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 […]