Thursday, May 31, 2012

VIDEO: Vincent D'onofrio posing for Self-Defense Pics

Published on May 31, 2012 by ChrisCarrful At a recent public appearance Vincent D'onofrio graciously agreed to pose for some pictures to help promote a women's self-defense class. He's a great sport!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

'Chained' Update...

INDIEWIRE I found this tidbit regarding 'Chained' from an interview with Jennifer Lynch during her recent visit to the Cannes Film Festival.


Have you made cuts or changes to “Chained” based on the MPAA’s NC-17 decision?

Yeah, we just went into the flame room, and we’re removing a lot of stuff in a particular scene. And we’ll see what the MPAA says. The flame room is where you go in to paint out blood or change things, it’s a CG room. I’m hoping that this satisfies them. I’m sad to see the scene go from its original intention. I hope I get to do a director’s cut and have all the things in there that I want in there. What’s weird is, I think horror fans are going to be shocked that I got an NC-17 for this film. I hope that they’re not disappointed in me, because I never ever thought we’d get an NC-17. I thought for sure we’d get an R based on what else is getting R’s. People shouldn’t see that film at 9:15 in the morning, and that’s when [the MPAA members] were watching it. So already I felt like, Geez, this isn’t a breakfast movie! Even I know that! [laughs]

Monday, May 28, 2012

Remembering those who served...

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend.  I've had quite the week with a downed cell phone tower, a power outage in my neighborhood, yardwork, extreme temperatures amongst other things.  I will be catching up on all of your comments today.  I'd like to express my gratitude to all those who have served and sacrificed for our freedom and our country.  Two of my neighbors' sons, who lived right next door to each other and were friends and classmates, went to Vietnam...one came back and the other didn't.  I'm sure everyone has been affected in some way by our past involvement and current involvement in various wars and conflicts.  Any time I see a person in uniform, I walk up to them, shake their hand and say 'thank you'.  A small gesture means so much.  Thank you.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio poses with fans for charity fundraiser at Rib City Grill Utah


Suzy was the official photographer at the charity event held at Rib City Grill benefiting NLEOMF.  For a donation fans were able to get a photo with Vincent.  Don't know the identities of everyone but the gentleman in the scrubs is Suzy's husband who stopped in after work...the two little sweeties are Samantha and Hailey and the last photo is with one of the servers at Rib City Grill.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rick Baker...Makeup Wizard...

Rick Baker did the makeup for Vincent's role as 'Edgar' in 'Men In Black'

Legendary Creature Creator Rick Baker Talks Aliens and Men in Black 3
By Tim Newcomb | @tdnewcomb |

What excited you about Men in Black 3?

The whole time travel element in the movie. We go back to Men in Black headquarters in 1969. I was born in 1950 and watched science fiction and horror movies on TV and was always really fascinated by them. I always wanted to make aliens that looked like ’60s aliens. I wanted the ’69 aliens in the film to have fishbowl space helmets, bug eyes and fish brains. It was really exciting to make both contemporary and retro aliens. That is the great thing about Men in Black movies—I get to do a little bit of what I do in different films all rolled into one.

How have the MIB creatures evolved since the first movie?

The hard thing is to come up with something audiences haven’t seen before. In Star Wars we made the cantina scene. Then every space movie after Stars Wars had a cantina scene. For the first MIB movie, I came up with retro aliens, but they didn’t go for it. At the time, none of us knew what Men in Black was—what the tone of the movie was. It wasn’t until three-fourths of the way through we realized what we were making. The designs still evolve, and we’ve revisited some of the aliens we’ve made. The worm guys are back and a few others that were in Men in Black II.

How many different creatures did you make?

We made 127 different aliens for Men in Black 3. We started a number of aliens for scenes that they decided not to film, so you see three-fourths of the ones we made in the movie. Some you don’t see at all, which is fairly common in movie making. It is an ever-mutating beast.

Who gives input on the creatures?

I do have a team of great creative people working for me. I have fun doing the design, so I do as much of it as I can. Barry [Sonnenfeld, the director] and Walter [Parkes, the producer] have input and help refine the designs. But it slows things down so eventually I have to lock Barry in the studio and not let him go until we have a decision.

Where do you get your inspiration and does it ever scare you?

My own creatures don’t scare me (laughs). I get inspirations from everyone. A lot from films I grew up with, the retro stuff. I look at bugs, birds, mammals, sea creatures, rocks and strange-looking people. I’m always looking and filing stuff away. On the first film, Barry said you can walk through the streets of New York, looking at people, and say, ‘alien… alien….’ You can spot them. How do you use color? We always play with color, but in this film especially, I wanted the retro aliens to be nice fun, bright colors. Bright greens, bright oranges. One thing about aliens, you do what you want.

How have you embraced new technology?

I have always tried to stay current. I used to design with pencil and paper or brush and paint. In the early ’80s I started designing on a computer with Photoshop 1.0 and loved it—unless I forgot to save it and it crashed. Then came digital modeling. I can give data to Ken Ralston at Sony Digital Imageworks and have a model made with a 3D printer. You can make a real-world version and they both match. I normally build too much on an alien. I learned from the last two movies that many of them are just seen in the far background. I said to Ken, ‘How about most of these things we don’t bother with mechanics, just make them cool looking? If we need an eye blink, do a digital eye blink.’

How many different mediums did you use?

It’s crazy how much we use. We’ll still use foam latex, which used to be state of the art. We use a lot of silicon because of its translucently. We use plastics, acrylics, metals, cotton and latex. We use strange things like a plastic tubing that we buy at a hardware store—you can heat it up with heat gun and stretch it into veiny ‘tentrically’ things.

Do you start with a human as the base of your creations, then design from there?

Sometimes we think of a creature like a person in a suit, but then you have limitations of two eyes and two legs—they have to see and breathe. I got more into puppetry because it offered more possibilities. I could make eyes wider and the creatures don’t have to have two arms and two legs. Digitally you can do pretty much anything. It’s an ongoing conversation between Barry and myself. Barry says, ‘Make it look like a sea creature without looking like a sea creature,” and then says ‘I don’t know where to look, it has no eyes.’ So a lot of the aliens still have eyes and a mouth.

What was most fun about working on MIB3?

What I really like about the Men in Black films is that Barry considers me a collaborator. I’ve been able to change the course of Men in Black films. Sometimes characters in the script were not as cool as I wanted them to be. I had a lot of questions about the Boris character that Jemaine [Clement] plays, the main villain. So I did a bunch of artwork of what he should be and why. Boris has these goggles shoved into his skull and I thought it would be really cool if we never saw his eyes—just two black holes—and you could never tell where he was looking. I knew the studio would want to see eyes. I knew the actor, he wasn’t cast at the time, would want his eyes to be seen. But I thought it would be cool to never know what was inside there. It was a real battle, but I ended up winning and made him a character.

How do you choose the movies you work on?

Now that I’m older, I try and be more selective. I took a couple of years off and had a sabbatical and reevaluated. Now I only want to work on movies I want to work on. It has to be interesting since it’s such a commitment day and night. It’s exhausting. I don’t know how many I have left in me, so I’m making sure I am doing ones I want. When Barry first emailed me about this, he said ‘I can’t imagine doing this movie without you. Please come out of retirement.’ First off, I’m not retired. And you don’t have to beg me.

Tell us about your next project.

I was actually in the middle of working on a book about my career and was going to finish that before I considered doing another movie. But Angelina Jolie actually requested me for Maleficent. That is hard to turn down. I usually get short, fat people. She’s pretty. I can stop my book for a while. I can’t say too much, but she plays Maleficent, the villain in the Sleeping Beauty story and I am doing her makeup.

Above are photos leaked to the internet in what is believed to be Jemaine Clement's character in 'MIB3'.  Early reactions to the films reviewed by critics has been lukewarm for this character as compared to Vincent's character of 'Edgar' in the first 'MIB'.  I would offer that sometimes it's more than the makeup in developing a character  because we remember the research and ingenuity Vincent used for his.  'MIB3' opens tomorrow night in theatres.

Vincent D'Onofrio Presents Award In The Rose Garden At The White House

Copley trustees accept safety vests donation for fire department

5/24/2012 - West Side Leader
By Emily Chesnic

Officer Ben Campbell receives national TOP COPS Award

Copley officials said they hope the township is never faced with another mass shooting, but regardless, they continue to prepare for an incident similar to that of Aug. 7, 2011, when a lone gunman shot eight people, killing seven, at homes on Goodenough Avenue and Schocalog Road.

At the May 16 Copley Board of Trustees meeting, trustees accepted a donation of 13 Pro-Tech body armor vests for the fire department from the Copley Fire and Rescue Association. One of the vests was on display at the meeting.

“We thought it was a good idea to have the vests after the Aug. 7 shooting,” said Fire Chief Michael Benson.

If department personnel know they are responding to a violent or potentially violent scene, they will wear the vests, he explained.

Benson said the vests, which the police department currently uses, will handle bullets and edged weapons.

The total amount of the donation is about $5,341, he said.

During the meeting, Police Chief Michael Mier also discussed this past summer’s shooting with the board.

Mier said he was in Washington, D.C., May 12 to see Officer Ben Campbell receive the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) TOP COPS 2012 award.

Campbell was the first officer on the scene when residents started notifying police that a gunman was running around their neighborhood, he said. Without waiting for backup, he took off on foot after the shooter and followed the sound of more gunshots. According to the NAPO, the suspect stepped out from behind a house and pointed an automatic pistol directly at Campbell. He commanded the shooter to drop his weapon, and when the man refused, Campbell had no choice but to shoot and kill the suspect, the NAPO reported.

The investigation found more than 200 rounds of ammunition in the suspect’s car, and other information indicated he was planning to drive to his girlfriend’s family reunion, where he could have murdered many more people, according to the NAPO.

Campbell’s performance that day earned him the honor that only was bestowed on 33 other individuals this year, Mier said.

“He was the only one from Ohio to receive the award and was able to go inside the White House to meet President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden,” he said.

According to Mier, Broadway star and “Law and Order” actor Vincent D’Onofrio presented Campbell with the award during a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House.

“Every morning, our law enforcement officers — like Officer Campbell — suit up and head off to work, unaware of what that day might bring. They put their lives on the line to address robberies, patrol dangerous neighborhoods and investigate violent crimes. They do so because of a strong commitment to their communities, and it is clear that Officer Campbell is truly dedicated to the Copley community,” said U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) in a press release. “Officer Campbell’s quick thinking and sharp instincts helped stop a killer and saved the lives of countless Ohioans. I am proud to hear of his recognition from the NAPO and the White House.”

Trustee Helen Humphrys said other Copley safety forces members received honors recently for their actions Aug. 7, 2011, as well, and soon the board will honor all of the award recipients during an upcoming regular meeting.

She additionally applauded Copley EMS workers for saving the lives of one of the shooting victims.

“We are just so proud of them all,” Humphrys said.

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio accepting birthday cards in Utah

Chris giving collected birthday cards to Vincent whose birthday is on June 30TH... CAROL DOCHERTY YOUTUBE

Saturday, May 19, 2012

New film for Vincent D'Onofrio?


Voltage sparks sales on Don Jon, Charlie Countryman


The Necessary Death Of Charlie Countryman will kick off on May 21 in Romania. Fredrik Bond will direct LaBeouf alongside Mads Mikkelsen, Melissa Leo, James Buckley, Rupert Grint, Vincent D’Onofrio and Evan Rachel Wood. Voltage is producing with Bona Fide Productions and Moby will score the film.

Deals have closed in Portugal (Lusomundo), Latin America (Imagem), Hong Kong (Deltamac), Singapore (Innoform), Middle East (Gulf), CIS (DT), South Africa (Ster Kinekor), Taiwan (SSG), China (HGC), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Eastern Europe (Mediapro), Benelux (Belga), Thailand (Dreams Vision), Israel (Forum), Greece, Turkey and India (Tanweer), Iceland (Samfilm) and Malaysia (13 Entertainment)

Here's what I could find out about the film... Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) was just a normal guy…until he fell in love with the one girl who will probably get him killed. When Charlie meets the absolutely irresistible Gabi she’s already been claimed by Nigel, an insanely violent crime boss with a gang of thugs at his disposal. Armed with little more than his wit and naïve charm, Charlie endures one bruising beat down after another to woo Gabi and keep her out of harm’s way. Finally his exploits of blind valor create such a mess that he’s left with only one way out; to save the girl of his dreams, must Charlie Countryman die? .

Ruby getting an autograph from Vincent...


Taking on Vincent D'Onofrio...

Chris Carr making a self defense video with Vincent. Chris is a black belt.


Photos: Photo Op at Timpanogos Harley Davidson with Vincent D'Onofrio


Timpanogos Harley Davidson in Utah where the girls had an opportunity to have photos taken on a 'hog' with Vincent...




                                                             RUBY AND VINCENT


Thursday, May 17, 2012

''Six Degrees of Vincent D'Onofrio''...Donna Summer...


LaDonna Adrian Gaines aka Donna Summer was born on December 31, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts. She was one of seven children raised in a devoutly Christian home and sang in church at an early age. In the 60's, she was influenced by Janis Joplin, dropped out of school and became the lead singer for a band named Crow. In 1968, she auditioned for a role in the Broadway production of 'Hair' but Melba Moore won over her. When the production moved overseas, Donna was offered the role and moved to Germany. While in Germany she learned to speak German fluently. She married an Austrian actor in 1973 and they had a daughter, Mimi. The marriage ended in divorce due to Donna's extramarital affair but she kept her married name of 'Sommer' and changed it to the more English version of 'Summer'. During the 70's, she was a background singer for Three Dog Night and in 1975 came up with the idea for her 'Love To Love You Baby' song. Her inspiration was singing the song as Marilyn Monroe would have. Later in the 70's, Donna became synonymous with the disco sound at the time. She continued to release albums throughout the 80's and 90's. Today, Donna Summer passed away after a battle with lung cancer that she believed was a result of breathing in debris after the 9/11 attacks. Find the connection!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio on 'Good Things Utah' tomorrow


Coming up Wednesday on Good Things Utah... have dinner with a star, and help a Utah family who lost a loved one in the line of duty. We'll tell you about the event for fallen officers that Vincent D'Onofrio (who plays on officer on Law and Order) is involved with.

Also, what is your fashion personality? We will talk about the different personalities that you can tell by the clothes and colors you like to wear.

Plus, how you can make your own adorable homemade bag, in one affordable kit!

And, wedding dress fashions from Frenze. From traditional to bold.. you'll see the styles for summer and beyond! We hope you join us at 10 a.m.!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Production Begins on THE TOMB

NEW ORLEANS, LA MAY 10 – Production is underway on Summit Entertainment’sThe Tomb.  Directed by Mikael Håfström, the action-thriller is an Emmett-Furla Films/Mark Canton production.  The producers are Atmosphere Entertainment’s chairman Mark Canton, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Robbie Brenner and Kevin King-Templeton. Co-financed by Emmett-Furla Films and Summit Entertainment,The Tomb is being filmed on location in the New Orleans area.  Summit Entertainment, a LIONSGATE company, holds worldwide distribution rights and will release the motion picture in North America.
Written by Miles Chapman for the screen, with a rewrite by Jason Keller, The Tomb follows Ray Breslin (Stallone), the world’s foremost authority on structural security. He’s analyzed nearly every high security prison. After being framed by persons unknown, all of Breslin’s ingenuity and expertise are about to be put to work in the most challenging test he’s ever faced: escaping from a high-tech prison facility that’s design is based on his own protocols.
Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Emil Rottmayer,a complex inmate with multiple shades of gray. He’s the guy who fights to keep the prisoners from losing their humanity in their darkest hour as they struggle together to stay alive.
Jim Caviezel plays Hobbes, the warden of the Tomb. This is the type of prison facility that deals with inmates that no government wants on its books.  The lead guard of the maximum-security facility, Drake, is played by English actor and retired footballer Vinnie Jones.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson plays Hush, Ray Breslin’s right-hand man and high-technology expert.  Buttoned-down with street lurking just below the surface, Hush is aptly named because when he speaks, it is just above a whisper…but it’s a whisper with attitude and edge that can turn from soft to drop dead serious in the blink of an eye. Vincent D’Onofrio plays Lester Clark, Breslin’s business partner and CEO of B&C Security, their independent security company hired by the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test the integrity of their maximum-security facilities nationwide.  Amy Ryan plays Abigail Ross, jack-of-all trades and one of Beslin’s closest confidants at B&C Security.  Sam Neil is cast as Dr. Emil Kaikev, the prison doctor embedded within the Tomb, who is sympathetic to Breslin’s plight.
Håfström’s previous writing/directing credits in his native Sweden include: the gripping coming of age drama Evil, which was nominated for an Academy Award®in 2004 for Best Foreign Language film; the thriller Drowning Ghost; and the drama Days Like This, which won Sweden’s Guldbagge Award for Best Screenplay.  His films have been invited to festivals around the world and, at home, Håfström has received multiple Guldbagge nominations, with Evil winning the Award for Best Direction and Best Screenplay.
The behind-the scenes filmmaking team of The Tombincludes director of photography Brendan Galvin (ImmortalsBehind Enemy LinesFlight of the Phoenix), production designer Barry Chusid (Source Code2012Aliens in the Attic,The Day After Tomorrow) and costume designer Lizz Wolf (The Expendables andThe Expendables 2RamboDreamgirlsSuspect ZeroPirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black PearlArmageddonTraffic).
Special effects are supervised by Michael Lantieri (Alice in WonderlandIndiana Jones and The Last CrusadeThe Hulk, Minority Report, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest) and visual effects are supervised by Chris Wells (300The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Live Free or Die Hard).  Elliot Greenberg (Chronicle) is editing. The sound mixer is Richard Schexnayder (RedThe ExpendablesJonah Hex) and stunts are coordinated by Noon Orsatti (The Expendables 2American History XConan The Barbarian).
The executive producers of The Tomb are Nicolas Stern, Bill Chase, Stefan Partirosyan.
Schwarzenegger and Stallone will next be seen on screen together in The Expendables 2, which is currently in post-production and will be released this summer by Lionsgate. Schwarzenegger recently wrapped filming The Last Stand, also for Lionsgate, produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and directed by Jee-woon Kim.

What does this mean?


Principal photography is the phase of film production in which the movie is filmed, with actors on set and cameras rolling, as distinct from pre-production and post-production. 

Principal photography is usually the most expensive phase of film production, generally due to actor, director, and set crew salaries, the costs of certain shots, including any props or on-set special effects. Its start generally marks a point of no return for the financiers, because until it is complete there is unlikely to be enough material filmed to release a final product needed to recoup costs. While it is common for a film to lose its greenlight status during pre-production (for example, because an important cast member drops out), it is extremely uncommon for finance to be withdrawn once principal photography has commenced, and it is usually regarded as a catastrophe. 

Once a film concludes principal photography, it is said to have wrapped, and a wrap party may be organized to celebrate. During post-production, it may become clear that certain shots or sequences are missing or incomplete and are required to complete the film, or that a certain scene is not playing as expected, or even that a particular actor has failed to turn in a performance of the required caliber. In these circumstances, additional material may have to be shot. If the material has already been shot once, or is substantial, the process is referred to as a re-shoot, but if the material is new and relatively minor, it is often referred to as a pick-up.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Vincent D'Onofrio at NLEOMF's Candlelight Vigil

Candlelight Vigil...

Vincent is in Washington, D.C....this candlelight vigil starts at 8 P.M. Eastern time...click HERE REGISTRATION TO VIEW LIVE STREAMING VIDEO HERE

Happy Mother's Day!

Best wishes for a Happy Mother's Day including stepmothers,  those who care for pets, who babysit or work in daycare, those who nurture and mentor others.  You are all appreciated.