It’s been a long time since we’ve mentioned the show. It returned last night with a special two-hour episode and, according to this article at The Hollywood Reporter’s THR, Esq blog, “Heroes” was the most pirated show of 2009. “This year, the buzz is that the show may be on the verge of cancellation thanks to dwindling ratings (it averages about 6 million viewers a week, down from nearly 14 million when the show first premiered in 2006). But ‘Heroes’ continues to be a juggernaut in online piracy.Â According to Torrentfreak, “Heroes” was downloaded 6.58 million times in 2009,” write THR, Esq. An interesting statistic, to say the least.
MTV News has the cover of the movie book,”Kick-Ass: Creating the Comic, Making the Movie.”
Starring Nicholas Cage, release date: April 16th, 2010
PRINCE OF PERSIA: THE SANDS OF TIME
Here at CBR, we have a featurette focused on the Dagger of Time, a major prop within the film. I have to admit the new scenes in the featurette look pretty good.
Release date: May 28th, 2010
When Peter Berg dropped out of “Dune,” last year, I was relieved. He never struck me as the right guy for the material. Berg’s departure didn’t end development on the project, however. Heat Vision and other sites are reporting “Taken” director Pierre Morel has signed on to helm the film. “Taken” was one of the sleepers of last year and truly quite enjoyable. If this means Liam Nesson gets to play Duke Leto, all the better.
Release date: TBA
Spoiler TV got its hands on the casting sheet for the film. Instead of minor characters, this one features descriptions of Bilbo, Thorin Oakenshield and other principle characters. Of interest to me is this listing: “[RADAGAST THE BROWN] One of the Istari … Like the other five Wizards, RADAGAST has taken the form of an old man. Somewhat scruffy and prone to wandering the wilds,. He is however a close friend of GANDALF the Grey who holds him in great affection and admires RADAGAST’s gentle spirit.. He has a cheery disposition and a twinkle in his eye; RADAGAST is eccentric, forgetful and easily distracted. This role will require a wig, beard and possible prosthetic make- up. LEAD. AGE: 50-70. ACCENT – STANDARD R.P. OR SLIGHTLY ACCENTED REGIONAL ENGLISH ACCENT.” Radagast has a small, but memorable role in “The Lord of the Rings” novels, but is absent from the films. Presumably, Radagast will be involved in Gandalf’s mission away south. Oh, did I mention the sheet has a description of Smaug?
Release date: December 2011
CLASH OF THE TITANS
Collider has some new photos from the film which feature some of the great practical sets built for the film. If nothing else, the film doesn’t look cheap.
Starring Sam Worthington, release date: March 26th, 2010
WIZARDS AND THE LIKE
Radagast the Brown, people! I might be a giant Tolkien nerd, but I never expected to actually see Radagast on screen. Last year, I was sad about the lack of fantasy movies in the pipeline, but now it seems like the cycle of source material is coming back around to swords, magic, and old ruins. That’s not to say Hollywood is turning its back on the superheroes. Far from it. Meanwhile, if any of you in the great, wide Internet discover something awesome, disheartening, or just plain weird, let us know! Take credit, come up with a clever nickname, or go anonymous. The choice is yours. Fresh rumors and movie news every weekday morning. I am Erik Amaya bracing for the future threat of dragons.