Last Updated: 05 March 2003
"Wheelmen" screening for the general public Monday, March 10th in Pasadena
[05 Mar 03] *** "Wheelmen" sneak preview screening for the general public in Pasadena, CA -- Monday, March 10th at 10:00am at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 *** Interested in being one of the first people to catch Richard's movie, "Wheelmen," on the big screen? Within easy access of the Pasadena area? Then plan on being at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 this coming Monday, and plan on bringing some friends! Director Dirk Hagen has graciously invited us to the first public screening of "Wheelmen," to be held at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 at 673 East Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, California at 10:00 am on Monday, March 10th.
Tickets to the matinee showing cost $5.50 and will be available at the theater box office. "Wheelmen" is 93 minutes in length. Ticketing information, directions to the theater, and parking information are available through the theater's phone number -- 626-844-6500. ("Wheelmen" information may or may not be included in the automated "now showing" message; rest assured the movie will be playing Monday morning). Additional information can be found at the Laemmle theater chain website at http://www/laemmle.com
(Thanks to Dirk Hagen for the information and the invitation)
[16 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" to be represented at the American Film Market for foreign territories; domestic distribution negotiations continue *** In addition to presentation at the AFM, which opens Wednesday, February 19th, "Wheelmen" will be screened for international buyers on Monday, February 24th at the Cineplex Odeon Broadway in Santa Monica.
In addition to its theatrical release format, "Wheelmen" has been video-formatted for eventual television and DVD release.
[15 Feb 03] *** "Wheelmen" still awaiting finalization of distribution
arrangements; no word yet on revised release date *** "Wheelmen," which
stars Richard Burgi as former hotshot ambulance driver Nick Torino,
is currently awaiting a distribution deal. Once such a deal has been finalized,
the movie's release format will be decided and a release date announced.
Must see items include the gallery of photos (by photographer Jennifer B. Copp) and Quicktime movie clips -- Richard appears several times in both galleries. The Publicity and News pages have been updated and enhanced with both current and previous press releases, an image of the promotional "Wheelmen" poster, a photo and caption from Premiere magazine, and at least one newspaper article on the production. Photos from the August 22nd Arclight Theaters screening are the site's most recent addition.
The "Wheelmen" site includes a detailed press release (see excerpts from the press release, as well as other articles, on our "Wheelmen" page ), which provides a comprehensive guide to the film, characters, actors, and production staff, and a new press release announcing a cinema screening of "Wheelmen" for potential distributors (below).
WHEELMEN DRIVE ON!
LOS ANGELES, California, August 13, 2002. Wheelmen, a raucous limousine company comedy starring Richard Burgi, Michael Fairman, James Avery and Jason Kravits completed production in Los Angeles during a 19 day shoot and will be screened for distributors on August 22, 2002 at the Arclight Theaters Complex (6360 Sunset Blvd.). The film, directed by Dirk Hagen and produced by John Orland, is a Stretchpix, LLC production, Co-Produced by Lexi Alexander and Robert J. Ulrich , line producer on the production was Gary A. Lowe, production design by Robert E. Hummel, casting by Robert J. Ulrich, costume design by Emmy Taylor and Director of Photography, Don E. FauntLeRoy, A.S.C. and Editor Sherril Schlesinger.
NICK TORINO (Richard Burgi, Fox's "24" and CBS' "The District"), a former ambulance driver, is the acting patron of floundering Los Angeles limousine service, Venture Limousine. In his care are five other 'wheelmen': PAUL (Michael Fairman, "Dharma and Greg" and "The Practice"), a distinguished gentleman and twenty year vet of the limo world, VLADIMIR (Elya Baskin , Air Force One and Moscow On The Hudson), a Russian ex-bodyguard who's traded in his two pack a day cigarette habit for the strange icy goodness of Slurpees. KRISTEN (Lisa Arturo, American Pie II), a 'just one of the guys' sexy woman. RALPH (Adam Biesk, Flight of the Intruder and Meet The Applegates), a potted plant with a Class C license and ANDY COOPER (Greg Lee, "Xena Warrior Princess" and "Dark Angel"), a likeable, happy-go-lucky twenty something who lives every night like a Saturday night, waiting for "The Great Benefactor." Andy is convinced that BERNARD "BARNY" ALBERT TOMLINSON (Rainn Wilson , Almost Famous and Galaxy Quest) is "The Great Benefactor," until it is revealed that he is a paranoid Ex-Secret Service agent attempting to prevent a bizarre kidnapping attempt of the Vice President (James Avery, "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"). Venture Limousine wheelmen have been assigned to the Vice President's motorcade unaware that they will become part of the plot to kidnap him.
As if putting up with his colleagues wasn't enough, Nick comes to work one day and discovers a little boy from his past named ARTHUR (Alexander Gould, Finding Nemo) waiting patiently for him in his office. After noticing several bruises on Arthur's neck, Nick drops the boy off at Social Services where he meets GWEN (Erin Daniels, One Hour Photo), a loving social worker assigned to Arthur's case. Things get complicated as Nick falls for Gwen, and little Arthur feels the rush of jealousy as he too has a crush on her.
[05 Mar 03] *** Keep an eye out for Richard when CBS repeats "The Second Man" this Saturday, March 8th at 9:00pm ET/PT*** Next up will be "Good-bye, Jenny" -- The District airs at 9:00pm ET/PT Saturdays on CBS. Richard returned to The District in December 2002, once again playing Captain Vincent Hunter in "The Second Man."
"During a struggle, deputy chief Noland shoots a college student he believes is about to rob a convenience store with a gun, but the ensuing investigation doesn't turn up a weapon. Soon, Internal Affairs demands that Noland be suspended, but Mannion refuses to take his badge. Also, the student's wealthy parents threaten to bring charges against Noland."
Richard's most recent episode of The District aired initially on Saturday, January 18th. Titled "Good-bye, Jenny," it is his ninth episode so far of the hit CBS drama. The TV Guide online description (available at http://www/tvguide.com ) reads as follows:
Richard's Captain Vincent Hunter becomes involved when it becomes evident that the evidence tampering was an inside job. As Officer Nancy Parras (Elizabeth Marvel) was the last person on record to have handled the cocaine, she becomes Hunter's initial focus.
In the "small, small world" category, one of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars -- Helen Cates -- also appears in this episode of The District, playing ballistics expert Carol Bodine.
No word so far as to whether Richard will be in any additional 2002-03 season episodes of The District.
** French fans, look for Richard every Sunday at 3:30pm on Channel 2 ** The District recently joined the lineup on France's Channel 2, where it is known as "Washington Police."
For a complete listing of Richard's District episodes, visit our District Guide page.
(Thanks to Erin for the images)
[05 Mar 03] *** First season of 24 launches in Switzerland on French-language Television Suisse Romande -- Thursdays, starting on March 6th. *** According to TV8, the TV guide for French-speaking Switzerland, the first season of 24 will launch this Thursday in its first European non-pay TV broadcast. TV8 interviewed Richard for an article announcing the launch.
"I adored breaking my image!" - Richard Burgi
Having the looks of a poster boy for seduction and charm, Richard Burgi could easily have remained his whole life in soap operas like Days of our Lives, where he played the character of Phillip Collier. That would be misjudging the this actor who likes to play with his image. That's why, after being Detective James Ellison, the well known hero fighting for justice in The Sentinel, he has played various parts in sitcoms like Seinfeld, Veronica's Closet or in a hilarious episode of Just Shoot Me, recently seen on TSR [the Swiss French-speaking channel - ed]. In 24 Hours Chrono, he surprises us by playing yet another type of chaacter, the mysterious Alan York.
What did particularly interest you in this role?
In the first episode of the series, all we know about Alan York,
is that he is worried about his daughter. Can you really not tell us a
little bit more about him?
Is that really important?
After three seasons, the series The Sentinel was suddenly
Back in 1977, you spent six months in Switzerland, for your pleasure?
Interview by Isabelle Rovero ( firstname.lastname@example.org
(Thanks to Madeleine Viviani for the article scan and translation)
[05 Mar 03] *** Richard lands role in new sci-fi movie "Decoys" *** Richard has joined the cast of the Matt Hastings-directed "Decoys," filming in Ottawa, Canada from March 3rd to April10th. At present, no word on Richard's character or his level of involvement in the story.
Initial online hunting has produced two detailed references; first up is www.spacecast.com, which has this to say of the project:
Forget about the legions of girls wearing low-rider jeans and baring
their navels in the name of fashion! It's a feature film like
Decoys features the hottest women on this planet - or any other for that matter - with bellybuttons that are quite literally, to die for! It's outer space meets inner science, with a cast of gorgeous women, alien creatures and bellybuttons of all shapes and sizes! Not to be missed, Decoys will breaking out and taking over theatres in 2003!
Stay tuned for all the thrilling details surrounding this wildly-anticipated
feature film! We'll be bringing you exclusive reports
The second reference is from The Ottawa Citizen, which has this to say of the film:
Thursday, February 27, 2003
A former Baywatch star and a soap opera actor are joining the cast of a big-budgeted sci-fi thriller that begins filming Tuesday in Ottawa.
Nicole Eggert, who played Summer Quinn for two years on Baywatch, and Joe Lando, a series regular on One Life to Live who more recently played on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, are appearing in Decoys, a $5-million feature film that will be shooting at various locations in the city.
It's the second movie in six months that is being filmed in Ottawa after last year's drama Outrage, which starred Alexandra Paul, also a former Baywatch regular.
Decoys is expected to hit theatres this fall.
Director Matt Hastings describes the film as "American Pie meets Species," although it will also have a "sci-fi bent" to it and some humour. It's the story of two beautiful female aliens who come to earth and begin a series of strange events at a college campus during a very cold winter.
Snow is an important element in the film -- the aliens are from an ice planet and need cold weather to survive -- and the recent big snowfall has been a boon for the production, he said.
"I'd say almost half the movie will be shot outside," said Mr. Hastings, who's been in Ottawa for a month scouting locations.
"Not a lot of the features have been shot here, and there's so many beautiful locations in the city that we will be tapping into."
The University of Ottawa, St. Paul University, the Father and Sons restaurant on Osgoode Street, other locations in Sandy Hill and the Lees Avenue campus of Algonquin College are slated for use.
Ottawa actress Krista Morin has one of the principal roles in the film, playing the part of Vikki Vickers, the head sorority sister at the college. She said the sudden arrival of these film productions is a good sign for Ottawa actors who have had to go elsewhere for film auditions.
"Ottawa is more of a theatre-based town, so this is pretty exciting.
Before, we used to go to Montreal for auditions and shoot
(Thanks toRichard Burgi for the heads up, and to Deborah for the data-mining on "Decoys")
[15 Feb 03] *** Richard films new pilot for the WB network *** -- Richard has a part in the new Chris Thompson-produced comedy Trash, a pilot for the WB network's Fall 2003 season, playing Bud Blue, father of a teenage daughter named Luna. The pilot episode filmed in late January as scheduled.
Trash is set in Antelope Valley, a community north of the Los Angeles metro area. Mac (Mike Erwin), 16 1/2, and his mother Lisa (Lisa Blount) move from Los Angeles to her home town, taking up residence in a trailer park. Mac's best friend is Gypsy (Samaire Armstrong), also 16. Gypsy's brother is considered the town bad boy. Naturally, they all live in the trailer park.
Mac gets a job mowing the lawn of the more well-to-do Blues and promptly falls for the lovely Luna (Pippi). Bud, it just so happens, has history with Mac's mother; he stood her up at the prom and ran off with -- and married -- some rich girl from the good side of town. Luna's mother -- and Mac's father -- are no longer in the picture. Naturally, Bud is less than thrilled to discover Mac's interest in his daughter and tries to warn him off.
The series is described by E! Entertainment TV's Kimberly Potts (TV Scoop) as "Romeo and Juliet set in a trailer park," and further described by Potts as "the early contender for what could either be the funniest new sitcom of next season or the worst, most offensive new sitcom of next season."
According to an article in the Hollywood Reporter, Trash "has been in development at the WB Network for two years" and is now going ahead to the pilot stage as a Regency Television and Sony Pictures Television production. Trash has been "described as a Coen brothers-style take on the 'Romeo and Juliet' tale," adds the Reporter.
(Thanks to Becky and Kat for the information on Trash)
[15 Feb 03] *** Sci-Fi Channel moves The Sentinel to 10:00am ET in mid February *** Keep up with Richard as Jim Ellison when The Sentinel moves to an earlier spot on the Sci-Fi schedule, airing Monday to Friday at 10:00am ET/PT.
Visit the Sci-Fi Channel website for further details ( http://www.scifi.com/sentinel ) and remember to check your local listings to confirm times and dates.
(Thanks to Deborah for the Sci-Fi info, and to Steffi and Starfox
for the images)
[08 Jan 03] *** Richard's Michael Cassidy returned to bedevil his ex, Judge Amy Gray, in "The Best Interests of the Child" -- Tuesday, January 21st at 10:00pm ET/PT on CBS ***
"Amy (Amy Brenneman) is prepared for the worst as the bitter battle for custody of Lauren (Karle Warren) finally nears an end.
Among the first to testify at the hearing is Lauren's father, Michael (Richard Burgi), who serves his own self-interests by effectively arguing that his ex has demonstrated a lack of parenting skills in the past year. To improve her client's chances of winning, Amy's lawyer (Caroline McWilliams) advises putting the 10-year-old on the stand to say she wants to live with her mother -- an idea Amy adamantly opposes. Meanwhile, Maxine continues to rationalize that keeping her distance from Eric before her former charge stands trial for murder is in his best interest."
This most recent episode is Richard's fifth so far of the popular CBS drama. His previous episode of Judging Amy, titled "People of the Lie," took Michael and Amy (Amy Brenneman) further down the road towards a messy custody battle for their daughter Lauren (Karle Warren). Interestingly, another of Richard's "Johnny on the Spot" costars also appeared in this episode -- Miriam Flynn played the part of Amy's new interior decorator, "Winky."
Richard officially returned to Judging Amy as Michael Cassidy in the Fall 2002 season premiere, "Lost in the System," which aired on October 1st. The TV Guide description is excerpted below:
"The drama's fourth season picks up where it left off last spring, with
Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) in the middle of a messy custody battle. Amy
is hot under the collar about having to attend mediation sessions with
her ex-husband, Michael (Richard Burgi), to whom she is unwilling
to surrender their daughter, Lauren."
To learn more about Judging Amy, visit the show's homepage at the CBS website: http://www.cbs.com/primetime/judging_amy/
Don't forget to use the CBS site's feedback option to tell them how much you enjoyed seeing Richard on Judging Amy, and how much you look forward to seeing more of him in the role of Michael Cassidy this season!
Richard's episodes so far:
Judging Amy is currently airing on Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT.
According to the CBS website, "'Judging Amy' is a drama starring Amy Brenneman ('NYPD Blue') as a single mother who has left New York behind and become a family court judge in Hartford, Connecticut. Recently divorced and raising her young daughter Lauren (Karle Warren), Judge Amy Gray has moved in with her very opinionated mother, Maxine (Tyne Daly) ; re-established a friendship with her free-spirited brother, Vincent (Dan Futterman); her older brother, Peter (Marcus Giamatti), and his wife, Gillian (Jessica Tuck), and is continuing to make her fresh start work. Assisting Amy in the courtroom are her court services officer, Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and her overeager court clerk, Donna Kozlowski-Pant (Jillian Armenante). 'Judging Amy,' based on the real-life story of Brenneman's mother, is about three generations of women living together as they confront the personal and professional dilemmas in their changing challenging lives."
(Thanks to Deborah for the heads-up on Richard's JA episodes, and
to Erin and Becky for the images)
Richard plays paragliding instructor Rick Weston in "High and Low," and is a suspect in the death of a hotshot paraglider named Jimmy -- a fellow Weston disapproves of, saying he "lacks discipline."
If you missed Richard on CSI, the episode will air again in reruns as the season progresses. Remember to check your local listings to confirm time and channel!
(Thanks to Deborah for the CSI heads-up, and to MJ and Erin for the
[15 Feb 03] *** Write to Richard care of the RBFC! *** -- Richard has asked us to encourage anyone interested in sending cards or letters to him to use the RBFC mailing address, which is listed below. This allows Richard to better handle his incoming mail, which he certainly enjoys receiving, provided it comes through appropriate channels.
Mr. Richard Burgi
We cannot emphasize strongly enough that mail should not be sent to Richard's home address! Receiving fan mail through his home address is a disquieting experience and cause for concern, especially from the standpoint of privacy and safety. If you have come across what you believe may be his home address, please, do NOT use it! We -- and Richard -- would greatly appreciate it if you would let us know where you came across the address by using this e-mail link to the RBFC.
While postcards, letters, and cards will be promptly forwarded to Richard, we cannot forward packages; he has asked that no gifts be sent to him. Though Richard appreciates the goodwill and generosity those gifts represent, he finds them a little overwhelming. Richard would be honored if, instead, wellwishers made a donation in his name to a local children's shelter or literacy program, or to the Friends of the Sea Lion Marine Mammal Center .
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