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Smallville, Free Fall, Conan: January 2nd Comic Reel Wrap

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Smallville, Free Fall, Conan: January 2nd Comic Reel Wrap

SMALLVILLE

Devoted to Smallville have posted scans of a new SFX Magazine article about the show, featuring actress Laura Vandervoort and producer Al Gough.

Buddy TV has a somewhat spoilerish article about “Battlestar Galactica” actor Aaron Douglas returning to the shown for the first time since “Obscura” in season one.

Finally, Lex and Lana’s wedding made the TV Guide list of 2007’s big TV moments.

FREE FALL

The rumor at Comics2Film is that actor Jude Law may star in an adaptation of the indie comic created by Gianluca Piredda. Piredda had no comment on the story.

CONAN

A tidbit at Dark Horizons reports that French director Xavier Gens claims to be in talks to direct the franchise reboot.

IRON MAN

The Chief Marketing Officer for Audi, Scott Keogh, talked to BrandWeek about how that company’s cars will be involved with the Jon Favreau-helmed project. “e have some dramatic scenes in the movie, which comes out in the spring,” Keogh said. “Robert Downey Jr., who plays the title Iron Man character, drives the R8 when he is the [secret identity] Tony Stark character. Gwyneth Paltrow, his secretary, drives an Audi A5. We did this deal because the car is not an accessory piece on the set. We have scenes where Audi absolutely fulfills the character and plays a role, especially the R8. [Downey] plays an entrepreneurial character who has fueled his industry on high tech, and we felt this is where the R8 belongs. The movie will give us even more opportunities for some above-the-line communication in Q1 and some greater events opportunities for the R8 and for Audi. It’s an adventure movie, which shows that what we want is not just for intellectual, in-the-know audience for our brand. We want America to know about us.”

THE DARK KNIGHT

Director Christopher Nolan talked to Wizard Magazine about many Bat-related things, including settling the Harley Quinn rumor … not that we’ll spoil that. “Certainly there’s always a danger in a sequel by introducing more characters,” Nolan said of Joker sharing the screen with Harvey Dent. “You can wind up with a very large story. But at a certain point, you start to think that that’s partly the purpose of a sequel — to expand the story that you started telling and carry it on. It expands, too, for all of the characters. You’re doing it in all different directions, and so I think you quite naturally end up with quite a larger story. It’s going to be a tricky balance keeping everything in proportion, but the challenge is what it’s all about.”

WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FIFTY-NINE

THE WGA’s focus has turned to late night talk shows as their picket lines focus on Jimmy Kimmel and Jay Leno’s programs in Los Angeles and Conan O’Brien in New York. A WGA statement said that this picketing “will not be of the hosts themselves but the companies for which their shows are produced” and that they want to “show NBC that they might be able to put a show on the air, but it won’t be a good show until the writers return, and talent can appear without having to cross a picket line.”

Fans did post pro-WGA messages in the skies above the Rose Bowl, but you wouldn’t have seen it on TV.

I CAN’T WORK UNDER THESE CONDITIONS

Happy new year, y’all (if your calendar marks new year’s that way). We can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and [tagline redacted until the WGA strike is resolved].

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