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An independent study of film-tv production incentives program in New Mexico — a key destination for runaway production from California — has offered an upbeat view of its impact.
The study showed production generated $1.5 billion in economic output since mid-2009 through earlier this year. During that period, producers received about $239 million in tax rebates.
The spending created almost 15,900 jobs, according to the state-commissioned study by Canadian consulting firm Mnp, with net cost for each job created in New Mexico from film production at approximately $8,519.
The study also included a survey of industry representatives who listed the incentive program as a key factor that drew them to the state along with New Mexico’s proximity to Los Angeles, its varied and attractive landscapes and its trained and experienced workforce.
Those reps noted that they were encouraged by last year’s passage of “Breaking Bad” legislation that boosted incentives to 30% from 25%.
“In New Mexico, »
- Dave McNary
In trouble? Better Call Saul. Bob Odenkirk‘s Breaking Bad character Saul Goodman, soon to get his own spinoff show Better Call Saul, got his start on a billboard. It’s one of the first places audiences were introduced to the character in the Emmy winning series. Now, the billboards that are a part of the spinoff […]
The post ‘Better Call Saul’ Billboard and Voicemail Now Active appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
There may be a minor delay in the arrival of Better Call Saul, but the Breaking Bad spinoff is already being quite generous with its built-in fan base. An Instagram user in Albuquerque, N.M., kindly pointed out Wednesday that the AMC series has erected a billboard for its fake title lawyer, going by his given name of James M. McGill when the events of the series pick up before the Breaking Bad timeline. Photos Inside THR's Emmy Drama Showrunner Roundtable The billboard is being used in an episode of the series, which recently started taping in Breaking Bad's
- Michael O'Connell
Earlier this month, AMC revealed new details about their Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, most notably that Bob Odenkirk's character is not known a Saul Goodman, but James M. McGill, a small-time lawyer "hustling to make ends meet." Production is currently under way in Albequerque, New Mexico, the same city where Breaking Bad was filmed, where an Instagram user named Varago01 spotted a billboard that gives fans the first look at James M. McGill.
"Albuquerque's favorite lawyer is back in town. New Better Call Saul billboard on the south side of the Ahs campus, near Mountain and I-25."
In case you were wondering, the number on the billboard (505-842-5662) is real, featuring a recorded message with Bob Odenkirk showing off a fake British accent. Take a look at the message below, or call 505-842-5662 and listen to it for yourself.
"Hello! You've reached the law office of James M McGill esquire, »
Now, you can actually call Saul — though he'll be answering as Jimmy McGill. See photo: AMC Reveals First Look at ‘Better Call Saul,’ Announces Second Season Order A commuter in Albuquerque spotted the above “Better Call Saul” billboard near I-25, which advertises the legal services of a man who looks quite like Bob Odenkirk, who plays the wily attorney that will be at the center of the “Breaking Bad” prequel. As revealed at TCA earlier this month, the 2002-set series will open with Goodman posing as an Irish lawyer, for whatever reason. Also read: ‘Better Call Saul’ Will Use ‘Flexible Timeline’ for Possible Bryan. »
- Jordan Zakarin
Fans expect a lot from Better Call Saul. Since the show takes place before, during, and after Breaking Bad, it’s got countless opportunities to showcase familiar faces (beyond Mike, who’s a series regular). Then there’s the smaller stuff: We want to see Saul with ridiculous hair, a bluetooth in his ear, and maybe a questionable massage appointment every once in a while. But as it turns out, Saul diehards have already gotten one of their wishes: the billboard.
Currently in Albuquerque, there stands a billboard for the servies of none other than Jimmy McGill—a.k.a. »
- Samantha Highfill
HBO has come a long way from its nascent years as a hub for bigscreen movies, where viewers tuned in to watch box office hits they’d missed in the theater. With 99 noms, HBO is not only one of the prolific cablers in television, but also a heavyweight champ in terms of cranking out such critically acclaimed, nominations-netting fare as “Game of Thrones” and “True Detective,” both favorites in this year’s Emmy race.
One could easily argue that HBO has paved a trail for other cablers and broadband platforms to succeed both commercially and critically, from AMC’s “Breaking Bad” to Netflix’s first original series “House of Cards.” Netflix, Starz and Lifetime have all become viable contenders in the Emmy race, something few would have thought possible even two years ago.
Netflix’s success began with 14 nominations last year, including nine for “House of Cards.” This year the number has more than doubled. »
- Paula Hendrickson
The ladies of Litchfield (and one male counterpart) are headed to Conan for their first-ever late-night appearance as a group.
On Monday, August 4, the cast of Netflix’s Emmy-nominated show Orange Is the New Black, including Taylor Schilling, Laverne Cox, Uzo Aduba, Kate Mulgrew, Natasha Lyonne, and Jason Biggs, will join Conan on stage for his third group interview of the sort. Conan has previously featured the casts of The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad in a similar format.
Conan airs at 11 p.m. on TBS. »
- Samantha Highfill
The anticipation for the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul is officially in phase two: Growing Excitement. We know the show is set in 2002 and that Saul was then going by "Jimmy McGill," though he was still practicing law and helping out the seedy-underbelly types. Now it appears that Jimmy has a real-life billboard, just like Saul did back in the Breaking Bad glory days. This sign was spotted in Albuquerque — and the number really works! Yes, we called Saul, and you can listen to Jimmy's outgoing message below. »
- Margaret Lyons
Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. Header Photo: Snowpiercer as a […]
- Peter Sciretta
TVLine hits rewind on the TV season’s biggest “What Happens Next” finales, then invites you to predict the cliffhanger outcomes
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but reinvention proved the mother of sensationally gripping drama on Season 5 of The Good Wife.
Related TCA Awards 2014: Good Wife, Oitnb, True Detective, Veep, Breaking Bad, RuPaul Among Winners
Alicia and Cary left Lockhart-Gardner to launch their own rival law firm — with Will and Diane declaring war in the wake of what they perceived as a huge betrayal. Then, just as the show’s main characters began to accept this new normal, »
It’s Tuesday, so it’s time for the latest instalment of Fmtv’s Movie Myths! This week, Oliver Davis investigates whether there’s any truth in the rumours that two endings were shot for 1963′s King Kong vs. Godzilla – one for Western audiences with King Kong victorious, and one for Japanese cinemagoers with Godzilla coming out on top. Did the King of the Monsters really win in the Japanese version!? Find out in this week’s episode of Movie Myths…
Flickering Myth TV will return later this week with the latest Movie Newsgasm, and of course we’ll be back next Tuesday with another episode of Movie Myths. If you’ve not done so already, be sure to subscribe to Fmtv here.
- Gary Collinson
Fresh from stomping his way through the summer blockbuster season with an impressive haul of $491million worldwide, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment have announced the 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack (3D Blu-ray/Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray/DVD/UltraViolet), and two disc DVD releases of Gareth Edwards’ revamped Godzilla, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad).
All three releases will include the following special features:
Monarch: Declassified – Discover explosive new evidence not contained in the film that unravels the massive cover-up to keep Godzilla’s existence a secret. Operation: Lucky Dragon Monarch: The M.U.T.O. File The Godzilla Revelation The Legendary Godzilla – Go behind the scenes with filmmakers and cast for an even deeper look at the larger than life monsters in the film. Godzilla: Force of Nature A Whole New Level Of Destruction Into The Void: The H.A.L.O. »
- Scott Davis
This story first appeared in the July 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The following are THR awards analyst Scott Feinberg's overviews of -- and early projections for -- the drama category's lead acting Emmys. Lead Actor In A Drama Bryan Cranston Breaking Bad (AMC) He's scored three wins for his now iconic Walter White. This is his last chance to tie Dennis Franz's four-win record. Jeff Daniels The Newsroom (HBO) Last year's shock winner was just as good this year, but his show isn't getting better and won't be back after season three. Jon Hamm Mad Men (AMC) Nominated
- Scott Feinberg
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
"Jimmy Kimmel Live" was back with a bang following a two-week hiatus, hosting the cast of "Guardians of the Galaxy." Chris Pratt, who plays Guardians leader Peter Quill, dominated the conversation, discussing his weight loss regimen ("vomiting, Zumba, and Shake Weight") and how much fun it was to shoot the film. The actor noted that he was "truly playing every day. I had a laser gun and a spaceship." But that playing came at a price, as Pratt admitted that he got so swept away shooting his fake gun that he couldn't help but making shooting noises with his mouth -- to the ire of the film crew.
- Katie Roberts
In the last twenty years, television has clawed its way out from beneath the detritus of hokey soap operas, and become a worthy opponent to its evil twin – film. There was a time when the term ‘box set’ was bandied around at Christmas as a cheap alternative to real presents. Not an image that immediately conjured to mind sweat pants, a take away and a few sickies. It stands to reason that with such a glut of supreme television offerings, after all the medium has given us The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, The Wire, Game Of Thrones, that another export from the big screen has made the transition as well.
While great villains used to be a bastion of movie land, where Darth Vader swung his lightsaber and Hannibal Lecter formerly sucked his teeth, the transition to higher quality productions and greater, more expensive writing has seen the rise of great TV villains, »
- Gem Seddon
Need For Speed director Scott Waugh became a stuntman in 1982 and retired in 2005. Waugh was the president of Stunts Unlimited for three years, the most prestigious stunt organization in the world. During his tenure, Stunts Unlimited was involved in such box office hits as Spider-Man, Talladega Nights, 24 and Bad Boys II. Under Waugh’s leadership, Stunts Unlimited received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Stunt Coordinator. He has been involved in more than 150 film and television productions in various capacities and gained his first-hand filmmaking knowledge from directors Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone while on their sets.
His feature film directorial debut, Act of Valor, which Relativity Media released in February 2012, opened #1 at the U.S. box office and went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. He followed that up with this years high-octane racing action flick Need For Speed, which sees Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as Tobey Marshall, »
- Phil Wheat
Got a fat cat? This Kickstarter has an interesting answer to fighting pussycat pudge: hamster wheels! One Fast Cat is an exercise wheel built to accommodate kitties looking to stay active, and - thanks to some enthusiastic donors - it could be coming to a pet store near you. The project was posted on the crowdfunding website 17 days ago with a fundraising goal of $10,000. In less than three weeks, One Fast Cat has far exceeded its goal, racking up close to $100,000 in donations. Related: A Breaking Bad Sequel Starring Val Kilmer and Other Wild Kickstarter CampaignsSean Farley, One Fast Cat's chief designer, »
- Kelli Bender
With the original paranormal thriller "Intruders" heading to BBC America in just about a month, a new trailer has arrived that gives us an extended look at the upcoming series. Check it out, and look for lots more soon.
"Intruders," from writer/exec producer Glen Morgan ("The X-Files"), will premiere on Saturday, August 23rd, at 10/9c on BBC America. The series is based on Michael Marshall Smith's novel The Intruders.
"Intruders" stars celebrated British actor John Simm ("Life on Mars," "State of Play," and "Doctor Who") and Oscar winner Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite, Norma Jean & Marilyn, Human Trafficking) with James Frain ("The White Queen," "Grimm," "True Blood") and Tory Kittles ("True Detective") and introducing Millie Brown ("Once Upon a Time in Wonderland"), making her debut in a series lead role.
- Debi Moore
One of my favorite films of the Summer came in the form of Gareth Edwards' Godzilla reboot. It was a return to form for the King of All Monsters and it's a movie I can't get enough of. Fortunately, Warner Bros. have now dropped the details on the film's upcoming blu-ray so that you can take it home and watch it over and over again. Come inside to check out when you'll be able to pick it up and what all is included on the blu-ray discs.
Nature controls man, not the other way around, in “Godzilla,” arriving onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition and Digital HD on September 16 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. An epic action adventure directed by Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”), Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla” is the long-awaited big screen return of the King of the Monsters.
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
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