Monday, October 31, 2011

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Tales From Beyond the Pale Season 1

Eerie-fy your ears with this CD box set of terror-themed audio plays boasting performers like Vincent D'Onofrio, Ron Perlman, and horror auteur Larry Fessenden, whose spine-tingling intros would make Vincent Price proud. Bwah-ha-ha!

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Video: DGITW Q&A with Vincent D'Onofrio Part 1-October 22, 2011


Uploaded by BillieJean0902 on Oct 31, 2011

Q&A with Vincent D'Onofrio at the Rialto Theater in Westfield , NJ last Saturday evening after the screening of his film "Don't Go In The Woods." Vincent talks about why he wanted to make a slasher musical and how he cast the actors himself.

Thanks Blanca!


Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Best Time I Met Vincent D'Onofrio

The Hairpin, 10.27.11
by Elmo Keep

I had become, quite recently, very interested in interviewing the actor Vincent D'Onofrio.

This started, innocently enough, when I fell into what could best be described as an internet k-hole. Like all internet k-holes, it began with Wikipedia. Specifically with the Wikipedia entry for the Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Icarus," which it had been reported at the time was going star Patti Smith in a guest role. For serious? To the encyclopedia of obscure knowledges of television programs!

This was exactly the sort of detail that would get my boyfriend, finally, to appreciate Criminal Intentfor what it is: the clearly superior flavor of Law & Order of the dozen or so (or how ever many) flavors there were. And why this was so was because of the Detective Goren character, played by Vincent D'Onofrio.

Plus Patti Smith = no contest.

Or so I thought. Up until this point my boyfriend had watched it with me begrudgingly in the way that we all do things for the person we love that we don't 100% want to, which are usually, sometimes, but not always, sex things. And so: Detective Goren. My boyfriend is of the opinion that Goren is the single stupidest, most unrealistic, offensive character to have ever hulkingly graced a television screen:

"Wait, wait — this the part where Goren floats away on a cloud made of his own cleverness, yes?"

"..."

"HEY EVERYONE! I heard that someone needed a deus ex machina to tie up these impossible plots threads in the final two minutes of the episode? I'M HERE. DON'T WORRY."

"..."

"And then Goren just yelled at someone for the length of an amazingly detailed and twitchy monologue until they confessed. The End."

"...".

All of this witty commentary made it hard for me to passively enjoy the brainless predictablilty of Criminal Intent while also enjoying the hard to puzzle sexiness of Vincent D'Onofrio,* as is its unique appeal.

So I was looking up Wikipedia to verify the truthiness of this Patti Smith thing, and that's when I fell into the k-hole. From there it was just a couple of short hours of reading, following links to extremely detailed fan blogs (why??), while passively watching a CI marathon in the background (Pro Tip: it's always the second person interviewed by the detectives who did it), before I knew pretty much everything there was to know about Vincent D'Onofrio. And he was very interesting! For example:

- It's his fault those dick shots of Anthony Weiner got out.

- He's worked with Stanley Kubrick, Robert Altman, Oliver Stone, Kathryn Bigelow, and Mike Mills, but has never won a major acting award, and seems not to care.

- He turned down a role in The Sopranos.

- He has taken a string of roles over the years in what can only be described as terrible sci-fi movies (please enjoy something called Salute of the Jugger).

- Still, this is a pretty great scene in Men in Black.

- He's given relatively few long interviews over the years.

I also read that when he was cast in practically perfect film, The Player, by Robert Altman in 1992, Vincent D'Onofrio did not have a phone. So Robert Altman was wondering around his neighborhood, looking for his house so he could deliver the script to him. How could you have a career as an actor and not have a phone? Was it like a Cormac McCarthy/Gil Scott thing? Was it even true? Intrigue! These were pressing questions of our age! Or so I thought, briefly, when my mind drifted at work one slow day to how I might go about asking someone who was like that why they were like that. It's no fun trying to interview someone if getting to them is easy, right (no phone!)? Well good, because this will be impossible.

I secured a commission for a profile in a magazine. The editor wrote back to my pitch:

Editor: "I too harbor an unnatural love of Vincent D'Onofrio and think this would be an ideal fit."

(GREAT!)

Me: "What help could you afford me in securing an interview?"

Editor: "Absolutely none."

(OK, wonderful.)

I pulled all the strings that I could at my job in an effort to line this thing up. There were several roadblocks in the way of this, the first being that Criminal Intent had been recently canceled (the pain is too much to go into right now) and so no publicist was interested in pushing for an interview with a reclusive actor in aide of spruiking a show that no longer existed. All the other roadblocks had to do with the fact I wasn't calling from The Hollywood Reporter. Oh no! I was calling from the other side of the world, from Australia, where if anyone in Los Angeles knew where it was they did not care that the time difference necessitated my calling them bleary-eyed at three in the morning, where I mumbled my pitch.

"So you're what? You want who, I can't understand you."

"VincenndOnofffrio, jus, like [stifled yawn], tennnminutes on the phone..."

"OK, great! Just email me through the details and when you want this to happen and I'll pass it on for you."

At the other end of the line I heard the sound of my hastily written email being burned on a pile of hundreds of other emails where the DO NOT PURSUE emails are all destroyed forever.

Still, I tried this with all the avenues I could think of: small production companies about to put out a film starring Vincent D'Onofrio, the people who used to rep him on Law & Order, film festivals he was speaking at, whatever. I know this all sounds creepy, but it's my job! Admittedly, also, I was just being stubborn about it now. The whole no-phone thing was like a red flag to a bull for me: I will track this shit down. But also I started to wonder about myself a little bit: Had I become a character in Law & Order, only instead of solving fictitious crimes, I was setting myself a series of escalating challenges to solve, just to keep things interesting like I was part of some kind of scavenger hunt only I was playing? If so, what was wrong with me? Where in this episode was some kind of all-knowing psychiatrist/detective character who could diagnose this tendency?

Whatever! I had to fly to New York.

I was in New York because it's on the way to Miami, which is where I was going to cover a story on board an enormous cruise ship with a couple thousand KISS Army members. But in the meantime, New York.

I will not lie: All the aforementioned had resulted in me adding "Vincent D'Onofrio" to my Google alerts. Which was how I found out he was giving a lecture at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in two days' time.

I called the press office at the school, emailed through my attendance request and credentials and explained that I was writing about the film festival and this would make for great color and blah blah, and I'll sit quietly in the back and you won't even know that I'm there. This is it! This was so simple and it fell in my lap!

Nothing.

I sent polite follow ups in the next two days, and got nothing again. So on the morning of the lecture I got up and went into the city thinking that I would just present myself in the flesh and talk my way in. And yes, for a moment, as I was walking down the street I told myself that Goren would totally do this. Just channel Goren and you'll charm your way into a place you aren't meant to be with a tilt of the head. Yes, I actually thought that.

"Oh, are you with press for Vincent D'Onofrio?" a young man at the front desk asked me enthusiastically.

"Yes I am."

"Okay, great! Someone will be right with you."

Because no one got back to my email I was pretty sure someone was going to check it, shake their head, and come come out and tell me to leave. Instead, an extremely helpful and friendly woman from administration came out and presented me with a complimentary Lee Strasberg tote bag, a copy of The Definition of Acting, one of A Dream of Passion, and a glossy brochure for the school, from the pages of which stare Alec Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Brando, and Marilyn Monroe, all very intensely.

"We'll save a seat in here for you, it will start in about 10 minutes."

"Thank you so much," I said.

As I flipped though the pages trying to find out how much it would cost to study somewhere like this, I heard an unmistakable voice.

"Hi!" Vincent D'Onofrio said from where he was standing at my feet with his back to me. He was quickly ushered off by someone, and as soon as he was safely out of earshot all the women in the room dissolved into giggles and one of them mimed fainting.

I was working out how to play this in my mind. I'd sit through this acting workshop for an hour, and then I'd just really coolly ask Vincent D'Onofrio — who hates interviews, talking about himself, and journalists — if he has maybe 20 minutes at some point in the next week to meet me somewhere for a totally informal chat that's not really an interview, more like, 'Hey, this is fun! Right?' and I'll give him my card, he'll smile and say, "No problem!" and then I'll get to the bottom of this no-phone thing. Simple.

I took my seat in the second row in the small theatre space. Soon all the students file in and I can safely say that I have never been around so many actors in my life; I was the only one out of the 40 or so people in the room who wasn't one. There was quite an electric buzz rippling through the room, even if not everyone seemed to know who Vincent D'Onofrio is, because I guess having maybe one of the most well known method actors of the last 25 years visit your school of method acting without knowing who they are is a pretty regular thing?

"Wait, so who is this guy?" one girl asked while looking him up on her laptop.

"Oh my God, my mom loves him," said her friend. "She is gonna freak."

A squeal pierced my right ear as Wikipedia delivered a result. "He's the Law & Order guy??? Oh. My. God. *I* love him!" The grin does not leave this girl's face for hours.

So Vincent D'Onofrio came onstage and delivered over the next hour what amounted to a master class on Method acting, and not being an actor I of course had no idea what he was talking about a lot of the time, but everyone around me was nodding and making quiet sounds of approval and understanding. I was also beset by the intense feeling that I was in a place I was not supposed to be, like I'd been mistakenly admitted in to a witches' coven. Or a cult.

The first thing he said was, "I'd rather not talk about myself. I hate talking about myself. I want to talk about acting, so let's talk about acting."

Soon he was talking about creating a feeling of intense discomfort, when he played the role of Edgar in Men in Black, a 10-foot-tall alien crunched down into the body of a human being.

"I'm in my trailer with my legs bound up in these braces I bought and I sit there and I put on this football helmet. This football helmet that I really fucking hated wearing when I played high school football."

It took me a moment to realize that this football helmet was metaphorical. Especially as this story came right after he'd said that when you become an actor, everyone else on the set "Will treat you like a wild animal. Always. Always. Like you are an animal in a cage and don't stick your hand too far in to the cage." Why would people think that? Surely not because you are sitting in a trailer with your legs bound, silently, while wearing a football helmet? Just the leg braces were real, not the helmet, so no problem.

Objects of intense emotional significance to you are employed a lot in method acting, I learned. They have to be older than seven years for it to work in eliciting a response. There is a lot of reading I have to do in these books I was given to fully understand it, of course, but it sounds sort of like a cross between Tantric meditation and voodoo.

Vincent D'Onofrio was, for a lot of this time, sitting in a chair on the stage which is very tall because he is kind of a giant. He was wearing scruffy black jeans, old sneakers, and a black collared shirt, which, because of the way he was sitting, was popped open a little in the place that reveals a person's bellybutton and my mind strayed a minute to wondering about if there is and if so how much lint might be in there, and maybe harvesting it, maybe, I was just sort of thinking that for a pleasant moment and tuning out just for a second when Vincent D'Onofrio stood up and planted himself on the stage two feet away and said, "So I was taught to lead with my dick."

And, what??? Okay, what? What this about is how important sexuality is to method acting and owning an innate presence on the stage, not a showy kind of sexiness but knowing inside yourself that you are a sexual being and using that to stand your ground on a stage, "Whether you're a woman or a man, it doesn't matter, it's the same." And then he went into some detail about this, about "owning what was between my hips, what was going on down there — you guys are learning that, right?" and it was so intensely riveting to every person there that it really heightened the feeling in me of not being meant to be there, and also suddenly of being incredibly, incredibly thirsty.

There was a lot of other stuff covered after, including the fact that he's dyslexic and can't differentiate between "3"s and "E"s, but still can learn 11 pages of dialogue in an hour after someone told him in acting school, "You can get over that."

Eventually someone asked about Law & Order, and he said, "You know, one of those silly interrogation scenes?" and how the character was meant to possess this boundless energy and how that was mustered through him annoying the shit out of everyone in the immediate vicinity by either touching them inappropriately or cursing them under his breath, or whatever it was,"Until, BOOM! All that energy was sucked up and put into the scene. But there was sometimes 16 hours a day of this on a show like that, it's like being on a hurtling train and wanting to get off. But you can't. It's your job."

Things wrapped up after that. The students applauded for a really long time, and then there was a photo session, during which a woman, maybe the head of the school, posed on the stage with Vincent D'Onofrio hanging onto his arm like a vice and smiling to the point where her teeth could have splintered from the pressure, which he totally coolly appeared to tolerate, and then he said goodbye and slipped off backstage.

There is a thing in journalism that's something of a vital skill, and I'm terrible at it, and it's the Doorstop Interview. If someone has agreed to speak with me weeks in advance and they know they will be interviewed, then I am fine with that. But otherwise I think that barreling up to someone and asking them something for the record out of the blue is really unfair and kind of rude and ambush-y. That might make me a terrible journalist, I don't know. But I was thinking to myself, This is the other side of the world from my home, which is a long way, and so I will just wait outside for the length of time it takes me to smoke a cigarette and if in that time Vincent D'Onofrio walks out I'll give him my card and ask for some time and it will be cool. Don't worry about it, just do it.

I was out of the street and I checked my email while I waited, and there's one from The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute that reads, "Sorry, the President is not comfortable with you attending."

I nearly dropped the cigarette out of my mouth, and I looked around expecting that someone will arrest me, or something, but instead it's Vincent D'Onofrio getting on his bike.

"Hey Vincent... D'Onofrio?" I stammered.

"Hey!" He smiled and he rode off down East 15th street with a cigarette between his teeth.

*DON'T PRETEND YOU DON'T KNOW.





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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Vote! 'Law-Enforcement Crushes' Day 2

TV Line, 10.25.11


Getting arrested just isn’t what it used to be. Or at least that’s probably what you’d hear from fans of the latest combatants in our Ultimate Law-Enforcement Crushes Bracket Tournament.

Indeed, we’ve entered the “classic” half of our 64-player, single-elimination showdown, with gone-but-hardly-forgotten characters from Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: CI, NYPD Blue, Crossing Jordan, 24, Miami Vice, 21 Jump Street, and Wiseguy.

Tomorrow, the “current” half of our bracket continues with characters who are still on the air on a regular basis. And eventually, our battle will boil down to a finale that pits the ultimate old-school crime-fighter against the ultimate modern-day hero. (Their female counterparts will have their turn in November.)

Every afternoon over the next few weeks, we’ll launch another set of bouts that will have you committing crimes and misdemeanors on the off chance one of our competitors shows up to cuff you. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 1 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering/fretting, we put a cap of two cast members per show for the bracket, which meant some fan favorites had to warm the bench this time around.)

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Sinister" opens in theatres on August 24, 2012

Dread Central, 10.25.11
by Uncle Creepy

Summit Loads Up August with Sinister Warm Bodies

Even though we're not out of 2011 yet, Summit Entertainment has begun taking stock of its summer of 2012 line-up, and we have all the details you need to stay ahead of the horror game right here. Dig it!

First out of the gate on August 10th will be director Jonathan Levine's (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) Warm Bodies. Starring Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Rob Corddry, John Malkovich, and Lizzy Caplan, "the story centers on an existentially tormented zombie who begins an unlikely friendship with the girlfriend of one of his victims and starts a chain reaction that will transform him and his fellow zombies."

Next up, Scott Derrickson's found footage thriller Sinister, starring Ethan Hawke, James Ranson and Juliet Rylance, will arrive in theatres on August 24th. The flick follows "a journalist who moves his family into a house where another family was murdered. After moving in, he uncovers found footage that leads to clues about the murders."

Start filling in your calendars!


Monday, October 24, 2011

'Don't Go in the Woods' screening in San Francisco Saturday and Sunday

'Don't Go in the Woods' screens in San Francisco this coming Saturday and Sunday. The screening is part of the Tribeca Film Festival on the Road and is being sponsored by American Express. Tickets may ONLY be purchased with an Amex card.

Saturday, October 29, 9:45PM
Followed by a Q&A* with Vincent D’Onofrio (director), Sam Bisbee (composer)
The short film Mr. Stache will be screened with this film (8 mins).

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Sunday, October 30, 8:45PM
Followed by a Q&A* with Sam Bisbee (composer)
The short film Mr. Stache will be screened with this film (8 mins).


All screenings at the The Presidio Theatre in San Francisco.
All tickets include complimentary popcorn and soda, courtesy of American Express.

2340 Chestnut Street
San Francisco, CA 94123-2610
(415) 776-2388

*Filmmaker appearances subject to change without notice.

Info and tickets



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Chris attended the screening of DGITW in NJ. Read her story --


Photo courtesy of Chris Carr

I had the privilege of attending a screening of “Don’t Go In The Woods” at the Tribeca Film Festival in Westfield, NJ this weekend. It was so much more than a trip to the movies.

I’m a huge Vincent D’onofrio fan, and this film was his directorial debut. He was scheduled to participate in a Q and A at the end of the film, and so I scheduled this 2.5 hour trip to New Jersey with my husband with the hope I’d be a part of the Q. If it had been anyone else but Vincent, the trip would have been cancelled. I had kneecap realignment surgery a few days before the trip and my husband tried to talk me out of it. But after carefully reviewing my doctor’s discharge instructions, I found no prohibitions on film festivals or celebrity crush pursuits. And so we rented a wheelchair and drove to a hotel in New Jersey.

We arrived at the theater 30 minutes early as instructed. My hope was if we got there early, we’d get some prime seats toward the front of the theater. Unfortunately, the only spot in the theater that would accommodate the wheelchair was in the very back, next to the lighting equipment and camera tripods being used by the film festival staff. My visions of dazzling Vincent from a few rows away were replaced by visions of me being part of the AV equipment.

A few minutes before the film was scheduled to begin, my husband, as is his habit, needed to use the men’s room. Upon his return, he was beaming. “He’s out there, RIGHT NOW!” he said. (My husband is also a big fan of Vincent) Oblivious to the fact that I was physically unable to jump out of my seat and go see for myself, my husband continued. “Boy, he really IS a good looking man!” I calmly pointed out the torture my husband was putting me through with this play-by-play of a dream I could not be a part of, and he quietly took his seat.

Some commotion began at the entrance of the theater, which my wheelchair was within a few feet of. The silhouette is unmistakable, so I knew right away he was there, within arms reach. He walked in and stood at the back of the theater waiting for his introduction. I grabbed my flipcam and took some candid footage. Anyone viewing this video would be struck by how he interacts with the people around him. This is a man who appreciates others, who does not see himself as the center of the universe. He’s a toucher, and the people he was with were lucky enough to get a hug, a handshake, a hand on the shoulder. I was also struck at how happy he seemed to be there. It was a half-full suburban movie theater but he was there to promote his movie with those he made the movie with. I got a sense he was there for them. On a Saturday night. In Westfield, NJ. What a guy.

He was introduced, made some opening remarks, and thanked everyone for coming. He had to walk past me again on the way out and the urge to reach out and just touch a leg as he went by was tremendous. I’m sure his nature as a toucher wouldn’t have extended to a grope from a stranger so I kept my hands to myself. And the movie began.

Here’s the hard part. I love Vincent and will be open minded about anything he’s a part of because I have so much respect for what he’s done over the course of his career. But I haven’t loved everything he’s done. It would be disingenuous to say otherwise. I didn’t love this movie. To be fair, I’m not a slasher movie person. The last slasher movie I saw was Halloween II when my college boyfriend made me go 30 years ago. My eyes were closed through most of that movie…I just don’t enjoy the blood and guts, so the chances of me raving about DGITW were slim. I can say two things: 1) The music was good, and 2) I appreciate the fact that there were no real gratuitous sex scenes, which must have taken some restraint given the cast of young lovelies. I hate when directors do that.

Now on to the Q and A. I could have asked question after question but I limited myself (or they limited me) to two. My first question was about his choice to go with a cast of mostly non-actors, given his own background. His answer, and I’m summarizing, was he wanted the lines to come out flat…this is how slasher movies are supposed to be. Too much emphasis on how things are said will take away from the overall effect you’re going for in a movie like this. Good answer, I thought.

My second question was basically what took him so long to start directing? He gave a very insightful answer to this one as well. Again, summarizing, he said as he’s changed and grown as a man, his focus has shifted from just acting to other things, like his family. Directing is one of the things he’s become more open to during this growth. He’ll direct again “if they let me.” I hope “they” him.

Once the Q and A ended, Vincent again had to walk past me. I had planned for this, or so I thought. I am entered in an ESPN Fantasy Football contest with about 3,000 other people where one of the prizes is a Full Metal Jacket DVD autographed by Vincent. (My guess is the sponsors of the contest, the Ron and Fez Sportsbook, must have had Vincent on as a guest, had him sign some stuff, and then didn’t know what to do with it…just speculating here.) I love football and I love Vincent so this seemed meant to be. I brought a copy of FMJ with me for him to sign so it wouldn’t matter if I won or not. (Sadly, I was in 631st place as of Saturday night, so I had no chance of winning the signed DVD.)

Unfortunately, the one thing that didn’t get packed was a sharpie that would work on a DVD case. As he was approaching, I frantically looked for a writing instrument that would work…nothing did. I improvised by folding up the hotel receipt and stuffing in the brackets on the inside of the DVD…voila, a plain piece of paper he could sign that looked like it was part of the DVD case. I was able to get his attention on his way out, explained my predicament with the DVD and the fantasy football contest way too fast, and he graciously agreed to sign…even asked me my name and how to spell it. I’m sure he thinks I’m a nutcase but that’s okay. Hey, I didn’t grope him when I totally could have. I give myself a lot of credit for that. My husband stuck out his hand and said “Great movie!” (My husband does love a good slasher movie and he was sincere.) Vincent responded with a handshake and a thanks.

He retreated to the theater lobby for some photos. The lobby is small, and the crowd had started to disperse, so I had a chance to get some more video and pics. I don’t know why, but I think my favorite part of the evening came as he was leaving. My husband was pushing my wheelchair right behind him. He saw we were behind him and kept the door open for us. I guess most decent people would have done the same, but it still felt awesome. Vincent did something nice for me. For me. How cool is that?

I must give my husband all kinds of credit here. He did so much more than humor me on this adventure. He went way beyond what most husbands would have done. When I thanked him in the car on the way back to the hotel he just said “Hey, he shook my hand! It was totally worth it!” Yes, it was totally worth it.


Photo courtesy of Chris Carr

Thanks for sharing it with us Chris !

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio on Johnny and Me & Autism-September 25, 2011


Uploaded by BillieJean0902 on Oct 23, 2011

Vincent explains the delay in the making of his next directorial effort "Johnny and Me" about a man with Asperger's syndrome who's a devotee of Johnny Cash's music. Vincent also relates his personal struggles with autism and dyslexia and his autism advocacy efforts. Awesome revelations made here. Gotta give him credit. Besides, who's to judge what's "normal" and "not normal" about Vincent D'Onofrio? He's remarkable!

Thanks so much Blanca!


Video: Vincent D'Onofrio behind-the-scenes at Tribeca FF on the Road




Vincent D'Onofrio behind-the-scenes at Tribeca FF on the Road 0 screening of Don't Go in The Woods in Westfield, NJ.

Thanks to Chris for sharing her footage!

Visit her on Twitter to view her pictures.


Photos: Q&A at DGITW screening in Westfield NJ


10.22.11 -Sam Bisbee and Vincent D'Onofrio after the screening of Don't Go in the Woods at the Rialto Theater in Westfield, NJ.


10.22.11 -Producer Erika Hampson and writer Joe Vinciguerra after the screening of Don't Go in the Woods at the Rialto Theater in Westfield, NJ.

Thank you Blanca! Visit her blog for lots of photos and details.


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Saturday, October 22, 2011

"The Red Sneakers" airs tonight on GMC

"The Red Sneakers" airs tonight on GMC- Thanks Maherjunkie!

07:00 PM (EST) - gmc Movies - The Red Sneakers
09:30 PM (EST) - gmc Movies - The Red Sneakers



Red Sneakers [2002] IMDb -A kid named Reggie Reynolds is a high school student who is good in the classroom but not so good on the basketball court. But one day he meets a junk dealer who gives him a pair of old gym shoes that once were worn by an all-star in the Negro Basketball leagues in the 1930's. Reggie puts the red sneakers on and he is immediately playing like a superstar on the basketball court. He gets the attention of a major shoe company executive who wants Reggie to switch from the old red sneakers that he is wearing to his company's brand. But Reggie knows if he's not wearing those magical old red sneakers he is back on the sideline.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Westfield Rolls Out Red Carpet for Tribeca Film Festival

Westfield Patch, 10.20.11
By David Chmiel

In 1989, Robert DeNiro (you may have heard of him) and his business partner, Jane Rosenthal, founded Tribeca Productions Film Studio. Their goal was to foster filmmaking projects in New York City. They continued to grow the business throughout the five boroughs. But in 2002, they had a grander plan. They wanted to bring commerce and confidence back to lower Manhattan as it began to rebuild after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and the Tribeca Film Festival was born.

A decade later, the festival has drawn more than 3 million actors, directors, producers and film buffs to New York to review thousands of films — shorts, documentaries, family films and serious features. The festival has generated more than $600 million in business for the city and for filmmakers.

Ten years of success left organizers with one goal: take the festival on the road, leading them to only one destination: Westfield, NJ.

Okay, so Westfield wasn’t the only destination for Tribeca Film Festival On The Road, but combined with the other destinations — San Francisco, Houston and Chicago — the Digiplex Rialto Theatre, home of this weekend’s three-day festival showing off independent films, is in esteemed company.

The festival, sponsored by American Express, kicks off at 7:30 Friday night with a screening of Janie Jones, starring Abigail Breslin, who was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actress in Little Miss Sunshine. The movie, directed by David M. Rosenthal, and also stars Allesandro Nivola and features South Orange native and Academy Award nominee Elisabeth Shue. Following the screening, Breslin, Rosenthal and producer Keith Kjarval will answer questions and then all patrons are invited to a cocktail-and-hors d’oeuvres after-party. Tickets are $12.

The rest of the weekend’s screenings, including Don't Go Into the Woods, the directorial debut for actor Vincent D'Onofrio and The Last Rights of Joe May, starring Dennis Farina, among others, also includes audience Q&A sessions after the movies. See the schedule below:


Screenings and Tickets ($8)
Saturday, October 22, 9:45PM

Followed by a Q&A* with Vincent D’Onofrio (Director), Sam Bisbee (Composer), Erika Hampson (Producer)

The short film Mr. Stache will be screened with this film (8 mins).

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Sunday, October 23, 8:45PM

Followed by a Q&A* with Vincent D’Onofrio (Director), Sam Bisbee (Composer), Erika Hampson (Producer)

The short film Mr. Stache will be screened with this film (8 mins).

All screenings at the Rialto Theater in Westfield, New Jersey.

All tickets include complimentary popcorn and soda, courtesy of American Express.



250 E Broad St
Westfield, New Jersey 07090
(908) 232-1288



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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Movie Review: Vincent D’Onofrio’s DON’T GO IN THE WOODS

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by Meredith Borders, 10.19.11

>On paper, Vincent D’Onofrio’s 83-minute slasher musical sounds rather like the perfect movie. Don’t Go In The Woods closed the Tribeca Film Festival On The Road series in Houston this weekend with D’Onofrio and screenwriter/music composer Sam Bisbee in attendance. Unfortunately, the film’s entertainment value never lives up to its lofty concept.

Don’t Go In The Woods is about a folksy emo band made up of five guys who take a retreat into the woods with the intent of writing five songs without any of the following distractions: “No phones, no weed, no booze, no girls.” The overly-zealous frontman for the band, Nick, actually chops all the cell phones in half to prevent any diversions, but the rest of the rules quickly fall by the wayside as the other bandmates smuggle in weed and booze and a group of girls, including Nick’s recent ex-girlfriend, crash the party. Also crashing the party? A crazed killer who ruthlessly butchers the band members and girls one by one. Or sometimes two by two.

I will say that the gore is all very creative and effective. Don’t Go In The Woods features some very original kills. The premise is also original and risky, and I admire that. But the characters are all so reductive: we have Asian Stoner, Ambitious Frontman, Profound Blind Guy, Sexy Douchebag and Various Women. The women in particular are so interchangeable and disposable. They don’t even get their own songs–the only times the women sing are when they’re reprising the guys’ songs from earlier in the film, and those are often cut short when the ladies are butchered.

The music’s okay; it’s that sort of earnest, emo-rock that I’ve never really dug, but the musicians are all quite talented. The real problem is the acting. D’Onofrio said during the Q&A that he intentionally cast people who had never acted before, because he wanted to recreate that sort of Slacker vibe where the audience is always waiting a few beats for the actor to get his/her line out. I think the problems lies within trying to create that vibe. These actors aren’t great, but with stronger direction, they certainly could have offered better performances than the ones in Don’t Go In The Woods.

The movie is also lacking any substantial subtext. During the Q&A, someone quite understandably asked, “Is this movie a metaphor for the creative endeavor?” and D’Onofrio laughed it off, clearly not having given much thought to what this movie is about. He said he only wanted to make it as entertaining as possible, and while I do believe that films can be hugely entertaining even when they are not rich with subtext, those films need to be much more entertaining than Don’t Go In The Woods. At 83 minutes, the film felt much longer.



That said, it was so great to have D’Onofrio and Bisbee attend the festival, visit with fans and give a spirited Q&A. Houston just doesn’t get many events like this, and D’Onofrio in particular was warm and accessible all evening. Tribeca Enterprises CCO Geoffrey Gilmore moderated the Q&A, and he said that D’Onofrio has always been interested in becoming involved with the independent film arena. He said that Don’t Go In The Woods was filmed in twelve days for under $100,000.

D’Onofrio said that he made the film after asking himself, “What can I do right now? I have a very good friend [Bisbee] who is a great composer, and I have woods and a film crew. So I thought, ‘How about a slasher musical?’” He talked some more about the casting, explaining that the band is actually called The Dirty Dirty, friends of his nephew that he found through MySpace. Many of the other actors were cast from the coffee shop around the corner from him, and even the art director “used to serve [him] coffee and pastries every morning.” At some point to fill out the cast, he just started asking random people on the street if they could sing, and he said the better singers got to live longer.

Bisbee said he was inspired by Once when creating the music, and that when they were recording in the studio, they tried to make it as authentic as possible by using a battery-powered keyboard and bass amp, everything the band would have to use to make these songs in the woods.

When someone asked D’Onofrio about the title, he replied, “It’s just a blatant title. Don’t go in the woods! If we made a sequel, I would call it I SAID, Don’t Go In The Woods!”




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Oct 17 - Erika Hampson and Kathryn Erbe at the Stories on 5 Stories: Dirty Laundry after party.
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Monday, October 17, 2011

Vincent D’Onofrio at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Houston



10.17.11 Actor and first-time director Vincent D’Onofrio grabbed a bite at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Houston Sunday night. D’Onofrio was in town to screen his directorial premiere, “Don’t Go In the Woods” as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s On the Road program.

In recent months, Harrison Ford, former VP Dan Quayle, Jill Biden, LeBron James (Miami Heat), Nate Allen (Philadelphia Eagles) and Emmitt Smith (Dallas Cowboys) have all enjoyed Del Frisco’s bold and delicious chef-driven cuisine, award-winning wine list and warm, genuine hospitality. - Celebrity Mound



Photos: Vincent and Toni at the NLEOMF Gala









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Video: Vincent D'Onofrio on Salton Sea, Paul Newman, MIB-September 25, 2011


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Vincent D'Onofrio answers several questions dealing with his physicality as a film actor and describes how he created Pooh Bear in "The Salton Sea." He also talks about "The Player" and how he met Paul Newman, who turned out to be a fan of Vincent's work. Two more questions on MIB and Vincent's imaginative and difficult performance as Edgar the Bug, a role he won without an audition because he was, at one time, on the top of the "go-to" list of character actors in Hollywood. Methinks Vincent is just being a bit modest here, don't you think? He certainly is tall, though!

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Saturday, October 15, 2011

"Mother's House" with Kathryn Erbe screens at Big Apple Film Festival

Program 40 – Theater 2
Sunday, November 6 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

A Younger Man – 10 minutes
Dir. John Howard Swain
Synopsis
'Come grow old with me, the best is yet to be'. "A Younger Man" is a short film that explores the choices you make when life cheats you out of the best. Rosa, a woman who has been saddled with the all consuming task of caring for her dying husband makes a bold choice that will unite her with a young passionate man and the two embark on a deceptive journey that begins with murder.

The Burying Beetle – 27 minutes
Dir. Dave Rock
Synopsis
A boy trying to cope with his terminally ill father's impending death discovers religion and becomes convinced that his father must repent and get baptized to save his soul before he dies. His father, a scientist and avowed atheist, doesn't quite see it that way.

Mother's House – 28 minutes
Dir. Davis Hall
Film Trailer

Synopsis
While emptying his late mother's rural home, Thomas, and his wife, Catherine, discover increasingly disturbing secrets until the conflict between memory and truth threatens to destroy them both.



Mikel's Faith – 30 minutes
Dir. Alexander Etseyatse
Synopsis
Mikel, an incarcerated former Golden Glove Champ, is suddenly released from prison then tries to restore his former life and confronts his past friends, enemies, and makes a revelation within 24 hours of his release./p>

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Friday, October 14, 2011

"Chained" (aka Rabbit) Poster


CHAINED

SYNOPSIS -Tim is abducted from his mom when he’s 11 by a serial killer. Now a teenager, Tim learns the only way he may be able to survive is if he follows in the killer’s footsteps. He must make his move to escape before he becomes like the monster that now considers himself his father.

ELEMENTS - Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber, Gina Phillips. Lee Nelson and David Buelow are producing. Screenplay by Damian O’Donnell. Director of Photography is Shane Daly.

DIRECTOR -Jennifer Lynch (SURVEILLANCE).

STATUS -Principal photography completed in Saskatchewan, Canada in July and is scheduled to wrap post production in October. Domestic theatrical distribution will be by Anchor Bay for release in 2012. Myriad Pictures will handle international sales.



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The Tribeca Film Festival on the road in Westfield, NJ Oct. 21-23



From October 21–23, enjoy a taste of the Tribeca Film Festival at the Rialto Theater in Westfield. Join us for six amazing indie films and an exclusive after party on opening night. Plus, don't miss the post-screening Q&A sessions with the filmmakers including actress Abigail Breslin (Janie Jones), actor Dennis Farina (The Last Rites of Joe May), and others. All sessions will include at least one filmmaker.*

Opening-night screening and after-party with cocktails: $12. Weekend shows: $8 per screening. Ticket proceeds will benefit the Tribeca Film Institute. Ticket limit: 8 per screening. Tickets are not tax deductible. All sales are final. No refunds or exchanges.

All screenings at the Rialto Theater in Westfield, New Jersey.

250 E Broad St
Westfield, New Jersey 07090
(908) 232-1288

Don't Go In the Woods
: October 22, 9:45PM

Followed by Q&A* with Vincent D’Onofrio (director), Sam Bisbee (composer), Erika Hampson (producer)


The Tribeca Film Festival Comes to San Francisco, Oct. 28-30

From Oct. 28 through 30, enjoy a taste of the Tribeca Film Festival at The Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. They will be screening six amazing indie films and throw an exclusive after party on opening night. Plus, don’t miss the post-screening Q&A sessions with the filmmakers including director Vincent D’Onofrio (Don’t Go In The Woods) and actor Dennis Farina (The Last Rites of Joe May). All sessions will include at least one filmmaker.

Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are as follows:

Opening-night screening and after-party with cocktails: $12
Weekend shows: $8 per screening.

Ticket proceeds will benefit the Tribeca Film Institute.

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Video: Vincent D'Onofrio on NBC and LOCI-September 25, 2011


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Vincent talks about his new TV deal with NBC for "Blue Tilt" and shares his thoughts on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent." Can't wait to see the pilot for "Blue Tilt," especially since Vincent promises to "shoot the hell out of it." Awesome!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mark Wills Attends Gala To Benefit National Law Enforcement Museum


Music News Nashville, 10.13.11
by Dan Harr

Country music entertainer Mark Wills recently accepted a personal invitation to attend the National Law Enforcement Museum’s 2nd Annual Gala this past Wednesday, October 12, 2011. Held in Washington, D.C. at the Grand Hyatt, this year’s gala celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Museum, scheduled to open in late 2013.

“I feel so honored to have had the opportunity to join in such a noteworthy occasion,” Wills stated. “To be able to attend and celebrate such a milestone – 20 years! – was truly a privilege, and to be part of the efforts to build an honorarium for our men and women of service was befitting.”

As a sworn reserve deputy sheriff in Cherokee Country, Georgia, Wills joined other members of the Gala’s Celebrity Cabinet: Master of Ceremonies Richard Belzer (Actor; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), the Museum’s National Spokesperson Vincent D’Onofrio (Actor; Law & Order: Criminal Intent) and, the evening’s recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, Dick Wolf (Emmy Award winning producer; the Law & Order franchise) for an evening of celebrating and remembering. As an added bonus, the 600-plus guests were offered the first glimpses of various artifacts and the Museum’s Hall of Remembrance, an “exhibit designed to tell the stories behind the names currently inscribed on the national monument in Washington’s Judiciary Square.”

Photo: Vincent D'Onofrio in Washington for the NLEOMF Gala


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Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio at NLEOMF Gala


10.12.11- National Law Enforcement Officers 20th Anniversary Gala, Washington DC

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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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