Friday, May 28, 2010

Vincent D’Onofrio’s Least Favorite Thing About New York Is All the Republicans

New York Magazine | 5.28.10
By: Vanita Salisbury

Name: Vincent D'Onofrio
Age: 50
Neighborhood: [Ed: Unanswered for fear of stalkers. He had an incident.]
Occupation: Actor. He also directed the slasher musical Don't Go in the Woods, which will be screened tonight at Joe's Pub, followed by a live musical performance with the cast.

Who's your favorite New Yorker, living or dead, real or fictional?
Radioman.

What's the best meal you've eaten in New York?
A steak and pasta at Il Buco.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day in your job?
Wait.

Would you live here on a $35,000 salary?
Yes, with rich people.

What's the last thing you saw on Broadway?
American Idiot.

Do you give money to panhandlers?
Only if they are disabled.

What's your drink?
Diet Coke.

How often do you prepare your own meals?
Never if I can help it.

What's your favorite medication?
A sledgehammer.

What's hanging above your sofa?
Citizen Kane.

How much is too much to spend on a haircut?
Haircuts should be free.

When's bedtime?
When my eyes close.

Which do you prefer, the old Times Square or the new Times Square?
Old, minus the crime.

What do you think of Donald Trump?
Would he give me money to make my next film?

What do you hate most about living in New York?
Republicans.

Who is your mortal enemy?
Republicans.

When's the last time you drove a car?
This morning.

How has the Wall Street crash affected you?
All the wrong people lost money and will never get it back, while those who caused it continue to get richer. It makes me want to use my favorite medication on them.

Times, Post, or Daily News?
All of them when I feel like sifting through bullshit.

Where do you go to be alone?
Inside.

What makes someone a New Yorker?
State of mind.

Thanks Linda and Judy!

Acting in a Film: It Could Happen to You

NY Times
By NEIL AMDUR
Published: May 27, 2010


They were ambitious young New Yorkers — waitresses, students, musicians, bartenders-to-be, chefs-in-training. Several were friends from high school, but most of the dozen or so hardly knew one another. The last place they expected to find themselves was in a movie — directed by a New Yorker, produced by New Yorkers, with original music by a New Yorker.

“The whole thing was the most surreal experience,” recalled Soomin Lee, 23, a cook at Boqueria, a Spanish restaurant in SoHo.

An often frenetic sequence of events brought the nonactors together for recording sessions and a 13-day shoot two summers ago that culminated in “Don’t Go Into the Woods,” a new film by the actor Vincent D’Onofrio that will be screened at Joe’s Pub in Manhattan on Friday night at 11.

Auditions and cast calls are traditionally filled with touching stories of hungry actors waiting in line, glossy photos, tapes of performances and the occasional favor of a studio executive.

Mr. D’Onofrio, who made the movie for $100,000, said he was more interested in finding young talent whose “rawness, flatness and bad timing” as actors would “work in a kind of odd way” for what has been described as a slasher musical.

In the film, young city musicians, later joined by female friends, go into the woods for a weekend recording session that turns sinister with a twist.

All of the music was written by Sam Bisbee and recorded by the actors in the studio basement of Mr. Bisbee’s West 21st Street brownstone, which was in the middle of renovations. “A war zone,” Mr. Bisbee said of the frequent visits by the cast, which unsettled some neighbors.

Alyssa Jang and Janet Kim were baristas at a downtown coffee shop around the corner from Mr. D’Onofrio’s house before they wound up working on the film, Ms. Jang as an actor and Ms. Kim as the art director.

Cassandra Walker was waiting on tables full time at a Times Square restaurant and was a “glorified extra” on “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” she said, when she overheard Mr. D’Onofrio, a star of the show, talk about “this crazy idea I have for a film” that would be shot near his summer house in Kingston, N.Y.

“We had something in common because I grew up in Kingston, and went to school for theater at SUNY New Paltz,” said Ms. Walker, 25, who moved to the city in 2006 and is still working as a waitress at the Aspen Social Club in Times Square.

Kate O’Malley, who is studying at the New School’s Eugene Lang College for what she hopes will be a career in international law, “always wanted to do music but never had the courage to pursue it on a daily basis.” A friend told her about the film.

Naïve and nervous at the prospect of an audition, Ms. O’Malley showed up at Mr. D’Onofrio’s house “shellshocked” with “nothing to sing.” He suggested “Amazing Grace,” Ms. O’Malley Googled the lyrics and thought she had botched the tryout when all she got was head nodding and “We’ll be in touch.”

Matt Sbeglia, Brooklyn-born like Mr. D’Onofrio, was working at the Landmark restaurant in TriBeCa and playing in a band, the Dirty Dirty, with Mr. Lee and another high school friend, Nick Thorp, when they were contacted by Mr. D’Onofrio’s nephew, Hakan D’Onofrio, who is known as Hawk.

“We were just thrown into the situation,” Mr. Sbeglia said, of the audition in Mr. D’Onofrio’s living room. “We had no place but to be ourselves.”

That was all right with Mr. D’Onofrio: “I said to them straight out: ‘Look, you don’t have to worry about acting, don’t think about it, don’t worry about it. If you start to worry about it, you’re going to get fired.’ ”

“You have these ideas about how movies are shot,” said Mr. Thorp, 23, a student at Hunter College who plays a blind musician in the film. “This was a lot less arty, and these guys were very real. They didn’t mind taking us to school.”

The screening on Friday will be a cast reunion of sorts, to be followed by a concert by the actors.

The film played to enthusiastic audiences at the Sarasota Film Festival last month, has been screened on several college campuses and is set for Internet exposure and a theatrical release later this year.

While cast members relish their experience and have kept up the bonds they formed during the filming, most are not leaving their city roots for Hollywood.

“I have a dog, a girlfriend and a job,” said Mr. Sbeglia, 23, who works as a bartender at the Landmark. “And I’m still playing music. I would act again, but I don’t see myself going on auditions.”

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/29/nyregion/29moviecast.html

Thanks Judy!

**"Don't Go In The Woods" screens at Joe's Pub tonight.

/cb

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Limon Dance Foundation Gala



May 17, 2010: Vincent D'Onofrio attends the Limon Dance Foundation's Gala Performance & Dinner at the Jack H. Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in Manhattan.

/chris

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

'Zaritsas:Russian Women in New York' premieres in Los Angeles

'Zaritsas:Russian Women in New York' screens at Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles on June 3rd, 4:25 pm - 5:40 pm

1st Documentary Finalist -
"Zaritsas: Russian Women in New York"
Director - Elena Beloff
Executive Producer - Vincent D'Onofrio
Cinematographer - Eun-ah Lee, USA

More info: http://www.cinegearexpo.com/filmseries/seriessched.html

"Thumbsucker" airs on Sundance Channel in June

"Thumbsucker" airs on the Sundance Channel.

Sunday May 30 at 8:05PM
Thursday June 3 at 10PM
Friday June 4 at 3:45AM
Friday June 18 at Midnight
Saturday June 19 at 5:15AM


For his feature directorial debut, music video veteran Mike Mills chose to adapt a coming-of-age saga about shame and adolescence by novelist Walter Kirn. Lou Pucci plays the awkward and insecure 17-year-old son of equally insecure parents (Tilda Swinton and Vincent D'Onofrio) who consults an unorthodox orthodontist (Keanu Reeves) to rid himself of the film's titular fixation. The result is nothing short of a personal transformation. Special Jury Prize winner at the Sundance Film Festival. "Beautifully acted... marvelously crafted" -- Salon.

More on Thumbsucker.

Friday, May 21, 2010

"The New Tenants" screens at Mexico Film Festival

"The New Tenants" will screen at the Mexico Film Festival on Sunday, May 23

Rosarito Beach Hotel
Boulevard Benito Juarez # 31
Rosarito, Baja California México

Short Film Block 4 - 6:00 pm
'The New Tenants'
(Short, 20 min, USA)
A prying neighbour, 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 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.

A complete list of Official Selections for the 2010 Mexico International Film Festival can be found here.


/jenn

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Anchor Bay takes U.S. rights to ‘Irishman’

MafiaToday, May 14, 2010

Anchor Bay Films has acquired all North American and English-speaking territory rights to Code Entertainment’s crime-actioner “The Irishman,” about real-life Cleveland gangster Danny Greene.

Jonathan Hensleigh (“The Punisher”) directs, while Ray Stevenson (“The Book of Eli,” “Rome”) stars in the title role. Also starring are Christopher Walken, Val Kilmer, Vincent D’Onofrio, Paul Sorvino and Linda Cardellini.

Anchor Bay, a division of Starz Media, is planning to release the film in North America, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand in early 2011.

“The Irishman” chronicles the rise and fall of Greene, who muscled in on the Italian mob in 1970s Cleveland and set off a turf war that ravaged the streets of Cleveland and led to the collapse of the Mafia in a number of U.S. cities, including Kansas City and Los Angeles.

Walken plays infamous loan-shark Shondor Birns, while Kilmer plays the police detective who befriends Greene.

” ‘The Irishman’ is an iconic true story of identity, power, and one man’s version of the American dream,” Code’s Al Corley said. “The life of Danny Greene has captured peoples’ imaginations for decades. Anchor Bay’s enthusiasm and insightful marketing plan convinced us that they were the perfect choice to distribute the movie.”

Hensleigh and Jeremy Walters penned the adapted script, based on Rick Porrello’s tome “To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia.”

Producers are Code’s Corley, Bart Rosenblatt and Eugene Musso and Dundee Entertainment’s Tommy Reid, who brought the property to Code.

Full article at http://mafiatoday.com/general-breaking-news/anchor-bay-takes-u-s-rights-to-irishman

Thursday, May 13, 2010

NBC includes CI in Emmy Submission

Exclusive: NBC Emmy Submissions
by Michael Ausiello | 5.12.10

Every year prior to Emmy nominations, the suits at the major TV studios stuff voters’ mailboxes with tons of DVDs featuring what they feel are their shows’ best episodes of the season. I just got a hold of Universal Media Studios’ fancy Emmy kit and here are the episodes they chose to single out from this season’s Office, 30 Rock, Parenthood, etc. Note: These may differ from the formal submissions that are used in determining the winners. Also, keep in mind that Emmy-worthy episodes that aired after the mailer deadline could not be included, which is presumably why SNL didn’t include the Betty White episode.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent
“Broad Channel”
Aired: April 13, 2010
The first episode sans Vincent D’Onofrio and Kathryn Erbe. !!!!!!!!!

http://ausiellofiles.ew.com/2010/05/12/nbc-unveils-emmy-submissions/
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5.13.10 - NBC Cancels Law & Order?

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Short films come to the big screens in Toronto

National Post | May 11, 2010
by Melissa Leong



[Law & Order's Vincent D’Onofrio stars in The New Tenants alongside Liane Balaban in one of the celebrity shorts at this year's WWSFF. Photo courtesy CFC]

At the launch of the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival a few years ago, one filmmaker told the Post: “The best part is if you don’t like one of the films, it’s over in three minutes anyway.”

But this year’s festival features 281 short films from a record 4,046 submissions so organizers are hoping that there will be more to love. These shorts from around the world include live-action, documentary, animation and experimental films. There are shorts that represent Quebecois cinema and shorts that spotlight Poland. There is a collection of short films by, for and about women and a collection of celebrity shorts that feature Robert Pattinson, Will Ferrell and Don Cheadle.

Tickets are $10 for each 90-minute program with five to 20 films.

“This year really represents a tour de force in shorts programming,” Eileen Arandiga, festival director, said in a written release. “We have more premieres than ever before, more diverse programming and an incredible line-up of films directed by women - we are really seeing a shift in who’s standing behind the camera.”

The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from June 1 to 6 in Toronto. For more information visit http://www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com

Read more: http://network.nationalpost.com/NP/blogs/theampersand/archive/2010/05/11/short-films-come-to-the-big-screens-in-toronto.aspx#ixzz0niV7X2Fa

Screenings:
The New Tenants June 4, 2010 7:00 PM
The New Tenants June 3, 2010 7:00 PM

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Marvel releases first official image of 'Thor': Better than Vincent D'Onofrio's version?

EW.com
by Kate Ward

 To the left, see the first official image from Marvel’s 2011 Thor flick, starring George Kirk (a.k.a. Chris Hemsworth). And right below that, see Vincent D’Onofrio’s Thor from 1987′s Adventures in Babysitting. And now, let us begin the battle of the Thors: Whose do you like better at first glance? I’m going to go with D’Onofrio’s, because I’ll always side with the unhinged superhero with access to a tire iron.

(Plus, he wears a baseball cap. Fun!)

Go to EW to vote.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Reminder: Law & Order: Criminal Intent - The Fifth Year

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - The Fifth Year on DVD will be released on May 18, available for pre-order from Amazon.com for $37.49 and Free Shipping.

Review Season 5 episodes.



Starring Vincent D'Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Chris Noth
Universal Studios - Rated TV14

Episodes: Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Acts of Contrition, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Cruise to Nowhere, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Diamond Dogs, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Dollhouse, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Dramma Giocoso, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Grow, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: In the Wee Small Hours, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: In the Wee Small Hours, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: On Fire, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Prisoner, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Proud Flesh, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Saving Face, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Scared Crazy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Slither, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Good, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: The Healer, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: To the Bone, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Unchained, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Vacancy, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Wasichu, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Watch, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Wrongful Life

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Sunday, May 2, 2010

OT: BE KIND TO ANIMALS WEEK May 2-8



Be Kind to Animals Week®
May 2 to 8, 2010

Join the event that’s been celebrated every year since 1915 -- American Humane’s Be Kind to Animals Week. In this annual tradition, we commemorate the role animals play in our lives, promote ways to continue to treat them humanely, and encourage others, especially children, to do the same.

Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated with shelter information and resources, special American Humane merchandise, and the annual Be Kind to Animals™ Kid Contest that recognizes children who go above and beyond to create a better world for animals.

And while Be Kind to Animals Week is celebrated only once a year, there are ways people can be kind to animals every day. Here’s how:

Speak out for animals

Get informed about policies and legislation that can impact the animals in your community and throughout the country. Also, register to receive Action Alerts from American Humane -- you’ll be able to speak out for animals with just the click of a mouse. Advocacy for animals can make a huge difference in their safety and well-being. Learn how.

Report animal abuse
Animal cruelty and abuse is not only tragic for animals, but also an indicator that other forms of abuse such as domestic violence could be happening. If you see something that looks suspicious -- a dog chained in your neighbor’s yard that looks underfed, a child putting a cat in a box and kicking it around the yard -- don’t hesitate. Let someone know. Learn how.

Appreciate wildlife
All animals deserve to be treated humanly -- family pets and animals in the wild. Create an inviting space in your yard and garden for butterflies, hummingbirds and other creatures. If wildlife comes too close to home, look for ways to coexist with animals or to protect your property humanely. Learn how.

Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue
Every year, an estimated 3.7 million animals must be euthanized at our nation’s shelters because they could not be adopted into loving homes. Help animals find a second chance at happiness by adopting your next pet from your local shelter or rescue group. American Humane has tips to find the animal companion that’s right for you and develop a bond that will last a lifetime. Learn how.

Take care of your pet
Pets are like children who never grow up. They need you to help keep them healthy and safe throughout their lives. Keep your animal’s vaccinations up-to-date. Make sure he’s wearing proper identification. Take your pet to the veterinarian regularly. Know what it takes to be a responsible pet owner. Learn how.

Visit American Humane Association for more information

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[CURRENT PROJECTS]

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

"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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