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**WARNING – SPOILERS!**
One year ago today one of the best shows on television aired its final episode. Yes, it was indeed a very sad day for 24 fans everywhere. As a tribute, I’ve decided to recall the many moments of 24 that tugged on the viewer’s heart-strings, the moments that made them cry, the moments that left them stunned when the episode (or scene) ended with a silent clock. Here are my top ten saddest moments of 24:
10. Jack breaks down at the end of Day 3 (Day 3: 12:00PM – 1:00PM)
After all Jack went through during Day 3 – recovering from a heroin addiction, breaking drug lord Ramon Salazar out of prison by causing a riot, chopping off his partner’s hand, finally avenging his wife’s death by killing Nina Myers, and forced to execute his boss under the orders of Stephen Saunders – it was only a matter of time before he broke down. You can feel the anguish that Jack feels during this scene, what makes it all the more sadder is the fact that despite everything that’s happened, he still has work to do.
9. The Death of Bill Buchanan (Day 7: 8:00PM – 9:00PM)
One of the coolest characters of the show gets to go out in a blaze of glory. Bill Buchanan sacrificed himself to save President Allison Taylor and the rest of the hostages at the White House from General Benjamin Juma. The list of Jack’s closest friends continued to dwindle and Bill was definitely one of the last few that remained. Bill was honored with a silent clock.
8. Jack reconciles with Kim (Day 7: 1:00AM – 2:00AM)
After being shunned by Kim during Day 5, Jack has the opportunity to reconcile with his daughter after he’s been exposed to a bio weapon. Jack’s declining health adds even more to their emotional reunion. Jack’s love for his daughter has always provided some touching moments on the show (see below) and this scene is no exception.
7. President Omar Hassan is Assassinated (Day 8: 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM)
It’s safe to say that nobody was expecting President Hassan to be assassinated and in such a brutal fashion. The look on Jack’s face says it all as he realizes that he and Renee were too late to save Hassan. Jack suffered a failure and the nation’s peace treaty involving the IRK, not to mention the nation itself, was now in danger and the bad guys ultimately managed to “win” in this situation. Pretty bleak. President Hassan was honored with a silent clock.
6. The Death of Renee Walker (Day 8: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM)
As the final season began to draw to a close, we all wondered if Jack would finally find a happy place. Nope, not exactly. After Jack and Renee consummate their relationship, a sniper takes out Renee in Jack’s apartment. He rushes her to the hospital but sadly there was no way to save her. Renee Walker had the distinction of being Jack’s final love interest and as much as we all wanted these two to “ride off into the sunset together”, it wouldn’t be 24 if that happened. Renee was honored with a silent clock.
5. Jack Says Goodbye to Chloe (Day 8: 3:00PM – 4:00PM)
As the final scene of the series, you knew it was going to be something emotional. How fitting was it that the final moments of the show had Jack saying goodbye to his closest friend Chloe and thanking her for ALL that she has done for him over the years? Remember Jack is now a U.S. fugitive and he takes the time out to tell her this. The scene is all the more moving with Chloe looking up at the screen with tears in her eyes wishing him luck and promising to protect his family. Great stuff.
4. The “Death” of Tony Almeida (Day 5: 7:00PM – 8:00PM)
At the time, this was some powerful stuff – Tony has just been stabbed by Christopher Henderson with a needle, Jack rushes over to his best friend, picking him up in his arms. Tony’s last word’s, “She’s gone Jack” – a stark realization from Tony of the loss of his wife Michelle Dessler earlier in the day, and Jack beginning to cry as Tony’s body goes limp. Of course, now we know Tony survived to wreak some havoc during Day 7 but damn it, back then – it was a very moving scene.
3. The Death of Edgar Stiles (Day 5: 6:00PM – 7:00PM)
A nerve gas attack takes out the majority of the CTU staff, including poor Edgar Stiles. The helpless looks on the faces of those in the situation room as CTU personnel collapse all around them and the look on Chloe’s face as she sees her friend die right in front of her are chilling. The saddest part – Edgar calling out her name as she mouths his name. Edgar is honored with a silent clock.
2. The Death of Teri Bauer (Day 1: 11:00PM – 12:00AM)
Nobody saw this coming, Jack Bauer manages to stop the traitor Nina Myers and reunite with his daughter. However, his relief is short lived as he finds the dead body of his wife Teri in the IT room, murdered by Nina. Jack cradling her lifeless body as he begins to cry telling her he’s sorry with the music playing continues to send chills to this day. Jack Bauer has never been the same since. Teri was honored with a silent clock.
1. Jack Says Goodbye to Kim (Day 2: 10:00PM – 11:00PM)
So what could be sadder than Jack holding on to his wife’s lifeless body at the end of Day 1? This scene in which Jack is having to tell his daughter goodbye while piloting the plane with the nuclear bomb he plans on crashing into the Mojave Desert. The look of hurt on Jack’s face as he tells his daughter goodbye and how much he loves her, the pain in Kim’s voice and the tears on her face as she apologizes to him for how she’s been treating him along with the fact that, at the moment, all they had were each other adds so much power to this scene.
May 24, 2011
One year ago today, the last episode of '24' aired on television. It is still greatly missed by many fans. There will never be another show like it or a character like Jack Bauer masterfully brought to life by Kiefer Sutherland.
May 23, 2011
By Ryan Lawler May. 23, 2011, 4:04pm PT
The Confession, which was produced by Digital Broadcasting Group (DBG) and starred Kiefer Sutherland, was an ambitious project for an original web series: Deficit-financed and launched exclusively on Hulu, DBG bet that with a big name star and a well-written script, a series could make money even without running on TV first. With plenty of money left to be made, it looks like that bet has already paid off.
The good news for fans of The Confession — and for fans of web video in general — is that the project is already profitable. DBG CEO Chris Young told us in a phone interview that Hulu viewership exceeded its expectations. According to him, the average episode had a 95 percent completion rate, meaning viewers were watching all the way up to the credits — and the biggest complaint from the series was that episodes were too short, at six to eight minutes each.
But with its exclusive run on Hulu nearly over, the series still has plenty of monetization opportunities left: DBG plans to extend availability for the series to a much wider group of sites that are part of its monetization network, expanding the opportunity for viewership and ad dollars. The Confession will launch on Canadian video portal CTV.ca at the end of June, and the company is currently in discussions for distribution on a number of other international destination sites.
The company also plans to release a full-length DVD of the series, and is considering licensing it to subscription services like Netflix or making it available through VOD services like iTunes. In terms of DBG’s ability to monetize The Confession, Young said DBG was probably in the second of nine innings.
The fact that The Confession is profitable is good news for web-original series, as it shows that there’s money to be made online — if you have the right star or the right story. According to Young, DBG set out to prove that “with A-level talent, an A-level script and A-level production values,” the company could turn a profit online. And it did so without a big sponsor attached to the project at launch. In fact, the whole thing was deficit-financed in the hope that it would be able to make back whatever money it spent on production. That means it was a bit of a leap of faith for DBG, which specializes in creating branded content for big advertisers like the Sunglass Hut-sponsored series Full Time Fabulous.
But the success of The Confession means that DBG will definitely produce more projects like it in the future, according to Young. It’s also indicative of a market that might finally be ready for more original content, both for consumers and for advertisers.
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by Joshua Cohen on May 17th, 2011
You know that Kiefer Sutherland web series? The one that debuted on Hulu where the former CTU agent plays a God-fearing, Roman Catholic, repentant hit man alongside John Hurt, Michael Badalucco, and Sebastian Becaon? The one that’s directed by Brad Mirman and distributed by Digital Broadcasting Group? The one that’s called The Confession? Yeah, that one! It’s being turned into a movie.
Dave McNary at Variety reports Image Entertainment made a non-live streamed announcement at Cannes that the “integrated home entertainment company” is in final negotiations to obtain the rights to title. Image plans to reformat the online original into a feature-length film, for which it will own the “home entertainment and digital rights.”
If and when the film gets made, The Confession will be one of a very select group of online original web series to make the transition from the computer to silver screens. Fred, a hyperactive prepubescent with a chipmunk’s voice and teenager’s body created by Lucas Cruikshank, jumped from YouTube to Nickelodeion in the form of a feature film late last year. The movie did so well, Cruikshank, Varsity Pictures, and company started shooting the sequel this past February.
Leslie Hope talks about her role in 24 Season 1, Teri Bauer, and how it's grounded in reality.- Part 1
Part 2: Leslie Hope talks about Teri Bauer. This interview was conducted a day before 24 Season 1 finished filming, she didn't know which of the different endings would be chosen.
May 16, 2011
Kiefer Sutherland is back at Fox with the midseason series Touch, which is created by Heroes head Tim Kring. Touch focuses on Martin Bohm, a man who discovers his 11-year-old son with special needs has a unique ability to find connections and patterns in the world.
“What made me the most interested in Touch is the script,” says Sutherland, whose Broadway run on That Championship Season comes to a close on May 29th. “It’s the material. I certainly know what it’s like to do a series for a long period of time. We did 24 for eight years, so it is not a light commitment. It is not something you enter into without a lot of thought. This script is just beautiful and it has such great opportunity to grow. I love the idea of telling a story each week that has a beginning, middle and an end. And then the character. I have great respect for Martin and his desire to have as full a relationship with his son as he possibly can. That’s a struggle, and as an actor, that struggle is going to be something wonderful to play.”
Click on the media bar and listen to Sutherland elaborate on the father-son relationship on Touch, and the actor explains the similarities between the new series and 24.
Sutherland will also be seen later this year with Kirsten Dunst in the Lars Von Trier film Melancholia.
Romancing Kate Bosworth
15 May 2011 | Source: Variety
15 May 2011 | Source: Variety
We’re not sure we see the combo of Sutherland and Bosworth, but writer Jeff Murphy and director Lee Cleary obviously do. Cleary is gearing the movie up now, for a shoot that will take in Northern Ireland and New York.
Sutherland’s playing a cynical yet charming Irish stand-up who travels to the Big Apple and makes a connection with an intriguing American woman (Bosworth). Cue, we assume, Sutherland spending the next few months with a dialect coach.
“Fairytale of New York lets us observe what most of us hope for in a relationship and then takes us further," producer Lisa Katselas tells Variety. "To achieve this, we needed to find actors with a magical connection – and we have in Kiefer and Kate."
Sutherland’s building a decent post-24 slate: he’s in Lars von Trier’s Melancholia and also just signed on to crime drama Sleight of Hand. Bosworth, meanwhile, has Sundance films Another Happy Day and Little Birds under her belt and will also be seen in Rod Lurie’s remake of Straw Dogs.