In the BEST thing to happen to New Mexico since “red or green”, get your BREAKING BAD BLUE on, at this historic world renowned event! The first ever Breaking Bad Fan Fest is coming up:
Fri & Sat, Nov 7-8, 2014
Albuquerque Convention Center
We’ve got YOUR E-TICKETS! NOW til 5 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, October 30, 2014), email WIN@oneheadlightink.com for your chance to win two FREE general admission tickets to NEXT WEEKEND’S inaugural, Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest from OHI!!!!
Meet “Skinny Pete”, “Gomez”, “Victor” (before the box cutter), The Salamanca cousins, “Krazy 8″, plus, plus, PLUS! Participate in Costume contests, major giveaways, events, discussions and sights and scenes unparalleled anywhere else in the Breaking Bad universe!
While insiders have confirmed with OHI that Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul is on the roster to appear in the show’s upcoming prequel “Better Call Saul”, speculation abounds about which other cast and production members are or might be attached.
Saul Goodman née James McGill, beloved Mike Ehrmantraut and at least a glimpse of Jesse Pinkman are mounting reasons why Bad fans the world over are itching for the “early 2015″ debut. Filming is meticulously underway in Albuquerque where the tiniest glimpses of what can be expected are coming to light. And what’s coming to light is that the BCS team is tight and right.
By his own account the bump from a November 2014 premiere into 2015 is due to Vince Gilligan’s producing and directing style being “slow as mud”, so says the Bad creator himself who continued, “I still feel I’m very slow for television”, at the recent Television Critics Association.
Slow and steady she goes, by all ground accounts here in the ABQ, Saul co-creators Gilligan and Peter Gould are hard at work carefully crafting the kind of darkly comedic drama that has the masses addicted to their work.
And what of the at first haphazard chem teacher turned drug kingpin? Like Aaron Paul, Bryan Cranston has purportedly been attached to the new show, but not only with a possible turn as either Heisenberg and/or Mr. White in the series’ flexi-time-line, but behind the camera as an episode DIRECTOR.
Cranston directed episodes of Breaking Bad (Blood Money, No Más, Seven Thirty-Seven), an episode each of The Office and Modern Family, and seven episodes of Malcolm in the Middle, with feature film direction under his belt in the 1999 film, Last Chance, which he also wrote and starred in.
Any way you look at it this series is shaping up to be another WINNER.
Watch for the television production family that spawned Saul on the 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards show, airing Monday August 25 on NBC, where Breaking Bad has been nominated one last time for a whopping 16 Emmys.
Never say die to the folks behind the upcoming Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest. Like the Kingpin and his devoted protégé, Miguel Jaramillo and Jennie Rexer are on a quest, a quest to bring the Breaking Bad universe what it truly needs to thrive – and that is a place to convene, revel and rejoice in all the splendor that is Breaking Bad mania.
And unlike any old venue or setting that may house masses for weekend or week-long festivities, such as Star-trek conventions, or general comic festivals, the ALBUQUERQUE BREAKING BAD FAN FEST will take place in the home of Vince Gilligan’s masterpiece.
That’s right, the happy accident that led to Albuquerque becoming a “central character” in the show, leads all roads back to the ultimate Breaking Bad mecca – the only place in the world where tourists from all over the globe can regularly be seen snapping pics at the John B. Robert dam, sitting in a booth at Twisters, in front of Octopus Car Wash, in front of the “White House”, even touring around the city just like the stars!
Come November 2014 these “Baddies” and many more can make the most out of their fandom at the ultimate “on location” fan fest.
“We’re happy to announce plans for an Albuquerque Breaking Bad Fan Fest are moving forward! We were unable to reach our Kickstarter goal, but the Fest will go on! Please stay tuned for more info on this page and www.ABQBreakingBadFest.com. Save the date: November 7th & 8th, 2014!”
-Jennie and Miguel
With new character developments emerging and production set to begin within weeks right here in Albuquerque, die hard Baddies around the world await with bated breath.
As anticipation and speculation mounts, separate camps are already beginning to form. Some being of the mindset that Saul can do no wrong as far as being capable of delivering the same level of top tier dark-dramedy so exquisitely executed by its parent, Breaking Bad. While other more paranoid types (count me in here) are terrified that the beloved offspring could turn out to be a bad seed. Please, oh please dear lord (aka Vince Gilligan) don’t let this chip off the old masterpiece devolve into another Joanie Loves Chachi.
Now while sitting in the proverbial waiting room until this project finally airs in November, there is a middle ground to be found which looks a lot like hope. After all, it has been done before – success, even surpassed success of a spinoff from its jump off. Maybe nobody really loved Chachi, but those Milwaukee beer factory workers, Laverne and Shirley too spawned from Happy Days and have since rightfully earned their place in television history.
Just look at how all the hairspray, stone washed denim and shoulder pads of some over privileged teenagers set forth the hit 90s twenty-something prime-time soap opera that was and always will be the one and only Melrose Place. Cynical curmudgeon Archie Bunker and all of his family gave us George and Weezie.
Frasier’s success surpassed that of his ensemble on Cheers. And then there’s Mary. The Goddess who is Mary Tyler Moore and the vast talents behind her shows and characters wrangled her her own show after the Dick Van Dyke Show and even further from Mary Tyler Moore, were we gifted with RHODA!
From the stand-up comedy stages whence he came, Bob Newhart carved out a solid spot for himself in a prime-time comedy show of his very own – AND THEN went on to do it again in the very next decade, dropping the Bob from his Newhart and coming back as a whole new man in an even more successful show. So it can be done.
While it’s still too early to tell who will spinoff from where and what will be what in the prequel world of “Saul Goodman”, a few things are a certainty – Odenkirk can bring it, Gilligan and (Peter) Gould are ferocious and clever beyond our wildest dreams, and there is a standing fan base at the ready to embrace this chapter of the best bad experience of our lives.
In the meantime chew on this: Thursday Showbiz 411 published a scoop claiming that new “Saul” characters will include, “regular players named Burt, Dr. Thurber, Beth, Eddie, and Zak and Luke. Burt is described as a “Kennedy” type lawyer in a white-shoe law firm. Dr. Thurber and Beth are also supposed to be lawyers. Eddie is a career criminal, a cool guy who speaks Spanish. Zak and Luke are skateboarding twins around 20 years old.”
Come on November!
UPDATE 5/1/14: Happy Days spawned Laverne & Shirley, Laverne & Shirley launched Michael McKean and now Michael McKean joins Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul! - Daily Mail UK
UPDATE 4/6/14: Aaron Paul has made no secret of his wish & intent to be a part of the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul…
Well, TONIGHT a source very close to the actor and the production tells OneHeadlightInk EXCLUSIVELY that all the i’s have been dotted and t’s crossed, officially adding the actor to the upcoming shoot schedule!!!!
Filming is set to begin in Albuquerque by the end of May and continue through early July.
The pizza flip and flop heard round the world is headed toward extinction!
Baddies across the globe better move quick if they want to get their very own, authentic Venezia’s pizza box. The super sized pie made famous by Breaking Bad’s Walter White will soon become “Gino’s Pizza”.
A few weeks ago a whisper came in to the OHI inbox speculating that SONY/AMC may have purchased the now iconic name and logo from the local eatery. But a call to Walter White’s area Venezia’s this morning yielded a giggling, “no” from a staffer – who also said, “I think we’re just getting new owners…”
The name change has been confirmed per the latest #ABQ area val-pak paper coupon mailer, which states right up top, “New Name Coming Soon: Venezia’s Pizzeria Will Become Gino’s Pizza – Same Owner, Same Great Food And Pizza”.
Ciao Venezia’s, bienvenidos Gino’s!
And before we have to say a Bad bye, here’s their website and here’s your own Valpak coupon for Venezia’s. You’re welcome.
On Thursday Emmy award winner Aaron Paul tweeted out a subtle message about returning to Albuquerque and teased with a general inquiry about who might like to join him for a Breaking Bad tour!
As of today Paul has garnered over 13,000 favorites and 6,000 re-tweets on the comment which was stamped with a Stay Kind hashtag – leading this blogette to believe that the star may be planning some sort of benefit for his stunning bride’s Kind CampaignAll.
Breaking Bad and its fans are no stranger to fund raising for the greater good as the cast and crew were well known for around town, here, here, here and here.
All of which have lent to inspiring some charitable efforts by many Breaking Bad super fans, including our very own raffle and the Walter White Memorial Tribute event that raised over $20K to directly aid Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless!
Looks like Bad will continue to do good for many, many years to come!
Albuquerque’s own “living room acoustic pop” band, The Blurts will be performing live at the post funeral reception tomorrow night.
Saturday evening, Baddies from far and wide are invited to pay their last respects to “Walter White” and the legacy of Breaking Bad in Albuquerque.
If you would like to learn more about the Walter White Endowment fund, benefiting Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH), visit WalterWhiteFuneral.org.
Tickets, merchandise and reception entry is still available. All proceeds go to AHCH – meeting the needs of Albuquerque homeless for over 25 years, by providing no cost healthcare to those most vulnerable in our community.
On Saturday October 19, 2013, beginning with a procession near the location where Walter White met his fate on 2nd & Los Ranchos in Albuquerque, New Mexico…
Walter White mourners are invited to attend a final farewell to the man, the myth and the legend, at his final resting place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Services will take place at Sunset Memorial Park at 4:30pm. Breaking Bad set decorator Michael Flowers will deliver the eulogy. The Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White funeral reception starts at 8:00pm. Attendance at both the funeral service and reception require payment with all proceeds going to the Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation benefiting Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (AHCH). Michael Baird, owner of Vernon’s Steakhouse states, “This is an enormous opportunity for the Albuquerque community to benefit again from the worldwide phenomenon of Breaking Bad. With this event and the creation of the Vernon’s Steakhouse Walter White Endowment Fund at the Albuquerque Community Foundation, Walter White’s legacy and final amends will have a positive impact on Albuquerque for many years to come.”
By participating in these events, in person and/or by purchasing items or making donations online, one is contributing to the awareness and prevention of the hardships afflicting so many in our City and contributing to the effort to help end it while ensuring a piece of the tumultuous, yet valuable legacy that Walter White leaves behind. It is hoped that the event will raise much needed funds to secure substance abuse services to people in Albuquerque who need them most. Here are some of the ways that the public can contribute:
Walter White Bracelets: $10.00 (plus S&H on national and international orders) Custom baby blue silicone bracelet imprinted with Walter White’s name.
Walter White Funeral Ticket and Bracelet: $20.00 Includes entrance to the funeral and a handful of earth to help bury Walter White, plus a custom baby blue silicone bracelet imprinted with Walter White’s name.
“Walter White has brought awareness to [Breaking Bad] viewers about the problems associated with drug abuse and homelessness. If his death can generate financial donations to combat drug abuse and homelessness in Bernalillo County, then Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless is a well deserving recipient of those proceeds” said Sheriff Dan Houston of the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Departments.
AHCH works with more than 7,000 men, women and children experiencing homelessness every year – including those who are struggling with severe mental health and/or substance use disorders, as well as other illnesses.
According to Loyola Digital Advertising, the ad slots during the Breaking Bad finale cost anywhere from $300,000-$400,000 for a thirty-second time slot. For Albuquerque Heath Care for the Homeless, that amount of money would provide 12-months of free substance abuse services to approximately 70 people. The 12-months of care includes monthly medical clinic visits, monthly or more case manager visits, integrated behavioral health, and full dental care, as needed.
To learn more about the cause and the services, join us for a press conference at 4:30pm on Thursday, October 17th at Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless, 1217 1st St., NW, on the corner of 1st & Menaul.
UPDATE 10/05/2013: The Albuquerque Journal appears to be looking to capitalize on the recent global sensation of the paid “obituary” tribute, bought and paid for by local Breaking Bad fans.
Dave Layman, the science teacher who paid for the obit says, “This is what I get for making the ABQ Journal famous and selling out! Reprint my PAID ad for FREE in the Sunday paper so they can make more money. You’re welcome, Journal!”
The paper, which didn’t have many kind words for the AMC series when it originally landed in New Mexico, is now set to re-run the obituary, as purchased by Layman and crafted by Layman and Bethany Brandon for print in Friday’s Journal, in its Sunday edition.
Friday’s Journal sold out all over the state due to the global attention garnered by the viral postings and media pick-ups of the now classic show’s theme, and yes “spoiler” tribute to the iconic character created by Vince Gilligan. Copies of the local paper even showed-up on online auction sites including eBay on the day of distribution.
What do you think? Is the fan tribute up for commercialization by the paper that printed it?
UPDATE 9/30/2013: 10.3 million viewers tuned in for the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday night – EW
Today is the first Super Bowl Sunday in New Mexico Film Production history, and from The New York Times to The Daily Mail UK, the globe is focused on the broadcast finale for the most famous chemist since Marie Curie.
Tonight Walter White will meet his fate, and his story will be closed in this first chapter of the full legacy of New Mexico’s own Breaking Bad.
If anyone doubts the certainty of the lasting impact the Emmy winning series will have on our state, you should look to the heavens and recall the outer galactic frenzies that swirl around traveling conventions, and expos for the nearly half a century old series Star-Trek, and the unrivaled veracity of Star Wars film fans. And these, for the most part, showcase theoretical places and people – unlike the Breaking Bad experiences of Albuquerque location and studio tours.
From Taco Sal’s to To’hajiilee, the people and places of this five season epic-saga will play on and on, and on, on television, and streaming online into the foreseeable future.
Even the white water rapid rivers, deep in the hills of Georgia – which until 1972 went largely unknown, today draw millions of tourist dollars, over 40 years after the area gained popularity and infamy for its part in the hit movie Deliverance.
So, whether you’re team Bad or team “Woodall”, the final score won’t be evident even in tomorrow’s sure to be record setting ratings for tonight’s series finale, but will be measured in the years, decades and perhaps even centuries to come.
Here’s to NM’s film futures, with a salute to all those who’ve worked for decades past to build the championship team of today.
New Mexico Film, you just won the Super Bowl! What are you gonna do now?
In the remaining episodes of Breaking Bad we may come to view Skyler White in a very different light, because God and a select few are privy to the fact that if anyone can pull off some majorly unexpected turns it’s actress Anna Gunn. After one riveting encounter, I for one will never look at her the same way – mainly in that I will now actually be able to look at her.
The collective “they” say it all the time about likable stars, how they make you feel like you’re the only person in the world…yada, yada, yada. Well when you’re speaking to the woman who makes Breaking Bad fans the world over seethe with contempt and loathing, YOU are the only person in her world. And if not, give this girl her Oscar NOW!
I’ve told the anecdote many times, about how I get to go back and watch some segments of Breaking Bad and they will be all new to me because I’ve walked out of the room and/or skipped entire scenes to avoid the fury Skyler White evokes in me.
Well, it only takes a moment to see that the woman who brings the inescapably infuriating Mrs. White to the small screen is nothing like the taciturn character she plays so flawlessly. Immediately her tall but tiny frame gracefully paints a different picture than the sometimes menacingly imposing, amazonian figure Anna Gunn strikes on Breaking Bad as the overbearing, annoying, and oft detestable missus. And yes, true to the old cliché, she is MUCH better looking in person.
Shooed back by a publicist, whose job and intent was to just get past the bulk of the patient journalists in the press line, this blogette threw a pout when waved off by the celeb wrangler who was gesturing to Ms. Gunn to “move it along”. Then the star stopped, locked her piercing blue eyes on mine, rested a gentle hand on my arm and with a simple wink and a nod exuded an amazing amount of delicate compassion saying, “don’t worry I’ll take your questions”.
Before “moving along” to be equally as kind and accessible to the rest of the crowd waiting for her, she stayed with me for minutes, which seemed like longer leisurely moments that passed slowly and comfortably. The Emmy nominated actress both gushed and teared-up about the show that has been her home for the last seven years coming to an end, how much she truly loves her TV family (both cast and crew), and we talked about her affinity for her native New Mexico, her beloved family and what’s coming up next for her career.
Though bathed in the universal disdain of Breaking Bad fans, you can trust that we haven’t seen the last of “The Most Hated Woman on Television“. By the mere fact that her terse, loathsome character is brought to life with a despicable, somewhat misunderstood perfection that is woven out of the incredibly rich and raw talent of this truly beautiful woman, there is no question that this upcoming finale is only the crest of the horizon for Anna Gunn beyond Bad.
On Twitter Dean Norris is looking forward to getting off the “sh*tter”, after 11 long months of cliffhanger madness on the pot! Meanwhile on Facebook he sends out a heartfelt thanks to New Mexico’s Own Steven Michael Quezada for being the “best partner a guy could have”.
Quezada and Norris no doubt have a helluva lot of work ahead of them in the final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad, which begin airing tonight on AMC. “It’s time for the ride of your life…”, Quezada warns/promises via tweet to hungry fans of the Emmy winning show.
Sweet Jesse (Aaron Paul) and the so-far infallible Walt Jr. (R.J. Mitte) seem to be passing the historic day, before the beginning of the end tonight, with hearty meals! Mitte tweeting, “Had my croissant with extra bacon. Today is the beginning of the end… Enjoy!”. While Aaron Paul is all a twitter since noshing on “too many pancakes”, later posing the ominous question “Who will live? Who will die? #BreakingBad”.
We’re wondering the same and already Facebooked our own guess that both Walt and sadly Jess will definitely ride the big Bounder to the sky before it’s all over. Lots of fun to see some of the local cast and crew chime in with hints on what they think and may or may not know about the biggest finale since MASH! Check out what they’re saying to us here and here.
Finally, the man behind Walter White, Bryan Cranston himself tweets, “one more laugh before the tears…”
Keep up with past and present cast and all the fans going cuckoo on Twitter (BEWARE OF SPOILERS):
Local Breaking Bad aficionado and one-time Walter White impersonator, Miguel Jaramillo has partnered with local Yelp* aficionado, Howie “The Duke of Duke City” Kaibel: together the premiere Breaking Bad location photographer and ABQ “off-the-beaten-path” reviewer have your Breaking Bad final eight viewing party needs covered!
Check out their full final season schedule here. For a lengthy list of Breaking Bad Albuquerque business filming locations by Yelp* click here. Get the FREE TouringBad app for the most complete ABQ shooting locations here. And of course if you want to be the splash of any Breaking Bad party from here to eternity, click here to get in on the last charitable bids to win cast autographs, show memorabilia and show experiences!
The premier episode of the final season of Breaking Bad broadcasts Sunday, August 11 at 7pm. While exciting, this is a sad rite of passage for Albuquerque, which has indeed become a central character in the award winning television program. The show put ABQ on the map.
The page has international following, and recently many of the followers have begged for an excuse to visit our city: Watch Parties. These are already happening all over the country, so rather than let others steal our local thunder, we’re hosting a Watch Party for all eight episodes at different locations around the city, with a special emphasis on the Premier and Finale. These are free and open to the general public. Several of the locales were filming locations for the show. Events run 6:30-8:30. Shows begin at 7pm and will close with a Talking Bad chat segment. Locations and dates as follows:
1. (Premier) Uptown Sports Bar, 6601 Uptown Blvd NE, Sunday August 11th
2. Zinc Wine Bar & Bistro, 3009 Central Ave NE, Sunday August 18th
4. Hooligan’s Tavern, 9800 Montgomery Blvd NE, Sunday September 1st
5. Marble Brewery, 111 Marble NW, Sunday September 8th
6. Kelly’s Brew Pub, 3222 Central Ave SE, Sunday September 15th
7. Il Vicino Canteen, 2381 Aztec Rd, Sunday September 22nd
8. (Finale) Hotel Albuquerque, 800 Rio Grande Blvd, Sunday September 29th
Want more? Word has it that Marble Brewery is tapping two new brews, the Heisenberg Dark and Walt’s White Lie, for the run of the show; Il Vicino is putting together three pours, titles to be announced; Kelly’s will be releasing a special brew, as well. Various personalities who acted and worked on the show may be making guest appearances. The Supper Truck will be cooking up (pun intended) some BrBa inspired eats. Baillios is sponsoring and providing additional wide screen sets. Add in arts and treats from other locals (the Candy Lady, Rebel Donut, Gorilla Graphix, A Good Sign) and the evenings are sure to represent the 505 in style.
The Albuquerque Conference and Visitors Bureau is promoting and attending the events, as well. Mark your Tweets and status updates with this hashtag: #BrBaABQ. Please check out their Breaking Bad page: http://www.itsatrip.org/…
Are you “in”? Click here, at the tab at the top of the event listing add a comment to let us know when you’re coming. Check-in to each event. Add a photo and a tip, review the show! Let’s send off this epic series with some hometown love.
This morning I saw Bryan Cranston on TV signing autographs for clamoring fans at Times Square in New York City; Reddit, Tumblr and Instagram are full of popular profiles filled with shots of the uniquely Albuquerque places and experiences that played a starring role in the epic series, and national news is hot on all things Breaking Bad.
Here to supplement your viewing pleasure is a one of a kind prize pack which include not only a resounding “Hail yes!” from the man behind Walter White, but ensemble cast autographs, show memorabilia and Breaking Bad themed items and experiences!
But alas, I literally cannot “give this away” until the fundraising goal of at least $2,0000 is reached. With just 46 45 bids left to fulfill the minimum requirement for awarding the entire pack, these treasures remain holed up.
100% of the net proceeds donated in this bid to win it all will benefit The Barrett Foundation of Albuquerque, a transitional living facility for homeless Albuquerque women and children.
For one or ALL of the few remaining shots at taking this whole lot home, click here now!
“If you’ve seen Breaking Bad then you already know that the city of Albuquerque is one of the show’s main characters.” -USA Today
Well over half way to our $2,000 goal! Remember 100% of the net proceeds donated in a bid to win this one-of-a-kind Breaking Bad Fan Pack will go to the Barrett Foundation of Albuquerque – benefiting homeless women and children for over 25 years!
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Now through June (EXTENDED THROUGH $2K GOAL) Breaking Bad fans all over the world are invited to make a donation in a bid to win a Breaking Bad Fan Pack assembled by OneHeadlightInk.com.
The pack includes cast & crew exclusive wear, hand signed; crew photo, full size “All Hail the King” poster and script cover, New Mexico made Breaking Bad themed products, Trolley tour of filming locations around Albuquerque and MORE!
100% of the net proceeds of this online raffle will benefit the Barrett Foundation, Inc. of Albuquerque – a leading homeless resource and housing facility for women and children in the Albuquerque area since 1985. The virtual raffle tickets can be purchased below.
Each five-dollar increment donated counts as one entry to win!
All donations are processed with the secure online payment system PayPal, and all donations are updated and tracked above. The raffle fundraising goal is set at a modest $2,000.00. One winner will be chosen at random on May 1, 2013, provided that the minimum fundraising goal has been met or exceeded, otherwise the raffle will be extended. All Fan Pack contents will be shipped or delivered to the winner within two weeks of the final drawing.
We strongly encourage everyone to visit the Barrett Foundation website to learn more about what they do in building futures for homeless women and children in New Mexico and what can be done to help. Breaking Bad cast & crew leave behind a long legacy of community support and service, let’s follow their lead, while taking a shot at having your very own piece of the historic show.