A person whose heart
Is unquestionably true
To the country and her colors
The red white and blue
Whether a draftee or a volunteer
There was no hesitation,
In responding to the call of our nation
Whether at home or overseas
Whether in war or in intermittent times of peace
The veteran served with commitment and resolve
Which both mind and body would involve
The risk to both was always great
Requiring faith, suffering fate
The losses — lives and limbs and mental health —
A gift to us of their whole self.
To those brave men and women on this Veterans day
With grateful hearts to you we say
We miss you, we love you, and we thank you
Every single day.
And for those who still serve
On active duty and reserve
For your safety and health and families who wait
UPDATE 11/11/13: NATIONWIDE CASTING CALL FOR STAR WARS: EPISODE VII
If EW is to be believed the following casting call has been issued for “anyone (who fits the following casting specifications) with a video camera”:
Seeking: Young woman to play 17-18 Years old. Must be beautiful, smart and athletic. Open to all ethnicities (including bi- and multi-racial).
Was quite young when she lost her parents. With no other family, she was forced to maker her way alone in a tough, dangerous town. Now 17 she has become street smart and strong. She is able to take care of herself using humor and guts to get by.
Always a survivor, never a victim, she remains hopeful that she can move away from this harsh existence to a better life. She is always thinking of what she can do to move ahead.
Seeking: Young man to play 19-23 years old. Must be handsome, smart and athletic. Must be over 18.
Has grown up without a father’s influence. Without the model of being a man, he doesn’t have the strongest sense of himself. Despite this, he is smart, capable and shows courage when it is needed. He can appreciate the absurdities in life and understands you can’t take life too seriously.
A confirmed release date of December 18, 2015, has been set for Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.
“We’re very excited to share the official 2015 release date for Star Wars: Episode VII, where it will not only anchor the popular holiday filmgoing season but also ensure our extraordinary filmmaking team has the time needed to deliver a sensational picture,” said Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios on Thursday.
With that, New Mexicans are again wondering, who, what, where, when, and how much of the new Star Wars franchise might end up in the Land of Enchantment.
As we’ve been covering for you here, here and here, the “force” is expected to land in New Mexico despite persistent rumors, some convos around town and even investigative reporting that says otherwise.
In addition to knowing that the state has been looked at for both studio and location settings, our current findings, erring on the side of hopeful, point to a fall 2014 location shoot being likely (or at least possible) in New Mexico. As we like to say, “nothing’s official until someone yells that’s a WRAP!”
And now to address one inquiring OHI reader, BG writes:
“I was just curious if by any chance you know what extra-casting
agencies I should sign up with in order to get a chance on Star Wars
episode VII here in NM?”
Well B, we direct all hopefuls to check-in and register with all the hard working and most reputable casting directors we report on listed here, many of which have long resumes with the largest films and television shows the state has ever seen, including The Lone Ranger, No Country for Old Men, Breaking Bad and so much more.
Star Wars: Episode VII will be directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and is being scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi). Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, with Tommy Harper (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Ryan, Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jason McGatlin (Tintin, War of the Worlds) serving as executive producers. John Williams is returning to score Star Wars: Episode VII.
Officially announced shooting is scheduled to begin spring 2014 at Pinewood Studios – UK, with Los Angeles and New Mexico, USA also on the proverbial call sheet…
For our friends and readers around the world here is the UK casting call forecast ICYMI!
The Latino laden New Mexico production of ABC’s Killer Women is just beginning to get the hype it’s due.
The midseason prime-time drama is executive produced by Modern Family star Sofia Vergara.
The show is the English language revamp of the Spanish novela Mujeres Asesinas, a Latin American series, originally aired in 2005, which was an adaptation of Marisa Grinstein’s trilogy of the same title, based on true stories of Argentine women driven to murder by various forms of abuse.
Latin World Entertainment, helmed by Vergara – the highest paid woman on television, sold the series about the complex world of Texas Rangers to ABC last year. Co-produced by Ben Silverman (The Office, Ugly Betty), the script adaptation was written by Hannah Shakespeare (The Raven, The Playboy Club).
Vergara is using her success to create opportunities for other Latinos who want to make it in Hollywood. Killer Women stars lead actors Alex Fernandez and Martina Milans, and also features multiple Latino actors in various episodes.
In September Vergara told Agencia Efe, of Fox News Latino, “It makes me very proud to be Latino, today and always. Although now Latinos, the culture and everything Hispanic is getting more fashionable, the reality is that we know that being Latino, having those values of family, unity, working ability, delight in moving forward and that joy that identifies us, it’s something divine. It’s an honor, a privilege for me to be Latino,”
The first Operation Soundstage orientation for Veterans interested in working in the State’s Film Industry will be held this Friday, November 15, 2013, from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM in Albuquerque.
Though not a requirement to participate in the Operation Soundstage program, in which the state will reimburse part of the wages of a veteran being trained as a crew member by a film or television production in New Mexico, the list of veterans and reserve component members who complete the orientation workshop will be submitted to participating companies.
To enroll in the first Operation Soundstage orientation, email the NMFO info@nmfilm .com and provide the following information:
First and Last Name
NM City/Community of Residence
Type of Government Issued Military ID and correlating ID. No.
There is limited seating so you must confirm registration with Sherry England.
You must also be registered with New Mexico Workforce Connection.
For questions about NMWC, email Chris Zafra.
DATE: Friday, November 15, 2013
TIME: Sign-in begins at 1pm, workshop takes place between 1:30PM to 3:30PM
So, along with out of this world super, intergalacic talents like Katy Perry, Rihanna, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and the Foo Fighters, apparently Gaga is set to shoot into outer space a la New Mexico’s Zero G Colony high-tech musical festival.
Zero G Colony is a three-day hi-tech festival set to take place at Spaceport America in New Mexico that features world-class entertainment and cutting-edge technology. Gaga’s performance in space is planned to take place on the third day at dawn, which is approximately six months after the first Virgin Galactic commercial flight…
Well, there’s no doubt that NM’s first commercial flights into space will be epic, but seeing as the first launches have been pushed six months beyond the original lift-off date, into August 2014, we won’t likely see any of these celebs nor any of the some 600 pre-flight registaurs (and their gross receipts tax) for quite a while.
On Friday, November 15th, 2013 at 9pm at Art Bar by Catalyst Club (119 Gold St. SW) nationally recognized social commentarist, satirist and comedian Jamie Kilstein will bring his brand of politically irreverent comedy to Albuquerque. Jamie Kilstein will headline a fundraiser for the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program (a nonprofit) as they gear up to select the 2nd Poet Laureate of Albuquerque in April of 2014.
Kilstein has been seen on The Conan O’Brien show, Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, MSNBC’s Up with Chris, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Showtimes The Green Room, CNN’s The Joy Behar Show, The Paramount Comedy Channel in the UK, The BBC, The Comedy Channel in Australia, HBO Canada, and Showtime Comedy in the Middle East.
He co-hosts Citizen Radio with his partner Allison Kilkenny (The Nation, Huffington Post, Counterpunch & Alternet), a national podcast which has been praised by Janeane Garofalo, Noam Chomsky, Robin Williams. He and his co-host were named by The Nation Magazine as top “media heroes”. He was a Timeout Chicago, Sydney, New York and London’s Critics Pick. He has played the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House and opened for Bad Religion.
A former slam (performance) poet himself, Kilstein perform a headliner set at a $30/person fundraiser for the Albuquerque Poet Laureate Program that will feature an Albuquerque politics Daily Show-esque comedy sketch by local writers, poetry by funnyman poet Rich Boucher, and a dance party afterwards in the Art Bar by Catalyst Club (a bar nonprofit with a mission to support the creative economy in Albuquerque). Tickets can be purchased here.
Many elected officials and political luminaries are expected to be in attendance at this event to support the funding of the poet laureate position in Albuquerque for the second two-year term.
The New Mexico State Film Office (NMFO) will host a Town Hall meeting in Silver City on Wednesday, November 13, 2013. This Town Hall follows a series of Town Hall meetings that took place in Las Cruces, Ruidoso, Roswell, Raton, Clovis and Carlsbad. Film Office Director Nick Maniatis will discuss the state of the film industry including future productions and opportunities available to New Mexico residents. The meetings are intended to provide an open forum for each community to share information about local activity such as educational programs and film related business as well as relaying any issues of concern.
Prior to each Town Hall meeting, participants will have an opportunity to have their headshot (photograph) taken by a representative of the film office which will be given to Extras Casting Directors in New Mexico. This opportunity is for informational purposes only and is not in response to a particular production.
The Silver City Town Hall will be held at the historic Silco Theater and will celebrate the first lighting of the recently installed marquee. The Silco Theater was built in 1923 and served Silver City for many years as a performance and movie theater. In January 2006, the Silver City MainStreet Project re-opened the theater and funds are now being raised to renovate the space into a movie theater again.
Following the Town Hall there will be a special screening of The Making of a Marquee (TRT – 15 minutes). This short documentary provides a brief history of the efforts leading to the installation of the Silver City MainStreet Project’s new Silco Theater marquee.
The Town Halls are free and open to all, including students, local filmmakers, businesses and the general public. The New Mexico State Film Office collaborates with local film liaisons, schools and chambers of commerce in conducting these events.
The schedule for Wednesday, November 13, 2013 is as follows:
7:00 pm – Welcome and Introductions by George Dworin, Silver City Arts & Cultural District and Tourism Director
7:15 pm – State of the NM Film Industry by Director Nick Maniatis
7:30 pm – Recent Films in Grant County – Arlene Schadel
7:35 pm – Film Locations by Don Gray, NMFO contracted Locations Manager
7:40 pm – Q & A
8:00 pm – Special Screening of The Making of a Marquee
There is no RSVP necessary to attend any of the Town Hall meetings and surrounding communities are encouraged to participate in the discussion. The expected timeframe for the town hall is approximately two hours with Q&A.
For more information on the 2013 Film Industry Town Hall meetings contact Dirk Norris at 505-476-5671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Mr. Alexander, crime was a business to be conducted with honor and respect. But, like the saying goes, “there is no honor among thieves.” And when that honor is challenged and tested, much more than a reputation is at stake! With guns a-blazing, Anchor Bay Films announces the December 17th release of Force of Execution, starring action legends Steven Seagal (“True Justice,” Maximum Conviction, Machete), Ving Rhames (Pulp Fiction, the Mission: Impossible films), world champion martial arts superstar Bren Foster (Maximum Conviction) with Danny Trejo (Machete, Machete Kills, “Sons of Anarchy). Available for Blu-ray™ and DVD pre-order on November 20th.
From the production:
In the film directed by Keoni Waxman and written by Richard Beattie & Michael Black, Seagal stars as mob kingpin Mr. Alexander, an old-school boss who rules his criminal empire with both nobility and brutality. For a simple prison hit, he sends his best enforcer and protégé Roman Hurst (Foster). But when the hit goes wrong, Hurst is forced to pay the price of his “failure:” banishment in the city that he almost once ruled. But a war is brewing for the soul of the city between Alexander, a cold-blooded gangster known as ‘The Iceman” (Rhames), and a merciless Mexican cartel. Hurst, with the help of an ex-con restaurant owner (Trejo) who has a few hidden moves of his own, will rediscover his own will to survive the coming conflict…and to wreak vengeance on those who have wronged him.
The lines have been drawn in the sand. The fuse is lit. And in a citywide massacre measured in pain, fear, and revenge, the ultimate power belongs to the FORCE OF EXECUTION.
One Headlight Ink’s first annual COSTUME OF THE YEAR AWARD goes to “Hanna Skandera”, whipping teachers and ignoring students with her weapon of choice, “The Evaluator” – 50% testing (Scan-Trons), 40% red tape (evaluations), 10% attendance. Whippah!
Join the movement to communicate to our Governor that her un-confirmed pet appointee is sucking the life out of our state’s great teachers and marginalizing our children with her profiteering and pandering to corporate interests – who are buying her off in exchange for driving our teachers and children into the ground.
As we blatantly hinted at you here…Deadline Hollywood is now reporting:
Encouraging news for midseason NBC series The Night Shift – the network has ordered three additional scripts of the medical drama. Night Shift, about the men and women who work the wee hours at San Antonio Memorial, has an 8-episode order (pilot +7) as part of that complex four-show deal between NBC and Sony TV last May that included pickups of The Blacklist (with guaranteed Monday 10 PM slot), Welcome To The Family and The Night Shift and a renewal of Community. The Night Shift pilot tested very well, with Irish actor Eoin Macken, who plays the lead, touted as a potential breakout star. Creators Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah executive produce with Pierre Morel.
Eastern New Mexico University houses a secret sci-fi treasure in the form of original, handwritten Star Wars scripts.
Screenwriter Leigh Brackett was hired by George Lucas himself to pen scenes for the second installment of the original Star Wars trilogy back in the late 1970s.
The school’s Special Collections librarian, Gene Bundy, confirms with the Portales News Tribune that the Star Wars creator also provided his hand-written shooting script for the “Empire Strikes Back,” to accompany the original script written by Leigh Brackett.
ENMU’s Golden Library is also in possession of Brackett’s original notes from her meetings with Lucas. All of this came to pass as a result of of Brackett’s longtime friendship with ENMU alum and “Dean of Science Fiction”, author Jack Williamson – who taught at the university from 1960 til his death in 2006.
Though Brackett’s original drafts, donated to the university upon her death in 1978, were revised many times before the movie was released in 1980, she is posthumously credited for her writing in the film.
The original movie scripts and screenplays are available for public viewing upon request.
Read more from Bundy with the Portales News-Tribune here.
In the year of our Constitution, 1787, our country was already over 150 years into the practice of creating FREE & CHEAP laborers for life. And in 1786, printers in our then capital of Philadelphia conducted the first successful strike for increased wages.
Over a hundred years later, in 1902 a former dressmaker and schoolteacher known simply as Mother Jones would be called “the most dangerous woman in America.”
And over a hundred years to now, we still have a long way to go in a country that democratically elects leaders who genuinely believe that underpaid teachers (and their unions) are the biggest threat to our future. – HB
The very first unions in America
Were brought here by boat
Broken by back
And a bogeyman economy
Do the trick
The only thing scarier
Is losing it
Even the House
Can come together
Divide and conquer
Give us power
But not position
Give us personnel
But not privilege
Give us responsibility
But not rights
La Vida Robot is the true story of four undocumented Mexican-American high school students based on Joshua Davis’ Wired magazine story on the event, in which four undocumented Mexican-American high school students form a robotics club and go up against MIT in the National Underwater Robotics Competition.
The film is directed by Sean McNamara and stars Carlos Pena, George Lopez and Jamie Lee Curtis.
Here’s a little GIF of the one and only Matthew Broderick filming, Dirty Weekend on location at the Albuquerque International Airport – where just days ago Disney starlet Bella Thorne was snapped landing in the Q for her New Mexico Film, Big Sky.
And if you’ve been wondering where George Lopez has been, he too is right here in the Land of Enchantment filming La Vida Robot! Pictured below with Breaking Bad homie/Gomie aka Steven Michael Quezada and on set with actor Chris Ranney.