Friday, May 25, 2012

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio Road Trip May 17 & 18

Chris Carr shares the details of her trip to Utah, May 17-18, 2012,  to meet Vincent D'Onofrio at a fundraiser for the Utah Meth Cops.  

Vincent D’Onofrio Road Trip
by Chris Carr

I tried very hard with varying levels of success to manage my expectations for this trip. The worst case scenario, from what I could tell, was that I would spend some time in the same restaurant with Vincent D’onofrio for an unknown period of time, get one picture taken with him, and meet fellow fans.  All in all, the worst case scenario was pretty darn good. The reality of how things played out so far exceeded those expectations that it’s almost impossible to explain the resulting pure joy. But I will try.

The trip in from the airport was a little more exciting than I would have hoped, thanks to the State of Utah and their secret plans to completely redo the state’s infrastructure from the hours of 9PM to 6AM every night.  I admit my GPS lady was the target of some not-so-nice language, but given my plans for the next few days and the lift that gave me, she got off pretty easy in the end.  I kept reminding myself that other fans were driving thousands of miles for the opportunity to meet Vincent so in the scheme of things getting a little lost in Orem, Utah wasn’t so bad. 

Thursday morning I met up with fellow fan Shannon. We hung out at the motel for the most part and got to know each other a bit before heading over to the VIP dinner at Rib City. We met up with our fellow fans and were a little early, but there was some activity going on already.  This pic was taken right before the dinner began by one of the staffers there:
There were actually several VIP tables set up, and Toni, God bless her, had set up one table and reserved it just for us in a prime spot right in front of the place where pictures were being taken. We knew we were going to have a great view of him the entire night, which was awesome.  We chatted for a while, ordered our food, and got to know each other a little better until he walked by our table.  And then everything stopped. A close friend could have been sitting next to me telling me about an extramarital affair she was having with her son’s best friend and I wouldn’t have cared.  Vincent was in the house and the evening was officially under way.

The VIPs were given the opportunity to have pictures taken without having to stand in line, so when we were ready (translation: when we stopped giggling and shaking) one by one we approached him for a photo.  The photographer was great and took several shots of each one of us with him. For my photo, I had a plan I had devised weeks before. Now, I just had to summon the courage to execute it.

He is a classy man and any thoughts of doing or saying anything inappropriate, as strong as those thoughts might be, vanish when you approach him.  I kind of expected that, so the photo I had in mind had to be intimate without being offensive. It had to be something that created a connection without being something he would be embarrassed by.  When I was browsing through images looking for something to use for his birthday card, I found exactly what I wanted. Goren and Nicole Wallace, nose-to-nose.  Perfect.

When it was my turn for the picture, he said “Nice to meet you” and I held out my hand expecting a hand shake. He hugged me instead. Already I felt my knees weakening. He doesn’t just hug you. He engulfs you.  It was wonderful.  I reminded him that we had actually met once at a screening of Don’t Go in the Woods in New Jersey and he politely pretended to remember me.  I then pulled out the picture of Goren and Nicole Wallace and handed it to him. He said “What’s this?”   I said “Well, that’s you and that’s…”  He finished my sentence and said “Oh, that’s Olivia!  Do you want me to sign this?”  I screwed up my courage and said “No, I want you to do that….for the picture.”

For a moment I was afraid I had offended him. He looked at me sideways and furrowed his brow. I guess in the few seconds he took to think it over he decided this wasn’t an overtly sexual thing and he walked up to me. I told him he had to look serious but intrigued and couldn’t smile. I later felt like a complete idiot for telling him how to perform a role he had created.  And of course I couldn’t stop smiling myself.  We tried one time and when he looked at the picture he decided we needed to be closer. I can’t begin to describe what it was like having him look in my eyes from that distance. It was inches. After the second picture was taken he asked the photographer if she got a close up, since that is what he knew I was going for.  We both looked at the picture and aside from me grinning like a moron it looked wonderful. I expected to sit down happy as a pig at that point, but he put his arm around me and we took a few more “normal” pictures. 

Then I got really bold.  I help teach a women’s self-defense class every August and I asked him if, sometime on Friday, I would be able to get a picture of me kicking or punching him to use for the class.  He said “Women’s self-defense?  Sure, we can do that.  

Are you going to the barbecue tomorrow?  We can do it then. But you aren’t going to really kick me, are you?”  My heart absolutely melted at that point and I looked in his eyes and said with all the sincerity I have in body “I won’t hurt you.”  The fact that he thought I could hurt him was flattering, though. The guy is a giant.

Once all the individual pictures had been taken, we got together with Toni and had some group shots taken.  When I approached him for that, he said “Oh, you’re back!”  I said “I I hope that’s ok, we’re having a group picture taken now. We came from all over the country for this!”  He said “I know” and it sounded like he was going to say something else, but the photographer started shooting at that point.  The poor guy didn’t seem to ever get a chance to actually sit at a table and eat, though.  The real VIP was put to work having pictures taken the whole time, but he seemed to be in good spirits all night.

Expectations?  Already exceeded.  By a lot.

Many fans had coordinated efforts prior to this trip and we had collected many birthday cards for him (his birthday is in June) all of which contained donations to the local charities he supports. Friday morning, Vincent was scheduled to appear at a local Harley Davidson dealership during pre-registration for the Ride for a Hero event to be held Saturday.  He wasn’t going to be there for long, but Toni advised us that this would be the best opportunity to present the birthday cards/donations to him. Unfortunately for the charity, but fortunately for us, there were very few people there other than our small group of fans.

When he did arrive, he walked around the dealership for a while checking out the merchandise. Then, it was time for more pictures, this time taken on a Harley.  I approached him to present the cards and the first thing he said to me “We’re going to do the self-defense thing, right?”  I thought he meant he wanted to do it right then, but then he remembered we had a date…I mean… a time reserved to do it that night.

With a cracking voice I read him the inscription we had written describing what the cards were and who they were from.  When I finished, he looked at the other fans there and said “That was really sweet you guys, thank you!” and I believe he meant it. I told him we had to document the moment for a lot of people, and he grabbed me and smiled into the camera for some pictures. (I purposely went sleeveless that day, and this is exactly why. GREAT decision on my part.) We then got to have individual pictures taken sitting on the back of a Harley with Vincent in the driver’s seat. Just like that, a whole new realm of fantasy was born.

Believe it or not, things got even better that night.

We arrived at the barbecue which was held in a very large garage at the local University.  I didn’t realize it until after we sat down but he was already there, sitting at a table at the end signing autographs for anyone who stopped by.  This event was also not filled to capacity, so when I felt he wasn’t busy I walked over and asked if it was a good time to do the self-defense picture.  I think the highlight of my trip came next. HE introduced ME to the guy sitting next to him. Not by name, exactly, but he said “she teaches self-defense” and the guy held out his hand to shake mine.  I have no idea who he was but the fact that Vincent thought something I did was interesting enough not only to remember himself, but to point out to someone else, was mind boggling.  He asked me what camera I was going to use (he thought the professional photographer was going to take them but I wanted to use my own camera so I’d have full access to the pictures) and then he said “Well if you’re in the pictures, how are you going to take the pictures?”  I pointed to the table of fellow fans and said I had someone to take them for me and he said “Ok, go get them” or something like that.

I walked very briskly back to our table and motioned for everyone to come NOW for these pictures.  We collected the camera and video camera, and went back to collect Vincent.  I picked a spot in the garage where there were no people in the background…wouldn’t have looked very realistic to be fending off his attack while people were smiling and watching us. He got up and followed me to the spot I wanted to use and he rubbed his hands together and said “Ok, what are we going to do here?”   Fortunately I had given a lot of thought to that so I wouldn’t be wasting his time.

I gave him direction on what to do, and he did it, and he was smiling the whole time except for when he shouldn’t be.  I didn’t realize the expression on his face throughout the few minutes it took to do this until I watched the video later. He was having fun!  I was taking it so seriously I forgot to have fun, but I am so glad he enjoyed it. It was very cool to have him listen to me and follow my direction. He was amazingly in tune with what I was trying to do and I really gave most of the direction with my arms and hands. At one point I just gave a slight nod of my head and he executed the attack I showed him.  The two pictures we took we got on the first try. It was all over way too soon but that’s because he knows what he’s doing when he gets in front of a camera.

At one point I just gave a slight nod of my head and he executed the attack I showed him.  The two pictures we took we got on the first try. It was all over way too soon but that’s because he knows what he’s doing when he gets in front of a camera. At one point he changed the angle we were using when everyone else was still trying to figure out why things weren’t looking quite right.  Here’s what we ended up with:

I thanke   I thanked him when we were done and asked him if he wanted to see these pictures before they were used for   used for anything but he just patted my shoulder and said “You’re good.”  He trusts me. Awesome.

The last   The last bit of excitement was when some of us went over to get some more things signed.  I hadn’t brought    anything with me and Ruby, another fan, asked him to sign her arm the night before so I went with that. Not  that.  Not even a week later and the signature is gone but that’s why you take pictures of things.

I than
The big question here of course is why.  I’m a 48 year-old wife, mother, lawyer, all that well-respected stuff and here I am getting on a plane to have a stranger sign my arm. What’s up with that? I admire and follow other actors but I can’t envision traveling so far to meet anyone else. (Just a note…I did this mostly with travel points so there was not a ton of money spent.)  So why him? 

I honestly don't know.   It may be  because he gives the impression there is a storm of sorts going on under his skin. He is so guarded, so reserved, and yet we know there is something powerful there because we’ve seen it in his acting and you can’t fake that passion, that intensity. It’s there somewhere and there is a part of me that just wants to reach down his throat and rip it out.  I have yet to see an interviewer do a good job with him, and maybe that contributes to the mystery in some way.  I’m sure I’d get over this if he just let me sit down and ask him a few questions…

Thank you, Chris, for sharing this with us.   You're awesome!

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Photo: Smiles from Utah!

At the Utah Meth Cops Fundraiser

L to R:  Chris, Vincent, MaryEllen, Shannon, Debra
Middle:  Sharon, Ruby
Front:  Toni

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Voltage sparks sales on Don Jon, Charlie Countryman


EXCLUSIVE: Ascot Elite has acquired German-speaking rights to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction as Nicolas Chartier announced pre-Cannes sales on this and Shia LaBeouf action-comedy The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman.
Deals closed in Australia and New Zealand (Roadshow), Portugal (Lusomundo), Scandinavia (Mislabel), Middle East (Gulf), Latin America (Imagem), Hong Kong (Deltamac), Singapore (Shaw), Tawan (SSG), South Korea (Noori), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), CIS (Paradise), Eastern Europe (Blue Sky), Turkey (Kalinos), Canada (Remstar), Iceland (Samfilm), Israel (Forum), India (Pictureworks) and Indonesia (PT Amero).

Gordon-Levitt (pictured) reunites with his Looper producer Ram Bergman on Don Jon’s Addiction, which is set to commence production in Los Angeles on Monday (21) and stars Gordon-Levitt as a porn-addict alongside Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore.

The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman will kick off on May 21 in Romania. Fredrik Bond will direct LaBeouf alongside Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo, James Buckley, Rupert Grint, Vincent D’Onofrio and Evan Rachel Wood. Voltage is producing with Bona Fide Productions and Moby will score the film.

Deals have closed in Portugal (Lusomundo), Latin America (Imagem), Hong Kong (Deltamac), Singapore (Innoform), Middle East (Gulf), CIS (DT), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Taiwan (SSG), China (HGC), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Eastern Europe (Mediapro), Benelux (Belga), Thailand (Dreams Vision), Israel (Forum), Greece, Turkey and India (Tanweer), Iceland (Samfilm) and Malaysia (13 Entertainment).

Friday, May 18, 2012

Photos from Utah

Chris Carr with Vincent.   He's holding the stack of birthday cards.  Video of Chris
giving him the cards.

Video of Chris fending off Vincent!  OMG

Check out the photos of all the girls at the Rib City Grill event, posted on Bev's Facebook Album.  

Visiting Rib City Grill Utah

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Here are the girls just outside at Rib City. L-R Mary Ellen Hamm, Shannon Milender, Sharon Roser, Chris Metzner Carr, Ruby Stowe and Debra Bueneman!! You Guys look Great!!!  

For the Dine with Vincent D'Onofrio event to benefit Utah Meth Cops at Rib City Grill.  

The unveiling of Vincent D'Onofrio

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


May 14, 2012 – New York, New YorkDON’T GO IN THE WOODS. Sound advice, especially when there’s a killer on the loose. Veteran film and television actor Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Law & Order: Criminal Intent) explores love, greed and ruthlessness in his directorial debut: a twisted musical/horror hybrid film, featuring original music by acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Bisbee.

DON’T GO IN THE WOODS is the story of an indie rock band who takes a weekend getaway from their everyday lives to focus on writing new songs. Hoping to return from their trip with tunes that will score them their first big break, the band instead finds themselves in a nightmare beyond comprehension. The film – starring a gifted ensemble cast of mostly non-actor musicians – cleverly walks an unusual line, maintaining genuine suspense alongside a sinister sense of dread as it explores the lengths to which people will go in order to make their ambitions a reality.

D’Onofrio on the film’s unusual hybrid genre: “We have grown accustomed to referring to the film as a ‘slasher-musical.’ Once meets Friday the 13th. At times, the music is directly involved in the story that’s playing out on the film. Other times, it’s there to just scream out.”

Bo Boddie stars as bandleader Carson. A Grammy Award winner for his engineering work on Norman Brown’s record, Just Chillin’, Boddie is currently working with Merge artist Imperial Teen, as well as playing with and producing Patty Schemel’s (Hole) new band, Psychic Friend.

The cast also includes: Gwynn Galitzer, Jorgen Jorgensen, Tim Lajcik, Soomin Lee, Kate O’Malley, Matt Sbeglia, Casey Smith, Nick Thorp, Ali Tobia and Cassandra Walker, with a cameo appearance by Eric Bogosian.

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 Toni appears on Good Things Utah.

Actor Vincent D'Onofrio may be best known for his role in Law and Order: Criminal Intent.  But in real life, he is also very supportive of police officers and their families.

In fact, D'Onofrio is taking part in a fundraiser to help the family of fallen Ogden officer Jared Francom, who died in a shootout in January. All money raised goes to the Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C. in honor of Officer Francom.

The event is May 17th, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Rib City Restaurant at 649 East State Street in American Fork. (801) 492-1744

For your $150.00 donation you get a full dinner, signed picture, seat at the VIP table and your photo taken with D'Onofrio.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vincent on Good Things Utah tomorrow!

 ABC4,   5.15.12

 Coming up Wednesday on Good Things Utah... have dinner with a star, and help a Utah family who lost a loved one in the line of duty.  We'll tell you about the event for fallen officers that Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays on officer on Law and Order) is involved with.

Also, what is your fashion personality?  We will talk about the different personalities that you can tell by the clothes and colors you like to wear.

Plus, how you can make your own adorable homemade bag, in one affordable kit!

And, wedding dress fashions from Frenze.  From traditional to bold.. you'll see the styles for summer and beyond!

We hope you join us at 10 a.m.!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Review of "Sinister"

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Eric Bogosian and Chelsea Handler replaced in "Mall"

Variety, 5.9.12

Linkin Park member Joe Hahn continues to fill out the cast of his feature directorial debut "Mall," as Gina Gershon ("Killer Joe") and Peter Stormare ("Fargo") have stepped in to replace Chelsea Handler and Eric Bogosian (the latter wrote the 2001 novel on which the indie film is based). Duo's scheduling issues forced them to bow out of the pic, which has already started filming.

James Frecheville ("Animal Kingdom"), Cameron Monaghan ("Shameless"), Gbenga Akinnagbe ("The Wire"), India Menuez ("Something in the Air") and Mimi Rogers ("Austin Powers") have also joined the ensemble, led by Vincent D'Onofrio.

Bogosian's debut novel follows five suburban strangers whose paths cross over the course of one hellish night at a shopping mall, where a drug-addled madman (Frecheville) goes on a shooting spree.
Monaghan will play a teen stoner, while Menuez will play the object of his affection. Gershon will play a randy housewife who catches the eye of a voyeuristic businessman (D'Onofrio). Akinnagbe will play the mall security guard tasked with stopping the shooter, whose mother and former boss will be played by Rogers and Stormare, respectively.

D'Onofrio is producing "Mall" with Sam Maydew, whose company the Collective reps D'Onofrio, Stormare, Rogers, rising thesp Menuez and Linkin Park. D'Onofrio also adapted the script with Joe Vinciguerra and Sam Bisbee.

Epic Pictures will be handling foreign sales at Cannes, and they'll have an additional selling point as Linkin Park has agreed to handle the soundtrack for the violent film, which will be exec produced by Bill Boyd and Rob Cavallo, chairman of Warner Bros. Records. Cavallo is responsible for some of the bestselling soundtracks of all time, and the "Mall" soundtrack will fall under Linkin Park's record deal with Warners.

Gershon is repped by Barking Dog Entertainment and attorney Stan Coleman. Stormare is repped by ICM, while Paradigm reps Rogers. Frecheville is repped by UTA, the Schiff Co. and attorney Harris Hartman. Monaghan is repped by Gersh, KLWGN Entertainment and attorney Chad Christopher. Akinnagbe is repped by Stone Manners Salners Agency, Evolution Entertainment and attorney Joel VanderKloot.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Director Jennifer Lynch will recut 'Chained,' but asks why she needs to

 LAtimes,  5.3.12
  "Chained," Jennifer Lynch's serial-killer movie starring Vincent D'Onofrio, has been given an NC-17 rating by the MPAA. The director asks why
On Tuesday, the filmmakers behind "Chained," a movie about a serial killer starring Vincent D’Onofrio, saw the Motion Picture Assn. of America deny their appeal of an NC-17 rating by a vote of 9 to 4.
On Wednesday, director Jennifer Lynch told 24 Frames she will recut the scene -- a graphic depiction of a woman having her throat slit open -- that landed the movie the MPAA's harshest rating. But she didn't sound like a filmmaker who understood, or was happy about, the group's decision.
"The one thing they [the appeals board] kept citing was context, that violence in a lot of other films doesn't feel as intense," she said. "I have a lot of compassion for what [the MPAA] does. And they were all very nice and warm in the room. But it doesn't seem fair to me. I feel like we are being punished because the film was done the way it was set out to be done, which was authentically."
The film's distributor, Anchor Bay Entertainment, said it has yet to decide whether it will also release an unrated version to theaters (presumably after the rated version has finished its run, per MPAA rules) or, possibly, release the unrated version on DVD. Lynch's movie centers on a serial-killing cab driver (D’Onofrio) who murders a boy's mother and then attempts to make the boy his protege; the boy must then decide whether he wants to follow in the killer's footsteps. The film has not yet been dated for release.
Kevin Carney, the Anchor Bay executive who argued the appeal alongside Lynch, said that he also was flummoxed by the MPAA's decision. He said he watched a number of movies to prepare for the appeal, including the torture-porn picture "Hostel 3," and didn't understand why that film had got an R rating while "Chained" was given the NC-17.
"There were horrific scenes [in 'Hostel 3'] that I can't get out of my head, but what the [MPAA] kept saying is that it was context, which seems arbitrary," Carney said. "Compare our movie to 'Sweeney Todd,' where 13 or 14 people get their throat slit. There's an equal amount of graphic-ness. It's just a different style."
The MPAA's context argument may elicit skepticism from some of the organization's observers, because the group has often said it strips away those concerns when evaluating a film. In the case of the recent controversy over the R rating for "Bully," for instance, filmmakers said they were told by the organization that it couldn't lower the rating for profane language simply on the basis of the profanities' context.
Lynch, the daughter of director David Lynch and a filmmaker whose movies often contain violent themes, has had her tangles with the MPAA before. She landed an NC-17 nearly 20 years ago for a decapitation scene in her debut picture, "Boxing Helena."
She said she thinks that many other blood-soaked movies get an R because they don't strive for the same intensity as her films -- a false distinction, she believes, that rewards a casual attitude toward violence.
"What you’re doing with the NC-17 is making a very potent statement that no kids should see this movie no matter what, even though kids can see [R-rated] movies where violence is sexy and funny," she said. "And I don't think it should be OK for kids to see violence just because it's sexy and funny."
She added, "As a parent, I don't make the distinction that it's OK for my daughter to see something if it's laughed at as opposed to something that's real and affecting."
The MPAA is sometimes criticized for going too lightly on violence, giving movies with comparable amounts of sex or language a harsher rating. Indeed, the reason offered by the group for the NC-17 on "Chained" was a phrase one doesn't see alongside that rating very often: "some explicit violence."
The group has been more willing to hand out the NC-17 of late. Another film, "Killer Joe," received an NC-17 in March, in that instance for "graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality."
Lynch said she knew that the stigma of the NC-17 was too great to risk a commercial release with that rating. But she hopes film-goers check out her uncut version of "Chained," if only for comparison's sake. "Horror fans will see it and be stunned at the NC-17," she said. "They've seen much worse."

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MALL written by Joe Vinciguerra, Sam Bisbee and Vincent D’Onofrio, adapted from the novel MALL written by Eric Bogosian. The film will mark the feature directing debut of Linkin Park’s Joe Hahn. This is a Linkin Park Presents film and all music for the film will be provided by Linkin Park, who most recently did the score for THE RAID which received rave reviews at Sundance this year. Vincent D’Onofrio is producing with partner Erica Hampson and Sam Maydew. Cast includes D’Onofrio, Gina Gershon , Cameron Monoghan and James Frecheville.

It begins as a man walks through the front door of a suburban mall armed to the teeth, causing five strangers to embark on a night that will change them forever. As the bullets fly one teenage boy hurtles through the night on a collision course with the man he will become. The film is a comment on social violence that follows the intersecting paths of a restless housewife, Donna a voyeuristic businessman, Danny, a stoner teenager, a mall security guard and a trigger-happy crystal meth addict who heads for the mall bent on wreaking havoc.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

MPAA upholds NC-17 rating on Jennifer Lynch's 'Chained'

 LA Times, 5.1.12

Another movie has been branded with an NC-17 by the Motion Picture Assn. of America.

The filmmaker and distributor behind “Chained,” a thriller about a serial killer starring Vincent D’Onofrio, saw their appeal rejected by the group on Tuesday. The movie, which was directed by Jennifer Lynch (“Boxing Helena,” and daughter of David Lynch) and distributed by Anchor Bay Entertainment, was given an NC-17 for “some explicit violence.”
It marks a rare instance of an NC-17 rating being given because of violence alone; the MPAA’s harshest tag is usually applied at least in part because of sexual content. The movie centers on a man (D'Onofrio) who kills a young boy's mother and then raises the boy as his murderous protege.
Lynch does have a history with the MPAA's toughest rating--she received an NC-17 in 1993 for "Boxing Helena," which depicted a man amputating a woman and keeping her in a box. Lynch and an executive from Anchor Bay argued on behalf of the filmmakers on Tuesday.
The rejected appeal for "Chained" marks the second time in the last six weeks that an appeals board for the MPAA's Classification and Rating Administration has decided to stick with an NC-17 on an independent movie. In March, the group upheld raters’ decision to give the Matthew McConaughey hit-man picture ”Killer Joe” an NC-17 for “graphic aberrant content involving violence and sexuality, and a scene of brutality."

The NC-17 has been a little-used tool by the MPAA since replacing the notorious X rating several decades ago. But either because filmmakers are pushing the envelope or because the MPAA has become more serious about using it, the NC-17 has surfaced more of late. In the last 18 months, the romantic drama “Blue Valentine” and sex-addict tale “Shame” were also each given an NC-17, with the former overturned on appeal.

Producers did not immediately reply to a request for comment or to say whether they will cut some of the violent scenes in response to the ruling to seek an R.

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List of films in production.

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]

"In Dubious Battle" [2016]
An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s. Vincent....Al Anderson


A story about the early life of Tennessee Williams

Directed by James Franco
Vincent D'Onofrio, Jacob Loeb

"American Falls" - [TBA]

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

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

'Purgatory' [TBA]

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

"A Fall From Grace" [TBA]

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

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

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

Filming in St Louis - TBA

"Supreme Ruler" [TBA]

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

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

"The Monster Next Door" [TBA]

"The Monster Next Door" - Comedy Horror

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

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

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

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

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