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Oscar Noms

Posted by on January 25, 2011 | One comment

As expected The Coen Bros Take New Mexico Back to the OSCARS!


Congratulations to all the nominees!

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True New Mexico

Posted by on December 21, 2010 | One comment

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!

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Coens’ Latest Go in New Mexico

Posted by on November 20, 2010 | One comment

From the brothers Coen comes True Grit the latest film from the team that shot their Academy Award winning film No Country For Old Men aquí también.

Starring more Emmy winners such as Jeff Bridges who won best actor for the NM film Crazy Heart and NM vet Mat Damon.

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New Mexico Film Yesterday Today y Mañana

Posted by on June 14, 2010 | Comments Off on New Mexico Film Yesterday Today y Mañana

Yesterday – as the twang talkin’, gun slingin’ youth Jimmy Blevins, Lucas Black was but a child actor in his turn alongside former child star Henry Thomas (ET) and a fresh faced Matt Damon in NM’s Own All the Pretty Horses back in 2000.

Today – Black is a repeat offender all growed-up in the creepy NM thriller Legion. Both flicks are now available on DVD.

image via Greg Solano

Mañana – Damon will be seen in the upcoming Coen Bros release of True Grit with yet another NM repeat, the one and only Jeff Bridges, who took home the best actor Oscar for his role in the NM film Crazy Heart earlier this year.

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Posted by on March 23, 2010 | 7 comments

Coens' True Grit, Damon, Brolin

From Acting Auditions dot org, the Austin Texas based casting director of the NM/TX production, True Grit is urgently seeking the following roles for the TEXAS shoot:

“FRANK JAMES – Late 60’s – 80’s. Must be able to portray a menacing look through his eyes!! Beady-eyed bastard. Very mean looking! Thug. Son-of-a-gun. Not a nice guy!

GRANDMA TURNER – Late 60’s – 80’s. Must be able to portray a a mean woman – decrepit & pruney [sic] looking (great wrinkles/facial lines). She snores loudly! 2 options: Old crone (mean old lady) OR a very large woman (too big to share a bed w/Mattie).

GENERAL WOMEN – Frontier, hard bitten types of WOMEN. Must have interesting faces (facial lines, crooked teeth, larger noses, weathered skin type, hard features). Preferably longer hair w/no artificial color. They need rough frontier types – NOT modern looking. No makeup!

Filming will take place in Austin area, Granger, and Blanco for 3 months.

Interested [qualifying] applicants should call casting office asap! 512-637-6775″

Debbie DeLisi, True Grit Casting
c/o DW Studios Productions LLC
1901 E. 51st Street, Red Bldg.
Austin, TX 78723
email: membership@austincreativealliance.org

Links: Now Playing Austin, Acting Auditions

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Trout Seekers Bumped by Grit

Posted by on March 17, 2010 | Comments Off on Trout Seekers Bumped by Grit

NM’s Own Resident Fish Wrangler Extraordinaire TJ Trout

The awesomeness sure to come from the latest Coen Brother’s/New Mexico Film Industry teaming, True Grit will be filming on location at Monestary Lake through Friday.

The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish reports that the lake near Pecos, NM is now closed through Friday set to reopen on Saturday.

Fisherpersons wishing to lay line are encouraged to “take advantage of other area trout fishing opportunities, including the Pecos River, which is now clear of ice below Terrero.” – NM Game & Fish

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NM Film Yesterday, Today y Mañana

Posted by on March 15, 2010 | One comment

image via metro.co.uk

Yesterday – Thor hath commeth. Star Natalie Portman in Santa Fe as filming began on Disney/Marvel’s epic comicbook saga THOR on Monday – OLV.

The otro día – NM’s Own Jeff Bridges on Oprah preparing for the NM shoot of the Coen Bro’s True Grit just days after his Oscar win for NM film Craz-zazy Heart. Bridges & fellow Oscar nabbers sign the great O’s No Phone Zone pledge…p.s. Hands free in full effect in the Q et al.

Today – Steven Soderbergh’s KNOCKOUT is filming in the Los Alamos area through thursday via our friends OLV in NYC – covering the beat coast to coast.

Mañana – The forthcoming I-Ron Man deux, starring NM film alums; Due Date leading man RDJ and Passion Play‘s Micky Rourke is shot in part at Garson Studios, and on location in Santa Fe & vicinity.

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Pony-up if You Got the Skills

Posted by on February 17, 2010 | 4 comments

image via 54KA.ORG

Renowned local casting agent Elizabeth Gabel is once again partnered on a NM/Coen Bros. production.

The Bros. adaptation of True Grit is currently seeking local ladies and gents with horse riding skills for paid film roles.

Register with EG Casting here or mail riding experience deets & vital stats and pics to:

Elizabeth Gabel
304 Washington SE
Albuquerque, NM 87108

The film is scheduled to shoot around the Santa Fe area in March and April, with a release date projected for Christmas day.

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True Grit Casting, NM

Posted by on January 29, 2010 | 3 comments

The Coen Bros. film True Grit is currently casting the following, speaking roles for the upcoming NM Shoot:

  • “Scrawny”, 10-14 year old Native American males
  • Thin, 55-70 year old Native American male w/horse riding skills
  • Chinese man 70+ years old

Send photo and contact info. to: sidesfromjoedna@yahoo.com

via NM Film Office

FYI: The submission process for the “star making” role of Mattie have just closed.

If you are being considered you will hear from them by Feb. 15. Go NM!

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True Girt, NM

Posted by on December 21, 2009 | One comment

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!

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True Grit Girl NM

Posted by on December 2, 2009 | Comments Off on True Grit Girl NM

As we told you here, the incomparable Coen brothers are getting set to produce and direct a new film based on the Charles Portis novel, True Grit.

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


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Coen Bros Scout & About the Duke’s True Grit

Posted by on October 27, 2009 | 3 comments

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.

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