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Video of the Day: New Mexico

Posted by on September 5, 2012 | Comments Off

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Raise your glass, tip your hat!

Posted by on September 3, 2012 | Comments Off

Labor Day was originated by the American Federation of Labor of the late 1800s and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Labor unions celebrated the first labor days in the United States. The first Labor Day parade was Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City. As the movement grew to several states across the country President Grover Cleveland entered the holiday into law in 1894.

The workers’ unions chose the first Monday in September because it was halfway between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.

All U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the territories observe Labor Day as a statutory holiday.

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Kutch in Space, New Mexico Style

Posted by on March 21, 2012 | Comments Off

Moore may be reticent on a return to New Mexico, but Kutcher is reportedly signed-up for the $200K space flight via NM’s Own Spaceport America!

Commercial space adventure pioneer, Sir Richard Branson announced his latest star client Monday saying, “I gave Ashton a quick call to congratulate and welcome him. He is as thrilled as we are at the prospect of being among the first to cross the final frontier with us and to experience the magic of space for himself.”

MTV News Reports (sans mention of NM):

When you’re a single guy in your 30s making more than $700,000 per episode on a sitcom, there isn’t much that’s out of your financial reach. Wanna go out and buy a car today with cash? Go for it. Hell, buy two!

That and the actor’s “whatever, dude” attitude might explain why British adventure billionaire Richard Branson announced on his blog this week that Ashton Kutcher, 34, has signed up to be the 500th space tourist on Branson’s Virgin Galactic airlines. The suborbital spacecraft will give passengers a few minutes of weightlessness at a cost of $200,000 per ride.

Branson expects to launch a test flight beyond the Earth’s atmosphere this year and possibly start sending commercial passengers into space in 2013 or 2014 on its six-passenger jets.

Of course, that’s if things progress on track. In the meantime, we were wondering: What other kinds of outer-limits adventures or experiences Ashton could have while he’s awaiting a shot at the great beyond? » Read the full post

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‘Walking Dead’ producer stresses CA credits to compete with New Mexico Film

Posted by on March 18, 2012 | Comments Off

“Currently, our tax credit is not on par with those of New York, Georgia, North Carolina and New Mexico, among others.”
-Gale Anne Hurd, co-founder of the Producers Guild of America

LOS ANGELES – Gale Anne Hurd is one of Hollywood’s top filmmakers, having been a producer on such big hit action movies as “The Terminator” and “Aliens” and now AMC’s successful zombie drama series “The Walking Dead.” But Hurd hasn’t worked in California for nearly a decade, largely because of more favorable film tax credits and rebates offered in other locales.

A fourth-generation Los Angeles native, Hurd would like to see that change. She’s among many high-profile film and television producers who are hoping that California will extend and expand its tax credit to make it more competitive with the likes of Georgia, New York and Illinois. Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Sylmar, recently introduced a bill that would extend the program, which launched in 2009 and is set to expire next year, through 2018.

Hurd, co-founder of the Producers Guild of America’s annual Produced By Conference, spoke about her views on the state credit and what Sacramento could do to strengthen it.

Q. You live in L.A. but rarely shoot here. Why not?

A. I film my TV series (“The Walking Dead”) out of state and have not filmed in California since I produced “The Hulk” in 2003. As much as I would like to sleep in my own bed at night and employ many of the incredibly talented California-based crew members, I have filmed instead in Georgia, Toronto and Detroit and many other (places) with much higher incentives. I have a project that’s about to shoot in New York that’s called “Very Good Girls” (a feature starring Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning).

Q. So is California’s film tax credit not effective?

A. It’s fantastic that we have a program, but it can’t be viewed in a vacuum because producers and financiers look at all of the available options and the pros and the cons and you want to limit the number of cons that you have.

Q. If you had a message to send to California lawmakers, what would it be?

A. The film and television industry is one of the most productive businesses in California, and employs thousands of residents as crew, cast and in executive positions. We pay taxes, we shop locally, send our children to school here and keep allied businesses (restaurants, dry cleaners, retail stores, car dealerships) in profit. The impact from lost production to other states and countries amounts to billions of dollars. With a competitive tax credit, California can reclaim its position as the entertainment capital of the world. Currently, our tax credit is not on par with those of New York, Georgia, North Carolina and New Mexico, among others.

Q. In what way?

A. There are so many restrictions. The tax credit is not a transferable credit (except for independent projects with budgets under $10 million). You can’t sell it like you can in other states like Georgia. You have to apply by June 1, and even if you are awarded the credit you have to start rolling your cameras 180 days after you’re notified (of an approval). But if your cast member isn’t available until January or February, then it doesn’t work.

As a producer, you have to go with a known commodity. That means shooting where you know you will be qualified so you can keep very precious finance, cast and budget schedules intact. To me, the tax credit should be a rolling situation like it is in most states, so that when you have your project together, you can submit it and be considered. That would be a first step.

Q. What else would you like to see changed?

A. Raising the limit (on the annual tax credit allocation) from $100 million to $200 million a year is a minimum when you consider New York has $420 million a year. When you think about the number of people working in the industry, there are far more people based in California than in New York, but New York right now has more than four times the incentive.

Q. Skeptics would say California can’t afford such an expansion. What do you say to that?

A. If you look at the impact that the industry has on the state in terms of taxes paid, in terms of the multiplier effect for each dollar that’s spent, I think it’s ridiculous. … Part of what they’re saying is that projects will shoot here anyway, but that’s simply not true. (“The Incredible Hulk,” the 2008 Marvel reboot of the big green guy’s franchise that Hurd also produced, was filmed mainly in Canada.)

Q. Why did you select Georgia as the location for shooting “The Walking Dead”?

A. The series is based on a comic book that is set in the South. Georgia (also) has a 30 percent tax credit. It was absolutely essential. For many independent financiers, their financing is incumbent upon tax credits or rebates. It’s part of their business plan. Those financing entities cannot shoot where they cannot be guaranteed a tax credit.

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Repost: Jojola Has Left the Building

Posted by on July 28, 2011 | One comment
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Originally Posted June 2, 2011
You know that good kid who you sort of watched grow-up, doing the right things right and making everyone from his mama to your own abuela proud of ‘em?

My own little brother is out doing well in the world having left the Land of Enchantment quite a few years ago…since he’s been gone I look for and see shades of him in everyone from his doppelganger and fellow axe-man Ryan McGarvey to the fella who’s brought us all so much in the way of investigative journalism, social media awareness, ho-highlarious Facebook posts and a blog o’fire.

Like so many milestones whether it be the time you see your brother graduate from college and move on further into the world or the last time the nation watches a broadcast of a beloved TV veteran, chapters close and new ones begin.

Yup, one of your faves and mine, my adopted TV bro is up and running with mic all the way to Den Co.

After nine years with KOB-TV, Jeremy Jojola will be signing-off to go to bat for a bigger league at KUSA Denver.

Jai-ho won’t be saying his official, “Hasta Luego” until late July so for now take your chance to rib him as much as possible about everything possible here, here & here and know that this homegrown boy will be taking New Mexico with him wherever he goes!

“I’ve been asked over the years why I haven’t left Albuquerque. A big reason is my wife and my love for New Mexico. I got comfortable here. I became attached. I grew roots. My ancestors looked upon the same sunsets and vistas for the past several hundred years. I can almost feel their souls and spirits around this place. Sorry about the cheesy cliché but its how I feel about this state. People who know me know how much I love New Mexico. I found my identity here. I know what enchantment really means.” – Jeremy Jojola

Congratulations Jeremy – all the best to you and Cheryl!

UPDATE 7/27/11:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ICYDK: The Utes Move-in for the “Steal”

Posted by on February 25, 2011 | Comments Off
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Originally posted January 12, 2011:

Though you can’t quite call foul – Not when your home goods are drop-kicked left on the curb with a giant, lighted, pulsing arrow sign around ‘em saying, “TAKE ‘EM!” – enter UT, CA, etc., etc.,

New Mexico Film Futures – 17th item on the Legislative agenda today

Letter from NM Film Advocate to Senate (as fwd. to us):

Dear Elected officials,

below is an article regarding what Utah is doing FOR their film industry while you contemplate what you are going to DO
to ours…
I spoke with someone from the film industry in Hollywood, and he said quote…

“Well, that’s it… It’s over for NM.
Theres no saving NM now… Utah has bigger cities, very similar landscape, its closer to LA, home of the Redford Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah, and much more… Including crews based in LA are allowed to come and work!”

It is now time for you to quit meddling in an industry that is employing New Mexicans..Utah is seeing and seizing the opportunity we are taking for granted.

Please be logical. And please read the article below.
Thank you,

February 24, 2011 – Albuquerque, NM – While lawmakers in Santa Fe debate cuts to New Mexico’s highly successful film incentive program, their counterparts in Utah are expanding the Bee Hive state’s similar program and removing its sunset provision.

In a 57 to 12 vote, the Utah House decided on Tuesday to both raise the 20% credit to 25% and make the program essentially permanent.

“Utah has looked at what we have done here in New Mexico and wants to emulate our program,” said Santa Fe based producer, Alton Walpole. “They recognize that this industry creates good jobs and attracts investment that creates a positive overall economic impact.”

The Utah legislation, HB 99, also adds digital media companies to the eligible applicants column for the incentive.

“As a state that adopted incentives early, we got a head start in building infrastructure and developing a skilled work-force,” said Walpole. “This has made New Mexico one of the top destinations for production and new media markets like digital effects. With other states rushing to duplicate what we’ve achieved here, attempts to cap or reduce our incentives send exactly the wrong message about our long-term commitment to this industry. In this competitive environment it’s vital that our lawmakers protect our strategic advantage by continuing to support and even improve New Mexico’s program.”

HB 99 now moves to the Utah Senate, where Republican Senator Wayne Niederhauser is the floor sponsor.

One Legislator’s Reply:

Are you telling me I should give up our attempts to compromise with the Governor? I thought we were working to save the industry, perhaps you echoing you[r] friend from Hollywood’s sentiments might be an issue for you.

We were fortunate to receive several replies ourselves from some of our elected officials – none we received were quite so combative. We’re thankful that our Legislator’s are listening – so please do keep-up your efforts to have your voice heard!

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Recession Succession à la the Tasty Sham That is Known as the Portobello

Posted by on June 28, 2010 | Comments Off

Originally posted on February 9, 2009
Portobello

You can grill it, roast it, stew it, glaze it, saute it – pay over $40 for a 16 oz. bag of dried it, over $10 for one sandwich of it, or just $5 for a fresh lb. of it.

This elegantly named and masterfully marketed fungus came on the scene like so many other oversized and opulent vices in the eighties when some mutant criminis were overrunning crops and generating tons of waste.

As the literal translation of its name denotes – Beautiful Port/Door, the spawn of these previously despised spores remain highly desirable and a retain their inflated price point.

Lesson Learned: Get your own “Portobello” on.

Knowing is Living – Walk for Your Man

Posted by on June 7, 2010 | One comment
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Originally posted April 19, 2010

When the patriarch of our family was first diagnosed in the early stages of prostate cancer it was oddly sobering when a very sexy scientist told me that most men will be affected by prostate cancer at some point in their life.

Maybe not so odd when you consider that the number one thought of comfort to fearful flyers is that they are not alone on their flight (even above their faith), and like air travel you don’t have to fly alone in your fight against cancer.

Fact is, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men after lung – but fortunately it is one of the most treatable.

Unfortunately, a walk to the Doc’s office isn’t always the easiest to take or make with or for you or your man. NM’s Own Joe Diaz is at the helm in spreading awareness of early detection, treatment and support for affected families.

Join Joe and the Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico (pcsanm.org) on Saturday June 12 for the first annual 5k Prostate Cancer Awareness Walk.

Location: Balloon Fiesta Park
5000 Balloon Fiesta Parkway

Cost: $25/Person
$45/Family
$20 per person for a team of 2
or more

Tie a blue ribbon on and take care of you, yours and our community by participating.

Visit The Prostate Cancer Support Association of New Mexico for all the details. Register online here. Join their Facebook Group.

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Abuela Must Have Lit a Candle

Posted by on April 10, 2010 | 3 comments

UPDATE: Sony pleads ‘non‘, so says the latest web goss. In either case, good for Logan Lerman, Sony and director Marc Webb for the great buzz et anticipation building.

UPDATE: Grandma has a direct line to her God, so I think she may have taken-up our ~long held belief that Logan Lerman should be named the next Spiderman already.

Word today is that New Mexico‘s Nut Butter Boy (Gamer, 3:10 to Yuma) will be cast in the title role of the forthcoming Spidey 4 flick.

Originally Posted February 4, 2010

In the New Mexico film, Gamer Logan Lerman was a standout. With the memorable, perhaps even star-making delivery of my personal favorite line in the flick:

“Could you guys do a sandwich like, peanut butter, almond butter, walnut butter, pecan butter, pistachio butter. Umm pretty much any kind of nut butter with some grape jelly.” – hear it

Nut butter with some jelly sound bite

The big, bad buzz on the web et al today is that this youngin’ may be headed to the super hero movie franchise jackpot to fill the empty web flingers tights for a new Spider-man.

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Annual Valentine Wishes

Posted by on February 3, 2010 | 3 comments

Originally posted 12/16/08 as PSD: Singles Edition

Dear Boys,

Tis the season (it comes earlier every year)…from Christmas, to New Year’s Eve straight through to Valentine’s Day she may be anxiously awaiting “The Ring”. Those are the top three dates when she will be anticipating the possibility of “The Ring”.

You are also treading the waters of expectation around your anniversary and her birthday – No matter if she says she’s not that kind of girl, she swears she doesn’t need it or want it, EVEN if you’ve agreed on not going in that direction anytime soon…

I personally guarantee from approx. 3 months into the relationship on – it crosses at least a teeny-tiny portion of her mind now and then AND “The Ring” industry knows this. Notice the amped up ads, they will keep churning out from the aforementioned time through at least Valentine’s day. Good luck.

Helpful hints:
1. A ring is always a nice gift – you don’t have to propose à la ABC’s Bachelor.
2. There is a Recession going on right now, so you can lean on that to conserve on rock size.
3. Just rent ‘Blood Diamond

Obtuse Is the New Charming

All my Single Ladies,

We’ve all known, do know or will know a charming guy. Most apt to seek out and be wounded by a charming guy are those of us fathered by one.

Their prowess in “charm” has likely been honed over many years and many women. Sure they know the coolest places to go and can be fun at parties – but believe me, charm a solid partner does not make.

So remember the next time a “charmer” sidles up to you at Yanni’s you’re better off running across the street to Astro-Zombies to find yourself a good man.

Lesson Learned – Charming means, “I’m cheating on you.”

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January Casting, NM

Posted by on January 1, 2010 | One comment
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Originally posted Dec. 9, 2009

CBS Reality Show phenomenon, Survivor will be holding an open casting call for its next installment on January 2 and 3 at Sky City Casino in Albuquerque, nay Acoma, NM.

Click here to download requirements and application.

Contact: Terri Dean 505-767-9422


Originally posted Dec. 21, 2009

New Mexico ladies ages 12-17 strongly encouraged to apply!

So far the casting agents for the NM/TX shoot of the Oscar winning Coen Bros. upcoming film have visited Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and are now heading to Oklahoma and Mississippi…

P, p, p, please get your grit on and submit your audition. Full instructions here. Deadline is January 9, high-noon PST.

DON’T act. Spit-fire w/sass required, experience is NOT.

Tip: The film is set to be based on the original novel not necessarily a remake of the 1969 movie.

That is not a type-o above, let’s lock this star making role down with NM talent!

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Giving Green

Posted by on November 3, 2009 | Comments Off

Introducing the Green Give known as ©Sindication’s first ever NM SWAG BAG. New Mexico businesses and service providers have been generous enough to provide a bounty of hot items and amenities that will be given away to one lucky winner of the online raffle that begins on Monday November 23rd.

Thanks to the receptiveness of our donators and the efforts of our online community this initiative has run smoothly and environmentally friendly. Nary a car has been started, ink been oozed, and only one piece of paper has been used thus far. The initiative is still rolling with some slots open for various business categories.

Participating merchant donations go into the NM SWAG BAG for raffle. 1000 tickets will be made available for only $10 ea. and 100% of the raffle proceeds benefit Best Buddies New Mexico. The winner will be announced January 1, 2010.

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PSD: Singles Edition

Posted by on October 16, 2009 | 2 comments

Diamond
Originally posted 12/16/08

Dear Boys,

Tis the season (it comes earlier every year)…from Christmas, to New Year’s Eve straight through to Valentine’s Day she may be anxiously awaiting “The Ring”. Those are the top three dates when she will be anticipating the possibility of “The Ring”.

You are also treading the waters of expectation around your anniversary and her birthday – No matter if she says she’s not that kind of girl, she swears she doesn’t need it or want it, EVEN if you’ve agreed on not going in that direction anytime soon…

I personally guarantee from approx. 3 months into the relationship on – it crosses at least a teeny-tiny portion of her mind now and then AND “The Ring” industry knows this. Notice the amped up ads, they will keep churning out from the aforementioned time through at least Valentine’s day. Good luck.

Helpful hints:
1. A ring is always a nice gift – you don’t have to propose à la ABC’s Bachelor.
2. There is a Recession going on right now, so you can lean on that to conserve on rock size.
3. Just rent ‘Blood Diamond

Obtuse Is the New Charming

All my Single Ladies,

We’ve all known, do know or will know a charming guy. Most apt to seek out and be wounded by a charming guy are those of us fathered by one.

Their prowess in “charm” has likely been honed over many years and many women. Sure they know the coolest places to go and can be fun at parties – but believe me, charm a solid partner does not make.

So remember the next time a “charmer” sidles up to you at Yanni’s you’re better off running across the street to Astro-Zombies to find yourself a good man.

Lesson Learned – Charming means, “I’m cheating on you.”

More

Ummmmmmmm, hello – Reality calling, Action PLEASE pick-up! American media is flooded with adverts. and controversy about Plan B, Yaz, Essure, Gardasil, Ortho Evra, Norplant, etc., etc. that can lead to a whole host of adverse side effects and serious medical complications for women.

With all the good and some of the bad that comes along with these options, fact is so much of the responsibility, hardship and blame for the spoils of America’s recklessness towards sexuality falls squarely onto women.

We see women targeted and speaking about abstinence, protection and health. Where the heck are the American dumb-stick ads? Men have Maxim, Axe, and now *cough*bullcrap* Pfizer steps-up to bat with free GD Viagra.

This issue is an overflowing diaper full of crap that ~everyone is ignoring – It’s only gonna stank worse and worse as time goes by. The above ad is out of freaking Zimbobwei or something – that’ll be the day when a male, “take responsibility for your own junk” ad hits the airwaves here in the states of growing un-civilization. God forbid we talk about man parts unless it’s about making them happy.

Obama Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood works diligently for the healthcare of men and women!

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Beauty on the Cheap

Posted by on September 23, 2009 | Comments Off

Essential Oils

Essential Oils can be used in your basic moisturizers, soaps and sprays for their cosmetic, therapeutic, aromatic and medicinal purposes.

Depending on their intended/suggested uses some can be effective cleansers or dietary supplements.

Diet on the Cheap

Posted by on September 23, 2009 | Comments Off

Spice-it-up

More spice in your life can curb the salt, sugar & fat in your diet.

Deco on the Cheap

Posted by on September 23, 2009 | Comments Off

Industrial Revolution

Go industrial – From shelves to seating, storage, dining and decorating – Hardware stores, Industrial Surplus and Office/Hotel Liquidators are LOADED with cost effective and creative decorating/furnishing items.

Repost: Entertainment on the Cheap

Posted by on September 19, 2009 | Comments Off

Disney ain’t gonna like this – but times are tough, Baby Einstein be damned. With your internet access comes free toddler entertainment. And I do believe there’s at least a little learnin’ available here à la the ol’ See-n-say.

Here are some pre-reviewed, toddler pre-approved YouTube clips to entertain your children by:

Dog Barking
Baby Laughing
Cat Meow
Cat Purr
Ducks
Sheep
Cows
Lion
Monkey Talk
Elephants
New>> Howling Wolves

You get the idea.

See-n-Say

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Props of the Day

Posted by on September 10, 2009 | Comments Off

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TMZ caught up with Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the reluctantly named Hero of the otherwise doomed U.S. Airways Flight 1549.

Sully told ‘em he’ll be back to work soon while touting the abilities of his peers…What a guy!

Originally posted January 15, 2009Flight 1549

Was it the “air chickens“?

I know I read about these things in a childhood book. Was it in “How to Eat Fried Worms“? Somebody please check your Kindle and let me know!

CBS was first to report all passengers are survived and being evacuated by the amazing FDNY, surrounding maritime vessels, NYPD, etc.

…thankfully MichaelK is fine too!

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Hello NASA, it’s the Amish calling…

Posted by on September 7, 2009 | Comments Off

The Amish Connection

What goes together like PB & J, Hand & Glove, or Horse & Buggy? Why it’s space age Tempur-Pedic® , TEMPUR® material as developed by NASA and Amish furniture.

At the corner of irony and commercialism in ‘Q Town’, New Mexico you can mix your desire for old-timey, handcrafted wood furniture with your need for orthopedic sleep – the likes of which your craftsman can never or will ever experience.

The DP/SO/SE a.k.a. Hubs says, “Maybe they use some Amish approved method for preparing the TEMPUR® material that keeps it authentically Amish.”

Come on, even Baconnaise is Kosher – This just isn’t. Kosher, no. Funny, yes.

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