ALBUQUERQUE, NM – BACKGROUND CASTING CALL
White Turtle Casting is looking for “movie friendly” Dogs for an upcoming scene in “Better Call Saul”.
If you are interested and available with your dog, email your name, contact number, photo of you and your dog to:
Include height, weight and age of your dog. Also include the year, make, model, color & condition of your vehicle.
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While insiders have confirmed with OHI that Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is on the roster to appear in the show’s upcoming prequel “Better Call Saul”, speculation abounds about which other cast and production members are or might be attached.
Saul Goodman née James McGill, beloved Mike Ehrmantraut and at least a glimpse of Jesse Pinkman are mounting reasons why Bad fans the world over are itching for the “early 2015” debut. Filming is meticulously underway in Albuquerque where the tiniest glimpses of what can be expected are coming to light. And what’s coming to light is that the BCS team is tight and right.
By his own account the bump from a November 2014 premiere into 2015 is due to Vince Gilligan’s producing and directing style being “slow as mud”, so says the Bad creator himself who continued, “I still feel I’m very slow for television”, at the recent Television Critics Association.
Slow and steady she goes, by all ground accounts here in the ABQ, Saul co-creators Gilligan and Peter Gould are hard at work carefully crafting the kind of darkly comedic drama that has the masses addicted to their work.
And what of the at first haphazard chem teacher turned drug kingpin? Like Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston has purportedly been attached to the new show, but not only with a possible turn as either Heisenberg and/or Mr. White in the series’ flexi-time-line, but behind the camera as an episode DIRECTOR.
Cranston directed episodes of Breaking Bad (Blood Money, No Más, Seven Thirty-Seven), an episode each of The Office and Modern Family, and seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, with feature film direction under his belt in the 1999 film, Last Chance, which he also wrote and starred in.
Any way you look at it this series is shaping up to be another WINNER.
Watch for the television production family that spawned Saul on the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards show, airing Monday August 25 on NBC, where Breaking Bad has been nominated one last time for a whopping 16 Emmys.
All reports concur that the Breaking Bad criminal lawyer spin-off tentatively titled, “Better Call Saul” is set to hit the AMC coaxials by November 2014.
Also confirmed up and down the wire is that Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) will join Saul star Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) in the prequel…
While we’ve been following every little byte on the subject as it pertains to the production returning to its on location roots by coming home to film in Albuquerque, New Mexico, here, here and here – new conflicting reports have emerged. Some local news outlets say “YES” it is, while another station says, “just might”…
After checking it out with multiple sources, OHI confirms that “Better Call Saul” WILL begin filming in Q this Spring WITH Br Ba and Saul character creators, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould once again at the helm.
More info. coming very soon! Including who else might be resurrected from their Bad past to also appear!
Pre Walter White, pre billboards and bus benches, Saul Goodman was a wee McGill, and hopefully the television watching world is just dying to know how he came to be the guy who knows a guy, “who knows a guy…”
The many open ended backstory possibilities for everyone’s favorite criminal lawyer are set to be showcased in the new AMC show dubbed “Better Call Saul”. All summer long Bad fans had been watching and waiting for word from show creator Vince Gillagan and AMC Television for the verdict on the prospective spin-off.
That word came last month, as Baddies were bracing to say goodbye to the series that spawned the Peter Gould created character. Recent reports from the top point to a dark toned series replete with that twisted Saul Goodman humor and wit.
Many of us New Mexicans have been on the edge of our seat, waiting and wondering when the thumbs up, or down would finally pop-out, indicating whether or not the production would take root here where Breaking Bad called home.
Of course we could be wrong, our Star Wars reports have come under fire, but then again so did our Avengers and Lone Ranger suppositions…
What we do know for sure it that things are really hopping down at the largest studios in the city. Before you know it everyone from A to N BC will be airing a New Mexico production!
Photo by Mike Cee Carpenter
Fans know this pair as Gomez and Sual; the two Breaking bad stars, Steven Michael Quezada and Bob Odenkirk played to a packed house Tuesday night at a live taping of Quezada’s own TV talk-show, The After After Party.
Just what they played remains to be seen…But the Breaking Bad gang is locally known for really bringing it to their brother’s hometown stage. This is after all where Cranston transformed into White for season four and where he also let lose with his inner Panabaker…Click and scroll here for video.
Quezada released the stage pic saying, “If you don’t come to the AAP, you don’t know how rough some of these interviews can get.”
Get in on the next LIVE taping, Tuesday May 8. You never know who or what is going down at New Mexico’s number one spot for late, late night television.
DUI? Dealing Drugs? Better Call Saul!
Horribly offensive and vividly imaginative, so is the official website that boasts, NOT TOLL FREE, yet more civil liberties friendly than our own New Mexico area Department of Motor Vehicles, by way of offering an En Español, one stop shop for all things Saul Goodman.
Good man indeed!
The incorrigible Saul Goodman as played by the incomparable Bob Odenkirk, who you may also recognize from Roseanne, Joey, or Arrested Development (no, just me?) lends his goodness to his official working website.
The office webcam alone is a must see but every page, endorsement and philanthropic endeavor are beyond worth the price of admission (site access is toll free).
If you’re in the Q as we oft’ find ourselves, do yourself the service of calling Saul NOW:
Because, whether you’re accepting blue meth in barter from Sessy Jesse, shoplifting from Zachary’s, or slipping on ice outside the window of a city building trying to sneak a peek at the Duke, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry…Saul Goodman is at the ready to assist you.
From parking tickets to mass murder, if you’re Breaking Bad…Saul Goodman says, “I’ll turn that addiction into a prescription!”
ALL TYPES, ALL ETHNICITIES are needed to apply. No confirmation on whether or not Breaking Bad talent “need not apply”.
So give it your best shot!
Send a current, full color photo, availability, name, contact number, height, weight, age, make, model, year and color of vehicles (sounds familiar).
Also include the New Mexico city where you live, i.e. ABQ, Santa Fe, etc.
Send your email, titled “SAUL”, to:
“Better Call Saul”, premieres Sunday, February 8, 2015 on AMC
Welcome back, boys!
“Breaking Bad” spin-off, “Better Call Saul” is set to wrap-up production of season one in Albuquerque next month. If you haven’t applied to work as background talent on the series, send your physical description, contact information and a clear photo of yourself to: extras[at]whiteturtlecasting.com.
More specifically, the casting directors are NOW looking for turn-of-the-century era vehicles for upcoming scenes:
BACKGROUND CASTING CALL – 2002 and OLDER VEHICLES
If you have a 2002 or older vehicle and have not already been on “Better Call Saul”, submit your name, contact number, current photo, your height and weight, YEAR, MAKE, MODEL & COLOR of your vehicle to extras[at]whiteturtlecasting.com.
Title your email, “CAR”.
With new character developments emerging and production set to begin within weeks right here in Albuquerque, die hard Baddies around the world await with bated breath.
As anticipation and speculation mounts, separate camps are already beginning to form. Some being of the mindset that Saul can do no wrong as far as being capable of delivering the same level of top tier dark-dramedy so exquisitely executed by its parent, Breaking Bad. While other more paranoid types (count me in here) are terrified that the beloved offspring could turn out to be a bad seed. Please, oh please dear lord (aka Vince Gilligan) don’t let this chip off the old masterpiece devolve into another Joanie Loves Chachi.
Now while sitting in the proverbial waiting room until this project finally airs in November, there is a middle ground to be found which looks a lot like hope. After all, it has been done before – success, even surpassed success of a spinoff from its jump off. Maybe nobody really loved Chachi, but those Milwaukee beer factory workers, Laverne and Shirley too spawned from Happy Days and have since rightfully earned their place in television history.
Just look at how all the hairspray, stone washed denim and shoulder pads of some over privileged teenagers set forth the hit 90s twenty-something prime-time soap opera that was and always will be the one and only Melrose Place. Cynical curmudgeon Archie Bunker and all of his family gave us George and Weezie.
Frasier’s success surpassed that of his ensemble on Cheers. And then there’s Mary. The Goddess who is Mary Tyler Moore and the vast talents behind her shows and characters wrangled her her own show after the Dick Van Dyke Show and even further from Mary Tyler Moore, were we gifted with RHODA!
From the stand-up comedy stages whence he came, Bob Newhart carved out a solid spot for himself in a prime-time comedy show of his very own – AND THEN went on to do it again in the very next decade, dropping the Bob from his Newhart and coming back as a whole new man in an even more successful show. So it can be done.
While it’s still too early to tell who will spinoff from where and what will be what in the prequel world of “Saul Goodman”, a few things are a certainty – Odenkirk can bring it, Gilligan and (Peter) Gould are ferocious and clever beyond our wildest dreams, and there is a standing fan base at the ready to embrace this chapter of the best bad experience of our lives.
In the meantime chew on this: Thursday Showbiz 411 published a scoop claiming that new “Saul” characters will include, “regular players named Burt, Dr. Thurber, Beth, Eddie, and Zak and Luke. Burt is described as a “Kennedy” type lawyer in a white-shoe law firm. Dr. Thurber and Beth are also supposed to be lawyers. Eddie is a career criminal, a cool guy who speaks Spanish. Zak and Luke are skateboarding twins around 20 years old.”
Come on November!
UPDATE 5/1/14: Happy Days spawned Laverne & Shirley, Laverne & Shirley launched Michael McKean and now Michael McKean joins Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul! – Daily Mail UK
UPDATE 4/6/14: Aaron Paul has made no secret of his wish & intent to be a part of the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul…
Well, TONIGHT a source very close to the actor and the production tells OneHeadlightInk EXCLUSIVELY that all the i’s have been dotted and t’s crossed, officially adding the actor to the upcoming shoot schedule!!!!
Filming is set to begin in Albuquerque by the end of May and continue through early July.
1/2/2014: Vince Gilligan Talks ‘Breaking Bad’ Regret, Hints at Mike’s Return in ‘Better Call Saul’ – SlashFilm
As we’ve been following for you here, here and here, the project set to bring to light just how Saul became Saul will make its home in Breaking Bad’s backyard, now according to show creator Vince Gilligan:
“Why not shoot Saul in the same way? Let’s shoot it in Albuquerque; let’s get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let’s do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating.” -Gilligan to The Hollywood Reporter
Now that the gods have spoken, Albuquerque can officially look forwarded to playing host to one of its most beloved home sprung characters to date, now as a leading man. And no doubt we’ll get to see some old friends again.
But Saul will have to get in line as ANOTHER New Mexico television production has just been picked-up for additional episodes!
How does he know that guy, who knows that guy? How and where did he get through Law School? Was he born that way or did his special brand of criminal lawyering germinate out of some poignantly twisted circumstances from his past?
All these burning questions and MORE are now set to be answered in an hour long drama chalk full of the comedic elements Saul Goodman, Attorney at law has lent to Breaking Bad since his glorious entrance in season two.
The prequel promises to introduce us to a pre-Walter White Saul Goodman. Plans for the show have been in the works for quite sometime as we’ve followed for you here and as Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan himself didn’t shy away from talking about here.
The most important question about the spin-off for this blogette and for much of the New Mexico film community at large is…Will the show live and breathe in the hometown of Breaking Bad? One original show insider tells us, “there’s no reason to believe it’s not” heading to NM.
Sony Pictures Television which will produce the show for AMC has long had a home here with Breaking Bad and is currently producing the NBC TV series, The Night Shift at Albuquerque Studios. Sounds like a natural fit!
What do you think?
Well isn’t this a lovely turn of events? It seems that the last half of 2014 and moving on into a bright and shiny 2015, more tips and hints are turning out to come to fruition than not!
From Fey to Sandler to “Frank Underwood”, some of the hottest gossip that has landed in the OHI inbox is rapidly coming to life, on location and in the amazing studios available right here in New Mexico.
With television shows in high gear (Longmire, Manhattan, Better Call Saul, Night Shift), some big films aren’t far behind. On top of “The Taliban Shuffle” and “The Ridiculous Six”, as we’ve been following for you here the sequel to “Independence Day” is indeed headed to NM!
The 2016 sequel is expected to hit theaters…when else…over the July 4th holiday…twenty years later. ID2, two decades on the heels of its predecessor, WILL NOT star the original lead.
Returning producer Dean Devlin has said, “I’m not sure of the reasons why Will [Smith] ultimately decided not to do it. You’d have to ask him. I think he was just at a place where he did seriously consider it. We had a lot of meetings with him, but at the end of the day he decided that doing this wasn’t right for him.”
Also back for part deux is director Roland Emmerich. Likely character returns include Jeff Goldblum as environmentalist David Levinson and Randy Quaid’s refugee transporting, Russell Casse.
Let’s go New Mexico!
First Responders (Firefighters, EMT, Police), Service Men and Women, and Teachers (Film Fest) get in FREE w/ID – Downtown ABQ convention center and various film venues.
SATURDAY premiere of the NM short film Low/Fi by Alejandro Montoya at the Hispanic Cultural Center 4th St., festivities kick off at 8 – Kristen Rakes, Matt Page, Rebekkah Wiggins stellar cast, beautifully shot. Really impressive. Click here to read my review.
SUNDAY OneHeadlightInk is partnered with Videotero and Shelley Carney Productions to put on a FREE actors workshop on how to shoot your own video audition. With your own equipment, and a review of suggested equipment accessory options. Class is full but will do a write up and update with next round! There is a waitlist – get on it.
New Mexico TV Production Premieres:
Better Call Saul – Feb. 8 & 9, AMC (Sun. & Mon.)
Dig – March 5, USA Network (Thu)
The Night Shift – Feb. 23 NBC (Mon)
EG Casting is Looking for some specific types:
1. A really bad cover band. Title your email, “BAND”
2. A strawberry blond woman, 5’4-5’6″ size zero to 2 for a photo double on Scorch trials. Title your email, “BLOND”
3. Fit 25 year old men – no tatts to play GLADERS. Title your email, you guessed it, “GLADER”
For all submissions, include a photo, and PHONE NUMBER. Email email@example.com
WORKING WITH DIALECTS WORKSHOP: Add Character to Your Characters STEVE CORONA & PRICE HALL Jan. 31 & Feb. 1, 10am-5pm, Orpheum Arts Space, 500 2ndSt. SW, ABQ
Get your ride on! Riding for Actors – everything from grooming to full riding lessons. Ages 13 & up.
Film & Media Day – up at the legislature, round house, santa fe MONDAY Feb. 23
SOURPUSS – Friday night at Stoneface
Sharon Bialy’s EBook – How to Audition on Camera
1:1 Interviews with these casting directors from
Shelley Carney* Productions:
Shelley Carney 1:1 with Casting Director, Angelique Midthunder
Shelley Carney 1:1 with Casting Director, David Rapaport
Shelley Carney 1:1 with Casting Director, Ivy Isenberg
Manhattan Project Season 2 – Robert Baxter Casting
Longmire Season 4 – Robert Baxter Casting
Condemned 2: Desert Prey – Lorrie Latham Casting
The Night Shift Season 2 – White Turtle Casting
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – EG Casting
Overland (short film), casting principals Dec. 14
Better Call Saul Season 2 – White Turtle Casting
The Taliban Shuffle – TBD
Exit 147 – ?
“Major Motion Picture” – Sarah Dowling Casting
The Messengers – On Location Casting
Dig – Lorrie Latham Casting
House of Cards – EG Casting
Highly Functioning – Good Faith Casting
The Manhattan Project – Robert Baxter
Hieroglyph – Elizabeth Gabel & Lorrie Latham
Longmire Season 3 – Robert Baxter
Better Call Saul – Breaking Bad prequel
Outlaw Prophet – Lifetime Movie
Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman – EG Casting
A Million Ways to Die in the West, directed by Seth MacFarlane, starring McFarlane, Charlize Theron, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman – EG Casting
Enemy Way, starring Forest Whitaker – On Location Casting
Jane Got a Gun, starring Natalie Portman – Robert Baxter
The Homesman, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Hillary Swank, Meryl Streep – EG Casting
Longmire Season 2 – Robert Baxter
Breaking Bad, FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON – White Turtle
Force of Execution – Julie Barbarito
Frank – Robert Baxter Casting
Sweetwater – EG Casting
Man Called Buffalo – Native American Boys
Longmire – Robert Baxter Casting
Biomass – Sci-fi/Horror
Spells – Casting Leads
Breaking Bad Season Five 2012 – White Turtle
The Rambler – Volunteer Background Extras
Fatal Encounters (NBC) – Robert Baxter
“Jackie” (Feature Film) – OLC
IATSE Local 480 – International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts
City of Albuquerque Production Services Directory
NOW CASTING: Martial artists and dancers for special featured roles for “Scorch Trials”. Email a photo, dance/martial arts exp. with PHONE number to firstname.lastname@example.org. Must be 18 or older.
Ongoing Television Series Casting Reminders:
Lorrie Latham – Dig
Robert Baxter – Stanistan
Headed to NM:
Fabienne Berthaud will direct Diane Kruger in the independent feature, “Sky”, about a woman on a trek across the country following a violent dispute with her husband. On the run from him and love itself, she finds herself falling for another man. No word on filming duration, but it looks like shoot locations include AZ, NV and NM.
“Exit 147” Taylor Kitsch, is set to play the villainous lead, as sadistic cop who stops a traveler driving through the desert at night and begins playing mind games with him. A young father driving cross country to see his daughter is stopped by a sheriff at Exit 147, and it turns into a psychological game of cat and mouse with deadly consequences. Shooting is expected to begin in April 2015.
EXTRAS mixer: “Casting Coffee” this Saturday Oct 4th at high noon, Starbucks located on Rio Grande and I-40. Look for the table with the movie slate.
October 4, 2014 The New Mexico State Film Office second annual Film & Media Education Summit National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque 8:00am to 5:00pm
New Mexico Women in Film presents – “The Woman in the Story” Screenwriting Competition – Final Deadline – December 1