Yesterday – These pics of the now wrapped NMFilm “Lone Survivor” have bucked Johnny Depp and “The Lone Ranger” from the single most viewed post in this site’s history. The film’s star Mark Wahlberg is all aces with us for back-to-back NMFilm duty with only kind word and deed to all locals he encountered, including AZUMA sushi owners who say Wahlberg told them his favorite Sunday activities in NM are church and Azuma dining!
Check out all our “Lone Survivor” coverage here. Stars Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Hunger Games guy Taylor Kitsch and NM’s Own Jerry Angelo are super HOT on the web right now!
Today – Cameras are rolling in the Q on a high stakes NBC television script. The dramatic series pilot, “After Hours” is currently filming and employing even more of New Mexico’s finest! We need this series pick-up as our beloved “Breaking Bad” preps to wrap the final eight episodes of the epic Albuquerque based AMC series.
Mañana’ish – The indie film “Frontera”, is getting set to wrap. The film, starring the lovely Eva Longoria and NMFilm vet Ed Harris has generated a nice bit of buzz with the locals who have caught a glimpse of cast and crew in some rural New Mexico locations.
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10/29/12 SANTA FE —New Mexico Film Office director Nick Maniatis announced today that the independent feature film “Frontera” will start production early November through early December. Shooting will take place in and around Albuquerque. The production will employ at least ninety-five (95) New Mexico crew members and forty (40) principal talent from New Mexico. Directed by Michael Berry and produced by Mike Witherill (Drinking Buddies), Eric Williams (A Night in Old Mexico) and Juan Luis Moulinett III. “We are pleased to bring our project to the state of New Mexico. It is a great location for this film,” said Eric Williams. Starring Ed Harris (Game Change, Sweetwater, A Beautiful Mind), Michael Pena (Million Dollar Baby, Crash), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams, Gone Baby Gone), Frontera is a story about a Sheriff’s wife killed in a robbery by a Mexican man that has illegally crossed into the United States.
Study or no study, New Mexico banks on long running series like Breaking Bad, In Plain Sight, Crash and Longmire as the life’s blood of its film production jobs and statewide peripheral spending. Mega hits like The Avengers and the hotly anticipated, Lone Ranger film spike excitement and international recognition of the state.
Repeat appearances too, of stars like Ed Harris who’s heading back for a third run in NMFilm, boost awareness of the local industry. Following his turn as John McCain in the Emmy winning HBO movie “Game Change”, and work on the recently wrapped period western “Sweetwater” with January Jones, Harris is now making news with his latest NM project, “Frontera” – costarring the lovely Eva Longoria.
Superstar Mark Wahlberg is watched the world over, and as we told you here, is now a two-term NMFilm star. At OHI we hear nothing but praise from cast & crew who have worked with the actor/producer (The Fighter, The Perfect Storm/Boardwalk Empire, Entourage) and proud family man, who is genuinely interested and concerned about those around him. The star has been quick to praise the state’s film crews and locales – he’s one of the good guys who are lending the state some positive notoriety with his return to local sets for his back-to-back turn in the NM productions, “2Guns” and “Lone Survivor”.
NMFILM PRODUCTIONS – KEEP ‘EM COMING & GET INTO IT!
Dozens of locals brave their bristles awaiting a call for The Lone Ranger, while Ed Harris and January Jones ready for their close-up in New Mexico.
The call for extras with substantial beards has been out for months. As the NM weather heats-up many Lone Ranger hopefuls have thrown in the towel and picked-up the razor. Those who remain at their grizzly best still have hope as the Extras Casting director for the shoot recently sent out word that TLR will resume filming in mid July through the end of August.
Now in post-production this full length feature has a ready and waiting audience, built-in from the avid fans/followers of the original short by Calvin Lee Reeder.
Mañana: The fabled creature that is the impossibly perfect looking January Jones is just weeks away from co-starring with John McCain AKA the incomparable Ed Harris in this summer’s NM shoot of Sweetwater.
Yesterday: Indie dramedy, As Cool As I Am has been in the can for sometime now. The film starring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann and PETER FONDA, shot in NM last summer. Here are a some stills from the Identity Films production awaiting distribution…
State Film Office Press Release 6/27/12:
Many started to speculate about a Mad Men hiatus when Don Draper, nay that really handsome guy, Jon Hamm was spotted sporting the Grizzly Adams look.
Now we know that his Mad co-star January Jones will be at work right here in New Mexico come July.
Last week Deadline confirmed that Jones will join Ed Harris in the 1800′s Western Drama, Sweetwater.
Harris has previous experience with the film’s directors, Logan and Noah Miller with whom he starred in their original film, Touching Home. The star is also no stranger to NM, with his recent turn as John McCain in HBO’s political drama, Game Change.
Sweetwater is the story of a widow (Jones) who enlists the help of the town sheriff (Harris) to take revenge on the sheep ranchers who have murdered her husband.
Multiple sources are reporting that production is scheduled to begin in New Mexico in July.
Sessy Ed Harris is New Mexico bound!
The HBO movie Game Change is due south by southwest and will be bringing its production to New Mexico – home of the Latina
gag Sarah Palin!
The cable giant film is based on the bestselling book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin about the failed McCain/Palin run against the current presidential administration and the political race that made it all so.
Blockbuster casting agency On Location Casting nabs the task of employing paid extras and background for the political drama aquí en Nuevo México. Click here for the specs on types they’re looking for.
Filming begins and ends here in June. If only certain administrations would have such a brief run.
Anybittermuch, Woody Harrelson was the most recent cast announcement, slated to play McCain campaign manager
Palin wrangler, Steve Schmidt.
Hilary Duff nut job fan sites are reporting that the actress is slated to star in the upcoming thriller, The Gift Horse.
This nut job is reporting that the film which is also rumored to star ED HARRIS, Dan Conner John Goodman and James Russo (Beverly Hills Cop) is scheduled to shoot in Santa Fe later this year!
Alhough the recent passage of Senate Bills (SJM 15 & 16), on to SCORC furthers efforts to secure a fair shake for NM film before throwing-out our LEAD ROLE in the industry, the HollyQ of Nuevowood will be much better off when we shore-up our reign/reins TIGHT again! (NEXT UP SB44 – a long term, sustainability & accountability bill by Senator Tim Keller – All three bills in the Round this WED.)
Several projects have already steered clear of NM opting for a more stable climate in places like MI and ack, Alaska. Good to hear even if it’s just goss at this point that new films are keeping us in their eyeline.
WELCOME DUFFSTER et al!