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Johnny Depp blames bad reviews for Lone Ranger flop

August 6th, 2013 9:19pm EDT
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Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer have blamed bad reviews for the failure of 'The Lone Ranger'.

Disney's costly blockbuster flopped at the US box office last month - grossing just $86 million in North America so far, despite a $225 million budget - and the film's stars believe the underwhelming public response is down to harsh reviews in America.

Depp said: "I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film."

The actor - who plays Native American spirit warrior Tonto - reunites with 'Pirates of the Caribbean' director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckhei...

The First 'Lone Ranger' Trailer Is Here!

October 3rd, 2012 9:17am EDT
Lone Ranger
After months of anticipation, and one much-buzzed about tease at Comic-Con, the world was finally treated to the first trailer for Johnny Depp's high octane western "The Lone Ranger" last night.

And all we can say is: Hi-Yo Silver! And Away!

Of course, there were a few surprises in the trailer, the main one being that the star of the film seems to be neither Armie Hammer (who plays the titular masked vigilante) nor Depp (who plays his unexpectedly fierce Native American partner Tonto) but rather an assortment of lovingly filmed trains. The trailer does play out just a little bit like the...

Jack White To Write Musical Score For 'The Lone Ranger'

April 25th, 2012 8:12am EDT
Jack White
Former White Stripes star Jack White will compose the score for Johnny Depp's upcoming remake of classic TV series The Lone Ranger.

The rocker will lend his musical talents to the Disney western, which will star The Social Network's Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger with Depp as his sidekick Tonto.

The film's producer Jerry Bruckheimer, confirmed White's involvement to Variety, saying, "Jack's an amazing songwriter with a unique style. We're thrilled to hear his fresh take on the William Tell Overture. Gore (Verbinski, director) hatched the idea and Johnny was thrilled with it."

"We're a...

Johnny Depp Makes 'Lone Ranger' Demands

September 1st, 2011 3:20pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Remember the recent story saying that The Lone Ranger starring Johnny Depp wouldn't be going forward? Well, that might not be true. According to Deadline, an insider claims that Depp is demanding to work with director Gore Verbinski.

A few years ago, Johnny Depp showed up on a white horse at a Disney event, signaling that he would be playing Tonto in the Gore Verbinski-directed The Lone Ranger. Since then, we've heard a ton of tales, including that the studio wasn't going forward with the project. Too expensive, it seems.

Well, Deadline just reported that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Ve...

Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' Movie Canceled?

August 14th, 2011 6:30pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp's highly-anticipated movie adaptation of TV western series The Lone Ranger has been axed, according to a report.

The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides hunk has been slated to play Tonto opposite Armie Hammer's Lone Ranger in the Disney movie, which was scheduled for a 2012 release.

But Disney chiefs have pulled their involvement in the film following alleged disagreements with director Gore Verbinski and producer Jerry Bruckheimer about the western's budget, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A source tells the website, "Gore doesn't want to budge for what he thin...

Armie Hammer To Star As 'The Lone Ranger'

May 18th, 2011 8:42am EDT
Armie Hammer Jr.
The Social Network star Armie Hammer is to team up with Johnny Depp in the movie revamp of classic TV western series The Lone Ranger.

After weeks of speculation, the actor has been confirmed as director Gore Verbinski's pick to portray The Lone Ranger.

Back in 2008, George Clooney was reportedly set to star as The Lone Ranger, when a source told The Sun newspaper, "George is very eager - he's been trying to do a movie with Johnny for a long time. He thinks they'll make the perfect on-screen partnership."

Depp will play the cowboy's sidekick Tonto in the film.

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Rango Lassoes Top Spot at Box Office

March 6th, 2011 10:57pm EST
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Rango roped in the top spot at the weekend box office, according to Box Office Mojo.

The animated film, which reteamed Johnny Depp with Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski, grossed an estimated $38 million in its first weekend.

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The adult thriller The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon, came in at No. 2 with an opening weekend tally of $20.9 million. Fellow new release, Beastly, earned...

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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Rango,' 'The Adjustment Bureau' & More

February 28th, 2011 11:10am EST
Not only did I see last week’s comedy “Hall Pass” starring Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis, but I had the chance to interview its directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly. If you haven’t already, definitely check out my interview, and my review of “Hall Pass.”

I also hit theater to see the Ed Helms comedy “Cedar Rapids” which I thoroughly enjoyed. Helms stars as Tim Lippe, a small-town Wisconsin guy who’s dispatched to an insurance seminar in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. The naïve Lippe is shocked when he arrives at the conference, where three of the wildest attendees Dean Ziegler (John C. Reilly), Jo...

Universal Studios Greenlights 'Stretch Armstrong' Movie For 2011

June 5th, 2009 11:09am EDT
Brian Grazer
Even with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra ready to heat up the big screen this summer, Hasbro is not about to rest on its laurels: the toy company announced a Stretch Armstrong film, slated for a 2011 release.

"'Stretch Armstrong' couldn’t be in more capable hands than Imagine and Hasbro," Chairman of Universal Pictures Marc Shmuger said in a press release. "We're so excited to bring this iconic property to audiences around the world in April of 2011."

"When Hasbro signed the multi-year strategic partnership with Universal, it was one more p...

DVD Versus Blu-ray: Enjoying A Film At Its Best

June 3rd, 2009 9:00am EDT
One can only assume the somewhat recent onslaught of the "need" for Blu-ray comes only from a desire to have people buy films and television show sets over again. After having to update a copy of 'Sneakers' from VHS tape to DVD, a completely reasonable choice, the buck stops here. Yes, the technology is interesting at best, but it is brutally frustrating at worst.

The problem is not with the players, although they are extremely expensive still and the best player is still the one that comes in the PlayStation 3, the problem instead lies way back in the beginning of the cycle - the ...

Gore Verbinski Won't Be Directing Fourth 'Pirates Of The Caribbean'

April 10th, 2009 10:13am EDT
Gore Verbinski
Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker Gore Verbinski has dealt the franchise a further blow - he's followed in the footsteps of Keira Knightley by pulling out of the forthcoming installment in the blockbuster series.

Knightley announced last month she has turned down the chance to reprise her role as aristocrat-turned-swashbuckler Elizabeth Swann.

And now Verbinski - who directed the hugely successful first three films - has informed Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer that he won't be returning to helm the latest offering.

He tells Variety, "I had a fantastic time bringing 'P...

Johnny Depp Delayed Farewell To Captain Jack

May 21st, 2007 12:45pm EDT
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World
Johnny Depp delayed filming the final scene of Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End because he was reluctant to say farewell to his swashbuckling character Captain Jack Sparrow. The star - who plays the pirate in all three of the movies - insisted on re-shooting his last take because he had grown so attached to the role.

He says, "It was one of those moments where you are just doing anything you can to postpone it. Gore (Verbinski, the film's director) said, 'I think we've got everything, but do you want another take?'

"And I said, 'Yes, let's do another take. Let me try som...

Keira Knightley Was Devastated At End Of 'Pirates' Shoot

March 26th, 2007 9:06am EDT
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley is devastated upon concluding the final installment of Pirates Of The Caribbean movies, fearing she'll miss new "family" members Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom. The 21-year-old actress, who plays Elizabeth Swann in the Gore Verbinski-directed trilogy, admits the cast became very close since shooting began back in 2002.

The beauty says, "I was very sad because we have all been through a lot together since the first one. In a sense we've all become sort of a family so it's weird to think it's all over."

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Keith Richards Showed Up Drunk for 'Pirates' Role

September 22nd, 2006 12:32pm EDT
Keith Richards
Keith Richards' appearance in the second Pirates Of The Caribbean sequel descended into chaos after he reportedly got so drunk on the movie set, the film's director had to prop him up. The hellraising Rolling Stones guitarist finally shot his long awaited cameo as Johnny Depp's father in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End earlier this summer, but he is unlikely to remember the occasion.

Bill Nighy, who plays Davy Jones in the film, tells Empire Online that Richards was inebriated by the time the production team retrieved him from his trailer to shoot his scene, and he required a...

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