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Kristin Kreuk



Last Saturday night, members of the public were invited to join Smallville stars Kristin Kreuk (Lana Lang), Allison Mack (Chloe Sullivan), and Erica Durance (Lois Lane) to celebrate the new location of Miranda’s Hat, Vancouver’s popular fair trade boutique on Main Street. Amidst a Brazilian-style wine and cheese party, accompanied by a Brazilian band and dancers, Kristin and Allison — along with storeowner Tina Teoli — spoke about why global vision and ethical trading are important when it comes to shopping and fashion.

Meanwhile, speaking of Smallville, we’re hearing rumours that one of the series’ central cast members may be leaving.

While nothing is yet confirmed, the popular speculation centres on John Glover, who plays Lionel Luthor.

Glover will join the cast of The Drowsy Chaperone, Broadway’s Tony Award-winning hit musical, on April 17, so his departure from Smallville seems like a good bet. We’ll keep you posted.

Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has been tapped by Lionsgate to star as American painter Thomas Kinkade in the biopic The Christmas Cottage, set to shoot in Vancouver this month.

The film will explore the events that led to Kinkade becoming an artist.


It’s quite a coup for the 24-year-old actor, as he will co-star opposite legendary thespian Peter O’Toole, who stars as Glen Wessler, a character based on one of Kinkade’s mentors. Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) has also joined the cast, and will play Thomas Kinkade’s mother, Maryanne.

Klaatu barada nikto. No, it’s not a Scientology mantra being espoused by a pampered Hollywood celebrity, though the phrase itself does trace its roots to Hollywood … and to science fiction. The phrase originates from the 1951 Cold War-era science fiction film The Day The Earth Stood Still, and was used to stop Gort, the robot in the film, from destroying the Earth.

Well, you’d better watch out, because Gort is back and this time he’s coming to Vancouver, as 20th Century Fox this week begins pre-production on their remake of the seminal film, to be helmed by Scott Derrickson.

Derrickson was last here in 2005 when he directed The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, and he’s presently completing work on Paradise Lost, a live-action film version of John Milton’s epic poem.

The Day The Earth Stood Still will begin shooting in early summer and run through till November, making it one of the longer Vancouver feature shoots in recent memory.

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