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As we mark the 10th anniversary of the Lost series premiere, many media outlets have aired retrospectives on the iconic ABC series created by J.J. Abrams. Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse endured a lot of flack for questions the series left unanswered while both have gone on to other projects. Lindelof stills draws the ire of fans but Carlton Cuse has developed new fanbases on his series Bates Motel and The Strain. During a recent appearance on ABC in America, Cuse was asked »
- Alex Maidy
For the past week, rumors have been swirling that William Shatner may finally get his wish of appearing in the rebooted Star Trek franchise by way of a role in Star Trek 3. While Leonard Nimoy got a fairly significant role in J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film and an all-too-convenient part in the follow-up Star Trek Into Darkness, Shatner has been vocal about his displeasure at not having appeared in the new franchise. Abrams and screenwriters Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Damon Lindelof actually wrote a role for Shatner to reprise his role as Kirk at the end of Star Trek 2009, but subsequently dropped the scene because they felt it was too gimmicky. A week ago, a rumor surfaced that Orci—who is now directing Trek 3—has written a role for Shatner to appear in Star Trek 3. Shatner subsequently played coy about the prospect, but this weekend he said “to hell »
- Adam Chitwood
So on Monday, I watched the Gotham series premiere with about 8 million of my friends. I started writing a column about the show and what it says (accidentally and/or purposefully) about the role of Batman in pop culture right now. But working on that column got me thinking more generally about Batman: A character who has been around for 75 years, a figure in my cultural consciousness since before my memory begins. The next thing I knew, I was making a list of my favorite Batman things–the movies, the TV shows, the vividly recalled comic book story arcs and standalone issues, »
- Darren Franich
Digital Spy presents Lost Week - seven days of special features celebrating 10 years of the game-changing Us TV drama.
The Lost finale was one of the most discussed TV events in recent memory - and like the Sopranos before it, it didn't instantly receive the most positive of reviews online. To this day, it remains an episode that will probably be met with a passionate response in one way or another.
While many fans were left confused or even angry with 'The End', there were just as many that loved how Lost concluded in 2010, including this writer.
Firstly, to quickly banish the biggest myth about Lost's end, they weren't dead all along. Everything that happened on the island happened. When Jack and his fellow survivors remembered each other in the flash-sideways universe, it occurred at a certain metaphysical moment of time long after every one of them had died »
Lost was a landmark series for network television, a one-of-a-kind show that producers and executives are still trying, and failing, to recreate. It’s been ten years since it premiered, on September 22, 2004 (which, coincidentally, was the date of the crash of Oceanic 815). Rather than try to make a simple Top 10 Episodes list, which would induce nightmares of trying to rank drastically different installments, here are the best episodes from each of Lost’s six seasons, along with six runners up.
Season 1: “Walkabout”
Written by David Fury
Directed by Jack Bender
“Walkabout” is the episode that transforms John Locke from simple ensemble member to one of the focal points of the series, a character who up to this point has just been a mysterious hunter who smiles with orange peels in his mouth. He becomes so much more than that as the series goes on, as a member of two »
- George Morvis
A decade after Lost first came to our screens, Gem goes back to the island...
Each Us TV season brings with it a crop of new shows: some outstanding, some memorably awful. 2004/2005, though, was a little different from most. This was the year in which we watched Gregory House solve his first medical mystery and were introduced to those notorious housewives of Wisteria Lane,while Battlestar Galactica brought the Cylons back to our screens after decades spent in sci-fi oblivion.
This unusually impressive bunch dominated the schedules for years, attracted reams of critical and fan commentary, and are still remembered with varying degrees of fondness. However, one of the series to air for the first time that season was a different proposition entirely. Mention its famously divisive ending online and you’ll unleash a torrent of derision, nostalgia and passionate debate. Ask fans to explain its myriad mysteries, and, for the most part, »
Sometimes it’s just a joke, sometimes it has hidden meaning, and sometimes it’s simply the director showing off their eclectic taste in all things celluloid (read: Quentin Tarantino). But one thing’s for sure: the annals of cinema history are littered with movie-in-movie moments.
The granddaddy of movie-in-movie moments comes from The Shawshank Redemption – released twenty years ago today. So in honour of its anniversary, we thought we’d go all “meta” by looking back at ten of the most memorable movie-in-movie moments to grace the multiplex.
Though it’s probably a little bit cruel to show prison inmates Rita Hayworth at her finest, this 40’s classic plays a prominent role in the film’s plot as Andy later uses a poster from the 1946 noir to cover the entrance to the tunnel that he’s painstakingly carved out of the prison walls.
- Daniel Bettridge
Happy 10th anniversary to the ABC hit. Now can we bitch about something?
Happy 10th anniversary to Lost. Now can we bitch about something?
Actually, we have ten somethings we need to vent about — yes, still. Exactly 10 years to the day after the show first premiere on September 22, 2004. Here’s one thing we’re not going to complain about: the ending. Everyone was happy. That was nice. We liked it. Whatever. Now the bitching:
1. They Were Dead All Along! Well, they weren’t. They were only dead (all along) for the final season with all that flash-sideways business. But after years of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse promising us the island wasn’t purgatory and the castaways weren’t dead, that all still felt like a cop out, right? Like, you’re still doing purgatory, just not in the way that fans guessed. Clever.
2. Wtf Was the Smoke Monster? We don’t mean that literally. We know it »
On September 22, 2004, a wild pop romance—a torrid affair between audience and story—took flight. 18.65 million viewers tuned into ABC to watch Oceanic Flight 815 crash on a strange island, leaving an eclectic cross-section of archetypes on a vast spit of mystery. Here, on the 10th anniversary of Lost’s premiere, we remember a first date for the ages.
Produced for $14 million and shot by director J.J. Abrams with Spielbergian verve, the two-hour pilot immediately sucked us into an exotic survival saga and a shrewdly formulated allegory for a fractured, catastrophe-frazzled world. It captured your imagination by promising a journey with global vision, »
- Jeff Jensen
Today is the tenth anniversary of the Lost series premiere. We are rerunning this article about the show's finale, first published on May 18, 2010. If Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are feeling generous, this Sunday's Lost series finale will finally answer the one question viewers have been asking for the past six seasons: What the hell is this damn show about, anyway? Or, more likely, they'll tell us nothing. Either way, now seems like an appropriate time to look back on all the awesome unofficial explanations concocted by impatient fans these past few years. Each week we round up the best of the Internet's realistic-seeming theories, but today, we appreciate the craziest, unlikeliest, and most thoroughly debunked hypotheses viewers have floated since the show's 2004 premiere. Herewith our list of the seven greatest wrong Lost theories ever, complete with our guesses on how the show would have ended if »
- Lane Brown
As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Lost, we remember the controversial series finale that people still argue about today. There are 4,938 questions showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and the writing staff brilliantly left unanswered. Without trying to address each one, I’m here to take a stand on why the series finale kicked ass, with a little help from cast members Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), Yunjim Kim (Sun-Hwa Kwon), and Ken Leung (Miles Straume). Don’t agree? I dare you to rewatch that final episode and refrain from crying all over again.
I was a late bloomer hopping on the Lost train, having just finished the series in its entirety this summer. But with the show fresh on the brain, I have to admit, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. The greatest reason being, I didn’t truly realize everyone was in some sort of »
- Taylor Ferber
In Tara Bennett's book "Showrunners: The Art Of Running A TV Show," the job is variously described as being a dictator, a CEO or leading an army. And while we're now in the era of celebrity showrunners—Damon Lindelof ("Lost," "The Leftovers"), Matthew Weiner ("Mad Men"), Vince Gilligan ("Breaking Bad")—it's often forgotten how expansive the responsibilities that come with that position truly are. If you've ever wondered exactly how complicated the machinery is that drives your favorite show, or what the gig actually entails, Bennett's book—a companion piece to the forthcoming documentary directed by Des Doyle—is a slightly jumbled, but still interesting peek behind the curtain. With names like Joss Whedon, Jonathan Nolan, Terrence Winter, Damon Lindelof and more taking part, 'Showrunners' brings a broad spectrum of talent from shows both popular and niche, both successful and failed, to help define what that eleven letter word means. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Although HBO's “The Leftovers” ended its first season earlier this month, we must wait almost a year before it can contend at the Emmys. Although it was not as acclaimed as showrunner Damon Lindelof’s last show “Lost,” this series is sure to register at the Emmys. While the first four episodes yielded a score of just 65 on Metacritic, it dramatically improved over the remaining six installments. -Break- Indeed, it may well register on many top 10 lists published at year’s end. Remember, “Orange is the New Black” only scored 79 on MetaCritic for its first six episodes, but was the second most popular show on these critics lists last year (after "Breaking Bad"). If it reaps a Best Drama Series bid, “The Leftovers” will have no trouble finding six top-notch episodes to submit. Despite its serialization, three of the season’s best-received installments were self-contained: &l...' »
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In the Disney Xd series’ “Lost in Danville” episode — with story by Lost cocreator Damon Lindelof and airing Monday, Sept. 29 at 7:30/6:30c, 10 years-plus-one week after ABC’s supernatural drama debuted — a mysterious capsule falls into Phineas and Ferb’s back yard and they struggle to open it.
Meanwhile, as seen in the clip above, Dr. Doofenshmirtz is abducted by another evil scientist, »
Not only are Phineas and Ferb bringing back Shaun and Ed, they're also bringing back Lost (in their own, unique way). On September 29th, Disney Xd will air the episode Lost in Danville, with a story by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof himself. Not only that, but Terry O'Quinn (who played John Locke on the show) will voice a character named Captain Mystery. Rob Morrow and Jane Kaczmarek also guest star in the episode. We have the official first look at O'Quinn's Captain Mystery. Hit the jump for a better look. Phineas and Ferb's Lost in Danville airs Monday, September 29th at 730Pm. Here's the official synopsis for Lost in Danville: A mysterious locked capsule falls into Phineas and Ferb's back yard and they struggle to open it, only to discover they have unleashed something they cannot control. Meanwhile, Perry learns that Dr. Doofenshmirtz has been abducted and tracks »
- Evan Dickson
Chicago – With J.J. Abrams not involved with the creation of a third “Star Trek” movie, a compendium of his work within the franchise only seems fitting. Loaded with special features but only a few new ones, this disc set is a strong choice for those who don’t already have both entertaining blockbusters in their collection.
Even better, it’s a good choice for any “Star Wars” fans looking to feel a new hope about the choice of Abrams for the highly-anticipated “Episode VII” installment.
In just two films, Abrams and his filmmaking crew have successfully revitalized the “Star Trek” brand to the multiplex mainstream, adding a new edge to the previous elements that were in the “Star Trek” niche. The progression has certainly been gradual. In my book, the 2009 film “Star Trek” is a fun popcorn movie that pushes some expectations, but has a flat villain (Eric Bana »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Bleak, beautiful and full of hope, Lost creator Damon Lindelofs new drama, in which families are torn apart when millions of people suddenly disappear, deals with grief in an intelligent, adult way
Upon learning that Damon Lindelof is returning to television with a new drama about a mysterious event which sees 2% of the worlds population disappear, viewers may well sigh: Theres no way Im watching that I gave six years of my life to Lost and look how that turned out.
Yet hold on, because The Leftovers is an altogether different proposition to the show that made Lindelofs name. Adapted from Tom Perrottas best-selling novel, itself a response to 9/11, The Leftovers is not really a drama about an unexplained occurrence so much as a drama about what happens to people after they experience a devastating event.
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- Sarah Hughes
The evenings are getting shorter, you've already seen the first festive cards for sale at your local supermarket and The X Factor is back on Saturday nights. To borrow a phrase - winter is coming.
But don't despair, because there is much more to autumn TV in 2014 than Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell bickering over a bunch of karaoke singers. Don't believe us? Check out our list of 17 must-watch shows, which mean that you might as well cancel your plans until Christmas.
1. Glue - E4
A bloke from Rizzle Kicks, a writer from This Is England and lots of horses. It doesn't sound like an obvious hit, but Glue is most definitely worth getting excited about.
Skins crossed with Midsomer Murders and an added sinister, bleak edge, is probably the best description for this eight-parter, which will have you hooked from its full-on (and full frontal) opening sequence.
2. The Apprentice »
The sooner Star Trek 3 happens, the better. Why? Because we need another one of these blooper reels. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Benedict Cumberbatch and co. get pretty serious in the film, but on the set of Star Trek Into Darkness there’s jokes, line flubs and even some pretty impressive dance moves. The blooper reel is actually part of Star Trek: The Compendium, a four-disc Blu-ray box set that comes with the original two-disc Star Trek Blu-ray, the two-disc Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray special edition and loads of extras (click here to order it on Amazon). Hit the jump to check out that Star Trek Into Darkness blooper reel as well as a full list of bonus features for Star Trek: The Compendium. Via Cheezburger (via /Film). Star Trek: The Compendium is available now for $39.99. Here’s what you’ll get if you decide to »
- Perri Nemiroff
Go behind-the-scenes of Star Trek Into Darkness and learn more about the Klingon weaponry in our exclusive featurette for Star Trek: The Compendium, which debuts in a four-disc Blu-ray set today, September 9. Take a look at some of the massive gun and knife props that were used on director J.J. Abrams' Star Trek Into Darkness, including Klingon weapons that were inspired by designs from the original Star Trek TV series.
Director J.J. Abrams' global sensations Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness set a course for the ultimate home entertainment package in Star Trek: The Compendium, arriving September 9, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The set includes four Blu-ray Discs with both films in sparkling high definition and the IMAX version of Star Trek Into Darkness, Digital HD copies of both films, plus previously released bonus material, including the Star Trek Into Darkness director's commentary. Star Trek »
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