MICHAEL DOUGLAS (Pete Garrison, Producer), an actor with over thirty years of experience in theatre, film, and television, branched out into independent feature production in 1975 with the Academy Award-winning "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.” Since then, as a producer and as an actor-producer, he has shown an uncanny knack for choosing projects that reflect changing trends and public concerns.
The son of Kirk and Diana Douglas, Michael was born in New Jersey. In 1968, He moved to New York City to study at the American Place Theatre with Wynn Handman, and at the Neighborhood Playhouse, where he appeared in workshop productions.
A few months after he arrived in New York, Douglas got his first big break when he was cast in a pivotal role in the CBS Playhouse production of Ellen M. Violett's drama, "The Experiment,” which was televised nationwide on February 25, 1969.
Douglas' convincing portrayal won him the leading role in the adaptation of John Weston's controversial novel, "Hail, Hero!” His second feature was "Adam at 6 A.M." (1970). Douglas next appeared in the film version of Ron Cowen's play "Summertree" (1971), produced by Kirk Douglas' Bryna Company, and then "Napoleon and Samantha" (1972).
Impressed by Douglas' performance in a segment of television series "The FBI,” producer Quinn Martin signed the actor for the part of Karl Malden's sidekick in the police series "The Streets of San Francisco,” which premiered in 1972 and became one of ABC's highest-rated prime-time programs in the mid-1970s. Douglas earned three successive Emmy Award nominations for his performance.
Long interested in producing a film version of Ken Kesey's novel "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,” Douglas purchased the movie rights from his father. A critical and commercial success, "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor and Best Actress, and went on to gross more than $180 million at the box office.
Douglas suddenly found himself in demand as an independent producer. His next producing project, "The China Syndrome" (1979) received Academy Award nominations for Jack Lemmon and Jane Fonda, as well as for Best Screenplay.
Despite his success as a producer, Douglas resumed his acting career in the late 1970s, starring in "Coma" (1978), "It's My Turn" (1981), and "The Star Chamber" (1983). Douglas also starred in "Running" (1979), and in "A Chorus Line" (1985).
Douglas' career as an actor/producer came together again in 1984 with the release of "Romancing the Stone.” A sequel, "The Jewel of the Nile,” followed in 1985.
It took Douglas nearly two years to convince Columbia Pictures executives to approve the production of "Starman,” the sleeper hit of the 1984 Christmas season, which earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actor for Jeff Bridges. In 1986 Douglas created a television series based on the film.
Douglas returned to the screen in 1987 appearing in two of the year's biggest hits: "Fatal Attraction” and “Wall Street,” the latter earning him an Academy Award for Best Actor.
Douglas next starred in "Black Rain" and then in "The War of the Roses” (1989). In 1988 Douglas formed Stonebridge Entertainment, Inc. which produced "Flatliners” and "Radio Flyer.” Douglas followed with "Shining Through.” In 1992 he starred with Sharon Stone in the erotic thriller "Basic Instinct,” one of the year's top grossing films.
Douglas gave one of his most powerful performances opposite Robert Duvall in Joel Schumacher's controversial drama "Falling Down.” That year he also produced the hit comedy "Made in America.” In 1994-95 he starred in "Disclosure.” In 1995 Douglas portrayed the title role in The American President” and in 1997, starred in “The Game.”
Douglas formed Douglas/Reuther Productions with partner Steven Reuther in May 1994. The company, under the banner of Constellation Films, produced “The Ghost and the Darkness” and “John Grisham’s The Rainmaker.” Douglas and Reuther also produced “Face/Off.”
In 1998, Douglas starred in “A Perfect Murder,” and formed a new production company, Furthur Films. Furthur’s first film was “One Night at McCool’s” (2000). That year was a milestone one for Douglas. “Wonder Boys” opened in February 2000 to much critical acclaim. Douglas was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Film award for his performance.
Douglas starred in "Traffic" (2000), which was named Best Picture by New York Film Critics, won Best Ensemble Cast at the SAG Awards, won four Academy Awards, and was named on over 175 top ten lists.
In 2001, Douglas starred in “Don’t Say a Word” for Fox / Regency. In 2002, he received an Emmy nomination for a guest role on the series “Will & Grace.”
Douglas starred in two films in 2003: “It Runs in the Family,” which Douglas produced and starred with his father Kirk Douglas, his mother Diana Douglas and his son Cameron Douglas. He also starred in the comedy “The-In Laws,” with Albert Brooks.
Later this year, Douglas will be seen in the Universal comedy “You, Me and Dupree” with Owen Wilson, Matt Dillon and Kate Hudson.
Douglas filmed a segment for Showtime’s children’s series “What’s Going On?” He also completed a feature-documentary directed by Lee Grant entitled “A Father, A Son, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” centered on the complex relationship between himself and his father, Kirk.
In July of 1998 Douglas was named a Messenger of Peace for the United Nations by Secretary General Kofi Annan. His two areas of concentration are nuclear abolition and small arms proliferation.
KIEFER SUTHERLAND stars as David Breckinridge, a Secret Service agent assigned to investigate a plot to kill the president.
Sutherland first collaborated with Michael Douglas when the latter produced the 1990 film "Flatliners," which Sutherland headlined with Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and William Baldwin.
Sutherland currently stars as Jack Bauer in the fifth critically acclaimed season of the Fox hit "24," for which he has won a Golden Globe® Award, a SAG Award, two Emmy® nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. The show, which also won a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama, received its highest ratings to date for its fourth season.
In 2004 Sutherland starred in the independent period piece "River Queen" in New Zealand, starring Samantha Morton and directed by Vincent Ward. That year Sutherland also starred in the Warner Bros. film "Taking Lives," opposite Angelina Jolie and Ethan Hawke, and provided the narration for the Warner Bros. film, "NASCAR: The Imax Experience." In 2003 he played painter Paul Gauguin in "Paradise Found," and in 2002 starred with Colin Farrell in Fox's "Phone Booth," directed by Joel Schumacher.
Sutherland starred with Robert Carlyle in the 2001 World War II drama "To End All Wars," which screened successfully at both the Toronto and Telluride Film Festivals in 2002. Based on the best-selling book Through the Valley of the Kwai, the film is an account of life as a POW in a Southeast Asian prison camp.
In 1998, Sutherland starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed original picture "A Soldier's Sweetheart," which premiered as a gala screening at the 1998 Toronto International Film Festival. In 1997, he co-starred with William Hurt and Rufus Sewell in New Line Cinema's "Dark City," directed by Alex Proyas. The Cannes Film Festival showcased it as a special presentation.
In 1992, Sutherland starred in Castle Rock Entertainment's military drama "A Few Good Men" with Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. In 1994, he starred with Jeff Bridges and Nancy Travis in the American version of "The Vanishing" for 20th Century Fox.
A veteran of more than fifty films, Sutherland has been starring in movies since 1984's "The Bay Boy," which won him and director/writer Daniel Petrie Genie Award nominations. Sutherland eventually moved from Canada to Los Angeles, landing television appearances in "The Mission," "Amazing Stories" and the TV movie "Trapped in Silence" with Marsha Mason. Some of his memorable earlier film performances include those in "Stand by Me" and "At Close Range" (1986), "The Lost Boys" and "Promised Land" (1987), "1969," "Bright Lights, Big City” and "Young Guns" (1988), "Renegades" (1989), "Chicago Joe and the Showgirl," "Flashback" and "Young Guns 2" (1990), "Article 99" (1992), and "The Three Musketeers" (1993).
In the 1996 Paramount thriller, "Eye for an Eye," directed by John Schlesinger, Sutherland portrayed an unremorseful, brutal murderer opposite Sally Field and Ed Harris. Later that summer, he co-starred with Samuel L. Jackson, Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey in the screen adaptation of John Grisham's novel, "A Time to Kill."
Sutherland has also turned his hand to directing, with "Woman Wanted" (2000), "Truth or Consequences" (1997), the glowingly reviewed Showtime film "Last Light" (1993), and an episode of the TV series "Fallen Angels" (1993). In addition, he does voice work, mostly recently on "The Land Before Time X: The Great Longneck Migration" (2003). Sutherland also produces, having been co-executive producer of "24" since 2003 and producer in 2002-3. He was also executive producer of the TV movie "Natural Selection" in 1994.
EVA LONGORIA plays Jill Marin, a freshly minted Secret Service agent as smart and ambitious as she is beautiful. Assigned to the more experienced agent played by Kiefer Sutherland, Jill was trained by Michael Douglas’ character. The three team up to uncover a plot to assassinate the President.
One of the hottest stars in television, Longoria plays Latin sexpot Gabrielle Solis on the ABC mega-hit "Desperate Housewives," which draws more than 27 million viewers weekly. Recently named one of People’s "50 Most Beautiful" and the "#1 Hottest Woman in the World" on Maxim’s 2005 annual "Hot 100" list, Longoria was also voted by Variety as one of the "Ten New Faces to Watch," Rolling Stone’s "People of the Year," USA Today’s "TV’s Hot 11" and TV Guide’s "New Faces of Fall." She has signed an exclusive worldwide contract as the newest face of L’Oréal beauty products.
In 2005 Longoria wrapped a role as a lawyer in the tough-minded indie film "Harsh Times," alongside Christian Bale and Freddie Rodriguez and directed by David Ayer ("Training Day"). She co-starred as a quirky psychic in the 2004 CBS MOW "The Dead Will Tell," opposite Anne Heche, Jonathan LaPaglia and Kathleen Quinlan. She starred as a detective on "L.A. Dragnet," the modern-day take on the classic police drama by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf.
Longoria celebrated her theatre debut in the popular comedy farce, "What the Rabbi Saw." Acknowledging her "comedic flair," Back Stage West proclaimed, "Eva Longoria is sensational." Flexing her comic muscles further, Longoria now stars in and co-produces "Hot Tamales Live," a critically acclaimed comedy/ variety show performing regularly at The Comedy Store and consistently selling out across the country. The show is available on DVD/ videocassette and pay-per-view.
The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch in Corpus Christi, Texas, Longoria attended Texas A&M-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college, she entered a talent contest that brought her to Los Angeles, where she was spotted and subsequently signed by a theatrical agent. Longoria’s timing couldn’t have been better and she was determined to see where her acting dreams would take her.
After landing roles on "The Bold and the Beautiful," "General Hospital" and co-starring on "Beverly Hills 90210," she auditioned and won the role of Isabella on the popular series "The Young and the Restless." Her career was successfully launched and she considers herself blessed to have had the opportunity to work on the #1 daytime drama.
Longoria is actively involved with Special Olympics and worked with the John Kerry-John Edwards presidential campaign, educating Latino voters about the candidates.
KIM BASINGER stars as First Lady Sarah Ballentine, who finds herself caught in a plot to assassinate her husband.
Since making her motion picture debut opposite Robert Redford in Barry Levinson's "The Natural," the Academy Award-winner has appeared in more than 30 feature films and has established herself as an international screen icon.
Basinger wrapped production in 2004 on "Jump Shot," a crime drama about gambling, starring with Danny DeVito, Kelsey Grammer, Nick Cannon, Ray Liotta and Forest Whitaker. The film was directed by Mark Rydell.
Also in 2004, Basinger received critical praise for her moving performance opposite Jeff Bridges in Focus Features’ "The Door in the Floor," based on the John Irving novel, "Widow for a Year." She also starred in New Line Cinema’s thriller "Cellular," about a kidnapped woman with only a cell phone standing between her and death.
Basinger received her Academy Award® in 1998 for her role in Warner Bros. and Regency’s critically acclaimed film "L.A. Confidential," based on the James Ellroy classic crime novel of the same title and directed by Curtis Hanson. Basinger's performance also earned her a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a BAFTA nomination. The film earned nine Academy Award nominations in all.
In 2003, Basinger starred opposite Eminem in "8 Mile," and in 2002 opposite Al Pacino and Téa Leoni in "People I Know," In 2000, she starred in Paramount’s "Bless the Child," directed by Chuck Russell and also starring Jimmy Smits and Rufus Sewell. That year, Basinger starred in Hugh Hudson's "I Dreamed of Africa" for Columbia Tri-Star. The film, shot on location in Venice, Italy and South Africa, is based on the best-selling true story by Kenya activist Kuki Gallmann.
Basinger's film credits include the box-office blockbuster "Batman"; Adrian Lyne's sensual thriller "9 1/2 Weeks"; "No Mercy"; Robert Altman's "Ready to Wear" ("Prêt-à-Porter") and "Fool For Love"; "Final Analysis" opposite Richard Gere; "The Marrying Man,” "The Getaway"; Blake Edwards' "Blind Date" opposite Bruce Willis; "Cool World"; "The Real McCoy" and "Nadine" opposite Jeff Bridges.
MARTIN DONOVAN plays experienced Secret Service agent William Montrose, who for many years has worked with fellow agent Pete Garrison, played by Michael Douglas, and who has a dark secret.
Donovan headlines the upcoming dramatic thriller, "The Visitation," also starring Edward Furlong and Kelly Lynch, in which miracles start to happen when a stranger hits town. In 2005 he also wrapped "The Quiet," a drama about a deaf orphan girl starring Camilla Belle, Elisha Cuthbert and Edie Falco, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In 2004 he starred in the three-part mini-series, "Traffic," about global trafficking in drugs, weapons and people. He played Mary-Louise Parker's love interest, in the Showtime series, "Weeds."
In television movies, Donovan played John F. Kennedy in "RFK" (2002); Prince Nikitin, opposite Liv Tyler and Ralph Fiennes, in "Onegin" (1999); a math teacher who seduces a child in Oprah Winfrey's "Amy & Isabelle" (2001); and Tom Buchanan in the 2000 adaptation of "The Great Gatsby." In "Custody of the Heart" (2000) he starred with Lorraine Bracco as a stay-at-home husband suing his professional wife for custody of their children. He worked with Bracco again in "Scam" (1993), about con-artists.
Donovan’s many other credits include "Saved!," “Agent Cody Banks," "Insomnia," "Pipe Dream," "The Book of Life," "Flirt," "Amateur," “Simple Men," "Surviving Desire," "Trust," “The Portrait of the Lady,” and “Malcolm X.”
Photo credit: K.C. Bailey
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Film Entertainment Magazine
Author: Gerald Petievich
From Publishers Weekly
Former Secret Service agent Gerald Petievich (Money Men) describes the daily grind of protecting the President with meticulous care in The Sentinel. Unfortunately, his plot isn't quite as credible. Special Agent Pete Garrison suspects that the neo-Nazi Aryan Disciples have positioned one of their own in the White House, but his investigation is cut short by a blackmailer who knows of his affair with the First Lady and tries to frame him for murder. Though he is officially relieved of his duties, Garrison doesn't stop trying to prove his innocence and save the president's life. Relying on heavy dialogue, Petievich glosses over many details in an effort to keep the action hopping. Although the book's one plot thread is compelling, the story would have benefited from greater dimension.
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When a White House agent is murdered, another agent fears he's being framed. He has the motive: to hide his affair with the First Lady, and someone has the photos to prove it.