Monthly Archives: December 2005
I don’t get to watch this show much but what I have seen is brilliant. I saw the trailer for season five the other day and was blown away. The only reason I know so much about the show is that my mother is a huge fan and keeps me up to date on the storyline.
Counter-terrorism agent Jack Bauer fights the bad guys of the world, one day at a time. With episodes unfolding in real time, "24" covers one day in the life of Bauer per season. After foiling a political assassination, stopping a nuclear attack and fighting bioterrorism, season four finds Jack working for the Secretary of Defense (while dating his daughter) as a terrorist sleeper cell in Los Angeles activates a plan it hopes will "change the world."
The producers cleaned house for the show’s fourth season, letting most of the previous cast go (except star Kiefer Sutherland) and bringing in a new group of characters to interact with Bauer.
The clock has already started ticking for the fifth season of 24, which will now begin one week later than previously announced with a four-hour, two-night season premiere Sunday, Jan. 15 and Monday, Jan. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The second hour on Monday, Jan. 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) will be the series’ 100th episode.
Who’s In Season 5?
KIEFER SUTHERLAND returns as Agent Jack Bauer (but what is his new name now that he’s technically dead?)
SEAN ASTIN joins the cast as CTU agent Lynn McGill
ROGER CROSS returns as CTU agent Curtis Manning
MARY LYNN RAJSKUB returns as Jack Bauer’s closest CTU ally Chloe O’Brian
LOUIS LOMBARDI returns as Edgar Stiles
KIM RAVER returns as Audrey Raines
CARLOS BERNARD returns as CTU agent Tony Almeida
GREGORY ITZIN returns as skittish President Charles Logan
JEAN SMART joins the cast as President Logan’s wife Martha
JAMES MORRISON returns as CTU head Bill Buchanan
CONNIE BRITTON joins the cast as Jack Bauer’s new love interest. Let’s see howlong she’ll last.
BRADY CORBET joins the cast as Derek, the son of Jack Bauer’s new love interest
The fifth hour of 24 will air in the show’s regular time period on Monday, Jan. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), and the intense series will then unfold on a weekly basis without repeats or preemptions, all the way through the heart-stopping season finale.
Season five picks up 18 months after the exciting conclusion of season four, as national security is brutally breached. A presumably dead Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) is actually living a new life with Diane (Connie Britton) and her son Derek (Brady Corbet). A shaky President Logan (Gregory Itzin) is running the nation, while composed Bill Buchanan (James Morrison) commands CTU alongside key operatives Curtis Manning (Roger Cross), Edgar Stiles (Louis Lombardi) and Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub).
Also featured in season five will be Emmy Award-winning actress Jean Smart as First Lady Martha Logan. In addition, Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard) and Audrey Raines (Kim Raver) return, while Lynn McGill (Sean Astin) joins CTU.
Cincinnat1 27 Bills 37
Chad Johnson set a merry mood, pulling championship T-shirts, caps and footballs out of his Santa bag and flinging them into the stands after his first-half touchdown.
Then, the Bengals got really generous.
Playing as a division champion for the first time in 15 years, the Bengals let a game and a first-round playoff bye get away Saturday. Terrence McGee returned a kickoff and an interception for a touchdown, rallying the Buffalo Bills to a 37-27 victory.
McGee is the first player in NFL history to do that in one game.
McGee’s 46-yard interception return with 35 seconds left sent 65,485 fans filing glumly out of the stadium in their orange-and-black Santa hats, stunned by what they’d just seen.
For the first time all season, the Bengals (11-4) lost a game they were expected to win, against a team that hadn’t won on the road all season. They needed a win to keep pace with Denver for the AFC’s No. 2 seed and a first-round playoff bye.
Instead, the Broncos clinched it with a 22-3 victory over Oakland later Saturday.
"Oh, well. Can’t be great all the time," receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh said. "If anybody thought we were that great, this brings them back to earth."
The Bengals clinched the AFC North title a week earlier in Detroit and wished for an afternoon of revelry in front of the home crowd. Instead, they got a reminder of what can happen when they let a game turn into a shootout.
"We need to truly learn from this, and know what playing like this can get us," offensive guard Bobbie Williams said. "It can get you an ‘L’ and when you get to the playoffs, getting an ‘L’ means you’re out of it."
The Bills (5-10) have been out of it for a long time, losing their previous five games. McGee and Kelly Holcomb led them to a feel-good win at the end of a disastrous season, one that has players wondering what ownership will do in the offseason.
"Nobody gave us a chance to beat these guys," said Holcomb, who was 24-of-31 for 308 yards. "We hadn’t won on the road. It definitely leaves a good taste in your mouth."
McGee had five kickoff returns for 220 yards, including his 99-yard sprint down the left sideline that sparked the comeback late in the third quarter. He set a club record with three kickoff touchdowns last season, and now owns the Bills’ career mark.
"I can’t even explain how I feel," said McGee, who failed to score on an 82-yard return earlier in the season. "All year, the only thing we’ve been missing is a touchdown."
Holcomb played another impressive game in the stadium where he’s had some of his best moments. Holcomb threw for five touchdowns and a career-high 413 yards in Cleveland’s 58-48 loss at Paul Brown Stadium last season.
Filling in a second straight week for injured J.P. Losman, Holcomb became the first Bills quarterback to throw for 300 yards in the last 45 games, ending a drought that started after Drew Bledsoe passed for 314 in the second game of the 2003 season.
McGee clinched it by picking off Carson Palmer’s sideline pass-under-pressure and returning it untouched. Palmer, going to the Pro Bowl in only his second season, went 25-of-36 for 266 yards with two interceptions.
"Just a bad decision," Palmer said. "I was just trying to get the ball out of bounds (after a completion) and stop the clock. He made a good play on the ball. I should have thrown it over his head and into the stands."
The Bills won their eighth in a row over Cincinnati, which hasn’t beaten them since the 1988 AFC title game. They pulled everything out of their bag of tricks in this one — the flea-flicker, the onside kick, the reverse on a kickoff.
"We just let it go," coach Mike Mularkey said. "We threw it all at ’em. I felt like we had to put some points on the board any way we could."
Johnson provided the only satisfying moment for the home crowd, emptying a bag of gifts after his 41-yard touchdown catch put Cincinnati ahead 14-13 shortly before halftime. He had a red bag of gifts hidden on the sideline, and tossed autographed AFC North championship shirts, caps and footballs into the crowd.
The Bills then turned those presents into consolation gifts.
"We let them hang around too long," Palmer lamented.
Palmer slightly pulled groin muscles while scrambling on the play before the clinching interception, but said the injury isn’t worrisome. … Bills receiver Eric Moulds had a season-high 10 catches for 99 yards — exactly what he needed to reach 9,000 yards career. … CB Deltha O’Neal hurt his right knee while making a tackle on the Bengals’ first defensive play and left for an exam. He returned in the second quarter.
Ralphie as Adult: Football? Football? What’s a football? With unconscious will my voice squeaked out ‘football’.
Santa Claus: Okay, get him out of here.
Ralphie as Adult: A football? Oh no, what was I doing? Wake up, Stupid! Wake up!
Ralphie: No! No! I want an Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle!
Santa Claus: You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.
I CAN’T WAIT!
Superman Returns – Teaser Trailer
Following a mysterious absence of several years, the Man of Steel, Superman, comes back to Earth–but things have changed. While an old enemy plots to render him powerless once and for all, Superman faces the heartbreaking realization that the woman he loves, Lois Lane, has moved on with her life. Or has she? Superman’s bittersweet return challenges him to bridge the distance between them while finding a place in a society that has learned to survive without him. In an attempt to protect the world he loves from cataclysmic destruction, Superman embarks on an epic journey of redemption that takes him from the depths of the ocean to the far reaches of outer space.
Courtesy of IFILM
Ari Gold: Yeah, and Hilary Swank has a ***, but she won an Oscar pretending she has a dick. That’s what actors do. They pretend.
Eric: All right, I got it. So what if Cruise passes?
Ari Gold: Then they go to Brad Pitt. He passes, they go to Keanu Reeves, and on down the list.
Eric: Where is Vince on that list?
Ari Gold: He ain’t on the list.
Eric: Well, how do we get him on the list?
Ari Gold: You do "Aquaman," you stupid f***!
• Format: DVD
• ISBN: 0-7831-2099-0
• Closed Captioning: Yes
• Number of Discs: 2
• Sound Track Language: English
• Run Time: 240 minutes
• Subtitles: English, Francais, Espanol
• Aspect Ratio: Standard [4:3 Transfer]
• Sound Quality: Espanol: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0; English: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0; Francais: Dolby Surround Stereo 2.0
• Audio Commentary: Three audio commentaries with creator Doug Ellin and Executive Producer Larry Charles (Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm) for the episodes "Entourage (Pilot)", "Busey and the Beach" and "New York"
• Interviews: Behind the scenes interviews with cast and crew
Disc 1 Episodes
• Entourage (Pilot)
• The Review
• Talk Show
• Date Night
Disc 2 Episodes
• The Script and the Sherpa
• Busey and the beach
• The Scene
• New York
• Bonus Features
Cincinnati 41, Detroit 17
Bengals thrash Lions 41-17, end 15-year postseason drought
Carson Palmer threw three touchdown passes in the first half. They gave Palmer 30, breaking Ken Anderson’s previous single-season mark of 29 from 1981. Palmer also threw two interceptions, though.
Rudi Johnson rushed for more than 100 yards for the fourth time this season and ran 4 and 16 yards for touchdowns in the second half.
He equaled his rushing touchdown total, 12, from 2004. The 16-yard touchdown run was Johnson’s 24th attempt and gave him 117 yards.
The Bengals also intercepted three Jeff Garcia passes, one each by defensive tackle John Thornton and cornerbacks Deltha O’Neal and Tory James.
O’Neal’s interception was his 10th, breaking the previous franchise record of nine by Ken Riley in 1976.
Thornton intercepted a deflected pass.
The Bengals scored 10 points off turnovers in the first half, increasing their league best number to 146.
The victory also gave the Bengals their second consecutive sweep of an NFC division. They were 4-0 in 2004 against the NFC East. In three seasons, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis’ teams are 10-2 against the NFC and 17-17 against fellow AFC teams.
Palmer threw scoring passes of 18 yards to Kelley Washington, one yard to Chad Johnson and seven yards to T.J. Houshmandzadeh.
Palmer also threw two interceptions in the first half, and the offense was a bit sloppy in its final two possessions of the second quarter.
Backup quarterback Jon Kitna relieved Kitna with 6:43 remaining in the game. Palmer finished 28-for-39 passing for 274 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. His passer rating was 95.5.
As advertised, many Lions fans came dressed in orange – a Bengals color – and cheered for the visiting Bengals. Lions’ general manager Matt Millen was hung in effigy outside of Ford Field before the game.