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October 31, 2009
October 30, 2009
Last Updated: Thursday, October 29, 2009 | 11:19 PM ET
The Associated Press
Dennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and is canceling all travel plans to focus on treatment.
Manager Sam Maydew says the 73-year-old actor and artist is being treated through a "special program" at the University of Southern California.
Asked about Hopper's prognosis, Maydew said, "We're hoping for the best."
Hopper was forced to cancel his appearance at an exhibition at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne called "Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood," a collection of artwork and photography by the actor.
Hopper recently finished shooting the second season of TV's Crash and has several film projects in the works.
Source Link: CBC News
Steve Hargrave, Showbiz correspondent
Kiefer Sutherland has told Sky News that the hit television show 24 could carry on, even if his character Jack Bauer is killed off.
The star is busy filming Day 8 of the smash series, which reaches UK screens in January, amid huge speculation it may be the last.
"I've always said its certainly possible," said Kiefer, when asked if someone else - like new cast member Freddie Prinze Junior - might take over if Bauer bows out.
"All the actors have always understood there's a strong chance they will die in the context of the show. But the real star is the time format."
Sutherland says fans will see a different side of Bauer in the new season, which is set in New York.
"The start is very different from any show that we've done," the actor told Sky News. "At least for Jack it is very quiet.
"When the day does start to go bad he really does get involved, and not because he's a part of it but because he's being pulled into it.
"That resistance is something you're not used to seeing, and it's interesting to see what pushes him towards actually taking care of the responsibiliites of that day."
All the cast are sworn to secrecy over the plot details, but 42-year-old Sutherland insists they are as much in the dark as the fans.
"To be honest once we get started on a season we focus solely on that scene," he said.
The actor went on: "There are so many people that will be part of that decision on whether 24 continues.
"In regards to Jack dying? Well eventually, he will die one day. I just don't know whether he'll be 87 or he'll be 43."
Day 8 of 24 starts on Sky1 in January.
Comment: I really hate reading these stories. '24' is still the best show on television and I think it still has at least one or two more good seasons left in it. Hopefully, FOX will see this and renew '24' for at least one more season beyond season 8. And no Kiefer, '24' could not carry on without you as Jack Bauer.
No Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in '24' = No '24'.
October 29, 2009
Here's what we already know: this season will be set in New York, and will involve Jack (who's already retired, I must note) stopping an attempt to assassinate President Hassan, who is in the country to broker a groundbreaking deal with President Taylor.
Here's what the trailer below suggests: Jack finds himself unwittingly sucked into another life-or-death situation, just as he begins to settle down and start a new life with daughter Kim and her daughter, who is perhaps one of the most adorable things I've seen on the show. ("You do not look like a grandfather," the kid goes. Ohhh!)
Here's what the trailer doesn't show:
And so the countdown begins to 24's eighth season, which kicks off with a two-night, four-hour premiere on Sunday, January 17.
Source Link: BuddyTV.com
October 28, 2009
Will the upcoming eighth season of 24, which premieres on Fox on Jan. 17, be the series’ last? I’m going to choose to be in denial about that for now …
But DigitalSpy.com does have a first bit of footage from the new season, and it finds a retired (whut?!) Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) trying to spend some quality time with his granddaughter, only to be dragged back into another CTU/gotta-save-the-world-again emergency. Yes, every time he thinks he’s out, they keep pulling him back …
There are lots of familiar faces in the clip – Renee/Girl Jack (Annie Wersching)! President Taylor (Emmy winner Cherry Jones)! Chloe (Mary Lynn Rajskub)! Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert)! – as well as some new faces, like a man (played by The Shield’s great Benito Martinez) desperately seeking Jack’s help, Freddie Prinze Jr.’s new CTU operative Cole Ortiz, Mykelti Williamson as new CTU honcho Brian Hastings and some doofus who dares to ask the question, “Who the hell is Jack Bauer?” Oh, he’ll soon find out. Oh yes … he will soon find out.
One other cast standout: The kid playing Jack’s granddaughter, who you may recognize from what is one of the most annoying TV commercials ever: The Van De Kamp’s fish commercial in which the tot rudely chastizes her mother for feeding her minced fish. Let’s hope she’s far less annoying on 24, because grandpa or not, Jack Bauer simply won’t put up with that kind of sass!
PS – There’s another sneak peek at the new season available at YouTube, a shaky, poor quality clip someone filmed at San Diego Comic Con last summer. Again, the quality is bad (and much of it is flipped 90 degrees, making it a dizzying viewing experience), but it does provide more of a look at the new CTU offices, as well as a small preview of Dana Walsh, the new CTU character played by Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff.
How excited are you for the new season of 24? And do you think/hope/dread that it will be the show’s final season?
Source Link: tvscreener.com
October 27, 2009
October 26, 2009
Sounds like the 24 cast is starting to do their first press interviews talking about the upcoming season.
Here are a couple of tweets from Sky1 Insider from today:
#24 press junket underway. Kiefer Sutherland, Katee Sackoff and Freddie Prinz Jnr talking about Day 8. First look and it's gonna be great!
#24's Katee Sackoff reveals a wardrobe change during the season. Does this mean there's more to her CTU analyst than first meets the eye?
Should be getting more news and quotes regarding season 8 soon!
It's getting closer!! :)
October 25, 2009
A rough cut of the first two Season 8 promos: "Survive" & "Run This Town" is available on the KieferSutherland.net website on their Day 8 page. Below is the link to the site if you want to take a look.
They look fantastic! January 17th can't come soon enough!!
"Cute stuff between Jack and Kim's daughter Teri. She says "Jack?" and he smiles "you're supposed to call me grandpa!"
Promo 1 text: "He left it all to start a new life. But old habits die hard. This season: when a global crisis hits home, Jack. hits. back."
Promo 2 text: "All he wants is his family. All he needs is to survive one more day."
Jack Bauer stuff: he jumps through a freakin' glass window while screaming "Let's go!"
Jack appears to smack a terrorist in the head w/ a red fire axe causing the guy to fall backwards over the top railing.
Bauer tackles Cole Ortiz (Freddie Prinze Jr) while screaming "Get down!" - a rocket(!!) blows up the CTU(?) helicopter.
A bloody Jack Bauer sitting in a chair, he's getting punched in the face by a bald-headed guy... looks like it may be Domenick Lombardozzi
Dana Walsh (Katee Sackhoff) and CTU director Brian Hastings (Mykelti Williamson) watching big-screen monitor in shock as a building explodes
It appears as if the first two (daylight) episodes involve Jack transporting that Victor Aruz character (Benito Martinez) to CTU
Saw Stefan Kapicic's character firing a machine gun into an alley, and then he was one of the two dudes getting hit by Jack's fire axe.
Necar @zadegan's character (President Omar Hassan's wife) was yelling at someone "You put us all in danger!"
Two awesome Jack Bauer promo quotes: "You're lucky I'm retired" and "I hate this place."
Jack wants to move back to LA w/ Kim, smile & hug each other. Baby Teri "You don't look like a grandpa?" Jack laughs "Couldn't agree more!"
Two cops w/ guns drawn in alley, appears they're trying to bring Victor into custody but that's Jack's only lead. Seems to be a firefight.
It's night time and someone presses a detonator switch. A black car explodes and flips over onto its roof, skidding across the road.
Night time again - Chloe waiting on roof, a helicopter lands and Renee walks out of it looking badass. Seems her hairstyle is different.
Russian mobster (played by Callum Keith Rennie) is pointing a gun to Renee's head on a rooftop. Renee screams out "DO IT!" (oh hell no!)
Jack Bauer was in a convenience store screaming at the top of his lungs "What the hell have you done!?" and then "This is over!!"
Also, Jack was holding a sub-machine gun in his right hand while standing next to Victor before jumping through the glass window.
24spoilers @ Twitter
October 23, 2009
Updated: Friday, 23 Oct 2009, 11:49 AM EDT
Published : Friday, 23 Oct 2009, 11:48 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY - One of the most innovative and acclaimed dramas on television, 24 returns for a remarkable eighth season in January 2010.
The suspenseful series has been nominated for a total of 68 Emmy awards, winning for Outstanding Drama Series in 2006. Over the course of seven seasons, Sutherland has garnered seven Emmy nominations and one win for Outstanding Lead Actor; while Season Seven co-star Cherry Jones earned an Emmy nomination for her highly praised work as PRESIDENT ALLISON TAYLOR.
Season Eight of 24 promises to combine the show’s unique and trend-setting format with compelling new elements, including a new setting, new threats and new cast members.
Each episode will again cover one hour of real time as viewers follow JACK BAUER (Sutherland) through another astonishing day.
Set in New York City, “Day Eight” unfolds amidst the shadows of the Statue of Liberty and the United Nations as President Allison Taylor (Jones), alongside new chief of staff ROB WEISS (Chris Diamantopoulos), negotiates international security with OMAR HASSAN (Anil Kapoor), a determined Middle Eastern leader visiting the U.S. on a peacemaking mission.
As the new day begins, an upgraded CTU operates under the command of M.B.A.-schooled, razor-sharp head honcho BRIAN HASTINGS (Mykelti Williamson), who supervises quirky CHLOE O’BRIAN (Mary Lynn Rajskub), expert data analyst DANA WALSH (Katee Sackhoff) and systems analyst ARLO GLASS (John Boyd).
COLE ORTIZ (Freddie Prinze Jr.), an ex-Marine who wants to follow in Bauer’s footsteps, leads field operations while Agent RENEE WALKER (Annie Wersching) returns with an agenda of her own.
Created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, 24 is a production of 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine Television in association with Teakwood Lane Productions. Howard Gordon, Evan Katz, David Fury, Manny Coto, Brannon Braga, Brad Turner, Alex Gansa, Kiefer Sutherland and Brian Grazer are executive producers, while Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson serve as co-executive producers. Brad Turner directed the season premiere episode.
24: Season Premiere: Sunday, Jan. 17, 9:00p.m -11:00p.m.
Midseason: Mondays, 9:00p.m -10:00p.m.
(Thanks again, Lisa!)
Carlos Bernard plays Tony Almeida in the hit show '24'. As series 7 is released on DVD, the actor tells James Rampton about the forces that have driven his character to the dark side.
Friday, 23 October 2009
Off screen, Carlos Bernard and Kiefer Sutherland, the actors who play Tony Almeida and Jack Bauer, the apparently un-killable counter-terrorism agents in 24, are the best of friends. With that slow, almost whispered drawl familiar to the squillions of 24 fans around the world, Bernard describes their relationship: "Let me put it this way. I had a party at my house the other night, and Kiefer was the last person to leave, at five in the morning."
On screen, it's a different story. During the first six seasons, Tony and Jack couldn't have been closer, saving each other's lives countless times. But all that has changed in the seventh season, which is released this week on DVD and Blu-ray, in which Tony, back from the dead and eaten up with rage about the murder of his beloved wife Michelle, teams up with a dastardly terrorist cell. Tony has – apparently – joined the dark side.
In typical 24 fashion, this terrorist group are bent on destroying America, and only one man can stop them: Jack Bauer. Boasting more twists and turns than the average Alpine road, the seventh series makes for a fiendishly addictive ride.
Sutherland has said that the format is the real star of the show (whose fans include Dick Cheney and Barbra Streisand) – it is set in real time over 24 hours – and it's true that it only makes it more compulsive. I watched the latest season in an unstoppable frenzy over just four days.
In person, Bernard is the opposite of Tony. Where the character is broody and moody, the actor is chirpy and cheerful. He even – and this will shock aficionados of the scowling agent – has an infectious laugh.
The 47-year-old actor, who is married to actress Sharisse Baker and has one daughter, Natalie, locates Tony's emotional position at the start of the seventh series. "He's a very damaged individual. He's been through a lot and lost a lot. He is really angry at the system he had dedicated himself to fighting for over so many years.
"Tony has genuine, intense feelings for Jack. Because of what they've been through together over the years, he has a lot of love for him. They're like brothers. But sometimes when brothers get into fights, it's worse than anyone else feuding because of that very intensity of feeling. If Tony had had it his way, Jack would not have got involved in this case – he would have stayed away. But Tony couldn't stop it. Jack is always sticking his nose into things!"
The fact that Tony switches sides did not go down well with 24's fan-base. "People were furious," Bernard smiles. "It was tough for me to go out for a coffee. I'd get a lot of 'I'm really mad at you!' And I'd think, 'do I know this person? What did I do to him?' But I'd hate it if they didn't care. There is nothing worse than eliciting boredom. You can be bad or you can be good – just don't be boring."
Tony's allegiances are not the only thing to shift during this series. There has also been a change in the show's portrayal of torture. Over the past few seasons, even fans have expressed disquiet about Jack's use of torture.
The bestselling author Stephen King, a fan, spoke for many when he observed: "There's a queasily gleeful subtext to 24 that suggests, 'if things are this bad, why, I guess we can torture anybody we want! In fact, we have an obligation to torture to protect the country! Hooray!'"
Other voices were even more disapproving of a show that featured 67 scenes of torture during its first five seasons – a much greater number than any other TV drama Melissa Caldwell of the Parents' Television Council, declared: "24 is the worst offender on television: the most frequent, most graphic, and the leader in the trend of showing the protagonists using torture."
But now Barack Obama has replaced George Bush in the White House, and we are living in a post-Guantanamo Bay, post-Abu Ghraib universe. Jack would appear to be the last water-boarding dinosaur still walking the earth.
The producers of 24 have made it clear that he is a man whose uncompromising methods are seriously out of date. The seventh series opens with Jack facing trial for human-rights violations. Throughout the season, he is upbraided by a play-it-by-the-book FBI agent for his brutal approach to interrogation.
Bernard says Jack is now seen as a man out of time "It reflects the change in attitude in the US. It's important we addressed that – it's become such a large issue in our country and you can't be casual about it. But just because in one episode Jack killed his boss, it doesn't mean we condone killing your boss. It's the same with torture. Just because Jack often tortures people, it doesn't mean we condone torture."
The actor adds: "There has probably always been this battle about how you extricate information from people. It will see-saw back and forth throughout history. It was purely because of 9/11 that it started to be OK. I don't want to say it is OK, but we began to soften our view of it because of the shock of that event. I'm sure we'll hit a time in the future when torture is seen as OK again."
The events of September 11 2001 nearly caused 24 to be axed before it had even begun. "9/11 happened when we'd only shot six episodes of the first series," Bernard recalls. "We were sure the show would be cancelled. We thought, 'Jeez, they can't put this show on air now'. But people were really engaged with the issues, and it went out. It's ironic that the terrible climate of the world actually helped the show."
Bernard could tell me if he is appearing in the eighth series of 24, but then he'd have to kill me. All he can say is that, "the future for Jack can't be good. He's never in good shape!" Does that mean that, like Tony, he might turn out to be a baddie? "I don't know if people could take that – they had a hard enough time with me!"
Over the past eight years 24 has become a worldwide hit and catapulted Bernard to stardom – evidenced by the obsessive fans he now attracts. "The other day, I found a British woman by my trash-cans," he says in bemusement.
"Her husband was waiting across the street, and she told me, 'this is one of the places we wanted to come on our visit to the US.' I thought, 'why is my trash on your itinerary?' Then she asked if she could take a picture of me. I replied: 'On one condition: that you don't go on the internet and tell people where my trash is!'"
Bernard's only other worry is that he might be forever pigeonholed as Tony. "The show has given me a huge profile, but it does limit you as well. People talk about typecasting, and unfortunately that will happen if you have success. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.
"One thing I love about this career is that it never ceases to be challenging. For your next job, people aren't going to open the door for you. You'll have to kick it down. Perhaps I should ask Jack to help!"
The seventh series of '24' is released on DVD and Blu-ray this week.
Source Link: Independent.co.uk
Thanks Lisa for the heads up on the article :)
October 22, 2009
CARLOS BERNARD has suffered bruises from flying fists, bouts of "deathly" poisoning, bust-ups and stomach-churning all-night adventures in 24.
And we're not talking about his daredevil alter-ego Tony Almeida.
The actor admits playing the rogue federal agent in the hit US show carries its own risks, not least when he's trading punches with co-star KIEFER SUTHERLAND.
Then there's the wild drunken "air guitar" nights with his castmates and the challenge of shooting scenes while violently vomiting after a dodgy meal.
It's all in a day's work for Mr Bernard, who's answered your questions on all things 24 in our exclusive webchat.
Carlos left fans of the show dumbstruck when he burst back onto the scene in season 7, after his character had seemingly kicked the bucket in the arms of Jack a couple of series prior.
But Jack soon learns to his horror that former sidekick Tony - engulfed by rage and bitterness over the explosive death of his wife Michelle at the beginning of season 5 - is now working with the terrorists he used to be hell bent on wiping out.
Read on for Carlos' answers to your questions.
You've said that you love the journey that Tony has taken to get to this point but what do you think of the vehemence with which fans have reacted, both positive and negative?
Avery, New Orleans
I can only feel good that people react either way, positively or negatively. Whether they're angry or supportive of the character, if they're reacting with a lot of passion then that's great. It means they care.
Did you ever worry that Tony's change from 'good guy' to 'villain' would be hard for fans to accept?
Lucy and Will, Scotland
Well, I don't consider him a villain. I don't consider him a good guy or a bad guy. He's a human being who's been through traumatic events, he's damaged. He's gone to a dark place in his life. Most of us go through those times in our lives - not to that extent - but he's doing what he needs to do to take care of himself. I'm not saying I agree with everything he's done to get there. I'm biased as well - I have to play the character and really get to a pace where I understand emotionally where he's coming from.
When you filmed your 'death' in season 5, were you aware that you would be back in season 7?
I was aware that everybody was not completely satisfied with the ending for that character. The producers left a crack in the door for the character to come back. So I knew that there was a possibility. That being said, I didn't really think they would ask me back. It's kind of like a break-up with a girl that you're in love with - you realise it's time to move on but then they call you one day asking to meet for coffee. And you go!
What's the hardest scene you've had to shoot on 24?
Thaize Cooper, London
One of the hardest scenes I had to shoot - and it was only because I was deathly ill with food poisoning - was the interrogation scene with Kiefer in the third episode of season 7. I was going into the hallway during breaks and puking. I hadn't slept all night because I couldn't stop throwing up. So that was kind of tough.
Have you ever injured Kiefer or has he ever injured you in a fight scene?
You get your bumps and bruises in fight scenes. It's usually a stray elbow or a kick or something. We've woken up sore the next day because of each other definitely. But nothing too bad - no broken teeth or bones.
One on one, no weapons... Who would win in a fight - you or Kiefer? And I don't mean your characters!
Dewi Fon Evans, North Wales
Oh, I would. He'd probably have his own answer though!
What has been your favourite moment of Tony's throughout all the seasons he has been in?
Coming back in season 4 was a lot of fun, when Jack and Audrey were cornered in a garage. One of my favourite episodes though was episode three of season 7 because it's just classic 24. If someone were to ask me, 'Well, what is 24?' I would say that episode is a great example of the show.
I've read that you're not too keen on watching your own work - is that really the case? Do you ever sit down to watch an episode of 24?
Antonio, Mexico City
Yeah, I really don't. I will watch bits and pieces that I'm concerned about. I'll go into the editing room to see what takes they use of me because I'm concerned about what performances they go for. Or if there's an actor on the show that I really admire, I'll go into the editing room to watch their stuff. I mean, there are actors on the show that I don't get to work with. We only see each other at the after-parties, which is strange.
Touring the world with Kiefer and the 24 cast to promote the show must have involved plenty of 24 hour partying sessions. What has been your most outrageous night out and where?
There was a pretty fun night in Munich in January. Put it this way, I'm really happy none of it popped up on YouTube because I thought it would. There is a video tape of it! We were having a few drinks, to say the least, and they kept the bar open for us. We were doing some ridiculous air guitar and singing and dancing. We were partying until five in the morning and then we had to leave for a press conference at 6. All of us were completely fried. So I'm at a baseball game a few months back and I get this email that says, 'Check out this YouTube clip of you guys in Germany.' I was like, 'No!' Thankfully, it was fake! But I thought for sure it was the real thing.
Obviously when a main character gets killed off, the actor playing him or her leaves the show. Who have you been saddest to see go?
I think James Morrison, who played Bill Buchanan. And there was actually a character who got killed in the second episode of season 1 played by Michael O'Neill. He's a great character actor. He was Jack's boss at the very beginning and he got killed off in the second episode and I was so bummed because he never really got a chance to get going. James got a few years of being on the show, but Michael's character I thought would have been such a great character on the show. I couldn't believe it when they killed him off so quickly.
What's it like working with a legend of the screen like Jon Voight?
Fantastic. I grew up watching him. He's one of those actors who loves it so much. He shows up with such an enthusiasm and excitement to go to work. Literally, in the make-up trailer, he'll be in character. I remember the first time I met up him and he comes up to me in the make-up trailer, shakes my hand and says, "Almeida... Tony Almeida..." He's already in character!
Often tensions run high between the characters. Have you ever come to blows with any of your castmates offscreen?
Almost, one time, with Xander Berkeley, who played George Mason. It's funny because we're really good friends and I really like him a lot. I think he's incredibly talented and a really funny guy - but I nearly ripped his throat out once! It was mainly because we're both control freaks and there's that point with two control freaks where one crosses the line into the other control freak's territory and it's not good! And he crossed over into my territory one time. It was something to do with my character.
Do you think that 24 broke the mould for action thrillers and has improved other programmes and films, such as James Bond?
Ray Smythe, Staffordshire
I definitely see the difference in the new Bond as opposed to the more classic Bond. It's got a more hectic pace to it, a quicker pulse. I don't know that it's 24, I think it's just that people's sensibilities have changed. Maybe there's a lack of patience in audiences these days, and they want a quicker pace. If you go back and look at some of the great movies from the 70s that are sort of slow, where people may not even talk for 10-15 minutes. If you look at Three Days Of The Condor, there's this deliberate pace that almost couldn't exist now, because we're such fast consumers. But I think the first episode of 24 was definitely ground-breaking.
A typical 24-hour day in the life of Tony involves terrorist shoot-outs, bombings and kidnappings, but what does a typical 24-hour day in the life of Carlos entail?
The opposite! If I'm not working I will take my daughter to school, maybe hang out outside her classroom for as long as they'll let me. I'll probably go and work out. Then I'll get some writing done - I've written as long as I've been an actor. It's a big part of my life. At some point I'll sit down and smoke a cigar and, depending on what I'm doing for the rest of the day, have a drink. Then I'll come home and play with my daughter and maybe watch a ball game at night or a TV show. Pretty boring really!
Will Almeida be back in the next series?
I don't know.
October 21, 2009
Carlos Bernard, who plays Tony Almeida, signed copies of the new DVD on Monday October 19.
His character comes back from the dead in season seven, after he was apparently killed in season five.
Carlos told ITN On: "Tony is damaged at this point. What he's been through throughout the years that you see play out on the show has changed him. And he's got an axe to grind (in season seven)."
The seventh season of 24 is not quite the same as its six predecessors. CTU has been disbanded by the government, there are some new characters, and Jack Bauer is being questioned over allegations of torture.
The show is full of twists and turns though, as well as the usual fast-paced action that fans have become so familiar with.
Source Link: ITN.co.uk
October 20, 2009
From Marci Michelle ('24'):
Ok I finally have an answer!! You will start seeing promos for season 8 sometime during the 1st couple world series games!! Woohoo!
about 2 hours ago from Twitterrific
Note: World Series is scheduled to begin October 28th on FOX
kind speaks for itself episode one cast and crew screening CTU Stage A lunchtime
14 minutes ago from TweetDeck
Source: Rodney Charters, Director of Photography for '24'
marcimichelle Ok kids don't hate us, but our lunch time entertainment today is a screening of episode 1!!!!
27 minutes ago from Twitterrific
October 17, 2009
Those are all primary aspects of the character, but there's another side to the Jack Bauer character that I've not seen discussed a great deal...the caring, sometimes very sweet and tender man that we have seen glimpses of throughout the first seven seasons of '24'.
I think this side of the Jack Bauer character is what makes him one of the most well-rounded, compelling characters ever in the history of television.
The primary reason this character is so good and so multi-dimensional, is because of the talents of Kiefer Sutherland. Kiefer has done a phenomenal job of playing both sides of this character in an equally compelling manner. He can play the tough, counter-terrorist agent side of Jack Bauer just as well as the caring side of Jack.
Below are some of the moments that I believe best show this side of Jack Bauer from seasons 1 & 2 of '24':
Jack The Family Man: Our first introduction to Jack Bauer is Jack the family man. Playing chess with his daughter Kim, playfully flirting with his wife Teri who he's trying to reconcile with after being separated. This is the Jack Bauer we first see who is happy and seemingly content before his series of bad days began.
Jack & Teri At The Hospital: After being separated for several hours after Kim sneaks out from the house & is ultimately kidnapped, Jack and Teri finally meet up at the hospital where Kim's friend Janet was taken. We see several moments of Jack's caring and loving side with his wife Teri.
The scene where Jack has to tell Teri that he thinks Kim's disappearance could be related to him being assigned to protect David Palmer is one of the best illustrations of Jack's caring and love for Teri in the whole series. You can also see how much it tears Jack apart that his wife is going through such pain because of his job.
There was another nicer moment where Jack and Teri talk about after everything is over, possibly taking a family trip to Canada (liked the Canada reference because the actors playing the Bauer family are all Canadians!). Jack the family man again, hoping just to take a simple trip with his family. So sad that never happened. :(
Jack Rescues His Family: What a wonderful, touching moment when Jack finally finds his family being held by Gaines is reunited with them. I loved how when Kim says they should get out of there, Jack wanted to wait a few moments longer just to savor having his family back in is arms again. Another nice Jack moment.
Teri Tells Jack She's Pregnant: In hour 23 of day 1, Jack realizes in order to save his daughter he is going to have to turn himself over to the Drazen's which means they will kill him. As bad as that was, Jack then has what turns out to be his final conversation with Teri and she tells him she's pregnant. Jack just loses it; knowing he is probably going to his death, his wife tells him he's going to be a father again. It doesn't get more heartbreaking than that.
As tough as Jack is, this news just crushes him because he believes he will never see the child Teri just told him she was going to have. This sadly turns out to be true, but it's because Teri ends up dying instead of Jack.
A beautifully acted scene by both actors, but Kiefer Sutherland's performance perfectly shows the mixture of emotions the character was feeling at that moment so poignantly that your heart breaks along with Jack's.
Jack Tries To Reconnect With Kim: At the beginning of Season 2, we see Jack at his lowest. His wife was murdered by someone he trusted at CTU, he's no longer working for CTU and is estranged from his daughter Kim. Jack goes to visit Kim and asks that they just spend some time together , but she rejects him. Jack was at such a low point and he was so sweet in his plea to Kim when he talked about how much he missed her, it was another touching, yet heartbreaking side of Jack Bauer that is not shown very often. It's not often you see Jack that vulnerable.
Jack's Goodbye To Kim: One of my all time-favorite scenes in 24: Jack has a tearful and moving conversation with Kim that he believes will be their last when he has to tell her he is the one who is going to fly the nuclear bomb out of city and detonate it in the desert. This was such a wonderfully written and acted scene. What made it so good was it's realism. Kim realizing she is going to lose her dad tells him how sorry she is for the way she's treated him and Jack letting his daughter know that she didn't need to be sorry for anything and he tells her how much he loves her and how proud he is of her.
No other scene in 24 other than Jack and Kim's reunion in S7 more vividly shows the loving, caring side of Jack and how much he loves his daughter.
Jack Comforts Kate: After Jack saves Kate at her home and retrieves the chip from the guys who stole it, Kate was upset thinking everything that happened that day was her fault. She believed she should have seen her sister was in trouble and was a terrorist, but Jack talked to her and told her it wasn't her fault and that there are things in this world that are out of her control. They shared a hug and it looked for a moment as if they would kiss, but Jack was interrupted by a CTU phone call.
I thought this was another good illustration of the sensitive, caring Jack. I think the scene also showed that Jack was beginning to reach the point where he was going to finally forgive himself for what happened to Teri and try to move on with his life. The scene was also a good way to wrap up that part of the story arc before Jack was off to find the creator of the Cypress recording, Alex Hewitt.
Jack Is Reunited With Kim: When Jack's bad day is finally over, Jack and Kim are finally reunited when she goes to see him as the ambulance is about to take him away after his heart attack. It was a nice scene where Kim promises her Dad that she will take care of him and we finally see Jack smile with relief that he and his daughter would be close once again.
(Seasons 3 & 4)
Source Link: BBC Greg James' Blog
(Thanks Lisa for sending link!)
October 15, 2009
October 14, 2009
The interview has been translated from French to English.
Interview with Kiefer Sutherland
This article is not aiming at revealing to you what will happen in the course of next season, but to get to know a little better my neighbour in a certain quarter of Los Angeles. A cool actor, who wants to go to old cafés in order to produce rock-groups which make “Zanzana” by Karim Ben Amor look poor. Kiefer Sutherland has just returned into the room and suddenly there is this way intense. He asks me, in French, why he doesn’t see me anymore at “Millies’s”, a diner on Sunset Blvd. “Too much work” I am answering, above all since I have to write on American politics. “Good for you, man.” This proves that the most controversial agent in American fiction is on Obama’s side.
You started with the show at the age of 34 and now you have turned 42. How do you manage to stay in this character, adding every season something new? After all, he has changed in all the years.
You have to stay fit and physically you have to adapt. I remember the Fox-party for the 150th episode of the show. They had shot a funny documentary on the shooting of “24” – going from season 1 to season 6. When the documentary went by, you realized that you have grown older during this time. We played soccer and end of the 4th season there was nobody who wanted to run and get the ball! That’s when you notice that you have spent the best years of your life with this show. I am sure that I have changed. And I try to incorporate this change in my personality into the show. Jack Bauer is so complex that I have to be careful as as actor what I am doing so that Jack stays credible. So I try to get enough sleep, work out and to fight “gravity” in some way or other (laughs…)
How did the show change your life?
I have still the same hobbies, I like hockey, skiing and music. I like to do these things even more, as I learnt to appreciate them. I feel more at ease than at the end of season 1 where we were still searching our ground. The writers told us at that time that they were not even sure if they could write 24 episodes in real times. In the beginning we thought of making 13. Finally, they went on and I finally understood that my life would revolve around this show. And recently, there was the writer’s strike. It was difficult for everybody, as we were in an uncertain position. This affected everybody: the actors, the directors, the costume designers. It was not the situation where one could say: “It’s wonderful, I can have a holiday of 4 months!” We were very well aware of the seriousness of the situation. But in spite of this, I have not changed much, I still love what I do.
Could you be an agent like Jack Bauer?
I have had the chance to meet the people who work in this genre. Really, one week I met a woman who does exactly what I do on CTU. She is director of this section in Philadelphia. I realized that in reality they do much more than I do in the show. I even met a counter-terrorist expert from CIA who was scolded by his mum that he is not as quick as Jack Bauer. I felt like having to apologize to his mum (laughs). What I learnt above all when meeting these people is that they are very competent, very patient and that this is very different from what we are doing at the show. This is not reality. Our work means finding a balance between entertaining people and a certain reality so that they stay hooked.
You are a good shooter?
I am struggling, but I think I have become better. The most bizarre thing is that I do not like weapons. But I am able to dismantle a weapon and put it together again with my eyes closed, if I wear one. Moreover, I have improved at aiming at a goal. At the same time I am very well aware what you can do with a weapon and what I look at how I was wearing my gun in season 1, I find myself better now.
What is the power of Jack Bauer and the show?
Everybody loves this show for a different reason. From the beginning, when I met people and asked them, what they liked about my character, they all answered that the reason is that Jack Bauer does not win all the time. He succeeds in saving the president in season 1, but he loses his wife. In season 2, his daughter does not want to see him anymore, in season 4 he has a relationship with a character played by Kim Raver and finally this does not work. He always does a good job, but this has always consequences for his private life, more or less negative ones. This is the same for all people. People do their job and succeed in having a roof over their head, but it is never easy. Nobody can rest on one’s laurels. This allows me to identify with this character and I think the audience does as well. It’s true that at the movies, at the theatre or on TV the audience wants the hero to win. When writing the shows, I realize that there is a different development.
What did you watch on television before “24” started?
I made a small movie, named “Last Light” with Forest Whitaker and Amanda Plummer. This was a drama about a prisoner sentenced to death, which dealt with the death sentence here in the United States. It was made with a budget of 1,2 Million Dollars, that’s nothing big. At that time I watched the show “Emergency Room”. I was told their camera movements were great. I immediately got hooked.
I contacted the people responsible for this show, asked them a lot of questions about the costs of an episode, their way of filming, number of rehearsals before shooting the scene. This show had an extraordinary look. I suddenly realized that all these qualities which you do not see at the movie theatres right now, you can see on TV-shows now, like “Emergency Room” or “NYPD Blue”. I realized that the real innovation took place on TV and I was very much interested beforehand. There were “West Wing”, “The Sopranos”, “Sex and the City”. In these shows I found everything what I had loved in movies. And then “24” came.
Which TV-actors do you like most?
There are a lot. David Duchovny, for example. I discovered him in “X-Files” and he is absolutely awesome in “Californication”. Martin Sheen in “West Wing.” Anthony Edwards and George Clooney at the great time of “Emergency Room”. Mostly because of them I watch these shows.
I realized that you have become a grandfather – with 42!
It’s phenomenal. I will never forget the marriage of my daughter Michelle. Her dad dies when she was three years and I was a sort of replacement when I married her mother. I lived through two of the best days of my life during her marriage in Scotland about 6 years ago and when she gave birth. When she was small, she had some health issues and I was worried because of the baby she was expecting. I made a huge sigh of relief when I saw that the mum and the baby were ok. It was late and I returned from a long day of shooting “24”. She hardly made it to the hospital, waited for a while and gave birth 10 minutes later. I will never forget this joy and excitement I felt when she had given birth to her baby. And I felt the same joy, but still more hug, when my daughter Sarah was born. It’s very interesting to watch the own children raise their children, finding themselves in the same difficulties. My grandson is very funny, he is the only boy in the family. He is surrounded by girls and gets all the attention. It’s super to watch.
Last question: You still have your music label?
Yes, it’s called “Ironworks” and we have four groups on the label, “Honey Honey”, “Rocco de Luca and the Burden”, “Billy Boy on Poison” and a young English artist, who has just signed and is called Jim Stapley. I am very proud of this adventure. It is very gratifying to watch them grow and to be able to help them in a situation in the record market which is not easy. I feel really luck that I can listen to rock-music I love and help these young ones produce their own record. "
Source Link: JetSetMagazine.Net
Thanks again Hoppel24 for the translation.
October 10, 2009
October 9, 2009
October 7, 2009
'24' director takes on first studio feature
The studio hopes to get the picture into production by late summer or early fall 2010, and DreamWorks is eyeing Ryan Reynolds to play the disgraced Secret Service agent who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time when the U.S. president is kidnapped in New York.
Reynolds, who will next star in the Martin Campbell-directed "Green Lantern" for Warner Bros. next spring, has not signed on at this point.
Though Cassar will be making his first big studio feature after a TV directing career, he's a strong match for the material. He directed 59 episodes of "24" and the spinoff telepic "24: Redemption" but left the show to pursue a feature career.
Source Link: Variety.com
Comment: Congratulations to Jon on directing his first feature film! Still wish he were directing '24' though.
October 4, 2009
October 2, 2009
(UKPA) – 1 hour ago
Kiefer Sutherland has apparently said 24 could carry on without his character Jack Bauer.
The 42-year-old actor, who is also executive producer of the hit show, told The Sun: "All of us, for the actors to the writers, understood from day one we are not, and never will be, the heartbeat of the show - if you look at the major characters to have died over the years you know you can be killed off, and the show will get better without you."
But Kiefer admitted he wouldn't want Jack to be killed off: "When I go, I'll be going kicking and screaming."
He added: "The real star of 24 has always been the concept of doing this show in 'real time'."
Source Link: The Press Association
Comment: Ah, Kiefer I love your modesty, but YOU are the real star and the heartbeat of '24'. In my opinion, if there is no Jack Bauer/Kiefer Sutherland, there is no '24'. Come on FOX, be smart; renew '24' and do everything you can to keep Kiefer on the show!