Exclusive First Look at Terry O’Quinn’s Character in PHINEAS AND FERB’s Upcoming LOST Episode

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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.

Special LOST-Themed Episode of PHINEAS AND FERB to Air September 29th; First Look at a Polar Bear

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We learned a few days ago that the Disney XD original series Phineas and Ferb will be resurrecting Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s characters from Shaun of the Dead for a special Halloween episode, and now news comes that a Lost-themed episode will debut next month.  Titled “Lost in Danville”, the episode features a story by Lost co-creator/showrunner Damon Lindelof and a voice performance by John Locke himself Terry O’Quinn.  The story involves a mysterious locked capsule falling into Phineas and Ferb’s backyard, which may or may not contain a polar bear.  I’m not particularly familiar with Phineas and Ferb myself, but the one-two punch of the Shaun of the Dead and Lost news is making me rethinking my interest in the series.

Hit the jump to check out the first Phineas and Ferb Lost episode image.  It airs on Disney XD on Monday, September 29th at 7:30pm ET/PT.

HBO Renews THE LEFTOVERS for Season 2

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The Leftovers Season 2 is a go.  HBO is known for renewing many of its original series fairly early in their runs, but after seven episodes, the network had yet to make a public decision regarding its bleak new drama series.  The uncertainty is over, however, as THR reports that HBO has officially ordered a second season of the show from executive producers Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta.  I’ve watched every episode of The Leftovers thus far, but I still couldn’t really tell you what it’s about.  More after the jump.

LOST Showrunners and Cast Talk Fan Theories, Favorite Easter Eggs, Deciding on the Final Outcome, and More at Paleyfest 2014

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For more than 30 years, PaleyFest has held panel sessions and screenings that connect the worldwide community of television fans with the casts and creators of their favorite TV shows.  One very special evening included a reunion with some of the cast and creative team behind Lost, one of the most talked about shows to ever be on television, which also currently happens to be celebrating its 10-year anniversary since it debuted.  Collider was there to attend the panel, and we’ve compiled some of the highlights.

During the evening, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, as well as actors Josh Holloway (“Sawyer”), Yunjin Kim (“Sun”), Jorge Garcia (“Hurley”), Henry Ian Cusick (“Desmond”), Ian Somerhalder (“Boone”), Maggie Grace (“Shannon”) and Malcolm David Kelley (“Walt”), talked about what they took from the set, their favorite fan theories, what the auditioning process for the pilot was like, why they decided to withhold information from even the actors, why they decided not to kill Jack in the pilot, that the characters were not dead the entire time, how doing a limited-run series now would have changed the show, what their intention with the outrigger was, their favorite Easter eggs, an aspect of the show they wish had turned out differently, and how they decided on the afterlife in the finale.  Check out what they had to say at the Lost PaleyFest panel after the jump.

Damon Lindelof Talks THE LEFTOVERS, Looking Towards Future Seasons, Comparisons to LOST, Leaving Twitter, and More

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Premiering in the summer, the HBO series The Leftovers, from showrunner Damon Lindelof and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, tells the story of what happens after 2% of the world’s population abruptly disappears without explanation.  The pilot starts off by giving a glimpse into The Departure, but really focuses on the lives of who didn’t make the cut and were left behind, three years later.  Having attended a preview screening of the pilot, I can say that it’s intriguing, it’s edgy and it definitely pushes the envelope.

During the HBO portion of the TCA Winter Press Tour, Damon Lindelof talked about how you train an audience to not be waiting for absolute answers, why he won’t definitely say whether The Rapture will ever be explained, why the people populating this world even think it’s The Rapture, in the first place, how they’ll be moving past the ending of the book (whether they actually use the book’s ending or not) for the show, that he’s already thinking about how many possible seasons this story could be told over, how many episodes they’ll do per season, just how deeply populated this world is, and how it ended up working out that he left Twitter on the date of The Rapture.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Watch Christian Bale and Cillian Murphy Audition to Play Batman in THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY Blu-ray Extra

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In a little under two years, we will have a new Batman onscreen by way of Ben Affleck.  It’s a very short turnaround considering that Christopher Nolan just finished his Dark Knight Trilogy last year, but Warner Bros. clearly wants to keep the momentum it gained with Man of Steel, and bringing Batman back into the fold appears to be part of that plan.  Let’s not forget, though, that Nolan’s new vision for Batman with Batman Begins was a complete 180 from any Batman iteration—or superhero movie in general—that we had seen before, and the process of casting the caped crusader was the most important piece of the puzzle.

The new Blu-ray set The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector’s Edition went on sale earlier this week, and one of the many new extras found on the set is a retrospective look at casting the Batman, featuring interviews with everyone from Nolan to Damon Lindelof.  A portion of that feature has made its way online, and after the jump you can watch Christian BaleCillian Murphy, and Eion Bailey (Band of Brothers) audition for the lead role and Nolan himself discuss the lengthy casting process.

Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS Ordered to Series at HBO

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Three years after Lost ended with a polarizing and much buzzed-about series finale, creator Damon Lindelof is officially returning to television.  Warner Bros. TV announced today that HBO has ordered Lindelof’s The Leftovers to series, with a 10-episode first season likely to premiere sometime next year.  Based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta, the story takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.  Justin Theroux leads a cast that includes Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, and Chris Zylka.

The pilot was directed by Friday Night Lights alum Peter Berg, and obviously HBO took a liking to the result.  Lindelof will serve as showrunner on the series, which will likely decrease the amount of time he is able to devote to feature films.  He most recently co-wrote the Disney pic Tomorrowland with Brad Bird, and that film is currently in production with George Clooney in the lead and a December 2014 release date set.

Production Begins on Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND Starring George Clooney; Official Synopsis Released

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Disney announced today that filming is officially underway in Vancouver on director Brad Bird’s (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) new film Tomorrowland.  Bird co-wrote the screenplay for the secretive film with Damon Lindelof, based on an idea by Bird, Lindelof, and Jeff Jensen, and the official synopsis is as follows:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

George Clooney stars as the inventor and Britt Robertson (Under the Dome) is the teenager, while Hugh Laurie plays the film’s antagonist.  Bird has assembled an impressive filmmaking team to bring the project to life, including Oscar-winning Life of Pi and Oblivion cinematographer Claudio Miranda.  Hit the jump to read the full press release.  Tomorrowland opens in theaters on December 12, 2014.

Damon Lindelof Talks TOMORROWLAND, Disney Pins, the Upcoming TOMORROWLAND Viral Campaign, and More at D23

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One of the many live-action projects teased at D23 this weekend was director Brad Bird and screenwriter Damon Lindelof‘s Tomorrowland.  While not much is known about the project (here’s what Dave had to say about the presentation), the fact that these two storytellers are involved is enough to have me incredibly excited.  After all, Bird directed some of my favorite films (The Iron Giant, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille), and Lindelof was involved in one of the best shows of the last decade (Lost).  So it’s an extremely safe bet I’ll be in a movie theater on opening day, December 12, 2014.

Shortly after his presentation at D23, I spoke to Lindelof backstage.  He talked about what the film is about, the viral campaign, the cool Tomorrowland pin he was wearing, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Christopher Eccleston, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, and Carrie Coon Set for Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot THE LEFTOVERS

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Hot on the heels of last week’s news that Justin Theroux (Wanderlust) has been tapped to lead Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s new HBO pilot The Leftovers, four more actors have joined the cast.  Deadline reports that Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), Ann Dowd (Compliance), Amanda Warren (Seven Psychopaths), and Carrie Coon have joined the ensemble.  The potential series is based on the book of the same name by Tom Perrotta and takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people in a small town that didn’t make the cut.

Eccleston, who will be seen later this year as the villain in Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, has been tapped to play Matt Jamison, a former reverend and current editor of his self-published tabloid.  Dowd will play Patti Levin, the leader of an organization that is somewhere between a cult and a movement, Coon will play Nora Durst, a woman who loses her husband and child in the Rapture, and Warren will play Lucy Warburton, the town’s Mayor. Peter Berg is directing the pilot.

Justin Theroux to Lead Damon Lindelof’s HBO Pilot THE LEFTOVERS

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Casting is underway for Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s first TV series since the ABC drama ended its run in 2010, and the show’s lead has now been set.  Variety reports that Justin Theroux has been tapped to topline The Leftovers, which is based on Tom Perrotta’s novel of the same name that takes place after the Rapture, centering on the people that didn’t make the cut.  Theroux will play the show’s lead, chief of police Kevin Garvey who is described as “a father of two who is trying to maintain some semblance of normalcy in a world that is starting to completely reject that notion.”

Friday Night Lights helmer Peter Berg is directing the pilot for HBO, and Lindelof will serve as executive producer/showrunner alongside fellow EP’s Perotta, Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger, Sarah Aubrey and Berg should HBO decided to order the pilot to series.  Theroux is best known in front of the camera for appearing in WanderlustYour Highness, and Parks and Recreation, but he’s also a screenwriter, having penned the scripts for Iron Man 2 and Tropic Thunder.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of Perotta’s novel.

Damon Lindelof Talks TOMORROWLAND; Story Steeped in Disney History but “None of the Movie Takes Place in a Disneyland Park”

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Damon Lindelof is on the interview circuit, mostly explaining what he did with Star Trek Into DarknessLost ended in 2006, and Lindelof is waiting to hear if HBO will pick up his Rapture series The Leftovers, which would throw him back into the grind of producing a television show.  In the transition years, Lindelof has tackled a variety of sci-fi tentpoles: Star Trek, Cowboys & Aliens, Prometheus.  The next is Tomorrowland, an intriguing project at Disney that Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) will direct.  George Clooney, Hugh Laurie, and Raffey Cassidy are on board to star.

Rumored plot details leaked in March.  Lindelof didn’t elaborate much on what was out there other than to say some of the public information is “completely and totally erroneous.”  But he did discuss the inspiration behind the project, how he wants to give Tomorrowland a story (the Pirates of the Caribbean treatment), and his fascination with Disney history.  Read what he had to say after the jump.

Damon Lindelof Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Spoilers

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In the lead-up to Star Trek Into Darkness, co-writer Damon Lindelof said that the reason for the secrecy was “the audience needs to have the same experience that the crew is having. You’re Kirk, you’re Spock, you’re McCoy, so if they don’t know who the bad guy is going to be in the movie, then you shouldn’t know.”  Lindelof added that if people knew who the villain was before the movie opened, then it would have been a let-down when it was revealed in the movie.  Now that audiences have seen Star Trek Into Darkness, and opened the “mystery box”, there’s some curiosity about the spoilers that were so closely guarded throughout the film’s production and marketing campaign.

Hit the jump for what Lindelof had to say about the villain and more [obviously, there are spoilers ahead for people who haven't seen Star Trek Into Darkness].

TOP 5: STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Christopher Nolan and JAMES BOND 24 Rumors, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., New PACIFIC RIM Trailer, ROBOCOP Remake Set Photos and Video

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As someone whose only firsthand experience with the Star Trek franchise comes by virtue of J.J. Abrams‘ two Trek films, I know I’m in over my head when the topic presents itself. When you mention Trek, you’re referencing (either directly or indirectly) a rich legacy filled with peaks and valleys, genre-defining characters and moments, and an international fanbase that rivals any of pop-culture’s most enduring titles. And yet here I am, with two films under my belt (both of which I enjoyed), talking about it. Obviously, I have nothing at stake with regards to Star Trek Into Darkness. Whether you like it or dislike it is of no consequence to me. My only aim today is to extend a humble word of caution to the Trek fans who have years of equity built-up in their beloved franchise: be careful not to dismiss or begrudge it solely because it’s trying to appeal to the largest possible audience. Abrams’ Trek films aren’t above reproach, but they also aren’t void of redeeming qualities. Try to at least acknowledge some of those qualities when tearing into them or risk coming off as someone whose real issue is that a bunch of people now enjoy this thing that you once considered yourself unique for liking.

All preachiness aside, this week’s Top 5 includes several interviews from Star Trek Into Darkness, rumors surrounding Christopher Nolan being approached to direct James Bond 24, the first trailers for Marvel’s new ABC series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a new trailer for Guillermo Del Toro‘s Pacific Rim, and new photos and a video from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s RoboCop remake. If I haven’t lost you yet, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.

Damon Lindelof Talks STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, the Editing Process, Why They Changed the Order of the First Two Scenes, TREK 3, and More

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With J.J. Abrams Star Trek Into Darkness now playing around the world, we recently landed an exclusive phone interview with Damon Lindelof.  During the interview, the Into Darkness screenwriter/producer talked about making the sequel, the length of the first cut, deleted scenes, how the beginning of the film changed during the editing process, whether an extended cut of Into Darkness will be on the Blu-ray, when a third film could possibly get made, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

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