Reading: Shampoo Planet
by Douglas Coupland
TV/Movie: Betty Blue
Link o' the Day: Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter
Rumor Tuesday returns! Okay, so today is Wednesday, but that's only because this week's Rumor Tuesday features JJ Abrams and the TV show Lost
with seven things we bet you never knew about the hit ABC drama. Lost
's final season premiered last night. Nothing here is really a spoiler, so read on and remember... you read it here first! Tell your friends.
- All of the scenes that took place on the airplane and in the airport in the season six premiere episode were shot in 2004 during the filming of the first season.
- Ten of the regularly appearing extras are part of a group known in Hollywood as "The Apple Abrams Gang." Their specialty is getting killed on film and have done so in Alias, Lost, Mission Impossible 3, Cloverfield, Star Trek, and Fringe. They've been shot, burned, blown up, crushed, eaten, and dragged underground and underwater.
- One of the Apple Abrams Gang, Henry Piper, is particularly known for being crushed under the same papier mache beam in five appearances: Star Trek, Cloverfield, Alias, and Lost (twice). He has affectionately named the beam "Fuzzy."
- Nestor Carbonell, the actor who plays Richard Alpert, lost a finger in a fishing accident when a child. He usually wears a prosthesis and covers it up with props or creative camera angling. In the Lost season six premiere, the missing finger is briefly visible in the sand underneath John Locke's shoe and the actor is clearly filmed with only nine fingers when he is draped over Locke's shoulders.
- Lost was originally pitched to NBC where network execs wanted to rework Abrams's concept into a comedy. Abrams wrote three episode treatments as part of a contract agreement, received payment, then promptly offered the original drama concept to ABC. NBC still holds and owns the comedy treatments and have until 2015 before all rights revert back to Abrams..
- JJ Abrams occasionally claims that the inspiration for Lost occurred in the late 1990s when he came across a passage in a copy of Robinson Crusoe which he had borrowed from a hotel library. The passage reads, "I had thought I had lost all but time, but another on this island seeks to take time from me as well."
- On Lost, the leader of the Temple Others speaks in a Kansei dialect from the mid-16th century Japan. His translator's eyeglasses are based on an 18th century design by Benjamin Franklin.
Today's link goes to the Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter in Attleboro, MA. This is where we got Daisy and she appears in their Happy Tails section now as one of their many successful placements.
Send them money.