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J.J. Abrams playing '7 Minutes in Heaven'

J.J. Abrams and the folks at Bad Robot have conquered the art of the high-concept pitch. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision Blog, Abrams’ company has picked up an idea from Lost director Jack Bender that goes a little something like this: Two teens at a party play 7 Minutes in Heaven, and when they emerge from the closet, everyone else in the house is dead. I don’t have any idea who’s going to be in the movie, who will direct, or even a clue beyond that 21-word plot description, but I’m already digging into my wallet.

Anyone who’s seen Abrams’ trailers for Cloverfield and Super 8 knows he’s a master of the less-is-more approach, the I’m-not-sure-what-I-just saw-but-I-want-more school of salesmanship. His projects typically have a sharp hook, and just a taste of the story is often enough to reel in an audience. No wonder he’s a green-light machine.

Does the short pitch for 7 Minutes sound interesting to you? Does Abrams’ track record give you confidence that the result will deliver the goods?

Photo Credit: Armando Gallo/Retna Ltd

'Lost' In EW: Exec producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof speak! Plus: A preview of the season 6 DVD

lost-the-end-toutImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABC It’s been a little more than two months since Lost aired its final episode, fittingly entitled “The End.” Much has been said and written about how the soulful sci-fi drama wrapped things up — or didn’t, depending on your perspective. There were those who loved it, there those who hated it, and there were those who to this day still don’t quite know what to think. The only people who’ve remained somewhat silent on the matter are the two men who wrote the episode, executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. Only recently have the pair broken their usual post-season radio silence, including in a self-deprecating appearance by Lindelof at the Television Critics Association press tour to accept the group’s award for Oustanding Achievement In Drama, an honor Lost shared with Breaking Bad.

In the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, you’ll find what represents the first lengthy sit-down interview Cuse and Lindelof have given about “The End,” and you’ll hear both of them elaborate on the positive and negative reactions to their work. READ FULL STORY

Help elect the ultimate Sexy Beast: Vote in our final set of Top 32 matchups!

sexy-beast-round-12-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Man in Black, Angel, Seven of Nine, Cameron) Mario Perez/ABC; Frank Ockenfels/The WB; Jill Greenberg/Fox; Everett CollectionRelease the Kraken! Wait, on second thought, don’t: He’s not sexy enough! That’s right, only the hottest of the hot are invited to participate in EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination tournament, and temperatures continue to rise as we approach our Sweet 16 round. Today’s final set of Top 32 showdowns includes characters from Angel, Lost, Star Trek: Voyager, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Twilight, and Underworld, and it’ll be especially tough for fans of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, who’ll have to choose between two fetching franchise players. So click through past the jump to vote for your favorites in a quartet of delectable duels, and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out: May they rest in sexiness!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 48 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they get locked away…with the Kraken! [Related: Polls are still open from Monday's matchups (including a down-to-the-wire battle between Neytiri and Leeloo; To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Who is the greatest Sexy Beast? Vote on the penultimate set of Round 1 matchups!

sexy-beast-july-27-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Spike, Man in Black, T-X, Cameron) Mario Perez/ABC; Jill Greenberg/Fox; Robert ZuckermanWhat’s more exciting than beasts that go bump in the night? Not much. Which is why EW.com is diving headfirst into Day 7 of our Sexy Beasts single-elimination tournament. Today’s showdowns include characters from Lost, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Watchmen, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Underworld, and Harry Potter. To reiterate, out of the 64 contenders chosen by a team of EW editors, only 32 will advance to Round 2. So click here to see the entire bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote for your favorites in four furry faceoffs, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. Polls are open for 84 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they die at dusk! [Related: Check out yesterday's polls from Day 6 ; to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Comic-Con: EW's Visionaries Panel with J.J. Abrams and Joss Whedon

abrams-whedonImage Credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosOver the 20 years that Entertainment Weekly has been covering movies, television, music, books, comic books, digital entertainment and more, Joss Whedon and J.J. Abrams have produced some of the best, most-beloved, and certainly most-obsessed-about stories that pop culture has given us in any medium. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, Dollhouse, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog —  and that’s just Joss. (And that’s not even including a few other things, like that Oscar nomination he earned for co-writing Toy Story.) The J.J. resume? Felicity, Alias, Lost, Fringe, Cloverfield, Mission: Impossible 3, and Star Trek. (And that’s not counting his screenplays for Regarding Henry and Forever Young.) They are producers, directors, writers, musicians, even actors — remarkable well-rounded artists — but they are also known for being fans who retain a strong link to the stories that fired their imaginations when they were kids.

With the annual summit meeting of wild pop culture fandom (aka Comic-Con) upon us this weekend, we at EW thought it would be kinda cool if we brought Abrams and Whedon together for an hour to talk about the past, present, and future of their creative lives. They agreed, and the whole thing is going down this afternoon at 3:30 p.m. PT, in a room that can hold a few thousand of their most admiring fans at the San Diego Convention Center. Wish you could be there? No worries: We’ll try our best to bring as much of the experience to you via posts and video over the next day or so here at EW.com.

There’s a lot I want to ask J.J. and Joss. READ FULL STORY

Which season finales are still on your DVR?

season-finalesImage Credit: David M. Russell/CBS; Sonja Flemming/CBS; ABCFor the second time this summer, I’ve left my apartment for a week, returned home, and discovered that my DVR had room to record all the shows I’m watching. I should be happy, because there’s nothing worse than your DVR running out of room and not taping the episode you were dying to watch, but it’s making me a little sad. I mean, not only do I have enough room to tape the multiple reruns of Three’s Company that air daily on TV Land (I want to know if season 6’s “Some of that Jazz” still makes me cry), but I also have the space to keep storing some season finales. I’ve got:

The Good Wife I sometimes find it comforting after getting sucked into Wipeout to be reminded that I do appreciate quality television for adults.

The Big Bang Theory Frankly, I should probably delete this because I felt a little too much for a Best Buy Geek Squad agent working on my laptop last week because he reminded me of Jim Parsons.

Lost I hadn’t watch the show for seasons (post-traumatic stress from fact-checking a few Doc Jensen features for the magazine), but taped the series finale. I had no idea what was going on, so I just fast-forwarded. (Still sobbed at the moment pictured.) I guess I’m hoping I’ll give it another try.

Your turn. Which of this year’s season finales have you yet to delete from your DVR?*

* I also still have Boston Legal‘s 2008 series finale, because I miss the balcony scenes.

This is the week of Despicable Me

despicable-weekImage Credit: Universal; David Studarus/Showtime ; Mark Brendel /ABC; Bob Luckey/Greenwich Times/AP ImagesImagine our surprise to receive this doomsday iPhone missive from Doc Jensen during his summer vacation: “A DARK CLOUD OF DESPICABLE ME-NESS HAS DESCENDED UPON US! RUN FOR OUR LIVES!” We honestly had no idea he was camping in the middle of the jungle on The Island from Lost. But as usual, Doc is correct! This week’s main source of entertainment has come from people behaving badly. READ FULL STORY

Emmy nominees 2010: A roundup of sweet tweets

We’ve rounded up our favorite Emmy nominations-related tweets from this busy day for those of you who can’t be bothered. Hey, I hear ya. Twitter is so stupid. I definitely don’t obsessively refresh it all day, use it to share pictures of food on my desk, or include my username for it at the end of all of my posts. That would be so obnoxious. Here we go! READ FULL STORY

'Lost' star Henry Ian Cusick signs on to 'Law & Order: SVU': Congrats, brutha!

desmondlImage Credit: Mario Perez/ABCIt looks like we will be seeing Desmond Hume in another life after all. TV Guide reports that Lost actor Henry Ian Cusick has signed on for at least two episodes of Law & Order: SVU. According to SVU producer Neal Baer, Cusick will be playing graphic artist Erik Weber, and will engage in some “flirtation” with Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay). As The Island’s ultimate romantic, this makes total sense…but what about Penny?! READ FULL STORY

'Totally Lost': Finally...the finale, with special guest Michael Emerson!

Totally-Lost-FinaleImage Credit: ABCOne month ago, Lost vanished into the light, signing off with an epic, 2 1/2-hour installment—the last of an adventure that spanned six seasons, transported us to fantastic/fantastical places, and provoked an unhealthy amount of analysis. Today, we here at Totally Lost finally return to the gravesite to lay our souls bare and our supersized finale down. First of all, our sincere apologies for the delay. Blame it on other work commitments, technical glitches, and our desire to give you a fitting end to the Lost journey. To that end, we don’t come to you empty-handed: Behold the gift of Ben! Michael Emerson, who graciously appeared on our Totally Lost panel at last year’s Comic-Con, returns to reveal his thoughts on everything from the finale to the transformation of his character to a scene he shot for the final episode that never aired. Turns out, the guy’s also not a half-bad actor. READ FULL STORY

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