Saturday, July 28, 2012

Observations: Keep it in the family: the dark visions of Jennifer Lynch

The screenwriter and director, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, 44, daughter of Twin Peaks director David Lynch is not into “torture porn”. “There are plenty of filmmakers out there who will happily and effectively make 'torture porn'. I am not one of them,” she says.

Chained, her new psychological chiller, which has its UK premiere next month at Frightfest, has been described as the nastiest film since 1986's Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer. It stars Vincent D'Onofrio as a deranged serial-killing cab driver, Bob, who kidnaps a mother (Julia Ormond) and her nine-year-old son (Eamon Farren). After getting rid of the mum, Bob grooms the chained-up son to become his protégé serial killer, in return for his freedom.

“The subject matter is upsetting, no doubt about it. It should be. It is a horrible thing, violence,” says Lynch. “When the project first came to me I was not 'turned on'.”

Instead, Lynch wanted to create a study of “how monsters are made”. “In my mind, real-life monsters are born of wounds: of sorrows. Of pains not spoken or healed. I wanted to promote a dialogue about child abuse. I did not want to excuse terrible acts, but to bring the human monster to light.”

What real-life events or films influenced her? “Everything I have ever seen or done influenced me,” she says. “Truly. The love I was given. The fears I had and still have. The questions I ask each day. All of them were part of my telling this story.”

As a child Lynch played a little girl in her father's film Eraserhead in 1977, then worked as a production assistant on his Blue Velvet in 1986. Aged 22, she wrote the bestseller The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer, a spin-off novel from her father's TV series Twin Peaks, about a girl who is abused and murdered by Killer BOB (played by Frank Silva in the show). Her debut film Boxing Helena, released in 1993, about a doctor who amputates a woman's legs and arms, in the hope she will fall in love with him, was slated by critics.

Battling spinal injuries from a car accident, she attended Co-Dependent's Anonymous for relationship addiction and gave up drugs and alcohol. She didn't return to films for 15 years until 2008's Surveillance, which starred Ormond and Bill Pullman as FBI detectives investigating murders. Hisss followed in 2010, starring Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat as a snake who takes human form.
Chained is billed as a horror film, but it isn't one. “I didn't want to make a horror film in the traditional sense of the word. It is a film about horrific acts and pains. To me, it is a different thing.”

'Chained', Empire Cinema Leicester Square, London WC2 (, 27 August, 3.15pm. (

via The Independent | by Charlotte Cripps | 07.28.12

Friday, July 27, 2012

"Chained" [Blu-Ray] available for Pre-Order

October 2, 2012
From the writer/director of BOXING HELENA From the mind of writer/director Jennifer Lynch comes the shocker that panicked ratings boards and stunned audiences worldwide: When he was 9 years old Tim and his mother were abducted by taxi-driving serial killer Bob (an intensely disturbing performance by Vincent D'Onofrio). Tim's mother was murdered. Tim was kept as a chained slave forced to bury the bodies of young women Bob drags home and keep scrapbooks of the crimes. Now a teenager Tim (Eamon Farren) and Bob share a depraved father/son/prot+ªg+ª relationship. But who will ultimately sever the bond between 'family' and unimaginable horror? Jake Weber ("Medium") Evan Bird ("The Killing") and Julia Ormond (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON "Mad Men") co-star in what critics are calling one of the most controversial and uncompromising thrillers of our time.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Video of photo shoot with Leila George

StyleMeRomy:  Behind-the-scenes video featuring our up-and-coming’s Emily Barclay, Robin McLeavy, Cody Fern & Leila George from our SMR fashion week shoot.

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New photos from "Chained" released

From the Press Release
Perhaps the most terrifying human relationship is the one between a serial killer and his target. But what if it starts that way and becomes something...more? From the visionary mind of director Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena, Surveillance, Hisss) comes the dark fable Chained, coming to Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD October 2nd from Anchor Bay Films. With a stellar cast including Vincent D’Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black, “Law and Order: Criminal Intent”), Gina Phillips (Jeepers Creepers, “Ally McBeal”), Conor Leslie (“90210”), and Evan Bird (“The Killing”) with Jake Weber (Dawn of the Dead, “Medium”) and Julia Ormand (My Week With Marilyn, “Mad Men,” The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Chained is an unforgettable ride into the darkness that can reside in the human heart – no matter what your age. The Chained Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD also includes, as a bonus feature, the scene that prompted the MPAA to give the film an NC-17 rating! SRP is $26.98 for the DVD, and $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack.
Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond), are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D’Onofrio). It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy’s mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégé, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim - now renamed Rabbit - allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren, X: Night of Vengeance) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree. Slowly but surely, he must soon choose whether to follow in Bob’s serial killer footsteps or make one final, desperate attempt to break free...
Bonus features on Chained Blu-ray™ and DVD include feature-length audio commentary by writer/director Jennifer Lynch and actor Vincent D’Onofrio; the alternate unrated version of “Mary’s Murder;” and the original theatrical trailer.

Warning:  trailer contains violent images

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"Crackers" screens in the Hamptons

 Hamptons World Peace Initiative


(JULY 20, 2012) Hamptons World Peace Initiative is pleased to announce
the program line up for August 3-5th 2012, at Southampton Inn, in
Southampton New York. The initiative consists of Artisan Festival
International with its World Cinema Festival, and Renaissance Art Fair
branches. The evening festivities will comprise of fashion fused with
music in addition to the film and fine art. “Bridging the gap of
cultural diversity is imperative to creating social change in an
environment where one individual can make a significant impact. We all
have the gift to manifest, create and aid in peace relations. By
bringing individuals together from all walks of life, to focus on
enjoying culture through an appreciation of the arts, we can create
the needed dialogue for change and cross cultural acceptance. Some of
the films showcased are not necessarily a promotion of peace: thus the
goal is to congregate and explore dialogue. Where there is conflict we
must resolve, and agree to differ,” stated multi-media talent Princess
Angelique Monét, AFI World Peace Initiative founder and Executive

Over 20 films from around the world will have world premieres or be
featured during Artisan Festival International (World Cinema
Festival). Spotlighted films are:

Bryce Dallas Howard’s directorial debut ‘When You Find Me,” produced
by her father Ron Howard for Canon C300. (Short)
“Crackers” by Gregory Principato Starring Vincent d’Onofrio (Men In
Black, Brooklyn’s Finest), Oscar and Emmy nominated Brenda Vaccaro,
Anthony Laciura (Boardwalk Empire) (Short)

“Voice Of Love” by Gary Keys starring Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick,
Cissy Houston, Sweet Inspirations, The Drinkard Singers, Roberta
Flack, Gary Houston, and the Drinkard Singers II,
Veteran Filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles scores sound track for “Death is
No Escape,” by Franklyn Strachan
Pulitzer Prize Nominee Kevin McKiernan and Oscar winner Haskell Wexler
(Medium Cool, Latino) “Bringing King to China,”
Fela Anikulapo’s historic visit to NY in the mid 80′s “FelaNYC” by Jaheed Ashley
“Ante,” by Emilio Rosa starring Angel Salazar(Scarface), Jaime
Tirelli(Girl Fight, Carlito’s Way)
“Pay It Forward” by Frank M. Calo, a reality show that showcases real
events of specific people or organizations that go unnoticed. (Reality


Monday, July 23, 2012

Jennifer Lynch's "Chained" on DVD/Blu-ray on October 2

Jennifer Lynch's latest thriller, Chained, is making its way to DVD/Blu-ray (as a combo pack) on October 2nd.

Vincent D'Onofrio, Gina Phillips, Conor Leslie, Evan Bird, Jake Weber and Julia Ormond star.

Coming home from a routine trip to the movies, eight-year-old Tim (Bird) and his mother, Sarah (Ormond) are picked up by a psychopathic cab driver named Bob (D’Onofrio).
It ends up being their last ride together. Bob murders the young boy’s mother and keeps Tim as his unwilling protégée, making him clean up the mess following each murder he commits. After a couple of aborted escape attempts, Bob chains Tim  - now renamed Rabbit  - allowing just enough length to move freely within the house. 

As the years pass, Bob starts instructing Rabbit, teaching him anatomy and human behavior. Now a teenager, Rabbit (Eamon Farren) is slowly being pressed by Bob to start his own homicidal spree. Slowly but surely, he must soon choose whether to follow in Bob’s serial killer footsteps or make one final, desperate attempt to break free...

Special features include an audio commentary by Lynch and D'Onofrio, the alternated unrated version of “Mary’s Murder," and the original theatrical trailer. - ShocktillyouDrop

The Chained Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD also includes, as a bonus feature, the scene that prompted the MPAA give the film an NC-17 rating!

Pre-orders begin September 5th.  $26.98 for the DVD, and $29.99 for the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack. 

Sunday, July 22, 2012

D'Onofrio Family wins first prize in Sand Sculpting contest in Coney Island

Vincent D'Onofrio and his brood won first prize July 21, 2012 in the Coney Island Sand Sculpting contest.

Luka, of Manhattan, stands on a sand pile near his family whose pirate themed sculpture took 1st place in the mixed kids and adults division on July 21, 2012.

Leila and Vincent working on their sand castle!

Photos:  DNAinfo/Alissa Ambrose


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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Utah Meth Cops Project: Submit your photos!!!


Some of us are planning to publish and sell a 2013 calendar featuring photos of Vincent D’Onofrio with you, his fans. ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS PROJECT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO THE UTAH METH COPS PROJECT, a charity very dear to Vincent’s heart.

If you have a photo or photos (limit 2 per person, please) that were taken live with Vincent and you would like to have one included in this project, please email them to (note this address is “.ca” NOT “.com”) with a “cc” to and with the subject heading “Calendar Photo.” Please note that, because of space limitations, picture quality, etc., just because you submit a photo does not mean that it will be included in the calendar. So be sure to send us the best quality you have. We will NOT accept any photo that has been digitally manipulated (i.e., “Photoshopped”). All photos must have been taken live with you and Vincent together.

You will find below a legal release for use of your name and photo. Please copy this Release Paragraph and paste it into the body of your email with the photo attached—one photo per email please, and remember to limit yourself to two photo submissions. Also include your name as you would like it to appear in print and include the locale of the picture, should your photo be chosen. Without this release, we will not consider your photo for publication. Information about purchasing copies of the calendar will be forthcoming once we are farther along with the project. We will send a quick reply to your emails to let you know we received them.


Permission is granted to cross-post this information. Spread the word!

Release Paragraph

I hereby consent and agree that the Utah Meth Cops Project, its employees, or agents have the right to the attached photograph(s) exclusively for use in any and all fund raising activities, including but not limited to a 2013 Calendar currently in development. I hereby represent that I am the legal copyright owner of the attached photograph or I have otherwise obtained the necessary permission and consent from the legal copyright owner to use this photograph for the purpose stated in this Release. The use of this photo by the Utah Meth Cops Project as described in this Release in no way interferes with the current ownership rights of the attached photo. I further consent that my name and identity may be revealed therein or by descriptive text or commentary. I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration to me for said use.

via BlueVelvetVincent (aka Bev)

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Vote for Elizabeth D'Onofrio's entry in Strivectin's Power to Change contest.

 Create Art to Create Jobs

Elizabeth D'Onofrio is in a contest to win 30,000. With the money she has planned to start a Film Commission in the Fort Meyers area. Please vote everyday, once a day from different computers or from your smart phone. 

Here's the essay that catapulted her entry to one of the 15 Finalists -
As a resident of a small island community, I have been active in creating and supporting the Arts on Fort Myers Beach through the not-for-profit organization, The Beach Arts Cooperative (BAC). Since our inception in April 2011, we have supported theatrical performances, brought back the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, and created film, dance and art projects for the children on the Island. I am currently heading a new project to bring film projects to SW Florida by procuring a Film Commission in the area. This entails office space and travel research. Not only do I need to look fifty and fabulous by using your products and staying fit, but I also need office space, a reliable vehicle and travel expenses to put this project in motion. This project will help create jobs, and boost the tourism needed for our Island to survive.

Beach artist strives for contest winning

July 18, 2012
By BOB PETCHER, , Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer
Beach resident Elizabeth D'Onofrio Halladay has an opportunity "to create a powerful positive change in her own life or in the lives of others" as one of 15 finalists from more than 500 people nationwide to win a $30,000 grand prize in the StriVectin "The Power to Change" Contest.
Halladay, who was deeply involved in the recent Fort Myers Beach Film Festival as artistic director, decided to enter a contest she read about online in hopes of winning and fulfilling her dream of jumpstarting a film commission in the Fort Myers Beach area.
A good chunk of the contest rules centers on answering a question and, if chosen as a finalist, being able to provide a video to support the answer. The question: What would you change with $30,000?
"After the last film festival, a representative from Screen Actors Guild told me that I should start a film commission in the area. So, I decided to do some research on it and found the contest in an ad during my research," said Halladay. "So, I wrote an essay, posted it on Facebook and ended up getting a lot of votes."
A local film producer, moviemaker and longtime professional actress, Elizabeth stated she would like to "entice filmmakers from around the globe to film here on our beautiful beaches and interesting landscapes of Southwest Florida" to improve tourism from an artistic standpoint. If she wins, she hopes to create jobs for fellow artists and begin a home studio for the film commission.
"This will not only create jobs for people in the area but will also bring many more tourists to our island and surrounding areas all year round," she said.
After the essay and received votes, Halladay was notified she was a finalist and told she had two weeks to submit a video about her project. She had from June 13 to June 27 to do so.
Now that she has fulfilled the contest requirements and has a chance to win the grand prize, she is in need of your continued voting. Those who wish to support Halladay should watch her public video at and click on the vote button by the bottom of page. The winner is based solely on the number of votes received (after verification) from July 9 through July 25. He or she will be notified soon after and contest, while the results are expected to be announced on Aug. 1.
Halladay has volunteered in her field for many years by being active in creating and supporting the arts on Fort Myers Beach through The Beach Arts Cooperative. The not-for-profit organization has supported theatrical performances, been instrumental in bringing back the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival from a hiatus and created film, dance and art projects for the children on the Island.
'I am always volunteering to do things for my art," she said. "I just always love being around films and filmmakers. I also love this Beach and would like to see it thrive."
StriVectin, an anti-aging skin care company, introduced "The Power to Change" Contest to help and inspire women to bring positive change to their skin and to their lives. For more information on StriVectin, visit

Thursday, July 12, 2012

More 'Chained' artwork

from San Diego Comic-Con

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'Chained' screens at Fantasia Film Festival August 5th

Hosted by Director/Co-Writer Jennifer Lynch and Co-Writer Damian O’Donnell 
At the end of a fun afternoon excursion, Sarah Fiddler and her young son step into a taxi to head home. They never get there. Fate can be cruel and today, fate has seen to it that the cab they picked belongs to Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio), a taxi driving serial killer who has long ago realized the grisly benefits of a job that delivers victims unto him on a silver platter. Re-christening the boy “Rabbit”, Bob forcibly adopts him as his own son. And keeps him. For years. Life with Bob is not easy for Rabbit. He’s mercurial, demanding (“You will serve me breakfast every day for the rest of your life”), violent and cold. Worse, Bob forces the boy to clean up after his crimes. At the same time, in his own distorted way, he wants to be a good father, to raise a son who is well-prepared to succeed in the world. What Bob considers to be success and the kind of world in which he lives is where the real problems lay. Rabbit (Eamon Farren), now in his teens, has been shown in no uncertain terms that Bob fully expects him to become a mass murderer.

From the day she exploded onto the scene with the largely misunderstood and still-controversial BOXING HELENA 19 years ago, Jennifer Lynch has been a spellbinding iconoclast on the American indie landscape, her provocative approach to filmmaking seeing her alternately championed and demonized. She is a fascinating filmmaker who’s made but several works across her two-decade career. Each have been standouts, their connective tissues threaded in baroque aesthetics, unconventional performance styles, darkly eccentric streaks of humour and, of course subversively compelling gazes into our capacities for cruelty, obsession and sexual deviancy. CHAINED is no exception. In Lynch’s hands, what could have been a simple “how to make a monster” serial killer film turns into an upsetting discourse on parenthood and instinct. At its core, D’Onofrio is a lumbering, volcanic nightmare. Everything from his body language to the uncomfortable syntax of his dialogue delivery has been altered and sculpted to make for a freakishly individualistic performance. Watch for a brief but impactful appearance by Julia Ormond, reteaming with Lynch following 2008’s phenomenal SURVEILLANCE.

Screening time:  August 5 • Concordia Hall Theatre


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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New photos from "Chained"

[Fantasia '12] Get ‘Chained’ To Four Million Images From NC-17 Thriller!

Another genre flick screening at the forthcoming 16th annual Fantasia International Film Festival (July 19-August 7) is Jennifer Lynch’s (Hisss and Surveillance) NC-17 thriller Chained, which stars Vincent D’Onofrio, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren, Conor Leslie and Evan Bird.
Recently acquired by Ancor Bay, Bloody just scored even more stills, all 4 million (55 in reality)

In the film, “Eight-year-old Tim and his mother Sarah are picked up by Bob, a deranged taxi cab driver on the hunt for his next victim. Tim witnesses his first murder, the murder of his mother, but it would not be his last. Bob keeps Tim as a reluctant protégé, forcing him to clean and bury the bodies of the young women he drags home. Now a teenager, Tim must make a life or death choice between following in Bob’s footsteps or breaking free from his captor.


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Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 8 on DVD

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 8 on DVD is now available for pre-order.  Release date is October 23, 2012.


Monday, July 9, 2012

'Full Metal Jacket' 25th Anniversary Edition on DVD

Stanley Kubrick's acclaimed war drama getting a 25th Anniversary digibook to be released August 7th.

This Blu-ray release will include the same supplements as the previous release including audio commentary by Adam Baldwin, Vincent D'Onofrio, R. Lee Ermey and critic/screenwriter Jay Cocks; Full Metal Jacket: Between Good and Evil featurette; theatrical trailer; and exclusive to this release will be Stanley Kubrick's Boxes Documentary.

The 'Full Metal Jacket: 25th Anniversary Edition' also includes 44-page digibook packaging with a personal letter and intimate reflections from star Matthew Modine, as well as behind-the-scenes photos specifically selected for this release.

via High-Def Digest


Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!!!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday. Thank you to our troops for their service.

The 4th of July is about more than hot dogs and fireworks. Here are 4 Ways to give back and show your support for our troops.
1. Help out a military family. Most of us have some connection to a military family. Think about simple things you could do help them out: watch their kids, mow the lawn, wash the car, make a meal, buy them groceries. Little things mean a lot and are a great way to show your support.
2. Write a soldier a thank you letter. helps you find soldiers and gives you on instructions on how to send letters. Another option is to join the letter writing team on Solider’s Angels.

3. Put together a care package. will give you all the information you need to know about sending care packages to troops overseas. As you can see from the photo on the right, the troops really appreciate it!
4. Volunteer at your local 4th of July celebration. Our friends at have volunteer opportunities for you to help out with 4th of July celebrations in your neighborhood.
Just go to and type in your zip code to find opportunities in your area.


Monday, July 2, 2012

"Thumbsucker" airs on Sundance Channel in July

"Thumbsucker" airs on Sundance Channel in July.

Mike Mills, Director
2005 | 96 | Feature
Appeared at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival 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.

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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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