Saturday, October 29, 2005

'Work' looks at high price stars pay

:: More on Adam Goldberg's "I Love Your Work" ....

Hollywood Reporter
Oct. 26, 2005

'Work' looks at high price stars pay

By Martin A. Grove
Celebrity culture: While fame and fortune are still high on Hollywood's wish list, the downside of being a celebrity these days is starting to make some people wonder if it's really worth it.

With paparazzi hounding stars around town and with stalkers also posing threats, it's clear there's now a very high price attached to being famous. It's a fascinating subject that's skillfully explored by independent filmmaker Adam Goldberg in the R-rated psychological drama "I Love Your Work," opening Nov. 4 in Los Angeles via THINKFilm. Starring are Giovanni Ribisi, Franka Potente, Marisa Coughlan, Joshua Jackson, Christina Ricci, Judy Greer and Jason Lee with appearances by Vince Vaughn and Elvis Costello. Produced by David Hillary & Chris Hanley and by Tim Peternel & Josh Newman and by Goldberg, its screenplay is by Goldberg and Adrian Butchart.

In "Work," Ribisi plays a seriously disturbed new movie star who winds up stalking a fan who reminds him of his own life before he became famous. Ribisi's character is losing his grip on reality as he finds himself unable to handle the sudden change of being a celebrity. At the same time, he's consumed by a twisted sense of nostalgia for the simpler life he's left behind. Worse yet, his new high profile marriage to a beautiful starlet played by Potente is already falling apart.

Full article.


Friday, October 28, 2005

In TV Guide.....

:: Thanks to Judy for the heads up!


Tuesday, October 25, 2005

"D'Onofrio class turns into law & disorder"

New York Daily News
October 25, 2005

By Lloyd Grove

Quirky actor Vincent D'Onofrio, star of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," is again drawing attention to himself.

At a recent mandatory NBC Universal workplace harassment seminar for the show's cast and crew, the bachelor D'Onofrio, 46, argued with the network lawyer conducting the proceedings until the class finally had to be cut short.

The trouble began when the lawyer presented a hypothetical scenario - involving a costume assistant stumbling on a male actor looking at hard-core porn in his trailer - and asked if that constituted sexual harassment.

"Why is it always a male actor?" D'Onofrio interjected bitterly, according to a Lowdown spy. "This policy is unfair! It's a matter of subjectivity, pitting one person's idea of what's acceptable against another's."

He continued: "When you ask actors to do a provocative show with provocative material, they might need to study up on risqué things - looking at a porn site to understand the character better. The policy discriminates against the artists, who might be doing things in the interest of their art."

As the lawyer grew frazzled, D'Onofrio continued to berate him, even drawing scattered applause at one point. Says the spy: "He got all belligerent. When the guy would try and move on, Vincent kept pressing him with more."

D'Onofrio doesn't have a personal publicist. A rep for the show told Lowdown yesterday: "NBC Universal is committed to providing a workplace free of harassment of any kind, and provides training for all of our series. However, we do not comment on the specifics of any internal meetings."


:: October 26, 2005 -- "LLOYD Grove is a [bleep]ing idiot. His page is stupid." Those were the stinging words in an e-mail sent Friday by the Daily News columnist's boss, deputy publisher and editorial director Martin Dunn, -
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

"Thumbsucker" author on NPR today

Walter Kirn, the author of THUMBSUCKER, is scheduled to be interviewed on the NPR   program "FRESH AIR" today.

Audio for this story will be available at approx. 3:00 p.m. ET

:: Thank you to Pat Ward for the heads up!


Developing the LO:CI Video Game

Law & Order: Criminal Intent - Elizabeth Cosin and Craig Brannon interview
by Laura MacDonald - posted on October 17, 2005

Law & Order is one of the most successful franchises in the history of television. Not only does the original series maintain impressive ratings, the recent spinoffs have also fared well with viewers. Of these, Law & Order: Criminal Intent is the most successful. Starring Detective Bobby Goren, whose persona is more quirky armchair detective than Joe Friday, the show has a distinctive style all its own. So it's no surprise that Legacy Interactive, the developer of three games based on the original show, set their sights on Detective Goren for their newest game. However, his unique mannerisms and interrogation technique presented an unusual challenge to Legacy. How would they take the subtle dialogue and internalized thoughts of this character and translate them into an interactive format?

To get it right, Craig Brannon, the game's Producer, hired Elizabeth M. Cosin, one of the show's original writers, to develop the script for this game. For an inside look into the merger of TV world and game development, Adventure Gamers decided to go to the source and talk with Elizabeth and Craig. We think you'll enjoy the discussion and their take on the eccentric Detective Goren.

Full article.

:: Thank you to LROSE!


Tuesday, October 18, 2005


:: From the National Post of Canada
October 18, 2005

Character study
This season, the Law & Order franchise did something it had never done before: It switched cop duties on Criminal Intent. Half the time, we'll get the show's founding detectives, Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe); the other half, it'll be Carolyn Barak (Annabella Sciorra) and Mike Logan (Chris Noth) -- yes, that Mike Logan, whom you may remember from the original Law & Order. The change was necessitated last season when D'Onofrio suffered from offscreen exhaustion, which is fair enough: Playing Goren must be exhausting, since he knows everything about everything. Clinical psychology, art, architecture, mythology, chemistry, animal husbandry -- pretty much every episode gives D'Onofrio a chance to add another area of expertise to Goren's resume. His wide-ranging interests and apparently photographic memory must be annoying to Erbe, since Goren's self-sufficiency leaves her very little to do; we know she acted as a surrogate mother for her never-seen brother (a workaround for Erbe's real-life pregnancy), is useful for baiting suspects who fetishize petite women, and likes to drive, and -- three seasons on -- that's about it. Good thing Goren's got enough tics for two characters: He uses his height to loom over perps, favours the "whisper to a scream" method of interrogation, and almost never fails to trick anyone into a confession -- with the exception of his Moriarty-like nemesis, Nicole Wallace (Olivia D'Abo). D'Onofrio is so merciless in his scenery-chewing that he inspired me to coin a term for his particular brand of histrionics: D'Onofrionics. And if taking half a season off is what it will take for him to keep his incisors nice and sharp, so be it.

:: Thank you to Judy Pilgrim.


Saturday, October 15, 2005

Interview with Gennaro D'Onofrio

Photo ©thereelvincentdonofrio.com2005
Gene D'Onofrio at Riverrun Int'l Film Festival, April 2005.

:: Thank you to Judy Pilgrim for this article.


Friday, October 14, 2005

"Cop Out"

Law & Order: Criminal Intent subs in the pinch-hitting team.
By Dana Stevens
Posted Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, at 11:56 AM PT

....Noth talked about the unique challenge of acting on a show that restricts its concerns to the realm of the police procedural: "The danger comes when you try to force character into it, to get attention, where maybe it's not warranted," Noth observes. "It's hard for me to even look at the first six episodes of Law & Order I did back in 1990. You see a young actor desperately trying to say, 'I'm a character.' " Though the two actors appear to be mutually thrilled at the chance to share the notoriously burdensome task of filming a weekly hourlong series, it's hard not to see in Noth's words an implicit jab at D'Onofrio's acting style: His Detective Robert Goren is nothing if not a character, and an outsized one at that...

Full article.


Thursday, October 13, 2005

"Welles" screening

Update: October 15, 2005 Welles has been removed from the film lineup.

"The director had other commitments, even though he submitted to Avignon/New York before. C'est la vie d'artiste!" -- Avignon/New York Film Festival


~ A screening of "5 Minutes Mr Welles" will be held at Hunter College in New York City at NY Film Fest Nov 9-13. Screening date and time for Welles has not been released yet. More information posted later.


Wednesday, October 12, 2005

An "Office" Fan....

October 11, 2005

HOLLYWOOD - Steve Carell's time has arrived, but he just doesn't know it yet.

While doing an interview in the lobby of a hotel, Carell is interrupted when "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Vincent D'Onofrio approaches. D'Onofrio hands Carell a cell phone and says, "Can you say something?" A confused Carell puts the phone to his ear and engages in small talk for a minute. He smiles and laughs with the person on the other end of the phone. Then he hands the phone back to a pleased D'Onofrio. "Vincent D'Onofrio's assistant wanted to talk to me," he says. "I guess she's a fan."

:: Thanks to Judy Pilgrim

~ Steve Carell, ("The 40 Year Old Virgin") stars as Michael Scott in the NBC sitcom "The Office" based on the British hit comedy "The Office' starring Ricky Gervais.


Tuesday, October 11, 2005

What was Goren Singing?

What was Goren singing in "Prisoner"?

:: From Judy Pilgrim....

You wouldn't expect Bobby to be singing something from the Billboard Top 20, would you? It seems he chose to serenade us with one of Stephen Foster's more obscure songs from 1861 - "Don't Bet Your Money on De Shanghai". That's so Bobby!

Here's a link to the song.

Thanks Judy!!


Monday, October 10, 2005

"Prisoner" Clip


Thursday, October 06, 2005

"From Full Metal Jacket to Father of Two"

:: Interview in Okay Magazine, Oct 10 issue


Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Law & Order: Criminal Intent goes gold

Crime may not pay, but Criminal Intent has gone gold, as Legacy Interactive's new Law & Order game leaps closer to release.

Law & Order: Criminal Intent is due to ship on October 18, 2005.

:: Thank you to Janice K. for this submission