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Like the intricate threads woven throughout classic literature…such as in a Cormac McCarthy novel turned film…like the Coen Bro’s Oscar® winning turn at the McCarthy best selling novel, No Country for Old Men, so is New Mexico woven into the fiber of Global Film…
Garret Dillahunt the lovably daft undersheriff to Tommy Lee Jones in No Country is named as the lead in the New Mexico production of The Boys of Abu Ghriab.
Another No Country star, Woody Harrelson is soon to be seen in the HBO original film Game Change which recently wrapped Northern N. Mex. filming…
The Coen bros put “pen to paper” for the reboot of the 1966 film Gambit, this time out starring Cameron Diaz & Colin Firth now filming in…yes, New Mexico!
The likewise best selling Dean Koontz novel turned highly anticipated NM movie, Odd Thomas is (back) at work this week.
Odd director Stephen Sommers also churned out 2009′s GI Joe which starred Sienna Miller and Channing Tatum…Sienna’s current project, Just Like a Woman is now casting and set to shoot right here in NM.
Tatum’s upcoming New Mexico movie Ten Year is expected to premiere this year…but you never can tell, another GI Joe co-star Rachel Nichols starred in the NM film Bird of the Air (formerly titled The Loop) and we’re still waiting on its release.
This isn’t the first NM term for Odd Thomas star Anton Yelchin, who is back for another run as he was for the soon to be released thriller Fright Night.
Bridges also worked in NM…in last year’s True Grit along side Matt Damon who first worked NM waay back in ’99 in All the Pretty Horses a film based on the novel of the same name by…you guessed CORMAC MCCARTHY…
And that’s a Big Screen String…New Mexico Style!
As expected The Coen Bros Take New Mexico Back to the OSCARS!
Congratulations to all the nominees!
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? You memmer…
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: January 13, 2010
Casting agent Jo Edna Boldin, CSA
is currently scouting New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado for the still open, “star making” role of Cassie in the upcoming Coen brothers True Grit film.
Online auditions have been extended through January 20. This role is just WAITING for NM talent…
Full instructions here.
Full instructions here.
New Mexico ladies ages 12-17 strongly encouraged to apply!
So far the casting agents for the NM/TX shoot of the Oscar winning Coen Bros. upcoming film have visited Texas, Tennessee, Arkansas and are now heading to Oklahoma and Mississippi…
P, p, p, please get your grit on and submit your audition. Full instructions here. Deadline is January 9, high-noon PST.
DON’T act. Spit-fire w/sass required, experience is NOT.
Tip: The film is set to be based on the original novel not necessarily a remake of the 1969 movie.
That is not a type-o above, let’s lock this star making role down with NM talent!
Casting calls have already been held all over Texas where the film will shoot in addition to aqui in Nuevo México beginning in the Spring of 2010.
Rachel Tenner of Chicago based casting agents TP&R is currently in Memphis, TN attempting to cast a newcomer/unknown in the principal role of Mattie Ross. The agents, who also cast Coen films A Serious Man, Burn After Reading and No Country for Old Men, state they are seeking “a 12- 16-year-old Caucasian girl who is tough, strong and tells it like it is. They are open to all looks, so come give it a try. No acting experience is necessary.”
There is an open call in Memphis this Saturday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the East Memphis Hilton at 939 Ridge Lake Blvd. From there Tenner and associates move on to Nashville TN, Little Rock AR, Jackson MS and Oklahoma…heh, hmm – Hello, New Mexico?
Attn: Rachel Tenner c/o TP&R
Roger Deakins, no stranger to New Mexico – working as the Director of Photography on both No Country for Old Men and In the Valley of Elah, is once again scouting the region.
The acclaimed Cinematographer has over 60 film credits including 10 with iconic film makers Joel and Ethan Coen. The trio will be working together next on the Coen’s adaption of the Charles Portis’ novel True Grit.
John Wayne took home the Oscar for his lead role in the 1969 movie. Along with New Mexico, Matt Damon (All the Pretty Horses), Josh Brolin (No Country For Old Men), and Kurt Russell are in talks for starring roles in the 2011 release.