Friday, June 30, 2006

Video from "Pirates" Premiere

From Rotten Tomatoes

:: Thanks FR


Happy Birthday Vincent

Best Wishes for a wonderful birthday!!


Tuesday, June 27, 2006

More "Pirates" photos

More photos may be found here.
:: Thanks to BobbyG for the link


Monday, June 26, 2006

Dick Wolf on Walk of Fame

Hollywood Walk Of Fame Recipient in 2007

~ Thank you to Mel


Sunday, June 25, 2006

"Pirates of the Caribbean" Premiere

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Vincent with Elias and Leila
~ Red carpet walk along Main Street for the premiere of "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" at Disneyland, Anaheim, CA ~ June 24, 2006

Seating and movie screen were positioned in New Orleans Square along the river for the screening. 'The Pirates of the Caribbean' ride, currently being refurbished with the addition of Captain Jack Sparrow, reopens on June 26th.

Disneyland attractions, the sailing ship "Columbia" and "Tom Sawyer Island" were also closed in preparation for the premiere.


Tuesday, June 13, 2006

The man who created 'Conan'


Texas town celebrates native son Robert E. Howard
("The Whole Wide World")
Monday, June 12, 2006;

CROSS PLAINS, Texas (AP) -- Along Main Street near a feed store and senior citizens' center emerges Conan the Barbarian, his dark hair flowing past his broad shoulders and his muscular arms clutching a sword dripping with blood.

It's certainly an unexpected sight in a rural West Texas community, but the library building mural symbolizes the town's claim to fame: native son Robert E. Howard, the character's creator.

Every June for the past 20 years or so, people from around the world have trekked here to attend lectures about Howard. They also tour the white clapboard house where he sat at a small wooden desk, peered out of the window at the peaceful West Texas prairie and on his Underwood typewriter spun tales of sword-wielding heroes from other centuries.

For this year, what would have been Howard's 100th birthday, organizers had been planning to expand the celebration to three days in hopes of attracting up to 300 fans, triple the attendance of recent years.

Full article.

~ Thanks Lynn


Friday, June 09, 2006

Emmys: So much for stability

From Variety
June 7, 2006

Why does Emmy seem to avoid the dynamic stalwarts on long-running shows?


Character growth and nuanced performances rarely get rewarded with Emmy nominations, a fact "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" star Kathryn Erbe readily accepts.

"While I appreciate the value of awards, I have gotten used to not being nominated," she laughs. "I've gotten used to having a not-so-flashy career. I con sider myself a blue-collar actor. I have done other things on television that might have been more appropriate for Emmy consideration, like 'Oz,' where I got to flex my emotional acting muscles more than playing Detective Eames, where those emotional moments are few and far between.

"For the most part, in terms of awards and in terms of the job -- because I am so grateful and so lucky to have it -- I have resigned myself to finding what I can to feel good about and stretch my own muscles as much as I can within what I am given, because it is what it is."

Erbe says that the biggest rewards come from the audience. "Almost everywhere I go now, there is someone who will say something to me, and it is incredibly gratifying. I am not the kind of person who is going to go to the luncheons or go socialize because I don't have time. I cannot really compete in the way that maybe some other people can. I'm a single mother of two just trying to live my life and do good work that I can be proud of. So every time the work is recognized, I am so deeply grateful. That alone means a lot to me, forget about the actual award."

Full article.

:: Thanks Mel


Thursday, June 08, 2006

~ New York area actors ~

Thursday, June 22nd (6:30pm to 9:30pm)
One Night Intensive - Anne Davison (Casting) Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Anne works on casting this show with Katharina Eggmann. They cast contract roles, principals, and dayplayers for the show. Many Actor's Alliance actors have booked parts on Criminal Intent. (Criminal Intent starts up again in 2 weeks). ~ approx mid-July

Prepared Sides. $85 - Please bring us 1 headhot in advance.
Cancellations for this intensive must be made 72 hours before the start time.

The Actors Alliance Studio of New York
Stop in: 330 West 38th Street Suite 906
(Between 8th and 9th Ave.)
Or call or email to set up an appointment
Phone: 212-239-5155

:: thanks EH


Tuesday, June 06, 2006

"...a real tour de force..."

"Okay, so you broke up, you're confused, broken-hearted..." ~
D'Onofrio as "Dennis Grobowski" in Universal Studios' "The Break Up".

:: Clip

...."Vincent D'Onofrio, who plays Gary's brother, has one of the
finest scenes of all, a real tour de force, as he wordlessly
expresses his frustration with Gary by uncricking his neck and,
peculiarly, using the corners of a handkerchief to clean the wax
out of his ears. The routine is so off-the-wall, you can't help laughing." ~ Washington Post, June 2

...."Vincent D'Onofrio as Vaughn's older brother has this one amazing scene of such pure physical awkwardness it's almost worth enduring the whole film to see."
~, Portland ~ June 7


Friday, June 02, 2006

Balcer leaves Criminal Intent

From Broadcasting & Cable,
By Jim Benson

Rene Balcer, executive producer of NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent since its 2001 start, and a 16-year veteran of the L&O franchise, is leaving after failing to come to terms on a new deal.

Co-Executive Producer Warren Leight, who won a Tony Award for Side Man, will replace Balcer, who reportedly left amicably when both sides were unable to agree on his show runner's salary.

Criminal Intent this fall moves to 9 p.m. Tuesday as a lead-in to companion, Special Victims Unit.

:: Thanks Mel


Review ~ "The Break Up"

Excerpted from the Christian Science Monitor
By Peter Rainer
June 2, 2006

If it wasn't for some marvelous supporting turns by the likes of Judy Davis, John Michael Higgins, and especially Vincent D'Onofrio, there would be no reason to stick around at all. D'Onofrio plays Gary's sulky brother, and as usual he gives the role a wonderfully eccentric physicality, a hulky grace. It's always inspiring, as well as depressing, to watch a great actor give his all to tripe.

Full article.


Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thumbsucker Q&A ~ August 2005

Sent in today by Deborah Birmingham --

For any Vincent fans out there who have access to itunes there is a podcast
available at the itunes music store for free download. It is a Q&A from the
movie "Thumbsucker". You can find it at itunes by clicking on podcasts, tv &
film, then go to page 2 and click on "Creative Screenwriting" podcasts.
Scroll down and you'll see Thumbsucker from 8/26. The podcast features about
50 minutes with Vincent, Lou Taylor Pucci, Kelli Garner and Mike Mills.
Vincent has quite a lot of speaking time and tells some interesting stories
about his beginnings as well as about his work on the film.

I hope that many of Vincent's fans will get a chance to hear this...

:: This was originally posted last year (in the August 2005 archive) but we'll post it again for those who have not seen it. Thanks Deborah!

Note: 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.


MOVIE REVIEW: 'The Break-Up'

June 1, 2006

Excerpted ~

The supporting cast adds variety, to be sure, but of a strange kind. Occasionally, supporting actors will be so effective you want the movie to be about them. "The Break-Up" is filled with actors who seem to be auditioning for that role. John Michael Higgins, as Brooke's brother, is the leader of a men's choir and tries to turn a family dinner party into a sing-along; this scene might be funny in theory, but in practice, it's ungainly. Favreau and Adams, as the best friends, get whiplash from a plot that requires them to give one kind of advice at the beginning and another kind toward the end, as if they hadn't been listening to themselves. And Judy Davis, as the art gallery owner, behaves as if she should be carrying a whip. The best supporting performance is by Vincent D'Onofrio, as Gary's older brother: He does exactly what is required, finds the right notes, and is so convincing we hardly notice he is cleaning his ears with separate handkerchiefs.

Full article.

:: Thanks S.Olson