‘Twilight,’ Robert Pattinson, ‘Smallville’ and Christian Bale in Everyday Hero headlines

Oct. 29, 2008 | 6:19 p.m.

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"Smallville" has lost a lot of its audience and urgency (the seventh season finished up in May with an average of 3.7 million viewers per episode, down considerably from the 6.3 million tuning in back in Season Two) but, man, Tom Welling, now 31, sure looks like Superman doesn’t he? That’s him above with Erica Durance, who plays Lois Lane on the show. This shot was taken on the set earlier this year during filming of the eighth season (now underway). The photo was taken by David Strick, who gets unrivaled access to movie and television sets and brings back candid moments for his Hollywood Backlot archive, which shows all the machinery at work in this dream factory called Tinseltown. The three latest photo collections, all posted this month, are "Sanctuary," Sci Fi’s promising new series shot entirely on virtual sets with green-screen backgrounds; "Supernatural," the CW show that has more than a whiff of brimstone to it; and "Smallville," which stars Erica Durance as Lois Lane and Tom Welling as the Man of Steel before he ever dons the most famous suit in history.

The Hollywood Backlot collections are great, well worth checking out if you haven’t already. Now, on with today’s handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe …

Dr_strange Casting a spell? I’m not sure how much credence to give an anonymous-sourced story from New Zealand, but here’s the latest Marvel movie rumor: Christian Bale as Dr. Strange. " A source said: "Christian is hot property right now, courtesy of Batman. Doctor Strange is a very different kind of hero to Batman and it’s felt Christian is the sort of actor who can make the part work on screen. It is understood a deal could be struck in the coming weeks.’" [New Zealand Herald]

TwilightAre the stars of "Twilight" old enough to even have an embarrassing fashion past? Apparently the answer is yes, at least according to our new photo gallery showing "past and present" snapshots of 10 "Twilight" stars including Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Kellan Lutz and, my favorite, Taylor "Shark Boy" Lautner. Also: There’s a somewhat, um, surreal photo floating around with Pattinson in the role of Salvador Dali, whom he plays in the upcoming film "Little Ashes." [Entertainment Weekly]

Snoopy"Peanuts," reconsidered: Michael C. Lorah has a nice interview with Art Spiegelman and while most of it is naturally devoted to the "Maus" creator’s work, I liked a section where Spiegelman talked about his rekindled admiration for Charles Schulz and his signature strip:  "When I was a little kid, I really liked ‘Peanuts,’ back in the Fifties when it was first coming out as books. It seemed very, dare I say it, avant garde. By the time I was in college, it was something else again, happiness is a warm puppy, MetLife ads, and I began to associate ‘Peanuts’ with Republican girls, which was nothing I wanted to get close to. It took a reassessment from my younger peers, who found ‘Peanuts’ very meaningful to them, that made me take another look at it. Chris Ware and Dan Clowes, who are among the best people working today anywhere in the world, found it as meaningful as I had when I was very young. It made me look at it again, and it was good to rethink it." [Newsarama]

Daniel_craig_in_quantumThe "Bond" market: There’s a fun Top 10 list of the most prized James Bond collectibles pegged to the upcoming release of "Quantum of Solace." What’s No. 1? That would be the spy’s Aston Martin DB5. "The most iconic of Bond Cars, this Q-adapted 1963 Aston Martin DB5 served as 007’s ride in Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) and features retractable machine guns, tyre-shredders, an ejectable passenger seat and rear oil and smoke dispensers, among assorted extras. The vehicle used in filming was stolen from its owner in 1997 and remains missing. However, one of two cars customised for 1960s promotional tours sold for £1.17 million at auction in 2006." [The Times of London]

– Geoff Boucher

Dr. Strange art courtesy of Marvel Comics. Twilight photo courtesy of Summit Entertainment. Snoopy image courtesy of United Features Syndicate. Daniel Craig photo from "Quantum of Solace" courtesy of Columbia Pictures.

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19 Responses to ‘Twilight,’ Robert Pattinson, ‘Smallville’ and Christian Bale in Everyday Hero headlines

  1. Rich says:

    Remember when The Internet wanted either Christian Bale or Guy Pearce for Batman? Well… what's Pearce up to these days? No idea if he'd want to be the Sorcerer Supreme, but it's a thought.

  2. Fan says:

    Pattinson is awesome as Dali. I've seen the film at Raindance in London and its a masterpiece. Javier as Lorca s brilliant too. The film stays with you way after you've seen it. Stunning photography, music and costumes. Rob truly is a fantastic actor. A very brave performance by him.

  3. Rene says:

    Thanks for the Smallville mention, particularly the ever increasing Supermanly presence of Tom Welling who's played this character longer than anyone other actor. Smallville's ratings are consistently over 4 mil. this new season so far, and while that's small potatoes compared to the big networks, it is enough to make it the CW's top-rated show – after an almost unheard of 8 seasons on the air. I'm glad to see it getting some well-deserved recognition.

  4. Don says:

    No, Tom Welling really doesn't look like Superman. But, man, are those some low ratings. How is Smallville staying afloat? If it was on a real network, it would have been toast years ago. CBS just yanked the "Ex-List" due to low ratings and it was pulling 5.3 million viewers compared to 3.7 million viewers for Smallville.

  5. MEL says:

    To be fair, Smallville has brought in at least a consistant 4 million this year, but still, the show has been playing the stalling game for the last 3 years at least. So the ratings are not the biggest mystery as to why the show stays on the air.

  6. Annie says:

    Not only are Smallville's ratings up this year to consistently over 4mil, but between season two and season seven the show moved from the defunct WB to the CW – and it is currently the top rated show at the CW despite a constant lack of promotion. Would have taken very little to have checked those facts in my opinion, especially considering you're with a respected paper like the LATimes. But the very fact the show is into an eight season with talk of a ninth is testimony to it's longevity and it's popularity among fans. Credit were credit is due. And yes. Tom Welling does look like Superman – even more this season as they have finally allowed his character some maturity.

  7. Carol says:

    Thanks for the Smallville mention. YES! Tom Welling looks like Superman, and more so this year than ever. The show's numbers are up from last season (it's the CW's top-rated show) and Tom totally owns the character of Clark Kent/Superman.

  8. Madeleine says:

    Tom Welling DOES look a lot like Superman, doesn't he? Not only he has the perfect looks, but he also got the stance and the whole Superman persona through his acting choices. He's really the Superman of thisgeneration.

  9. Sparkle says:

    Mr. Boucher, thank you for spotlighting Smallville. Here are Smallville's Seson 8 ratings thus far:
    [B]*Smallville S8 Finals:
    #1 Odyssey ~ *4.34 mil & [U]Live+7= 4.80 mil.[/U]
    #2 Plastique ~ *4.18 mil. & [U]Live+7= 4.78 mil.[/U]
    #3 Toxic ~ *4.05 mil. & [U]Live+7= 4.61 mil.[/U]
    #4 Instinct ~ *4.12 mil. & [U]Live+7= 4.71 mil.[/U]
    #5 Committed ~ *4.18 mil.[/B]
    While below the big network standards, it is the top rated show on the CW. It gains close to a million viewers in the Live + 7 DVR viewing. We Loyal Smallville Fans are very proud of our long running show.

  10. wellingfan#1 says:

    YES, Tom WElling looks a lot like Superman. His manerisms, stance, built, look, etc. His character has developed (granted a little slow) into the Supes we all can identify with. Clark Kent has definately grown up and is well on his way to being a Superhero. Too bad that SV doesnt get the recognition it deserves, especially this season. The change in producers and actors has brought new life to this show IMO. UNfortunately, the CW doesn't give shows like this or Supernatural the advertising it deserves. IMO they are the 2 best shows that that network has. Too bad they focus only on shows like Gossip and 90210 which are mainly appealing to young girls. I really hope the network WAKES UP!! and starts supporting the shows that acutally have substance and have amazing actors who often go overlooked. Maybe then SV and SPN would get better ratings. At least their true fans will always be watching and anxiously hoping that we get at least 1 more season of both shows.

  11. Sandra says:

    I've never watched a full season of Smallville, not even season 1. I usually catch the first two or three episodes, then drop it. But this season has been different. It feels like an entirely new show. The writing has been sharp and yes, no actor has ever looked more like Superman than Welling does right now.
    For the first time ever, I've watched every episode. This is shocking for such a non-fan as I. It really feels like a completely new show.

  12. Sashalize says:

    While I applaud the enthusiasm of Smallville fans in the US, it should also be noted that around the world the show continues to do very well. This is why I feel it is extremely improtant that global ratings should be considered. In South Africa, Smallville has a strong fan base – while we have to wait two monts or so for the show to air, it has shown consistency and a captive and captured audience.
    And yes, Tom Welling is definitely Superman – a beautiful man which encapsulates all that is the mythos.

  13. Well.. I just wanna say… Brazil loves Smallville and Tom Welling!!!!! Tom Welling for Superman Reboot!!!!

  14. Ellen says:

    I love smallville and love Tom Welling. I am a UK fan . He IS the perfect Superman, looks, great acting height, build, the whole works. It has been a joy to watch him grow in the role over the years and his acting is terrific in the park. I would go see him on the big screen definitely. I can't imagine any other prson playing Superman and the last screen effort was a waste . Can't wait to see Tom at the daily planet and Clois scenes.

  15. Lois says:

    Tom Welling has perfected the persona of Clark Kent/Superman. He is candidly an exemplary Superman of our generation. Smallville rankings for season 8 averages about 4.22-4.25 viewers and overall ranking 4 or 5 for the Thursday Night line up. I have been a loyal fan of the show since it first aired on WB,which for some reason before they changed the network to CWTV, marketing for Smallville was much more vital. With the new writers on board, the show has surpass my expectations for a end that will be truly regarded(I hope by all dedicated fans) as a noteworthy installment of the Superman mythos. I do wish all the characters the best for all their future endeavors. I have such a great appreciation for Smallville.

  16. Ash says:

    …Serioulsy.. there is talks of a 9th season of Smallville?…
    Good gosh I hope not.
    It's bad enough two of the four main charaters left and its looking like another will be gone by the end of this season.
    One of the reason's I've been watching Smallville from the start is becasue it WAS'NT another Clark and Lois show…
    It was finally something new/different, about Clark Kent growing up, coming into his powers, how he delt with them, and the relationships with those around him… his parents, Martha and Jonathon Kent, his first love, Lana Lang, his friendships with Lex Luthor and Pete Ross… all this BEFORE he becomes Superman.
    Now… It's just another Clark and Lois show, where the writters are forcing something more with the characters… too much too fast. :-/

  17. Lois says:

    Tom Welling has perfected the persona of Clark Kent/Superman. He is candidly an exemplary Superman of our generation. Smallville rankings for season 8 averages about 4.22-4.25 viewers and overall ranking 4 or 5 for the Thursday Night line up. I have been a loyal fan of the show since it first aired on WB,which for some reason before they changed the network to CWTV, marketing for Smallville was much more vital. With the new writers on board, the show has surpass my expectations for a end that will be truly regarded(I hope by all dedicated fans) as a noteworthy installment of the Superman mythos. I do wish all the characters the best for all their future endeavors. I have such a great appreciation for Smallville.

  18. trisha says:

    i really like robert pattinson

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