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A bit o' Michael news & song search [Jul. 13th, 2008|05:44 pm]
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Morris Chapdelaine was Michael's stand-in on SV. Here they are on the set of "Onyx". (Photo credit: Morris Chapdelaine)


This week, Morris mentioned Michael in his blog...



Morris keeps a cool blog - he's been making a documentary about Pride Day celebrations around the world, including Moscow, where the parade is often attacked. Morris has guts!

His most recent blog mentions the SV set, and Michael:
It was odd not returning immediately to join Smallville and begin their 8th season. I have been chatting with some of the cast and crew and it sounds like things are going swimmingly. It seems like a lot of past guest stars will be making returns, especially those 'Justice League' boys. I am also happy to report that the lovely Alaina Huffman will be returning as the sexy Black Canary again this year.

At the soundstage in Burnaby, BC, the construction and design of the new town of Smallville set is complete and its incredible. It looks like a square block plunked right out of comic-book Kansas and will certainly make for some additional stunning visuals. On that note, they are shooting this season all in digital HD- thats right folks- no more 35 mm film for Smallville. Its amazing how many TV programs have gone this route, but it sure is cheaper and allows for a LOT more shooting to happen on any give day.


I also had a few text message exchanges with Mr. Rosenbaum and I am pretty certain he will NOT be returning- no matter what they say. He's quite happy to be home in LA at the moment, and even quelled a rumour that he would be returning to the Vancouver area soon to be shooting the feature, 'Cats and Dogs 2'.

Looks like I'll just have to go down there to visit him myself.

http://www.morrischapdelaine.com/

(That last line makes me envious!)

It's interesting - every recent SV press release has touted Michael's potential return as a guest star. If he's not coming back, they really should stop promising him. (That said, I would totally be open to an alternate universe episode where Michael can keep his hair and Clark and Lex work together to defeat a tyrannical version of Superman...(Tom, in sexy black; some big, emotional Clex moments; some man-hugs....yeah.)

The "Cats & Dogs 2" mention is interesting too: I remember reading ages ago that Michael might be voicing a Siberian Husky in the film, which would be outta control cute!

Song search: would any f-listy happen to have an mp3 of "Good Girls Don't" by the Knack or "I'll Wait" by Van Halen?
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2008-07-14 12:09 am (UTC)
Morris keeps a cool blog - he's been making a documentary about Pride Day celebrations around the world, including Moscow, where the parade is often attacked. Morris has guts!

That would be an interesting documentary to see.

Looks like I'll just have to go down there to visit him myself.

Oooh -- I'm envious, too!

It's interesting - every recent SV press release has touted Michael's potential return as a guest star. If he's not coming back, they really should stop promising him.

I would certain tune back in to see any episode Michael guest-starred in, but -- if he's really dead set against returning (and I wouldn't blame him) -- you're right that they should quit stringing us along.

(That said, I would totally be open to an alternate universe episode where Michael can keep his hair and Clark and Lex work together to defeat a tyrannical version of Superman...(Tom, in sexy black; some big, emotional Clex moments; some man-hugs....yeah.)

OMG -- that could be the best episode EVER. Why are you not in charge of this show?
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 12:46 am (UTC)
OMG -- that could be the best episode EVER. Why are you not in charge of this show?
I know! A show run by me would be so low budget: one set (Lex's bed) and no clothes at all!

That would be an interesting documentary to see.
I think he intends to post the finished film online- the Moscow and Poland parts sound especially interesting.
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2008-07-14 01:03 am (UTC)
I know! A show run by me would be so low budget: one set (Lex's bed) and no clothes at all!

And you'd only need two actors: MR and TW. Unless, for one or two episodes, you wanted to have John Glover or John Scheider storm in to (respectively) make subtle threats or do a lot of yelling. *eg*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 01:14 am (UTC)
And you'd only need two actors: MR and TW.
Yep! And lots of lip balm to help with the kissing scenes.
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[User Picture]From: jakrar
2008-07-14 01:51 am (UTC)
I SO want to see this show!
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[User Picture]From: lexalicious70
2008-07-14 12:40 am (UTC)
What a lovely pic! *Notices how pretty Michael's eyes look*

Mr. Chapdelaine sounds like a very nice man. And yes, the producers need to stop plying us with promises of a guest starring return for Michael because obviously it's not going to happen.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 12:49 am (UTC)
*Notices how pretty Michael's eyes look*
He's flirting with the camera! Pretty thing.

And yes, the producers need to stop plying us with promises of a guest starring return for Michael because obviously it's not going to happen.
I'm wondering if Morris specifically wrote this in his blog on Michael's behalf, to get the word out?

Michael's next Con appearance is in August....I'm bet he'll be asked about a return to SV then.
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[User Picture]From: jeannev
2008-07-14 12:58 am (UTC)
I agree, they should really stop mentioning him as a possible guest star if they don't have some sort of positive feedback from him. Its kind of sleazy.

I think its says something about TPTB that Mike and AOT seem so adament about moving on and never looking back.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 01:14 am (UTC)
Michael's a bit of a softie....maybe they figure if they keep mentioning him in press releases and cajoling him, he'll come back?

He's doing two Cons in August & I'm sure fans will be pressing him too.

I'm worried they'll try to "suggest" Lex's presence by showing the back of a bald head (hence Morris's continued employment) or some such. If it's not Michael, IT ISN'T LEX!

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[User Picture]From: gyri
2008-07-14 02:22 am (UTC)
Oooh, I love that photo of him and Morris. He is TOTALLY flirting with me....I mean, um, the camera!

And Morris seems to be such a sweetie pie. Doing a documentary on Pride Day celebrations around the world? Way beyond awesome. He's a hero.

And yes, I too am envious that he apparently has an open invitation to go and drop in on Michael!

Yeah, I hate that the bigwigs keep hinting on getting Michael back for guest shots, as a way to keep us coming back. That's cheap.

Thanks for this great little tidbit! I hope Michael lands the project of his dreams.

Go Michael and go Morris! Can't wait to see that documentary.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 03:12 am (UTC)
He is TOTALLY flirting with me....I mean, um, the camera!
And he's looking very squishable in that fleece *squishes*

Doing a documentary on Pride Day celebrations around the world? Way beyond awesome. He's a hero.
Takes courage, no question!

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[User Picture]From: gyri
2008-07-14 03:21 am (UTC)
And he's looking very squishable in that fleece *squishes*
Yes, squishable to the nth degree!
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[User Picture]From: tariel22
2008-07-14 03:15 am (UTC)
I wonder what the set he mentions is for? I was thinking the focus would shift to Metropolis in S8, but if they're making a whole new set located in Smallville, I assume it's going to see a lot of action. Interesting.

It's hard to know if TPTB are delusionally hopeful, or desperately trying to put pressure on Michael by raising the fans' hopes, or just blatantly lying to string us along. I don't trust them the least little bit, that's for sure. I say good for Michael for sticking to his guns if that's what he wants, but I love your AU idea! A story where he doesn't have to shave his head, and the boys don't have to be enemies? That would be heaven!! They should schedule that for sweeps, instead of the return of the Clana I'm just sure we'll get.

Pretty pic! Thanks for sharing it!
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 03:57 am (UTC)
I wonder what the set he mentions is for? I was thinking the focus would shift to Metropolis in S8, but if they're making a whole new set located in Smallville, I assume it's going to see a lot of action. Interesting
Especially since the budget has been cut....I wonder if building a street set is cheaper than location shooting?

A story where he doesn't have to shave his head, and the boys don't have to be enemies? That would be heaven!!
They should start with this premise - Clark and Lex clutching each other - and build a script around that. I have a theory that's how "Nemesis" and "Fracture" got written and they turned out great!

Pretty pic! Thanks for sharing it!
You're welcome...he's working the sexy eyes there!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2008-07-14 04:02 am (UTC)
It's nice to see that Lex is staying in contact with others from the show.

I agree that if Michael's definitely NOT coming back, they need to quick implying he will.

I have "I'll Wait" by Van Halen, and will try to get it uploaded before I go to bed. :D
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 04:09 am (UTC)
I have "I'll Wait" by Van Halen, and will try to get it uploaded before I go to bed. :D
Hurray! Thanks very much!

I agree that if Michael's definitely NOT coming back, they need to quick implying he will.
I'm imagining this sort of dialogue is going on:
Producer: Please, Michael!
Michael: "No."
Producer: Pleeeeaaasssse!
Michael: "No..."
Producer: "But we've already said you'll be back"
Michael: "....."
Producer: "Silence means "yes" right?"

It's nice to see that Lex is staying in contact with others from the show.
Very sweet!
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[User Picture]From: rosy5000
2008-07-14 04:24 am (UTC)
lol Yeah, I can really see that conversation.

I just realized I said Lex is staying in contact instead of Michael. lol

Here's the song (didn't know what format, so there's both):

MP3 - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=OBNM85BA

WMA - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=36A2DTX0
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 10:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

I just realized I said Lex is staying in contact instead of Michael.
It happens! I once kept writing "Tom" instead of "Clark" in a Clex-fic.
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[User Picture]From: astrea9562
2008-07-14 04:57 am (UTC)

pretty

I haven't seen this pic in a long time. In fact, since the first time I ever went to Mike's stunt double's blog and was thrilled to find him out and proud. *hugs Morris* I'd like to to see his documentary too.

*hugs Michael for obvious reasons*

TPTB don't know when to stop screwing with Michael or us, eh? Same b.s., different verse.

*snugs*
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 10:16 pm (UTC)

Re: pretty

I haven't seen this pic in a long time. In fact, since the first time I ever went to Mike's stunt double's blog and was thrilled to find him out and proud. *hugs Morris* I'd like to to see his documentary too.
It's sweet he and Michael have stayed friends!

TPTB don't know when to stop screwing with Michael or us, eh?
I can understand the difficulty in letting go of Michael...but don't write a Lex-arc without a Lex!
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[User Picture]From: drusplace
2008-07-14 12:44 pm (UTC)
Oh I've seen this pic before but never knew Morris' name! He sounds like a nice man!

As for the Michael "not" returning...I think someone at the CW is just hoping that if they say he might come back, it'll happen. But it won't.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 10:18 pm (UTC)
As for the Michael "not" returning...I think someone at the CW is just hoping that if they say he might come back, it'll happen.
This seems to be their genius plan!

Oh I've seen this pic before but never knew Morris' name! He sounds like a nice man!
Seems to have a lot of cool projects on the go!
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[User Picture]From: drusplace
2008-07-15 02:05 pm (UTC)
I would love for Lex to return for the very last episode of Smallville...But I don't really want Michael to go back. I want him to do fabulous other stuff. I'm torn.
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 10:18 pm (UTC)
Isn't that a sexy smirk? And I like that fleece on him.
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[User Picture]From: frelling_tralk
2008-07-14 02:39 pm (UTC)
TPTB are delusional, I don't think they ever accepted that Michael wasn't going to return for season 8, everyone kept insisting it was just a money issue and Michael didn't really mean it

And now they are convinced he will return for the final episode *shakes head* I really do wish Michael could return for the very last episode though, but I guess it's his decision at the end of the day :/
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[User Picture]From: tasabian
2008-07-14 10:21 pm (UTC)
I really do wish Michael could return for the very last episode though, but I guess it's his decision at the end of the day :/
I'm torn...I loved the Clexy romance of the "Arctic" ending & don't want the writers to wreck it...but I would love to see Michael act with Tom again. That's why I'm hung up the possibility of an AU: if they let Michael keep his hair, and maybe direct again....


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