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2011 was one of the best years for film in recent years. There are about 25 films that could have made my top ten list and each film in my top 5 could be my number one. I saw about 100 films this year and I still wish I could have seen more. I feel very comfortable with my top ten and I feel like it was a good representative of the year in film. However I do feel that people looking at this article should go over to Sound On Sight and see all the staff’s individual lists, as well as the honorable mentions that just missed my list. You will find a great collection of films on those lists.
Directed by Sean Durkin
I saw Sean Durkin’s directorial debut in August and knew as soon as the last frame came up that this was the best picture of the year. »
- Josh Youngerman
The wait is almost over. You can print out our full list of midseason TV debut dates and highlight the ones you want to remember to record. But which is your must-see of early 2012? Let’s take it to a vote. Note: We’ve only included select new and returning shows with confirmed season premiere dates through February (sorry, Mad Men, Game of Thrones, and Cougar Town fans, but it does level the playing field a bit).
A quick primer on the new shows included in the poll:
- Mandi Bierly
“The next Lost.” For the past seven years, it’s been a TV industry grail quest, and, for the past 18 months since Lost left the air, a felt need for those who not only miss the Oceanic 815 castaways and the Island but the sense of community that the show spawned. From the moment ABC’s saga about redemption-needy souls trapped in a mystical, tropical purgatory became an instant phenom in September of 2004, the leading purveyors of small-screen entertainment have been trying to replicate the success of a cult pop property tailored to our Comic-Con culture that somehow managed to connect »
- Jeff Jensen
The Contra Security workplace will look a bit different when Fox’s Breaking In breaks out its second season.
Confirmed to return as series regulars to the caper comedy — which was canceled back in May but then plucked from the ashes as a midseason replacement — are Christian Slater (as Contra boss man Oz), Bret Harrison (Cameron) and Alphonso McAuley (Cash).
Plus, as TVLine exclusively reported last month, Emmy winner Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) is coming on board as a Season 2 regular, playing Oz’s own boss.
- Matt Webb Mitovich
There’s no question that online video has made great strides in 2011. Online video sites enjoyed record viewership and more ambitious programs than ever originated on the Web, garnering the kind of national media attention historically reserved for network TV. In its most recent Video Metrix report, comScore reported that during the month of November, 83 million U.S. Internet users watched online video content, or an average of 20.5 hours per viewer. The total U.S. Internet audience viewed 40.9 billion videos—a figure that speaks volumes to the prevalence of online video and the growing opportunities that lay ahead for both content creators and advertisers. This shift in consumer behavior and the emergence of short-form digital programming has enabled the development of innovative, talent-driven digital content such as Dbg’s The Confession starring Kiefer Sutherland and Christopher Kubasik’s Booth at the End—not to mention the announcement that Netflix is »
- Guest Author
How long have these two been dating? Seven months? It looks pretty serious either way, because Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have sent out a joint Christmas card this year, pictured above. And it’s a socially minded one because the couple have have it embossed that the recipient of the card has a donation made in their name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Best Friends Animal Society. It’s signed off with quite a flourish too — “With warmth and love, Jen and Justin.” This one’s a lot sweeter (and less indulgent) than the creepy Kardashian card or the kooky Kiefer Sutherland one, don’t you think?
[Photo via Lainey Gossip] »
- Ambika Muttoo
The couple's rep said, "The separation was entirely mutual. They have been a couple for over twenty years, and the nature of their relationship simply changed over time."
The rep continued, "In the short term, they plan on continuing to live together for their son, then gradually »
Oh Kathy, I think he already knows you've been naughty this year
Birthday Shoutouts! Samuel L. Jackson is 63, Chris Evert is 57, Kiefer Sutherland is 45, and Jane Fonda is 74. Time to name your top five Jane films! Her are mine: 5. "The China Syndrome," 4. "Barefoot in the Park" 3. "The Morning After," 2. "Nine To Five," 1. "Barbarella," which of course had one of the greatest openings in film history.Dame Helen Mirren is going to guest star on the January 17th episode of Glee. Sort of. The article doesn't spoil everything, but now my curiosity is piqued.Below you can see the new trailer for Spartacus: Vengeance, which premieres January 27th on Starz.
Dustin Lance Black needs your thoughts and prayers. This is just disgusting. This kind of pure ignorance just astounds me. Below you can see a teaser for Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, and Julianne Moore in the upcoming HBO film Game Change. »
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
Real time – in which the plot of the film covers the same amount of time as it takes to watch – can be a blessing or a curse. When a film calls attention to it, real time can become a gimmicky distraction. On the other hand, it can add a real sense of urgency if the film just allows the events to unfold before us. There are a number of different ways filmmakers use it. For example, the action may be primarily set in one location. Other ways it is used involve hostage situations, characters waiting for something, or simply following characters around from place to place. It can be a tricky thing to pull off perfectly. So I’m deciding that as long as the film makes a real attempt, and the majority of the action takes place in real time, it is fair game. »
- Shane T. Nier
'Tis the season to be jolly! Kiefer Sutherland is certainly proof of that given this photo the actor posted on Twitter. The shot, which shows the 24 star playfully lunging toward a Christmas tree, includes the words: "Just kidding." Confused? Well, a little backstory... You see, right around this time in 2006, Kiefer was working on a documentary about the band Rocco DeLuca and the Burden called I Trust You to Kill Me. While at a London hotel during the group's European tour, the Emmy winner decided to have a little fun at the expense of a defenseless Christmas tree as the above video shows. Thankfully, no firs were harmed in the making of this year's holiday »
Kiefer Sutherland Attacks Christmas Tree in Amusing Holiday Card
It seems like today is the day for Christmas cards. Earlier I posted the Kardashian family Christmas card (view it here) and now I've discovered that Kiefer Sutherland released his Christmas card on his Twitter page.
Back in 2007, Kiefer Sutherland attacked a Christmas tree at a holiday party (watch the video) while drunk. But you know what? Kiefer Sutherland is Ok with making fun of his past drunken antics, so he turned that video into a funny Christmas card this year.
Let's compare the Kiefer card with the Kardashian card, shall we? Sutherland knows that you can't take yourself too seriously and is more than willing to take a jab at himself. Whereas the Kardashians apparently take themselves far too seriously and there's nary a Christmas tree in their cold-looking photo.
Kiefer Sutherland returns to television in the new Fox midseason show, »
The Kardashian Family: View their 2011 Christmas Card
The Kardashian family has leaked their 2011 family Christmas card. More specifically, Kim has leaked it on her blog.
This is their Christmas card from last year. In keeping with the "we're an obscenely wealthy family" tradition, they've once again decided to deck themselves out in glittering dresses, pantsuits and tuxedos and put on their very best vacant stares. I think if we ever saw them do a "normal" Christmas card set-up with the family posing in front of roaring fire while wearing knit sweaters we might all die of shock. Also, I'm slightly freaked out by the fact that even the toddler is posing.
Not to be outdone, there's also a 3D version of the Kardashian Christmas card (no, seriously). To view the card and close-ups of the individual family members, use the arrows above.
View Kiefer Sutherland's Christmas card (which is »
Did you read the rumors that Jon Bon Jovi was dead floating around on Twitter yesterday? We did and knew it was a hoax but there was a litte bit of us who thought — This Better not be true! News like this always brings out the Cassandra in people even though we’re well aware that weirdos on Twitter regularly bump off celebrities. Jon thought he would clear up the air himself and tweeted a photo of himself standing in front of a Christmas Tree with a placard that read, “Heaven looks a lot like New Jersey…” Someone from his management also wrote a message that clarified, “…Rest assured that Jon is fine! This photo was just taken.”
So there you have it, folks. Jon is A-Ok. Also note, he’s standing in front of a Christmas tree and not jumping into it like one Kiefer Sutherland.
[Photo via Twitter] »
- Ambika Muttoo
And you thought the Kardashians Christmas card was cray? Kiefer Sutherland just tweeted his holiday card and it’s … interesting. He spoofs his infamous Christmas tree tackle from the documentary I Trust You To Kill Me back in 2006. The card shows him about to maniacally jump into a tree again, but this time it says “Just Kidding.” What’s the holiday season without a little bit of humor, huh? You have to admit, it’s pretty original!
[Photo via Twitter] »
- Ambika Muttoo
Kiefer Sutherland just scared the living crap out of a perfectly innocent Christmas tree ... pretending to form tackle the fur ... in a new holiday card intended to spoof his famous tree dive of '06. If you recall, Kiefer ferociously murdered a suspicious-looking Xmas plant in a London hotel during the filming of the documentary "I Trust You to Kill Me" ... possibly because he may have been drunk at the time. Now, Sutherland has mocked the »
- TMZ Staff
When Showtime announced they would be starting the new series Homeland from 24 producer Howard Gordon, the feeling was this take on Us-based terrorism might borrow a little too heavily from the super heroics of Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer. Almost immediately after its premiere, however, Homeland revealed itself to be much more than a run-of-the-mill 24 clone, or anti-terrorism action program. In fact, over the course of its first season, Homeland has proven itself to be not only the best series on Showtime, but also one of the best dramas on television, period.
One of the unique aspects of the series lies in the way it explores the fragile lives and psyches of those tasked with preventing or committing an act of terrorism. All season long, the game of suspicion and betrayal between ...
Click to continue reading ‘Homeland’ Season 1 Finale Review
- Kevin Yeoman
During the House debate on Sopa, out Rep. Jared Polis (who is an Internet mogul) attempted to amend the act to exempt the government from protecting copyrights of pornography in an attempt to derail the bill. Ultimately, he was unsuccessful in doing anything more than delaying the proceedings, but one of his tactics makes you smile: He read the lyrics of "The Internet Is For Porn" from Avenue Q into the Congressional Record.
Queerty is reporting that Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell of The Fabulous Beekman Boys got engaged in front of the cameras Friday night. Since their show was canceled, the event will likely be shown on The Real Housewives of New York, whose Sonja Morgan hosted the party. Congratulations!
Mitt Romney's tales of his impoverished time on mission for the Mormon church in France may have been greatly exaggerated.
Kate Middleton has been named the "Best Mannered »
What juicy goodness is on tap for Ringer‘s return? Can Morgan succeed with his most critical mission ever? Will baby talk waylay Big Bang‘s nerdy wedding plans? Read on for those answers, plus other teases from TV’s hottest shows.
Ringer | Since this CW series’ 2012 return got pushed back a few weeks [groan], I thought I’d help soothe fans over with some teasers. Overall, I am told, the new year we will serve up new reveals about the backstories of all of the characters. For example, we will find out what exactly caused the rift between Siobhan and »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
 As we head toward the holiday season, Boardwalk Empire winds down, 30 Rock gears up, and Terra Nova remains in purgatory. After the jump: Showrunner Terence Winter explains the explosive Season 2 finale for HBO's Boardwalk Empire NBC drops an enticing teaser for 30 Rock's 6th season HBO reveals a second trailer for its Judd Apatow / Lena Dunham series Girls FX renews The League for a fourth season Fox pushes its decision about Terra Nova's fate to next year Confession time: I do not watch Boardwalk Empire. I know I should, and I've seen the odd episode here and there, but for whatever reason I just haven't gotten into it yet. I know many of you have, though, and from what I've heard, this Sunday's Season 2 finale was a doozy. So you may be interested to read showrunner Terence Winter's explanation of how, exactly, the show got to where it did. »
- Angie Han
Title: Melancholia Directed by: Lars von Trier Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland Putting his antics aside, von Trier is indeed a talented filmmaker, though I doubt that’s ever been up to much debate. “Melancholia” is his newest film following the heavily controversial Antichrist which enraged and divided audiences due to its graphic imagery. But in “Melancholia”, we have a different type of animal, and I’d argue that it could be equally as controversial–just not necessarily in the classical sense (which involves gratuitous violence and sex in today’s entertainment world). Like a majority of his films (if not all), “Melancholia” stars a female protagonist surrounded by utter gloom »
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