'Lost' hunk will head back to Brazil
the Brazilian hunk we've barely seen as Paulo in the first six episodes of "Lost," revealed to the Brazilian Rolling Stone magazine that he will leave the show to pursue movie projects in Brazil. According to his roughly translated quotes in the article, he will finish filming his scenes at the end of January, though producers wanted him to remain available through the end of the third season and possibly beyond. Negotiations were still incomplete when the magazine went to press.
The forbidden revelation may not be so alarming now that several reports, including one from the Associated Press, indicate that "Lost" producers have begun talking to ABC executives about setting an end date for the series. The prospect is not imminent and nobody has announced a specific month or year. But producers believe targeting an end date will help them achieve the elusive task of weaving together the story lines in a cohesive manner and providing answers for rabid fans frustrated with unanswered questions. Nielsen Media Research indicates that "Lost" viewership has dropped 14 percent this year.
Hawaii Film Commissioner Donne Dawson said that producers have not spoken to her about wrapping the series. "We're acting on the presumption that we're continuing to move forward," said Dawson. "I don't see this as any different from any other successful show." In other words, "Lost" producers always have indicated that they don't want the series to run too long and lose its allure.
"HAWAII Voices of Civil Rights" is a 30-minute documentary film that few people have seen. But that's about to change now that the AARP has donated 47 copies of the 2005 film to the Department of Education -- one for each high social studies department in the state. It features 11 civil activists, including Jackie Young, former Chief Justice William S. Richardson, Ah Quon McElrath, Amy Agbayani, Mahealani Kamauu and Bernard Punikaia, the man evicted from an apartment building in 1983 because he had Hansen's Disease.
"It places the Hawaii experience in the context of the larger African American struggle," said Bruce Bottorff, the AARP's associate state director for communications. Maeona Mendelson, former Hawaii state AARP president, who was born in a Japanese internment camp, spearheaded the project. Bottorff said it's been well-received by the DOE, which is looking forward to incorporating the video into it's curriculum. A reception next week will celebrate the gift, and invite the show's stars to see themselves for the first time.