Friday, October 31, 2008

The Glory That Was stills

More photos found at SpoilerTV

Sent in by Keiko, thank you!


Can `Law & Order' outlive `Gunsmoke'?

AP, 10.31.08

"Law & Order" is returning to the air earlier than the announced date of early 2009, the result of an NBC schedule reshuffling to shore up the network's ratings as sweeps month begins. After almost two decades, this durable old veteran still has the juice to help rescue NBC's prime-time.

The new season has S. Epatha Merkerson (Lieutenant Anita Van Buren) remaining on duty, overseeing Sisto and Anderson; Roache as Chief Assistant District Attorney Michael Cutter, who succeeded Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), the newly promoted district attorney. And Alana De La Garza (Executive Assistant District Attorney Connie Rubirosa) resumes her role.

But it remains to be seen whether the cast reshuffling will achieve Wolf's greatest ambition: to surpass "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running prime-time drama in the history of television.

Wolf, 61, has long voiced his desire to overtake the classic Western, which ran from 1955-1975 on CBS; Wednesday's season premiere will herald 19 years for "Law & Order." "It's one to tie and two to win. I think after that, (we'll do) another 20," Wolf said.

But the TV mogul, who oversees the spinoffs "Law & Order: SVU" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," nearly lost his chance when NBC threatened to cancel after a sharp ratings drop last season.

Any plug-pulling seems preposterous, given the series' enduring status as the mother ship of one of the strongest franchises on TV. Wolf struck a last-minute deal to save the show in May 2007 by trading "Criminal Intent" to the NBC-owned USA Network in exchange for another year of "Law & Order" on the Peacock Network. Full article

Thanks Saghy!


Happy Halloween!!

from the USA Network scheduler. Jusssst kidding!!



Thursday, October 30, 2008

Criminal Intent creator Rene Balcer to receive honorary doctorate

Press Release: Concordia University, Montreal

Two Distinguished Individuals to Receive Honorary Degrees from Concordia

Concordia University will award two honorary doctorates (Doctor of Laws) during fall convocation ceremonies on November 17, 2008. The recipients are René Balcer, the executive producer of the Law & Order series and the Hon. Hilary M. Weston, former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. More than 1,600 students in four faculties will receive degrees during the three convocation ceremonies taking place at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier at Place des Arts (175 St. Catherine Street West).

At the afternoon ceremony at 3 p.m. for the Faculty of Arts and Science, René Balcer will be awarded an honorary doctorate in recognition of his success as a television producer and writer. Balcer is an alumnus of Concordia University where he was awarded a BA in Communication Arts, Magna Cum Laude, in 1978. He is the executive producer of the Law & Order series for which he won an Emmy award in 1997. He also created Law & Order Criminal Intent which is now in its eighth season. Full article


USA Network schedule updated

The USA Network schedule has been updated. The 11/7 CI marathon is cancelled and the 11/27 marathon has been replaced with a "House" marathon.

Thanks Peachybc!


Opening Saturday: Rib City in Des Peres, 10.30.08
By Joe Bonwich

The 27th national location of southern-style barbecue restaurant Rib City opens for business at 4 p.m. Saturday, according to staffers there. The official grand opening is Friday, Nov. 7.

The restaurant, in the long-time location of Rick’s Cafe Americain at 1090 Old Des Peres Road, just off the eastbound lanes of Manchester Road about a block west of I-270. The restaurant has alleviated some of the visibility problems of the site by heightening a small tower at the front corner of the building. Phone is 314-965-RIBS (7427).

Rib City was founded in Fort Myers, Florida in 1989. There are 12 in Florida, plus 15 franchise locations in Washington, Utah, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Oregon and Missouri. The Sandy, Utah location is owned by actor Vincent D’Onofrio.

Thanks Keiko and Peachy!


Wednesday, October 29, 2008

USA delays 'Criminal Intent' premiere

Hollywood Reporter, 10.9.08

Show will be best in an uninterrupted run, network says.

USA Network has pushed back the eighth-season premiere of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" to first-quarter 2009.

The show, originally intended to return to the schedule next week and air as a split season, will now have an uninterrupted 16-week run when it returns with new cast member Jeff Goldblum.

"The show is in great shape," a spokesperson said. "USA believed that 'CI's' new season was so strong that it would be best presented in an uninterrupted run of 16 episodes. As a strategic move based on the overall TV landscape and in this economy, it made sense to maximize the value of 'CI' by moving to 2009."
Full article
TV Squad 10.29.08
by Bob Sassone

USA Network has been showing a lot of ads for the new Jeff Goldblum-infused season of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. The new episodes are supposed to start on November 7, but now it looks like the show has been delayed until some time next year.

This morning the network confirmed that the new season of the show won't start until 2009. They say it will be "early 2009," but then again they first said the show would come back on November 6, then November 7, and now there has been another delay. It's odd that a network would have all of these ads for a show so close to the premiere date and then pull the show for several months. USA hasn't said why they've done this.


Mystic Pizza Celebrates, 10.29.08
by Christopher Annino

Since its release in 1988 the film Mystic Pizza helped launch some actors careers, such as Julia Roberts, Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, Vincent D’Onofrio, William Moses, and Conchata Ferrell, to mega stardom. Being the timeless coming of age story that the film represented, its innocence immortalized the film under the direction of Donald Petrie. Many locals celebrated the film at the Olde Mistick Village Arts Cinemas by watching a screening of the 20th anniversary edition of the film.

Chaz Zezulka, a Mystic Pizza extra, and current Vice-Chair Person of Groton Schools said, “In the film, I danced with Julia Roberts in one scene. I realized that getting picked to be an extra is exciting. But the reality of acting in it was different; it made me respect the profession a whole lot more. It was an amazing learning experience for me and the cast was very kind to all of us, especially Vincent D’Onofrio.” Full article

Thanks Linda!


Email from NBCUMV

Enaka has emailed NBCUMV regarding the change in CI schedule and has received a reply that she'd like to share. Thank you :o)

"I am very happy to share with you the email of one of the publicists from NBCumv

Enaka: "To whom it may concern,I would like to seek an information about the show “Law and Order Criminal Intent” is truly been pushed to the year 2009? If it’s true, may I ask the reason of its delay? I have found this announcement on USA site as of yesterday. It is greatly appreciated."

NBCumv officer: "Yes we are moving it to 2009 so we can air all 16 episodes uninterrupted."

Therefore, there is no explanation about the delay for now, Admin. That's all I can share.



USA Delays New ‘Criminal Intent’ Episodes Until Q1

TVWeek, 10.29.08
By Jon Lafayette

USA Network said it is pushing back the launch of new original episodes of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” to the first quarter of 2009.

The network has planned to begin airing “L&O: CI” on Nov. 7. With the new schedule, the series will be able to show new episodes for an uninterrupted run of 16 episodes, the network said Wednesday.

The season, Jeff Goldblum joins the cast of “L&O: CI,” which includes Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Julianne Nicholson and Eric Bogosian.

Thanks Enaka and Peachybc!


New 'Law & Order: CI' Season Delayed?

Deadline Hollywood, 10.29.08
by Nikki Finke

Season 8 of the best of the Law & Order series (my blog therefore my opinion) was supposed to debut on November 7th. But last night the rumor on the set was that that Criminal Intent is postponed until sometime in 2009 on the USA Network. "This seems to be fact," an insider tells me. The show has certainly undergone a lot of change in recent months: showrunner Warren Leight left to run HBO's In Treatment and two Law & Order vets took his place -- Walon Green exec producing the 8 episodes starring Vincent D'Onofrio, and Robert Nathan exec producing the episodes starring newcomer Jeff Goldblum.


“Law & Order: Criminal Intent” On Hold, 10.29.08
By Chuck Barney
Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 at 7:59 am

If you’re a fan of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” you’ll have to wait a while longer for the return of your show.

“Criminal Intent” was supposed to launch its new season next Friday (Nov. 7), but USA just announced that it will be shelved until next year. A specific launch date will be forthcoming. Article


The USA site now shows a link saying "NEW ORIGINAL EPISODES COMING IN 2009". Thanks Saghy!

A screenshot from USA:


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

CI Season Premiere moved to 2009?

Reported on USA Network Boards:

"The premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 8, originally scheduled for Friday, November 7th, has now been pushed back to 2009. The exact premiere date is not yet known but will be posted as soon as it is determined."

Sent in by Enaka, thank you.

*At time of this post, no additional information, press release or schedule change can be found.


Monday, October 27, 2008

UK: Top Up TV expands NBC content with TVBox

October 27
by Maisie McCabe, Media Week

"...Current and library content selected from more than 55,000 TV episodes will be available through Top Up TV's Anytime service.

TVBox follows the launch of NBC Universal's on-demand service for films, PictureBox, in the UK in autumn 2006 and multiple territories since. Top Up TV is the first platform in the world to feature both Universal's television and film services.

Programmes which will be available include the separate series' of Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, as well as Friday Night Lights and Monk, plus classics such as Quantum Leap and Columbo..."
Full article

Thanks Peachybc!


L&O Causes A Scene In DUMBO

October 27th, 2008

"Filming In Brooklyn reader - and frequent tipster/contributor - Carrot
had a bird’s eye view last Friday in DUMBO as Law & Order: Criminal Intent filmed an armored car robbery at the corner of Water and Washington Streets..."

Includes photos - at Filming in Brooklyn

Also -

Posted on The Bay Ridge Rover , October 27
Law and Order comes to Bay Ridge: inspired by actual events

"With no ebb in sight to the tide that is the much talked about Bay Ridge crime wave; whom better for local law enforcement to enlist in helping calm the fears of a jittery public than Jeff Goldblum.

Neighbors report that Tuesday, October 27th, one of the newest properties in the legendary New York crime drama franchise, Law and Order Criminal Intent, will be shooting on location in Bay Ridge..."

Includes photos - at The Bay Ridge Rover

Thanks Peachybc!


SAG Update: Union Meets with Mediator

Huffington Post, 10.27.08
by Jonathan Handel

SAG leaders met Friday with the federal mediator, and in a statement said that they discussed with him the union's request for mediation and "the possibilities regarding the resumption of negotiations." The AMPTP is set to meet with the mediator Thursday.

It's hard to be optimistic though: the two sides are very far apart, and both are very dug in to their positions, particularly on new media. Unfortunately, I expect mediation will fail by around mid-November, leading to the negotiating committee sending a strike authorization vote to the membership. That reportedly takes 30-45 days, suggesting that we could have a strike in January.

-excerpted-....Here, though, the studios face, in their calculation, a downside if they do a deal on SAG's terms: they would be "rewarding" a very intransigent union and would be fracturing the new media template they've fought so hard for. Unions that accepted the template -- the Directors Guild and the smaller AFTRA actors union -- would have been in effect punished for their more accommodating style of negotiations. Moreover, the AMPTP would be giving additional ground in a significantly worsened economy.

This is the formula for a long and bitter strike. Full article


Saturday, October 25, 2008

West Side Glory: Interview with Rita Moreno

Review Journal, 10.3.08

Multiple award winner Rita Moreno takes the stage at UNLV


Q: Recently, you had a multiepisode arc on "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" as Detective Goren's dying, schizophrenic mother. Vincent D'Onofrio, who plays Goren, is such a quirky, interesting actor. What was it like working with him?

A: Like bread and butter. Wow! I love him. The very first day I came in for the first episode, as we were rehearsing, he stopped the scene and said to me in the most polite way, you know how he speaks so softly: "Excuse me, Rita, would you mind if we don't allow each other to finish each other's sentences?" I knew exactly what he meant -- just make it look improvised. And that's all I did. I got the most wonderful letter from the producer who said to me, "I can't remember when I've seen Vincent better, and it's because of you." I just love that man.

Full interview

Thanks Judy!


Friday, October 24, 2008

Mystic Pizza, 20 years later, 10.17.08
by News Channel 8's Tina Detelj

Mystic (WTNH) -- Mystic Pizza was Southeastern Connecticut's little secret until a movie put the pizza parlor on the map. Two decades later, the town and Mystic Pizza are celebrating the movie that made them famous.

It was exactly twenty years ago that Julia Roberts first served up a little slice of heaven. It was a moment in movie history which launched her career, along with worldwide recognition of this little pizza shop.

"Julia became so famous and that just kept it going year, after year," said Dede Smith of Mystic Pizza. Full article

Thanks Regina!
******************************************, 10/19/08
by Kristina Dorsey

"The Go-To Guy"
When Vincent D'Onofrio wanted to spend a night on a boat to learn firsthand what it was like to be a fisherman, Pryor and a pal drove him to the docks in Stonington Borough and introduced him to a fisherman. D'Onofrio went onboard the boat, which was rocking quite a bit. D'Onofrio went below deck but lasted about five minutes before seasickness got him.

The woozy D'Onofrio got off the boat and said, “OK, I think I learned everything I need to know.” Full article

Thanks Cari!


Auction! Tour of LOCI set & lunch with Kate


In support of North Shore Animal League America
Tour the Set of Law and Order, Criminal Intent with Kathryn Erbe and Have Lunch

We know you will never forget this amazing visit to the set of televisions most enticing show, Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

This is your chance for you and a guest to visit the set of one of TV's most popular shows ever, Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the hit TV show is made.

Donated by: Law and Order, Criminal Intent, Kathryn Erbe

Terms: Includes: set tour of Law and Order, Criminal Intent with Kathryn Erbe and lunch for 2 people. Valid for one year, based on availability. Additional restrictions apply.

Full details at Charity Buzz

Thanks to Ammiratore!


New CI episode "Identity Crisis"

Next "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" episode featuring Goren and Eames is titled "Identity Crisis". Breakdown

For those hoping to catch a filming, this episode will be filming in NYC November 3-13. The Nichols/Wheeler team is currently filming until 10/31.

Thanks Sam for this info!


Also --

Filming tip [Nichols/Wheeler episode] posted on Filming in Brooklyn site --
10.24.08 Filming today in Brooklyn - Law & Order: Criminal Intent is shooting in the vicinity of Water and Adams, in Dumbo. (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass)


Thursday, October 23, 2008

"Faithfully" episode details

In the Season 8 opener, Goren and Eames investigate the murder of a celebrity doctor. Jeff Goldblum joins the cast as Det. Zack Nichols. Leland Orser, Janel Moloney and Katheryn Winnick guest star.

"Faithfully" airs Friday, November 7 at 9PM on USA Network


SAG's endgame is still a mystery

Hollywood Reporter, 10.23.08
By Leslie Simmons

He's back: Juan Carlos Gonzalez, the federal mediator who is the same neutral party brought in by the AMPTP last year before the writers strike, may soon play a similar role in the stand-off between the studios and SAG.

This time, it's SAG making the request, and lawyers for the various production companies and AMPTP members met Tuesday and Wednesday to consider the request but issued no decision.

There are bigger questions hanging over the festering stalemate, however. The foremost is: Do SAG's leaders really think the mediator is going to break the logjam? The resolution the guild's executive board passed Sunday gives the go-ahead for its bargaining panel to go to the membership for strike authorization in the event that mediation fails.

...The mediator ploy could simply be a case of SAG exhausting every possible route to a solution -- or it could be a way to avoid a potentially embarrassing rejection of fighting on by the membership.

Perhaps most ominously, bringing in a mediator could shift the timing of a potential strike to Oscar season, when its impact would be most severe.

"I do think the SAG membership would be easily galvanized," one membersaid. "SAG members do not want to take the deal on the table."

Optimists hoping Gonzalez or any other mediator can do anything don't have much to base their hopes on. A licensed attorney, Gonzalez has meager experience in the entertainment industry and was less than effective in the WGA-AMPTP negotiations.
Full article


Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Jeff Goldblum's character

TV Guide

"...Can you tell us anything about Jeff Goldblum's Law & Order: Criminal Intent character? — Amanda
Mickey: I can tell you that he doesn't appear in the Nov. 7 season opener. But I have seen him in a few scenes with Julianne Nicholson, and I think you'll be surprised. Far from trotting out the usual stammering theatrics, Goldblum-as-cop is a cool customer. I hear his character's parents were both shrinks, so clearly it will be revealed that he, too, is a total nut job..."

Thanks PeachyBC,


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

"Faithfully" stills

NBC still photos from upcoming Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season Premiere episode "Faithfully".

Episode airs Friday, November 7 at 9pm on USA Network.

Thank you to Jefferaldo for sharing the stills with us!

Click to enlarge


Monday, October 20, 2008

SAG Steps Toward Strike

Huffington Post, 10.20.08
by Jonathan Handel

"The SAG national board passed a resolution yesterday on what to do regarding contract negotiations with the studios. My take: Membership First outmaneuvered the newly-elected Unite for Strength faction and its NY and regional allies and is taking the union down a path that may well lead to a strike. I'm not optimistic.

The vote was almost 97% in favor, meaning that the resolution was a compromise between all concerned. Yet it gives MF much of what it wanted. The vote was taken right near the end of the meeting on Sunday (even though it was supposed to have been addressed Saturday), with Membership First knowing that the meeting had to end at 1:00 p.m. so that the NY and regional board members could catch their planes. (This weekend's meeting was conducted in person in LA.).." Full article

Thanks Peachybc!

Associated Press, 10.19.08
SAG board votes to allow members to vote on strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A vote by the leaders of the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday has simultaneously ratcheted up negotiation efforts and the possibility of strike.

The guild's national board of directors voted to formally request a federal mediator for stalled contract talks with studios and, at the same time, agreed to ask members if they want to authorize a strike.

The resolution "authorizes a referendum and accompanying educational information be sent to the members requesting their authorization for the National Board to call a strike" if negotiations fail.

If 75 percent of SAG's 120,000 members vote in favor of a labor action, it would then be left to the national negotiating committee to call the strike if it deems it necessary.

"We hope mediation will help move this process forward. This action by the board demonstrates our commitment to bargain with the strength of our unified membership behind us," said Screen Actors Guild National President Alan Rosenberg in a statement.

SAG's chief negotiator Doug Allen said the union's goal remains securing a good contract without a strike.Full article

Thanks Saghy!


Sunday, October 19, 2008

Vincent at Rib City Grill in December

Thank you to Lozzie Cap for sharing this with us.

The video is a spoof filmed at Rib City Grill in Utah by owner Toni Jorgensen and her staff. Lozzie (Team Thirteen) spoke with the restaurant and they confirmed that Vincent is due to be there on the 11th and 12th of December, with all the usual provisos about work, weather, health and all else. More details on Team Thirteen's site.

The video on Youtube where Toni has posted a response.


Friday, October 17, 2008

Spoiler!! "Folie a Deux"

Spoiler!!    Story details from upcoming CI episode "Folie a Deux", scheduled to air Friday, November 21 at 9PM on USA Network.

Find spoiler below --  Please do not read on if you do not want to know!

A child is missing from her bed after her parents leave her alone in a hotel room to go for dinner with a family friend.

The dysfunctional couple are barely getting
by except for a monthly stipend for living
expenses from the child's well-heeled great
aunt (guest star Lynn Redgrave).

Detectives Goren and Eames discover that the missing girl's father, a self-important pseudo poet, suddenly left his position as an English teacher in an upstate New York college more than a year earlier. Her mother, a fragile and penitent wife, reveals that she suffered a nervous breakdown at that time.

It is the rich aunt's secretary, along with his British life partner, who make the two million dollar ransom call to her.

When the detectives find evidence that the child has not been alive in the last year, clues lead them to conclude that she died as a result of being left unattended in a sweltering car.

Eames meets her sister Liz for a drink and a heart-to-heart.


Folie à deux (literally, "a madness shared by two") is a rare psychiatric syndrome in which a symptom of psychosis (particularly a paranoid or delusional belief) is transmitted from one individual to another.

Thanks Sam!


Kate Erbe promo for TV1

Posted by jane1975 on Youtube.

sent in by kerrimac24 - thanks


CI cast photos at DGA Honors

Here are some some pictuers of Goldblum, Nicholson and Bogosian at the DGA awards that honored Dick Wolf.




The 7th Directors Guild of America Honors at the DGA Theater on October 16, 2008 in New York City.

Thanks Peachybc!


SAG board meets Saturday

Variety, 10.16.08

Chernin warns SAG against strike
"News Corp. chief sends warning to guild"

With SAG leaders about to decide whether to ask members for a strike authorization, News Corp. chief operating officer Peter Chernin has warned thesps that striking is a lousy idea amid a reeling economy. "I think it's genuinely foolhardy to think this is an appropriate time to go out on strike," said Chernin on Thursday at a TV Week media conference in New York. "It would be devastating for the entire creative community for the actors to go out on strike."

Chernin also reiterated the congloms' stance that they won't sweeten their final offer to the Screen Actors Guild, which has been insisting that it deserves better terms than those in the WGA, DGA and AFTRA pacts. The two sides haven't met since July 16, and SAG members are working under terms of a feature-primetime deal that expired June 30.

...SAG's national board will meet Saturday [October 18]to determine whether the guild will send out a strike authorization -- as recommended two weeks ago by SAG's negotiating committee. If approved, that would trigger the mailing of authorization ballots to SAG's 120,000 members and the ballots' return over the following 30-45 days.

...The moderates -- who have been critical of aspects of the leadership's handling of the contract negotiations -- have not yet disclosed their strategy. It's unclear whether SAG members would support a strike authorization amid the current economic crisis, particularly since such a vote would require 75% approval among those casting ballots.

In a message last week to members, SAG asserted that approval of a strike authorization does not trigger a strike automatically. But the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers disagreed... Full article


Thursday, October 16, 2008

LO:CI Trailer

Trailer From TheEntertainmentHotline.

Also, on USA network site.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Dick Wolf: A Wolf who shares the spoils

Variety, 10.15.08

Good news in a troubled economy: The man who has been a veritable human resources department for television directors has no plans to close up shop.
"Once you've declared the bar as high enough, it's time to retire -- which I am not ready to do at all," says "Law & Order" creator Dick Wolf, who is being recognized tonight at the DGA Honors in New York City.

Just through his "Law & Order" franchise, which includes spinoffs "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," Wolf has provided more than 750 directing opportunities since the flagship series premiered Sept. 13, 1990, with John Whitesell behind the camera. Full article

Thanks Peachybc


BPeace Gala, May 14, 2008

BPeace Gala, May 14, 2008

"The festivities at the Capitale event space attracted actor Vincent D'Onofrio and his wife Carin van der Donk. Carin owns the children's boutique Sons + Daughters and imports knitted hats and dresses from Bpeace's Afghan Associate, Suria. This year Carin and Vincent hosted a table at the Gala, bringing actor Ethan Hawke and film director Peter Himmelstein into the Bpeace family."


Thanks Laura!


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Fans find Criminal Intent filming

Posted by blogger Yetta

sent in by Carly T, Park Slope - thank you!

[Google alert!]


Season 8 Cast Photos

Full Cast

Thank you to DarkUFO at SpoilerTV for sharing them with us!


LOCI filming on Staten Island

Law and Order: CI is filming at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center Park on Staten Island. -- from OLV


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Obama vs. McCain -- 3rd & Final Round! (Debate Watch Party)

The Details

Obama vs. McCain -- 3rd & Final Round! (Debate Watch Party)
Join Generation Obama, NY Film and Television for Obama, NY Latinos for Obama, Investment Professionals for Obama, Jewish Young Professionals for Obama, and NY Asian Americans for Obama to cheer on Barack Obama as he gets one step closer to the Presidency in his final debate with John McCain!

Root Barack Obama on with hundreds of fellow Obama supporters, hear from leading supporters of the campaign, learn how you can make a difference in this stretch run, and dance the night away afterwards.


Neil Burger, Julianne Nicholson & Jonathan Cake, Bobby Cannavale, Vincent D'Onofrio, Tate Donovan, Griffin Dunne, Kathryn Erbe, Liz Garbus, Amy & Ronald Guttman, Oscar Isaac, Isaac Mizrahi, Mira Nair, Rosie Perez, Linus Roache, Ira Sachs, Maggie Renzi & John Sayles, Tamara Jenkins & Jim Taylor, Lili Taylor

Where: Mansion
Address: 530 W. 28th Street (between 10th & 11th Ave)
Date: Wednesday, October 15th
Time: 7:30PM - 11PM (Debate starts at 9:00)
Cost: FREE!

*One drink minimum*
*Must be 21 years old or older*

More Information

Thanks Linda P. and Peachybc!


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Site will be offline again.

FYI - We have been notified by our webhost that our account will be moved to another datacenter on Sunday, October 12th, due to the recurring problems experienced lately.

We expect the site to be offline for 24 hours or more since we will have to be reassigned a new IP address after the site is relocated.


SAG could strike in November

Variety, 10.10.08
By Dave McNary

The Screen Actors Guild could go on strike before the end of November. In a message sent to members late Thursday, SAG president Alan Rosenberg and national exec director Doug Allen told members that the national board will meet next weekend on the question of whether to conduct a strike authorization over SAG's master contract on features and primetime. If the national board approves, the leaders said than SAG will then need 30 to 45 days to hold such a vote among members.

"If 75% of the qualified SAG members who vote in the referendum support the strike authorization, only then can the national board of directors call an actual work stoppage, should the board decide that it has become necessary to do so," Rosenberg and Allen said in the missive. Full article.

Thanks Peachybc!

Hollywood Reporter, 10.10.08
SAG: Authorization does not mean strike
Union leadership seeks to assure membership
By Leslie Simmons

In response to the letter, the AMPTP said in a statement Friday: "SAG negotiators seem determined to force another unnecessary, harmful strike. Why else would SAG negotiators be unreasonably insisting, at a time of national economic collapse, on a better deal than the ones achieved by the other Hollywood Guilds much earlier this year, during much better economic times?"

A strike would affect only those covered in the TV/theatrical portion of SAG's contract, including those in feature films, free TV and pay cable TV.

Other contracts, including commercial, TV animation, basic cable TV and basic cable animation, industrial contract and interactive/video game contract will not be affected by a work stoppage, according to the guild. Full article.

Thanks Sam!


LO:CI schedule for November - Updated!

LO:CI Schedule for November on the USA Network has been changed. Season Premiere is now scheduled for Friday as well as the rest of the month's episodes.

Nov 7 - Faithfully 9pm Friday (G/E)-
Nov 14 - The Glory That Was 9pm Friday (N/W)
Nov 21- Folie A Deux 9pm Friday (G/E)
Nov 27 - LOCI Marathon - all day on Thursday


Friday, October 10, 2008

Welles Review, 10.10.08
by Joshua Wiebe

These Films Sleep Well: Five Minutes, Mr. Welles (2004, Vincent D'Onofrio)

There are two films that act as necessary viewing in order to understand and appreciate the various nuances of Vincent D'Onofrio's directorial debut, the 2005 short film Five Minutes, Mr. Welles. The first is Tim Burton's tribute to a cult filmmaker and cross-dresser, Ed Wood, and the second is Carol Reed's brilliant UK noir thriller containing Orson Welles' show-stopping performance as Harry Lime, The Third Man.

The former includes a saccharine encounter between the naïve wannabe director Ed Wood, and the critically acclaimed titan of the cinematic arts, Orson Welles. Welles is played by the magnificent Vincent D'Onofrio, and voiced in a strangely perfect fashion by the multi-talented Maurice LaMarche. He sits at the back of a bar while Johnny Depp's Wood fumbles in sycophantic glee over the laid back Welles. D'Onofrio was so distraught over his lack of preparation for the part that he decided to film his first directorial effort as a correction for his performance in Ed Wood, and so he set about the creation of Five Minutes Mr. Welles. Full article.

Thanks Judy!


New CI episode "Astoria Helen"

Law & Order: Criminal Intent Season 8 Episode 4, featuring Detectives Nichols and Wheeler, is titled "Astoria Helen".

Thanks Sam!


John Glover Interview

DailyTimes, 10.10.08
by Brian Shane

"Glover returns to honor father"
Actor to join Saturday's Alzheimer's walk


Q:I just caught you on an episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.
A:Oh yeah, I'd done that part two years ago, with Vincent (D'Onofrio) where I played his mentor. So they had that character back. It was a great script and I had a ball doing it. Full article

Thanks Linda!

**John Glover guest starred on "Law and Order: Criminal Intent" as Goren's mentor 'Declan Gage' in two episodes - "Blind Spot"- Season 6 and "Frame"- Season 7.


Striking Developments, 10.9.08
By Andrew Salomon

"As world stock markets falter, SAG considers a work stoppage."

For several years, Scott Winters has supported his wife and two children by working as an actor. Since midsummer, however, when a contract stalemate between the Screen Actors Guild and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers began to harden, the actor's steady stream of screen work has nearly dried up. "It's been like shutting off a spigot," said Winters, a Providence, R.I., resident who has roles in the Showtime series Brotherhood and the upcoming Mel Gibson movie Edge of Darkness. "I think we had six or eight studio films in [Providence] up until the summer…and now there's one."

Because there are far fewer jobs, actors who live and work outside of Hollywood can be more vulnerable to the vagaries of show business than their West Coast counterparts. But every performer around the country could soon feel the squeeze if SAG launches a strike against its employers, a possibility that inched closer to reality last week when the guild's negotiating committee passed a motion asking the national board of directors to send a referendum for strike authorization to members. The next national board meeting is scheduled for Oct. 18. Full article


LO:CI filming on the street

Law and Order: CI is filming somewhere in the vicinity of E 50th and Lex in NYC (tipster wasn’t positive of cross street but in this general vicinity).

Source: OLV


Season 8 Promo Photo

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

CI location photos

A blogger got some night CI location shoot pics .

CI nite location shoot pictures of Goldblum and Nicholson and Bogosian. Please scroll down toward the bottom of the page to see the location shoot pictures.

sent in by PeachyBC, thank you!

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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers

Ask Ausiello
by Michael Ausiello, 10.8.08

"...Question: When is Law & Order: CI returning? Got scoop? -- Jason
Ausiello: L&O: CI kicks off its new season on USA on Nov. 7 at 9 p.m., and here's a little casting nugget to tide you over: Lynn Redgrave will guest-star in a late-November episode as a wealthy, formidable, and elegant woman coming to grips with her impending death. Piper Perabo also appears in the episode. .."

Thanks PeachyBC,

Note: The correct date for LO:CI's season premiere is Thursday, November 6 at 10pm. Episode titled "Faithfully" [originally titled "The Faithful"] will air.


More CI Ratings - from Canada and the UK

More CI Ratings - from Canada and the UK

CTV , 10.7.08
Sunday - At 10 p.m., Law & Order: Criminal Intent was No. 1 in its time-slot on
CTV with 985,000 total viewers over Brothers & Sisters (Global/ABC;
850,000)., 10.6.08
A repeat of Law and Order: Criminal Intent attracted 900,000 viewers and a 6% share between 10.40pm and 11.40pm.

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FYI - Site offline

The site was offline for 2 days due to a power failure in the Datacenter which caused a serious problem with the server hosting our site. We were unable post because we could not access our control panel or even post through Blogger since the blog is hosted on our server.


Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Studios' 'final offer' safe for now

Hollywood Reporter, 10.6.08
By Leslie Simmons

When the AMPTP made what it calls its final offer to SAG on June 30, it came with a caution: The offer would remain on the table unless there's a drastic change in the economy.

With Wall Street plunging, that day may be here. Since the June 30 offer was made, Disney shares have fallen 9% -- and that's by far the least of the bunch. In that same frame, CBS is off 33%, News Corp. is down 29%, Time Warner is down 24%, and Viacom is off 23%.

Sources with the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers said Monday that the offer will remain intact -- at least until Oct. 18, when the newly realigned SAG national board meets and votes on whether to bring a strike authorization vote to its membership.

If members are asked to give the board strike authorization, the AMPTP is likely to wait until the results of that vote are in. What that means to the industry is that the current stalemate between SAG and the AMPTP is likely to continue for weeks and could extend into November.
Full article

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Sunday, October 05, 2008

LO:CI Viewer Data in Germany

A ratings table of “Criminal Intent” broadcasts [Season 5 episodes] in Germany for the month September 2008 was sent in by Karin N. Since we sometimes post the Criminal Intent television ratings in the US, Karin thought we'd like to see how CI fares in her country. Thank you!


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Vincent sighting... a a bagel shop. Posted here.

sent in by Leah - thanks!

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

New SAG board to make call on strike vote

Los Angeles Times , 10.2.08
By Richard Verrier

"The balance of power shifts away from the actors union's negotiating committee."

Reflecting a key shift in the balance of power in the Screen Actors Guild, the union's negotiating committee Wednesday punted on authorizing a strike vote, leaving the matter up to the guild's newly configured national board.

In an 11-2 decision, the union's negotiation committee recommended that the national board authorize a strike vote among the guild's 120,000 members, saying such a move was "necessary to overcome the employers' intransigence" in contract negotiations. Talks have been at a standstill since the actors' contract expired June 30.

The move appeared to be as much an intra-guild political maneuver as a message to the studios that the negotiating committee was holding fast on its demands over how much actors should be paid for their work when it is distributed over the Internet.

.....In a statement, the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reiterated its view that SAG should accept terms already agreed to by other Hollywood unions -- and suggested that financially fearful Americans should take in a movie.

"Is this really the time for anyone associated with the entertainment business to be talking about going on strike? Not only is the business suffering from recent economic conditions, but if ever there was a time when Americans wanted the diversions of movies and television, it is now."

Full article


"The Narrows" at the American Film Market

Hollywood Reporter, 10.1.08
By Gregg Kilday

29TH AFM** to Screen 513 Films including 102 World Premieres
"102 world premieres, 375 market premieres planned"

"The Lonely Maiden," starring Morgan Freeman and Christopher Walken; "The Killing Room," starring Timothy Hutton; and "Powder Blue," starring Forest Whitaker, will all screen for the first time at the 29th American Film Market, running Nov. 5-12 at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel and Le Merigot Beach Hotel in Santa Monica.

The market will present 513 films, including 102 world premieres and 375 market premieres. Films scheduled to make their market premieres include....."The Narrows," with Sophia Bush and Vincent D'Onofrio. (6 Sales)

Press Release

About the AFM

- sent in by Peachybc and Vivienne.

**Note: The AFM is not a film festival. It is more of a tradeshow for films. The AFM is open to the entire film community, including agents, attorneys, bankers, directors, distributors, festival directors, film commissioners, filmmakers, producers, writers, and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.

From the AFM website --
The AFM is a marketplace where producers and sales companies license films to distributors. The AFM is not a festival, and there are no competitions or prizes.

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Wednesday, October 01, 2008

SAG closes in on strike vote

Hollywood Reporter, 10.1.08
By Andrew Salomon

"Membership approval will be sought Wednesday"

NEW YORK -- SAG is set to move a step closer to striking.

The guild's negotiating committee is expected to approve a measure Wednesday asking for the rank and file's approval for a work stoppage, and the measure probably will pass, according to SAG sources with knowledge of the meeting.

A spokeswoman for the guild confirmed that negotiating committee would meet but said she did not know the meeting's agenda.

MembershipFirst -- the dominant political party in Hollywood that favors a hard-line stance toward producers -- recently lost its majority status on the guild's national board to a consortium of factions in Hollywood, New York and the regional branches that favor a more moderate approach. However, MembershipFirst still controls nine of the 13 votes on the negotiating committee, making the measure's passage likely, if not certain. During the summer, the guild's national executive committee gave the negotiating committee the authority to seek strike authorization.
Full article

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