Friday, October 30, 2009

OT: Update on "Walk for the Animals"

We wanted to follow-up on our post in September for the Humane Society's annual "Walk for the Animals". Compassionate supporters donated $115,000 to aid the Humane Society of the US in their efforts to end pet homelessness and puppy mills.


North Shore Animal League America's Fourth Annual DogCatemy Celebrity Gala to Roll Out the 'Green Carpet' for the Stars and Their Pets

This year's gala event on November 5, 2009

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Newsmakers and their pets will "paws" on a Green Carpet as North Shore Animal League America opens the doors at the Fourth Annual DogCatemy Celebrity Gala presented by Purina One(R) brand pet food. This unique event will take place Thursday, November 5, 6:00 PM, at the luxurious Cipriani Wall Street, New York City. Master of Ceremonies for the Gala will be one of television's most revered and enduring figures, Geraldo Rivera, senior correspondent and host of Fox News Channel's Geraldo at Large. Singer-songwriter Diane Birch, whose debut album with S-Curve Records is entitled Bible Belt, will perform.

......The DogCatemy Celebrity Gala reflects the Animal League's belief in the unique and loving bond between pets and their owners. Some of the animal-loving stars who will be participating as filmmakers and attendees include Animal League Spokesperson Beth Stern and the "King of All Media" Howard Stern; award-winning television host, author, entrepreneur and founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Martha Stewart; tennis legend Monica Seles; award-winning American composer Marvin Hamlisch; Law & Order: SVU actress Diane Neal; Dreamgirls composer Henry Krieger; New York Islanders Goalie Rick DiPietro, One Life to Live actress Bree Williamson, Fox News Channel's Juliet Huddy, as well as socialites, authors and other influentials.

The North Shore Animal League's 2008 Dogcatemy Gala

**KATHRYN ERBE is the North Shore Animal League's spokesperson.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Video: George Gerkie at Joe's Pub

Thanks to Nita!

CI still filming in Brooklyn

Law and Order: CI: 25th St and 3rd in Brooklyn. - from onlocationvacations

Update on "3 Backyards"

Rocco Caruso, producer of Kate Erbe's upcoming film "3 Backyards" tells us that they are nearing completion of the film -- "These indie films take forever!" Caruso says "The film should be completed by end of year/early January at which point we'll start shopping it around in search of a distributor."


Kathryn Erbe serves as narrator in "The Vanishing City" (2009)

Executive Producer: Erika Hampson
synopsis: Like many cities across America, New York has been changing rapidly. But as recently as 1990 it still had many old-fashioned aspects. Bakeries, butcher shops, family-owned grocery stores, bars and coffee shops were places where neighbors gathered and gave each other a sense of community. Then, in the mid-nineties, with the influx of cash and low-interest loans, developers seized on the opportunity to invest in the city. Dangerous neighborhoods that had been made "hip" by artists living there now attracted the working wealthy and big investors. High-rise luxury buildings and chain stores started replacing the smaller residences and neighborhood shops that were the "glue" of the community. Through a mix of archival footage, current photographs and film, interviews with long-time residents and merchants, footage of community board hearings, and discussions with investors, politicians and real estate developers, we explore the effects of development on various neighborhoods of New York City. More from

About Erika Hampson, Executive Producer
Erika has been a resident of Manhattan and a member of the television and film community for the last ten years. In 2005, she was the associate producer of “Five Minutes, Mr. Welles,” a short film starring and directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. Since then, she has gone on to produce several other projects, including the feature film “Don't Go In The Woods” (2008) and most recently, a short entitled “Happy New Year” in association with Park Pictures. Erika also served as the executive producer for "Ipso Facto," an independent short which is currently making the rounds on the festival circuit.

Erika Hampson also serves a co-producer on Vincent D'Onofrio's short film "Ipso Facto"

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

George Gerkie Live!

sent in by Briena by blackberry -- Thank you!!!

So the show was fantastic...I was 1 foot from the stage. Front and center..

Vincent's wife, daughter, nephew, Kate Erbe and a few other actors were there..

There was a statement at the end I found very interesting..his last words of the night...He broke character from Geogre Gerkie and said: "a tv producer once said, 'Vincent, you wear your heart on your sleeve, and I said to him, go f**k yourself.'" And he left the was that a message to his fans??? That he was let go?!?! I hope other people weigh in, please!!!!

Photo posted by Renilane on Flickr

Thanks Bunny!

8pm: We received a note from Renee tonight. She made it back home to Portland safely and says she had a wonderful time, met Kathryn and Vincent, and she'll tell us about it and share her photos with us in a day or two. She's exhausted!!

Tuesday’s must-see shows

TimeOutNY, 10.27.09

...Vincent D’Onofrio Presents the George Gerkie Cowboy Experience at Joe’s Pub
Actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) spins a fabulous showcase around a fictitious country-music icon, with support from real-live twangers Laura Cantrell, Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee.

Audio: Vincent on WXRP

WRXP has a podcast of the show available on their website.

Oct 27: Vincent, Leslie Fram, Matt Pinfield, Sam Bisbee at WXRP 101.9 in NYC

Thanks Lynn!

Have a question for Vincent?

Call in NOW to WXRP at 1-800-423-1019. He'll be on within the hour!!

The broadcast will be available on podcast later.

CI filming in at US District Court

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: Near/at U.S. District Court, Pearl St.
- from onlocationvacations

Monday, October 26, 2009

LOCI Season 9, Episode 3 "Love Sick"

Law & Order: Criminal Intent SEASON 9, EPISODE 3 is titled "Love Sick".

Cast includes Goldblum and Burrows only. Shoots November 9th-19th.

Thanks Sam!

On the air tomorrow - WXRP 101.9 NYC

Vincent will be on 101.9 WRXP in NYC at 9am Tuesday morning, October 27th with Matt Pinfield.

Coming up tomorrow on the show: Rivers Cuomo at 7:15am; The "$1000 Weezer Song of the Day" at 8:20am; Vincent D'Onofrio stops by.

Listen to live streams on the WXRP website via Liveplayer

Controversy brews over "Law & Order: CI" exodus, 10.26.09
by Brooke Cain

The USA network announced earlier this month that "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" will do some major house cleaning for season nine, dumping the show's original stars Vincent D'Onofrio (Detective Goren) and Kathryn Erbe (Detective Eames), as well as Eric Bogosian (Captain Ross) and Julianne Nicholson (Detective Wheeler).

That's right. Every actor in the photo below is leaving except for Jeff Goldblum (far left).

Even more troubling, now there are reports that one of those characters will be written off in the most final of ways. According to Showbiz411, "L&O: CI" just taped an episode in which one of the departing characters is murdered.

Presumably, Goren isn't the character killed off, since D'Onofrio said at the time of USA's announcement, "For all my loyal 'CI' fans, I wouldn't be surprised if Goren pops up from time to time." also says that Erbe is ticked about the way things have turned out. The website, which claims to have insider scoop, doesn't give away any other clues. The death of Erbe's character (should she prove to be the unlucky one) could be the final undoing of Goren, who has endured an unprecedented amount of tragedy over the past few seasons. Goren's departure from the squad after losing his longtime partner and friend would seem pretty natural. But perhaps that's too obvious.

Fans of the show are understandably upset. One very organized campaign to save the characters has created a Saving Goren and Eames website, a blog (complete with media and NBC Universal "hit list"), and a Twitter account.

Stephanie Fox, who runs the "Saving Goren and Eames" website, told us that she feels the network has forgotten the fans and that her goal of saving the characters has had to shift with this latest news.

"Since the network has obviously made up its mind to gut the show we have come to know and love, our original goal of Saving Goren and Eames has shifted to simply getting them a proper send off."

But it sounds as though D'Onofrio for one is leaving voluntarily. USA announced that the actor had decided to "transition out of the idiosyncratic role he created to explore new acting challenges in film and television."

D'Onofrio's Detective Goren will appear in the two-part opener of season nine and then the show will be turned over to Jeff Goldblum, who came on to share detective duties in season eight. Full article

Thanks Cindy!

Law & Order Criminal Intent Kills One of Its Own

The Hollywood Reporter, Showbiz 411
By: Roger Friedman // Monday October 26, 2009

I told you a few weeks ago that “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” was letting go of three main players: Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, and Eric Bogosian. Now I can tell you this: one of their characters will die.

“CI” just finished filming an episode in which one of the three is murdered. That’s the exit show for the other two as well.

I am told by “CI” insiders that Erbe, especially, is very unhappy with the way things have worked out over there. “She was told everything was going fine, and then they were fired.”

Whoever was murdered isn’t too happy, either. But I’m not giving that part away.

The show is next turned over to Jeff Goldblum, who will soldier on without the original cast. Full article

Thanks Drew!
-----------------------------------------------------, 10.26.09
by Terra King

Law and Order CI One character murdered
After all of the wondering, calling, searching the web, I am horrified to report that one of the characters on L/O C/I will be murdered and the other two will quit the NYPD. This will all happen in one episode. Full article

CI filming in Brooklyn again today

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: Filming at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn


Sunday, October 25, 2009

George Gerkie tickets winner!

The winner of 2 tickets to the George Gerkie Cowboy Experience is......

Renee Wright of Portland, Maine

We hope Renee and the other ladies who are planning to attend will have a great time at the show. Please come back and share your experience with those of us who couldn't be there.

Thank you to everyone who entered, and to Joe's Pub for providing the tickets.

- all names were placed in a jar and one was selected at random.
Thanks to our friend, Nugget, for officiating.

10/26 - We are told that the show is now SOLD OUT!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Win 2 tickets to see George Gerkie in NYC

Joe's Pub has provided us with 2 tickets to the "George Gerkie Cowboy Experience" show on Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm.

If you'd like a chance to win tickets, email us with "George Gerkie" in the subject line by Sunday, 10/25, 10am. Provide your name and city in the email. We'll select a name at random and post the winner on Sunday after 3pm. Two tickets will be waiting for you at the show.

George Gerkie (pictured at right), Laura Cantrell, Joe Vinciguerra & Sam Bisbee will be performing.

Photos are allowed but there is a strict no-flash policy.

Joe's Pub is a small venue. Without dinner reservations, seating or standing for all performances is solely on a first come, first serve basis.

excerpted comments on Joe's Pub...
--There's a center stage surrounded by tables that patrons can just reach out and touch the performers - there's another level in the back in front of the bar and for people, who weren't lucky enough to get a table, to stand. The place is small and intimate that wherever you sit, or stand, you'll get a nice view of the stage.

--This is an intimate space--you'll see the performers sweat, it's that close. The space is comfortable with tables, couches, and cushions... There's also a bar along the back wall with tables as well.


Joe's Pub
Neighborhood: NoHo/East Village
425 Lafayette Street
(between 4th St & Astor Pl)
New York, NY 10003
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Parking: On street
Price Range: $$$
Info on dining & drinks

Thank you to Joe's Pub!!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

TIFF Review : "'Staten Island"

Excerpted from A Nutshell Review
posted by Stefan S, 10.22.09

Review of "Staten Island", screened at Tokyo Int'l Film Festival

Written and directed by James DeMonaco, this is one quirky crime caper that tells of 3 individuals in a non-linear fashion, which brings to mind something like at attempt at Pulp Fiction especially with its hilarious inter-titles used as character introductions, breaking up the narrative into a before-and-after a pivotal opening where a mobster violently interrogates a small time crook because the latter had done something terrible to the former's mom.

You know that's plenty of black comedy going for the film with its documentary introduction, which explains in general just what Staten Island is all about in socio-geographic terms, where we're told that it's basically a crime burrough with the highest concentration of gangsters and mob killings, with areas named after famous kill grounds. It set the stage for what's to come as a theme, where it's about failure and the results that stem from such failure.

Vincent D'Onofrio plays Parmie, a mafioso type who sets goals constantly to achieve for vanity reasons, such as his world record breaking attempt at being a man capable of holding his breath underwater for 9 minutes. But in fact it's quite a shrewd skill, especially when an assassination attempt proved on hindsight that this is is of value to anyone who knows they're on someone else's hit list. He sets yet another more ambitious plan, and that's to start a bloodbath with rival gangs in order to take control over Staten Island's underworld, a plan that brings about hesitation from his crew. Unfortunately he becomes disillusioned by a keen betrayal, and in an about turn sets another goal which tangents his character off quite a bit, and that's to become a tree hugger. Full review

"Staten Island"on DVD-
Released 12.22.09

Eric Bogosian Joins Cast of MTC’S TIME STANDS STILL

Broadway World, 10.22.09

Eric Bogosian Joins Cast of MTC’S TIME STANDS STILL


Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) are pleased to announce that acclaimed actor and playwright Eric Bogosian (Talk Radio, “Law & Order: CI”) has joined the cast of Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming Broadway production of Donald Margulies’ TIME STANDS STILL directed by Daniel Sullivan.

TIME STANDS STILL will mark Bogosian’s Broadway debut as an actor. He is best known for his work in Talk Radio which he wrote and starred in Off-Broadway. Talk Radio was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and was subsequently turned into an acclaimed film directed by Oliver Stone. His many acting credits include the long-running television series “Law & Order: CI” and Off-Broadway in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ play The Last Days of Judas Iscariot directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

In TIME STANDS STILL, Bogosian will play ‘Richard’ the photo editor of photographer ‘Sarah,’ played by Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Laura Linney.

Bogosian completes the cast which, in addition to Linney, includes Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James and Golden Globe nominee Alicia Silverstone.

The limited engagement of TIME STANDS STILL will begin previews at MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street) on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 in preparation for a Thursday, January 28, 2010 opening night.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Watch "Signs of Life" on Fancast/Hulu

SIGNS OF LIFE (1989) stars veteran actor Arthur Kennedy as a cranky, set-in-his-ways Maine shipbuilder. Unable to keep apace with the 1980s, Kennedy is forced to close up shop. The film probes the various effects this decision has on Kennedy's employees.

--Vincent D'Onofrio as Daryl Monahan (listed as Vincent Phillip D'Onofrio)

Watch Signs of Life, free online at!

Thank you to Mary Jo!

VIDEO: Interview Vincent D'Onofrio quits the series!, 25-09-2009

New York Section criminelle : VIDEO : Interview Vincent D'Onofrio quitte la série !
At the announcement of his departure from the series New York Criminal Section, we met Vincent D'Onofrio (Robert "Bobby" Goren) who explained why the season 9 (not 8 as shown on the video, sorry!) with Jeff Goldblum is still a good season ..

The actor also explains the reasons we pushed at the time, to prefer television to cinema. Obviously, Vincent D'Onofrio seems very proud of his work during his years in Law and Order Criminal Intent.

In addition, The Hollywood Reporter tells us of another departure from the series: Kathryn Erbe (Alexandra Eames) and also Eric Bogosian (Danny Ross, since 2006).

In short, it's just the carnage this year in the Dick Wolf series. Hopefully Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows (Boston Legal.) Will maintain its quality ...

Thanks Catherine!

CI filming on Staten Island tomorrow

Law and Order: Criminal Intent will be filming on Staten Island on Wed, 10.21, same general location along Canal St. (Thanks Mj!)
- posted on Onlocationvacations

Vincent D'Onofrio: "I turn to something else ...", 10.20.09

A better translation of this article has been sent in by Petra. Thank you!

"TéléStar: Why are you leaving the series Criminal Intent?
Vincent D’Onofrio:
I have played in this series for seven and a half years and I think I have gone around my character.
Dick Wolf, the creator and I agreed that Jeff Goldblum would take over with the part of Detective Zach Nichols. At the same, we decided that my character Goren would not disappear completely from the series. I will leave the main role, but I will come back occasionally.

TS: Was it a difficult decision to make?
Yes, because I know there are a lot of viewers following the series in the USA, but also all over the world. It’s just that I have three children and I don’t want to play a part that takes up this much of my time. I came to realize that it’s time for me and my family to move on to other things.

TS:The arrival of Jeff Golblum during the eighth season had much to do with this decision. And the fact that you alternated episodes last year, did not create a rivalry?
No, not at all! Jeff is a nice guy and an excellent actor, whose work has often inspired me. It's a huge honour that he'll be replacing me.

TS:You've had some health concerns during the filming of the series a few months ago. Didn’t you think of leaving [the series] back then?
No, there was never a question of leaving the series, but just to ease my shooting schedule because it was really too heavy to bear!

TS: Are you pleased with the way that your character is leaving the series?
We have not yet begun to shoot the two-parter, so I really can’t talk about it. In any case, it will happen in the first 2 episodes of the ninth season. It will be dramatic, but Goren will not die!

TS: What do you think the departure of Kathryn Erbe at the same time as yours?
I have no idea how she feels about it. I can not speak for Kate, you should ask her that question.

TS: How do you look back on all those years in Goren’s skin?
To me it's a real accomplishment. It is so rare today that a series on the small screen lasts for this many years.. It surely must be an element of luck and also the talent of the writers.
But I will always be very proud of the longevity that represents this adventure. And I feel I have created a unique character whose style -original and innovative at the same time-, pleased the viewers.

TS: Have you heard the reaction from fans of the series?
Just the people that I come across in the street, that let me know that it saddens them that I’m leaving.

TS: Are you pleased that the door to the series will stay open for you?
There’s an expression that says: “it’s always better not to burn all your bridges” Goren is a special part and it would be a shame to let go of him forever. As an actor, I would be delighted to bring him back.
But with Jeff (Goldblum) the series may be sufficiently successful that the new team decides to waive my services all together, I would easily understand. But Dick (Wolf) and I would have been stupid not to leave the door open!

TS: You spoke of your children, how did they react to learn that you will be working less?
They were enchanted ! They will see me more often.

TS: Will you be doing more television next?
The projects I have for now, are all movies. I had some talks that could bring me back to the small screen, but that will have nothing to do with "Criminal Intent”. And then, it would be a part opposite of Goren.

TS: You just celebrated your 50th birthday last June, was that a big step for you?
Of course it's a step. The most exciting is the mystery that lies in the way that the next twenty years of my life will unfold! I just wish my career will take a totally different direction from everything what I have been able to do so far."

Thanks Drew!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Shots ring out as Law & Order tapes fight scene at Stapleton home port, 10.19.09

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gunfire and explosions could be heard from the former Stapleton home port site today.

There were no emergency vehicles rushing to Front Street, however.

Film crews are scheduled to be at the home port until 6 p.m., taping a segment for the detective series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

The episode included gun shots and explosions, according to the Police Department.

The show's main stars, including Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeff Goldblum, Katheryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian were not spotted during the shoot. It's not immediately known when the show will air.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Gunfire and explosions at Stapleton home port during Law & Order shoot

Staten Island Advance, October 16, 2009, 3:27PM

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- If you hear gunfire and explosions at the Stapleton home port Monday, no need to call 911.

Film crews will be at the site -- located at Front and Canal streets -- from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., taping a segment for the detective series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent".

The episode will include gun shots and explosions, according to the Police Department.
====================================================== , 10.17.09--

Ignore the explosions: TV show filming here Monday

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- If you hear gunfire and explosions at the Stapleton home port Monday, no need to call 911.

Film crews will be at the site -- located at Front and Canal streets -- from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., taping a segment for the detective series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."
=================================================, 10.17.09
by Terra King

Law and Order: CI to film Monday according to

According to, an online news source for Staten Island, L/O C/I will be filming Monday. Of course, they still think Chris Noth is on the show!

The site reports; Staten Island neighborhoods, North Shore, Gunfire and explosions at Stapleton home port during L/O C/I shoot.

This is to occur on Front and Canal Streets, 10am to 6pm.

Apparently, the previously reported filming for this past Friday didn't take place.

Whats up with that?

Still nothing from any camp of the actors involved, Vincent, Kathryn or Bogosian. Not even upcoming plans, all very strange.

There has really been nothing in the news since September 25th. Anything after that has come from people digging, but no one official saying anything except "no comment."

IMDb is revealing nothing new in any of the involved parties to hint at new projects, just the film Vincent is filming.

I hate to assume, you know what that makes me...but it's all I can do. I think negotiations are ongoing. Also that whatever filming is happening is simply filming around major characters.


Website Spoiler Buzz claims that Vincent said in an interview that he will be leaving the show to direct or whatever. The website hasn't been updated since 2007.

WHAT'S THE PROBLEM HERE? No one can give a tiny bit of info, enough to let fans know what is going on? Would it completely break down the negotiations to at least say there are some talks going on. Perhaps, the universe will emplode.

If anyone catches any info from Staten Island on Monday, do tell. Leave the info in comments or email me.

In the meantime, visiti the places below to further voice you opinion.

Law & Order: Twenty Years and Counting

A Special Anniversary Celebration

Monday, November 16, 2009
6:30 pm ET
New York
In Person

at Paley Center for Media
25 West 52 Street
New York, NY 10019

Dick Wolf, Series Creator
with cast members and producers

Police procedurals come and go, but only one—Dick Wolf’s Law & Order—has ever thrived for twenty years, tying it with Gunsmoke as the longest-running prime-time drama in television history. Join us as we celebrate the Law & Order “brand”—represented by forty prime-time television seasons of three separate yet equally important titles: Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent—with a screening and a special panel of cast members and producers. Followed by private dinner.

For a private dinner with the panelists, join us for PALEYAFTERDARK.

Join The Conversation: Time permitting, we'll share some questions submitted online with the panelists. What would you like to ask them?

Go to Paley Center for more information, to purchase tickets, or submit a question.

Re: George Gerkie

From Rebecca, thanks! - to update this a little, sam bisbee just posted the event on facebook. looking at the picture...definitely seems that vincent is in costume there....Knowing that gelkie is not a real person...I'm absolutely convinced now that he is george gelkie. And I cant wait!

Vincent D'Onofrio presents the George Gerkie Cowboy Experience with special guest Sam Bisbee. Sam Bisbee will play a special opening set solo-acoustic accompanied by a string quartet, followed by a rare concert (he hasn't performed since 1989) by the legendary George Gerkie. Vincent D'Onofrio has worked tirelessly to bring Mr. Gerkie to New York for this rare concert appearance, and Vincent will introduce the evening. The all star band supporting Mr. Gerkie will be led by Joe McGinty featuring Laura Cantrell, Sam Bisbee, Jon Graboff, Steve Goulding, Dan Green and Julian Maile.

CI filming in studio today........

Update posted on Onlocationvacations, 10.16.09 - Law and Order Criminal Intent: I originally heard they would be filming on Staten Island but I also heard (from a very reliable source) that they would be filming at Chelsea Piers.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

CI Filming in Staten Island on 10.16 and 10.19

Law and Order: Criminal Intent is filming in Staten Island on Friday, Oct 16th and Monday, Oct 19th, working on getting more info. (Thanks Vinnie!)
- posted on
-------------- -10.13.09
by Terra King

Law and Order: CI to film on Oct. 16th and Oct. 19th. Who is filming?

L/O C/I is set to film on Staten Island on Friday and again on Monday.

Who will be filming? Will Vincent be there? I believe he will, but for how many episodes.

Have contracts been signed? Where is Kathryn Erbe?

Has anyone heard about their fluff getting to it's target destination.

No calls or emails have been answered. I get my info from a very reliable source, you know how you are...thanks friend.

More info, anyone...Tom, anyone?

Monday, October 12, 2009

Farewell to Monk from USA cast members

Vincent and Jeff Goldblum say farewell to Monk. Joining them are cast members from Burn Notice, In Plain Sight, Psych & Royal Pains.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The Irishman: Inside an Upcoming Major Hollywood Mob Flick:

Special to New Criminologist, 10.11.09
by Ron Chepesiuk

What is it that attracts us to Mafia movies like steel clips to a magnet? Most of us have seen The Godfather, a movie considered by many to be the greatest ever made. But it’s just one of a long line of great Mob flicks that extend back to Hollywood’s early years where we had such classics as Public Enemy Number 1 and Little Caesar. Just in past two decades or so Hollywood has released such great flicks as Casino, Donnie Brasco, GoodFellas, Jackie Brown, A History of Violence and The Departed, among others.

With so many superb mafia flicks around, we might ask: Has Hollywood seen its best days when it comes to this genre of movie? The quick answer is, no way.

Consider that that this coming spring (2010) an explosive and highly original mob flick is scheduled for release. Titled simply The Irishman, the movie depicts the story of Danny Greene, an Irish-American mobster who takes on the La Cosa Nostra in a vicious and violent gang war that had the bodies piling up on the streets of Cleveland in the 1970s.

excerpted -
The Irishman movie brings together an award-winning all-star cast and an award-winning all-star production crew. Noted actors Ray Stevenson, Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Paul Sorvino, and Vincent D’Onofrio**(Law and Order’s Criminal Intent) will play lead and supporting roles. Director Jonathan Hensleigh was the screenwriter for Die Hard with a Vengeance and Jumanji and wrote and co-directed The Punisher, while Jonathan Walters is the co-writer. The movie’s editor, Douglas Crise, was Oscar nominated for his work on Babel.

Writing the screenplay must have been a challenge given Greene’s complex character and the richness of his story. Porrello described Greene as “a Celtic warrior at heart, obsessed with the color green—green car, green jackets and green ink pens.”

The quirky Irishman was handsome, obsessed with physical fitness and followed a strict diet of fish, vegetables and vitamin supplements. To minimize his hair loss, Greene underwent painful hair transplants.
Full Article

The movie is scheduled to debut St. Paddy’s Day, 2010. “With an Irish character like Danny Greene, that’s a fitting way to launch the movie,” Reid said. It sure is, but given the uncertainties of the film industry, it may take the luck of the Irish for that to happen.

**Vincent D'Onofrio as 'John Nardi' in The Irishman.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Vincent D'Onofrio presents The George Gerkie Cowboy Experience

...featuring Laura Cantrell, Joe Vinciguerra & special guest Sam Bisbee

On October 27 at Joe’s Pub in the East Village, Vincent D’Onofrio hosts the spoofish "George Gerkie Cowboy Experience."

Joe's Pub
425 Lafayette St
October 27 |7:00 PM | Price: $15

Show Description
Stars are not made. They are born. The star that is George Geronimo Gerkie was born on Christmas Day, 1957. From his first single "If I Could Do It All Again" to his first #1 smash hit "Kaleidoscopic Hero" to his groundbreaking work with the Agnes Scott College marching band, there has not been a star in the music universe that has burned brighter. Famed music critic Serge Lubbock once said that "George Gerkie doesn't so much sing to you, he opens his gossamer wings and takes you on a ride." And what a ride it's been. Often called the "great white whale" of country music, Triple G has recorded over 130 hits on the country music charts. But his popularity transcends genre. George Gerkie has recorded over 55 hit duets with music acts as diverse as ABBA, Ace Freeley, Africa Bambaatta, Al Jarreu, Alex Chilton and Astrud Gilberto…and that's just the A's!

Like all stratospheric stars, everything that George Gerkie touches seems to turn to gold. He made his Broadway debut in "Man From La Mancha" in 1984, playing the quixotic hero with, according to Pauline Kael "the aplomb of Olivier, the lungs of Caruso and the lips of Don Juan." George's most decorated film role was the lead in Roman Polanski's trenchant "Piccolo Abner," for which he was awarded the Guldbagge Award in Sweden and the Nippon Akademi-sho in Japan. But he is most famous for a role he turned down; police chief Martin Brody in "Jaws" (eventually played by Roy Scheider) because, according to a Rolling Stone interview, "I like sharks." The "George Gerkie Does the World" tour in 1985 sold over 60,000,000 tickets in forty countries on 365 consecutive nights and remains the single best-selling live tour of all time. In 1986 George Gerkie capitalized on his fame by launching "Gerkie Jerkie" and later "Gerkie Gherkins" which remain the only beef jerky and pickled gherkins respectively served on Air Force One. His popularity was so immense in 1987 that he won a term as governor of Mississippi on a write-in ballot. Eight days into his term, the State Board of Regents overturned the election on a technicality.

Throughout his long career, George Gerkie has made headlines as much for his record breaking music as his tempestuous personal life. From 1982 to 1990 alone he was married eight times and was named People Magazine's Most Eligible Bachelor eight years running. Mickey Rourke cited Gerkie's four day marriage to Billy Jean King as the inspiration for his role in the movie "9 1/2 Weeks." In 1986 his international drivers license was revoked during the "Herkie Gerkie" tour after he was arrested for driving through the 18 mile Zhohgnanshan tunnel in China on the outside of a car. While serving a two month prison term at the Heilongjiang Work Camp, he recorded six consecutive number one hits on Chinese National Radio, a record that stands until this day. Cameron Crowe has referred to Gerkie's hit "The Girl From Jilin City," a collaboration with Paul Simon, as one of the seminal love songs of the modern era. After a 1990 fall from a step stool, George became addicted to pain killers, a struggle that has been well documented, most notably in his unauthorized autobiography "Finger Lickin."

So whether you've come for the music or just to wrap yourself in George Gerkie's warm blanket, sit back and enjoy the ride. In the immortal words of the man himself; "I'm just an entertainer and life is just a show. G for George, G for Gerkie. Why ask why when you can just say gee."

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Vincent D'Onofrio is known as an "actor's actor". The wide variety of roles he has played and the quality of his work have earned him a reputation as a versatile talent. He studied at the Actors Studio and the American Stanislavski Theatre. His debut on stage was in 1984 in the Broadway play "Open Admissions", followed by work in numerous other stage plays. As a film actor, D'Onofrio's career break came when he played a mentally unbalanced recruit in Full Metal Jacket (1987), directed by the renowned Stanley Kubrick. For this role D'Onofrio gained nearly 70 pounds. He had a major role in Dying Young (1991), and appeared prominently in the box-office smashMen in Black (1997) as the bad guy (Edgar "The Bug").

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Thanks Linda!

**Vinciguerra and Bisbee previously worked with Vincent D'Onofrio on the slasher musical "Don't Go in the Woods".

"Puntland" - Part 1 Casting Call

[HASSAN] 30s. Male. Somali-American. Born to a Somali tribal sheikh as one of 40 plus children, Hassan and his sister, Kadra, were raised and educated in the states but now are starting to embrace their heritage and homeland. Sharply dressed, and very handsome. A seemingly "normal" guy, but behind closed doors he is hiding a dark and violent mission ahead of him. It is hard for him to tell Jill, his American girlfriend, that he has no option but to cut ties with her, due to family obligations. Working with the owners of a company that illegally ships weapons, Hassan is thrust into a dangerous role that tests his honor and ruthlessness.

[VAN DEKKER] 40s. Male. Any Nationality. Initially thought to be the head of an international security organization, the detectives discover questionable photos which show that his past is entangled with a shipper of illegal weapons overseas. Upon investigation Van Dekker’s involvement with volatile countries and his motives are proved to be anything but above board.

[KADRA] Mid 20s. Female. Somali-American. Strikingly beautiful. Born to a Somali tribal sheikh as one of 40 plus children, she and her brother, Hassan, were raised and educated in the states but she has ambitions for her brother of returning to their homeland to a position of power.

[LOFTEN] 30s-40s. Male. Dapper businessman. Owner of Loftair, a company that owns old airplanes and flies weapons all over the world. After his business partner is found dead, detectives and the FBI question his shady dealings and further investigate his work.

[WENDY STARK] Mid 30s. Female. Attractive FBI Agent. She is called in to further investigate a federal case that is overlapping with a case the MCS has started investigating. When the detectives discover that she is taking over their case, she must professionally face their frustration and anger.

[RON HEGEL] 30s. African-American. Male. An FBI Agent working with Wendy Stark investigating a federal case that is very personal to the MCS. He gives the detectives the hard truth that they have to stop investigating this case while he and his partner take over.

[JILL PIKE] Mid 20s. Caucasian. Female. Very attractive American girl. Supportive girlfriend to Hassan, her Somali boyfriend, even though his family isn’t very tolerant of their multi-ethnic relationship.

[JOLIE] Late Teens-Early 20's. Female. The privileged daughter of a wealthy businessman. She is shocked by the news of her father's death when she comes home to an apartment teeming with detectives. She gives the detectives details of her father's work in shipping illegal weapons and divulges the names of his partners.

[MARYA] 20s. Female. Gorgeous American girlfriend of a Swiss millionaire 30 years her senior. The two engage in some thrill seeking activities and are mutually opportunistic. But their wiles eventually catch up to them.

[TARAS BROIDY] 50s-60s. Male. An exotic millionaire. Any Nationality. Wanted by police for trading illegal weapons. He and his young girlfriend engage in some thrill seeking activities and are mutually opportunistic. But their wiles eventually catch up to them.

[MULLAH] 50s-60s. Male. Somali. A Muslim learned in Islamic theology and sacred law. He offers to help Hassan learn the history of his great grandfather, who defeated the British. Speaks one of his lines in Arabic. ACCENT REQUIRED.

[DR. LAVENTHAL] late 30s-40s. Male. Cocky plastic surgeon who sees his work as "art". Finds out that one of his clients, Marya, was recently murdered, and he gives MCS information about her.

[LIONEL SUTTON] 50s. A snobby upper class building manager. After being presented with a search warrant, he begrudgingly lets the detectives into the penthouse apartment.

[MILGRAM] 60s. Wall Street executive of an investment banking firm. Is Roy Loften's silent business partner shipping weapons all over the world.

[AYUB] 30s-40s. Male. A Pakistani-American technician who is able to analyze and identify the micro components of weaponry. His allegiance may be to the criminals rather than the law. SLIGHT ACCENT.

[TRISTAN] 20s-30s. African-American. An intimidating presence. Appears in the shadows as a watchful eye throughout both episodes, sometimes as a security guard, an assistant or a limo chauffer.

[OMAR] 60s-70s. A Somali tribal sheikh, who is with his large family boarding a private trawler for a celebration. Once on board the boat is attacked by a large vessel thinking they are Pirates.
[TIMIRO] 60s. Somali wife of tribal sheikh, Omar. Clutches a gold-threaded sari as her and her husband huddle against the cabin of their trawler during a violent attack.

[CAPTAIN] 40s-50s. Male. American or European Captain of a chartered luxury yacht cruising the waters of the Horn of Africa. He navigates the yacht during a violent attack of Pirates on a nearby trawler.

[SOMALI CAPTAIN] 40s. Male. Captain of a small coastal trawler that has a tribal sheikh and his wife on board during an unexpected attack at sea. Shouts to his crew in Arabic.

[DETECTIVE WALSH] 30s. Male. Any Ethnicity. Detective who gives details at a crime scene to the MCS Detectives.

[MILLIE] 20s. Female. Van Dekker's assistant who informs him that the police are entering their security office.

[ENGLISH WOMAN] 30s-40s. Wealthy. On her cell phone, she is excitedly recounting her experience aboard a luxury yacht during a violent attack as it is happening. ENGLISH ACCENT.

[HELMSMAN] 30s-40s. Male. American or European. Assists the Captain of a luxury yacht during an attack of a nearby Pirate trawler.

[MILES] 20s. Male. Detective. Pops his head in to the conference room to inform the detectives that a suspect is on his way to the investigation room.

Thanks Sam!

** Episode renamed "Mad Mullah"

Thursday, October 8, 2009

"Puntland" - Part 2 Casting Call

From Spoiler TV, 10.8.09

[GLORIA JUSTIN] 50s-60s. Female. Dean of Arts at NYU. Questioned by members of the MCS, she fondly remembers a former charismatic arts student who had "a very unique world view."

[DEPUTY COMMISSIONER TURNER] 50s. Male, African American. Distinguished and poised, the commissioner has called a member of the MCS into his office to deliver some big news.

[BIANCA TORELLI] 40s. Female. Along with the Deputy Commissioner, she has been sent from Internal Affairs to deliver some big news to a member of the MCS.

[TOM PILEGGI] 60s. Male. An attorney escorting his innocent client, who’s accused of being linked with piracy and arms trafficking, through a mob of reporters.

[REPORTER] 30s. Male/Female. Part of a large crowd of press clamoring to get answers from an accused criminal, this reporter gets a question in.

** Episode renamed "Mad Mullah"

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

D'Onofrio & Erbe's deafening silence...., 10.07.09
by Terra King

Law and Order:CI Vincent D'onofrio Kathryn Erbe. A deafening silence

First phone call of this morning was to Bill Butler's office at the Gersh Agency in New York, they represent Kathryn. I called them last week and received a curt "no comment." The call today went to the same office, the same person answered. I asked several questions about...announcements forthcoming, New films, Negotiations, the jars of fluff fans are sending to USA. I got in answer "No Comment" "No Comment" "No Comment" and "We had a meeting and were told to say 'No Comment'". No fear rep at Butler's office, you did your job well.

Now we know something is difinitely up or there would be something more than "No Comment," there would be, "an annoucement is coming," or something similar. Why not just say Kathryn is moving on, whatever.

Since there was a meeting where people were told to say "No Comment," one must logically think there is something Gersh agency doesn't want to talk about. The big secret is probably negotiations are ongoing. Full article
From allthingslawandorder, 10.8.09

Rene Balcer on Producing Law & Order

...When I briefly touched on the recent news and resulting turmoil about the mass exits at Law & Order Criminal Intent, and I mentioned that the “whole gang” was leaving he commented, “Well, we’re not sure if the whole gang is going to leave so who knows?

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Movieline, 10.9.09
by Julie Miller

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Loyalists Unleash Deadly Fluffalanche

With great sadness, Movieline reported two weeks ago that Law & Order: Criminal Intent was discharging several key characters from its force including Goren and Eames, the beloved lead detective team played by Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe. Instead of sitting tight while Criminal Intent writers transition Jeff Goldblum’s ivory-tickling, ethnic food loving, matinee-catching detective (and whichever actor they recast as his straight partner) as the program’s top bananas, Goren/Eames fans are banding together. On October 16, USA Networks will be deluged with jars of marshmallow filling, the same Fluff fans allege they will be watching if the network does not renew D’Onofrio and Erbe’s contracts. Full article

"Brooklyn's Finest"

sent in by Havers - thanks! "The German Release Date of Brooklyn's Finest will be the 30 December 2009. I collected a few information and web links on my LiveJournal"

Additionally --

**Vincent has a cameo role as gangster 'Carlo'.

Originally scheduled to be released November 27, 2009 under Senator Entertainment. When Senator's funding fell through, Overture Films acquired the US rights to the film in September.

Sources tell us the US release of the film is now tentatively scheduled for March 2010.

Spoilers -
excerpted from the film's review on ....

There are plenty of similarities between this film and director Anton Fuqua's Training Day. For starters, the picture opens with a scene involving that film's star Ethan Hawke. Sitting in a parked car by the cemetery with a fellow crook, the two engage in a friendly conversation before Hawke blows the guys brains off to get his hands on the bag of money in his lap. As shocking as the scene is, what's even more of a shock is the fact that Hawke isn't a crook, but a cop desperate for cash. I won't reveal who the other actor is, only that he's pretty memorable in his brief cameo and plays a cop on TV.

Starting this week, customers will have a chance to enter one of the themed Wish List sweepstakes. Just create, add to, or share a Wish List, and you'll be invited to enter.Amazon's Wish List

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

"The Irishman" Costumes

Interview with "The Irishman" costume designers and set costumers from Movieset. Vincent appears briefly in the clip.

Monday, October 5, 2009

The Fluff Campaign

Onlocationvacations, 10.5.09

Law and Order: Criminal Intent Fans Want You To Bring Fluff To Their NYC Set

Law and Order: Criminal Intent begins filming on October 16th and fans want anyone who plans on going to the set to bring Fluff- yes the marshmallow stuff.

The members of are shipping 10 cases of Marshmallow Fluff to USA Network in NYC, timed to arrive the day LO:CI starts shooting the final episode with Dets. Goren & Eames. The message: “Stuff the Fluff. No Goren & Eames = No LO:CI”.

The Fluff campaign was inspired by speculation in the press that the mass firings of LO:CI stars (except Jeff Goldblum) might have had something to do with the darkness of the Detective Goren character contrasted with the “lighter, fluffier” style of other original series at USA. The USA LO:CI Forum fans are asking anyone going to the October 16-November 6 shootings to bring a jar of Marshmallow Fluff in solidarity.

We should have some location information during that period if you are interested in participating, check back to daily for more info!

sent in by Charley, thanks!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

"Mac Dog Williams" scribe heads TV pilot

Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Chris Offutt is the creator, writer and co-executive producer of "Tough Trade", the first original pilot offering for the new Television/Web channel Epix, produced by Lionsgate Television.

"TOUGH TRADE" is a dramatic but humorous look at the Nashville music scene. The show focuses on a family of country stars who live like the lyrics to a country song; a Nashville music dynasty whose bad behavior has left them on the verge of bankruptcy. Also described as a "bawdy fictional portrayal of one of Nashville’s most prominent and dysfunctional music families."

Chris Offutt's works include "Kentucky Straight", "Out of the Woods: Stories" and "The Same River Twice: A Memoir". He recently served as executive story editor on HBO`s "True Blood" and writer and producer for Lionsgate`s hit comedy "Weeds."

Offutt has also written the screenplay "Mac Dog Williams" with "Transsiberian's" Will Conroy ('Five Minutes, Mr Welles') for Vincent D'Onofrio/Brooklyn Hazelhurst Productions.

"Tough Trade" begins filming in November in Nashville.

Chris Offutt on

Facebook accounts are not us

This Facebook site titled "I love Vincent D'Onofrio" (link has been removed) and this one lists this site for their contact info. We do not have any connection to them and do not know who they are. We discovered it today when someone forwarded the links.

We do not have a Facebook site.

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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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