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Tim Ryan

‘Lost’ shoots
move inside

Some "Lost" crew members are wondering why the first two episodes of the new season are being shot on interior sets rather than the beach. The question is, Is ABC abandoning exterior location shoots here so "Lost" could relocate to Los Angeles soundstages?

Co-creator/executive producer Damon Lindelof says the drama's first three episodes will present some "new, intriguing questions" about what's inside the hatch, and that the major plot element centering on a series of numbers that matched Hurley's winning lottery ticket "definitely do not" refer to Bible verses.

But the numbers were "not arbitrary," Lindelof says.

Another question: Will Malcolm David Kelley's character Walt survive season two? Three weeks ago the actor's contract still had not been renewed, and rumors were that the character would "be wrapped up" in the first few episodes.

An ABC spokesman has denied a season two departure for him ...

Jason Scott Lee will, after all, leave his Big Island compound of Pu Mu to attend Disney's media junket for the direct-to-video release of the sequel to "Lilo & Stitch" Aug. 15 at the Turtle Bay Resort. Lee, who reprises his voice-over character David Kawena, is taking a break from his Volcano home where, since June, he'd been readying with three other cast members his new play "Burn This" for the 45-seat Ulua Theater.

Attending last Saturday's debut were state film commissioner Donne Dawson and Big Island commissioner Marilyn Killeri. "Burn This" runs every Saturday night through this month ...

Celebrated Hawaii-born independent filmmaker Kaya Hatta, whose 1995 Oahu-based film "Picture Bride" won an audience award for best dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival that year, will receive the state's Film in Hawaii Award at this fall's Louis Vuitton Hawaii International Film Festival.

Hatta, 47, drowned July 20 in Encinitas, Calif.

The award is given to the film or television entity that has significantly contributed to promoting the local film industry. Hatta's 30-minute coming-of-age film "Fishbowl," based on the writings of Hawaii author Lois-Ann Yamanaka, will be shown during the festival ...

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