Made-in-New Mexico The Avengers was full of futuristic technology. One of the film’s high-tech stars was a Honda concept car that was displayed at a SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nev. Honda priced this Palladium-powered baby — which, according to USA Today, gets 234 miles a gallon in city driving — at about $10 million.
Another Avengers tidbit this week concerns Sam Mendes, director of the new James Bond film Skyfall. Marvel Studios contacted Mendes, among other directors, through a marketing packet which included comic books and a release date — but no treatment or script. Mendes told Moviefone he wasn’t interested, but that he would see the flick with his kids.
Suzanna Choffel, a 2002 alumna of the College of Santa Fe (now the Santa Fe University of Art and Design), was eliminated during the knockout round on the Oct. 30 episode of NBC’s singing competition The Voice. In a blog post this week on NBC.com, Choffel discusses her mixed feelings about losing to Cassadee Pope, who performed “Payphone” by Maroon 5, and defends her choice of singing Bob Marley’s “Could You Be Loved.” Choffel said she was proud of her unconventional song choice and of having made it so far on the show “doing what I do.” But don’t feel too sad for the singer with the sunny outlook on her time in Reality TV Land. She has a packed tour schedule and is performing her own music across the country.
Actor and director Sam Shepard was spotted outside our newsroom buying the latest issue of Pasatiempo. La Mitotera always knew she liked that guy.
Santa Fe-raised fashion model Arizona Muse is the new face of Louis Vuitton. The luxury brand tapped 24-year-old Muse —who is also the face of Diane von Furstenberg’s 2012 fall campaign — to star in magazine ads as well as in a two-minute film called L’invitation au voyage, or “Invitation to Travel” set for release on Monday.
Kent Kirkpatrick’s Ideation class at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design was on the set of indie film Red Clay and met Breaking Bad actor Steven Michael Quezada.
Albuquerque native Neil Patrick Harris was a cast member in a one-weekend revival performance of Stephen Sondheim’s Company more than a year ago, and the show is finally coming to Blu-ray and DVD. The show also featured Anika Noni Rose, Stephen Colbert, Christina Hendricks of Mad Men and Jon Cryer of Two and a Half Men.
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