Fr 5/21: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Adam Lambert on THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO, NBC. Adam Lambert, 27, grew up in Rancho Peñasquitos. He moved here from Indiana with his parents when he was 1 and attended Deer Canyon Elementary School, Mesa Verde Middle School in Poway and Mt. Carmel High School,
where he was in theater, choir and jazz band. He has one sibling, a younger brother, Neil. He said he’s wanted to be an entertainer since he was 10, and took private voice lessons. His voice coach, Lynne Broyles, and Alex Urban, artistic director of the Children’s Theatre Network (now MET2) were influential mentors, convincing him he had talent, Lambert said. He appeared in musicals – “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Grease,” “Chess”(Moonlight Ampitheatre) – at the Starlight, the Lyceum and other local venues. After high school, he moved to Orange County for college – and lasted about five weeks. “I just decided that what I really wanted to do was try to
work in the real entertainment world,” he said. “Life is all about taking risks to get what you want.” He moved to Los Angeles and did the starving artist thing – cruddy apartments, cruddier paychecks. More Musical Theatre credits included a six month tour of Hair (European Tour ’03), 110 in the Shade (Pasadena Playhouse), On the 20th Century (Reprise!), Evita (Civic Light Opera of South Bay Cities). In Hollywood he performed in the glam-rock revue “The Zodiac Show” at The Henry Fonda Music Box, and at the Key Club. He was cast as Joshua in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak theater in 2004, opposite Val Kilmer. His tour de force performance became a press and crowd favorite with the New York Times calling him “the most consistent crowd-wower” and the LA Times stating that his “personal sound and style… (was) the best.” Shortly thereafter he landed a spot in the National tour of “Wicked” in 2005 then as an understudy as Fiyero in the Los Angeles Production cast in 2007/2008 at the Pantages Theatre. Lambert said he’s been watching the show, now in its eighth season, since it started. “But I never really pictured myself on it.” Friends from “Wicked” pushed him to try out. “One of the reasons why I waited to audition until I was older is because before this, I would have crumbled,” he said. “I’ve got more experience, I’m
used to being in front of a crowd, and I’ve just grown up. Once you get to a certain point in life, you can handle more.” In the last couple of years, he said, “I’ve been branching out, doing my own music.”He has been collaborating with Composer/Guitarist Monte Pittman (Madonna) for close to three years. Together they’ve formed an alt/pop/rock/electro band called THE CITIZEN VEIN — “and it’s just been kind of a natural progression. I know now that I want to make it in the recording industry.” I think it’s safe to say “Mission accomplished”
His musical influences include David Bowie, Freddy Mercury, Robert Plant, Donny Hathaway, Steve Perry.
Fox’s “24” Officially Canceled. Jack Bauer’s 24th hour is coming to an end. In a joint decision by Kiefer Sutherland, “24” star and executive producer, and Fox to end the action-drama series with a two-hour special in May. After eight seasons, the multiple award-winning series will be airing its final episode titled “Day Eight” on May 24. Brad Turner is set to direct the two-hour finale. Sutherland said on the show’s run, “This has been the role of a lifetime, and I will never be able to fully express my appreciation to everyone who made it possible. While the end of the series is bittersweet, we always wanted 24 to finish on a high note, so the decision to make the eighth season our last was one we all agreed upon.” Each season of the show depicts a day of Jack Bauer as he fights terrorism for the country. The series is presented in real time, meaning each minute of airtime corresponds to a minute in real life. It premiered in November 2001.
Eminem returned to the spotlight Sunday, spitting the lyrics of his name-dropping singles “We Made You” and “Crack A Bottle” from his hit album Relapse at the MTV Movie Awards. But not long after his performance, he stormed away from his seat in the auditorium when Sacha Baron Cohen, dressed as his flamboyant character Brüno in angel wings and a barely-visible thong, descended on wires and landed face down in the rapper’s lap. Bodyguards pounced and Eminem’s entourage made its exit in what was the most outrageous moment of a night of filled with irreverence. Other examples: host Andy Samberg spoofing box office hits like Slumdog Millionaire (which was nominated six times but came up empty handed) and Star Trek, Amy Poehler accepting the Golden Popcorn trophy for the best “WTF moment” and Forest Whitaker singing an operatic rendition of Samberg’s Emmy Award winning song “D- in a Box.” But the night belonged to the film sensation Twilight, which picked up five awards, including the top prize for best movie. After Shia LaBeouf handed out the best fight award to its stars Robert Pattinson and Cam Gigandet for their tussle in the vampire movie, Pattinson also picked up the award for the best breakthrough performance by a male. Later, he and costar Kristen Stewart teased the crowd by nearly reenacting the kiss between their characters Edward Cullen and Bella Swan while accepting the award for best buss. Stewart also won the prize for best female performance. “I was just about as awkward as you thought I was going to be,” the flustered star said at the podium. Other winners included High School Musical 3: Senior Year’s Ashley Tisdale, who won in the female breakthrough performance category while her costar Zac Efron (see photo) won for best male performance. Jim Carey won for best comedic performance for his role in Yes Man and Heath Ledger was posthumously honored for his legendary performance in The Dark Knight. The best song from a movie went to Miley Cyrus for “The Climb,” which was featured in Hannah Montana: The Movie.
Efron, Kiefer Sutherland and Triumph the Insult Dog presented former MTV Movie Awards host Ben Stiller with the MTV Generation Award, honoring the actor for a career of “selling out box offices without selling out.”