Dec. 08, 2009 | 4:54 p.m.

‘Lost’ in the classroom

Patrick Kevin Day gives us a lesson in “Lost” today…      “Lost” seems to breed obsessive types who are a study in devotion and intelligence. And now, they have another place to congregate: their own school. As the famously perplexing and mysterious series heads into its final season, its creators have launched Lost University, a multimedia experience that delves into the fields of study touched on in the show’s five years. Real university professors will teach short video courses on a variety of “Lost”-related subjects — and it’s not exactly a light curriculum either, with philosophy, physics and hieroglyphics, among others. “It’s a great medium, because you don’t want a TV show to become didactic,” says Caltech professor Sean Carroll, who is teaching Introductory Physics of Time Travel for the online university. “It’s the perfect marriage of entertainment and education.” “Lost” […]
July 26, 2009 | 12:34 a.m.

‘Lost’ producers vow ‘everything that matters will be answered’

Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof are Comic-Con royalty, so when they alluded to this being their last time addressing the throng as the producers of ABC’s “Lost,” a mass groan rose from the crowd Saturday morning in Hall H. Well, everyone knew this day was coming. Cuse and Lindelof had arrived to set up the sixth and final season of their desert-island thriller. And they tried to lessen the pain by billing their appearance as “fan appreciation” day. Lindelof assured the faithful that all the mythology and mysterious plot points would indeed be wrapped up this season.  “Yeah, everything that matters will be answered,” he told the crowd, still leaving some wriggle room for theorists (what doesn’t matter?). Cuse even took the step of saying he was locking the scripted ending in a sealed chest, which would prove the writers […]
April 30, 2009 | 1:18 a.m.

‘Lost’ in the numbers — the island mystery is closing in on 100 episodes

Forty-eight survivors of a plane crash and an unfolding mystery that tests the usual expectations of television drama. Check out this new episode-by-episode recap…
Jan. 22, 2009 | 12:46 a.m.

Getting ‘Lost’ in the music

Alicia Lozano has a fun piece on a New York band that is taking their obsession with the ABC series  "Lost" to musical extremes with a unique "island sound" : Brooklyn musician Jeff Curtain (above right) devotes roughly 17 hours a week to "Lost," a show with such a fanatical following that Curtain and his friends felt compelled to start a band based on the TV drama. Previously on Lost is exactly what the name implies: A recap band. Through short spurts of musical whimsy, the island aficionados summarize the week’s plot, focusing on themes and characters that are especially entertaining. Notable songs include "Ballad of Sayid Jarrah," based on the Season 4 episode in which the former Iraqi soldier (Naveen Andrews) recounts his brutal military past. Another favorite is "The Island Won’t Let You Die," which involves chucking scores […]
Jan. 22, 2009 | 12:39 a.m.

Captain America, Wolverine, ‘Lost,’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

Welcome to a presidential edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from across the fanboy universe…          HEROIC POLITICS: There’s a fun historical piece about comic-book characters claiming the White House through the years and it includes an early 1980s Marvel cover (above left) that I had sorta forgotten about and that immediately brought a smile to my face when I saw it. The piece was written by Matt Brady (an appropriate name for someone dabbling in the area of presidential imagery) and here’s what he wrote about that "Mr. Rogers Goes to Washington" plot: "Captain America as President was turned into a story for Marvel’s alternate reality series What If? with 1981’s issue #26. In the story, Cap runs as the candidate for the New Populist Party with Andrew Jackson Hawk (an African American […]
Jan. 20, 2009 | 2:24 a.m.

‘Lost,’ Ron Moore, ‘Foundation,’ ‘The Dark Knight,’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

It’s an MLK Day edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of headlines from across the fanboy universe… "LOST: IN TIME: The countdown continues to the return of "Lost" this week. Here’s a tidbit about the general direction of the show: "The producers of ‘Lost’ say the new season will emphasize time shifting along with Sawyer, the repentant con man played by Josh Holloway. ‘Lost’ executive producer Carlton Cuse says navigating between the past, present and future is a challenge but the potential for exciting storytelling makes it worthwhile. Cuse and fellow executive producer Damon Lindelof told a meeting of the Television Critics Association Friday that the character of Sawyer has a lot to do this season — and viewers will see a lot of him from the start. Cuse says there’s even something in the show for people who aren’t […]
Sept. 15, 2008 | 11:37 p.m.

‘Lost’ star Michael Emerson: What you didn’t know

Michael Emerson, the actor who plays "Lost" bad guy Benjamin Linus, gets profiled in Wednesday’s Emmy edition of The Envelope. (He’s up again this year for outstanding supporting actor.) Last month, I spent an afternoon chatting with him in his manager’s office for the story. It was a  spoiler-free affair, unfortunately, as Emerson had not received any scripts for the forthcoming fifth season. Here are the highlights from our conversation that didn’t make it into the story: He wasn’t made a regular series member until Season 3. Before that, he never knew if Ben was coming or going: “I really didn’t. The producers kept me in drips and drabs. They’d say things at the last second like, ‘Don’t pack yet,’ or ‘Can’t go home yet, you’re in the next episode.’ Then it became, ‘Actually we’ll tell you when you can […]
Sept. 09, 2008 | 12:45 a.m.

‘Fringe’ review: New show is ‘uneven but promising’

“Fringe,” the new show from J.J. Abrams, premieres Tuesday night (8 p.m., Fox) and Abrams has been pledging for weeks that it will be easier to follow than some of his other shows, which he believes left some viewers feeling, well, “Lost.” How does “Fringe” compare to his past work? Is it too derivative of shows such as “The X-Files” or his own baby, “Alias“? Here’s the lowdown from Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara, who has a mixed-bag review of the show: The poor airline industry. As if rising gas prices, increased security measures and constant cost-cutting were not enough, now there’s another J.J. Abrams pilot. Travelers who have finally shaken the anxiety-provoking images of cult-inducing “Lost” can look forward to a whole new set of phobias thanks to the opening moments of Abrams’ new show “Fringe.” As […]
July 26, 2008 | 10:37 p.m.

Comic-Con: ‘Lost’ gives back to the fans

Those who asked a question during the "€œLost"€ standing-room-only session were well-rewarded. Executive producers Damon Lindelof (who was wearing a convention-appropriate "SAVE SNAPE" T-shirt) and Carlton Cuse bought a bottomless box of goodies for fans — think something like Mary Poppins’ carpet bag — all direct from the set of the ABC series. But perhaps even more important than swag, the Comic-Con crowd was privy to a secret video — which will be available online soon, no doubt. The clip showed out-of-uniform Dharma Initiative scientist Marvin Candle (or Edgar Halliwax, depending on which of his videos you're watching) urging those watching the video to reconstitute the Dharma Initiative, but all was quickly cut off by an unknown video recorder. Here's a rundown of "Lost" fans'  burning questions and the prizes that went with them: Q: When the hatch imploded and […]
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