Clovis coach in charge of polishing stars’ skills

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Clovis High School girls basketball coach Miles Watters jokes with actors Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich: CNI staff writer Allison Cochran approached the free-throw line Tuesday afternoon and calmly sank two shots. The 19-year-old Eastern New Mexico University freshman made countless shots in her four-year basketball career […]

Governor to speak on economic development

CNJ staff New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is expected to talk economics and praise a film being shot in the area during a Wednesday Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce meeting. The meeting will be at 11 a.m. at the Holiday Inn on 2700 E. Mabry Dr. The public is invited. The governor will arrive at […]

‘Believe’ it; filming about to begin

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer 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 […]

Movie may start filming this month

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 […]

Producers like Clovis for movie site

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A feature movie will be shot in Clovis this year, a film company representative told the Clovis City Commission Thursday. Alan Swain, location manager for “Believe in Me Productions,” said this week’s Clovis tour has him confident at least part of the feature film “Believe In Me,” will be […]

Lights! Camera! Clovis?

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Eastern New Mexico could be become the filming location for a feature-length sports movie — if local officials can prove its likeness to 1960s Oklahoma. The New Mexico Film Office announced this week that Clovis and surrounding areas are being considered for a $7 million production with a crew […]

In ‘Fahrenheit,’ exaggerations are a distraction

CNJ Editorial In the plus column, “Fahrenheit 9/11,” the documentary film by Michael Moore, offers a handful of telling peeks behind the curtain of the workings of the U.S. government. On the negative side, the film is another take on Moore’s simplistic leftist vision of all that is wrong with America. After the U.S.A. Patriot […]

Not even Arnold can save ’80 Days’

The Baltimore Sun Jackie Chan movies are known for jaw-dropping stunts and thrilling action. Jules Verne’s “Around the World in 80 Days’” is known as literature’s most famous travelogue. Whoever thought these two cinematic templates belonged together? Heaven knows what the suits at Disney were thinking, for what they ended up with was a bland […]

“Kill Bill: Volume 2″ review 5/6

Ben Kessler Let me start off by saying that Quinten Tarentino is a very weird guy. I have seem all of his movies except “Resevoir Dogs,” and they all have one thing in common: They have at least one scene that makes me think “huh?” “Kill Bill” is no exception to his avant guarde style, […]

Film review: ‘The Punisher’ violent yet entertaining

By Ben Kessler, CNJ Staff Writer As a comic book collector, I have looked forward to movies like this since X-Men showed that a comic book movie didn’t have to be based around a weightlifter in green paint. The Punisher was not a comic book I followed closely, since Frank Castle was a regular guy […]

Documentary shows plight of U.S. orphanages

Freedom Newspapers A documentary film now making the rounds brings back into focus an institution from American history that might have new relevance today. “Homecoming: The Forgotten World of America’s Orphanages” includes interviews with 15 people who attended these children’s homes before they went into decline in the 1970s. The movie is touching and informative. […]

Award-winning documentary to air today on KENW-TV

CNJ STAFF Although a documentary on the fight against polio is to debut nationally on public television stations the week of April 26, the Clovis and Portales area will get a sneak preview, according to Barry Smith with Shepley Winings Public Relations Inc. April is the 50th anniversary of the first national testing of Jonas […]

New Mexico a state of unique Americans

Ned Cantwell Go up to your ordinary guy on the street in say, Hobbs, and tell him he looks like a space cadet, he’s liable to deck you. Try the same thing in Clovis, but first make sure the rifle is still hanging on the rack inside the pickup. Say it in Santa Fe and […]

‘Christ’ movie ads fuel to anti-Semetic fire

Mona Charen It grieves me to object to Mel Gibson’s movie because I know millions of Christians in this country and around the world will be moved and possibly even transformed by it — and that is a welcome thing. As a Jew, I can unhesitatingly declare the world would be a better place if […]

Movie ignites ‘Passion’ in Clovis

Project Reader Reaction A recent Project: Reader Reaction question asked about the movie “The Passion of the Christ.” Some responses: “While I haven’t had the opportunity to view this epic yet, I think the question on everyone’s mind as a result of the movie is ‘Who killed Jesus?’ “If you type this phrase into the […]

No debating that Jesus is controversial

Letters to the Editor I cannot remember a film more controversial than “The Passion of the Christ.” The media attention is phenomenal, the religious conversation is ceaseless, and after all is said and done I am not sure most of us will truly understand what is happening through this film. This film is not truly […]

It takes passion to gamble on a make-or-break film

By Tom DiFrancesca III The death of passion, or so it appears; mediocrity seems to be overtaking society. Now, when someone does something with passion that is intended for the positive, he’s criticized, insulted, and slandered. It seems like most folks these days aren’t passionate about anything — not even their work, and that used […]

Passions stirred over ‘Christ’ movie

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Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” opened Wednesday in Clovis for a sellout crowd. Many churches are purchasing tickets for their parishioners to watch the movie as a group. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Darrell Todd Maurina Painful. Violent. Graphic. So was described “The Passion of the Christ,” which opened at theaters around […]

‘The Passion of the Christ’ heads to Clovis

By Darrell Todd Maurina Thanks to a group of anonymous donors, Mel Gibson’s new film, “The Passion of the Christ,” will be coming to Clovis on the film’s Feb. 25 opening day, which is Ash Wednesday on the church calendar. According to the movie’s promotional material, the film is a graphic presentation of the last […]

Film fuels fear of reprisal

By Darrell Todd Maurina While local evangelical Christians have enthusiastically supported bringing Mel Gibson’s film on the death of Christ to Clovis, the film has ignited controversy nationally as some Jewish organizations objected to the film’s graphic images. Much of the Jewish criticism has focused on the history of “passion plays” — a genre of […]