Movie theaters not ideal situation

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers I’m an economist and an idealist when it comes to explaining why I love movies but hate going to theaters. For most movies, I reason, it’s more convenient to wait a few months and pay $20 to own the DVD and watch it at home any time than pay $15 […]

‘Pirates’ movie brings Tower first sellout in years

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer The Tower Twin Theatre set a new house record last Friday by selling out the 6:30 p.m. showing of “Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest.” Theater Manager Michelle Goodwind said the theater hasn’t sold out a showing since the current owner, Larry Allen, bought the business in the […]

Congress should butt out on movie ratings

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers Mid-term elections are still about four months away, but I’ve got all the advice you’ll ever need. Elect them all back. Elect them all back because it’s evident that every major problem facing the United States today has been solved. Wait, what’s that you say? Your problems still exist? My […]

Clovis being considered for movie location

Freedom Newspapers Clovis is being considered as a site for a movie called “Seasons of Dust,” Mayor David Lansford said. Set in 1930, the movie will portray an Oklahoma farming family forced to move to the city after being unable to eke out a living due to dust storms. Lansford said Clovis is being considered […]

Good night and good luck with TIVO

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor My granddad used to call it the idiot box 30 years ago. If he reappeared alive today, television would be a foreign thing to him. On my day off this week my wife and I (history buffs both of us) purchased the movie “Good Night and Good Luck” on […]

Sober up, that’s show biz for you

Remember when Hollywood swept into New Mexico in the 1960s, ruthlessly taking over hearth and home from innocent, downtrodden natives who had carved a state out of the wilderness after moving here during the Eisenhower years? I was a United Press foreign correspondent in Santa Fe at the time — my specialty was banana republics […]

Locals have their own take on Oscar

By Jean Verlich Hollywood’s biggest night of the year is tonight when the Academy Awards are presented. But Hollywood insiders are predicting low ratings for the ABC broadcast because four of five best-picture nominees did not have the benefit of a big studio’s big marketing budget. It’s a mixed bag for area movie buffs, some […]

Movie hits big screen

By Eric Butler “Believe In Me” has hit the big screen. The movie, primarily filmed in Clovis and Portales in the fall of 2004, debuted Tuesday at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. It was screened again on Wednesday. “Believe In Me,” one of about 30 presentations on Tuesday, is getting favorable response […]

City council approves 28-lot subdivision

By Tony Parra Portales city councilors approved a preliminary plat Tuesday for a housing development which would have 28 lots in Portales. Larry Combs, the Portales developer, is proposing a housing subdivision for property located on West 22nd Street abutting the northeast portion of Yucca subdivision. There are approximately 28 lots on the 8.25 acres. […]

Movie ‘Glory Road’ got it wrong

By Jesse Wolfersberger The Disney movie “Glory Road” paints an inaccurate picture of 1966 Eastern New Mexico University, school officials said on Wednesday. The movie is about Texas Western College (now the University of Texas-El Paso) and its head basketball coach Don Haskins during the 1966 season, when they became the first team with five […]

Embracing ignorances ensures more dumbing down

By Kevin Wilson: PNT Staff Writer We always talk about the dumbing down of America. I think of it every time I see an episode of Friends, or each time a comedian gives a routine completely made up from routines done years before by better comedians. There are many signs of the dumbing down of […]

Video stores, movies offer relief from holiday rush

By Helena Rodriguez Once Santa has made his deliveries, the chestnuts have been roasted on an open fire and the yuletide carols have been sung, that usually means it’s movie time. As people begin settling down from the holiday rush and realize they have time on their hands, many families will flock to the video […]

Senator views Yam Theater

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman took a first-hand look at the Yam Movie Palace on Thursday morning, a theater which has federal dollars invested in it. Bingaman (D-N.M.) helped secure $200,000 in federal funds for renovation of the Yam Movie Palace through a spending bill signed into law Wednesday by President […]

Value the present before it’s nostalgia

By Jim Lee: PNT Columnist I haven’t gone to the movies for the better part of 10 years. They cost too much. The screens are too small. The magic has faded. So I just rent something for home. But going to see a movie is supposed to be an event, not just a film on […]

Yam Theater renovation funds approved

By Tony Parra The Yam Theater may once again be full of life like it was in the 1950s after United States congress members took a step toward allocating $200,000 to renovate the building this week. The Senate on Thursday approved the fiscal year 2006 spending bill that funds the U.S. Department of Housing and […]

Pay attention or Sandra Bullock awaits

Kevin Wilson: PNT Managing Editor It was a bittersweet Tuesday at my mailbox. After turning the key to my postal unit as I do most afternoons, I opened the door to reveal a pair of DVD shipments. The first was the final season of Homicide: Life on the Street on DVD, meaning three years of […]

Voiceovers could play integral part in life

By Kevin Wilson In every movie collection, there lies at least one movie that represents the utter stupidity of filmmaking, and the excesses of movie collection at once. It’s the one that makes friends say, “Why did they put THAT out on DVD?” As far as my collection goes, that movie is “I’m Gonna Git […]

Grandma’s ratings rant ridiculous

Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor It’s been a few weeks since the revelation that the video game “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” has an explicit sex scene that can be unlocked using third-party software. Currently, the company that makes the game, Rockstar Games, is facing litigation. Though no decisions have been made in the case, […]

Funds pending for local entities

By Marc Schoder Both Eastern New Mexico University and the Portales MainStreet program could stand to benefit from potential funding from Congress. U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.) announced Tuesday that a key Senate subcommittee has provided funding to purchase science equipment for Eastern New Mexico University and Economic Development Initiative (EDI) funds for the City […]

Movie makers needs to get a clue

By Kevin Wilson: PNT managing editor The 24-hour news cycle gives us a lot of recurring themes, and one undeniable theme is the decline of the American moviegoer. I saw it myself recently when I took in a matinee of the new disappointment called Star Wars and was joined by about seven people in a […]