Friday, May 14, 2010

Larger than life Lost star Jorge Garcia brings his pint-sized girlfriend along to cast party
By Daily Mail Reporter

My girl: Jorge Garcia, who plays Hurley in Lost, poses with girlfriend Bethany Leigh Shady at the Lost Live: A Final Celebration event at Royce Hall, University Of California

Jorge Garcia towered over his girlfriend at a special night held in honour of the popular, and mystifying, U.S. TV show Lost last night.

The actor, 37, plays Hurley in the show, which draws to a close in just two week's time.

Garcia stands at 6ft tall, while his partner Bethany Leigh Shady appears to be almost a foot shorter than him in heels.

Miss Shady also starred in Lost, as a survivor of flight 316, although her main profession is a novelist.

The special event entitled Lost Live: The Final Celebration, was held to mark the finale of the programme and to raise money for the Colburn School of Performing Arts.

Many of the stars of the show, and those who work behind the scenes, were in attendance at the Royce Hall at the University of California in Los Angeles

Stars come out: British actresses Sonya Walger (Penny) and Rebecca Mader (Charlotte Lewis) make an appearance on the red carpet

Lost and found: Carrie Preston, wife of Lost star Michael Emerson, and Kim Dickens arrive at ABC's Lost Live: The Final Celebration in LA

As well as the well-known cast members, guests included Lost fans from across the U.S. who had paid for tickets ranging from $28-77 - which sold it in ten minutes.

The special evening consisted of two main events, kicking off with a concert put on by the composer of Lost's soundtracks, Michael Giacchino.

Giacchino, who won an Oscar this year for the movie Up, has written every note of music that has been played during Lost's six seasons.

Family affair: Actor Harold Perrineau is pictured with his wife Brittany and their eldest daughter Aurora Robinson Perrineau

Here come the boys: Jeremy Davies (Daniel Faraday) and Josh Holloway (Sawyer) filled the male quota at the event

He was accompanied by a 47-member orchestra which included musicians from the official Lost orchestra and students of the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.

A fan who was at the event took to his blog to describe the musical performance.

He said: 'Giacchino then took the stage along with his orchestra and it was pure magic. The music of Lost is both instantly recognizable and independently moving

More stars: Ian Somerhalder (Boone Carlyle) and Nestor Carbonell (Richard Alpert) helped to make up the 20-strong list of cast members

A treat for fans: Malcolm David Kelley (Walt Lloyd) and Lance Reddick (Matthew Abaddon) were among the many cast members at the showcase

'Whether you’ve watched every episode or not one single frame, Giacchino’s melodies are emotional and effective. The play list was the Lost Main Theme, Hollywood and Vines, Oceanic 6, The Temple of Doom, Life and Death, The Tangled Web and then Parting Words.'

After the concert lucky fans were treated to a preview screening of the penultimate episode of the series, which doesn't air until next Tuesday.

Audience members also saw some of their favourite actors from the show including Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Sonya Walger, Henry Ian Cusick and Michael Emerson, along with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof.

Lost lovers: Carrie Preston and husband Michael Emerson pose on the red carpet, as do Annie Wood and actor Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond Hume)

Although Matthew Fox, Terry O’Quinn and Evangeline Lilly were noticeably absent from proceedings.

Reporter Rick Porter, from U.S. blog Zap2it, was also privy to the preview screening.

He revealed some of the episode's highlights, so fans who want to remain in the dark may want to stop reading now.

The last hurrah: From left to right: Ilana Verdansky, Richard Alpert, Claire Littleton, Sayid Jarrah, Kate Austen, James 'Sawyer' Ford, The Man In Black (in John Locke's form), Jack Shepherd, Jin-Soo Kwon, Benjamin Linus, Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes, Sun-Hwa Kwon, Miles Straume and Frank Lapidus

Porter said: 'After Across the Sea's episode-long trip in the Way-Way-Way-Back machine, What They Died For resumes the narrative momentum of The Candidate. There's a ton of forward momentum in both the Island and sideways stories.'

He continued: 'Does it redeem the digression of Across the Sea? No. But it does help contextualize it somewhat.

'We're still not certain about the placement of the episode so close to the finale- or whether the story of Jacob and his unnamed brother needed an entire hour to begin with- but we came out of Died For feeling a little better about what preceded it.'

Stranded: The crash scene from the very first episode, the most expensive pilot in television history, costing between $10 and $14 million

Michael Emersen, who plays Ben in the show, revealed his thoughts on the show finale when speaking to the New York Post this week.

He said: 'When I first read it, the ending wasn't clear to me. But since then, it's grown more clear and, I have to say, grown more satisfying the more I think about it.

'I expect a mixture of satisfaction and consternation among the viewers when it airs. But once they rewatch it, rethink about it and possibly look at the saga again, gradually they will feel like they have just read a good novel - but you have to chew on it for a while.'

Anticipation of the final episode is reaching fever pitch, with producers filming a two-and-a-half-hour long show to bring the series to its close.

Lost's season finale airs in the UK on May 28 on Sky One.


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