Thursday, July 30, 2009
Production on Lost season six doesn't begin for another few weeks, but thanks to Comic-Con, we're starting to get a sense of the new season, including which castmembers might be back to cavort in those alternate timelines the producers teased.
Which brings us to Dominic Monaghan's beloved Charlie. His appearance on stage as the grand finale of Lost's panel all but confirmed that Mr. Pace would be back for the final season of Lost. But is it true? And if so, how much might we see of him? Here's what we're hearing...
Sources tell us exclusively that, yes, Dom's deal to reappear on Lost is done and that the original castmember is set to appear in three episodes in season six.
No word yet on the answer to the big question: Is Charlie alive? We'll have to wait until Lost returns to ABC in January 2010 to find out.
Is three episodes enough for you? Are you stoked to see more of Dominic Monaghan on Lost?
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
"Source: Full Article @ TheFutonCritic
To appreciate how important the annual pop-entertainment convention here has become to movie studios and television networks — and how much effort it takes to get noticed at it — consider the “Lost” presentation on Saturday in front of more than 6,500 people. That hourlong show, complete with scripted comedy routines and 13 glossy original videos, took a dozen people four months to produce. The budget for song rights, props and actor travel alone was $25,000.
Planning for the “Lost” presentation at Comic-Con, which concluded on Sunday, started in early April with meetings about what kind of Easter eggs, or hidden clues, to include about the program’s sixth and final season. Then came the writing and taping of videos, some of them starring cast members, that would deliver those hints. Producers worked to obtain song rights. Travel logistics needed to be arranged for five actors and their entourages. “We really want the fans to leave feeling satisfied,” Damon Lindelof, a “Lost” executive producer, said last Tuesday during a final planning session on the ABC Studios lot in Burbank, Calif. His fellow executive producer, Carlton Cuse, nodded in agreement.
“Is it too late for when Carlton and I come out onstage for there to be giant towers of flames?” Mr. Lindelof said (mostly) facetiously.
“Lost,” the ABC drama about people marooned on a mysterious island after their Oceanic Airlines flight crashes, has always taken a bells-and-whistles approach to Comic-Con. The fantasy and science fiction genres are major facets of the convention, so “Lost” — with its time traveling, ageless inhabitants and smoke monsters — fits in perfectly. Last year, for example, producers introduced a new online game, coordinating their presentation with a “Lost” booth set up on the trade-show floor where fans could participate in a recruitment test for the show’s utopian Dharma Initiative.
This year, there was no booth, and ABC’s presence as a whole was minimal, which is no mystery: the presentations in Hall H (the biggest room, where James Cameron, Peter Jackson and the gang for the “Twilight” sequel also appeared) have eclipsed the trade show in importance for many studios and networks. The money goes into the presentation, which is pumped via blogs around the globe. (People started lining up for the “Lost” presentation 16 hours before it started.)
Mr. Cuse and Mr. Lindelof are perhaps more responsible than anyone for raising the presentation bar. (Something not every studio is thrilled about, by the way.) The Walt Disney Company, which owns ABC, noted the pop a megapresentation can deliver and pulled out all the stops this year. Its movie studio hosted Comic-Con’s first 3-D presentation in Hall H, primarily for its scheduled “Christmas Carol” with Jim Carrey. In total Disney staged events for 10 television series and nine movies.
The “Lost” producers picked fan appreciation as their theme. “This is not about getting people who have never seen the show before to watch it,” Mr. Cuse said. “This is about thanking the die-hard fans.”
Fair enough. But the real purpose of the presentation was to prime the pump for the final season. The show does not return until January so Mr. Cuse and Mr. Lindelof wanted fans to have plenty to chew over for the next few months.
Producers wanted to stir one fan conversation in particular: Will last season’s cliffhanger — the detonation of a nuclear bomb that the castaways hoped would scramble time — erase the post-crash existence depicted on the first five seasons of the show? Most of the teases turned on the idea that the crash of Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 never happened. In one video the big-bellied Hurley (Jorge Garcia) is shown in a commercial for a Mr. Cluck’s fried chicken restaurant once landing safely. In another an Oceanic flight attendant boasts of the carrier’s “perfect safety record.”
The biggest tease was Dominic Monaghan, whom producers brought onstage as a finale. Mr. Monaghan, who played the recovering drug addict Charlie Pace, drowned in the show’s third season but not before writing a message on his palm. As he waved to the crowd, eagle-eyed fans could see there was a new message inked on his hand: “Am I Alive?” (It was a busy convention for Mr. Monaghan. ABC announced there on Friday that he would be joining the cast of its new fall science fiction drama “Flash Forward.”)
Yet even as the “Lost” producers toyed with the audience they injected some doubt, something they often do on the show itself. Mr. Garcia, in a scripted bit from the audience, complained that if the bomb gambit worked and the castaways never crashed on the island, that “would be a real big cheat.” Mr. Lindelof agreed, assuring him that the producers knew that approach would be a cop-out. “Just trust us,” he said.
In the days leading up to the presentation, seven “Lost” producers and a squad of assistants worked to iron out the kinks.
Music rights were a problem. Noreen O’Toole, an associate producer, plunked her laptop on the coffee table in Mr. Cuse’s office and ran through a list of songs that could be cleared. There was something wrong with each of them. Mr. Lindelof nixed a “Smashing Pumpkins” tune. “Too ‘look how cool we are,’ ” he said. A trio of Warner Records staffers arrived with a CD of more options, but nothing was a fit. (“Too dreamy.” “Too slow.”) What about “Knights of Cydonia” by the British band Muse? It turned out that the person needed to clear it was on vacation in Mongolia. “Let’s try anyway,” Mr. Cuse said.
Sound effects needed to be selected. One skit called for Josh Holloway (Sawyer) to zap Mr. Lindelof with a Taser, and somebody had loaded options on an iPod. “I’m O.K. with zap No. 4,” Mr. Lindelof said, gulping his soy latte. A bird was giving everyone fits. Producers wanted to give a stuffed seagull to the first fan who asked a question containing the word “Claire,” a reference to a scene in Season 3 when Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin) tied a note to the leg of a seagull.
Samantha Thomas, a co-producer, said that wildlife protection laws forbid the sale of taxidermied birds. “Let me get this straight,” Mr. Lindelof said. “I can buy a gun, but I cannot buy a stuffed bird?” After much consideration the team decided to buy a wooden seagull but to attach the actual note (retrieved from the props department) to its leg.
Everybody met at 10 a.m. Saturday morning for a last rehearsal, the first one that included the actors. The producers were exhausted; their tech rehearsal the night before had ended at 11:45 p.m. “What’s keeping me going? Iced coffee and adrenaline,” Ms. Thomas said.
The run-through went smoothly for the most part. An assistant providing the sound effects was struggling. “You’ve got to be a little faster on the uptake, O.K.?” Mr. Cuse said.
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) was confused about one of his skits. “And I do my bit there from my seat?” he asked. No, he needed to be next to Mr. Garcia in the aisle or the monitors wouldn’t pick him up.
“The optimum question at this point is what’s going to go wrong and will we be able to handle it,” Mr. Lindelof said. “Carlton and I can only blow smoke up there for so long before the Romans will demand their gladiators.”
The presentation started at 11:06 a.m.
“Oh my God! Oh My God!” screamed a woman in the sixth row as Mr. Emerson and Mr. Garcia appeared. Another fan, David Martinez from Houston, stood nearby, mouth agape. “This is so unbelievably awesome,” he said. “I’m going to leave this hall, and I’m going to tell everyone I know about it.”
by Dan Snierson
Categories: 'Lost', Comic-Con 2009, News, San Diego Comic-Con 2009
Mere hours after the official Lost panel — with fans' heads still swimming with possibilities about Season 6 — Jeff "Doc" Jensen and Dan "Dan" Snierson hosted their own Lost confab, a live edition of "Totally Lost" that was packed with shocking news and revelations. Okay, maybe it was light in the shocking-news-and-revelations department, but a few surprise guests did rock the room. Some highlights:
• After we counted down the top facts learned about Season 6 at the Lost panel (more Faraday and Juliet! Less Dharma!), Lost co-producer Gregg Nations joined us on stage to discuss last season’s Star Wars-centric episode “Some Like It Hoth,” which he co-wrote. Turns out that (a) there are plenty of Star Wars fans over at Lost HQ and (b) read any Star Wars symbolism into the show at your risk/enjoyment. Next, Nations dished about his duties as script coordinator and high-commander curator of all Lost knowledge. Basically, if something happens on the show, could have happened, or will happen on the show, he keeps track of said info. (The details on Jack’s medical schooling? Check.) Nations noted that the characters of Jack and Ben were the hardest characters to keep track of, and that Michael Emerson and Elizabeth Mitchell impressed him the most with their Lost knowledge. Then as part of a trivia game, he stumped two fans from the audience with several triple-expert-level questions. (How many time-shifting flashes were there in season 5? That’d be 15.) Just as we were about to squeeze some season 6 intel out of Nations, Lost exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse ran into the room, busted up the inquisition, and unceremoniously threw a burlap sack over his head before whisking him away.
• Next up: A short video segment, in which the Doc—having reconsidered his stance on Season 3’s polarizing Nikki-Paolo episode “Expose”—apologized to the episode’s writers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz for “crapping” on “Expose” in his recap. They were gracious, in an I-told-you-so kind of way. (We’ll be posting this video soon on EW.com, so you can see what the pair had to say about penning the episode.)
• Then came the big surprise: Michael Emerson, who graciously fielded questions from both us and the audience. Asked about the Season 5 finale, Emerson raised eyebrows by noting that Ben didn’t know that he was going to kill Jacob until he was face-to-face with Jacob, and that Jacob all but forced him to do it. (Of course, Emerson did wonder if an entity like Jacob really could be killed.) Emerson also chatted about his Emmy nomination, his charmed chemistry with Terry O’Quinn, his wonderfully ambiguous line-readings, and Ben’s issues (think emotionally malnourished child). Check back on the site soon for footage of Emerson as well as the rest of the panel. And sincere thanks to those of you who took time out of your busy Comic-Con schedule to attend our panel. —Additional reporting by Jeff Jensen
Jul 23, 2009, 08:53 AM by Jeff Jensen
For those of you currently enrolled in our EW University course on Lost (more essays to come over the next several days) and interested in pursuing graduate studies this fall, you're in luck: ABC is launching its own "Lost University," details of which are beginning to trickle out. Check out the very cool web presence at abc.com's Lost site, filled with course descriptions ("Introductory Physics of Time Travel"), selected reading ("A Treatise of Human Nature" by David Hume), and a faculty directory. Included among the many real-life academics on staff is actor Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday), who proved himself something of a science egghead the last time I interviewed him.
From the looks of it, "Lost University" is several things at once: pure fun (I love the mascot: a polar bear, of course); elaborate promotion for the Season 5 DVD (in stores later this year); and (possibly) a nifty alternate reality game designed to keep Lost top-of-mind in the months leading up to its sixth and final season. Visitors to Comic-Con this week are already finding clues (including a phone number for a "Professor Nusedorf:" 818-824-6300) suggesting that a major component to "Lost University" begins on September 22, a date of significance in Lost lore. (9/22/04: Oceanic 815 crashed on The Island. But you didn't need a college course to know that, right?) While I'm down at Comic-Con this weekend, I'll see if I can dig up any more info. Feel free to follow me on Twitter for updates: @ewdocjensen. Also: keep coming back to PopWatch all weekend long for updates about all of Comic-Con.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Monday, July 27, 2009
The Dharma Initiative
A project discussed for years in and around conspiracy circles. Once thought to be lost, this explosive documentary series has never been seen before...until now.The five-part video series will screen as follows:
Episode 1: July 23rd, 2009
Episode 2: August 4th, 2009
Episode 3: September 8th, 2009
Episode 4: October 15th, 2009
Episode 5: November 16th, 2009
Walt on a Milkbox (from Hurley's dream in season two of Jin in a chicken suit), Walts/Hurley's Spanish Comicbook, Virgin Mary Statues, Hurley's winning Lotto Ticket
Danielle's Island Map & Sayid's Notes
Virgin Mary Statues
Messages in a Bottle for Raft & Juliets Rum for Mourning the Frieghter Explosion
Sawyers Letter & Danielle's Music Box
Boone/Sawyer's Watershipdown & Sawyer's Glasses
Sunday, July 26, 2009
CC: Says there is a way of discovery that they will have in play in S6
2) Faraday confirmed for S6!!
3) Will we see flashbacks to characters' childhood? CC says S6 will be different. CC won't describe what that point of difference is.
4) Richard Alpert's backstory is "involved"
5) DL: Juliet WILL be in final season.
6) Q: Is Man in Black's name "Esau?" Emerson: Might be too literal--but I like the way your mind works.
7) Food drop in S2 finale might be covered... DL: "Something we'll try to address."
8) We won't see much DHARMA in S6
9) Jacob has NOT appeared as another character on the show.
10) Dominic Monaghan appeared on the panel!!!!
Lost news turned up in an unexpected place this afternoon, at the panel and screening of the CW's new teen vampire soap the Vampire Diaries. Ian Somerhalder, best known as the late great Boone from Lost, plays brooding vampire Damon in the new CW show, and was asked by panel moderator Lynette Rice what being cast on this show would mean for him and Lost, and whether he would be returning for the show's last season.
We were actually talking about it today and... Boone will be coming back to Lost.
Somerhalder offered no other details, but this begs the question of exactly which other season-one characters will be returning to the island for Lost's final season. All that's certain is that Somerhalder is going to need that sun-protection ring his vampire character uses in Vampire Diaries when he gets back to the island.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Ok, after sleeping a whopping 4 hours on the hall H lawn, I woke up at 7am and continued to wait until 10:15 till they started seating. Adam and I speedwalked our asses off because they didn't want any running but no way were we not making the front.We got very close, front benches stage right, 15 rows back. Not bad in a room that sits 6500.
Ok, here's my weigh-in:Around 5 till 11, cc panel director, Stephen Johnson addresses the crowd, acknowledges the camping out and goes into 2 short videos-1st is all the characters appearing as they do side by side on the DVD covers, but as each character appears, they fade to a black with only small parts of them showing. When all characters are done, they go to white, POOM! : LOST- underneath "THE FINAL SEASON" 2010.
Place goes nuts Next video is a mock college recruiting commercial called LOST 'U', as in university. It's very similar to the dharma recruiting they did last year. The site they plugged is:Lostuniversity.orgThey handed out these flyers at the LOST #315 booth for the university and on the back is a penciled number, 818-824-6300 for needing a TA. A professor Nussdoef is listed. Weird.
There's another video of a "retro" ABC tv show from the 70's, "Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative."Is sorta a conspiracy thing about dharma controlling society. The video had the bottom of the screens all messed up to give it an old feel to it. Not much, just images and voice over.
A video recap of the entire season 5 is played.Damon Lindenlot and Carlton Cuse, they are thrilled and sad about the panel but are stressing above all, this ones about Fan Appreciation.
They show some some fan films,The 1st is a mock brokeback mountain with Jack and Sawyer. Hysterical. Next is a weird al song with animated scenes from lost, decent.Toy figures of several losties lined up against the ny Yankees figures. Then they show the back of the yankees #'s, they read: 4 8 15 16 23 42 !Toy hurley busts out a gun and shoots all the Yankees! Awesome!Next, drugged out Jack from season 3 on the phone is calling xbox tech support cause his box has the blinking Red light. Nice dubbing with frustrating customer service op.Cuse: Says the question they get every year; is the show being made up as they go along? C&D both pull out a page each, Carlton pulls one out of a ankle knife holder, lol! Crowd pops!
With two keys each, They're locking the pages into a box for the audience. It will be taken to an undisclosed location, and, on the night of the series final, the executive producers will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live and will open the box and read the scene verbatim. D&C put the keys around their necks.Regarding the Q&A: They are giving a prize to any fan who says a secret word.
They play some Monty python music as a cue for what they will hear when secret word is spoken.1st fan question: Season 6 was said to have some similarities to Season 1. What does that mean?A: As soon as we were able to work toward an endpoint, we were closing a loop in certain ways. You'll see many characters you haven't seen since the first season.
Fan plant question. It's Paul Scherr of MTV's Human Giant. He's playing a crazed fan and did a painting on velvet of Damon and Carlton hugging a polar bear. He gives it to the on stage and plugs the website:DamonCarltonandapolarbear.com
This I was PISSED at cause you should have seen the line for the Q&A. It went from behind the end of the 1st 3 main sections till the end of the room. They wasted this on a bullshit mock. I mean, yeah, kinda funny, but for the LAST LOST (btb caps) this panel shouldve been 2 hours long. as, LOST finales go....
2nd Fan asks: Is there chance we'll see Faraday happily married next year. The producers say, basically, he's dead, so probably not, but Faraday will be on the show next season.3rd Fan asks is season 6 will have flashbacks, specifically childhood flashbacks. According to the producers, the time-travel season is over the flash-forward season is over, and they're doing something different.
D&C talk more fans stuff. They had a contest to make a legit theme song. Carlton mocks the sound in the LOST title:"eeeeeeeeennnnnnrrrooooowwwww." lol! They play a video to the winners of the fan-made LOST theme music, with a cheesy Magnum P.I. type video! Sick ending as the end of it pauses on running down an other from the season 3 finale, with 'LOST' over the van!
D&C show a quick Oceanic air commercial, followed by:Mr. Clucks commercial,Very interesting. It's Hugo promoting his Australian style chicken. He also says he's been so happy after winning the lottery, and how he's been lucky and he's created this business from a vision he had in the outbacks of Australia. About chicken! He does a funny Australian accent! Good shit.
A clip from America's Most Wanted, featuring Kate Austin. Nothing interesting. Except that instead of the father being killed, his work assistant is murdered in the blast of the house...I overlooked this last time. I guess with Hurleys commercial and Kates change in the person that was killed...hmmmm...things have changed....Wow. I didnt even realize this. Somethings VERY different here. Maybe some foreshadowing?
Returning to the Q&A, Jorge Garcia is playing a "fan" and asks about the commercial, why they don't call him for panels, etc.He wants some answers about it; like if that means the island was a memory cause if Juliet detonated the bomb, the last 5 seasons wouldn't mean anything, lol! But he goes on about getting answers and asks:"In like, season 1, where uh Sayid tortures Saywer for the inhaler, and they find out he doesn't have it....like....where did it go? Crowd died! Lol
So he's going on about getting answers. C&D say, Hurley, trust us, we will answer all important questions Hurley says, you said Nikki and Paolo were gonna be awesome tho, so... Huge pop. lol!
A voice off stage is mocking him. It's Michael Emerson, acting just like Ben! Insanity follows as fans flock to get pics.
Ben says there's a 2 question limit, and you're limited as it is already. Ben is talking about Hurley's character depth, saying at least the writers made the role of Ben, specifically for him. Hurley replies that Ben's upset cause Ben wanted to play Hurley. Hurley asks D&C for backup and they roll a Michael Emerson audition tape... he's auditioning for Hurley! Dressed in the t-shirt, with a bandanna, and even dropping the word "dude" every five seconds. It's the scene from the 1st scene when Hurley meets Sayid.Gold! At the end Emerson says to the casting director that, "this stuffs a little far fetched, but hey, they could like it.." grins, shakes head. Good stuff!
Fan question: When will get a Richard Alpert flashback, and does it have to do with the Black Rock in the middle of the island? They mention Richard's story is huge and they will address it.Next question: some sappy ass fan cries about Juliet dying and C&D confirm she will be back in season 6.
A planted audience member Bob Stencil, asks a Faraday complex time travel question, his nose bleeds and he says wait, I need my constant, pulls out a Dharma beer and he pounds it!
Funny, but not needed. So many fans got gipped who wanted to ask questions.
A Planted fan asks about Nestor Carbonell putting on eye-liner. They say, let's just ask him!Video plays, Richard is looking in a make up mirror talking to himself. 'Richard Alpert isn't immortal....you are, YOU are!' Puts on eyeliner, pauses then looks at the pencil. Fuckin cobalt?! I said onyx! What the fuck is this minor league Comic-Con makeup shit?!" Sees the camera and throws a chair.Chair comes off the real stage followed by actor, Nestor Carbonell!
A fan (who looks likes Hurley) asks: What made the food drop in Season 2? Jorge Garcia: It comes from planes. The producers say that that is something that might be dealt with. Damon: NO!
Fan question: can you confirm the name of the person Jacob was talking to on the beach as Esau?Ben answers the question but uses a confusing phrase to basically say no. But does it as Ben's character.Darlton- NO!
Damon and Carlton plug hints at the secret word which is clearly Claire. Another Hurley look-alike asks about how much of a role Dharma will play this season. Not a huge one, according to the producers. They're working on other stuff.
All during the question fans are yelling for him to just say Claire! The dude asking the question is oblivious. Damon says less Dharma this season, but expect something different.
Fan question: Has Jacob has ever appeared as any other image than himself, such as Claire or other characters? "Claire" is the secret word, so this guy gets a Lost prop: A representation of the seagull Claire released in season 2, with the actual note.The answer to the question: NO.
D&C run a Sawyer montage,The chicks in the row in front of Adam and I were having a fit. I'm surprised they didn't throw underwear at him it was that bad. Josh Holloway shows up on stage!With headset mic. Josh is talking all kinds of trash, calling Damon, Linda, Lindsey, JJ, etc. Hysterical! Josh pretends to take a taser Damon and the sound effect goes off late!
He takes his key to the box, then turns on Carlton. He calls Carlton Frankenstein! Tells him to give up the key, slick. Carlton refuses, Josh puts Damons hand in the water pitcher and threatens to tase him again. Josh gets the key! They're opening the box...Sawyer takes the script.. and reads... but he doesn't have his glasses. So Ben Linus reads a scene about a burning circus tent, and "Sy-larr and Park-man and staring at each other. You're the last of the Petrellis, you need to come to reason or you can't exist. Ben continues to read and just stops and says "what the fuck is this shit!?" are you fucking kidding me?" crowd dies laughing!
We get a montage of everyone who died on the island. From season one on ending with a long montage of Charlie.Then, Charlie shows up!!! He waves to the crowd and the panel closes.
Excellent and worth the wait, camping, having pizza delivered to us on the lawn, drinking Jim Beam and sharing lost stories with 'the others' who camped out!
I'll be on AICN to check in the thoughts.
Friday, July 24, 2009
After a busy day 2 of comic-con, I decided after finishing my planned activities for the day to just walk. I dint know how, I don't know why, but I'm one lucky mofo. Possibly the Irish in me came thru today.
I met Carlton & Damon today.
Not at a signing booth either. I was coming down the easclator by hall H, (where LOST is screening tomorrow) and I saw them. I did a double take, even took off my dr who 3-D glasses.
It was them.
They were talking to an event planner, maybe about tomorrows set up, cause they are usually in ballroom 20 upstairs. So, after they were done, the 3-4 ppl around hanging asked them to take pics.
They were very cool, shook hands, etc. I have a few pics and will post them tonight or tomorrow. I'm camping out later so unless I go to my friends at the Hilton with laptops, it'll have to wait.
Last night, my friend Adam from my Nyc LOST meetup group met and had a drink with Dominic Monhagn, (spelled wrong ) Charlie and asked him what's up with LOST. He said he couldn't say.
Well, he isn't listed in the whole cc program for panels or signings. So, what gives???
I asked D&C about Charlie and they played it off. WTF?
Anyway. Camping out. I'm from the BX, Ill survive.
Looking forward to a great panel.
Keep u guys posted!
Before I mention anything about the con specifically, I do need to say that Dominic Monahan IS here; I saw him in the Gaslamp downtown early evening in passing and a close friend of mine from the NYC LOST meetup group had a few minutes with him; shared a drink at a restaurant.
I texted him that he was full of it, my friend insisted, SO, hopefully he's here for the panel. He said Dominic swore he was not, but in the CC "bible," the entire scheduling program, he is not listed for any series as making an appearance nor doing any signings.So, take it for what its worth.
Anyway, it's been very busy and nearly impossible to get into your regular panels, even by trying to get in line an hour and a half prior. Most panels have the line forming outside in the sun and going today as Dr. Horrible was not going to happen. 2 people on line with me for a later panel said they waited 2 1/2 hours for Avatar. There's so much more to do here than have to stand still. (Maybe that's just the New Yorker in me.)
Regardless, you have to plan very well here in order to see what you wanna see. Gone are the days of getting to see 3-4 panels in one day. (Major ones, at least)Well, I plan to get in line tomorrow night around midnight if possible. I am not missing this panel.
Figure, ah, gettin' a bottle and a pillow will make the night go faster.I will do my best not to fail Jacob and the Island!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Woman power with eliabeth mitchell asked if juliet would come back darlton told her to say that it all depends on if jacks plan worked and that its a cliffhanger
Today I went to the Female Power Panel withElizabeth Mitchell. I wasn't expecting a lot. The moderator did ask it she was coming back or not. She mentioned that Darlton had couched her that she had been asked that to say that it all depended on if Jacks plan worked. SHe also said that they told her that it was a Cliffhanger.
Later I visited Booth #315 on the Exhibit Hall after reading a Lost ad in the guide. It was awsome There was tons of the show props on display and they are going to be auxtioned off at the end of the series! Stuff like Eko's Jesus STick, Ben's passport, Karl's Room 23 Glasses, Virgin Mary Statues, The island map, Charlies Guitar, etc, etc. THey were also handing out cards for a Lost University for this fall. Im guessing that its the next ARG with some sort of connection to the stated focus on Ann Arbor for seaon 6. I'll post pictures when I get back.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
At the end of season 5, Doc Jensen asked you to send in the ''Top 3 Lost Mysteries You Absolutely Need to See Resolved in Season 6.'' Here, the wish list of questions whose answers would satisfy just about every Lost-ie
By Jeff Jensen Jul 17, 2009
15: What are The Whispers?
We kick off with that creepy murmur that usually precedes the appearance of The Others. Why the ethereal gossiping? How do they do it? Maybe season 6 will tell us the answer — in a loud, clear voice.
14: What's Libby's backstory?
When this Tailie was killed by Michael at the end of season 2, she left behind several unanswered questions. Why did she end up in Hurley's mental institution? Was it merely coincidence that she was the one who gave Desmond his sailboat? As much as fans want resolution, alas, the producers have said that actress Cynthia Watros is unlikely to return to the show.
13: What's the complete Dharma backstory?
We still haven't met the majordomos who ran the secretive utopian science enclave from afar in Ann Arbor, Michigan. And where in the world is its mysterious Danish financial backer, Alvar Hanso? And why did Pierre Chang use alternative names in the Dharma orientation films? And another thing...
12: Where did The Others come from?
They speak Latin, hang out in Egyptian temples, like to dress up in the clothes of the Island visitors...that they kidnap and kill! They have been called The Island's ''indigenous'' people but who are they really?
11: Do all the castaways have a secret connection?
The first season suggested that the castaways — complete strangers to each other prior to Oceanic 815's crash — are at the very least linked by common acquaintances or experiences. But do they share a more cosmic connection? Perhaps: the season 5 finale revealed that many of them had previously met — and were conspicuously touched by — Jacob. More on him in a minute.
10: Who are Adam and Eve?
Early in season 1, Jack found a pair of male and female skeletons, dubbed ''Adam and Eve,'' near a spring of water. Fans immediately wondered if they belong to characters we know, and indeed, the producers have said that the bones are connected to season 5's time-travel story line. So: Who are they?
9: What's the significance of The Numbers?
4 8 15 16 23 42. Together, they add up to 108, another recurring digit in Lost. Hurley played them to win the lottery, and the Dharma dudes used them as computer code. An explanation for The Numbers was provided via ''The Lost Experience,'' a 2006 online ARG (just Google the words ''Valenzetti Equation''), but that explanation has never been referenced on the show itself.
8: Why are there Egyptian ruins on The Island?
At least, we presume they are Egyptian ruins. The hieroglyphics on the Temple are Egyptian, while the Four Toed Statue was recently revealed to be that of the Egyptian deity Taweret, linked to fertility, death, and evil.
7. Where are stewardess Cindy and the kids?
Little Zack and his sister Emma were among The Tailies and were abducted by the Others shortly after the crash of Oceanic 815. Stewardess Cindy was taken a couple weeks later. In the third season, we learned they are living happily among the Others. But why did the Others want them in the first place?
6. What is the Island, anyway?
When fans ask this question, what they usually want is an explanation for the Island's seemingly supernatural properties. Why is there an anomaly surrounding it that kills people or zaps them back in time? How did it heal Locke's legs? How can it be home to ghosts? While there may be answers for some of these specific concerns, the producers have already warned fans that resolving the meta-question ''What is the Island?'' may be impossible.
5: What happened to Claire?
Aaron's Aussie mommy survived a rocket attack on her cabin — or did she? She seemed fine, but soon after, she disappeared into the jungle with her father, Christian Shephard (also Jack's dad), who may or may not be a ghost. She's been MIA ever since.
4: What was up with Walt?
Our top four ''Lost Must-Answer Mysteries'' were the only ones to receive more than 5% of the total vote — an indication, I think, that one fan's mystery is another fan's ''Who cares?'' Anyway, Walt. Maybe psychic. Seemingly capable of astral projection. Ben told Michael that his son proved to be ''more than we bargained for'' after they took him from the raft. What did that mean?
3: What is The Monster?
2: Who is Jacob?
This was Top-10 material even before the season 5 finale, when Jacob was still a phantom. But after ''The Incident,'' when it was revealed that Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) was a youthful looking fortysomething, partial to fish, free will, and Flannery O'Connor, he rocketed up the charts. But he still came nowhere close to Number 1....
1: Why doesn't Richard Alpert age?
This result (10.8% of the vote) surprised me: I thought for sure the Monster, the Island, or the Numbers would be up here. The phrasing of the mystery is pretty much exactly how everyone articulated it. Still, I interpret the question to mean that we want answers for the whole Alpert enigma. What's his role on the Island? How did he meet Jacob? And more importantly: Eyeliner or what?
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Earlier this week, Brad Templeton wrote an essay explaining why Battlestar Galactica's ending was the worst on-screen sci-fi ending of all time. Could Lost be headed down the same disappointing path? Spoilers for both shows ahead!
In his essay, Templeton breaks his analysis of the BSG finale into 6 distinct failures. Here's how Lost measures up in each of those categories.
Failure 1 - God did it
Templeton explains why blaming god for all the twists and turns of the plot, and the eventual resolution of the story, renders the journey of the story meaningless. In BSG, Templeton explains, when we find out that humanity ended up where they did solely because of the will of some sort of god figure, we stop caring about the story.
Lost does run a slight risk of this being the case. The show and the writers seem to suggest that god won't be the answer, but there are mysterious forces at play here. Jacob's enemy using Locke to attack Jacob is an instance of possible god-like manipulation. Mrs. Hawking, course correction, the "doubting Thomas" scenes... there is clearly some element of fate, of some unseen force maneuvering events for their own gains.
But despite this "fate" aspect, Lost has always been about exploring how much influence fate can have versus our ability to make our own destinies. Lost is a show primarily about the conflict between fate and free will, so I'd wager we'll get our due, without a "deus ex machina" cop-out.
Failure 2 - Science errors on plot-turning elements
The next major flaw Templeton discusses is a giant, plot-determinative science mistake. On BSG, this mistake was a misunderstanding of just what the term "mitochondrial Eve" means. On Lost, if there is such a mistake, it's likely to be a bit more elusive and complex.
The creators and show-runners of Lost have claimed since the beginning that the show can all be explained using science or pseudo-science. Lost never claimed to be a hard science fiction show; it's more in the soft sci-fi camp. But that doesn't mean some key errors can't undermine the show's believability.
For example, Lost could make some severe errors in time travel science. It could suggest something that violates the known rules of how our universe works. Or it could break some of it's own internal rules (whatever happened, happened, for example).
But Lost always chooses to keep the science very speculative and very experimental. That means that even their most heavily-relied-upon science is mostly theoretical. This lets Lost try a lot more complex and interesting things with science.
This particular failure is hard to predict. Knowing Lost, we might already be through the most complex or unbelievable science. Only time will tell on this one.
Failure 3 - Collective unconscious
The third failure, in Templeton's essay, is BSG's use of the hokey concept of cultural memory to explain the parallels between the colonial fleet and our own Earth. Lost hasn't taken this particular risk, but it has experimented with an equally dangerous science fiction psychology cliche: mind reading.
Lost is probably going to have a difficult time explaining (in any believable or coherent way) how the "monster" (whatever it is) can read people's minds and pasts. It's happened a few times, and the "monster" has even used this information to mimic people from its victims' pasts.
The big question now is how Jacob's newly revealed enemy relates to this monster and how this connection can be explained scientifically. It's a tough one, and it might end up being Lost's undoing, as much as the collective unconscious partially undid BSG's finale.
Failure 4 - The future vs. a secret history
Failure four of BSG's ending, according to Templeton, was the inevitable complexity of casting a fictional story as a secret history of our own Earth. Lost has flirted with this particular failure pretty often this season (ancient Egyptian symbols, time travel, etc.), but the eventual resolution could be a pretty explosively bad example of a poorly constructed "secret history."
This season, of course, a few of our Lost folks spent some time in the 70s. Whenever you send a character into the past, you run the risk of doing exactly what BSG did, mainly depicting a past event that certainly could not have happened.
Lost had the perfect fix for this: all of the possible past-defying happenings took place on a secret isolated island. Even if something big happened, no one would know, and its effects would be felt nearly exclusively on the island. This works, but it might prove problematic, of course, with the detonation of a hydrogen bomb that spews strange matter and electromagnetic energy all over the place...
And then there's the whole Egyptian culture, Latin language, ancient history side of Lost. While this could look troubling from a "secret history" standpoint, these aspects of the show only hint at a secret history of the island, not an impossible, unwieldy one for the whole of humanity.
Lost seems to be headed pretty squarely towards a present-day finale. It seems as though the time jumping is over. Unless something really strange happens (which, again, knowing Lost, is a possibility), Lost has seemingly sidestepped any possible "secret history" troubles for their finale.
Failure 5 - It's the characters, stupid
To me, this is where Lost most clearly distinguishes itself from BSG. In his essay, Templeton says that BSG lost sight of its true goal of character development in its final episodes. Lost seems to be not only sticking to these character roots, but moving even further towards them in its final seasons.
Take, for example, the fan-favorite episode, "The Constant." In it, we got a slew of information on one way that time travel was meant to work on the show. But if you ask people why it's a highlight of the show, fans inevitably cite the final moments, when Penny and Desmond have their tearful, emotionally powerful reunion. This speaks volumes for Lost's ability to put characters first, mystery second.
For a more recent example, take this season's finale, "The Incident." As psyched as I was to finally see what the incident was and how it came to pass, the real impact of the episode was witnessing Sawyer lose the woman he loved, Juliet.
A lot of science fiction claims up and down that the real focus of their story is character, but only Lost has proved time and time again that they can make good on this claim. The show's ability to balance compelling mystery and mythology with fascinating characters that we care about will probably be what makes it one of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time.
Failure 6 - Not a great ending
The bottom line of Templeton's essay, it seems, is that the show was great, but the ending wasn't. It didn't tie everything together as well as it could, it didn't fulfill the goals of the show, and it just wasn't as good as it could have been.
We've already been told by the producers of Lost that Libby's fate isn't going to be revealed, that the show has a hierarchy of which mysteries will get tied up and which won't. But the fact that the show-runners are thinking hard about this is probably a good sign. It indicates that they know their priority is a good story, not nitpicky details.
So all told, it looks like Lost has a good chance of avoiding a BSG-sized disappointment. Here's hoping no one has to write an essay about Lost's colossal failure this time next year.
Friday, July 17, 2009
In appreciation of all the fan support through five seasons of "Lost," co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse will pay homage to all of the fans at their final Comic-Con appearance for "Lost." Questions will be answered. Fun will be had. And you won't want to miss the surprises in store for the audience. This will be the must-attend event of Comic Con! Hall H
Other "Lost" treats at Comic-Con are:
"Lost" Magazine, a must-have for fans, available at Titan Publishing's booth 5337
Free "Lost" promotional cards from Rittenhouse Archives.
"Lost" collectible bobble-head dolls from Bif Bang Pow! at Entertainment Earth Booth #2343
Click here for the whole press release
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Lawsuit claims Baretta producer wrote pilot for show similar to ABC's hit in 1977.
Eerie coincidences aren't unusual in ABC's Lost -- in fact, they're a driving force of the show's twisting-and-turning storyline. But television producer Anthony Spinner has a Lost co-inky-dink that isn't going to go over well at ABC.
According to court documents acquired by the gossip-hounds at TMZ.com, Spinner, a former producer on The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Baretta, is suing ABC, claiming the company stole the idea for Lost from a television pilot he wrote way back in 1977.
If his claims are accurate, he may have a case. Spinner points out several similarities from his pilot script -- also titled Lost -- that are enough to make even the most rabid Lost fan look twice. His script allegedly features a Los Angeles-bound plane crashing in a tropical environment, "cold-weather animals in a warm tropical jungle" (Lost uses a polar bear, Spinner used a saber-toothed tiger), and the use of pre-crash flashbacks to provide character development, among other parallel plot points.
There are also striking similarities between characters, says Spinner, including a doctor who leads the group (Jack), a "trailblazer" who tries to convince the survivors to make the island home (Locke), a drug addict (Charlie), a military man whose skills are used for survival (Sayid), and a "stubborn and reluctant semi-hero" who challenges the doctor and has a shady father-son past (Sawyer).
Spinner, age 79, is suing for damages and a share of profits. He reportedly tried to sue a few years ago, but the suit was dismissed for procedural reasons. ABC has yet to comment.
We'll watch to see how this pans out (most suits of this nature don't go anywhere), but we'll also keep an eye out for proof that this could just be another case of creative publicity for Lost. It may be the conspiracy theorist in us, but 1977 -- the year Spinner's script was allegedly written -- is also the year season five ended in Lost's timeline. Maybe Spinner is from the Dharma Initiative? It wouldn't surprise us one bit if he made a special appearance at Comic-Con (which is, conveniently, less than two weeks away) as the Lost panel's "special guest."
30 ROCK Leading the field with 22 nominations
Mary Ellen Mathew
By Mandi Bierly Mandi Bierly
With 22 nominations, NBC's 30 Rock leads the way for the 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards, which will be hosted by nominee Neil Patrick Harris and broadcast live on CBS on Sept. 20. For the first time since 1961, an animated series, Fox's Family Guy, earned an Outstanding Comedy Series bid. It will compete against fellow first-timers How I Met Your Mother (CBS), Flight of the Conchords (HBO), and Weeds (Showtime), along with veterans 30 Rock, Entourage (HBO), and The Office (NBC).
On the drama side, AMC's Mad Men leads the way with 16 nominations. Its competition for Outstanding Drama Series includes fellow category alums Damages (FX), Dexter (Showtime), House (Fox), and Lost (ABC), as well as newcomers Big Love (HBO) and Breaking Bad (AMC).
Below, the nominees for all the major awards at the 61st Primetime Emmy Awards.
BEST COMEDY SERIES
Flight of the Conchords
How I Met Your Mother
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Tony Shalhoub, Monk
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Christina Applegate, Samantha Who?
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The New Adventures of Old Christine
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds
Sarah Silverman, The Sarah Silverman Program
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jon Cryer, Two and a Half Men
Kevin Dillon, Entourage
Neil Patrick Harris, How I Met Your Mother
Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock
Tracy Morgan, 30 Rock
Rainn Wilson, The Office
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Kristin Chenoweth, Pushing Daisies
Jane Krakowski, 30 Rock
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Amy Poehler, Saturday Night Live
Kristin Wiig, Saturday Night Live
Vanessa Williams, Ugly Betty
GUEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY SERIES
Alan Alda, 30 Rock
Beau Bridges, Desperate Housewives
Jon Hamm, 30 Rock
Steve Martin, 30 Rock
Justin Timberlake, Saturday Night Live
GUEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY SERIES
Jennifer Aniston, 30 Rock
Christine Baranski, The Big Bang Theory
Tina Fey, Saturday Night Live
Gena Rowlands, Monk
Elaine Stritch, 30 Rock
Betty White, My Name Is Earl
BEST DRAMA SERIES
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Simon Baker, The Mentalist
Gabriel Byrne, In Treatment
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Glenn Close, Damages
Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters
Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: SVU
Holly Hunter, Saving Grace
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Christian Clemenson, Boston Legal
Michael Emerson, Lost
William Hurt, Damages
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad
William Shatner, Boston Legal
John Slattery, Mad Men
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Rose Byrne, Damages
Hope Davis, In Treatment
Cherry Jones, 24
Sandra Oh, Grey's Anatomy
Dianne Wiest, In Treatment
Chandra Wilson, Grey's Anatomy
GUEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES
Edward Asner, CSI: NY
Ted Danson, Damages
Ernest Borgnine, ER
Michael J. Fox, Rescue Me
Jimmy Smits, Dexter
GUEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES
Brenda Blethyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Carol Burnett, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Ellen Burstyn, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Sharon Lawrence, Grey's Anatomy
CCH Pounder, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
REALITY COMPETITION PROGRAM
The Amazing Race
Dancing With The Stars
HOST FOR A REALITY OR REALITY-COMPETITION PROGRAM
Tom Bergeron, Dancing With the Stars
Phil Keoghan, The Amazing Race
Heidi Klum, Project Runway
Padma Lakshmi (Host) and Tom Colicchio (Co-Host), Top Chef
Jeff Probst, Survivor
Ryan Seacrest, American Idol
Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SERIES
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Late Show With David Letterman
Real Time With Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
VARIETY, MUSIC, OR COMEDY SPECIAL
Will Ferrell: You're Welcome America. A Final Night With George W. Bush
Ricky Gervais: Out of England
Kathy Griffin: She'll Cut a Bitch
The Kennedy Center Honors
Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger
MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Into The Storm
Prayers For Bobby
ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Kevin Bacon, Taking Chance
Kenneth Branagh, Wallander: One Step Behind
Kevin Kline, Cyrano de Bergerac (Great Performances)
Brendan Gleeson, Into the Storm
Sir Ian McKellen, King Lear (Great Performances)
Kiefer Sutherland, 24: Redemption
ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR A MOVIE
Drew Barrymore, Grey Gardens
Jessica Lange, Grey Gardens
Shirley MacLaine, Coco Chanel
Sigourney Weaver, Prayers For Bobby
Chandra Wilson, Accidental Friendship
SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Len Cariou, Into the Storm
Tom Courtenay, Little Dorrit
Ken Howard, Grey Gardens
Bob Newhart, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice
Andy Serkis, Little Dorrit
SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MINISERIES OR MOVIE
Shohreh Aghdashloo, House Of Saddam
Marcia Gay Harden, The Courageous Heart Of Irena Sendler (Hallmark Hall Of Fame Presentation)
Janet McTeer, Into The Storm
Jeanne Tripplehorn, Grey Gardens
Cicely Tyson, Relative Stranger
Go to www.emmys.tv to download the complete list of this year's Emmy nominees.
Sadly, I did all my packing and guess I must have lost my Shaun of the Dead costume. I was gonna wear it Saturday, but oh well.
Looking forward to a great panel, weekeend, etc.
I am just hoping that this is not the last one. There really should be a wrap up panel, but considering the increasing popularity that CC has become, I bet its difficult to book a show thats no longer on the air I guess.
Anyway, I'm planning on camping out Friday night after some clubbing and drinking in the Gaslamp area. This way I'll wait a whole night before, 12 hours and then make a dash to the entrance of the hall.....just to wait another 2 hours. Awesome huh?
Alright, good to be on here. Looking forward to sending some great updates.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
MATT: It depends on what you make of the following: TVGuide.com editor Adam Bryant just returned from a trip to Hawaii, and during a tour of Lost filming locations, the wooden structure from which Jughead originally dangled was still erect on Oahu. Keeping in mind that Lost is meticulous about putting away their toys after they are done being used, I ask: Why is a set piece from the 1954 storyline still camera-ready? (ABC had no comment.)
- This includes Cynthia Watros,Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Clancy Brown, Daniel Roebuck, Mira Furlan, Andrew Divoff, M.C. Gainey, Brett Cullen, and Bill Mapother. None of these have been officially confirmed/signed up
- Also included are a number of ex-major characters, Maggie Grace, Ian Sommerhalder, Dom, Elizabeth Mitchell, Michell Rodriquez, Harold and Rebecca for multiple episodes.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Over the weekend we got word that Michael Emerson will be a part of the LOST panel with writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and our source said that if everything works out that Jorge Garcia will be there along with another "surprise" guest.
Well we can now confirm that Jorge Garcia will definitely be at Comic Con this year!
So if you will be at Comic Con get your Ben and Hurley related questions ready!! Also, if you would like to meet up with other fans or help us live blog here at DarkUFO, SpoilerTV or The ODI, please feel free to email me at email@example.com and we can provide you with more details on how you can help and meet your fellow Losties!!
Looking forward to meet with as many of you as possible!!
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