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'Lost' Weekend Fan Party: Cast & Crew Help Raise Funds for Charity

by Jo Garfein, posted May 18th 2010 9:00AM
Over the weekend in Los Angeles, 'Lost' fans from around the world gathered for an event called Lost Weekend to celebrate the final season of the series and participate in an auction benefiting the Children's Defense Fund. Several members of the cast and crew attended, and helped to raise almost $5,000 for the charity!

Charity Auction
Items ranging from hats to action figures to messenger bags were donated the to auction by ABC, J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot production company and various actors and crew. Also up for bidding were autographed T-shirts by 'Lost' stars Michael Emerson, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly and Terry O'Quinn, as well as a few copies of the pending 'Lost Encyclopedia,' which will be released in August. Authors Tara Bennett and Paul Terry were in attendance and sweetened the pot by having the books autographed by some of the 'Lost' cast.

In addition to the auction, former 'Lost' producer and staff writer Javier Grillo-Marxuach co-hosted a bowling tournament with script supervisor, producer and writer Gregg Nations. Fans filled up both teams, and in the end it was Grillo-Marxuach's team that prevailed to take home the custom island trophy and glory.

Catching Up With the Cast
Eric Lange, who was in the HBO miniseries 'You Don't Know Jack,' has been pleasantly surprised by the reaction from fans that approach him daily, most of whom openly disdained his 'Lost' character Stuart Radzinsky online. "Everyone is really nice," he said. "But I think some walk away and say ... that son of a bitch." He said he's a big fan of and follows the show, but when asked about how it might end, Lange confessed, "I am absolutely confused and lost. I have no clue what is coming. You wonder, how is this possible with three and a half hours left?" Lange recently appeared on an episode of 'Modern Family' playing an angry coach he describes as "Radzinsky on a basketball court," and has filmed a pilot called 'True Blue' for ABC.

Andrea Gabriel, who played Nadia, the love of Sayid's life, has the distinction of being the only side character to have appeared in all six seasons of the series. Although she has been in flashbacks, flash forwards and now flash sideways, her favorite 'Lost' scene to film was her very first -- the interrogation between she and Naveen Andrews ('Solitary'). "I was very nervous, it was intense," she said. "Naveen and (director) Greg Yaitanes were great, and it was really exciting. I love that scene." Nadia and Sayid just may be the polar opposite or cursed version of Penny and Desmond, and Gabriel offered up a sentiment that Sawyer expressed earlier this season: "Some people just aren't meant to be together."

As one-half of the island's beloved couple Rose and Bernard, Sam Anderson has been in a few episodes in the flash sideways world and has been enjoying the final season of 'Lost' on a sentimental level. "There have been some reunions that were phenomenal. It's like going to camp -- fun, great and challenging, with great scripts and glorious people, " he said. "With this show, what I realized toward the end of it was that you form the same type of attachments that your characters do. To let that go was a big deal. I think we'll be doing that for a long time."

Daniel Roebuck, whose character Dr. Leslie Arzt infamously blew himself up with dynamite in the season one finale, was thrilled to return to 'Lost' this season. "When they called, I did a little dance because I love the show, I love the actors, I love the writing ... and I really love going to Hawaii."

Before season 5, Francois Chau filmed all of his scenes alone on 'Lost' as the mysterious host of the various Dharma orientation films. When it was finally revealed that Dr. Pierre Chang was Miles' father, he said, "it was great to have a scene interacting with other characters!" Chau appeared on stage in London with Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond) 15 years ago, and only ran into him again in person last season while on set in Hawaii. Although the character actor has appeared on numerous episodes of several popular televisions shows over the past two decades, he's been recognized for 'Lost' more than anything else. "Every 'Lost' fan I've ever met has been great. They're a very smart audience," he said.

The very enthusiastic Sterling Beaumon, who played young Benjamin Linus, said he's a huge 'Lost' fan who loves to swap theories about the show. After young Ben was shot by Sayid in 1970's Dharmaville, Richard Alpert took him to the Temple. According to Beaumon, even though it saved Ben's life, "that is when he changed, when he became evil, creepy and manipulative Ben." He will be watching the series finale along with a few thousand other fans at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, at a party hosted by popular 'Lost' podcasters Jay and Jack Glatfelter.

Adetokumboh McCormack, who appeared on 'Lost' as Mr. Eko's brother Yemi, felt "sad that it's coming to the end because there is just so much love and admiration for the show. This is my favorite show to watch. The writers are blowing my mind consistently." McCormack just filmed a movie called 'Battle: Los Angeles' with fellow 'Lost' alum Michelle Rodriguez, which he described as 'Black Hawk Down' meets 'Saving Private Ryan' meets 'Independence Day' with a sprinkle of 'Hurt Locker.'

In addition, 'Lost' cast members Sean Whalen (Frogurt) and Neil Hopkins (Liam Pace) appeared at the auction to show their support for the charity and mingle with fans.

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Commenting here because, well, like a tool I have no place else to.

(1) Speaking of tools - why remove those drastic spoiler posts like you did two week ago? You know, the ones where people commented about how bad - and I mean BAD - this sudden decision to "experiment" by comparing Lost spoilers to American Idol would be?

(2) Why I'm not commenting directly? Well, your "send us feedback" link kind of lead... nowhere. As in totally blank popup.

(3) So where's this inside person who decided to tell us all about those exclusive discussions regarding what qualifies as a spoiler? Don't remember her name. Began with an "M" though I think. But you know - SINCE THE ENTIRE POST AND COMMENTS ARE GONE - and that would include the title containing spoiler, the top fold containg a second spoiler, and of course, the auto-play video....

Well, sorry you had to learn the hard way. Sorry to hear you STILL can't be transparent and keep the "bad" stuff available with the "good". (And yeah, if I have to explain that concept - transparency - to you then you all really don't have a clue.)

Gave your so-called "blog" one last chance. Never again. Good luck trying to figure out what this new-fangled internet thing is all about!

May 18 2010 at 10:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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