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The Explosive Movies That Crushed The Box Office On Independence Day Weekend

7/4/2014 8:01am EDT
Wild Wild West
The weekend following Independence Day here in America has become a must-perform spot on the calendar for movie studios. This year, the 4th of July lands on a Friday, leaving us bereft of new releases (although Transformers: Age of Extinction, which came out on the 27th, should do nicely). So with nothing new coming out, let's take a look at the bombastic films we celebrated freedom with in years past.

Wild Wild West

If there's one thing you need to know about Will Smith, it's that he loves July 4th. No other actor has benefited more from releasing films around Independence Day than Wil...

The Ten Worst Movies Of 2013

12/24/2013 12:00pm EST
What makes a bad film? Factors such as poor ticket sales, bad acting, lousy scripts, and negative reviews. And if you've never even heard of the movie, than you know it's really bad.

Some of these films actually had decent box office results, but that doesn't mean they were good films. It just means a bunch of people got suckered into watching movies they thought would be entertaining but ended up being lousy.

"Getaway" (above) starred Selena Gomez, one of today's hottest young female singers and actresses. But her star power couldn't save the film.

The movie centered on Brent (Ethan Haw...

Blu-ray Review: 'The Lone Ranger'

12/18/2013 10:00am EST
The Lone Ranger
Tonto.  Silver.  And a masked man.  Hold on tight as we check out the new to DVD/Blu-ray Jerry Bruckheimer produced "The Lone Ranger" out now from Walt Disney Home Entertainment.  We expose the masked man and his worth below. 



   Title: "The Lone Ranger"

   Grade: 3 1/2

   Cast: Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer, William Fichtner

   Director: Gore Verbinski

   Rating: PG-13

   Runtime: 149 minutes

   Release Company: Walt Disney Home Entertainment



The Flick: From all the scathing reviews and non-existent box office, I was expecting a real turd ...

Check Out 'The Lone Ranger' On DVD, Blu-ray & More Dec. 17

12/14/2013 7:49am EST
Disney's The Lone Ranger
When Texas Ranger John Reid (Armie Hammer) is ambushed by the lowly Butch Cavendish and left for dead in the desert, a renegade Comanche named Tonto (Johnny Depp) rescues him and nurses him back to health.

Reid dons a mask and with his new partner vows to bring the murdering outlaw to justice, ultimately learning that Cavendish is just one part of a complicated scheme to seize power and becoming a legendary hero in the process.

Depp revealed that the inspiration for Tonto in "The Lone Ranger" came from his great grandmother - who is part Native American. The actor, who has Cherokee, Creek...

Despite Box Office Bombs, Hollywood Has Record $4.7 Billion Summer

9/3/2013 4:07pm EDT
Lone Ranger
The Lone Ranger couldn't keep Hollywood from taking in a whopping 10% increase over last year at the box office this summer.

Despite Lone Ranger, White House Down, and After Earth losing money during their theater runs, approximately $4.7 billion changed hands in the US box office from May to August. That calculates to a 10.2% increase over 2012 in revenue, according to the BBC.

Ticket prices were an average of 27 cents higher than last year, but theaters also saw a 6.6% increase in attendance. Iron Man 3, Man of Steel, and Despicable Me 2 raked in massive amounts that offset many of the ...

A.M. Roundup: Johnny Depp Blasts 'Lone Ranger' Critics, 'Bachelorette' Engagement, Usher's Son Nearly Drowns

8/7/2013 10:01am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer are angry at critics for ruining "The Lone Ranger". The film's two stars have blamed bad reviews for the movie's poor performance, implying that critics were bashing the film long before they even saw it. "I think the reviews were written seven to eight months before we released the film," Depp said. "I think the reviews were written when they heard Gore (Verbinski, director) and Jerry (Bruckheimer, producer) and me were going to do 'The Lone Ranger'. They had expectations that it must be a blockbuster. I didn't have any expectations of that. I never do." Hammer...

'Despicable Me 2' Tops Weekend Box Office For Second Straight Week

7/15/2013 11:31am EDT
Despicable Me 2
The giant robots of Pacific Rim were no match for the Despicable Me 2 Minions this weekend, as the family feature topped the box office for a second straight week.

The sequel to 2010's Despicable Me raked in another $44.8 million, bringing its two week total to just shy of $230 million.

Another sequel, Adam Sandler's Grown Ups 2 came in second despite being the summer's worst-reviewed movie, according to Rotten

Guillermo del Toro's robots vs. monsters movie came in well under expectations, making just $38.3 million for a third place finish.

The Heat, starring Sandra Bulloc...

'Despicable Me 2' Blows Away 'Lone Ranger' At The Box Office

7/7/2013 12:04pm EDT
Despicable Me 2
Cinemagoers were more interested in cute little yellow minions than Tonto at the weekend box office. "Despicable Me 2" easily opened at number one, taking home a staggering $140.5 million over the Independence Day weekend.

In the animated film, Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. The film also features the voices of Kristen Wiig and Benjamin Bratt.

"The Lone Ranger," starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, failed to impress critics, garnering only 24 percent of favorable reviews on The act...

5 Fun Facts: 'The Lone Ranger' Star Johnny Depp

7/4/2013 7:48am EDT
Johnny Depp
Is Jack Sparrow back? No, but Johnny Depp, his long-haired wig and outrageous make-up are.

Depp is revising the role of Tonto in the July 3rd release of “The Lone Ranger.” Popular in the 50s, the show followed Lone Ranger and his Indian companion, Tonto, as they fought injustice. Original fans may remember the show more targeted towards the Lone Ranger. This time around, it seems like all eyes are on Tonto.

Depp has taken the character of Tonto to new heights. Even though the story focuses on the Lone Ranger, Depp plays the role of Tonto in a way that makes him stand out on screen. Is tha...

Predictions Favor 'Despicable Me 2' Over 'The Lone Ranger' This Holiday Weekend

7/3/2013 5:56pm EDT
Despicable Me 2 - Lone Ranger
Bad news continues to mount for "The Lone Ranger" as overseas box office numbers and early North American data show "Despicable Me 2" is out pacing the Disney western/action production.

Critics continue to blast "The Lone Ranger" in their appraisal of the film. Rotten Tomatoes at the moment shows negative reviews in at 76% out of 116 reviews so far.

"I mean, no wonder Depp's in disguise. No wonder Hammer wears a mask. Wouldn't you?" said Stephen Whitty of Newark Star-Ledger. "The Lone Ranger is a pounding headache of a movie - loud, dumb, overlong and pointless" reported Tom Long of Detro...

Johnny Depp's Tonto Look Was Inspired By His Great Grandmother

7/3/2013 5:00pm EDT
Johnny Depp as Tonto in The Lone Ranger
While Johnny Depp's Pirates of the Caribbean character Capt. Jack Sparrow may have been inspired by Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards (who even played the character's dad in the third and fourth films in the series), the actor has revealed that the inspiration for his Native American character Tonto in The Lone Ranger came from somewhere a bit closer to home.

Depp says that it was his great grandmother -- part Native American herself -- who was his inspiration, and he instructed the film's make-up artists to make him resemble her.

"I saw my great grandmother [as the model for Tonto]...

Mason Cook: From 'Monday Mornings' To 'The Lone Ranger'

7/3/2013 12:25pm EDT
Mason Cook
If you're headed to see Disney's The Lone Ranger today, you'll get to catch Mason Cook. The young actor joins Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in the summer blockbuster, after playing the small but pivotal role of Quinn McDaniels in the first two episodes of TNT's Monday Mornings this spring. BFTV recently connected with Mason to ask him what it was like to work on Gore Verbinski's big movie, as well as to be on the operating table at Chelsea General.

"The Pirates of the Caribbean movies are among my 5 all-time favorite movies, so getting to work with the same team who did those was and is tot...

5 Fun Facts: 'The Lone Ranger' Star Armie Hammer

7/3/2013 7:05am EDT
Armie Hammer
How was the West won?

Could it be by Armie Hammer’s good looks?

Armie Hammer, known best for his role as the Winklevoss twins, in “The Social Network,” is revising the role of Lone Ranger in the July 3rd release of “The Lone Ranger.” Popular in the 50s, the show followed Lone Ranger and his Indian companion, Tonto, as they fought injustice. Even though all eyes are on Johnny Depp’s unique Tonto look in the movie, Hammer is bringing his acting chops to the screen.

So, who is Armie Hammer? Well, besides telling you his real name is Armand Douglas “Armie” Hammer, here are five fun facts abo...

Hot: Lou Reed Praises Kanye West's 'Yeezus,' Mac Daddy Overdose, 'Lone Ranger' Trivia

7/2/2013 9:51pm EDT
Lou Reed
Disney's "The Lone Ranger" opens in theaters on July 3rd, and here are 8 things you need to know about the film before going to see it. (story)

Two days after being hospitalized, rocker Lou Reed reviewed Kanye West's new album "Yeezus," calling it "majestic and inspiring." Reed also says Kanye is a "really, really, really talented guy." (story)

Canada's royal wedding took place Monday night when Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger exchanged vows in Cannes, France. Numerous reports said the couple had married over the weekend, but despite some celebrations the couple didn't make things official...

8 Things To Know About 'The Lone Ranger'

7/2/2013 12:00pm EDT
The Lone Ranger & Tonto
On July 3, Disney is going to march out a film that they certainly hope is a hit. With an astounding budget and plenty of big name stars it can be easy to get lost in a pool of popcorn butter. The Lone Ranger has been around for a hell of a lot longer than you think, coming from a time when people listened to the radio (and I mean in places other than their cars). As anything that is exceptionally old there is a whole lot going on under that wrinkly surface (the appeal of this piece with the seniors is going to be through the roof) with plenty of stories and information that theaters full o...

The Morning Roundup: Kaley Cuoco Dating Superman, 'The Lone Ranger' Rides, Elmo Lawsuits Dropped

7/2/2013 10:25am EDT
Kaley Cuoco
"The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco and "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill are dating. Both stars recently went through breakups and are reportedly infatuated with each other. (story)

"The Lone Ranger" hits theaters this week and looks to be another big hit for Disney and the folks who brought us the "Pirates of the Caribbean" series. One of our reviewers, who likes just about anything, wasn't impressed with Johnny Depp's performance as the Native American sidekick Tonto, saying he was a little more Captain Jack Sparrow than Kemosabe. (story)

The first fatal accident in the 30-year history ...

'The Lone Ranger' Review: Johnny Depp Is More Jack Sparrow Than Native American Warrior Tonto

7/2/2013 7:36am EDT
'The Lone Ranger'
Okay, maybe I missed something here. I have never seen the television show "The Lone Ranger" but I do know that it's about this dude who wore a mask, had a BFF named Tonto and rode around on his horse Silver, saving folks from bad guys in the old West.  

To the best of my knowledge, the show was not a comedy. It was a serious western.

So you can imagine my surprise when I sat down to watch "The Lone Ranger" and found it filled with one joke after another - and not very funny ones. 

That's right guys and girls, this is an action comedy, at least according to the press notes... And there i...

Fans Flock To 'The Lone Ranger' Premiere To Get Glimpse Of Johnny Depp

6/23/2013 8:56am EDT
The Lone Ranger Premiere
The big event and talk of the town this weekend was the world premiere of “The Lone Ranger” at Disney's Adventure Park in Anaheim, California. The star studded event drew tons of celebrities to the red carpet, including what seemed to be a record number of fans that watched on – estimated at some 3,000 people.

Johnny Depp who turned 50 on June 9 highlighted the event alongside Co-star Armie Hammer who plays the Lone Ranger. Johnny Depp of course plays the Lone Ranger's sidekick Tonto in the upcoming blockbuster.

Check out a few pictures of Hollywood's big premiere over the weekend.


Johnny Depp Surprises Fans At 'Lone Ranger' Screening In Oklahoma

6/22/2013 3:39pm EDT
Johnny Depp
On Friday, Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp gave fans in Oklahoma a thrill by turning up unannounced at a screening of his new movie The Lone Ranger.

The 50 year-old actor sent locals into a frenzy when he stepped onto the red carpet at Carmike Cinemas in Lawton with LaDonna Harris, a member of the Comanche tribe and president of Americans For Indian Opportunity group, on his arm.

Last year, Depp was made an honorary member of the Comanche tribe thanks to his portrayal of the Lone Ranger's Native American sidekick Tonto in the Disney adaptation of the classic TV show.

Speaking at the s...

Johnny Depp's Scary Fall From Horse During 'Lone Ranger' Shoot Captured In Behind-The-Scenes Video

6/18/2013 7:54pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp escaped serious injury when a stunt went wrong on the set of his upcoming film The Lone Ranger.

The star, who plays the Native American Tonto in the Disney adaptation of the classic TV show, was riding his horse Scout alongside Armie Hammer during an action scene when his saddle came loose and he lost his grip.

A new behind-the-scenes video released by the movie studio shows Depp falling off his horse while riding at full-speed during the shoot, narrowly avoiding being trampled by Scout, who appears to try and avoid hurting the actor. The crew rushed out to aid the fallen star...

Third And Final Trailer For Disney's 'The Lone Ranger' Promises Lots Of Action

4/19/2013 11:14am EDT
The Lone Ranger
Disney's third and final trailer for this July's surefire blockbuster The Lone Ranger was released on Thursday and it looks awesome!

Johnny Depp, who stars in the film as Tonto, and director Gore Verbinski were on hand at this year's CinemaCon in Las Vegas, where movie theater owners gather to get the latest info on upcoming films and technology, to share 20 minutes of footage of the film with cinema bosses. Unfortunately we'll all have to wait until July 3 to see any of that footage.
Based on the characters that were introduced by Detroit's WXYZ radio in 1933, the story begins with the ...

Johnny Depp Thrilled To Become Part Of Comanche Tribe

4/12/2013 8:23pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp was thrilled when Comanche Nation leaders invited him to become an honorary member of their tribe while he was filming The Lone Ranger in New Mexico last May.

Depp, who plays Native American hero Tonto in the upcoming Disney adaptatoin, says being adopted into the tribe was "possibly the greatest memento" he could've received.

The sacred ceremony was held at the Albuquerque home of LaDonna Harris, a prominent Native Amercian activist.

"When the request came in, I couldn't believe it. It was an honor beyond all honors..." Depp says. "The name they chose for me, Mah-Woo-Meh, me...

'Lone Ranger' Producers Fined Over Crew Member's Death

3/26/2013 8:16am EDT
Lone Ranger
Producers behind Johnny Depp's new film The Lone Ranger have been fined by California's health and safety watchdog group over the death of a crew member on set last year.

Welder and water safety expert Mike Bridger died in September after reportedly suffering a heart attack while working inside a large liquid tank.

An investigation into the tragedy was launched by officials from the Division of Occupational Safety and Health, and now the organization has issued a number of fines to chiefs at Silver Bullet Productions.

The fines, amounting to $61,445, were handed out for a series of vi...

Watch All The Movie Trailers Shown During Super Bowl XLVII (Video)

2/4/2013 4:07pm EST
Oz: The Great And Powerful
The Super Bowl is second only to The Oscars telecast when it comes to movie trailers. So who paid the big bucks this year?

Oz: the Great and Powerful had the best spot in my opinion. The clever black and white, 4:3 (the classic's original resolution) opening immediately drew one's attention. After expanding to fullscreen and in vibrant color, This Sam Raimi directed prequel to the classic Wizard of Oz looked like it would be a surefire hit in March.

J.J. Abrams only put a few brief moments of lens flare into his Star Trek: Into Darkness trailer. This action-packed Sci Fi movie hits th...

Jack White Pulls Out Of Johnny Depp's 'The Lone Ranger'

12/16/2012 5:40pm EST
Jack White
Rocker Jack White has dropped out of plans to score Johnny Depp's new movie The Lone Ranger.

The former White Stripes star had signed on to compose the music for director Gore Verbinski's film, but he has been replaced by Oscar winner Hans Zimmer.

Announcing the news in a statement on Friday, Disney bosses said, "Jack White, who had originally been contemplated to score and has contributed several pieces of music to the production, was logistically unavailable due to scheduling conflicts that arose when the film's release moved to July of 2013."

Zimmer has previously worked with Verbinsk...

New 'Lone Ranger' Trailer Gives Johnny Depp Major Screen-time

12/11/2012 5:07pm EST
The Lone Ranger
Is this film The Lone Ranger or Tonto: Featuring Lone Ranger? That's what viewers of the new trailer for the Disney film may be asking, after watching an extended look that featured plenty of Johnny Depp.

While issues of Depp's character may be brought up later on, given the fact that he's playing an American Indian stereotype, his character is proving to be a less eloquent Captain Jack Sparrow. When you look at the results in the critical and box office reception of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, that's not a bad thing. Plus, The Lone Ranger has the same production team behind it...

'Lone Ranger' Crew Member Dies On Set

9/22/2012 8:48am EDT
The Lone Ranger
A crew member working on Johnny Depp's new Disney film "The Lone Ranger" had a heart attack on Friday and died on set.

Los Angeles emergency service officials tried to save the unamed man's life, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a nearby hospital. The man was reportedly a diver prepping a water scene in a tank on set, according to

Disney released the following statement: "We regretfully confirm that a Lone Ranger crew member has passed away after being taken to a local hospital.

"Our hearts and thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues at this time, and our...

Johnny Depp's 'Lone Ranger' Prompts Film Location Fight

8/25/2012 5:35pm EDT
The Lone Ranger
The Mayor of Moab, Utah has blasted Bureau of Land Management officials for upsetting producers of Johnny Depp's new The Lone Ranger movie over a filming sequence.

Dave Sakrison admits he was dismayed to hear that movie bosses had told his staff that they would never return to film in the area surrounding the southern Utah town after clashing with BLM bosses over a permit.

According to local newspaper the Moab Sun News, the conflict occurred last month when a cavalry charge sequence was altered at the last minute to feature more extras, prompting an on-site BLM official to grumble about...

Comanche Nation Officially Adopts Johnny Depp

5/22/2012 2:30pm EDT
The Lone Ranger
Actor Johnny Depp has been formally inducted into the Comanche Nation as the newest member of the Native American tribe.

The Dark Shadows star has touted his unique ancestry over the last several years, recently revealing his great-grandmother was a Cherokee Indian.

And now, as Depp portrays Comanche Nation fictional character Tonto in a movie reboot of classic western TV series The Lone Ranger, organization officials have invited the actor to embrace his family history and become an official member of the tribe.

LaDonna Harris, the president of Americans for Indian Opportunity, says,...

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

4/25/2012 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...