Friday, November 30, 2012

Richmond actress takes Vincent D'Onofrio's advice to heart...


“If you spend too much time thinking about reality, you could go stark raving mad. Reality was too demanding. It expected me to be there all the time, and with all I have to do, I had to let something go. Now that I’ve put reality on the back burner, my days are jam-packed and fun-filled.” – Trudy
Dearest Ladies and Gentlemen allow me to introduce you to Trudy. A philosopher from New York, Trudy enjoys being outside, hanging out with friends, and acting in her spare time. Sound like a few people you might know? Well, what if I also told you she sleeps on the streets of NY, those friends are tiny aliens that sit on her shoulder, and her one woman sidewalk shows are actually conversations with just a fewvoices in her head…
The emboldened Trudy, along with 13 other characters from the mind of Jane Wagner, will be soon be given life by Eva DeVirgilis in the comedy Search for Intelligent Signs of Life in the Universe. DeVirgilis, herself a recent transplant from New York City, is thrilled to make her Richmond debut in Henley Street Theatre’s first production of Search for Signs.
“This is about how we all are alike, yet how we think we’re so different,” explains DeVirgilis. “Trudy, a bag lady, is the narrator and lifeline. She has a freedom about her because people call her crazy. She is free to say whatever the hell she wants. Her neurons are constantly firing, causing her to see all these different characters and people from all over the world.”
Originally made famous by Lily Tomlin in the eighties, this “single lady” comedy/drama by Jane Wagner has DeVirgilis portraying over a dozen distinct characters within 130 minutes. From a cocaine addicted health nut to a women’s movement activist from the seventies, DeVirgilis believes every character is still relevant in their own way.
“There’s a line that goes, ‘This is about moving the whole species forward, not just half of it,’” DeVirgilis states. “I’m speaking these words written decades ago that still bring meaning to today. We’ve already fought these fights concerning women’s issues. They’ve been embarrassed and humiliated. They’ve fought for us and bled for us, and now we’re back here again. It’s such a great reminder to speak about these women.”
Wagner, American writer/director and Tomlin’s life partner, discusses many social, cultural and life issues through scattered and scrambled truths. As an “outcast” for her own sexual orientation, Wagner uses hookers, addicts, and a homeless bag lady (to name a few) to show what it means to simply be human.
“This is a play where we’re all in this theatre together. Crying together. Laughing together- let’s hope!,” comments DeVirgilis. “That’s exactly what it’s about- being together as humans. We should be in awe of our abilities and capabilities. It all sounds very meta and lovey-dovey, but it’s truly what reality is when you begin to live in the moment.”
DeVirgilis warns those familiar with the original production that her own, at the Gottwald Theatre, will be a certain departure from Tomlin’s.
“I’ve never even seen Tomlin’s,” DeVirgilis confesses. ““I found a used copy of the script ten years ago, and have wanted to do it ever since. If someone is coming to see Lily, they’re going to be upset. I just wouldn’t be able to do it- that just came organically from her. I take what comes to me straight from the page, and go with it.”
DeVirgilis also revealed her top secret method for multiple character transitions. “I use this old school technique… memorization. I memorize like a machine,” laughs DeVirgilis. “I also take advice my wonderful acting mentor Vincent D’Onofrio once gave me. He used to say, ‘Eva, every show is an experiment. Every time you’re on stage is an experiment. Never think of anything as a neat performance tied up in a nice little bow.’ If I can accomplish that and experiment every night, then I’m discovering and learning right along with the audience.

Vincent returns to LACMA...



Thursday, November 29, 2012

'Chained' starring Vincent D'Onofrio to be released in theatres February 1st



Anchor Bay has announced that controversial thriller Chained will be released in cinemas on 1stFebruary 2013.
Chained, Jennifer Lynch
Chained: Jennifer Lynch's twisted family dynamic.
From the mind of writer/director Jennifer Lynch (daughter of the infamous David) comes a shocker that has stunned audiences worldwide. When he was 9 years old, Tim and his mother were abducted by taxi-driving serial killer Bob (Vincent D’Onofrio). Tim’s mother was murdered and Tim was kept as a chained slave, forced to bury the bodies of the young women Bob drags home and keep scrapbooks of the crimes. Now a teenager, Tim (Eamon Farren) and Bob share a depraved father/son/protégé relationship. But who will ultimately sever the bond between ‘family’ and unimaginable horror?
Also starring Evan Bird (The Killing US), Jake Weber (Medium, American Gothic) and Julia Ormond (The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, Legends Of The Fall), Chained is an independent movie that is being hailed as one of the most controversial and uncompromising thrillers of our time.

'Ass Backwards' with Vincent D'Onofrio screening at Sundance Film Festival in January


'Ass Backwards' aka 'Sister Spirit' has been submitted and will screen at the Sundance Film Festival 2013. I couldn't find the exact date as the schedule is not finalized at this time. The festival runs from January 17 - 27, 2013 in Park City, Utah. The festival was founded by Robert Redford.

Vincent on location when the movie was filmed.

Monday, November 26, 2012

VIDEO: Locale scouting for 'Broken Horses' movie


Found this old video of Director Vidhu Chopra and his crew scouting for filming locations for 'Broken Horses'

'Six Degrees of Vincent D'Onofrio'...Larry Hagman


Larry Hagman was born on September 21, 1931 in Fort Worth, Texas and is best known for his roles as 'Tony Nelson' in 'I Dream of Jeannie' and J.R. Ewing in 'Dallas'.  Upon hearing the news of his death, Barbara Eden, who played 'Jeannie' in the series, was so devastated she could not publicly speak and had comments sent through a rep.  His mother is Mary Martin, Broadway actress and musical comedy star.  She was just 17 when Larry was born and divorced her husband when Larry was five years old.  He lived with his grandmother in Texas and California while his mother was a contract player with Paramount.  Mary Martin remarried in 1938 to Richard Halliday and together they had a daughter, Heller, one year later.  Larry attended Black-Foxe Military Institute, known for its strictness.  His mother moved to NYC to continue her Broadway career while Larry stayed behind to live with his grandmother.  Two years later, his grandmother passed away and he went to live with his mother in NYC.  In 1946, Hagman moved back to Texas where he attended Weatherford High School in his hometown.  He worked for an oil field-equipment company and was pressed by his father, a lawyer, to go to school to become one and join his practice.  Instead, Larry was drawn to drama classes and fell in love with the stage because of the warm reception he received for his comedic performances.  He began his career as a production assistant and acting in some roles for a theater company.  Hagman was drafted into the military during the Korean War and was stationed in London.  Most of his military career was spent entertaining the troops.  Once out of the military, he returned to NYC and performed in several Off-Broadway plays.  He also appeared on several live TV programs most notably 'The Edge of Night'.  'I Dream of Jeannie' followed and ran for 5 seasons.  He would later reunite with Barbara Eden for several functions and publicity tours.  In 1977, he took on the role of  'J.R. Ewing' in 'Dallas'.  The successful show was seen in 90 countries and started a buzz when one episode found him shot begging the question, 'Who Shot J.R.?'  Locked in a salary dispute, it was not known if he would appear for the fourth season and not until the final few minutes.  His role on the show garnered him many awards nominations.  Just this year, 'Dallas' returned on TNT for new shows.  It is not known how Larry Hagman's death will be addressed in the new season.   Larry was married to Maj Axelsson and has two children, Heidi and Preston.  At the time of his death, they were married for 58 years.  In 1995, Hagman had a liver transplant after being diagnosed with liver cancer.  Being a heavy smoker, he immediately quit and was involved in anti-smoking campaigns.  This past November 23, Larry Hagman passed away from complications of throat cancer.  His family was at his side along with Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy, his fellow actors from 'Dallas'.  R.I.P.  Find the connection!

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had the opportunity to spend some quality time with your loved ones for Thanksgiving.  I had dinner with my brothers on Sunday since that was the opportune time for all of us to get together because they will be heading off for opening day of hunting season.  A yearly tradition for them ever since they were younger and when my Dad was still alive.  I had major problems with my internet connection.  I could get on but couldn't access anything.  Could be a glut of online Christmas shoppers or my carrier.  Probably my carrier, but that's a long story.  Anyways, hopefully I'm back and best wishes to all of you. Thank you for all of your visits, comments and support.  You're the best!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

'Broken Horses Begins Principal Photography Starring Vincent D’Onofrio, Anton Yelchin And Chris Marquette'


(Los Angeles, November 20, 2012) Principal photography has begun on BROKEN HORSES, written and directed by Vidhu Vinod Chopra. Acclaimed Indian filmmaker Chopra’s first English language film stars Vincent D’Onofrio (FULL METAL JACKET, MEN IN BLACK), Anton Yelchin (LIKE CRAZY, STAR TREK) and Chris Marquette (ALPHA DOG, THE GIRL NEXT DOOR).

The supporting cast includes Spanish star Maria Valverde, Thomas Jane, and Sean Patrick Flanery.
Reliance Entertainment is financing the independent film, which is shooting on locations in the greater Los Angeles area. Broken Horses is produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra, Subhash Dhar and Mandeville Films partners David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.

Based on an original story by Chopra, the screenplay for BROKEN HORSES is written by Chopra and award-winning writer Abhijat Joshi (EKLAVYA – THE ROYAL GUARD, 3 IDIOTS). Set in the shadows of the US–Mexico border gang wars, Broken Horses is an epic thriller about the bonds of brotherhood, the laws of loyalty, and the futility of violence.

Chopra’s BROKEN HORSES team includes Oscar®-nominated Tom Stern (THE HUNGER GAMES, CHANGELING, and MILLION DOLLAR BABY) as the Director of Photography, Toby Corbett (CROSSING OVER, BAD LIEUTENANT) as Production Designer and Emmy-nominated Mary Vogt (MEN IN BLACK 3, BATMAN RETURN) as Costume Designer.

“I am delighted to be part of an exemplary collaborative effort between the cast and the crew of BROKEN HORSES," said Vidhu Vinod Chopra. “I am honored to be working with such a talented group of people. This is special.”

Chopra’s last production, 3 IDIOTS is India’s all-time highest grossing film.  Chopra is the recipient of India’s prestigious National Awards and was nominated for an Oscar for his first documentary feature. Vinod Chopra Films is one of India’s leading film production companies, having produced and presented some of India’s most iconic feature films over the last three decades.  Since its founding in 1977, the company has produced and released a total of 12 films.

Since its founding in 1995, Mandeville Films has produced feature films that have grossed well over $1 billion in domestic box office receipts.  Their recent productions include the critically-hailed Academy Award-nominated feature THE FIGHTER starring Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo and Amy Adams, directed by David O. Russell. The film earned a host of awards, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.  Mandeville also produced the hit film THE MUPPETS and earned the Academy Award for Best Song. They are currently in pre-production on THE MUPPETS 2.  

Reliance Entertainment is a media and entertainment company in film production, distribution, and exhibition including broadcasting and new media ventures engaged in Film Services: Motion Picture Processing and DI; Film Restoration and Image Enhancement; 3D; Digital Mastering: Studios and Equipment rentals; Visual Effects; Animation; and TV Post Production, with presence across India, the US, UK, Russia and Japan. Reliance Entertainment has partnered with Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider on the formation of DreamWorks Studios.

- Official Press Release -

Photos: Kathryn Erbe at opening night of 'Checkers'



Saturday, November 17, 2012

'Touring Stanley Kubrick exhibit lands at LACMA and it's a cinephile's dream'

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LOS ANGELES – If LA film lovers are looking for something to do this holiday, look no further than the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A touring treasure trove of artifacts from the famed filmmaker's career that has already made stops all over the world, from Frankfurt to Berlin, Melbourne to Ghent, Zurich to Rome, Paris to Amsterdam, it has set up shop in LA through June 30, 2013 and is well worth the $20 admission price.

As soon as you walk through the giant glass doors you're met with a career spanning three shorts and 16 features, including the uncompleted "Napoleon" and "Aryan Papers," as well as the Steven Spielberg-directed "A.I.: Artificial Intelligence," which Kubrick developed. A pair of video walls in a dark room greet you first, with clips from a number of films to get you in the right frame of mind. Then the journey really begins.

There is a separate room or wing dedicated to most of the features. A brief wall with elements from the shorts and "Killer's Kiss," as well as a glass case featuring "The Killing" soon gives way to the first considerable presentation: 1957's brilliant "Paths of Glory." Twisting and turning through the exhibit you're met with costumes from "Spartacus," miniature models from "Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb," bright white statues from the Korova Milk Bar of "A Clockwork Orange," art department elements from "2001: A Space Odyssey" including a simian costume and the star child model, the giant, NASA-developed lens used to capture mere candle light for "Barry Lyndon" and much, much more.

Off in one alcove is a thoughtful presentation of Kubrick's use of pre-existing music to 
sometimes eerie, often visceral effect in films like "The Shining" and "Eyes Wide Shut." There you'll hear the sounds of György Ligeti's "Atmospheres" or Krzysytof Penderecki's "De Natura Sonoris No. 1" and "No. 2." Another detour offers pre-production imagery and an interview with a would-be star of "Aryan Papers."

Screenplay drafts, notes, production boards, sketches and models litter the expansive collection. One case is dedicated to Kubrick's many cameras and lenses, while another wall features numerous posters from his (relatively small but potent portfolio of work.

Most arresting is a scale model of the bedroom suite from the finale of "2001: A Space Odyssey," wonderfully lit and impeccably detailed. Though a major stand-out is the vast collection of "Napoleon" materials. It would be the most extensively researched film of Kubrick's career, with a pre-production boasting so much that Taschen dedicated a coffee table book to it. Yet it would never be made, and Kubrick would use the natural light cinematography techniques he was developing for the film on "Barry Lyndon" instead.

Also intriguing are the many informative elements regarding production design. Whether it's Anton Furst's creation of a bombed-out Vietnamese town at a strategically detonated factory in England for "Full Metal Jacket" or the gimbal rig used for the space station sequence in "2001: A Space Odyssey," Kubrick's films were marvels of design, and that isn't lost on the exhibit. 

You could spend countless minutes peering into the scale model of the hedge maze from "The Shining." (The room for Kubrick's Stephen King adaptation features Jack Torrance's typewriter bearing one of the countless pages indicating his descent into insanity, as well as the framed photo of the Overlook Hotel's July 4th ball that eerily closes the film.)

Further to all of that, there is an entire wall dedicated specifically to the director's use of the color red throughout his career: the eye of HAL-900 in "2001: A Space Odyssey," the redcoats of "Barry Lyndon," Gomer Pyle's post-suicide blood splatter from "Full Metal Jacket," it's all thoroughly, fascinatingly analyzed.

As you walk through the final areas featuring elements from "Eyes Wide Shut" and "Aryan Papers," past a wall of film markers from the set of a handful of films, you might heed the security guard's warning: "If you go out here it's exit only." I humbly suggest turning around and going right back through the exhibit on your way out the entrance, because for Kubrick fans -- indeed, for fans of cinema -- once truly isn't enough.

Check out a gallery of sights from the exhibit below
The Stanley Kubrick exhibition at LACMA opened November 1 and runs through June 30, 2013.

Friday, November 16, 2012

'Broken Horses' filming at Central High next week in Los Angeles

'Broken Horses' filming at downtowns Central High next week.. . .. . 

VDO drawing in the making...

This weekends project is hereby official :) This will (hopefully) beVincent D'Onofrio (  ) by Sunday :)

I'll post the final drawing when it's finished!

'India's Vidhu Vinod Chopra shoots English-language pic'


Anton Yelchin, Vincent D'Onofrio star in 'Broken Horses'

Vidhu Vinod Chopra
After producing India's highest grossing local movie, "3 Idiots," director Vidhu Vinod Chopra has enlisted Anton Yelchin, Chris Marquette and Vincent D'Onofrio to star in his first English-language film, "Broken Horses."
Thomas Jane, Sean Patrick Flanery and Maria Valverde co-star in the indie that Reliance Entertainment is financing. Mandeville Films' David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman are producing with Chopra and Subhash Dhar.
Pic is lensing in and around Los Angeles. Death Valley is also set to serve as a location. "Broken Horses" is set in the shadows of the U.S.-Mexico border gang wars.
Chopra conceived of the story and penned the script with Abhijat Joshi.
Tom Stern ("The Hunger Games") serves as director of photography, while Toby Corbett ("Bad Lieutenant") is the production designer and Mary Vogt ("Men in Black 3") is costume designer on "Broken Horses."
Vinod Chopra Films has produced 12 pics in India since the shingle was founded in 1977, including such hits as "1942: A Love Story," "Parineeta" and the "Patch Adams"-inspired "Munna Bhai MBBS" and its sequel. Mandeville is prepping a sequel to "The Muppets" at Disney, while Relativity and Summit are readying to release its "21 and Over" and "Warm Bodies" next year.
"3 Idiots," directed by Rajkumar Hirani, earned nearly $11 million outside of India when it was released in 2009.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D’Onofrio and Zoe Kazan Will Join Ethan Hawke in Off-Broadway's Clive

By Andrew Gans
13 Nov 2012 

Additional casting has been announced for The New Group's upcoming production of Jonathan Marc Sherman's Clive, which begins a limited Off-Broadway engagement Jan. 17, 2013, at The New Group at Theatre Row (The Acorn Theatre, 410 West 42nd Street).

Joining the previously announced Ethan Hawke in the title role will be Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent D’Onofrio and Zoe Kazan. Additional casting will be announced.

Also directed by Hawke, the production will officially open Feb. 7 at 7 PM.

Inspired by Bertolt Brecht's inflammatory play Baal,Clive, according to press notes, "tracks a dissipated songwriter in 1990s New York City from the hedonistic heights of seduction and consumption into an ecstasy of self-destruction."

This production reunites playwright Sherman and director Hawke, who teamed previously at The New Group on Things We Want (written by Sherman, directed by Hawke, 2007 extended run).

Performances will be Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7 PM and Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 PM with matinees Saturday at 2 PM.

Tickets, on sale in late November, may be arranged through www.telecharge.com or (212) 239-6200, or at the Theatre Row Box Office (12–8 PM daily). Tickets are $60 plus $1.25 restoration fee.

For more Information, visit www.thenewgroup.org.

PHOTO: Leila and Dad


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Upcoming Workshop with Elizabeth D'Onofrio


Audition for Film and TV Workshop (Saturday, November 24th 2012, 12-4 pm) As a painter prepares a canvas or a musician tunes his instrument, so must an actor prepare to create art. Based on her studies with Sonia Moore of "The American Stanislavsky Theater," with Sharon Chatten of "The Actors Studio", in NYC, and her work as a professional actor in Theater and Film, Elizabeth D'Onofrio will be conducting a four hour Audition workshop. This workshop will consist of: A cold reading technique, on camera cold readings, critique, and monologue coaching. A local talent agent will be available the first hour to speak with you all about what is going on casting wise in SW and South Florida. Elizabeth will teach you how to prepare for your audition using her technique based on her studies alongside her brother, actor, Vincent D'Onofrio.

Price: $50, Materials: Bring headshot and resume, monologue if you have one. Sides for Cold Readings will be provided. Special Guest: Local Talent Agent

Monday, November 12, 2012

'Broken Horses' filming in Pasadena, CA

Broken Horses, starring Vincent D'Onofrio, is filming at 132 N. Euclid Ave in Pasadena, Ca tomorrow

More cast revealed for 'Broken Horses'

Review Summary
When concert-level violinist Jake Heckum returns to his rural Western town to visit his simple-minded brother Buddy, he learns that Buddy has fallen under the influence of murderous ganglord, Hench, who has turned the gullible Buddy into a killing machine. Now, Buddy wants to quit the gang and join Jake in New York , but Hench has no intention of letting his prize hit-man go so easily. ~ Baseline StudioSystems

Broken Horses 11/2012 

 "Broken Horses" will feature Foster, Christensen, Val Kilmer and Sean Flanery. The cast alone ignites my interest.

 salutes Hayden Christensen, one of the actors in's new movie Broken Horses.

First day is coming...