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Damon Lindelof

  1. Brad Bird’s Unnamed Sci-Fi Film Gets a Name Switch, Flirts With George Clooney

    Cautiously Optimistic

    Look, this will all make sense in a moment. Brad Bird, see, the guy behind The Incredibles, The Iron Giant, Ratatouille, and Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, is working on this unnamed science fiction film, according to Hollywood buzz. Written by, yes, Damon Lindelof, it's currently running with the code name 1952, understood to be a codename that may or may not have anything to do with the actual content of them movie. The movie was also briefly known as Tesla, which, again, may or may not actually be related to the subject of the movie. Who is currently related to the movie? George Clooney.

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  2. Inquiring Minds Want To Know If J.J. Abrams & Jon Favreau Want In On Star Wars VII

    May The Force Be With You

    For a whole generation of nerds directors, Star Wars is the Holy Grail. They've probably dreamed about it, brainstormed what they'd do if it was handed to them, but never did they think it would become reality. Thanks to Disney buying LucasFilm, now it is. Reporters have been scrambling to get quotes from any number of people but someone finally managed to track down both J.J. Abrams, Jon Favreau, and more to get their thoughts. 

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe In A Bathtub?

    Things We Saw Today

    Well we've seen Daniel Radcliffe in a bathtub in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire but this is something different all together. It's a shot from Radcliffe's new film with Mad Men star Jon Hamm, A Young Doctor's Notebook. In it, Radcliffe plays the younger version of Hamm's character. And this is extremely bizarre. (via Collider) 

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  4. Honestly, Prometheus is Mostly About Landscapes, Space Balls [Video]

    A lot of people really didn't like Prometheus. People have incredibly high expectations for a movie created to uphold and refresh the legacy of one the greatest sci-fi franchises ever made, and it definitely feels flimsy when it you look at closely. How does the film fall apart, you ask? There are a lot of reasons, really, which is why we'll leave it to this Screen Junkies' brutally honest trailer describe everything that's wrong with it.

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  5. Universal Taps Underworld Director to Reboot The Mummy

    Suddenly

    We here at The Mary Sue don't exactly hide our love for the Brendan Fraser/Rachel Weisz era of the The Mummy. After all, Evie Carnahan is one of our favorite Action Librarians. They're action/horror movies that didn't really seem to be made for any reason other than to show the audience a good time, and if they had some outdated tropes and clichés in them, at least it seemed like it was part of a conscious attempt to make a comedy that referenced another era of adventure film, not an unconscious one. Which is why we're a little sad to hear that that Len Wiseman, the guy behind Underworld, is Universal's choice to make their Hammer Horror monster into a brand new franchise. See Rachel Weisz face up there, Universal? That's the face we're making.

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  6. Gods, Monsters, and Viewer Expectations Battle in Prometheus

    Essay

    As director or audience member, it's difficult to approach a property with as much expectation built around it as the Alien series. In the 33 years since the first Alien film came out, both it and its sequels (of debatable quality) have spawned a library's worth of critical analysis and design homages. Not to mention, it's generated a lot of fan attachment. I am hardly exempt from this baggage train, considering that the original 1979 Alien is not only one of my favorite sci-fi movies, but one of my favorite movies, period. As you might have guessed, this doesn't mean I'm unwilling to call a spade a spade. Or, as is more apt in this case; a near-xenomorphic-mess is still a near-xenomorphic-mess. Unlike his Robin Hood-turned-Republican-allegory, Ridley Scott's Prometheus is by contrast daringly liberal, atheistic, and, dare I say it, pro-choice. This modern vehicle is an existential space horror flick packed with body horror, dazzling imagination, and little rational sense. Like the molecular structure of the self-sacrificing Space Jockey that kicks off the puzzling proceedings, the longer you watch Prometheus, the more it comes apart. It should go without saying, but this entire discussion is rife with spoilers, start to finish. It's a "discussion," rather than a "review," because I figure if you care about spoilers you won't read this until you've seen it. Even so, you've been warned, and in bold and italics, no less.

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  7. Star Trek 2 Will Be in 3D and IMAX, and There Might Be a Third Movie, Says Damon Lindelof

    To Boldly Go

    So, Damon Lindelof has been in the news a lot these days, discussing Prometheus and signing on to fix Marc Forster's World War Z. But now, he's talking about the movie that's a little less controversial and higher up on the excitement level -- Star Trek 2. And what he's saying now over at TrekMovie.com will probably get us all even more psyched for this highly-anticipated sequel: it's been shot in 3D and IMAX. Not just for the extra dollars at the box office, but because tests done on scenes from the first movie just looked so darn cool that it turned everyone at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on to the gimmick. So, that good, huh? We'll see about that -- and see if it'll warrant a third movie.

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  8. Damon Lindelof to Rewrite the Already-Shot World War Z

    Nope. Still Not Happening.

    Already headed for seven weeks of reshoots, World War Z is still nowhere near ready for post-production. In fact, the part of the movie that wouldn't even allow the movie to exist -- the screenplay -- is getting another pass by Damon Lindelof. Rewrites are not strange. Rewrites after a movie has been shot are definitely troubling. What in the world is so wrong with this movie that they're bringing in the Lost (and Prometheus) writer in at this stage of the game?

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  9. Damon Lindelof Doesn’t Want To Give Too Much Away About Star Trek 2 But Is That A Klingon?

    KHAAAAAN

    Producer Damon Lindelof, like everyone else involved with the film, has been tight-lipped about the details of the forthcoming Star Trek sequel but he recently did an interview with TrekMovie.com in which he talked about the film without actually talking about the film. He did, however, mention the first look of the film will likely be granted to the San Diego Comic-Con audience. There's also this pesky image from the MTV Movie Awards with director J.J. Abrams which may or may not feature a Klingon. 

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  10. Will We Have To Wear Silly Glasses To Watch J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek 2?

    Dammit Jim!

    We know J.J. Abrams second Star Trek film is happening. And that's about it. We've been jerked around about who will actually star in the movie but even the returning cast have no idea what's going on with the plot. Abrams recently revealed very few details about Star Trek 2 including whether or not we'd have to wear those horrific 3D glasses in the theater. Hit the jump to find out what he said. 

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  11. J.J. Abrams Wants to Put an (Out) Gay Character in Star Trek 2 If He Can

    To Boldly Go

    LGBT characters have been at the forefront of more and more science fiction shows in recent years--Stargate Universe, Caprica, and, of course, Torchwood being among the most popular. But what about Star Trek? Star Trek has long been used by its writers to touch on ongoing social and political issues in our society, but so far there have been no gay characters on the show. So could J.J. Abrams be responsible for the first?

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  12. Damon Lindelof Remains Cryptic About Star Trek 2: To Khan or Not to Khan?

    KHAAAAAN

    Oh, Lindelof, you epic tease you. Team you up with J.J. Abrams again and you just think you can play with our emotions and our completely premature expectations of a villain for the next Star Trek? Dude. These are the days of Glee: Everything gets spoiled all the time ever. How dare you not bow to our whims and tell us everything we want to know! In any case, it may be evident at this point that, in this interview with MTV, Damon Lindelof is questioned about the villain in the highly anticipated follow-up to J.J. Abrams' Star Trek, only to do the old-fashioned thing and leave some things to actually be, you know, anticipated.

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  13. LOST Creators Make Their Own Fan Fiction, Identify Man in Black [Video]

    And Fansplosions Abound

    LOST fans who are still mourning the end of their show (after a year) will be happy to know that the showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are still thinking about them. They also know that there were more than a few loose ends to tie up, including the name of the Man in Black who hung out with Jacob. Well, his name is Barry. That's funny, especially for those of us who are Misfits fans. What's funnier is the setup for the reveal of this video, which was shown at the LOST: One Year Later panel at San Diego Comic Con. Apparently, Lindelof and Cuse were having an argument over Twitter about this story. Long story short, LOST fans Jeff Jensen and Dan Snierson are running the panel when Lindelof and Cuse -- dressed as a Stormtrooper -- show up, insisting that the DVD must be shown. The video was shot by LOST director Jack Bender with actors Titus Welliver and Mark Pellegrino on the set of Brothers & Sisters. The End ... ? (Nerd Bastards)

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  14. Spoilery Spoilers About Ridley Scott’s Prometheus

    Spoilery

    The entire synopsis of Ridley Scott's Prometheus has been leaked. Which means spoilers. Oh so many spoilers. Check after the jump to see the basic set-up to the film.

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  15. Star Trek 2 Facing Delays Due to Lack of Script, Director

    Nope. Still Not Happening.

    A second installment of the rebooted Star Trek franchise has been a given for a while, even setting a release date for June 29, 2012. But as of right now, there is no official script, J.J. Abrams has yet to sign on as the director (although it seems as if this is still likely to happen), and Chris Pine (Captain Kirk) is set to take over the Jack Ryan role in the next Tom Clancy film adaptation. Will they kick things into high gear to compete with other huge 2012 releases The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers, or will it hold out for a December release?

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  16. Dude: Weezer Unveils Ridiculous Album Cover [Update: Lindelof’s Reaction]

    No, actually, this is it: Weezer's upcoming album Hurley opted for the obvious -- and also ridiculous -- choice cover. After the Green Album and Red Album, this is clearly the natural progression. The record, due in stores September 14 on Epitaph, will employ the above image of Lost actor Jorge Garcia, who is grinning to have succeeded Jacob as the New Man in Charge.

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  17. LOST’s Jack Bender in Line to Direct Jack Ryan Film

    This just in: LOST director Jack Bender is reportedly the frontrunner for helming Moscow, the reboot of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan spy franchise. Chris Pine will be playing the newest Ryan incarnation, starting afresh as a U.S. Marine graduate working under a Russian billionaire, before being embroiled in a terrorist plot. Bender hasn't directed a feature since 1991's Child's Play 3, so it will be interesting to see what results. This comes on the heels of the announcement that LOST co-creator Damon Lindelof is attached to write the Alien prequel. (Vulture)

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  18. Alien Prequel Rewrite to be Damon Lindelof’s First Post-Lost Solo Writing Gig

    Damon Lindelof, a.k.a. the less grumpy of the two former executive producers of LOST, has just sealed the deal for his first solo screenwriting contract since the island adventures ended. Lindelof will be taking on rewrite work for a prequel for the Alien franchise, which could use a jolt of popularity. After all, when Joss Whedon was talking about cool props he has at home, he said "an alien egg, but I had to bury the franchise to get it." Well let's hope Lindelof can dig it up and give it some weird alien CPR or something. For those of you worried that Lindelof might just start over and make up the whole prequel as he goes along, leading to an unsatisfactory, overly spiritual ending, never fear! Lindelof has already met with 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott, who Fox wants to direct the feature, to discuss ideas for the prequel. See? Planning ahead. But, perhaps unfortunately depending on your sentiments toward the franchise, "the exchange of ideas between them sparked a take that could well turn out to be a free-standing science fiction film," according to Deadline.

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  19. Great Fake LOST Alternate Endings on Jimmy Kimmel One-Up the Haters

    Say what you will about the ending to LOST -- and yes! we will say many things about it in the morning -- but you can't fault the show for lacking awareness. One of my favorite lines in tonight's finale could have easily been cut without taking anything away from the plot, but seemed so necessary: Flocke's quip that it seemed rather "obvious" that Jacob would pick Jack. Meta! The three LOST alternate endings that debuted on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! extravaganza following the show further highlighted the self-awareness and good humor of the folks behind the show:

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  20. Muppets: Key to Understanding Lost

    In the latest episode of Lost: Slapdown, writers-turned-celebrities Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse were discussing the latest Lostian developments when Bobo the Bear and Rizzo the Rat invade their office, fans in tow, to assail them with questions about what the hell is going on on the show. I'm actually wondering why Gonzo wasn't chosen for this little spot, since he would fit so well into the weirdness the series is so famous for, but alas. Watch after the jump.

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