Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The Irishman: Cleveland mob film

WBNX Blog, 7.7.09

Vincent D’Onofrio has seen his share of mob stories during eight seasons on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, but in his latest role he channels a real-life crime lord from the recent La Cosa Nostra era in Cleveland. Folks under 40 may be stunned to learn about the surreal underworld factions that ruled the Rock & Roll Capital as far back as the 1920s through the mid-1980s. We’re talking rackets, labor, godfathers, hitmen…and in 1976 alone, 36 bomb explosions throughout the city. Much of Cleveland’s organized crime history is documented by area lawman/author Rick Porrello in To Kill The Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia. His revealing book finally comes to the big-screen next year as The Irishman, which just finished filming in Detroit—where the bleak urban landscape simulated the local scene of a quarter-century ago. The title character refers to Danny Greene, the brash Irish-American mob boss whose rivalry with the local Italian mafia provoked a countrywide turf war, ultimately ending with Greene’s assassination and several high-ranking crime family members turning government informants. D’Onofrio portrays ruthless John Nardi, a rebel Italian who took Greene under his wing. Clevelanders will recognize many of the key players’ names in this infamous chapter of local history. The sprawling all-star cast features Ray Stevenson as Greene; plus Val Kilmer, Christopher Walken, Paul Sorvino and Linda Cardellini. Sound like a film…you can’t refuse?


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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

In a rural town in Southern Idaho, the Suzukis, a Japanese American family, run a small motel. One night they get a strange visitor who sports ‘city’ clothes who turns out to be the first African-American man that Toru Suzuki’s children have ever seen. Yoshiko takes it upon herself to solve the mystery about this man, especially when 2 police officers come knocking on their door.

Short film produced by Erika Hampson.
Vincent D'Onofrio as Detective Foster.

'Purgatory' [TBA]

'Purgatory' [TBA]
Tagline: In the Wild West a lot of blood was spilled... but it didn't go to waste. Vincent....Dallas Stoudenmire

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He has felt its true heart, as much as its dark underbelly: but he does not know who, in both the dark and light - is taking the lives of young girls.

Director: Jennifer Lynch
Producer/Writer ...Eric Wilkinson

Vincent D'Onofrio ....George Lawson (GRACE's father)
Tim Roth.......Detective Tabb

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

A man campaigns to become the leader of the Buffalo lodge.

Vincent D'Onofrio as Hank Dory
Ron Livingston as Steve
Marcia Gay Harden as Nancy

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

Executive Produced by Dennis Johnson, Melanie Mohlman Produced by Eric Wilkinson, David Michaels
Written by Jim Robbins
Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Cast: Vincent D'Onofrio, Bill Pullman, French Stewart, Bill Moseley

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]

'Down & Dirty Pictures' - [in Production - Filming TBA]
Vincent......Harvey Weinstein

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