Saturday, February 27, 2010

Vincent D'Onofrio at Rib City Grill for ticket signing

Vincent will be at Rib City Grill on March 12th from 5-10pm for a ticket signing and small meth cops fundraiser. The hope is that people who are attending the event on April 10th will come along to get their ticket and have it signed by Vincent while they're there. Otherwise, people can just show up to eat as usual.

This is in addition to the big fundraiser on April 10th and is not replacing it.

Thanks Rainie!

Rib City Grill
648 East State Road
American Fork, UT, 84003
(801) 492-1744

Elizabeth D'Onofrio to direct "Talk Radio"

NaplesNews.com, 2.27.10
By Chris Silk

"Talk Radio" opens March 11, to star J. Mitchell Haley - [shock jock]

Casting info for the next Laboratory Theater of Florida production, Eric Bogosian's "Talk Radio," is out.

J. Mitchell Haley will take the lead role, supposedly based in part on Howard Stern's rise to the top of the New York City radio charts. "Talk Radio" was written in 1987, as "shock jock" radio started to become more common.

Please note that this show will run six days only, March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, all performances at 8 p.m. at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center in downtown Fort Myers. For tickets, call 239-333-1933.

The show will be directed by Elizabeth D'Onofrio, sister of Vincent D'Onofrio, although they seem to be playing that on the down-low. She has been blogging about directing the show on her personal Web site. Full article


POSTING FROM THE FACEBOOK EVENT INVITATION:
Barry Champlain, radio call-in host extraordinaire, has a malicious, abusive, downright nasty way of dealing with his invisible audience and the world at large. An indignant crusader, Champlain is a man who sees through all of the lies and hypocrisy and "tells it as it is."

Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio examines the lives of Barry Champlain, the host of Night Talk, a popular Cleveland radio talk show, as well as numerous callers, his engineer, operator and both his executive and assistant producers. Popular local actor J. Mitchell Haley is Barry Champlain.

"This decadent country needs a loud voice; and that's me," Barry tells his listeners, "and it's a cry, a warning for anyone who fears the madness and petty dictators that rule America 's airwaves."

"Imagine Lenny Bruce deciding to become popular talk-show host- and you begin to have an idea of the whiplash intensity and black hard-edged cynicism of Talk Radio."The New York Times.

Under the direction of Elizabeth D'Onofrio for The Laboratory Theater of Florida, Talk Radio plays March 11, 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, at 8 pm at the Sidney and Berne Davis Art Center, 2301 First Street, Fort Myers River District.

For ticket information contact the SBDAC box office at 239-333-1933 or visit www.sbdac.com.

Friday, February 26, 2010

More on Erika Hampson and a new film....

Providence Journal, 2.28.10
By Michael Janusonis

Cumberland producer delighted by Oscar nod


Is there something about Cumberland?

The town’s most famous exports — directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly — went to Hollywood and became famous for their wacky comedies, most notably “There’s Something About Mary . . .”

Now former Cumberlandite Erika Hampson, who went to New York in hopes of getting into film production, has an Academy Award nomination for the short live-action film she co-produced, “The New Tenants.”

Reached on her cell phone while she was walking down Sixth Avenue to her apartment, Hampson said she was surprised and delighted by the nomination for the quirky film, which she co-produced with Sam Bisbee and which was directed by Joachim Back. She and producing partner Sam Bisbee are heading for Hollywood Monday to attend the Academy Awards on March 7.

“The New Tenants” follows the funny and unexpected travails of an unlikely gay couple: one a chain-smoking pessimist; the other a nonsmoking optimist, who discover that three murders took place in their apartment before they moved in, and that the man who had lived there left something behind. Soon their doorbell is ringing with a comical array of characters and there are more murders to follow. It all might seem gruesome if one weren’t laughing so hard.

Hampson calls it “a dark comedy, but people laugh. Even things I didn’t think were especially funny, the audiences find hilarious.”

“The New Tenants” has been received very well at film festivals from Colorado to Texas to Arizona, she said. “There’s been a lot of good positive feedback. It’s a movie I can watch over and over.”

She said it was shot over three days in December 2008 at the Chelsea Hotel in Manhattan, which doubles for the apartment building, with a half day of filming under the elevated train tracks at Broadway and 125th Street for the movie’s closing sequence.

“We made it for under $100,000. The actors only got paid union scale of about $100 a day.” And those actors include such bold-face names as Vincent D’Onofrio and Kevin Corrigan.

That came about because the 32-year-old Hampson, a 1999 graduate of Boston College in communications, has had a long working relationship with D’Onofrio on his “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” TV show. She was hired in 2005 as a production assistant to “get my foot in the door” of the TV business.

D’Onofrio has asked her to join his new production company and she plans to work with him on his first production, which just got financing — a feature film called “Johnny and Me,” about a young woman seeking to form a bond with her estranged father, but discovering that it’s impossible because he’s incapable of social interaction due to Asperger’s syndrome.
Full article

**Visit our Filmography section for more on "The New Tenants"

More on Erika Hampson

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Video Interview with Kate Erbe from Sundance


From Moving Pictures Magazine - a 10-minute video interview with Kathryn Erbe, director Eric Mendelsohn and Danai Gurira.

Movie: 3 Backyards
Directed/Written by: Eric Mendelsohn
Starring: Embeth Davidtz, Edie Falco, Elias Koteas, Kathryn Erbe, Danai Gurira

Interview by Elliot V. Kotek
Videography by F.J.Productions
(from the 2010 Sundance Film Festival)

Writer/director Eric Mendelsohn and actors Kathryn Erbe and Danai Gurira chat about what drew them toward the story in the film “3 Backyards.” Mendelsohn and Erbe also shed light on what the atmosphere on set was like for this small production and the unusual challenge of editing in a house and not in a traditional editing facility. Coming from television’s “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” Erbe differentiates her experience on “3 Backyards” and explains how it was a welcomed change of pace. The three muse about whether or not art is a form of therapy for them and how this notion gets turned on its head in their film. Gurira describes what it was about her character that drew her to the script. On the other hand, Mendelsohn explains what it is like to release control of his script to his actors and trust other people with the characters he birthed.

'The New Tenants' co-producer Erika Hampson, up for award

ValleyBreeze.com
Root for the hometown girl on Oscar night
By FRANK O'DONNELL, 2.17.10

When you watch the Oscars telecast on March 7, look carefully. You could see a Cumberland native on the stage making an acceptance speech.

"It's fantastic," says Erika Hampson. "It's amazing that we're going this far with it."

"The New Tenants," which Hampson co-produced, is among five films nominated in the Shorts category for an Academy Award.

The film stars Vincent D'Onofrio, perhaps best known for his role as the quirky detective Bobby Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent."

"I moved to New York right after college and got really lucky," says the 32-year-old Cumberland High graduate. "I started as a production assistant on 'Criminal Intent.'"

As the first-team production assistant, she dealt with all the principal actors. "I would take them through their day, greet them in the morning, get them into hair and makeup, make sure they had what they needed. And I got to know Vincent very well."

When D'Onofrio opened a production company, he invited Hampson to join him as an assistant, "with the promise that I'd become a producer."

Over the summer of 2008, Hampson produced a feature film which D'Onofrio directed - a "slasher/musical" called "Don't Go into the Woods."

"It's not as cheesy as most musicals tend to be," says Hampson with a chuckle. It features a band that retreats to the woods in search of inspiration for their new album. A bunch of groupies follow them, and, oh yeah, there's a maniac out there. "People go into the woods, they sing, they die."

One good thing that came out of the movie was Hampson's relationship with Sam Bisbee, who wrote all the music for the film. "Two months after finishing, Sam called to say he had his hands on the script for 'The New Tenants,' and wondered if I'd be interested in helping him produce it."

Hampson refers to it as "a little in-house family project. A very low budget. We pulled in a lot of favors." D'Onofrio agreed to play a role, and convinced another actor, Kevin Corrigan, to join the cast. By the end of 2008, production was complete.

"We had a discussion on how to get it qualified for the Oscars," said Hampson. "It had to show commercially in two theaters. There are 10 or 20 theaters throughout the U.S. that are Oscar-qualifying theaters."

They found two theaters in Los Angeles that agreed to show the film. From there, it was a simple application process.

"Eighty or 90 short films qualified," says Hampson. "We found out this past December that we were on a short list of 10. So we knew for a month or so that we had a 50-50 shot." Full article

Thanks Jenn!

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**Rhode Island native Erika Hampson has also produced the short film, "Ipso Facto" with Vincent D'Onofrio.

Monday, February 22, 2010

An Evening with Vincent D'Onofrio

Following The Stanley Kubrick Film Festival at FSU, March 19-26*:

An Evening with Vincent D’Onofrio.” on Saturday, March 27. He’ll show two of his films (“Five Minutes Mr. Welles” and “Don’t Go In the Woods”) and discuss them. So if you miss him on Friday, you have a second chance on Saturday.

This event is independent of the Kubrick Film Festival and is not mentioned on the web site. Tickets for the Saturday event will be available at the door. The ticket price will be $5 or $10 - details still being worked out. More details posted when available.


*Friday, March 26, 2010: Vincent D’Onofrio will appear after a screening of FULL METAL JACKET. See previous post

From 1996: Review of "Tooth of Crime"

A Clash of Rock Stars In an Existential Mode

By BEN BRANTLEY
NY Times | 12.24.96

It is reported that in the unenlightened year of 1972, angry audience members fled in disgust from the American premiere of Sam Shepard's ''Tooth of Crime'' at the McCarter Theater in Princeton, N.J., when intermission arrived. That was, of course, before the play's author had won a Pulitzer Prize, become a movie star and been on mainstream magazine covers and people figured it was important to at least pretend to understand him.

Twenty-four years have passed, and ''Tooth of Crime'' has been restaged in a new, revised version by Mr. Shepard at the Lucille Lortel Theater. And in the enlightened year of 1996, audience members are fleeing in disgust at intermission.

Is this because Mr. Shepard's play is still too provocative and disturbing for traditionalists and philistines? Are those leaving the theater like the concertgoers who booed the first performance of Stravinsky's ''Rite of Spring''?

excerpted...Moreover, the play -- in which Hoss (here portrayed by Vincent D'Onofrio), an aging rock star, battles to the death with Crow (Kirk Acevedo), a punkish challenger -- relies heavily on songs that capture the clashing styles of the two men. It was generally agreed that the original music, by Mr. Shepard, fell way short of the author's literary imagination.

With an aim to remedying this, the new ''Tooth'' has music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett, the estimable music producer, composer and folk-rock performer. Mr. Shepard has condensed and, in some cases, entirely rewritten the two-act work. Mr. D'Onofrio, a magnetic movie actor (he's in the forthcoming film ''The Whole Wide World''), was brought in as the star.

Visit our Tooth of Crime pages to read the full article.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

More on RIDE FOR A HERO - Utah Meth Cops Project

HEROES HEALTH PROJECT & UTAH METH COPS PROJECT
Present RIDE FOR A HERO
Hosted by Attorney General, Mark Shurtleff & Vincent D'Onofrio

Saturday, April 10, 2010

RIDE: Registration from 8-10 am ? Ride 10-Noon
Timpanogos Harley Davidson 555 S Geneva Rd, Exit 273 Lindon, UT
$30 for ride only OR $45 for ride & concert
Register at the dealership or online at www.ribcityutah.com (online ordering)
Route: I-15 SR 73 (Saratoga) SR 68 Utah Lake SR (Santaquin) I-15

CONCERT: 1-3 pm
A Cowboy Experience
Vincent D'Onofrio presents George Geronimo Gerkie with the Sam Bisbee Band
Tickets: $100 for front row seating (limited availability)
$65 General Admission for concert (excluding ride)

VIP PACKAGE: 3-5 pm
Meet and Greet with photo opportunity and buffet style luncheon with Vincent D'Onofrio and Mark Shurtleff
Please contact Toni Jorgensen at 801-473-4810 for more information
Tickets should be secured no later than March 15, 2010 due to limited availability

SILENT AUCTION: To donate items for auction
Please contact Pamela Hennessey 801-898-7315

All proceeds benefit the Heroes Health Project & Utah Meth Cops Project
www.utah-detox.org - A 501©3 organization

Donations in kind may be also be made on our website www.utah-detox.org

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Vincent attends Monday Night Magic

On iggli.com, posted by 45Bleecker-
"Who overshadowed Vincent D'Onofrio in the crowd of guests to Monday Night Magic? FREE TICKET FOR NEXT MONDAY TO FIRST CORRECT ANSWER!"

Monday Night Magic is New York's longest-running Off-Broadway Magic Show.

Bleecker Street Theatre
45 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

Each week you'll find a different array of the finest stage magicians performing world class magic in an intimate theatrical setting. The fun continues during intermission as sleight-of-hand close-up magicians mingle with guests in the Close-Up Gallery downstairs as well as in the theater.

For more information, dinner discounts, upcoming performers and directions, call the MNM 24-hour hotline at (212) 615-6432 or visit http://www.mondaynightmagic.com. This show is not recommended for children under 12, and children under 8 will not be admitted.

/jenn

Friday, February 19, 2010

Reviews on "The New Tenants"

RopeofSilicon.com
by Brad Brevet | 2.22.10

The New Tenants is the one film of the five live-action shorts that carries any names you're going to recognize such as Vincent D'Onofrio as a crazed husband and Kevin Corrigan channeling his inner Christopher Walken. It is also the biggest hodge-podge of the bunch, mixing humor, wit, drugs, violence and finally ballroom dancing to tell the story of two new apartment owners that get into a bit of trouble after they mistakenly hand off a large bag of heroin assuming it's flour to an aged neighbor. Once they learn the truth about the apartment and the mistake they've made it's too late as a series of crazy people begin hammering at their door all while they debate whether or not one should be smoking at the dining table or not.

I was instantly drawn into this film by the dialogue written by Anders Thomas Jensen and adapted by David Rakoff who plays the smoker of the two new tenants, but as the film came to a conclusion it felt like they had just wasted 17 minutes of mayhem, humor and confusion and instead of being interesting just ends up being silly. However, those opening 17 minutes are quite great and at only 23 minutes (the credits actually begin at minute 18 followed by a silent two minute scene at the end) you could do much, much worse than this. Full article
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HollywoodChicago.com
By MATT FAGERHOLM | 2.19.10

...Working neither as a black comedy nor a tense thriller, this star-studded short is little more than a diverting curiosity. There’s wonderful dialogue at the beginning, well written and delivered by David Rakoff, who exudes colorful Manhattan neuroses as if he was in a Tony Kushner play. The opening moments between Rakoff and his boyfriend (Jamie Harrold) are so amusing that it’s a letdown when the plot literally comes knocking on their apartment door. Soon, the couple is visited by various special guest weirdos (Vincent D’Onofrio! Kevin Corrigan!), who each get a miniature showcase before violently exiting. The film is too clever by half, all the way down to its ending credits, which include a complete recipe for cinnamon buns (sorry Back, but Scorsese’s “Italianamerican” did that first, and to infinitely more meaningful effect). Full article
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BaltimoreSun
By Michael Sragow | 2.19.10

The other Oscar-nominated shorts
..."The New Tenants": In a cathartic explosion of black humor, two newcomers to a gloomy big-city apartment discover that it's been a center of domestic frays and drug deals. A tarnished gem of nervous humor, with Vincent D'Onofrio's best acting in years. Full article
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WeAreMovieGeeks.com
posted by Travis, 2.18.10

...THE NEW TENANTS (Denmark, 20 min.) – directed by Joachim Back – introduces two seemingly mismatched roommates recently moved into an apartment building, a building that reveals a dark history and a cast featuring actors Vincent D’Onofrio and Kevin Corrigan as bizarre fellow tenants. Eerily eccentric like David Lynch, smart and dialectically rich like the Coen Brothers, THE NEW TENANTS is a mysterious, philosophical and entertaining slice of the life abnormal. This little movie is a trip! Full article
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By ROB THOMAS | The Capital Times | 2.18.10

Live-action shorts are strong offerings this year
...My favorite of the bunch is Joachim Back’s hilariously violent “The New Tenants,” adapted from a screenplay by Danish filmmaker Anders Thomas Jensen (a Wisconsin Film Festival favorite) by writer and commentator David Rakoff, who also stars.

Rakoff is best known for his darkly wry contributions to the public radio show “This American Life,” and the film opens with his unmistakable voice giving a bitterly hysterical rant that touches on everything from our poisonous water supply to terrorism (at one point comparing body parts flying in the air from a suicide bombing to those diet soda commercials where water and flying fruit collide). It’s a misanthropic aria of pure genius that sets the tone for what’s to come.

Frank and his partner, Peter (Jamie Harrold), have just moved into a fleabag apartment that, it turns out, has quite a bit of history. That history comes barging in in the form of several dangerous folks who had business with the prior tenant, including a cuckolded husband (Vincent D’Onofrio), and a shotgun-toting drug dealer (Kevin Corrigan) looking for missing heroin. Full article

Vincent D'Onofrio to attend Stanley Kubrick Film Festival

*The Stanley Kubrick Film Festivalat Florida State University, March 19-26, 2010 - with Special Guests: Jan Harlan and Vincent D'Onofrio.

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio and executive producer Jan Harlan will discuss the process of working with Kubrick during the filming of Full Metal Jacket, brilliant and darkly humorous movie about the insanity of war.

March 26 (Friday) 7:00 pm
Free for FSU Students with ID (no tickets required) - $10 for non-FSU student tickets. Tickets available March 15. Visit the Fine Arts Ticket Office for purchase.

Visit FSU for more info.

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Tallahassee.com
by Mark Hinson | 2.19.10

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My live-action vote, if I belonged to the Academy, would go to "The New Tenants." It's a dark, Pinteresque piece about a jaded gay couple who move into a new apartment where a lot of bad stuff has happened. Visitors from the past — including an angry husband played by Vincent D'Onofrio — keep dropping by to stir up trouble.

D'Onofrio, by the way, is coming to Florida State in March to take part in the Stanley Kubrick Film Festival* at FSU's Student Life Cinema.
Full article

Thanks Jenn!

** Visit our Filmography section for more information on Full Metal Jacket, and the making of FMJ.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pre-Order Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 5


Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 5 is now available for pre-order from Amazon.com for $41.99. Release date: May 18, 2010.

Review Season 5 episodes.

Monday, February 15, 2010

"The New Tenants" screening at Florida Film Festival

A prying neighbour, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta (Vincent D'Onofrio) make up the welcome wagon. Set amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a fresh start of two men on what might just be the worst moving day ever. Their new apartment reveals its terrifying history in a film that is by turns funny, frightening, and unexpectedly romantic.

Director: Joachim Back
Writer: Anders Thomas Jensen Adaptation: David Rakoff
Producers: Sam Bisbee, Tivi Magnusson, Erika Hampson, Christian Potalivo, Johanne Stryhn Hoerby
Cast: Kevin Corrigan, David Rakoff, Vincent D’Onofrio, Liane Balaban, Helen Hanft, Jamie Harrold

Director’s Biography:
Joachim began his career as an impressionable teenager, working as an on-set runner for film productions in his native Denmark. Determined to get from away from the craft service table and behind the camera, Joachim and some friends began shooting their own shorts and spec projects on borrowed equipment. His oddball comic sensibility got him noticed, and in 1997 Joachim signed with Copenhagen’s Easy Film for commercial representation. In 2000 a spot he directed for MTV, The Mouth, was shortlisted for a Gold Lion at Cannes, and in 2001 Joachim and two fellow directors founded the spot shop Bacon. After several very successful years, the team went its separate ways, and Joachim moved with his family to New York where he signed with Park Pictures in 2004. Joachim has been working non-stop ever since, and has directed campaigns for Viagra, Captain Morgan, Tostitos, Hyundai, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bud Light, and Miller Lite, to name a few. His Viagra spots – the little blue pill’s first foray into comedy – won a Gold Lion at the 2005 Cannes Festival, it is one of the most decorated spots in the advertising world (with over 15 wins in the advertising awards circuit). He’s also snagged a Bronze Lion for Too Late, a spot for Charal out of Gang Films in Paris. Joachim was ranked number 7 on the Gunn Report in 2006. His hilarious, visually and sonically inventive Captain Morgan spot won Best Sound Design at the 2007 AICP Show. His Budlight Carpet spot was shortlisted at Cannes in 2008. In 2009, he received two Epica awards, an Epica Gold for Ikea and an Epica Silver for his Volvo spot.

THE NEW TENANTS DENMARK, USA/20 MINS

The film will screen at the 2010 Florida Film Festival (April 9-18). Film lineup will be announced in March.

Thanks Mark!

"The New Tenants" will be available for download on iTunes and video on demand (www.indemand.com) on March 2. - thanks Jess!
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2.17.10
CityPaper.com
Oscar Nominated Shorts
By Bret McCabe | Posted 2/17/2010

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Less effective in its reach for black comedy is Denmark's "The New Tenants" by Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson. In it, a gay couple--a chain-smoking, jabbering misanthrope and his put-upon mate--move into a flat with a checkered past. They find out about it the hard way, first when the neighboring old woman borrows flour from them and informs them of the triple homicide committed by the previous tenant, and then when an angry husband (Vincent D'Onofrio) shows up looking for his cheating wife, then when a shotgun-toting drug dealer (Kevin Corrigan) pops in looking for his stash. Its absurdities pile up like the corpses in the living room, but the filmmakers do nothing with it. Full article

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Catch a screening of "The New Tenants" - starts February 19th

The 2010 Oscar Shorts schedule is now available. The Oscar® Shorts program will open in theaters in the US, United Kingdom, and Canada - from February 19th, expanding to 100 cities in the following weeks.

"The New Tenants" will be available for download on iTunes and video on demand (www.indemand.com) on March 2. - thanks Jess!

Joachim Back's short film "The New Tenants" stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Corrigan, and David Rakoff.

Visit the website to find dates and locations of participating theaters.

Once you've watched this year's nominees you can make your opinion heard on our special ballot page. Predict the winners and find out on March 7th if you and the Academy voters agree.
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Also at
The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall, UCLA
February 18 - 7:30pm
Admission -Free and open to the public
More Information

Friday, February 12, 2010

Oscar Nominees Share Their Award Season Insights

from Shoot Online

Short takes
Director Joachim Back of Park Pictures is steeped in spotmaking experience. He decided to diversify into longer form for the first time with a short film, The New Tenants, produced by Park Pictures and M&M Productions. Last week The New Tenants earned an Oscar nomination for best live action short. Back collaborated on the film with his commercial industry colleagues, including DP Pawel Edelman and editor Russell Icke (of The Whitehouse).
A dark, twisted mistaken identity caper, the premise of The New Tenants, said Back, was an ideal outlet for the "fun madness I have inside." The cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamie Harrold, Kevin Corrigan and David Rakoff. It was Rakoff who adapted the original script by Danish writer Anders Jensen.
Since receiving the Academy Award nomination, Back said he's been "getting emails and calls from interesting places" (a.k.a., different companies and agents) as momentum is starting to build for perhaps other long-form directing opportunities. "I'd like to do both—ads and features. I'm in love with telling stories."
Full article

Thanks Linda!

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season Premiere Promo



Promo for Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season Premiere episode "Puntland" from USA Network. Airs Tuesday, March 30th.

Thanks Irais and Unsteady!

** Episode has been renamed "Mad Mullah"
Update: March 10- Episode renamed "Loyalty"

D'Onofrio chose to leave Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Sun-Sentinel.com
Tom Jicha TV and Radio Writer, 2.12.10

I just learned that Vincent D'Onofrio will no longer be on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." He is probably the best, most charismatic actor on TV. He's being replaced by Jeff Goldblum, who is a one-note player, with a monotone voice, who shows no emotion and is the most boring, uncreative person ever on television. When Goldblum appears in the opening credits, I turn off the show. How can this happen? I hope your opinion is no different as we agree on everything else. -- C.H., e-mail

Just because you're a big fan of D'Onofrio, who I agree is superb, and are upset he's leaving, you don't have to be so cruel to Goldblum, who's a fine actor. D'Onofrio wasn't fired. He asked to leave. He's one of those actors who likes to get into his roles and work at his own pace, which doesn't jibe with the demands of weekly TV. Full article

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Oscar's Short-Film Races Could Surprise

Nick Park leads ani category; doc, live-action harder to predict
By Gregg Kilday | February 9, 2010

Set aside the showdown between "Avatar" and "The Hurt Locker" for a moment. Stop obsessing over whether Sandra or Meryl will take home the best actress trophy.

Further down the list of nominees for the 82nd Annual Academy Awards, there are several other races brewing that could result in genuine Oscar Night surprises -- even if those surprises will be fully appreciated only by those aficionados who track the three short-film categories.

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Among the live-action shorts, "Kavi," a USC thesis film by Gregg Helvey, could serve as a companion piece to "Slumdog Millionaire": It looks at modern-day slavery through the eyes of an Indian boy working in a brick factory.

"The Door" follows at a family uprooted by the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Set in Australia, "Miracle Fish" re-creates a school shooting as experienced by one boy. "Instead of Abracadabra" opts for laughs at the expense of an inept, would-be magician. And "The New Tenants," with a cast that includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Kevin Corrigan and David Rakoff, concerns two men who are met with a series of unsettling surprises when they move in to a New York apartment.

"Tenants" marks the fifth nom for Danish company M&M Prods., which has shown an affinity for this particular category since picking up wins for 1998's "Election Night" and 2002's "This Charming Man."

But the live-action category can be notoriously difficult to predict -- which is why office Oscar pools were born. Full article

Thanks Linda!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 5 on DVD

An arresting 5-disc package is available in mid-May
Posted by David Lambert | 2.9.10

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has informed retailers today that Law & Order: Criminal Intent - The 5th Year will be coming to DVD on May 18th. The 2005-2006 season of the show, which aired 22 episodes on NBC, will arrive home a couple of months after the ninth season debuts on the USA Network.

Read full article at tvshowsondvd.com

Thanks Heather and Sharon!

Utah fundraiser update

The Utah Detox fundraiser featuring George Gerkie will take place as part of a motorcycle ride at Timpanogo's Harley Davidsons in Lindon, UT.

Tickets can be purchased by going to www.ribcityutah.com, then go to online ordering and then to charity event - thanks Toni

APRIL 10TH @ 1PM EVENT TICKETS
Having played one on TV for eight years, Vincent D'Onofrio has met his fair share of police officers. As time has passed, the actor has come to see their battles as his battles. D'Onofrio, who has played detective Robert Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" since 2001, will be in Utah April 10th to help raise money for "The Utah Meth Cops Project." This is why we are asking you to join us in support of this charitable program and a benefit event at Timpanogos Harley, Lindon Utah.

Ticket prices:
Donations: $10.00
Ride 4 a Hero (ride only): $25.00
Ride and Concert: $40.00
GENERAL ADMISSION: $65.00
ASSIGNED SEATING: $100.00
VIP SEATING: $1,000.00

More info - RIDE FOR A HERO

CI premieres on March 30, 2010

USA_LawOrderCI: Mark your calendar! Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 9 premieres TUESDAY, March 30th at 10/9c- from Twitter / USA_LawOrderCI

Saturday, February 6, 2010

George Gerkie for Utah fundraiser

2.7.10 2PM- Tickets/tables are already available by calling Rib City Grill--Thanks Rainie!

Rib City Grill Restaurant
648 East State Rd.
American Fork, UT 84003
(801) 492-1744

Rainie tells us that "Vincent will be performing as George Gerkie on April 10th, as part of a Meth Cops/Heros Health fundraiser being set up by Rib City. More info will be available soon." - thanks Rainie!
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Update-
The Utah Detox fundraiser featuring George Gerkie will take place as part of a motorcycle ride at Timpanogo's Harley Davidsons in Lindon, UT.

Tickets can be purchased by going to www.ribcityutah.com, then go to online ordering and then to charity event - thanks Toni

APRIL 10TH @ 1PM EVENT TICKETS
Having played one on TV for eight years, Vincent D'Onofrio has met his fair share of police officers. As time has passed, the actor has come to see their battles as his battles. D'Onofrio, who has played detective Robert Goren on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" since 2001, will be in Utah April 10th to help raise money for "The Utah Meth Cops Project." This is why we are asking you to join us in support of this charitable program and a benefit event at Timpanogos Harley, Lindon Utah.

Ticket prices:
GENERAL ADMISSION: $65.00
ASSIGNED SEATING: $100.00
VIP SEATING: $1,000.0

More info - RIDE FOR A HERO

Friday, February 5, 2010

Sneak Peek at "The New Tenants" in Oscar Shorts Program

Audiences can grab a sneak peek at Academy Award-nominated short films in the Oscar Shorts Program. Begins in select theaters Feb. 19th.

Shorts International and Magnolia Pictures will once again join forces to release a program consisting of the live-action and animated short films nominated for the Academy Awards. 82nd Annual Academy Awards telecast on Sunday, March 7, 2010.

2010 Oscar Shorts – Live Action Program – total running time 92 min.

* “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn (Russian, 17 min.)
* “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström (Swedish, 18 min.)
* “Kavi” Gregg Helvey (Hindi, 19 min.)
* “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey (English, 18 min.)
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson (English, 20 min.)

The listing of all theaters has not yet been released, but we have located a few venues that will be screening the program:
Bijou Theater, Univ of Iowa- scroll down for Oscar Shorts
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston - select Oscar Shorts-Live Action
Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline MA - tickets available Feb 8.
IFC Center NYC - tickets available Feb 15.
Academy Theater at Lighthouse Int'l NYC - Feb 27th 12PM screening is SOLD OUT but, although not yet listed, they may add a 4pm screening...
E-Street Cinema, Washington DC - thanks to Linda for this venue!
Miami Beach Cinemateque
Regency Theaters

Coming Soon to:

Midtown Art Cinema | Atlanta, GA

Century Centre Cinema | Chicago, IL

Magnolia | Dallas, TX

Chez Artiste | Denver, CO

Keystone Art Cinema | Indianapolis, IN

Nuart Theatre | Los Angeles, CA

Lagoon Cinema | Minneapolis, MN

Ritz At The Bourse | Philadelphia, PA

Shattuck Cinemas | S.F. - East Bay, CA

Ken Cinema | San Diego, CA

Lumiere Theatre | San Francisco, CA

Varsity Theatre | Seattle, WA

Tivoli Theatre | St. Louis, MO

E Street Cinema | Washington DC

http://www.theoscarshorts.com/

Thumbnail production stills of Vincent D'Onofrio can be found in a slideshow at thenewtenantsfilm.com

Thursday, February 4, 2010

"Don't Go in the Woods" will not screen at SXSW

Vincent D'Onofrio's slasher musical "Don't Go in the Woods" is not included in SXSW's 2010 film program.

The lineup for this year’s South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival was announced today. Complete list of SXSW feature films can be found at SXSW.com

Celebrating at Greenhouse

NewYorkDailyNews.com, 2.4.10

Vincent D'Onofrio celebrating the wrap of his movie "Chlorine," at a Kettle One fete at Greenhouse* on Tuesday night. .

*Greenhouse (SoHo)
150 Varick St., NYC
Long-awaited West Soho hotspot from 27th Street kingpin Jon B. Justify excessive libation consumption by partying in environmentally conscious surrounds. Green theme carries over to color scheme, abundance of moss and vine. Stroll up to the clear recycled glass bar and order an organic grain vodka with all-natural soda. Before you know it, you're on the bamboo-wood dance floor, grooving to wind-powered beats with your fellow Greens.- BlackbookMag

Thanks Jenn!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

"The New Tenants" nominated for Academy Award

"The New Tenants" has been nominated in the Live Action Short Film category in the 82nd Academy Awards. Nominees announced this morning.

Short Film (Live Action)

* “The Door” Juanita Wilson and James Flynn
* “Instead of Abracadabra” Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström
* “Kavi” Gregg Helvey
* “Miracle Fish” Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey
* “The New Tenants” Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson



Vincent D'Onofrio appears as Jan, the husband brandishing a weapon. - thanks db!

Synopsis: A prying neighbor, a glassy-eyed drug dealer, and a husband brandishing both a weapon and a vendetta make up the welcome wagon in Director Joachim Back's darkly satirical short film, "The New Tenants." Set amidst the as-yet-unopened boxes and the hopes for a fresh start of two men on what might be the worst moving day ever, their new apartment reveals its terrifying history in a film that is by turns funny, frightening, and unexpectedly romantic.

CI actor: D'Onofrio weirded him out

PLAYBILL.COM'S CUE & A: Jeremy Shamos
By Ernio Hernandez
02 Feb 2010

Jeremy Shamos — currently appearing in Off-Broadway's Clybourne Park — fills out Playbill.com's questionnaire of random facts, backstage trivia and pop culture tidbits.

excerpted-
Who have you played on "Law & Order"? Which edition?
On "L&O: CI," I was a suspect who smokes a lot. Got a major buzz from the smoking, so when Vincent D'Onofrio came very close to my face to ask me "intimidating" questions, it weirded me out... actually, it would have weirded me out even if I hadn't smoked 7 cigarettes. It is an odd questioning style, if we are being honest. Right?

**Jeremy Shamos appeared in Season 7 CI episode "Please Note We Are No Longer Accepting Letters of Recommendation from Henry Kissinger" as John Eckhardt.

Monday, February 1, 2010

"Chlorine" wraps up filming

NorthJersey.com
by Tara Kolton | 2.1.10

Lakeland grad returns home to shoot film

A trailer and equipment on Juniper Terrace in Ringwood on the set of the independent feature "Chlorine."

A quiet neighborhood in Ringwood is buzzing with excitement, as it has become the unexpected set of an independent movie over the past five days.

"Chlorine," starring Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent D'Onofrio, and directed by Jay Alaimo, wraps ups its final scenes today (Sunday, Jan. 31), after shooting at a house located on Juniper Terrace since Wednesday.

Nik Belcevich, the film's executive producer, goes way back with this neighborhood. The house on Juniper Terrace that is serving as the residence of the husband and wife played by D'Onofrio and Sedgwick, is Belcevich's childhood home, where his mother, Natasha, still resides.

A 1996 graduate of Lakeland Regional High School and a graduate of Rutgers University, Belcevich took some time to speak to Suburban Trends on Thursday, from the crew's lunch tent, which has been set up just around the bend in Pioneer Park/Painted Forest on Poplar Drive.

"I used to play here every day growing up," said Belcevich.

The film's shoot wasn't thwarted by Thursday's unexpected morning snowstorm, which wreaked havoc on roads throughout the area.

In fact, "Chlorine" producer Chris Beatty (who originally hails from Wayne), related that the timing of the storm was ideal, as the footage being shot on Thursday was from the final scenes of the movie – a leap ahead of three months in the plot's time from the snow-free scenes shot on Wednesday.

The freshly fallen snow also helped to emphasize the setting of the natural landscape – an important part of "Chlorine," which Belcevich describes as centering around "the plight of [the Lent] family in a small town in the midst of a real estate scandal." The scandal is a Ponzi scheme involving two shady real estate developers who coerce the residents of a fictitious New England town called Copper Canyon, into investing their life savings into their property.

Associate producer Jay Della Valle (also originally from Wayne) said that the film aims to capture the vibe of a small, gossipy Connecticut town, and involves a large ensemble cast, with many tie-in situations where "everyone is involved."

Della Valle said that the focus on an investment scheme is quite relevant today, and is "something that will hit home for a lot of people." Full article

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CHLORINE......

CHLORINE with Vincent D'Onofrio, Kyra Sedgwick, & Deborah TAXI!

Have you ever wondered who sat in a taxi before you? In Deborah Taxi, Vincent D'Onofrio was there first!
Last sunday, I had the pleasure of being asked to take part in the filming of the movie CHLORINE coming out this year with Vincent D'Onofrio, Kyra Sedgwick. It was a small part in which I had to deliver Vincent D'Onofrio home. He went inside the house and came out to argue with his wife, played by Kyra Sedgwick, on his way back to his taxi. I wonder if they will edit the pics to erase my smiling faces from my unusual taxi?!

From Deborahtaxi

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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

List of films in production.

"Emerald City" [Airs 1.6.17]

TV Series - A modern reimagining of the stories that lead to 'The Wizard of Oz'. Vincent.....The Wizard

"CHiPs" [TBA]

Film based on the cops television series CHiPs

Shoots Oct. 15–Nov. 15 in Los Angeles.
Warner Brothers


"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

"Pele" [2016]

The life story of Brazilian football legend, Pele.

Vincent D'Onofrio....Coach Feola
Filmed in Brazil November 2013

"TENN" [TBA]

A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

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

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

'Purgatory' [TBA]

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

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

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

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

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

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

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

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

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

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

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

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

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

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