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Laura Marrich
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Cozy up to Sam on set. Method acting at its finest.
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Attention Tamalewood wanna-bes! This weekend, three large film productions will hold casting calls for extras and other on-camera talent. One of them could be your big round-trip ticket out of, then back in to, New Mexico. Here’s what we know:

• What: The Burning Plain , a film written and directed by Guillermo Arriaga, writer of Babel , 21 Grams , Amores Perros and The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada

Synopsis: "A bittersweet drama that weaves together, past and present, the lives of two small town families forced to deal with each other and their loss."

Star Power: Charlize Theron

Looking For: Caucasian girls and boys (ages 8-15)

Young Latino men (ages 18-22)

Latina girls (ages 11-13) fluent in Spanish and English

Other Requirments: Participants must be able to shoot in the Las Cruces area Nov. 4 through Dec. 18, 2007.

Open Casting Call: A reading will be held Saturday, Sept. 15, at 304 Washington SE (between Zuni and Central in the Nob Hill Center) from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

• What: Five Dollars a Day

Synopsis: "… revolves around the road trip odyssey of a con-artist father and his conservative son."

Star Power: Christopher Walken, Alessandro Nivola and Sharon Stone

Looking For: Adults for a New Mexico-based mayoral election party scene.

Other Requirments: Party scene to be shot Monday, Sept. 17. Dress for the party scene will be suits and ties for men, upscale attire for women.

Open Casting Call: The casting session will be held from noon to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15, at the offices of Film Savage, located at 4421 McLeod NE, Suite F. (From I-25 and I-40, take I-25 north to the Jefferson Exit. When you exit, you’ll hit Jefferson. Turn east and go to the first light, which is McLeod. Turn west. Film Savage offices are located in the second building on the right.

• What: The Spirit

Synopsis: "A fantasy thriller based on the graphic novel of the same name by Will Eisner."

Star Power: Samuel L. Jackson, Gabriel Macht, Dan Lauria, Scarlett Johannson and Eva Mendes

Looking For: "Photo doubles are required for Samuel L. Jackson (6’3”, size 42 long jacket), Gabriel Macht (6’, 42 long jacket), Dan Lauria (sizes will be posted on by Friday), Scarlett Johannson (5’4”, dress size 2), Eva Mendes (5’5”, dress size 6).

Also needed will be very specific background characters including:

uniform police

upscale individuals

beautiful women

mid-eastern man

pizza delivery boy

forensic team

school kids

gangster types,


business men

an African prince type

plus many more."

Other Requirments: Individuals who are currently listed on do not need to attend the casting call, since their information is already on record. Further information and updates will be available on the Film Savage website. Pictures of cast can be seen by clicking on the casting link, or by going to "

Open Casting Call: See Five Dollars a Day casting info. They’re doing both at the same time.
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