September 29, 2009
Source Link: TVGuideMagazine.com
September 24, 2009
The 57-year-old, who played Eddie for four episodes of FX's vampire drama, has reportedly been booked on the Kiefer Sutherland-fronted show for a multi-episode arc.
Root has been cast in the role of Ben Prady, an officer of the Department of Corrections who is looking into a parolee who has gone missing. He joins Rami Malek, Julian Morris and Hrach Titizian, who have all recently landed recurring roles on the show's upcoming eighth season.
Source Link: Digital Spy
September 22, 2009
September 21, 2009
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September 18, 2009
This WSJ article is primarily about the new show, 'FlashForward'. It also discusses '24' in part of the article:
Here are excerpts where '24' is mentioned:
"Hollywood is full of tales of scripts leaking out. Howard Gordon, an executive producer of "24," says fans rifled through the trash at an old pencil factory in Chatsworth, Calif., where "24" is shot, looking for scripts. They found a handful of pages and posted plot secrets online. Someone stole a "daily," or a version of the script handed out on set on each shoot, out of a "Lost" producer's mailbox. It ended up online, too."
"Almost every cliffhanger fits into one of three basic categories: a character is in jeopardy, a character does something unexpected, or something shocking is revealed. Mr. Gordon, the "24" producer, says he favors cliffhangers that reverse preconceived notions. In the show's first season, for example, Jack's wife, Teri Bauer, believes she is searching for her teenage daughter with another concerned parent. The man turns out to be a kidnapper impersonating a suburban dad. The writers dreamed up the cliffhanger and then wrote the story to lead to its crescendo. "We try to find the last possible thing that can happen, the most surprising thing that can happen and then we retrofit the story around that," Mr. Gordon says."
Full Article Link: Online.WSJ.com
September 16, 2009
“She comes back pretty damaged from where she ended in Season 7, definitely darker, and she has some stuff going on,” actress Annie Wersching, who plays Walker, teased to TVGuideMagazine.com at Fox’s Fall Eco-Casino party. "There is some really cool stuff happening with her, and it's so cool that I don't want to ruin any of it!”
Wersching will say that Renee returns very early on in the day, which she describes as “grittier and more real. I think it being set in New York helps that a little bit, and the actual crisis this year is the closest thing they've had to something that could actually happen tomorrow. It isn't something that the viewers have to buy into. It's very real."
Leading man Kiefer Sutherland’s contract is up at the end of Season 8, and he’s suggested that the show’s format might be strong enough to carry on without Jack Bauer. What does Wersching think?
“The concept could work,” she said. “It could be one day in the life of a firefighter saving something. [But] honestly, because I was a fan of the show [before joining the cast] it's hard for me to imagine 24 without Jack Bauer. I think the same type of show could work. Maybe a spin-off with a different twist or something. But I don't know if fans would be into it.”
Source Link: TVGuideMagazine.com
September 15, 2009
The crowd at the Emmy Awards is filled with many of the same faces every year — the result of popular television series getting renewed over and over. But there are always a few people on the red carpet who make you say… who? Leading up to Sunday’s Emmy telecast, we’ll be talking to first-timers and other nominated actors who might not be as familiar to viewers as the Alec Baldwins, Sally Fields and William Shatners of the world.
But since becoming President Allison Taylor on “24” last year, Ms. Jones has been exposed to a vast new audience. In March, for example, a group of college students asked to take a picture with her at the Clinton presidential library in Little Rock, Ark., “I asked where they were from and they said, ‘Rwanda,’” she said, her easy drawl a remnant of her upbringing in Paris, Tenn., where she still spends plenty of time. “Their children’s children will know of Jack Bauer.”
In July, the role netted Ms. Jones her first Emmy nomination. She called recently from Los Angeles where she is shooting the next season of “24,” which begins on Fox in January.
Congratulations on the nomination.
It was the most unlikely thing in the world. I didn’t know they were coming up, the nominations. I thought when I was getting calls from my hometown that it was people who’d heard that I was coming home for this big fish dinner we were having. [Laughs]
How was the fish dinner?
It was fantastic!
So what was your reaction when you discovered they were calling because you’d been nominated for an Emmy?
Well, I really truly just giggled a lot. My world is theater and I’ve been nominated a handful of times for Tonys and that’s always been kind of wonderful and surprising. But it’s sort of what I do for a living. The Emmys to me — even though I’ve been on the show for two seasons, I still feel like a bit of impostor who just snuck into town and is pretending to be a television actor.
What was the biggest adjustment you’ve had to make to acting on television after years on the stage?
Honestly, the biggest adjustment was just that I could start over. ‘That was a take. Do it again.’ [Laughs] The first few months I would sort of push through something when I would see other people around me stop and begin again. I just could not bring myself to do that, just because I’m like a farm animal, you know? I’ve been trained to keep going.
You’ve said you never watched “24” before you joined the series. Do you consider yourself a fan of the show now?
Completely I’m such fan! I never, ever thought I would do anything that was violent; I just hated violent things. And when I got the call to come meet [“24” creator] Joel Surnow and the gang out there I thought, ‘Well this just isn’t going to work.’ And then I rented the first season and watched the first couple of episodes and I was riveted. I loved it! And I thought, ‘Well it would be hypocritical of me to turn down something I love.’
Of course, some of the violence I just loathe. They made certain choices, certainly last season, that I wish they hadn’t made in terms of violence that I thought tipped over into really gratuitous, grotesque violence. At least my president was firmly against torture.
You’ve said that your Allison Taylor character is a combination of Eleanor Roosevelt, Golda Meir and John Wayne—
It’s half a joke but there’s a little bit of truth to it.
How do those influences figure into your performance?
I throw John Wayne in to add a little testosterone to the mix of Golda and Eleanor, although you could argue that with Golda, you don’t need any testosterone thrown in — she was so tough. The compassion and the brilliance of Eleanor Roosevelt. I’m a huge Eleanor Roosevelt fan so I always have to throw a little Eleanor into anything I do.
You’re actually playing her in an upcoming film…
I’m playing her for two seconds in the Mira Nair film about Amelia Earhart [“Amelia”]. I have a little Eleanor cameo. In fact, I had a great thrill one day: I worked all day long on a Monday on “24” playing the president. Then I got on a red eye to Toronto and arrived early in the morning and went right to the set and I shot Eleanor Roosevelt all day. So within 24 hours I played both the president and the first lady! [Laughs]
Who has been your favorite fictional president of the United States?
In fact, I’ve been staying at [“West Wing” star] Allison Janney’s house in California while she’s been in New York doing “9 to 5.” I joked the other day that I probably got this Emmy nomination because I’m surrounded by so many Emmys here at Allison’s. I mean, they’re growing on the trees here! She’s got them discreetly tucked away but I found them. [Laughs]
Dennis Haysbert portrayed a popular African-American president in the early seasons of “24” and now, a few years later, we have Barack Obama. Do you ever think that you may be laying a foundation for the nation’s first female president?
You know, I think that’s happened. I think this last election year, but for a man named Barack Obama, I do believe that Hillary Clinton would be our president right now.
Are you going to the Emmy Awards?
Source Link: NYTimes.com
September 14, 2009
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Link To Complete Article: Yahoo News
September 13, 2009
Kiefer Sutherland Named as Chair of CFC Actors Conservatory
TORONTO, ONTARIO, Sep 13, 2009 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- CFC (Canadian Film Centre) is delighted to name esteemed Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kiefer Sutherland as Chair of the CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY.
The CFC ACTORS CONSERVATORY, presented by Canwest and supported by the Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, is Canada's first professional level, cross collaborative on-screen training program for actors. The inaugural five-month session will launch September 21, 2009. Conservatory participants and accomplished mentors will be announced shortly.
"As Chair of CFC Actors Conservatory, Kiefer's experience will greatly enrich this program," said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. "His belief in and encouragement of our acting talent is evident through his strong support of his fellow Canadian actors."
"I am honored to contribute to Norman Jewison's legacy by offering the CFC my passion for storytelling, for Canada and its talent," said Kiefer Sutherland. "The Actors Conservatory will have significant influence on the professional and creative lives of the actors attending and on our industry."
Kiefer Sutherland is the son of Canadian acting royalty Shirley Douglas and Donald Sutherland. An actor, producer and director, Kiefer Sutherland's film and television career spans 27 years and 75 films as he enters the eighth season of the hit TV series, 24. His impressive body of work has earned him recognition with the Genie Awards, Golden Globes, Emmys, and SAG Awards.
"Canwest's investment in the CFC Actors Conservatory is part of a long-term strategy to nurture Canadian acting talent and enhance the quality of home-grown programming," said Christine Shipton, Senior Vice President, Drama and Factual Content, Canwest Broadcasting. "With Kiefer Sutherland's commitment, the Conservatory will not only generate renewed enthusiasm for Canadian actors but will help take our Canadian programming efforts to the next level."
"Brian Linehan is smiling today. He loved Kiefer Sutherland who he thought was a great actor, a very generous and intelligent young man," said Michael A. Levine, executor of the estate of Brian Linehan and trustee of the The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation.
The CFC Actors Conservatory will offer gifted actors a unique, transformative professional on-screen experience. Participants will collaborate with industry experts through a series of workshops and master classes with internationally acclaimed actors/directors/writers/producers with a primary focus on the acting process. Designed to build strategic relationships that ensure professional film and television opportunities for CFC actor graduates, a goal of the Conservatory is to systematically build a Canadian star system through a series of star building initiatives.
CFC is Canada's largest institution for advanced training in film, television and new media. A charitable not-for-profit organization, CFC is committed to promoting and investing in Canada's diverse talent; providing exhibition, financial, and distribution opportunities for top creative content leaders from coast to coast. CFC makes a significant cultural and economic contribution to Canada by launching the country's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world. For more information please visit: cfccreates.com.
Source Link: Marketwatch.com
Comment: A very nice honor for Kiefer. Congratulations to him!
September 11, 2009
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September 8, 2009
On the action drama's upcoming Season 8, Malek ("Night at the Museum") will play Marcos, a would-be suicide bomber who is Arab American with sympathies toward radical Islam.
Morris ("ER") will play a CTU SWAT agent. Titizian will play Nabeel, the second-in-command of security for President Hassan (Anil Kapoor).
Malek, who next appears in HBO's "The Pacific," is repped by Defining Artists and Kyle Fritz Management.
Morris, next appearing in Summit's "Sorority Row," is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment. Titizian, who also did an arc on "24" in 2007, is repped by Defining Artists and manager Martha Avedikian.
Source Link: TheHollywoodReporter.com
September 3, 2009
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-- Denise Martin, latimes.com
Source Link: BaltimoreSun.com (click on image #25 for '24')