Before Hollywoodland's release, it may be time to study up a little on the mysterious death of George Reeves. Reeves, played by the one and only Ben Affleck, played Superman on television in the 1950s. In 1959, he was found dead of a gunshot wound -- which may have been self-inflicted, or otherwise. Personally, I think it's obvious: Orson Welles did it. All we have to do is establish motive and opportunity, and the proof will be right there.

As Kate Winslet says in Heavenly Creatures, Orson Welles is the most evil man who ever lived. We've seen him kill inumerable people on screen, and he was also skilled at faking deaths and planting evidence. One beyond-the-grave act of malice Welles carried out recently was pinning the Thomas Ince hit on William Randolph Hearst: The Cat's Meow's director Peter Bogdanovich claims he heard the story from Orson himself. (Well, that makes it unimpeachable. Remember when he told us the Martians were coming?) My guess: Ince is another body we can chalk up to Welles. Swimming out to the yacht Oneida in a frogman suit would be a prodigious feat for a nine year-old, but this is the Blofeld-like Orson Welles we're talking about.

Until we get the evidence that links Welles to Reeves, here's some other links: the location of the Reeves birthplace in Woolstock, Iowa. Here is Reeves' current place of residence and the address and map to the Reeves death house. Here we have Eddie and Toni Mannix's last resting spot, complete with picture of MGM VP Mannix looking weirdly like comedian Joe E. Brown, instead of like Bob Hoskins, who plays him in the movie. What is Mannix smiling about?

Over here is E. J. Fleming's book The Fixers, suggesting the eeeeevil of MGM VP Mannix and his henchman Howard Stricking, complete with stories of scandals implied in Hollywoodland (as well as reviews by angry readers who use fancy, four-dollar words like "hearsay," "mistake" and "rumor"). For the hell of it, here's a Mannix fansite, complete with fan art and fiction. If only George Reeves' mom had hired TV detective Mannix instead of Adrien Brody .... Lastly -- and this counts as a serious spoiler, so don't read it until you've seen the movie --the Extra! website has a follow up to a broadcast about the death of Reeves. It includes an-email from one Edward Lozzi claiming that he heard the deathbed confession of the person responsible. Believe it or don't. Interestingly, Lozzi says that one participant's slang for the triggermen used in the Reeves hit was "The Blondes." Maybe it wasn't Welles who did Reeves, then--maybe it was "Mr. Blonde."