Archive for March, 2005

FOX gives two encores for shocking episode

March 31st, 2005

“The next episode of 24 to air in the States is said to be so “shocking” that FOX has scheduled two encores. ‘The episode is so gripping that two additional airings have been scheduled to ensure viewers an opportunity to catch this critical and controversial turning point,’ said the network in a statement today. ‘Leading into the final heart-stopping hours, this episode will leave viewers gasping and is certain to be the most talked-about hour in the show’s four thrilling seasons.'”

source : www.digitalspy.co.uk
more : www.thefutoncritic.com

24: The Game Confirmed!

March 30th, 2005

“… Sony Computer Entertainment Europe today announced an exclusive licence deal with Twentieth Century Fox to bring the acclaimed show ‘24‘ onto PlayStation 2. Set to become the biggest action adventure game of the year, ’24: The Game’ lets gamers take control and live a ‘brand new day’ in the life of Jack Bauer … Developed by … Cambridge Studio, and in a working partnership with … the TV show’s producers, directors, scriptwriters and stars, ’24: The Game’ is set between seasons two and three and provides the answers to many unanswered questions: who was really behind the assassination attempt on President Palmer? How did Kim Bauer get a job in the L.A. CTU? How did Jack Bauer and Chase Edmunds first start working together? The game has jaw-dropping revelations for ’24’ fans and thrilling, non-stop time-pressure gameplay.

Featuring many of the stars from the first three seasons, ’24: The Game’ showcases the most extensive cast of Hollywood actors ever seen in a game. Their voices, likenesses and characters have been faithfully captured and recreated so players really become Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), Kim Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) and other characters from the show.

’24: The Game’ has multiple character plots and strands and over 100 missions covering multiple genres of game-play including:

– on-foot sections with shooting, stealth, puzzles and sniping;
– driving challenges varying from stealthy tailing to high-speed pursuits;
– interrogations where you have to coerce information out of suspects and
– gadget sections including decoding information and examining satellite images

High production values make the whole 24 game experience completely authentic. The game’s music has been written by the TV show’s award-winning composer Sean Callery, and an all-new script has been penned by 24 show writer Duppy Demetrius in collaboration with the 24 production team.

The game also includes all signature graphical devices and sound effects; uses the unique visual style with cut-scenes produced in conjunction with the series’ creator and cinematographer and multi panel windows showing concurrent plot developments as they happen.

Gamers who think they can cope with a brand new day in Jack Bauer’s shoes should look no further than ’24: The Game’ coming exclusively to PlayStation 2 this autumn.”

That is from an official press release, yes it’s official. To get even more excited than you are right now, you can watch a trailer/preview of the game with voice-over/introduction from Kiefer.

game preview : www.playstationstudios.com – username : preview, password : C3%qt24

more : gamesradar.msn.co.uk

for those with a slower connection who are having trouble watching the preview, I’ve put some screenshots up.

preview screenshots : screenshots.html

You can find screenshots of the game itself at Gamespot.com

game screenshots : www.gamespot.com

’24’ brings issue of torture home

March 16th, 2005

“In the post-9/11 world, torture has hit the public radar in news reports about Abu Ghraib, congressional questioning of Cabinet nominees and, increasingly, as a featured interrogation tactic on … 24. As politicians, pundits and the public debate extreme interrogation, 24 — which is enjoying a surge in critical praise and a 32% jump in viewers this season — has jumped to action …

For 24’s producers, … ‘It goes with the 24 conceit that we need information and don’t have days to break this person …’ Howard Gordon says …

Alistair Hodgett of Amnesty International credits 24 and A&E’s MI-5, which follows the British security service, with realistic depictions that provide ‘a clearer idea of what torture involves … They do more to educate than desensitize.’

Gordon says 24 taps into the public’s ‘fear-based wish fulfillment’ of having protectors, such as Bauer, who will do whatever is necessary to save society from harm … ‘In some ways, he is a necessary evil.'”

source : www.usatoday.com

Kiefer among Canada’s Walk of Fame inductees

March 9th, 2005

“This year’s list includes … Kiefer Sutherland (who now joins his acting parents Donald Sutherland and Shirley Douglas on the Walk) … … To be eligible, a nominee must have been born in Canada or spent their formative or creative years here, had a minimum of 10 years experience in the field and had a national or international impact on Canada’s cultural heritage …

… Each year, the public at large submits thousands of recommendations, which then go to a review committee of Canadian peers. After the committee’s evaluation, the names go before the Walk of Fame board of directors, which makes the annual selection.

source : www.theglobeandmail.com
more : www.thestar.com

Actor enjoying chance to flesh out character

March 8th, 2005

“Last season, Carlos Bernard’s “24” character committed treason to save his wife. Can he redeem himself in the eyes of his country? That’s the question Bernard couldn’t resist. “Yeah, that’s part of why I was interested in coming back … Obviously, we stretch the boundaries of believability. We obviously ask the audience to suspend a certain disbelief … I think I like the fact that Tony’s got a deep understanding and commitment to the people around him, and I think he’s got a bit of a temper” …

…”It’s always a drag working with Kiefer, … We have a great time working together …”

source : www.fortwayne.com

Portrayal of american arabs on TV is all wrong

March 7th, 2005

“On …”24,” … American Muslims [are] out to nuke our country, killing neighbors in the process. … Fox isn’t alone … “Family Law,” “Judging Amy,” “The District” and “The Practice” have had storylines that imply that airlines should discriminate against us, that we should be jailed without due process, and that we burn down our own mosques and abuse our children.

To their credit, programs like “Boston Public,” “Jack and Bobby,” “7th Heaven” and “Strong Medicine” have reflected positive images of American Arabs that help to unite us. But overall, … [the] message [is] clear: American Arabs are dangerous terrorists and should be feared … Unfortunately, these powerful stereotypes injure innocent people and have a terrible impact on our society.

Today, 44 percent of Americans believe the government should restrict the civil liberties of American Muslims, … And nearly one in three Americans says the government should engage in racial profiling, and … infiltrate American Muslim organizations.

Network leaders should meet with leaders of the American Arab and Muslim communities, and they should commit to innovative family shows that reflect the positive aspects of all faiths. Producers could create characters modeled after real-life Arab-Americans, such as Ambassador Selwa Roosevelt, or the father of modern cardiovascular surgery, Dr. Michael DeBakey, or consumer advocate Ralph Nader or our nation’s first jet ace, Col. James Jabara…”

source : www.freep.com
more : www.newsday.com – mild series four spoilers

The muslim public service announcement made by Kiefer, and broadcast by Fox can still be viewed on the site.

muslim psa : /media/muslimpsa.ram