Friday, November 11, 2005

Loci filming.......

FYI - LO:CI will be filming scenes from episode "Dollhouse" in Foley Square in Lower Manhattan on Tuesday, November 15th.
This episode features Logan and Barek.

:: Thanks to Deb and Alex for the tip ;o)


A 'Law & Order' Spinoff Acquires Some Reinforcements

From NY Times
November 11, 2005

There are people, annoying ones, who claim they never watch television. What they mean is that they never watch anything except "Law & Order."

The sun never sets on the Dick Wolf empire - quite literally. It is almost impossible to find a time, day or night, when an original episode or rerun of "Law & Order" or its spinoffs is not on somewhere. The franchise's appeal is lasting and bizarre: a dark, misanthropic police drama that viewers find endearing.

In the vast, jumbled television landscape, the "Law & Order" formula is reliably distinctive and smart, often topical yet most of all familiar and comforting. That could partly be because, like all the best mysteries, "Law & Order" provides cathartic social vengeance: middle-class detectives and prosecutors expose the greed and perversions of the rich, exacting a retribution that the tax code fails to deliver. (It is remarkable how many homicidal psychopaths live in apartments with views of Central Park.)

This season on NBC's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," a new pair of detectives are sharing the caseload with Detective Robert Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and his prosaic sidekick, Detective Alexandra Eames (Kathryn Erbe). The newcomers star in half of the series's 22 episodes. And as a team, they are quite different in style and temperament.

Chris Noth, who left the original "Law & Order" in 1995 and spent a few years as Mr. Big on "Sex and the City," has returned to his old persona, Detective Mike Logan. On the show, Logan joins the major case squad on sufferance after a long, punitive stint on Staten Island, where he was exiled after taking a swing at a city councilman. His new partner is Carolyn Barek, a former F.B.I. agent played by Annabella Sciorra, and the two are more evenly matched than Goren and Eames.

Logan is tough, smart and cynical and, of course, driven by inner demons (his alcoholic mother). His captain tells Barek that Logan is "the kind of cop who is always looking for the crook in the room." Barek is gentler but enigmatic - she has a bruised, watchful manner and mumbles to herself as she works.

Since it began in 2001, "Criminal Intent" has showcased Mr. D'Onofrio as the maddeningly sensitive, eccentric Detective Goren. The series is structured differently from the original or its sex crimes spinoff, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The focus does not shift to the prosecutors partway through. Instead, the criminal and the detective circle and parry and play each other's psyches - a little bit like the old "Columbo" series, only less playfully. Almost all "Law & Order" detectives have a dark past that may have driven them into law enforcement, but Goren is more richly tortured than most. He has a mentally ill mother whom he visits regularly and a brooding internal life that gives him an empathic bond with even the most twisted killers. He also has an encyclopedic knowledge of small, seemingly irrelevant facts: he's a natural born "Jeopardy" champion.

In the new team, Barek is the one with the tics and sudden flare-ups of arcane knowledge. On this past Sunday's special two-hour episode, which had all four detectives working on the same case (the son of a prominent judge is suspected of sexual sadism and murder), Eames complained that her teenage witnesses could describe a nightclub only as being down a flight of steps with a red bar. Barek replied, "Oh, the Shock and Awe club, on Harrison, between Greenwich and Hudson." As her colleagues stared, she muttered, "There's this D.J. down there I know." She seems to know quite a few louche characters. When on a different episode Logan bullied a fence into giving information about a suspect's whereabouts, Barek had no trouble identifying a place the fence referred to as Papoose. She told her startled partner that it was a nickname for a "nickel slot casino outside the Atlantic City bus station."

Mr. Wolf, who created the franchise, prides himself on keeping his detectives' back stories in the background. Unlike "NYPD Blue," where the officers' private lives were as much a part of the series as their cases, the law enforcement officials on Mr. Wolf's series are reticent civil servants who live and breathe the job. It was only on her final day on the job on "Law & Order" last January that Assistant District Attorney Serena Southerlyn (Elisabeth Rohm) revealed, somewhat extraneously, that she was a lesbian.

At most, an episode will slip in a hint about the investigators' backgrounds. So far, Barek's is baffling. When Logan asks her what languages she speaks, she replies, "Spanish, Yiddish, Italian, Polish, Creole, some Russian, some Cantonese from when I was working in Chinatown." And she didn't even include the pig Latin she picked up serving as an elementary school crossing guard.

"Criminal Intent" is up against ABC's "Desperate Housewives" on Sunday nights, and lagging behind, so NBC decided to give the show more exposure by rerunning episodes from the current season on Friday nights, and sometimes also on Saturdays. Reruns of older episodes are also shown on Bravo and USA throughout the week.

Amid this rerun cornucopia, the addition of Mr. Noth and Ms. Sciorra is a welcome move. "Criminal Intent" has passionate fans, but Mr. D'Onofrio's overwrought theatrics don't always wear well over the long stretch. The new team of detectives mark a return to the brooding minimalism that has kept "Law & Order" so popular for so long.

:: Thank you to Mel


Friday, November 04, 2005

The face is familiar... Vincent D'Onofrio

Mark Monahan continues our profiles of cinema's unsung heroes
November 4, 2005

Mike Mills's bittersweet drama Thumbsucker, which opened last week to glowing reviews, is very much a showcase for its terrific young lead, Lou Pucci.

But it's also worth seeing for a superbly rich performance from Vincent D'Onofrio as Pucci's loving, regretful, not-terribly-bright father, whose promise as a football pro was cruelly snuffed out by injury....Full article.

:: Thanks Judy!


From "The Chicago Tribune"

Sid Smith and Maureen Ryan
Published November 4, 2005

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent," 8 p.m. Sunday, WMAQ-Ch. 5: It's great to see Chris Noth back on TV, and back in the fold of "Law & Order"; after all, he and the old-school "Law & Order" crew helped spawn the TV-procedural crime wave we're still experiencing. This season, Noth is alternating with Vincent D'Onofrio as "Criminal Intent's" lead each week; on Sunday, Noth's and D'Onofrio's characters, detectives Mike Logan and Robert Goren, pair up for an engrossing two-hour outing, in which an Iowa teen on a school field trip to New York City goes missing. When a prominent judge's son is implicated in not just her disappearance but other crimes as well, the pressure on the detectives gets really intense. Colm Meaney does a terrific turn as the arrogant judge, and the case allows the "Law & Order" franchise to take a look at why and how missing white women seem to end up getting more attention from the media than missing women of other ethnicities. "Do not confuse my desperation with gratitude," the mother of a missing African-American girl fumes at a cable news personality (obviously modeled on CNN's Nancy Grace) who's finally decided to cover the case of the non-white girl -- once her death is linked to that of the white teen from Iowa.

Not only is the story meaty and provocative, it's a pleasure to see the easy chemistry of Noth and Annabella Sciorra, who plays Logan's partner, Detective Carolyn Barek. Noth's world-weary visage and Sciorra's urban edge give their pairing the upper hand in the "Criminal Intent" realm, though, truth be told, D'Onofrio's odd timing and hulking presence have their appeal, once you get used to them. "I'm an acquired taste," Goren admits to his partner (Kathryn Erbe). But it's one that goes down well in this company.

:: Thank you to Pat Ward of Indianapolis!


Thursday, November 03, 2005

In TV Guide.....

"Jeers to Annabella Sciorra for her less-than-arresting work as Chris North's [sic]new partner on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. When Det.Carolyn Barek talks to herself at crimes scenes, Sciorra's character seems designed to be a cross between the psycho mistress she played on The Sopranos and Vincent D'Onofrio's eccentric Det. Robert Goren on Criminal Intent. But her line readings are so flat, Sciorra seems stiffer than the show's murder victims."

:: Thanks to JennCho for this submission.


Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Full Metal Diary

:: Excerpts from Matthew Modine's
"Full Metal Jacket Diary "

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