Joining the original matriarch and patriarch of National Lampoon’s first family of Vacations, the latest versions of the oft’ re-cast Griswold children have been revealed.
As recently discussed on-air, Audrey and Rusty have gone and grown-up. The role of Rusty, previously made famous by Anthony Michael Hall, Jason Lively and Johnny Galecki will be reprised by none other than comedy superstar, Ed Helms. In the Vacation reboot, now in production, Rusty has married up nicely, landing Christina Applegate.
Just announced this week, Audrey Griswold’s Juliette Lewis/Dana Hill/Dana Barron adult shoes will be filled by comedic gem, Leslie Mann. Like Rusty, it seems Audrey has espoused quite the hottie in landing “Thor” himself, aka Chris Hemsworth!
The only official word on filming is out of Atlanta, Georgia here, but OneHeadlightInk.com has it on good authority that filming will be shared with New Mexico. Leads that the production is headed this way are bolstered by this casting call out of the New Mexico film office, touting a WARNER BROS. FEATURE FILM CASTING FOR PAID EXTRAS. Check out the entire post here.
It is for certain that the present day Griswold’s, rumored to be led by Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, will hit the big screen once again come 2015, produced by New Line Cinema, a unit of Warner Brothers Entertainment…
Burning Bodhi stars Kaley Cuoco, Sasha Pieterse, Cody Horn, Meghann Fahy, Landon Liboiron, Tatanka Means and Virginia Madsen.
The coming of age story written and directed by McDuffie follows Dylan – a young man, who upon learning via social media that one of his best friends from high school suddenly died heads back to his hometown in New Mexico, where he’s confronted by a complex grid of issues and regrets, past and present, involving his troublesome parents and heartbroken first love.
In what’s been described as “The Voice” meets “The Apprentice”, the brand new competition based reality show, “The Producer” seeks to unearth BIG TALENT from small town New Mexico.
Friday May 16, Vocalists, Songwriters and other entertainment industry enthusiasts & watchers are invited to take a peek into the Albuquerque based production, which promises hopefuls a shot at their very own recording deal.
The show will start accepting online contestant submissions on June 1, 2014. But all are welcome to get inside info this Friday by attending a Sneak Peek in downtown Albuquerque.
French record producer, music conductor, musical arranger, film composer and musician Jean-Michel Soupraya and show host, Corine Lewis are expected to be on hand Friday when hopefuls turnout for a head start on this road to stardom. If it is your time to shine, show up at noon, dressed to impress and be camera ready.
Who: Singers, Song Writers & Entertainment industry enthusiasts
If you can sing or write songs, you are invited to meet “The Producer”.
Show producer, Jim Burleson tells OHI that the show does not have any age limit or experience restrictions.
“The Producer” will film over 13 weeks – from the time the production selects 20 finalists, to the finale, when one winner will be awarded a recording deal. All competition filming will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The show will air on an undisclosed, national cable channel in the Spring of 2015.
Follow the action and get into it here. Official website coming soon.
Persevering efforts such as the support and passage of that bill are what keep the state’s film industry alive and healthy. Production benefits, amazing facilities and unparallelled talent & crew base are what continue to build New Mexico back up to its full potential as a global hot spot for film and media.
As soon as news of the “Breaking Bad Bill” flooded the nation’s industry wire, the local industry enjoyed an uptick of projects going from “pending” to a “go”, with series pilots and series runs such as “The Night Shift” and “Killer Women” putting New Mexicans back to work. More series and films are headed down the pike.
So let’s get ready and get behind the business of more business for New Mexico. #NMFilm support means more private sector jobs & industry growth!
Film & Media Day Open Casting Call for UPCOMING 2014 NEW MEXICO FILM PROJECTS INCLUDES – BUT IS NOT LIMITED TO: Longmire Season 3, Hieroglyph, Good Kill, The Manhattan Project…scheduled as follows!
FILM AND MEDIA DAY CASTING CALL
MONDAY FEBRUARY 10th, 2014
1:00 – 4:00 pm
State Land Auditorium
304 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501 Map/Directions
The following roles are now being cast:
(per screenwriter Ron Weisberg)
Kristina: Drug Dealing Prostitute (Supporting)
Kara: Sexy African American under boss (Supporting)
Batista: boxing cartel under boss (Supporting)
Gato: Chubby Cartel Pimp (Supporting)
Chicharo: Wiry Mexican Under Boss (Supporting)
Old Asian Boss: Must know Chinese or similar (Supporting)
Mexican Man with Ice cream cart (Supporting)
Cartel Doorman (5&under)
Asian Dominatrix (5&under)
2 older Men in Suits (5&under)
Lady in Jewelry Store (5&under)
News Anchor (5&under)
Kid with soccer ball (Speaking)
3 Guys with Bats
Chicharo’s Limo Driver
Convenient Store Clerk
Elder Asian Lady
6 Asian Henchmen (Male and Female)
Strip Club Servers
4 Cartel Henchmen in Gym
2 Older Cartel Bosses
6 Cartel Members that chase Gus
10 crack house dwellers
2 chuckling College Students
Couple making out
15 High End Dinner Guests
40 Extras for a club scene (Crowd)
4 Back Ground Forensics/EMT’s
100 College/High School Students at the Ricky Ross Speach
30 College Students / House Party Guests
Santa Fe – Film industry decision makers are pulling back the curtain on New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry for a three-day event putting New Mexican ﬁlmmakers, budding actors and businesses wanting to serve the industry before decision casting agents, production leaders and buyers.
The three-day event includes a full day of panels and open forums to introduce businesses and individuals to New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry decision makers.
WHEN: FRIDAY DEC 6 – SUNDAY DEC 8
WHERE: Center For Progress & Justice, 1420 Cerrillos Rd.
WHAT: Panels and business connections, cast and crew advisement (Full Agenda included below)
The weekend will begin December 6 with a celebration of music through the Santa Fe Music Alliance. Band’s to perform are To Build a Fiee, Sol Fire, and Numbtron (electronic side band with members of the D Numbers.) There will also be a rafﬂe of a music video shoot valued at $5,000 launching at the event courtesy of the Santa Fe Music Alliance.
December 7 Segments include “How to break into show business” for prospective actors and extras, “How to advance your acting career” for those with previous experience and open casting calls for both groups.
“Native New Mexicans are making a living wage in productions across the state,” says Jon Hendry, business agent for IATSE 480, a union of ﬁlm industry workers. “Everyone from Deming to Downtown Santa Fe has benefited from new business and new jobs ﬁlm has created in New Mexico. The programs in this weekend are opening up even more opportunities for all of us.”
In addition, production buyers will be on hand to meet New Mexico business leaders looking to promote or expand their business with the industry. All businesses are welcome.
For more information contact Nani 505-988-7414 x102
Educational forums and discussions are also planned in conjunction with the State Film Ofﬁce to explain New Mexico’s ﬁlm industry incentive programs and the production rebate system. Tobi Ives, Senior Manager of Production, and Rochelle Bussey, Workforce Development Programs Manager, will discuss incentives and resources available through the New Mexico State Film Ofﬁce the afternoon of December 7. New Mexico has over ten years of experience as an incentive state and offers a competitive Refundable Film Production Tax Credit. In addition, New Mexico has been a leader in crew, vendor and infrastructure growth including the Film Crew Advancement Program which provides career opportunities to resident crew and reimbursements of qualifying residents’ wages to productions. Join us at the luncheon to ask questions and understand these resources available to the industry.
The day will ﬁnish with the announcement of the Shoot Santa Fe Pilot Project winner, who will win a prize package worth 25k of industry products and cash to turn their 60-90 second trailer submission into a pilot. Submission cut off date is December 1. Details at santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
December 8 with complete the weekend with a Brunch & Panel to discuss topics for the 2014 Legislative Session. Lawmakers will cover topics including Achievable Goals, Power of Persuasion, and The next years of legislation for ﬁlm.
All proceeds beneﬁt the Santa Fe Film Festival, a non proﬁt organization.
Get Involved! Be a part of the 14th annual Santa Fe Film Festival, happening May 1-4, 2014 – currently gathering Volunteers, Sponsors, and Presenters. Contact SFFF to get involved, info@santafeﬁlmfestival.com.
Contact: Nani Rivera (Santa Fe Film Festival, Director) 505-988-7414 x102
New Mexico’s Midthunder Casting, LLC + Meals For Monologues 2013
Meals for Monologues is a nationwide food bank fundraiser, started by Chicago casting director, Claire Simon, where casting directors volunteer their time to view actors’ monologues in exchange for two non-perishable food items and/or goods, products and/or animal supplies to be donated to a local church or food bank.
This is a nationwide Casting Society of America event, with casting offices throughout the country participating. Proudly presented to New Mexico by Angelique Midthunder, CSA.
Midthunder Casting, LLC will be seeking actors age 10 and up (male and female, all ethnicities) to have a prepared ONE MINUTE monologue that will be digitally recorded – and all actors must bring two (2) items in order to be seen.
Accepted items include, but are not limited to:
• Canned Food Items: canned meats, fish, vegetables, soups, fruits, pasta sauces, peanut butter & jam, baby food and formula
This is a great opportunity for actors to get exposure in the film community, a chance to practice performing in a casting environment, and more importantly, to show that the film industry in New Mexico cares about the community that we live in.
New Mexico’s “biggest budget web series” is filming a pilot right here in Albuquerque, New Mexico in late October.
Hunter’s Game is a dark, methodical, yet hopeful drama web series, following the life of Hunter Williams, a haunted teen plagued with visions of future events that he battles to change. The psychic teen tries to maintain a normal life, while waging a secret war with fate, in order to save lives by influencing future events.
There’s still time to submit for some of the following roles in the series:
(Deadline is October 6, 2013)
Hunter Williams: (Caucasian Male) Lead role – A haunted teen, age 17-19, athletic build, black/brown hair, tall(No tattoos/piercings). Hunter is a leader to his peers and a joy to his family. Haunted by visions of a past he was too young to prevent, Hunter hides a dark secret. Hunter’s life is a meticulous balancing act of deception, loss, hope, fear, failure, secrets and quiet redemption.
KEIRA DALEY: (Female) A dark, secretive, teen, age 16-18, who has come to live with Alayna Sage after being removed from her violent home. After seeing Hunter, Keira recognizes him for the gifted psychic he is and is determined to ingrain herself into his life with an agenda all her own.
MADISON ROGERS: (Caucasian Female) A beautiful, smart, strong Christian, 16-19, Madison is the light to Keira & Alayna’s dark in Hunter’s world. Madison is Hunter’s balance, his foothold with the acceptable side of life. Though sweet, she is not perfect.
SIERRA LAWRENCE: (Female) Best friend to Madison, 16-19, and girlfriend to Noah, Sierra is a teen born in the wrong era. Free-spirited and gypsy-like, Sierra is the one who is always throwing a wrench in the works for those around her. Outspoken and daring, Sierra’s live-out-loud presence sometimes draws unwanted attention from the wrong people.
NOAH PARKER: (Male) A comedic dreamer and hopeless optimist, 17-19, Noah is Hunter’s best friend. For all of Hunter’s seriousness, Noah’s happy-go-lucky attitude helps lighten Hunter’s dark and heavy emotions. Deep down however, Noah is harboring his own demons.
TRACEY WILLIAMS: (Caucasian Female) The “got-it-all-together” wife of Ethan Williams, age 32. Tracey is the glue that holds Ethan’s family together. Unaware of the troubled past that Ethan, Brayden and Hunter share, Tracey tries to bridge the ever-widening gap between the three men.
ZACHARY WILLIAMS: (Caucasian Male) Hunter’s new rambunctious stepbrother, 9-11, who is a big part of Hunter and Ethan’s lives.
LUKE KINARD: (Male) – Fun-loving detective, 28, always finds the bright side to life, no matter how dark the world around him becomes. Brayden’s new partner from Houston, TX.
Isaac Reynolds: (Male) A methodical, child-serial killer, strong, athletic type, 25, who begins a battle of wits with Hunter.
OLIVER EISNER: (Male) Tough, intimidating lieutenant, late 50s, who has lost patience with the system and those working in it.
GABRIEL FLORES: (Hispanic Male) Aggressive but likeable, young detective, age 29, working his way up the ranks.
AMY CORRALES: (Female) A happy-go-lucky child, 6-9, that is kidnapped from her home, but later saved by Hunter.
CYNTHIA CORRALES: (Female) Loving Mother to Amy, 30-35.
REX MARTINEZ: (Hispanic Male) Quiet, best friend to Zachary Williams, 9-11.
JUSTIN ARANDA: (Hispanic Male) 23, patient, willing to learn, younger EMT Partner to Ethan Williams.
IS SEEKING SENIORS AGE 65+ FOR A LOCAL TV COMMERCIAL SHOOT
IF you are a happy, healthy and height/weight proportionate Senior, age 65 or older, Casting 505 would love to see you on MONDAY JULY 15. If you enjoy any hobbies or lifestyles that we could film (musical instruments, yoga, tai chi, ballroom dancing, hiking, table tennis, basketball, etc.) that is a plus.
SENIORS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THE LOVELACE MEDICARE PLAN PREFERRED, BUT NOT MANDATORY
This is a Non-Union paid position.
If interested please email or call the Casting Director for an appointment for Monday July 15. You must be available to shoot Thurs July 18.
Include a photo and all contact information in the email.
DEAD OF NIGHT, an NBC production, is a true-crime documentary cable series airing on the Discovery I.D. network, is casting reenactments for an upcoming episode in the Las Cruces/El Paso area.
The show will be shooting Saturday March 9 through Thursday March 14 in Las Cruces. Actors will NOT be called for all days of shooting.
Rate is $100/day. All actors must be at least 18 years of age, and be able to work as local (i.e. provide own housing and transportation) in the Las Cruces area.
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a headshot, resume, and any link(s) to on-camera work (if available) to firstname.lastname@example.org, with the role(s) you’d like to be considered for in the subject line.
SEEKING ACTORS TO PORTRAY:
[KATIE] Early-20s woman, Caucasian. Medium height, slim. Shoulder-length brown hair. Warm, outgoing.
[GABRIEL] Mid-20s man, Hispanic. Medium height, muscular/heavyset. Buzzed dark hair, scruffy. Must be able to drive stick-shift.
Las Cruces, NM – Local Casting Director, Rich Gill is currently casting for the upcoming feature film, “The Run Away“.
A Casting Call will be held from 10 am to 4pm on the 9th of March, 2013. The location of the casting call is as follows:
The Run Away Production Offices Arrowhead Center
3655 Research Drive
Genesis C Building
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88003
The Casting Call is open to ages 18 and over, with special interest in those who fit the following roles:
Young Man, (Youthful Appearance)
Ohio Trooper, ( Large Male )
Missouri State Troopers (2)
Bearded Gas Station Owner (Older Male)
Diner Waitress (Older Female)
Other Notable Roles Include:
Bikers (Male and Female)
Texan Store Keeper
Sheriff Station Staff
Looking to fill 72 possible positions….
All ethnicities are strongly encouraged to attend. These are PAID ROLES.
PLEASE, all interested actors MUST attend the film and media day casting call. I sadly will not be there because I have to be in CA that day, but Lorrie Latham will be there to represent EG casting and Latham Casting.
Composite images of Portman morphed with other celebs via Morphthing
*****Must be a NM resident to submit, project will shoot in Santa Fe, NM*****
New Mexico casting director Jo Edna Boldin is currently searching for a Caucasian girl between the ages of 2 & 5 years old to play Natalie Portman’s daughter in an upcoming western being filmed in Santa Fe.
Child should be outgoing, friendly and not too afraid of being held by a stranger. Twins, and close in age siblings are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please email email@example.com with a photo, age, height and weight of child(ren) with parental/guardian contact information for children who fit the description above.
“The biggest casting session the state has ever seen is going down TOMORROW, February 22, 2013 in Santa Fe (11am-4pm)!
What started out as an open call for six current and future film and television productions has grown to NINE upcoming projects!
Including FOUR Westerns in Santa Fe, an untitled sci-fi, fantasy in Albuquerque, TWO road movies in Rio Rancho and Las Cruces, a gritty thriller set for Deming and Albuquerque AND two TV shows!!!”
Rumor has it that at least 4 and up to 7 movies and TV productions will be casting at this one-stop-shop style call at New Mexico Film & Media Day 2013. Mark your calendars and keep watch right here…
What we know so far:
Casting directors, film personnel and industry workers and students will be on hand for the all day multi-media event at the state capitol building in Santa Fe, New Mexico on February 22, 2013.
Two more productions that this film fan hadn’t even heard of yet called The Signal and Runaway are also anticipated to be represented.
No specifics are available at this time (believe me, I’ve been hunting for them), but standard audition and casting call protocol should be followed.
STAY TUNED RIGHT HERE FOR MORE – UP TO THE MINUTE INFORMATION!!!
While you wait, get on the horn, fire-up your keypad, and/or make the trek up to the roundhouse to respectfully speak to YOUR state representatives. The time is NOW to engage in meaningful dialogue in support of the New Mexico Film Industry – learn more here.
Don’t cry, kids decorate pics like this all the time…the software comes on their “baby iPads”.
As we’ve been covering for you since the original RFP was released back in August 2011, the then recently appointed face of the New Mexico Tourism Department was poised to launch a new brand of New Mexico to the world…One that perhaps would eventually lend locals the luxury of not having to explain that New Mexico is in fact a part of the continental United States, to everyone from Washington State to Timbuktu.
New Mexico may perhaps be best known as an extra terrestrial landing strip or that dusty land which one passes through en route to another destination, but brand new leadership handpicked and handsomely paid is now at the helm to “rebrand” New Mexico, USA. The rally cry chosen by our new leader in branding, State Tourism Director, Monique Jacobson, to entice the world over to make New Mexico their destination of choice: “Adventure steeped in culture.” Okay. First question, whose culture?
Next, putting the reins of representing New Mexico to the world in the hands of a Texas Co. were enough to ruffle more than just a few local feathers. When Job Creation is touted as being a top priority of the sitting administration, sending a $2M job to a neighboring, tourist destination competitor state was perplexing at best, especially taking into account the plethora of skilled ad agencies all over the home front who no doubt KNOW New Mexico.
Regularly citing a seemingly “gold standard” of criteria, that the Tourism Department herself/itself either devised or adopted, the Texas firm won out over the many locally based firms who applied, even over the few NM firms which allegedly made it into the “final round” of “scoring” despite their in-state “preferential” allowances. Vendor Inc. ultimately won the dough, and apparently unabashed contract, creative and casting control.
Herein lies either the genius or the critical downfall of a campaign that has yet to air, New Mexico is already making news; First in the few rumblings about the Texas award, then almost under the radar the contracting started to go out. Initially with the multi-state (CA, NV, TX, NM) staffed casting outfit based out of Santa Monica, CA, which sent out the campaign devised casting call…(Back to that in a hot minute).
First round of FREE ADVERTISING begins here, where in a state which had worked, and risen to world-renowned ranks as tops in film production the mighty Vendor picked California filmmakers to jet in and out of the state with their own crew to film a weather ravaged four day shoot. The story of “irked” local filmmakers and production houses went from viral to news worthy, then broadcast all around the country painting New Mexico as a state set to advertise themselves without much faith in themselves.
To today and into mañana’a news, as dictated by the aforementioned ad campaign casting specifications, we shall only be represented by the “light-skinned” and fit among us. By these standards not even the woman who is our top elected official need apply to appear in this first round of advertisements requesting that the world take a look at New Mexico as an “Adventure steeped in culture.”
Where New Mexico is already hurting in some circles as appearing steeped in gas & oil interests and enriching corporate culture (see SB9 tax veto here), we’re now a step further to the right to most, elitist/racist or just plain out of touch at best. Because unlike a feature or indie film casting call which may rely on scripted requirements for certain characters – this is destined to be a multi-million-dollar motion picture representation of our great state, broadcast to the world.
All excellent moves if subscribing to the old adage that “any press is good press”, or aiming to flagrantly fly insensitivity in the face of the majority of your product/state’s population, or if politically angling to shine a spotlight on our state leader’s already dubbed war on immigration – good show.
Click here for the adults cast as Caucasian or “light-skinned” Hispanics in the ad, as released by the contracted casting director.
This just in: Expect NM Tourism select, Vendor Inc. to be without comment on this debacle just as they seemed to be in this 2011 Super Bowl bust.
Special thanks to our media “partners” and certain “whispers in the wind” in covering these developments…
UPDATE: Vendor Inc. has issued the following statement to Gabriel Escobar of The Dallas News:
“The focus of our shoot was on showcasing to the country the many amazing experiences and adventures one can have in New Mexico. The casting call you referenced was for the role of “tourists” who could be coming from any number of states. This is the first of many spots which will feature the wide range of people who are drawn to New Mexico.”
-Tom Hollerbach, Managing Director and COO, Vendor Inc.
So, as the statement(s) would suggest, we’ve got it all wrong. The cast are not New Mexicans, they are tourists. Caucasian or “light-skinned” Hispanic tourists.
Perhaps they were actually making special concession in allowing local “lights” to be considered to portray the desirable white market…
NOW CASTING THE FOLLOWING PROJECT in ALBUQUERQUE/SANTA FE, NM:
Project: New Mexico Tourism
Type: Regional COMMERCIAL. NON-Speaking Principal roles. NON-UNION.
Shoot dates: March 5-8th, 2012 (4 days)
– All 4 days will be full (12 hour) days – Travel between one location to the next is part of the storyline so you will travel with the production crew.
– Call Time: March 5th – Early morning in Albuquerque (Exact time TBD)
– Wrap: March 8th – Late afternoon/evening in Santa Fe (Exact time TBD)
**MUST BE AVAILABLE ALL FOUR SHOOT DATES!!!
Usage: All media, including but not limited to broadcast, internet, print, new media and industrial.
Terms: Date of first use until June 30, 2013
Territory: Southwestern states – US
Compensation: NON-UNION. $300.00/day plus expenses (meals and lodging). Travel provided by production. Possible buyout, rate TBD. (NO Agency commission)
REAL FAMILIES: Caucasian or light skinned Hispanics.
MOM & DAD – 35-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!
KIDS – boy and girl, ages 8-14, fit and cute everyday kids, brown or black hair. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!
REAL COUPLES PREFERRED but NOT required: Caucasian or light skinned Hispanics.
MAN – 30-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair (a little bit of grey hair is nice but not critical) . Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Possible water play (wading, boating, river, lake scenes). Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!
WOMAN – 30-40 years old, fit and attractive, brown or black hair. Mountain biking, hiking and climbing experience is a plus, but not necessary. Possible water play (wading, boating, river, lake scenes). Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). NO professional acting experience required!
Overall Talent Considerations: Element tolerance is a plus (cold weather, etc.) Possible water play (wading, boating, river, lake scenes). Ability to swim is necessary (for safety). Looking for athletic, outdoor adventure types.
-First & Last name of each person being submitted
-Recent individual photo taken within the past (6) months of each person being submitted
-Couple or complete Family photo depending on which category submitting in
-Two working contact numbers
-Statement that you have checked your availability and are available for all dates (3/5/12-3/8/12)
-For each person, please provide a list of experience and level of expertise in any outdoor activities (hiking, climbing, biking, boating, swimming, etc.) as well as a list of outdoor gear they own.
**PLEASE ONLY SUBMIT IF YOU FIT THE LISTED CASTING SPECS. THERE ARE NO OTHER ROLES AVAILABLE!!**