Have you noticed something very, very odd about the male leads at the theaters this summer? The Brad Pitts and George Clooneys have been replaced by … "Hey, what's his name again?" and "Oh, it's that guy from that movie we once saw on Cinemax." • It's definitely a season of unlikely pinup heroes. A cast of characters a girl could take home to meet the folks, only to have Mom say, "Oh, sweetie, you can do better." • Wow, brutal. We think all our of silver-screen sweeties deserve a little more love. So we've picked out our favorites. Compiled by Steve Spears, Times staff writer
Unlikely summer hunks
•1RYAN REYNOLDS (The Proposal): Remember the hunky Canadian in 2002 as National Lampoon's wisecracking Van Wilder? Nope. We're still fixated on his shirtless cover photo on Entertainment Weekly. No wonder he scored Scarlett Johansson as Mrs. Ryan Reynolds last year. With his boyish looks and sense of humor, we're tapping him as the next Tom Hanks.
•2ADAM SANDLER (Funny People): Stop laughing at this pick. We think his recent family-friendly flicks — Click, Bedtime Stories — have found the former SNL star a new generation of fans. And look for his upcoming movie, Funny People (set for a July 31 release), to show a sullen side that will have the ladies swooning. Goodbye, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore!
•3DANIEL RADCLIFFE (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince): Holy Hogwarts, the boy wizard is now a man wizard! When did this happen? Probably shortly after he showed off his naughty bits in stage productions of Equus. It'll take a Patronus Charm to wipe that image out of our heads.
•4BRADLEY COOPER (The Hangover): Bradley's been coyly hiding out in flicks like Wedding Crashers and Failure to Launch, but this summer's surprise movie hit will make him a VIP at bachelor and bachelorette parties alike for years to come.
•5ZACHARY QUINTO (Star Trek): As Spock, Quinto stole James T. Kirk's lust object from his very hands. (Somewhere, William Shatner cried out in horror.) A Vulcan as the heartthrob in the Trek relaunch? Highly illogical!
Summer flunks A starring role in a summer flick doesn't guarantee you a bag full of fan letters from the Tiger Beat crowd. Here are a few actors who we wish would steer clear of the paparazzi and movie premiere scene for a while.
•1JACK BLACK (Year One): Starring as a barely evolved Neanderthal didn't seem like a stretch for the ever-mugging Black. One more dud like this, Jack, and you'll indeed be history.
•2SETH ROGEN (Funny People): Writer/director Judd Apatow's go-to actor is more overexposed than the lizard pimping Geico insurance policies. And about as attractive.
•3SACHA BARON COHEN (Bruno): The most overexposed star of 2009. And you know you're not a pretty boy anymore when fans prefer Borat to Bruno.
•4RUPERT GRINT (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince): We hate to pick on lovable loser Ron Weasley, but with every new Harry Potter flick, we think he's looking more like Voldemort than a Gryffindor.
•5WILL FERRELL (Land of the Lost): Poor Will. The glory days of his suave Ron Burgundy character are long gone. Nowadays, he's forced to compete with dinosaur excrement for screen time.
Weekend moviese_SFlbDollar amounts in millions Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, $79.5
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, $17.7
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, $13.8
The Hangover, $8.3
Prime-time TV shows
America's Got Talent — Wednesday (NBC)
America's Got Talent — Tuesday (NBC)
Two and a Half Men (CBS)
The Mentalist (CBS)
Source: Nielsen Media Research
Songs on iTunes
I Gotta Feeling, Black Eyed Peas
He Could Be the One, Hannah Montana
Fire Burning, Sean Kingston
You Belong With Me, Taylor Swift
Boom Boom Pow, Black Eyed Peas
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