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From the Bruckheimer Chronicles AKA Twitter PLUS Johnny Depp on Set

Posted by on June 28, 2012 | 2 comments

New pics from the set of The Lone Ranger as recently tweeted by Mr. Jerry Bruckheimer:

On another side of the coin I do have in my hot little hand, a picture of The Lone Ranger Star, none other than Johnny Depp himself, on the New Mexico studio set for the film.

HOWEVER, I am not at liberty to publish said pic at this time.

Schooled though as I am in the masscommunication and proliferation of gibberish, I can ever so eloquently offer this poetic description of the very, very, exciting, sought after imagery:

Johnny Depp, as you’ve seen him before…

Somehow expressing quirkiness, eccentricity and a subdued humility all in one ever so slight curl of the lip, blankness of eye, and brow almost undetectably half cocked. All this range of emotion and subtle intrigue displayed as only a thespian of his stature could produce.

From behind shades of only slightly detectable blue, beneath a weathered ebony hat, which is crumpled atop his shaggy hairdo, Depp stands, Depp is…

on a studio lot at either dawn or dusk in Albuquerque New Mexico, having just walked between some StarWaggons® on the asphalt all around him (basically he’s walking around wearing these glasses with this hat).

I have other pics at the ready as well. Those too are Johnny Depp, looking like Johnny Depp, on a starry night after a long days work in the Q. COMING SOON!

P.S. Why isn’t New Mexico manufacturing their own version of StarWaggons® already?!?

More Depp (AKA Mah Woo May) in NM here and Depp in costume here and here.

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Johnny Depp Adopted as Comanche in New Mexico

Posted by on May 22, 2012 | 4 comments

INTRODUCING Mah Woo May, the Comanche name given to Johnny Depp, which translates to, “Shape Shifter”.

Sure as the casting of Johnny Depp in the upcoming Bruckheimer/Verbinski film adaptation of The Lone Ranger as the Native American character, Tonto drew fire, so might this move by The Comanche Nation.

Regardless of critics, artistic interpretation/representation met history, culture, unity and family when the world famous actor was formally adopted into the Comanche Nation at a private ceremony in Albuquerque, NM last week.

Pictured above with President and Founder of Americans for Indian Opportunity, LaDonna Harris.

No such hullabaloo is or has been raised about the Lone, Texas born, Ranger himself being portrayed by a hunky Californian

More of both in character here.

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QOTD: Bruckheimer on Depp, Depp on Tonto…

Posted by on April 30, 2012 | 2 comments

…Nose on, shirt off Tonto, annnnnnnd the Ranger dons his silver during the recent Monument Valley, Utah portion of The Lone Ranger production.

The star and the super-producer then headed off to Cinemacon where they laid out the following regarding their upcoming cinematic rendition of the long lored Ranger and Tonto:

“We always take a different approach to things and this is a different approach. Putting Johny Depp as Tonto, isn’t a trusted sidekick… he’s more of a spiritual character.” –Jerry Bruckheimer

“It is sort of a rock-n-roll version of The Lone Ranger. It is fast paced, high velocity and it’s quite funny.” –Johnny Depp

Meanwhile, Slash is due in the Q, where filming rolls on and on, on TLR. Wonder if Johnny will hit the stage with him like he did w/Manson in recent weeks…

Images via Splash News

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The Lone Ranger lays tracks in New Mexico

Posted by on March 31, 2012 | Comments Off on The Lone Ranger lays tracks in New Mexico

UPDATE 4/23/12: Depp confirms it was his eye that spotted the inspiration for his Tonto look.

I’d actually seen a painting by an artist named Kirby Sattler, and looked at the face of this warrior and thought: That’s it. The stripes down the face and across the eyes … it seemed to me like you could almost see the separate sections of the individual, if you know what I mean. There’s this very wise quarter, a very tortured and hurt section, an angry and rageful section, and a very understanding and unique side. I saw these parts, almost like dissecting a brain, these slivers of the individual. That makeup inspired me.

Full story here.

Jerry Bruckheimer’s official spokes-dude and media strategist duties roll on as he tweets the above dusty rails from the New Mexico desert to the world.

This week The Lone Ranger AKA Armie Hammer, opened wide on the big screen, flexing his Prince Charming with NM res. Julia Roberts in “Mirror Mirror”. In an interview with the Huff. Po. the prince turned masked man dishes on licking Roberts-Moder as a hello handshake AND spills Lone Ranger script deets:

“It’s basically going to be the genesis of the The Lone Ranger character. It involves how he sort of becomes The Lone Ranger. Where the mask comes from — you know, all those great sort of backstory questions about the character. So, yes, this movie definitely answers all of those. And then, on top of that, it’s a fantastic sort of like buddy adventure. Most of the movie is really about the relationship between The Lone Ranger and Tonto [played in the film by Johnny Depp]. And the sort of rub between these two guys: where they get along, where they don’t, where they agree, where they disagree. It’s a fun, sort of buddy adventure comedy.”

Meanwhile, nary a public werd or a hide nor hair of the elusive “Tonto” himself. Some locals have reported on him dining in the Q – otherwise nada mas except confirmation that he’s been ensconced at the studio hard at work. Helena on the other hand has been spied doing some healthful food shopping at the ABQ Uptown Trader Joe’s and she was reportedly quite lovely at airport security…

SO THEY DO GO THROUGH our local airport terminals…as we pondered here, where one of our talented friends pointed out, the Bruckheimer/Verbinski version of Tonto bears a striking resemblance to Albuquerque icon, our own Dream of Flight sculpture, as regally perched for all the incoming world to see in the Albuquerque International Airport.

In recently perusing Native American artistry we did happen across this gorgeous Kirby Sattler painting, “I am Crow”, which in reference to pop-culture looks not unlike an age progression of the aforementioned “vision” of Depp’s Tonto.

For any and all its artistic inspiration, long lived legend and contemporary star power we have high hopes for this modern day adaptation. Most especially as it is rooted right here, quite literally in our own expansive NM backyard.

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Routine Traffic Stop in New Mexico = Bruckheimer Detained

Posted by on March 18, 2012 | Comments Off on Routine Traffic Stop in New Mexico = Bruckheimer Detained

Friday night über producer Jerry Bruckheimer tweeted a call for Albuquerque restaurant suggestions. He’s certainly not suffering any shortage of sweet eats as he’s also tweeted an abundance of cake on the Albuquerque Studios set of The Lone Ranger here in NM. Werd in to OHI also says that five star craft service is a set staple.

Sunday, whether trekking out to another filming location, sight seeing or restaurant hunting it looks like The Lone Ranger producer ventured North of Albuquerque…

The Taos News reports:

Film producer Jerry Bruckheimer may have been the subject of a routine traffic stop in Taos County today.

An individual named Jerome Leon Bruckheimer was pulled over by police on State Road 75 this afternoon in southern Taos County. Local police dispatch stated it was likely a routine traffic stop but offered no other details.

That also happens to be the full name of the renowned film producer who is heading up the Disney film, “The Lone Ranger,” starring Johnny Depp that is currently shooting in New Mexico.

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Bruckheimer Presents YOUR Lone Ranger & Tonto

Posted by on March 8, 2012 | One comment

@BRUCKHEIMERJB

FIRST LOOK: Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as The Lone Ranger – On set and in costume in New Mexico!!!!!!!!!

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Escándaloso Ranger – New Mexico Style

Posted by on February 27, 2012 | 2 comments

Between dueling chopper shots* of a mysterious and remote set, to our own ABC** affiliate broadcasting their interview with the New Mexico extras casting director for The Lone Ranger (record scratch…aka “Silver Bullet” – worst kept secret in town btw and there’s a lot of ’em) Disney’s The Lone Ranger continues kicking-up dust in the New Mexico desert like no other production before it has.

You may recall this whole extravaganza kicked-off when this was the shoot that almost never was, but director, producer and stars alike dug in their boot heels and made it happen. Salary cuts and budget wrangling aside The Lone Ranger will likely continue to spur controversy right up until its DVD/Blu-ray™ release.

The film has already landed on apocalyptic predictions lists as possibly being “the last movie you’ll ever see“, as its first estimated premiere date aligns with the Mayan calendar’s forecast of the end of the world.

So while Marvel’s** entire crew of mighty Avengers were able to sweep in and out of town with ~less ruckus than TLR has had thus far, don’t count the masked man, his loyal sidekick or New Mexico out of the controversial headlines for the duration of filming.

Why, even our little space here on the web has been hit with a trickling trail of fury when this blogger chose to publish these pics sent in to us of some rather generic western props – leading to some healthy industry banter?

“Shame on you for posting this! Is your purpose to support the NM film industry and the local New Mexican’s [sic] it employees [sic] or are you one of the weak links in the chain that will cause what remains of the NM film industry to most certainly disappear?” – fb comment

“It must be pictures like these that drove them away from Hollywood….”
– Industry Journalist

Wielding this kind of power delusion to stir-up such controversy, perhaps this blogger can now lead the charge in the next round of TLR Escándalo:

One of the most hotly contested debates from the word “Yo” on this project was the casting of the still smoldering Johnny Depp as Tonto.

While this touch of Chinese, Mexican girl with smatterings of alleged Native American and Irish descent can appreciate the demand to cast true to race, the bigger picture on this big picture is clear, and that is that hundreds of many races now have a chance at work on this sure to be blockbuster New Mexico production (unlike this lost production – but I’m the one running film out of NM).

BUT MOREOVER – The smoking (pun intended) hot Armie Hammer, who’s cast as The Lone Ranger himself, IS NOT FROM TEXAS!

The LONE RANGER was written as a Texas cowboy qué no? Boy is from L.A. Escándaloso up!

*KRQE did it first
**Parent co. Disney

New Mexico, Film & Entertainment, get into it with us on Facebook here.

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Super Sighting: Jerry Bruckheimer in #ABQ

Posted by on January 23, 2012 | 3 comments

Just sighted, one Jerry Bruckheimer at Albuquerque Studios!

The Pirates of the Caribbean über producer is undoubtedly in town to prep for his upcoming Lone Ranger shoot.

The Disney production is scheduled to film in northern New Mexico, Albuquerque and Santa Fe from February through August.

This sighting is on the heels of multiple reports and what seemed to turn out to be a photo hoax placing Lone Ranger star Johnny Depp in Gallup earlier in the month.

Despite the possible photo issue, multiple OHI readers and social network connections say that the star cast as Tonto in the film HAS been between Utah and NM “researching” his role as of late.

And now as of this a.m. a reported caravan arrived at the studio today with a visible, “bearded” Bruckheimer in tow.

In every case, welcome to New Mexico!

Thanks CJO

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New Mexico on the Outs with Film & TV Productions

Posted by on October 30, 2011 | 5 comments
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UPDATE 11/7/11 QOTD:

Iron Man 3 will use about 1,000 extras during the film and there will be over 550 crew jobs and will be shooting from May 2012 until January 2013 with a Memorial Day weekend release in 2013.
– Premiere Casting, on the Cast & Crew Call for the NORTH CAROLINA production

Despite “The Letter” circulating among film and television execs as drafted from the office of your Governor, New Mexico is watching a short list of productions dwindle as industry insiders name names in this losing game.

Within the last few days everywhere from mainstream media to a palpable buzz on the social net is touting the big win over New Mexico North Carolina scored in landing the third installment of the Iron Man franchise.

“My top priority is creating jobs, and this film production will mean high-quality, well-paying jobs for North Carolinians…I pushed hard to get the revamped film incentive passed, with the help of a number of lawmakers, and now we see that initiative doing exactly what it was designed to do. 2011 has been North Carolina’s busiest year in the film industry with productions having a direct spend of over $200 million. Iron Man 3 will add to this record breaking year and carry over into 2012.” – NC Governor, Beverly Perdue

Tough to win it when you’re not in it. While our vibrant local film community claws and scratches to stay alive and active with a few independent films coming down the pike, original homegrown productions, work on and in government and non-prof. projects, big names name New Mexico as the filming location they will or are looking to pass over (Quentin Tarantino, Jerry Bruckheimer) for more hospitable pastures.

Just as recently as the broadcast of the Iron Man loss, industry bible Variety lists New Mexico as one of the states suffering production losses at the hands of Government unrest.

ABC Family ramps up production on The Lying Game this week after shooting its pilot right here in New Mexico back in 2010. The show was picked-up just as our legislature, under new leadership was batting down about our film incentive program. The show’s regular series production has since moved to Austin, TX.

We were also home to the Longmire television pilot shoot this Spring. Production on that series is eminent, where is the question. OHI’s late August inquiry into that yielded a lengthy “no comment” regarding the filming location for the 10 episode pick-up from an A&E rep.

While we still have Arnie, yet another pilot and the fifth & final seasons of Breaking Bad and In Plain Sight respectively on the horizon, there needs to be more fuel under this fire. ¿Qué no?

Make some noise New Mexico!

New Mexico Film Office | Office of New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez

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Creole Ranger Away – Bruckheimer Talks Taking Tonto to Louisiana

Posted by on October 19, 2011 | One comment

You can take the Native American out of Tonto, but can you take the West out of this western?

The Lone Ranger project has been all but laid to rest once already, to that end producers are now addressing ongoing budgetary concerns. Specifically, Jerry Bruckheimer deconstructs the approximate $10M price slash for The Hollywood Reporter, including the back-and-forth possibility of breaking-up the NM portion of the shoot, hauling it out of the West and into Louisiana where incentives are higher.

“We redid the production plan. We originally laid it out to avoid winter. Every single location we had, there was winter — 30s at night, 50s during the day, best-case scenario. We were jumping around. California, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah. If we had a big crowd scene and then the next day we were shooting just Tonto and the Lone Ranger, we still had the crew “on” because you have them weekly. So we bunched the sequences that were big together, and for the smaller scenes [we] laid off the extras, the effects people, the makeup people. It costs an enormous amount with 150 extras on the set. It’s not the extras, it’s the people that support the extras. You’re still carrying all the wardrobe, makeup and hair people. We bunched together scenes with Tonto and the Lone Ranger, so we had a much smaller crew. We saved about $10 million just by doing that.

Then we looked for the best break in tax incentives. We found that Louisiana gave us a better tax incentive than New Mexico — that was another $8 million. We’re still shooting in New Mexico, and we might [also] go to Louisiana. We’re asking New Mexico to come closer to the Louisiana incentive.

We dropped our California location not because they didn’t offer a tax break but because it was another production office that we had to open. Every time you have a new location, you have to use crew time setting it up for you. There are a lot of expenses.”

Bring it all the way home New Mexico, get a piece of this epic Disney Western with some back-end action or something in exchange for meeting the request…Keep our hotels loaded, tourists coming and our cast & crews employed…and maybe a little global PR to follow, so maybe the rest of the country learns in this century that NM is part of the continental UNITED STATES AND that we have better skiing than AZ.

N. Mex has already lost Quentin Tarantino’s Spaghetti Western Django Unchained starring Leonardo DiCaprio, NM Fave Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz, which starts shooting this November in NOLA.

Thanks Chris

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Top Gun Eyes Picturesque New Mexico

Posted by on October 17, 2011 | Comments Off on Top Gun Eyes Picturesque New Mexico

Is the same distribution hause that brought Indiana Jones: Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Transformers 1-2, Thor and The Avengers…to the world via New Mexico sets & shoots eying NM for a 25th anniversary sequel to Top Gun?

Whether Paramount is full-throttle on this project or not remains to be seen, however industry bible, Variety reports that X-Men: First Class and Thor writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz have been hired to write Top Gun 2.

Top Gun ’86 director Tony Scott, producer Jerry Bruckheimer (The Lone Ranger) and Maverick himself, Tom Cruise have talked openly about likely involvement in the 21st Century sequel.

Perhaps most notably, Scott is on record as saying, “I’m not waiting for a script. I’m going to do my homework. I’m going down to…Nevada, down near New Mexico and it’s a whole different world now…These computer geeks — these kids play war games in a trailer in Fallon, Nevada and if we ever went to war or were in the Middle East or the Far East or wherever it is, these guys can actually fly drones. They are unmanned aircraft. They operate them and then they party all night.”

But most importantly – location scouting. Here’s an eyeful of Paramount distributed, New Mexico films for the scout’s arsenal…

Bring on the Top Gun, we know Iceman is probably available, and God knows “We’re ready to do business“.

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Happy NEW Yo! Silver Will Ride JAN. 2012

Posted by on October 5, 2011 | Comments Off on Happy NEW Yo! Silver Will Ride JAN. 2012

The most trusted website on the internets (not really) is reporting that Johnny Depp will take a big pay cut to film “The Lone Ranger”.

Walt Disney Pictures has come to financial terms with producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, and other key members of the cast and crew of “The Lone Ranger”. Changes include a reduction in the budget from $250 million to approximately $200 million. Filming will still take place in New Mexico, with some additional filming in Utah instead of Texas as originally planned. The film’s remaining supporting cast are still being cast in Los Angeles, and smaller speaking roles, extras, stand-ins, and photo-doubles for the film’s stars are being cast in New Mexico and Utah.

There had been a huge extras casting call scheduled in Silver City, New Mexico on August 21, 2011. Disney pulled the plug just one week before the call was to take place. The studio claimed that the budget was just too high. Director Gore Verbinski had already finalized the shooting script and signed on his lead actors, Armie Hammer and Johnny Depp – both of which would have to be paid whether the project went further or not. The Screen Actors Guild never removed “The Lone Ranger” from it’s (sic) production list, leading to speculation that this delay has been nothing more that a ploy by the studio to get the budget reduced by $50 million.

In addition to cast and crew changes, other cuts include reducing the amount of CGI effects, and vendors working on the film such as special effects houses and even hotels have agreed to accept reduced guaranteed fees in order to assure that the costs of the production remain acceptable to the studio. There was also several pricey steam locomotive train sequences that were to be in the film, but have now been cancelled to further cut costs.

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