Sept. 11, 2001, altered the landscape for millions of Americans, including those in Hollywood. So it should surprise no one that the terror attacks and their aftermath have generated a decade's worth of movie and TV programming, not to mention fodder for 9/11-inspired music, handbags, T-shirts and jewelry.
The FX TV drama (starring Denis Leary) tells the story of a New York firefighter coping with the loss of many of his comrades. It's "the most enduring and often penetrating look at life post-11," the Associated Press wrote of a show that's in its final season after its premiere in 2004.
If anyone has license to sell a "Remember Bag" to mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, it's probably handbag designer Jen Mascali, whose father, New York firefighter Joseph Mascali, was among the dead. Proceeds will be donated to the 9/11 Memorial Fund.
The 2006 film "United 93" re-created as much as possible the events aboard United Airlines Flight 93, which was hijacked on 9/11 and then crashed near Shanksville, Pa., after some of the passengers tried to gain control. The U.S. gross was $31.4 million, some of which went toward the creation of a memorial.
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Terrorism is among the subjects of this Black Eyed Peas song that was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration in 2004. Rapper Will.i.am, MTV Networks reported on its website in 2004, had some 9/11-related thoughts inside him for a few months that spilled out in the verse, "Overseas we tryin' to stop terrorism/But we still got terrorists here livin'/In the U.S.A., the big CIA, the Bloods and the Crips and the KKK/But if you only have love for your own race/Then you only leave space to discriminate."
Ten years is more than a lifetime when you're 11 or 12, so Nickelodeon will host a 9/11 open-forum special for kids who have no firsthand recollection of what happened that fateful day. "What Happened?: The Story of September 11, 2001" will also include those who were children at the time of the attacks.
Now you see them, now you don't. The Fox sci-fi series "Fringe" shows the still-standing World Trade Center towers in an alternate universe, but they're nowhere to be found on the other side. The series will begin its fourth season next month.
Billie Joe Armstrong of the punk rock band Green Day said the 2004 hit song, "American Idiot," which led to a Broadway musical based on the album of the same name, was inspired by 9/11, NBC News reported.
"I remember seeing those planes smashing into the World Trade Center live. Right there," Armstrong said during an appearance on the Broadway stage last year. "I don't think we ever really, as a society, we had never seen anything that implicit. It was just chaos. I was so confused. I felt paralyzed. So the song 'American Idiot' was the first thing that came to mind."