Producer pleased with Portales area

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood magic doesn’t always come easy when it comes to producing a movie. Selected for its resemblance to northwestern Oklahoma in the 1960s, Portales and the surrounding areas became home for the production crew and actors of the film “Believe in Me,” said co-producer John Bard Manulis. Chosen partly […]

Portales pours out for premiere

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Hollywood came to Portales for a night. Excitement reigned in the city as a crowd gathered to await the sold-out premiere of the locally filmed movie “Believe in Me” on Thursday night. Babe Morgan arrived at the reception in style. Amid cheers and whistles, Morgan emerged from a limousine, […]

‘Believe in Me’ movie worth seeing

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When I got an invite to an early-morning “Believe in Me” screening, I envisioned a consequence-free movie review. If I say it’s great, I give extra motivation to an eastern New Mexico crowd that doesn’t need motivation to see it. If I say it’s a piece of trash, I may […]

Local women recall parts in film

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers When Allison Draper and her Melrose basketball teammates would hit the floor at the Farwell Invitational every December, she would never look forward to seeing Hailey Richey and her Farwell Lady Blue teammates. The two were enemies until they were united on the basketball court as fictional teammates in “Believe […]

Community reels in excitement

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It would have been a great enough experience for Juan Garza just to play a bit role in “Believe in Me.” However, when the Clovis and Portales restaurant owner sees himself in a bit part in the movie about a 1960s Oklahoma girls basketball team, he’ll think of the time […]

Portales prepares for movie premiere

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Excitement is building for Elida residents Ronald and Glenda Anthony as they prepare to watch the debut of “Believe in Me” tonight at the Tower Twin Theater. Ronald Anthony co-owns a 1947 Chevy and a 1956 Chevy used in the movie about an Oklahoma girls basketball team shot in […]

Review: “Believe in Me” modest effort

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By Robert W. Butler: McClatchy Newspapers Really, there is only one sports movie. Hollywood just keeps fiddling with the details. Still, when done well a sports movie can provide substantial pleasures. The blandly titled “Believe in Me” — parts of which were filmed in Clovis and Portales, is one such charmer, a smart, low-keyed real-life […]

Movie reminds us to believe in March Madness

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor With two teams in the state basketball tournament and a basketball movie that was filmed here premiering this week, we’ve got a bad case of March Madness in Portales. I like sports movies, even if some think they’re all made with the same recipe. “Hoosiers” is my all-time favorite […]

Some thoughts not worth entire column

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m in a fortunate position where I can spend 500 to 600 words reflecting on whatever I want. Sometimes, a thought of mine simply isn’t enough to fill that word amount. So here’s a bunch of things that are good enough to share, but not good enough for their own […]

The winners are…

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Oscar night always promises at least one awkward speech, one winner you expected, and many you didn’t. The days before promise piles of Oscar picks columns from people who spend careers watching movies. Kevin Wilson and Greg Price spend their paychecks on movies. Price watched all five Rocky movies in one sitting before going to […]

Portales nabs movie premiere

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Bright lights and red carpet are in store for the Tower Twin Theater as it was announced this week Portales will be included in the national premiere of the locally filmed movie “Believe in Me.” Two showings of the movie will be held at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. […]

Portales residents prepare to receive red carpet treatment

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Plans are being put into motion to bring the locally-filmed movie “Believe in Me” for a Hollywood-styled premiere at the Tower Twin in Portales. Utilizing the communities in Portales and Clovis for filming during October of 2004, the film is based on the true story of a 1960s Oklahoma […]

Movie makes hometown debut

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers Memories came flooding back Thursday afternoon as Liz Eisenbraun sifted through photographs. Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said the pictures were taken when the movie “Believe in Me” was being filmed in the area. The walk down memory lane was prompted by the news the […]

Being famous isn’t always good

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s a […]

Tinseltown needs new movie genre

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers There’s one thing I’m looking forward to about 2007. It’s not the party I’m planning to celebrate the San Francisco 49ers’ seven-win season, and it’s not the 50-something credit card offers I’ll receive (I could have pooled all of my offered credit limits in 2006 and bought a $137,000 house […]

All I want for Christmas is an explanation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers It’s that time of year that has become an annual source of frustration for most of my relatives. Since I have the ability to buy things I need and want, and my family’s too far away to know first-hand of my possessions, I’m one of the hardest people in the […]

Holiday Happenings ranges from whimsical to elegant

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer Phantom of the Opera, wedding cakes and John Deere are not common Christmas themes, but it was anything goes during the ninth annual Holiday Happening event on Saturday. The sold-out affair was sponsored by Altrusa International Inc., of Portales, and featured 67 uniquely decorated Christmas tables inside of the […]

‘Believe in Me’ to be released in March

By Tonya Fennell: Freedom Newspapers A movie about an Oklahoma high school basketball coach filmed mostly in the Clovis area is bound for a big-screen debut in March, according to movie officials. Filmed locally in October 2004, “Believe in Me” is being courted by several distribution companies, according to its director, Robert Collector. He said […]

Plans progress for downtown revitalization

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Revitalization plans for downtown Portales have shown recent progress, and parties involved in several projects say the next 12-18 months could bring big changes. Plans by the Portales MainStreet organization and the city of Portales to refurbish the historic Yam Movie Palace on Main Street are coming together quickly […]

Movie Scenes to be shot in area in September

Freedom Newspapers Local residents can expect to see a film production crew around town in September, according to the film’s location manager. R. Michael Charske confirmed Wednesday he scouted several locations throughout Clovis for the movie “Seasons of Dust.” “I looked at tons of locations,” Charske said, “but no contracts have been issued.” The movie […]