Michael Douglas sets the scene with this quick pic from the New Mexico set of his latest film, “The Reach”.
The star has been on location in the NM desert since last Friday, when the Farmington Daily Times reported that the production will be in the area for the next few months.
The Academy Award winning actor is playing Madec, an arrogant businessman and big game hunter in pursuit of his ultimate prize who hires a young guide, played by Jeremy Irvine (War Horse) to lead him into the American desert. After Madec shoots and kills an innocent man, a game of cat-and-mouse unfolds when the guide refuses to take part in a cover-up.
The film is based on Robb White’s 1972 novel Deathwatch.
The New Mexico production will employ 160 local crew members and 60 local actors and extras, according to the New Mexico Film Office.
“The Media Rights Capital production will wrap in early July 2013. Filming locations include Jemez Pueblo, Shiprock, Bonanza Creek and Chama. The production will employ more than 1200 New Mexico crew members, 2000 New Mexico background talent and about 20 New Mexico principal actors.
The New Mexico film has been in the works since late last year with the comedic mastermind setting his sights on locations all over the state.
Since we’ve learned many of the top tier names recruited to join the cast including Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Oscar winner Charlize Theron.
Click through the images below to blow-up a sneak peek at a possible filming location in the remote New Mexico desert. AND check-out one of our favorite break-out NM stars, an almost unrecognizable Jackamoe Buzzell getting set to shoot a featured role in the film, hanging with MacFarlane himself!
Click and scroll through here for local casting opportunities on this #NMFilm!
The storyline centers on a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) who loses his girl (Amanda Seyfried) when he ducks out of a fight. He goes on to meet the wife (Charlize Theron) of a notorious gunfighter who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge. The hapless farmer is then befriended by town prostitute (Sarah Silverman) who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Giovani Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.”
Gone are the array of make-shift dreads, gobs of charcoal makeup, and swaths of flowing gypsy-like fabric; Also missing is the soon-to-be modernly iconic crow headdress, Native American chestplate, and all other accessories and makeup that the world has come to recognize as signature Johnny Depp. Though in a few of these pics it appears that he could be wearing a minor facial prosthetic and is perhaps sporting some applied scruff.
A slick shutterbug or two captured these images of Depp on the Los Angeles set of his next film, Transcendence – due to shoot in New Mexico within the next few weeks. This Peek at The Lone Ranger star shows dress, cut and shave more similar to some of his very early roles like Officer Tom Hansen or even doomed teen Glen Lantz!
In Trancendence Johnny Depp heads an all star cast including Morgan Freeman, Paul Bettany, Cillian Murphey, Rebecca Hall and Kate Mara. Details of the film’s intriguing plot is being held tightly under wraps, though it has been reported that it will be a psychological, science fiction thriller, which follows a scientist whose brain is the first to be downloaded onto computer creating a sort of mainframe that can think for itself.
Seeing Depp in an intense thinking man’s role over his more animated caricature stints is sure to be met with interest. Maybe a little Mort Rainey meets Donnie Brasco…
Keep it here for New Mexico casting info. on “Transcendence”.
When the backdrop is our glorious New Mexico vistas, the story is the compelling account of real-life heroes in battle, direction by Peter Berg, cast of Hollywood A-listers and actual Military Veterans, movie magic happens…New Mexico style!
Here for your viewing pleasure is a slue of set pics that have come in, from a very special stint that NMFilm “Lone Survivor” cast & crew spent on location at a New Mexico Air Force Base, on and around Veterans Day!
Cast members including Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig and Sammy Sheik have been in New Mexico since late September filming Peter Berg’s adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell.
Luttrell (pictured below with NM native, actor Jerry Angelo) literally wrote the book, Lone Survivor based on the 2005 Military Operation known as Operation Red Wings in which, “a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Lt. Michael Murphy, and petty officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson and Marcus Luttrell departed for a reconnaissance mission high in the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The team’s target was Ahmad Shah, a local terrorist leader with close ties to Bin Laden who led a group of insurgents referred to as the “Mountain Tigers”. Five days after insertion, Luttrell was the only SEAL to make it out alive.”
In June Luttrell is quoted as saying, “I want to make sure that the movie is true to the book. Most people get their information from movies and TV and don’t read so I want to make sure this movie is as realistic as possible.” – Luttrell to Blackfive.net
“Lone Survivor” is scheduled for release in early 2013…
Wahlberg in Albuquerque, NM last month for Lone Survivor
Study or no study, New Mexico banks on long running series like Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, Crash and Longmire as the life’s blood of its film production jobs and statewide peripheral spending. Mega hits like The Avengers and the hotly anticipated, Lone Ranger film spike excitement and international recognition of the state.
Repeat appearances too, of stars like Ed Harris who’s heading back for a third run in NMFilm, boost awareness of the local industry. Following his turn as John McCain in the Emmy winning HBO movie “Game Change”, and work on the recently wrapped period western “Sweetwater” with January Jones, Harris is now making news with his latest NM project, “Frontera” – costarring the lovely Eva Longoria.
Superstar Mark Wahlberg is watched the world over, and as we told you here, is now a two-term NMFilm star. At OHI we hear nothing but praise from cast & crew who have worked with the actor/producer (The Fighter, The Perfect Storm/Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) and proud family man, who is genuinely interested and concerned about those around him. The star has been quick to praise the state’s film crews and locales – he’s one of the good guys who are lending the state some positive notoriety with his return to local sets for his back-to-back turn in the NM productions, “2Guns” and “Lone Survivor”.
NMFILM PRODUCTIONS – KEEP ‘EM COMING & GET INTO IT!
Though their time in New Mexico has come to a raucous wrap, The Lone Ranger filming rolls on in California.
Walt Disney Pictures has released these breathtaking long shots and set stills of stars Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp from the gorgeous location shoots here in NM and in UT.
Teaser-trailer dot com has published these action packed “spy” pics from the Los Angeles set.
Check-out all our coverage on the film here – Chronicling everything that’s come across our desktop, from the first rumblings, to the rocky start-up, local filming haps, right down to those shiny happy NM Wrap Party pics.
The Lone Ranger is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2013!
Because we’re image heavy tonight (even more so than usual), I thought you all might enjoy a picture of the LATEST border crossing erected in New Mexico.
Last month the downtown Albuquerque set featuring a border station for the sexiness that is Mark Wahlberg, the awesomeness that is Denzel Washington, and all the KICKASS NM talent & crew who labored so hard on the upcoming film 2 Guns, caused a bit of a stir.
Now, here for your viewing pleasure is the brand new border which Jenny Aniston and Jason Sudeikis will soon be making a run for!
I can’t tell you where it is, but I can tell you that it’s for We’re the Millers…stay tuned.
UPDATE 6/20/12: Robert Baxter is CASTING 18 – 20 YEAR OLDS TO BE IN A SCHOOL SCENE FRIDAY JUNE 22ND IF INTERESTED AND YOU FIT THE DESCRIPTION PLEASE SEND A PICTURE AND PHONE NUMBER TO firstname.lastname@example.org
The hottest NM topic around the globe is the new hit series, soon to be phenomenon, that is the New Mexico production of A&E’s Longmire!
Here, local Ryan Begay (far right) is on set with series stars Lou Diamond Phillips and “Walt Longmire” himself! The show is just days away from calling Season one, a great-big successful WRAP!
As web searches abound regarding the series, here’s a local bit of trivia for the masses from NM Film pro Stuart Goswick:
The Longmire pilot filmed in part at the Madrid Mineshaft Tavern and Santa Fe Studio sets were built based on the local hot spot and inspired destination “watering hole”.
Once the season wraps and we all go into Longmire withdrawal, come on down to New Mexico to contempo-cowboy up just like Walt & co.!
Considering the veritable constellation of stars mooning over the show, year-in and year-out…it should come as no surprise that any celeb, who might be so able, would give their eye-tooth to make their merry way to the set…
Even so, as is his way, “Wierd” Al made it extra special by tweeting to his millions of followers (that’s right MILLIONS):
“People in Albuquerque are so friendly! These guys even invited me to their meth lab!”
Fans know this pair as Gomez and Sual; the two Breaking bad stars, Steven Michael Quezada and Bob Odenkirk played to a packed house Tuesday night at a live taping of Quezada’s own TV talk-show, The After After Party.
Just what they played remains to be seen…But the Breaking Bad gang is locally known for really bringing it to their brother’s hometown stage. This is after all where Cranston transformed into White for season four and where he also let lose with his inner Panabaker…Click and scroll here for video.
Quezada released the stage pic saying, “If you don’t come to the AAP, you don’t know how rough some of these interviews can get.”
Get in on the next LIVE taping, Tuesday May 8. You never know who or what is going down at New Mexico’s number one spot for late, late night television.
The After After Party airs Saturday nights, right after Saturday Night Live on NBC here in New Mexico. Click here to find the show streaming online and for more broadcast times & channels.
Local actors have been in auditions for featured roles for weeks, extras casting is underway and crews have been hard at work, as have been the writers for months now, tackling the grand finale season of the best show on television.
New Mexico’s own Steven Michael Quezada, aka “Gomie” was facebooking on set today, as were production team members and talent saying,
“Oh it so good to be back at work on set of the best show on tv, Breaking Bad” -Studio Member
“Today was an amazing day. Not only did I get to act with Bryan Cranston, [but] I found out today was the first day that they officially started shooting..so I’ll be in the first episode of the last season of Breaking Bad” -Actress Monique Candelaria
Keep-up with the epic show and be entered to win a prize pack of Br Ba swag by signing-up for the official newsletter at the show’s website here.
Welcome back Breaking Bad!!! CONGRATULATIONS to all our hometown talent and crew who are back at work! Break a leg!
The long awaited New Mexico production of A&E’s original series, Longmire will premiere June 3rd, 2012.
Though casting and principal photography are just getting underway here in NM, for the first full season the griping drama series, the show’s pilot is episode is ready to go.
Back in August, 2011 the Associated Press Reported:
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Absaroka County doesn’t exist on Wyoming maps, but it has its own county-24 license plate. Craig Johnson has a stack to prove it. One was affixed to each car in the A&E television pilot “Longmire,” and Johnson couldn’t resist taking a few home.
“If the TV show does get done, I’d really enjoy seeing characters from Wyoming who act as if they have IQs above room temperature,” Johnson recently told the Star-Tribune.
He’ll get that chance next summer.
In an email to his fans, Johnson announced Monday that A&E picked up a 10-episode season of “Longmire,” a TV series based on Johnson’s novels about Walt Longmire, sheriff of the least-populated county of the least-populated state.
The show will star Australian Robert Taylor (Agent Jones in “The Matrix”) as Walt and Portland native Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) as foul-mouthed deputy Victoria Morretti. Lou Diamond Phillips and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) will also star.
Johnson is the author of seven Walt Longmire mystery novels, beginning with “The Cold Dish” in 2004. Walt lives and works in the fictional Absaroka County, based on Johnson’s home territory of Ucross, population 25. Locals refer to the area as the UCLA of Wyoming — Ucross, Clearmont, Leiter and Arvada. It lies between Buffalo and Sheridan at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.
In a recent interview at his log cabin in Ucross, Johnson explained why he’s so excited about a show in which Wyoming characters are more than just plot devices. Watch one of those CSI cop dramas, and inevitably a case brings a big-city cop to some back-water Western town. One episode portrayed a Wyoming sheriff “like he was in some road show from Li’l Abner,” Johnson said.
“I mean, can you give us a little more credit than that?”
Besides the pilot, the deal calls for a full season of nine more episodes. Each will be shot in northern New Mexico, but Wyoming viewers may recognize some of the landmarks. Producers are interested in shooting some Wyoming landscapes and possibly bringing Walt’s white sheriff’s department Bronco to film driving Wyoming roads.
As a creative consultant for the pilot, Johnson spent three weeks on set in New Mexico. People ask him what it was like to walk into a world he created, to meet the people and see the places he had written about for the past eight years. He compares it to walking past a house plant every day when, one morning, the plant says, “Good morning. How are you?”
“It’s great, but weird. Odd but wonderful,” Johnson said.
“They built the entire Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department. They had four Broncos there with the emblems on them. There was Walt’s log cabin. Everything they did, they did with such a sense of detail.”
Until recently, Johnson hadn’t seen the pilot. He was on tour for his seventh Walt Longmire book and the first to make it on the New York Times Best Seller list, “Hell is Empty,” when executives asked him to fly to Warner Brothers Studios for the screening. He had three book events planned that day, so his wife, Judy, went instead.
But as a surprise for their 13th wedding anniversary, she arranged for a copy to be sent to the house — for their eyes only.
Johnson had half convinced himself that the pilot wouldn’t be picked up, that it wouldn’t be able to capture the essence of his characters.
“Not-much-to-my-surprise, it was fantastic,” he wrote in his email announcement. “Now, the wait was like agony. The performances were magnificent, the camera work inspiring, the sets and location breathtaking, the writing as sharp as a razor.
“What if A&E passed on this? It would be criminal.”
In the end, A&E didn’t pass on it. And next summer, all of Wyoming can see what a county-24 license plate looks like.
I have NO IDEA which New Mexico production these stills, of what look like western set props, on the lot just outside of what appears to be the famed Stage 4 of Albuquerque Studios could be for – HOWEVER, they seem to look very aLONE on the RANGEr, as captured sometime this week…
There’s no way of knowing for certain exactly when these shots were taken since they’ve turned up via field mouse, who seems to have inadvertently snapped them while en route from one New Mexico location to another to fulfill the remainder of his entries for the great “Get the Picture” campaign…going on now!
In possibly related news, here is more on the Disney shoot of The Lone Ranger, now in pre-production…hmm, wasn’t Jerry Bruckeimer recently spotted in the Q?
While gaggles (including yours truly) gathered at the state capitol today, to lobby to keep New Mexico film incentives not only enticing but alive, the rest of the world waits with bated breath to see the next development from the NM hosted production of Disney’s, The Lone Ranger.
Variety has pointedly eluded to a Lone Ranger production meeting going down in the Land of Enchantment, scheduled to include the film’s stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, this week!
This morning NM’s own Skyranger gets an aerial look at a prospective set.
Photo Courtesy of the Valencia County News-Bulletin
ICYMI: This is how you do it…Valencia County style. As we told you here the Valencia County News-Bulletin and county officials are wowing us with their attention to and coverage of the upcoming comeback flick of one Mr. Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Last Stand.
It does my movie loving, New Mexican heart good to see my hometown paper publicize our state film action and it almost brings a smile to my gnarly grimacing face to see Belen Mayor Rudy Jaramillo, the Belen City Council and city employees come out to show support for the production which is providing a boost to the local economy and a buzz all over the world for NM.
Publicist for The Last Stand, Sheryl Main tells the paper that she invited Governor Susana Martinez to the set to see the benefits of filming in New Mexico, but did not get any response.
In movie news, that the Valencia County News Bulletin is doing a better job of covering than any combination of government agencies or other mainstream media outlets are doing of covering state film news…
That’s Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte, up above it all right here in the Q! Fitting pic of the striking young star whose Emmy Award winning Albuquerque based series has just wrapped-up shooting the beyond highly anticipated fourth season.
Sure as the series is a GLOBAL phenomenon so are the cast and crew of this production with the locals. While on location the Breaking Bad clan are as impressive in life as they are on screen, whether mingling, promoting or benefiting the community – these stars shine bright!
YOU can feed your addiction need for the show in just a matter of weeks when the latest season rolls out, premiering July 17 on AMC.
If you haven’t caught the craving for the Cranston driven drama – Seasons 1-3 are available on DVD/Blueray and streaming on Netflix.
Straight outta the wrap party…HIGHlarious pics of the annually costumed co-stars Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul via ABQ Studios own Robert Fox! Thank you for the pics Gentlemen!
BONUS: Bryan Cranston does stand-up then transforms into Walter White pre-season, LIVE & ON STAGE on The After After Party, late, late night talk show…
New Mexico, USA – Pre-production has been underway for weeks now, but today Geek-blogs and blockbuster entertainment reporting sites alike are abuzz documenting this sure to be storied day in movie history as the first day of filming on Marvel mega movie The Avengers.
The studio has released this first and only official set pic to commemorate the occasion and to whet the eyes plus for all those around the globe who are clamoring for sights, info. and updates from the New Mexico set.
Pinch your cheeks and powder your nose New Mexico the WORLD is watching! From the ultra secure back-lots, hotels, house rentals, rental cars, to the media correspondents, roving reporters’ crew, supplies and essentials not to mention, except to mention entourages, pets, and fanboys – it’s ON!