We admit, we've missed Josh Holloway on our television sets. (Who wouldn't?) We miss that hair, that Southern drawl and the various nicknames it would spout. We miss most of the Lost cast actually. We have to go baaaaaaack.
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Unfortunately, we're not able to go back to ABC's mythical island (no matter how many planes we take and lottery tickets we buy), but we are able to still see most of the cult show's stars. Holloway — who played dreamy bad boy Sawyer on Lost — will finally be back on the small screen for the upcoming CBS pilot Intelligence.
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Holloway will play a former Navy SEAL and intelligence office in the drama; the series focuses on a unit of the U.S. Cyber Command, and one particular agent who has "a microchip that has been implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum." In other words, it's another CBS procedural, but this time it will feature someone from Lost! (So...kind of like Hawaii Five-O and Person of Interest!)
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With Holloway now back in his rightful place (our direct line of vision), we wanted to check on the rest of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 (and various others, and Others), and see how they've survived the post-Lost life. Spoiler alert: it doesn't matter because they'll all just get into heaven anyway. Check it out:
Daniel Day Kim (Jin): As previously mentioned, he's keeping CBS nice and warm for Holloway on Hawaii Five- O.
Terry O' Quinn (Locke): 666 Park Avenue didn't quite pan out over on ABC, but he's in good company with Daniel Day Kim on Hawaii Five-O now. (You can also catch him from time to time on TNT's Falling Skies).
Michael Emerson (Ben Linus): Ditto Emerson with CBS, just over on Person of Interest.
Yunjin Kim (Sun): Just minor roles on shows like The Neighbors, but thankfully that will all change when the upcoming Mistresses hits the air.
Ian Somerhalder (Boone): Making girls swoon over every week on the CW's smash The Vampire Diaries.
Maggie Grace (Shannon): Somehow got Taken on the big screen — twice — despite Liam Neeson's best efforts.
Jorge Garcia (Hurley): Alcatraz didn't quite pan out, but you can still catch him on the Lost-friendly ABC series Once Upon a Time.
Emilie de Ravin (Claire): In addition to some big screen roles (Remember Me, Public Enemies) since Lost ended, she, like Garcia, appears on the small screen on Once Upon a Time.
Dominic Monaghan (Charlie): Aw, Charlie. Well, you'll be happy to know he's got his own travel series over on BBC America called Wild Things where he does some, you guessed it, pretty wild things.
Naveen Andrews (Sayid): If you've got Syfy you can catch him on the British version of Sinbad.
Evangeline Lilly (Kate): Lilly has stayed away from TV since Lost wrapped up, opting for parts in big time movies like The Hurt Locker, Real Steel, and The Hobbit saga.
Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet): RIP V. The actress can be seen on NBC's post-apocalyptic Revolution and recently starred in the Lifetime TV movie Prosecuting Casey Anthony.
Harold Perrineau (Michael): The character actor has popped up everywhere from biker drama Sons of Anarchy to the short-lived TBS comedy Wedding Band, not to mention the Oscar nominated film Zero Dark Thirty.
Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond): You can catch him on shows like Scandal, The Mentalist, and Body of Proof, brutha.
Matthew Fox (Jack): It's best not to ask.
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The entire television industry is required, by a secret contract, to put together at least one Lost cast reunion every few months or so. It is the only way to sustain the human race's faith in the meaning of life, in the absence of the series that captivated, guided, and pretty much controlled its viewing audience for six years. The Showtime comedy Californication is the latest program to uphold this sacred responsibility. TVLine reports that the David Duchovny starrer is bringing on Jorge Garcia (fan favorite Hurley) to join Maggie Grace during the latter's multi-episode arc.
Of course, this is Californication's first foray into the art of the Lost reunion; some shows have made a religion out of the practice. Here's a look at some of the biggest power player series in the game of bringing old islanders together again.
The CBS series Hawaii Five-0 kicked off with the appeal of Daniel Dae Kim, who played the excellently crafted Jin, at the center of its cast. Since, the program has brought on Terry O'Quinn — the iconic John Locke — for an extended multi-episode arc, playing an equally nebulous character. As a bonus, the series featured a one-off appearance by Tania Raymonde, Lost's Alex Rosseau, who underwent a harsh interrogation by Officer Jin.
Person of Interest
Island breakout star Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) pulls the heavy weight in the CBS crime drama Person of Interest, from Lost co-creator J.J. Abrams. Over the course of Person of Interest's first season, Emerson has reunited with Brett Cullen, who played Goodwin Stanhope, Linus' rival for the affections of Juliet Burke... whose ex-husband's portrayer, Željko Ivanek, is also a recurring star on Person of Interest. But there's more: Alan Dale, who played Charles Widmore on the ABC program, has shown up to add a dose of his menacing style to Emerson's new series.
Once Upon a Time
Unfortunately, no two Lost castmembers have appeared onscreen at the same time on Once Upon a Time. But the show comes from two of Lost's writers, and has featured Alan Dale and Emilie de Ravin, the latter of whom played Claire on Lost and an incarnation of Beauty and the Beast's Belle on Once Upon a Time.
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This Friday, Prometheus — the sorta-prequel to returning director Ridley Scott’s own 1979 sci-fi masterpiece, Alien — invades theaters, with Michael Fassbender as the title ship’s butler and maintenance man, David, who just so happens to be an android (Fassbender has said that he modeled the motions and mannerisms of David after Olympic swimmer Greg Louganis rather than previous big-screen versions of the robotic human doppelgangers). It got us thinking about the movie androids that preceded him, er, it, and how far Hollywood has come in that department.
T-800, T-850, T-101 (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Terminator Movies
Super-human powers: Is an expert computer system at its (zillion) core; power source, er, lifespan of up to 120 years; vastly superior endoskeleton to that of humankind; self-healing.
Weaknesses: The human resistance; the noses of dogs; other Terminators (like Robert Patrick’s liquid-metal shape-shifting T-1000 in Terminator 2: Judgment Day).
Notes: We know, we know: Technically, Ahnuld’s Terminator is a cyborg, not a full-on android, but the difference between the two (some humanlike organic composition for the former vs. 100% robot for the latter) is negligible enough for us, for the purpose of this list, to mention Schwarzenegger — who himself may someday turn out to be the greatest android ever!
Lieutenant Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Star Trek Movies/TV Series
Superhuman powers: Positronic brain; immune to all biological diseases (except polywater); can be disassembled for easy storage; waterproof.
Weaknesses: Unable to dream; vulnerable to tech hazards and viruses; cannot swim.
Notes: Armed with nothing more than a pretty bad makeup job and his own (purposefully) robotic performance, Spiner was able to cement a spot in the hearts of many a techie and Trekkie during his lengthy tenure (TV’s Star Trek: The Next Generation and four Star Trek films) as Data. He also provided countless laughs over the years, of both the intentional and unintentional variety.
Replicants, Blade Runner
Superhuman powers: Superior strength, agility, and intelligence; fully programmable for any mission.
Weaknesses: Voight-Kampff tests; the term “skin-job”; four-year lifespan.
Notes: There will seemingly forever be a lack of clarity as to whether or not Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard was himself a replicant, due to everything from the fact there are a whopping seven different versions of Blade Runner to his failure of the Voight-Kampff test. The key people involved in the movie are split on the issue, but for what it’s worth, Deckard was written as a human in the Philip K. Dick novel on which the big-screen version is based. The debate rages on, with full Web sites currently devoted to the topic!
SID 6.7 (Russell Crowe), Virtuosity
Super-human powers: Can be programmed with multiple, variable personalities, used advantageously (for evil); tons of RAM capacity; capable of regeneration.
Weaknesses: Denzel Washington; impalement.
Notes: Virtuosity remains something of a disaster cinematically, but the virtual reality-gone-murderous concept makes for quite a mindf***, even if the execution thereof doesn’t quite work. Plus, we’ll watch Denzel and Russell square off all day, any day!
Vanessa Kensington (Elizabeth Hurley), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Superhuman powers: Super-humanly hot; skill with a Desert Eagle
Weaknesses: Vulnerable to Austin Powers’s “charms.”
Notes: Early on in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Kensington self-destructs after malfunctioning related to a TV remote, and it is revealed that she was a fembot all along. She’s still the prettiest damned robot since Rosie on The Jetsons.
David (Haley Joel Osment), A.I.: Artificial Intelligence
Superhuman powers: Endless love; ability to not blink; great posture; undrownable.
Weaknesses: Can’t swim; sibling jealousy; has the emotions of a real boy.
Notes: Reaction to this Steven Spielberg-directed (and Stanley Kubrick-hatched) sci-fi drama remains mixed to this day, but there’s no denying that Osment was superb and believable as the main “humanoid,” to an almost disturbing degree — which was thanks more so to his astute interpretation of David than any effects wizardry.
Ash (Ian Holm), Alien (1979)
Bishop (Lance Henriksen), Aliens (1986)
Surrogates, Surrogates (2009)
Gunslinger (Yul Brenner), Westworld (1973)
Since the spring of 2010, a large percentage of the human populace has been drifting aimlessly through time and space, unable to determine what year it is, hoping desperately to latch once more onto something they know, love and understand: something you might call a constant. This group is known to the masses as LOST fans (although they might go by terms like Islanders, Others, Flight 815ers, the Dharma Initiative, or Friends of Jacob), and they'll probably be thrilled to know that ABC's newest drama, Scandal starts up tonight, April 5 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, with one of their old favorites in tow: Henry Ian Cusick, a.k.a. the constant himself, Desmond. But is Cusick's casting enough to get LOST devotees to watch the show?
Since the majestic island series ended on May 23, 2010, fans have been looking high and low for replacement shows — for many, nothing has come close. But there is the pleasure taken by seeing your old island favorites on other series. In fact, some fans tune into series they wouldn't otherwise be too interested in just to see their beloved plane crash victims.
This season of television has offered a lot of opportunities on this vein. LOST's home network, in addition to welcoming Cusick, has offered veterans Emilie de Ravin (Claire) and Alan Dale (Charles Widmore) on Once Upon a Time. CBS delivers Daniel Dae Kim (Jin) and Terry O'Quinn (John Locke) on Hawaii Five-0 and Michael Emerson (Ben Linus) on Person of Interest. Even the CW gives us a dose of Ian Somerhalder (Boone) on The Vampire Diaries. Finally, Fox gives fans a necessary dose of Hurley: Jorge Garcia stars on J.J. Abrams' thriller series Alcatraz. And this isn't even covering the LOST alumni on the big screen.
But the LOST cast seem to be facing the same danger that have plagued the Seinfeld four for years. Sure, you might tune in to see a new show starring one of the aforementioned actors. But how long will you stick with the program? After nearly a whole season of Person of Interest, are you still waiting for Emerson to reveal his reverence to Jacob? Are Hawaii Five-0 viewers hoping to see O'Quinn preach openly about the mysteries of the island (of Hawaii)?
Seeing these actors play other characters just serves to remind that the great series is all in the past. Thus, the LOST appeal may grab viewers, but it isn't always enough to keep them. Unfortunately, the only thing that can truly satisfy LOST cravings is returning to the series itself. You might always feel totally willing to thrust yourself full force back into one of the most addictive TV shows of all time, but sooner or later, you'll realize: you have to go back.
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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.
In This Means War – a stylish action/rom-com hybrid from director McG – Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Chris Pine (Star Trek) star as CIA operatives whose close friendship is strained by the fires of romantic rivalry. Best pals FDR (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are equally accomplished at the spy game but their fortunes diverge dramatically in the dating realm: FDR (so nicknamed for his obvious resemblance to our 32nd president) is a smooth-talking player with an endless string of conquests while Tuck is a straight-laced introvert whose love life has stalled since his divorce. Enter Lauren (Reese Witherspoon) a pretty plucky consumer-products evaluator who piques both their interests in separate unrelated encounters. Tuck meets her via an online-dating site FDR at a video-rental store. (That Lauren is tech-savvy enough to date online but still rents movies in video stores is either a testament to her fascinating mix of contradictions or more likely an example of lazy screenwriting.)
When Tuck and FDR realize they’re pursuing the same girl it sparks their respective competitive natures and they decide to make a friendly game of it. But what begins as a good-natured rivalry swiftly devolves into romantic bloodsport with both men using the vast array of espionage tools at their disposal – from digital surveillance to poison darts – to gain an edge in the battle for Lauren’s affections. If her constitutional rights happen to be violated repeatedly in the process then so be it.
Lauren for her part remains oblivious to the clandestine machinations of her dueling suitors and happily basks in the sudden attention from two gorgeous men. Herein we find the Reese Witherspoon Dilemma: While certainly desirable Lauren is far from the irresistible Helen of Troy type that would inspire the likes of Tuck and FDR to risk their friendship their careers and potential incarceration for. At several points in This Means War I found myself wondering if there were no other peppy blondes in Los Angeles (where the film is primarily set) for these men to pursue. Then again this is a film that wishes us to believe that Tom Hardy would have trouble finding a date so perhaps plausibility is not its strong point.
When Lauren needs advice she looks to her boozy foul-mouthed best friend Trish (Chelsea Handler). Essentially an extension of Handler’s talk-show persona – an acquired taste if there ever was one – Trish’s dialogue consists almost exclusively of filthy one-liners delivered in rapid-fire succession. Handler does have some choice lines – indeed they’re practically the centerpiece of This Means War’s ad campaign – but the film derives the bulk of its humor from the outrageous lengths Tuck and FDR go to sabotage each others’ efforts a raucous game of spy-versus-spy that carries the film long after Handler’s shtick has grown stale.
Business occasionally intrudes upon matters in the guise of Heinrich (Til Schweiger) a Teutonic arms dealer bent on revenge for the death of his brother. The subplot is largely an afterthought existing primarily as a means to provide third-act fireworks – and to allow McGenius an outlet for his ADD-inspired aesthetic proclivities. The film’s action scenes are edited in such a manic quick-cut fashion that they become almost laughably incoherent. In fairness to McG he does stage a rather marvelous sequence in the middle of the film in which Tuck and FDR surreptitiously skulk about Lauren's apartment unaware of each other's presence carefully avoiding detection by Lauren who grooves absentmindedly to Montel Jordan's "This Is How We Do It." The whole scene unfolds in one continuous take – or is at least craftily constructed to appear as such – captured by one very agile steadicam operator.
Whatever his flaws as a director McG is at least smart enough to know how much a witty script and appealing leads can compensate for a film’s structural and logical deficiencies. He proved as much with Charlie’s Angels a film that enjoys a permanent spot on many a critic’s Guilty Pleasures list and does so again with This Means War. The film coasts on the chemistry of its three co-stars and only runs into trouble when the time comes to resolve its romantic competition which by the end has driven its male protagonists to engage in all manner of underhanded and duplicitous activities. This Means War being a commercial film – and likely an expensive one at that – Witherspoon's heroine is mandated to make a choice and McG all but sidesteps the whole thorny matter of Tuck and FDR’s unwavering dishonesty not to mention their craven disregard for her privacy. (They regularly eavesdrop on her activities.) For all their obvious charms the truth is that neither deserves Lauren – or anything other than a lengthy jail sentence for that matter.
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DreamWorks' "Gladiator" should be victorious again on the box office battlefield this weekend.
With "Gladiator" still commanding a 30% first-choice tracking score among opening and released movies, there's little doubt the R-rated action adventure will keep a tight grip on the top spot.
If "Gladiator" slips 36% from its $34.8 million opening, its second weekend tribute will still be a handsome sum of about $22 million.
DreamWorks is distributing "Gladiator" domestically, while Universal is releasing it internationally. The two studios co-financed the film, which reportedly cost $103 million to make, and are 50-50 partners, sharing equally in its success.
Directed by Ridley Scott, it stars Russell Crowe.
Warner Bros. and Franchise Pictures' PG-13 rated sci-fi action adventure "Battlefield Earth," opening at 3,307 theaters, should win the battle for second place. With its 19% overall first-choice tracking score, it's likely to gross about $10 million.
"It's a 22% first choice for males under 25 and a 29% first choice for males over 25," explains one studio executive. "Its awareness is 80% and the definite interest is 42% for males."
Directed by Roger Christian, it stars John Travolta, Barry Pepper and Forest Whitaker.
Universal's PG-13-rated comedy "Screwed," opening at 1,760 theaters, is a 12% first choice in the tracking. It is likely to be third with $7-8 million.
"It certainly did pop on the tracking," says an insider. "It's a 20% first choice for males. The awareness for males is 81% and the definite interest is 48% for males."
Written and directed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, it stars Norm MacDonald, David Chappelle and Danny DeVito.
Universal's "U-571" should float downstream two slots to fourth place in its fourth week. If the PG-13-rated World War II submarine drama falls 40%, it will gross about $5 million.
Directed by Jonathan Mostow, "U-571" stars Matthew McConaughey, Bill Paxton, Harvey Keitel and Jon Bon Jovi.
New Line's PG-13-rated time thriller "Frequency" should tumble one peg to fifth place in its third week. If it slides 35%, it will do about $4 million.
Directed by Gregory Hoblit, it stars Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
Columbia's PG-13-rated youth appeal dance film "Center Stage," opening at 1,506 theaters, isn't likely to kick off in the Top Five given its modest 7% first-choice tracking.
"It's not showing on the tracking much at all," notes one studio executive.
Directed by Nicholas Hytner, it stars Amanda Schull, Zoe Saldana, Susan May Pratt, Peter Gallagher, Donna Murphy and Ethan Stiefel.
20th Century Fox's PG-13-rated drama "Where the Heart Is," a $9 million domestic pick up for Fox, was fifth with $5.1 million last week. Its third week should see it depart the Top Five.
Directed and produced by Matt Williams, it stars Natalie Portman, Ashley Judd, Stockard Channing and Joan Cusack.
Columbia's "I Dreamed Of Africa," which opened in ninth place last week to just $2.4 million, will be struggling to stay in the Top Ten in its second week.
"Africa," made on a mid-range budget of about $34 million, is directed by Hugh Hudson and stars Kim Basinger.
Filling out lower rungs: "Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas" and "Love & Basketball."
On the limited release front: Miramax Films opens its R-rated contemporary version of "Hamlet" in New York and Los Angeles.
Directed by Michael Almereyda, it stars Ethan Hawke, Kyle MacLachlan, Sam Shepard, Diane Venora, Bill Murray, Liev Schreiber and Julia Stiles.
Although this weekend won't set any records, insiders are happy because they anticipate a strong summer season spread around among most of the major studios. That's exactly the sort of summer theater owners enjoy most since it keeps their multiplexes filled with moviegoers, who are certain to buy their share of popcorn, candy and soda.
This summer should see business spread around among many mid-sized hits rather than concentrated, as it was last summer, in two mega-hits -- Fox and Lucasfilm's "Star Wars: Episode One - The Phantom Menace" and New Line's "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." Together, the two sequels did about $626 million in ticket sales through Labor Day weekend.
This summer there already are very high hopes for Paramount's "Mission: Impossible 2," which will own Memorial Day weekend. Although "M: I-2" doesn't arrive until May 24, it's already an enviable 23% first choice in the tracking. The original "Mission: Impossible" opened May 22, 1996, and grossed $180.9 million domestically, $284 million internationally -- for a worldwide total of $464.9 million.
Memorial Day weekend hits don't always wind up as the summer's biggest grossing films. The original "Mission," for example, was out-grossed by "Twister," which opened nearly two weeks earlier on May 10, 1996, and went on to gross $241.7 million domestically, $254 million internationally -- for a worldwide cume of $495.7 million.
Hollywood has found over the years that movies opening in mid-June or for July Fourth weekend often are the ones that rewrite the record books.
For instance, "Jurassic Park" opened June 11, 1993, and did $357 million domestically. "Independence Day" opened July 3, 1996, and did $306.2 million domestically. "The Lion King" arrived June 15, 1994, and did $312.8 million domestically. "Forrest Gump" opened July 6, 1994, and did $329.7 million domestically. "Men In Black" opened July 2, 1997, and did $250.1 million domestically. "Ghost" appeared July 13, 1990, and did $217.6 million domestically.
Looking beyond "M: I-2," at least eight other summer releases are already shaping up as potentially big box office contenders. Those generating the best buzz at this early point - listed in order of their release dates - include:
* Buena Vista/Disney's computer-animated family film "Dinosaur," which reportedly cost $150 million-plus to make (May 19).
* 20th Century Fox's R-rated comedy "Me, Myself & Irene," directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly ("There's Something About Mary") and starring Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger (June 23).
* Columbia's action-adventure "The Patriot," set during the Revolutionary War, directed by Roland Emmerich ("Independence Day") and starring Mel Gibson (June 28), which reportedly cost about $100 million to make.
* Warner Bros.' Action-adventure "The Perfect Storm," directed by Wolfgang Petersen ("Air Force One") and starring George Clooney, which reportedly cost about $120 million to make (June 30).
* 20th Century Fox's live-action fantasy-adventure "X-Men," based on the best-selling comic book series, directed by Bryan Singer ("The Usual Suspects") and starring Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park and Anna Paquin (July 14).
* DreamWorks' fantasy thriller "What Lies Beneath," directed by Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump") and starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer (July 21).
* Universal and Imagine Entertainment's comedy sequel "Nutty Professor II: The Klumps," directed by Peter Seagal ("Tommy Boy") and starring Eddie Murphy, Janet Jackson, Larry Miller and John Ales (July 28).
* 20th Century Fox's comedy remake "Bedazzled," directed by Harold Ramis ("Groundhog Day") and starring Brendan Fraser and Elizabeth Hurley, a potential summer sleeper (Aug. 11).