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
Above, while walking the press line at the Tribute to Breaking Bad event held Saturday night at Albuquerque Studios in New Mexico, Bryan Cranston answered a wide array of inquiries ranging from his thoughts on New Mexico in general to this juicy tidbit on how he sees the journey of Walter White saying:
“My perspective on it is that every human being is fully capable of the wide spectrum of emotions, and even the meekest person among us is a dangerous person given the right set of circumstances and what happened to Walter White was just that. Certain, specific buttons were pushed at a very delicate fragile time in his life and he made decisions that he could not take back and he was on the road, he was on a spiral to hell.”
The Albuquerque Studios, Reelz Channel, YDI Tribute to Breaking Bad culminated in this meet & greet for contest winners and event sponsors, with select media and Albuquerque civic leaders in attendance. The cast mingled with the crowed, signed autographs and posed for photos with sponsors and winners alike. With sponsorship packages and ticket sales, organizers of the fundraiser for Youth Development Incorporated, were able to raise over $28,000 in just a few weeks time to benefit the local youth organization.
After the gang buster success of this, one of the many civic outreach events the production has undertaken in their six years at work here, there was another event held at an undisclosed location.
Though OHI has confirmed that Breaking Bad cameras are still rolling her in Albuquerque, at least for a few more hours, the closed door event turned out to be the show’s wrap party, where the tears and “bittersweet” sentiments that were already beginning to swell at the fundraiser flowed at full speed, as cast, crew, production staff, friends and family shared their parting words of reflection and gratitude.
In a speech addressing the crowed Bryan Cranston thanked AMC and Sony for having the courage to pick-up the show and said, “Even though Vince Gilligan didn’t set out to make a classic that’s exactly what happened. In years to come this show will stand the test of time and scrutiny.”
Telling everyone, “All of you here tonight can say proudly that we worked on breaking bad. Now it’s time to go, it’s time to wrap it up, fold-up our tents and move away but there’s one thing that will never leave us even though we’re leaving this experience and that is from here on for the rest of our lives we will be inexorably tied to each other as a one as a family and I for one am personally am overjoyed to have this opportunity to be w this family all of you, such fine human beings number one and artisans number 2 I love you all I will miss you all, God bless you and God bless you Mr. Vince Gilligan for giving us this opportunity!”
Hometown star Steven Michael Quezada said, “I’m very proud of New Mexico, I’m a New Mexican…the crews here, you have made us proud> We’re gonna do great things moving on in the future. I’d like to thank Mr. Vince Gillagan for giving us that, we are gonna learn from that and we’re gonna go forward and we’re gonna thrive and thank you Governor Martinez. Thank you for signing a bill that will help us…this cast here has changed New Mexico let’s learn from it and let’s move on, thank you very much.”
Anna Gunn too thanked AMC and Sony “for giving our little show about meth a home.” Then addressing her co-stars calling them, “the most generous gifted hilarious group of actors I have loved playing with you every minute and I have loved watching your brilliant work.”
And in a tremendous nod of support to those who crafted the show year after year, “Most of all I really just wanna pay homage to the most amazing crew top to bottom that I have ever worked with in my career. Everyday that I came to work I didn’t feel like I was coming to work, I felt like I was coming to make art, communally with a group of people that I adored and you all are artists. You are all crafts men and woman and you gave every ounce of yourselves with such passion and dedication through sandstorms and snowstorms and scorching heat and everything in between, and I was in awe of what you did and we really became a family.”
Lastly the native New Mexican added, “I have met some of the finest human beings and artists that I have ever come across in all my years working in this business and I feel so blessed because of that and I will be forever grateful for this experience so, Que Viva New Mexico and Que Viva Breaking Bad!”
The bad news is that arguably one of the greatest things to ever happen to New Mexico Film Production is coming to a close.
The good news (among much good news) is, there is still time to get your very own piece of the wonderment that is Breaking Bad, before cast and crew pack-up, move out of the studio lot and select locations around the Q, and ride off into the annals of NMFilm history!
But perhaps the best news of all is that this now iconic piece of New Mexico will likely never die! Breaking Bad is and will remain one of the greatest scripted dramas the world of television (or any screen for that matter) has ever known – and Albuquerque will always have its place among the ever righteous cast and crew that has made it so!
With that, keep your eyes and ears open for the exciting things to come in the final days of filming right here in New Mexico. Bryan Cranston is making the rounds visiting local media outlets to say goodbye, promote the show and as always is working hard to help out and inspire in the community!
Here he is this morning on the air with JTD on the Peak, where among many things he shares that he WILL keep his NM home after the show wraps…additionally Bryan dishes just a bit on his feelings about the upcoming show finale.
Also this morning, Cranston and Steven Michael Quezada on the 94 Rock Morning Show >>
And finally, THIS BLOGETTE can exclusively report on some underground gossip that strongly suggests that there is more than just one ending to the epic series being filmed! IN FACT word on the wire is that there will be up to FOUR ultimate endings shot, with only the man himself, namely MR. VINCE GILLIGAN, knowing which will air on the historic night of the show’s close…
HERE (below) is Bryan Cranston, with a Breaking Bad production team in tow, recently doing a walk-through for an upcoming scene at an Albuquerque, New Mexico filming location.
Tomorrow night, folks in downtown Albuquerque have a chance to see Cranston once again visit with his Breaking Bad co-star and friend, Steven Michael Quezada. Several of the Emmy winning series’ co-stars have appeared with Quezada over the years on his late night television talk show, The After After Party.
This is a special occasion on many levels, one being that the drama series is coming to a close once the final eight episodes on tap wrap production in the coming months. Secondly, tomorrow night’s live taping of The After After party marks the historic 100th episode of the wholly New Mexico original show!
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Click here for the deets on how to be JUDGED by “Heisenberg” at the “Walter White Look Alike Contest” being held at The After After Party taping tomorrow night – YOU COULD WIN a set visit to Breaking Bad!!!
As we told you here, Bryan Cranston will be the guest on the 100th episode of “The After After Party.” – and now it’s official!
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – To celebrate the final season of “Breaking Bad,” The Emmy Award-winning star of the hit TV show “Breaking Bad,” will judge a Walter White look-alike contest at the taping of the historic 100th episode of “The After After Party” on Tuesday December, 4.
The 99th and 100th episodes of the locally produced late night variety show will be taped at 7 p.m., at the Wool Warehouse in downtown Albuquerque.
The show is hosted by Albuquerque actor and comedian, Steven Michael Quezada, who plays DEA agent Steve Gomez on “Breaking Bad.”
“Bryan came up with the idea, and we thought what a great way to celebrate our 100th show and ‘Breaking Bad,’” Quezada said. “You wouldn’t know it from Walter White, but Bryan has a great sense of humor.”
Quezada said contestants should show up at 5:30 pm at the Wool Warehouse. Staff will choose 10 contestants to appear on the show. The contestants will get “Breaking Bad” swag, while the winner will also get to have lunch on the set of “Breaking Bad.”
Check out the “The After After Party” Facebook page for more information.
The “After After Party” is produced by the Rio Grande Media Group.
For more information, contact Steven Michael Quezada at 505-304-3487
Amazing special guests are scheduled to appear, and admission is absolutely free for all ages!!!
The 100th Episode Celebration takes place at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 4th at the historic YDI Wool Warehouse, located at 518 First Street NW (1st and Roma, just two blocks south of Lomas and directly north of the Albuquerque Convention Center)! It will kick off with the taping of Episode 99, followed immediately by the filming of the historic 100th Episode!!!
Admission is absolutely FREE! There will be a cash-only bar in the lobby serving drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)and snacks. There will also be t-shirts and merchandise on sale from “The After After Party” and The James Douglas Show! Doors open at 6:30 p.m.!
“The After After Party” airs every Saturday night at 12:30 a.m. (just a half hour after “Saturday Night Live”) on NBC! The show also airs on My Family TV on Fridays at 10:30 p.m., and on Tuff TV on Thursdays at 10:30 p.m.!
UPDATE 6/27/12 THAT’S A WRAP: The first half, of the two part production of fifth and final season of Breaking Bad has wrapped in Albuquerque tonight. The stage goes dim until this fall when cast & crew head back in for the grande finale.
The first half of the Fifth&Final season premieres July 15, and the last eight episodes will air in the summer of 2013.
While burgeoning NM hit series, Longmire aired tonight on A&E, AMC global phenom, Breaking Bad held its Season Five premiere event in Albuquerque.
Renowned for their epic wrap parties, the Breaking Bad cast turned out in force for this premiere, while Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul showed in costume, this year as cucarachas?
Jump to 1:20 for the flag that New Mexico state government is flying to say, “GO AWAY” to film jobs.
In a poor state whose leader endorses corporate loopholes over local business, whose political action committee is funded primarily by another state’s special interests, the vilification of one of the most hopeful, vibrant and sustainable industries ever built here, rolls on.
It’s become standard practice for this administration to spit balk in the face of local film talent and support businesses, and now the slow bloodletting has a new face and a name.
Flying in the face of the world is, in a name, “a New Mexico film study“. A better face for the promotion and growth of the state’s economy is and always has been Mr. Bryan Cranston.
The majority of the WORLD is unaware of New Mexico and those who have heard of us think we’re part of South America; except for the several MILLION who have been exposed to our previously top ranked spot in the good ol’ U.S-of-A for film production.
Talking directly to the point of what brought just one, globally acclaimed, beloved television production into our midst and our small business, tourism, talent, education and charitable organization bank accounts is the one and only Bryan Cranston of Breaking Bad.
So while our government shells out some absurd amount of time and money on a tailored hex upon our film industry, productions will continue to go away and the obvious will be stated elsewhere.
UNLESS YOU SPEAK-UP and SPEAK OUT New Mexico! Cranston & Co. can’t do it all…
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!”
As we told you here, Breaking Bad creator/mad genius, Vince Gilligan is on for another stint with Breaking Bad parent co., Sony Pictures TV. Cranston is everywhere you look (and it’s still not enough); on the big screen here, here, here and here and behind the camera directing tomorrow night’s episode of ABC’s hit series, Modern Family!
We were bummed to see that the role of John McLane’s son in the next installment of the Die Hard franchise didn’t go to Aaron Paul, but better still, Paul’s leading man skills are set to shine in “Smashed”.
The gritty, dark-comedy, also called an “adult coming of age” film, premiered at Sundance earlier this year, where the producers were awarded a Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Independent Film Producing.
Worldwide distribution rights for “Smashed” have since been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics for a reported $1M price tag.
Deadline Hollywood reports on the full cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead (SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD), Emmy Award® winner Aaron Paul (BREAKING BAD), Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (THE HELP), Nick Offerman (PARKS & RECREATION), Emmy Award® winner Megan Mullally (WILL & GRACE) and Emmy Award® winner Mary Kay Place (BIG LOVE; MARY HARTMAN, MARY HARTMAN).
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!
With pre-production set to start in late February and shooting beginning in early March, NM nay the world (which is learning that NM is is indeed a part of the continental United States, largely thanks to the series) is bracing to say, “Adios” to its beloved Breaking Bad.
Though the Emmy winning series is not much for stunts, other than those supremely scripted twists and turns that leave hearts pounding and mouths agape season after season, there is a line of big name, rabid fans who pine to partake of a guest starring role.
New Mexico’s own Demi touts the series, Coco knows it’s the best show on television and now Jaleel (formerly known as Urkel) White wants in!
“I would love to be on ‘Breaking Bad,’” says Jaleel White, best known for playing teen nerd Steve Urkel on nine seasons of the sitcom “Family Matters.” He repeats for emphasis: “I would love to be on “Breaking Bad.”
Silly? Well, you may have not even realized you were seeing White taking on a serious role here and there (see Dreamgirls, House, Psych, Boston Legal) since his Urkel days, and the man can act sans high-waisted denim, suspenders and horn rims, with a strikingly stern and handsome repose.
Yes he’s still funny. Seen below in the 2009 teaser trailer for the web series “Road to the Altar”. Too silly? Well as The Wrap mused, maybe as silly as the hap hazard, oft befuddled and bumbling dad from “Malcolm in the Middle” heading the gritty drama in three time Emmy winning style…
If anyone could seamlessly write the likes of everyone from a Jaleel White or Conan O’Brien to a Demi Moore or (my own personal suggestion) Neil Patrick Harris into the jewel of New Mexico productions crown, it would be the all star team of Breaking Bad writers.
Our favorite part-time New Mexican, beloved meth maker the world over, kick-a** actor and pre-marital counseling advocate, Bryan Cranston will hit the big screen next summer in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages with Diego Boneta, Julianne Hough, Tom Cruise, Russell Brand, Alec Baldwin and Mary J. Blige.
We know him for his critically acclaimed success on television, his generosity in giving back to the community, local stand-up, of course those Emmy wins and now we’ll see Bryan Cranston in his film singing debut!
As Mayor in the hair band, glam rock world of 1987 Cranston is set to belt out the classic Pat Benatar anthem, Hit Me With Your Best Shot!
Here’s a sneak peek at your man Bryan taking a turn at the microphone in a 2010 episode of SNL:
In addition to Rock of Ages, Cranston has completed work on the upcoming films, Total Recall, John Carter, Red Tails and Leave. Currently filming Argo and slated to star in London Fog. But next up >> Cranston and the rest of the good time gang of Breaking Bad are due back in NM for the fifth and (hopefully not) final season shoot!
One grand prize winner will be selected to receive a walk-on role in Breaking Bad next season and a four-day, three-night trip to the set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. All entries must be received by 11:59:59AM | 10:59:59C on Mon., Jan. 16, 2012.
Eh-em, Dear NM State Government, are we in on this action as a people? A few more suggestions to add to my lowly (vastly untapped) suggestion box are to get in on merchandising and tourist attraction licensing…oh and also keep bringing productions to the state…of course I can’t even afford to subscribe to AMC so maybe apply a grain of salt, on the rim preferably ;)
In the meantime, naysayers and Doubting Thomases revel in the obvious fact that AMC is bringing THE BEST SHOW EVER SCRIPTED back to NM (as if they could possibly go elsewhere).
And the rest of you…ENTER to win…and even if you don’t, book your flights to Nuevo México, because I’m armed with a location list and a only half broke-down, but insured (that’s big time here), mode of transportation to haul you and yours from season one through four!
That Two and a Half Men mess on CBS isn’t the only XY drama in town.
In fact the reigning #1 Drama on television is maddeningly squashing the Gs out of our own beloved home grown production, Breaking Bad.
A busy bee buzz around Hollywoo is that AMC, the network for both Breaking Bad and Mad Men, is breaking the bank with the sleek, stylized, period piece dramz eating into the budget of the picturesque, perfectly scripted, expertly acted NM series.
The L.A. Times is reporting that Breaking Bad and other top show The Walking Dead are being asked to ax digits from their bottom line and the speculation is that those numbers will be used to line the pockets of Mad creator Matt Weiner.
First the scheduling melee that swept the Lead Actor Emmy right out of Cranston’s hands and undoubtedly into those of Mad’s leading man to this!
A fifth season of NM’s Own Breaking Bad is a go for the time being but the quantity, network and location may be up in the air.
For all we’ve ever had to say about the coveted New Mexico series click here and for a personal convo w/the stars pick-up the latest Weekly Alibi on stands now – featuring some riveting words from NM’s Own Br Ba star Steven Michael Quezada!
Season four of Breaking Bad airs Sunday nights on AMC and the high rollers of Mad Men will return in 2012 with their platinum plated season five (it is a pretty bad a** show, but come on New Mexico get on AMC about this sh*t – we can’t afford to lose the best show on television & we can’t even blame this mess on Susana).