Tuesday, April 30, 2013

'Law Enforcement Ambassador & Guardian Spotlight: Vincent D'Onofrio'

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund enjoys the support of a special group of volunteers: Law Enforcement Ambassadors and Guardians. Law Enforcement Ambassadors are active and retired law enforcement officers from city, state, federal and military law enforcement agencies, while Law Enforcement Guardians are volunteers who support and honor law enforcement but are not sworn officers, allowing citizens, family members and corporate supporters to work closely with the Memorial Fund in achieving our goals.

On Friday, April 19, Actor Vincent D’Onofrio traveled from New York City to Pleasant Grove, Utah to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Vince joined John Shanks from the Memorial Fund and did several radio and television interviews promoting the Memorial Fund’s mission and work. That evening, Vince joined over 650 law enforcement supporters, who filled the auditorium at Pleasant Grove High School for a screening of Heroes Behind the Badge, a documentary film—narrated by Vince—that tells the stories behind the badge of the men and women who serve our communities every day. 

During the pre-screening reception, Vince met with the family of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Nicholas J. Ivie (End of Watch: 10/2/12). Agent Ivie was shot and killed in Arizona after responding to an activated sensor along the border. Vince talked extensively with Agent Ivie’s wife, parents, and brother, about their lost loved one.

Vincent D’Onofrio is a lot of things to a lot of people. To the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund he is more than an actor who portrayed Detective Bobby Goran on Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Vince is a kind and genuine individual who honors the service and sacrifice of our law enforcement professionals and respects their families. 

His support doesn’t end there! Vince is currently our top fundraising participant for the Ride and Run to Remember.

On behalf of everyone at the Memorial Fund, please join us in thanking Vincent D’Onofrio for his service and dedication as a volunteer leader with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

VDO visits MBI

Heroes Behind the Badge was an event that Molding Box sponsored dedicated to the service people who have dedicated and even given their lives protecting our communities. Vincent D’Onofrio from the Law and Order TV series made a guest appearance. Molding Box was able to print several items for this event. — with Vincent D'Onofrio and Michael Vandivere.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

'A Fall From Grace' hits snags

'Regional filmmakers prosper from tax breaks'

Few filmmakers are born in Hollywood and most movies are set elsewhere, so shooting on location can be an artistic necessity. And with the advent of low-cost video cameras and tax incentives from film-friendly locales, it has become an economic possibility.
Although Missouri hosted best picture Oscar nominees in two consecutive years — “Up in the Air” in 2009 and “Winter’s Bone” in 2010 — the Show-Me state’s film office is a now a bare-bones operation. As the producers of the planned St. Louis-set thriller “A Fall from Grace” are learning, the Missouri Department of Economic Development doesn’t have as much tax-break money to offer visiting filmmakers as states such as neighboring Illinois and down-river Louisiana.
After being offered about $640,00 in incentives to offset $7 million in planned expenditures here, director Jennifer Lynch is now hedging her bets, negotiating with Metro East officials and traveling to the Cannes Film Festival next month to see if international filming and finance options are available.

Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio poses for pictures after 'HBTB' screening in Utah



Tuesday, April 23, 2013

VIDEO: Vincent D'Onofrio joins NLEOMF's 'Ride & Remember' event for October

Vincent D'Onofrio and wife attend Bpeace 10th Anniversary gala celebration

Law and Order: Criminal Intent's Vincent D'Onofrio and his wife Carin van der Donk with Sandy DiPasqua and Pat Bates. (Photo Credit: New York City Photography)
Law and Order: Criminal Intent’s Vincent D’Onofrio and his wife Carin van der Donk with Sandy DiPasqua and Pat Bates
(Photo Credit: New York City Photograph
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Business Council For Peace’s (Bpeace)‘s tenth anniversary gala celebration atThe Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park. The evening was filled with delectable hors d’oeuvres, free-flowing drinks and a live and silent auction that included everything from a luxury, all-inclusive Cancun vacation to a Stuart Weitzman Shoe Wardrobe.
The anniversary gala marks ten years of Bpeace creating employment in conflicted countries including Afghanistan, El Salvador and Rwanda. The honorees of the evening included the U.S. Department of State, UN Women and founder of dressbarn Roslyn Jaffe.
The Late Show with David Letterman's Alan Kalter and his wife Peggy arrive at the Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) 10th anniversary Gala at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (Photo Credit: Jim Powell)
The Late Show with David Letterman’s Alan Kalter and his wife Peggy arrive at the Bpeace (Business Council for Peace) 10th anniversary Gala at the Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park (Photo Credit: Jim Powell)
The evening was a success with over 300 people in attendance. Celebrity auctioneer Alan Kalter raised more than $105,000 in fifteen minutes from the organization’s loyal supporters.
Since 2002, Bpeace’s coalition of business volunteers, host companies, and donors have aligned behind the belief that creating jobs creates peace. The organization works with entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries to scale their businesses, create significant employment for all, and expand the economic power of women.

VIDEO: 'Leti's Encounter With Vincent D'Onofrio in Utah'

'American Falls' screening soon!

Via thereelblog, 'American Falls' is set for screenings in LA and New York. Updates are expected next week. Stay tuned and thanx to Chris!
American Falls Movie Trailer from Bé Garrett on Vimeo.

Photo: Vincent D'Onofrio Attends Tribeca Film Festival's After Party 'Before Midnight'

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Actor Vincent D'Onofrio attends the Tribeca Film Festival 2013 After Party "Before Midnight" sponsored by Heineken on April 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for 2013 Tribeca Film Festival)

'Before Midnight' is a new film starring Ethan Hawke and already receiving  Oscar buzz...

BeforeMidnight_ImageAs April has completely come out of nowhere and become fully present, I’ve updated the new Oscar Tracker to keep in mind everything that has already been released this year so far or have screened at major festivals like Sundance, SXSW, and Tribeca.
There’s no super-duper “out there” contender that looks like it can go all the way as of today with the exception of Richard Linklater’s Before Midnight.  While the film is an absolute marvel, it won’t be determined until the autumn if it can sustain throughout the summer and become a leading contender like last year withMoonrise Kingdom and Beasts of the Southern Wild.  Obviously, the latter was the only film to crack the Best Picture lineup but if we’re in store for a change like AMPAS going back to five Best Picture nominees, as some have speculated, a small indie film like Linklater’s could get lost throughout the summer and fall months.  As of now, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy could show up with Linklater in Adapted Screenplay but on their performances alone, they will warrant some consideration. Both are superb in their roles and will have their champions throughout the year

Photo: Vincent D'Onofrio and producers of 'Heroes Behind The Badge'


My producing partners with our narrator Vincent D'Onofrio at our screening this past weekend in Utah.…

Hint:  I believe there are plans for another follow up DVD

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Videos: Vincent D'Onofrio at Rib City Grill for charity event


Videos: 'Heroes Behind The Badge' presentation and recognition w/Vincent D'Onofrio


'Fallen officers honored in Pleasant Grove'

Photos by Leti Pena

While feelings are still raw after this week's terrorist attack in Boston and the subsequent killing of MIT police officer Sean Collier, hundreds of people came together to honor fallen officers Friday night in Pleasant Grove.
A screening of the documentary "Heroes Behind the Badge" was shown at Pleasant Grove High School. The documentary follows the stories of police officers who were killed or injured in the line of duty and is narrated by actor Vincent D'Onofrio.
Pleasant Grove police chief Michael Smith said that the department decided to organize the screening to raise money for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and to increase awareness of the sacrifices made by police officers. The NLEOMF produced the documentary.
D'Onofrio, who attended the screening, said he asked to be involved in the documentary because supporting law enforcement is important to him. "It's unfortunate that it takes an event like Boston to remind people who the first responders are," he said. "This film reminds people."
D'Onofrio told the auditorium full of people that as they were sitting there, law enforcers around the country were putting their lives at risk.
Ironically, as he was speaking about this risk, he announced that officers had just taken Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, into custody. This announcement was met with applause and cheers from the audience.
"Most citizens have no idea that every 54 hours a police officer in this country loses his or her life defending our society from the predators that wish to bring evil upon us," said Smith.
Police officers are more than just the person in uniform who writes speeding tickets, he said. "We are husbands, wives, fathers, mothers, sons and daughters who want to go home to our families after each shift, but are willing to put the safety of the citizens we serve before that of our own."
One local officer, Sergeant Nathan Hutchinson of the Weber County Sheriff's Department, was honored at the event by the NLEOMF as Officer of the Month. In Jan. 2012, Hutchinson was injured while pulling two other officers out of a home with a shooter.
The documentary is currently being screened across the country, according to producer Bill Erfurth, a former police officer. Many police academies now use it as part of training. "If the general public watched this film, they would understand," he said, speaking of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers.
After the screening, audience members were given the opportunity to ask questions of Erfurth and D'Onofrio. Proceeds from the event will go to the NLEOMF and the Pleasant Grove Honorary Colonels, which is an organization that supports local law enforcement efforts.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio visits 'Good Things Utah'

As he often does, Vincent on 'Good Things Utah' to promote and raise awareness. Photos courtesy of Leti who was in the audience with the rest of the girls who traveled to Utah. GTU usually has video so I'll get it posted once it's available. Photos still trickling in...stay tuned!

I believe this is Ruby presenting Vincent with all the birthday cards folks sent.

Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio on set of 'Good Things Utah'


Photos from screening of HBTB


Friday, April 19, 2013

VIDEO: Vincent D'Onofrio on 'Good Things Utah'

KTVX ABC 4 Salt Lake City Apr. 19, 2013. 07:50 PM EST

Video: Vincent D'Onofrio tries on hat for fan photo

Heroes Behind The Badge Screening With Vincent D'Onofrio Tonight In Pleasant Grove, UT.

Actor Vincent D’Onofrio from Law & Order Criminal Intent to Appear

March 24, 2013 – Pleasant Grove, UT. – The Pleasant Grove Police Department announced today the movie “Heroes Behind the Badge” will be shown in Pleasant Grove, UT. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio will make his first Utah appearance to promote the movie.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and Modern City Entertainment teamed up to create the documentary called “Heroes Behind The Badge.” The film recounts the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
“It was created to show the sacrifices of the men and women of law enforcement who have put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who have died in the line of duty,” Pleasant Grove Police Chief Mike Smith said in a statement.

The film will be shown on Friday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. in the Pleasant Grove High School Auditorium . The showing of Heroes Behind the Badge is sponsored by the Pleasant Grove Honorary Colonels.

Read more: http://www.knrs.com/pages/rod.html?article=11205079#ixzz2QwPYtR81

Charity event for David Jorgensen last night...

Ruby talking to Vincent's mother at items for sale table to benefit charity for David Jorgensen


Fan photo with Vincent D'Onofrio

Got to meet Vincent D'Onofrio, he is such a sweet man.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sponsor Vincent D'Onofrio and team for NLEOMF'S Ride & Remember

Arrested Development

Thank you for checking out the Arrested Development Team Page.  We are honored to have you join us as we raise awareness and support for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and our work to Respect, Honor and Remember the service and sacrifice of our brave men and women in law enforcement.

I am pleased to announce that Vincent D'Onofrio from Law & Order: Criminal Intent has joined our team.  Please consider joining Vince and our team to raise funds and come out for a great weekend, Oct 12 - 13 as we celebrate the law enforcement profession.
Team Captain, John Shanks

"I have a profound amount of admiration for the men and women of law enforcement who work tirelessly to keep us safe.  I’ve played numerous law enforcement roles over my career and each one has given me greater respect for these dedicated individuals.  

But unlike them, when we’re done shooting a scene, I go home.  Unfortunately, every 56 hours a law enforcement officer doesn’t make it home.

The Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember is my chance to say thank you and support them in return. Help me celebrate their service and sacrifice by making a donation today."

1. How do I register for the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember?
Visit the Register link, and select whether you want to join as an individual or part of a team. Then select whether you want to register as a rider, runner, road warrior (both) or virtual participant.
2. Is there a fundraising requirement to participate?
All registered riders and runners agree to raise a minimum of $72 for the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember, benefiting the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund. Law enforcement officers support us every day and every 56 hours an officer makes the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty. In order to have the greatest impact we can, we hope that you set your fundraising goals even higher.
3. Is there an minimum age requirement to participate?
Registered riders must be 16 years old by the date of the event. Registered runners must be 12 years old by the date of the event.
4. Can I register to volunteer?
Yes. Please visit the Volunteers page for more information.
5. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate, and search by their first or last name. Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.
6. How do I make a donation?
Click on Donate, and search by a participant’s first or last name.
7. If I can’t participate in the event, what happens to the donations I have raised?
All donations submitted to the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember are non-transferable and non-refundable. Written requests for transfer of registration fees to another event, (whether Ride, Run or Virtual Participant) must be received by Sept. 2, 2013. No transfers will be allowed after the close of the transfer period, and there are no refunds, deferrals or transfer of registration fee to other individuals. We hope donors will appreciate supporting the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund regardless of someone’s participation in the actual event.
8. How do I form or join a team?
If you have not already registered for the event, go to the online registration form and select “Start a Team” if you would like to be the team captain, or “Join a Team” if you know the name of a team you would like to join. If you have already registered for the event as an individual and would like to form or join a team, please contact us at info@rideandruntoremember.org.
9. Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?
No. Your registration fee does not apply towards your fundraising minimum, nor is it tax-deductible.
10. What kind of support is provided on the event?
The ride is fully supported, with water, sports drinks and portable toilets provided at pit stops every 10-12 miles, and a medical crew and bike mechanics on hand.
11. Can I make a donation to a team?
No. You must select an individual team member to donate to, and cannot make a donation to the entire team.
12. What is a sustaining gift?
If you are making a donation online, you can choose to make the same donation amount once a month.
13. How are donations utilized?
Net proceeds from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. A nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization headquartered in Washington, DC, the Memorial Fund built and continues to maintain the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial the nation’s monument to law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. The Memorial Fund is a leading organizer of the National Police Week observance each May and hosts a Candlelight Vigil at the Memorial each May 13th to honor all fallen officers. In addition, In addition, the Memorial Fund maintains the largest, most comprehensive database of line-of-duty officer deaths, conducts research to identify emerging trends and findings of officer fatalities, and serves as an information clearinghouse to improve officer safety.
More recently, the Memorial Fund launched a campaign to build the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, adjacent to the Memorial in Washington, DC. Soon to enter its third phase of construction, the Museum is scheduled to open in 2015 and will take a high-tech approach to telling the story of American law enforcement through interactive exhibits, collections, research and education.
For more information, please visit www.LawMemorial.org.
14. Where should I mail donation checks?
All donations must have a donation form attached and should be mailed to the address listed on the donation form, which is: Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides, 901 E St, NW, Suite 100, Washington, DC 20004.
15. Who should I make my check out to?
Please make all checks payable to: Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides. Please write the participant name in the memo field of each check.
16. What are the Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides?
The Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides is an entity created by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to collect and manage the funds from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember. Net proceeds collected by the Thin Blue Line Community Bike Rides from the Law Enforcement Ride & Run to Remember go directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
17. How do I find a participant’s personal fundraising webpage?
Click on Donate, and search by their first or last name.
18. Why is the “Donate” search not finding a participant that I know has registered?
Try entering just the first few letters of the participant’s name to get more search results, or just the last name.
19. Are donations tax-deductible?
All monetary donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please check with your personal tax advisor regarding the deductibility of your gift.
20. Do all donors who mail their donations receive a receipt?
Any donor who provides an email address will receive a receipt via email once the donation has been processed. If you made a sustaining gift, you will receive an email receipt each time a monthly payment is processed.
21. How do I add a dedication when I make a donation?
When you make a donation online, you can designate what you want to appear as your recognition name on the participant’s Honor Roll. This may be your name, or it could be something such as “From the whole Connor family” or “In memory of Aunt Cathy.” Please note: We cannot process dedications for donations made by mail.
22. What is a matching gift and how do I apply for one?
Many companies (both large and small) offer employee matching gift programs. This means that when an employee makes a donation to a cause or non-profit organization, the corporation will “match” that donation with an equal (or greater) amount to the same group. For more information about matching gifts, visit the Matching Gifts page.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Photos: Vincent D'Onofrio at SAG Foundation


'BPAC hosts conversation with actor Vincent D’Onofrio'

Article by Robert Cambria - April 15th, 2013

“I don’t think of myself as a stage actor. I am a film actor,” said Vincent D’Onofrio during the Screen Actors Guild Foundation Conversation series at Baruch College’s Engelman Recital Hall on a wet April 10 evening, to a sell-out audience.

Moderator Richard Ridge of BroadwayWorld.com had an easy manner of questioning that brought out the boyish quality that has made D’Onofrio an actor’s actor.

At 53, with cropped Brillo-like hair, a hint of stubble on his face and dressed in a well-tailored black suit and a white shirt, D’Onofrio’s six-foot-two, (6'4") large-boned frame is a reminder of the days when he was a bouncer at Studio 54, the Ritz and Hard Rock Cafe.

At times he worked as a bodyguard to Yul Brynner and Dan Ackroyd.

Appearances notwithstanding, the Brooklyn-born actor retains a boyish charm, which the long reach of the Soviet director Stanislavski’s influence has nurtured and continues to sustain during D’Onofrio’s 30-year career.

D’Onofrio is nothing but a man driven by acting. He feels comfortable before the camera and, on stage, too, and more importantly he has easy relationships with other actors.

Acting is a defining moment, yet he has come to realize things about his performance and his character of which he had not been completely conscious.

“Regardless of his own will he lives the part…not thinking of his own accord, subconsciously and intuitively,” wrote Stanislavski in the bible of method actors, An Actor Prepares.

“There is a warmth between legitimate [committee] actors,” D’Onofrio regarded with a broad smile. “I accept them as friend and peer.”

Still, acting is like a fine-grained whetstone on which to give a keen edge. 

D’Onofrio’s filmography is long and impressive. From his spectacular breakout role in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket in 1987 to Mystic Pizza, he has taken on the appearance of a chameleon, taking on the color and character of the role.

Even today the muses of acting have a powerful hold on him. For 2013 and 2014 he has six films in pre-production.

D’Onofrio turned down a part in The Sopranos, yet, he is not afraid of being ethnically typecast. On the other hand, he is best known as Detective Robert Goren in Dick Wolf’s Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

He amusingly described how he grew into his role during the series, 10 years on TV with worldwide syndication. Squid-like, he molded Goren’s quirks to heighten the drama of this crime series.

His pauses, his daring techniques of nailing the criminal, his Sherlock Holmes narcissism, his egocentricity and arrogance brought a fever-pitch tension to Goren, which won him and his character a huge following.

Nonetheless, the pull of the theater and the call of his buddy, the talented actor-director Ethan Hawke brought him back to the boards of off-Broadway.
“I would do anything for Ethan,” D’Onofrio admitted.

In a revival of Brecht’s heavy-handed Baal, D’Onofrio won critical acclaim, as he did in Hawke’s stage of Jonathan Marc Sherman’s Clive.

His disclaimer that he is simply a film actor notwithstanding, be it on TV, on the “silver screen” or Broadway, proves otherwise.

But there is another side of D’Onofrio. In his own way, he is a Renaissance man. He is a producer, a director, he sings and dances and can use his talent even as a magician and juggler, if they are called on.

D’Onofrio is a man driven by his own demons, so much so he had to take a leave from Law and Order owing to an exhausting work schedule.

Nowadays, he works as hard as ever, but manages his energies better. His daughter is a student at the The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute, and he makes sure that he has more than enough time for his 13-year-old and 5-year-old sons.

Charming, urbane, witty, he is hardly midway in his multifaceted career.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kathryn Erbe slated for SVU return...


When Law & Order: SVU‘s Fin finds himself in danger this May, an old friend will be around to lend a hand.
Kathryn Erbe‘s Alexandra Eames will make her second appearance of the season in the May 8 episode, executive producer Warren Leight tells TVLine exclusively.
The Law & Order: Criminal Intent mainstay will show up when someone related to Fin’s past as a narcotics officer begins causing trouble for the SVU detective . What happens is “so big, she’s called in,” Leights says, adding that the idea for the episode originated with its star Ice T.
“He said, ‘I saw after that Rollins-and-her-sister episode, the fans really like it when we’re in harm’s way,” the EP recalls. “‘And don’t forget, I used to be a narcotics officer. There’s got to be a lot of people who want me dead.’”
Hip-hop artist 2 Chainz also appears in the episode as “someone Fin dealt with in the past,” Leight says. “There’s a lot of bad blood from Fin’s past involved in it.”
Emilio Rivera (Sons of Anarchy), Yul Vasquez (Magic City) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull) also appear in the episode.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

'The Tomb' renamed as 'Escape Plan' gets earlier release

That other New Orleans-set prison-break movie -- you know, the one that isn't a now-viral videoshot by inmates at Orleans Parish Prison -- has a new name and a new release date. "The Tomb," a thriller that Arnold Schwarzengger and Sylvester Stallone shot in New Orleans last year, is now titled "Escape Plan" and will land in theaters on Sept. 13, two weeks earlier than its original Sept. 27 date, according to EW.com.

Directed by Mikael Hafstrom ("1408," "The Rite"), the film sees Stallone playing a "structural security" expert who finds himself framed for a crime he didn't commit -- but sentenced to a prison that he designed. Schwarzenegger plays a hardened inmate at the prison, from which Stallone naturally sets out to escape. Co-stars include Jim Caviezel, Sam Neill, Vincent D'Onofrio and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.