Friday, August 31, 2012

Review: "Chained"


Not since American Psycho have audiences have experienced a clever dissection of the appalling misogyny displayed in the serial killer sub-genre from a female perspective and director Jennifer Lynch (best known for her catastrophic film debut Boxing Helena and her recent comeback Surveillance) has definitely gone above and beyond to leave a lingering feeling of uneasiness long after the end credits of this deeply disturbing psychological thriller about child abuse, sadism and the emotional turmoil of capture-bonding relationships.

Lynch shows no mercy to the viewers as she unfolds the film’s most horrifying, albeit realistic chain of events minutes into the film when a mother and her young son (respectively played by Julia Ormond and Evan Bird) jump into a cab outside of a movie theatre to go home after watching a horror film. Unfortunately for the pair, the cab is driven by Bob, (Vincent D’Onofrio) deranged and seemingly emotionless serial killers whose daily routine consists of collecting taxi fares and luring defenseless women to his dank and decrypted home to savagely rape and murder.
Knowing the boy is not a threat, Bob takes the mother and son to his home, proceeds to rape and kill the mother off screen while the boy is forced to listen to his mother’s last screams of agony from the garage.

After the murder has been committed, Bob forces the boy to live with him, renames him “Rabbit,” and makes him his personal slave as he is forced to clean up Bob’s bloody messes, sit on the floor and only eat the scraps off his captor’s plate for the next decade.

As the years pass, Rabbit (now played by Eamon Farren) has now become resigned to the tragic reality of his living situation, while Bob has slowly taken on a father-like role in Rabbit’s life as he offers him untouched food, clothes, beer and makes him study large textbooks to make sure he is an educated man. Alas, all Bob knows is pain and hatred towards women, which leads to him trying to train Rabbit into being the same monster he refuses to see in his own reflection and chaos ensues.
Although Chained is guaranteed to fuel its audience with fury and queasy butterflies in their stomachs, there is no denying the electrifying performances given throughout.

Vincent D’Onofrio gives his most underrated performance to date as the film’s unsettling antagonist. He is able to chill viewers with his hair-raising demeanor and an emphasized speech impediment, while also making them unwillingly empathize with his character at times through slight glimmers of humanity as it is quite apparent through sickening flashbacks that he is a monstrosity that was made, not born.

Newcomer Eamon Farren also stands out with his subdued and understated role as the film’s ostensibly frail protagonist. After watching this film, it should come as no surprise to see this up and coming actor in higher profile projects in the near future.

If it wasn’t for its unnecessary and half-assed twist ending that unfortunately affects the film in a significant way, this could have easily been Jennifer Lynch’s best film to date for Chained is full of desolation and an eerie sense of dread that is both striking and meticulous.

Chained may not be a film that garners a second viewing; however it is definitely a movie that will stick with you, no matter how many showers you take to erase the memory of it.


 via DreadCentral, 8.31.12


Thursday, August 30, 2012

Frightfest Day Five: Chained


In her introduction before the movie started, ‘Chained’ director Jennifer Chambers Lynch described her film as a story about the way monsters are made. I can’t think of a more perfect description.
A husband (Jake Weber) drops his wife (Julia Ormond) and nine year old son (Evan Bird) off at the movie theatre. The movie theatre is someplace in the middle of nowhere, beside a long lonely stretch of highway. After the movie, the wife calls for a cab and then changes her mind because a vacant cab is already heading in their direction. They climb into the back and head home.

But not their home. Before mother and son have a chance to escape, cab driver Bob (Vincent d’Onofrio) has locked all the doors and driven them back to his bunker-like lair which is in a place even more remote and isolated than the movie theatre. He pulls the mother out of the cab and drags her screaming into the house, leaving the boy trapped and petrified in the back of the car.
When he eventually returns for the boy, the mother is dead.

Bob christens the boy ‘Rabbit’ and tells him that, from now on, this is the only life he’ll ever know. Rabbit will keep the house tidy and scrub the blood off the walls. He will bury the bodies and his only food will be the scraps left on Bob’s plate.

Rabbit makes an attempt to escape, finding himself on the roof of the house with absolutely nowhere to go. Bob stands in the sunlight below, waiting for him. He taunts Rabbit and throws stones at him and then locks a chain around Rabbit’s ankle so that he can never try to leave again.

Years pass, and Rabbit has long been conditioned into his macabre routine. When Bob hits the door buzzer, Rabbit has exactly ten seconds to open the locks and let Bob and his latest victim inside. And as Rabbit (Eamon Farren) approaches his eighteenth birthday, Bob instils in him how education is important if people aren’t going to make a fool out of you, and that it’s time for Rabbit to know what a woman tastes like.

‘Chained’ is a powerful and disturbing film which cleverly makes an attempt to humanise Bob the serial killer without ever asking us to feel sympathy for him, or pretend that how he lives (and forces Rabbit to live) is anything less than monstrous.  Lynch shows us moments, brief flashbacks to Bob’s childhood and the events that made him this way – one truly awful event in particular, that obviously sculpted his attitude about the women he takes – and D’Onofrio, a ferociously convincing presence who’s already played a quite different, but equally nightmarish, serial killer in Tarsem Singh’s ‘The Cell’ (2000), gives Bob enough shade (but never any light) to make him a fascinating study.

‘Chained’ cleverly explores the relationship between Bob and Rabbit, and although there’s never a moment when we sense a true bond developing between them from Rabbit’s side, it’s obvious that Bob feels a twisted sense of responsibility for Rabbit’s welfare. At one point, he even takes Rabbit in the cab with him so they can hunt together for a victim. Except Rabbit wants none of it, and he’s more cunning than Bob expected.

Eamon Farren is perfectly cast as the older Rabbit. With his pale skin and gangly body, it’s easy to believe he forgot what daylight looked like a long time ago. And, in keeping with the name he’s been given, he is constantly on alert, waiting for the next horror to appear, the next punishment to fall. It’s a remarkably sensitive performance.

In her Q&A after the film, Jennifer Lynch admitted that the ending has divided some audiences and she understands why. Lynch, whose previous work includes ‘Boxing Helena’ (1993) and ‘Surveillance’ (2008), does have a tendency to overcomplicate matters and the climax of ‘Chained’ is no exception.

Having said that, I thought that part of the finale’s added twist – although unnecessary – gave the story an extra dimension, although I also agree that it (might) have taken the edge off the film’s darkness. And, without giving any spoilers away, to properly appreciate Lynch’s ending you do have to accept a little bit of a cheat on the part of Lynch’s writing.

Lynch promises that all will be made clear if there’s ever a director’s cut. I normally dislike director’s cuts. But, where ‘Chained’ is concerned, an extended version would be just fine. I highly recommend this film.

via movieramblings.com, 8.30.12


Video: Chained UK Premiere - Jennifer Chambers Lynch Interview


Published on Aug 29, 2012 by PremiereScene

It was such a treat to interview director Jennifer Chambers Lynch who who attends day 5 of Fim4 FrightFest for the UK Premiere of her latest film CHAINED. Premieres Scene's Claire Bueno and Mike Jonas had the joy of speaking with Lean whose warmth made it an effortless interview as we find out what it was about human behaviour that she wanted to explore in the film and how mindful she was about being supportive to the actors who were pushing their emotional boundaries.

Video: Exclusive 2-minute clip from "Chained"

Shock Till You Drop has an exclusive two-minute clip to share with you from Chained.  The sneak peek is entitled "rules" and you'll soon find out why (it's rather warped).

Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance, Boxing Helena) directed the film which stars Vincent D'Onofrio. Synopsis: 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...

Release 10.2.12



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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Frightfest 2012 Review: Chained



L’enfant terrible Jennifer Lynch, whose previous flick Hissss is yet to see the light of day in many territories (at least legally), is back with Chained, a serial-killer flick that looks like something that has stepped off 70s US television, yet plays like the the more sleazier side of the decade as seen in the grindhouse cinema of 42nd Street and movies such as Taxi Driver – with shades of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer thrown in for good measure!

Stars: Vincent D’Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Julia Ormond, Jake Weber, Conor Leslie,Evan Bird | Written by Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Damian O’Donnell | Directed by Jennifer Lynch

Chained tells the story of Tim, a young boy who following an outing to the cinema with his mother, is abducted by Bob, an unlicensed taxi driver whose cab they hail. Driven out to the wilds of Saskatchewan and to the isolated home in which Bob lives, Tim’s mother (played by a cameo-ing Julia Ormond who also starred in Lynch’s Surveillance) is brutally murdered in front of Tim by the unflinching Bob. Taking Tim under his wing, Bob teaches Tim how to be the obedient slave come son-he-never-had, making him cook and clean and wait on his new “father”, not only that but also clean up after his kills and bury the bodies in the basement. Starting with Tim’s mother. Years pass and Tim, now re-christened “Rabbit” by Bob, remains in non-indentured servitude. However Bob is soon eager to teach the grown Tim the ways of the human body and have him experience a woman – in more ways than one. In short Bob’s looking for an heir to his serial-killing empire, and Rabbit is it.
If you’ve seen Lynch’s Surveillance you may remember her fantastic use of stark, almost empty locales, which gave that film a weird ethereal nature.

Well with Chained she does it again, shooting the film in the wilds of Saskatchewan which, whilst contrary to the typical claustrophobic nature of the genre, still manages to make proceedings feel closed-in and isolated despite the vast open landscapes on which the film takes place. The sparse setting is also translated inside Bob’s home, with only enough furniture to make the place liveable whilst remaining a functional “lair” for his serial-killing exploits.

But Chained is not about the landscapes or the locales, it’s all about the characters of Bob and Rabbit; and it’s here where Lynch has once again pulled off somewhat of a coup in her casting choices. With character actor turned TV star Vincent D’Onofrio (whose performance as Agent Goren in NBC’s Law & Order: Criminal Intent is one of the television greats) in the lead role as Bob, Lynch has an actor that once again brings his chameleon-like quality to this role. The antithesis of Agent Goren, Bob is a lumbering brute of a man who has a no-nonsense approach to life and to death; and D’Onofrio plays the role with an air of pathos, which works to humanise the man even if his deeds are reprehensibly monstrous. However the real revelation is Eamon Farren. Last seen in the less-than-stellar wannabe exploitation flick X: Night of Vengeance, Farren brings a quite, often disarming, calm to his portrayal of Rabbit – this is a teenager teetering on the edge of sanity and he balances fragility and strength (both mental and physical) to perfection. And come the films final act you’re never really sure whether Rabbit has given in to Bob’s indoctrination. It’s credit to Farren that his performance is never lost alongside powerhouse D’Onofrio.

Director Jennifer Lynch isn’t afraid to go to some pretty dark places in Chained, there’s an incredible streak of black comedy running throughout – nowhere more so than when Bob and Rabbit play “Go Fish” with the driving licenses of Bob’s dead victims. She also mounts an assault on the ears as well as the eyes, often cutting away from Bob’s actions and leaving the audio to tell the tale; and come the films final denouement it’s sound that continues the story…

A tense, bleak drama about a serial killer and his charge, Chained is for the most part a barn-storming success. It’s just a shame that Lynch chose to throw in a final twist that dampens the effect of all that has proceeded it.

via Blogomatic3000, 8.27.12

Monday, August 27, 2012

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A Deadly Duo To Take Us To The End

 Chained was a film that captured the audience’s attention not by the graphic violence that it contained but by the stunning central performances especially from Vincent D’Onofrio. The piece dripped with class and was that something a little bit different to the norm.

We’re down to the last two movies but these look like quality pieces of fear-filled film fun.
First up it’s the European Premiere of the much talked about Ole Bornedal chiller The Possession (pictured). Produced by Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures its about a family uniting to survive the wrath of an unspeakable and incredibly malicious evil.

This is followed by the World Premiere of Tower Block. This second movie from writer James Moran is in stark contrast to his other FrightFest movie film Cockneys Vs Zombies concerning tenants who don’t want to leaver their building which is due for demolition. But someone knows a way…

via Horror Channel, 8.27.12
by James Whittington


Review: FFF criticism: Chained

Translated by Google-
Life is too short for a film like Chained. The story about a serial killer who kidnapped a nine year old boy and tried to raise him as his successor, is a lesson in frustration (on the part of the audience) and overestimation (on the part of director).



He starts really good. The first quarter of an hour, in the Rabbit, so the name of the serial killer is the boy who is thrust into this new and terrible world, works very well, but then commits the film a fatal mistake: He jumps ten years into the future and tells the rest of the story from the perspective of the elderly and of course totally disturbed Rabbit. This one is out as viewers of the film, we follow the rest from a long distance, because you can build up to a relationship neither of the two figures - except, perhaps, he himself is a serial killer, that would probably help.

Chained but what makes it a real frustration film is the brilliant acting performance of his main characters: Vincent D'Onofrio as Bob, Evan Bird and Eamon Farren as younger and older Rabbit. Had these skills embedded in a reasonable production and a good script, a great film would have been possible.

But fails in this regard Jennifer Chambers Lynch, daughter of David Lynch, unfortunately. Her production drags predictable and tough until the end behämmerten completely gone. There is not one second of humor and only an unexpected turn (see keyword "behämmert"), otherwise stifled the film on his own importance.

Jennifer Chambers Lynch

The director answered a few questions after the film and said, Chained would come in the U.S. only cut to the movies "because it's too intense and feels too real." It could also be another way: For every minute that no one has to watch from Chained is a good minute.

2/5 because of the great acting performance.

via sf-radio.net  8.26.12
by Claudia Kern


Video: Cameron Diaz and Vincent D'Onofrio at Feeling Minnesota premiere



Old footage from the "Feeling Minnesota" premiere with Cameron Diaz.
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Friday, August 24, 2012

Daryl Hannah joins Cast of ‘A Fall from Grace’


Rumors have been out there for a while and now it is official: Daryl Hannah joins Tim Roth and Vincent D’Onofrio in Jennifer Lynch’s ‘A Fall from Grace’ in the role of Anabelle Lawson.

Famed auteur Jennifer Lynch takes the helm for her fifth effort, both on the page and behind the camera with the modern thriller ‘A Fall from Grace’, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tim Roth. We have the just released teaser trailer for you, narrated by Bill Pullman.

The producers – including Jennifer Lynch and David Michaels, the director and author of ‘Chinatown’ and the TV series ‘Macabre Theatre’ – are angling to start production as early as this fall/winter on location in St. Louis, MO. Oscar-nominated actor Tim Roth will star in the movie’s lead role, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio and Cedric the Entertainer as has been announced today. The remainder of the cast is presently being assembled.

via Horrorbug.com, 8.24.12



"Sister Spirit" aka "Ass Backwards" is revived

Left for dead, movie is revived


ALBANY — The show will go on for Sister Spirit after a two-year dispute.
The feature-length independent movie shot locally was halted after an investor defaulted and a lawsuit was filed by the production company, Sister Spirit, and hundreds of Capital Region residents received checks that bounced or nothing at all for their work.
Now, most of the bills have been paid, filming was completed and the production has the green light.
The offbeat comedy is described as a chick flick with overtones of "The Hangover." The writers and co-stars are June Raphael and Casey Wilson, a "Saturday Night Live" alumna. The cast includes Alicia Silverstone, Jon Cryer and Vincent D'Onofrio.
The buddy movie is about best friends who go on a cross-country road trip to win a beauty pageant that eluded them as girls. It was shot in and around Albany during more than three weeks of location work in the summer of 2010, including a large dance scene at a North Pearl Street nightclub.
The majority of local vendors and hundreds of extras owed money for their work on the film — its working title is "Ass Backwards" — have been paid, long after some had given up hope of ever receiving compensation.
An angel investor stepped in, paid long-overdue bills and financed the final days of shooting in New York City last month. The film is being edited and will be shown at film festivals in the hope of finding a distributor and reaching theater screens in 2013.
The film was rescued by Dori Sperko, who three years ago sold National Employers Co., a Florida employee leasing company. Sperko agreed to shoulder the remaining costs of the roughly $1 million "Ass Backwards" project as its executive producer.

"It's been a really long, difficult journey that caused a lot of pain for many people," said producer Heather Rae, who produced the Academy Award-winning movie "Frozen River." Another producer, Molly Conners, an Albany native who worked with Rae on "Frozen River," also invested heavily with her own money on the project. Conners lives in Brooklyn and is a daughter of Albany County Comptroller Michael Conners.
Rae said she invested her family's life savings of $200,000 in the project, had her car repossessed and lost her Boise, Idaho home to foreclosure after financing for the low-budget indie movie fell apart. She and her husband relocated to Los Angeles.
Rae filed a lawsuit in state Supreme Court in November 2010 against former IBM executive David M. Thomas, who lives in the Boston area, for defaulting on a contract for a $1 million line of credit with which he agreed to bankroll the production.
Rae's attorneys, who worked pro bono, won a judgment against a limited liability corporation, Better Late Than Never, that Thomas created for the film. It has no assets and Rae is doubtful she will ever recover monetary damages. Thomas could not be reached for comment.
"The good news is that it's a good movie and very funny," Rae said. "At the end of the day, everybody who had a part in it is going to be proud of this film."
"It had been so long, we had written it off," said James Pentaudi, who booked more than 100 local people as extras through his management firm, Albany Talent. "Now that people have been paid, it has a happy ending."
Non-union extras were owed $40 a day and members of the Screen Actors Guild were set to be paid the union minimum of $139 per day as extras. Pentaudi was supposed to receive a 10 percent commission from the extras, but those payments have only begun to trickle in.
"I've seen bankruptcies in this business and it's rare when they actually recover and make payments," Pentaudi said.

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Vincent D’Onofrio wants you to spend Fall at the Woodstock Film Festival.



 Meira Blaustein, co-founder and executive director of the Woodstock Film Festival, has fond memories of the first film festival twelve years ago. On a shoestring budget, community centers and art galleries around Woodstock were retrofitted to screen films. Blaustein remembers Barbara Kopple’s My Generation, a film documenting the three Woodstock music festivals, as a highlight. The first year also celebrated the fifteenth anniversary of Stop Making Sense, the Talking Heads concert movie directed by Jonathan Demme. It was screened at the legendary Bearsville Theater in Woodstock where organizers removed the seats to create a dance floor. Confused audience members, not knowing what to do, chose to dance.

This embodies the magic of the festival where passion, spontaneity and creativity thrive. The festival is known for its exciting panel series where one can see some of the top professionals in their respective fields and get a serious crash course on the various topics being presented. Each year, Academy Award nominated animator, Bill Plympton, co-curates the world-class animation program. Originally conceived as part of the 1999 Woodstock Music Festival, the film festival continues to pay homage to its musical roots with live concerts that are tied to the movies being shown. Past performers include Levon Helm, Bela Fleck, Arlo Guthrie and Donovan.

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio, a strong supporter of the festival, says, “You meet the most interesting filmmakers; every time I go I end up having a two or three hour conversation with people in a room somewhere, impromptu conversations with filmmakers from all over the world.” Diverse programming showcases film professionals from Russia to Mexico to right here in our own backyard.

Now in its thirteenth year, the festival has become a premiere regional event where actors and filmmakers abound. You may run into celebrities at local restaurants, coffee shops, panel discussions and, yes, movies. Past attendees include Steve Buscemi, Melissa Leo, Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo. The festival recently moved its operations to the new Film Center on Rock City Road. “We spent an enormous amount of time, energy, and a ton of money scrambling to find and renovate space each year to fulfill our needs, so the new Film Center offers us the opportunity to consolidate and grow to continue providing extraordinary programming and economic benefit to the region,” says Blaustein.

There is an ongoing capital campaign in conjunction with the Hudson Valley Film Commission to complete the center. The Film Center will host filmmakers, film- related workshops, classes, special events and serve as a hub for the film festival and film commission events such as casting calls, screenings and board meetings.

The festival is a non-profit organization with zero commercial drive other than showcasing worthy independent films and filmmakers. It relies on grants, sponsorships, philanthropic efforts and the residents of the surrounding Hudson Valley communities for support. "The Film Center will enhance our ability to continue creating, assisting and promoting sustainable, clean, economic development by bringing jobs, educational opportunities and revenue to the community via film, video and media production," says Hudson Valley Film Commission Director Laurent Rejto.

The festival now receives about two thousand film submissions a year. Only one hundred and twenty-five films are selected. Blaustein also attends movie festivals around the world cherry picking film for possible inclusion. She likes filmmakers who may not have reached their peak but show promise. The selection process is highly competitive so Blaustein turns to the advisory panel and established filmmakers for their expertise.


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2013 Fan Calendar is available for Pre-Order

  


The 2013 Fan Calendar to benefit Vincent's charity, The Utah Meth Cops Project, is available for pre-order.   You may order one for $25.00 or Autographed by Vincent  for $50.    The following information posted by Bev (BlueVelvetVincent) --
Here is the information you need to pre-order the 2013 Vincent D’Onofrio Fan Calendar, with all proceeds going to one of Vincent’s favorite charities, The Utah Meth Cops Project. Each calendar will be printed in full color, featuring photos of Vincent by his fans and with his fans!

Plus, for a limited time only, you may order a personalized calendar autographed JUST TO YOU by Vincent himself for only $50 apiece, post paid! Note that no calendars will be mailed out until at least October 1st; autographed calendars will be mailed out subject to Vincent’s signing schedule, but we will try to make sure they are in your hands certainly by Christmas of this year, if not earlier.

And please note, you may order autographed and non-autographed calendars in the same order, but they may not be mailed out to you at the same time.

It couldn’t be easier to order:

Pre-Order Details for Vincent D'onofrio 2013 Fan Calendar

When: Pre-ordering is available from now through September 30, 2012. We expect shipments to begin in October.

Price: Personalized autographed calendars will be offered at $50.00 US dollars each.

Non-autographed calendars will be offered at $25.00 US dollars for the first calendar ordered, and $20.00 for any additional calendars. To take advantage of the discounted rate for multiple calendars, all calendars must be mailed to the same address.

Photo: Phyllis and Gene D'Onofrio


This beautiful couple is Vincent's parents, Phyllis and Gene.   Gene looks like a young Vincent.

Thanks to Toni J for sharing it.




August 13, 2012

On IMDB:   Vincent D'Onofrio shares acting tips with Iliana Guibert 2012.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Film review: Jennifer Lynch’s Chained

Jennifer Lynch is no stranger to controversy – her grisly 1993 Boxing Helena made her Hollywood’s youngest female writer and director, and garnered some unflattering comparisons to the subtler work of her father, the acclaimed director David Lynch. Her latest offering Chained is sure to generate a similar buzz, cross-hatching over the lines that slice up contemporary horror movies – torture porn, psychological suspense thriller, stalker slasher flick – to create an upsetting, but ultimately uninspiring exploration of humanity’s murkiest nadirs.

Nothing to see here. Cliché abounds in Chained.

Chained is built around an unnerving but unoriginal premise: a serial-killing cab driver who uses his position to abduct, torture and cut up attractive young women in his remote, sound-proofed bungalow. After a trip to the cinema, Sarah (Julia Ormond) and her nine-year-old son (Evan Bird) are picked up by the murderous cabbie Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio). While the mother meets a grisly, shrieking end, Bob is unsure what to do with the little boy. In order to make use of him, Bob renames the child Rabbit, chains him up and uses him as a domestic helper. His first job is to dispose of his mother’s sliced-up corpse. As Rabbit grows (into a young man of sharp, vampiric good looks, played by an unsmiling, unsympathetic Eamon Farren), their relationship takes on a dark, father-son dynamic that culminates in Bob teaching his boy the family business: hunting, raping, murdering the “sluts and whores” he picks up in his taxi. The tension – what us audience members are meant to engage most with – arises over Rabbit’s attempt to hold onto his humanity in the face of abject, systematic depravity.

Fear and chains keep Rabbit in the clutches of a murderous cabbie.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Kathryn Erbe to Reprise LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT Role on LAW & ORDER: SVU


Kathryn Erbe ("Law & Order: Criminal Intent") will reprise her role as Alexandra Eames on the upcoming season of "Law & Order: SVU."
Erbe formerly starred as Eames for ten seasons on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." According to Executive Producer and Showrunner Warren Leight, the detective is now working for a joint City/Federal Homeland Security Task Force, and Eames crosses paths with the SVU squad when their investigation of a sex trafficking ring uncovers a connection to terrorists. Airdate is TBD.
Erbe's television credits include playing the infamous death row inmate Shirley Bellinger on the acclaimed HBO series "Oz." She also appeared on NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," the miniseries "George Wallace," Showtime's original production of "Naked City: Justice with a Bullet," NBC's "Another World" and the television movie "Breathing Lessons."
Erbe also gained notice in the 1999 box office hit "Stir of Echoes" opposite Kevin Bacon and "Dream with the Fishes" with David Arquette. Her additional film credits include "Entropy," "Kiss of Death," "D2: The Mighty Ducks," "Rich in Love," "What About Bob?" and "Speaking of Sex" with Lara Flynn Boyle and Bill Murray.
Before appearing in feature films, Erbe began her career on the stage. She is a member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company and has starred in many of their productions, including Tennessee Williams' "A Streetcar Named Desire" as Stella, "Curse of the Starving Class" and "My Thing of Love." She earned a Tony® Award nomination in 1991 for her portrayal of Mary in "Speed of Darkness." Erbe is also an active member of the Atlantic Theatre Company.
Most recently, Erbe filmed on "Three Backyards," starring opposite Embeth Davidtz and Edie Falco, "Mother's House", "Worst Friend's", and "The Love Guide" with Parker Posey.

via Broadway World

August 14-  Recent Tweet from SVU showrunner Warren Leight: "Eames will most likely appear in Episode4 of #SVU, slated to air October 17."

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

New Film: 'A Fall From Grace'

8.12.12:  Update:  Producer/writer Eric Wilkinson tells us that the are in the process of completing contracts with Vincent's reps and that Vincent will be playing the father of the title character, GRACE.



  Jennifer Lynch announces more Cast of ‘A Fall From Grace’ 

This just in from Jennifer Lynch’s upcoming thriller ‘A Fall From Grace’: Vincent D’Onofrio joins Tim Roth in ‘A Fall From Grace’ today and Cedric the Entertainer has been cast for the dramatic role of the Coroner.
Famed auteur Jennifer Lynch takes the helm for her fifth effort, both on the page and behind the camera with the modern thriller ‘A Fall from Grace’, starring Academy Award nominated actor Tim Roth. We have the just released teaser trailer for you, narrated by Bill Pullman.

The producers – including Jennifer Lynch and David Michaels, the director and author of ‘Chinatown’ and the TV series ‘Macabre Theatre’ – are angling to start production as early as this fall/winter on location in St. Louis, MO. Oscar-nominated actor Tim Roth will star in the movie’s lead role, alongside Vincent D’Onofrio and Cedric the Entertainer as has been announced today. The remainder of the cast is presently being assembled.

"A Fall From Grace" is a film produced by Apothecary Films set to be shot on location in St. Louis this Fall and Winter 2012.

via horrorbug, 8.11.12





Synopsis Detective Michael Tabb knows the city of St. Louis inside and out. He’s 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. He only knows that their burned and broken bodies are washing ashore along the Mississippi River, never to return home. He wears the scars of the one instant he came close to capturing the abomination responsible for this continuing evil. Now, he’s living in the darkness himself, perhaps too deeply. His physical pain is matched only by the pain he feels each time another young girl goes missing or washes ashore. Self-medicating to both ward away and embrace this killer, he falls farther from his light. Truth be told, the closer he comes to death by his own hand, the closer he gets to solving the murders.



Video: Jennifer Lynch at "Chained" World Premiere





Friday, August 10, 2012

"Chained" - Exclusive Clip

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CHAINED stars Vincent D'Onofrio, Gina Phillips, Jake Weber, Eamon Farren and Julia Ormond.
The story kicks off when: 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, 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...

Families Acting Up - Leila George


SHOWBIZ is indeed a family affair judging by the next generation of Australian stars in the making profiled in next week's issue of InStyle magazine.

Among the brightest is 20-year-old Leila George, daughter of Australian/Italian actor Greta Scacchi and her ex-husband and fellow actor Vincent D'Onofrio.
George moved to Sydney last year to complete a Diploma of Screen and Media at Sydney Film School. She is now studying at prestigious New York acting school the Lee Strasberg Institute, where her father is a tutor, and joins such alumni as Marilyn Monroe, Paul Newman, Sally Field and Barbra Streisand.



Thursday, August 9, 2012

Vincent D’Onofrio On-board to Narrate Heroes Behind the Badge Documentary


Washington, DC — The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Modern City Entertainment are pleased to announce that Emmy® Award-nominated feature-film actor and National Law Enforcement Museum National Spokesperson, Vincent D’Onofrio, has signed on to narrate Heroes Behind the Badge, a moving and gripping documentary about the service and sacrifice of law enforcement officers serving across America.

Directed by two-time British Academy Award winner Wayne Derrick and set for release in fall 2012, Heroes Behind the Badge aims to change the way the public perceives the men and women of law enforcement. The film will highlight some of the unselfish acts of bravery law enforcement professionals commit each day in the line of duty.

Though many are familiar with Vincent D’Onofrio’s work as an actor, they might not know about his dedication to the law enforcement community and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. His work with Heroes Behind the Badge joins a long list of ways D’Onofrio has continually shown his support for law enforcement.

“We are thrilled to have Vincent D’Onofrio working with us,” said Heroes Behind the Badge Director Wayne Derrick. “I could not think of a more fitting person to narrate this inspiring film,” he said.
 
Filmed throughout the U.S., Heroes Behind the Badge will highlight the lives of four fallen officers and the enormous impact their passing has had on their family members, colleagues, and community. The film will also feature the stories of three officers who narrowly escaped their assailants. These living legends will share their personal insights about how their near-fatal encounters have affected their lives.

Produced in partnership with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, Heroes Behind the Badge will also highlight the National Police Week events held in Washington, DC, including the annual May 13th Candlelight Vigil—where the names of fallen officers added to the Memorial each year are read aloud and formally dedicated—and the annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day service held at the U.S. Capitol on May 15.

“Vincent D’Onofrio has been a long-time supporter and friend of law enforcement,” said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman & CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. “He is an excellent addition to Heroes Behind the Badge and we are privileged to work with him on this project,” Mr. Floyd added.

To keep abreast of the project status and to add your name to a pre-order list, visit the film’s official website: www.HeroesBehindtheBadge.com or follow on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HeroesBehindtheBadge.


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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

ION Televison acquires licensing rights to Law & Order: Criminal Intent

ION Television Acquires Fan Favorite "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" From NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution


NEW YORK, Aug. 8, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

ION Television [formerly Pax] continues to strengthen its programming lineup with high-quality content, announcing today the acquisition of the critically-acclaimed series "Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The off-network licensing rights give ION all 10 seasons (195 episodes) of the crime-drama favorite.
"'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is a proven drama with a long-standing history as part of a highly successful 20-plus year franchise" said Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. "The addition of this popular series to our general entertainment lineup is yet another important piece to ION's solid programming foundation."
"'Law & Order: Criminal Intent' is a perfect addition to ION's lineup and we are excited to extend our partnership with another series that resonates with their audience," added Bruce Casino, SVP, NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" takes viewers into the minds of its criminals while following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve the crimes. Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio), who channels his inner Sherlock Holmes, is an exceptionally bright homicide investigator with well-honed instincts that match up favorably with his criminal quarry. Likewise, his partner, Detective Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe), brings an independence and stylish edge to her work that meshes well with Goren.
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" was created by Dick Wolf and is the third installment of the "Law & Order" brand, which stands as the second longest-running scripted primetime series in television history. Executive producers of the series include Wolf, Warren Leight, Peter Jankowski and Norberto Barba. The series was produced by Wolf Films in association with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution. "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" aired for 10 seasons, first on NBC (six seasons) and followed by USA Network, concluding in 2011.
The "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" deal comes on the heels of other recent key acquisitions for the network, including "Numb3rs" and ION's first exclusive broadcast partnership with WWE for the original series "WWE Main Event." "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" also joins ION's "Positively Entertaining" lineup of hit series, including the original show "Flashpoint," "Criminal Minds," "Cold Case" and "Leverage."


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Review: Fantasia Faceoff: Boneboys vs. Chained

Chained Directed by Jennifer Lynch
Written by Jennifer Lynch, Damian O’Donnell
U.S.A., 2012, 105 min.

Can there be such a thing as an apprentice serial killer? When nine-year-old Tim gets kidnapped by Bob, a taxi driver, and enlisted to help him keep track of his various murders, that certainly seems to be where things are going. Tim grows up in Bob’s fortified farmhouse, enslaved and alone, watching murder after murder take place… and as he grows into a willful young man, Bob expects him to be an avid pupil.
Intense, claustrophobic, and highly dialogue-dependent, this is the kind of movie that could be performed on a stage with little modification. There’s so much emphasis placed on the shaky dynamic between the shackled Tim and his captor, and the stunning performances make this dynamic all the more compelling. Vincent D’Onofrio keeps Bob walking the thin line between completely deranged and nearly sympathetic, even as the character commits horrifying act after horrifying act. A skeletal Eamon Farren maintains a similar balance as he portrays the older version of Tim, keeping us guessing as to whether he’s taking Bob’s lessons to heart or not.
Interestingly, some of the strongest scenes in this film are the ones that inject something other than horror into the proceedings. There’s a darkly comical moment where the two play cards with the photo IDs of Bob’s victims that will stick in your head for sure, and even an oddly romantic scene involving a victim-to-be that I won’t describe further except to say that I don’t think anything remotely like it has been filmed before.
All told, Chained is a fine, fine film, thoughtful even as it covers some very dark – and occasionally gory – material. Jennifer Lynch has put together something truly remarkable here: a character-driven horror film that would be less horrifying if it placed less emphasis on character. See what I mean this October, when the DVD hits the shelves – and in the mean time, get the details on Chained over at the Fantasia website.

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by Churcher White, 8.7.12

 

Fantasia 2012: ‘Chained’ (Review)


“Terror starts at home” or so what Jennifer Lynch makes of it. Filled with despair, fear and the traumatic events of growing up, Chained is an absolutely mesmerizing and enveloping story about a serial killer taking in a child and raising him to be his family. Starring Vincent D’Onofrio as the terrifying and physically intimidating warped sociopath, Jennifer Lynch makes great use of the barren middle-of-anywhere U.S.A. and gnaws at the core humanity in all of us. The film had its World Premiere at Fantasia International Film Festival.


…Jennifer Lynch makes great use of the barren middle-of-anywhere U.S.A. and gnaws at the core humanity in all of us [bringing] about the atmospherics of daily life and the horror that begins at home.
It’s difficult to talk about the film without ever constantly coming back to D’Onofrio, an actor who’s always gone all-in when it comes to these sorts of roles. Who could ever forget Full Metal Jacket? No one. D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Bob is enthralling; his body hunched over almost childlike himself with a slight lisp. He’s not stupid, but is slightly naïve about the relationship he tries to cultivate with Rabbit, the boy he kidnapped and brought up under his control. Rabbit’s story begins when he and his mother Sarah Fittler (Julia Ormond) were leaving from a movie theater and got into the wrong cab, driven by Bob. Portrayed at two distinct “growing” stages, Evan Bird provides deep emotional terror as a young boy and the film quickly skips ahead several years to show a victimized and “chained” up late-teen Rabbit (Eamon Farren). We see the routine he’s had to live with for years, forcing him to clean after Bob’s kill, eat only what’s left for him after Bob’s eaten and finally realizing that the wanting to escape is much harder than expected.

Growing up from a truly warped childhood, Bob kills women because they’re born “sluts” and “whores”; traits attributed to women from all walks of life. When Bob was much younger, [SPOILERS] he was taking the brunt of his father’s abuse in order to protect his brother and was forced to have sex with his mother, which was his father’s twisted sense of becoming a “man” (in clear contrast to what his father was not). [END SPOILERS] Thinking that Rabbit needed a woman to clear his mind, Bob forces him to choose a woman for his first kill. Strangely enough throughout all these years of abuse, Rabbit demonstrates that no matter how corrupted or how long we’ve become accustomed to violence and abuse, there’s always core humanity in all of us; one that we should and can strive to be better and change our destructive ways.
 
Needing to escape and in trying to save Annie (his chosen “first kill”), Rabbit gives away his plan to escape and save Annie to Bob and the ensuing sequence is heart-pounding and nerve-racking, you almost wish none of it was actually happening. D’Onofrio constructs a physical stature and presence, a calculated and precise mannerism that all leads Bob to an expulsion of rage, anger, bewilderment and betrayal. Wishing that you could save the little boy in him, but not before one more reveal that (in retrospect) you may have seen coming. The build-up has been so incredibly tense and immersive; you wonder why you didn’t ask yourself that question before.

In fact, it’s a testament to the filmmakers where the editing let’s performances breathe from the entire cast (noting that to edit Vincent D’Onofrio is the hardest task at hand) and the story being so tightly written by Damian O’Donnell (polished by Jennifer Lynch herself), the film is propelled by characters that the progression of the narrative and everyone’s motivation is sound and purposeful. We often don’t get a film like this and beautifully photographed by Cinematography Shane Daly; we need to relish them, to uphold is thematic relevancies and to better our society at large. Jennifer Lynch brings about the atmospherics of daily life and the horror that begins at home.

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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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