Sister’s move brings up quotes from Oz

By Helena Rodriguez: CNJ staff writer “I think I’ll miss you most of all, Scarecrow.” Those are the words my mom said to my 5-year-old niece, Marissa, as she hugged her goodbye when my sister Julie moved her family to Odessa, Texas, in April. Since then, Mom has referred to Marissa as her little scarecrow […]

Movie ratings get creative revamping

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The movies we see are going to get a lot cleaner. Well, at least the air is. The Motion Picture Association of America is going to start giving “R” ratings to movies based on tobacco usage. If smoking by adults is pervasive in a movie or the film glamorizes […]

Hoops movie has its believers

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“Believe in Me” budget was $8 million. (Courtesy photo) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer In more than three weeks on the big screen, a basketball movie filmed in the Clovis-Portales area raked in $208,565 at the box office as of April 1. “Believe in Me” debuted in theaters March 9 with sneak previews in […]

Iranians use epic film as political weapon

By Freedom Newspapers The movie “300” is making news all over the country, earning $70 million at the box office during its March 9 opening weekend, the biggest March movie opening ever. The movie depicts the ancient Battle of Thermopylae; it’s an epic tale of the little guy (King Leonidas and his army of 300 […]

Low budget doesn’t hold back ‘Believe’

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The Lady Cyclones basketball team progresses under the tutelage of a new coach in “Believe in Me.” (Courtesy photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When I got an invite to an early-morning “Believe in Me” screening, I envisioned a consequence-free movie review. If I say it’s great, I give extra motivation to an eastern […]

Film leaves locals satisfied

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Marta McGonagle of Los Angles, an actress in “Believe in Me,” and John Manulies, a co-producer of the film, take a few moments to chat Thursday evening with Clovis fans at the Clovis Civic Center. (CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The city of Clovis took itself out for a […]

‘Believe in Me’ debuts

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Jenni Gee, left, and Liz Eisenbraun of the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce set up the stage Tuesday in preparation for today’s VIP event for “Believe in Me,” which was partially filmed in Clovis and Portales. (CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer It would have been a great enough experience […]

Filming turns rivals into friends

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Hailey (Grimes) Richey of Farwell was one of several area residents who portrayed basketball players during the filming of “Believe in Me.” (CNJ file photo) By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer When Allison Draper and her Melrose basketball teammates would hit the floor at the Farwell Invitational every December, she would never look forward to […]

County has history of stardom

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Hundreds of Curry County residents had a small taste of fame when the movie “Believe in Me” was filmed in the area in October 2004. More than 600 locals were used as extras for crowd scenes and about 20 landed small speaking roles, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of […]

Big hearts make up for rain

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Scene 37 of “Believe in Me” is shown on Production Sound Mixer Bayard Carey’s monitor during filming earlier this month at Portales Junior High School. (CNJ file photo) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis News Journal interviewed “Believe in Me” producer Cotty Chubb for insight into the movie. Q:Why did you want to […]

Life in film not all that glamorous

By Clyde Davis: Local Columnist A couple of years ago, numerous Clovis, Portales and surrounding area residents had the opportunity to live in a different world for a while, serving as extras or in other capacities for “Believe In Me.” Since that movie previews in Clovis and Portales on Thursday, the eagle has come home […]

‘Believe in Me’ tickets selling fast

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CNJ staff More than half of the VIP tickets for the sneak preview of “Believe in Me” have been sold, according to Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce spokesperson Jenni Gee. “As of 2:11 p.m. (Monday),” Gee said, “we have sold 393 tickets out of the 600 available.” The tickets, which went on sale at 8 […]

The winners are…

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Kevin Wilson, left, and Greg Price agonize to make their Oscar picks. (CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisle) Oscar night always promises at least one awkward speech, one winner you expected, and many you didn’t. The days before promise piles of Oscar picks columns from people who spend careers watching movies. Kevin Wilson and Greg Price […]

Movie gets star treatment

By CNJ staff The Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce is rolling out the red carpet at 7:30 p.m. on March 8 at the Clovis Civic Center. The Hollywood-style event, which will feature champagne and hors d’oeuvres, is in honor of the Clovis premiere of the movie “Believe in Me.” “We (Chamber of Commerce) are hoping […]

Feb. 22, 1985

The Potter’s House at Fourth and Main hosted a motion picture aimed at teaching parents “how to be parents and how to love – with an unconditional love.” The movie was called “A Father … A Son … and a Three-Mile Run.” … The La Villa restaurant at 600 Pile offered all you can eat […]

“Believe” preview set for March

CNJ Staff A sneak preview for a movie filmed in and around Clovis will be shown March 8 at the North Plains Mall Cinema 7 Theaters, according to a Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce press release. Limited VIP tickets for the sneak preview of “Believe In Me” will go on sale at 8 a.m. Feb. […]

‘Believe in Me’ back in town

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“Believe in Me” is based on a true story of a coach’s dream to take a rural Oklahoma high school girls’ basketball team to the top. (Photo courtesy of believeinmemovie.com) By Tonya Fennell: CNJ staff writer Memories came flooding back Thursday afternoon as Liz Eisenbraun sifted through photographs. Eisenbraun, film liaison for the Clovis/Curry County […]

Grand disappearing act stuns classmate

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer The question is simple: Would you rather be rich or famous? The answer is also simple: I’d rather be rich, because you can be famous for the wrong reasons. Now I have proof, because I grew up with somebody who’s now famous … and I’m not sure if it’s […]

Movie theater plan rolling

By Jean Verlich: CNJ news editor Clovis City Commissioners began paving the way Thursday for a 10-screen movie complex to be built in the city’s northern corridor behind Roden Smith Village on Llano Estacado Boulevard. Commissioners approved introduction of an ordinance at their meeting that would revise off-street parking standards and amend the existing code […]

Aid necessary in ‘Pursuit of Happyness’

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s what our United States Constitution guarantees. However, the “happiness” is the tricky part because it’s an inalienable right that is not guaranteed. One must pursue it. It’s this pursuit of happiness that brings a grown man to tears in the moving big-screen […]