Thursday, May 16, 2013

Movie permits for 'The Judge' OK’d in Shelburne Falls


SHELBURNE FALLS — On May 31, between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., film cameras for the upcoming Warner Bros.’ film “The Judge” will be shooting aerial views of a funeral procession down the village’s main streets. The cameras will be filming from a helicopter circling through the village and from the rooftop of McCusker’s Market Building.

Several Shelburne Falls storefronts, from the Neighbors convenience store to the old Mole Hollow Candle Co. building, will have movie “scenes,” now that both the Buckland and Shelburne Boards of Selectmen have approved permits for the filming, for local scenes to be shot from May 31 through June 17.

“As head of the Massachusetts Film Office, I want to thank you so much for how you’ve welcomed these folks,” MFO Director Lisa Strout told Buckland selectmen after they approved tentative filming dates and times. “We’re really excited about this one,” she continued. “Our intention, as the state, is to be available to you all and to the (film) company, and to make this a good experience.”

“I can see this, as a lure for tourism over time,” said Strout. “I think this is a movie that people are going to love for decades to come.”

Shelburne selectmen had approved filming on Bridge Street and around its sections of Shelburne Falls and Shelburne Center on Tuesday afternoon. Buckland selectmen gave their approval Tuesday night.

Filmmakers are preparing to use the upstairs rooms of the Buckland Town Hall this Saturday for a casting call of movie extras, with auditions from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. They will also be using these Town Hall rooms between May 28 through May 30 for script read-throughs and some rehearsals, in closed-door sessions.
The film stars Robert Downey Jr. and is to feature an all-star cast that includes Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Billy Bob Thornton. The plot is about a successful lawyer (Downey) who comes to his hometown for his mother’s funeral, and learns that his estranged father (Duvall), a prominent judge in town, is a murder suspect.

Warner Bros. Production Supervisor Peter Novak said there will be 12 to 13 days of shooting, with five or six of those dates to be on the Buckland side of the village. One of those film dates will take place at night, behind the Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom. Novak said any possible noise will be “no louder than the trains” that run through the village.

He said he is working with both towns’ police departments, and will be halting traffic on an intermittent basis. “We’re going to be (notifying) people, dropping fliers, going door-to-door,” Novak said. “We’ll be talking to the residents and businesses.” Novak said lighted signs will be placed strategically, to inform people of filming-in-progress, so that they can take detours or be aware of traffic delays.

Several scenes take place in the rain, so the presence of actual rain is less likely than usual to delay filming, Novak said.

Several signs around town, including parking signs, will be taken down temporarily, when filming takes place.
Among the local places named in the Shelburne permit, where scenes are to be shot, are the storefronts of Good Spirits liquor store and Rethreads clothing consignment store, Baker’s Pharmacy, Mole Hollow, Arms Cemetery, Singley’s Furniture, Wandering Moon, the Shelburne police station, and Zerah Fiske Road in Shelburne Center. In Buckland, the sites discussed included Clement Street, State Street, Salmon Falls Artisans Showroom, and part of the Lamson & Goodnow property.

Selectmen’s Chairman Robert Dean told the Warner Bros. representatives Tuesday night that the village merchants appreciate the production crew’s “Buy Local” initiative, during their stay in the village, which helps the local merchants.

Greater Shelburne Falls Area Business Association Executive Director Mary Vilbon pointed out that the filmmakers have also asked to be part of the business association’s composting program, in an effort to be a “green company.”

When asked about how local businesses feel about the upcoming movie, Vilbon replied: “I can tell you at least 98 percent of the businesses are thrilled, on the Shelburne side.”

However, Catamount Auction owner Michael Budrewicz has come to both boards of selectmen with concerns that filming will block access to his offices on Bridge Street and on State Street. In a letter presented to both boards, Budrewicz said he works irregular hours and needs “unobstructed” access to his office and storage area, to load up his box truck with antiques and other auction items. His letter asks the production crew for “at least two week’s notice of any part of the filming schedule will interfere with traffic, parking or building access.” He said he has several large events coming up, and the dates are not flexible. He said, if he has to relocate his stored merchandise to another site, “then I need to know how I will be compensated for this.”

He also indicated he wanted to be compensated for any loss of income as a result of inaccessibility to his merchandise. Buckland selectmen urged Budrewicz to talk directly with Novak, to resolve his issues. Budrewicz had formerly worked for the movie industry as a landscaper, according to minutes from a recent Shelburne selectmen’s meeting.

See LA Sneak Preview of 'Ass Backwards' co-starring Vincent D'Onofrio


Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has affordable, comedy shows seven nights a week in NYC and LA. Watch the best improv, sketch and standup in the country. Our original comedy video productions have garnered the national spotlight. We also run the first nationally accredited improv and sketch comedy school in the country. For information on our courses, visit the Training Center.


Come and see a special sneak peek of the 2013 Sundance film ASS BACKWARDS before the final cut is locked.  Ass Backwards is an R-rated comedy co-written and co-starring June Diane Raphael and Casey Wilson. Directed by Chris Nelson.

Alicia Silverstone
Vincent D'Onofrio
Paul Scheer
Jon Cryer
Brian Geraghty
Sandy Martin
Paul Rust
Bob Odenkirk

Kate and Chloe are loveable losers with a not so firm grip on reality.


Upcoming Performances

Tue May 21, 2013

3:00pm PDT
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Los Angeles, CA 90028
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This performance does not accept reservations.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013



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Dear FLEOA Members and Friends of Law Enforcement,
FLEOA is proud to announce the online Heroes Benefit Auction is now live and will run through June 10, 2013!
FLEOA has received generous donations of goods and services to be auctioned off such as:
– A President Clinton personalized signed copy of “My Life,”
– A Mossberg shotgun autographed by Law and Order and Full Metal Jacket star Vincent D’Onofrio,
- A set visit to the USA show “The Royal Pains,”
- Autographed footballs and baseballs from sports stars
- and much more.
The proceeds from this auction will go to supporting the Foundation’s vital role in providing financial assistance to the families of the fallen and our other members in need.
The auction link can be found on the FLEOA Foundation’s website (www.fleoafoundation.org) or the below link.
All items, many with images, and descriptions are available for viewing at any time. To place a bid, you must register and/or login (if already registered). Registration takes less than one minute. Once a bid is placed, you will receive email confirmation. You do not have to be a FLEOA Member to place a bid.
Please check back often to ensure you have the highest bid and place another bid if you are not.
At the auction close, all highest bids will be accepted and winners will be notified via email. The email will contain a link where payment can be made. All payments must be received within five days of notification or the winning bid is forfeited and the next highest bid will be accepted.
Please take the time to view the items available and spread the word by forwarding the notification to your friends. The proceeds will provide invaluable assistance to our brothers and sisters in their time of need.

Bid Description
The winner must be legally eligible to possess the auctioned item in the winner's state. Winner must provide name and address of an FFL to receive this item in their residential state. In the event the winning bidder is prohibited from receiving this item, the item will be awarded to the next highest bidder.
12 Gauge, 6 shot capacity
18.5" Barrel
Adjustable tactical stock/side saddle.
Each and every transaction involved in this auction is subject to all federal, state, and local rules governing such transaction.


Bid Description
The winner must be legally eligible to possess the auctioned item in the winners state. Winner must provide name and address of a FFL to receive this item in their residential state. In the event the winning bidder is prohibited from receiving this item, the item will be awarded to the next highest bidder.
Introduced in 2001, the Guardian 380 ACP is popular with law enforcement and for concealed carry. It offers great stopping power in a small package that fits easily in your pocket, purse, or one of our many holsters. The Guardian 380's design is based on our best selling Guardian 32 ACP, which was introduced in 1997. Over the years, we have made many subtle improvements to the design, based in part on the many suggestions we receive from our customers. The result is an extremely high quality gun that's Convenient, Reliable, and very Effective. We stand behind it and back it up with our lifetime warranty.
The Guardian 380's design is based on our best selling Guardian 32 ACP, which was introduced in 1997. Over the years, we have made many subtle improvements to the design, based in part on the many suggestions we receive from our customers. The result is an extremely high quality gun that's Convenient, Reliable, and very Effective. We stand behind it and back it up with our lifetime warranty.
The Guardian has been signed by Law and Order and Full Metal Jacket star Vincent D'Onofrio and comes with many accessories.
Each and every transaction involved in this auction is subject to all federal, state, and local rules governing such transaction.

Casting for 'The Judge' this Saturday!

Production on the Warner Bros. Pictures feature film The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr. is gearing up to begin filming in Boston, MA and surrounding areas. The film will feature an amazing all-star cast with Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton among many on board. The story centers on a very successful attorney Hank Palmer, who travels home to Ohio for his mother's funeral and discovers that his father is suffering from Alzheimers. The complicate matters, he discovers blood on the front grill of his father's car and soon learns that an ex-con who was tried by his father was found dead on the side of a road. He becomes his father's attorney when he comes face to face with what his family and friends actually think of him and begins the most excrutiating and humilating experience of his life - the best thing that will ever happen to him.

The local casting directors are holding two open casting calls in Massachusetts for people to work on the film as full paid background extras and also for people who have cars and trucks to use in the movie. They are seeking LOCAL adults, age 18 years and older, all types, all ethnicities. No children!

Time & Date: Saturday May 18th , 2013 10:00am til 4:00pm

Where: Buckland Town Hall 17 State Street Shelburne Falls, MA 01370

Please bring with you a recent clear color snapshot photo. If no photo is available, a digital image can be emailed to Boston Casting. The email will be made available at the casting call. Those who have vehicles are asked to bring a clear photo of the car or truck.

If you are unable to attend the open call you may register with Boston Casting online at:http://bit.ly/9Q2id6 However, please note that people who attend the open casting call will be given first consideration.

Vincent D'Onofrio planning special event this fall for DSA!

DSA President Matt Clay and DSA consultant, John Wainio meet with Hollywood film actor Vincent D'Onofrio (Full Metal Jacket, Law and Order) in Washington DC this week to discuss upcoming DSA sponsored special event scheduled for this fall....movin and shakin!

Photo: Vincent D'Onofrio poses with fan at last night's NLEOMF'S Candlelight Vigil

you looked alot better last night than you did in Men in Black, Vincent. S/O to vincent D'Onofrio for…

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Retro Vincent D'Onofrio circa 2000

Be an extra in 'The Judge' with Vincent D'Onofrio!

SHELBURNE FALLS — Wanna’ be an extra in “The Judge”?

Boston Casting Inc. will hold an open casting call for Shelburne Falls area residents for scenes that are to be shot for the movie this summer.

The casting call will be held next Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Buckland Town Hall, at 17 State St.

The audition is open to residents 18 years old and older, and the casting company is looking for all types of people, but asks that no children be brought to this audition.

“We will be filling in with people in the background,” explained Greg Bull, an extras casting director with Boston Casting. “We will want people in the background, walking on the streets or being in the shops — regular people doing what they’re doing.”

“We start filming June 3,” he said. “We’ll be filming Monday through Friday, about 12 to 14 days in Shelburne Falls.”

He said a casting call will also be held in Boston on May 18, and that the reason for holding both on the same date is so that the local casting call will be mostly for local people.

“It’s your town, and we’re guests, and want you guys to be involved,” he said. “It’s also a chance for us to meet the local people.”

Boston Casting asks those auditioning to bring photos of themselves to the audition. If you don’t have printed photos of yourself, an electronic image could be emailed to Boston Casting, said Bull.

Boston Casting is also looking for cars and pickup trucks for film scenes, with models from the 1980s up through 2000. Those who have a vehicle for consideration are asked to provide a clear photo of it.

Boston Casting is a 22-year-old company that has cast principal actors and extras for several movies, including “Labor Day,” which was partially filmed in Shelburne Falls last summer.

The latest Warner Bros. movie, “The Judge,” will star Robert Downey Jr. It is a drama about a successful lawyer (Downey) who comes home for his mother’s funeral and learns that his estranged father is a murder suspect. The all-star cast is to include Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Leighton Meester and Vincent d’Onofrio.

Friday, May 10, 2013

NYC screening of 'American Falls' announced for June 4th

'Merchants roll out red carpet for filmmakers'


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio on last filming of Criminal Intent

Diane just discovered these today and shared on Facebook.  I posted some months ago but didn't have these...

17 Jun 2011, New York City, New York State, USA --- EXCLUSIVE: Kathryn Erbe and Vincent D'Onofrio on location for Law and Order: Criminal Intent in NYC. Pictured: Vincent D'Onofrio --- Image by © Splash News/Corbis © Corbis. All Rights Reserved.


'American Falls' gets first screening in LA

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  • Join us Wednesday, May 29th for the Los Angeles screening of "Waiting for SuperMEN?!" and "American Falls" at the Los Angeles Film School sponsored by L.E.A.D Organization. Doors open at 7 pm with a Q&A to follow. NYC premiere to be announce in the coming weeks!

Los Angeles, California

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

PHOTO: Blanca with Kathryn Erbe at her newest play...


I stopped by this afternoon to wish Kathryn the best on her opening night of her play "Nikolai and the Others" at the Mitzi Newhouse Theater. She's such a sweetie!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Bobby Goren background...

Some of you may have heard Bobby Goren was like a modern day Sherlock Holmes but his character was actually based on this man...
Park Dietz, MD, PhD, MPH (born 1948), is a forensic psychiatrist who has consulted or testified in many of the highest profile US criminal cases including Jeffrey DahmerThe Unabomber, the Beltway sniper attacks, and Jared Lee Loughner. He came to national prominence in 1982 during his five days of testimony as the prosecution’s expert witness in the trial of John Hinckley, Jr., for his attempted assassination of President Reagan on March 30, 1981. Then an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Dietz testified that at the time of the shooting, Hinckley knew what he was doing, knew it was wrong, and had the capacity to control his behavior thus was not legally insane.
Dietz is also a criminologist, and in 1987 he created the specialty of workplace violence prevention in founding Threat Assessment Group, Inc. (TAG), which specializes in analyzing and managing threatening behavior and communications, stalking, risks arising from domestic violence, and other abnormal activity in corporations, colleges, and schools. As of 2013, more than 20,000 senior corporate managers have attended TAG training seminars.
A separate company, Park Dietz & Associates (PD&A), is a forensic consulting firm specializing in criminal behavior analysis, forensic psychiatry, forensic psychology and other forensic sciences, serving prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and attorneys representing defendants and plaintiffs in civil litigation.  PD&A’s national roster of experts includes physicians, psychologists, and retired FBI agents with wide expertise on the forensic aspects of fields as diverse as neurology, social work and pathology.  Both TAG and PD&A are headquartered in Southern California with PD&A having a second office in Washington, D.C.
The Los Angeles Times called Dietz, “America’s best-known forensic psychiatrist.”  On the TV crime drama Law and Order: Criminal Intent, the detective Robert Goren (played by Vincent D’Onofrio) is based on Dietz, who also served as a forensic consultant to that show and the original Law & Order series. A 2006 profile of Dietz in the British national newspaper The Independent quoted him as saying that both he and the Goren character possess, “idiot savant knowledge of obscure things that pop up in relation to crimes.”

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Mystery solved!

Those of you who remember the 'Fluff Campaign' from years back when we protested against USA Network's ditching of the main characters of CI might also remember we collected money for this beautiful statue of appreciation for Katie.  We sent it to her agent's office and never heard a word.  That was over 3 years ago and I just spoke to Katie's niece who contacted her and she confirms she got the statue and it is sitting on her fireplace mantle.  She loves it and thanks you all very much!

VIDEO: Interview with Vincent D'Onofrio at SAG Foundation

BWW TV Exclusive: Backstage with Richard Ridge - SAG Foundation Conversations Series with Vincent D'Onofrio! (TV Content)

Screen Actors Guild Foundation and Broadway World have partnered for an inaugural filmed Conversations Q&A series to recognize and celebrate the vibrant theatre community in New York City and the union actors who aspire to have a career on the stage and screen. The most recent event was a two hour career conversation with Vincent D'Onofrio moderated by Broadway World's own Richard Ridge, and you can check out highlights from the discussion below!

Sneak preview video clip with guest star Kathryn Erbe this Wednesday