‘Believe in Me’ nearing end of production

By Leslie Radford: Freedom Newspapers Making a feature-length film is a long, drawn-out process. That’s according to independent film producer John Manulis, who aided in the production of the movie “Believe in Me” in Clovis and Portales last year, and is now working in post-production to get the film perfected. “The process itself might be […]

Cell phone behavior can be improved

By Kevin Wilson A few years ago, I was on a date with my friend Stephanie. We’d decided to go to the movies. I only had two regrets from that night. The first was that I was given the honor of picking the movie, and I chose the unwatchable “K-Pax.” The second was that I […]

Be careful when mixing fiction with nonfiction

By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist Walking through the book section at Wal-Mart recently, one title made me screech in my tracks. This was a colorful children’s popup with a trendy title, “Jesus and the 12 Dudes Who Did.” “OK! Someone’s trying to make JC seem really hip,” I told myself. My eyes scanned the other […]

Theaters get renovations

By David Irvin By David Irvin Freedom Newspapers David_Irvin@link.freedom.com An expansion project at Allen Theaters in the North Plains Mall that was delayed more than two months by heavy rain this fall is nearing completion. Russell Allen, general manager of Allen Theaters, said the projected opening date for the new-look complex that will feature three […]

Movie watching has peaks, and plenty of valleys

By Kevin Wilson One of my friends and I have a long-standing agreement that we do holiday gifts after the holidays have passed, so we don’t repeat gifts and we have time to find the best deals. A request I put in to her was for a movie poster of Citizen Kane, The Usual Suspects […]

Some holiday hits are worth watching

By Kevin Wilson Christmas means a lot of things to a lot of people. Some enjoy the time with family, while others look forward to eggnog, mistletoe and presents. I look forward to most Christmas things as well, like the 24-hour broadcast of “A Christmas Story” or the annual repackaging of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” […]

Filming could come to Portales

By Tony Parra Hollywood has its eye on Portales again. Mayor Orlando Ortega said he toured the city on Friday with film scouts for a $70 million drama called “Every Word is True.” The movie is based on Truman Capote’s experiences researching his book, “In Cold Blood,” which tells the story of murder in Kansas […]

New movie could be filmed in Clovis

By Mike Linn Clovis has become the closest thing to a Hollywood on the High Plains. Just weeks after producers of “Believe in Me” called it a wrap, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce officials are recruiting a film with a new set of stars — more specifically Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kevin Kline and Ashley […]

‘Believe’ crew wraps it up for local filming

At 12:17 a.m. on Thursday, First Assistant Director David Cluck called, “That’s a wrap!” for the last time on “Believe In Me.” Six weeks before, in Ned Houk Park just north of Clovis, we took our first shot of the picture as lead actor Jeff Donovan climbed into the blue pickup that would serve as […]

Filming ends in Portales

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By Kevin Wilson With the cooperation of the weather, the crew for “Believe in Me” had its final day of shooting in Portales turn out to be one of its better ones. A sunny, cloudless Wednesday marked the final day of shooting in Portales, and all that remains for shooting in the area is a […]

Be wary of misleading movie quotes

By Kevin Wilson On Monday, I frequented one of my three favorite movie rental places in Portales. I found the movie I wanted right away, but had no cash on me and felt it awkward to write a $1 check. What followed is what I like to call browsing. During my browse, I managed to […]

Residents try to help community by aiding movie crew

By Tova Fruchtman A Clovis family spent a few hours looking through old yearbooks on Friday night getting ideas for their costumes. By 10 a.m. on Saturday, the Ratledges were all dolled up and waiting with about 80 other people in a gym at Gattis Junior High School to be a part of the crowd […]

Businesses feel different effects from rain

By Tony Parra Businesses and utility companies had opposite situations during the stormy weather on Tuesday and each felt the effects in different ways. Roosevelt County Electric employees were busy repairing power lines and bringing power back to homes during the stormy weather on Tuesday night. “They (workers) had to deal with a lot of […]

Residents required for movie scene

By Mike Linn With locks stretching like cotton candy over their beady heads, a group of female customers at a local salon joke they resemble their mothers. Their hair sticks to the tops of cars, is held to together with a lacquer-like hair spray and can’t be washed. Not until filming is over, at least. […]

Portales teenagers screen film at Clovis festival

By Tova Fruchtman Two 14 year-old Portales High School students started Wizard Productions when they were in third grade. By sixth grade they had an editing program on their computer, and now the two and more than 10 of their friends have produced a 90-minute feature film. Philip Harrell and Sam Pool’s film “Walking Dead” […]

Sept. 29 Elida News

By Nita Thurman Transitions Birthdays Oct. 1-8: Rocky Burris, Tim Bob Wilson, Anna Fay Lee, Shalie Anthony, Cindy Hendershot, Shane Ferguson, Troy Fine, Florine West, Caleb Widner, Durwood Dixon, Benny Jenkins and Verna Widner. Movie Debby and Burton Smith have recently bought the Charlie Neeley two-story house in Elida. The film group of a movie […]

Movie crew sets up shop in Clovis

By David Irvin Producers of a movie called “Believe in Me” say filming will begin before the end of the month, and their Clovis production office will open Tuesday in the Wells Fargo Bank building. If all goes as scheduled, filming will begin Sept. 28, said co-producer John Manulis. About 70 percent of the filming […]

Small things sometimes worth the biggest price

By Kevin Wilson It was Sunday night when my cell phone went off, and the caller ID read “Sarah.” And that was when I talked to my friend, the movie star. OK, I’ll admit it — I’m stretching the truth a little bit here. But this is a longtime friend I’m talking about, and I […]

Movies can be predictable

By Kevin Wilson I saw “Spiderman 2” two weekends ago, and I could spend thousands of words elaborating on it. Instead, I’ll just give you this paragraph. Read Roger Ebert’s review of the movie. I agree with everything he said, and he has a Pulitzer Prize that says he’s better at writing than I am. […]

The drive in movie isn’t dead yet

By Helena Rodriguez As we recently drove past the Stars & Stripes Drive-In Theater in Lubbock, it brought back fond memories of the old Varsity Drive-In in Portales, once located on the Roswell Highway. We took the girls to Texas Water Rampage for the day, and my eyes lit with excitement when we drove past […]