Owen Wilson by Jeff Vespa/WireImage.com
Owen Wilson returned to the public eye for the first time since his recent troubles by appearing at the Los Angeles premiere of The Darjeeling Limited.... Top Chef 3: Miami's Wednesday finale served up 3.1 million viewers, a 25 percent increase from the Season 2 closer and the time slot's most-watched basic-cable program.... Sam J. Jones of the 1980 cheesefest Flash Gordon guests on TV's Flash Gordon tonight. Sci Fi Channel also is debuting the Battlestar Galactica: Razor two-minute flashbacks during the episode.... George Clooney's Leatherheads, also starring The Office's John Krasinski, has had its theatrical release pushed from Dec. 7 to April 4.... Speed will launch an HD channel in February, while Spike TV will do the same sometime in the first quarter of '08, says TV Week.
Gina Holden and Eric Johnson, Flash Gordon
Space aliens have invaded Maryland. Innocent citizens are being liquefied into goo. Space-time rifts are opening up everywhere and could trigger the destruction of the universe. Yes, a whole lotta hell breaks loose on the new Sci Fi Channel series Flash Gordon (premiering this Friday, Aug. 10, at 8 pm/ET), but the titular hero — played by Smallville vet Eric Johnson — is fiercely determined to save mankind from doom. Just not right now.
On the show's Vancouver set, Flash, who is wearing a dog collar, is friskily engaged in a boudoir wrestle with Princess Aura (Anna Van Hooft). She's the spoiled-brat daughter of Ming (John Ralston), evil ruler of the planet Mongo, and she only has eyes for Flash. But