Saturday, November 29, 2008

Prime crime now and Zen

The Age, 11.27.08
by Andrew Murfett

Life is, hands down, the best new American crime series of the past two years.

LAST week in the US, the mother ship of all current television crime procedurals, Law & Order, began its 19th season. Any way you look at it, that sort of longevity is an extraordinary achievement.

Its comfortingly rigid plot structure and ripped-from-the-headlines stories, combined with routinely solid acting and writing, make it the crime series equivalent of comfort food.

Yet aside from L&O's mother ship (and Jerry Bruckheimer's glossy, less lovable franchises), America's best TV crime solvers are a quirky, freakishly brilliant bunch.

They are supremely intelligent, regularly misunderstood outcasts of their workplaces. Customarily, they either have an axe to grind or are grieving for the loss of a dead partner or child.

In the past decade, the best example of this is Criminal Intent's veteran, Vincent D'Onofrio's Bobby Goren. His eccentricities were once played for comedic effect by producers. But seven seasons in, he has lost perspective (and almost his mind) grieving for his mother and brother, becoming an unhinged loose cannon. Of course, he still dependably solves his cases.

Thanks Linda!


Can TV take strike two?

United Screen Actors, 11.28.08
By Nellie Andreeva

Already engaged in deep soul searching following a dismal fall TV season and flatlining ad market, broadcast networks are facing another blow: a potential SAG strike early next year.
SAG’s decision during the weekend to seek a strike authorization from its membership following the breakdown of its negotiations with AMPTP has shifted the once-remote possibility of a SAG walkout much closer to reality.

While its effect would not be as far reaching as this year’s strike by the WGA — a SAG walkout would only affect scripted primetime fare — it would derail the broadcast season for a second straight year, this time in the midst of a severe economic crisis.

“Everyone is praying that it won’t happen, but the reality starts to sink in that there may be a strike,” one TV studio exec said.

.....“Law & Order” creator Dick Wolf, in New York to receive the Founders Award at the International Emmys, said it’s “unbelievable” that SAG could be moving toward a strike. “It’s so out of touch with reality,” he said. “Strikes very rarely accomplish what they set out to do, and it is a different situation than the ’40s and ’50s, when certain things had to be achieved.”

Unlike the WGA strike, which crippled every primetime scripted series as well as daytime dramas and late-night talk shows, a SAG strike would only impact primetime series. Soaps and variety shows are under AFTRA’s jurisdiction. Full article

Thanks Saghy!


Thursday, November 27, 2008

SAG updates

- Online Petition Urges SAG to Make a Deal
They've gotten over 12,000 signatures so far on their online petition

-Variety: An online No SAG Strike petition that launched over the weekend had attracted more than 5,700 signatures as of Monday evening 11/24.

Hollywood Reporter, 11.26.08
The seven-page message was the first of many expected from the actors union in the coming weeks, leading up to a strike-authorization vote slated for December.

"We need to show management that we are willing to fight to preserve our ability to earn a living as union performers; otherwise, management will take that away from us," SAG said. "Nearly half of our earnings as union performers come from residuals, but management wants us to allow them to make programs for the Internet and other new media nonunion (productions) and with no residuals."

LATimes, 11.26.08
SAG strike may not deal networks crippling blow
-excerpted-SAG still covers the big filmed shows such as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." But even there, the networks might not suffer as much as they did during the writers strike. Many shows began production earlier than usual this past summer, so they have finished shooting a large number of episodes. One network source said some series have already completed photography on 15 to 17 episodes and would probably be close to having finished a full season order by the time any strike started.

None of this means the TV business would escape injury if an actors strike really does come to pass. On the contrary, production schedules for many filmed shows would be thrown into chaos once again and the industry would suffer further ill-timed disruptions at a moment of heightened economic vulnerability.

Thanks Saghy for the links!

Deadline Hollywood, 11.27.08

SAG Issues Q-&-A Regarding Negotiations

Why should we vote to authorize a strike?
We need to show management that we are willing to fight to preserve our ability to earn a living as union performers; otherwise, management will take that away from us. Nearly half of our earnings as union performers come from residuals, but management wants us to allow them to make programs for the Internet and other new media non-union and with no residuals.



Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Videos from

sent in by TheVault - thank you.

#1 - SAG President Alan Rosenberg explaining to SAG members the strike authorization vote background

#2 - SAG is partnering with the other acting and performers guilds to promote the realistic portrayal of people with disabilities in the media and to help actors with disabilities win more parts. CI has been a pioneer in this area with the episode 'Silencer' casting so many performers with disabilities, but this idea of getting more parts for performers with disabilities is also an issue in the current SAG-AMPTP negotiations and one that the conglomerates are fighting SAG over...apparently the executives are reluctant to realize that people with disabilities have civil rights or that 56 million Americans have a disability of some kind

I AM PWD Video Press Release

Los Angeles I AM PWD Press Conference - (Linda Bove of Sesame Street, Geri Jewell of The Facts Of Life and Robert David Hall of C.S.I. spoke at this)

NYC I AM PWD Press Conference - (Daryl Chill Mitchell who did a CI guest star spoke at this)

Washington DC I AM PWD Press Conference -(S Robert Morgan from The Wire spoke at this)



sent in by Enaka, thank you! --

To Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe, Jeff Goldblum, Chris Noth, Julianne Nicholson, Eric Bogosian, LOCI crew and families; Also to TheReelBlog and the Bloggers,

“I wish this day be filled with Family, Friends and Memories that last for years to come!”

Happy Thanksgiving!


Our best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday! - thereel


Kate Erbe's new film, "Three Backyards"

  Award-winning writer/director Eric Mendelsohn has just completed a new film titled “Three Backyards”.   Originally titled “Four Backyards”, the film was produced by Mendelsohn’s partner, Rocco Caruso and “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” producer Fred Berner.   Edie Falco and Eric Mendelsohn are pictured at left. Fred Berner pictured below.

   "Four Backyards" is about real people and real circumstances, Mendelsohn said, and described the story as one where "odd occurrences, seemingly trivial," change characters' perspective about who they are. The setting is an anonymous harbor village and the action takes place in the course of one day.

"I tend to write Long Island stories," Mendelsohn, an Old Bethpage NY native, said. "Four Backyards" would portray life in the suburbs in a way not seen in most mainstream movies".

Now titled “Three Backyards” - it is the story of four inhabitants of the same suburban town over the course of one curious autumn day. The film stars Mendelsohn’s good friend, “The Soprano’s” Edie Falco, Elias Koteas and Embeth Davidtz, and Kathryn Erbe.

     The low-budget independent film was produced by Mendelsohn’s film production company, Caruso Mendelsohn Films. Mendelsohn teaches Directing at Columbia University School of the Arts Graduate Film Division.

   “Three Backyards” was filmed in Northport and Sag Harbor (Long Island, NY) and Queens NY, August through October 2008. Currently in post production, release expected in 2009.


  Kate Erbe appears as “John’s Wife” opposite Elias Koteas and mother to Emily, played by Peyton Roi (pictured below)

Kate’s role -- [JOHN’S WIFE] Late 40’s. She is attractive, slim, long-suffering, and down-to-earth. Though usually able to bear great strain with aplomb, she is at a breaking point in her marriage; she is no longer willing to kowtow to her husband’s brooding silence and has decided to push back to bring things to a head. SUPPORTING


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Petition against the SAG strike

Actress/Director/Producer/Writer Cindy Baer has authored a petition to AMPTP & SAG:

If you work in the film/tv industry, here is an online petition to seek alternative solutions WITHOUT striking. Please sign at
We can't afford another costly strike...

Thanks to Saghy for the link!


Monday, November 24, 2008

SAG president hopes to avoid strike

Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg spoke with KTLA's Sam Rubin this AM--

Video of the interview at Deadline Hollywood

Thanks Peachybc!


Meanwhile, Down at Dealey Plaza ...

Dallas Observer 11.24.08

Photographer Craig Hlavaty spent the 45th anniversary of John Kennedy's assassination down at Dealey Plaza -- so you didn't have to. His slide show from the freak show (kidding, so totally kidding!) is over here. But here's a different view of a familiar landmark: Over on Flickr, Lynne Rostochil today posted some photos from the set of Oliver Stone's 1991 film JFK, in which she played Marilyn Sitzman, who worked with Abraham Zapruder and was by his side while he shot the shooting of the president. And, yes, that's a thin and then-relatively unknown Vincent D'Onofrio, about whom Rostochil writes, he was "gracious and nice and happy to chat with everyone." --Robert Wilonsky

Thanks Judy and Laura!



Special Emmy to Honor 'Law & Order' Creator Dick Wolf

Associated Press, 11.24.08

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 -- Producer Dick Wolf will receive a special honor at the 36th International Emmy Awards for extending the long arm of his "Law & Order" franchise into almost every corner of the globe.

Sam Waterston, who has appeared as prosecutor Jack McCoy in more than 325 "Law & Order" episodes since 1994, is on tap to present the International Emmy Founders Award to Wolf at Monday night's awards gala. Full Story

Thanks Judy!


Whence 'Law &Order: CI'

by Roger Caitlin, 11.23.08

Katie asks - Is there any information from USA, on a possible airing time date for L&O Criminal Intent season 8? I have read on a site it is scheduled for Spring 2009, thanks

Though it was originally planning to air new episodes this fall, the series was moved up in order to air all 16 episodes uninterrupted. They will probably begin airing it in April, a publicist says.

Thanks Peachybc!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

AMPTP: SAG out of touch

From Deadline Hollywood, 11.23.08
By Nikki Finke

The AMPTP today sent the following message to its employers:

"We are disappointed to report that the federal mediation efforts between SAG and AMPTP failed in the early morning hours of Saturday, November 22nd, when mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez ended the process.

"The mediation failed for one fundamental reason: SAG continued unrealistically to insist on a substantially better deal than all of the other major Hollywood Guilds and Unions have negotiated so far in 2008. In the end, it was clear that SAG was not serious about using the mediation process to make a deal. Instead, SAG appears to have manipulated the mediation process in an attempt to achieve precisely the result it has wanted all along: A strike by SAG members.
Full article

The following sent in by TheVault- thank you!

From the WGA --

Conglomerates Not Making New Media Payments to Writers

Studios and networks not complying with new media provisions of contract they agreed to nine months ago. WGAW files for arbitration against AMPTP companies.

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) today announced that the media conglomerates of the Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers – the AMPTP – have failed to comply with the contract negotiated to end the Guild’s 100-day strike and are not paying residuals for writers’ work that is reused on new media. The payment of residuals for new media reuse was a core issue of the WGA strike. The Guild is embarking on an aggressive contract enforcement program – including legal action – to ensure that the AMPTP companies make good on their obligations.

The WGAW filed for arbitration today against the AMPTP over residuals – payments made for the reuse of writers’ works – for programs sold as electronic downloads, referred to as Electronic Sell-Through (EST). EST involves the sale of video content via the Internet and allows the purchaser to keep a copy of a program permanently on a computer hard drive or other device.

“Our agreement with the companies on material released to EST covers feature films produced after July 1, 1971, and television programs produced after 1977,” said John F. Bowman, WGAW Board member and chair of the 2007 WGA Negotiating Committee. “The companies have reneged on this agreement and are taking the position that only programs produced after February 13, 2008 are covered by the new provision. This may be their deal with the DGA, but that was never our agreement. Every proposal we made during negotiations made clear our position that library product was covered, and the AMPTP never objected to that position. The Guild will not allow this to stand.” Read more at


Saturday, November 22, 2008

Actors pull the trigger on a strike vote

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today) 11/22/08 — The Screen Actors Guild is calling for a strike authorization that would halt Hollywood — saying even Federal mediators could not help.
SAG said early this morning that all has failed in negotiations with producers (AMPTP) and they are finally sending out the strike letter. It seems like an odd time to call for a strike when their contract was up back in June and economic times are difficult, to say the least. Added to that, fall TV shows and 2009 films have been completed, assumedly giving a strike less clout.
The Writers Guild of America had strike authorization from its members long before negotiations even began in what turned out to be Hollywood’s deadliest strike, as budgets and stakes have skyrocketed in the years. SAG waiting this long has puzzled many. Producers and moguls have said they settled with WGA and the Directors Guild - and that should be enough for SAG - yet actors have a different set of residual and general payment issues un-addressed by other Guild’s negotiations. Full article

The following was sent in by VDOVault - thank you!

-- From (it's in the Contract 2008 section)

November 22, 2008

Dear Screen Actors Guild Member
The National TV/Theatrical Negotiating team was optimistic that federal mediation would help to move our negotiations forward, but despite the Guild’s extraordinary efforts to reach agreement, the mediation was adjourned shortly before 1:00 a.m. today.

Management continues to insist on terms we cannot responsibly accept on behalf of our members. As previously authorized by the National Board of Directors, we will now launch a full-scale education campaign in support of a strike authorization referendum. We will further inform SAG members about the core, critical issues unique to actors that remain in dispute.

We have already made difficult decisions and sacrifices in an attempt to reach agreement.

Now it’s time for SAG members to stand united and empower the national negotiating committee to bargain with the strength of a possible work stoppage behind them.
We remain committed to avoiding a strike but now more than ever we cannot allow our employers to experiment with our careers. The WGA has already learned that the new media terms they agreed to with the AMPTP are not being honored. We cannot allow our employers to undermine the futures of SAG members and their families.

No timeline has been set for the mailing or return of the strike authorization ballots.

Further updates and information will be provided very soon.


The following sent in by Peachybc - thanks!

From Nikki Finke's Deadline Hollywood

UPDATE: AMPTP Trash Talks SAG Strike"2ND UPDATE: New SAG-AMPTP post coming with all new information...

Just now, the Big Media cartel's negotiating clique, the AMPTP, issued this statement about SAG's decision to seek a strike authorization vote from its members now that all talks have broken down and federal mediation has been adjourned. (It's interesting that the AMPTP has yet to comment on the WGA's announcement this week that the infotainment conglomerates have failed to comply with the contract negotiated to end the 100-day writers strike by not paying residuals for writers’ work that is reused on New Media and forcing the WGA to file for arbitration.):

"Let's review the facts: SAG is the only major Hollywood guild that has failed to negotiate a labor deal in 2008. Now, SAG is bizarrely asking its members to bail out the failed negotiating strategy with a strike vote - at a time of historic economic crisis. The tone deafness of SAG is stunning."..."


Charity Auctions for Actors Fund

sent in by VDOVault -

-Signed L&O:CI Script Diamond Dogs

-Signed L&O: CI Script Betrayed

-Homicide Life On The Street Directors Chair Back for Kyle Secor

-All auctions can always be found by going here

Proceeds of all charity auctions go to The Actors Fund's Entertainment Assistance Program.

There will be more L&O CI stuff and VDO stuff to come :)

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SAG seeks Strike Authorization

DeadlineHollywood, 11.22.08
by Nikki Finke

SAG-AMPTP Talks Break Down After Only 2 Days; Mediation Process Adjourned; SAG Will Now Seek Strike Authorization

The federal mediator had arranged the first formal face-to-face in months between the two parties. But, given the acrimonious history of their stalled negotiations, it's not surprising that there was no progress. The question, just as it was before the economic climate collapsed, is what happens next? SAG seemed to answer that by issuing this statement about the breakdown of talks:

"We remain committed to avoiding a strike but now more than ever we cannot allow our employers to experiment with our careers. The WGA has already learned that the new media terms they agreed to with the AMPTP are not being honored. We cannot allow our employers to undermine the futures of our members and their families. Full story

The following was sent in by VDOVault and Saghy -thank you!

Hollywood actors guild to seek strike
Marathon talks fail to end dispute between 120,000-member SAG, studios

Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - The Screen Actors Guild says contract talks with Hollywood studios has failed despite the help of a federal mediator and it will now ask its members to authorize a strike.

The guild said it adjourned talks with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers shortly before 1 a.m. Saturday after two marathon sessions with the federal mediator.

In a statement, SAG said that it will launch a "full-scale education campaign in support of a strike authorization." The guild represents 120,000 actors.

A spokesman for the movie producers group could not be immediately reached for comment.

Source: MSNBC


Thursday, November 20, 2008

CI return in Spring?

From :
"Law & Order: Criminal Intent
Eighth season premieres on USA in spring 2009"

There is no other info or confirmation out at this time.

sent in by Peachybc, - thanks


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Watch CI episodes at SideReel

sent in by Saghy - thank you!

Read and comment on user reviews of Law and Order: Criminal Intent episodes.

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Monday, November 17, 2008

No Expectations For SAG-AMPTP Meeting

Deadline Hollywood, 11.17.08
By Nikki Finke

Yes, SAG and the AMPTP are scheduled to meet on Thursday thanks to federal mediator Juan Carlos Gonzalez's shuttle diplomacy. No one knows if it's with the AMPTP full committee, but I know that SAG is making arrangements for its entire negotiating committee to be available. Expectations are less than zero that the AMPTP will even consider budging from its New Media positions under the guise that the guild is lucky a last best offer was made before the economic climate worsened. Read full article and comments


Actor films with CI today

Blog post by TJC on filming of episode "Alpha Dog".

Thanks sepiatone43!

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Note: USA has not released scheduling of Season 8 episodes at time of this post. No new episodes are on the USA schedule for November and December at time of this post.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

New CI episode "Salome in Manhattan"

Season 8, Episode 7 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent is titled "Salome in Manhattan". This Nichols/Wheeler episode shoots November 26-December 9.

Currently filming is Goren/Eames episode titled "Alpha Dog" which completes on November 25.

Thanks Sam!

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Break Up tonight on USA

THE BREAK UP airs tonight at 9pm on USA network. The Break Up stars Vince Vaughn, Jennifer Aniston, Joey Lauren Adams, Vincent D'Onofrio.


Thursday, November 13, 2008

Vincent D'Onofrio makes yearly contribution to Veterans, 11/12/08

Veterans group reaches out to over 1,000 per month

In the month of October — working only one morning a week — a group of dedicated volunteers provided 999 bags of groceries and 951 meals to local veterans and community members, including 82 children.

“We serve all who are hungry with the meals — veterans have priority,” said Lee County Veterans Outreach Inc. Director Sara Cacciolfi. Many of the veterans do not have homes. “I don’t say homeless, they are those who make their home in the woods.”

Phyllis Meyer is a volunteer who helps cook the meals.

“People are so sweet, and they say thank you so much,” she said. “You go home feeling good.”

Of Meyer, Cacciolfi said, “She can feed a hundred people on one green bean. She, and other volunteers, help keep the many meals coming.

“We survive on donations, from veterans organizations, the Red Hats, churches and private sector donations,” said Cacciolfi. “And we get a big yearly donation from Vincent D’Onofrio.”

D’Onofrio is the star of the mega-hit TV series, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” He’s also the son of volunteer cook Meyer. “He does it every year,” said Meyer of the donation, “And he just had a baby,” she reports.

Full article

Thanks Susan, Judy, Saghy, and Peachy!


TV Squad's 10 Undercover Hotties

Undercover hotties: ten guys on TV I secretly love
by Kona Gallagher, 11.13.08

10. Vincent D'Onofrio: Bobby Goren on Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Ever since I started writing about television, there are a couple of things that I find myself repeating: One, that Veronica Mars is one of the best TV shows ever made, and two, that Vincent D'Onofrio is hot. I get little disagreement on the former, but on the latter, the responses are varied. While there are a lot of people who take a look at D'Onofrio and see a guy who looks as though he just rolled out of a gutter and hasn't slept in years, I've learned that there are a great number of people out there like me, who are completely captivated by his charisma and intensity. I developed a crush on him before I ever saw Full Metal Jacket, and while watching D'Onofrio as Private Pyle was awkward, it didn't dissuade me even a little bit. Full story


Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Vincent & CI crew .....

was spotted filming in Central Park. Photo too! -- Posted by Zillustration Studio News.

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Casting Call posting

On Craigslist

** Law and Order: Criminal Intent
Nov 12, 2008 ... Law and Order: Criminal Intent is looking for Asian Females 25-35's Model Types to portray Opium Madam. All who submits must be very fit. **

Thanks Saghy!


CI filming on location [Identity Crisis]

Law and Order:Criminal Intent is filming around 64th and Madison in Manhattan today.

Source: On Location Vacations


Spoiler! for Gorenites

Ask Ausiello, 11.11.08

Question: Since it is official that USA is delaying the 8th season premiere of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, I was wondering if you would be kind enough to tide us fans over with some scoop. -- Kristi
Ausiello: This one's for all the Gorenites out there: In the premiere, we're offered a tantalizing peek into his personal life via a family dinner scene and a sweet invitation to more of the same from a little girl named Molly.

Thanks et_fan!


Monday, November 10, 2008

Vincent at Ethan Hawke Tribute

Vincent, Ethan Hawke, The New Group's Scott Elliott
Thanks dbear!


More at GettyImages - thanks Judy!

Vincent at the Tribute to Ethan Hawke sponsored by The New Group, held last night at Chelsea Piers. Hawke was honored for his outstanding commitment to theater.

Thanks Judy for the photos!

NewYorkObserver, 11.11.08
by Irena Aleksander

At Fête for Ethan Hawke, Actors Justin Long and Billy Crudup Recall What It's Like to Be Laid Off

When Ethan Hawke, who was being honored with a Michael Mendelson Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Theater, arrived with his mother Leslie, he was immediately surrounded and congratulated by fellow actors like Andrew Polk and Lili Taylor. “I don’t know why they’re honoring me!” Mr. Hawke said, in a jaded sort of way.

Mr. Hawke was interrupted by actor Vincent D’Onofrio coming over to say hello.

“Hey Vincent!” said Mr. Hawke, giving Mr. D'Onofrio a thorough handshake. “I’m being asked if there is any job I would have done if my career would be better. What do you think?”

Without pausing, Mr. D‘Onofrio replied, “The Matrix.”


Recording Session

Bisbee, Vincent, Leila

Composer Sam Bisbee and Actor/Director Vincent D'Onofrio were in for a week's lockout session, recording music cues for an upcoming independent film tentatively titled "Don't Go In The Woods". Vincent also brought his lovely daughter, Layla, who made her singing debut. [posted summer 2008]

Source: Jon Gordon Music

Thank you to Jenna Blake and Laura Cousin!

Don't Go Into the Woods was directed during the hiatus of "Law and Order: Criminal Intent", we are told.

- a few details we could find regarding this film - SS

-The Dirty Dirty - With a full length only a few months away, engineered by friend and musician Matt Haick, and the release of the feature film "Don't Go Into the Woods" starring the members of The Dirty Dirty and directed by Actor Vincent Donofrio, The Dirty Dirty will only continue to grow.

-Actress Cassandra Lee Walker
8/21/2008 Don't Go In The Woods
I just got back from filming my first feature film directed by Vincent D'Onofrio titled, "Don't Go Into The Woods". It was an amazing experience and will always be very special to me because it is considered my acting debut. I have worked on television and film as a background actor, however this was my first principle role on camera!! Yay! -- thanks Jenna Blake!

-Stunt actor and LOCI alumnus Tim Lacjik plays the "The Monster" in Don't Go Into the Woods. -- thanks dbear!


Sunday, November 09, 2008

WIN L & O: Criminal Intent BOXSET!

This month, Hallmark Channel is giving away DVDs featuring the first shows from crime series Law & Order, SVU and Criminal Intent. Answer the question and send in your details to enter the prize draw. Closes November 30.

It’s the Big Bad Apple – the city where crime never sleeps! But every weekday evening the Hallmark Channel has the best cops on the case with five hours of classic episodes from three series out of the legendary ‘Law & Order’ franchise: LAW & ORDER, CRIMINAL INTENT and SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. It’s award-winning TV crime drama at its best. So join the cops and legal eagles as they crack crime on the mean streets of New York City!

All you need to do is answer this simple question below:
What series is based in New York?

The West Wing
Sex and the City

Enter to win!

Thanks Saghy!


Saturday, November 08, 2008

Vote LOCI to win the Golden Camera Award in Germany

Update from Lozzie (Team 13): "Jazzy just phoned me and she tells me that it is very difficult to cast a vote for the Golden Camera award if you live outside of Europe!!!"

Note: We were unable to vote using Internet Explorer but were able to cast a vote using Mozilla Firefox. - LJ

Vote for Law & Order: Criminal Intent for Germany's Golden Camera award. This is Germany's version of the Emmy Awards.

Nominated for the Category Best US TV-Show:
Criminal Intent
Desperate Houswifes
Dr. House
Grey's Anatomy
Men in trees

The award ceremony will take place in Berlin, Germany on Thursday, February 4th, 2009.

Please vote! Deadline is November 30, 2008.

You can find full details at Team 13 Projects.


Friday, November 07, 2008

Auction: VIP set visit with Kate Erbe

2008 Goal Ball

Date: 11/07/2008
Time: 07:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The evening will begin with a champagne cocktail reception with passed hors d'oeuvres followed by a 3-course meal with premium selected wine. Guests will enjoy an open bar from 7:30 until late, live music, a live auction and a full casino.

Some of the prizes in our auction include a round of golf for 4 at Donald Trump's: Briarcliff Manor. A VIP table for 4 to see Mario Cantone at Carolines Comedy Club in NYC. A VIP on set visit to the set of Law & Order: Criminal Intent with Katie Erbe. Other prizes include an African Safari, 1st Class trip to Ireland, all-expenses paid trips to Paris and Turks & Caicos and more..

Location: GOAL USA
Address: 41 Union Square
New York, NY 10003
Get driving directions »
Contact name: Jennifer Houghton
Phone: 212.831.742

Listing on Charity Happenings

Thanks Saghy!


Wednesday, November 05, 2008

New LOCI episode "Alpha Dog"

Season 8, Episode 6 of Law & Order: Criminal Intent is titled "Alpha Dog". This Goren/Eames episode shoots November 14-25.

Currently filming is Goren/Eames episode titled "Identity Crisis" which completes on November 13.


Thanks Sam!


Cadillac Records Trailer

Trailer on Youtube was sent in by Carly, Lozzie, Enaka, and Susan. Thank you!

Vincent D'Onofrio appears in this trailer but he is not in the cast listing. Law & Order: Criminal Intent's Eric Bogosian appears as DJ Alan Freed.



::: In this tale of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950's Chicago, "Cadillac Records" follows the the rise and fall of Chess Records and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf and Elvis Presley. Chess, who co-founded the label with his brother Phil, was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Darnell Martin also scripted the film, based on an original idea. Her previous credits include "Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "I Like It Like That."

Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters, Emmanuelle Chriqui as Revetta Chess, Mos Def as Chuck Berry, Beyonce Knowles as Etta James, Gabrielle Union as Geneva Wade, Columbus Short as Little Walter, Cedric the Entertainer as Willie Dixon, Eamonn Walker as Howlin' Wolf, Eric Bogosian as Alan Freed, Marc Bonan as Keith Richards. :::

Sony Pictures' Cadillac Records will be released December 5, 2008.
Source: Sony Pictures .

Darnell Martin
Cadillac Records was written and directed by Darnell Martin. She has directed nine episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent.


Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Wolf snarls at lame lineup

...but no mention of CI's changes --, 11.4.08

Law & Order creator Dick Wolf didn't hide behind legal lingo when asked about the current TV season.

"You want one word? Disastrous," Wolf said.

"Scheduling choices are something I have absolutely nothing to do with and no say in," the 61-year-old Wolf said about being brought in off the bench early. "I'm glad to be back is the bottom line. I wish we had some more promo time. The episodes are just fine, but I wish more people knew we were coming, because it's a daunting promotional climate now. article

Thanks Saghy!


Monday, November 03, 2008

Kate Erbe for DogCatemy Celebrity Gala

Law and Order’s Richard Belzer will host the annual North Shore Animal League America DogCatemy Celebrity Gala, featuring short shaggy films from celebrities such as Sarah Silverman.

The red carpet event will screen celebrity made short films starring their pets, and be accompanied by an online auction offering lots from Howard Stern, Eddie Falco and Kathryn Erbe.

Thanks Saghy!


Vincent D'Onofrio chairs Ethan Hawke event

By: Dan Bacalzo · Nov 3, 2008 · New York

Ethan Hawke will receive the third annual Michael Mendelson Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Theater at the New Group's gala benefit, to be held at Chelsea Piers on Monday, November 10, beginning at 6:30 pm.

Grammy Award-winning artist Norah Jones will perform at the event, which will also include a live auction. Guests slated to attend include Billy Crudup, Vincent D'Onofrio, John Leguizamo, Sam Rockwell, and Lili Taylor.

For tickets, call Cristina Galeano at The New Group: 212-244-3380 x314 or email

Vincent D'Onofrio serves as vice-chairman at the event. Tickets are $500.00


Goldblum TV talk show appearances

Jeff Goldblum is scheduled to appear November 10th.

Goldblum is scheduled to appear Wednesday November 12th

11/8 update - Goldblum's appearance is no longer showing on the Conan O'Brien site. -- Thanks Peachybc!

Source: Interbridge

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Sunday, November 02, 2008

Goldblum's character

PostGazette, 11.2.08
By Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuned In: Jeff Goldblum takes on the law

USA Network's "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" returns this week, but the show, which alternates its lead detectives every other week, won't see a big change for its eighth season until Nov. 14 when Pittsburgh native Jeff Goldblum debuts as Zach Nichols, who partners with Megan Wheeler (Julianne Nicholson) on New York's Major Case Squad.

In the Nov. 14 episode, viewers meet Nichols as he and Wheeler investigate the murder of a wealthy Belgian diplomat. But in the midst of the case Nichols retreats to a movie theater to gather perspective, something that will become a signature move.

Goldblum said these seeming detours give Nichols as chance to "focus consciously on one thing and allow my subconscious to bubble up with something else. It gets me to a place of receptivity where I can stop thinking in one way and something else takes place where my mind just works on its own."

Nichols' background will slowly be revealed as viewers discover he was a cop who was once partnered with Capt. Danny Ross (Eric Bogosian), but Nichols quit the force after 9-11. Nathan said viewers will learn Nichols is the son of two psychiatrists and they'll meet Nichols' daughter and ex-wife. Another episode will explore the strained relationship between Nichols and his father. Full article

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