LAS CRUCES, Sun-News report – Will Smith and his son, Jaden, star together in the film “After Earth” which is scheduled to open on May 31. On Friday, though, the father-and-son duo were in southern New Mexico at Spaceport America to help promote the film as well as promote a pact between Virgin Produced – the film and television arm of Virgin Group – with Overbrook Entertainment.
Virgin Galactic is a tenant at Spaceport America, the world’s first purpose-built commercial spaceport, about 40 miles north of Las Cruces.
Overbrook Entertainment will support the “After Earth” franchise, according to a release. The movie’s plot involves a crash landing that leaves the two main characters stranded on earth 1,000 years after humanity left the planet.
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We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.
For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.
You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.
Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.”
In part, in response to some rather scathing reviews (Slate, The New York Post) of her latest novel, “The Feminist and The Cowboy: An Unlikely Love Story” (originally titled, “Learning to Submit”), bestselling New Mexico author Alisa Valdes has blogged a shocking and disturbing sequel to the book which has just recently hit retail shelves.
Today on her official blog titled, “The Diary of Author Alisa Valdes”, she writes in horrific detail just some of the heinous events she said she suffered through at the hands of her once revered “Cowboy”, post completion of the manuscript that he inspired as it was submitted for publication. The lengthy account is a drama of its own, which chronicles not only the lifeline of the novel itself, but provides an inside look at the journey to publication to where it stands today, being sold and promoted, or a lack thereof.
There are so many sad accounts in this real-life saga, from the artist’s struggle in creating an honest to herself account as a memoir for her fans, to the truths of the levels of abuse men and women will suffer at the hands of those they love and profess to love, to the scrutiny and judgment bandied-about when any aspect of one’s life is put forth for public consumption.
Valdes never fails to provide the cold hard details for her fans, whether it be after the fact or against the wishes of her publishers, her truths are on display, often in gut wrenching detail:
“There was the night we argued at my house, and he was going to leave, as he always did, stonewalling and locking me out being his favorite weapons, his silent treatments going on sometimes for weeks on end, the emails finally coming in which he said he was willing to come back as long as I changed a long list of things about myself, and me always caving in…but that night, he was brutal again, when I tried to say I was sorry, when I tried to stop the inevitable stonewalling, he glared, called me a mouthy cunt, told me to get to my side of the bed and not touch him, told me that he couldn’t stand the sight of me, told me that if I really wanted to impress him then I’d be a good girl and just shut the fuck up, and his finger poking me in the chest, and then wagged in my face, telling me that my biggest problem, the reason he would never marry me after all, was that I was a woman who just didn’t know when to shut the fuck up, shut the fuck up, and me saying I would, that I would be quiet, and turning my back to him so he wouldn’t hear me cry, and him feeling the bed shake anyway and yelling at me that I was pathetic, that if I wanted him to stay then I better stop fucking crying, and me running into my closet with my phone to fall in a heap on the floor and text myself so that in the morning I’d remember that this was NOT okay, that this was NOT love, and him pretending the next morning that nothing had happened.”
Not okay, indeed. Valdes goes on to provide a likely sought after look at the “Cowboy” himself, and even includes a brief video of what looks to be an interview she may have conducted with him herself.
Following a year of messy headlines, detailing the ugly divorce battle between Dr. Paul Nassif and New Mexico born Adrienne Maloof, it appears that fellow “Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” star, Brandi Glanville is confirming that Maloof is now intent on suing her for some choice words bleeped out of the latest episode of their hit reality show!
“After what could be called a confusing episode of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Brandi Glanville wrote in her Bravo Blog that she regrets what she said about Adrienne, and that once again her mouth got her in to trouble… expensive trouble. She’s goes on to say that she pissed off the wrong rich person. You can read what has been reported about what Brandi allegedly said on the episode here. When a fan on Twitter asked Brandi what she said, she replied, “The truth,” but she couldn’t say what, “because she doesn’t want any more lawyer bills.” Bravo was not allowed to air what was said because of legal reasons…”
New Mexicans may remember the Maloof’s as the former owners of all the local Warren Properties and the Sheraton Albuquerque Uptown. Until 2010 the Maloof’s had exclusive proprietorship rights to the distribution of Boston Beer Company, Coors, Corona, Guinness, Heineken, Miller, Red Bull, and Tecate products throughout New Mexico. They sold Maloof Distributing in 2010 to Admiral Beverage Corporation.
For the past ten years the Maloof family has owned the NBA team, The Sacramento Kings. The family owns The Palm Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada; and are one of the largest single shareholders in Wells Fargo Bank.
The family also has their hands in entertainment and media with Maloof Productions and Maloof Music. The former being responsible for bringing us, Living Lohan in 2007…
In related ~news, Leann Rimes is performing in Albuquerque tonight…
Yay or nay?
“I have to tell you that over the course of several years as I have talked to friends and family and neighbors when I think about members of my own staff who are in incredibly committed monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, who are raising kids together, when I think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf and yet feel constrained, even now that Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.” -President Barack Obama
I wouldn’t expect that many of the Bruckheimer/Verbinski cast/crew & Co. would have made their way through the main concourse of the Albuquerque International Sunport, en route to their work on the NM Production of The Lone Ranger, but I don’t know much. Perhaps Wiener would know.
Anyhow, what I do know is that good friend to OHI, NM SAG actor and astute observer, Mr. Manny Baca has noticed an uncanny resemblance between Johnny Depp as Tonto and Sunport flagship art piece and greeter to the world, “Dream of Flight” by Lincoln Fox.
UPDATE 2/2/2012: Basically the hotness that is Armie Hammer tells TMZ, “Don’t Mess With Texas!” Moreover the Lone Ranger star says he’ll fully dish on the baked goods debacle that landed him under arrest near the Mexican border last November when his 90 day gag won’t threaten his legal defenses…Ride ’em cowboy.
Lone Ranger star, Armie Hammer is due to saddle-up alongside Johnny Depp‘s Tonto within the next few weeks here in New Mexico.
Come to find out this past November The Social Network breakout spent approximately one full day in a Texas jail before posting his $1,000 bail, after a “crack” K-9 detective sniffed out the presence of marijuana in his vehicle.
According to the AP, arrest records show that Hammer had 0.02 ounces of marijuana, three medicinal marijuana cookies and one brownie when arrested Nov. 20 in Sierra Blanca, a few miles from the Mexican border (approx. 100 mi. from NM).
It is also being reported that El Paso’s district attorney will not prosecute because a felony requires more than 4 ounces of actual marijuana.
The county attorney could pursue lesser charges, since the case is going back to the local sheriff, but Hammer’s lawyer Kent Schaffer says no charges have been presented.
Hammer joins Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg in being busted on pot charges in the same Texas town.
Horribly offensive and vividly imaginative, so is the official website that boasts, NOT TOLL FREE, yet more civil liberties friendly than our own New Mexico area Department of Motor Vehicles, by way of offering an En Español, one stop shop for all things Saul Goodman.
Good man indeed!
The incorrigible Saul Goodman as played by the incomparable Bob Odenkirk, who you may also recognize from Roseanne, Joey, or Arrested Development (no, just me?) lends his goodness to his official working website.
The office webcam alone is a must see but every page, endorsement and philanthropic endeavor are beyond worth the price of admission (site access is toll free).
If you’re in the Q as we oft’ find ourselves, do yourself the service of calling Saul NOW:
Because, whether you’re accepting blue meth in barter from Sessy Jesse, shoplifting from Zachary’s, or slipping on ice outside the window of a city building trying to sneak a peek at the Duke, Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry…Saul Goodman is at the ready to assist you.
From parking tickets to mass murder, if you’re Breaking Bad…Saul Goodman says, “I’ll turn that addiction into a prescription!”
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!
UPDATE 11/28/10: Benny’s nabbing gobs-o-jobs and to date our Manwife needs a gig! Hmmmmmm….
Much like Hollywood of old, NYC of all time, and Cleveland as of late, being a free agent can lend to the extremes of being either very lucrative or stringless y penniless (como moi).
Here in New Mexico I found two contemporaries in the latter category both striving to make their way while ~reveling in their disenfranchisement in two very different ways:
Amassing thousands of cross country hatemongers followers with usually impeccable grammar and unbridled rage the Manwife indiscriminately bashes the desert in which his been transplanted, famously listing his location alternatingly as either ” sand hole hell” or a “cross between the face of Mars and a cat’s litter box” complete with vlogs and snarky posts of his unhappiness and misadventures as a self described “Manwife”. Both his blog and tweets alike seem to entertain many as we’ve been able to follow along while he literally counts down and comments on the many days he spends between jobs.
Conversely, NM Radio’s Big Benny runs a tighter ship and an upright one. Appealing to a local base he regales his followers, friends and fans with timely quips, observations and advice-lite. In a mix of spanglish and contempo lingo Benny relates with peers and community alike. The positive and contemplativeness in his output has led the radio DJ back to the airwaves, a virtual campaign he led after becoming chopping block fodder of ‘the man’ over a year ago.
Big Benny’s positive and amiable disposition has brought him gainful employment, through the professional and social network contacts he’s maintained but the Manwife does have his own Ads by Google under his “Pay My Bills” section as well as a Donate button.
So what ever your flavor either of these two New Mexicans have much to say for sayings sake.
And if either of these two b*tches get a book or movie deal à la that Julia Child blogette I wanna git’ ma cut for noting them!