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The Santa Fe New Mexican Chris Quintana column

May 19, 2013


May 19--Part-time Santa Fe resident George Colburn produced the TV series Eisenhower's Secret War. The series looks at the life and presidency of the nation's 34th commander in chief, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Colburn's series airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19, on PBS.


Someone spotted Miranda Otto shopping in downtown Santa Fe during the week of May 6. Lord of the Rings fans should recognize Otto for her role as Eowyn, the niece of King Theoden of Rohan. Those still grasping at straws may remember her better as the fearless woman who stabbed the wraith king, essentially the biggest hooded bad guy, in the face during The Return of the King.


Someone let it slip that Neil Patrick Harris was seen working out at the Santa Fe Spa during the lunch hour Tuesday, May 14. Harris still plays womanizer-in-reform Barney Stinson on the hit CBS show How I Meet Your Mother. It's El Mitotero's understanding that Barney and Cobie Smulders' Robin Scherbatsky are set to get married on the show.


Laurence Fishburne, known for playing martial arts expert and gun master Morpheus in The Matrix films, will come to New Mexico to film a new sci-fi flick, The Signal. Crews will shoot in Albuquerque, Los Lunas and Taos. The film focuses on three probably good-looking freshmen tracking a probably creepy-looking computer hacker through the Southwest, according to a release from the State Film Office.

Some fun facts about Fishburne: He used to go by Larry; he played Cowboy Curtis in Pee-Wee's Playhouse; and he disowned his daughter, Montana, after he found out she had chosen to star in pornographic films.

The film also will bring relatively unknown actors such as Olivia Cooke, from TV's Bates Motel; Sarah Clarke, from the sparkling vampire movie franchise Twilight; and Brenton Thwaites, from the upcoming Maleficent.


The Lone Ranger again made national headlines last week. This time, the attention stems from Johnny Depp's portrayal of Tonto, the Lone Ranger's Comanche Indian compatriot. Here's the headline that many newspapers ran with: "Moviegoers wonder whether Johnny Depp's Tonto in upcoming Disney film will be any better."

Better than what? Previous racial stereotypes? Depp is an actor whose method relies almost solely on a combination of gaudy belts, big hats, overdone makeup and silly haircuts -- all present in this film, by the way -- so why would anyone expect him to tone down a stereotype?


Ted Freedman, local triathlete and former elementary school teacher, has gained about 10,000 views in the 2013 Ironman "Kona Inspired" online contest. His goal is to get enough views and votes so that he can participate in this year's Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Freedman didn't qualify through his times, but the contest gives those with interesting stories and community support a chance to compete regardless.

According to the contest rules, about 50 percent of the entry's merit is based on community support while the remaining half is decided by judges. Freedman is known in the community for starting the Wood Gormley Panther Run, and his video can be found at


Seth MacFarlane is bringing another film project to New Mexico. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the creator of Family Guy and the former Oscars' host will film parts of Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey in Santa Fe through early June. Cosmos is the sequel to Carl Sagan's series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, a TV series that explored the universe through science that premiered in 1980 on PBS. MacFarlane is also directing and starring in A Million Ways to Die in the West, which also is being filmed in New Mexico.


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