The man who will forever be the bad guy from Ghost, turned mega star portraying a Commander in Chief on ABC’s mega hit series, Scandal is New Mexico bound.
Actor Tony Goldwyn is set to portray the icky, disgusting scourge, Mormon Polygamist Warren Jeffs in the upcoming Lifetime television movie, Outlaw Prophet. Yuck. But hey, the truth or something like it, must be told through film. Look at this year’s Academy Award winner for best picture, 12 Years a Slave.
Subject matter aside, production on the movie based on the New York Times best-selling book, When Men Become Gods will begin in northern New Mexico next month.
The movie is said to detail the rise to “leadership” by Jeffs and the eventual outlaw status he amassed before being taken down by Federal Agents. One can hope that the script will also address the harrowing bravery of the women who fought back against this beast.
After much ado about casting and re-casting, in round three of who will kick-up some dust and dig in his spurs opposite Oscar winner Natalie Portman in her New Mexico western “Jane Got a Gun”, her Star Wars co-star Ewan McGregor has come into focus!
Both are experienced in NM filming as Portman has been here for both “Thor” and “Brothers”, and McGregor starred in “Men Who Stare at Goats” back in and returned with Channing Tatum, Michael Fassbender and Gina Carano for “Haywire”.
As everyone knows all too well nothing is confirmed until all hands are on deck, all stars are on their mark and the director yells, ACTION!
So here’s to a great shoot for all involved, how ever things fall out on this and every AWESOME production rolling right now here in New Mexico!
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!
Film Office director Nick Maniatis has announced the production of the NBC/Universal Television pilot, “The Sixth Gun,” starring Graham McTavish (The Hobbit), Aldlis Hodge (Leverage), W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), and Laura Ramsey (The Ruins). Production will begin filming in mid-March to early April in Santa Fe, Galisteo, Las Cienega, Abiquiu and the surrounding areas.
The production will employ at least 100 New Mexico crew members, 20 New Mexico principal actors and over 400 New Mexico background talent.
Produced by Ron Schmidt (Sin City), co-produced by Oscar winning producer and Santa Fe resident Tony Mark (The Hurt Locker), “The Sixth Gun” is executive-produced by Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Eric Gitter (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), coexecutive-produced by writer Ryan Condal and directed by Jeffrey Reiner (Friday Night Lights), who also serves as an executive producer.
“The Sixth Gun” is the story of six mythical guns in the Old West. When the Sixth Gun, the most powerful and dangerous of the group, resurfaces in the hands of an innocent girl named Becky Montcrief, dark forces reawaken. Vile men thought long dead set their sights on retrieving the gun and killing Becky. Only Drake Sinclair, a self-serving gunfighter, stands in evil’s way.
“After Hours” revolves around the overnight shift in the emergency department of the San Antonio Medical Center.
Former Royal Pains star Jill Flint plays the female lead, BBC actor Eoin Macken stars as former Army medic TC Callahan, who finds himself coming into conflict with his bosses over his unorthodox approach to emergency medicine. Freddy Rodriguez (Six Feet Under) plays embattled hospital administrator, Michael Ragosa.
Flint will play Dr. Jordan Santos, TC’s (Macken) ex-girlfriend, now engaged to someone else. Recently promoted to Chief of the Night Shift, Jordan is ready to prove her worth, all while trying to comply with hospital administration (Rodriguez) and keep a “rogue” TC in check.
Directed by Pierre Morel (From Paris with Love), the hour long Sony Television drama is written and produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah.
UPDATE 6/27/12 THAT’S A WRAP: The first half, of the two part production of fifth and final season of Breaking Bad has wrapped in Albuquerque tonight. The stage goes dim until this fall when cast & crew head back in for the grande finale.
The first half of the Fifth&Final season premieres July 15, and the last eight episodes will air in the summer of 2013.
While burgeoning NM hit series, Longmire aired tonight on A&E, AMC global phenom, Breaking Bad held its Season Five premiere event in Albuquerque.
Renowned for their epic wrap parties, the Breaking Bad cast turned out in force for this premiere, while Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul showed in costume, this year as cucarachas?
Not since Breaking Bad MADNESS first broke wide open, has our traffic meter hit the kind of highs it’s hitting with the quick success of the A&E series Longmire.
Since its “distinctive premiere”, the quickly green-lit, highly anticipated, contemporary western drama set in WYO is exploding in our search terms, “where is Longmire filmed?”, “Stars of Longmire”, and “Longmire Television Series”.
Goooooooooooooal New Mexico! After the sad goodbye to In Plain Sight earlier this year and the absolutely heart wrenching, impending farewell to our beloved Breaking Bad, Longmire is a bright light in #NMFilm futures sights!
To feed you more awesome, upon awesome in touting New Mexico Film, all reports coming in here say that the CBS series pick-up of the Dennis Quaid 60s era drama will return to New Mexico to shoot! Here’s hoping those (multiple) rumors are TRUE!
In any case we can confirm, proof positive that once again…the WORLD is watching New Mexico Film!
Dozens of locals brave their bristles awaiting a call for The Lone Ranger, while Ed Harris and January Jones ready for their close-up in New Mexico.
The call for extras with substantial beards has been out for months. As the NM weather heats-up many Lone Ranger hopefuls have thrown in the towel and picked-up the razor. Those who remain at their grizzly best still have hope as the Extras Casting director for the shoot recently sent out word that TLR will resume filming in mid July through the end of August.
Elizabeth Gabel, the E&G of EG Casting, has also announced today that they will be casting for the upcoming Albuquerque shoot of Sweetwater starring Ed Harris and January Jones.
If you’re beard ready for July or if you’re interested in submitting for 1800′s Western Drama, Sweetwater, register or update your talent profile with EG Casting here.
Many started to speculate about a Mad Men hiatus when Don Draper, nay that really handsome guy, Jon Hamm was spotted sporting the Grizzly Adams look.
Now we know that his Mad co-star January Jones will be at work right here in New Mexico come July.
Last week Deadline confirmed that Jones will join Ed Harris in the 1800′s Western Drama, Sweetwater.
Harris has previous experience with the film’s directors, Logan and Noah Miller with whom he starred in their original film, Touching Home. The star is also no stranger to NM, with his recent turn as John McCain in HBO’s political drama, Game Change.
Sweetwater is the story of a widow (Jones) who enlists the help of the town sheriff (Harris) to take revenge on the sheep ranchers who have murdered her husband.
Multiple sources are reporting that production is scheduled to begin in New Mexico in July.
As we told you here, Breaking Bad creator/mad genius, Vince Gilligan is on for another stint with Breaking Bad parent co., Sony Pictures TV. Cranston is everywhere you look (and it’s still not enough); on the big screen here, here, here and here and behind the camera directing tomorrow night’s episode of ABC’s hit series, Modern Family!
We were bummed to see that the role of John McLane’s son in the next installment of the Die Hard franchise didn’t go to Aaron Paul, but better still, Paul’s leading man skills are set to shine in “Smashed”.
The gritty, dark-comedy, also called an “adult coming of age” film, premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where the producers were awarded a Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing.
Worldwide distribution rights for “Smashed” have since been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for a reported $1M price tag.
Deadline Hollywood reports on the full cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD), Emmy Award® winner Aaron Paul (BREAKING BAD), Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (THE HELP), Nick Offerman (PARKS & RECREATION), Emmy Award® winner Megan Mullally (WILL & GRACE) and Emmy Award® winner Mary Kay Place (BIG LOVE; MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN).
Don’t cry, kids decorate pics like this all the time…the software comes on their “baby iPads”.
As we’ve been covering for you since the original RFP was released back in August 2011, the then recently appointed face of the New Mexico Tourism Department was poised to launch a new brand of New Mexico to the world…One that perhaps would eventually lend locals the luxury of not having to explain that New Mexico is in fact a part of the continental United States, to everyone from Washington State to Timbuktu.
New Mexico may perhaps be best known as an extra terrestrial landing strip or that dusty land which one passes through en route to another destination, but brand new leadership handpicked and handsomely paid is now at the helm to “rebrand” New Mexico, USA. The rally cry chosen by our new leader in branding, State Tourism Director, Monique Jacobson, to entice the world over to make New Mexico their destination of choice: “Adventure steeped in culture.” Okay. First question, whose culture?
Next, putting the reins of representing New Mexico to the world in the hands of a Texas Co. were enough to ruffle more than just a few local feathers. When Job Creation is touted as being a top priority of the sitting administration, sending a $2M job to a neighboring, tourist destination competitor state was perplexing at best, especially taking into account the plethora of skilled ad agencies all over the home front who no doubt KNOW New Mexico.
Regularly citing a seemingly “gold standard” of criteria, that the Tourism Department herself/itself either devised or adopted, the Texas firm won out over the many locally based firms who applied, even over the few NM firms which allegedly made it into the “final round” of “scoring” despite their in-state “preferential” allowances. Vendor Inc. ultimately won the dough, and apparently unabashed contract, creative and casting control.
Herein lies either the genius or the critical downfall of a campaign that has yet to air, New Mexico is already making news; First in the few rumblings about the Texas award, then almost under the radar the contracting started to go out. Initially with the multi-state (CA, NV, TX, NM) staffed casting outfit based out of Santa Monica, CA, which sent out the campaign devised casting call…(Back to that in a hot minute).
First round of FREE ADVERTISING begins here, where in a state which had worked, and risen to world-renowned ranks as tops in film production the mighty Vendor picked California filmmakers to jet in and out of the state with their own crew to film a weather ravaged four day shoot. The story of “irked” local filmmakers and production houses went from viral to news worthy, then broadcast all around the country painting New Mexico as a state set to advertise themselves without much faith in themselves.
To today and into mañana’a news, as dictated by the aforementioned ad campaign casting specifications, we shall only be represented by the “light-skinned” and fit among us. By these standards not even the woman who is our top elected official need apply to appear in this first round of advertisements requesting that the world take a look at New Mexico as an “Adventure steeped in culture.”
Where New Mexico is already hurting in some circles as appearing steeped in gas & oil interests and enriching corporate culture (see SB9 tax veto here), we’re now a step further to the right to most, elitist/racist or just plain out of touch at best. Because unlike a feature or indie film casting call which may rely on scripted requirements for certain characters – this is destined to be a multi-million-dollar motion picture representation of our great state, broadcast to the world.
All excellent moves if subscribing to the old adage that “any press is good press”, or aiming to flagrantly fly insensitivity in the face of the majority of your product/state’s population, or if politically angling to shine a spotlight on our state leader’s already dubbed war on immigration – good show.
Click here for the adults cast as Caucasian or “light-skinned” Hispanics in the ad, as released by the contracted casting director.
This just in: Expect NM Tourism select, Vendor Inc. to be without comment on this debacle just as they seemed to be in this 2011 Super Bowl bust.
Special thanks to our media “partners” and certain “whispers in the wind” in covering these developments…
UPDATE: Vendor Inc. has issued the following statement to Gabriel Escobar of The Dallas News:
“The focus of our shoot was on showcasing to the country the many amazing experiences and adventures one can have in New Mexico. The casting call you referenced was for the role of “tourists” who could be coming from any number of states. This is the first of many spots which will feature the wide range of people who are drawn to New Mexico.”
-Tom Hollerbach, Managing Director and COO, Vendor Inc.
So, as the statement(s) would suggest, we’ve got it all wrong. The cast are not New Mexicans, they are tourists. Caucasian or “light-skinned” Hispanic tourists.
Perhaps they were actually making special concession in allowing local “lights” to be considered to portray the desirable white market…
Albuquerque, NM – Now in development, an original crime/drama television pilot, headed by Breaking Bad Star Steven Michael Quezada:
What happens when you play both sides of the fence?
Eddie “Duke” Montano is a longtime undercover drug agent. Desperate to escape his dangerous double life, he’s suddenly appointed leader of the Albuquerque street gang he’s infiltrated.
Now, Duke must walk the line between maintaining his gang cover, dealing with the threats of Mexican cartels, and holding off the suits from Washington, hellbent on cleaning up the type of renegade undercover work he’s been involved in.
Duke discovers a possible way out when he’s ordered to follow the money in a money-laundering operation. But whenever salvation appears near, Duke is sucked into yet another level of international intrigue that reveals the true forces behind the drug trade.
As we’ve been telling you since last May, most definitely riding into New Mexico is our very own Lone Ranger.
THIS is Armie Hammer, the guy who’s so hot they spliced him into TWO hot guys for The Social Network.
From Student #2 in Arrested Development to his role as “Prince Charming” (what elese) in the upcoming film Mirror Mirror…also starring NM’s Own Julia Roberts, the L.A. native has been scoring role after role, before landing in the saddle as everyone’s favorite masked man.
The Lone Ranger is in pre-production now right here in New Mexico! If you’ve just arrived on the planet Armie, takes the reins alongside none other than Johnny Depp as Tonto. Film is set to roll before the month is out!
UPDATE 5/8/12:( After a promising report that Tin Star had not been kicked to the curb and effectively maintained a pulse upon delivery to its network earlier in the year, the prospective series, Tin Star has now gone the way of another New Mexico/TNT Network pilot; The Rabbit Factory pilot filmed here back in 2010.
GATEWAY, the Western television series pilot Warner Horizon Television filmed in New Mexico under the name “Tin Star” last fall, has reportedly received the greenlight.
According to a December 2011 press release, TNT had ordered a slew of new shows aimed to fill the 2012-2013 season, and now our sources tell us that we can expect the series to return for regular production.
Gateway is a “Western saga revolving around three brothers who step in to save their town when their father, the town sheriff, is murdered. The brothers are pitted against a corrupt cattle baron who is determined to make the town his own. The cast includes 1Cam Gigandet, Keir O’Donnell, David Denman, 4Karen Allen, Ana De La Reguera, 2Keith Carradine, 3Donal Logue, Shanno Lucio, Eric Lang, Anthony Lapaglia and Bill Sadler.”
The TNT show is expected to join the A&E western drama series, LONGMIRE now in pre-production right here in New Mexico!
As announced by the New Mexico Film Office last week, a film version of the story behind the Navy SEAL mission that ultimately killed Osama Bin Laden is now filming outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico. The film is titled after the mission itself, Code Name: Geronimo.
Cam Gigandet who recently starred in the NM production of the TNT pilot Tin Star leads the cast which also features Kathleen Robertson, William Fichtner, Robert Knepper, Kenneth Miller, Anson Mount, Freddy Rodriguez, Eddie Kaye Thomas and Xzibit.
Directed by John Stockwell, written by Kendall Lampkin, Code Name: Geronimo “tells the story of the manhunt for Osama Bin Laden and serves as the riveting backdrop for a gripping story about the combined efforts of an extraordinary group of Navy SEALs. This is the story of a clandestine operation, a perfect storm of people, and the rare synergy of circumstances that would amount to the most daring military operation of our generation, inspired by the true story of how it almost fell apart.”
New Mexico’s Own Tony Mark, producer of the Oscar winning war film, The Hurt Locker is producing with Nicolas Chartier and Zev Foreman.
Production is expected to wrap by the end of the month with a projected 2012 release.
The Santa Fe New Mexican has released this image of a Bin Laden compound replica built at the New Mexico State Penitentiary for the film:
It is being widely reported that Diane Kruger, star of the wholly New Mexico Film, Inhale and Tarantino’s accliamed Inglorious Basterds is in talks to play “The Seeker” in the upcoming NM shoot of The Host.
As we told you here The Host is the latest best selling novel turned film from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.
As recently as late last month Kruger herself is quoted by wwd.com as stating, “I play The Seeker. It’s a love triangle, of course, but it’s about aliens coming into human bodies and taking over. Earth has been occupied by all these aliens, and The Seeker is trying to find the last humans.”
The name of young Chandler Canterbury is also being batted about to join the cast in the role of Jaimie Stryder, while Boyd Holbrook is set to play Kyle O’Shea. If reports hold true these three will join Max Irons as Jared Howe, Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, William Hurt as Jeb Stryder and Jake Abel as Ian O’Shea.
Shooting begins this month between Louisiana and New Mexico. The Host is expected to premiere in the spring 2013.
Local extras/background casting details to follow…
Pictured left to right, actors James Badge Dale, Barry Pepper, Ruth Wilson (confirmed female lead), Tom Wilkinson (confirmed villian) and Helena Bonham Carter are set or in talks to round out the lead cast, under Johnny Depp’s Tonto and Armie Hammer in the title role for the confirmed New Mexico shoot of Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”.
With recent and upcoming casting calls for “Silver Bullet” being held in New Mexico, neither Disney or the local casting director have confirmed or denied any association between the two titles – however Disney has released the following preliminary synopsis for the NM shoot…
“Left for dead in an ambush with five other Texas Rangers, lawman John Reid (Armie Hammer) survives and is nursed back to health by an Indian scout named Tonto (Johnny Depp). He then dons a mask to avenge the murders of his comrades and to foil evil doers, never accepting payment for his services. His gratis vigilantism is made possible by the silver mine he inherits from one of his slain brothers – the same mine that affords him an endless supply of his trademark silver bullets.”
Per the popular, Farmington New Mexico edition of The Daily-Times, Silver Bullet casting director Elizabeth Gabel says, “besides the large numbers, we are also looking for some very specific roles, like a trapeze artist and circus performers.”
Furthermore Gabel tells the publication that she is “looking for both males and females with American Indian heritage, men with lots of facial hair and people that could be of Irish descent” adding that casting will go on over the entire production process which is slated through August 2012.