Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CI fans in the news, 9.29.09
by Terra King

Fans start online campaign to save Law and Order CI stars D'onofrio and Erbe

Fans of Law and Order: CI are mad.

After doing a few articles on the departure of the CI stars Vincent D'onorio[sic] and Kathryn Erbe, I received lots of comments. All of them angry about the drastic change and sudden decision to phase out the popular actors.

There is now a grassroots effort to save the actors, which would in turn, save the show.

Save Goren and Emes.[sic]

There is some info there to contact...Full article

Thanks Dani!
=================================, 9.30.09
by Terra King

Money behind Law and Order CI removal of D'onofrio and Erbe

As reported earlier this week, the USA network has decided to phase out the "heart and soul" of L/O C/I. Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D'onofrio.

Fans are not happy, to say the least. Some are choosing to no long watch the show if the stars leave, while others are protesting in a louder and unified voice.

Below is some information that was brought to my attention. Obviously, I can't verify it. However, read it and I will explain a few things after. Full article

Elizabeth D'Onofrio posted (post titled "Family Affairs") about Vincent leaving CI on her blog - sent in by Briena, thanks!

Save Goren and Eames Now

That’s where you’ll find….

* the latest addresses and contacts
* online petition link
* the constant Twitter feed
* the supporting blogs and forums
* the latest on media coverage and more!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Kate Erbe added to Broadway panelists

9.30.09 Kathryn Erbe will be a guest panelist on Oct. 17, evening performance.
================================, 9.29.09
By Andy Propst

Kathryn Erbe, Marc Kudisch, Michael Riedel, and Montel Williams have been added to the list of notables who will participate in a series of post-performance talk-backs to be held in conjunction with the Broadway production of Oleanna every night from September 29 to October 10. Judith Kaye and Cynthia Tornquist will alternate as moderators of the discussions. Full article


Broadway World, 9.29.09

Producer Jeffrey Finn announced today additional panelists for the TAKE A SIDE: THE OLEANNA TALK-BACK SERIES, the special post-show series for audiences during previews of the first-ever Broadway production of OLEANNA, the provocative drama by Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet starring Bill Pullman and Julia Stiles. Beginning with tonight's first preview, the ongoing event will take place on-stage after every preview performance (September 29 - October 10) at The Golden Theatre (252 West 45th Street).

New panelists confirmed include Emmy-winning TV talk show host Montel Williams, New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star and Tony nominee Kathryn Erbe; former NY Knicks Senior Vice President Anucha Browne Sanders, who won a headline-grabbing 2006 sexual harassment suit against Madison Square Garden;.. Full article

Thanks Drew!

LOCI Season 9 Episode "Puntland"

LOCI Season 9, Episode 1 is titled "Puntland".

This episode is a 2-part episode, and includes Detectives Goren, Eames, Nichols, and Capt Ross.

Shoots October 16 - November 6 in NYC.

Thanks Sam!

Note: This episode has been renamed "Mad Mullah"

OT: Walk for the Animals

We'd like to pass on the following information to fellow animal lovers.-- Thanks

From Humane Nation: On Oct. 10, the National Mall will go to the dogs for our fourth annual Humane Society Walk for the Animals, which The HSUS co-hosts with the Washington Humane Society. If you’re in the D.C. area, I hope you can join us from 10am to 2pm at the Constitution Gardens. But even if you live outside of the D.C. metro area, you can still join us in helping millions of homeless animals by signing up to be a virtual walker.

The Walk raises funds to end pet homelessness at both the local and national level, and now that animal lovers nationwide can participate, we have yet another opportunity to do more for dogs and cats. Last year, we raised more than $156,000 to support local and national programs such as pet adoption and spaying and neutering. You can help us build an even larger war chest this year in our effort to promote sterilization and to combat puppy mills—the two focus areas for this year’s walk.

Both local and virtual walkers can register online before Oct. 7 and then build a personal fundraising page in honor of a special pet or on behalf of an animal rescued by The HSUS or WHS (you can read stories and browse photos of animals who have been given a second chance at life). Registration is free for virtual walkers and, if you raise $50 or more, we’ll send you this year’s Walk T-shirt—so it’s just like you were there.

Near or far, I hope you’ll join us and walk for a special animal, or animals, in your life.

-- Or you may make a general donation here.

-- Also,you can add a message to the Virtual Wall Walk to your special animal for just $5 when you register as a virtual walker.


Humane Society Walk for Animals 2009 - Register Today

This sweet border collie was one of the dogs rescued recently, thanks to generous donations.
Rescue of Dogs from Alleged Tennessee Puppy Mill

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tell USA - No CI without Goren and Eames

Suzanne at Criminal Intent Musings has provided the following postcard and contacts.

Print your postcard

++Send your postcards (more than 1!)++
Bonnie Hammer
NBCU Cable Entertainment and Universal Cable Productions
3000 West Alameda Avenue
Burbank, CA 91523-0002

++Email them++
Tell them we don't want to lose Goren and Eames from Criminal Intent and have no reason to watch their network if they do.

Send your emails to all of these people:

9.29 - Barbi has sent an email to Bonnie Hammer detailing her disappointment and would like to share it with everyone. You can find here in pdf form.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

CI Marathon today!

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Psycho Saturday Marathon -
9am-11pm on USA network.

Friday, September 25, 2009

It's official: Vincent D’Onofrio to exit 'Law & Order: CI'

EW, 9.25.09
by Michael Ausiello

USA Network is finally confirming what I first hinted at last week: Vincent D’Onofrio is exiting Law & Order: CI. He’ll say good-bye in the show’s two-part season 9 premiere, at which time he’ll pass the baton to co-star Jeff Goldblum.

“I have always been, and have always viewed myself, as a character actor, and the great opportunity that Dick [Wolf] presented to me to develop the Goren character on Criminal Intent was successful beyond my wildest expectations,” D’Onofrio said in a statement. “After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities and I leave the show knowing it is in great hands with Jeff. For all my loyal CI fans, I wouldn’t be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time.”

D’Onofrio’s longtime partner, Kathryn Erbe, is expected to return for the two-parter as well, although her deal is still being finalized. As previously reported, My Own Worst Enemy’s Saffron Burrows is expected to replace her.
See article

Thanks Briena and Stina!

The Hollywood Reporter, 9.25.09
USA confirms 'L&O: CI' departure
By Nellie Andreeva

Vincent D'Onofrio leaving at the start of upcoming season

USA Network on Friday confirmed that "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio will leave the series at the beginning of the show's upcoming ninth season.

D'Onofrio has been on "CI" since the show's beginning as a series on NBC, portraying Detective Robert Goren.

"(D'Onofrio) has decided to transition out of the idiosyncratic role he created to explore new acting challenges in film and television," the network said Friday.

According to "Law & Order" creator/executive producer Dick Wolf, D'Onofrio will appear in a two-part opener of season nine that will serve as his hand-off to Jeff Goldblum.

"Vincent is one of the main reasons 'Criminal Intent' has been so successful for eight seasons. He turned Robert Goren into one of the great detectives in the history of television," Wolf said.

D'Onofrio addressed the timing of his departure.

"After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities and I leave the show knowing it is in great hands with Jeff," he said.

But he left the door open to returning on the show for guest starring stints.

"For all my loyal 'CI' fans, I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

D'Onofrio's departure is part of a major casting overhaul on "CI" next season.

He is one of four regulars on the show, along with Kathryn Erbe, Eric Bogosian and Julianne Nicholson, leaving. New mom Nicholson is being replaced by Saffron Burrows.

Thanks Linda!

NY Daily News, 9.28.09

..."Vincent is one of the main reasons 'Criminal Intent' has been so successful," producer Dick Wolf said. "He turned Robert Goren into one of the greatest detectives in the history of television."

Vincent D'Onofrio exiting 'Criminal Intent'

The Hollywood Reporter, 9.24.09
By Elizabeth Guider and Roger Friedman

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is planning dramatic cast changes for next season, with four regulars, including star Vincent D'Onofrio, departing.

D'Onofrio is expected to exit sometime during the series' upcoming ninth season, handing over his badge to Jeff Goldblum as the top detective on the major case squad.

Kathryn Erbe, who, like D'Onofrio, has been with the show since its beginning and plays his long-suffering partner Alex Eames, also will be phased out, as will Eric Bogosian, who plays the force's captain, Danny Ross.

As previously reported, Julianne Nicholson, who played Goldblum's partner but has just had a baby, her second, also is leaving. She's being replaced by British actress Saffron Burrows.

Details about D'Onofrio, Erbe and Bogosian's exit are still unclear as the actors' deals are being worked out. The network only recently renewed the Wolf Films/Universal Cable Prods. series for a ninth season, slated to premiere in late spring with a two-parter.

....While D'Onofrio is departing as a regular, it is possible for him to reprise his character in guest stints.

Full article

Thanks to Drew, MarieDeFrance, Peachybc, Sharon, Patricia, Denise, JennM, CariB, Ronnienyc, Ginny203, CatherineD!

Cast changes afoot at `Law & Order: Criminal Intent'; Vincent D'Onofrio will depart cop drama
By: LYNN ELBER, Associated Press, 9.25.09

LOS ANGELES — Changes are afoot at "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," with charter cast member Vincent D'Onofrio exiting the USA Network series and recent recruit Jeff Goldblum taking over full-time.

D'Onofrio's character, Detective Robert Goren, will say goodbye in a two-hour hand-off episode to open the ninth season early next year, "Criminal Intent" creator and executive producer Dick Wolf said Friday.

Goldblum, who joined the series last season, will continue as Detective Zack Nichols in the NYPD Major Case Squad.

"After eight seasons, and with the addition of Jeff Goldblum, now is the perfect time for me to explore other acting opportunities," D'Onofrio said in a statement.

He added, "I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time."

"Criminal Intent" premiered on NBC in 2001 with D'Onofrio as the series' sole lead. From 2005 through Goldblum's arrival, Chris Noth co-starred on an alternating basis with D'Onofrio.
Full article

Thursday, September 24, 2009

What does "in some capacity" mean?

Entertainment Weekly, 9.23.09
by Michael Ausiello

Question: I’m concerned about your cryptic remark in the Law & Order: CI shakeup story that Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe may return “in some capacity.” What does that mean exactly? —River

Ausiello: It means if they do come back it won’t be for very long.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

More Vincent D'Onofrio!, 9.22.09

More Andre Braugher!

by Nick Zaino

[Pictured: Andre Braugher as House's Dr. Darryl Nolan]

excerpted...The back and forth between Braugher and Laurie reminded me a bit of the "Subway" episode of Homicide, much of which concentrated on Braugher and Vincent D'Onofrio, who played a man stuck between a subway car and the platform who would die once the car was moved. That was a legendary episode, and "Broken" ranks up there with it.

Since it's been more than ten years since Homicide last aired, here's a refresher of that episode. Most of the best interactions happen later on, but you can't just watch part of this episode, so here's part one from YouTube:

Thanks Patricia!

**Visit our Filmography section for more on HLOTS: Subway

More photos: Utah Police Fundraiser

[Copyright Jeff McGrath] Photos taken at Utah Meth Cops Fundraiser, September 18, 2009

More photos here

Thanks to Briena!

Actor helps 'sell' detox program
By Emiley Morgan, Deseret News, 9.21.09

Having played one on TV for eight years, Vincent D'Onofrio has met his fair share of police officers.

As time has passed, the actor has come to see their battles as his battles.

D'Onofrio, who has played detective Robert Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" since 2001, was in Utah Friday in an effort to raise awareness of a local project aimed to help local law enforcement officers.

The Utah Meth Cops Project began in 2007 after Attorney General Mark Shurtleff went to New York looking for a way to "give back to law enforcement." What he found was a detoxification program used to treat 9/11 responders and others who worked at ground zero that could also be used to treat law enforcement officers exposed to methamphetamine.

Utah is now one of three states that have the facilities to treat cops who have been exposed to meth. These officers are trained and equipped to deal with meth lab situations, but D'Onofrio said it is important to realize that these officers often walk into meth labs while responding to seemingly unrelated incidents.

"There's a call for a disturbance … and they need to find someone in a room and suddenly they're in a meth lab," D'Onofrio said. "They can't leave, can't go back and get their special suits. They have to get everything under control and finish the job."

Al Acosta, a 13-year narcotics officer who underwent the program, said these uniformed officers are often equipped with very little. "At best they have rubber gloves," he said.

Regardless of what they are wearing, meth lab exposure takes its toll, causing a variety of symptoms ranging from aching joints to fatigue and irritability. The program has been used to treat 56 officers in Utah, but there are still 120 officers on a waiting list and more still who may not even know the program exists.

"The key, since there is so much evidence of the officers suffering through the pain … is to bring awareness so the project is more legitimate in the eyes of city and state and so the officers and their families know about the program," D'Onofrio said.
Full article

Monday, September 21, 2009

Vincent at Rib City Grill fundraiser

From Rib City Grill

On Friday night Vincent D'Onofrio, Mark Shurtleff Attorney General Utah and others raised over one hundred thousand dollars and counting for the Utah Meth Cops Project. Rib City Grill is always ready to support Vincent and Utah Police Officers.

Thanks jaybo299!

Vincent with sister Toni (and her husband Ron) Jorgensen, owners of Rib City Grill, in August 2007.

"Staten Island" on DVD

"Staten Island" is available for pre-order from for $17.49.
Also in [Blu-ray]for $17.49.

Release date: December 22, 2009

Synopsis: In the shadow of Manhattan, one man decides to rob $50,000 from a local mob boss. The result is a one-of-a-kind thriller that proves there’s no such thing as the perfect crime.

Length: 90 Minutes

25 Terrific Detectives

Entertainment Weekly
By Darren Franich

Frothy murder-solving show ''Castle'' returns tonight -- and we're on the trail of the best small-screen gumshoes.


Vincent D'Onofrio
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001-present)

The son of a schizophrenic and an adulterer, Goren often seems less interested in solving crimes than understanding criminals. D'Onofrio plays the role in full-tilt Method expansiveness — watch him delicately run his gloved fingers over a crime scene, and then one scene later lean his imposing bulk over a suspect.

Thanks Miss Bunny!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

CI Internship

Posted 9.18.09 on

LAW & ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT Casting Dept - Internship, PART TIME, Unpaid, Located in New York, NY.

Details: Applicants must be students. This is a part time unpaid internship to work for the Casting Director of LAW & ORDER CRIMINAL INTENT. If you are an actor looking to further your education of what the business is like, this is a great opportunity for you. If you are an actor looking for your big break, this is NOT the opportunity for you. You will be a true team member of the Casting department responsible for casting all principle roles. Schedules can be flexible around class, but once set they must be kept to. Your responsibilities will range from phones and mail to being in the room during auditions.

For more info and details to apply, visit

Thanks to SS!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Vincent in the house

The following posted on Rib City Grill

Friday, September 18, 2009

Vincent in the house - Rib City Grill UT
Rib City Grill Co-Owner Vincent D'Onofrio is here for a fund-raising event tonight, but will be in and out of the restaurant until he goes back to New York on Saturday.

We will be catering the invitation only event (Sorry) and are proud to continue our support for Utah's police officers.

sent in by Lynn ~ thanx!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Law & Order: CI Season 9 to premiere March 2010

On Twitter -
From: @USA_LawOrderCI
Sent: Sep 16, 2009 5:47p

The new season is tentatively scheduled to premiere in March 2010 and will have a split season.

Thanks Briena!

Shakeup brewing at "Law & Order: CI"

Ausiello Files, 9.16.09

USA Network is finalizing a deal to bring Law & Order: CI back for a ninth season, but there’s a catch. Actually there are a few catches. Here’s what I’m hearing…

* Julianne Nicholson is out. The actress, who recently gave birth to her second child, has opted not to return. Saffron Burrows (My Own Worst Enemy) has emerged as the frontrunner to replace her.

* Burrows would be partnered with Jeff Goldblum, although his deal is also not 100 percent done.

* Where does that leave Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe? The CI vets are in talks to return in some capacity.

Thanks MarieDeFrance, Nantz and Drew!

"Staten Island" screens at Tokyo Int'l Film Festival

The Tokyo Int'l Film Festival runs September 21-25, 2009.

Staten Island /Little New York
International Premiere

"Staten Island" screens on 10.21 and 10.23

More info

'Men in Black' airs on TNT

'Men In Black' will air on TNT on Friday Sep 18 at 9:00 PM Eastern and Saturday Sep 19 at 1:50AM.

Thanks to Dani!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

LO:CI creator Rene Balcer on

'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' executive producer and creator Rene Balcer will guest on's 'Tomorrow Will Be Televised' on Monday, September 21, 3pm.

'Tomorrow Will Be Televised'- Weekly Internet radio program covering the TV scene. Our guests: Rene Balcer, executive producer of Law & Order/Law & Order Criminal Intent; Kathleen McGhee Anderson, executive producer of Lincoln Heights; Lisa Henson, chief executive of The Jim Henson Co.; and Jim Forbes, VH1 Behind The Music narrator.

Host: Simonapple04
Date / Time: 9/21/2009 3:00 PM
Call-in Number: (646) 652-2906

Visit for more information.

9.21.09 Listen to the podcast

The podcast also be found here.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"Staten Island" premieres at Oldenburg Filmfest

James DeMonaco's "Staten Island" will screen at the Oldenburg Filmfest on September 18 and 19th.

Go to Oldenburg Filmfest for more information.

The Oldenburg International Filmfestival showcases more than 50 films, shorts and documentaries in its different sections. Independent film-making and contemporary, young German and international productions are the festival's main focus. Added to this are tributes and retrospectives to legendary directors and forgotten geniuses of film. Festival runs from Sept 16-20

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vincent D'Onofrio to headline police fundraiser

Salt Lake Tribune, 9.9.09
by Nate Carlisle

TV cop raising money for real Utah cops

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio, of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" and the film "Men in Black," will headline a fundraiser to help Utah police who say methamphetamine sickened them.

The fundraiser will be Sept. 18, said Paul Murphy, spokesman for Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, and is expected to raise money for detoxification treatments for the officers. Murphy said Shurtleff will attend, but other details were not available Wednesday.

A number of former or current Utah police officers claim methamphetamine labs or exposure to the finished drug left them with cancers, neurological problems and other assorted ailments. A few dozen have undergone the detoxification treatment, which utilizes a regimen of exercise and a diet of antioxidants.

Science has yet to support the officers' claims of poisoning by methamphetamine or that the detoxification treatment is effective.

D'Onofrio's sister and brother-in-law opened a Rib City franchise in Sandy in 2007 and later another franchise in American Fork. The Sandy restaurant closed earlier this year. Last year, D'Onofrio held fund raisers at both restaurants to raise money for such police causes as "Shop With a Cop" and a memorial for officers killed in the line of duty.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Paul Sorvino: Interview on the set of "The Irishman"

Paul Sorvino talks about his character Tony Salerno on the set of Jonathan Hensleigh's 'The Irishman', and about his friendship with Vincent D'Onofrio.


:: Also from, see Interview with Vincent D'Onofrio, 8.4.09

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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


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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