May 12 to May 16
Sunday to Thursday 3:00, 7:00
Dir. Antoinette Beumer – 2013 – 100m – Netherlands – In English & Dutch with English Subtitles,
“Rambling road trip film Jackie is a real honest-to-goodness charmer as two Dutch twin sisters head off to the US and the wide open spaces of New Mexico to spend less-than-quality time with their surrogate mother Jackie, a woman they have never met but are forced to deal with when she is hospitalised … the twins are wonderfully played by real-life sisters Carice and Jelka van Houten, while Oscar-winner Holly Hunter has a fine old time playing the weathered oddball Jackie, a woman who has little time for the intrusion in her life but who comes to appreciate the sister’s assistance …Directed with a lot of warmth by Antoinette Beumer (sister of actress Famke Janssen and who made Dutch hit The Happy Housewife with Carice von Houten)” – Mark Adams, Screen Daily
Freddy Rodriguez is set as a lead in the hour long NBC pilot After Hours. The Sony TV project, written/executive produced by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah and to be directed by Pierre Morel, revolves around the graveyard shift in the ER at San Antonio Medical Center. Rodriguez will play hospital administrator Michael Ragosa who is the new Comptroller for the Night Shift. A wannabe doctor who had to drop out of med school because of vision problems, Ragosa is a real bureaucrat for whom the bottom line seems to be everything. Rodriguez joins recently cast Eoin Macken.
Rodriguez, repped by UTA and manager Robbie Kass, stars in the Weinstein Co.’s Seal Team 6*, which premieres this Sunday on National Geographic. He recently wrapped a lead role in Randall Miller’s indie CBGB. Rodriguez’s series credits include Ugly Betty and Chaos.
UPDATE: Wahlberg’s next NMFilm, “LONE SURVIVOR” will hold an OPEN CALL for EXTRAS on Saturday September 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Santa Fe.
A wide range of extras of all types are wanted, with special interest/need for those with Military experience.
Double click thumbs below to enlarge pics from the central New Mexico set of 2 Guns starring Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg.
The production has been filming in various locations around the state, including the now defunct border crossing replica, constructed in downtown Albuquerque which made the news daily in drive-time traffic reports.
The stars and the hard working New Mexico cast & crew are wrapping-up remote location shoots for the graphic novel turned action suspense movie. 2 Guns is set for a summer 2013 release.
Additional cast includes, James Marsden, Paula Patton, Bill Paxton and Edward James Olmos.
Next for Whalberg is another New Mexico film! The real-life military story of “Operation Red Wing”. Lone Survivor begins filming NEXT MONTH.
The production is looking for grooms, jockeys, and men, women, and children of all ages and all races to appear in non-speaking roles in this feature film. These are all paid positions.
Filming is set to take place in the Las Cruces and El Paso areas in September.
Elizabeth Gabel the extras casting director for “The Lone Ranger,” “Cowboys & Aliens, “Terminator Salvation,” the Oscar®-winning “No Country for Old Men” and many more will be conducting the casting call.
For more information and to register or update a profile with EG Casting go to www.egcasting.com
“It is always a pleasure to return to New Mexico to make a film. I enjoy the crews, the locations and some old friends. On our new film we are hopscotching across the state. I am looking forward to it all,” -Jim Wilson, Producer/Director
As we’ve been following for you here, the sure to inspire feature film chronicling the amazing ride to the Kentucky Derby win for New Mexico’s Own Mine That Bird is set to begin production in NM.
Production Director Karen Koch says that 99% of the film’s crew will be New Mexican!
Official NMFO Press Release:
SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today the independent feature film, “50 to 1” will begin production early September though early October. Principal photography will take place in and around Las Cruces, Sunland Park, Edgewood, Tijeras, Corrales, Bernalillo, Albuquerque, and Santa Fe. The production will employ at least one hundred (100) New Mexico crewmembers, (30) New Mexico actors and over five hundred and fifty (550) background players. Produced and directed by Jim Wilson (Dances With Wolves, Swing Vote, Wyatt Earp) he states, “It is always a pleasure to return to New Mexico to make a film. I produced Wyatt Earp almost twenty years ago, then came back to make Swing Vote. I enjoy the crews, the locations, and some old friends. On our new film we are hopscotching across the state, from Sunland Park to Las Cruces to Albuquerque. I am looking forward to it all.” Karen Koch, New Mexico native and the film’s Production Manager says, “The ninety-nine percent New Mexican crew is proud to tell this homegrown story and feature so positively the southern part of our State.” 50 to 1 is the true story of a New Mexico racehorse Mine That Bird who won the Kentucky Derby at 50 to 1 odds and the unlikely team of New Mexicans who believed it was possible.
UPDATE 8/27/2012:A (*240 SEAT CAPACITY) New Mexico Premiere has been scheduled for Oct. 17 at the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival, details here.
After a dust-up surrounding the fully booked El Paso, TX world premiere of the New Mexico inspired, shot and beloved film, Bless Me Ultima, local industry insiders are talking.
Albuquerque Film Office Director, Ann Lerner says, “I believe they (the producers) were looking for an unbiased audience reaction to their movie – with an audience that was probably not so familiar with the story of Bless Me Ultima as all of us New Mexicans are. The story is quite dear to our hearts after all!”
Local crew and actors who worked on the production have been widely disappointed along with rabid fans of the literary work (by Albuquerque resident and iconic author Rudolfo Anaya), on which the movie is based, to learn that there is no local screening currently scheduled.
A rep for one of the production companies behind the movie, Monkey Tree Films, has assured locals that a New Mexico premiere is in the works.
State Film Office Director Nick Manianatis confirms to OHI, “We’ve been working with the producers in planning a cast and crew screening in NM – more to come.”
While local talent awaits their time to screen this passion project, Anaya himself has had a private viewing the film. The author had this to say to La Bloga:
The movie is excellent, it captures the story and characters. Every single person attending the screening gave it fantastic, positive reviews.
I am positive la gente is going to love the movie. Like my friend John Nichols said, a novel becomes a short story when turned into a movie. Don’t expect to see the full novel on screen. Everyone knows that.
Carl Franklin did a great job with the story and bringing characters together as familia. Except for Miriam Colón, the cast are actors that don’t have big celebrity names. I hope they do after their roles in the movie. Everyone did excellent work.
Carl Franklin, the director, did talk to me and asked me questions, but the screenplay is his work. I approved his work. Some themes in the novel are left out, but the story works.
I met the director several times here at our home. I was invited to play a role in the movie and attend all shooting events, but I stayed home. My feeling was to let them do their work. I don’t make movies.
I met all the actors at the cast party. They had only positive things to say of the process. Miriam Colón visited me here at our home. She is lovely, a perfect Ultima. Her face shines in the movie, so does Luke (Ganalon) who plays Antonio.
…the people will love it. Will there be critics? Of course. All art is criticized if only by responding to it. Let the people enjoy and judge. I feel confident the movie will be around in 50 years.
Magic Salad Productions is casting for a television show host for a weekly episodic interview show called New Mexico Media Makers. Host should have strong foundation and knowledge of the film, television and new media industry in New Mexico. Journalism background a plus. Host will be responsible for creating, directing and carrying an interview conversation within a precisely timed half hour television format using teleprompter, three cameras with tricaster and floor director cues.
When: Monday, August 13, 2012
Time: Afternoon by appointment
Where: UPublic Studio, 519 Central Ave NW, Albuquerque
“New Mexico Media Makers”
Genre – Television Interview/Profile Show
Host: A non-union person with excellent interview and conversational skills who can write and improvise intelligent, thought-provoking questions and possesses confidence and a friendly attitude. Good foundation and knowledge of film/media industry in New Mexico preferred and journalism or television background a plus. Ability to use teleprompter, three camera set and floor director cues will be assessed.
Produced by Magic Salad Productions
Casting: Shelley Carney
Producers: Shelley Carney & Mark Cormack
No anticipated pay for first season. Credit, craft service and bonus upon completion of filming first season of 13 episodes. This show will provide exposure and promotion through distribution on public access television in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe markets as well as across the state and country.
Please contact Shelley Carney at firstname.lastname@example.org with headshot and resume for audition appointment.
A second showing is now scheduled for Sunday, July 29, 2 p.m.
1600 St. Michaels Drive
(on the Santa Fe University of Art and Design campus)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Get all the behind-the-scenes scoop during the Q & A session with the filmmaker, Cristina McCandless following the 75 minute screening.
“From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe,” by local filmmaker Cristina McCandless, chronicles the lives of three Zimbabwean women who take us along for the ride when they venture forth to sell their baskets at the world’s largest folk art market…yes, Santa Fe’s folk art market.
But, the film isn’t about The Market – It’s about these uniquely appealing heroines who stretch beyond their personal and cultural boundaries as they reach for a better life. Their creativity, persistence and humor in the face of the unexpected twists and turns along the road, inspire us to rethink our own notions of sustainability, success and prosperity.
This documentary, filmed in partnership with two rural Zimbabwean villages and sanctioned by the country’s arts and culture leadership, offers us a violence-free, victim-free, feel-good immersion into every-day village life in Africa’s southern hemisphere.
“From Zimbabwe to Santa Fe” recently screened at the Riverside International Film Festival where it won the Audience Favorite and Jurors Best Documentary awards. The film is a New Mexico Film Office New Visions Contract Award Winner and a “mentored” project of the National Association of Latino Independent Producers, Producers Academy.
Tix: $8.50 to $10.00, advance ticket purchase recommended, (505) 473-6494
For more info. contact Cristina McCandless at email@example.com
ABQ Trolley Co. is excited to introduce the first ever Breaking Bad locations tour of Albuquerque on Sunday, July 15th. “The BaD Tour” is a 3.5 hour, fully-narrated tour of Breaking Bad locations. Breaking Bad is the Emmy-winning television series that is shot on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Spend 3.5 hours on a uniquely-Albuquerque, open-air Trolley as we tour Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s Albuquerque!
The tour coincides with the much-anticipated Season 5 premiere of Breaking Bad. The BaD Tour begins July 15th at 4:00PM and ends at 9:00PM after a private viewing party of the Season 5 Premiere of Breaking Bad at Back Alley Brew Pub located inside JC’s New York Pizza Department (215 Central Ave. NW) in downtown Albuquerque. Tickets are $60 and include dinner. Tickets go on sale on July 1st at 12:01AM. There are 34 seats available. The tour departs from 3rd St. & Tijeras NW (Convention Center [west complex] loading zone). There will be Breaking Bad trivia and great prizes from local Albuquerque businesses given out on the tour.
[Latitude Media] is working on Australian writer/director Husein Alicajic’s Divine Shadows. The drama/thriller is set in the US Bible Belt where dark secrets are revealed. WME is packaging the project – with Alfred Molina attached — and SC Films International is handling sales. The film will shoot in New Mexico later this year.
“This is one of the most thought provoking and intriguing projects I have read in a long time, and I am looking forward to the prospect of working with such an exciting new talent” said Simon Crowe of SC Films. “Having Alfred Molina already attached speaks volumes for the quality of the script.”
“Despite this being Alicajic’s first feature, he has an incredibly strong filmmaking pedigree” added Jovicic. “His inimitable talent has only been enhanced by directing award winning international shorts and commercials, as well as working with such diverse filmmakers as Alex Proyas and Steven Soderberg along the way.”
Jovicic’s Latitude is also working on The Lost Honor of Katherina Bloom and Place, both to be shot in New York.
Pre-pick-up, the CBS television pilot dubbed the “Las Vegas Project”, laid its early 60s era roots in oldtimey New Mexico.
This spring the dramatic series pilot took shape in NM, with heavy hitting stars Dennis Quaid, Michael Chiklis and Carrie Anne Moss.
Now that the series has received a definitive spot in the Columbia Broadcasting System fall primetime line-up, New Mexicans happily employed on the shoot and other fans of NMFilm have awaited on word of its return.
Today, Backstage reports deets on principal casting confirmation and says that the pending full season production is set to return to New Mexico!
As I eventually eluded to here, buried far beneath my retro-New Mexico, non-”encounter” with Mark Wahlberg story…
I can now report that Washington and Wahlberg are officially ON for a June shoot between New Mexico and Louisiana for the Universal Pictures production of “2 Guns”.
The ACTION ADVENTURE flick tells the story of a DEA agent and an undercover Naval Intelligence officer who are unwittingly investigating each other and who steal mob money for the good guys. They realize later that the mob actually got them to steal $50 million from the CIA.
Fresh off Contraband, which also starred Wahlberg, Baltasar Kormakur is at the helm to direct. The script, based on the graphic novel Steven Grant, is penned by Blake Masters.
COMING SOON – Thursday nights at the 8 p.m. “hot slot” on UPublicTV:
Front Row Divas is a lighthearted, quirky web-series that is a laser sharp review of movies from the perspective of four unique, smart and sassy women. Each week the Divas will bring you first rate of features showing at a theater near you.
But these Divas are no laymen; they’re writers, producers, actors, and directors, who are actively working in the film industry. They’ve been in the trenches on countless movie sets and have the moxie to tell it like it is. As women in an often male dominated industry, they bring a fresh, unique perspective to what’s being shown on the silver screen.
- Front Row Divas
Brought to you by a collaboration between Mean Mug Films, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, and Garson Studios.
It was 1992ish when the hottest, most fabulous boy I’d ever met skipped across the gym floor to my post at the front desk of the health club, where I was working at the time (located just across the street from the Pan Am Center at New Mexico State University), he was not only beside himself, but rather outside himself with GLEE (that wasn’t a thing yet), shout-whispering like a champ, “Ohmygod, ohmygod, ohmygod! (these were also the days long before OMG) Do you know who that is?!?”
I thought “Stewart” might have been referring to one of the mysterious (mysterious in that I knew pretty much everyone who came into the gym, none of whom were among ‘em) and enormous men who had walked in, almost in a huddle just moments before this shout-whispering alert was barreling (skipping) toward me.
“THAT’S MARKY MARK!! THAT’S MARKY MARK!!” And sure enough, t’was. Standing what had to have been at least 2 feet shorter than the 7′+, hulking entourage that came in surrounding him was Mark Wahlberg. Not but 24 hours prior I was on the stairmaster (the REAL kind, where stairs actually come out like an escalator) next to my adorbs workout friend (whose name totally escapes me now, Erin?), sweating our young asses off and laughing about how “Marky Mark” was coming to town.
And there he was, looking pretty much like this. BLAM-O!
Alas, I was not terribly impressed because I was very young and freshly in love with another. He asked me a few innocent questions about the gym and “where are all the chicks with that thing up their butts?” (this is what women wore at the gym at that point in history). But even through my 17-ish y/o, freshly in love goggles I could see that he was/is unbelievably good looking. That was the first time a New England Boy’s “charms” would wash over me with a lasting impression (a draw that would be much to my detriment later in life, but I digress).
As if I haven’t quite literally dated myself with this post already, I’ll also tell you that he gave me his PAGER number. That’s right, pager number, “MARK 400-XX_XXX”, or however pager numbers were written. I don’t have it anymore because one of those lousy New England boys* threw it away many years later; took it right out of one of my girlie keepsake boxes and trashed it. But it is burned in my brain how he scribed, “Mark” on the back of that fitness center coupon (aww).
He also gave me tix or made a call (I can’t remember) whereby me (and my first true love [second only to one]) gained free entry to the “Marky Mark & the Funky Bunch” show, going on later that night at the Pan Am Center. We left early.
Mark was back at the gym the next day and stopped by in the daycare, where I was stationed to work that day. Again gorgeous, again sweet. I told him the show was great. He asked me why I didn’t page him at or after the show. I don’t remember how I answered.
So that is my Mark Wahlberg story. Does it hurt my eyes to look at his hotness now? Only slightly more than it hurts anyone else, and probably a little less than the girls who might have “paged” him that night.
“2 Guns” will be a Universal Pictures collaboration with Emmet/Furla Films. Marc Platt will produce with Randall Emmett and George Furla. Baltasar Kormakur will direct from the screenplay by Blake Masters, based on Steven Grant’s graphic novel of the same name.
The film is slated for a 2013 release with shooting set to start in New Mexico and Louisiana in June of this year.
Synopsis and local casting deets to follow.
*Then I met Matt Damon and forgave & now love all N.E. Boys again (except Tom Brady and the aforementioned).
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…
Everywhere from ARNOLD NATION to AUSTRIA is abuzz about Schwarzenegger getting back in front of the camera for his next film following the recently wrapped NM shoot of The Last Stand.
Best of all, made out in translation is the word that the action/sci-fi/fantasy pic will land Arnold back in Valencia County, New Mexico as soon as this spring!
TheArnoldFans.com sought out the deets that the former TERMINATOR is slated to play a more “angelic” than robotic immortal instrument of death in the upcoming flick.
According to Deadline:
Arnold Schwarzenegger is set to star in Black Sands, an action film that will be directed by Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy. Financed by Bill Block’s QED, the film will begin production April 1, 2012. In the script that Skip Woods has rewritten, Schwarzenegger will play a loner who wages war against a ruthless weapons manufacturer and his private army in the Southwest. The tone is Man On Fire meets High Plains Drifter.
Multiple outlets are also reporting that Schwarzenegger’s third return to the screen will be an action/thriller co-starring Sly Stallone.
But The Lone Ranger is not the only show town…Just as we’ve been diligently following and reporting on the progress of that major motion picture for months now, so too have we kept our nosey to the grindstone to bring you the very good news that the A&E series, which shot its pilot right here in NM last spring, WILL return to shoot its regular season network pickup.
The hour-long original scripted drama Longmire, based on the best selling mystery novel series by Craig Johnson, is scheduled to shoot in New Mexico beginning this spring. ¡Gracias a Dios!
A network press release puts the production in Santa Fe, NM come March.
Roll out the welcome mat and the cash register receipts NM!
Following this weekend’s four corners reports that Tonto himself was out and about everywhere from Shiprock to Gallup, the social web has lent to the speculation in the past couple of days that Johnny Depp has now made his way to the Q.
There is ZERO confirmation that the mega star is in our midst just yet, but his arrival is eminent, and with his international acclaim the swarms of media wanton for the latest installment of anything Depp are sure to follow.
Even though Tonto his Ranger and the rest of the Disney cast & crew set to ride into New Mexico have yet to go public with their arrival, and just because Depp’s publicized shopping stops at Target, Three Rivers Brewery, or Sammy C’s may be pure fiction doesn’t mean that NM can’t play supreme host to those hot for a Southwestern Depp fix.
Good luck TMZ [not]. New Mexico is a safe haven for stars and so much more! ¿Que no? Enjoy the local cuisine pappos!
Locals: If you get a tip or pic keep it local here with your friendly neighbor-hood NM Entertainment website!
Iconic sharpshooter, widower Lucas McCain, first brought to life by Chuck Connors and his 1892 Winchester is slated to hit modern day television.
The beloved TV series, “The Rifleman” (1958-1963) is being resurrected by Columbia Broadcasting System.
With recent clamourings for the western genre, brought on by the success of Deadwood and Justified, spawning new series’ Hell on Wheels and NM’s own (pilot) Longmire, CBS is poised to bring the gold home to network TV in the proverbial chuck-wagon.
The original series set in the 1800s and NEW MEXICO is currently in development at CBS with Harry Potter director Chris Columbus, screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar and Shutter Island) and Patrick Lussier for the CBS and hopefully NM shoot…
As we told you here, the next biggest upcoming movie saga spawned from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer, is New Mexico bound.
“The Host” follows Melanie Stryder in a post-apocalyptic world in which aliens called Souls have body-snatched and are occupying the majority of the human population. Melanie herself is taken over by a Soul named Wanderer. However, Melanie’s strong will to survive have the two consciousnesses fighting for domination and eventually becoming allies as they set out to find Jared, the man Melanie loves, and their small colony of human resistance. When they get there, Melanie meets Ian who forms a connection with Wanderer, and a love quadrangle in three bodies gets underway.
Just named as leading man Jared is Max Irons (Red Riding Hood, currently set to star opposite Neve Campbell in Vivaldi as Antonio himself). Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, The Lovely Bones) takes up the role of occupied Melanie Stryder and Jake Abel (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, I Am Number Four) rounds out the love quadrangle.
Shooting is set to begin next February in New Mexico and Louisiana, scheduled for a March 2013 release.