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September 27, 2011
September 25, 2011
Kiefer Sutherland becomes a part of The Simpsons' family during his guest spot on tonight's season premiere, but he's not your ideal houseguest.
In the episode, Kiefer voices the character of Wayne, an ex-CIA agent who's been hired as a security guard at the nuclear power plant. When Homer befriends Wayne, he and the entire neighborhood learn about Wayne's tortured past as the former spy talks in his sleep.
Watch the clip to hear Wayne unwittingly narrate his revealing nightmares for all of Springfield. And be sure to tune in for The Simpsons' 23rd season premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET/PT on FOX.
Kiefer Sutherland talks about bringing his hit TV series – and the apocalypse – to the big screen, and the day he saw his father on film.
By: Elaine Lipworth
The phenomenal success of the long-running American drama 24 turned its star Kiefer Sutherland into the world’s highest-paid television actor.
In the year since the final series came to an end, Sutherland has gone to some lengths to escape the shadow cast by his role, counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer – cropping up first as a high school principal in the Broadway revival of Jason Miller’s play That Championship Season and now in Melancholia, the beautiful, moving new film from provocative Danish director Lars von Trier.
It’s not giving anything away to reveal that, in the film, a fictional planet (Melancholia) is on an inexorable collision course with Earth. Sutherland stars opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kirsten Dunst as a controlling patriarch who refuses to face the inevitable: that the world will end.
The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May and was a favourite to win the Palme d’Or, until von Trier joked during a press conference that he “understood Hitler”. The director was ejected from the festival, but Dunst went on to win the best actress award for her performance as a depressed bride.
Elaine Lipworth What did you make of Lars von Trier’s shocking remarks at Cannes?
Kiefer Sutherland I wasn’t there at Cannes, but I understand that the original question to Lars was about how he felt on finding out that his heritage was German not Danish. I felt awful for him because I know how awful he felt, and I know that the comments he made were part of some kind of effort at being witty, rather than anything that he honestly believed.
EL So you would work with him again?
KS In a heartbeat. I think Lars is very much a cinematic artist. I also think he’s about as complicated a person as I have ever known.
EL How do you see your character in Melancholia?
KS This is a man who is used to being in control. He is used to being able to control his environment and the idea that he would not be able to do that any more is unimaginable for him. He looks at this planet, Melancholia, which is coming closer and closer to Earth and he really believes that it is not going to affect him and his family.
EL Melancholia is about the end of the world. Did its heavy theme affect you?
KS Well one of my daughters was a nervous kid when she was young and would think about things like that all the time. She was nervous that the sky was falling or that the planet would blow up and it breaks your heart when you see someone dealing with things over which they have no control. The film really resonated with me as a parent.
EL How do you think you would react if the end of civilisation was approaching? Would you be stronger than your character?
KS I think about that often when I am on a plane. If the plane goes down how would I handle it? Would I scream, would I just accept it, would I try to do something about it? It changes every time I think about it. But my hope would be that I would just be able to let go. I think there is something really beautiful about being able to accept one’s fate whether it is positive or negative.
EL To what extent is acting in your genes? I interviewed your father, Donald, a few years ago and he told me that you are a much better actor than he has ever been.
KS Well that’s very sweet of him, he is my dad, he is going to look after me as much as he can [laughs]. But it’s just simply not true!
EL Did you realise as a child that your father was a famous actor?
KS I grew up in Canada with my mom [Shirley Douglas] who was a very successful theatre actress, and I didn’t know my dad’s work.
I wasn’t old enough to see most of his films at the cinema and there was no such thing as VHS or DVD in those days. By the time I was 18 there were video recorders and I remember staying at the house of an old family friend who had a lot of my father’s films on tape. One afternoon and evening I watched Don’t Look Now, Kelly’s Heroes, M*A*S*H, 1900 and then the next day I watched Casanova.
I remember just feeling horrified that up until that point I had never realised that he was one of the most terrific actors in the English language. I felt embarrassed as a son not knowing that about my father.
EL When will we see the much talked about and anticipated big screen version of 24?
KS We are coming very close to having a finished script. That’s been the most difficult thing. You have to remember that we have 24 hours to explain the stories in 24 and so trying to condense that into a two-hour film version has been a real shift in gear for us.
We were originally trying to make it too big and put too much into it – but once we relaxed, we found out how to tell that story. So yes we definitely do plan on making the film.
EL Did you have any idea, at the start of 24, how it was going to captivate audiences worldwide?
KS It is seen all over the globe and to be able to be a part of a project that transcended languages and cultures over a long sustained period of time has been great. It was the largest audience I have ever had and it was an absolute thrill to work on that show.
But it also changed things for me. It did so much for my confidence. For those reasons alone I will be forever in debt to the experience I’ve had with 24.
EL Are you still enjoying working in television as well as film?
KS I like doing television – some of the best work I am seeing right now is on television. TV is where it’s going. As long as the scripts are interesting I don’t care where they are shown.
September 22, 2011
**BREAKING NEWS** FOX Makes It Official...Picks Up Kiefer Sutherland 'TOUCH' Series, Will Debut Spring 2012
'Touch' Starring Kiefer Sutherland to Debut Spring 2012 on FOX!
by Touch on FOX on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:01pm
FOX ORDERS “TOUCH”
by Touch on FOX on Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 5:01pm
FOX ORDERS “TOUCH”
FOX has ordered 13 episodes of the new drama series TOUCH, created and written by Emmy-nominated Tim Kring (“Heroes”), it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. TOUCH, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Kiefer Sutherland, will join the schedule in the spring of 2012. The pilot was directed and executive-produced by Francis Lawrence (“Water for Elephants”), and the show comes from Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television.
“TOUCH is another ambitious series from Tim Kring that is beautifully executed and has incredibly resonant themes for our times,” said Reilly. “With Kiefer back on the network as the face and force behind this creative new series, I’m confident it will resonate with viewers this spring.”
"Every once in a while, you encounter a piece of material that you just cannot say no to,” Sutherland added. “That, combined with the opportunity to work again with Peter Chernin and the Fox studio and network, makes me thrilled to be a part of this project. I also look forward to working with an extraordinary writer and producer like Tim Kring."
TOUCH is a distinct and colorful drama in which science and spirituality intersect with the hopeful premise that we are all interconnected, tied in invisible ways to those whose lives we are destined to alter and impact.
TOUCH is a production of Chernin Entertainment and Tailwind Productions, in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Tim Kring created the series and wrote the pilot. Kring, Francis Lawrence, Peter Chernin (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA), Katherine Pope (NEW GIRL, TERRA NOVA), Sutherland, Suzan Bymel (“The War at Home”) and Carol Barbee (“Jericho”) are executive producers. Lawrence directed the pilot.
Become a fan of the series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TOUCHonFOX and follow the series on Twitter at @TOUCHFOX.
Kiefer having lunch at Mary Mac's Tea Room (Atlanta, GA) - 9/22/11
Kiefer having dinner at Veni Vidi Vici in Atlanta, GA - 9/21/11
September 19, 2011
TIFF 2011: Kiefer Sutherland on Melancholia
Each year, actors and auteurs head north for the Toronto International Film Festival. Vanity Fair Senior West Coast editor Krista Smith sat down with the biggest stars of TIFF 2011. - Source VanityFair.com
See Interview Here:
September 14, 2011
September 12, 2011
Via Twitter From ET Canada:
"Kiefer Sutherland says how great it was working with Kirsten in "Melacholia" and thinks there will be a "24" movie in March."
Kiefer Sutherland was interviewed by the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) in Toronto during the Toronto International Film Festival this past week.
Kiefer discusses his role in Melancholia and what it was like to work with director Lars von Trier for the first time.
Click Link Below To See Interview:
September 11, 2011
To honor the heroes who were on United Airlines Flight 93 and saved Washington D.C. from another terrorist attack, and to honor all the other 3,000 souls who perished that terrible day, here is the complete, excellent Discovery Channel documentary "Flight 93: The Flight That Fought Back" narrated beautifully by Kiefer Sutherland.
September 10, 2011
September 9, 2011
Kiefer Sutherland in Toronto:
A Toronto Life tipster caught a glimpse of former Toronto native and 24 star Kiefer Sutherland leaving the Ritz-Carlton and going out for a casual stroll along Wellington Street. Then, our intrepid—and trusted—tipster saw him pose with a screaming fan before continuing on on his merry way (and into the TIFF Bell Lightbox).
September 4, 2011
September 3, 2011
From May 17, 2007 - Kiefer Sutherland films a scene in character as Jack Bauer for this funny skit shown at FOX's Upfront presentation in 2007, where he gives advice to the (then) President of FOX, Peter Ligouri.
Video courtesy of: http://www.24spoilers.com/
September 1, 2011
Kiefer Sutherland shopping at a guitar store in Los Angeles on August 30, 2011