In the BEST thing to happen to New Mexico since “red or green”, get your BREAKING BAD BLUE on, at this historic world renowned event! The first ever Breaking Bad Fan Fest is coming up:
Fri & Sat, Nov 7-8, 2014
Albuquerque Convention Center
We’ve got YOUR E-TICKETS! NOW til 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, October 30, 2014), email WIN@oneheadlightink.com for your chance to win two FREE general admission tickets to NEXT WEEKEND’S inaugural, Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest from OHI!!!!
Meet “Skinny Pete”, “Gomez”, “Victor” (before the box cutter), The Salamanca cousins, “Krazy 8”, plus, plus, PLUS! Participate in Costume contests, major giveaways, events, discussions and sights and scenes unparalleled anywhere else in the Breaking Bad universe!
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!
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
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.
The pizza flip and flop heard round the world is headed toward extinction!
Baddies across the globe better move quick if they want to get their very own, authentic Venezia’s pizza box. The super sized pie made famous by Breaking Bad’s Walter White will soon become “Gino’s Pizza”.
A few weeks ago a whisper came in to the OHI inbox speculating that SONY/AMC may have purchased the now iconic name and logo from the local eatery. But a call to Walter White’s area Venezia’s this morning yielded a giggling, “no” from a staffer – who also said, “I think we’re just getting new owners…”
The name change has been confirmed per the latest #ABQ area val-pak paper coupon mailer, which states right up top, “New Name Coming Soon: Venezia’s Pizzeria Will Become Gino’s Pizza – Same Owner, Same Great Food And Pizza”.
Ciao Venezia’s, bienvenidos Gino’s!
And before we have to say a Bad bye, here’s their website and here’s your own Valpak coupon for Venezia’s. You’re welcome.
On Thursday Emmy award winner Aaron Paul tweeted out a subtle message about returning to Albuquerque and teased with a general inquiry about who might like to join him for a Breaking Bad tour!
As of today Paul has garnered over 13,000 favorites and 6,000 re-tweets on the comment which was stamped with a Stay Kind hashtag – leading this blogette to believe that the star may be planning some sort of benefit for his stunning bride’s Kind CampaignAll.
Breaking Bad and its fans are no stranger to fund raising for the greater good as the cast and crew were well known for around town, here, here, here and here.
All of which have lent to inspiring some charitable efforts by many Breaking Bad super fans, including our very own raffle and the Walter White Memorial Tribute event that raised over $20K to directly aid Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless!
Looks like Bad will continue to do good for many, many years to come!
IGN has a killer interview with the man who would be Saul Goodman; in it Bob Odenkirk talks his method and his vision for handling the fast approaching revival of Breaking Bad’s savvy, silly, and sometimes sinister criminal lawyer.
Word on the street in the Q is that whether standing-in for Nebraska or any place else, New Mexico will again be the backdrop and location of the upcoming spin-off series.
Speaking of Breaking Bad in the streets, OHI Reader R.W. writes:
“We want ed to come visit Albuquerque in December for our vacation and visit some of the BB sites. Is there anybody we can contact about this?”
Boy, is there ever! Here are some resources to check out before your visit:
In the meantime, here’s our friend Trixie ConQueso, NM performer extraordinaire – who just so happens to be tailor made to play busty blonde sidekick to Odenkirk’s Saul like no other could – with her rendition of what could be a helluva sexy theme song for the yet to be titled Saul Goodman show!
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – October, 21, 2013 – Vernon’s Steakhouse and organizers of the Walter White Funeral and Final Amends including Jackamoe Buzzell, oneheadlightink.com, Joliesse Chocolates, The Achievement Gallery, and the committed staff from Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless (AHCH), and Albuquerque Community Foundation would like to announce a change of location for the Walter White headstone and burial vault.
In response to the petition started by Manuel Montano and views shared by others with concerns over the fictitious grave and headstone at Sunset Memorial Park, it is been decided that a different location would be in the best interest all involved. Michael Baird, owner of Vernon’s Steakhouse states, “It was never our intention to disrespect those who are buried at Sunset Memorial Park or cause pain to their families. We created the Walter White Funeral and Final Amends as a way to have a positive impact on the community and help those who are negatively impacted by the terrible effects of drug addiction and homelessness. We greatly apologize to anyone who was offended, and want to ensure that the focus remains on the amazing work that Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless does in our community. I contacted Mr. Montano earlier today to apologize and to let him know of our intention to relocate the headstone and burial vault.”
The headstone was never set in the ground at Sunset Memorial Park, and its final resting place will now be at the Village Shops at Los Ranchos, the home of Vernon’s Steakhouse and Joliesse Chocolates. The organizers are working with Sunset Memorial Park to create a memorial on the Walter White burial plot for homeless people who have lost their lives.
The Walter White Funeral and Final Amends was a great success raising tens of thousands of dollars going to the Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation benefitting AHCH. The video of the Funeral and Final Amends will soon be available for viewing through a link on the Walter White Funeral website www.walterwhitefuneral.org.
Fans of the show can still purchase bracelets, put their name on the tombstone, or make donations online. By doing so one is contributing to the awareness and prevention of the hardships afflicting so many in our City and assisting in the effort to help end it while ensuring a piece of the tumultuous, yet valuable legacy that Walter White leaves behind. Their purchase or donation will help raise much needed funds to secure substance abuse services to people in Albuquerque who need it most.
Here are the ways the public can contribute:
Walter White Bracelets: $10.00 plus S & H Custom baby blue silicone bracelet imprinted with Walter White’s name.
Name on Walter White Tombstone: $2,000 Your name, or business name on the Walter White tombstone. Includes two custom baby blue silicone bracelets imprinted with Walter White’s name.
Fans can also bid on a painting by Vernon’s resident artist Gabriel Ballantine, which depicts the various faces of Walter White. The painting is being shown at Vernon’s Steakhouse. Starting bids will begin at $5,000.
The owner of the two Yukons, riddled with bullet holes, used in the filming of Breaking Bad and that drove in the Funeral procession has also committed to donating half of the sale price to the cause. Contact Bill Stevens at Bill Steven’s Auto Sales located at 4227 4th St. NW, 505.344.0447.
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.
UPDATE 9/30/2013: 10.3 million viewers tuned in for the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night – EW
Today is the first Super Bowl Sunday in New Mexico Film Production history, and from The New York Times to The Daily Mail UK, the globe is focused on the broadcast finale for the most famous chemist since Marie Curie.
Tonight Walter White will meet his fate, and his story will be closed in this first chapter of the full legacy of New Mexico’s own Breaking Bad.
If anyone doubts the certainty of the lasting impact the Emmy winning series will have on our state, you should look to the heavens and recall the outer galactic frenzies that swirl around traveling conventions, and expos for the nearly half a century old series Star-Trek, and the unrivaled veracity of Star Wars film fans. And these, for the most part, showcase theoretical places and people – unlike the Breaking Bad experiences of Albuquerque location and studio tours.
From Taco Sal’s to To’hajiilee, the people and places of this five season epic-saga will play on and on, and on, on television, and streaming online into the foreseeable future.
Even the white water rapid rivers, deep in the hills of Georgia – which until 1972 went largely unknown, today draw millions of tourist dollars, over 40 years after the area gained popularity and infamy for its part in the hit movie Deliverance.
So, whether you’re team Bad or team “Woodall”, the final score won’t be evident even in tomorrow’s sure to be record setting ratings for tonight’s series finale, but will be measured in the years, decades and perhaps even centuries to come.
Here’s to NM’s film futures, with a salute to all those who’ve worked for decades past to build the championship team of today.
New Mexico Film, you just won the Super Bowl! What are you gonna do now?
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):