When Kiefer Sutherland and the producers of Forsaken pulled up stakes in Alberta, Canada two summers ago, they allegedly left town owing a lot of money to local vendors and crew members. And now the Alberta Labour Relations Board has ruled that the producers won’t get access to some $1.7 million in Alberta film grants until the workers and suppliers are paid.
The troubled Western, which has yet to be released, stars Sutherland as a quick-draw killer who returns to his hometown to repair his relationship with his estranged father, played by his real-life dad, Donald Sutherland.
When the production company left town, the Directors Guild of Canada and Alberta IATSE Local 212 brought the matter to the attention of the Labour Board, which has now ruled that four of the Canadian companies involved in the film’s production, including Kiefer Sutherland’s Camel Entertainment, will not be allowed to take receipt of the film credits until the Labour Board completes its investigation or orders otherwise.
“A number of proceedings have been brought at the Alberta Labour Relations Board after the producers of the film went into major default while undertaking principal photography in Alberta in the summer of 2013,” the IATSE said in a statement. “Large amounts of money remain owing in respect of cast and crew benefits, and many local vendors remain unpaid. Post-production work on the film continued in other jurisdictions, despite the large debts left behind.”
The Board, which found that there was a danger of the film grant funds being removed from Alberta “with the stroke of a pen,” agreed with the unions’ argument that they would be harmed should that happen.
Sutherland’s spokesperson declined comment.
The Expendables 3 might not have set the box office alight, but you can’t keep a good action hero down.
Sylvester Stallone is reportedly planning to bring his OAP ass-kicker franchise to the small-screen, with an Expendables event series in the works at Fox.
Much like how the films united action heroes of ’80s and ’90s cinema – Stallone, Schwarzenegger et al – so this new show is looking to bring together iconic TV tough guys from yesteryear.
Casting is yet to be confirmed, but in the meantime, here’s Digital Spy’s dream team for the TV Expendables.
1. Kiefer Sutherland
He might not be eager to reprise Jack Bauer any time soon (dammit!) but Kiefer has to be on this list. His commanding presence makes him a natural fit for team leader – the TV equivalent of Stallone’s Barney Ross.
I’ve added all of Kiefer’s event photos, in HQ, from 2007. Hope y’all enjoy!
Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland was nominated Tuesday for a Golden Raspberry Award — better known as a Razzie — for his role in the made-in-Toronto epic Pompeii.
The Razzies pay tribute to the year’s worst achievements in film.
Sutherland is nominated as Worst Supporting Actor along with Mel Gibson (Expendables 3), Kelsey Grammer (Expendables 3, Legends of Oz, Thinks Like a Man Too and Trannies 4), Shaquille O’Neal (Blended) and Arnold Schwarzenegger (Expendables 3).
Last May, The Guardian critic Stuart Heritage described Sutherland’s acting in Pompeii as “a classic panto ham turn; all evil eyeballs and implacably ludicrous accent.”
Worst Actor nominations went to Kirk Cameron (Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas), Nicolas Cage (Left Behind), Kellan Lutz (The Legend of Hercules), Seth MacFarlane (A Million Ways To Die in the West) and Adam Sandler (Blended).
Blended co-star Drew Barrymore earned a Worst Actress nod, as well as Cameron Diaz (The Other Woman, Sex Tape), Melissa McCarthy (Tammy), Charlize Theron (A Million Ways to Die in the West) and Gaia Weiss (The Legend of Hercules).
Worst Supporting Actress nominees are Cameron Diaz (Annie), Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Nicola Peltz (Transformers 4: Age of Extinction), Susan Sarandon (Tammy) and Brigitte Ridenour (Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas).
Razzie dishonours for Worst Picture went to Kirk Cameron’s Saving Christmas, Left Behind, The Legend of Hercules, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Transformers 4: Age of Extinction.
The latter three films will compete against Atlas Shrugged 3: Who Is John Galt? and Annie for Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.
Among the nominees in the Worst Screen Combo category are Kirk Cameron “and his ego” and Kellan Lutz and “either his abs, his pecs or his glutes.”
Click here for the full list of nominees.
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The sight of Kiefer Sutherland on screen holding a gun to a man’s head is not unusual. He spent nine series as Jack Bauer in 24 doing little else. But the sight of Kiefer Sutherland holding a gun to Stephen Fry’s head while Fry is lying on top of him wearing a Santa outfit, definitely is.
“He’s a big fella,” says Sutherland, with a gravelly laugh at the recollection. “I think he stands about 6’ 4” and he’s built – he’s not wire skinny. So when he landed on me I think the two of us laughed the first time. In fact, there were a couple of moments where we had to really focus because situations made us laugh so much.”
Just as you don’t think of Kiefer Sutherland with Stephen Fry on top of him, you don’t think of him in a comedy either. But Marked is a comedy, a standalone half-hour in Sky’s Playhouse Presents strand. It sees Sutherland play a middle-aged, browbeaten, debt-laden nebbish called James. When he is offered a “hit” to take out his neighbour’s archenemy it’s money he cannot refuse, but his efforts to do the deed soon descend in to a high – and festive – farce.