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‘Star Wars’ & ‘Lost’ Deleted Scenes, ‘Jurassic Park 4’ and ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

When Comic-Con rolls around in San Diego each summer, it reaps some of the biggest movie news of the year. Tops on my list so far, this trailer of deleted scenes from the Original Trilogy of Star Wars. I have seen clips of some of it, but a few scenes like Han in the Endor bunker, R2-D2 being chased by a Wampa and parts of the sandstorm are definitely new. Check it out and thanks to Comingsoon.net for the imbed.

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This next clip started a fake fight between “Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse this week on Twitter. The pair went back and forth arguing over its release to hype things up. Then dressed as “Star Wars” characters, the pair answered questions about the show from fans at Comic Con. Finally, they unveiled this scene.

Obviously, it’s a joke. I think it’s the producers way of apologizing for their own work or at least poking fun at their own abstract explanation of all things mystical island. Kind of rings a little hollow for me. If they’ve been standing behind what they did with the show for this long, seems a little wrong to go back on it now. Or maybe I just didn’t think it was that funny.

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It seems a fourth “Jurassic Park” movie is just a few years away. Although, I’m not sure I really care that much. The original was so groundbreaking because audiences had never seen anything like it before. Plus, the story was relatively strong with the kids probably being the most annoying part. However, “Lost World” and the third installment were less than stellar. Going for too much bang and too little story development.

Either way, the director of the first two films, Steven Spielberg told audiences at Comic-Con,

We have a story. We have a writer working on the script, and I think we will see a ‘Jurassic IV’ in our foreseeable future, probably in the next two or three years.”

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And we got our first look at one of the most anticipated movies of 2012 this week. The teaser for “The Dark Knight Rises” was released. It doesn’t show a whole heck of a lot, but judging from the clip, Batman has gone into hiding and a new villain, Bane, is tearing apart Gotham City. And putting Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) in the hospital. I’ve never been a big fan of the character Bane, but in Christopher Nolan we trust, right? I thought casting Heath Ledger as the Joker was a mistake before seeing the final product. I could not have been more wrong on that one. Anyway, take a look.




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“We Have to Go Back!!”: A Look Back At ‘Lost’ Part 1

It’s been nearly a year since Ajira flight 316 took off from the island. Kate, Sawyer and Claire were the only original Oceanic passengers on board. Charlie had died seasons ago, Jin and Sun were lost in the sub, Hurley stayed behind and Jack served as the series tragic hero. Taking one last breath, he watched the plane fly overheard with a smile on his face, Vincent the dog by his side. A fitting end to one of televisions best dramas of all-time.


If “Lost” had ended with just that storyline, some of the uproar and “disappointment” over the finale may have avoided. But in the sixth and last season of “Lost”, the producers presented audiences with an alternate world or sideways universe as many referred to it during the season. However, neither of those theories proved to be true. Instead, the sideways world turned out to be a purgatory-esque universe where all the “Losties” must find each other and “let go” to reach the afterlife. The scenes in the church were emotional, heart-breaking and thought-provoking. The second act to a great finale.


See, for me nothing that happened in the final episode was “the problem.” The tough part for me to swallow was how meaningless the flash-sideways world turned out to be. In this flash-sideways, Jack had a son, Locke was a substitute teacher, Sawyer was a cop and Kate still a criminal. All interesting plotlines that ultimately went nowhere. If you look back at any of those episodes, all were incredibly intriguing under the guise that when things finally came together, viewers would be taken to somewhere they had never expected and never seen before. Instead, it turned out to be what many initially thought the island really was…life after death.

What about Jack’s son? Why did he need a son to “let go?” Why did Locke get fired only to become a substitute teacher? To meet Ben, get hit by a car and “let go” when he met Jack again? I guess. Perhaps the part that bugs me is the fact that I can’t go back and watch those episodes and think “there’s something hidden here, something I never caught before, some secret the producers wanted me to catch.” No, they’re just in limbo, waiting to go to heaven. And that’s it. Again, not an ending I hate, I just didn’t understand the season as a fake out. If there was a spot that Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof failed, it was here.

But on to what was so wonderful about this series. It was not how it ended, but what got us there that was so great.

Season 1:

As great as the pilot episode was, the first season officially became must-see television in episode four when it was revealed that John Locke, the crazy hunter of the group, was actually disabled and could only walk after landing on “Lost” island. “Walkabout” blew me away, not only for the ending, but the way it was cleverly presented by the writers and actor Terry O’Quinn.


The episode that followed “White Rabbit” featuring Jack’s back story and hallucinations of his dead father on the island were equally as intriguing. (It was later revealed that his father was actually the smoke monster aka The Man in Black.) But at the end, Jack makes his famous, “Live together, die alone” speech.

There are so many to choose from, but I think my favorite episode is “The Moth.” In the seventh episode, we find out about Charlie’s heroine-addicted past and watch him overcome the need for drugs with a little help from Locke. It’s an episode that truly makes us care about the characters, dozens of shows emote, but only this one had a sense of frail humanity, the demons that we carry around and our struggle to vanquish them.


Of course, the entire first season was virtually flawless, drawing viewers deeper and deeper into the show’s mythology. From Hurley’s cursed numbers (4,8,15,16,23,42) to the Hatch to the mysterious Others, it all made for some of the greatest television I have ever seen.

Season 2:

The second season got off to a bang with a brilliant gotcha moment. A man wakes up to an alarm and is seemingly going about his daily routine, until ‘boom!’ Something blows up and it’s revealed, he’s actually underground on “Lost” island, living in the mysterious Hatch. The camera pan up to Jack and Locke’s faces is now a classic TV “what the hell?” moment. Mama Cass’ “Make Your Own Kind of Music” was on my iPod for months after this scene.


The beginning of Season 2 was certainly more of a slow burn that Season 1, the tail section storyline felt a little repetitive at times, but it was worth it later as it led to some interesting storytelling down the line. And that includes the introduction of the “Orientation” films and evil island mastermind “Henry Gale” aka “Ben Linus.” Michael Emerson offered some of the best acting in the series and it all started with this brilliant performance in “The Whole Truth.”

One of the best parts about “Lost” was the way it excelled at season-ending cliffhangers. Season 2 was no exception. In “Live Together, Die Alone” Jack, Kate, Sawyer and Hurley are left to die with the Others as Michael regains custody of Walt, leaving the island on a boat. Meanwhile, we get Desmond’s back story and his quest to get back with his long, lost love, Penny. Desmond, Charlie, Eko and Locke may be blown to bits. And two men in a frozen climate locate the island after the Hatch implodes.

The first two seasons really set the stage for the intriguing plotlines to come. Anyone could die. Original Losties Shannon and Boone were both knocked off in the first two years. And if you were in the tail section, your odds were even worse (RIP Ana Lucia and Libby.)

Up next, seasons three and four. Bear cage love, the Jack episode everyone hates and the producers make their second-worst decision, trying to weave in two new character Nikki and Paulo. Then making the best decision, killing them off.



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Lost: Podcast & A Sideways Look at Flight 815

If you want to hear more about the sideways storytelling of Season Six of Lost, you can listen to a podcast with producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. The pair give some pretty definitive answers as to what happened in episode one and a brief look at the next episode of the final season. The last ten minutes is mostly ridiculous banter between the two while answering dumb fan questions. Listen here. There’s no big spoilers, but for those who like to go in “clean” stay away.

And check out this video that gives a side by side view of Oceanic flight 815 from season one and Oceanic flight 815 season six sideways version. Plenty of subtle and glaring differences, watch and listen carefully.

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