Every so often, it’s worth sitting down and giving some thought to one of the greatest narratives in television history: LOST. Although we might always view the cast and crew as islanders, it's still interesting to see what they're up to nowadays.
Co-showrunner Carlton Cuse is working on a new series—one with the same air of chilling mystery that was attached to LOST, with the added bonus of being based on one of the greatest movies of all time. The Bates Motel, a TV series about the setting and main character featured in Alfred Hitchcock’s classic Psycho, is underway. The series will act as a prequel of sorts to the movie, showing the younger days of Norman Bates, and how his mother shaped him to be the killer we see in the film.
The cast has a varied assortment of projects in the works. On film, Matthew Fox (Jack) will be starring in the mystery-thriller Alex Cross, while Evangeline Lilly (Kate) is joining the Tolkien universe as an elf in the developing The Hobbit movies, and Harold Perrineau (Michael) will be taking on Sammy Davis, Jr., in Inferno: the Linda Lovelace Story.
We have also seen a lot of LOST alums returning to television, most notably Ian Somerhalder (Boone), who is one of the central stars of the CW's The Vampire Diaries. Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) and Terry O'Quinn (Locke) have found homes on Fox's police procedural Hawaii Five-0. Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) currently stars in the CBS high-concept crime drama Person of Interest, and fan favorite Jorge Garcia (Hurley) is a lead player on Fox's mystery-thriller Alcatraz. J.J. Abrams, who was a key player behind LOST, is heavily involved with both Person of Interest and Alcatraz.
Additionally, LOST writers Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis run ABC's fantasy drama Once Upon a Time, which has featured several LOST cast members, most notably Emilie de Ravin (Claire) as Belle of Beauty and the Beast lore, and Alan Dale (Charles Widmore) as Prince Charming's father.
Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis sure like to keep it in the family. The producers of Lost and the masterminds behind ABC's latest hit, Once Upon a Time, are bringing back some familiar faces. We already knew Once Upon a Time would deliver a bit of Alan Dale (a.k.a. billionaire Charles Widmore) as Prince Charming's father, and now we can add yet another Lostie to the fantasy cameo list. Emilie de Ravin (a.k.a. Claire Littleton) will play Belle of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast and she'll have some connection to Rumplestiltskin. TV Guide reports that Gaston will crop up but that a cameo from the Beast is less certain. Of course, I was just hoping for some sort of twist wherein it turns out Belle is actually Charming's half sister through some extracurricular hanky panky on Charming's father's part. Alright, I guess we don't need a reincarnation of a Lost plot do we?
We will, however have to wait until the new year to see Ravin's goldilocks. She's slated to appear in episode 12 in early 2012.
Once Upon a Time airs Sunday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.
Source: TV Guide
One of the big sells of the upcoming series, Once Upon a Time, is its writing staff. The scribes of ABC's fairy tale fantasy comes from the pens of Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, two former writers and producers on the monsoon that was LOST. What with the gigantic pull that LOST has over its recovering addicts, it would be wise for Once Upon a Time's production team to cash in on some fun tie-ins, Easter Eggs and cameos.
Wise you are, OUAT (not gonna stick, needs fewer vowels). As the series is based in the lore of familiar fairy tales, there will naturally be Prince Charming character. And, in the spirit of originality, Horowitz and Kitsis are exploring Charming's backstory—thus, we will be meeting the man's father.
And I ask you, LOST fans, who immediately comes to mind when you think of the all-too-intrusive father that this man will bet-your-bottom-dollar end up being? One Alan Dale, a.k.a., Charles Widmore.
Thrilled? Yes, you are. Not only is this in and of itself going to be a riot, it's indicative of LOST fun yet to be revealed in the series. The pilot series is already rumored to have a garden of hidden references, including a clock stuck on the 8:15 minute and a Geronimo Jackson sticker. All non-fans right now must feel pretty (yep, it's coming) lost right now.
So what else can we expect in Once Upon a Time? Will a beanstalk be scaled by an especially skeptical Jack? Will an evil king reign over his subjects by lying incessantly? Will a Scottish Robin Hood, before heading off into the Redwood Forest, tell Little John, "I'll see you in another life, brother?"
Seriously, any of this would be fine.
Based on James Bradley’s bestselling book of the same name Flags of Our Fathers is Saving Private Ryan meets Stand By Me. Buried in the collective national conscious the Associated Press photo of six American soldiers raising a flag of victory over Iwo Jima is the basis of the film. Bradley’s father Doc Bradley (played by Ryan Phillippe in the film) who was one of the flag-raising soldiers never fully shared the details of the experience with his son but Flags meditates on some of those unanswered questions. The Iwo Jima conflict fortified by crags of Japanese snipers lays siege to thousands of messy casualties and the tattered flag--immediately seized by U.S. government officials to rallying and recruit soldiers--emerges as a symbol for American pride while the five Marines and one corpsman who raised it are basically forgotten. Heavy dramatics are saved for Adam Beach (Windtalkers) as Ira Hayes the Native American Marine who degenerates into madness. He represents the bittersweet languor of lost ambition and broken spirits. Director Clint Eastwood is actually the film’s best actor even though he isn’t in the movie. We can see his simmering restraint in the Flags’ acting ensemble as he guides his actors into finely tuned performances. From Beach to Phillippe to Paul Walker (2 Fast 2 Furious) Eastwood gets the most out of his young cast by playing them down. Similar to real-life soldiers allegiance to the team is the actors’ goal creating authenticity. Intense stress requires the actors to have genuine instincts. But by intentionally constructing a more lived-in feel there is consequently no flashy or Oscar-worthy stand-outs. To his credit Walker who usually goes for the brain-dead million dollar paychecks tries something different here while in his pivotal role Beach plays the juicy role as best as he can. Still Beach’s breakdown scene is quite honestly one-dimensional and doesn’t have the same dramatic impact as say Born on the Fourth of July’s Tom Cruise. Of Flags’ likely award recognitions the acting seems to have the least chance of reaching the winner’s circle. Vintage Eastwood is a lion in winter directing as though there’s no tomorrow. With Flags he interweaves numerous themes to create a war movie which despite its cliché-filled genre is constantly real in tone. The film is historically credible from the American perspective only but Eastwood has also directed a companion piece Letters from Iwo Jima about the Japanese side which hits theaters next year. Complex themes of celebrity worship also give the film a post-modern jaded Iraq War-era vision. Then there are the visuals. Eastwood incorporates breathtaking CGI shots of the fleet of warships reminiscent of Troy on top of an old-style photographic framing black and white and green all washed-out. It’s like looking at a scrapbook of old photos on a high-definition CD-ROM. Naturalistic scenes--sprawling in their panoramic framing with cactuses and hills of black sand--remind us we’re watching one of America’s cinematic icons at work. Flags could be Eastwood’s third Best Director Oscar--and will likely net him $100 million-plus at the box office.