“The Media Rights Capital production will wrap in early July 2013. Filming locations include Jemez Pueblo, Shiprock, Bonanza Creek and Chama. The production will employ more than 1200 New Mexico crew members, 2000 New Mexico background talent and about 20 New Mexico principal actors.
The New Mexico film has been in the works since late last year with the comedic mastermind setting his sights on locations all over the state.
Since we’ve learned many of the top tier names recruited to join the cast including Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried and Oscar winner Charlize Theron.
Click through the images below to blow-up a sneak peek at a possible filming location in the remote New Mexico desert. AND check-out one of our favorite break-out NM stars, an almost unrecognizable Jackamoe Buzzell getting set to shoot a featured role in the film, hanging with MacFarlane himself!
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The storyline centers on a cowardly farmer (Seth MacFarlane) who loses his girl (Amanda Seyfried) when he ducks out of a fight. He goes on to meet the wife (Charlize Theron) of a notorious gunfighter who teaches him how to shoot, but runs into trouble when her outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) returns to town seeking revenge. The hapless farmer is then befriended by town prostitute (Sarah Silverman) who has had her way with just about everyone, “but refuses to have sex with her fiancé (Giovani Ribisi), believing that as Christians the couple should wait until marriage before lying down together.”
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!!!
When the backdrop is our glorious New Mexico vistas, the story is the compelling account of real-life heroes in battle, direction by Peter Berg, cast of Hollywood A-listers and actual Military Veterans, movie magic happens…New Mexico style!
Here for your viewing pleasure is a slue of set pics that have come in, from a very special stint that NMFilm “Lone Survivor” cast & crew spent on location at a New Mexico Air Force Base, on and around Veterans Day!
Cast members including Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Eric Bana, Ben Foster, Alexander Ludwig and Sammy Sheik have been in New Mexico since late September filming Peter Berg’s adaptation of the book by Marcus Luttrell.
Luttrell (pictured below with NM native, actor Jerry Angelo) literally wrote the book, Lone Survivor based on the 2005 Military Operation known as Operation Red Wings in which, “a four-man Navy SEAL team consisting of Lt. Michael Murphy, and petty officers Danny Dietz, Matthew Axelson and Marcus Luttrell departed for a reconnaissance mission high in the Hindu Kush Mountains near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The team’s target was Ahmad Shah, a local terrorist leader with close ties to Bin Laden who led a group of insurgents referred to as the “Mountain Tigers”. Five days after insertion, Luttrell was the only SEAL to make it out alive.”
In June Luttrell is quoted as saying, “I want to make sure that the movie is true to the book. Most people get their information from movies and TV and don’t read so I want to make sure this movie is as realistic as possible.” – Luttrell to Blackfive.net
“Lone Survivor” is scheduled for release in early 2013…
The 48-year-old actor was thrown from the powerful animal while filming forthcoming Western movie ‘The Lone Ranger’ but he believes the strong bond he forged with the creature made it react instinctively to ensure his fall wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
Johnny – who plays the Lone Ranger’s Native American sidekick Tonto – said: “I’m lucky to be here. I’ve done a number of films on horseback and I’ve taken a couple of spills but this was a violent one.
“I had a good relationship with the horse, which was named Scout, and when I look at the tape I can see that Scout saved my life.
“I went down badly and I was dragged for 25 yards and in the end the horse just jumped over me and clipped me with his back legs.”
Despite being a huge star, the ‘Dark Shadows’ actor insists he isn’t a very ambitious person and doesn’t choose his roles by guessing how successful they might be.
When he embarked on his acting career, Johnny – who has children Lily-Rose, 12, and 10-year-old Jack with partner Vanessa Paradis – just wanted to be able to look back on his body of work and be proud of it.
He added in an interview with the Daily Mirror newspaper: “I never knew where I was going to go. I never really thought about where any of it was going.
“I only knew that, regardless of success or failure, I always wanted to some day be able to look back and go, ‘I did alright. I’m proud of what I did. I didn’t sell out.’
“I’ve never felt particularly ambitious or driven, although I like to create stuff, whether it’s a little doodle, a drawing, a small painting or a movie or a piece of music, so I suppose I’m driven by that. Everything I’ve done has felt natural.”
The long awaited New Mexico production of A&E’s original series, Longmire will premiere June 3rd, 2012.
Though casting and principal photography are just getting underway here in NM, for the first full season the griping drama series, the show’s pilot is episode is ready to go.
Back in August, 2011 the Associated Press Reported:
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Absaroka County doesn’t exist on Wyoming maps, but it has its own county-24 license plate. Craig Johnson has a stack to prove it. One was affixed to each car in the A&E television pilot “Longmire,” and Johnson couldn’t resist taking a few home.
“If the TV show does get done, I’d really enjoy seeing characters from Wyoming who act as if they have IQs above room temperature,” Johnson recently told the Star-Tribune.
He’ll get that chance next summer.
In an email to his fans, Johnson announced Monday that A&E picked up a 10-episode season of “Longmire,” a TV series based on Johnson’s novels about Walt Longmire, sheriff of the least-populated county of the least-populated state.
The show will star Australian Robert Taylor (Agent Jones in “The Matrix”) as Walt and Portland native Katee Sackhoff (“Battlestar Galactica”) as foul-mouthed deputy Victoria Morretti. Lou Diamond Phillips and Cassidy Freeman (“Smallville”) will also star.
Johnson is the author of seven Walt Longmire mystery novels, beginning with “The Cold Dish” in 2004. Walt lives and works in the fictional Absaroka County, based on Johnson’s home territory of Ucross, population 25. Locals refer to the area as the UCLA of Wyoming — Ucross, Clearmont, Leiter and Arvada. It lies between Buffalo and Sheridan at the base of the Big Horn Mountains.
In a recent interview at his log cabin in Ucross, Johnson explained why he’s so excited about a show in which Wyoming characters are more than just plot devices. Watch one of those CSI cop dramas, and inevitably a case brings a big-city cop to some back-water Western town. One episode portrayed a Wyoming sheriff “like he was in some road show from Li’l Abner,” Johnson said.
“I mean, can you give us a little more credit than that?”
Besides the pilot, the deal calls for a full season of nine more episodes. Each will be shot in northern New Mexico, but Wyoming viewers may recognize some of the landmarks. Producers are interested in shooting some Wyoming landscapes and possibly bringing Walt’s white sheriff’s department Bronco to film driving Wyoming roads.
As a creative consultant for the pilot, Johnson spent three weeks on set in New Mexico. People ask him what it was like to walk into a world he created, to meet the people and see the places he had written about for the past eight years. He compares it to walking past a house plant every day when, one morning, the plant says, “Good morning. How are you?”
“It’s great, but weird. Odd but wonderful,” Johnson said.
“They built the entire Absaroka County Sheriff’s Department. They had four Broncos there with the emblems on them. There was Walt’s log cabin. Everything they did, they did with such a sense of detail.”
Until recently, Johnson hadn’t seen the pilot. He was on tour for his seventh Walt Longmire book and the first to make it on the New York Times Best Seller list, “Hell is Empty,” when executives asked him to fly to Warner Brothers Studios for the screening. He had three book events planned that day, so his wife, Judy, went instead.
But as a surprise for their 13th wedding anniversary, she arranged for a copy to be sent to the house — for their eyes only.
Johnson had half convinced himself that the pilot wouldn’t be picked up, that it wouldn’t be able to capture the essence of his characters.
“Not-much-to-my-surprise, it was fantastic,” he wrote in his email announcement. “Now, the wait was like agony. The performances were magnificent, the camera work inspiring, the sets and location breathtaking, the writing as sharp as a razor.
“What if A&E passed on this? It would be criminal.”
In the end, A&E didn’t pass on it. And next summer, all of Wyoming can see what a county-24 license plate looks like.
While gaggles (including yours truly) gathered at the state capitol today, to lobby to keep New Mexico film incentives not only enticing but alive, the rest of the world waits with bated breath to see the next development from the NM hosted production of Disney’s, The Lone Ranger.
Variety has pointedly eluded to a Lone Ranger production meeting going down in the Land of Enchantment, scheduled to include the film’s stars Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, this week!
This morning NM’s own Skyranger gets an aerial look at a prospective set.
A dear OneHeadlightInk reader wrote up asking what-in-the-set-signs is filming down south Valencia way…
The film may not as of yesterday been all up in my old prestigious 2×2 mi. digs of beautiful Bosque Farms, à la that unsung Seth Rogen classic Observe and Report, but the GAM signs that have gone so far as Northern N. Mex to smack betwixt Bern Co. & Rio Rancho have turned-up Los Chavez style.
If this post is feeling even less sensical and more cryptic than usual that is because A.) I don’t really know what I’m talking about and B.) Because even if speculation on the part of any of our readers or myself may be correct, we’re not in the practice of real-time dish.
However I will expound further…as I almost always do…that if that sexy Latina Diva Cameron Diaz is down south she’d be remiss not to hit-up Benny’s Mexican Kitchen, stop & shop at the local GameStop where Taylor, the sweetest gamerboy/salesman ever is good for great advice and an adorbs chat-up…maybe he’ll take or at least direct her to his girl’s Jerky Shop…where a certain sessy “Jesse” has been known to partake…
And that’s just what I’d have to say if Cameron Diaz is NOW FILMING in New Mexico!
Garret Dillahunt (Raising Hope, Winter’s Bone) has been cast in Luke Moran’s upcoming indie film The Boys of Abu Ghriab.
“Boys” is the story of “a U.S. soldier at the infamous Iraq prison who befriends a detainee accused of murder.” Production is set to begin here in New Mexico in the next few weeks.
“Based on the true events that occurred at Abu Ghraib in 2003, the film is about a group of young soldiers thrown into a hellish environment, with little but each other to help them cope with the challenges they face.” – Luke Moran
Dillahunt is no stranger to New Mexico, home of his mystified Deputy Wendall opposite Tommy Lee Jones in the epic Coen Bros. NM movie No Country for Old Men and as a star in the short lived NM television production Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Kickstarter Project Page concept video from Director Luke Moran:
Tours of Old Town posted this pic of the IPS cast & crew between shooting scenes of the USA Network drama – Season 4 premieres May 1.
Last week a fan captured the scene in NE ABQ where the beginnings of a shoot were taking shape. This is our favorite set shot as it confirms Walter White’s season 3 attorney will be back on the job for season 4.
Like the too little known quote from Barbara Walters to her adopted daughter:
“…born in my heart. Maybe not in my uterus, but in my heart,”
So is our beloved adopted crew thar’ above. True Grit may have an eccentric birth mother in California and ruffneck pa in Texas, but for a time the Grit was all ours.
And we love ‘em and root for ‘em and take a little applause for the Coen Bros flick for ourselves as True Grit opens WIDE today.
Just look at that movie poster through the eyes of the proud care takers we were. Memmer the April snow? Youmemmer…
Look at ‘em – the bestest lil’ actor out there, our repeat NM actor, Mr. Matt Damon, the Oscar Winner Jeff Bridges (for his turn in NM movie Crazy Heart) and that strapping, turk Josh Brolin from NM’s Academy Award winning No Country for Old men and the unsung NM film In the Valley of Elah.
So though this film has outgrown us and spends the holidays with more flashy friends and cities – make no mistake through the life’s blood of this Grit runs true New Mexico.
Don’t forget us young Hailee Steinfeld, sure as you’re to grow into your britches as well as Bridges – New Mexico is behind you and proud like the dickens that that purdy face above took such an incredible turn as the tough as nails, pan faced Mattie Ross in this NM movie.
Here’s NM’s beloved adopted son, Matt Damon flexing his ~acting chops on Letterman last week!
UPDATE 11/03/10 – ALBUQUERQUE Extras Notice “Blood Brothers” for THURSDAY 11/4/10 – FINAL DAY of filming for this project. *NEW FACES who have not worked! DRIVERS with CARS that are not red/white/yellow/black and PEDESTRIANS with own Business attire. MUST be in OLC database and available ALL day! If submitting with car-post make/model/year/color. If not in database, go to www.onlocationcasting.net – OLC
Since we broke the news of this production coming here…many a report has come in to us of just how lovely and sweet (and incredibly rippely-muscley & totally GORGEOUS) the two stars have been around town and on set of their current WWE film Blood Brothers.
We’ve tweeted our gracias y ¡bienvenidos! to @JohnCena and now we’d like to give an official “welcome” to Miss Amy Smart!
Here’s the breakdown of the film à la PW Torch about the first of the WWE films to shoot outside of Louisiana…
“Notable actors recruited for the movie include Ethan Embry and Boyd Holbrook as the other two brothers, Amy Smart as their sister, and Michael Rispoli as an “embittered entrepreneur” masterminding a kidnapping plot.
The movie is directed by WWE Studios head Michael Pavone. New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is complementary of WWE in the press release with 140 jobs created to assist in the movie’s production.
“These kinds of projects help promote the state’s film industry and continue to provide good, high-wage jobs for New Mexicans,” he said.
New Mexico offers tax breaks to production companies that film in the state. A WWE producer said in an interview yesterday that it’s “highly unlikely” they would have selected Albuquerque to film the movie without the tax incentive.” – PWTorch.com
UPDATE 10/18/10: “ALBUQUERQUE Extras Notice “Blood Brothers” for TUESDAY 10/19/10: Still need the following – JOGGERS, MOM with STROLLER, DRIVERS with CARS that are not red/white/black/yellow (post car year/make/model/color), PICNIC COUPLE (real couple), REPORTERS, DETECTIVES. Tentative call time 06:00am. MUST have full day available and be in OLC database. Post here – we will call you if we can book you.” – OLC
UPDATE 10/14/10: “ALBUQUERQUE Extras Notice “Blood Brothers” for TUESDAY 10/19/10: UNIFORMED POLICE, DETECTIVES with own suits, REPORTERS with own business attire, VIDEOGRAPHERS with camera experience, HOOKERS/CRIMINALS. We do not have call time so MUST be available ALL day. MUST be in the OLC database. Post here and we will call you if we can book you. *NEW faces who have not worked this project yet!” – OLC
NEW MEXICO Extras Notice “Blood Brothers” for FRIDAY 10/15/10: MENNONITES – male & female, Caucasian, age range 8-13y/o kids and 30-60y/o adults, fair skin, plain, no modern hair styles (prefer long straight hair) or colored hair. This works in SAN PEDRO (about 80 miles South of ABQ). MUST be in OLC database and available ALL day. Post here. We will call you if we can book you. You MAY need to come for fitting TODAY! – OLC
“THIS IS A RUSH CALL – this is for the WWE FILM “BLOOD BROTHERS- IF YOU ARE NOT AVAILABLE TODAY we need cars also on Saturday -if this is you or know anyone please call us ASAP 505/366-9863″ – OLC
UPDATE 10/06/10: ALBUQUERQUE Extras Notice “Blood Brothers” for Thursday 10/7/10: MEXICAN/HISPANIC men and women with BEAT-UP or OLDER CARS. Ages 21-60. MUST have an older car in not so great condition and have the WHOLE day free. IF not in OLC database, send email to: firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line BEAT-UP CARS. If in O…LC database, post here with year/make/model/color of vehicle and we will contact you.
UPDATE 10/01/10: ALBUQUERQUE Extras Notice “Blood Brothers” for TUESDAY 10/5/10 AND TUESDAY 11/2/10. MUST be available BOTH dates. FBI, ATF, DEA Agents and Mexican Soldiers – Male, all ethnicities, clean-cut, military/law enforcement experience preferred, professional with own suits. MUST be in OLC database. Post here and we will call you on Monday to book you if you are right for this part. – OLC
As we told you here this pretty bag o’ muscles (above) is NM bound. Shooting on the WWE feature Blood Brothers starring John Cena is moving forward and currently ramping-up extras casting.
To be considered for these roles you must be registered in the OLC database (if you’re not already), register for FREE here.
“We are getting ready to begin casting Paid EXTRAS for the WWE Feature Film “Blood Brothers” to be filmed in the ALBUQUERQUE, NM area from 10/5/10-11/1/10.
We will be in the office for this project starting on 10/1/10 – office number will be posted once we are moved in.
We will be looking for ALL types, ALL ages of local New Mexico/Albuquerque area talent to work on this project. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!!! **If you are already registered with us – please DO NOT fill out another profile, you will automatically be considered for this project! PLEASE make sure you log-in to your profile and update all contact information, special skills, resume, vehicle info, etc.