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SHOOTING STARS: The end-of-the-world capital of the world

  If the apocalypse were approaching, where else would you go but Las Vegas?
  That explains why the independent film “This Is Not a Film” visits Vegas Monday for a whirlwind day-into-night session of shooting Strip and downtown exteriors.
  With writer-director Olallo Rubio calling the shots, cameras are expected to start rolling this afternoon — and continue rolling until 3 or 4 a.m. Tuesday, notes Carlos Llergo, line producer for the Vegas shoot. (Sounds like a typical Glitter City schedule.)
  The made-in-Mexico, shot-in-English feature stars Edward Furlong, pictured at right, as a screenwriter chronicling the end of the world. Because the apocalypse is being promoted as massive publicity event, Furlong’s character “thinks Vegas is a great place to die,” Llergo explains.
  Holed up in a hotel room, he chronicles the end of the world and “in his craziness, he starts talking to himself” — or, more precisely, to his various alter egos.
  “This Is Not a Film,” which primarily takes place in the protagonist’s hotel room, completed principal photography production four months ago in Mexico City. The Las Vegas shoot was initially scheduled for last month, but budget problems (“we were out of money,” Llergo admits) caused the Vegas visit to be postponed.
  No one ever considered eliminating the Vegas location altogether, however.
  “It was essential to show Las Vegas as a city of cities,” Llergo says. “It’s like an icon of money,” which is, in part, why the movie’s protagonist “chooses to come to Las Vegas.”
  And speaking of Las Vegas, “This Is Not a Film” will have a “big premiere” in Las Vegas, Llergo promises — maybe this June at the CineVegas film festival, which has an entire section devoted to new Mexican movies.
  Sequel sequel: The superhero spoof “Surge of Power: Revenge of the Sequel” returns to Las Vegas for a second round of shooting today and Tuesday.
  The follow-up to 2004’s “Surge of Power,” which introduced the wacky title superhero, previously filmed in Las Vegas in September and November, but this week’s work involves “scenes we didn’t shoot in November,” from pickups to reshoots, explains Vincent J. Roth, who plays Surge — and scripted both the original and the sequel. Jason Kartalian directs.
  The scenes will take the production from Red Rock Canyon to Hoover Dam, Roth notes — including some helicopter shots.
  Reality bites: “Living With My Idol,” a documentary from Britain’s Summer Films focusing on very Vegas guy David Hasselhoff, hits town for Strip and downtown footage. And beware: The hidden-camera prank show “True Colors” also is in town and expected to shoot on the Strip.
  Casting about: Cult filmmaker Ted V. Mikels resumes production on his “Astro-Zombies” sequel “Astro-Zombie M3: Clone” Jan. 31.
Before Mikels gets back behind the camera, however, there’ll be an open call for actors, actresses and technicians (camera, sound and lighting crews) next Monday afternoon, Jan. 19.
  The open call will be held from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MBEG/Vegas Casting, 517 S. Tonopah Drive. For more information, call MBEG at 866-5924.
  Early bird word: Just a reminder for local filmmakers that Thursday is the early bird deadline for submissions to June’s CineVegas film festival at www.withoutabox.com. Early bird applicants will receive a price break on submission fees; March 1 is the final festival deadline. For complete submission details, click on www.cinevegas.com.

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