Monday, August 30, 2010

"The Velocity of Gary" airs on Sleuth Channel

The Sleuth Channel will air "The Velocity of Gary" tonight at 2am (Tuesday morning) and again on Friday, 2am (Saturday morning 9/4).

Thanks Tricia!

More on "The Velocity of Gary"

Friday, August 27, 2010

Woodstock Film Festival to screen horror flicks

Poughkeepsie Journal | 8.27.10

The Woodstock Film Festival Oct. 1 will screen two horror films, “Don’t Go in the Woods” and “Bitter Feast,” at The Emerson Resort & Spa, Route 28, Mt. Tremper, west of downtown Woodstock.

The 2010 Woodstock Film Festival runs Sept. 29-Oct. 3 in Woodstock, Rhinebeck, Rosendale and Hunter. The complete lineup will be announced Wednesday.

“Don’t Go in the Woods” marks the directorial debut of Vincent D'Onofrio, whose past work includes “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” “Full Metal Jacket” and “Men In Black.” “Don’t Go in the Woods” will be screened at the Emerson Resort & Spa’s Catamount Pavilion. The Woodsdtock Film Festival describes “Don’t Go in the Woods” as “Glee” meets “The Blair Witch Project.”

The Emerson Great Room will host “Bitter Feast.” “Bitter Feast” was produced by long-time Boiceville resident Larry Fessenden. “Bitter Feast” is about a down-on-his-luck celebrity chef who takes revenge on one of his critics.

D'Onofrio, Fessenden, Sam Bisbee, who composed the score for “Don’t Go in the Woods,” and Joe Maggio, who directed “Bitter Feast,” will attend question-and-answer sessions following the screenings. be in attendance for Q & A's after their films. Also, the Don’t Go in the Woods band, featured in the film, will perform.

Mary Giuliani Catering, in conjunction with renowned chef Mario Batali, who makes a cameo appearance in “Bitter Feast,’ will create a pre-screening meal for ticket-holders.

These screenings will be followed by film festival’s annual Filmmakers Party, which is only open to horror film ticket holders and filmmakers.

Tickets will be available at and at the film festival box office, 13 Rock City Road., Woodstock. The box office will open in September.

Woodstock Film Festival plans night of fright

Daily Freeman, August 27, 2010

This year’s Woodstock Film Festival will feature two horror films shown at the Emerson Resort & Spa on state Route 28 in Mount Tremper, festival organizers announced on Thursday.

“Don’t Go In the Woods,” a slasher musical directed by Vincent D’Onofrio, and “Bitter Feast,” directed by Joe Maggio and produced by Boiceville resident Larry Fessenden, will be shown simultaneously, starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Emerson.

“Don’t Go In the Woods” is the directorial debut for D’Onofrio, an actor known for his work on the TV show “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” and in the films “Men in Black” and “Full Metal Jacket.”

The Oct. 1 event, which will include a pre-screening feast and a post-screening party with the filmmakers, has been dubbed “Fright Night: A Woodstock Film Festival Double Horror Header.”

The 11th annual Woodstock Film Festival is scheduled for Sept. 29 through Oct. 3 at venues in Woodstock, Kingston, Rhinebeck and Rosendale.

The festival will comprise more than 150 films, as well as panel discussions, concerts and special events.

The lineup of films is to be announced next week.

DON'T GO IN THE WOODS – described as "Glee" meets "The Blair Witch Project" – is a slasher/musical which cleverly walks an unusual line: always maintaining a sinister and creeping sense of dread, with characters bursting into song at the oddest of times. An indie rock band of five young men heads into the woods for a weekend of creative inspiration away from modern distractions. New songs are sung and written, but female groupies crash the creative jam session, causing distraction. In traditional slasher movie style, characters begin disappearing. The film oozes with thrills and a dark sense of humor, complemented by a solid rock soundtrack. This offbeat horror film explores the lengths that people will go to in order to make their dreams come true, and marks the directorial debut of actor Vincent D'Onofrio.

Woodstock Film Festival sets Fright Night for Oct. 1

Simultaneous screenings will spark a scare out of viewers at the 2010 Woodstock Film Festival Fright Night, which is happening Oct. 1, right in the middle of the annual festival.

Screening will be Vincent D'Onofrio's "Don't Go in the Woods" and Joe Maggio's "Bitter Feast." The two films will screen at the Emerson Resort & Spa in Mount Tremper.

Ticket holders for "Don't Go in the Woods" will be treated to a Q&A with D'Onofrio and musician/producer Sam Bisbee, plus a performance by the "Don't Go in the Woods" band. Ticket holders for "Bitter Feast" will get a Q&A with Maggio and producer Larry Fessenden, plus an actual feast prepared by Woodstock's Mary Giuliani Catering, which is preparing a Mario Batali-inspired selection.

The pre-screening for "Bitter Feast" is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Both screenings are at 8 p.m. at the resort, which will be followed by the annual Filmmakers' Party, starting at 10 p.m. Only Fright Night ticket holders and Film Festival filmmakers will receive exclusive entry to the party.


Tuesday, August 24, 2010

“The Whole Wide World” Is a Big, Little Movie

The American Culture, 8.23.10
by Lars Walker

Here’s a remarkably fine, distinctive film, the victim of criminally bad distribution, which ought to be better known.

In 1933 Novalyne Price, a young schoolteacher and aspiring writer in Cross Plains, Texas, met the most famous man in town, the pulp magazine writer (and creator of Conan the Barbarian), Robert E. Howard. They liked each other, and Novalyne wanted to learn about writing, so they dated for a time (she was his only known girlfriend). Eventually they broke up due to Howard’s volatile personality. In 1936 she went to college in Louisiana and never saw him again. He committed suicide that same year.

But thankfully for fans and scholars, Novalyne had taken up the Boswell-like discipline of writing down conversations she overheard or participated in, including those she had with Howard. She kept these journals for many years.

In the 1970s and ’80s, after Howard had been rediscovered by fans and critics alike, she grew irritated with the amount of armchair psychoanalysis that was being done on her old friend. She organized her journals into a memoir called The Man Who Walked Alone, which came to the attention of filmmaker Dan Ireland. And so the movie The Whole Wide World came to be.

The role of Robert E. Howard is a big one, and actor Vincent D’Onofrio is every inch its equal. I’m not sure that what we’re seeing here is actually close to the original (I can’t help thinking it’s more a New York boy’s idea of a Texas boy than the genuine article), but he fully inhabits the part and you can’t take your eyes off him. (There’s an interesting scene, no doubt lifted directly from Novalyne’s journals, where he complains of his weak chin. This is manifestly untrue of D’Onofrio, but not of the real Howard). He plays Howard as a bipolar man-child, sometimes euphoric and grandiose, sometimes depressed and frightened at the prospect of facing life without his dying mother (to whom he has an unhealthy attachment, and sometimes just angry at the world.

qually effective is RenĂ©e Zellweger as Novalyne. Now I have to confess I don’t care much for Ms. Zellweger as an actress. Her “I just bit into lemon meringue pie when I thought I was getting banana cream, and I don’t like lemon” face just doesn’t work for me. But I can’t deny that she gives a powerful, affecting performance here as a strong, compassionate woman who cares for a man but knows she can’t be his salvation. Full review

Thanks Linda!

More on The Whole Wide World

Monday, August 23, 2010

Photos taken at USC screening of "Don't Go in the Woods" Q&A

can be found on "Don't Go in the Woods" Facebook page under Photos by Others.

Vincent and Erika. Photo by M.Kaplan

Vincent and Marian Kaplan.

Thanks for sharing Marian!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

10 TV Actors We Want To See In More Movies, 8.20.10
Bob Trate

They grace our TV screens on a weekly basis but their awesomeness is too amazing to be contained on such a small venue. Today we take a look at a few very talented actors that are full of win and must show up in more films.

7. Vincent D’Onofrio
Vincent D’Onofrio is acting truth who after working in many films, including genre fare like Men in Black, Strange Days and The Cell, decided to take his talents to television where he currently stars as Detective Robert Goren in Law & Order: Criminal Intent. It’s a nice gig that has kept him busy for the last eight to nine years but he really needs to schedule more movies in between his off season. The guy is too good of an actor to be stuck playing the same role for so long, it’s time for him to cut loose in more films.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Don't Go in the Woods at Woodstock Film Festival

Don't Go In The Woods will be showing at the Woodstock Film Festival this year. Friday October 1st.
The screening will be followed by a live performance with cast. Come join us if you can! - posted on Facebook by Don't Go in the Woods.

Cleveland gangster Danny Greene's explosive life captured in 'The Irishman' and two docs | 8.15.10
by Clint O'Connor

Filmmakers are fascinated by Cleveland's legendary thugs. Especially if their deaths were triggered by exploding automobiles in the 1970s. A new movie and two new documentaries will arrive in 2011, feeding America's unending appetite for mob stories with a grisly slice of Cleveland's criminal past. "The Irishman," out next March, spotlights gangster Danny Greene, whose life was famously extinguished by a car bomb in a Lyndhurst parking lot; racketeer Shondor Birns, shredded by a car bomb on Detroit Avenue near West 25th Street; and mafia-connected Teamster official John Nardi, wiped out by a car bomb just off East 22nd Street near Carnegie Avenue.

Birns was killed in March 1975. Nardi in May 1977. Greene in October 1977. Bang. Bam. Boom. If you were a Cleveland mobster in the '70s, public transportation would have been a smart choice.

Our ever-striving region actually topped the nation in something in 1976, though it was a dubious distinction: No. 1 in bombings. There were 37 in Cuyahoga County, including 21 in Cleveland. Car bombs were relatively cheap to make, easy to plant, could be detonated from afar, and destroyed lots of evidence.

The film stars Irish actor Ray Stevenson as Greene, Vincent D'Onofrio as Nardi, Paul Sorvino as mob boss Anthony "Fat Tony" Salerno, Val Kilmer as a Cleveland detective, and in a stroke of inspired casting, Oscar-winner Christopher Walken playing Birns.

Based on the book "To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia," by Lyndhurst Police Chief Rick Porrello, it was shot in Detroit last summer and is slated to open next March before St. Patrick's Day. So is the documentary, "Danny Greene: The Rise and Fall of the Irishman." A third film, a documentary for the Bio channel's "Mobsters" series, is scheduled to air early next year.
Full article

Thanks Linda!

"The Irishman" is slated for release on March 11.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Local extras fill 'Sister Spirit' set

August 12, 2010

ALBANY -- Rita Powers has cast extras for feature films in New York City and big Bollywood productions in India, but nothing compared with the ease of casting nearly 250 extras from the Capital Region for the independent movie "Sister Spirit."

"Everybody in Albany was fabulous. I've never had a situation where all the extras I booked actually showed up. Every single extra showed up in Albany and they were enthusiastic and excited," she said.

After film crews spent nearly two weeks shooting scenes in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Troy, Menands and Cropseyville, they wrapped up production locally earlier this week and filming moved to New York City.

"Sister Spirit" is a low-budget indie project written by comedy writer and actor June Raphael and Casey Wilson, a "Saturday Night Live" alumna who had small roles in "Julie & Julia" and "Bride Wars." Raphael and Wilson are also the co-stars of the comedy, which features two sisters who are failed models en route to a beauty pageant reunion. It's a zany buddy movie chick flick that's been likened to "The Hangover" and "Dumb and Dumber." The cast includes Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer and Vincent D'Onofrio. The project was called "Ass Backwards" in an earlier iteration.

Full article:

Thursday, August 12, 2010

“Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York” screens at Astoria/LIC Film Festival

New York , Aug. 10 – “Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York,” ( a documentary that explores the negative stereotypes of Russian women in America which emerged in the 1990s and persist today, will be shown as part of the first annual Astoria/LIC International Film Festival in Astoria/LIC, New York on October 24th at 2 p.m.

“Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York” was written and directed by Elena Beloff and produced by Elena Beloff, Vincent D'Onofrio and Erika Hampson. The film explores and dispels certain stereotypes about the young, immigrant Russian woman in America today by following five women in transition, each on their own journey. The film is timely because of recent media coverage of the Russian-American experience.

Russian-born Elena Beloff, who has lived in New York for ten years, followed the women for six months, interviewing each one in her environment: A rapper in a Sheepshead Bay Church; a salesperson at La Perla Madison Avenue Boutique; a model at home; a showgirl at a Brighton Beach Restaurant and an exotic dancer at Scores Strip Club. The viewer sees the stereotypes dissolve and the flesh and blood woman comes to life. The viewer is confronted by these women as their experiences pose questions of spirituality and self-discovery as they come to vivid life on the New York scene. The trailer can be seen at:

Full article at:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Sister Spirit" seeking NYC extras


Feature Film

Casting Director: Rita Powers
Shoot: starts this week
Location: NYC






Thanks ss!

"Sister Spirit" wraps up filming in Albany

Onlocationvacations 8.11.10

The independent movie, Sister Spirit wraps up filming in Albany, NY this week. The movie, which has been filming at various locations around the city for the past couple of weeks, including downtown Albany and a local jail, is called Sister Spirit and is described as a “chick road comedy”, think The Hangover with ladies.

According to a recent casting notice, the movie stars June Raphael and SNL’s Casey Wilson. A host of other well-known stars also make appearances in the flick, including Alicia Silverstone, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sandy Martin, John Cryer, Epatha Merkerson.

Today, they are shooting a scene that includes “a sister who plays a drum and a sister who plays a digiridoo”.


Correction on film "Worst Friends"

Yesterday, we erroneously posted that the film "Worst Friends" would star Vincent D'Onofrio and Edie Falco, and linked to a site for pledges for the film's funding. We have been advised that the actors will not be in the film after all. Vincent will be in LA doing the USC screening while it shoots.

Our apologies to all for any inconvenience.

Donations to the film can still be made here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

New Film: Crackers


A short film directed by Gregory Principato
Shooting begins September 13 in NJ and Staten Island

Stars Vincent D'Onofrio and Sal Richards

Storyline: Crackers is a dark comedy about an Italian chef named Gus whose life is turned upside down after a mishap during a Sunday dinner when Jack, his father-in-law chokes to death on an ossobuco bone. Gus is happy living in his small paradise surrounded by his younger wife, his vibrant garden, his kitchen and his opera music. This all changes when his overbearing, loud, large and obnoxious mother-in-law Bidelia invades his home. Gus slowly loses his paradise and his sanity as Bidelia methodically destroys everything that is sacred to him.


Vincent with Sal Richards** (center)
Thanks db!

**Sal Richards portrayed Nick Weaver in Season 3 episode "Unrequited".

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New film "Sister Spirit" looking for extras

From All Over Albany

Please send your responses to Casting Director RITA POWERS at

This film is an R rated, irreverent chick comedy starring June Raphael and Casey Wilson. The two of them set the stage for themselves as comedy actors a few years back with a long running show called Rode Hard and Put Away Wet. They've since starred in many comedies and television shows and wrote the film, Bride Wars. A host of other comedy stars are in this film including Alicia Silverstone, Vincent D'Onofrio, Sandy Martin, John Cryer, Epatha Merkerson and more.

We will be shooting the scenes for 'Camp Sister Spirit' here in the Albany area on August 10th and 11th. We are looking for a dozen 'sisters' to play as extras in the film as the community members.' Extras will be paid SAG scale extra rate of $135.00-8 hours for their time which will likely be an 8 -10 hour day. Movie making is interesting and fun but can also feel like a long day.

In the script it calls for a sister who plays a drum and a sister who plays a digiridoo if there happen to be any in the area! Our director would love to see digital pics of anyone interested if possible.

'Yet another movie filming in downtown Albany'

Albany movie shoot

"I call it a bitch-slap to the boy-buddy movie," she says. "It's not a big movie, but it's a big change," - Heather Rae, Producer


**This films shoots in Albany until 8/11 then moves to NYC. Update for extras needed will be posted.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Jeff Goldblum leaving “L&O: CI”: Replacement ideas?
By Leslie Gray Streeter | August 05, 2010

In the years that I’ve blogged about entertainment for this paper, I don’t think I have ever gotten comments as emotional (and, in some cases, crazy nasty) as those about Vincent D’Onofrio and Katherine Erbe’s departure from “Law and Order: Criminal Intent.” The suggestion that replacement kooky cop Jeff Goldblum could ever fill D’Onofrio’s brilliant, unsettling shoes was heresy, uninformed and, as some suggested, proof that I was actually a USA Network executive trolling the Net. Not true – execs can afford better apartments than mine.

I agree that Goldblum’s Zach Nichols was no Robert Goren, but I loved his elegantly snide weirdness and the way that he, like D’Onofrio, used his physicality as a device to lure in, and then ultimately tower over the guilty. In the end, the naysayers have the last laugh, because Entertainment reports today that Goldblum is leaving the show. There’s speculation that the show might not even be coming back — the ratings were apparently dismal last season.

But assuming that “CI” lives to quirk again, it’s fun to wonder who gets the badge. Might D’Onofrio come back? At risk of asking for more hate mail, I hope not — he’s a wonderful actor, but I thought that Goren’s exit, whether or not it was warranted, seemed pretty final. I’d love to see him as a guest star, though. I don’t think Saffron Burrow’s Serena is a strong enough presence to be lead detective, and I wouldn’t miss her if she’s gone completely, really. Full article

Thanks Linda and Judy!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

'Law and Order: CI' loses Jeff Goldblum; Could Vincent D'Onofrio be back?, 8.3.10
By Terra King

Apparently the LO/CI troubles are back. As everyone should remember LO/CI dumped it's core cast of Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe and Eric Bogosian this past season.

Now according to 'Variety' (the entertainment Bible) Jeff Goldblum has opted not to return to the show. His contract is up and he won't be signing a new one. The next season would be the tenth for CI. The finale of the ninth season was July 6th.

There are some rumors floating around the internet (TVbythenumbers) that CI may have a mini season with only 8 episodes. They are also reporting that some former cast members may return.

Of course, Jeff Goldblum could change his mind. However USA network, backed by Universal would do very well with bringing back the wonderful cast we all loved for so long.

Thanks Linda!
----------------------------- - The Future Of USA's 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' Still In Limbo, May Return For Final Hurrah Sans Jeff Goldblum.

Thanks Dani!

Visit "Don't Go in the Woods" on Facebook

Visit "Don't Go in the Woods" on Facebook and be sure to check out their Photo Albums --

Photos from the shooting of DONT GO IN THE WOODS and Joe's Pub Screening of "Don't Go in the Woods" and Live Concert.

Filming of "Don't Go in the Woods"

Screening at Joe's Pub and Live Concert

Monday, August 2, 2010

Trailer: Sneak Peek of "Don't Go in The Woods"

A sneak peek! The trailer for ""Don't Go in the Woods".
Directed by Vincent D'Onofrio

Produced by
Sam Bisbee .... executive producer
Ken Christmas .... producer
Erika Hampson .... producer
Joe Vinciguerra .... executive producer

Thank you to Producer Erika Hampson!
Visit her on Facebook for more on the film.

Screening and Q&A at USC on August 17th.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio Meet and Greet on July 22

Posted on Youtube by BillieJean0902- After the George Geronimo Gerkie show at Joe's Pub, those of us with VIP tickets, including yours truly, went upstairs to meet Vincent D'Onofrio. His birthday had already passed, but I gave him several gifts inside a pizza box from Mystic Pizza(yes, from the movie.) Included in the gifts were a DVD of the documentary "Yellow Brick Road" about an acting troup ANCHOR made up of actors with developmental disabilities, coloring books made by my brother who has autism, a Brooklyn Cyclones baseball cap, two guitar pins from the Hard Rock Cafe, and literature from the YAI Autism Center and the Seaver Autism Center. I gave Vincent the info. in support of his plans to direct a film about a man with Asperger's syndrome who loves Johnny Cash music, called "Johnny and Me."

Sent in by Geri L. Thank you!

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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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