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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.

Watch: Planes & Trains In New Clips From 'World War Z' & 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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Yes, "Man Of Steel" is now in theaters and still inspiring fierce debate (check out our The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel' feature), but there are still two whole months left in the summer to go, and more blockbusters hoping wring some super-dollars out of your wallet.

Watch: 2 Featurettes & 2 TV Spots For 'The Lone Ranger' Plus Over 20 New Photos

  • By Ben Brock
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  • June 14, 2013 9:41 AM
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Depp, The Lone Ranger
“The Lone Ranger” is coming down the tracks like a runaway train. In fact, from the mass of trailers, tv spots and featurettes now upon us, it would be easy to get the impression that Gore Verbinksi's forthcoming mega-western is basically a violent, live action “Thomas The Tank Engine”. Which would be no bad thing.

Happy 50th Birthday Johnny Depp: Watch His Little-Seen Directorial Debut 'The Brave'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 9, 2013 1:29 PM
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The Brave, Johnny Depp
It's hard to believe that former teen hearthrob, turned bad boy, turned one of the most inventive actors of his generation, turned... tentpole flunky -- albeit still in kooky roles -- is 50 years old. Coming to prominence as a teen idol during his 1980s stint on the TV show "21 Jump Street," Johnny Depp has been famous for almost four decades. But it wasn't until 2003 and the first "Pirates of the Caribbean" film, 'The Curse of the Black Pearl,' that Depp finally launched into the A-list stratosphere as an bankable star.

Johnny Depp May Star In 'Black Mass' After All, But Everything Is Complicated

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 9:20 AM
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Last week, it was reported that Johnny Depp was bailing on the Whitey Bulger gangster flick "Black Mass," after he refused to take a 50% paycut from his usual asking price of $20 million, to the hardly liveable amount of $10 million. But as these things usually go, that's hardly the full story or even the end of the story, as the actor has a "a 95 percent chance" to return to the project. Or not at all. You see, things are pretty complicated...

6 A-List Stars With Greenlight Power: Do They Wield It For Good Or Evil?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 2:45 PM
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6 Stars With Greenlight Power
The process by which movie A gets made while movies B-Z end up as so much shredded paper and shattered dreams is an arcane and mysterious one. While it seems as though most scripts, if they’re not just ignored, are simply fed into the enormous, clogged-up machine of the Hollywood system to be pawed over, derided or defended by the assistants to various junior executives at endless meetings about meetings, the accepted wisdom still runs that if you can get your script in front of one of maybe twenty or thirty specific pairs of eyes, the odds tip dramatically in your favor. These godlike beings with ”greenlight power,” however, are fewer now than in previous eras, in part because of a shift in the type of movies that make the big moneys these days (it’s not like “The Hangover Part III” or “Fast And Furious 6” were little sure-to-be-overlooked gems in need of a Selznick-type saviour to rescue them from the turnaround pile.) This casts the opening weekend disappointment of “After Earth” in an interesting light in a couple of ways.

Johnny Depp Doesn't Work For Less Than $20 Million, Exits Gangster Flick 'Black Mass'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 9:16 AM
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According to the always reliable source known as The Internet, Johnny Depp's net worth is in the ballpark of $350 million. Whatever the actual figure is, dude has money to spare and then some, and hell, he owns his own private island in the Bahamas. They say getting rich is easy, but staying rich is hard, and for Depp, that means you have to stick to your principles. So if your fee is $20 million, you don't dare cut it just because some indie movie is having a bit of trouble getting financing together.

Joel Edgerton In Demand: Actor Joins Johnny Depp In 'Black Mass' & Michelle Williams In 'The Double Hour'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 15, 2013 8:11 PM
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The Great Gatsby, Joel Edgerton
Has Aussie actor Joel Edgerton become Hollywood's new it-man? He turned heads with a jerk in 2010's crime thriller, "Animal Kingdom" (we immediately took notice) and gained further acclaim for his toe to toe role with Tom Hardy in the underloved MMA drama "Warrior." Directors of note also took notice. Kathryn Bigelow cast him for a small but important role in "Zero Dark Thirty," and he arguably stole the show from Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and the rest of the cast in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." So what's next for an encore? Two plum roles in two major projects everyone's keeping a close eye on.

Watch: New Russian Trailer For 'The Lone Ranger' Serves Up More Footage & Adventure

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 2, 2013 9:37 AM
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The Long Ranger
As overstuffed as the last two Gore Verbinski-helmed “Pirates of the Caribbean” films were, there’s no denying the fact that the man knows how to stage a set piece. Add this to the fact that “The Lone Ranger” looks to be a fun -- and extremely high-budgeted -- western with no unnecessary 3D post-conversion, and you can count us in. If you still need convincing, the Russian-dubbed international trailer has surfaced online with new footage and, more importantly, more trains.

Johnny Depp To Reteam With Rob Marshall For Musical 'Into The Woods'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2013 4:08 PM
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While Johnny Depp has only worked with Rob Marshall once, it pretty much changed his career. "Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" launched a massive franchise, firmly established Depp as a blockbuster star and launched him into the stratosphere. And while it might have taken a while, it looks like the pair are ready to try and make some magic again.

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