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Up in the Air (Paramount)

1. The leading cast is superb, with wonderful performances from George Clooney, Anna Kendrick, and Vera Farmiga (who has a bit of egg on her face recently from the craptastic “Orphan”). Even Danny McBride does a great job, which I didn’t expect at all. I’ve always seen him as somewhat of a one-trick pony, but his performance as a fiance with cold feet manages to be as sweet as it is subtle.

2. Fantastic (and also subtle) cameos from Zach Galifianakis, J.K. Simmons and Sam Elliott. Throw in guest appearances from both Cut Chemist and Young MC (yes, you read that correctly), and you’ve got yourself a cast that is as talented as it is bizarre. (Note: Cut Chemist also showed up in Jason Reitman’s last movie, “Juno.”)

3. Don’t be fooled into thinking that this is a romantic comedy because it’s anything but. Some of the commercials and promos make it seem that way, but what lies underneath is an honest and realistic story about wants vs. needs, love vs. career, and hopes vs. reality. You know, a lot like real life.

4. One of my complaints of “Juno” was that every character in the film became an unrealistic caricature of screenwriter Diablo Cody. But this movie was co-written by Sheldon Turner and Reitman himself (and based on a novel by Walter Kirn) and is void of both heavy slang and pop culture references as made popular by filmmakers like Cody and Kevin Smith. This isn’t an indie film that only a select group of hipsters will get. It’s bigger than that, delivering a message that is more universal than it is elite. It might not be loved by every person who sees it, but I think it would be a hard movie for someone to dislike.

5. This film managed to squeeze its way into my top-five favorite films of the year, and is possibly (I have to let it soak in a little bit) my favorite live-action film of the batch. (I have two animated films in my top five.) I’ve always said that a great film will leave me jealous; jealous that I didn’t think of it, jealous that I didn’t write it, and jealous that I didn’t create it. “Up in the Air” did all three of those things, and there’s really no better compliment than that.

Even straight men love George Clooney,


So… yeah.

I’ve done a few posts like this in the past, where I’m like, “Well, that happened.” And this post about attending the “Lost” panel at San Diego Comic-Con will be no different.

Of course, there’s a lot of info I could share with you about the panel itself, but I’ll let the videos below do that instead. What I will tell you about is the time leading up to the panel.

Kathy and I drove down to San Diego early Saturday morning. Originally, we were going to drive down Friday night, but Kathy ended up working late so we decided to go to Disneyland for margaritas instead. But that’s another story.

We got into San Diego around 9AM and parked at the Ivy, the hotel my sister and Jorge were staying at. We went up to their room, hung out for a bit, and then met the rest of the “Lost” gang down in the lobby to get ready to leave for the convention center.

The plan was this: Three SUVs were going to pick everybody up and take them through the back entrance. Each SUV held seven people or so, so we figured we might have to get split up in some way.

(As a side note, while waiting for the car, Beth saw Scarlett Johansson walk through the lobby. I barely saw her out of the corner of my eye and Kathy didn’t see her at all, so we’ll just have to take Beth’s word for it that it was actually her.)

Waiting in the lobby with us was Michael Emerson (Ben), Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert), and writers/producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. The day was already shaping up to be pretty cool, but the big surprise, however, would come shortly.

The cars pulled up: Jorge got in the first car with most of the other cast members. The second car filled up with some friends and family. And that left Beth, Kathy and I waiting on the third car with a few publicists.

All of a sudden, Dominic Monaghan comes walking out of the Ivy and gets into the car with us.

Now, Dominic was the big reveal at the end of the panel so very few people knew he was going to be there. This included Kathy, Beth and me. From the car, Beth texted Jorge: “Ah… why is Dom in our car?” Jorge’s response: “Surprise!”

And it definitely was cool having that surprise, especially as someone who sometimes catches wind of such surprises before they happen.

We got to the convention center and were rushed into a green room. While Jorge went over the outline of the panel with the other cast members, Kathy, Beth and I grabbed some free coffee.

There were a bunch of people milling about (I assumed waiting for their own thing to get underway), and it was at this time that I realized that Jimmy Fallon was in the room with us. As was Paul Scheer of “Human Giant,” and Woody Harrelson and Mila Kunis and Jason Bateman. They were just hanging out, grabbing free cold cut sandwiches and drinks. And this proves a theory I’ve had for awhile now: I don’t give a shit how rich and famous you are, you never turn down free food and drink.

After rehearsal wrapped, they rushed everyone back downstairs to the hall. We were quickly ushered from backstage into the seating area and, holy crap, it was insane. Nearly 8,000 people waited in line to get into that hall, some of them camping out overnight.

It was at this moment that I felt extremely fortunate to get into the panel without having to wait in a line.

The lights dimmed, the final “Lost” panel of Comic-Con had begun, and people went absolutely ape shit.

It was truly something to behold, and I’m glad I could be there for it.

So here’s the panel in its entirety. Actually, that’s not true. There were a lot of video clips shown during the panel that can’t legally be posted online, but here’s the most I can show you without getting sued:

The “Lost” Panel – San Diego Comic-Con 2009 – PART I

The “Lost” Panel – San Diego Comic-Con 2009 – PART II

The “Lost” Panel – San Diego Comic-Con 2009 – PART III

The “Lost” Panel – San Diego Comic-Con 2009 – PART IV

Also, be sure to check this out:

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