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Damon Lindelof talks 'The Leftovers', 'Lost' with 'New York Times Mag': What we learned

You know him as one half of Darlton, one half of Lost – or maybe even “the guy that ruined Lost.” But there’s much more to Damon Lindelof, the creative mind behind big budget sci-fi films like the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Prometheus as well as ABC’s mysterious island drama. And as of this summer, he’s got another prominent venture to add to his resume — one that brings him back to the world of television, a place he basically left after Lost went off the air on 2010.

In anticipation of The Leftovers, which premieres on HBO on June 29, the New York Times Magazine did an in-depth interview with Lindelof that chronicles his life post-Lost, his upbringing, and the details on how he brought Tom Perrotta’s acclaimed story to life. Here’s what we learned:

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Terry O'Quinn shares two very important life lessons (only one of which we had to bleep) -- VIDEO

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Lost’s Terry O’Quinn is back on TV starting May 22, starring in Fox’s gritty new show Gang Related (Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET), created by Chris Morgan, writer of The Fast and the Furious franchise since Tokyo Drift. Ramon Rodriguez (Need for Speed) is at the center of the drama playing Det. Ryan Lopez, a member of Los Angeles’ elite Gang Task Force headed by O’Quinn’s character who also has ties to one of the city’s most powerful gangs, the Los Angelicos. While Rodriguez will offer a story of memorable ride-along he did to research his role, O’Quinn just laughs if you ask him if he has one. “I let Ramon and Rza [who plays another team member] take care of all that kind of stuff,” he says. “I just sit behind the desk and let the young folks work. If you see me runnin’ up and down stairs, be surprised. It does happen once or twice.” READ FULL STORY

PaleyFest: 'Lost' cast explains the whole series in 30 seconds -- VIDEO

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Could you explain the plot of Lost in 30 seconds? It’s an insane proposition, sure, but the cast and showrunners tried their best to do so at PaleyFest’s 10th-anniversary panel for the seminal series. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' 10th anniversary reunion at PaleyFest: Five things we learned from the panel

“We have to go back.” That’s what Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) says after returning home from the island in the third season finale of ABC’s epic drama Lost. And this Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, several of those castaways — as well as executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse — did indeed come back, to discuss the pivotal series as it celebrates the 10th anniversary of its premiere.

In addition to Lindelof and Cuse, the panel included Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), and Malcolm David Kelley (Walt). The cast and producers reminisced about their magical time on “The Island” and, naturally, still left us with a few unsolved mysteries. (Meanwhile, the panel’s moderator, comedian Paul Scheer, awkwardly urged audience members not to ask about another mysterious plane crash because it would “be in poor taste.” Yes; yes it would.) We did, however, learn these five things:

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J.J. Abrams made you a mystery box

Anyone who watched Lost knows that creator J.J. Abrams is into mystery. And now he’s using his love of mystery for charity — kind of.

In 2007, Abrams gave a TED talk in which he spoke about a box his grandfather gave him. Abrams never cracked open the lid. Why? On principle: “The thing is that it represents infinite possibility,” Abrams explained. “It represents hope. It represents potential. And what I love about this box, and what I realize I sort of do in whatever it is that I do, is I find myself drawn to infinite possibility, that sense of potential. And I realize that mystery is the catalyst for imagination.” Ahh, so that’s why he’s so into creating mysteries that we never find out the answers to.

Bitterness aside, Abrams’ entire TED talk is worth watching for anyone interested in why his work is the way it is. And it serves as a fitting setup to his latest project: the Mystery Box.

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Damon Lindelof has left Twitter

Sigh: Looks like the idiots won.

One day after Damon Lindelof released a cryptic, purposefully unfinished tweet — “After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided t” — it seems that the Lost creator has decided to bow out of Twitter entirely.

It’s possible that Lindelof is simply on sabbatical; before his account disappeared, Lindelof had changed his Twitter bio to read “On hiatus until the government shutdown ends.” Then again, given the amount of abuse heaped on the writer/producer via Twitter in the last few weeks — on the eve of Breaking Bad‘s finale, for instance, he was met with a barrage of messages from folks who are still angry about the way Lost ended — it’s also likely that this break could be a bit more permanent. There’s also this:

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Idiots pick on Damon Lindelof during 'Breaking Bad' finale. WE GET IT. YOU DON'T LIKE 'LOST.'

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The Lost finale aired three years ago, and people are still angry about it. It is a gaping wound in the pop culture consciousness of a certain type of human being — the same people who will never get over the vain notion that the Star Wars prequels destroyed a very special part of their childhood. The wound reopened last night during the series finale of Breaking Bad, when a whole series of people used Twitter — a technological mechanism that would have seemed like an impossible glorious utopian dream-machine 30 years ago, something that theoretically is supposed to bring us all together in something resembling the Emersonian oversoul — to tweet a bunch of snippy comments at Damon Lindelof, co-creator of Lost and masochistic recipient of fan rage.
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10 things we learned about TV exit strategies from the creators of 'Breaking Bad,' 'Lost,' and 'Six Feet Under'

There are three Breaking Bad episodes left, meaning it’s prime time to check in with Vince Gilligan on the upcoming series finale. Interview magazine’s latest issue talked to not only Gilligan, but three other series creators, with a roundtable of showrunners, including Six Feet Under‘s Alan Ball and Lost‘s Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, all reminiscing, without spoilers, the final moments of writing their shows and how they dealt with audience reactions.

And as it turns out, great minds do think alike. Each of them recounted the emotional toll of writing finales and shared the lessons they learned about today’s TV audience. Read on for 10 enlightening facts Gilligan, Ball, Lindelof, and Cuse offered about their shows:
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The 'Stranger' tease: Five theories about J.J. Abrams' newest pop culture mystery

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J.J. Abrams cast a meaty hook into the Web waters on Aug. 19, a teaser for a new entertainment project that we may or may not know anything about. The mystery box angler loves using this kind of bait: “Stranger” is reminiscent of his puzzling promo stuff for Super-8 or the crypto-content that the Lost brain trust used to feed fans during hiatus. (Remember “The Last Supper” ads prior to season 6?) Decoding this kind of stuff isn’t for everyone. And for some, it annoys as much as it amuses. Regardless: We’re biting. Because we are easily amused, and because we ran out of Breaking Bad analysis to read, and because no one  knows how to bait a hook quite like J.J. Abrams. We love how he turns marketing hype into storytelling fun. What’s “Stranger” about? Five theories — none of which involve Star Wars Episode VII (we assume it’s still wayyy too early for that). READ FULL STORY

The Greatest TV Couple of All Time? EW Staff Pick: Sawyer and Juliet

As Kurt and Blaine battle it out with the Doctor and Rose in EW’s Greatest TV Couple of All Time championship, we’re unveiling our favorite couples, who didn’t advance as far as we would have liked. Here’s the case for Sawyer and Juliet of Lost.

I didn’t know I wanted Sawyer and Juliet to be in love until they already were. That’s the thing about Lost: its time-trickery cuts out everything except mystery and revelation, which makes a nameless Island fill with dread and a man like Josh Holloway’s James “Sawyer” Ford into the soul mate of a woman like Elizabeth Mitchell’s Juliet Burke (even if they couldn’t make it past round two in our bracket game). READ FULL STORY

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