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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day: Smallville


I’m not much of a Superman fan. Even though (like Art Brut) I’ve always been more of a DC Comics fan than a Marvel fan (I used to be a major reader/collector of comics but for the past decade, I’ve somewhat lapsed), I always preferred The Dark Knight to the Man Of Steel.

Similarly, I can take or leave the Superman movies (with the notable exception of brilliant Superman II) and I have always largely avoided the TV incarnations.

Not counting the various animated shows, in my lifetime there have been three TV series based on the character: Superboy (1988-1992), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997) and now Smallville, which began in 2001 and is currently airing its ninth season.

Superboy pretty much passed me by completely and, despite the popularity of Lois & Clark at the time, I was never that impressed.

When Smallville started, it seemed a bit too much of a soap opera – and besides, who needed yet another Superman show? So I watched the pilot and then gave up.

However, over the years, I’ve heard many reports about how the show has developed and improved as it has gone on.

And, more interestingly for the eternal fanboy in me, I have also noted with interest the increasing trend towards incorporating into the show elements not only of the established Superman comics mythology but also elements of the wider DC Universe (albeit often heavily modified from the source material).

So, when the Sci-Fi channel in the UK started showing Smallville from the start back in November, I decided to give the show a go. It’s airing five nights a week and we’re up to the start of season three – and I have to say that overall, I’m enjoying it.

Yeah, it’s a bit schmaltzy at times and the over-reliance thus far on Kryptonite-influenced storylines can get a bit tiresome but I’m still watching. I’m sure that seeing it nightly without long breaks between seasons, instead of weekly, stretched out over years, makes it easier to forgive the weaknesses but still, there’s some good stuff in there.

Allison Mack as Chloe is a close second in the Choob’s list of best things about Smallville but for my money, top spot has to go to the relationship between Clark Kent (Tom Welling) and Lex Luthor (Michael Rosenbaum).

The show’s “twist” of having the pair start out as friends makes for some fantastically painful pathos. The series is, in a sense, a tragedy, since we know that ultimately, Lex’s dark side will win and the pair will end up mortal enemies.

Anyway, I’m sure all this has been said back when the show first started so, without further ado, here is the reason we are really here today- the show’s theme tune.

The song is called Save Me, performed by Remy Zero from their 2001 album The Golden Hum. Since I’m only up to season 3 in my viewing, I’ve gone for the opening titles that were used for seasons 2 and 3:

And here is the music video for the full version of the song:

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Slumdog In Seven-th Heaven At The BAFTAs


After all the backs had been slapped and the endless emotional thank-yous delivered, the big winner at the Orange British Academy Film Awards last night was Slumdog Millionaire.

The acclaimed film picked up the coveted Best Film BAFTA and Danny Boyle scooped the Director’s award. It also took home the gongs for Adapted Screenplay, Music, Editing, Cinematography, Sound.

However, the Slumdog cast missed out on BAFTA glory, with Kate Winslet, who was nominated twice in the Leading Actress category, winning for her role in The Reader (at the expense of her performance in Revolutionary Road), while comeback king Mickey Rourke lifted the Leading Actor award for The Wrestler.

Rourke provided the acceptance speech highlight of the night when he thanked the film’s director Darren Aronofsky for giving him a second chance despite having “fucked up my career for 15 years. Such a pleasure to be here and be out of the darkness.”

Penelope Cruz was the Supporting Actress winner, for her role in Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and the late Heath Ledger picked up another posthumous award for his supporting turn as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

One little fly in the ointment for the Slumdog posse was their failure to win the Outstanding British Film award. In the one big surprise of the night, that award went to Man On Wire, a documentary about Frenchman Philippe Petite‘s 1974 tightrope walk between New York’s Twin Towers.

The closest anyone came to muscling in on Slumdog’s limelight was director David Fincher‘s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, starring Brad Pitt, which received three awards for its Production Design, Special Visual Effects and Makeup & Hair.

The full list of awards if as follows:

  • Best Film: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Outstanding British Film: Man On Wire
  • Director: Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Leading Actor: Mickey Rourke, The Wrestler
  • Leading Actress:
    Kate Winslet,
    The Reader
  • Supporting Actor:
    Heath Ledger,
    The Dark Knight
  • Supporting Actress:
    Penélope Cruz,
    Vicky Cristina Barcelona
  • Original Screenplay:
    Martin McDonagh,
    In Bruges
  • Adapted Screenplay:
    Slumdog Millionaire
  • Animated Film: Wall-E
  • Film Not in the English Language:
    I’ve Loved You So Long
    (France)
  • Music: A.R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire
  • Editing: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Cinematography: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Production Design: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Costume Design: The Duchess
  • Sound: Slumdog Millionaire
  • Special Visual Effects: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Makeup & Hair: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • Short Animation: Wallace & Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death
  • Short Film: September
  • The Carl Foreman Award (special achievement for first feature film): Steve McQueen, writer/director, Hunger
  • The Orange Rising Star Award (voted for by public):
    Noel Clarke
  • Academy Fellowship: Terry Gilliam
  • Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema:
    Pinewood Studios/Shepperton Studios

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2009 Golden Globes Winners


All the envelopes have been opened and the winners revealed in the 2009 Golden Globes ceremony.

The big winners in the TV categories were broadcaster HBO, which grabbed seven gongs, NBC’s excellent 30 Rock, which won three, and HBO’s acclaimed historical miniseries John Adams (four awards).

Woman-of-the-moment Tina Fey, creator and star of the critically-acclaimed but ratings-shy 30-Rock, saw her show pick up three awards: Best TV Comedy or Musical, Best Actress, for Fey herself, and Best Actor for her co-star Alec Baldwin.

John Adams went one better and grabbed four gongs. It won the Best Miniseries or TV Movie category, while Stars Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney scooped Best Actor and Best Actress in Miniseries or TV Movie and Tom Wilkinson took home the Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie award.

The best Drama series award went to the AMC’s brilliant Mad Men.

Surprise of the night, perhaps, was Anna Paquin winning Best Actress in a Drama for her role in HBO’s Vampire drama True Blood. Gabriel Byrne won Best Actor in a Drama for another HBO show, In Treatment.

Laura Dern was best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie for her memorable role as Florida’s Secretary of State Katherine Harris in HBO TV movie Recount, which told the story of the voting problems in Florida during the 2000 Presidential election and the effect they had on George Bush and Al Gore’s destinies.

Biggest news in the movies category was Kate Winslet, who picked up both the Best Actress in a Drama award, for Revolutionary Road, AND the Best Supporting Actress gong, for The Reader.

Other good news for the Brits was the quadruple success of Slumdog Millionaire, which won Best Drama, and also landed helmer Danny Boyle the Best Director award, scriptwriter Simon Beaufoy the Best Screenplay honour and A R Rahman won Best Score.

As expected, Heath Ledger won a posthumous Best Supporting actor award for his role as The Joker in The Dark Knight. Best Actor in A Drama went to comeback king Mickey Rourke, for The Wrestler.

The Full List of winners.

TV AWARDS:

Best Television Series, Drama
Mad Men

 

Best Television Series, Comedy or Musical
30 Rock

Best Actress in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Tina Fey
, 30 Rock

Best Actor in a TV Series, Comedy or Musical
Alec Baldwin
, 30 Rock

Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
John Adams

Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Paul Giamatti
, John Adams

Best Actress, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Laura Linney
, John Adams

Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Tom Wilkinson
, John Adams

Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Movie
Laura Dern
, Recount

Best Actor in a Television Series, Drama
Gabriel Byrne
, In Treatment

Best Actress in a Television Series, Drama
Anna Paquin
, True Blood


MOVIE AWARDS:

Best Feature, Drama
Slumdog Millionaire

Director: Motion Picture
Danny Boyle, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Feature, Comedy
Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Best Screenplay
Simon Beaufoy
, Slumdog Millionaire

Best Actor in a Drama:
Mickey Rouke,
The Wrestler

Best Actress in a Drama:
Kate Winslet,
Revolutionary Road

Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical
Colin Farrell, In Bruges

Best Actress, Comedy or Musical
Sally Hawkins,
Happy-Go-Lucky

Best Supporting Actor, Motion Picture
Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight

Supporting Actress, Motion Picture
Kate Winslet
, The Reader

Best Motion Picture, Animated
WALL-E

Best Foreign-Language Film
Waltz With Bashir, Israel

Original Song
“The Wrestler,” The Wrestler; music and lyrics by Bruce Springsteen

Best Score
A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire

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