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Hailee Steinfled Tunes Up For 'Pitch Perfect 2,' Tim Blake Nelson Joins 'Fantastic Four' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 1, 2014 9:19 AM
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Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2
After a steady stream of rumors surrounding its storyline and lead actors, Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot is finally underway and filming, with Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan set to battle Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell). However, there are still some shifts to be made, as the superhero film has added one actor and also denied another from signing on to a long-gestating biopic.

Jared Harris Joins Guy Ritchie's 'Man From U.N.C.L.E.' & 'Poltergeist' Remake

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 6:24 PM
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Jared Harris
Jared Harris is one of those actors who, no matter the size or quality of the role, we still get excited about seeing onscreen (case in point: the otherwise abysmal "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones"). Harris, the son of the legendary Richard Harris, makes any movie infinitely more memorable by his mere presence, adding some much-needed color to even the dreariest of studio affairs. Thankfully, a couple of said studio affairs are getting significantly less dreary thanks to Harris: the actor has recently signed on to costar in both Guy Ritchie's big budget "Man from U.N.C.L.E." and the "Poltergeist" remake for "Monster House"-director Gil Kenan.

Armie Hammer Says He Doesn't Want To Play Batman But The Rumor Is They Want Someone In Their 40s Anyway

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2013 2:11 PM
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With "Superman Vs. Batman" now moving ahead, fans continue to speculate and wonder what kind of shape it will take, and more crucially, who will wear the cape and cowl. We've already wondered aloud with our feature What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman,' and if a recent rumor is true, it seems they are looking for someone a bit older. But before we get to that, let's count someone out: Armie Hammer.

What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face? 5 Choices For 'Superman & Batman'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 22, 2013 3:34 PM
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What Kind Of Batman Will Superman Face
This weekend at Comic-Con Warner Bros dropped a bombshell: instead of announcing a sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel" (or a full-on "Justice League" movie), they revealed they would instead be bringing a Batman/Superman team-up movie to the big screen. Once again overseen by the "Man of Steel" team of director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer (with Christopher Nolan taking a distant executive producer role this time around) the movie will likely retain much of the "Man Of Steel" cast (including Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne), while folding in a presumably new Batman mythology. What they didn’t say was who would be putting on the cape and cowl. Let the speculation begin!

What Went Wrong? The Good, The Bad & The Weird Of Disney's 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 8, 2013 12:24 PM
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The Lone Ranger
Disney's "The Lone Ranger," a lavish period epic directed by Gore Verbinski, starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer, had kind of a rough weekend. It began with an unprecedented critical pile-on (there have been some to leap to the film's defense, like Matt Zoller Seitz, who described the movie as a "personal picture, violent and sweet, clever and goofy... as obsessive and overbearing as Steven Spielberg's "1941' — and as likely to be re-evaluated twenty years from now, and described as 'misunderstood'") and ended with a limp box office tally that couldn't even top the middling opening weekend gross of Disney's forgettable franchise nonstarter "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time."

How The West Was Almost Lost: Inside Near-Death Experience Of 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 1, 2013 1:25 PM
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The Lone Ranger
In August 2011, the unthinkable happened: "The Lone Ranger," Disney's proposed $200 million + revamp of the fabled radio serial, was canceled (the exclusive Deadline post started with the word "SHOCKER," in all caps, and described the news as a "stunning development"). The movie had a proposed December 21, 2012 release date and the participation of the team that had transformed "Pirates of the Caribbean" from a theme park staple into one of the most viable film franchises on the planet – Oscar-winning director Gore Verbinski, super-producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and megawatt star Johnny Depp. But the studio deemed the project too costly and risky, especially in the wake of the big budget western bomb "Cowboys & Aliens." In the final version of "The Lone Ranger," the one that opens in cinemas nationwide this week, the character is one who is brought back from the brink of death, enriched and heightened by the experience. The same could be said for the movie itself.

Review: 'The Lone Ranger' Starring Johnny Depp & Armie Hammer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 9:04 AM
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The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer, Johnny Depp
"What's with the mask?" is a question frequently asked throughout "The Lone Ranger," both as a running gag and a reminder it seems, that the film will give you everything you ever wanted to know about masked hero, and then some. Walt Disney's high-priced potential franchise has a lot riding on it, and not just the pricetag which is well north of $215 million (not including marketing). If successful, it could mean yet another series tied to megastar Johnny Depp (who has a fifth "Pirates Of The Caribbean," and a second "Alice In Wonderland" brewing at the studio) and another property joining the studio's growing list of annual revenue streams. So perhaps it's not a surprise that they want to make sure that audiences everywhere get as much mythology and background on The Lone Ranger and Tonto, particularly as they are two old-fashioned, decades old characters that might be out of step with Superman and Iron Man type heroes of today. But it's just too bad all that franchise building gets in the way of telling a good yarn.

Marvel Wants To Meet Vin Diesel For Some Reason & Armie Hammer Is Not Ant-Man

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 10:40 PM
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It seems rumors are flying fast and furious this week for nerd franchises, so let's get a handle on them, and kick off with one that is actually legit, followed by a couple others that are sort of ridiculous...

Watch: 2 Clips From 'The Lone Ranger' Showcase Railroad Mayhem & Origins Of The Mask

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 21, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Lone Ranger, Armie Hammer
If you're wondering how to celebrate your 4th of July weekend both patriotically and cinematically, "The Lone Ranger" should fit the bill. The patriotism comes from its source material, the TV show with an American hero that still remains an icon years after he rode into the sunset and the big screen spectacle is due thanks to Gore Verbinski, who throws every dollar he got into the movie. The result? Well, you'll have to wait to hear our full verdict just yet, so until then, here's a couple of clips.

Sam Taylor-Johnson To Direct 'Fifty Shades Of Grey,' Armie Hammer Not Interested In "Mommy Porn" Role

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2013 3:59 PM
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Well, the long, hot, sweaty, kinky, naughty wait is over and a director has been found to tie up audiences cinematically and bring them to Pleasure Town in the big screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades Of Grey." Nope, it's not more interesting choices like Gus Van Sant or Joe Wright, but instead it's Aaron Taylor-Johnson's better half.

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