At this point you probably have a pretty good handle on the style of a Paul WS Anderson movie — he turns out one b-movie after another that use affordable effects, attractive stars and genre concepts to lure in audiences. And the audiences always seem to show up, making Anderson one of the more reliable directors from a business perspective.
Here, he changes things up a bit for Pompeii. The attractive cast is there (Kit Harinton, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Paz Vega) as are the big digital effects and gritty but pretty violence. But there’s also a real historic backdrop — the destruction of the ancient city of Pompeii after the explosion of the volcano Vesuvius — giving the story a real weight. Will it work? Get some idea via the new trailer below. Read More »
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One of the main challenges producers faced in bringing back the hit show 24 and its hero Jack Bauer was making the return an event worthy of the original show. Since Bauer, played by Kiefer Sutherland, has saved the country and world numerous times, 24: Live Another Day has to do something special.
Turns out the first part of that escalation will be a wholly new setting. When the show comes back in May 2014 for a 12-episode run, Jack Bauer will be in London and four years will have passed since his last adventure with Counter Terrorism Unit. Read More »
Jack Bauer will officially live another day. The counter-terrorism superhero who worked his way through eight seasons of 24-hour madness before the series ended in 2010 will return in May 2014. The new show is a 12-hour limited event called 24: Live Another Day. Kiefer Sutherland has officially signed on to return to the role, which will follow the same 24-hour format of the original series, but condensed to 12 hours, with uneventful hours skipped. Read More »
Update: Entertainment Weekly has learned that the “limited event series” in the works for 24 is actually an order for 13 one-hour episodes. While 24 has always functioned as a 24-hour story spread over 24 episodes, 13 episodes is a full season for a lot of television shows. So it will be interesting to see how developing 24 as a 13-episode limited event series will change the franchise.
Since 2007, we’ve written over three dozen posts on a possible 24 movie. It was something the creators were talking about while the show was still in production. Later it got pushed as an “end of series” theatrical movie. But that never happened, and the series has struggled to get a green light.
Most recently, Training Day director Antoine Fuqua dropped off the project because, according to Fuqua, Kiefer Sutherland‘s busy TV schedule got in the way of it happening. Today we learned that Sutherland’s Fox television show Touch has been cancelled after two seasons. And while this might not have been enough to bring Jack Bauer to the big screen, it may mean a small screen return.
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Paul W.S. Anderson has made so many disasters in his career, it’s about time he made a film about one. (Rimshot) He just started filming Pompeii, a 3D period epic set against the leveling of the titular city from the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Kit Harington (Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow) stars as a slave who must rush to save his love (Emily Browning), who’s also the daughter of his master (Jared Harris). Now another major name has been added to the list.
Kiefer Sutherland has just joined Pompeii as the villainous Roman senator who originally enslaved Harington’s character. Read more about the film below. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
Since 24 ended in 2010, it feels like we’ve gotten new promises every few months that a movie sequel is really and truly on its way. A screenwriter was hired before the series even ended, putting the project on track to shoot in 2011… which turned into spring 2012… and then spring 2013.
Now we’re in spring 2013, and there still doesn’t seem to have been a whole lot of progress. So it’s unsurprising, if a little disappointing, that director Antoine Fuqua is saying it’s “not happening” at all, or any rate not with him. Hit the jump for more.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
More details emerge on that Boy Meets World sequel, and you may be surprised to learn what Cory’s up to these days. Also after the jump:
- Christopher Lloyd brings his DeLorean to Raising Hope
- SpongeBob gets stop-motioned for a holiday special
- See the sexy first trailer for Starz’ Da Vinci’s Demons
- James Cameron is producing a climate-change doc
- Diablo Cody sells a Millenial/GenX comedy to ABC
- Elementary lands the plum post-Super Bowl slot
- Luther is getting a third season with four episodes
- 24‘s Jack and Renee will reunite on Fox’s Touch
- Fringe sets an early 2013 date for its series finale
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Posted on Thursday, May 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
With TV upfronts just around the corner, broadcast networks have been scrambling to make some tough calls. Fox has now decreed the fates of its three freshman dramas, axing J.J. Abrams‘ Alcatraz and its Bones spinoff The Finder while re-upping on Kiefer Sutherland‘s Touch. On the animated side, American Dad and Family Guy are slated to return while Cleveland Show and Napoleon Dynamite continue to await a decision.
Meanwhile, the network has been loading up on brand-new pilots, including a serial killer thriller starring Kevin Bacon, a comedy from Mindy Kaling, the inanely-titled Mob Doctor, and more. Details after the jump.
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The final episode of 24 was broadcast in May 2010, and not long after we started to hear serious talk about a feature film continuation of the series anchored by Kiefer Sutherland‘s character Jack Bauer. Fox spent a lot of time choosing a screenwriter (Billy Ray eventually scripted, with Mark Bomback polishing) and starting the process of finding a director. A tentative start date was scheduled for the end of this month, timed to coincide with Sutherland’s hiatus from his new series Touch.
But there still is no director — Antoine Fuqua was a recent possible hire — and it now looks like Fox isn’t going to pursue the film until 2013 at least. Read More »