Between dueling chopper shots* of a mysterious and remote set, to our own ABC** affiliate broadcasting their interview with the New Mexico extras casting director for The Lone Ranger (record scratch…aka “Silver Bullet” – worst kept secret in town btw and there’s a lot of ‘em) Disney’s The Lone Ranger continues kicking-up dust in the New Mexico desert like no other production before it has.
You may recall this whole extravaganza kicked-off when this was the shoot that almost never was, but director, producer and stars alike dug in their boot heels and made it happen. Salary cuts and budget wrangling aside The Lone Ranger will likely continue to spur controversy right up until its DVD/Blu-ray™ release.
So while Marvel’s** entire crew of mighty Avengers were able to sweep in and out of town with ~less ruckus than TLR has had thus far, don’t count the masked man, his loyal sidekick or New Mexico out of the controversial headlines for the duration of filming.
Why, even our little space here on the web has been hit with a trickling trail of fury when this blogger chose to publish these pics sent in to us of some rather generic western props – leading to some healthy industry banter?
“Shame on you for posting this! Is your purpose to support the NM film industry and the local New Mexican’s [sic] it employees [sic] or are you one of the weak links in the chain that will cause what remains of the NM film industry to most certainly disappear?” – fb comment
“It must be pictures like these that drove them away from Hollywood….”
– Industry Journalist
Wielding this kind of power delusion to stir-up such controversy, perhaps this blogger can now lead the charge in the next round of TLR Escándalo:
One of the most hotly contested debates from the word “Yo” on this project was the casting of the still smoldering Johnny Depp as Tonto.
While this touch of Chinese, Mexican girl with smatterings of alleged Native American and Irish descent can appreciate the demand to cast true to race, the bigger picture on this big picture is clear, and that is that hundreds of many races now have a chance at work on this sure to be blockbuster New Mexico production (unlike this lost production – but I’m the one running film out of NM).
BUT MOREOVER – The smoking (pun intended) hot Armie Hammer, who’s cast as The Lone Ranger himself, IS NOT FROM TEXAS!
The LONE RANGER was written as a Texas cowboy qué no? Boy is from L.A. Escándaloso up!
Albuquerque couple Alex & Arthur Beach, aunt and uncle to “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson, are back home in New Mexico after surviving the horrific Costa Concordia Carnival Cruise liner crash near the Tuscan island of Giglio.
The Beach’s and other American survivors recount their experiences during tragedy to Good Morning America here. Sadly they echo details of Captain and Crew negligence leading to the fatal ship wreck.
Welcome home Alex & Arthur. The search and recovery efforts for the approx. two dozen still missing continues.
From ABC News: Last Spot On a Lifeboat, and a Hollywood Welcome Home
The cruise aboard the Costa Concordia was Alex Beach’s birthday present from her husband, Arthur.
The Albuquerque, New Mexico couple were resting comfortably in their cabin after a day of sightseeing in Rome followed by dinner onboard the ship when disaster struck.
The couple told “Good Morning America” that, at first, passengers were led to believe there was nothing wrong. Then, as the ship began to tilt and the lights went out, there was a mad rush to the ship’s life boats, the last line of escape from the sinking vessel.
“It took five tries to get in,” Alex Beach said on “GMA.” “We kept going to lifeboats and they were already full and people were pushing and shoving and screaming. They were jumping on lifeboats even though they were already full.”
“We got to the fifth one,” she said. “When we got to where we could get on, I heard someone say there were nine spots left.”
The couple’s long journey home took them to Barcelona, Spain before they finally made it back safely to the U.S. Once they arrived home in Albuquerque, the couple were greeted with a Hollywood welcome, a message from their nephew, “Modern Family” star Jesse Tyler Ferguson
“When we got home on Sunday evening, we had a message from him,” Alex said of her famous nephew.
These two star-crossed undercover lovers, seen’ish here below, on the low, low-down getting their reunited on in the U.K. within the past couple of days, are apparently happily wed’ish!
The pair of actors who star in some vampire movie franchise together and such films as The Runaways, Jumper, Water for Elephants, and Remember Me respectively, lend new meaning to the phrase “private life” by not commenting and not capitalizing on whether they are or are not “a couple”.
But the headlines will abound regardless – most recently in conjunction with the upcoming release of the latest installment of the Twilight saga, Robert Pattinson admits that he “accidentally married” his co-star Kristen Stewart.
“The wedding scene’s funny because we used a real priest. So technically we are already married because he did all the things you would do in a normal ceremony,” – Pattinson at a Press Conference last week
In related and real-life news Pattinson, expected in NM eventually, is currently house hunting in London where he and Stewart apparently met-up at his “flat” while she’s on a break from shooting her latest film, Snow White and the Huntsman there.
And now I feel dirty for talking about these two crazy kids who may be giving celebrity relationship a good name by not shoving their every move in our faces into obnoxia. But these are the pop-culture/entertainment matters of the day, so enjoy the re-posted pics and then shower you filthy animal. ;)
New Mexico’s number one son is kicking butt, taking and naming names!
From his early years, in Hollywood, New Mexico (more commonly known as Ruidoso), to his shot to fame as Doogie Howser, M.D., Neil Patrick Harris’ star only continues to rise.
In a Sept. issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, New Mexico’s Own lends his writing skills to sharing a HOLLYWOOD survival guide with the world!
NPH says, reveal your personal life, not your private life and as to how to act on a set, “Never be a d-bag to the crew”.
More gems including these excerpts from NPH in his own words to here:
LEARN THE OBOE, GO TO DRAMA CAMP, AND PRAY LIKE HELL FOR A LUCKY BREAK
I was very musical at a young age. So much so that Churchill Cooke, our elementary school band and choir director, let me teach parts in the choir when I was in the fourth grade. First I played the xylophone, then marimba, cymbals, French horn, bassoon — I became a sort of jack-of-all-trades. It’s a mindset that I think never really left me. Mr. Cooke would say, “We need an oboe part for this piece, Neil. Learn oboe.” And I would say, “Sure, Mr. Cooke. Who needs friends?”
BRACE FOR THE WAVE(S)
Mr. Steven Bochco is a very wise man. After a many-monthed nationwide search to find a precocious teenage doctor, he hired me. But I suppose he’s wise for other reasons, too: Right when Doogie Howser, M.D. was beginning, he took my parents and me to a restaurant, sat us down, and said, “A career is like surfing. You paddle out and paddle out and get wet and hit by these waves. When you finally get out where you’re supposed to go, you have to sit on a surfboard for a long time, just waiting. If you’re really lucky, you’ll catch a wave, and it’ll be the most amazing feeling. But the key is that that wave will inevitably crash to the sand. Then what you have to do is paddle back out and get hit by a bunch of waves again. But trust that in the long term there will always be waves to catch.” To a young family from New Mexico, you can imagine our reaction: “What the hell is surfing?” But thinking back, it was a very impressive thing to hear as a kid and, as it turns out, absolutely accurate.
BE A SLUT (PROFESSIONALLY SPEAKING)
It’s good to have a lot of once-in-a-lifetimes in your lifetime. If you get the chance to skydive, go skydiving. If you’re offered a part in a weird Shakespeare play in San Diego, slap on some tights and rock out some iambic pentameter. If you’re offered the opportunity to have a swastika painted on your ass, glitter on your nipples, and to simulate sex with a man and a woman behind a curtain, go for it… provided it’s Cabaret on Broadway and not in some dude’s basement.
Split or no split, change works for Demi and Demi WORKS for change. From her self-made superstardom, to her politics, to her word wide humanitarianism, New Mexico’s Own Demi Moore is the queen of re-invention and vitality.
THAT is why as a state focused entertainment and issues organization we tapped local film makers and NM’s Ultimate Party Rock Band to create a plea, nay the “Ultimate Rock Party Postcard” dedicated to New Mexico’s estranged daughter, inviting her to come home.
We set our sights on New Mexico’s most well known, global goodwill ambassador inviting her to COME BACK to her home state where the star could no doubt enact and inspire change that even the most down trodden New Mexican could get behind.
We say, think globally, act locally, and no starker contrast can be made between our struggling state and the star shine of our own NM native Demi Moore.
As we did on her birthday, at Christmastime and again on Valentine’s Day we continue to extend the invite to NM’s favorite star to COME BACK, where we’d all like to see her at work in NM Film, active in NM Politics and flexing her star power in initiating local humanitarianism.
After all, inspire a child, help a mother, feed a family here and enact the change we all would like to see in the whole of the world.
I don’t know if it’s the wily eyebrows, the sinewy chest, the oft sported flapper curls or the latest reports on New Mexico’s own Arizona Muse from this year’s Fashion Week being woven into epic tales of bitchery that warm the cockles of my cold, cold heart – but I do know that this Santa Fean is turning the fashion world on its ear for the second year in row!
As I told you here last year, high fashion’s favorite New Mexican has become a runway darling, top fashion houses vie for her pose and Vougue has been keen to feature the beauty on covers from Korea to Australia.
As the story goes a fellow blah, blah, blah, blog fake reporter from Stylite covering Fashion Week was poised to get the goods in the way of interview with our coveted Muse. Instead, this is what he got:
Styleite: Hi, Arizona. We’d love to ask you just a few quick questions!
Arizona: OK. But before you record (we were already recording) would you mind telling me what questions you’re going to ask me?
Styleite: Um (stops recording). Sure! We were going to ask you about your plans for the rest of Fashion’s Night Out, what your plans are for Fashion Week and what shows you’re walking in. Then I was going to ask about what it was like working with David Yurman and what your favorite past campaigns are. And then maybe what you like about New York. Is that OK?
Arizona: OK. Could you pick two of them so there … aren’t so many questions?
Styleite: Yeah, sure! How about your plans for FNO, the week and working with Yurman? (starts recording again).
“It was so much fun to be part of the contest. I had been to the competition in the past but only as an observer. It’s really important to support and encourage Native American arts, and that includes clothing,” – Tom Ford
Read all about the globally acclaimed fashion designer/producer/director and part-time Santa Fean regarding his participation with the Santa Fe Indian Market this past weekend, previously and going forward, right here in the Santa Fe New Mexican!
From Japan to The View frivolous Heiress BS is being called out.
You may recall as I do with GLEE when last year Japan D-Listed the heinousness that is Parasite Hilton like the skanky, good-for-nothing scab on society that she is!
Cut to last week when ever so effortlessly sharp-tongued television journalist Barbara Walters and epic entertainer turned T.V. host Whoopi Goldberg grilled the empty headed idol to idiots everywhere like no one has had the huevos to do to the likewise criminally worthless such as Lindsay Lohan etc., etc.
It’s being widely reported that thanks to this crack journalism, the cokey smuttyness Hilton was set to bring forth in upcoming interviews and public appearances to promote her nonsense of a new “show” is canceled! YAY!
Visit here, here and here to see what some real community leaders are doing! And WE can all visit Serve.gov to find out what we can do to counteract the nonsense of this Www.
The Global Film Maven at On Location Vacations was kind enough to include OneHeadlightInk.com on her very own Top 7 list of noms for a Stylish Blogger Award!
I’d like to personally thank Christine for this as her site is one not to be missed and most of the world knows it! I’m honored any and every time she shines her spotlight on my beloved New Mexico through our humble efforts here on this site for all the world to see!
According to the rules of the Award, I should:
1) Thank and link back to the blogger who awarded you with the award.
2) Share 7 Things about yourself.
3) Award recently discovered great bloggers.
4) Contact the bloggers and inform them of the award
So, here’s 7 things about me:
1) I don’t like sharing things about myself
2) My name is Christa but I blog under pseudonym(s)
3) This is my only j-o-b
4) Raised in & love NM but born just over the border…
5) I run this blog out of the sincere desire to showcase New Mexico Talent, Community and Issues
6) I am an agoraphobic, social anxiety sufferer in disguise
7) I/we don’t have a personal mobile phone service or caller ID
And here are the 9 sites I nominate for the Stylish blogger Award:
DListed – the ultimate in risque blog poetry by one of the most unsung word-meisters of our time, the irreverent perfection that is Michael K. (Not suitable for all/most audiences)
ABQontheCheap – Because this concept saves locals some dough and it’s written with a personal touch.
JeremyJojola.com – Because who doesn’t love ‘em a little Jeremy Jojola; local news journalist extraordinaire, funny like Jimmy Fallon, heart o’gold, runs with mic like no other…and he’s one in six degrees to TOM JOLES!!!
abqthemag.com – the glossy, classy, flashy version of all things Albuquerque
Alibi.com – the most powerful website in the city!
She nearly had me at sapphire blue dress…but the woman on the verge of becoming Princess Katherine the Great makes an even better show in her request for support and awareness of anti-bullying efforts.
Among the list of organizations that Prince William and his Lady have asked their supporters to benefit in lieu of wedding gifts is Beatbullying – a group that work[s] intensively with those so deeply affected by bullying that they can barely face going to school that next morning.
According to the flurry of media reports surrounding the future Queen – she experienced long-term difficulties, suffering through the throws of pre-teen bullying – talk about IT GETS BETTER! Good show Kate!
And now from one Queen to another…I admired his humble beginnings, loathed his wicked ways and now admire his change.
With the rash of child and young-adult suicides bringing the evils of bullying to the forefront of decent human consciousness many called-out one who was perceived as one of the biggest cyber-bullies of all time – in fact Mario was a long time victim of the aim of the evil that is harassment, name-calling, and outright blind hate.
With that background in tow – the coffee shop success of his snarky multimillion dollar online life began – but with the clarity that comes after tragedy the Queen of online mean turned a new leaf, a kinder, gentler exposé of the gossip we hold so dear (you know you do – admitting it is the first step).
And with that, “Hollywood’s most hated” website was re-monikered to “Hollywood’s most sassy…“, vulgar scribbles turned sillier, and words less hateful more punny. We didn’t hear much about this being publicized, but then why would it get press – hateful gets far more headlines.
Lesson Learned: It gets better when we get better, don’t be a bully Susana!
p.s. NOT EVER to be confused with the C-wordness of my (twin-brother from another mother) my BELOVED M.K. whose prose are PURE POETRY of the ages…
UDATE: That’ll be TWO EMMY winners on set >> Enter co-star Aaron Paul – Just confirmed to appear at the same taping of the AAP next TUESDAY! You might wanna wear shades l’est the star power be blinding on this HOT New Mexico winter’s night!
Globally acclaimed actor, three time Emmy winning STAR of the AMC series Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston will guest on New Mexico’s Own late night TV talk show, The After After Party with his beloved co-star in the series, host Steven Michael Quezada.
We’ve been telling you for years that SMQ is where it’s at – now the WORLD is tapped in to the weekly party!
And as you heard here from the fantastically funny man himself, he’s working it for YOU and your seat is waiting at the Historic Wool Warehouse in Downtown Albuquerque!
Get in while you can! The next taping, including the episode featuring the one and only Bryan Cranston is Tuesday January 11th, 7 p.m. sharp!
It’s sure to be a full house and it’s ALWAYS a good time at this hometown phenomenon! Take your seat for the FREE show! Snacks, drinks and souvenirs available! See you there!!!
p.s. Full Disclosure: Catch past episodes here, including yours truly as of late, delivering SMQ’s Hommywood Report (ep. 4 & 5).
One or BOTH of these super-hero studs coming to a town near YOU, NM!!!
The Comic-Bible sites are a buzz-ity-buzz, BUZZ today about the fact that Marvel’s big boys are set to bring some more of their big toys to Nuevo México.
As we’ve reported here Captain America has been overseas filming in the UK and now some U.S. filming questions may be answered with a big FAT N.M.
Like Thor and light Iron Man 2 werk picked-up here before him it appears a lil’ bit O’ Captain is headed this way.
Yes, the comic rabid are batting about that very prospect. The actual chatter is stating that vague deets are spewing forth that either I-Ron Man III or The Captain is NM bound, but this blogette would not be at all surprised if we get both these
heavy hitters! Captain’s ETA is as early as January…
This is a great opportunity to update your portfolio with some new and exciting professional photographs. The suggested donation is $50 per person but is not a requirement. We accept, cash, checks and credit cards. Models will be grouped into 1 hour sessions. Choose the session that works best for you. Wardrobe and hair style changes are encouraged, but you must accommodate your own hair and makeup.
Houston Spaceport, New Mexico we (will soon) have lift-off.
Stratosphere defying stars and billionaires alike will soon be able to make the trek out to Spaceport America, NM for the first of the commercial tourism flights as charted by the Virgin Galactic/New Mexico venture that is Spaceport AMERICA.
From the Associated Press via Las Cruces Sun News:
White Knight Two touches down in NM desert
Virgin Galactic’s Sir Richard Branson, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and prospective astronauts gathered in the southern New Mexico desert Friday to celebrate the completion of the runway at the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport.
Spaceport America is the world’s first facility designed specifically to launch commercial spacecraft. The celebration of its nearly-two-mile-long runway comes less than two weeks after another major step for Virgin Galactic: the first solo glide flight of its space tourism rocket ship.
Branson called it an emotional and historic day. The British billionaire said he expects flights for space tourists to begin in nine to 18 months, and he will be among the first passengers…
Or they’re coming anyway and looking to hire from within. We’re all for creating more work for natives, HOWEVER…
Ahhemm, incoming madame Governess perhaps t’is time to look into what/how this shall be regulated. Oui? Ou non?
Personally I’ve long been awaiting it as an inevitability, torn between the positive exposure of our great state, preserving the privacy and integrity of our home grown productions and the possibility of spawning the pure evil, sprung from photog seeking/feeding media wh-ores.
We’ve said it before – there will eventually be the need for regulation here as in the Governator’s state – better sooner than later? Chime in & chime up NM.
and p.s. before you call me out for calling the kettle a big ol’ bag of pot…click