NME After Print: "Longmire" to Film its Fifth Season in New Mexico

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the television series Longmire, produced by The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television for Netflix, will begin principal photography at the end of March and film through the end of June in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Los Alamos (Valles Caldera), Espanola, Glorieta and Pecos. Starring Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman and Adam Bartley, Longmire is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The contemporary Western drama returns for its fifth season with the unflappable Sheriff Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) unraveling the dark, myster

NME After Print: One Night of Queen: Gary Mullen delivers as Freddie Mercury

As the crowd flows into the theater you can feel the excitement. Freddie Mercury has been gone for 25 years now, but tonight, Gary Mullen and The Works bring back the magic of Queen for past and future generations to enjoy. A gentleman in a gray ball cap talks about his knowledge of who made Brian May's guitar while others talk about how Queen brought so many memories to their lives. I learned about Queen at the age of 14, borrowing all of my neighbor, Tommy's, vinyl records to make tapes of my own. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Queen. The idea of sitting in Popejoy Hall waiting to see someone take on a legend is bittersweet. Will he live up to my expectations? Just as the questi

NME After Print: "Better Call Saul" picked up for a third season

AMC and Sony Pictures Television announced Tuesday the Emmy-nominated show, "Better Call Saul", starring Bob Odenkirk, was picked up for a 10-episode third season. The announcement comes just a few episodes into the show's second season. Showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will return to the hit series. Set six years before "Breaking Bad," "Better Call Saul" has made a name for itself being nominated for seven 2015 Emmy awards, including outstanding drama series averaging 4.4 million viewers. New Mexico has been doing well in the film industry, bringing in $288 million in 2015 according to a report from the This news comes on the heels of The New Mexico Film Office announcing that Rob

NME After Print: The New Mexico Film Office Announces "Midnight Texas" to Film in New Mexi

New Mexico Film Office Director Nick Maniatis announced today that the television pilot "Midnight Texas," produced by Universal Television and David Janollari Entertainment for NBC, will begin principal photography mid-March through the beginning of April in Albuquerque and Las Vegas. "Albuquerque is pleased that 'Midnight Texas' will be filming in and around our city, including sets and production offices at Albuquerque Studios," said Albuquerque Mayor Richard J. Berry. "We welcome back Universal Television and NBC for this pilot." "Las Vegas, New Mexico is pleased to welcome the cast and crew of the television pilot 'Midnight Texas' to our vibrant, versatile and vivacious community. We a

NME After Print: Once is a musical treasure (Review)

Irish music played as you walked into Popejoy Hall. On the stage, a crowd of people gathered - some musicians and some ticket holders - enjoying the celebratory environment. It was a terrific way to get audience members excited for the musical Once, making a debut at Popejoy and running from March 8th-13th. Soon I realized that the musicians are the show. After performing a few numbers, Guy (Sam Cieri) begins to perform “Leave”. I was so taken by the song that I almost didn’t notice the lights dimming - letting me know that I was watching the opening number. Once is a love story of boy meets girl - full of pain, happiness and stubbornness. Guy meets Girl (Mackenzie Lesser-Roy) and completely

NME After Print - West Side Story with a different view (Review)

When it comes to musical theater, we have seen different ways that well-known productions can be changed up to offer audiences a new view on an old classic. That seems to be the case with the latest production at Albuquerque Little Theater, where West Side Story is taking the stage from March 4th through the 26th. West Side Story is an inspired musical twist on Romeo and Juliet, where The Sharks, a Puerto Rican gang made up of those who left the challenging island to find riches and the American dream in New York, are constantly being reminded by The Jets, the rival white gang, that they do not belong. A forbidden love is found between a member of The Jets, Tony, and the sister of the leader

March 2016 - Follow-Up: David Bowie

A dark room with floating pieces of Jareth’s castle, the Labyrinth baby holding a bubble, glitter on the floor, and a bubble machine made Friday night’s tribute to David Bowie unusual and a little magical. Multiple screens showed the making of Labyrinth, as well as the movie itself. Behind the scenes of the movie flashed by, showing David Bowie smiling as he practiced dancing with Jennifer Connelly just as the first band of the night took the high stage at The Library. The tribute was a brilliant and wonderful idea. Many I spoke to were happy to be there to pay their respects to the man in their own way, and to donate to a great cause, the UNM Cancer Center. The bands that played were also t

March 2016 - Turn it Up: RAWRR!

RAWRR! is a unique band that has been a staple of the Albuquerque music scene for several years. The band members push the boundaries of traditional songwriting with odd time signatures, and their ever-evolving sound, inimitable style, and melodic creations are a breath of fresh air. RAWRR! carries the listener on a progressive, transcendental journey of witty lyricism and skilled musicianship. With a blazing panache, RAWWR!’s stage presence is both captivating and inspiring. The band members are as follows: Jacob Shutt on vocals, JD Harding on Guitar and Vocals, Mikey Hale on Keyboard, Alex Cory on Drums and Peter Meilleur on Bass On February 19th, RAWRR! will release its long-awaited alb

March 2016 - Behind the Scenes: Film Foundation 2016 Plans

The New Mexico Film Foundation (www.nmfilmfoundation.org) has big plans for 2016 here in New Mexico. With workshops, grants, and special events planned throughout the year, the Foundation hopes to keep growing and giving back to the film community. Raising awareness outside of the film community is also a big goal for 2016. Independent to Union, Actors to PAs, the Film Foundation is striving to offer something for everyone. Some of the events that are on the calendar so far for this year are: March 5: Using Emerging Media to Promote Your Film - Carolyn Miller March 26: New Mexico Actors’ Showcase- Featuring acting talent in New Mexico. Oct 13-16: For the On the Page Screenwriting Conference

March 2016 - Make 'Em Laugh: Brian Vanderhoof

Healthcare professional turned funny man, Brian Vanderhoof splits his time between making people laugh and cry. Between shooting Indie films and MRIs, Brian finds time to visit open mics and perform in shows around Albuquerque. Raised by a father with a twisted sense of humor, a young Brian grew up on Monty Python, SNL, and the like, but waited until nearly two years ago to hit his first open mic. Nerves killed his first attempt to take to the stage but with a little liquid courage he made it. “After bombing on stage in front of so many people so many times you get over it. Nothing really phases you after that,” Vanderhoof says. After those first, uncomfortable forays into live comedy, it di

March 2016 - The Cut: The Shop

This little joint has been in business for two years now. That’s the point that most restaurants are either out of business or established and set to make it. The Shop looks like it will make it. It’s not fancy. It’s only open for breakfast and lunch. Most days, though, there’s a full house of customers enjoying the simple menu that is done with meticulous care. The Shop is the kind of operation that just may be the savior of the Albuquerque food scene: Funky and unpretentious, but with a skate-punk DIY ethic that puts quality of food over ambiance. The walls are covered with local art (for sale) and the industrial floors hint at the theme, or lack thereof. The menu is straightforward: break

March 2016 - Let Us Entertains You: Once

The 2012 Tony Award winning musical, Once, makes a stop at Popejoy Hall. Once tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, Once draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It’s an unforgettable story about going for your dreams and the power of music to connect us all*. Sam Cieri, who plays Guy, shared how this haunting musica

March 2016 - Cover Story: Kevin Grevioux

The voice alone entitles him to his own Wikipedia and IMDB page, but there is more to Kevin Grevioux than a voice. One of the masterminds behind the popular Underworld franchise, Grevioux is a genius at knowing what his audience wants, and he continues to give it to them. I had the opportunity to meet Kevin during the Albuquerque Comic Con in January. If his resume didn’t impress me enough, the photo op he gave us holding a copy of our magazine impressed me more. After graduating from Howard University with a degree in microbiology, Grevioux began work towards a Master’s degree in genetic engineering. During his first year of graduate school, Grevioux chose to take screenwriting and cinemat

March 2016 - The 5: Gary Mullen & The Works

He is Freddie Mercury reincarnate, and Albuquerque will have the opportunity to witness Gary Mullen & The Works on stage at Popejoy Hall on March 17th. Mullen took a moment to sit down and talk about the icon he portrays and what his stage show offers fans of Queen. Did you find it difficult to be Freddie Mercury and how did you prepare? I didn’t find it difficult, as I’ve been a fan since I was a small kid and would pretend to be him. When I started professionally, I went back and watched concert footage and videos to study his movements and mannerisms. What is it about Queen that make you a fan? I love everything about them. Their fusion of so many musical styles, musicianship, songwriti

March 2016 - Extras - Tim Herlihy

Albuquerque experienced a luck of the Irish on February 20th when Tullamore D.E.W. Brand Ambassador and Irish pub historian, Tim Herlihy, visited Two Fools Tavern to have a little whiskey and share some knowledge on the popular drink. As far as whiskey experts go, they don’t come more Irish True than Herlihy. A former egg farmer, Herlihy began his whiskey career with the Cooley Distillery. He has since traveled across the country educating others*. Herlihy shared where is passion for the popular drink came from. “I’ve always been a whiskey fan, and it took a long time to realize not only can you be a whiskey drinker but that you could also work in the Whiskey business too. When I began a rol

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