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Thanks To $190 Million Loss On 'The Lone Ranger,' Disney May Remove Jerry Bruckheimer's Final Cut On 'Pirates 5'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 6:19 PM
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We can't imagine that the mood around the conference table with Disney execs, star Johnny Depp and producer Jerry Bruckheimer is all that cheery. With the studio revealing this week that they're getting ready to take a $190 million hit on "The Lone Ranger," it seems to have resulted in the stars of the film lashing out at the press, with both Depp and Armie Hammer accusing critics of having their knives out for the movie before it even opened. As silly as that suggestion is, at the end of the day, money talks and right now Disney isn't ready to risk a couple hundred million more on what could be a costly mess from Depp and Bruckheimer.

Johnny Depp Blames Critics For 'Lone Ranger' Flop, Damon Lindelof Mourns Blockbuster Formula & No One Likes 3D

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 6, 2013 9:39 AM
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From “Man of Steel” to “Star Trek Into Darkness,” incoherence in Hollywood filmmaking has attained new heights in the past few summer months, to the point where a mid-level actioner like “2 Guns” can garner appreciation simply by not leveling a city in its final reels. The center of fault seems clear—the studios and their paralyzing business models—but a recent slate of industry dealings has instead exposed confusion and frustration in all ranks.

Johnny Depp Says He's Sees Retirement On The Horizon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 29, 2013 9:03 AM
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The last few years or so has seen a few high profile actors look toward the horizon, planning to put their feet up and walk away from movie sets. In the fall of 2011, Brad Pitt said that within three years he'd move away from acting to focus more on producing and development, while earlier this year Leonardo DiCaprio announced a "long, long break" from his day job to focus on environmental issues. And now, Johnny Depp is eyeballing a point in the not too distant future where he'll hang up his Jack Sparrow fathers.

10 Great Modern Day Actor/Director Collaborations

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 17, 2013 2:17 PM
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10 Actor/Director Collaborations
The hallowed halls of cinema are littered with iconic and unforgettable director/actor collaborations. The muses that feed the filmmaker, the director that inspires the actor. Woody Allen and Diane Keaton, Akira Kurosawa and Toshiro Mifune, Ingmar Bergman and half his repertory including Bibi Anderson, Liv Ullmann and Max von Sydow, Werner Herzog and his toxic relationship with Klaus Kinski, Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro, James Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger, Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington, Alfred Hitchcock and Jimmy Stewart—no matter what time period of movies you look at, no matter whether it be high or low art, the classic collaborations are countless.

Everyone Relax, Disney Still Hearts Johnny Depp, Lines Him Up For 'Alice In Wonderland 2' (Obviously)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 12, 2013 5:26 PM
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Yes, so "The Lone Ranger" flopped hard, but honestly, who thought that was even possible? Even with the not-so-hot reviews going into the opening weekend, the general consensus seemed to be: Johnny Depp + "Pirates Of The Caribbean" director and producer = extra-large-parking-spot-required-for-dump-truck-filled-with-cash. However, that didn't really pan out at all. Is Depp's star fading? Would Disney really be ditching the star who has made them literally billions of dollars because of one movie? Whatever happened, the mouse house isn't too concerned at all and are eagerly firming up the walls of Depp's home at the studio.

The Underseen & Undercelebrated Roles Of Johnny Depp’s Career

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 11, 2013 1:00 PM
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“I didn’t sell out, I bought in,” is one of our favorite movie quotes, and we’ll leave it to you to decide if it applies to a certain oddball-turned-A-lister. The career of Johnny Depp is an interesting one, to say the least, and with the outright flop of “The Lone Ranger” last weekend (which did less opening business than “John Carter” did), Disney (and presumably Depp too, to a degree) are likely still feeling the burn of that failure. “Remember when Johnny Depp could do no wrong and was one of the most adventurous actors on the planet creating a body of work that most actors could only dream of?” we wrote recently of Depp’s career. It seems like another lifetime ago, but Johnny Depp was once a relatively uncompromising actor who decided to eschew Hollywood in favor of his own weird and wonderful path.

'Secret Window' Pair Johnny Depp & David Koepp Reteaming For Comedy Crime Flick 'Mortdecai'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 8:35 PM
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You would think that after the flop of "The Lone Ranger," Johnny Depp would ride toward something safer, but the thing is, with "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" and "Alice In Wonderland 2" both brewing over at Disney, he's got no shortage of paycheck, easy money gigs to cash in on. So instead, he's taking the opposite tack, reteaming with writer/director behind one of his more forgettable non-franchise entries.

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.

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