PaleyFest in Los Angeles will be hosting a cast reunion for the 10th Anniversary of LOST on Sunday, March 16, 2014. (That’s the 10th anniversary from the year the show started — it hasn’t been that long since it finished — though it has been almost four years, which is hard to believe — time flies.)
Scheduled to appear: Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Emilie de Ravin (Claire), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Nestor Carbonell (Alpert), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), Malcolm David Kelley (Waaaaaaaaaalt), executive producer Carlton Cuse, and more.
Carlton talked about the show in an interview posted yesterday on Vulture. He’s still defensive about fan criticism of the ending. “We did the version that we wanted to,” he said. “Damon and I still stand by it. There was no answering-a-million-questions version of the end that wouldn’t have been didactic and awful.”
Whatever your opinion of the ending, the reunion should be an exciting event. For those of us unable to make it to L.A., there were hopefully be video posted on YouTube after the event is over.
A couple of days ago, Damon Lindelof tweeted “It all happened. Dogs are great.” in response to someone who asked “yo can i get an explanation to the end of lost?”
Although this is just a flip answer that doesn’t say anything (we’ve known since the night the finale aired that all the Island stuff really did happen), the tweet gave fans another chance to express some of their still pent-up angst or delight about LOST’s final episode, which will probably go down in history as the most controversial ending to a television series ever. A discussion of Damon’s tweet on the Huffington Post has 588 comments so far, with probably many more to come.
According to New York Magazine’s Vulture, Carlton Cuse and author Rob Bell have signed a deal with ABC to co-write and co-executive produce a show called Stronger, about a musician who becomes a “benefactor and spiritual guide.”
The show will be “loosely based on Bell’s own life story as a musician who ended up founding his own church, Michigan’s Mars Hill Bible Church,” which is more Oprah than fire-and-brimstone.
“There’s also expected to be a narrative twist to the project that will make it a bit unconventional, but for now, that detail is being kept secret”
Carlton is also working on another show for ABC, Point of Honor, which has something to do with the Civil War, and is writing an African adventure movie which will star Hugh Jackman.
Damon Lindelof was the keynote speaker at the New York Television Fest on Thursday, and he had a lot of very interesting things to say about the history of LOST. An audiotape of the talk is posted at Dark UFO. These are some excerpts from a write-up at TheWrap.com:
[After Damon met J.J. Abrams to talk about the show, he started coming up with ideas.]
“The biggest issue with a desert island show was the audience is going to get very frustrated that the characters were not getting off the island,” [Damon] said. “My solution was, hey, let’s get off the island every week. And the way we’re going to do that is we’re going to do these flashbacks.
We’ll do one character at a time and there’s gonna be like 70 characters on the show, so we’ll go really, really slow, and each one will basically say, here’s who they were before the crash and it’ll dramatize something that’s happening on the island and it will also make the show very character-centric.”
Abrams liked the idea, and also had another: “‘There should be a hatch on this island! They spend the entire season trying to get it open. And there should be these other people on the island,'” Lindelof recalled Abrams saying. “And I’m like, ”We can call them The Others.’ And he’s like, ‘They should hear this noise out there in the jungle.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s the noise?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t fucking know. They’re never gonna pick this thing up anyway.'”
I found a video showing Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse crashing the Entertainment Weekly (Jeff “Doc” Jensen and Dan Snierson) LOST panel, with Carlton wearing a Star Wars stormtrooper costume — supplied by a fan! — and Damon, a Dharma jumpsuit.
Here’s Carlton walking down the hall in his costume:
Videos via LOST in Comics, a blog written by fan artist JJ Harrison, whose poster was honored by Damon at the panel:
The LOST in Comics post has a description of the event along with pictures of Carlton putting on his stormtrooper costume backstage and then sitting, in costume, in the audience of the LOST panel, with no one around him realizing who he was.
In case you haven’t yet seen the “deleted” Season 1 finale scene Darlton showed at Comic-Con, here it is again:
At the “Fringe” panel at Comic-Con on Saturday, they played a (joke) video showing auditions for the role of Peter Bishop. Among the would-be actors in the tape are LOST alum Rebecca Mader, Damon Lindelof, Michael Emerson, and Jorge Garcia.