Sunday, October 31, 2010

Exclusive! Joe Maggio is the 'Man on the Ledge', 10.31.10
by Alyse Wax

Premiering just in time for Halloween, indie outfit Glass Eye Pix is releasing a series of old-skool radio dramas they are calling Tales From Beyond the Pale. This series of 10 radio plays are written, directed, and starring some pretty awesome talent. The first episode, “Man on the Ledge,” is about, well, a man on a ledge, voiced by Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket). Is it suicide... or something more sinister? We chat with writer Joe Maggio (Bitter Feast) about reviving the radio drama.

What inspired the story?
Larry Fessenden and Glenn McQuaid asked if I would be interested in doing a radio play, so I started hunting around for ideas. It wasn’t something that I always had percolating in my mind. I had a lot of idea that I always wanted to put into a movie, but just wouldn’t fit. Too literary, or just didn’t feel right. Suddenly, the thought of this format - the radio play - it all made sense. I knew I wanted to have a character delivering these long monologues. It just came to me. I wanted something simple, just one or two characters. A guy teetering on a ledge is a great metaphor, that fundamental decision between life and death. I threw a few ideas at Larry and Glen, and this one was the one that stuck.

“The Man on the Ledge” has the feel of an old-school radio drama. I’m terrified of heights. I can’t even go near a window up high. If I have to go up to someone’s office on a high floor, my palms get sweaty. I can’t go in those open-glass elevators. So to me, being up that high on a ledge is already terrifying. No one thing inspired the story, this one just fit.

What were some of the other stories that you came up with?
I had one where a man wakes up, and he is surrounded by his family and friends, and they are all talking about him, but like he doesn’t exist. He has to piece it together, and he eventually figures out that he is in a coma. His voice is the voice in his head. He is in a completely vegetative state, but he is fully aware of what is going on around him. What his family is discussing is whether or not to pull the plug. There is the nurse who has been caring for him, his wife comes in and talks to him, the kids might have something to gain from his death... we have all these different points of view. I thought it was this great set up where this guy’s life is hanging on a decision that these people are going to make. He is completely aware of what is happening but totally powerless. Maybe we’ll do that one next season.

Are you already plotting for next season?
I want to do it. I absolute loved doing it. I loved it more than any film I’ve ever made. For me, above all, I love writing. I like directing, I like being on set, but the writing is really what I enjoy the most, what I get the most satisfaction from. I would love to write for theatre, where it is all about the language. Characters can use language in a way that would be too affected for film. Film works best when it is very natural and immediate - a conversation you would actually have. You can deal with themes and ideas in theatre that you can’t deal with in films. The radio play was so fun because I didn’t have to worry about how natural it sounded because part of the radio play format is that it can be a little bit affected. With a guy like Vincent D’Onofrio, he ate it up. He’s done radio plays before... he’s such an actor, and he really ran with it. I would love to do more. I found it really fulfilling.

What was the process like?
It was quick! It wasn’t this grueling schedule. We went in and recorded it in a day. Over a week, we did some sound design and foley, and put it all together. I think it is scary and engaging and I am very, very pleased with it. I have listened to it a few times. I actually fell asleep with it on, and my wife comes home and asks what is going on - she thought I had people over! “People are screaming, what is going on?” Everything about it: the jokes, the sound effects, the intro, it’s all old-school but it feels very modern to me. Maybe it’s so old-school that it is fresh.

Well, the radio play has kind of been “reborn” as podcasts.
I don’t know how it is in LA, but in New York, 99% of the people on the subway have earphones in. People are constantly listening to things. I don’t think it’s a stretch. At the risk of getting too esoteric, it is fresh in that you don’t have any effects. Peoples minds have been coddled for so long. There are images everywhere. To actually sit there, close your eyes, and just listen to something... it’s very radical to a lot of people. I used to go to the record store and buy vinyl records to put on the turntable - back before it was “retro,” when it was just how you got your music. I would put my headphones on, lay down, and just listen to music. People don’t do that anymore. I think this is something that could really catch on.

Soon everyone will forget about this silly 3D fad - they’re going back to radio!
It’s such a Glass Eye Pix thing to do. Larry Fessenden never picks the easy way. Every time he should take a left, he makes a right. I asked him, “Larry, are you trying to drive your business into the ground? Radio plays - really?” But I think it is going to be a big thing for them. Especially because Glass Eye Pix gets so into it. Posters, t-shirts, the website.... the company really excels at that. There are some great people signed up for it too: JT Petty, Simon Rumley...
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FOG! Chats With JOE MAGGIO About ON THE LEDGE Starring Vincent D'Onofrio!

Forces of Geek, 10.30.10

Earlier this week, FOG! told you all about the new audio series, Tales From Beyond The Pale.

Joe Maggio has written and directed several films, including Bitter Feast, Paper Covers Rock and Milk and Honey and is the creative force behind the first episode On The Ledge.

How did you get involved with Tales Beyond The Pale?

Early in 2010 I made a film called BITTER FEAST, which Glass Eye Pix produced. I’d known Larry Fessenden for years from the festival circuit and as fellow New Yorkers with a slew of mutual friends. So I think I was sort of fresh in Larry’s mind when he and Glenn began casting about for people to do the radio plays. When Glass Eye, and Larry in particular, gets excited about something, as he was with these radio plays, I’ve found it’s always a good idea to jump on board because they really do a fine job and put their heart and soul into it, which is what every writer/director dreams about in a producer.

Tell me about your episode MAN ON THE LEDGE.

MAN ON THE LEDGE was an opportunity for me to explore a lot of ideas that I’ve never been able to find a place for in any of my films. It’s also essentially one long scene, and as you may know, scenes generally can’t be so long in a film. I don’t know why this is so. But when I’m writing a screenplay for a film, if the scene runs over 5-6 pages, I know I’ve got to trim it back. In my radio play, I was able to really develop this one scene over the course of 30 pages. The scene begins by presenting the listener with a finite number of clues as to what is happening. A man is standing by a window talking to some newly-hatched chicks perched in a nest on the ledge. We hear street noise, sires, etc. and from this we draw assumptions about where he is. Little by little, I add more and more information, entirely through sound, and the scene grows and becomes more and more complex. As the scene progresses we learn more and more, and the more we learn the more we realize how wrong we were in our earlier assumptions.

Were you a fan of radio plays prior or did you research the medium specifically when you took on this project?

Radio plays were definitely before my time, but I was aware of the classic radio plays – the Orson Welles “War of the Worlds” broadcast from the Mercury Theatre on the Air series. When Larry and Glenn invited me on board I went online and found a site that has a great deal of the Mercury archive right there to be downloaded, and I listened to a whole slew of them. While I’m too young to have experienced radio plays firsthand, I am of an age where, in my teens, it was common to go out and buy an album, take it home, throw it on the turntable, don the headphones and lay down on one’s bed to listen to the album over and over again. That kind of active listening seems to be a thing of the past, with most people listening to music either in their cars or on their iPods on the subway ride to work. But I still do it whenever I get the chance, and discovering these Mercury Theatre radio plays was like striking gold. It’s my hope that TAKES FROM BEYOND THE PALE will foster the same kind of active listening.

You've written and directed several films. Did you find writing and directing an audio play easier or more difficult?

I found writing and directing the radio play far easier. On a film I worry about dozens of things at once. Does the wardrobe look right? What about make-up? Is the actor walking the right way? Does the blocking work? Is this location evocative enough? Is the crew hungry and getting ready to mutiny. If you’re outside – will the weather hold up? There’s just a lot less to worry about in the directing a radio play. You just sit back in a cozy little studio and listen intently. And with the cast that I had it was over in just a few takes. In fact, after we went through the entire play in little chinks, we did one take all the way through and it’s that take that provided me with at least 85% of the final cut. The writing was easier because again, I felt much freer to fully explore this really complex character (John Alba, played by Vincent D’Onofrio) without having to worry about what I needed to cut out. I allowed myself to just put everything in, to really let it all just pour out!

How did Vincent D'Onofrio get involved?

Larry and Glass Eye has done some work on a film Vincent directed, called DON’T GO INTO THE WOODS. When we sat down to discuss casting, Larry, Glenn and I agreed that we needed someone with some serious chops and Larry reminded us that Vincent had done that short film a few years ago (FIVE MINUTES, MR WELLES) in which he played Orson Welles, and then we learned that Vincent had actually done some radio plays for the BBC in London, so it all made sense in a cosmic kind of way. And then of course - it’s Vincent D’Onofrio! The guy has worked with Stanley Kubrick! A guy like Vincent can give you whatever you want. I mean, just look at the range of characters he’s played in his films. He’s like this finely-tuned sports car that can go as fast or as slow as you like and take all the twisty turns so you barely feel them. It was just the greatest pleasure working with him.

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Thanks Linda!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Caricature of Vincent D'Onofrio for "Don't Go in the Woods" at Woodstock FF

Copyright richconleyart

This one was done in tribute to Vincent's entry for the festival, "Don't Go Into the Woods", a slasher musical, it got rave reviews. I have an autographed copy of this one in my studio. Added 10.28.10

Friday, October 29, 2010

Robert Englund, D’Onofrio’s Don’t Go in the Woods at this years NYC Horror Film Festival, 10.29.10
By Thomas Ellison • October 29, 2010

The 2010 New York City Horror Film Festival will feature a slasher legend and a slasher musical. Robert Englund will receive this years Lifetime Achievement Award on November 13th, at 10:00 P.M. After the ceremony there will be a special screening of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street. Englund will also attend a genre panel with Bill (Maniac) Lustig on November 14th at 1:00 P.M.

Vincent D’Onofrio’s slasher musical Don’t Go in the Woods will be screened November 12 at 9:00 P.M. D’Onofrio will attend the screening and the after-party will feature live performances showcasing music from the film. Don’t Go in the Woods has yet to find a distributor, so this screening will provide slasher fans with an excellent opportunity to see this very different take on the slasher genre.

Check out for information on the other films and guests at the festival.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

"Woods" screening w/Q&A at NYC Horror Film Fest

The New York City Horror Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 2010 edition, running Thursday-Sunday, November 11-14 at the Tribeca Cinemas.

Showing out of competition are actor Vincent D’Onofrio’s horror/rock flick DON’T GO IN THE WOODS, with D’Onofrio in attendance and an afterparty featuring a live performance of music from the film.

Screening of "Don't Go in the Woods" at New York City Horror Film Fest on Friday, November 12, 9PM.

Don't Go in the Woods / 105 min / USA
A truly original rock and roll musical-slash-horror film (with an emphasis on the "slash"), When an up-and-coming band goes into the woods to write songs for an album that could be their big break, their quiet weekend turns deadly as, one by one, they are attacked by an unseen murderer. A smart and scary riff on how people are, literally, dying to break into show business, "Don't Go In The Woods," is the directorial debut of renowned actor Vincent D'Onofrio. Featuring songs by Sam Bisbee
Starring: Bo Boddie, Eric Bogosian, Gwynn Galitzer,
Directed by Vincent D'Onofrio
*Mr. D'Onofrio will attend screening w/ Q&A following. Then join us at the after party featuring live music from the film!

Visit NYCHFF for tickets

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Film festival hitting its stride in year two

Naples News, 10.27.10

If the growth of a film festival is any anyway analogous to human development, year two should be a sort of awkward phase. Running is possible, but you are just as likely to fall flat as stay upright.

The organizers of the Naples International Film Festival, however, are hoping to bypass the toddler years altogether. And while they’ll admit to not being a fully formed adult, the folks behind the scenes think they are closer than anyone could have imagined a year ago.

“We’re way ahead of where we were this time last year,” said Executive Director Rowan Samuel in an interview earlier this month.

It’s been a sort of tumultuous year for Samuel and the film festival. Almost immediately after the inaugural festival ended, a battle for control of the festival’s board erupted between Samuel and co-founder and former Executive Director Eric Raddatz.

By January, Raddatz departed, going on to found another film festival in Fort Myers. The departure was met with the standard well-wishes on behalf of both parties, but it wasn’t as smooth as it appeared. Both parties have declined to comment more than to say they wish each other well.

Since taking over as executive director, Samuel has taken a strong role in trying to increase both the local exposure and the revenue of the festival, which earlier this year was granted 501c3 non-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service. The festival has sponsored events around blockbuster movies, such as “Toy Story 3” and “Sex and the City 2.” It started a classic movie series at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, pairing dinner with big movies from Hollywood’s studio era.

This weekend it will hold a dining event downtown that will close down Fifth Avenue South to traffic and feature an auction of celebrity-autographed martini glasses.

The goals, Samuel says, are to help keep the festival solvent and to increase the money the festival gives to arts education, which is the goal of the organization. He’s proud to say that the festival exited its first year without debt, something pretty uncommon for fledgling festivals. That’s partly because the bulk of the work is done by unpaid volunteers, even in high-level positions.

“I lose money to do this,” says Ellen Goldberg, the festival’s program director, of the time and resources she puts into her work at the festival. There is a hope that in a few years, the festival could raise an annual budget of close to $500,000 which would allow for some paid staff and year-round projects. Goldberg is hoping for an ongoing film series that brings independent movies to Naples year-round.

To make it there, the festival needs to both increase sponsorship dollars and donations and increase the number of people who attend. Although it lacks a film with the hype of “The Cove,” which brought 1,100 people to the Phil last year, the festival should draw more people in with recognizable actors and a celebrity appearance.

Vincent D’Onofrio
, who starred for almost a decade on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” is holding a special screening of “Don’t Go in the Woods,” a horror movie he directed.

Overall, the films selected for the festival are more polished, with bigger names that even casual filmgoers can recognize. Former Brat Pack actress Ally Sheedy and comedian Jim Gaffigan are part of the ensemble cast of “Ten Stories Tall.” Oscar winner William Hurt highlights the marquee names in “The River Why.”

Goldberg says there wasn’t a specific emphasis on bringing in films with name brand actors, but that it was benefit of bringing in higher quality films in year two.
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Interview with "Crackers" star Brenda Vaccaro

The Italian Tribune,

Brenda Vaccaro: A Genuine Treasure

Amidst all the performers on TV and in film today there are a few true stars who continue to delight us year after year with great class and distinction. Brenda Vaccaro is one of those authentic stars. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Brenda grew up in Dallas, Texas, where her parents Mario and Christine Vaccaro opened the renowned Mario’s Restaurant. She returned to New York after graduating from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1958 to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse Theater. I spoke to Ms. Vaccaro recently to ask her about her early years of acting and to tell us about her latest projects.

What are your earliest memories of performing? Did you have any favorite actors that inspired you?

In Dallas I initially attended the Ursuline Academy where I was in several school plays. I remember I would stick my head out from behind the curtains to wave and talk to the audience. The nuns would get mad at me and tell me to stop. I was also a clown in class and after a while it was suggested to my parents that with all my energy I would do better in another school. I loved attending the opera with my father; one of my favorites was Rigoletto. I also loved the movies, watching Bette Davis and all the ladies of the thirties and forties. I loved them all. For me they bring back memories of my mother’s generation, the hair, the clothes and the style. So classy.

Have your experiences in your acting career been different than what you expected?

I had no idea what I was getting into. I was a young actress in New York City. I was making $250 a week on Broadway. There was no manual. I would ask questions but there weren’t always answers. As you start working and getting paid you learn by experience and become a professional. Then I went to Hollywood and it was a whole different bag. I always counted on my talent.

Brenda talked about becoming more confident as her career progressed in New York. In 1961 she debuted on Broadway with Everybody Loves Opal for which she won a Theatre World Award. She then went on to perform in the musical How Now, Dow Jones for which she received a Tony nomination. She was noticed by the director John Schlesinger who later cast her in Midnight Cowboy. From there she went on to many other roles on Broadway, in film and in TV productions.

You once said that it doesn’t matter if you work in film, TV or theater. Which do you find most demanding?

They are all demanding. I don’t think anything different about any of them. One of the most difficult aspects is when you are in a close up and can’t move and also when filming a movie that is shot out of sequence.

You just completed the short independent film Crackers, co-written, produced and directed by Greg Principato. With such an intense shooting schedule, what was the atmosphere on the set?

It was wonderful. I walked into a family! Vincent D’Onofrio is a great guy, very loving. He would point out other cast members and crew who had all worked together on “Law and Order. “

How did you come to join the cast? What intrigued you about the script and how did you connect with your character Bidelia?

Greg Principato was a cameraman on the set of You Don’t Know Jack (Brenda portrayed Margo Janus, Jack Kevorkian’s sister in this 2010 film for which she received an Emmy nomination). When he wrote the script for Crackers he already had me in mind. He called my agent and I looked at the script. I thought, this is funny, and I really wanted to work with Vincent D’Onofrio. It came right into my head to portray Bidelia like the character in an old French film called Tatie Danielle (Aunt Danielle). Tatie Danielle was hopelessly mean – a horrible person. I liked playing someone who was completely manipulative and without redemption.
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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

New photos from Woodstock Film Festival

On Facebook - Don't Go In The Woods check out the newly posted pics (in the album section of this page) from our screening at the woodstock film festival! thanks again to everyone who came out and supported us.

Vincent D’Onofrio, others embrace horror radio with ‘Tales from Beyond the Pale’

USA Weekend, 10.26.10
By Brian Truitt

Radio shows and horror have always had a ghoulishly good relationship. Alfred Hitchcock’s directorial efforts haunted the ears of listeners in the 1940s and ‘50s, Boris Karloff was a creeptastic staple on old-school shows, and who could ever forget Orson Welles’ infamous War of the Worlds broadcast on the night before Halloween 1938? Horror fans now find their scares in more high-tech ways, but radio shows are coming back in the Internet age thanks to the downloadable program, Tales from Beyond the Pale. Each of the 10 30-minute episodes in Season 1 are hosted by Glass Eye Pix CEO Larry Fessenden, and written and directed by a number of horror filmmakers, including Joe Maggio (Bitter Feast), Paul Solet (Grace) and JT Petty (The Burrowers). The acting talent involved is impressive, too, from Hellboy co-stars Ron Perlman and Doug Jones reteaming for Jeff Buhler’s This Oracle Moon to Vincent D’Onofrio lending his vocal skill to the first episode debuting online today, Maggio’s Man on the Ledge. Episodes will be available on the Tales from Beyond the Pale website for $1.99 each, with an expansion soon to iTunes, Amazon and other outlets. In December, the first season will be collected in a deluxe CD package. But come on: Christmas is a time for giving gifts, not scaring the bejeebers out of people, so listen to them around Halloween for best horrific effect. Check out the website or follow the program’s Twitter feed for more info, and watch this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creation of Man on the Ledge, featuring interviews with D’Onofrio and John Speredakos.


Tales from Beyond the Pale

Extreme closeup: Vincent D'Onofrio

Connect Savannah, 10.26.10
By Bill DeYoung

Although television — more specifically, Law and Order: Criminal Intent — has been his bread and butter for the past nine years, actor Vincent D’Onofrio is making a concerted effort to get back to his first love, the movies.

Before he began his successful stint as Det. Robert Goren on the long–running TV drama, D’Onofrio turned heads with performances in Full Metal Jacket, Men in Black, The Whole Wide World and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys, among others.

He’s coming to the Savannah Film Festival Tuesday with Don’t Go In the Woods, his feature–film directorial debut.

D’Onofrio, 51, wraps up his detective duties during the final season of Criminal Intent – he’ll make just eight “guest” appearances starting in January – then heads immediately into his next directing gig, a family drama called Johnny and Me, about a man obsessed with the music of Johnny Cash.

Don’t Go in the Woods is a horror movie. A group of hip young musicians head to the pineys to “get away from it all” and write songs for their next album. But there are unexpected visitors, including a group of girlfriends who bring unwanted distraction to the band.

And there’s something – or somebody – else in the woods.


Your first feature as a director. Why a horror movie?

Vincent D’Onofrio: I was dealing with the Johnny Cash estate – the lawyers and everything, to clear the music rights – and they love the script, but we have to do a lot of dotting I’s and crossing T’s kind of stuff. And that was taking a long time. And I just wanted to shoot a movie, because I really like to shoot. I had made a short and really enjoyed that.

We have this property upstate, a house in upstate New York, and my wife and I were driving back. I was talking to her about really wanting to shoot another film, and we started thinking about what we have, what friends we have, and how we could do it for cheap. And where and stuff.

And we came up with that, because I have 100 acres of woods upstate. One of my closest friends is a really amazing lyricist and composer, Sam Bisbee. And I have all these writer friends, and a crew that’s very loyal – we’re all loyal to each other. And I thought of this story of doing a horror musical.

You used non–actors to fill the roles. Isn’t there a gamble in that?

Vincent D’Onofrio: I think for this type of film, I was always confident that it would work for the film, rather than against it. Because the truth is that unless there’s like a major actor in a horror film, the performances are pretty flat and pretty inexperienced anyway. What it does is give it a certain feel. It gives the movie a certain kind of B–movie feel, which I like a lot. Kind of that “slacker” feel that Linklater and Smith were doing back in the day.

I think flat is better than overacting. I was confident that if I cast unknown actors, and I got them to just trust me, that we would be able to get away with it in that way.

These kids were very confident, so there weren’t a lot of re–takes. They trusted me completely. I talked to each of them about who they are, as people, and that’s what I want in the movie. They didn’t need to put on airs or act in a different voice, or do anything silly like that.

How much post production work was there?

Vincent D’Onofrio: We’re talking about a couple of weeks – 12 days of shooting, and a couple weeks of post. I took my time with the editing because I could. I didn’t have anybody over me or my film. I re–cut it a few times – we only had so much footage, there was only so much I could do, so I wanted to use whatever we had to its potential.

There is a semi–classic old horror film called Don’t Go in the Woods. How much of that is in your movie – or was it just “I used the title”?

Vincent D’Onofrio: I didn’t know about the other film, actually. I’m not a big horror genre person. I had no idea about it. So it’s nothing like that movie. I’ve never seen that movie, so I can’t imagine it’s anything like it. I really just thought of the title at the same time I thought of the story.

The people that play the musicians – are they a real band?

Vincent D’Onofrio: Three of the guys were a real band called The Dirty Dirty. But they’re not a real band any more, ‘cause they’re young and they like to do many different things. And some of the women in the film are friends of theirs. Some they didn’t know at all.

At some of the screenings of Don’t Go in the Woods, they come with me and play the songs from the movie for the audience.

When they play together, they’re a really tight band. They’re very impressive kids, I gotta tell you.

What’s next for Vincent D’Onofrio the actor?

Vincent D’Onofrio: Since I’ve left the show, I’ve been very busy doing my own stuff. I’ve done a couple of parts when my friends who are directors have asked me. I think before the end of the year I’m going to start to pursue roles in movies again. You know, decent roles.

And once I do that, we’ll see if I’m going to be acting in film again. I don’t know! It’s a funky business. You just don’t know. The only thing, you can’t be as desperate. You have to do your own thing. I decided a long time ago, when I was a kid, to not be desperate and to do what I felt like doing. And that everything would be OK if I did it to my fullest. It’s always kind of worked with me, even with the TV show.

After such a long run as a character on TV, do you worry that you might be typecast?

Vincent D’Onofrio: I don’t think about it in those terms. I’m reminded, every time I go to buy milk on the corner, that the fans of the show think of me as the character of Goren. But the business is much more educated and a lot different from when I first started.

What people really care about is whether or not you can make them money. I think that if they believe you can sell their film, or help that film get sold, then you’re going to be cast in that movie. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done before.

I think if you have a decent reputation as an actor – that’s something I’ve been able to keep, which I’m very happy about – and people think that you’re gonna help them, then you get cast in movies. That’s what it’s all about.

Don’t Go in the Woods screens at the Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St. at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2. Followed by a Q&A with Vincent D’Onofrio.


Register for Elizabeth D'Onofrio's workshop at Naples Int'l Film Festival

Examiner, 10.25.10
by Deborah Smith Ford

NIFF announces acting workshop with D'Onofrio siblings

When you attend an audition you are competing against the best actors in that area. Why not increase your chances of getting the part. Increase your chances by attending a workshop with actor/ instructor Elizabeth D'Onofrio and her brother, Vincent D'Onofrio!

Elizabeth D'Onofrio is one of the top instructors on the East Coast. If you are a beginning actor or just need to improve your auditioning skills then you need this class. Remember the audition is where the casting directors see the best you can do.

Audition Workshops are based on Elizabeth's studies with Sonia Moore of "The American Stanislavski Theater" and with Sharon Chatten of "The Actors Studio" in NY, her experience as an Instructor of "The Method", and as a working actor.

The workshop will consist of:

* A cold reading technique

* On camera cold readings from actual screenplays

* Critique and instruction

Elizabeth D'Onofrio has conducted workshops in Asheville, Myrtle Beach, Dallas, San Francisco, Miami, Tampa, Fort Myers, New York City and Philadelphia. For more information please see:


Naples Int'l Film Festival

Monday, October 25, 2010

'Tales From Beyond the Pale' Bring Back Radio Plays, 10.25.10

Glass Eye Pix has a special treat this Halloween. Paying tribute to the radio dramas of old, Tales From Beyond the Pale is a series of thirty-minute radio dramas hosted by Glass Eye Pix founder Larry Fessenden, written by some of the biggest names in horror, and performed by a host of recognizable voices. More after the jump.

The first episode, "Man on a Ledge" is written by Joe Maggio (Bitter Feast) and performed by Vincent D'Onofrio (Men in Black), and will be available for download on October 26th from Future episodes will be available from iTunes, Amazon, and an iPad app. When season one wraps, a deluxe CD will be available.

Future episodes this season will include episodes written by Fessenden, JT Petty (S&Man), Graham Reznick (I Can See You) and Simon Rumley (Red White and Blue). Listen for the voices of Angus Scrimm (Phantasm), Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth), AJ Bowen (The House of the Devil), Ron Pearlman (Hellboy), and Joe Swanberg (A Horrible Way to Die).

Episodes will release weekly on Tuesdays, for ten weeks.

Each episode will be available first on the series' official site for $1.99 before later expanding to iTunes, Amazon and other distribution outlets.


Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Biggest Mistake Made by 'Law & Order: Criminal Intent'

Associated Content, 10.21.10
by Gabrielle Rice

Too Many Changes was Too Much for Loyal LO:CI Fans

When Law & Order Criminal Intent announced the departure of four cast members earlier this year, I knew that the series was in trouble. Only six months passed before the USA Network considered canceling LOCI. Season 10 is rumored to be the final season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. However, Jeff Wachtel, President of Original Programming for USA, is not committed to ending the show. According to Wachtel said, "The plan is for this to be the series finale, but with a Dick Wolf franchise, one really never knows until it's over."

Because of the series' uncertain future, Jeff Goldblum decided to leave the show. Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Saffron Burrows contracts expired over the summer.

This is not a surprise considering that the new cast just couldn't reach LOCI fans. The fans were not emotionally invested in the new characters like they were with Goren, Eames, Ross, Logan, and Wheeler.

Maybe LOCI executives got too cocky. After all, they've had actor/character changes in the past and the show never suffered big repercussions. For example, when Courtney B. Vance left the fans missed him, but they were able to live with the show without him. Another example is Jamey Sheridan, who played Captain Deakins during the early years of LOCI. Fans missed Sheridan when he left, but D'Onofrio, Erbe, and Noth were there to pick up the slack while Bogosian worked his way into the fold.

Allowing (or making) Erbe, Bogosian, D'Onofrio, and Nicholson to leave the show at the same time was one of the biggest mistakes that Law & Order Criminal Intent executives could have made. These four held the show's original fan base. If executives thought they could catch new viewers with a large cast shake up they over estimated the television public. Nowadays, sitcoms are competing with a large multitude of reality game shows and celebrity reality show entertainment. A sex obsessed man isn't going to watch Jeff Goldblum at One Police Plaza when he can watch The Girls Next Door. Lets face it, sex sells these days and the things that Law & Order doesn't have is titillating sex and busty girls running around in tight clothes. However, what Criminal Intent does have is (or was) intriguing storylines, engaging characters, and quality programming that was cutting edge, but not overly offensive to sensitive adult viewers.

Another big mistake Law & Order Criminal Intent executives made was writing the final show that had Erbe, Bogosian, and D'Onofrio exit in such a disrespectful manner.

Captain Ross was gunned down like a dog in an alley. Bogosian earned his place on that show. They killed his character, Captain Danny Ross, for no good reason. They didn't even give Captain Ross a proper funeral. Executives would argue that they didn't have the television time for that. Hey, Captain Ross was a major character, so they should have made time. If sweeping Captain Ross under the rug like week old dust bunnies wasn't enough, LOCI fans were forced to swallow the odd and somewhat lame exit of Goren and Eames. Alexandra Eames fired Bobby Goren and then she quit. Goren kissing Eames on the cheek was sweet, which made the gruel easier to swallow, but LOCI fans still had to eat it. These crappy exits were the final nail in the coffin as far as loyal Law & Order: Criminal Intent fans were concerned.

The only piece of good news is that Vincent D'Onofrio is coming back for the next season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Critics speculate that Jeff Wachtel and Dick Wolf are secretly hoping that D'Onofrio can save the series. Under different circumstances D'Onofrio would be able to pull it off. However, LOCI executives really screwed up the flow of the show. It will also take Erbe, Noth, and Nicholson to bring the Criminal Intent brand back to the eminence that it had. Other cast members, who remain nameless, are in negotiations to return, so who knows.

If by some miracle LOCI can be saved, lets hope that executives and producers of the show learned their lesson and never try to pull such an elaborate stunt again. The 10th season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent is expected to air in 2011.

Thanks Dani!

Is it possible to combine music and horror movie? Vincent D'Onofrio has proved that nothing is impossible!, 10.24.10
by mat.pras

[translated by Google]

The film begins with acquiring a scene: battered by someone she ends her life on the forest path. Already this first scene says it will not be a picture for the faint hearted. The same scenes of horror is admittedly small, but they are so poignant, that not everyone will be able to be abolished. "Forest Killer" uses the hammer, and thus in a very specific way people talk to their victims ... but let's move to more pleasant things ...

"Do not go to the forest" is the story of a musical group that is trying to find motivation and ideas for more songs without having to look for drugs, alcohol, indeed other drugs. Is to help them in this particular escape from civilization and peace in nature, but in the first time are distorted by a few friends of girls who want to have fun.

Heroes at the entrance to the forest passing a sign reading "do not enter." Caution is nevertheless considered a joke by the band members. From the time camp begins in the forest, people die. Who is responsible for it and what is he headed? Worth to see it for yourself and not just because of the questions posed above.

"Do not go into the forest" is a kind of combination of horror disney'owskimi productions for teenagers, which is full of movement and singing. It is true that the age range in which the director was aiming, it is probably a little different from disney'owskiego, but this movie all the time is interspersed with music and songs sung by the characters, regardless of the situation. What's more, it is not only a trivial story, but the film entering the specific questions that everyone has to answer himself. How important is success? Or finally, if it really is worth a human life?

It is worth to go to the "Do not go into the woods" after the screening to see the world differently.

Special Engagement with Vincent D'Onofrio at Naples Int'l Film Festival

Examiner, 10.22.10
by Deborah Smith Ford

Special Engagement with Vincent D'Onofrio!
"Don't Go in the Woods"

*Q & A with Vincent D'Onofrio immediately following the screening

A young rock and roll band heads into the forest to focus their creative energies and work on the songs for their next album. But when things don't go according to plan, a series of murders unfolds and reshapes the music in ways they never might have expected. Vincent D'Onofrio's DON'T GO IN THE WOODS is a slasher movie with a twist; it's also a compelling rock and roll musical featuring songs by Sam Bisbee. DON'T GO IN THE WOODS explores the dark side of the creative process with plenty of frights.

Directed By: Vincent D'Onofrio
Produced By: Sam Bisbee, Ken Christmas, Erika Hampson, Joe Vinciguerra
Cast: Matt Sbeglia, Cassandra Walker, Soomin Lee

Full article

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tickets on sale for screening "Don't Go in the Woods" at Naples Film Fest

A band goes into the woods for some quiet and inspiration, looking to write their next album. When seven groupies follow, the party begins. But a killer is on the loose wreaking havoc and mayhem. As director, Vincent D'Onofrio, likes to say, "people sing and people die." It doesn't get much better than that.

Running time: 83 min.

"Don't Go in the Woods" screens at the Silverspot Cinema on Saturday, November 6th at 8pm - $12.50.

Visit the Naples Film Festival for more information.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Chaplin, Welles, Bogart, Curtis Shine At American Film Festival, 10.21.10
by Sandy Mandelberger, Festival Dailies Editor

While the main focus of the American Film Festival, Eastern Europe's first all-American film showcase, is on contemporary directors, the Festival is also presenting an eye-opening homage to classic films and filmmakers from both the golden age of Hollywood and the last decade of American indie gems. The result is a full schedule designed to intrigue any casual or ardent admirer of American cinema.

In the section Play It Again, Sam, the Festival is bringing a smorgasboard of film classics, offering a rare treat to enjoy these films on the big screen. Charles Chaplin, one of cinema's first auteurs and one of the most influential film artists of any age, is represented in the program with his silent classics THE KID and THE GOLDRUSH. Also included is his 1940 cri-de-couer against the rise of Nazism, the wonderfully trenchant THE GREAT DICTATOR (with Charlie playing a version of the fanatically overwrought Adolph Hitler).

Perhaps the greatest debut film of all time, CITIZEN KANE by Orson Welles, is also on the program. A critique of American capitalism and obsession with fame (oh, how things have not changed in 70 years), the film established Welles as a singular film talent. The barely disguised subject of his film, famed publisher and power broker William Randolph Hearst, almost succeeded in having the film banned and burned, but luckily for us, it has remained intact. Current filmmaking giants such as Spielberg, Scorsese, Eastwood and others cite CITIZEN KANE as the film that convinced them that film could be art and started them off on their own legendary careers.

Citizen Kane screens on Oct 20 & 24 at AFF.

**Vincent D'Onofrio's "Don't Go in the Woods" screens at AFF on Oct 22 and 23.

**Vincent D'Onofrio portrayed Orson Welles in "Ed Wood" (1994) and in D'Onofrio's "Five Minutes, Mr Welles" (2005).


Vincent D'Onofrio Receives Publisher's Columbus Award

More photos found on Facebook - The Italian Tribune
Tribune Gala Honors Sons and Daughters of Columbus

Thanks Heather!

Vincent attends the Global Poverty Project

Vincent D'Onofrio attends the global launch of "1.4 Billion Reasons" on DVD hosted by the Global Poverty Project at The Museum of Modern Art on October 20, 2010 in New York City.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Poland bows first American Film Festival

Variety, 10.19.10

It will screen 20 pics in competition, including fest faves

Polish audiences will get a taste of the West when Eastern Europe's first fest dedicated to American film opens in Wroclaw on Oct. 20.

The American Film Festival -- an offshoot of the Era New Horizons fest held there in July -- will screen 20 indie features in competition, with hits from Cannes, Sundance, South by Southwest and Tribeca, including Vincent D'Onofrio's "Don't Go in the Woods" and Tim Rutili's "All My Friends Are Funeral Singers."

There's a John Cassavetes retrospective and a 15-strong documentary section that includes "And Everything Is Going Fine," Steven Soderbergh's study of the life and death of performance artist Spalding Gray, and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story."

There is also probably Poland's first cinematic screening of director D.W. Griffith's 1915 classic "Birth of a Nation," notorious for its racist depiction of African Americans.

It will be shown as part of a performance by visual artist DJ Spooky (aka Paul Miller), who'll offer his multimedia riff on the theme "Rebirth of a Nation" that's a contemporary take on race relations in America.

The fest offers winning films cash prizes and the chance for Eastern European distribution, as already established by mother fest Era New Horizons.

Described by organizers as a kind of Eastern European Deauville, the AFF runs through Oct. 24.

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Thanks Linda!

Monday, October 18, 2010

“Crackers” Stirs Up South Amboy

South Amboy Times, 9.25.10

New Jersey based Exit 135 Productions filmed a new independent short film, “Crackers” in South Amboy from Sept. 13-17 at Henry’s Raritan Barber Shop, and Marconi Photography Studio, both located on Bordentown Ave., South Amboy.

“Crackers,” was written by newbie writers Timothy Reinhardt and Gregory Principato. “Although I have been in the film business for over 16 years, mainly working in the camera department, I have yet to write a story of my own that I can be proud of, that is until now,” Greg explains when asked about the script. Co-writer Tim adds, “Working with Greg was an incredibly creativeandenjoyableexperience. Honestly, the writing came easily because we share a similar comedic style. It also helped that we pulled a lot of the material from real-life experiences and people we know.”

“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 smallparadise surroundedbyhis 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.

The initial idea for this fictional story began about 10 years ago, after a trip to New Orleans and a tour of some of the haunted spots throughout the French Quarter. After years of mulling it over and changing the plot a few times, Gregory finally teamed up with Timothy Reinhardt and completed the script within a few short months.

The movie stars Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order Criminal Intent), Brenda Vaccaro (You Don’t Know Jack), Anthony Laciura (Boardwalk Empire/MET Opera Singer), Dan Hedaya (Cheers), Sal Richards (comedian/entertainer), Beth Ann Bonner (One Life To Live), and premiering the young Vincent Mora.
Mr.Principatohascarefullyselectedthis all-star cast with many of the roles written specifically for the chosen actor. Although this is his first short narrative, Gregory Principato,haddirectedbefore,mostrecentlythe award-winning documentary, “Mr. Laughs, A Look Behind the Curtain.”

The producers plan to shop the film around by showcasing it at various high-profile film festivals, both local and international. For more information about the film, check out the website:

Note: Henry “The Barber” Rinkewich was a very proud and happy man that his business, Henry’s Raritan Barber Shop was selected as one of the locations for the shoot. He said that someone stopped at City Hall looking for a barber shop in South Amboy, and his place was recommended by a lady who worked there. Henry said that, “The people from the movie came in and looked around,andlovedmyantiqueclocks,andwe signed a contract for them to use the building for one day.” The shooting continued for another four days at a business/residence on Bordentown Ave., Marconi Photography Studio.



Thanks Viola!

**This is not a release from USA Network.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Photos: From the filming of 'Crackers'

There is a terrific slideshow of photos from the filming of "Crackers" at Sue Coflin/Max Photos.

Vincent D'Onofrio (Law & Order Criminal Intent) and BethAnn Bonner (One Life To Live) get ready to film Crackers - an Independent Short Film which is a dark comedy about an Italian chef Gus (Vincent) and his wife Cat (BethAnn) and son Luke (Vincent Mora)whose lives are turned upside down by his mother-in-law Bidelia (Brenda Vaccaro) who invades his home. It is filmed in South Amboy, New Jersey. These photos were taken on Sept. 16 and 17, 2010 on set.

Thanks to Misty for the link!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

"Don't Go in the Woods" screens at Savannah Film Festival

SAVANNAH, Ga.—Twenty three-year-old actor Miles Teller will receive the “Discovery Award” at the Savannah Film Festival prior to a screening of his debut performance in John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole” (also starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart) on Oct. 31. Teller, currently filming “Footloose” in Atlanta, joins previously announced honorees Liam Neeson, Ian McKellen and Isabella Rossellini. The 13th annual Savannah Film Festival runs from Oct. 30-Nov. 6.

In addition to “Rabbit Hole,” other special screenings added to the festival slate include the Tom Shadyac documentary “I AM;” Sony Pictures Classics’ animated “The Illusionist,” directed by Sylvain Chomet; Wikipedia documentary “Truth in Numbers?," directed by Scott Glosserman, Nic Hill; Whitney Smith’s Halston documentary, “Ultrasuede;” Dana Adam Shapiro’s “Monogamy,” starring Chris Messina and Rashida Jones; and Vincent D’Onofrio’s rock musical horror film “Don’t Go In the Woods.”


Category: Film, Special Screenings
Show Times
* Tue, Nov 2nd @ 9:30pm - Trustees Theater

When a young band goes into the woods to write songs they hope will give them their break, the quiet getaway turns into a nightmare beyond their wildest imaginings.

Gala special screenings include: Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction,” Nigel Cole’s “Made in Dagenham” and Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine.” This will be the first year the Savannah Film Festival will present films in Digital Cinema Projection.

The festival is pleased to keep the tradition of their surprise “Directors Choice” screening. The “Director’s Choice” is always a top-secret screening of a major studio release; this year’s will be a U.S. premiere. The immensely popular night will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 3 and the identity of the film will not be revealed until the opening credits role. Full Article

Thanks Misty!

The Savannah Film Festival runs Oct. 30 – Nov. 6, 2010

Friday, October 15, 2010

Vincent D'Onofrio talks cops at Museum Event


On Thursday morning, near a rain-drenched Judiciary Square, a small group of people gathered under a white canopy to break ground on the newest museum to join Washington's venerable collection.

The National Law Enforcement Museum will be opened in 2013 and will house the most comprehensive collection of law enforcement artifacts in the country.

"With groundbreaking, we are taking a historic step in realizing our mission to tell the story of American law enforcement through exhibits, collections, research and education," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial fund, who braced the elements alongside House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to put shovel to dirt.

On Thursday evening, with the massive ceiling of the National Building Museum protecting guests from the elements, a black-tie gala marked the groundbreaking. Hundreds of officers in Class A uniform mingled among select museum artifacts on display - including a line-up of classic police cars that flanked the gala entrance.

'Law and Order: Criminal Intent' star Vincent D'Onofrio — who made his name playing Gomer Pyle in the movie 'Full Metal Jacket' before taking on the role of enigmatic detective Bobby Goren in the NBC series—flew into town for the event from New York. He told POLITICO that meeting real life police officers over the years had shown him that the fictionalization of law enforcement was a far cry from reality.

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio at the NLEOMF Gala

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Photos: NLEOMF Groundbreaking Gala

Vincent D'Onofrio, Lynda Carter and Bill Kurtis were on hand for the National Law Enforcement Gala.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Principato Prepares for Premiere Showing

THE PRINCIPAL CAST OF ‘CRACKERS’ – From left are Beth Ann Bonner, Anthony Laciura, Vincent D’Onofrio, Brenda Vaccaro and Sal Richards --

Italian Tribune, 10.13.10

Like a proud father, newly minted script writer Gregory Principato is awaiting the “imminent” birth of his first film. The filming, by New Jersey-based Exit 135 Productions, of the short independent movie Crackers has finished and everyone involved is preparing for its premiere.

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 happily 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.

The idea for the film first came to Gregory Principato about ten years ago after a trip to New Orleans and a tour of some of the haunted spots in the French Quarter. After years of thinking of the story line and changing the plot a few times, Gregory teamed up with Timothy Reinhardt and completed the script in a few short months. “Although I have been in the film business for over 16 years, mainly working in the camera department, I have yet to write a story of my own that I can be proud of,” Greg explained. His co-writer Tim added, “Working with Greg was an incredibly creative and enjoyable experience.”

Greg carefully selected an all-star cast for this film, writing many of the roles with a specific actor in mind. Vincent D’Onofrio, in the role of Gus, is best known for his role of Detective Robert Goren in “Law and Order Criminal Intent.” He has also acted in many other films and TV productions such as “Mystic Pizza,” “The Break-Up,” “The Whole Wide World” (which he helped produce) and also in the recent highly acclaimed film Full Metal Jacket. He was pleased to work with Gregory when he was contacted and asked to join the film cast.

“There has to be some loyalty in our business,” he told the Tribune during a break in the filming. “I worked with Gregory on ‘Law and Order,’” he continued, “and when I received a call from him asking me to join the cast I had an opening in my schedule. I was glad to participate in this project due to the relationship I had established with Gregory.”

Also featured in the film is the legendary Brenda Vaccaro, who was recently nominated for an Emmy in the award winning film You Don’t Know Jack. Ms. Vaccaro has been in numerous feature films and TV series in the course of her career with a variety of nominations for her work. In 1976 she was awarded a Golden Globe for the film Once is Not Enough, and in 2001 was given an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Los Angeles Italian Film Awards. In the film Crackers Ms. Vaccaro plays the role of Bidelia.
Full article

CI begins filming in October

New York Production Listings, October 12, 2010

NEW Law & Order: Criminal Intent, an hour-long drama for the USA Network. Shooting begins in October. With Vincent D'Onofrio. Principals: Lynn Kressel Casting, Pier 62, Room 304, West 23rd Street and Hudson River, NYC 10011. Background: Central Casting New York, 875 Sixth Ave., 15th floor, NYC 10001.

Thanks Linda!

Dick Wolf leaves UTA, 10.13.10
by Nellie Andreeva

Talk about a shocker. There's big news in the TV agency world -- Law & Order creator Dick Wolf has just left UTA where he had been a client of owner/founder Peter Benedek's since 1999 and more recently of Tracey Jacob's [right] (who also reps L&O: Criminal Intent's Vincent D'Onofrio). Also, I hear that he has not signed yet with a new agency and it is not clear if he intends to do so right away. "We are honored to have called Dick a client for more than a decade, and we are proud of our long relationship which has resulted in some of the best television series ever to air," the UTA partners said in a joint statement. "We wish Dick the very best."

Two decades after the launch of his original Law & Order series, Wolf remains one of the top earners in television with a very lucrative deal at NBC Universal for his Wolf Films. But at the same time, Wolf is known as an extremely hard-nosed businessman and hard-to-handle personality. Right now, he has three Law & Order series on the air: Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Los Angeles on NBC and Law & Order: Criminal Intent on USA; British offshoot Law & Order: UK, on which he also serves as an executive producer; as well as a pilot order at USA. But he lost the original Law & Order on NBC last spring (and a deal for TNT to take it over didn't work out) and the negotiation for Criminal Intent was long and arduous before its recent renewal. "I wish UTA the best going forward and I just want to take this opportunity to specifically thank Peter Benedek and Tracey Jacobs for their longtime help, thoughtfulness and advice," Wolf said.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Workshop with Elizabeth D'Onofrio

Vincent will be joining his sister, actor/instructor Elizabeth D'Onofrio, for a workshop for NIFF on Sunday, November 7th from 10am - 2pm at the Hilton in Naples. The cost for the workshop is $150.

Visit Elizabeth D'Onofrio on Facebook for more information.

The event is not yet listed on the NIFF website.

Vincent D'Onofrio to attend Law Enforcement Gala, 10.11.10

Vincent D'Onofrio and Howard Dean are featured at this week's events.
Thursday, October 14
It's time to go underground, literally, for the National Law Enforcement Museum, which will begin underground construction adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. To celebrate the jackhammers getting ready to rumble, a black tie celebration will be held at the nearby Building Museum with stars of law and order (we mean our own law enforcement officers and stars of "Law & Order") in attendance. Black tie. Tickets $500. Survivors or active duty tickets $250. National Building Museum 400 F St., N.W. 6:00 p.m.

To celebrate groundbreaking for the National Law Enforcement Museum, an elegant black-tie Gala will be held later that evening. This is a ticketed event.

Who: Friends and supporters of the National Law Enforcement Museum and distinguished guests*
What: Black-tie Gala (Law Enforcement Officers wear Class A uniforms) including a reception, dinner, dancing, entertainment and exhibits
When: Thursday, October 14, 2010
- Reception at 6:00 pm (EDT)
- Dinner at 7:00 pm
Where: National Building Museum
400 Block of F Street, NW, Washington, DC
Adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial and the future site of the National Law Enforcement Museum.

Online ticket sales are closed. Please call (202) 737-7986 if you are still interested in attending and have not purchased a ticket. Limited number of tickets available.

*Vincent D'Onofrio is a member of the NLEOMF Committee Celebrity Cabinet.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Kathryn Erbe Returning for Criminal Intent's Final Season

TV, 10.8.10
by Adam Bryant

Kathryn Erbe will return for the 10th and final season of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, USA Network announced Friday.

Vincent D'Onofrio returning to Law & Order: Criminal Intent for final season

Erbe, who for eight seasons played Detective Alexandra Eames on the Dick Wolf procedural, rejoins the cast just weeks after series star Vincent D'Onofrio announced his own return to the series as Detective Bobby Goren.

"Were thrilled to have Kathryn Erbe return as Detective Eames, the perfect complement to D'Onofrio's Detective Goren," USA programming president Jeff Wachtel said in a statement. "We now have the definitive team for the ultimate season of this phenomenal show."

"I'm excited and grateful that Katie has decided to rejoin one of the best detective teams in the history of television," Wolf said in his own statement.
Besides her Criminal Intent role, Erbe is best known for her portrayal of death row inmate Shirley Bellinger on HBO's Oz. She also appeared on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street.

Criminal Intent was the second spin-off from the flagship Law & Order brand when it began in 2001. After ratings started to decline, the series moved from NBC to sister cable station USA in 2007.

D'Onofrio and Erbe exited the show at the beginning of the show's ninth season, leaving Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows as the show's primary stars. Golblum announced his exit from the show in August. It remains unclear how Burrows' character will be impacted.

Are you excited to see Goren and Eames back together?

-- Ausiello Files

Thanks Sharon, Venenina, and Drew!

Kathryn Erbe also has an upcoming movie, "Worst Friends". Thanks Drew!

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Photos: More from "Don't Go in the Woods" at Woodstock Film Festival Launch Party

Joe Vinciguerra, Vincent D'Onofrio, Mike Latino (Don't Go In the Woods)

Mike Latino, Vincent D'Onofrio, Joe Vincinguerra (Don't Go In The Woods) WFF Director Meira Blaustein

2010 WFF Filmmakers

2010 Launch Party, Sept 7. Photos from WFF's MobileMe Gallery

Vincent D' Onofrio among stars featured in upcoming Naples International Film Festival, 10.6.10

It might not be filled with household names, but the roster of films selected for the 2010 Naples International Film Festival includes some recognizable faces.

Most of the feature films scheduled to be screened at the festival star actors who have made their names on the small screen in supporting roles — Sabrina Lloyd from “SportsNight,” Julie Benz of “Dexter” and Zach Gilford from “Friday Night Lights.”

That’s not to say the festival doesn’t have star power. Academy Award-winner William Hurt and William Devane costar in “The River Why,” about a virtuoso fly fisherman who decamps to a secluded cabin. Billy Bob Thornton narrates the documentary “My Run,” which tracks Terry Hitchcock’s quest to run 75 marathons in 75 days.

The festival will also feature a special filmmaker question-and-answer session with “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” star Vincent D’Onofrio after a screening of “Don’t Go in the Woods,” a new musical horror film he directed. D’Onofrio will also participate in an acting workshop with his sister Elizabeth D’Onofrio, who teaches acting on Fort Myers Beach.

The festival previously announced the documentary “Thespians” as the opening film to be screened during a gala at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts on Nov. 4. The rest of the films, along with two sections of short films, will play at the Silverspot Cinema at Mercato on Nov. 5-7.

A children’s program, taking place at the Norris Center, has yet to be finalized.

Festival vignettes, from Fright Night to Ochs, 10.3.10
By Deborah Medenbach

it’s been a whirl of a weekend, but there are some really precious moments that really make me smile that I haven’t had a chance to share:

–Arriving at the Catamount for the Fright Night screening of “Don’t Go in the Woods”, I encountered Vincent D’Onofrio sitting comfortably at the top of the stairs, casually smoking a cigarette. We were having a nice chat about the film’s musicians when a woman approached him.

“You shouldn’t be smoking here. I don’t think it’s allowed.”

D’Onofrio looked at her, took a deep drag and, with a rebel’s soul showing, replied “Let them tell me I can’t.”

Y’know what? No one ever did!

I sat next to a woman at the screening who’d driven all the way from central New Jersey for the festival. She owned 22 of D’Onofrio’s films and was thrilled to be able to walk by him several times, but could never bring herself so say so much as “hello, I like your films.” Even at the Q&A she couldn’t raise her hand, but she was probably the happiest person in the pavilion on that blustery night.

The band from the film played in the Catamount after the screening. It was very interesting to see how Sam Bisbee’s music had an entirely different feel to it when there wasn’t the threat of psychotic murder attached. You could easily listen to these songs in your car without getting creeped out. Probably even like it a whole lot!

The afterparty at the Emerson Resort was packed with about 300 filmmakers, actors and festival attendees. As much as I enjoyed the beautiful rooms that threaded from salon to salon, I found myself out in the lobby with a frustrated video crew who’d completely given up on trying to do interviews because of the warring acoustics. Even private conversations required shouting head to head. I circled through the rooms a few times and made some connections for the following day, but exhausted by the shouting, trailed down a hallway to the main entrance. There, sitting on a couch was Lucy, the grandmother of actor Cassandra Walker whose performance opens and closes the “Don’t Go in the Woods” film.

“So, was it upsetting to you to see your granddaughter getting knocked off kind of gruesomely in this film?” I asked. Lucy laughed…she loves her granddaughter and supports everything she does. The dark secret of this Long Island grandmother is that she adore horror films. Gory is great, and Cassandra’s performance did her proud!

On Saturday night I had a chance to see the Phil Ochs documentary in Rhinebeck. I’d heard Ochs songs in the 60s but never knew he suffered from mental illness. This compassionate documentary, compiled by his brother Michael Ochs and Kenneth Bowser, includes a huge amount of original footage of Ochs. Michael said that shortly after Phil died, he tried to collect as much footage as he could and came up with about two hours worth of film performances and interviews. When making this documentary, with the help of the internet, he was able to track down a full additional hour.

I’magine…30 years after your brother’s suicide, you are able to receive a full extra hour of visual time with him. It was a restorative experience for Michael to frame his brother’s life with original footage. Ochs was once considered second to Bob Dylan in activist influence but some say has been relegated to a footnote because of his spiraling final days. Michael’s film rectifies that.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

So. Amboy house turned into movie set for week

Bordentown Ave. provides setting for ‘Crackers,’ starring Vincent D’Onofrio

Photo by Chris Marconi

South Amboy residents may have thought they were in Hollywood recently when a local director selected the city to film his movie “Crackers.”
The short film, directed by Greg Principato, a Westfield resident and cameraman for HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire,” stars Vincent D’Onofrio of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent,” as well as Brenda Vaccaro, Dan Hedaya, Sal Richards, Anthony Laciura, Vincent Mora and BethAnn Bonner.

D’Onofrio, who Principato already knew, was one of the first to sign on to the project; the majority of the others were selected via a casting agent.

However, the other star of the movie is none other than South Amboy.

“They welcomed us with open arms,” Principato said of the local community. He said officials made the process as easy as possible. “The town couldn’t have been nicer.”

Principato said he felt it was important to shoot in his home state, and South Amboy was a good location for cast and crew members coming in from New York.

“Crackers,” with a running time of about a half-hour, is a dark comedy about an Italian chef whose life takes an unexpected turn after his father-in-law’s sudden death at his dinner table. The film is based on a crime story Principato heard about a butcher about 10 years ago, although he wrote the script with friend Timothy Reinhardt.

The movie was filmed entirely within the city’s borders. Principato said 30 pages of the script were filmed in five days — and most of those were spent filming at photographer Chris Marconi’s Victorian home at Bordentown and South Pine avenues.

“They liked what they saw on the outside,” Marconi said.

Principato, who heard about Marconi’s house through word-of mouth, liked the rustic look, the floor plan and the large kitchen window.

“The first floor was exactly what I was looking for,” Principato said.

Marconi and his wife Dawn moved out for five days while the cast and crew went to work, although they do appear as extras.

The crew also went down the street to shoot at Henry’s Raritan Barbershop on Bordentown Avenue.

Marconi said he hopes the crew didn’t disturb his neighbors too much with 3 a.m. shoots that involved intense lighting and the closing of his street for a day. The process, he said, was a little rough on the house. All told, he’s not sure he would rent it out for a movie again. However, the crew did make some upgrades to the Marconis’ garden, which he said he’s likely going to keep. As a photographer, he also saw the experience as a learning opportunity.

And he enjoyed hob-knobbing with the stars.

“All of the actors were really cool,” he said.

Principato, who is now working on the score with his brother Doug, said he plans to have the movie completed by Christmas. At that point he’ll be submitting it for film festivals. Regardless, he’s accomplished his goal of becoming a director.

“I’ve wanted to direct for a long time,” he said.

He said he’s still looking for investors for the project.

For information and updates on the film, visit www.crackersthemovie. com.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Audio: Vincent on Radio Woodstock

If you missed the phone interview with Vincent on Radio Woodstock 100.1 WDST that aired on Friday morning (10/1), here is the clip:


Only respect for Vincent D’Onofrio! | 10.4.10

The Whole Wide World
In Texas in the 1930s, young school teacher Novalyne Price meets a handsome, eccentric and interesting young man named Robert Howard. He’s a successful writer of the pulp stories of ‘Conan the Barbarian’; she’s an aspiring author. A friendship develops into a sort of courtship. Based on a memoir by Novalyne Price. Stars Academy Award® nominee Vincent D’Onofrio and Renée Zellweger (Chicago).Director Dan Ireland shows a talent for authenticity with this heartbreaking love story based on Novalyne Price’s 1988 account of her prickly romance with 1930s pulp-fiction writer Robert E. Howard, the creator of Conan the Barbarian. She was a schoolteacher in a small Texas town; he was the odd-ball writer who lived at home and created comic-book characters that were sexier and more violent than was considered decent by the locals. Renée Zellweger’s performance is a gem of sweet unconventionality matched by Vincent D’Onofrio’s powerful show of eccentricity and increasing mental illness. Though smart and feisty, this leaves us wishing the filmmakers had dug deeper into Howard’s unusual relationship with his manipulative mother. –Rochelle O’Gorman

The Narrows
Brooklyn native Mike Manadoro (Kevin Zegers, Transamerica, Dawn of the Dead) has a dream-but he’s got to risk his life to make it come true. To afford tuition at a prestigious Manhattan university, Mike takes a job with the local mob boss (Titus Welliver, Gone Baby Gone, TV’s Deadwood). But as his assignments grow more dangerous, he learns the true meaning of loyalty when he gets some help from a very unlikely source. Featuring Vincent D’Onofrio (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill), THE NARROWS is a gritty, real-life portrait of a young man torn between his traditional Italian-American neighborhood and the elite Manhattan world just across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Read comments to this article from TWWW Producer/Director Dan Ireland

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Vincent, Man, Go!

article in Entertainment Weekly from 1987

He's been in almost 30 films, yet keeps outrunning stardom
By Tom Russo | Nov 28, 1997

It's strangely fitting that Vincent D'Onofrio chose Men in Black to give his most widely seen performance to date. The 38-year-old New York actor has such a chameleonic streak, you feel like you've been flashed with a neuralizer every time you see him in a new role. Zap.

Who starred in last winter's The Whole Wide World as Conan creator Robert E. Howard? Who was Keanu Reeves' no-account brother in last year's Feeling Minnesota? Or the young Orson Welles in 1994's Ed Wood? The screenwriter haplessly offed by Tim Robbins in 1992's The Player? Lili Taylor's fisherman beau in 1988's Mystic Pizza? How about the 6-foot-4-inch actor's first big splash, playing the tubby Marine recruit who's bullied and brutalized until he winds up one jelly doughnut short of a dozen in 1987's Full Metal Jacket?

JFK, Dying Young, Malcolm X, Mr. Wonderful, Household Saints, Strange Days... In over a decade of screen work, the Brooklyn-born actor has made nearly 30 films. But surely, spending the summer getting under America's skin as a reanimated corpse was a career-changing role in terms of — ''In terms of nothing,'' he says with an easygoing laugh. The studios ''never look at your work as a whole, only the last thing you did, which is why a lot of leading actors are playing the same roles over and over.'' He shrugs. ''I'm a character actor. I've always gotten lots of scripts for independents. If they're good and I have the time and it's not going to'' — he laughs again — ''cost me too much money, then I do as many as I can.''

Which makes life ever busy for D'Onofrio, who has a young daughter from a past relationship with Player costar Greta Scacchi. He followed up MiB with projects big and little. In March comes Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys, in which he'll star with Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke in a true story of bank-robbing brothers; with World director Dan Ireland he's just finished The Velocity of Gary (Not His Real Name), cast as a bisexual former porn star. ''The man changes himself completely with every part, physically and mentally,'' marvels Ireland, noting that D'Onofrio shed 40 pounds and sports waist-length hair for the role. ''Doing The Whole Wide World, there were times I forgot to call 'cut' because I was sitting there watching Robert E. Howard.''

Also upcoming are a TV remake of The Taking of Pelham One Two Three for ABC and a showy role on the Dec. 5 episode of NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street, in which D'Onofrio and Andre Braugher's Det. Frank Pembleton share the screen almost exclusively. Will you recognize him? Don't bet on it.


Sunday, October 3, 2010

Video: Q&A at Woodstock Film Festival

Q & A and Interview with Director Vincent D'Onofrio and Special Performance by Matt Sbeglia, Bo Boddie and Sam Bisbee.

Meet the Director: Vincent D’Onofrio

Meet the Director: Vincent D’Onofrio - Monday, November 22, 2010
6:00 pm
Join us for a screening of Vincent D’Onofrio’s first directorial outing with Don’t Go into the Woods, now making the rounds at film festivals. This horror/musical, with a black comedy twist, follows members of an indie rock band looking for a quiet weekend away from modern distractions. As in most films of the genre, the characters soon begin disappearing one-by-one as they meet grisly death. Nothing else about this off-beat film that has been described as “Blair Witch Meets Glee.”

Vincent D’Onofrio has appeared in many movies, including Full Metal Jacket, Ed Wood, Men In Black, The Break Up, and The Cell, but is perhaps best known for recently his reprised role as quirky Detective Robert Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent.

NYIT Auditorium on Broadway
1871 Broadway
(btw 61st and 62nd)
New York, NY

More info at Center for Communication

Thanks Jenn via Nantz

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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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