Tuesday, August 30, 2005

"Five Minutes Mr Welles" Still photos

Five Minutes, Mr Welles
:: screens at the 62nd International Venice Film Festival Sept 8 4:15p.m.


From Biennale Cinema
The Short Shortest program

~ roughly translated....

To complete the Short Shortest picture , the Special Events places to corollario of the competitive section suggest, to the contrary of the competition, distances and independent keys of reading of all and the independent ones. In the entitled event Crossings , the literature and the theatre s' often interlace in unforeseeable way with the cinema (or the video), to times favouring, other times contraddicendo languages already experiment to you, but always in the attempt to add something of new to already said and to already made.

A thin tie emerges in backlighting between the "hollywoodiano " Five Minutes, Mr. Welles , first direction of Vincent D' Onofrio (very famous interpreter of Full Metal Jacket and, more than recent, than The Cell ), the weft of Amleto di Salvatore Chiosi and Naufragi di Don Chisciotte di Dominick Tambasco, than entirety they trace an ideal triangle to whose you concern to us place Shakespeare, Cervantes and Orson Welles.

Locked body to oral body between the director of Fourth power and its assistant during a pause of the resumptions de the third man , the film of Of Onofrio describes an Welles-actor in forehead crisis to the script of an other people's film and, al same time, a Welles-director in anxiety for the plan of its Otello , for which she is to the deprived of hope search of financings. In the film of Chiosi, Luca Bastianelli recites with watched energy a found again monologo - true? apocryphal? much "wellesiano", however - than s' imagines inaugurated the first rappresentazioni of the tragedy of the Prince of Denmark.



Monday, August 29, 2005

"Welles" set sketches

Set sketches for "5 Minutes Mr Welles".


Friday, August 26, 2005

Thumbsucker Q & A

An advanced screening of "Thumbsucker" was held on Monday, August 15th at the Harmony Gold Theatre in Los Angeles.

A Q&A following the screening, hosted by Creative Screenwriting Magazine's Jeff Goldsmith, included Vincent, director Mike Mills, and actors Lou Taylor Pucci and Kelli Garner.

Thumbsucker Q & A: (l to r) Jeff Goldsmith; writer/director Mike Mills; actors Kelli Garner, Lou Taylor Pucci, and Vincent D'Onofrio

Jeff Goldsmith added the Thumbsucker podcast to the site this morning, and it is now available for download from "Creative Screenwriting's" website, where it tells you how to officially subscribe for free to the Creative Screenwriting Magazine Podcasts through Itunes.

:: You do not need an Ipod to listen to the file. You can still listen to these shows for free on your regular computer desktop, through your computer speakers.

:: Jeff has several interesting podcasts available from recent interviews and will be adding much more.

:: Los Angeles area folks - sign up on Creative Screenwriting's website for free film screenings.

:: The Q&A may also be found in Filmography - Interviews


Friday, August 19, 2005

IFILM Exclusive: Interview with Vincent D'Onofrio

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- If video does not play for you, go here and click on the interview. It will allow you to configure for your connection.


Tuesday, August 02, 2005

LOCI on Location in NYC - Sept 2003

Location shots of the filming of "Stray" taken by Terry Bain in Sept 2003.


Monday, August 01, 2005

Hell hath no fury like the Law & Order kingpin

Hell hath no fury like the Law & Order kingpin

Saturday, July 30, 2005 Updated at 9:55 AM EDT

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. — It's a mystery the cops and prosecutors would take an hour to solve on a Law & Order show. But this one might take a little longer.

Dick Wolf is sitting there glaring at us. The dude is steamed. He could strip paint with that look on his face. He looks like he's ready to slap a few of us, the gathered TV critics. One of the critics observes, accurately, that Wolf is coming across like Donald Rumsfeld.

Exactly why he's so steamed, none of us can say. He's the creator and executive producer of the Law & Order franchise. He's got three of them on the air and they're all doing well. Okay, the most recent Law & Order show, Trial by Jury, lasted only a few episodes. It was the first failure for the franchise. But on this very day, Variety reports that Law & Order: Criminal Intent is being remade for French TV. Yep, another one sold. Good news for Wolf.

All of us covering the TV racket know about the stats for the Law & Order franchise. With three series going, a Law & Order show airs an average of 45 times a week on NBC and the U.S. cable channels TNT and USA. According to a recent report, the three shows generated more than $1-billion in advertising revenue across all U.S. channels last year. That's a whole lot of money. With royalties and spinoff fees, Dick Wolf is swimming in moolah.


Still, he's steamed. Wolf, who is wearing an electric-orange tie, as if to signal rage, opens the session by aggressively announcing that he's making a statement before he answers questions. He puts a steady gaze on us and barks, "Let's go at it. I was incredibly upset, disappointed, dismayed and any other adjectives that you could care to add, about Law & Order: Trial by Jury."

Okey-dokey, we're thinking. Dude was upset by his first failure with the franchise. However, first it turns out that Wolf doesn't like the word "franchise." Instead, he insists, the Law & Order thing is "a brand." Fine, it's your baby, you call it what you like.

Also, it seems, Wolf can't let go of the single failure. He starts getting emotional about his relationship with NBC in the wake of the failure. "This is much more like a long-term marriage with no possibility of divorce. We're stuck together and as in every long-term marriage, there may be hills and valleys. But to put it in some perspective, the Trial by Jury sets, which are the biggest sets I've ever been associated with, are standing for at least another year in New York. Wolf Films and NBC have decided to keep them up at a tremendous cost."

Right. Fine. Big sets and big money. We're impressed. And it's not as if the sets are being left intact to ease Dick Wolf's hurtin' heart. He's created a new series for NBC, a sort-of spinoff from Trial by Jury, about assistant district attorneys. It will utilize the Trial by Jury sets.

Great. A new show to review. So why is Dick Wolf still snarling at us?

"You guys don't report the financial aspects of how successful the brand is," he says. "This brand [is], at the moment, alone in the cosmology of long-term profitability," he says.

Wow. We stand corrected. We're not business reporters, but we get the picture. "Alone in the cosmology. . . ." Now, that's impressive.

Still, Dick Wolf isn't finished admonishing us. "You read about who's hot, who's not - these shows are never mentioned," he says of his Law & Order babies. "We're not looking to be the hot show. That's not what the Law & Order brand is about. It's about longevity and about repeatability and about staying on the air and being a profit centre for NBC for years to come."

At this point, Wolf pauses. It seems he's satisfied that he's told us a thing or two. He's put us in our place, told us that he's hurt. We, on the other hand, are starting to feel distinctly weird. Picking up on Wolf's metaphor about marriage, we're starting to feel like the wife who has heard the list of grievances from the sullen husband who had a setback at work. The upshot is we haven't told Dick he's big, really big. And we're beginning to think Dick doesn't want a wife, he wants someone a lot more acquiescent.

One of our number broaches the issue. The critic says he doesn't mean to sound combative, but what would Dick consider "fair treatment" from the press?

Dick adopts the tone of a man who knows he's won some ground because he's gotten us to acknowledge his pain. "What makes me angry is the lack of sophisticated business reportage," he says with a sneer. "I understand there are business sections and television sections, but, come on guys, there are no good-news newspapers."

Maybe that's the solution to the mystery - Dick wants to hear only the good news about his shows and he wants it from business reporters. We're not business reporters but we'll do, as an audience for his rant.

What makes the encounter all the more absurd is the fact that Dick Wolf is not alone on the stage. He's got three actors sitting beside him. Annie Parisse, from the original Law & Order, sits next to him. A pale brunette with a fragile-looking face, she never takes her eyes off Wolf as he rants at us. This is high drama, her gaze suggests. It's like she's watching Lear on the heath, demented in his disappointment with the world.

Next to her is Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. She looks untroubled by the situation. In fact, one of her few contributions is this blunt pronouncement: "This is a like a great therapy session!" That is so true.

Beside her is Vincent D'Onofrio from Law & Order: Criminal Intent. He acknowledges that this coming season he will be in only 11 episodes and then Chris Noth, who played Detective Logan on the very first Law & Order, will replace him, but by playing a different character on the show. How it works is not clear, but nobody wants to ask pesky questions of Dick Wolf. Maybe it's because he's going to be on flexi-time at the Law & Order brand, but D'Onofrio appears a tad amused by Wolf's grievances. "He's not angry. He's the boss," he says cryptically.

Whatever. The mystery of Wolf's anger isn't really solved yet. Here's a theory, though - the success of both Desperate Housewives and Lost suggests that a major shift has happened in American TV. Viewers want long, open-ended serial dramas. They no longer want the neatly wrapped police procedurals of the Law & Order "brand." Hell hath no fury like a scorned, mega-successful TV producer.

That's just a theory. Maybe the mystery could be the basis for a new show under the old name: Law & Order: Psychiatric Unit.