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.
The Latino laden New Mexico production of ABC’s Killer Women is just beginning to get the hype it’s due.
The midseason prime-time drama is executive produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara.
The show is the English language revamp of the Spanish novela Mujeres Asesinas, a Latin American series, originally aired in 2005, which was an adaptation of Marisa Grinstein’s trilogy of the same title, based on true stories of Argentine women driven to murder by various forms of abuse.
Latin World Entertainment, helmed by Vergara – the highest paid woman on television, sold the series about the complex world of Texas Rangers to ABC last year. Co-produced by Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty), the script adaptation was written by Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven, The Playboy Club).
Vergara is using her success to create opportunities for other Latinos who want to make it in Hollywood. Killer Women stars lead actors Alex Fernandez and Martina Milans, and also features multiple Latino actors in various episodes.
In September Vergara told Agencia Efe, of Fox News Latino, “It makes me very proud to be Latino, today and always. Although now Latinos, the culture and everything Hispanic is getting more fashionable, the reality is that we know that being Latino, having those values of family, unity, working ability, delight in moving forward and that joy that identifies us, it’s something divine. It’s an honor, a privilege for me to be Latino,”
As we blatantly hinted at you here…Deadline Hollywood is now reporting:
Encouraging news for midseason NBC series The Night Shift – the network has ordered three additional scripts of the medical drama. Night Shift, about the men and women who work the wee hours at San Antonio Memorial, has an 8-episode order (pilot +7) as part of that complex four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken, who plays the lead, touted as a potential breakout star. Creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel.
Here’s a little GIF of the one and only Matthew Broderick filming, Dirty Weekend on location at the Albuquerque International Airport – where just days ago Disney starlet Bella Thorne was snapped landing in the Q for her New Mexico Film, Big Sky.
And if you’ve been wondering where George Lopez has been, he too is right here in the Land of Enchantment filming La Vida Robot! Pictured below with Breaking Bad homie/Gomie aka Steven Michael Quezada and on set with actor Chris Ranney.
Buzz around town a few weeks ago was all about Eriq La Salle sightings in the Q. Leading cast and NM crew were were privy to La Salle’s objective on set, which was apparently to whip them all into shape!
The ER actor was hard at work at Albuquerque Studios directing a “wicked bloody” episode of the new NBC drama The Night Shift.
La Salle, an accomplished actor, director, writer and producer, recently added author to his resume with his first dark thriller, “Laws of Depravity”. Check it out here, where Amazon his this to say about him:
Actor/director Eriq La Salle is best known to worldwide television audiences for his award-winning portrayal of the commanding Dr. Peter Benton on the critically acclaimed and history-making medical drama ER. Educated at Juilliard and NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, La Salle’s credits range from Broadway to film roles opposite Eddie Murphy in “Coming to America” and Robin Williams in “One Hour Photo.” He has also become a sought-after director, taking the helm for HBO and several episodics including Law & Order, CSI: New York and A Gifted Man, while maintaining a still prolific acting career. This year he marks the beginning of the third element of his triple-threat career with the publication this summer of his first book in a trilogy, the page-turning thriller Laws of Depravity.
The highly anticipated New Mexico production of NBC’s new drama The Night Shift is due to air in the 2013/2014 season!
Here are a few pics of La Salle, on set in NM, and with local actor Jackamoe Buzzell.
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.”
SANTA FE – New Mexico Film Office announced today that the independent feature Big Sky is filming in New Mexico, starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, Kill Your Darlings), Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!, Raspberry Magic), Frank Grillo (The Grey, Warrior) and Aaron Tveit (Les Miserables, Graceland). Production will take place in October in Albuquerque and the surrounding areas.
The production will employ 40 New Mexico crew members, 10 New Mexico actors and background talent.
Producer is Randy Manis (The Calling, Kill Your Darlings), Matt Salloway (The Butler, So Undercover), Christina Papagjika (The Butler) and co-produced by Ricky Tollman (The Calling). Executive Producers are Michael Benaroya for Benaroya Pictures (Lawless, Margin Call, The Words) and Christine Vachon for Killer Films (Boys Don’t Cry, Far From Heaven, HBO’s Mildred Pierce, One Hour Photo) along with Jeffrey V. Mandel for TBD Syndicate (Murderball). Santiago Sanchez (Somos lo Que Hay, 72) is the Director of Photography.
Directed by Jorge Michel Grau (We Are What We Are) Big Sky is the tale of Hazel (Thorne), a teenage girl who suffers a mortal fear of open spaces resulting in her never leaving the bedroom of the home she shares with her mom, Dee (Sedgwick). The strain on the relationship is taking its toll on both mom and daughter. In the last ditch attempt to cure her daughter, Dee enrolls Hazel in a high-end treatment facility in the desert, hoping they will finally find the help they require so that Hazel can begin to move forward form the horrors of her past that triggered her illness. When the unexpected occurs en-route to the facility, Hazel and Dee are forced to fight for their survival in the harshest conditions, and Hazel must tackle her worst fears before her fears consume her.
Michael Douglas sets the scene with this quick pic from the New Mexico set of his latest film, “The Reach”.
The star has been on location in the NM desert since last Friday, when the Farmington Daily Times reported that the production will be in the area for the next few months.
The Academy Award winning actor is playing Madec, an arrogant businessman and big game hunter in pursuit of his ultimate prize who hires a young guide, played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) to lead him into the American desert. After Madec shoots and kills an innocent man, a game of cat-and-mouse unfolds when the guide refuses to take part in a cover-up.
The film is based on Robb White’s 1972 novel Deathwatch.
The New Mexico production will employ 160 local crew members and 60 local actors and extras, according to the New Mexico Film Office.
SANTA FE — New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today the feature production Persecuted, an original political drama by New Mexico Writer/Director Daniel Lusko. Producing with Lusko are Oscar-winning producer Gray Frederickson (The Godfather, Apocalypse Now), and New Mexico Line Producer Brent Morris (Monster, Frank). Starring award-winning actor James Remar (X-Men: First Class, Dexter, Django: Unchained) and Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Davison (X-Men, Lost, Castle). Other cast includes New Mexico’s Dean Stockwell (Air Force One, The Manchurian Candidate), Fred Thompson (Law & Order, Die Hard 2), Raoul Trujillo (Apocalypto, The New World) and Grammy-nominated singer Natalie Grant. Production will begin mid-July and end early August in Albuquerque. The production will employ approximately 60 New Mexico crew members, 20 principals and 350 background talent. “This is a real New Mexico movie, made by New Mexicans from the ground up,” states Director Daniel Lusko. Persecuted is the story of a contemporary evangelist John Luther (Remar) who is framed for murder by Senator Donald Harrison (Davison) and his allies. Suddenly, Luther’s once normal life is turned upside down as he becomes a fugitive vowing to expose those responsible, a mission that brings him face-to-face with a coming storm of persecution.
UPDATE 7/30/13: EG Casting is looking for a 5-year-old Caucasian boy to work on “A Million Ways To Die in the West” tomorrow, Wednesday July 31, late afternoon. Please email a photo with a phone number to email@example.com.
New Mexico’s favorite son, Neil Patrick Harris is a man who’s typically hard at work, so it’s no surprise to find him on a unique new film project. This time out the Albuquerque native is taking a turn in a comedy western right here in his homeland!
The “How I Met Your Mother” star recently tweeted an inspiring revelation about Santa Fe, where he’s currently filming with the all star cast of Seth MacFarlane’s “A Million Ways to Die in the West”.
This #NM flick is destined to become a comedy classic, scheduled for release on Memorial Day Weekend 2014!
The film also stars Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Giovanni Ribisi, Liam Neeson, Sarah Silverman, and Seth MacFarlane himself!
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ALBUQUERQUE, NM Casting Notice – Feature Film “Enemy Way” for work on WEDNESDAY 5/15/13 in the LOS LUNAS, NM area.
Pay rate is $110.00 for a 12 hour day. (on a 12 hour guarantee plus overtime after 12 hours).
We do NOT have Call Times yet but they could be VERY early in the morning or go late into the night. You MUST have the whole day/evening open if submitting so that you can work whatever the call time ends up being.
LOCATION IS IN LOS LUNAS!! You MUST be able/willing to self-travel to Los Lunas.
BAR/NIGHTCLUB PATRONS: male and female, Hispanic & Caucasian, age range 35-65 years old, variety of types, will need some who can dance to Cumbia music (please SPECIFY if you can).
To submit for work – please POST HERE ASAP with your first & last name. Your contact number and profile in the OLC database MUST be up to date. **DO NOT SUBMIT FOR THIS WORK DATE if you have previously submitted under a another date or category!! We will submit you to Director ONLY once!
PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT or POST if you don’t fit these casting specs!! Thanks!
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**PLEASE DO NOT CALL OUR OFFICE ABOUT THIS BOOKING!!**
**ALL Roles on this project are being Picture Picked by the Director. Once you post that you are available on these work dates, we will then add your photo to the submission list for the Director to choose from. IF you are chosen, we will contact you by phone as soon as we have Director selections. **Your photo in the OLC database MUST be recent, not blurry, only have YOU and no one else in it, you can NOT be wearing sunglasses. If photo doesn’t meet these requirements, we can NOT submit you to the Director!
**MUST HAVE A *RECENTLY UPDATED* TALENT PROFILE IN THE OLC DATABASE in order to be booked! If you do not have a profile with us, please go to www.onlocationcasting.net and complete a Talent Application before sending email that you are available. It is FREE to register and you do not have to pay for the OPTIONAL paid ‘active’ account upgrades. ***
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SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today that the high-profile action drama JANE GOT A GUN is shooting in New Mexico starring Oscar winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta), Australian actor Joel Edgerton (Warrior, the upcoming The Great Gatsby), Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook, The Hangover), Noah Emmerich (The Truman Show, The Americans), and Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro (300: Rise of an Empire, Rio). Production will take place in northern New Mexico through the spring. The production will employ approximately 100 New Mexico crew members, including New Mexico resident and Unit Production Manager Alton Walpole (Crazy Heart, The Book of Eli) and over 400 New Mexico principals and background talent, including James Burnett (The Last Stand, Longmire), Sam Quinn, graduate of the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and River Shields (Beyond the Blackboard, Reunion). Gavin O’Connor, who directed Nick Nolte to an Oscar nomination in the action picture Warrior and Janet McTeer to a Golden Globe win in the drama Tumbleweeds, is directing. JANE GOT A GUN is being produced by Scott Pictures’ Scott Steindorff (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Human Stain) along with Portman, through her Handsomecharlie Films, Brillstein Entertainment partner Aleen Keshishian (Our Idiot Brother, Hesher), 1821 Pictures’ Terry Dougas (Swing Vote, The Invention of Lying), and Scott LaStaiti (Love in the Time of Cholera, Turistas). Australian cinematographer Mandy Walker (Australia, Red Riding Hood) is director of photography. Based on a script that was named one of the Black List best unproduced scripts of 2011 and written by Brian Duffield (Monster Problems), JANE GOT A GUN is a Western about a woman who hires her ex-lover to help save her wounded outlaw husband from the gang out to kill him and destroy her. ### Visit the New Mexico Film Office online at nmfilm.com
Above, while walking the press line at the Tribute to Breaking Bad event held Saturday night at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico, Bryan Cranston answered a wide array of inquiries ranging from his thoughts on New Mexico in general to this juicy tidbit on how he sees the journey of Walter White saying:
“My perspective on it is that every human being is fully capable of the wide spectrum of emotions, and even the meekest person among us is a dangerous person given the right set of circumstances and what happened to Walter White was just that. Certain, specific buttons were pushed at a very delicate fragile time in his life and he made decisions that he could not take back and he was on the road, he was on a spiral to hell.”
The Albuquerque Studios, Reelz Channel, YDI Tribute to Breaking Bad culminated in this meet & greet for contest winners and event sponsors, with select media and Albuquerque civic leaders in attendance. The cast mingled with the crowed, signed autographs and posed for photos with sponsors and winners alike. With sponsorship packages and ticket sales, organizers of the fundraiser for Youth Development Incorporated, were able to raise over $28,000 in just a few weeks time to benefit the local youth organization.
After the gang buster success of this, one of the many civic outreach events the production has undertaken in their six years at work here, there was another event held at an undisclosed location.
Though OHI has confirmed that Breaking Bad cameras are still rolling her in Albuquerque, at least for a few more hours, the closed door event turned out to be the show’s wrap party, where the tears and “bittersweet” sentiments that were already beginning to swell at the fundraiser flowed at full speed, as cast, crew, production staff, friends and family shared their parting words of reflection and gratitude.
In a speech addressing the crowed Bryan Cranston thanked AMC and Sony for having the courage to pick-up the show and said, “Even though Vince Gilligan didn’t set out to make a classic that’s exactly what happened. In years to come this show will stand the test of time and scrutiny.”
Telling everyone, “All of you here tonight can say proudly that we worked on breaking bad. Now it’s time to go, it’s time to wrap it up, fold-up our tents and move away but there’s one thing that will never leave us even though we’re leaving this experience and that is from here on for the rest of our lives we will be inexorably tied to each other as a one as a family and I for one am personally am overjoyed to have this opportunity to be w this family all of you, such fine human beings number one and artisans number 2 I love you all I will miss you all, God bless you and God bless you Mr. Vince Gilligan for giving us this opportunity!”
Hometown star Steven Michael Quezada said, “I’m very proud of New Mexico, I’m a New Mexican…the crews here, you have made us proud> We’re gonna do great things moving on in the future. I’d like to thank Mr. Vince Gillagan for giving us that, we are gonna learn from that and we’re gonna go forward and we’re gonna thrive and thank you Governor Martinez. Thank you for signing a bill that will help us…this cast here has changed New Mexico let’s learn from it and let’s move on, thank you very much.”
Anna Gunn too thanked AMC and Sony “for giving our little show about meth a home.” Then addressing her co-stars calling them, “the most generous gifted hilarious group of actors I have loved playing with you every minute and I have loved watching your brilliant work.”
And in a tremendous nod of support to those who crafted the show year after year, “Most of all I really just wanna pay homage to the most amazing crew top to bottom that I have ever worked with in my career. Everyday that I came to work I didn’t feel like I was coming to work, I felt like I was coming to make art, communally with a group of people that I adored and you all are artists. You are all crafts men and woman and you gave every ounce of yourselves with such passion and dedication through sandstorms and snowstorms and scorching heat and everything in between, and I was in awe of what you did and we really became a family.”
Lastly the native New Mexican added, “I have met some of the finest human beings and artists that I have ever come across in all my years working in this business and I feel so blessed because of that and I will be forever grateful for this experience so, Que Viva New Mexico and Que Viva Breaking Bad!”
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Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman will star and produce the period western drama. The film’s script, written by Brian Duffield, was named on Hollywood’s annual Black List survey of the best unproduced screenplays. Lynne Ramsay is directing.
Jane Got a Gun centers on the titular good girl married to a very bad man who turns against his outlaw gang and gets a back full of bullets for his trouble. With the outlaws still out for revenge, Jane is forced to turn to an old flame in order to bring justice to the deadly gunslingers. Natalie Portman (Black Swan) stars in the lead with Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) playing the ex-lover. Joel Edgerton (Warrior) is in negotiations to play the outlaw husband. Jane Got a Gun is set to begin production in February. Hit the jump for more.