as fine examples for any and all who wish to get started on their giving way…
Faison is in town shooting the CBS television pilot The Odds.