Edward and Bella rule IMDb ... unfortunately.

By Gina Carbone
gina_carbone@comcast.net

This is mildly depressing: Robert Pattinson has ended Johnny Depp’s five-year reign as the No. 1 celebrity on IMDb’s STARmeter.

According to a press release issued on Monday, “STARmeter, a tool that ranks celebrities’ popularity among IMDb.com’s visitors over the year, reported that Pattinson attracted the most interest, vaulting him from No. 33 on last year’s list, to the top spot for 2009, ending Johnny Depp’s five-year domination at No. 1.”

Kristen Stewart — Bella to Pattinson’s Edward in “The Twilight Saga” — came in at No. 2, with Johnny D. taking No. 3. Megan Fox was No. 4.

But I'm still Sexiest Man Alive, right?

Here are some notes on various appearances and absences on the list:

* Zooey Deschanel is at No. 9, up from No. 50 last year, likely on the strength of “(500) Days of Summer.”

* Ryan Reynolds continues to prove popular at No. 10, helped by the strength of “Wolverine” and “The Proposal” but very much owing to his own star power as well. His respective co-stars in those films did not see the same lift, as Hugh Jackman is at No. 34 and Sandra Bullock at No. 47.

* Ellen Page got knocked down in the rink and in the box-office competition with “Whip It” and fell from No. 17 last year to No. 82.

* Jessica Alba went from No. 13 to No. 69 and James McAvoy, who was at No. 18 last year, fell off the top 100 entirely.

* Also of interest is the notable absence of the cast of “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” from the top 25.  Though the film was a box-office smash, Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger, moved from No. 42 to No. 53 and Daniel Radcliffe, Harry himself, slipped from No. 41 to No. 73.

If you look at the top 25 list, below, it skews very young. Too young for my taste. My taste is for the Twilight-for-adults show, “True Blood.” And I’m disappointed to see none of my Trubies made the cut. (Then again, no one from “Vampire Diaries” made the list either.)

Actually, Johnny, Alexander Skarsgard is the Sexiest Man Alive.

I now plan to visit Alexander Skarsgard’s page more frequently so we can get him at least into the top  of 2010.

Click here for the full list of the top 100 from 2009 and 2008.

STARmeter Top 25 for 2009:

1. Robert Pattinson

2. Kristen Stewart

3. Johnny Depp

4. Megan Fox

5. Taylor Lautner

6. Brad Pitt

7. Christian Bale

8. Dakota Fanning

9. Zooey Deschanel

10. Ryan Reynolds

11. Ashley Greene

12. Angelina Jolie

13. Gerard Butler

14. Leonardo DiCaprio

15. Nikki Reed

16. Shia LaBeouf

17. Scarlett Johansson

18. Tom Cruise

19. Miley Cyrus

20. Seth Rogen

21. Nicolas Cage

22. Will Smith

23. Clint Eastwood

24. Heath Ledger

25. Jennifer Aniston

*****

STARmeter Top 20, 25 and Under:

1.  Robert Pattinson

2.  Kristen Stewart

3.  Megan Fox

4.  Taylor Lautner

5.  Dakota Fanning

6.  Ashley Greene

7.  Nikki Reed

8.  Shia LaBeouf

9.  Scarlett Johansson

10. Miley Cyrus

11. Jackson Rathbone

12. Zac Efron

13. Kellan Lutz

14.  Hayden Panettiere

15.  Emma Watson

16.  Selena Gomez

17.  Keira Knightley

18. Olivia Wilde

19.  Daniel Radcliffe

20.  Michael Cera

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