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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Kiefer Sutherland at Variety's Power of Women Event Sept 30, 2010

Kiefer Sutherland at
Variety's 2nd Annual Power of Women Luncheon
Berverly Hills Sept 30, 2010
Kiefer with his manager Suzan Bymel (Above-Center)
One of the women honored at this event

Kiefer Sutherland at Variety Power of Women Event Sept 30, 2010

Kiefer Sutherland at Variety Power of Women Event
in Beverly Hill Sept 30, 2010
First Pix

New PIX of Kiefer Sutherland Leaving Mr. Chows in Beverly Hills

New Pix of Kiefer Sutherland
Leaving Mr. Chows in Beverly Hills

Friday, September 24, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Awesome Story About Kiefer Sutherland

AWESOME Story About Kiefer Sutherland

He didn’t come as Jack Bauer, the rebellious one-man nation-saver on the series 24, but as just himself, and it was really quite interesting meeting him and seeing how much of a genuinely nice guy he is.

The occasion, of course, was the unveiling of the new bronze statue of Tommy Douglas, gifted to the city by the extraordinarily-talented sculptor Lea Vivot, as the “Greatest Canadian” who ever lived just happens to be his grandfather.

I’m sure by now everybody in the country knows this, but still, it was major news for this city to have Kiefer visit here; consider when it was announced that he was coming, even the Financial Post carried that on their front page.

The first time I got to meet him was at the T.C. Douglas Centre, as he had a look around at the memorabilia and the photos of his mother, Shirley Douglas, and of Tommy and Irma Douglas, his grandparents. One photo showed his mom and her bike, and it reminded him of a family story, which he shared at the Legion Hall.

The story goes that Tommy came one day to find his daughter crying; as Kiefer explained it, the tears didn’t fall down her face but shot straight out from her eyes. Anyway, she explained that her bike had been stolen; asked why she didn’t get it back, she said the one who stole it was bigger than she was. As Tommy was a former boxing champ, he then gave his daughter her first boxing lesson, and two days later she came home with her bike and a broad smile.

What impressed me about Kiefer was his seemingly infinite patience and graciousness; when we walked out of the museum room at the T.C. Douglas Centre, I was the last one out as he held the door, and he turned to me, holding his hand out and said, “Hello, I’m Kiefer; and you are …?”

I shook his hand and introduced myself, amazed that a Hollywood star (Jack Bauer, dude!) just introduced himself to me. At the Legion, he stood and talked to absolutely everybody who wanted his autograph and/or a photo with him, and he was tireless and gracious to them all.

And, he was so nice about what Weyburn means to the Douglas family; to be sure, this is Tommy’s grandson, and he was clearly proud to be his grandson rather than Jack Bauer facing the Hollywood press. (And in four months he will be Jack Bauer for the 24 movie!)

Thanks Greg Nikkel for this wonderful story!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Breaking News: 24 Season 8 & The Complete Series DVD Release Date

Breaking News:
24 Season 8 DVD and The Complete 24 Series Box Set
Release Date Dec 14, 2010
(Kiefer Sutherland Jack Bauer on DVD)

24-Season 8(DVD/Blu) and The Complete Series(DVD): New Date, Packaging, More
Official studio announcement brings new details to the home video releases marking the end of the series
Posted by David Lambert 9/22/2010

Four months ago we posted a press brief from Fox Home Entertainment, announcing the releases of24 - Season 8on DVD and Blu-ray Disc, and24 - The Complete Serieson DVD. The date provided at the time was December 7th, but today Fox formally solicited these titles with retailers, and the official street dates given for all three isDecember 14th. As we previously reported, prices for the24 - Season 8releases are $59.98 SRP for the 6-disc DVD version, and $69.99 SRP for the 4-disc Blu-ray Disc version (note that the Blu box says "six disc", but that appears to be a typo). The BD version features both high-def video (1080p) and high-def sound (English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio). Extras on each of those include Deleted Scenes, Scene Makers, "The Ultimate CTU" featurette, and more.

24 - The Complete Serieswill only be available on the same date, but only in the DVD format (because not all of the individual seasons have been produced in a Blu-ray version yet). Fox describes it to retailers as an "unparalleled 56-disc collection(that)offers all eight seasons, the feature-length 24: Redemption, and a bonus disc of never-before-seen special features.One of our retail contacts informs us that the new extras on the bonus disc will include "Chloe's Arrest", "Comic-Con 2009 Panel", a "Season 8 Wrap Party Reel", and a 4-segment item called "Eight Days". Those four segments are subtitled "Jack Bauer: Evolution of a Hero", "Presidents Friends and Villains", "Memories and Moments" and "Goodbye". Note that the special features discussed in today's story about all of these releases may not be finalized yet, and could be subject to change. The cost for this big package is $349.98 SRP. You can see the box art for it immediately below, followed by finalized packaging (excepting for the aforementioned typo, of course!) for both versions of theSeason 8 set:

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Video of Kiefer Sutherland in Hollywood Sept 21, 2010

Video of Kiefer Sutherland outside Katsuya
in Hollywood Sept 21, 2010
Source: YouTube

Kiefer Sutherland at Katsuya in Hollywood Sept 21, 2010

Kiefer Sutherland at Katsuya in Hollywood
Sept 21, 2010
Source: Zimbio

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Kiefer Sutherland Clearly at Unveiling To Honor Grandfather

Kiefer Sutherland clearly there to Honor Grandfather:

Sculptor's threat to remove statue looks self-serving

A statue is intended to immortalize a person for future generations, so an artist's threat to remove a statue of Tommy Douglas over a relatively brief unveiling ceremony contradicts her alleged motivation.

Sculptor Lea Vivot, who donated her time to produce a sculpture of the revered former Saskatchewan premier and father of medicare, is so upset with the Sept. 10 unveiling ceremony in Weyburn that she is considering taking back the statue and perhaps moving it to Mr. Douglas's birthplace of Scotland.

In interviews this weekend Ms. Vivot called the ceremony, which attracted nationwide attention due to the presence of Mr. Douglas's grandson, Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, "a publicity stunt" and a "Hollywood circus"

She is certainly within her rights to be upset about the ceremony, which she felt should have focused more on the former premier and the sculpture. But to suggest that it's a good reason to remove the work of art from the community that raised the $30,000 to pay for the materials stretches logic to the same degree that Mr. Sutherland's TV series, 24, stretched believability.

The truth is that the presence of the actor, with whom Ms. Vivot posed smiling for photographs with the statue, attracted more attention to the ceremony and the statue than it would normally have received. Without the Emmy-winning actor, there might not have been the same degree of national news coverage that Ms. Vivot said left her feeling "jilted," because she was not mentioned by name.

This leaves the unsavoury impression that she was fine with the attention that Mr. Sutherland would attract, so long as the focus remained on her and her work.

No one knows better than Mr. Sutherland, who has had several scrapes with the law, that you don't always get the press coverage you want. Mr. Douglas as a politician didn't exactly get a smooth ride from the media, either.

The actor's presence was known well in advance and any reasonable person could have predicted the reaction to his celebrity. Still, for a movie star descending on a city of about 9,500, the event appeared restrained and reverential.

Mr. Sutherland's presence dominated the news coverage, but it's not as if he yapped about his latest film project; he was clearly there to honour his grandfather, not to enhance his own image.

Should he have been excluded because of his celebrity? If Ms. Vivot had approval over the ceremony -- as one media report suggests she thought she did -- would she have denied his participation?

Ms. Vivot also thought the presence of politicians detracted from the event. That's like decrying the attendance of hockey players at the unveiling of the statue of Wayne Gretzky in Edmonton.

Mr. Douglas was a politician, even if his beloved legacy transcends the feelings for most in his profession. His accomplishments were in political office, and he is strongly identified with the dominant party in Saskatchewan politics for the last 66 years. To suggest politicians should not have played some role in a ceremony honouring a former premier and national party leader is ridiculous.

Ms. Vivot should reflect on her inspiration to make the monument and ask whether her current threat befits her motivation, which at one time seemed quite moving and unselfish.

The Czechoslovakia-born sculptor was inspired to learn more about Mr. Douglas when she received free medical care after a car accident. She decided he deserved a statue to honour his role in medicare and says the project took her two years.

The threat to remove the statue because she didn't get the press coverage she wanted makes her now seem petulant and self-serving.

She need not worry that her name was not mentioned in initial stories, because her threat is getting national coverage.

As for moving the statue to Scotland, if there is a statue of Mr. Douglas it belongs in a community and a country where he is an icon, not a mere footnote.

If Ms. Vivot carries through with her threat -- and it could devolve into an ugly legal battle with Weyburn -- let's hope another artist would step forward with motives more closely aligned to those of the man being honoured.

"Democracy cannot be maintained without its foundation: free public opinion and free discussion throughout the nation of all matters affecting the state within the limits set by the criminal code and the common law." - The Supreme Court of Canada, 1938

Jack Bauer Cartoon

Jack Bauer Cartoon
foto fri...late and in lew of a foto, here's an homage cartoon by my dad:

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Kiefer Sutherland Attends "The Greatest Canadian" Honoured with Statue in Weyburn

"The Greatest Canadian" Honoured with Statue in Weyburn

Weyburn This Week

The sun peeked through the clouds momentarily after the unveiling of the bronze Tommy Douglas statue on September 10, as famous Hollywood actor and grandson to the late Premier, Kiefer Sutherland proclaimed, “I have waited a long time to hold my grandpa's hand again.”

The clouds parted briefly to shine light on the newly unveiled statue of former Premier and father of Medicare T.C. Douglas in Weyburn, thanks to the generosity of an internationally renowned artist and the town that supported the Greatest Canadian at the beginning of his political career.

Many dignitaries were in Weyburn on September 10 to view the unveiling of the life-size statue including Douglas grandson and famous Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, federal NDP leader Jack Layton, Saskatchewan NDP leader Dwain Lingenfelter, Souris-Moose Mountain MP Ed Komarnicki, Mayor Debra Button and the artist that made it all possible, Lea Vivot.

" style="text-decoration: none; "> - Sculptor Lea Vivot (right) placed a bronze maple leaf at the foot of T.C. Douglas after the statue was unveiled while Douglas' grandson Kiefer Sutherland walked to the front of the statue to get a better look. - Weyburn This Week
Weyburn This Week

Sculptor Lea Vivot (right) placed a bronze maple leaf at the foot of T.C. Douglas after the statue was unveiled while Douglas' grandson Kiefer Sutherland walked to the front of the statue to get a better look.

The large crowd gathered at the Riverfront Boardwalk to witness the historic moment broke into applause after Sutherland, Button and Vivot removed the tarp that was covering the statue.

"I've waited a long time to hold my grandpa's hand again," remarked Sutherland after stepping onto the statues base and grabbing its outstretched hand.

Due to the damp and windy weather, the crowd and honoured guests moved the ceremony to the Royal Canadian Legion where speeches by all the dignitaries took place. Much of the crowd gathered around Sutherland as he made his way to the Legion to get autographs from the movie/television star, which he graciously took time for. He thanked the crowd for coming along his way.

At the Legion, Sutherland regaled the audience with stories about his grandfather Tommy and his mother Shirley Douglas, Tommy's daughter.

"All the time I spent with my grandfather, whether he was in Ottawa, Wakefield, Toronto – all the stories were about Weyburn," Sutherland told the large crowd. "I always wanted to come to this place because everything I identify with my family came from this place."

He admitted to being jealous of his twin sister Rachel when she accompanied their grandmother Irma to Weyburn in 1985 to donate a grand piano to Tommy's old ministry, the Calvary Baptist Church, which later became the Tommy Douglas Centre.

Sutherland said he was grateful to finally see the town from his grandfather's stories, including Tommy's former house on Coteau Avenue and his former church and its memorabilia at the Tommy Douglas Centre. He said that he hoped to bring his two daughters and grandson to see all the sites, some day.

Sutherland told the captivated audience one of his favourite family stories, as told to him by his grandfather, beginning with the information that Tommy had been an amateur feather-weight boxing champion in Saskatchewan.

"My mother, she was coming home from school one day – she was probably eight or nine – and she was crying," began Sutherland. "My grandfather...said that she wasn't really crying because normally when people cry the tears go straight down their face. She was crying so hard the tears were shooting straight out!"

"My mother had a bicycle that she cherished and she said one of the boys at school had stolen her bike. My grandfather looked at her, puzzled, and said well, go get it back. And she said I can't because he's bigger than I am. Within five minutes he took her by the hand...and gave my mother her first boxing lesson."

Sutherland said that two days later, according to the story, she had her bicycle back and told the crowd that he had seen a picture of his mother and that bike at the Tommy Douglas Centre earlier in the day.

Sutherland said he wanted the people of Weyburn to know about the impact they had on his grandfather. He made a real conscious decision to stay here in Weyburn. You see, the people in Weyburn took a chance on Tommy.

In 1934, Douglas ran unsuccessfully in the provincial election. He ran in the federal riding of Weyburn the next year and was narrowly elected. Douglas became Premier of Saskatchewan in 1944 and held the position until 1961.

Sutherland explained that the struggle of Medicare, creating infrastructure, schools and balancing the budget and everything that was occurring at the time was no light task and it took a community like Weyburn that he could come home to that supported him.

Sutherland said "he once asked Douglas to describe the people of Weyburn. He simply said, they're the strongest people I know...and he was right."

He then thanked the community on behalf of his family, You have a place in our hearts forever and this is what we will always consider home.

This memorable day in Weyburn began five years ago when Vivot decided she must commemorate Canada's Father of Medicare and contacted the city of Weyburn where Douglas began his political career and ministered at the Calvary Baptist Church for several years. After Ross McMurtry and Isabelle Butters spear-headed a campaign to raise $30,000 to cover the cost of materials, Vivot waived her professional fee and got to work. The bronze statue was in the works for over two years by Czech-born artist Vivot, who said her work was "a labour of love."

Source: WeyburnThisWeek

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

24: Show of the Decade

24: Show of the Decade

Just as “All in the Family” defined the cultural upheaval of the 1970s, “Miami Vice” the glitzy ‘greed is good’ ethos of the 1980s and “Seinfeld” the merry self absorbed nihilism of the 1990s, “24″ captured the paranoia and intensity of the 2000s.

Let’s face it. The 2000s didn’t start on January 1, 2000. They started on September 11, 2001. This was a decade that was defined by the war on terrorism and everything that came with it. No show captured the mood of the moment like “24″.
The show was conceived and the first season was produced prior to the September 11th attacks. It’s premiere, in November of 2001, coincided directly with it. The first season capturing the travails of Jack Bauer and the counter terrorism unit struck a cord at the time with viewers.

Around that time, Dick Cheney talked about how America had to ‘go to the darkside’ to deal with terrorists. Bend the rules. Do what’s necessary to beat the terrorists and save American lives. In 24′s Jack Bauer, this attitude was personified. Jack Bauer was willing to do anything — whether it be chop a guy’s head off to restore his cover with a terrorist organization or fly a plane into a nuclear explosion — to thwart the various terrorist plans of the show.

In the early seasons, Americans cheered the show on, as they did the Bush Presidency when his approval ratings were up in the 90s. Kiefer Sutherland rejected the political implications, arguing it was “just a tv show”. Joel Surnow, the show’s creator, embraced the political overtones in a controversial interview with ‘The New Yorker’. Clearly, whether Kiefer liked it or not, 24 had struck a cultural cord and owed much of its success to it.

As Bush and the war on terror waned in popularity, criticism of the show heated up. Did the ends always justify the means, as Jack routinely argued?

No aspect of the show was more controversial than Jack’s frequent use of torture. In a ticking time bomb situation, Jack always argued that torture was necessary. Those who argued against it on the show were often seen as short sighted, or putting their career or political considerations ahead of saving lives. Jack was willing to shoot people above the knee, shoot their innocent wives above the knee, simulate the execution of terrorist’s families, etc. As Jack put it, he was “willing to do what was necessary”.

By the sixth season (2007), when the Bush administration had reached the depths of disapproval, criticism of the show was at its most intense. The 7th season (2009) was largely a response to many of these criticisms. The entire season was an inquiry into the efficacy of Jack’s methods. Was he even the good guy? Did he do the right thing? Working in conjunction with the FBI, could he get results without using torture?

The writers even put Jack in front of Congress to answer the complaints and criticism. Jack explains his position at the end of the season 7: “I know these laws need to be more important than the fifteen people [in danger of a terrorist attack] on the bus. But, my heart couldn’t live with it.”

“24″ never portrayed Jack’s methods as the gung-ho solution to everything. Jack’s actions, while they frequently ended terrorist threats, never came without consequence. Indeed, as anyone who watched the show could attest, no one bore the brunt of these negative consequences more than Jack Bauer, losing nearly everything that mattered to him throughout the course of the series.

The show was also not simply a right wing template for the war on terror as many of the critics contended. One of the show’s heroes, David Palmer, was an African American Democrat President. The show also frequently went out of its way to separate radical Muslims from mainstream Islam. In one season, an attempt to place Muslims in internment camps following a series of bus bombings is particularly vilified. In another, the President does everything in his power to prevent anti-Muslim violence following a nuclear threat originating in the Middle East.

“24″, in addition to capturing the intensity, fears and paranoia of the 2000s also captured the changes in information technology that accompanied the decade. The counter-terrorist unit was largely a product of the information age. Jack Bauer didn’t go into the field with watches that turned into helicopters, shoes that served as phones and cars with gun turrets. He went into the field with a gun and a PDA. CTU’s office wasn’t a bunch of scientists churning out gadgets and weapons, it was filled with computer nerds intercepting enemy communications and providing satellite telemetry. It was the first show featuring people talking on their cell phone and texting as much as they do in the real world.

If you didn’t watch “24″ during it’s run, I highly suggest that you give it a chance. The first seven seasons are available to watch instantly on Netflix.

Source: themoderndaypirates

Monday, September 13, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Photo: Kiefer Sutherland in NY Sept 2010

Photo: Kiefer Sutherland in NY Sept 2010

"Stunning" Kiefer Sutherland's Reaction to Statue of Grandpa Tommy Douglas

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Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland poses with a life-sized statue of his grandfather Tommy Douglas on Friday, Sept. 10, 2010, in Weyburn, Sask. Douglas was the premier of Saskatchewan and the founder of medicare in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Troy Fleece

"Stunning:"Kiefer Sutherland's reaction to statue of grandpa Tommy Douglas

Jennifer Graham, The Canadian Press Sep 10, 2010 21:02:24 PM

WEYBURN, Sask. - Socialist icon Tommy Douglas is considered the father of Canada's public health-care system, but he was simply "grandpa" to actor Kiefer Sutherland.

Sutherland travelled to Weyburn, Sask., Douglas's hometown, to unveil a statue of Douglas on Friday.

"This has been such a desire of mine since I can remember. I was about five or six when I started hearing the stories from mother and from my grandma and grandpa about this amazing town," Sutherland told the crowd gathered under overcast skies.

"You have been a part of my life growing up and you certainly have had a huge impact on my family's life and I can never express the depth of the gratitude that I have for all of you."

Rays of sunshine broke through the clouds just as Sutherland reached up to uncover the statue.

"That's just gorgeous!," Sutherland exclaimed, then placed his hand on the hand of the Douglas statue. "I have waited a long time to hold my grandpa's hand again."

He later told reporters it was an emotional moment for him.

"My grandfather died when I was 18 years old and it wasn't until I stood next to that (statue) and kind of could just feel the proximity of the size and the likeness and everything else, how much I missed him and I got sad about that actually for a moment."

Sutherland got a hometown welcome from a star-struck crowd of hundreds, as he signed autographs and cheerfully posed for pictures.

One grinning fan stood next to the "24" star wearing a custom-made T-shirt that said "I'm with Jack Bauer," referring to Sutherland's character on the show. Another gave Sutherland a Saskatchewan Roughriders ball cap.

"I think it's a real historical day for Weyburn, for the province and for the country really," said Wendy Tingle, who waited more than an hour for the unveiling, sometimes under driving rain.

"He's the greatest Canadian," Tingle said of Douglas.

Sutherland said he was flattered by the attention, but not surprised by the number of people who showed up for the unveiling and to pay tribute to Douglas.

Douglas, a former premier of Saskatchewan and a former federal NDP leader, was committed to social reform. Sutherland said his family, including his mother, actress Shirley Douglas, appreciated the recognition from the community.

"It was very funny. My grandpa never wanted a monument. His work was going to be his legacy and I think we all respect that," said Sutherland.

"I think it'll probably mean a lot more to us though."

Source: news957