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Superman's Sidekick Headed for a Life of Solitude

11/3/2009 2:25 AM PST
Look, up in the sky! It's a bird, it's a plane, it's ... the guy who played Jimmy Olsen on "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman" filing for divorce.

Justin Whalin filed for the Big D last week from his hot wife, Reina Flynn, this according to documents obtained by The Daily Planet TMZ.

The dynamic duo had been married for three years -- they have no minor children.

Superman's Wife Exposes Giant, Naughty Secret

4/6/2009 10:50 AM PDT
Brandon Routh's wife is also the best PR person ever, because when we asked who was packin' the bigger secret weapon -- the Man of Steel or "Watchmen's" Dr. Manhattan -- she had the perfect answer.

Is Superman Super Kinky?

6/3/2008 1:48 PM PDT
Former Superman Dean Cain was asked a very probing question about role play while at Nobu in Malibu last night.

Superman's Big Blowout

5/22/2007 12:21 PM PDT
A TMZ spy spotted "Smallville's" Tom Welling and his wife of five years, model Jamie White, at Samy's Camera in Los Angeles -- and the couple seemed to be confronting Kryptonite!

Welling and White were in the video department, and while our spy didn't see what sparked the argument, he did say that Jamie looked furious as she yelled at Tom and stomped off. Call the Daily Planet!

Tom followed, and just like that, Superman and the damsel that he stressed were gone.

We tried contacting Tom's reps, but were unable to reach them by deadline.

Place Big Bids in a Single Bound

11/1/2006 4:30 PM PST
Our love affair with our new favorite show "Heroes" shows no signs of subsiding (sorry, "Lost"). In recognition of our new official status as comic-book nerd, we're going to give eBay auction props to the king of superheroes.

"Superman 2" had everything a blockbuster sequel needs: love, the phantom zone, three goth Kryptonians trying to take over the Earth. To show your friends just how far General Zod's diabolical plan went, you must bid on this prop newspaper from the film. Just try not to leave it around your house, a Daily Planet that screams "White House Surrenders" could give your skittish Aunt Beatrice a coronary.

Then, become instant friends with famous "Superman" fans Shaquille O'Neal and Jon Bon Jovi with this next item -- the yellow shield from the cape Christopher Reeve wore in the movies. The shield is secured to a piece of red fabric and framed in a shadow box perfect for framing.

Now your "Heroes" viewing parties are going to be just that much more authentic. Much better then that ratty ol' towel you keep tying around your neck.

"Superman ll: The Richard Donner Cut"

7/25/2006 2:40 PM PDT
25 years ago Richard Donner was removed from the helm of "Superman 2." Hot on the heels of "Superman Returns" release and after the persistence of comic book and Superman fans, his version of the Superman sequel will finally see the light of day.

Donner was famously removed from the movie after not getting along with the producers. British director Richard Leslie was brought on board and they cut out enough of a percentage of Donner's footage to not credit him in the final version of the film. The movie went on to great success, much to the chagrin of Donner.

Now it seems Donner will have the last laugh. 15 minutes originally exorcised from the original movie and banished to the "phantom zone" will be added, including footage of Gene Hackman and the late Marlon Brando in the upcoming "Superman ll: The Richard Donner Cut."

Fly on down to the store on November 28th to pick up your copy.

EXCLUSIVE: Super ($200 Million) Man or Else?

7/10/2006 9:13 PM PDT

From Claude Brodesser-Akner's City of Industry blog

Will Hollywood blockbuster budgets continue to fly "up, up and away?" Not necessarily.

At least, not at Warner Bros. Pictures. After a $225 million "Pirates of the Caribbean" sailed into port, taking the wind out of "Superman Returns'" $205 million Spandex, Warner Bros. executives are said to be circumspect as to whether the Man of Steel will fly again.

Talent agency insiders with ties to the film tell TMZ that Warner Bros. Pictures president and COO Alan Horn has informed agents that a sequel hinges on whether grosses of "Superman Returns" can crest the $200 million mark domestically. What's more, the studio plans to shave millions - many millions - off any "Superman" sequel's budget. (Amusingly, in the current "Superman Returns," Lois Lane pleads with Lex Luthor, "But millions will die! " It turns out she was right on the money.)

As Variety's box office guru Ben Fritz noted last July 4th, "Superman Returns is off to a strong start, albeit not as fast as a speeding bullet. Warner Bros. superhero tent pole grossed a solid $52.5 million on its opening weekend and $74 million over the five-day Fourth of July frame. Since its Wednesday opening, the Bryan Singer-helmed franchise restart has taken in $106 million."

Talent agency insiders, speaking on the condition of anonymity, insist that Horn is so concerned about being burned financially by ionospheric "Superman" special effects costs that any sequel's budget would cost far less than Bryan Singer's quarter billion dollar baby: a meager $150 million. That's a whopping $35 million less than its predecessor was green lit at, and roughly $55 million less than "Superman Returns" alleged final negative cost. So much for a getting a raise.

However, no one could blame Horn for being cautious. Despite opening at No. 1 in all its territories, overseas, the Man of Steel is starting to look just a bit rusty. The just-ended World Cup meant that Warner Bros. took a pass on European and Latin American territories, and its second weekend in release overseas, "Superman Returns" dipped 55% to take in $9 million from 1,800 prints in 14 markets.

We're bracing to hear how director Bryan Singer will react to this newfound fiscal restraint.

Our guess: Not well.

Says one executive involved in the production and financing of "Superman Returns," "They can try and spin it as 'There are certain economies of scale that come from the making of the first one, blah blah blah. But the reality is, it's harder to play in a smaller sandbox and still push the envelope."

Calls place to Horn were not returned, and a studio spokeswoman declined to comment on the fiscal retrenchment.

Leotards Get 'Into the Groove'

7/3/2006 3:00 PM PDT
Dust off those Jane Fonda videos because the return of 80s aerobicized fashion trends continues full steam ahead.

Recently legwarmers crept back onto the pages of fashion mags and the limbs of a fashion victims everywhere.  Now, along with skinny jeans and leggings, it seems the all-mighty spandex leotard is back to help you relive all the memories of that big-haired era.
Like rubber bracelets, vogueing and Kaballah before them, this trend is being spearheaded by none other than the queen of reinvention herself, Madonna.  On her Confessions tour as well as in her latest videos, the Material Girl struts her stuff in the one-piece wonders showcasing her ripped body like a 47-year-old virgin. 

And you can be sure that if Madonna wears it they will come.  Stores like American Apparel  have started carrying the item in different styles and retailing it for under $30 ensuring that even though they may not look good on everyone, anyone can afford one. Don't worry guys you too can get into the leotard grove, albeit in a somewhat modified fashion AND at your own risk. 

This summer the original man in tights, Superman, will be leaping tall stories in a single bound.  The movie is destined to be a big hit, while his body-hugging suit should be too - for Halloween.

In his new film "Nacho Libre", Jack Black plays a wrestler that sports a colorful spandex suit in his quest to raise money for orphans.  While the movie may not be so memorable, the vision of Black in the body hugging ensemble is indelibly ingrained in our minds.

Will Superman and Black have the same effect on the form-fitting trend that Madge does?  Only time and the public's threshold for humiliation will tell.

Superman Looks Good, But Not Yet Super

6/29/2006 8:25 PM PDT
When it comes to "Superman Returns," Warner Bros. is sighing with relief, but not yet swooning with ecstasy. The Bryan Singer re-imagining managed $21 million in its first day in release, or about what Tom Cruise's pre-sofa "War of the Worlds" did on a comparable Independence Day weekend.

Having spoken with a box office expert or two just now, the real worry for Warner Bros. isn't this weekend, which has a luxurious seven days thanks to a Tuesday July 4th holiday. Rather, it's the next, when "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" opens. The Johnny Depp epic is tracking is "off the charts," as Nikki Finke reported weeks ago, and remains so.

Well, the good news here is that while "Superman Returns" won't be the biggest opening in history, at least it will probably be the most heterosexual opening weekend ever: Reports Variety, "As expected, initial group of moviegoers were heavily male, at 58%...Studio is hoping gender distribution will be more even by the weekend."

As Jerry Seinfeld might say, 'Not that there's anything wrong with that.'

Will "Superman" Sink "Aquaman" at the Box Office?

6/28/2006 7:15 PM PDT
Imagine a world where "Entourage's" fake "Aquaman" movie really existed ...

After the record-breaking performance of "Aquaman," another superhero movie is set to open and try to steal away the box office crown. With June 28 right around the corner, does "Superman" have what it takes to dethrone "Aquaman"?

Box office pundits were surprised when "Aquaman" broke the record for the biggest opening weekend ever -- with $116,844,114 -- besting the 2002 opening of "Spider-Man" by $2 million.

For director James Cameron, "Aquaman" marked his biggest opening weekend by far. "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" took in $31.7 million during its first three days, while "Titanic" only took in $28.6 million. "Titanic," of course, went on to be the highest-grossing movie of all time ($600.7 million).
"With 'Aquaman' opening as big as it did, all bets are off," says Bruce Nash, founder of the box office information Web site, The Numbers. "'Aquaman' may have had James Cameron and Vincent Chase, but this is 'Superman;' he's got a much bigger fan base to work off of."

"Superman" also happens to open on a very unique weekend. By opening on a Wednesday, with July 4 falling on the following Tuesday, "Superman" will have the box office all to itself during the holiday before "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" opens on July 7. 

And some industry insiders say that "Superman Returns" might not be the movie that topples "Aquaman" -- but rather it's Johnny Depp and "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" that should have Vinnie Chase quaking in his fins.

"Actually, if I were James Cameron or Vincent Chase, I wouldn't be so worried about 'Superman Returns' breaking my record," Ben Fritz, technology and film reporter for Variety, told TMZ. "I'd be much more worried about 'Pirates of the Caribbean 2,' which is tracking off the charts and many in Hollywood think could set a new opening weekend record."

Superman's Super Lady

6/28/2006 2:31 PM PDT
He can stop bullets, but not even Superman can stop Cupid's arrow.

Brandon Routh has been with his girlfriend, actress Courtney Ford, for two and a half years. The happy couple arrived at the "Superman Returns" premiere together and were inseparable.

While Brandon's career is flying high, Courtney insists the action star hasn't changed at all. In fact, Courtney describes the relationship as "kinda boring."

Boring or not, this hot couple will be gracing more red carpets in the future. The "Superman Returns" buzz is at a fever pitch and it's only a matter of time before another Superman sequel is in the works.
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