Sunday, January 17, 2010

Our Win Staten Island or Good Luck Fundraiser


We are hoping to purchase the binders soon, and have decided to do a final fundraiser in order raise enough money to buy the binders you chose for our favorite actors.

Do you want a chance to win a “Staten Island” DVD (NEW/English) or a “Good Luck” VHS tape (USED/German) and see Vincent D’Onofrio in another role? Just make a donation to our CI Binder Project and your name will automatically be included in the raffles. (Names of those who have already donated will be included!)

Donation button is in the sidebar.>>>>>>>>>>
OR: send a money order in USD, but it must be received by the deadline of February 1, 2010

The Rules:
- Please let us know what name you would like us to put on the public donor list.
- one donation is one entry in the raffle (equally if $5 or $100 )
- one entry per person only (even if you donate more than once your name will only be entered once)
- all previous donors will be included in the draw!

“Staten Island” (NEW)(English DVD):

“Sully (Ethan Hawke) is desperate to give his unborn son the chance he never had. Jasper (Seymour Cassel) wants to escape the mobsters that have infiltrated his life and business. Parmie Tarzo (Vincent D'Onofrio), a local mob boss, dreams of crushing the competition. All three men live in Staten Island...once their lives intersect, nothing will ever be the same.”

Actors: Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Seymour Cassel, Julianne Nicholson
Directors: James DeMonaco
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Aspect Ratio: 16X9 (1.78:1)
Number of discs: 1
Rating: R (Restricted)
Studio: National Entertainment Media
DVD Release Date: December 22, 2009
Run Time: 96 minutes
Made in USA
Region 1

This DVD has the following Bonus Features:
Audio Commentary with Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, and director, James Delmonaco
Interview with Vincent D'Onofrio
Deleted Scenes

“Good Luck” (USED) (German VHS):

“Wheelchair bound Bernard "Bern" Lemley (Gregory Hines - Waiting To Exhale Will & Grace) determined to enter a white water rafting race in Oregon labors for months to create a raft that will suit his special needs. When he hears about Tony "Ole" Olezniak (Vincent D'Onofrio - Law & Order: Criminal Intent) a former football star who has lost his eyesight Bern knows that this is the teammate he's been looking for. Though lost in self-pity Ole is eventually persuaded and the two men embark on what could be the greatest - and most hilarious - adventure of their lives. Along the way they encounter comical mishaps make new friends gamble and womanize but also learn a lot about themselves. When they finally register for the race the pair is turned away - but Ole & Bern will not be dissuaded and now must prove that they are as capable as anyone else.”

Actors: Gregory Hines, Vincent D’Onofrio, James Earl Jones
Directors: Richard LaBrie
Language: German
Rating: FSK 12
Run Time: 91 minutes

The deadline is February 1st, so don't delay! Make your donation now! Just let us know in which raffle you prefer to be entered - “Staten Island” or “Good Luck”.

And “Good Luck” to all of you!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Greatest Detective Contest!

The Hallmark UK is running a "greatest detective" contest for all Law & Order Detectives!

Can you do something for your blog for this?

"2010 is a big year for Law & Order - it's been 20 years since Dick Wolf first brought the series to our screens - and what a 20 years. Inspired by the huge success of the original, two fantastic new Law & Order series were created: Special Victims Unit and Criminal Intent. All 3 series have been full of drama and have featured extra special guest stars...however, the real stars of the shows are the detectives.

Without a doubt Law & Order has the finest crime cracking talent on our screens today... but just who is the greatest of all?

We have shortlisted 10 detectives from all 3 shows and are letting you vote on who you think is the best.
The first 5 will be revealed from 7pm Saturday and the remaining 5 from 7pm Sunday.

Over the next 10 weeks we will be showing you the best episodes from all 10 detectives so you can make sure that you use your vote wisely.
The winner will be announced in an extra special finale weekend in April.

To really get to know the detectives a little bit more log on to the website and read all about them.

Happy voting!"

Thanks to Charley for this info!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Letter Sizes for the CI Binder Project

I received a tweet today from Bertine in the Netherlands asking about the page size and thought I'd clarify that for the Europeans.

Pages should be no larger than

8-1/2" x 11" or

280mm x 215mm
but they can be smaller!

The CI Binder Project Mailbox await your letters!

Susan Civitelli
P.O. Box 397
West Haven, CT
We're looking forward to your letters Bertine!
NOTE to EVERYONE: If you wish to have receipt of your pages acknowledged, please include your email address - maybe on the inside of the envelope flap?

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Very Special Letter

All the letters we are receiving are so special! I really enjoyed the trio one fan sent over the weekend. At the end of each letter were little notes written to the characters! Great idea!

But this one should take a special place in the heart of the writer of the episode (who, forgive me, I haven't looked up) as well.

Thanks for allowing us to share this Amy!

Dear Vincent D’Onofrio,

Hello! My name is Amy, and I just wanted to thank you for your awesome work as Detective Robert Goren. I have always enjoyed the different approach of Criminal Intent, and around my house, whenever it is on, someone hollers, “Bobby’s on!”

You have probably heard how you or your work has changed someone’s life, but in my case, it’s true. As I was watching “Probability,” where Goren and Eames discover that Wally Stevens has Asperger’s Syndrome, something prompted me to watch it again. As you/Goren read the list of symptoms, something clicked. It made me interested enough to visit with a therapist, and I found out that I have Asperger’s. Being 40 years old at the time, and finally finding that which I have searched so long for was such a relief!

I wanted to thank you so much for showing compassion towards “Wally,” as it felt a little like you were showing all Aspies that same compassion. It was the first time anyone had shown me a positive reaction, rather than the reactions I have gotten over the years. I know, you were playing a part, saying and doing what the script said, but I’d like to believe that you put a lot of yourself into that role, and it wasn’t all coming from the script.

I am sad and sorry to see you leave Criminal Intent, but I would like to wish you great luck in your future endeavors. Thank you ever so much for Bobby Goren!


Thursday, January 7, 2010


Having a hard time getting started with your letters? Don’t know what to say? We thought we’d help you get jumpstarted with a stroll down memory lane.

Remember these?

Goren tossing the binder at Sonny in Gone

Dance of the Merry Widow in Unrequited

From Proud Flesh
Eames: You know what I like to do to bugs? I like to watch my partner squash them.

Goren throwing the crumpled paper at Eames' chair in FPS

Goren using the bolt cutters in But Not Forgotten

From No Exit
Eames: You can do your little dance in hell now…

Goren kicking in the door in Yesterday

Eames rolling her eyes at Goren's “sharks don’t have scales” remark in Smothered

The shoe store scene from Anti-Thesis

Goren touching Eames and asking her if she is alright in Pas de Deux

Goren licking the frosting/glue in Sound Bodies

Eames and Goren smiling together in Rocket Man

Everything is blue in Endgame

From Person of Interest
(referring to notes on Goren's desk)
Eames: Admirers?
Goren: No, reporters. They want a comment.
Eames: Can they print a hand gesture?

Do you have a favorite CI moment? A favorite scene or line?

Share with us!

Monday, January 4, 2010

P.O. Box Problem Resolved !!!

I went to my local Post office today. The issue has been resolved as human error with apologies, the P.O. Box # is correct and we received a letter from a fan in Maryland today.

So bring it on!

Please send your letters to:

Susan Civitelli
P.O. Box 397
West Haven, CT 06516

Thank you,

Friday, January 1, 2010

An Upsetting Report

It has come to my attention that a fan's letter was returned from my local Post Office marked "Attempted/Not known". This is very upsetting to me and I will head to my Post Office to try to find out what happened first thing in the morning.

I apologize to Jim from the USA Board and will report back to you all tomorrow with the results of my query.

Thank you,


Update: Unfortunately, my local Post Office is closed Saturday and Sunday. I will not be able to get some answers until Monday morning. I will get back to you as soon as I can. Sincere apologies to all.