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…
UPDATE 10/15/11: SOLD For a low cool $18.5M – Val Kilmer sold all but 141 acres of his 5,328-acre River Ranch in Pecos, NM to a Texas oil and gas executive and his wife for $18.5 million. The ranch originally was put on the market in 2009 for $33 million. It is not known whether Kilmer will maintain a residence in New Mexico.
But now in what is a dream come true for every high-falutin, bargain shopping voyeur of craigslist the mighty ranch of none-other than Val Kilmer can be YOURS for the (just in time for Halloween) slashed price of just $23M! Woot!
Unfortunately ma’ Huckelberry‘s former estate is up for grabs amidst ugliness aimed squarely at the Iceman via his No. N. Mex. neighbors.
So as the great prophet Val may be gettin’ ready to hightail it out of his NM diggs Microsoft style, here’s to hoping the resort style property falls into the peace & love lifestyle it so richly deserves…or at least all the peace & love that $23M can buy…and here’s a glimpse what ya’ ‘git for that sum…
If you’re not working, auditioning or volunteering mañana perhaps you can take the scenic drive (aren’t they all) over to San Miguel County to ☮ peacefully support Ma Huckleberry in his bid to use his own damn property in any damn way he sees fit – (esp. when it WILL bring tourism to and promote NM) as it and he are dragged-out in front of the County Commish. + angry locals.
There’s this whole ☭ hullabaloo still a brewing over controversial remarks, “dangers” to the community, even racism, etc. etc. et ACLU.
Stop the H8 people. What is this really all about? I know racism, esp. when I’m often the only chocolate cookie on a plate of white bread sandwiches at the country club.
Some people love chocolate, other people give it the side-eye like it should be relegated to the kitchen or the nanny’s quarters (Camilla knows – For shame Harvey Levin staffers, that’s Camilla’s moms! Granny not Nanny).
Now these are incendiary remarks – this out of the mouths of babes (an angry, yet ~informed, diatribe of logorrhea that holds some valid points in its simple oft/sometimes offensive remarks) This Chicky is mad – but she knows how to spell freedom of speech.
More here from the National Ledger and here from Sky News
You can Cartwright-up for the day or the 1/2 day by donating $125 – $500 to the Santa Fe Film Festival. Your tax deductible donation opens the gates of this modern day Ponderosa to you where like Hoss and the gang you can enjoy a real homestead experience while helping the local film making community.
The more you know New Mexico – This showcase of our land and the enchantment therein…priceless. Now let ma dogooding Huckleberry make his property as prosperous as possible! We’re looking like burros in assless chaps bucking a homeboy who does so much for his adopted home state.
And p.s. this story is going global as the ACLU is getting involved to show us how to treat a brother – global asses, just what NM needs…
Out of what is considered a shoestring budget of just $10M comes the Universal Studios release of the SNL based MacGruber.
Like fellow low budget, wholly NM film fare turned Oscar winner Crazy Heart, Mac’s Nuevo México backdrops lend our SW charm to the overall look and feel of the flick – whether doubling for downtown Houston or a nuclear bomb test field (hey wait a minute, oh yeah).
Mac may not be headed to the Academy, it is opening to low expectations – in the face of a perceived SNL movie curse, but hopefully it can make a dent in the box office this weekend and the Wholly New Mexico film train will get another boost.
With a tag line like, “MacGruber – The Ultimate Tool” and promises of “vulgar, crude, ridiculous, silly and very, very funny” how can we help but to get our Grube on!
From SXSW Music+Film+Interactive in Austin, TX director Jorma Taccone disclosed that it is indeed Will Forte taking to the keys to tweet as MacGruber, keep up with the silly now at Grubes69.
The MacGruber villain appears to be swimming upstream against the San Miguel County Commission who control the zoning rights over the actor’s Pecos River Ranch.
According to the grapevine old wounds run deep as the Albuquerque Journal reports that the commission as recently as Tuesday “tabled the actor’s plans” citing issue with ancient (2003) remarks disparaging the state, remarks which Kilmer maintains were misquoted.
Yowza! Smack talkers beware, and on the flip-side chillax commish – what’s good for tourism is good for NM, yo!
Val Kilmer may not be aiming for the top seat in New Mexico state government but he does kick-it in his adopted home state and even lobbies for the industry that made him.
Today ma’ Huckleberry was at the Roundhouse to speak with opponents of El Majico‘s film tax incentives, regaling them and KOB-TV with a riviting tale about how Bill Gates was turned away from the Q back in the 70′s when he was looking for a $15K loan for his NM trademarked start-up Microsoft.
We may not have the oh-so-tawdry, trashy, trendy, Sex in the City casting, asting, asting here but as we told you here – we got MACGRUBER!
And they are currently/urgently casting paid, extra and stand-in positions. Take the following info. and tips from the vid. above and git’ yourself cast! From the New Mexico State Film Office:
“On Location Casting is seeking FEATURED EXTRAS and a STAND-IN/BODY DOUBLE for the Feature Film “MacGruber”, based on a “Saturday Night Live” skit of the same name.
Filming will take place in the Albuquerque area from 8/10/09-9/12/09.
All Featured Extras & Stand-in positions are PAID.
URGENT Casting Needs:
Stand in/ Photo Double for Val Kilmer – male, caucasian, 5’10″-6’1″, 200-215lbs., dark blonde/light brown hair willing to let us cut and/or color (also may be supplied with a wig) if body type is an exact match. MUST be available to work multiple days between 8/10/09 and 9/12/09.
Hispanic Male – 6’0” or taller, 225lbs. or more, broad shoulders, large, scary, intimidating, late 30′s to early 40′s, MUST be available to work multiple days between 8/10/09 and 9/12/09.
Stand in/ Photo Double for Will Forte – male, caucasian, brown hair, 5’8.5″-5’10″, 160-175lbs.
Stand in Photo Double for Kristin Wigg – female, caucasian, light brown/dark blonde hair, 5’6″-5’7″, size 2/4
Stand in/Photo Double for Ryan Philippe – male, caucasian, blonde hair, 5’8.5″-5’10″, 160-175lbs.
Upscale Party Guests- male & female, ages 30- 60 with their own formal wear (Black tie attire-tuxedos, formal gowns)
Attractive, fit men and woman in their 20′s with Las Vegas, NV nightclub attire
Wrestler types – male, all ethnicities, all ages, big, burly large (tattoos & scar helpful but not required)
Experienced Mixed Martial Arts Fighters – male, all ages, all ethnicities (tattoos & scar helpful but not required)
Military types – male & female, ages 30-60, all ethnicities, clean-cut, military looking
Russian looking men
2 Native American or Hispanic Brothers – large, scary, intimidating, late 30′s to early 40′s
Native American Children in the Santa Fe area
Native American man – 60-80years old in the Santa Fe area
We are looking for INTERESTING Character faces and people with some acting ability for featured extra roles.
ONLY for these featured roles on the project “MacGruber”, you may send us an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to be considered for work on this project and future projects with our company, please fill out a Talent application at www.onlocationcasting.net
(the link is above). This a FREE service. (*if you are already in the OLC talent database, it is not necessary to fill out another application!!)
You MUST include a RECENT photo, your first & last name and a contact phone number. Emails without this information will automatically be deleted. All others must fill out a talent application on our website at www.onlocationcasting.net.”
The Pecos Ranch includes a near 6,000 sq. ft. main house, 1,464 sq. ft. caretaker’s home, other multiple guest houses, barns, etc., etc.
“For over a decade, I searched for a property that embodies the alluring natural majesty and splendor of the Southwest. My search finally ended here, at the Pecos River Ranch. It’s impossible to put into words the beauty and power of this land.” – Val Kilmer