Saturday, August 30, 2008

"The Narrows" film stills and more

Photo by Julia Griner

Update/information on the upcoming film "The Narrows" including film stills and production notes. Caps and trailer will be added when available.

Per press release from Serenade Films, here is a listing of screenings for the public and press, and talent available at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival.


Monday, September 8 at 6:15 PM at AMC 6 – 1st Public Screening
Tuesday, September 9 at 9:00 AM at Varsity 7 – Press/Industry Screening
Tuesday, September 9 at 7:45 PM at Varsity 8 – 2nd Public Screening
Wednesday, September 10 at 2:30 PM at Varsity 7 – Press/Industry Screening
Saturday, September 13 at 3:00 PM at AMC 6 – 3rd Public Screening

TALENT AVAILABLE: Director Francois A. Velle, Kevin Zegers, Sophia Bush, Vincent D’Onofrio on September 8 and 9.

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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Kate Erbe for Mutts

"Underdogs No More, Mutts Take Center Stage as American Mutt-i-grees Club Debuts Online"

Earthtimes, 8.27.08

excerpted- The American Mutt-i-grees Club is debuting with two components. An adult site offers expert pet advice, dog adoption referrals, shopping and travel services and other member benefits. In late September, the site will offer a social networking component where Mutt-i-grees owners can mingle and post pet profiles, blogs, and other pet-themed content. Acting as spokesperson is Katherine Erbe, who plays detective Alexandra Eames on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Ms. Erbe, recently adopted a Mutt-i-gree from a shelter, and will spread the word that animal cruelty is a crime and that a shelter adoption is the right choice.


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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 7 Viewership

StefanL of Majorcase has been keeping track of weekly Law & Order: Criminal Intent viewership throughout the course of Season 7, comparing numbers from NBC vs.USA as well as comparison against the rest of the cable network programming each week.

View her data here.

Thank you to StefanL and for sharing their data with us.

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LO:CI Ratings

Washington Post , 8.27.08

"Law & Order: Criminal Intent." The season finale nabbed 5.2 million viewers Sunday -- a record for the show on USA -- beating CBS, Fox and CW.

Thanks Judy!


"Frame" commentary

Video commentary by "Frame" scribe Katie Rorick on USA Network website.

Thanks Linda!

Note: "FRAME" reairs on NBC on Saturday, September 20 at 10pm.


"The Narrows" at TIFF 2008

Francois Velle's "The Narrows" starring Vincent D'Onofrio will be shown three times during the 2008 Toronto Film Festival:

Monday, September 8th at 6:16 PM
Tuesday, September 9th at 7:45 PM
Saturday, September 13th at 3 PM

Single tickets are $19.29; students and seniors pay $16.67.
Tickets may be purchased online or via phone. They go on sale September 3rd. VISA cards only.

Toronto Film Festival website.

Thank you to Annabelle Leigh!


Monday, August 25, 2008

Black and Blue

Vanity Fair, 8.25.08

Black and Blue
by James Wolcott

"...The dramatic peak of Sunday night's viewing wasn't the submersive emotions dulled from rusty disuse on Mad Men (which more and more seems like a simulation exercise) but the phenomenal season-end arc climax on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which all of the pieces were cleared from the chess board in an Oedipal showdown between Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and his mentor, played with seedy, reedy panache by John Glover, dres sed in the stained white of a disreputable Southern lawyer. The psychic clash of Goren's sunken-vessel misery and Glover's glinty-eyed dementia against the bluish confines of the interrogation room elevated the series to an existential plane without losing the edge of glee that comes from actors seizing the electric moment. (I also enjoyed seeing Ilana Levine, whom I met on the set of Robert Altman's Tanner '88, in the early scenes with Goren's ravaged brother, played by Tony Goldwyn.) Taking Goren back to tainted zero (no mother, no brother, no mentor, no nemesis, and a dead serial killer for a father), It sets up
the next season of Law and Order: CI beautifully upon return in November, when--in the other partnership--Jeff Goldblum's ostrich head will attempt to fill the spot vacated by Chris Noth. " Full article.

Thank you to Annabelle Leigh!


"Frame" commentary

From, 8.25.08

Season Finale: "Frame"

So much happened before the opening credits I knew this was going to be a great episode. We see it was Goren’s mothers birthday and he is surprised to find a photo of him and his brother as kids left at her grave. In the opening we also see Goren’s brother Frank at a support meeting, then later in his apartment drugged out when a knock at the door reveals…Goren’s arch nemesis – Nicole Wallace!

After not reaching his brother on the phone the night before Goren decides to go to the apartment of his brother only to stumble upon a crime scene that has his brother as the victim. Preliminary police reports say Frank committed suicide by taking a nose dive out his apartment window. Eames and even Captain Ross investigate further into the case, and we learn from Dr. Rodgers that Frank was murdered by given a drug to stop breathing.

Nicole sends “Bobbie” flowers at the precinct sealed with a kiss as a signature with a note that reads, “Oh, this is the poison of deep grief.” Now, thinking back to my literature courses, I recall that this is said by Claudius in Hamlet, Act 4 referencing how the grief of the death of Ophelia’s father had clouded her mind. Was Nicole trying to say that all the grief in Goren’s life had clouded his mind? Full article


Saturday, August 23, 2008

"Frame" video clip

8.25.08 8am - A 2-minute replay is now in place.

8.24.08 12noon - The clip has been removed from the USA site.

Warning: Spoiler!! This is a 4-minute replay of the episode from the USA website. Key elements of the storyline are revealed.

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Friday, August 22, 2008

LO:CI Fall 2008 Promo

LO:CI Fall 2008 promo from USA network.

Thanks Peachybc!

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Go, go Goren


NewHavenRegister, 8.22.08
By Joe Amarante

"CI" is gut-wrenchingly serious, especially in special episodes, such as Sunday's season finale at 9 p.m. Two words: Nicole Wallace. She's the slippery nemesis of emotionally tortured detective Robert Goren, played brilliantly by Vincent D'Onofrio.

You know how much we enjoy the work of D'Onofrio, whom we refer to (reverentially) as "creepy guy."

Goren's tilted-head interrogations are the stuff of TV legend, and yet Goren is never really in enough control of anything Sunday to handle a good intellectual beat-down. Full article

also sent in by Susan and Peachy, thanks!

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Thursday, August 21, 2008

Goren/Eames Marathon - August 24 on USA

8.24.08: Goren and Eames Marathon on USA Network

Beginning 11 am till 9pm with Season Finale. The marathon picks up again at midnight and goes until 4:00 a.m.

Vanishing Act
Please Note

At Midnight it starts up again with

World's Fair

Thanks to PeachyBC of for the listing.



Wednesday, August 20, 2008

L&O: OMG! Sunday's Finale Is Kuh-Raaazy

Warning: Spoiler!

E!Online, 8.20.08
by Kristin Dos Santos

Goren's (Vincent D'Onofrio) notorious archnemesis Nicole Wallace (Olivia D'Abo) is back. She is still the cunning and wily awesome psycho be-yotch she's always been. Goren is in her sights, but now so is everyone who is even remotely related to Goren, including his brother Frank (Tony Goldwyn). Only, given her murderous ways of the past, what happens with her is not at all what you would imagine...

What I Can Tell You:

Goren is a suspect.
Eames is a suspect.
What's in the box that arrives about halfway through the episode is just awful.
The title, "Frame," should give you a hint.
If you're a CI fan, you must watch USA on Sunday night at 9 p.m.—it ties together a ton of long-running storylines, it's totally bizarre, and it's completely captivating. Full article 234x60 banner


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Toronto Film Festival '08 Guest List

Vincent D'Onofrio and Jeff Goldblum are invited to attend the Toronto Film Festival. Also invited is "The Narrows" stars Kevin Zegers and Sophia Bush.

Posted by Brad Frenette, The National Post, 8.19.08

Here is the full invited guest list for this years Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF'08 runs Sept 4-13.


Monday, August 18, 2008

"Frame" preview

L&O: Criminal Intent Season Finale episode "Frame" airs Sunday, August 24.

Also find a preview of episode "Frame" on USA site.

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TV Writers in Ageism Lawsuit About To Settle With First Hollywood Defendant

From Nikki Finke, DeadlineHollywood, 8.17.08

EXCLUSIVE: Slowly but surely, a group of over age-40 TV writers alleging age discrimination by Hollywood networks, studios, production companies and talent agencies have been winning their lawsuits. Their latest victory took place last Thursday when the California Court Of Appeals issued a ruling on discovery in their favor. As a result, one of the defendants has now decided to become the first to settle with the writers. I'm told it's ICM, and I understand that the other big Hollywood talent agencies are none too happy about the tenpercentery breaking ranks and "going rogue", in the words of one rival agency owner. (Won't that be a fun session at the next meeting of the Association of Talent Agents?) Insiders inform me that ICM's settlement amount is $4.5 million and will be covered by the agency's insurance. The deal is done, and all that's left to finish is the paperwork, I hear. Now that ICM has taken this seriously, look for the other agencies -- at least those with insurance -- to get in line to settle, too.
Full Article

Thanks to Callie Adams!


Friday, August 15, 2008

"Frame" photos

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season Finale episode "Frame" airs August 24.

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Chris Noth bids a second farewell to 'Law & Order'

By Bill Keveney, USA TODAY

"It's nothing new when an actor leaves one of the Law & Order shows. It is when he says goodbye a second time.

Chris Noth, whose Detective Mike Logan was an original character on Law & Order, will depart Sunday from his second L&O series, Law & Order: Criminal Intent (USA, 9 ET/PT)..."

"Noth wasn't available for comment, but Wolf says he had expressed frustration as an actor on CI, as he had on L&O. "Unfortunately, I don't think I ever took that stuff that seriously. It's just part of his persona. … A lot of actors get frustrated, and I can understand why. One of Jerry Orbach's phrases was, 'Dick, can't somebody die in my arms so I can get an Emmy nomination?' " ...

"The departure of Noth is "in the great tradition of (franchise) leave-takings, not on the same drop-your-teeth level as some have been, but I think it's pretty satisfying," Wolf says..." Full article

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

StarTribune, 8.14.08
by Neal Justin

TV critic's choice for Friday, Aug. 15

"Noth goes south"
Jack Bauer learned not to mess with Leslie Hope, the woman who "killed" his wife on "24." Now it's Chris Noth's turn. Mr. Big takes on the actress in "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (8 p.m. Sunday, USA), and since this is his last episode as Detective Mike Logan, we're guessing the results aren't so good. We'll miss Noth, but we're pumped about his replacement: Jeff Goldblum. Read more

Thank you to Peachybc!



Monday, August 11, 2008

"Goren" at Disneyworld

And while I was sitting in the lobby of the Boardwalk in walks someone......special. * Jeannie you are going to love this* I look up and in thru the door walks Vincent D'Onofrio, aka Detective Robert Goren from Law and Order: CI (among other things).
Read full post.

Posted on John and Laura's blog. Sent in by Marina, thank you!


Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Letter from CI writers Diana Son & Charlie Rubin

Diana Son and Charlie Rubin at CI Writer's farewell dinner
August 7, 2008

Dear CI fans,

Greetings from Charlie Rubin and Diana Son! This is our first time writing directly to you and we appreciate this chance to share with you some news and encouragement.

It's true that we are leaving CI after many rewarding, exciting and fulfilling years writing for this uniquely intelligent and thought-provoking show. We have had the pleasure of working for both Rene Balcer and Warren Leight and many talented and wonderful fellow writers. Not to mention our unsung but spectacular crew. We'll save our words of appreciation and praise for the cast for later. But since there has been speculation about our futures, we wanted to address them specifically.

We were both at the end of our contracts and knew at the beginning of the season that this would be our last. Not out of any dissatisfaction with the show or our roles in making it, but because we both have passion projects that we have put on hold while we've put our hearts and souls into CI. Since we both hope to write movies or create our own shows
we thought the end of our contracts would be a natural time to commit ourselves to our own work.

We feel confident that your and our beloved CI is in good hands with the new showrunners and writing staff - extremely talented, highly-experienced writers and directors whose track records bear this out. As the new writing showrunners currently live in L.A., they will be running the writing staff out of L.A. This is neither uncommon nor controversial. It is in fact, practical above all else. In any case, we both left of our own accord. Though it was bittersweet to say goodbye to a family we had grown close to and looked forward to seeing every day.

We know this is a challenging time for you fans, as there is so much change in process. But remember that writing staff turnover is always healthy for the continued life of a series. CI has been successful, and we can all assume that it will be the intention of everyone involved to keep CI successful by appealing to its current fan base and building upon it.

And you can trust that Vincent, Katie, Julianne and Eric will continue to do the extraordinary work for which you have counted on them. They are the most interesting and engaging cast on t.v, and it has been a true pleasure to work so closely with them. Wonderful artists and people. Chris Noth, who devoted so much of his career to the L&O franchise will be missed, but Jeff Goldblum is going to be amazing too. We had the chance to sit next to Jeff one day recently on set, while he was observing a day of shooting, and we can tell you the guy is psyched! He has loads of enthusiasm for the show, and is creating, with the new showrunners, a fascinating character for you to become captivated by.

We also want to thank you fans for your dedicated support and inspired actions during the strike. We couldn't have won without you! Thank you for the emails, the pencils, the phone calls, the sandwiches and more!

Writing for CI has been a fantastic experience. We learned a lot about just about everything you can and wouldn't want to think of! Mothers killing their children, serial-killing daughters who are just trying to get daddy's attention, incest, beheadings, bodies sawed in half, dropping bodies from the wheel-wells of airplanes… If we don't get arrested by the FBI, who are tracking our suspicious google searches, you'll see our names on your t.v. or movie theatre screens before too long.

In the meantime, keep watching CI. It will always be the show you love.

With thanks and affection,

Diana Son and Charlie Rubin

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Monday, August 04, 2008

Do You Have to Play Dead to Get Cast?
By Renee Godbout

After casting extras on "Law & Order Criminal Intent" for 2 seasons, I’m still surprised that everyone begs to play dead. Strangely, the idea of playing a dead body is very attractive to many actors. I even know several principle actors who are willing to work as an extra if promised a posthumous role!

Unfortunately not just anyone is selected to be a dead body. All featured dead bodies are cast from photos approved by the director. I usually submit between 5 to 10 photos for one dead body! Sometimes the director will even have actors come in for interviews. Surprisingly, the casting of a dead body is usually the director’s biggest concern. They always have a specific image in mind, including age, body type, ethnicity, and even hair color. Full article

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Law and Order: CI set to premiere in November, PRNewswire, 8.4.08

USA Network has New Showrunners for Hit Show LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT
"Series to premiere in November with new cast member Jeff Goldblum"

Walon Green, Robert Nathan, John Coles, Michael S. Chernuchin, Andrew Lipsitz and Timothy J. Lea will be the new production team when LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT returns for its eighth season in November on USA Network. The announcement was made today by Jeff Wachtel, USA's executive vice-president of original programming and co-head, original content, Universal Cable Productions and Dick Wolf, executive producer and creator of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT.

USA recently picked up an eighth season for the hit series produced by Wolf Films and Universal Cable Productions and cast Jeff Goldblum as the latest detective to join the major case squad. Created and executive produced by Emmy Award winning producer Dick Wolf and developed by Rene Balcer, LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT veers from the traditional "Law & Order" format by taking viewers into the minds of its criminals while following the psychological approaches the Major Case Squad uses to solve the crimes. The seventh season of LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT airs every Sunday at 9/8c on USA Network.

excerpted.....LAW & ORDER: CRIMINAL INTENT was the top drama series in basic cable prime for 4Q07 and brought new viewers to USA, more than doubling the Thursday 10pm time period audience from the same weeks the prior year.

Full article


Friday, August 01, 2008

Interview with Julianne Nicholson

A five-part interview with Julianne Nicholson posted on the USA Network’s
CI page.

Thanks to StefanL of