Screen Junkies » Carlton Cuse http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Tue, 16 Dec 2014 01:54:36 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.3 Carlton Cuse Says There May Be More ‘Lost’ Someday, But Your Theory Is Still Wrong http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/carlton-cuse-says-there-may-be-more-lost-someday-but-your-theory-is-still-wrong/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/carlton-cuse-says-there-may-be-more-lost-someday-but-your-theory-is-still-wrong/#comments Sat, 23 Jul 2011 21:49:38 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221726 He also discusses the new Hugh Jackman film he's writing.

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Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof surprised the Comic-Con audience by showing up at a panel for Lost. Cuse surprised me by showing up at the Maxim/FX party last night. I was on the red carpet to talk to stars of FX series coming to DVD and Blu-ray.

I’ve actually had the chance to speak with Cuse every year as a new season of Lost came on. That was a trickier interview because we knew he couldn’t say anything and we didn’t want too big a spoiler. Now I can just follow up on the answers and theories of the final season. But first, a much more important personal question about my favorite Carlton Cuse show.

Q: Will Martial Law ever come out on DVD?

Carlton Cuse: Oh, that’s a good question. I wish it was on DVD. I don’t know why it’s not on DVD.

Q: It was like a kung fu movie every week.

CC: I know. CBS and Fox co-owned the show so maybe they haven’t been able to get it together to put it on DVD. It was kind of an innovative show in its times. It was the first American television with a Chinese lead actor and I hope it does end up on DVD one day.

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Q: How did your surprise Lost panel go at Comic-Con? Any surprises to you, questions you haven’t even heard before?

CC: No, it was just really great after a year of being out of Comic-Con and away from the fans to be here and be so embraced. There was a room full of people who came to this panel no knowing that Damon and I were going to be there. It was just really heartwarming and fantastic.

Q: I probably got into more fights about “Across the Sea” than any other Lost topic. You revealed the island was the source of all life, and people still said you never explained what the island was. Did they miss that?

CC: You know, I think “Across the Sea” was a controversial episode and I think it pointed out what answers look like on Lost. The problem with answering questions is that every question you answer begets another question. Damon and I refer to this at The Big Bang Theory. If you say, “What started the universe?” Somebody might say, “The Big Bang,” then somebody immediately asks, “Well, what came before The Big Bang?” We felt like “Across the Sea” was our mythological endpoint of the series and the finale was really all about the characters and about the end of their emotional journey. That was to us what was more important.

Q: I still would have loved to see the “Hurley and Ben Run The Island” show.

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CC: Well, who knows? I’m at some point something else will come out under the Lost moniker. Damon and I had the great fortune of making our show for six years but I have no doubt that at some point in the future, something else will get made under the Lost banner. Whether it’s us or someone else, something will happen. But there’s no plans right now.

Q: Damon talked about how from season three you started telling people their theories were wrong. Isn’t part of the fun getting to be wrong, I thought it was this but it’s actually this?

CC: I don’t think there’s ever been a show that had as much audience participation as Lost. So people really wanted to participate and to theorize. The fact that they were able to do that was something almost new in television. But at a certain point as the show moves forward, your theory is either going to be right or wrong. It was hard for anybody to be right because they just didn’t have enough information. There’s no Lost reduced down to a single unified field theory paragraph answer.

Q: One early theory was that it was some sort of purgatory. I don’t know how early you had the idea of the Sideways and it being revealed as the afterlife, but did you worry people would think you were copying the purgatory theory?

CC: No, actually early on we said the island was not purgatory. That was one of the few theories that we sort of disabused everyone of. I think there was some confusion that that somehow negated some sort of spiritual component to the Sideways world or whatever. I think there was one significant source of confusion which was the shots of the empty beach at the end of the finale which we just put in there to just create a pause between the emotional ending of the show and commercials. People thought that it maybe just proved that people were never alive on the island. We didn’t intend them to be anything other than just some beautiful beach shots. We took them out actually for the DVDs so there wouldn’t be any source of confusion from then on.

Q: What I’m trying to tell you is I got it, so can we have that?

CC: That’s good, I appreciate that. I’m glad you did and I think one of the reasons we’ve been very careful to not be answering questions about the show afterwards is that we want people to be able to embrace it all in and have their own conclusions about it and not have somebody at the end say, “Well, your theory’s right. Your theory’s wrong.” We wanted people to be able, like a good piece of literature, to be able to discuss and debate and hold your own ideas about what the show was. What it is to you is more important than me saying that’s right or wrong.

Q: What are you working on now?

CC: I’m working on a show for ABC that’s set against the backdrop of the Civil War. Then I’m writing a movie for Hugh Jackman and 20th Century Fox, a big sort of Indiana Jones action/adventure movie, for Hugh Jackman and the director Shawn Levy. We’ve been very closed about all the details but it’s going well and everybody’s excited about it.

Q: Do you want to draw on somewhat real mythology or totally invent your own?

CC: All I can say is that it’s a unique world and I think it’s going to give an opportunity for Hugh Jackman to play a character in a world that’s really exciting. If you’re a fan of the Indiana Jones movies, you’ll love this movie.

Q: Is it fun to think of action you couldn’t have done on television?

CC: Yeah, that’s really the fun thing about being back in the film business. This is an idea that had such scope that there was no way to do it as a series. So for me, the only way to do this idea was as a movie and it’s been fun to just have break from television, because the schedule is so relentless, and to work on this project. The scope and scale of it is way beyond a TV series.

Q: The Civil War show isn’t for this season though.

CC: I think the earliest it would be on is spring of 2012. It’s not in the fall. It’s on a midseason calendar.

Q: We’re seeing a lot of ‘60s period pieces this fall. Is it nice to go back even earlier?

CC: Yes, people are into the 1960s. I however think it’s much more interesting to do a show set in the 1860s.

 

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Jackman, Levy, Cuse: Action Trifecta! http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-levy-cuse-action-trifecta/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-levy-cuse-action-trifecta/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 01:07:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=24696 Fox is going to make an action-adventure movie that will be written by Carlton Cuse, will star Hugh Jackman, and will be directed by Shawn Levy.

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Fox is going to make an action-adventure movie that will be written by Carlton Cuse, will star Hugh Jackman, and will be directed by Shawn Levy. That’s all the info that was released, so hopefully we can expect some more details in the near future? In the meantime…

This untitled unknown pitch that Fox acquired will reunite Levy and Jackman who just finished working together on Real Steel, a DreamWorks film that Disney will be releasing October 7th. This will be Cuse’s first crack at a feature script ever, having worked in television his whole career.

We’ll be sure to share details on this (admittedly lean) story just as soon as we get them. Still, Hugh Jackman? Carlton Cuse? Shawn Levy? I’m getting goose bumps!

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‘Lost’ Epilogue Provides Closure. Ha Ha, Just Kidding!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lost-epilogue-provides-closure-ha-ha-just-kidding/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lost-epilogue-provides-closure-ha-ha-just-kidding/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Now that the Losties have shuffled off to be BFFs in Cheesy Plot Twist Heaven, we finally figure what the hell was happening on that island thanks to this short epilogue. Ben Linus takes a trip to Guam to lay-off Sammy Haggar and Bill Nye the Science Guy and agrees to answer one question from each. And then gather around the television to watch a six-minute DVD. He's a busy man. A busy man dressed like Mr. Furley. Here's a quick rundown of what precious answers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decide to share with us (bear in mind that I'm paraphrasing): dumb, dumb, stupid. dumb, WWAAALLLLTTTTT!!!!!!, dumb. The End. Thanks for watching! Check out the video and frustration after the jump...

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Now that the Losties have shuffled off to be BFFs in Cheesy Plot Twist Heaven, we finally figure what the hell was happening on that island thanks to this short epilogue. Ben Linus takes a trip to Guam to lay-off Sammy Haggar and Bill Nye the Science Guy and agrees to answer one question from each. And then gather around the television to watch a six-minute DVD. He’s a busy man. A busy man dressed like Mr. Furley.

Here’s a quick rundown of what precious answers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse decide to share with us (bear in mind that I’m paraphrasing): dumb, dumb, stupid. dumb, WWAAALLLLTTTTT!!!!!!, dumb. The End. Thanks for watching!

Check out the video and frustration after the jump…

 

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‘LOST’ 3 Hour Series Finale Leaves Time for Answers http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lost-3-hour-series-finale-leaves-time-for-answers/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lost-3-hour-series-finale-leaves-time-for-answers/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 We all assumed that the Lost series finale would be big but according to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse it's going to be gimungo. Okay, they didn't use that exact term. Here's what they had to say:"Season 6 will consist of a two-hour season premiere, 13 episodes and a three-hour series finale that will air over two weeks."Is it really a finale if it splits over two weeks? It's more or less the same thing they've been doing every season. Man, season six hasn't even begun yet and they're already jerking us around. I'm so frustrated and feel like I learned to read hieroglyphics for nothing! (via Chicago Tribune)

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We all assumed that the Lost series finale would be big but according to Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse it’s going to be gimungo. Okay, they didn’t use that exact term. Here’s what they had to say:

"Season 6 will consist of a two-hour season premiere, 13 episodes and a three-hour series finale that will air over two weeks."

Is it really a finale if it splits over two weeks? It’s more or less the same thing they’ve been doing every season. Man, season six hasn’t even begun yet and they’re already jerking us around. I’m so frustrated and feel like I learned to read hieroglyphics for nothing! (via Chicago Tribune)

 

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Lost: The Final Season @ Comic Con http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lost-the-final-season-comic-con/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/lost-the-final-season-comic-con/#comments Sun, 26 Jul 2009 23:03:23 +0000 Reza F. By 9am, the line outside Hall H for the LOST: THE FINAL SEASON panel with co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse was already 1000+ fans deep, and the presentation wasn't until 11am.  But the 6000+ fans that eventually made it inside were in for a real treat.  Cuse and Lindelof came armed with tons of clips and almost equal amounts of special guests, and didn't disappoint even the hardcores that had been camping outside the San Diego Convention Center's Hall H since the night before.  After a montage of some of the creators' favorite LOST-related fan films, Cuse and Lindelof showed the audience a very well done promo for a fake throwback show that supposedly aired in the 80s, and which covered the mysterious Dharma Initiative that is such a huge part of the LOST mythology:

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By 9am, the line outside Hall H for the LOST: THE FINAL SEASON panel with co-creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse was already 1000+ fans deep, and the presentation wasn’t until 11am.  But the 6000+ fans that eventually made it inside were in for a real treat.  Cuse and Lindelof came armed with tons of clips and almost equal amounts of special guests, and didn’t disappoint even the hardcores that had been camping outside the San Diego Convention Center’s Hall H since the night before. 

After a montage of some of the creators’ favorite LOST-related fan films, Cuse and Lindelof showed the audience a very well done promo for a fake throwback show that supposedly aired in the 80s, and which covered the mysterious Dharma Initiative that is such a huge part of the LOST mythology:

Afterward, the duo had fun at the fans’ expense, waving the last two script pages of the LOST finale in front of their faces, only to then place them in a box featuring the same twin-key locking system used for nuclear launches.  It’s safe to say that ABC has probably gone to nuclear-powered levels of security to prevent spoilers from getting into the wrong hands. Check out this clip.  I think you can hear cartoon sounds of fanboy erections becoming flaccid in the background:

With the script pages secure, Lindelof and Cuse almost immediately opened it up to Q&A, the line for which, of course, ran to the back of Hall H.  And within a couple questions, one could tell this panel was going to be special.  Case in point: comedian Paul Scheer (HUMAN GIANT) showed up with a terribly tasteless gift to present to the co-creators.  Here’s a glimpse:

The next fan in line for the Q&A turned out to be none other than Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley, one of the shows’ fanboy faves.  I lost track of how many "husky" gentlemen I saw dressed as Hurley and lumbering through the halls of the San Diego Convention Center this weekend.  In Hall H, the real Hurley confronted Lindelof and Cuse with a brain-wracking question…



Well.  They dodged that one with aplomb.  (Actually, most of the really juicy questions Cuse and Lindelof deflected pretty ineptly, but they were at least unabashed to admit it).  Garcia broke the rule and asked more than one question in the name of stymieing them, and he was eventually cut off by another special guest, actor Michael Emerson, who plays Ben Linus on the show.



This led into a fake video of Emerson auditioning for the Hurley role.  We abided by the rules of turning off our cameras during the clips, but they didn’t say anything about not linking to the illegally recorded versions.

After more Q&A, an appearance by actor Nestor Carbonell, who plays Richard Alpert on the show, and a video making fun of his seemingly copious amounts of eyeliner, LOST’s Sawyer (Josh Holloway) showed up and gave the fans exactly what they wanted: a HUGE SPOILER-filled reveal of the final pages of the LOST finale’s script.  Check out the illegal lengths Holloway went to secure the prize.  If it weren’t for Lindelof’s horrid acting and a delayed taser sound effect, this clip might have worked.  No one seemed to care.  Holloway was too charming.  It was obvious why Cool Water by Davidoff has him in all their print ads.  Kudos, Mr. Davidoff.

At the end of the panel, the Lindelof and Cuse presented a spoof the montage the Oscars do every year to honor deceased heroes, only this was for characters on the show.  Given how many of LOST’s cast was killed off in the past five seasons, the montage lasted all the way through Boyz II Men’s "It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday." The montage ended with Charlie Pace’s (Dominic Monaghan) death, and when the lights came up, Monaghan was on stage to greet 5999 screaming fans.  I was still typing, and I can’t multitask.

The bottom line was that, if you’re a LOST fan, you’re probably going to watch The Final Season anyway, but it does sound like Cuse and Lindelof have a sh*t ton of cool up their sleeves.  I have a LOST: THE FINAL SEASON Comic-Con giveaway poster up my sleeve right now, which is making it extremely hard to type.  First person to email me pschumacker_at_break_dot_com can have it.  (NOTE: It’s design is maybe the only disappointing thing about the panel, but hey, it’s free.)

 



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