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Comic-Con: Evangeline Lilly on entering the 'Hobbit' world as a Tolkien fan -- VIDEO

Evangeline Lilly is no stranger to Comic-Con. Lost, which gave Lilly her breakout role, ventured to San Diego even before it debuted in 2004. And now she’s a certified member of the J. R. R. Tolkien universe, as Tauriel in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

This year, however, the actress is promoting her new children’s book, The Squickerwonkers, with an assist from Weta Workshop illustrator Johnny Fraser-Allen, who worked on special effects for The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. So that gives us license to squeeze in a few Hobbit questions, right?

Below, EW’s Keith Staskiewicz talked to the actress about what it means for her to be a huge Tolkien fan getting to take a trip to Middle-earth.

Damon Lindelof on whether 'Prometheus' is an 'Alien' prequel, plus life after 'Lost'

For six seasons on the cult TV show Lost, writer Damon Lindelof learned a few things about keeping fans in the dark. Not a day would go by that someone wouldn’t come up to him and ask what it all meant. Needless to say, he learned to keep secrets and stoke an air of mystery. All of which has come in handy on his latest project, Ridley Scott’s hush-hush sci-fi space epic Prometheus.

Lindelof, who shares a screenplay credit on the film with Jon Spaihts, has been tight-lipped about the film in the walk-up to its release on June 8 — in particular about the question that’s on every fanboy (and girl’s) mind: Is Prometheus an Alien prequel as has been rumored? EW spoke with Lindelof for this week’s cover story; here’s a transcript of the full interview.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Did you get a chance to visit the set of Prometheus?
DAMON LINDELOF: Yes, I spent about a month at Pinewood Studios in London — a couple of weeks at the very beginning and then a couple of weeks about a month in. To me, after working on Star Trek, where we did a lot of green screen, I was bowled over by the vastness of Ridley’s sets at Pinewood. It felt like old-school filmmaking in all of the right ways. You walk through those doors and you are transported just by the sheer audacity and magnitude of some of those sets.

Brad Bird to direct Damon Lindelof-scripted sci-fi project '1952'

Disney has tapped Brad Bird to direct 1952, a sci-fi project written by Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof and Entertainment Weekly writer Jeff “Doc” Jensen. Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille) is coming off the huge success of last year’s Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol, his first live-action film, which grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.

The plot for 1952 is being kept under wraps. The movie is understood to be a major tentpole for Disney.

Doc Jensen, EW’s point person on all things Lost, began his relationship with Lindelof after the series ended in May 2010.

Per Time Inc. policy, Jensen continues to report and write about TV series and films, excluding those produced by Disney and its affiliates.

EW's special tour of Disney's archives (see items from 'Pirates,' 'Lost,' 'Snow White') and studio backlot -- EXCLUSIVE


We can all recall fondly the episode of Lost in which Hurley clutched his winning lotto ticket in disbelief. Or when Johnny Depp first appeared as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, with his wildly ornate top hat. Or when the title heroine of Mary Poppins caused a pile of wooden blocks to come alive and stack themselves inside the toy chest. But what happens after these iconic props are finished playing their parts?

They end up settling in for a cozy retirement at the Walt Disney Archives, a treasure trove of paraphernalia for pop-culture fiends that ironically must remain closed to the public, lest these objects become irreparably damaged. But EW was granted exclusive access to the facility, along with a rare tour of the Walt Disney studio backlot in Burbank, Calif., joining members of Disney’s D23 Official Fan Club. After speaking with these hardcore Disney enthusiasts — who are the only members of the public granted access to the studio’s lot — I got to check out some instantly recognizable objects from Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Enchanted. But by far the coolest moment was when the archivists unveiled some never-before-seen items from one of the crown jewels of the Disney canon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Check out my video report below: READ FULL STORY

Chris Brown, Josh Holloway land on 'Planet B Boy'

Production is underway for Lost alum Josh Holloway and Chris Brown’s upcoming film Planet B Boy.

Based on a documentary of the same, the film follows a crew of American street dancers as they train to compete in France’s Battle of the Year International Championships. Benson Lee, who directed the Planet B-Boy documentary, will also helm its fictional adaptation. The film also stars Laz Alonso, Josh Peck, and Caity Lotz.

No release date has been announced.

Evangeline Lilly joins 'The Hobbit'

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Though The Hobbit has been in production since March, the cast continues to expand. Director Peter Jackson took to Facebook Sunday to announce that Lost‘s Evangeline Lilly and Barry Humphries (a.k.a. Dame Edna) had been added to J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe. “Lilly will be playing a new character — the Woodland Elf, Tauriel,” Jackson wrote. “Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life. READ FULL STORY

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